Taking a Look Ahead

With the start of a brand new year, it seems an opportune time to reflect and consider the future for the College.  Later this week we will be conducting a Strategic Planning Summit…two intensive days of examining where we are and where we want to go next as an organization.  How invigorating!  When you stop and think that we impact the lives of almost 50,000 people each year through a wide range of educational programs, having a good plan for addressing needs on that scale is of paramount importance.

As we go through this planning process, I will definitely be blogging about different elements of the plan that takes shape over the next several months and asking for your feedback.  But let me begin by posing  a very general question as some initial food for thought.  What is your vision for Fox Valley Technical College?  Where do you see the College about five years from now—what are our opportunities, areas that need more focus or attention, or key strategies that will allow us to provide our students and employers with a competitive edge?  How can we be of better service to students, employers, and the communities we serve?  I would love to hear your thoughts.  Help shape our future.

3 thoughts on “Taking a Look Ahead

  1. Dan Poeschel

    I think we could do a better job of meeting the needs of students entering our college. I would like us quit talking about under prepared learners. We need to develop a seamless transition process from the start that meets the students needs where they are at that particular time. We cannot continue to rely on goal classes. Programs and goal need to be more integrated.

    I Believe we need to continue to stress more online delivery and flexibility into the programs.

  2. Pat Pollock

    I think the key to America’s future is developing the soft skills that can set us apart from those countries with great (and cheap!) technical skills. We need to train our students in critical and creative thinking–teaching them how to improvise, problem solve, and make appropriate decisions.

    As an example in my program, we used to spend a lot of time teaching specific software that may be obsolete by the time they graduate. Now we are asking the students to go to the next level and figure out a previously unknown software on their own, learn something about the software not commonly known, and teach it to someone else. This, hopefully, gives them the opportunity to apply soft skills, embrace change, and become an innovative leader in the workplace.

  3. Heather Rawling-Davis

    Education. As a brand new student with a highschool diploma, teaching certification, and a Masters in Education, I’ve repeatedly asked myself the same question. Where are we going? Job outlooks aren’t the same as when I graduated the first time. Program coordinators are not as willing to invest in other creative learning opportuntites because they are expected to fall within the guidelines. As an elementary teacher I hope that I taught my students to look outside the box. the great saying Knowledge is Power doesn’t mean a whole lot without the support from your classmates. Challenging students to ask questions. Questions that sometimes for instructors aren’t comfortable and may even begin to challenge their own beliefs. As an educator my job was to help further each students ability while trying to do so collectively. As a public elementary school teacher the students don’t rely on cell phones, uniforms, or sameness. Each classroom is unique and engaging. The behaviors, the attitudes, and the motivation are driven usually by one purpose. To do well as a team. One of the most well-read authors wrote a book about the things we learn in kindergarten. I think the most that I’ve learned as a parent, athlete, educator,entrepreneur, was not taught to me by a single professor, but a classroom full of third graders. Now I am in class with them and what I fear most is failing them. There role model that used to be in front of the classroom has to recreate herself. Not being able to have a career that you were excited about, but finding that motivation somewhere else. Education.


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