Last week we were honored to host a very interesting lunch event at the College that was coordinated by the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition (USGLC) featuring a terrific panel discussing America’s Role in the World: Why Leading Globally Matters for Wisconsin. Panelists and featured speakers included Rep. Mike Gallagher from Wisconsin’s 8th Congressional District; John Ellenberger, Sr. VP for International Development at Land O’ Lakes; retired U.S. Army Lt. General William Troy; and Liz Schrayer, President/CEO of USGLC. About 150 business, government, education, and community leaders were in attendance.
Baby boomers (individuals born between 1946 and 1964) have been a significant presence in our workforce for many decades. As growing numbers of this generation retire, one of the biggest concerns we hear from employers relates to the level of experience, skill, and expertise potentially walking out the door with them.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Last week I was joined by a great team from FVTC at a required accreditation-related event in Chicago – something called a Strategy Forum. The purpose of this forum was to develop and design an important improvement project for the College.