Every conversation I have with employers focuses on the concern about worker shortages and the difficulty they have in finding individuals with the skills needed to fill their open positions. The most recent economic survey conducted by Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce (WMC) indicates that 80% of employers are having trouble finding workers. Given Wisconsin’s demographics, this problem will, no doubt, only continue to worsen in the years ahead.
Last week we celebrated a long-standing partnership with Service Motor Company and Case IH. Many great things have resulted from this partnership, including our students’ access to the latest equipment and technology, and the development of a Precision Agriculture program, to name a few.
It was an opportunity to celebrate successes of the last decade and look ahead to new possibilities at a time when Ag equipment dealers and service centers are facing a critical shortage of skilled technicians, not unlike many other industries right now.
We were so pleased to welcome Dr. David Black, President of Lakeland University, and several of his staff to FVTC this week to spend a few minutes celebrating what has been a 40-year partnership between our organizations. We commemorated the occasion by signing a new Memorandum of Understanding as a launch pad for the opportunities we will be working on together in the coming years. For 40 years the people of this region have been served well by this partnership, particularly the thousands of individuals who have completed their associate degree from FVTC and went on to earn a bachelor’s and/or master’s degree through Lakeland University’s Kellett Center in Neenah. Happy 40th Lakeland and FVTC!
Celebrating our 40-year partnership with our colleagues from Lakeland University.
Our mid-year commencement was full of energy and enthusiasm last weekend at the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center. Always a great venue to celebrate our most recent graduates. About 300 of our 627 graduates from our full array of occupational programs participated in the mid-year ceremony and were cheered on by a couple thousand of their family members and friends. It’s been an honor to serve each one of these students.
Our mid-year commencement is always full of enthusiasm from every seat in the house.
If you or a family member are considering the many options for nursing school, there’s a very good reason to consider Fox Valley Technical College – results. Per the latest national NCLEX nursing exam results, both the cohorts of FVTC’s registered nursing (ADN) graduates and licensed practical nursing (LPN) graduates have achieved the #1 ranking.
Last week I was joined by a great team from FVTC at a required accreditation-related event in Chicago – something called a Strategy Forum. The purpose of this forum was to develop and design an important improvement project for the College.
This fall marks 60 years of our faculty, students, and graduates from the Natural Resources Technician program making a significant impact on both our local, state, and national ecosystems. Over the years our students have led such efforts like the updating of visitor maps at Wisconsin’s state parks and water testing projects for our lakes and rivers, in addition to working with many agencies on a variety of conservation initiatives. Congratulations!
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