All Hands on Deck: Fight 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

Latest Collaboration Supports Health Care Partner

Recently I had the pleasure of welcoming Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes and Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Secretary Caleb Frostman to our Health Simulation Technology Center to highlight how one of our health care partners is filling a critical skill shortage.

ThedaCare needs more medical assistants to serve at its many clinical sites, and thanks to a DWD Fast Forward grant, the organization is developing a talent pipeline by training its incumbent workforce. The training includes both classroom and hands-on practicum provided by FVTC instructors, and completers will receive a Medical Assistant Technical Diploma.

This partnership exemplifies an innovative way to utilize the talents of an existing workforce to meet other emerging needs with an organization. Congratulations to everyone involved in making this initiative a reality.

 

Tech Ed Teacher Shortage

A new degree program that will assist in meeting an urgent need was recently approved unanimously by the UW Board of Regents. The new major, “Technology and Engineering Education” at UW Oshkosh, is designed to address a critical shortage of K-12 technical education teachers.

What’s unique about this program is that it includes completion of an associate degree (AAS) in one of our technical education fields as its foundation. The work on this academic partnership has been underway for a few years, and this program will be open to students this fall. Congratulations to the UW Oshkosh and FVTC leaders who have worked to champion this development!

If you know of anyone holding an AAS degree from FVTC in a technical field such as electronics, automation, or mechanical design, etc., and interested in pursuing a teaching career, be sure to let them know about this program.  It would also be an excellent educational path for a recent high school graduate interested in becoming a Tech Ed K-12 teacher.

Impact of Technical Colleges

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Last month I had the opportunity to once again participate in a WHBY radio interview, share information about the technical college system, and discuss some of FVTC’s work here in the region.  It was great to join Hayley Tenpas as part of her Focus Fox Valley program.  I’ve linked the segment here if you’d like to listen! https://www.whby.com/2019/06/27/83532/

Innovation on the Road to Success

Between our technical certification program and contract training partnerships with area over-the-road carriers, our College’s Truck Driving program graduates around 800 professional drivers each year. Although the number is impressive and certainly makes an important dent in an ongoing driver shortage, it takes innovative program design and more efficient paths to completion in order to meet the needs of both individuals and regional employers.

Our faculty and staff in the Truck Driving program are always front and center when it comes to innovation. They’ve ushered in better access to training with extended evening and summer courses while bringing the latest technologies to our state-of-the-art J. J. Keller Transportation Center to attract students. Now, I’m delighted they’re bringing an even greater sense of urgency to growing the skilled labor pool for employers.

Students can now earn their Class A License in as little as eight weeks for around $2,300. What used to take 10 weeks to complete, drivers-in-training can finish sooner and save nearly $700 as well—all part of a fresh approach toward filling the demands of local companies. Most newly-hired drivers are making around $45,000 in their first year with bonuses, and drivers in the field for five years are earning more than $60,000. Family-friendly routes and spacious, high-tech tractors add to the allure of getting behind the wheel and making a good living.

With about 8,000 truck driving jobs available in Wisconsin, now is a great time to see the country while working independently on the road to success.

WBAY Channel 2 news coverage – Fox Valley Tech looking to close the truck driving gap

 

Global Connections

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Last week I had the wonderful opportunity to spend some time with a group of visiting students and faculty from Argentina.  The group is engaged in a grant-funded program called 100,000 Strong in the Americas and consists of student entrepreneurs.  Also in our discussion and this program were FVTC students from a variety of programs interested in entrepreneurship.  These students and several of our staff will travel to Argentina for this program’s exchange experience in the coming months.

I always enjoy meeting and talking with visitors to FVTC from around the globe where we can share perspectives and explore topics from such an expanded view.  These young guests were just terrific – so eager to learn, engage, and experience all they could as part of this international learning opportunity.  And what an incredible experience for our own students!

Having met and interacted with thousands of international students and visitors over many years, I can certainly attest to the fact that we have far more in common with others in the world than differences.