Even though we’re a few weeks into the new year, I thought I might share some of what’s ahead for FVTC this year. I had the honor of joining a number of business and governmental leaders in sharing some thoughts about the overall 2017 Economic Outlook in the December 2016 edition of the New North B2B magazine, but here I will focus on just a couple of items more specific to the College. Continue reading
Our mid-year all employee meeting this week welcomed the expertise of Dr. Bethanie Tucker, author and consultant, for three presentations on better understanding people living in poverty. Her engaging address before all faculty and staff in the morning included a blend of humor and shared life experiences to the delight of over 800 people. Dr. Tucker later spoke to two smaller groups of staff and faculty, allowing them to take a deeper dive into various aspects of this topic.
On behalf of all of us at Fox Valley Technical College, I’d like to extend a warm holiday greeting to each of you – our staff, partners, friends, donors, students, employer customers, and anyone who looks to the College for a new skill, a career change, or simply a better direction in life.
It’s important for all of us to take a little time during the holiday season to reflect on the many positive outcomes from our work together this past year. We certainly appreciate you.
Please take a moment to check out our holiday E-card. All the best in 2017!
On December 3, I was once again honored to participate in our winter commencement program. My perspective on stage while congratulating hundreds of graduates made me think about a recent publication our college developed with the very images of their smiles in caps and gowns on its front cover.
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!
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.
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.