Every person reading this blog could help make history tomorrow. Tuesday is election day and those of you who live in the Fox Valley Technical College service area will be able to vote on our proposed expansion plan.
The reason this is historic is because it will be only the third time in our history that our College has asked the public for support in a major capital referendum. The first referendum was held in the late ’60s to build the campus in Grand Chute, the second was in 1998 which allowed us to make just an incredible difference in our facilities to serve this region, and of course the third will go before voters on Tuesday. Our College has a 100 year history of growing, expanding and changing to meet the needs of communiites and this plan will help us lay a new foundation for a strong future of high-demand technical training in the region.
Over the last few months, I have met with hundreds of students, graduates, employers and community leaders and found myself occasionally suprised to hear questions like, “do I live in your district?” or “who makes this decision?” I can understand the confusion because our service area covers all or parts of nine counties and we often serve people from outside our defined “district.” If you are a citizen living in Outagamie, Winnebago, Waupaca, Waushara or Calumet counties or certain portions of Brown, Manitowoc, Portage or Shawano counties, you’re eligible to weigh in on our referendum question. There is an easy-to-read map and a complete listing of municipalities in our district at this link: http://www.fvtc.edu/public/content.aspx?ID=2224&PID=28.
As Americans, one of our most unique rights is the freedom to participate in elections. It is impressive that we can go to the polls and record our opinions in a peaceful process that’s open to every citizen 18 years of age and older. Tomorrow, please be part of that process by voting. The polls are open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
If you have any questions about what is being proposed, I encourage you to visit our website: www.fvtc.edu/referendum or feel free to contact me. Thanks in advance for voting!