K-Tech Kleening Systems, Inc, a national leader in eco-friendly restoration, and Northcentral Technical College (NTC), are working together to create a Smart Home of the future featuring innovative green, renewable and sustainable building practices.  Designed to be a hands-on learning laboratory, the Smart Home will provide real world teaching and learning opportunities to prepare students for work in the restoration, insurance, construction and government industries.

The Smart Home, to be located at NTC’s Agriculture Center of Excellence, will feature curriculum in restoration science and serve as a site for program and continuing education opportunities in green technology.  As a live model for sustainable building practices, the home will serve as both a local and national showcase.

“By understanding the needs of our communities, NTC provides the educational support needed to be successful in the careers of the future,” stated Lori Weyers, NTC President. “This collaboration provides another wonderful example of business and higher education partnering to create more jobs for central Wisconsin.”

The Smart Home will allow NTC to broaden opportunities to students, increasing their job competitiveness in advancing technologies.  Students from a variety of NTC’s courses and programs will benefit from these rural renewable energy demonstrations including agriculture, information technology, biology and science, HVAC, residential building, architectural and residential design and natural resources.  In addition, the Smart Home will provide students with a unique set of knowledge and skills needed to restore building structures. This pathway will provide education in the science behind structural restoration after disasters, with areas of study in fire and smoke restoration, water damage restoration, applied structural drying, applied microbial remediation, odor control and abatement technology.

“Partnering with NTC on programs such as this helps create the education our employees will need for the future of the industry, as well as having the students better prepared when they enter the workforce”, explains Craig Kersemeier, K-Tech Kleening Systems, Inc.  “This happens when the College, businesses and industry collaborate on program development.”