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.
Having been involved in higher education for more than three decades, it’s interesting to reflect on how trends have changed…and once in a while something old is even new again! It wasn’t too many years ago the trend was to offer students as many options as possible, allowing them to choose from among a plethora of degree programs, some with very little distinction between them – a full array of separate, but often quite similar, programs. What was also trending at the time was complete flexibility in how a student chose to piece together his/her schedule of classes in working toward degree completion. Gone were the days prior where our technical programs were very rigid in their structure with distinct blocks of courses to be taken each term, there were no electives, and they were scheduled in a way that a full cohort of students pretty much progressed through together, in almost lock step, from start to finish. Continue reading
Last week we hosted a visit by Governor Walker, the Secretary and Deputy Secretary of the Department of Financial Institutions (DFI), and a number of local legislators focusing on the topic of college affordability and student debt. While recent developments on this front by State Government were highlighted and I had the opportunity to share some of the ways we are making a college education even more affordable, the new announcement by the Governor was the creation of a position at DFI that will specialize in student debt.
At the Board of Trustees’ August meeting we were pleased to welcome and celebrate the accomplishments of our students and staff advisors who competed in the National SkillsUSA Conference held in Louisville, KY this summer. Students from our Outdoor Power Equipment, Power Sports, and Electronics programs participated in this year’s competition.
The 30 competitors from Wisconsin’s technical colleges brought home a total of four medals…and three of them came home to FVTC! Continue reading
The FVTC Board of Trustees recently approved a new Vision Statement for the College – our vision is to be “a catalyst in engaging partners to bring innovative educational solutions to individuals, employers, and communities – transforming challenges into opportunities.”
Yesterday we had an outstanding opportunity to take a step toward advancing this new vision. The College and the FVTC Foundation publicly launched a new initiative that will support students from low-income families in the FVTC District in attaining a technical degree – the FVTC Promise Scholarship Program. At the launch event, we were joined by many community leaders, K-12 school personnel, local legislators, and media representatives for this announcement and all were very excited about the promise of this initiative and the difference it will make.
I’ve been attending so many events and celebrations in the last few months, there’s been no time to write a blog post! So many, in fact, that I could easily have added to my event chronicles on a daily basis if only there was the time. As I reflect on all of the year-end student, staff, and community celebrations, one special event stands out. And it stands out among all of the culminating events because it was a celebration of the beginning of something new at the College. I’m referring to the launch event that was held earlier this month for the new AYES Program. Continue reading