Category Archives: In The News

Student’s Small Town Dreams Land on Big Stage

It makes my day when we can shine a spotlight on the exemplary achievements of our students—whether it be through the news, during a college event, via social media, or like we did recently with Eric Kovacevich at our Board of Trustees meeting in June.
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Congratulating Graduates in Record Numbers

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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!
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Award Winning Weekend for PTK at FVTC

What a terrific few days at the International Phi Theta Kappa Conference with students and staff in Nashville.  Several major awards came home to FVTC:

  • Our Chapter won the Distinguished College Project Hallmark Award.
  • Jennifer McIntosh received the Distinguished Advisor Award.
  • And I was very honored to receive the Shirley B. Gordon Award of Distinction for College presidents and chancellors.

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    Several of us celebrated our PTK achievements in Nashville.

Celebrating an Amazing Transformation of the D. J. Bordini Center

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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.

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The remodeled Bordini lobby provides a warm welcome to guests.

Excellence Abounds at Student Ambassador Event

What an honor to celebrate with 16 of our students nominated to serve as the College’s next ambassador.  Amazing students of all ages and backgrounds excelling in their fields.  The common themes in listening to the remarks of all these students were their gratefulness in finding a career passion and appreciation for the level of support they’ve received at FVTC.
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Technical College Students Shine at the State Capitol

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Interior Design Instructor Lisa Martinek (Left) with students Kayla, Danielle, and Lisa.

Earlier this week I was so pleased to join a number of our students at the state capitol for the annual Wisconsin Technical College System “Student Showcase.”  Student projects from all 16 technical colleges were on display and highlighted for state legislators, System leaders, and college presidents from across Wisconsin.  FVTC Interior Design students, Danielle Powers, Lisa Van Lannen and Kayla Domaszek featured their outstanding kitchen designs that have been entered in this year’s National Kitchen and Bath Association student design competition.
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What’s Ahead for FVTC in 2017

Even though we’re a few weeks into the new year, I thought I might share some of what’s ahead for FVTC this year.  I had the honor of joining a number of business and governmental leaders in sharing some thoughts about the overall 2017 Economic Outlook in the December 2016 edition of the New North B2B magazine, but here I will focus on just a couple of items more specific to the College. Continue reading