State Board Recognizes Oshkosh Corporation

Oskosh Corp - Futuremaker 091118Congratulations to Oshkosh Corporation on receiving the 2018 Futuremaker Partner Award from the Wisconsin Technical System Board for its longstanding partnership and collaboration with Fox Valley Technical College. I had the pleasure of joining members of our State Board, along with other System and college leaders from across the state, in honoring this exceptional company from our region during a dinner program this week.  The award was presented by State Board Chair, Mark Tyler, to Oshkosh Corporation President and CEO, Wilson Jones. Several other key leaders from Oshkosh Corporation were also in attendance.   

The College’s work with Oshkosh Corporation extends decades in areas such as workplace training initiatives to build a stronger regional workforce and the development of key training programs related to the use of Oshkosh Corporation and Pierce Manufacturing equipment at our Public Safety Training Center.  We’ve also worked together for many years in developing resources for Pierce University, an extensive learning management system of digital training modules.  The company’s support of the FVTC Foundation with equipment donations and scholarships to make college affordable for everyone has been terrific.

Pictured next to me are Wilson Jones, Mark Tyler, and Dr. Morna Foy, System President.   

 

Celebrating 25 Years of Family Literacy

The Appleton Even Start Family Literacy program celebrated a remarkable milestone last week – 25 years of serving parents and children through a terrific partnership between the Appleton Area School District and Fox Valley Technical College.  Adults come to this program to learn English and earn a high school credential, as well as employability skills.  Parenting skills are also a significant component of this program.

At the same time, the young children of these adults ranging in ages from 6 months to 5 years are served at the center through early childhood education experiences.  Having parents and their children participating in interactive literacy activities has proven to be very effective in supporting the growth and development of both child and adult together.  Today this program is located at the Community Early Learning Center in Appleton.

Parents and children are also exposed to many aspects of the community including field trips to the Appleton Public Library, the Building for Kids, local farms, and others.  Special events such as Octoberfest and the Appleton Christmas Parade, as well as families participating in swimming lessons, are also among the many experiences involved in this program.

Hundreds of families in our community have been served by the Even Start program over the years, having been strengthened by their experiences, advancing their education as parents and adults, and ensuring that children get off to the best start possible very early in life.  Congratulations to our partners at the Appleton Area School District and to our FVTC faculty and staff who have been so dedicated to the success of participants over the years.  It’s always a joy to visit this program!

Program instructor, Susan Hunsader, reflecting on this milestone shared the following: “Our community is blessed to have a program that educates the whole family and allows for parents to not only gain an education for themselves, but to learn that they are their child’s first and most important teacher.” 

I couldn’t agree more!

Amazing Accomplishment in Culinary Arts

Five Fox Valley Technical College students took home first place in the 2018 American Culinary Federation Student Team National Championship in New Orleans this summer.  More than 1,500 chefs, cooks, students and foodservice professionals attended the event. Other teams that vied for the national accolade included Orange Coast College, Alamance Community College, the Culinary Institute of New York at Monroe College, and the Joint Center of Excellence – U.S. Military.  Congratulations to both our students and terrific instructors.  In a highly competitive ACF national championship, what a wonderful milestone for our college, community, and state!

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IN PHOTO (from left): Students Morgan VandenLangenberg, Kirk Reilly, Grace Claussen, Regina Hueckman, Gage Dawiedczyk and Instructors Julia Steinhiser, Richard Williams, RC Schroeder

Technical Education Champion

Earlier this month another one of our key business partners was honored with a state-level award, and it was great to be there to help present and celebrate this recognition.  The award is called the “Technical Education Champion Award,” and it is a singular, annual honor from the District Boards Association (all of the college trustees) of the Wisconsin Technical College System.  The 2018 recipient was Continue reading “Technical Education Champion”

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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Award Winning Weekend for PTK at FVTC

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.

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    Several of us celebrated our PTK achievements in Nashville.

Excellence Abounds at Student Ambassador Event

What an honor to celebrate with 16 of our students nominated to serve as the College’s next ambassador.  Amazing students of all ages and backgrounds excelling in their fields.  The common themes in listening to the remarks of all these students were their gratefulness in finding a career passion and appreciation for the level of support they’ve received at FVTC.
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