Lifting Up Families Through Education

This is Adult Education and Family Literacy Week celebrating all of the good work being done nationally to improve the lives of adults and families through basic education and foundational literacy efforts.  At FVTC, we have offered an extensive network of Adult Basic Education (ABE), English Language Learning (ELL), and Family Literacy programs across the region for decades.

According to the national Coalition of Adult Basic Education (COABE), low skilled adults are:

  • 2X more likely to be unemployed
  • 3X as likely to be in poverty
  • 4X as likely to be in poor health, and
  • 8X as likely to be incarcerated.

The effects of a limited education are quite clear and our efforts to help these adults and their families will only strengthen our communities.  COABE also indicates that adult education can break the cycle of intergenerational poverty and illiteracy.  In fact, a mother’s education level is the greatest determinant of her children’s future academic success, outweighing other factors, such as neighborhood and family income.

I’m always so impressed by the impact our staff is making with this challenging educational need, and so pleased to support the unique Family Literacy programs offered in collaboration with our great partners from the Appleton Area School District and the Menasha Joint School District featured here in some photos.  Hats off to ABE, ELL, and Family Literacy!

Weigh in on the Future Direction of Our System

Fox Valley Technical College is one of 16 institutions that make up the Wisconsin Technical College System. Every few years the state oversight board for our System engages in a strategic planning process to chart the course of top priorities for focus in the coming years. 

Our System’s leaders are very interested in hearing from a wide range of constituents about needs and priorities – employers, K-12 faculty and administrators, students, community members, board members, and our own employees. They’ve designed a very short, statewide survey to capture this feedback, a survey that will be live through September 30.

Please take a few minutes when you have a chance to weigh in on the priorities in the next few years for our System using this link—Future Priorities Survey.  We welcome and very much appreciate your input!

Funding Career Dreams

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As you might imagine, this challenging time means an even greater need to fund student scholarships so many students can pursue their career dreams. Thanks to the FVTC Foundation, many scholarships are awarded each year, but available funding supports only about half of the student applications.  Although it’s being run differently this year, I really appreciate the Foundation holding its 32nd annual golf outing today, August 5where every dollar raised goes directly toward student scholarships. 

Special thanks to the many wonderful sponsors of this event, particularly our presenting sponsor – Miron Construction, and three silver sponsors – Oshkosh Corporation, Robert W. Baird & Company, and Silver Star Brands. We hope to raise over $100,000 and simply could not do that without their support.   

If you’d like to help us make a difference through student scholarships, please consider bidding on items in an online auction held in conjunction with the golf outing event.  The link to the auction site is and will remain open until 2:00 p.m. on August 12.   

On behalf of our students, thank you!