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See yourself at Northwood Technical College.


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Tammy Williams-Starzinsky
Tammy Williams-Starzinsky

Tammy Williams-Starzinsky

Veterinary Technician

Achieving her goals. 

Tammy has aspired to earn a degree for many years. When she heard about Northwood Tech's Veterinary Technician program, she knew it was the right path for her. 

Hands-on classes. 

Northwood Tech's small class sizes and hands-on instruction provide Tammy with the skills she needs to be successful in her internship and in her future career. 

Juggling school and work.

In addition to her educational responsibilities, Tammy is president of the Veterinary Technician club on campus, plus she works part-time at a local veterinary clinic and manages a hobby farm. With the support of her family and boss, along with her weekly to-do lists, she is able to stay on top of deadlines. 

Learning is a lifelong journey. 

After graduation, Tammy plans to complete the certification test to become a Certified Veterinary Technician. She hopes to one day work in animal research. 


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Jon Fritsche
Jon Fritsche

Jon Fritsche 

IT - Systems Administration Specialist

Jon is changing career paths. 

Jon and his wife currently own and operate three restaurants; however, his true calling has always been the IT field. 

A sense of community on campus.

The IT program has provided Jon with a sense of community. Every student comes from a different background, and they each bring a unique perspective to the table. 

Making time for schoolwork with support from his family. 

Jon and his wife have two little ones, so he is juggling a family along with his schoolwork. With the support of his wife, Jon has the time to focus on his schooling. 

Continuing his education. 

Jon hopes to continue his education. His goal is to take more classes in IT to expand his knowledge and skill set. 


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Alexa Robinson
Alexa Robinson

Alexa Robinson

Early Childhood Education

Alexa started at Northwood Tech right after high school.  

Alexa chose Northwood Tech because she knew the small class sizes would allow for a more personal and tailored experience. She's not afraid to reach out to her instructors for help. 

Connections and networking opportunities.

Alexa has made connections with staff, instructors and classmates. She looks forward to going to class and knows that these connections are a key to her success.

Alexa works two part-time jobs.

On top of being a full-time student, Alexa works two part-time jobs. She works up to 55 hours per week, but her schoolwork is always her top priority. 

Entering the workforce. 

After graduating from Northwood Tech, Alexa plans to enter the workforce immediately. She hopes to get a job at a preschool teaching three- to five-year-old children. She may continue her education eventually, but she hopes to get experience in the field first. 


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Bill Thompson
Bill Thompson

Bill Thompson

University Transfer Degree

Bill is completing his generals at Northwood Tech.

With the University Transfer Degree, Bill can complete his generals at Northwood Tech and seamlessly transfer to a university. For Bill, this is a convenient and cost-affordable way for him to complete his pre-requisite general studies. 

Bill is involved with student life. 

Some of Bill's most enjoyable memories are from the campus events and leadership retreats that students can attend. 

Northwood Tech's supportive staff made a huge difference for Bill. 

Attending Northwood Tech, Bill has learned the benefits of attending a smaller campus. He appreciates the opportunity for one-on-one learning and the sense of community between students, faculty and staff. 

Continuing his education.

After Northwood Tech, Bill will transfer to a four-year university to study pre-law and then move on to law school. 


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Achieving her goals. 

Tammy has aspired to earn a degree for many years. When she heard about Northwood Tech's Veterinary Technician program, she knew it was the right path for her. 

Hands-on classes. 

Northwood Tech's small class sizes and hands-on instruction provide Tammy with the skills she needs to be successful in her internship and in her future career. 

Juggling school and work.

In addition to her educational responsibilities, Tammy is president of the Veterinary Technician club on campus, plus she works part-time at a local veterinary clinic and manages a hobby farm. With the support of her family and boss, along with her weekly to-do lists, she is able to stay on top of deadlines. 

Learning is a lifelong journey. 

