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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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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Putting Credits to Work

On February 7, we welcomed about 600 visitors to the Appleton campus for College Preview, a mini open house where parents and prospective students can gets answers to basically anything they’ve ever wanted to know about going to college. One of the hot topics again this year at the event was taking college courses in high school (dual enrollment) and then putting those credits to work toward a technical diploma or associate degree at Fox Valley Technical College.
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Making an Impact in Unexpected Ways

Right before the holidays I became aware of a wonderful story I needed to share.  I had seen an obituary for a 94-year-old woman named Marie who recently passed away.  It was noted that she finished ninth grade and did not continue through high school, but rather stayed at home to help on the farm.  A firm believer in education, however, Marie later attended night school at FVTC, proudly completing her GED certificate.
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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

Poverty is Everyone’s Issue

Our mid-year all employee meeting this week welcomed the expertise of Dr. Bethanie Tucker, author and consultant, for three presentations on better understanding people living in poverty. Her engaging address before all faculty and staff in the morning included a blend of humor and shared life experiences to the delight of over 800 people. Dr. Tucker later spoke to two smaller groups of staff and faculty, allowing them to take a deeper dive into various aspects of this topic.
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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!