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.
Several of us celebrated our PTK achievements in Nashville.
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.
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.