Now that the economy has seen slow, but steady improvement, Nicolet Area Technical College continues to implement adaptations made during the recent economic downturn.
The school says their enrollment surged to record levels as those out of work sought job training for new careers and employers realized existing employees needed higher skill sets for companies to be efficient and profitable.
Sandy Bishop, the director of Workforce Development says, “More was being expected of employees and we had to adapt to that in the type of workforce training we provided.” According to Bishop this included an increased demand for “soft skills” like knowing how to work as a team, problem solving, communication or adapting to change.
As such, Nicolet adapted by placing greater emphasis on these skills in classroom curriculum both in the credit courses and workshops offered while still focusing on technical skills which remain at the core of the classes.
Last year more than 100 employers worked with Nicolet to provide employee training through classes, workshops and seminars.