CVTC Impacts Daily Life in the Chippewa Valley CVTC was created by legislation in 1911 to address the need for a better educated workforce. The early 1900s were a time of great change and technological advancements. Horses were replaced by cars and trucks. The electrification of rural America brought us electric tools, lighting and street cars. Communicating by letter was replaced by telegraphs and telephones. In fact, one of the first programs offered at CVTC was for telegraph operators. CVTC focuses on our local economy. We teach job competencies. We call it education that ends in a job description. Still, many people are unsure of what we do and the impact we have on local communities. Perhaps the best way to understand CVTC’s importance is to think of your everyday life. If you woke up in a woodframed home, we probably built it or at least repaired it. We heat it in the winter and cool it in the summer. When you hit that light switch every morning, thank our line workers for the light and power. Early morning trips to the bathroom and kitchen would be different without
plumbing and appliances. Thank our tradesmen, machinists and welders. When you get in your car, it starts because of our mechanics. If you hit a deer or tree, our auto collision specialists will fix it good as new. If you think police, firefighters and paramedics are needed services in our
“If we want our local economy to grow and prosper, the College must also grow and expand.” communities, thank our grads. If you’ve ever been nursed back to health; had an operation; been in therapy; had an x-ray, lab test or ultrasound; or had your teeth cleaned, you’ve benefited from our alumni. We grow your food; we truck it to market. We are the markets, the hotels, restaurants and grocery stores that we all depend on. We are the IT and administrative professionals who run every office and data center. We’re the technicians, electricians, apprentices and journeymen who maintain our factories,
assembly lines and distribution centers. It is safe to say that every person, family and business benefits from CVTC every day. We have over 155 programs, all designed to strengthen our local economy. That is why 95 percent of our grads are employed within six months of graduation, 91 percent stay in Wisconsin and 72 percent stay in West Central Wisconsin. The demands for CVTC grads have never been greater. If we want our local economy to grow and prosper, the College must also grow and expand. We’ve seen the importance of a welleducated workforce, and we know the quality of life we enjoy here in West Central Wisconsin is directly dependent upon the quality of education we provide.
Percentage of CVTC graduates employed within 6 months after graduation
CVTC offers 110 programs, 35 certificates, and 13 apprenticeships
Percentage of graduates who find employment in Wisconsin after graduation
Total number of students CVTC served in 2018-19
Average starting salary of CVTC associate degree graduates
CHIPPEWA VALLEY TECHNICAL COLLEGE MAGAZINE IS PUBLISHED FOR ALUMNI AND THE SURROUNDING COMMUNITIES.
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF INSTITUTIONAL ADVANCEMENT Karen Kohler
PRESIDENT Bruce Barker
EDITOR, COMMUNICATIONS SPECIALIST Mark Gunderman
DIRECTOR: MARKETING, COMMUNICATIONS, GRAPHIC DESIGN RECRUITMENT, WORKFORCE SOLUTIONS Lauren Richards & CONTINUING EDUCATION Joni Geroux 2 SPRING 2019 | CVTC.EDU
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