Another Stunning Example of Craftsmanship

I had the opportunity to attend last week’s open house for our latest home project that engaged the hands and minds of at least 60 students.  Each year through property owned by the FVTC Foundation, students build a home with partial proceeds from its sale used to support related student projects. While primarily built by students in our Residential Building Construction program, other programs involved included Electricity, Wood Manufacturing Technology, Horticulture and Interior Design.

There is tremendous demand for skilled workers in the construction industry right now, so these students will have remarkable opportunities. Kudos to all involved in building such a quality, beautiful home in north Appleton

To learn more about the home, visit HERE.

 

A Wonderful Sight

IMG_0764What a beautiful day it was this past Sunday—not only the weather and the fact that it was Mothers’ Day, but celebrating with the 475 graduates participating in FVTC’s spring commencement ceremony.  The future looks very bright for these graduates, along with about 2,300 additional grads throughout this past year.

How bright does the future look?

95% graduate employment—the highest in 17 years

$39,000 + average yearly salary for graduates after six months in the workforce

$52,000 + average yearly salary for graduates after five years in the workforce

Taking a Global Perspective

Last week we were honored to host a very interesting lunch event at the College that was coordinated by the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition (USGLC) featuring a terrific panel discussing America’s Role in the World: Why Leading Globally Matters for Wisconsin. Panelists and featured speakers included Rep. Mike Gallagher from Wisconsin’s 8th Congressional District; John Ellenberger, Sr. VP for International Development at Land O’ Lakes; retired U.S. Army Lt. General William Troy; and Liz Schrayer, President/CEO of USGLC. About 150 business, government, education, and community leaders were in attendance.

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Capturing the Expertise of a Large Segment of the Workforce Headed for Retirement

Baby boomers (individuals born between 1946 and 1964) have been a significant presence in our workforce for many decades. As growing numbers of this generation retire, one of the biggest concerns we hear from employers relates to the level of experience, skill, and expertise potentially walking out the door with them.

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Another “Skills Gap” Strategy for Employers

A few years back a number of employers independently (and somewhat coincidentally) reached out to FVTC to assist with addressing their need to find skilled industrial maintenance employees. Even though we were graduating a significant number of manufacturing students, there were simply not enough to fill all the open positions in the region.
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Fired Up to Increase Educational Opportunities in Waushara County

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It was an honor to break wintery ground with our Wautoma partners.

Last Saturday was a beautiful Wisconsin day for February, the day we held a groundbreaking and controlled burn at the site of what will be FVTC’s newest regional center in Wautoma. Controlled burn? Well, the Wautoma Area School District generously sold the parcel of land for this facility to the College for $1 and an old house that previously served as the District’s administrative office needed to be cleared from the site. Enter FVTC’s Fire Protection students, staff, and the Waushara County Fire Chiefs Association to take care of that.
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One Way Employers Can Increase Their Candidate Pools

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.
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