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Volume 7, Issue 2

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Designing Programs for the Future 2 CVTC Foundation celebrates 40th anniversary. 7

Promise Scholarship makes a CVTC education more affordable.


Mechanical Design coming to Eau Claire, River Falls campuses.

Q & A WITH PRESIDENT BARKER Finding new ways to meet our customers’ needs Q: There has been a lot of news lately about new programs at CVTC. What is new at CVTC this year? A: We will have eight new programs starting this calendar year. This past January, we launched programs in Digital Marketing and Entrepreneurship. Coming up in August, we will be starting a Mechanical Design program at both the Eau Claire and River Falls campuses. The program focuses on the design of parts used in production in a mechanical setting. Also in August, we will be offering Precision Agronomy Management and Animal Science Management. The current Agriscience Technician program will essentially be divided with greater depth in the two specialty areas. We will start a fully online Library & Information Services program, filling a statewide need created when universities dropped their undergraduate Library Science programs. In addition to these, we have two new apprenticeship programs, Mold Making and Maintenance Mechanic/Millwright. There are also a number of new technical diplomas and certificates imbedded within existing programs. A new Culinary Management program will start next year. Q: What is the process for starting a new program? A: It starts with our close relationship with business and community leaders. They project the number of employees they need now and into the future. Sometimes we can respond to those needs with adjustments to current programs, but it can also lead to the creation of entirely new programs. We do a market study to determine the level of the need so we can be sure that graduates of a new program will be able to find jobs right here in west central Wisconsin. We work closely with an


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advisory board made up of people from the industry and design the curriculum to meet their needs. Once all the studies are done, we face the administrative decision on whether to move forward with the proposal based on the start-up costs. Q: What approvals are necessary? A:We first go to the CVTC Board of Trustees for approval to take the measure to the Wisconsin Technical College System Board. Once we gain state approval, the proposal comes back to the local board for final approval. Then, of course, we have to budget for the program and hire the faculty. Q: What factors go into the decision on whether to start a new program? A: The main factor is our mission to meet the workforce needs of the region, but many factors must be considered before taking the major step of starting a new program. For example, we have to examine whether the need in the market is a short-term one or is likely to be a long-term concern. We also have to balance the cost with the overall need. Some programs can require expensive equipment and facilities and we can’t justify spending a lot of money to fill a need that may disappear in a few years. And we must look at the appeal of the program to prospective students. A market need may exist, but we have to study whether people will actually enroll in the program if we offer it.

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know that all who have generously contributed have made these accomplishments possible for the Foundation for the past 40 years. We are truly celebrating friendships, partnerships, and a shared purpose in supporting the mission and vision of Chippewa Valley Technical College. We hope you enjoy this issue, and we are looking forward to sharing with you in the fall our plans for the next 40 years!

he 40th anniversary celebration of CVTC Foundation, Inc., continues, and this issue of the College Magazine features stories of the College, alumni, and Foundation today. This real-time look into the College today provides numerous examples of the College and Foundation achieving one of the core tenants of our mission—improving the lives of students.

Meeting our Mission

The timeline on this page provides a snapshot of the role of CVTC Foundation, Inc., in supporting the College. The start of the millennium proved to be a period of growth for both the College and the Foundation as many private donors provided financial support for campus remodeling and expansion. During this period, CVTC Foundation, Inc., continued to increase direct support to CVTC for infrastructure development. At the same time, direct support to students in the form of scholarships and support to staff in the form of awards and stipends also increased. We are proud of the accomplishments to date, and we

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Through the Years Education Center 2000 Health upgrade campaign starts

Community Center 2001 RCU Opens

support building 2003 Contributions Neillsville Center

support building 2007 Donors Applied Technology Center

Inspiration Salon and 2010 Shear Spa, SportClips lab opens

Education Center $2.5 million 2015 Energy campaign completed


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CVTC PROMISE SCHOLARSHIP BRIDGES FUNDING GAP Program makes a CVTC education more affordable


