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Fired Up: Area firefighters 12 benefit from new CVTC training facilities. 14 Hive Five: CVTC offers Beekeeping class 13 Ride On: Motorcycle Rider, Car Control classes teach driving skills.






Q& A Q: CVTC’s primary mission focuses on supporting workforce needs of the region by preparing students for careers. In what other ways does CVTC help meet workforce needs? A: Responding to workforce needs requires a comprehensive approach. In addition to our degree programs, CVTC works directly with companies, designing courses specifically addressing that company’s needs. Our Business & Industry Services also conducts training programs for incumbent workers throughout the region. This helps make workplaces safer, more efficient, and better organized. Another aspect of this effort involves working with local school districts to bring college-level classes to high school students and generate interest in technical fields. This prepares people for the workforce faster at a lower cost to the student or parent. Q: Another part of the CVTC mission is to add value to our communities. What are some ways CVTC does this? A: CVTC’s impact can be

with President Bruce Barker seen every day, throughout our communities in a variety of ways. Local firefighters work and train at our facilities to improve their skills and pass certification tests. Law enforcement officers from all over the area often gathered at CVTC for further training on investigations of specific crimes or how to work better with their citizens. Journeyman electric power workers come to CVTC to update their training. CVTC is also involved in local economic development efforts, as seen in our partnership in the new St. Croix Valley Business Innovation Center in River Falls. Maintaining a dynamic partnership with employers and communities is part of our core vision. Q: In addition to preparing individuals for careers, how does CVTC improve the lives of students? A: Education involves more than learning the technical aspects of a job. It’s also about how to be a good employee, communicate effectively, and be a responsible citizen. Our students learn the job skills



PRESIDENT Bruce Barker



GRAPHIC DESIGN Lauren Richards



needed to succeed, but we also teach students critical thinking skills, the importance of valuing diversity and consistently demonstrating ethical behavior. We call these “core abilities” that address the broad-based skills that prepare a student to become a productive member of the workforce, a citizen of the community, and a life-long learner ready to grow with her/his chosen profession.

event on our West Campus, with many faculty members helping out. Our Shear Inspiration Salon now hosts a program that provides wigs for people undergoing cancer treatments. We’re very proud of how our faculty, staff and students reach out to help meet community needs.

Q: What are some ways that individuals in the CVTC family contribute to communities? A: Our faculty and students are very community-oriented people. CVTC welding students built the brackets to hold the lights for the Phoenix Park Bridge lighting project. Students and faculty have joined with area dental professionals to provide free dental care for veterans. Student groups raise funds and collect items for charitable causes. CVTC hosts a Boy Scouts

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CVTC does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in employment, admissions, programs, or activities. General inquiries regarding the College’s non-discrimination policies may be directed to: Director of Human Resources • Chippewa Valley Technical College • 620 W. Clairemont Ave. • Eau Claire, WI 54701 • 715-852-1377 • WI Relay: 711

Accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association, ncahlc.org. Issue Date: Spring 2018. Published biannually. © 2018 Chippewa Valley Technical College. All rights reserved.

FOUNDATION HELPS CVTC RESPOND TO COMMUNITY NEEDS Dear Friends: I am often thinking about the future. What we do today impacts our tomorrow in almost every aspect of our lives. Last year we celebrated the 40th anniversary of CVTC Foundation, Inc., and we were able to do so because in 1977 there was a group of people who were thinking about the future of CVTC and CVTC students. They established the first student scholarships, supported faculty development, and helped the College develop new facilities. We continue that tradition today with your support, and we thank you. In this issue we share many examples of how CVTC responds to community needs - how CVTC is thinking about and shaping the future. Forming mutually beneficial partnerships is one of the best ways I can think of to positively impact the future of our local economy, our local businesses, and our students’ lives. For example, our Foundation partnership with the United Way of Greater Chippewa Valley provides micro grants of up to $900 per semester to students from Eau Claire and Chippewa counties enrolled in high-wage/high-demand programs. Over the past three years, 261 students have received micro grants. Sixty-six percent of recipients have already graduated and 81 percent of those graduates are employed in high-wage, high-demand occupations in

western Wisconsin. Together with UWGCV, we are helping students achieve their career goals. This is just one example of the many ways that partnerships with CVTC Foundation, Inc., and friends of the College make a difference in our community. As you think about future partnerships, we invite you to connect with us to help make a positive impact in the lives of CVTC students and our entire CVTC community. With much appreciation,

