It is humbling to think about Fox Valley Technical College serving our community for the past 100 years. As I think back to the days when I joined the college 28 years ago, so many things have changed. The number of people served is now just under 53,000 (the greatest reach of the state technical colleges), the number of graduates has doubled since 10 years ago, and technology, oh the changes! Yet something that hasn’t changed a bit, is our dedication to our mission. We prepare people for employment. It’s been our keen focus since 1912, and continues to be the focus today.
We just kicked off our college centennial celebration last month with our staff in-service, and it is going to be a great year! I invite you to share in the 100 year celebration with us and there are many ways you can do that. Here are a couple of ways you can participate:
- You could have a look at our 100 years website here: http://www.fvtc.edu/100years and view a digital timeline by decade, share photos you might have related to the college, and view a variety of historical videos. Speaking of changes in technology, this 1970’s commercial of ours makes me laugh every time I see it. Have a look: http://www.youtube.com/foxvalleytech#p/c/1CE2233AB53FF620/1/IBVGtd-hJWE.
- I would be honored if you would share your story about your experience with the college, and we’ve set up a special Facebook page just for that: http://www.facebook.com/foxvalleytech100 Have a look and enjoy hearing from others who’ve already shared their stories.
- I also invite you to join us at our Centennial Open House on Oct. 4 from 3-7:00 pm. This is our big outreach event to celebrate our centennial with our community and we would love to have you join us at one of our locations. All details can be found here: http://www.fvtc.edu/openhouse. We even have a free seminar this evening hosted by our Venture Center, for those thinking about starting their own business. Registration is required and the details can be found at the link above.
As I recently wrote about, our Foundation awards nearly 700 scholarships to students each year, and the demand for financial support by students continues to grow. We are also celebrating a “A Century of Caring” as part of centennial and would welcome your support of our students via our scholarship program: http://www.fvtc.edu/public/content.aspx?ID=1638&PID=1 .
It has been our privilege to serve our communities, and something we plan to continue doing for the next 100 years.