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State Board Recognizes Oshkosh Corporation

Oskosh Corp - Futuremaker 091118Congratulations to Oshkosh Corporation on receiving the 2018 Futuremaker Partner Award from the Wisconsin Technical System Board for its longstanding partnership and collaboration with Fox Valley Technical College. I had the pleasure of joining members of our State Board, along with other System and college leaders from across the state, in honoring this exceptional company from our region during a dinner program this week.  The award was presented by State Board Chair, Mark Tyler, to Oshkosh Corporation President and CEO, Wilson Jones. Several other key leaders from Oshkosh Corporation were also in attendance.   

The College’s work with Oshkosh Corporation extends decades in areas such as workplace training initiatives to build a stronger regional workforce and the development of key training programs related to the use of Oshkosh Corporation and Pierce Manufacturing equipment at our Public Safety Training Center.  We’ve also worked together for many years in developing resources for Pierce University, an extensive learning management system of digital training modules.  The company’s support of the FVTC Foundation with equipment donations and scholarships to make college affordable for everyone has been terrific.

Pictured next to me are Wilson Jones, Mark Tyler, and Dr. Morna Foy, System President.   

 

Technical Education Champion

Earlier this month another one of our key business partners was honored with a state-level award, and it was great to be there to help present and celebrate this recognition.  The award is called the “Technical Education Champion Award,” and it is a singular, annual honor from the District Boards Association (all of the college trustees) of the Wisconsin Technical College System.  The 2018 recipient was Continue reading

Capturing the Expertise of a Large Segment of the Workforce Headed for Retirement

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.

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Another “Skills Gap” Strategy for Employers

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.
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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!