A Powerhouse in Agriculture

As I was working in my landscape this weekend, I was thinking about a state report that I read last week on technical college enrollments by various disciplines.  One fact in all of these numbers really stood out to me.  FVTC serves 25% of the total student enrollment in Agriculture within the 16 colleges of the Wisconsin Technical College System.  I’ve always known we’ve had a strong program, but supporting Wisconsin’s ag industry with one quarter of the WTCS total enrollment is pretty incredible.

Speaking of our ag programs being strong, earlier this summer our faculty and staff in the Agriculture Department were honored by the Wisconsin Association of Agriculture Educators (WAAE) with the 2014 Outstanding Post-Secondary Agriculture Program Award at their state conference.  Congratulations to this great team!  We are very proud of your work and your collective accomplishments.

Members of FVTC's Ag team gathered to receive their state award.
Members of FVTC’s Ag team gathered to receive their state award. Front row L to R: Tim Duel, Tom Yost, Jason Fischer, Sara Maass-Pate, Lynn Jerrett. Back row L to R: Joe Sinkula, Randy Tenpas, Jeremy Hanson, Mike Cattelino, Dale Drees, Nick Schneider, Kevin Rauchholz. Not pictured: Jim Beard, Roxanne Rusch-Olesen, Corey Lee, Jerry Fischer, Nancy Buchholtz.

I look at both quantity and quality when I think about the powerhouse our ag department really represents.  The quality recognition comes in the form of the WAAE award, which was based on our student employment outcomes, the department’s commitment to advanced technology, and the outstanding industry partnerships they’ve formed with companies such as Case IH, Service Motor Company, and others.  The quantity factor comes by serving so many students who are clearly finding value and opportunity through these programs in an industry with significant need for technicians and operators.

Just as my landscape and gardening work never seems to be done, we have much to do to support our agriculture industry!  I can’t think of a stronger team to lead the way.

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