new Chippewa Valley Technical College scholarship will cover the cost of tuition and fees not already paid through other scholarships and grants for income-eligible students just completing high school. The CVTC Promise Scholarship program will help pay college costs for eligible current high school students who apply for admission to CVTC between May 1 of their junior year and Nov. 30 of their senior year and enroll as full-time students beginning with the Fall 2018 semester. “We hope to encourage students who might not otherwise consider applying for admission because they think college is not affordable for them,” said Aliesha Crowe, executive director of CVTC Foundation, Inc., which will fund the program through existing assets and earmarked donations. “We want to bridge the gap between grant funds and the cost of attending CVTC.” The CVTC Promise program is open to high school students or recipients of an HSED who reside within the CVTC 11-county district who plan to enroll directly into CVTC upon graduating. Students must complete a CVTC scholarship application and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which will determine program eligibility. Qualified applicants will demonstrate financial need with an expected family contribution of $3,000 or less. Certain grades, attendance and other requirements also apply. “This will help eligible students access funding that will support them in full-time enrollment, allowing them to finish college on time,” said Margo Keys, CVTC vice president of Student Services. Crowe emphasized that the program is not supported by tax revenues, but through donations and Foundation funds. “We are planning to fund scholarships with Foundation and private donor support,” she said. CVTC President Bruce Barker encouraged high school students to consider CVTC and explore how the Promise program can make college possible for them. “People believe in you. We believe in you. It’s important for you to believe in yourself,” Barker said.

• Graduate with a high school diploma or receive an HSED • Reside in the Chippewa Valley Technical College 11-county district • Receive a cumulative high school GPA of 2.0 or higher • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher while enrolled at CVTC • Enroll in 12 or more credits as a full-time status CVTC student • Enroll in a financial aid-eligible program • Have an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of $3,000 or lower as determined by information provided on the FAFSA. • Apply for admission to CVTC between May 1 of your junior year in high school and November 30 of your senior year in high school • Submit a CVTC scholarship application each year • Complete CVTC’s financial literacy program • Participate in CVTC’s New Student Orientation program

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• Meet High School attendance requirement of 90% for senior year



Ardis N. McAfee was born in Milltown in northwestern Wisconsin. She served in the Army Nurse Corps in 1943 during World War II. When the war ended, she traveled home from the Philippines by ship caring for wounded soldiers. She was a longtime resident of Eau Claire, where she was active in the VFW and numerous other organizations. When she passed away on June 22, 2016, she left a legacy gift to CVTC Foundation, Inc. The Ardis N. McAfee Nursing Endowment Scholarship will provide multiple scholarships annually to CVTC Nursing students.

CVTC FOUNDATION INC. ADMINISTRATIVE FEES Frequently Asked Questions Q: What is the new CVTC Foundation, Inc., administrative fee? A: CVTC Foundation, Inc., enhances the mission and vision of Chippewa Valley Technical College. The Foundation mission is accomplished by securing resources (fundraising) that will provide student scholarships, support staff initiatives, invest in technology and provide for ongoing facility development. There is a direct cost of fundraising that includes Foundation staff efforts, as well as processing, accounting, and distribution of gift funds. The administrative fee covers a portion of the cost of operations, including fundraising.

THE EXCELLENCE FUND The Excellence Fund enables CVTC to focus on pressing needs and provide a solid foundation for sustaining programs and embarking on new initiatives. The fund supports scholarships for students, equipment for training students, and new program initiatives that advance the mission of the College. Making an unrestricted contribution to the Excellence Fund is an investment in the lives of CVTC students and the success of businesses and communities in the 11-county district that we serve. Contributions of every size make a difference!


If you are thinking about a planned gift, you can share this sample bequest language with your attorney or financial planner. I give the (remainder, dollar, or percentage) of my estate to Chippewa Valley Technical College Foundation, Inc., a Wisconsin nonprofit corporation, 620 W. Clairemont, Ave., Eau Claire, Wisconsin 54701, to further the objectives and purposes of the college.

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Q: How much are the Foundation administrative fees? A: Effective January 1, 2017, CVTC Foundation, Inc. administrative fees are: • New charitable gifts – 5 percent • New endowment gifts – 3 percent • Endowment management – 1.5 percent of the fund balance Q: Are other fees charged? A: There are no other fees assessed by CVTC Foundation, Inc. Q: Why has the Foundation adopted administrative fees? A: CVTC Foundation Inc., operates a comprehensive development effort in support of CVTC. The Foundation continues to increase private support to the College, which directly benefits students, academic programs, and other College initiatives. The addition of fees will cover a portion of the increasing costs of fundraising and operations efforts of the Foundation. Q: Do other foundations charge fees? A: Fees ranging from 1-6 percent are common at college and university foundations throughout the United States. Most community foundations also assess fees. Q: Can the fees be waived? A: When a gift is made by a private foundation that has a written policy that prohibits paying gift fees, CVTC Foundation, Inc., will waive the fee.

