Excited to Dedicate and Open a Campus Partnership Facility

I am truly looking forward to January 22, a day that’s been in the making for several years.  In partnership with Junior Achievement Wisconsin, we will dedicate and open the Community First Career Exploration and Financial Literacy Center adjacent to our Appleton Campus.  This facility has become a reality thanks to the donations and sponsorships of 35 terrific companies, foundations, families and individuals.  We are delighted to name this facility to recognize Community First Credit Union as the project’s lead sponsor.

The interior of this center is set up as a town square with all the “storefronts” sponsored by various organizations and then built out with a wide range of hands-on activities for student engagement and learning. This will serve as a capstone facility for several Junior Achievement and FVTC programs:

  • Biztown – Grade 5
  • Career Exploration – Grades 6-8
  • Finance Park – Grades 8-10
  • STEM – K-12 Teacher Education

Our goal is to serve 15,000 young people each year in this center – where they can gain awareness and understanding of a wide range of career options, of personal finance, and how communities work.  We hope to serve students from school districts all across the 18 county New North region with this unique engagement experience.

Each of the almost day-long capstone experiences will require a team of volunteers to support the activities of the students. If you as an individual or your company/organization is interested in providing a volunteer crew for the day, what a great team building activity and community service opportunity!

You’re invited to a public open house at this facility on January 22, 2020 from 2:00-6:00 PM.  Parking and shuttle service will be available across the street at FVTC’s D.J. Bordini Center for that entire time.  We hope you can stop by to see this wonderful new asset for our region and for our kids!

 

 

Life as a Grandparent

Well, this is certainly a new perspective! Our first grandchild (a girl) was born in August and I’ve now had just over 4 months to try out this new role. All I can say is that it’s unlike anything I’ve ever experienced. Unlike the rather hectic and stressful nature of becoming a new parent, a grandparent can truly relax, enjoy, and appreciate all that a new little life brings…the remarkable transformation that occurs within the first months. I enjoy every moment I have with this precious little one and the personality that emerges more each week. OK, OK, I’ll share a few photos.  

New Opportunities Await

It’s so great to celebrate the accomplishments of our students at the mid-year commencement program each year at the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center.  In this beautiful holiday venue family members and friends of our students gather to share their love, pride, and support.  And our graduates eagerly await the new career opportunities that will come their way in the years ahead.  It’s a wonderful time of year!

Happy Holidays as We Close Out Another Decade

As 2019 comes to a close and the holiday season is upon us, I just wanted to take a moment to thank you, my readers, for taking the time to read these posts over the years.  I contributed my first blog post in 2010 and this is post number 175! I appreciate your interest and am grateful for the opportunity to share some perspectives with you.

With all the issues and turmoil in our country and in the world right now, this holiday season please find some small way to make a positive impact on others, show compassion, or give back to your community in some way. Little acts of kindness can really make a difference – we can each make a difference. Happy holidays and all the best in 2020!

One Graduate Walks Two Stages in Same Year

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I really enjoy the smiles, hugs, and cheers that bring life to our commencement ceremonies each year. It’s hard to capture in words the energy that fills the air as we celebrate the success of our graduates. Our mid-year ceremony coming up on December 20 will be no exception. One of our graduates will walk the stage with an Associate Degree in Business Management just six months after graduating from high school.

Thanks to taking dual credit classes while attending Chilton High School, Macey Pingel was able to finish her college degree at FVTC just a semester later. Her great start in high school is a testament to the value of career pathway planning and dual enrollment – in both time and money. Here is a young woman well on her way to continuing her education and career opportunities with little or no debt six months after finishing high school. It’s quite remarkable for someone to attain both a high school diploma and college degree in the same year. Congratulations and all the best in 2020, Macey!

A Closer Look at Agriculture Today

I’m always amazed when our college forges new partnerships with various businesses and organizations to help advance economic development and the awareness of career opportunities for prospective students. Our latest collaboration ushers in a bit of a new twist when it comes to partnerships in the form of video segments. Since August, Fox Valley Tech has been working with WFRV, local CBS affiliate, to raise awareness of both the challenges and opportunities Wisconsin farmers face, and at the same time highlighting their unique operations.  

Led by one of our experienced Ag Instructors, Jeremy Hansen, is contributing to the “Life on the Farm” series which airs weekly as part of WFRV’s Midwest Farm Weekly. Channel 5 looked to our team of Ag experts to keep a strong tradition of farm news front and center after the retirement of journalist Mike Austin, who told stories about the heartland with the station for more than 35 years.

We are grateful for the opportunity to work with Millaine Wells and her team at WFRV to provide a voice for agriculture throughout the region. You can learn more HERE>>>.