What 600 New Jobs In Superior Means For College Students

By KBJR News 1

January 18, 2012 Updated Jan 18, 2012 at 7:45 PM CDT

Superior, WI - (Northland's NewsCenter) - With the announcement that the next-generation of corporate airplanes will be manufactured in Superior, bringing 600 jobs to the area...the next generation of workers will need the training to fill those jobs.

With Kestrel Aircraft Corporation looking to hire 600 new workers in Superior...regional technical schools anticipate higher enrollment in programs geared toward manufacturing and engineering.

"This is huge. I like to think of it as a game changer, quite honestly, for our community," says Associate Dean of Continuing Education at W-I-T-C, Charles Glazman.

Wisconsin Indian Technical College in Superior is already looking at adapting their programs to fit the needs of Kestrel.

"Our hope is that we can serve Kestrel with providing a skilled workforce based on their needs. That's pretty much a purpose of the technical colleges within the state of Wisconsin," Glazman says.

A workforce CEO of Kestrel, Alan Klapmeier, says they are excited to utilize.

"Certainly one of our characteristics of this company would be, in the beginning it's engineering, it's RND, it's a lot of creative type jobs. And in the past we've used interns and students and new hires...so we're looking forward to continuing to do that," Klapmeier said.

Superior Mayor Bruce Hagen says having Kestrel come to Superior is a great opportunity for students.

"The Kestrel folks will be identifying the skill sets necessary so people can either present them or take the opportunity to present them or take the opportunity to get those skill sets on board," Hagen says.

Skill sets that will be varied...like the positions Kestrel will be hiring for.

"There's a lot of different jobs. To start with, it's engineers and technicians that are building prototypes and test parts for certification. Later on, eventually, there will be more traditional composite manufacturing jobs, similar to other jobs in the area," Klapmeier says.

Associate Dean of Continuing Education at W-I-T-C, Charles Glazman, says this will have a tremendous impact for students...one they are excited to prepare them for.

"We've got to be working along side them as closely as possible and trying to address those needs as they come up," Glazman said.

Glazman says WITC has been in talks with Kestrel since August in order to work them on the future of both Kestrel and WITC's programs.

Written for the web by Danyel Piecek.