After graduation, Tammy plans to complete the certification test to become a Certified Veterinary Technician. She hopes to one day work in animal research. 


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Jon is changing career paths. 

Jon and his wife currently own and operate three restaurants; however, his true calling has always been the IT field. 

A sense of community on campus.

The IT program has provided Jon with a sense of community. Every student comes from a different background, and they each bring a unique perspective to the table. 

Making time for schoolwork with support from his family. 

Jon and his wife have two little ones, so he is juggling a family along with his schoolwork. With the support of his wife, Jon has the time to focus on his schooling. 

Continuing his education. 

Jon hopes to continue his education. His goal is to take more classes in IT to expand his knowledge and skill set. 


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Alexa started at Northwood Tech right after high school.  

Alexa chose Northwood Tech because she knew the small class sizes would allow for a more personal and tailored experience. She's not afraid to reach out to her instructors for help. 

Connections and networking opportunities.

Alexa has made connections with staff, instructors and classmates. She looks forward to going to class and knows that these connections are a key to her success.

Alexa works two part-time jobs.

On top of being a full-time student, Alexa works two part-time jobs. She works up to 55 hours per week, but her schoolwork is always her top priority. 

Entering the workforce. 

After graduating from Northwood Tech, Alexa plans to enter the workforce immediately. She hopes to get a job at a preschool teaching three- to five-year-old children. She may continue her education eventually, but she hopes to get experience in the field first. 


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Bill is completing his generals at Northwood Tech.

With the University Transfer Degree, Bill can complete his generals at Northwood Tech and seamlessly transfer to a university. For Bill, this is a convenient and cost-affordable way for him to complete his pre-requisite general studies. 

Bill is involved with student life. 

Some of Bill's most enjoyable memories are from the campus events and leadership retreats that students can attend. 

Northwood Tech's supportive staff made a huge difference for Bill. 

Attending Northwood Tech, Bill has learned the benefits of attending a smaller campus. He appreciates the opportunity for one-on-one learning and the sense of community between students, faculty and staff. 

Continuing his education.

After Northwood Tech, Bill will transfer to a four-year university to study pre-law and then move on to law school. 


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Welcome to Campus Life

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Make the most of your Northwood Tech experience by getting involved. You’ll gain valuable experiences and make lifelong connections with Northwood Tech’s clubs, organizations and student activities.

Degree Programs & More

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Know what program you're interested in or want to browse your options? Check out associate degrees, technical diplomas and certificates. 

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Featured Continuing Education Classes

 

Professional Development: Essential Supervisory Skills

A four-week course for both new and experienced supervisors and managers.


Life and Leisure: Sign Language

Various levels; offered in both Rice Lake and Superior.

Professional development gives you the training, skills, certification and licensure classes to keep you on top of your career and fulfill your continuing education required for your work. 

Explore Professional Development Options

COVID-19 Updates

Upcoming Events

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Spooktacular Drive-Thru
October 27, 2021   |  11:00 am - 1:00 pm
  |  Rice Lake & Ladysmith Outreach Center

Get your college info to-go!


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College Goal WI (New Richmond)
November 1, 2021   |  6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  |  New Richmond

Learn about what grants and loans are available to you.


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Tuesday Tours: Business & Business for Healthcare
November 16, 2021   |  11:15 am - 12:45 pm
  |  New Richmond

Join us for Tuesday Tours to learn about an area of interest. Find your perfect fit at Northwood Tech!


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Fall Student Recess
November 24 - 26, 2021

November 24, 2021–November 26, 2021


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December Virtual Info Session
December 14, 2021   |  6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
  |  Online

Learn all about the opportunities Northwood Tech has to offer!

Join Northwood Tech's community of graduates who experience success.

Northwood Tech graduates have some pretty cool careers.

Northwood Tech graduates have some pretty cool careers.

Success After Northwood Tech
Success After Northwood Tech

Northwood Tech graduates have some pretty cool careers.


