This year’s Fox Valley Technical College Community Open House on October 3 welcomed a record turnout. The event, which is also held at our regional centers and at the Oshkosh Riverside campus, offers something for everyone. You can explore career paths, learn about paying for college, talk to instructors and current students, check out amazing technologies, and apply for college without paying an admission fee.
Last week I was able to get “up close and personal” with Oshkosh Corporation in two very different ways. The first was through a conversation with one of our student veterans who was sharing with me how he had survived explosions in three separate encounters while serving in the Middle East, the last one being very serious and causing substantial personal injury. He was quick to point out, though, as he pulled up a photo on his phone of what was left of the vehicle he was riding in, that he wouldn’t be here today if it weren’t for Oshkosh Corporation.
When summer comes, year after year, we gather people together to celebrate the completion of a new single family home somewhere in the Fox Valley Region – a home that’s been completely constructed by our Residential Building Construction students, with the guidance of our faculty and staff. A few weeks ago, we held this annual celebration in Greenville.
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.
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!
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.
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.