Great Opportunity for Entrepreneurial Veterans

It was great to welcome to campus Governor Evers and Secretary Mary Kolar of the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs last week for a check presentation to the FVTC Foundation.  Thanks to the generous support of the WI DVA, almost $100,000 will fund new cohorts of veterans in an “Innovation Accelerator” program offered by our Venture Center.  This program is designed to provide entrepreneurial training and technical support, networking opportunities, one-to-one mentoring and seed funding for start-up/growth expenses for veteran-owned businesses.

We are very pleased to be able to continue our partnership with the WI DVA this year in offering Innovation Accelerator to more veterans.  Over the last two years, 37 veterans have completed this customized entrepreneurship training, a group that has gone on to launch 25 successful new businesses and expand 8 existing businesses.

Recently, I crossed paths with one of those businesses – Iron Alliance – which focuses on all aspects of personal health and well-being, including organizational cultures and how leadership factors into a work culture.  Iron Alliance is owned and operated by a couple of very impressive young men trying to make a real difference in people’s lives.  They asked me to be part of their podcast series.  Check out their website at https://www.teamironalliance.com.

And if you’re interested in listing to my Iron Alliance podcast, here’s a link:  https://www.fvtc.edu/news/Story/college-president-on-leadership

 

New Salon & Spa Fills Timely Need

The closing of some area cosmetology schools created an opportunity for FVTC to expand its learning lab and accommodate industry needs for skilled beauticians, estheticians and massage therapists. The new and spacious Trilogy Salon & Spa on the Appleton campus prepares students for careers in this field while welcoming the public to receive services in hairstyling, skin and nail care, massage therapy and more.

As recently noted by Kim Olson, our dean of the college’s Service Division, “Despite closures to salon schools like Gill-Tech and Paul Mitchell, the demand for these services has only increased.  Our program offers real-world training at a very affordable price.”

When making an appointment for salon services at Trilogy however, it is important to understand that this is a learning lab for our students.  Everyone has to start somewhere in acquiring skills, and actual experience in working with people is as real as it gets!

For a complete list of services and hours open to the public, visit www.fvtc.edu/Trilogy.

All Hands on Deck: Fight for missing persons and child protection reaches extraordinary milestone

This fall has me reminiscing about the College landing its first multi-million dollar federal grant from the Federal Department of Justice in 1993, thanks to the great work of now retiree, Ed Krueger.  And for 25 years now, FVTC’s National Criminal Justice Training Center (NCJTC) has engaged the law enforcement, nonprofit, education and human service sectors to provide best practices in issues related to missing persons, child protection, and tribal justice.

The NCJTC’s role in delivering training and technical assistance strategies for experts administering the AMBER Alert, Internet Crimes Against Children, human trafficking, tribal policing, school safety, and more is vital due to growing national and international activity concerning human exploitation.

“From that first grant program, we realized that the best way to address these emerging national needs was to create strategic teams within NCJTC to support priority efforts,” says NCJTC Director Brad Russ.

NCJTC in the USA

  • Offers 150+ training programs in 13 different categories to address national criminal justice priorities
  • Trained over 250,000 participants across all 50 states
  • Utilizes subject matter expertise from over 200 child protection practitioners nationwide
  • As of May 1, 2019 the AMBER Alert program has assisted in the recovery of 957 children
  • Supports the work of 61 Internet Crimes Against Children Task Forces nationwide
  • Provided training or technical assistance to over 220 Native American Tribal Communities in North America

Great Day for a Golf Outing Fundraiser!

IMG_0494I was pleased to welcome 156 golfers to the FVTC Foundation’s 31st annual golf outing yesterday at Royal St. Pat’s golf course in Wrightstown.  Funds raised from the day will be used for student scholarships, and I’m quite sure this event will hit an all-time record for the Foundation. That means more students will benefit from its support.

I can’t say enough about the many sponsors and prize contributors for this event – this simply couldn’t happen without them.  Special thanks to our largest sponsors:

  • Presenting Sponsor:  Miron Construction
  • Gold Sponsor:  Marco
  • Silver Sponsors:  Oshkosh Corporation, Robert W. Baird & Company, and Silver Star Brands

Latest Collaboration Supports Health Care Partner

Recently I had the pleasure of welcoming Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes and Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Secretary Caleb Frostman to our Health Simulation Technology Center to highlight how one of our health care partners is filling a critical skill shortage.

ThedaCare needs more medical assistants to serve at its many clinical sites, and thanks to a DWD Fast Forward grant, the organization is developing a talent pipeline by training its incumbent workforce. The training includes both classroom and hands-on practicum provided by FVTC instructors, and completers will receive a Medical Assistant Technical Diploma.

This partnership exemplifies an innovative way to utilize the talents of an existing workforce to meet other emerging needs with an organization. Congratulations to everyone involved in making this initiative a reality.

 

Tech Ed Teacher Shortage

A new degree program that will assist in meeting an urgent need was recently approved unanimously by the UW Board of Regents. The new major, “Technology and Engineering Education” at UW Oshkosh, is designed to address a critical shortage of K-12 technical education teachers.

What’s unique about this program is that it includes completion of an associate degree (AAS) in one of our technical education fields as its foundation. The work on this academic partnership has been underway for a few years, and this program will be open to students this fall. Congratulations to the UW Oshkosh and FVTC leaders who have worked to champion this development!

If you know of anyone holding an AAS degree from FVTC in a technical field such as electronics, automation, or mechanical design, etc., and interested in pursuing a teaching career, be sure to let them know about this program.  It would also be an excellent educational path for a recent high school graduate interested in becoming a Tech Ed K-12 teacher.

Impact of Technical Colleges

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Last month I had the opportunity to once again participate in a WHBY radio interview, share information about the technical college system, and discuss some of FVTC’s work here in the region.  It was great to join Hayley Tenpas as part of her Focus Fox Valley program.  I’ve linked the segment here if you’d like to listen! https://www.whby.com/2019/06/27/83532/