Technical Education Champion

Earlier this month another one of our key business partners was honored with a state-level award, and it was great to be there to help present and celebrate this recognition.  The award is called the “Technical Education Champion Award,” and it is a singular, annual honor from the District Boards Association (all of the college trustees) of the Wisconsin Technical College System.  The 2018 recipient was Continue reading

A 17-Year High in Graduate Employment

I recently came across an article in an Oshkosh West High School publication that noted “19% of its graduates are going to Fox Valley Technical College in fall of 2018.” We were humbled to be the number-one post-secondary choice for these graduates to find what’s next in their lives.

Perhaps what’s next is here because our latest Graduate Employment Research Report cites a 17-year high 95% graduate employment within six months for our alumni. The same study reveals an impressive average annual salary of more than $52,000 for FVTC graduates in the workforce after just five years.  The time couldn’t be better to find what’s next for you or someone you may know in the shape of a great career.

 

Another Stunning Example of Craftsmanship

I had the opportunity to attend last week’s open house for our latest home project that engaged the hands and minds of at least 60 students.  Each year through property owned by the FVTC Foundation, students build a home with partial proceeds from its sale used to support related student projects. While primarily built by students in our Residential Building Construction program, other programs involved included Electricity, Wood Manufacturing Technology, Horticulture and Interior Design.

There is tremendous demand for skilled workers in the construction industry right now, so these students will have remarkable opportunities. Kudos to all involved in building such a quality, beautiful home in north Appleton

To learn more about the home, visit HERE.

 

A Wonderful Sight

IMG_0764What a beautiful day it was this past Sunday—not only the weather and the fact that it was Mothers’ Day, but celebrating with the 475 graduates participating in FVTC’s spring commencement ceremony.  The future looks very bright for these graduates, along with about 2,300 additional grads throughout this past year.

How bright does the future look?

95% graduate employment—the highest in 17 years

$39,000 + average yearly salary for graduates after six months in the workforce

$52,000 + average yearly salary for graduates after five years in the workforce

Taking a Global Perspective

Last week we were honored to host a very interesting lunch event at the College that was coordinated by the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition (USGLC) featuring a terrific panel discussing America’s Role in the World: Why Leading Globally Matters for Wisconsin. Panelists and featured speakers included Rep. Mike Gallagher from Wisconsin’s 8th Congressional District; John Ellenberger, Sr. VP for International Development at Land O’ Lakes; retired U.S. Army Lt. General William Troy; and Liz Schrayer, President/CEO of USGLC. About 150 business, government, education, and community leaders were in attendance.

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Capturing the Expertise of a Large Segment of the Workforce Headed for Retirement

Baby boomers (individuals born between 1946 and 1964) have been a significant presence in our workforce for many decades. As growing numbers of this generation retire, one of the biggest concerns we hear from employers relates to the level of experience, skill, and expertise potentially walking out the door with them.

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Another “Skills Gap” Strategy for Employers

A few years back a number of employers independently (and somewhat coincidentally) reached out to FVTC to assist with addressing their need to find skilled industrial maintenance employees. Even though we were graduating a significant number of manufacturing students, there were simply not enough to fill all the open positions in the region.
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