Monthly Archives: April 2013

Ever Think About Teaching?

 

FVTC Faculty & Adjunct Faculty Job Fair

FVTC is hosting a Faculty and Adjunct Faculty Job Fair on Monday, April 29

I actually started my career as a teacher, so this is something close to my heart. The college is hosting a Faculty and Adjunct Faculty Job Fair on Monday, April 29, for individuals who want to explore the possibility of teaching for Fox Valley Technical College full-time, part-time, or on an adjunct (course by course) basis.

Our instructors have expertise in a wide range of fields and, collectively, make an incredible contribution to the region’s economy through the daily development of the current and future workforce. Their expertise in advanced manufacturing, business, health care, transportation, communications, public safety, culinary arts and IT, just to name a few, offers tremendous learning experiences for those they touch.

What’s even more impressive is hearing from our students, graduates, and workplace partners about the role these instructors have played, and continue to play, in their lives.  I don’t have to look very far to find these testimonials. They find me… in the halls at FVTC, during visits to employers, at student and community events, and more.

Perhaps you’d like to consider joining our organization and pursuing a profoundly rewarding career. I can’t tell you how often I’ve interviewed individuals for teaching positions over the years where candidates, often well into their careers, are at a point where they’re looking to “give back” to their industry or field by teaching. What a great capstone experience on a successful career!

Creating futures for students who are working so hard every day to gain a better life is not the only reason FVTC is great place to work. The supportive culture, abundant professional development opportunities, and high-tech facilities and classrooms also make this college a very special “home away from home” for many of us who work here.  Everywhere you turn there is someone willing to help you do your job to the best of your ability!

Please consider joining us on April 29 to learn more. You’ll find the details and registration information at www.fvtc.edu/jobfair.

Not Just Any Day on the Farm

I had the opportunity last week to participate in the 63rd annual Educational Farm Tour that is organized by our Agriculture Department at FVTC.  Over the years, I’ve participated in many of these programs, but this one wasn’t your typical “day on the farm.”  This year’s event featured several operations in Calumet County and I visited two of the three dairy farms…one with a herd of 140 and the other with a herd of 3,500 cows. No, that is not a typo.

The 63rd Annual Fox Valley Technical College Farm Tour highlighted agriculture technologies at three farms in Calumet County.

The 63rd Annual Fox Valley Technical College Farm Tour highlighted agriculture technologies at three farms in Calumet County.

Both of these dairies were very successful operations, even though vastly different in size.  Our first stop was the smaller farm with a dairy herd of 140, about the same number of cows my family farm had when I was growing up.  In fact, taking a look at the milking parlor on this farm, the set-up was almost identical to the one I had spent a fair amount of time in as a young person in the ‘60s and ‘70s.  What struck me about this operation, though, was the extensive testing and use of data to improve the milk quality (and ultimately price for that milk).  An on-farm pasteurizer was being used to take milk that would have simply been thrown away years ago, making it safe and better than milk replacer for feeding calves.  Very impressive. Continue reading