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NTC online learning celebrates milestone

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Northcentral Technical College in Wausau is celebrating a milestone.

This month marks the first anniversary of a program allowing students to study online.

School officials say 100 students are enrolled so far. And they anticipate it will keep growing.

Earning a college degree online is nothing new.

But a program at Northcentral Technical College in Wausau offers a different approach than others. 

"There's no confined assignment date for all the classes," said NTC Vice President for Learning, Shelly Mondeik,  

That date doesn't come until the end of the semester. 

School officials say it's NTC's most flexible learning option. 

"Lets say they have a child that is ill or something comes up and they have to go out of town for two weeks, they're not penalized at all they basically can continue at their pace so they can actually finish a course in four weeks or they could take 16 weeks," said Mondeik.

Katherine Welk is a virtual college student at NTC.

She's been enrolled three semesters, working toward an Associate's Degree in Supervisory Management. 

Welk says this program is making that happen. 

"I'm a stay at home mom and I know I need to have a degree to be able to provide for them so when I saw that NTC had their virtual college program that was great for me," said NTC virtual college student, Katherine Welk.  

The program was launched last February. School officials say it's come a long way.

"We're going to be having our first year anniversary, we actually started this last February where we offered a general studies certificate and now of course we actually have 6 Associate Degree programs in it, we're very excited," said Mondiek. 

Even though it's all online, Welk says she's grown in the virtual classroom as well. 

"It's a really good environment, I don't know, I just love it," said Welk. 

Going at her own pace is what drew Welk to this program.

She hopes to continue her success, as just two more semesters stand between her and her degree.  

College officials say they hope to have 150 students enrolled in the program by the end of the semester. 

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