A monumental announcement was made yesterday at the University of Wisconsin Green Bay – Marinette Campus Library. Where UW System President Tommy Thompson introduced funding for a new program that aligns with Fincantieri Marinette Marine’s ship-building industry and serves the needs of the Marinette—Menominee community. Thompson says, “this is really a partnership of UW Green Bay, the UW System, with the technical colleges, and of course with Marinette Marine, to teach and help solve the problem of getting engineers and technical people out working in the industry.”

Thompson says, “I want to build Wisconsin and the best we can build it is getting the best talent possible.”


The new engineering program is going to begin in the fall of 2022 and the UWGB—Marinette campus will begin talking with area high schools soon to educate them about the new engineering programs that will be offered locally. UWGB—Marinette is hoping to add an emphasis to the four-year degree. However, there will be a two-year degree and certifications that will be available as well as many other different levels to get into the shipbuilding industry.