By Addison Mumm
Five Prairie du Chien High School students participated in Southwest Technical College’s three-week Gold Collar 2.0 project this summer.
The Gold Collar 2.0 project is a spin-off of the original Gold Collar Certificate program for adults. The adult program, offered in Prairie du Chien and Richland Center, helps unemployed persons find a new career path in manufacturing and gives them the proper training and education for entry-level positions.
“It’s progression education,” said Dean of Industry, Trades and Agriculture Dr. Derek Dachelet. “Once you get into the entry-level positions, there is all the potential to move up, but you need to start somewhere. We can help you get there.”
Starting in January 2013, the Gold Collar Certificate program was introduced to adults wanting to enroll. As of this summer, there is now an option for high school students to get their foot in the door of the manufacturing work field.