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 →
When summer comes, year after year, we gather people together to celebrate the completion of a new single family home somewhere in the Fox Valley Region – a home that’s been completely constructed by our Residential Building Construction students, with the guidance of our faculty and staff. A few weeks ago, we held this annual celebration in Greenville. Continue reading →
It makes my day when we can shine a spotlight on the exemplary achievements of our students—whether it be through the news, during a college event, via social media, or like we did recently with Eric Kovacevich at our Board of Trustees meeting in June. Continue reading →
This week was “education day” for both the Leadership Oshkosh and Leadership Fox Cities groups, and I had the opportunity to interact with both. It was a pleasure to offer some welcome remarks to Leadership Fox Cities as the group spent about a half day at the Appleton Campus getting a firsthand look at several of our technical programs. Continue reading →
Right before the holidays I became aware of a wonderful story I needed to share. I had seen an obituary for a 94-year-old woman named Marie who recently passed away. It was noted that she finished ninth grade and did not continue through high school, but rather stayed at home to help on the farm. A firm believer in education, however, Marie later attended night school at FVTC, proudly completing her GED certificate. Continue reading →
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 →
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.