Nontraditional Careers for Women

Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources

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Agricultural Power and Equipment Technician 

Students learn the theory, operation, and repair of tillage, planting, harvesting equipment and tractors.

New Richmond  |  Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources

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Crop Production

In this certificate, you will learn basic agronomy, soil and crop management as well as commodity marketing.

Ashland, New Richmond, Rice Lake, Superior, Balsam Lake Outreach Center  |  Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources

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Farm Operation

Students in this program will learn about new technology in the classroom and how that can be applied to their operation in the on-farm component. This program has something for everyone who is interested in production agriculture.

Ashland, New Richmond, Rice Lake, Superior, Balsam Lake Outreach Center  |  Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources

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Livestock Production

Students in this certificate will learn basic livestock nutrition, how to keep and analyze livestock and financial records.

Ashland, New Richmond, Rice Lake, Superior, Balsam Lake Outreach Center  |  Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources



Architecture and Construction

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Architectural Commercial Design

The Architectural Commercial Design program emphasizes construction knowledge and communicating that knowledge in drawings through an efficient use of Building Information Modeling (BIM) and computer-aided design (CAD) programs.

Ashland, New Richmond, Rice Lake, Superior  |  Architecture and Construction

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Architectural Woodworking/Cabinetmaking

Transform sheets of plywood into your own custom creations in the Architectural Woodworking/Cabinetmaking program. This two-semester program is a fast track to becoming a cabinetmaker or finish carpenter.

Rice Lake  |  Architecture and Construction

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Broadband Service Technician Apprentice 

The Broadband Service Technician Apprentice will learn to assist with onsite installations, troubleshooting, repairs and maintenance of telecommunications products and equipment that broadband providers sell and lease. The technician will have direct, face-to-face contact with customers and is expected to be proactive with the sale of services and products.

Online  |  Architecture and Construction

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Carpentry Apprentice (ABC)

Carpentry apprentices construct, erect, install or repair structures and fixtures made of wood; concrete forms; building frameworks including partitions, joists, studding, and rafters; wood stairways, window and door frames; and hardwood floors.

Rice Lake  |  Architecture and Construction

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Construction and Cabinetmaking

The Construction and Cabinetmaking program will provide you with the knowledge and skills necessary for job success in the construction and cabinetmaking industry. You will learn the fundamentals of building design, construction, layout operation, related mathematics, print reading, estimating, CNC, cabinet construction and materials of industry.

Rice Lake  |  Architecture and Construction

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Construction Essentials

The Construction Essentials program will provide students with the basic knowledge and skills necessary for entry level job success in the construction field.

 |  Architecture and Construction

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Drafting Technician

In this career, you will use software to convert designs into technical drawings that will guide the creation of buildings, tools or systems.

Ashland, New Richmond, Rice Lake, Superior  |  Architecture and Construction

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Electrical Construction Apprentice

As an Electrical Construction Apprentice you will learn to install, maintain, and repair electrical wiring, equipment, and fixtures; ensure that work is in accordance with relevant codes; and may install or service street lights, intercom systems, or electrical control systems.

Rice Lake  |  Architecture and Construction

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Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration

Northwood Tech will train you in the areas of electricity, heating, residential air conditioning, refrigeration, geothermal, sheet metal fabrication, direct digital controls (DDC) and commercial HVAC applications. You can leave with industry credentialing in the areas of refrigerant handling safety, tool usage, and control systems.

Superior  |  Architecture and Construction

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HVAC Installation Technician

The HVAC Installation Technician program at Northwood Tech will give you the skills to install new heating, cooling, refrigeration and ventilation systems, and inspect current HVAC systems for effectiveness and safety.

Superior  |  Architecture and Construction

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Plumbing Apprentice

As a plumbing apprentice you will learn to design, install, repair and maintain piping systems such as soil, waste, vent, potable water, wastewater treatment, gas systems (medical, propane, and natural) in residential, commercial, industrial buildings and at utility sites.

Ashland, New Richmond, Rice Lake  |  Architecture and Construction

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Refrigeration Essentials

The Refrigeration Essentials program will allow you to complete coursework in Air Conditioning, Refrigeration and Basic Mechanical Fundamentals, along with Principles of AC/DC and Applied Technical Math 1.

Superior  |  Architecture and Construction

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Utility Construction Technician

The Utility Construction Technician program will introduce outside plant cabling practices, installed as aerial cable between poles in an underground conduit system or by direct burial. Students will understand the basic electricity, blue print reading and facility locating. Students will have the ability to obtain a CDL class A permit. They will practice basic construction practices techniques for outside plant services. Students will analyze work zone safety practices and receive an OSHA 10 permit.

Rice Lake  |  Architecture and Construction



Business, Management and Administration

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Business Management

In the Business Management program, you will develop skills for employment in a variety of business settings or prepare to operate a business of your own. Careers can be found in hospitality, sales, technology, retail, manufacturing and financial services. Select courses are available at the Balsam Lake, Hayward and Ladysmith Outreach Centers.

Ashland, New Richmond, Rice Lake, Superior, Balsam Lake Outreach Center, Hayward Outreach Center, Ladysmith Outreach Center  |  Business Management

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Microsoft Office

Upon completion of this technical diploma, you’ll be able to apply technology to complete various business and administrative tasks.

Ashland, New Richmond, Rice Lake, Superior, Online, Balsam Lake Outreach Center, Hayward Outreach Center, Ladysmith Outreach Center



Information Technology

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IT - Cybersecurity Specialist

Cybersecurity is the practice of protecting systems, networks and programs from digital attacks. The IT Cybersecurity Specialist program will give students hands-on experience with networking, operation systems, virtualization and security.