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Maria Reyes
Maria Reyes

Maria Reyes

Associate Degree Nursing

At 15, Maria moved to the U.S. mainland from Puerto Rico.

Although Maria was a high achieving student in Puerto Rico, she knew only Spanish when she arrived, so language was a barrier. She eventually learned English through school and on her own with a dictionary.

Setting school aside. 

At 17, Maria left high school to take care of her new baby. Ten years later she walked into Northwood Tech for her GED to create a better life for herself and her children. 

From GED to nursing student. 

With a community of support, Maria was able to complete the nursing program while holding down a job and taking care of her two boys. 

Empowering herself and others.

Maria has now worked in the nursing field in various roles including as a nurse, a manager and as an instructor to others. She says caring for others has always come first for her ever since she helped take care of her grandmother when she was young.


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Jeff Engelbretson
Jeff Engelbretson

Jeff Engelbretson

Management and Leadership

The right fit. 

Jeff got a flyer from Northwood Tech after deploying to Iraq and thought he'd check out the Management and Leadership program. After hitting it off with his instructor and taking his first class with other working adult students, he knew it was the right fit. 

Classes around his schedule. 

The evening classes allowed Jeff to be active in the Army National Guard and a part-time student, taking one class per semester on average with his military tuition assistance. 

Starting a new life. 

Jeff spent 25 years in the military before retiring and taking on his new career. He says the people skills and learning how to create a good working environment were the most helpful in his transition to civilian-life management. 

A strong foundation. 

Within two years of working at Verizon, Jeff was promoted to management where he managed three staging facilities and about 30 employees throughout the Midwest. He also was able to transfer all of his Northwood Tech credits to continue his education and obtain a bachelor's degree. 


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Amber Popplewell
Amber Popplewell

Amber Popplewell

Human Services Associate

Amber was a single mother who wanted to further her education.

Although Amber wasn't sure what career she wanted to pursue, she was sure that she wanted to do something important and she wanted to help people. 

The support needed to succeed. 

The staff were always supportive to Amber and her daughter as they spent many evenings studying in Northwood Tech's Learning Resource Center. 

Paying it forward. 

Amber felt passionate to apply her education to the community she was living, so in addition to working and taking classes, Amber also volunteered for the Center Against Sexual and Domestic Abuse.

Making a difference in the lives of others. 

Amber is now a program coordinator in the sexual assault program at the Center Against Sexual and Domestic Abuse. She looks back on her time at Northwood Tech as a fantastic, accelerated program. 


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Chet Banger
Chet Banger

Chet Banger

Architectural Commercial Design

Exploring his options. 

Chet had several jobs, tried a university and community college and was in the military before landing at Northwood Tech, using his military tuition assistance. 

Help from a career survey. 

He decided on the architecture program after taking the career survey online. He had taken AutoCAD (2D drafting software) classes in high school and had a construction background, so the program was relevant to his interests and past experiences. 

Networking opportunities. 

Chet met what would soon be his employer through a class assignment to interview an architect, which led to an internship that turned into a full-time job. 

The skills for success. 

Chet helped lead the firm's transition to Revit (a new 3D drafting software), and helped teach others how to use the software. One of Chet's first major projects was a bank in River Falls. He credits his drafting skills and construction knowledge for helping him launch his career. 


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At 15, Maria moved to the U.S. mainland from Puerto Rico.

Although Maria was a high achieving student in Puerto Rico, she knew only Spanish when she arrived, so language was a barrier. She eventually learned English through school and on her own with a dictionary.

Setting school aside. 

At 17, Maria left high school to take care of her new baby. Ten years later she walked into Northwood Tech for her GED to create a better life for herself and her children. 

From GED to nursing student. 

With a community of support, Maria was able to complete the nursing program while holding down a job and taking care of her two boys. 

Empowering herself and others.

Maria has now worked in the nursing field in various roles including as a nurse, a manager and as an instructor to others. She says caring for others has always come first for her ever since she helped take care of her grandmother when she was young.


