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Wood Co. students ride Heavy Metal Bus Tour



Students in Wood County had the chance to step out of the classroom today, and be introduced to four different industries in central Wisconsin.

It's called the Heavy Metal Bus Tour and it gives students an in-depth look at potential careers.

Dozens of eighth and ninth graders from around Wood County got a look at what life after high school could be. They explored industrial businesses known for working with heavy metals. That's why it's called the Heavy Metal Bus Tour.

"I think it's just good for the students to get out and see what opportunities are out there in the community," said East Jr. High School Technology teacher Tim Linse.

Nekoosa High School junior Dylan Bauer was one of those students on the tour.

"It's just kind of the after high school effect of it and what you want to do with your life," Bauer told Newsline 9.

The Domtar paper mill was one of the stops on the tour. Mill officials say they're excited to be a featured business.

"They are going to get a quick whistle stop tour today of how paper is made and technology we use," said Domtar Public Affairs Manager Craig Timm.

The Wisconsin Rapids Chamber of Commerce hosted the event. Organizers say students learned about high paying opportunities in their own backyard.

"A lot of these jobs start out at 20 to 21 dollars an hour coming straight out of college so those are really good paying jobs," said Wisconsin Rapids Chamber of Commerce President Melissa Reichert.

Employers at Domtar say they're eager to hire students from the area.

"We are very much interested in having the brightest and hard working, and dedicated young people apply for jobs here," Timm told Newsline 9.

As the tour came to an end, the students say they're looking forward to what's ahead after high school.

This is the second time the Heavy Metal Bus Tour has been held. Organizers say they hope to run the event twice a year in the future.


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