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Wayne and Jerry Gross lead the family-friendly Gross Motors in Neillsville.

CVTC ALUMNI BIG PART OF GROSS MOTORS FAMILY Employees often stay for a lifetime at Neillsville Chevrolet dealership


“I thought about not going back for my second year, but they encouraged me to finish and held the job open for me,” Kosmosky said. Their loyalty to their employees has been repaid, just as the community has repaid the loyalty of Gross Motors, which last year celebrated its 60th anniversary. Jerry and his brother, Wayne, took over after the 1976 death of their father, Clifford, who was co-founder of the Chevrolet dealership. Gross Motors moved to its current location on Hwy. 10 in 1996, and has undergone several remodeling projects, the most recent in 2014. And many of the approximately 40 employees have been there through most of it. “We have a lot of CVTC graduates here,” Jerry Gross said. “We like to hire CVTC people; they put in the extra effort to get their education. And we look for people who really want to do the job, be happy and stay with us.” Research shows that 89 percent of CVTC graduates stay in Wisconsin for employment, and 71 percent stay within the CVTC district.

arry Kosmosky’s life story reminds one of earlier times in America, yet sounds a lot like his coworkers’ stories at Gross Motors in Neillsville. “I graduated from high school in 1976, then I went to ‘tech,’ ” Kosmosky said, referring to what is today Chippewa Valley Technical College. He completed the Automotive Technician program. “I went all over to look for a job, but was lucky they had an opening back here.” So Kosmosky settled into a job back in his hometown, got married, raised three children and has worked for the same automotive dealership for 40 years. In an era of high workplace turnover and small towns struggling to keep young people, Kosmosky’s story may sound unique, but it’s not at Gross Motors. And CVTC is often the link the coworkers share. “He’s probably our lead technician,” said Jerry Gross, co-owner of the dealership and service department manager, who is a CVTC alumnus himself. “We have hardly any turnover here. Our oldest technician has been here almost 50 years, and Larry, our second-oldest, is 58 and started here in the summer when he was going to school.”

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Above, CVTC grad Mitch Behrens works on a customer’s car. Below, CVTC alumnus Steve Johnson is the dealership parts manager.

Another long-time Gross Motors employee is parts manager Steve Johnson, who attended CVTC in Accounting and also Machine Tool & Die from 1973-75. “I wanted to get a job in parts. I was into cars, ran in stock car races and had my own drag racer,” said Johnson, who started in parts with another dealership. “I came here to Gross Motors in 1980. I was born and raised here, and this is a good, challenging job.” Mitch Behrens, another technician in the service department, is on the same track. A 2004 graduate of nearby Greenwood High School, Behrens graduated from CVTC in 2005. He started at Gross Motors in 2007. Now he’s married with two young children at home. Behrens noted that people are loyal to Gross Motors because they are loyal to their workers, not like the places that look to squeeze out older workers to cut costs. “This place is just the opposite. The longer you’re here, the better they like you. They never lay you off,” he said. “We want our people to enjoy what they’re doing and retire here,” Jerry Gross said. “That would be our goal.”

“We like to hire CVTC people; they put in the extra effort to get their education. And we look for people who really want to do the job, be happy and stay with us.”


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DESIGNING THE FUTURE Mechanical Design coming to CVTC to meet the needs of area employers


production in a mechanical setting, Sullivan said. Students will learn computer-aided design (CAD) and programs like SolidWorks widely used in industry. Available jobs include mechanical drafting and commercial or industrial designer. “Jobs data shows salaries would be around $24 an hour,” Sullivan said. Fisher said that without CVTC graduates to hire, he was trying to coach graduates from Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College in Rice Lake to come down, until the school discontinued its program. That made trained people from this area hard to find. Sullivan said among the other companies expressing interest in graduates from the program are LPI Lift Systems (a Plank Enterprises company), and J&D Manufacturing in Eau Claire and Altoona; Nordson EDI and W.S. Darley in Chippewa Falls; Global Finishing Solutions in Osseo; and ConAgra Foods in Menomonie. The two-year associate degree program consists of 60 credits and will be offered at both the Eau Claire and River Falls campuses beginning in August 2017.