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The right fit. 

Jeff got a flyer from Northwood Tech after deploying to Iraq and thought he'd check out the Management and Leadership program. After hitting it off with his instructor and taking his first class with other working adult students, he knew it was the right fit. 

Classes around his schedule. 

The evening classes allowed Jeff to be active in the Army National Guard and a part-time student, taking one class per semester on average with his military tuition assistance. 

Starting a new life. 

Jeff spent 25 years in the military before retiring and taking on his new career. He says the people skills and learning how to create a good working environment were the most helpful in his transition to civilian-life management. 

A strong foundation. 

Within two years of working at Verizon, Jeff was promoted to management where he managed three staging facilities and about 30 employees throughout the Midwest. He also was able to transfer all of his Northwood Tech credits to continue his education and obtain a bachelor's degree. 


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Amber was a single mother who wanted to further her education.

Although Amber wasn't sure what career she wanted to pursue, she was sure that she wanted to do something important and she wanted to help people. 

The support needed to succeed. 

The staff were always supportive to Amber and her daughter as they spent many evenings studying in Northwood Tech's Learning Resource Center. 

Paying it forward. 

Amber felt passionate to apply her education to the community she was living, so in addition to working and taking classes, Amber also volunteered for the Center Against Sexual and Domestic Abuse.

Making a difference in the lives of others. 

Amber is now a program coordinator in the sexual assault program at the Center Against Sexual and Domestic Abuse. She looks back on her time at Northwood Tech as a fantastic, accelerated program. 


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Exploring his options. 

Chet had several jobs, tried a university and community college and was in the military before landing at Northwood Tech, using his military tuition assistance. 

Help from a career survey. 

He decided on the architecture program after taking the career survey online. He had taken AutoCAD (2D drafting software) classes in high school and had a construction background, so the program was relevant to his interests and past experiences. 

Networking opportunities. 

Chet met what would soon be his employer through a class assignment to interview an architect, which led to an internship that turned into a full-time job. 

The skills for success. 

Chet helped lead the firm's transition to Revit (a new 3D drafting software), and helped teach others how to use the software. One of Chet's first major projects was a bank in River Falls. He credits his drafting skills and construction knowledge for helping him launch his career. 


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After Northwood Tech

"I wanted to stick with a smaller college, smaller classrooms, a closer experience with the instructors and a more hands-on environment. The instructors made me feel very confident in what I was learning. I felt very prepared."

–Katelyn

54.4%

salary increase after five years for graduates working in a related field to their training

"The College offered a flexible schedule I could follow at my own pace to allow for my small and growing family when I needed it the most."

–Amy

EXPLORE STARTING SALARIES

See some of the highest paying average annual starting salaries 2018-2019 Northwood Tech graduates have reported:

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96%

of students were satisfied or very satisfied with the training they received at Northwood Tech.

"The College is a great choice for students to learn what they need to succeed in the workforce today. The program provides real-world examples and situations to help students grow."

–Chad

"I am grateful for the instructors who made it more than just an educational experience. The College is like a second family who helps you achieve your personal goals while creating genuine real-life memories that you will never forget. "

–Sara

At Northwood Tech, learning is our passion and it shows. Ranked among the top two-year colleges in the nation, Northwood Tech's graduates leave the College with the confidence and experience needed for success. 

Grow your Success

Have you taken classes at other colleges or in high school that count for college credit? Do you have military or other career or life experience that may count? See if you can start a step ahead. 

Get Credit for Prior Learning

Do you need to teach your employees specific skills to get the job done right? From trades skills to management and leadership soft skills, Northwood Tech will work with you and your employees to provide customized business training that works for your business goals.

Consult with a Northwood Tech Business Advisor

Need to get licensed or complete continuing education classes for your job? You'll find options here to hone your skills and stay up-to-date in your industry.

Renew Your Certification

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.