Colton Bartelt of Wausau removes a fuel tank from a tractor at NTC's Agricultural Center of Excellence. He and others in an ag equipment technology class were learning to repair the tractor.
Enrollment at Northcentral Technical College's Agriculture Center of Excellence has more than tripled since the academy opened about three years ago and though the farm part of the center still is losing money, administrators are confident that soon will change.
In 2009, the Marathon County Board voted to give NTC $1 million to help start the center, a farm-based learning laboratory in the town of Maine. NTC's initial investment was $164,338, according to NTC marketing & public relations director Katie Felch.
Two years later, students started using the facility, with 31 signing up for ...