en Fisher, the director of engineering at Curt Manufacturing in Eau Claire, needs people who can design new products and new generations of products. He employs 16 people dedicated to design work at the Eau Claire plant and 10 more company-wide. That’s why he’s happy to see Chippewa Valley Technical College start a Mechanical Design program. “I am a huge, huge fan of bringing in tech students,” Fisher continued. “They can come in and hit the ground running. They have the CAD experience I am looking for and are ready to get their hands dirty and start designing products.” Curt Manufacturing isn’t the only company anxious to hire CVTC Mechanical Design graduates. “About 18 months ago, local companies approached us about bringing back Mechanical Design,” said Jeff Sullivan, CVTC dean of manufacturing. “They had been hiring people from outside the area or hiring people from other programs and trying to develop them on the job.” With components of CVTC’s Machine Tooling Technics and Manufacturing Engineering Technology programs, Mechanical Design focuses on the design of parts used in

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“They have the CAD experience I am looking for and are ready to get their hands dirty and start designing products.”

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The classrooms will feature 25 work stations for first-year students and 18 stations for second-year students.

Architectural Structural Design Preparing for New Home


VTC students studying how to draw up plans for new homes, commercial buildings and other structures are preparing to move into a new home. The Architectural Structural Design program will be moving from the Business Education Center to the new Earl Wildenberg/American Structures addition at the Energy Education Center (EEC) at the start of the new fall semester in August. “There will be more space for us, especially for the second-year students, whose classroom at BEC is kind of tight,” said Program Director Allen Spaeth. “And there will be a collaboration area in the back of the room where students can work together on projects.” The classrooms will feature 25 work stations for first-year students and 18 stations for second-year students. “There will also be monitors on the side walls for better visibility for all students,” Spaeth said. All of the general education program classes for Architectural Structural Design students will also be taught at the EEC, except physics, which will be nearby at the Manufacturing Education Center. “We’re also working on getting an instructional sculpture of construction beams outside,” Spaeth said. “It can give the students a better understanding of how building components come together.” The 6,800 sq. ft. EEC addition also includes associated support space for printers, plotters and work review, plus a sheet metal lab to support the Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration Technology programs.

Donor Spotlight Established in 1975 by Earl Wildenberg, American Structures, Inc., located in Menomonie, Wis., is an industry leader in the design and manufacturing of bolted, stainless steel storage tanks. While Earl remains at the helm of the company, he also makes time to actively participate in his industry, serving on multiple boards across sectors. The American Structures, Inc., Architectural Structural Design labs in the CVTC Energy Education Center honor the contributions that Earl and his team at American Structures, Inc. have made to CVTC.

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en Skar looks on himself as just another of the 23 Chippewa Valley Technical College graduates among the 24 employees at Vincent Tool in Chippewa Falls. But as the owner of the company for almost three years and as CVTC’s 2017 Distinguished Alumnus Award winner, he is clearly more than that. “It’s a collaboration of all employees,” said Skar, who started working for the machine tool shop that specializes in plastic injection custom mold bases in 2000. “This type of industry is a daily challenge of new parts and processes.” Skar learned about the machine tool industry through CVTC, and now he’s helping CVTC learn how to stay on the cutting edge of the industry

by staying involved with the program as an advocate for the industry and co-chairman of the Machine Tooling Technics Advisory Committee. Skar enrolled in the CVTC Machine Tooling Technics program in 1998. “The instructors did a great job, and they continue to do a great job today,” Skar said. When Skar joined Vincent Tool, it was a year-old start-up company. He worked his way up to manager, then bought the company, retaining the original name. Recruitment of new machinists is highly competitive. CVTC graduates are among the most sought-after hires, Skar says. “The students are ready to go to work right away. We just teach them our machine shop’s process.”


