NWTC, MMC sign two-year contract to provide shipbuilding skills and talent

Posted on Dec 21, 2011 :: Insight on Business, Web Exclusive.
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 Hundreds of current and future shipbuilders will be trained in Marinette pursuant to a contract signed Tuesday by Northeast Wisconsin Technical College and Marinette Marine Corporation.

Through the two-year agreement, NWTC will provide 130,000 hours of training to MMC new hires and current workers. Focusing on electricians, shipfitters, welders, and pipefitters, the training will be provided at the NWTC Marinette campus, MMC facilities and at the new NWTC North Coast Marine Manufacturing Center, which is opening on Feb. 1 on Main Street in Marinette.

“MMC has a high demand for skilled workers, and we are fortunate to have the opportunity of teaming with NWTC and NCMMA to meet these needs,” says Marinette Marine President and CEO Chuck Goddard.

The agreement is another major step forward in training the workforce for the growing shipbuilding industry in the Wisconsin/Michigan region. Last fall, changing workforce demographics and skilled worker shortages in nearly all areas of the industry prompted the region’s major marine manufacturers to join together with NWTC and two other higher educational institutions to form an industry sector partnership, the North Coast Marine Manufacturing Alliance.

“At Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, we are committed to meeting the marine manufacturing industry’s need for skilled shipbuilding workers,” says NWTC President H. Jeffrey Rafn. “We are truly pleased to build on our partnership with Marinette Marine and provide additional training opportunities for its workforce.”