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Congratulating Graduates in Record Numbers

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A record number of graduates participated in this spring’s commencement ceremony.

This past Sunday reminded me once again how special our spring commencement ceremony is. Not only is the event a  culmination of another successful academic year, but during our May 14 commencement ceremony there were more than 500 graduates to congratulate – a record number to walk across the stage in our formal cap and gown ceremony!
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Crossing Paths with an Impressive Graduate

I so often cross paths with the many incredible FVTC graduates who live and work in our region, and in any number of terrific careers.  Last week, however, I was so very proud of sharing an event with a 2001 graduate of our Criminal Justice-Law Enforcement program who currently serves as the Sheriff of Dodge County, Dale Schmidt.  Sheriff Schmidt, in fact, is one of the youngest sheriffs to serve in that capacity in our state.
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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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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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Who’s Hiring Our Grads?

On December 3, I was once again honored to participate in our winter commencement program. My perspective on stage while congratulating hundreds of graduates made me think about a recent publication our college developed with the very images of their smiles in caps and gowns on its front cover.
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Added Boost for Welding and Metal Fabrication

Stopped by to join our partners from Miller Electric Mfg. Company in touring our newly expanded metal fabrication, welding, metallurgy and robotic welding labs at the Appleton campus last week.

One of our students working in a robotic welding cell that morning summed it up best…“Now we can work 100% on learning these skills as opposed to four students sharing a cell.”  There’s now room and capacity in this facility to support more students and better prepare them for high-tech manufacturing careers.  Our staff did a great job with this expansion project!