One Graduate Walks Two Stages in Same Year

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I really enjoy the smiles, hugs, and cheers that bring life to our commencement ceremonies each year. It’s hard to capture in words the energy that fills the air as we celebrate the success of our graduates. Our mid-year ceremony coming up on December 20 will be no exception. One of our graduates will walk the stage with an Associate Degree in Business Management just six months after graduating from high school.

Thanks to taking dual credit classes while attending Chilton High School, Macey Pingel was able to finish her college degree at FVTC just a semester later. Her great start in high school is a testament to the value of career pathway planning and dual enrollment – in both time and money. Here is a young woman well on her way to continuing her education and career opportunities with little or no debt six months after finishing high school. It’s quite remarkable for someone to attain both a high school diploma and college degree in the same year. Congratulations and all the best in 2020, Macey!

A Closer Look at Agriculture Today

I’m always amazed when our college forges new partnerships with various businesses and organizations to help advance economic development and the awareness of career opportunities for prospective students. Our latest collaboration ushers in a bit of a new twist when it comes to partnerships in the form of video segments. Since August, Fox Valley Tech has been working with WFRV, local CBS affiliate, to raise awareness of both the challenges and opportunities Wisconsin farmers face, and at the same time highlighting their unique operations.  

Led by one of our experienced Ag Instructors, Jeremy Hansen, is contributing to the “Life on the Farm” series which airs weekly as part of WFRV’s Midwest Farm Weekly. Channel 5 looked to our team of Ag experts to keep a strong tradition of farm news front and center after the retirement of journalist Mike Austin, who told stories about the heartland with the station for more than 35 years.

We are grateful for the opportunity to work with Millaine Wells and her team at WFRV to provide a voice for agriculture throughout the region. You can learn more HERE>>>.

 

Student Leaders Make a Difference

 

This morning I had the pleasure of welcoming to FVTC the Wisconsin Student Government, made up of elected student leaders from each of the 16 technical colleges in our State.  Serving in these roles, students hold a great responsibility to effectively represent the student bodies at their respective colleges, as well as have the tremendous honor and privilege to do so.

In my remarks I shared some thoughts about advocacy and how to be successful advocates, focusing on four key elements:

  • Building positive relationships
  • Having credibility
  • Effectively conveying a message
  • Following through and keeping promises or commitments

It’s always great to interact with such impressive student leaders.  Their work does make a difference both for their colleges and for the Wisconsin Technical College System.  My hats are off to them!

 

Great Opportunity for Entrepreneurial Veterans

It was great to welcome to campus Governor Evers and Secretary Mary Kolar of the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs last week for a check presentation to the FVTC Foundation.  Thanks to the generous support of the WI DVA, almost $100,000 will fund new cohorts of veterans in an “Innovation Accelerator” program offered by our Venture Center.  This program is designed to provide entrepreneurial training and technical support, networking opportunities, one-to-one mentoring and seed funding for start-up/growth expenses for veteran-owned businesses.

We are very pleased to be able to continue our partnership with the WI DVA this year in offering Innovation Accelerator to more veterans.  Over the last two years, 37 veterans have completed this customized entrepreneurship training, a group that has gone on to launch 25 successful new businesses and expand 8 existing businesses.

Recently, I crossed paths with one of those businesses – Iron Alliance – which focuses on all aspects of personal health and well-being, including organizational cultures and how leadership factors into a work culture.  Iron Alliance is owned and operated by a couple of very impressive young men trying to make a real difference in people’s lives.  They asked me to be part of their podcast series.  Check out their website at https://www.teamironalliance.com.

And if you’re interested in listing to my Iron Alliance podcast, here’s a link:  https://www.fvtc.edu/news/Story/college-president-on-leadership

 

New Salon & Spa Fills Timely Need

The closing of some area cosmetology schools created an opportunity for FVTC to expand its learning lab and accommodate industry needs for skilled beauticians, estheticians and massage therapists. The new and spacious Trilogy Salon & Spa on the Appleton campus prepares students for careers in this field while welcoming the public to receive services in hairstyling, skin and nail care, massage therapy and more.

As recently noted by Kim Olson, our dean of the college’s Service Division, “Despite closures to salon schools like Gill-Tech and Paul Mitchell, the demand for these services has only increased.  Our program offers real-world training at a very affordable price.”

When making an appointment for salon services at Trilogy however, it is important to understand that this is a learning lab for our students.  Everyone has to start somewhere in acquiring skills, and actual experience in working with people is as real as it gets!

For a complete list of services and hours open to the public, visit www.fvtc.edu/Trilogy.

A Fight Worth Fighting: Training for Missing Persons and Child Protection Reaches Extraordinary Milestone

This fall has me reminiscing about the College landing its first multi-million dollar federal grant from the Federal Department of Justice in 1993, thanks to the great work of now retiree, Ed Krueger.  And for 25 years now, FVTC’s National Criminal Justice Training Center (NCJTC) has engaged the law enforcement, nonprofit, education and human service sectors to provide best practices in issues related to missing persons, child protection, and tribal justice.

The NCJTC’s role in delivering training and technical assistance strategies for experts administering the AMBER Alert, Internet Crimes Against Children, human trafficking, tribal policing, school safety, and more is vital due to growing national and international activity concerning human exploitation.

“From that first grant program, we realized that the best way to address these emerging national needs was to create strategic teams within NCJTC to support priority efforts,” says NCJTC Director Brad Russ.

NCJTC in the USA

  • Offers 150+ training programs in 13 different categories to address national criminal justice priorities
  • Trained over 250,000 participants across all 50 states
  • Utilizes subject matter expertise from over 200 child protection practitioners nationwide
  • As of May 1, 2019 the AMBER Alert program has assisted in the recovery of 957 children
  • Supports the work of 61 Internet Crimes Against Children Task Forces nationwide
  • Provided training or technical assistance to over 220 Native American Tribal Communities in North America

Great Day for a Golf Outing Fundraiser!

IMG_0494I was pleased to welcome 156 golfers to the FVTC Foundation’s 31st annual golf outing yesterday at Royal St. Pat’s golf course in Wrightstown.  Funds raised from the day will be used for student scholarships, and I’m quite sure this event will hit an all-time record for the Foundation. That means more students will benefit from its support.

I can’t say enough about the many sponsors and prize contributors for this event – this simply couldn’t happen without them.  Special thanks to our largest sponsors:

  • Presenting Sponsor:  Miron Construction
  • Gold Sponsor:  Marco
  • Silver Sponsors:  Oshkosh Corporation, Robert W. Baird & Company, and Silver Star Brands