Author Archives: Dr. May

Another “Skills Gap” Strategy for Employers

A few years back a number of employers independently (and somewhat coincidentally) reached out to FVTC to assist with addressing their need to find skilled industrial maintenance employees. Even though we were graduating a significant number of manufacturing students, there were simply not enough to fill all the open positions in the region.
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Fired Up to Increase Educational Opportunities in Waushara County

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It was an honor to break wintery ground with our Wautoma partners.

Last Saturday was a beautiful Wisconsin day for February, the day we held a groundbreaking and controlled burn at the site of what will be FVTC’s newest regional center in Wautoma. Controlled burn? Well, the Wautoma Area School District generously sold the parcel of land for this facility to the College for $1 and an old house that previously served as the District’s administrative office needed to be cleared from the site. Enter FVTC’s Fire Protection students, staff, and the Waushara County Fire Chiefs Association to take care of that.
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One Way Employers Can Increase Their Candidate Pools

Every conversation I have with employers focuses on the concern about worker shortages and the difficulty they have in finding individuals with the skills needed to fill their open positions. The most recent economic survey conducted by Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce (WMC) indicates that 80% of employers are having trouble finding workers. Given Wisconsin’s demographics, this problem will, no doubt, only continue to worsen in the years ahead.
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Celebrating Key Partners in Agriculture Education

IMG_6398Last week we celebrated a long-standing partnership with Service Motor Company and Case IH. Many great things have resulted from this partnership, including our students’ access to the latest equipment and technology, and the development of a Precision Agriculture program, to name a few.

It was an opportunity to celebrate successes of the last decade and look ahead to new possibilities at a time when Ag equipment dealers and service centers are facing a critical shortage of skilled technicians, not unlike many other industries right now.
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Celebrating a 40-Year Partnership

We were so pleased to welcome Dr. David Black, President of Lakeland University, and several of his staff to FVTC this week to spend a few minutes celebrating what has been a 40-year partnership between our organizations. We commemorated the occasion by signing a new Memorandum of Understanding as a launch pad for the opportunities we will be working on together in the coming years. For 40 years the people of this region have been served well by this partnership, particularly the thousands of individuals who have completed their associate degree from FVTC and went on to earn a bachelor’s and/or master’s degree through Lakeland University’s Kellett Center in Neenah. Happy 40th Lakeland and FVTC!


Celebrating our 40-year partnership with our colleagues from Lakeland University.

Nursing at Its Finest — Our Grads in a League of Their Own

If you or a family member are considering the many options for nursing school, there’s a very good reason to consider Fox Valley Technical College – results.  Per the latest national NCLEX nursing exam results, both the cohorts of FVTC’s registered nursing (ADN) graduates and licensed practical nursing (LPN) graduates have achieved the #1 ranking.
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