A record number of graduates participated in this spring’s commencement ceremony.
This past Sunday reminded me once again how special our spring commencement ceremony is. Not only is the event a culmination of another successful academic year, but during our May 14 commencement ceremony there were more than 500 graduates to congratulate – a record number to walk across the stage in our formal cap and gown ceremony!
An exceptional effort last week by students from our Automation and Electronics Club, as well as the faculty and staff who supported their work in holding the largest recycling day at FVTC to date in celebration of Earth Week.
What a terrific few days at the International Phi Theta Kappa Conference with students and staff in Nashville. Several major awards came home to FVTC:
- Our Chapter won the Distinguished College Project Hallmark Award.
- Jennifer McIntosh received the Distinguished Advisor Award.
- And I was very honored to receive the Shirley B. Gordon Award of Distinction for College presidents and chancellors.
Several of us celebrated our PTK achievements in Nashville.
What an honor to celebrate with 16 of our students nominated to serve as the College’s next ambassador. Amazing students of all ages and backgrounds excelling in their fields. The common themes in listening to the remarks of all these students were their gratefulness in finding a career passion and appreciation for the level of support they’ve received at FVTC.
I so often cross paths with the many incredible FVTC graduates who live and work in our region, and in any number of terrific careers. Last week, however, I was so very proud of sharing an event with a 2001 graduate of our Criminal Justice-Law Enforcement program who currently serves as the Sheriff of Dodge County, Dale Schmidt. Sheriff Schmidt, in fact, is one of the youngest sheriffs to serve in that capacity in our state.
Interior Design Instructor Lisa Martinek (Left) with students Kayla, Danielle, and Lisa.
Earlier this week I was so pleased to join a number of our students at the state capitol for the annual Wisconsin Technical College System “Student Showcase.” Student projects from all 16 technical colleges were on display and highlighted for state legislators, System leaders, and college presidents from across Wisconsin. FVTC Interior Design students, Danielle Powers, Lisa Van Lannen and Kayla Domaszek featured their outstanding kitchen designs that have been entered in this year’s National Kitchen and Bath Association student design competition.
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.