Association Skar said staying involved with the CVTC program helps his business. He can help guide the program to ensure those graduates keep coming to him ready to work, and staying familiar with the instructors and students gives him a leg up on recruiting.



local healthcare provider focused on being both the provider and employer of choice in the industry has been named the Chippewa Valley Technical College Proven Business Partner for 2017. The award was presented to Dove Healthcare on April 6 at the CVTC Alumni Association’s annual Spring Gala. Dove Healthcare consists of six skilled nursing facilities, four assistedliving facilities and a rehabilitation company, all located within a 60-mile radius of Eau Claire. Dove Healthcare has a diverse workforce of over 1,000

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employees and serves an average of 425 residents and patients every day. Dove Healthcare has been a strong partner with CVTC for many years. Its skilled nursing facilities are important sites for Nursing, CNA, Physical Therapist Assistant, Dental Hygiene, Respiratory Therapy, EMT/Paramedics, and Health Information Technology students to complete their clinical assignments, helping train the next generation of area healthcare workers. Dove Healthcare was also a partner on a grant CVTC received to deliver education and career training opportunities for dislocated workers to prepare them for careers in healthcare. Dove Healthcare’s support included serving on the advisory council, writing curriculum, hosting classes and orientating participants to facility


departments. “Dove Healthcare has a long history of participating in CVTC career fairs and hiring CVTC graduates,” said Aliesha Crowe, executive director of the CVTC Foundation. “They are a perennial sponsor of the Spring Gala and provide opportunities for alumni to attend the event.” “Our team is so honored to receive this award,” said Tommy Davidson, owner of Dove Healthcare. “Our partnership with CVTC over the past 15 years has been instrumental in helping us develop and grow our workforce so that we can achieve goals related to system improvements and new program development.”

NEW PROGRAMS COMING TO CVTC Meeting workforce needs means updating offerings

Culinary Management

Library & Information Services

Strong support from the restaurant industry has led CVTC to start a Culinary Management program, beginning in fall 2018, with initial enrollment for 24 students. “About nine percent of the local workforce is employed in the industry and currently CVTC has no program to serve that sector of the economy. Culinary will fill that need,” said CVTC President Bruce Barker. CVTC’s market research showed that there are about 220 culinary job openings a year in the area, with six percent growth anticipated. Lynette Livingston, dean of business and academic initiatives at CVTC, said the program will have strong focus on management, as well as food preparation and presentation. The full two-year program will be 60 credits, leading to an associate degree in Culinary and Operations Management. The program includes a 30-credit, one-year embedded technical diploma in Professional Cooking and a 15-credit, one-semester embedded technical diploma in Food and Beverage Safety.

People with an interest or a current position working in libraries will be able to turn to CVTC for training starting in August. The creation of a Library and Information Services associate degree program fills a void in Wisconsin, as there are currently no undergraduate programs in library science in the state. The program will be entirely online. The program will provide opportunities for professional development for current library paraprofessionals and prepare new people desiring a career in the library and information services field. Library and Information Services is a full two-year program leading to an associate degree. However, people who already hold an associate or bachelor’s degree in another subject can become certified as library directors by completing a core of four courses.

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New Apprenticeships CVTC is offering new apprenticeship programs in Mold Making Apprentice and Maintenance Mechanic/Millwright Apprentice. The two apprenticeship programs provide opportunities for employers to send workers to CVTC for additional training, continuing to work for the company while earning journeyman status in their fields. Enrollment takes place through the employers. Apprenticeship programs require set hours of instruction and on-the-job training.


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HIGH SCHOOL WELDERS EARNING COLLEGE CREDITS Welding Academy sharpens students’ skills


dozen students from Cornell, Cadott, Stanley-Boyd and Gilman high schools are picking up basic instruction and finer points of welding during a Welding Academy held at Cadott High School through a cooperative agreement between Chippewa Valley Technical College and the partner school districts. But welding knowledge is not all the students are picking up. “It’s saving me a few hundred dollars. It’s nine college credits,” Cornell High School senior Garrett Kralewski said. “And I’m planning on enrolling in CVTC’s Welding program.” “This gives me nine credits, so it could get me out faster,” said Cadott student Jonathan Parquette, who is also planning to attend CVTC. Besides credits, students are earning basic certificates in wire feed welding and an OSHA 10 certificate for safety, credentials that could lead to immediate employment. “This helps prepare me for the future,” said Kevin Cota, a Gilman student. “I plan on going to North Dakota this summer to work on the pipeline. When I get there, they won’t have to teach me.” “I’m thinking about getting a welding job to get a start, then going to school for an engineering degree,” said Stanley-Boyd student Eric Hoffstatter.

CVTC Welding instructor Chrystal Reidt inspects a weld done by Stanley-Boyd student Nathan Scheidler.

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Cadott High School student Derek Scheidler sets up in the welding lab.