Ashland, New Richmond, Rice Lake, Superior  |  Information Technology

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IT - Web and Software Developer

The IT-Web and Software Developer program will teach you how to create websites, web applications, Windows Forms, Java applications and how to create, manipulate and maintain databases. You will learn how to code in HTML, JavaScript, C#, Java, JSP, Servlets, ASPX and also to work with MySQL and SQL Server databases.

New Richmond, Online  |  Information Technology



Law, Public Safety and Security

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Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement 720 Academy

The Academy is available to prepare current law enforcement and civilian personnel for entry-level law enforcement positions in the State of Wisconsin.

Rice Lake  |  Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security

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Criminal Justice Studies

If you have a passion for helping and protecting others in your community, consider a career in the criminal justice field. Northwood Tech's Criminal Justice Studies program will prepare you with the skills needed to be successful in this constantly evolving field.

Ashland, New Richmond, Rice Lake, Superior, Online  |  Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security




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Automated Packaging Systems Technician

The Automated Packaging Systems Technician program provides training for individuals who wish to obtain mechanical, electrical and automation skills as they relate to the industrial manufacturing environment.

New Richmond  |  Manufacturing

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Automation for Industrial Systems

In this two-year associate degree program, you will be prepared to be employed at the technician level or higher on computers, industrial computer networks, programmable logic controllers (PLCs), and process instruments.

New Richmond  |  Manufacturing

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Industrial Maintenance Technician

The Industrial Maintenance Technician program will give you practical "hands-on" experience in welding, hydraulics, machining, plumbing, electricity and mechanical maintenance.

Superior  |  Manufacturing

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Industrial Systems Specialist

Graduates install, troubleshoot, program and repair electrical, light mechanical, and computer systems used in industry to control and automate machines or processes. The equipment that you will deal with controls machines used in manufacturing and equipment used to control continuous processes.

New Richmond  |  Manufacturing

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Injection Mold Set-Up (Plastic) Apprentice

As an Injection Mold Set-Up (Plastic) Apprentice you will learn electricity, hydraulics and pneumatics; statistical process control; plastic mold design and blueprint reading; technical mathematics; basic tool room machine shop operations; and an overview of many of the plastic molding processes other than injection molding.

New Richmond  |  Manufacturing

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Machine Tool Operation 

Machine Tool Operation is a nine-month technical diploma program designed to provide in-depth study and hands-on skills in the machine processing of a variety of metals.

Ashland  |  Manufacturing

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Machine Tool Operation-CNC 

Machine Tool Operation - CNC program is a 9-month technical diploma program designed to provide in-depth study and hands-on skills in the machine processing of a variety of metals. Students become proficient in the set up and operation of mills, lathes, grinders, drills, and saws as you complete increasingly complex projects while holding tight tolerances.

Rice Lake  |  Manufacturing

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Machine Tool Technician

The four-semester, Machine Tool Technician program at Northwood Tech will prepare you to operate and set up machine tools for the machining industry. You will learn general machining skills based on the skills and knowledge identified by the Metalworking Industry Skill Standards Board.

Superior  |  Manufacturing

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Machine Tooling Technics  

The Machine Tooling Technics program emphasizes mold and toolmaking for the plastic injection molding industry including using computerized machining equipment.

New Richmond  |  Manufacturing

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Maintenance Mechanic/Millwright Apprentice

As a Maintenance Mechanic/Millwright Apprentice, you will install, dismantle or move machinery and heavy equipment according to layout plans, blueprints, or other drawings. You will keep machines, mechanical equipment, or the structure of an establishment in repair.

Rice Lake, New Richmond  |  Manufacturing

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Mechatronics Basics

The Mechatronics Basics program will give students the skills to repair, install, adjust, or maintain industrial production and processing machinery. Students are also trained on how to lubricate machinery, change parts, or perform other routine machinery maintenance.

New Richmond, Rice Lake  |  Manufacturing

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The Welding program will introduce welding and cutting safety as the most important aspect of proper workmanship. Next, the science and art of cutting/welding will be mastered in their basic forms.

Ashland, New Richmond, Rice Lake, Superior  |  Manufacturing

Transportation, Distribution and Logistics

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Automotive Service Technician

The nine-month program is designed to provide you with skills necessary for entry-level automotive industry positions. You will learn automotive maintenance, repair and diagnosis.

Superior  |  Transportation, Distribution and Logistics

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Automotive Technician

With an emphasis on hands-on experience, in the Automotive Technician program you'll learn essential service techniques including testing, repairing and rebuilding of basic automotive systems.

Rice Lake  |  Transportation, Distribution and Logistics

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Diesel Equipment Technician

This program prepares students to service and repair diesel-powered agricultural and industrial equipment. This hands-on program covers power trains, electrical/electronic systems, chassis systems, brakes and hydraulics of these types of equipment.

New Richmond  |  Transportation, Distribution and Logistics

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Marine Repair Technician

The Marine Repair Technician program is a three-semester program to prepare you for a career in the marine service and repair business.

Ashland  |  Transportation, Distribution and Logistics

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Power Sports Technician

Dealerships, repair shops, marinas and industry manufacturers desperately need entry-level people in this field. The Power Sports Technician program will give you the hands-on experience to go to work in less than one year.

New Richmond  |  Transportation, Distribution and Logistics

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Truck Driving - CDL A

Spend time behind the wheel learning how to maneuver trucks in a variety of real-world scenarios. With successful completion of this program, you will have the ability to obtain your Commercial Driver's License.

Rice Lake, New Richmond  |  Transportation, Distribution and Logistics

Take the Next Step

Are you ready to experience success? Northwood Tech staff are standing by to support you in reaching your educational and career goals, so do it. Take the leap.