Nicolet College celebrates Community College Month

For the Tomahawk Leader

RHINELANDER – Nicolet College is joining the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) in celebrating Community College Month.

A release from Nicolet said Community College Month is a grassroots education campaign throughout April that celebrates the value community colleges bring to rural areas like the Northwoods.

“Nicolet College provides access to affordable, high-quality education for all, serving as a starting point for many to earn advanced degrees, while also supporting adult learners of all ages,” Nicolet stated.

“Nicolet College puts students first,” said Nicolet College President Kate Ferrel. “That means we put our local communities first. Community College Month celebrates the important role that Nicolet College has in the Northwoods. The hands-on education and training that students receive here, gives them the skills they need on the job.”

Nicolet College offers more than 70 programs awarding two-year associate degrees, one- and two-year technical diplomas, short-term technical diplomas, apprenticeships, and certificates.

Nicolet said occupational programs train students to join the workforce as skilled professionals in many fields including healthcare, business management and manufacturing.

The University Transfer program enables students to transfer to four-year universities and colleges to earn bachelor’s degrees.

“Since having my first class last summer, my experience here has been incredible,” said nursing student Vivian Callender. “The support and guidance I have from faculty and staff is impressive, and I see the college’s commitment to hands-on learning and experiential education.”

“My experience at Nicolet College has been extremely positive,” said welding student James Kieweg. “I am excited to take the knowledge and skills I have learned from Nicolet College into the workforce.”

Student clubs, including DECA, the Nursing Club and Rainbow Hodags, offer students both personal and professional development opportunities, Nicolet noted.

The Nicolet College Library offers resources to students and the public, while the Academic Success Center helps new and continuing students receive academic support, while also assisting other students obtain their HSED/GED.

“Arts and enrichment programming supports emerging artists by creating a platform to share their work while encouraging others to do the same,” Nicolet stated. “Community education allows community members to share their expertise, while Outdoor Adventure and Learning in Retirement embrace lifelong learning. The art gallery and theatre on campus also provide a stage for community members to feature diverse talents.”

Nicolet added that community partnerships between the college and other local organizations like ArtStart, the Northwoods Community Garden and Grow North leverage resources to offer expanded programming and opportunities for the community.

“As a hub of education, community engagement and partnerships, Nicolet College is our community’s college,” Nicolet said. “Join us in celebrating Community College Month throughout April by sharing what makes Nicolet College your community’s college with #CCMonth on social media.”

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