Category Archives: Community

A Wonderful Sight

IMG_0764What a beautiful day it was this past Sunday—not only the weather and the fact that it was Mothers’ Day, but celebrating with the 475 graduates participating in FVTC’s spring commencement ceremony.  The future looks very bright for these graduates, along with about 2,300 additional grads throughout this past year.

How bright does the future look?

95% graduate employment—the highest in 17 years

$39,000 + average yearly salary for graduates after six months in the workforce

$52,000 + average yearly salary for graduates after five years in the workforce

Taking a Global Perspective

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.

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Capturing the Expertise of a Large Segment of the Workforce Headed for Retirement

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.

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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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60 Years of Outdoor Learning

watertestingThis fall marks 60 years of our faculty, students, and graduates from the Natural Resources Technician program making a significant impact on both our local, state, and national ecosystems. Over the years our students have led such efforts like the updating of visitor maps at Wisconsin’s state parks and water testing projects for our lakes and rivers, in addition to working with many agencies on a variety of conservation initiatives. Congratulations!

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