JANESVILLE (WIFR) -- 240 high school students - 90 from Edgerton High School and 150 from Milton High School - will receive a sneak preview of Blackhawk Technical College's new Advanced Manufacturing Center in Milton this Wednesday as part of an encompassing tour of Blackhawk's facilities and manufacturing programs.
Milton students will get the first taste of their new neighbor starting at 8:30 a.m. After the 90-minute tour, the Milton students will head to Blackhawk's Central Campus, where they will have the opportunity to learn about eight of the school's Advanced Manufacturing programs.
The Edgerton students will reverse that route, first heading to the Central Campus in the morning, before heading to the Advanced Manufacturing Center at 12:30 p.m. for an afternoon tour.
Students from all four years of high school will be represented at the event.
Phase one of the Advanced Manufacturing Center is set to open in August for the fall semester of the 2014-2015 school year. The second phase of the facility will be completed in the summer of 2015.
"This is a fantastic opportunity for us to highlight our programs and how they will fit in at the new facility,'' said Barrett Bell, Blackhawk's Director of Enrollment Services. "In addition, these two schools and their students will get first hand exposure to the variety of our Advanced Manufacturing programs and the new facility.''
While at the new Milton Campus facility, students will spend 25 minutes in three sessions - a tour of the building, an admissions seminar and a panel discussion on the Advanced Manufacturing programs.
While at Blackhawk's Central Campus, students will have the opportunity to investigate current facilities for one of two tracks of programs.
The first track covers a new Blackhawk program -- Manufacturing Information Technology Specialist - plus Automated Systems, HVAC-R and Computer Numeric Control Technician.
The second track will introduce students to programs in Industrial Maintenance, Welding, Mechanical Design and Electrical Power Distribution.