New skills open up manufacturing opportunities

2 Feb 2022


This spring, Austin Bowe is on track to graduate from Chippewa Valley Technical College’s machine tool program with an associate degree.

The 18-year-old already has a job at a tool company in Chippewa Falls paying $24 an hour – though raises are promised after graduation as he takes on more responsibility.

And because he spent his senior year of high school dual enrolled in the program and his high school curriculum – meaning his high school was paying for the college credits he was earning – he’ll graduate with no student debt.

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