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Wautoma — a New College Town?

 

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Wautoma Regional Center

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… L to R: Tom Rheinheimer (Wautoma Area School District Superintendent), Tony Gonzalez (Board Chair), Jackie Weber (Foundation Board Chair), Chris Brown (Wautoma Regional Manager)

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.

Celebrating Diversity at the State Capitol

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.
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