Celebrating Diversity at the State Capitol

I could not have had a more enjoyable day than I did yesterday with a group of our staff and one of our students as we made a road trip to Madison and the State Capitol.  We were there to attend the annual state Diversity Awards program sponsored by the State Council on Affirmative Action and the Wisconsin Department of Administration, Division of Personnel Management.  This was the first year that the eligibility criteria for the Ann Lydecker Educational Diversity Award was expanded beyond the UW System to include the Wisconsin Technical College System institutions.  And Fox Valley Technical College was honored with this award for the exceptional work of our staff in the “Brother to Brother” program, which has now expanded to the “Scholars for Success” initiative – focusing on targeted retention and degree completion strategies for minority students.
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Sharing Time with Emerging Leaders

On Friday, I had the pleasure of addressing the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Fall Leadership Conference held at our Appleton campus for students from all across the state.  I talked a bit about my own leadership journey and shared a few observations and suggestions that I thought might be of help to our student leaders.
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100 Habitat for Humanity Homes!

It was great to be part of a very special celebration on Wednesday with staff and students from our Electricity program.  What were we celebrating?  Their outstanding partnership with Habitat for Humanity of the Greater Fox Cities.  Over the course of the last 10 years, the staff and about 120 students in this educational program have done the electrical wiring for 100 Habitat homes built here in the region and the celebration today was held at the 100th home.
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