Added Boost for Welding and Metal Fabrication

Stopped by to join our partners from Miller Electric Mfg. Company in touring our newly expanded metal fabrication, welding, metallurgy and robotic welding labs at the Appleton campus last week.

One of our students working in a robotic welding cell that morning summed it up best…“Now we can work 100% on learning these skills as opposed to four students sharing a cell.”  There’s now room and capacity in this facility to support more students and better prepare them for high-tech manufacturing careers.  Our staff did a great job with this expansion project!

Serving Those Who Have Served Us

Our newly expanded Veterans Resource Center held an open house this past week in celebration of Veterans Day. Both internal and external visitors toured the new center and met our Veterans Services staff to learn how the college is currently serving nearly 800 student veterans. The event included a special visit by Daniel Buttery, assistant deputy secretary with the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs.

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Celebrating Diversity at the State Capitol

I could not have had a more enjoyable day than I did yesterday with a group of our staff and one of our students as we made a road trip to Madison and the State Capitol.  We were there to attend the annual state Diversity Awards program sponsored by the State Council on Affirmative Action and the Wisconsin Department of Administration, Division of Personnel Management.  This was the first year that the eligibility criteria for the Ann Lydecker Educational Diversity Award was expanded beyond the UW System to include the Wisconsin Technical College System institutions.  And Fox Valley Technical College was honored with this award for the exceptional work of our staff in the “Brother to Brother” program, which has now expanded to the “Scholars for Success” initiative – focusing on targeted retention and degree completion strategies for minority students.
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Sharing Time with Emerging Leaders

On Friday, I had the pleasure of addressing the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Fall Leadership Conference held at our Appleton campus for students from all across the state.  I talked a bit about my own leadership journey and shared a few observations and suggestions that I thought might be of help to our student leaders.
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100 Habitat for Humanity Homes!

It was great to be part of a very special celebration on Wednesday with staff and students from our Electricity program.  What were we celebrating?  Their outstanding partnership with Habitat for Humanity of the Greater Fox Cities.  Over the course of the last 10 years, the staff and about 120 students in this educational program have done the electrical wiring for 100 Habitat homes built here in the region and the celebration today was held at the 100th home.
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Celebrating the Generosity of the Keller Family

Last week I had the pleasure of attending a very special celebration in our community – an event that recognized the 25th anniversary of the J. J. Keller Foundation and included a gift to Riverview Gardens (our host site) that had the Foundation reach the $50 million milestone of support and philanthropy for this region.
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