Preparing high school students for college or work is the idea behind CVTC partnering with K-12 school districts to establish academies. The concept of offering high school students dual credit at their school and at CVTC is not a new one. CVTC has 153 dual-credit agreements with 35 different schools, totaling 215 course sections this year. In an academy, students are offered a cluster of courses in a subject, usually leading to an industry-recognized certificate. CVTC Welding instructor Chrystal Reidt said the students are doing very well with the college-level learning. “These are some of the better welders from the high schools,” Reidt said. The Welding Academy is taking the students’ skills to the next level, beyond what they could have achieved in their high school classes. The classes in the Welding Academy include Welding Safety and Orientation, Basic Wire Feed Welding, Print Reading for Welders and Industrial Skills. While most of the students plan to go on to CVTC’s Welding program, they also see the benefit of having some early training that gives them employment opportunities. It is common for CVTC Welding students to be hired as part-time welders while they are going to school. The Academy students may have that opportunity sooner than others.

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From left Lindsey Nelson and Terry Musselman of Chippewa Falls, and Sam Kuehn and Charles Flaskrud of Fall Creek.



any college students pick up part-time work wherever they can, and most of the time it’s not very exciting. River Falls High School senior Ian Keller has a different plan. “I plan to work as an EMT in college,” Keller said. “It’s a great way to give back to the community.” Keller is working toward an EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) license through a class at Chippewa Valley Technical College’s River Falls Campus. He is one of 17 seniors from River Falls, Hudson, Ellsworth and Prescott high schools in the class. CVTC’s Eau Claire Campus hosts the class for 19 high school seniors from Chippewa Falls, Bloomer, Eau Claire and Fall Creek high schools. “When they finish they will be able to get a state license as a basic EMT, and they can take the national EMT registry exam,” said instructor Kassondra Mero. The class was made possible by a $111,000 Wisconsin Fast Forward Blueprint for Prosperity High School Pupil Workforce Training Programs grant. It is part of a larger statewide effort to engage high school students in collegelevel classes to increase their college success rate and to provide them with industry-recognized certificates that increase their employment prospects. “By becoming licensed EMTs, they will be eligible to be hired for jobs that pay $35,000 a year,” Mero said. Students in Mero’s class, though, are thinking bigger and longer term. “All of the students in the class have expressed an interest in careers in healthcare,” Mero said. “They have an

understanding of how this is going to impact their careers. This puts them leaps and bounds ahead of others because they will be able to get real-life experience at the age of 18.” “I want to go into the Air Force and perhaps work as an EMT,” said Terry Musselman of Chippewa Falls. “I decided to take the class as a career exploration,” said Fall Creek senior Sam Kuehn. “Even if I don’t become an EMT, I will have knowledge that can serve me all my life.” The class provides credit toward a student’s high school graduation and also five credits at CVTC.

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From left, Jack Knoke of Hudson, Tayler Garza of Prescott and Colin Rude of River Falls.


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NEWS AND NOTES FROM CVTC CVTC Receives Grant to Boost Internships

Students Can Earn College Degree in High School

CVTC Opens New Adult Education Services Area

Chippewa Valley Technical College students will have greater opportunities for paid internships thanks to a $107,476 grant from Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation and Affiliates. The grant is part of $2.1 million awarded to 16 two-year colleges in six states. Internship opportunities increase the likelihood that a student will both graduate and find a good job. However, many internships are unpaid, so low-income students often can’t afford the opportunity and miss out on developing professional skills and networking through internships. To fund creation of paid internships for low-income students, Great Lakes

Obtaining a college degree is something students have traditionally set their sights on after high school. But River Falls High School graduates may soon be earning associate degrees when they graduate from high school. In a program to begin next school year, River Falls students will be able to enroll in a series of classes for dual CVTC and high school credit with classes held at the high school, at CVTC and online. The classes would lead to an associate degree in Business Management. “This initiative represents the first in the state of Wisconsin in which a technical college is partnering with a secondary school to provide the opportunity for a college degree upon high school graduation,” said CVTC President Bruce Barker. “This is a tremendous opportunity for our students,” said River Falls High School Principal Kit Luedtke. “Being able to transfer an associate degree into a four-year university can enable students to complete a higher degree earlier. And we can have students becoming highly qualified for middle management positions in the area.” Luedtke added that another major benefit is financial, with students earning associate degrees with little or no tuition costs. Jedediah Watters, CVTC’s K-12 relations coordinator, developed a plan in which students could start with two classes their freshman year, then add classes each year until completion of the credits needed for an associate degree. New and existing dual-credit classes would be utilized, along with some advanced-placement classes. “We have 40 or 50 students and their families expressing some or a great amount of interest in the program,” Luedtke said.

