I had the opportunity to attend last week’s open house for our latest home project that engaged the hands and minds of at least 60 students. Each year through property owned by the FVTC Foundation, students build a home with partial proceeds from its sale used to support related student projects. While primarily built by students in our Residential Building Construction program, other programs involved included Electricity, Wood Manufacturing Technology, Horticulture and Interior Design.
There is tremendous demand for skilled workers in the construction industry right now, so these students will have remarkable opportunities. Kudos to all involved in building such a quality, beautiful home in north Appleton
Baby boomers (individuals born between 1946 and 1964) have been a significant presence in our workforce for many decades. As growing numbers of this generation retire, one of the biggest concerns we hear from employers relates to the level of experience, skill, and expertise potentially walking out the door with them.
A few years back a number of employers independently (and somewhat coincidentally) reached out to FVTC to assist with addressing their need to find skilled industrial maintenance employees. Even though we were graduating a significant number of manufacturing students, there were simply not enough to fill all the open positions in the region. Continue reading →
Every conversation I have with employers focuses on the concern about worker shortages and the difficulty they have in finding individuals with the skills needed to fill their open positions. The most recent economic survey conducted by Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce (WMC) indicates that 80% of employers are having trouble finding workers. Given Wisconsin’s demographics, this problem will, no doubt, only continue to worsen in the years ahead. Continue reading →
We were so pleased to welcome Dr. David Black, President of Lakeland University, and several of his staff to FVTC this week to spend a few minutes celebrating what has been a 40-year partnership between our organizations. We commemorated the occasion by signing a new Memorandum of Understanding as a launch pad for the opportunities we will be working on together in the coming years. For 40 years the people of this region have been served well by this partnership, particularly the thousands of individuals who have completed their associate degree from FVTC and went on to earn a bachelor’s and/or master’s degree through Lakeland University’s Kellett Center in Neenah. Happy 40th Lakeland and FVTC!
Celebrating our 40-year partnership with our colleagues from Lakeland University.
If you or a family member are considering the many options for nursing school, there’s a very good reason to consider Fox Valley Technical College – results. Per the latest national NCLEX nursing exam results, both the cohorts of FVTC’s registered nursing (ADN) graduates and licensed practical nursing (LPN) graduates have achieved the #1 ranking. Continue reading →
Last week I was able to get “up close and personal” with Oshkosh Corporation in two very different ways. The first was through a conversation with one of our student veterans who was sharing with me how he had survived explosions in three separate encounters while serving in the Middle East, the last one being very serious and causing substantial personal injury. He was quick to point out, though, as he pulled up a photo on his phone of what was left of the vehicle he was riding in, that he wouldn’t be here today if it weren’t for Oshkosh Corporation. Continue reading →