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Students enrolled in the Chippewa County Manufacturing Boot Camp have completed their second week. Alliance Plastics Corporation, which is located in Chippewa Falls, was the host for the week. Alliance Plastics is known for thermoplastic extrusion and has been in the area since 1987.

Students started each morning off at the Chippewa Valley Technical College. Here, they began completing their Critical Core Manufacturing Skills (CCMS) certificate with instructor Brad Poquette. The CCMS Technical Certificate Program targets 12 key areas that aim to help the workforce meet current and future production and customer demands. This week’s coursework focused on three specific modules: Communicating to Connect, Listening for Understanding, and Working Collaboratively.

Additionally, there was a visit from CVTC’s Mobile Manufacturing Lab. Not only did students learn about technical education opportunities at CVTC, but they also got to have a little bit of fun with Lab Technician, Andrew Kott. The Mobile Manufacturing Lab is equipped with 3D printing, precision measurement programs, SOLIDWORKS design software, CNC machining, and a laser printer.

Afternoons were spent at Alliance Plastics. Participants were exposed to a variety of areas within the business including: production, engineering, quality management, fabrication, tool making, extrusion, and much more. Students noted that their favorite part of Alliance Plastics was the tool room where dies are made. During the extrusion process materials are forced through the die, where it is formed into its designated shape. A majority of students had no prior knowledge of thermoplastic extrusion.

Next week, students are looking forward to participating at Rex Systems Incorporated where they will learn about manufacturing electronic components for the military. For more information about the Manufacturing Boot Camp please contact Alyssa Kellagher, Exploring Executive for the Chippewa Valley Council at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (715) 832-6711.

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