Up to the Challenge, Together

It feels like the world has turned upside down this week. The escalating outbreak of the COVID-19, or coronavirus, has ushered in an unprecedented situation for our world, our nation, and our college. Despite uncertainties surrounding this global pandemic, Fox Valley Technical College is up to the challenge. We have been a powerful force in this region for well over 100 years, and while that foundation of support and experience offers tremendous stability, this situation will call for exceptional agility, creativity, and ingenuity on our part.Credit Eppstein Uhen Architects

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Time Capsule Opened

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Board Chair Patty Van Ryzin (seated) and I watched Sharron Huss (front) retrieve items from the 1989 time capsule.  

At this week’s Board of Trustees meeting we had an unusual agenda item – the opening of a 30-year-old time capsule designated by the Board of 1989 to be opened in the year 2020.  This time capsule was prepared as part of some remodeling on campus that was completed in 1989.  Sharron Huss, former trustee from that time and someone who participated in the capsule’s placement,  attended our meeting and enjoyed the honor of opening the capsule to share its contents with those present. It was great to see some of the artifacts from that time including several community newspapers, course catalogs, handprints from children in the Parent/Child Center, a number of photos and more.  A group of our younger student leaders also attended and were very interested in the contents of the time capsule that was created before they were born.

A Regional Vision with Life – Changing Impact

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Stara Gleash with instructors Kory Anderson (left) and Rob Behnke

Great anticipation came with the opening of our new Wautoma Regional Center in 2018. Located adjacent to Wautoma High School, the relocated and expanded facility offers several dual credit options for high school students and other programs unique to the needs of that region, including manufacturing, business, construction, and health care.

After meeting with local officials to discuss ways to tackle unemployment in the region, the transportation sector came into play. In 2019, we brought our truck driver training to the greater Wautoma area as a way to offer opportunities for a rewarding career in just 10 weeks to more people. That investment and vision have helped several students hit the road with a new direction, including Stara Gleash—the only woman to complete the program in Wautoma thus far. This single mother was able to take her classes locally while working full-time.

Stara recently visited the College’s Appleton campus with her son, Isaac, to thank instructors and share her passion for driving around the country and getting paid for doing so. Her pathway is a reminder that listening to the distinct needs of our communities often changes a life or two along the way.

Learn more about Stara’s story HERE>>>.