As 2019 comes to a close and the holiday season is upon us, I just wanted to take a moment to thank you, my readers, for taking the time to read these posts over the years. I contributed my first blog post in 2010 and this is post number 175! I appreciate your interest and am grateful for the opportunity to share some perspectives with you.
With all the issues and turmoil in our country and in the world right now, this holiday season please find some small way to make a positive impact on others, show compassion, or give back to your community in some way. Little acts of kindness can really make a difference – we can each make a difference. Happy holidays and all the best in 2020!
The college held its annual open house on October 2, and once again the event welcomed nearly 3,000 visitors at all of our campus locations in the area. I always look forward to this fall event to witness the connections our faculty and staff make with prospective students and their families to not only build promising futures, but also lifelong relationships.
The energy at this year’s open house was electric. Our strong economy has ushered in a great opportunity for both career starters and career changers to find a rewarding career path, while we continue to work toward addressing the critical workforce needs of our region’s employers.
Technical skills and technical careers are clearly the focus of this growing economy and it was terrific to see so many people exploring these tremendous career opportunities.
On September 18 a large gathering of community leaders, school district representatives, elected officials, and other partners joined us for a special dedication ceremony of the college’s new Wautoma Regional Center. This welcoming facility located adjacent to Wautoma High School brings fresh technologies and innovative learning spaces to a part of our district that we’ve been serving for 40 years; however, facility upgrades and expanded services to meet regional workforce demands and employment opportunities were needed.
A new industrial bay and health care lab, along with an expanded welding lab, were big hits by those who toured the center before and after a formal ribbon-cutting ceremony. The faculty and staff were literally gleaming when showing off their regional center, which also houses the Wautoma Area School District administrative office and a regional office for the Fox Valley Workforce Development Center.
I couldn’t be more grateful for the support for this project by the FVTC Foundation. Fully half of the funding to make this center a reality came from the Foundation. It was great to see Foundation Board Chair, Jackie Weber, side by side and cutting the ribbon with the Chair of our Board of Trustees, Tony Gonzalez.
What really struck me during the dedication ceremony of the 12,000-sqaure-foot facility was observing the enthusiasm on the faces of our speakers and those in attendance. It felt like a college town had emerged from the commitment of the people in attendance—one that is poised to support and complement the unique educational needs of the greater Waushara County area.
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!
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. Continue reading “Excellence Abounds at Student Ambassador Event”→
Our newly expanded Veterans Resource Center held an open house this past week in celebration of Veterans Day. Both internal and external visitors toured the new center and met our Veterans Services staff to learn how the college is currently serving nearly 800 student veterans. The event included a special visit by Daniel Buttery, assistant deputy secretary with the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs.
On Friday, I had the pleasure of addressing the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Fall Leadership Conference held at our Appleton campus for students from all across the state. I talked a bit about my own leadership journey and shared a few observations and suggestions that I thought might be of help to our student leaders. Continue reading “Sharing Time with Emerging Leaders”→