Category Archives: Partnerships

The Impact of Oshkosh Corporation

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.
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Building Decades of Success from the Ground Up in Residential Construction

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.
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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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Leadership in Our Communities

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.
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A Message of the Season

On behalf of all of us at Fox Valley Technical College, I’d like to extend a warm holiday greeting to each of you – our staff, partners, friends, donors, students, employer customers, and anyone who looks to the College for a new skill, a career change, or simply a better direction in life.

It’s important for all of us to take a little time during the holiday season to reflect on the many positive outcomes from our work together this past year.  We certainly appreciate you.

Please take a moment to check out our holiday E-card.  All the best in 2017!

Celebrating Diversity at the State Capitol

I could not have had a more enjoyable day than I did yesterday with a group of our staff and one of our students as we made a road trip to Madison and the State Capitol.  We were there to attend the annual state Diversity Awards program sponsored by the State Council on Affirmative Action and the Wisconsin Department of Administration, Division of Personnel Management.  This was the first year that the eligibility criteria for the Ann Lydecker Educational Diversity Award was expanded beyond the UW System to include the Wisconsin Technical College System institutions.  And Fox Valley Technical College was honored with this award for the exceptional work of our staff in the “Brother to Brother” program, which has now expanded to the “Scholars for Success” initiative – focusing on targeted retention and degree completion strategies for minority students.
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