by Myles Dannhausen Jr.

At Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC), new Campus Manager April Konitzer is stepping into uncharted territory as she takes over for the recently retired Cheryl Tieman.

The COVID-19 pandemic has put the educational world into a state of uncertainty, with parents and students weighing education, finances and health in ways they’ve never had to before. Many are bristling at the idea of investing tens of thousands of dollars for a college experience that’s likely to be far different from the one they applied for. Schools such as NWTC are grappling with similar safety concerns from students, but it may also benefit from the climate of financial uncertainty.

“We’re getting some inquiries from university students thinking about taking classes here this fall rather than returning to their school,” she said. “Wisconsin has a great system for allowing students to transition from one system to another.”

NWTC has announced that its campuses will be open this fall, with classes beginning Aug. 7, and room is still available in many courses. To help ease financial concerns for prospective students, the school is offering a no-risk enrollment program: Students may register for classes, and if they decide not to continue at any point during the first week of classes, they can get a 100 percent reimbursement of their fees. 

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Myles Dannhausen Jr.

Myles Dannhausen Jr.

Content Editor, Peninsula Pulse

Contributing editor Myles Dannhausen Jr. was born and raised in Egg Harbor and now lives in Chicago’s Humboldt Park neighborhood. In addition to writing for the Peninsula Pulse and Door County Living since 2003, Dannhausen has written for Running Times, Wisconsin People and Ideas, All About Beer, Silent Sports, Exclusively Yours, Gapersblock, and Chicago Athlete.