A record number of graduates participated in this spring’s commencement ceremony.
This past Sunday reminded me once again how special our spring commencement ceremony is. Not only is the event a culmination of another successful academic year, but during our May 14 commencement ceremony there were more than 500 graduates to congratulate – a record number to walk across the stage in our formal cap and gown ceremony!
An exceptional effort last week by students from our Automation and Electronics Club, as well as the faculty and staff who supported their work in holding the largest recycling day at FVTC to date in celebration of Earth Week.
Visitors celebrate the grand re-opening of our Bordini Center.
Last week we held a “grand re-opening” of our Bordini Center for both the community and college staff. After 30 years of serving the workplace training needs of thousands of employers and organizations, as well as hundreds of thousands of their employees and customers, this well-used facility really needed renovation. Through this process an entirely new configuration of space was achieved to better serve our customers for the next 30 years, including a much larger conference room that will seat about 400 people and added technologies to several training labs.
It was great to have over 300 people stop by to see what the new Bordini Center has to offer. If you haven’t had a chance to visit there recently, be sure to stop by.
The remodeled Bordini lobby provides a warm welcome to guests.
I so often cross paths with the many incredible FVTC graduates who live and work in our region, and in any number of terrific careers. Last week, however, I was so very proud of sharing an event with a 2001 graduate of our Criminal Justice-Law Enforcement program who currently serves as the Sheriff of Dodge County, Dale Schmidt. Sheriff Schmidt, in fact, is one of the youngest sheriffs to serve in that capacity in our state.
This week was “education day” for both the Leadership Oshkosh and Leadership Fox Cities groups, and I had the opportunity to interact with both. It was a pleasure to offer some welcome remarks to Leadership Fox Cities as the group spent about a half day at the Appleton Campus getting a firsthand look at several of our technical programs.
On February 7, we welcomed about 600 visitors to the Appleton campus for College Preview, a mini open house where parents and prospective students can gets answers to basically anything they’ve ever wanted to know about going to college. One of the hot topics again this year at the event was taking college courses in high school (dual enrollment) and then putting those credits to work toward a technical diploma or associate degree at Fox Valley Technical College.
Right before the holidays I became aware of a wonderful story I needed to share. I had seen an obituary for a 94-year-old woman named Marie who recently passed away. It was noted that she finished ninth grade and did not continue through high school, but rather stayed at home to help on the farm. A firm believer in education, however, Marie later attended night school at FVTC, proudly completing her GED certificate.