CVTC’s Adult Education Services facilities are now in the heart of student activity at the Business Education Center in Eau Claire. The new space opened at the start of the Spring 2017 semester. “The new space puts us front and center,” said Jennifer Anderegg, CVTC dean of academic development & services. “It is close to Student Central and the Learning Center, and many students pass by it on their way into the building.” Adult Education Services provides basic education services, such as help with reading, writing, math, vocabulary and computer skills; GED preparation; and English Language Learning (ELL) for students who need to improve their English-speaking skills for work or to further their education. Though the program is largest in Eau Claire, CVTC also offers Adult Education Services at its Chippewa Falls, River Falls, Menomonie and Neillsville campuses. The new lab is much larger. Most areas are interconnected and the GED students now have their own area for the group instruction, and there are two classrooms for ELL students, one of the largest groups served.

started the Career Ready Internship Grant in 2013, making grants available to four-year colleges. Great Lakes has now expanded the grant program to two-year colleges. Grant funds will cover internship wages and other related expenses. CVTC will partner with employers in its 11-county district to create over 100 internship positions and will also build an internal system to recruit students, match them with available internships and provide them the support they need to succeed.

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SAVE THE DATES • May 6: Scholarship Reception • May 18: River Falls Graduation • May 19: Eau Claire Graduation • May 22-June 9: Interim • June 12-Aug. 4: Summer Session • Aug. 3: Summer Graduation • Aug. 28: First Semester Classes Begin

Kohler Award winner Stephanie Vobornik, right, is pictured with Paul and Karen Kohler, who founded the award for part-time faculty.

Instructor Stephanie Vobornik Receives Kohler Award for Part-Time Faculty A reputation for always putting her students’ needs first, maintaining a positive attitude and being engaged with Chippewa Valley Technical College initiatives has earned an instructor a major teaching award. Stephanie Vobornik, an e-learning specialist and former business technology instructor for CVTC’s Business & Industry Services, was honored with the Paul and Karen Kohler Adjunct Instructor Excellence Award at the start of the Spring 2017 semester. Adjunct instructors are not full-time faculty members, but qualified instructors who teach classes in their fields on a part-time basis. “I take time to see every student as an individual, each with his or her own story and experiences, goals and aspirations,” Vobornik said. “I challenge my students to learn and grow by cultivating discussions in the classroom that allow individuals to draw on their life experiences

and share them and by challenging them to think about how what they are learning could help them in the future.” The Kohler Awards, which come with a $1,500 stipend, were established through the CVTC Foundation by Paul and Karen Kohler. Karen taught as an adjunct instructor at CVTC for many years before becoming a full-time English and Communications instructor. Paul is president and CEO of Charter Bank in Eau Claire.

CVTC Business, Information Technology Programs Earn Accreditation

degree programs in Accounting, Business Management, Administrative Professional, Human Resources, Marketing Management and Supervisory Management, plus the Information Technology Software Developer, Mobile Developer and Network Specialist programs. “We are only the third Wisconsin Technical College System school to have our business programs accredited through ACBSP,” said Lynette Livingston, dean of business and academic initiatives at CVTC. To gain accreditation, a program must meet a set of rigorous standards and criteria, including leadership, strategic planning, measureable assessments and faculty and staff focus. A three-member team from ACBSP visited the CVTC campus in September for a three-day review of the programs.

Nine business and technology programs at Chippewa Valley Technical College have received accreditation, providing assurances of program quality and positive student outcomes. The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) recently announced full accreditation for CVTC associate


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>  For a complete schedule and to register go to UPCOMING SEMINARS • Adobe InDesign

• Microsoft Excel - Basic

• Adobe Photoshop

• Microsoft Excel - Intermediate

• Business Words at Work

• Microsoft OneNote

• Emotional Intelligence

• Microsoft Outlook

• Learning Agility

• Office Ergonomics

• LinkedIn 101

• QuickBooks - Introduction

• Microsoft Access

• SHRM-CP/SCP Preparation

• Microsoft Excel - Advanced

• Strengths Based Leadership

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CVTC Magazine Spring 2017  

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