Aliesha R. Crowe, Ed.D. Executive Director CVTC Foundation, Inc. CVTC Alumni Association

Find out more about the Foundation. cvtc.edu/Foundation foundation@cvtc.edu facebook.com/CVTCAlumni

Strong Support in River Falls


upport of facilities improvement projects has long been a major part of the mission of CVTC Foundation, Inc. This spring CVTC will begin construction of a 7,700square-foot addition with future remodeling of 4,700 square feet at the River Falls Campus. Support for the project will help create progress in the community as CVTC responds to the workforce needs of the region with additional program offerings at the campus. Recently, WESTconsin Credit Union stepped forward to support the project. Pictured left to right are Dan Schmit, senior business loan officer, WESTconsin River Falls; Amber Hanson, mortgage loan officer, WESTconsin River Falls; Aliesha Crowe, executive director, CVTC Foundation, Inc.; Bruce Barker, president, CVTC; Brian Manion, vice president, WESTconsin River Falls; Dave Maves, board chairman, WESTconsin Credit Union.





pring is a time when feelings of hope and optimism grow with the increasing temperatures. Those are also the emotions that dominate at the annual CVTC Foundation, Inc., Spring Scholarship Reception, held this year on May 2 at the Business Education Center in Eau Claire. The scholarship reception is an annual tradition that provides an opportunity for students to meet the donors that provided the scholarships. Each year additional scholarship opportunities are available to CVTC students because of the generosity of friends of the College. Currently enrolled students, as well as future CVTC students, have the opportunity to apply for more than 300 scholarships each year. Here are three of the many new scholarships awarded this year.

Don and Mary Samuelson Endowment Scholarship Don and Mary Samuelson are CVTC retirees. Don served as a Diesel Technician instructor for 22 years and Mary as a secretary/ executive assistant to four different college administrators for 38 years. They established the Don and Mary Samuelson Endowment Scholarship to support students with financial need who want to pursue careers as a diesel truck technician or an executive assistant.

Find out more about the Foundation. cvtc.edu/Foundation • foundation@cvtc.edu

Linda A. Krause Memorial Endowment Scholarship The Linda A. Krause Memorial Endowment Scholarship is available to students accepted into the CVTC Radiography program. Linda was a radiologist at Luther Hospital/Mayo Clinic for 48 years and served as a member of the CVTC Radiography Advisory Committee.

3M Map Scholarship 3M, in conjunction with the 3M Manufacturing and Academic Partnership program and 3M Plant Engineering Global Excellence, wishes to encourage students to pursue fields of study in plant engineering and maintenance. The 3M Map Scholarship is available to students in the Automation Engineering Technology and Industrial Mechanical Technician programs.




LOCAL PARTNERSHIP Cardinal FG Named CVTC Proven Business Partner

VIEW FROM THE [DESK]TOP Jahnke Named Distinguished Alumni


omputers are part of virtually every business setting throughout the Chippewa Valley today. But it wasn’t always that way. When computers started to break into the local business scene in a big way in the 1980s, it was a Chippewa Valley Technical College graduate who led the way. Now that visionary has been named the CVTC 2018 Distinguished Alum Award winner. Mel Jahnke was the founder of Imagineering Computer Consultants in 1988, which had consulting contracts with scores of local businesses, from medical and legal offices to manufacturers and accountants. “I was the first independent computer consultant in Eau Claire,” Jahnke said. “At one time we had 11 computer consultants at Imagineering.” Jahnke first started at CVTC in 1974 in the Fluid Power Maintenance program (now part of Industrial Mechanic), and worked a bit in that field before returning to CVTC for the Electronics Technology program. “I chose CVTC because of the hands-on education,” Jahnke said. “There was too much theory and not enough practice at the university.” He was named the program’s outstanding student with a perfect grade point average when he graduated in 1981. “I got a job at Computerland halfway through the program. Computers were just coming out, and I was the computer repair guy,” Jahnke said.

As computers advanced, he would return to CVTC to update his skills and even became an adjunct instructor, teaching Novell Networking at a time when that technology was replacing mainframe computer models. It was also what opened up the possibilities for small businesses to computerize. When Jahnke founded Imagineering, it became a go-to company for small businesses taking the leap into computerization. “I helped companies see computers as an investment instead of an expense,” he said. Jahnke sold the company in 2006, but recently returned to the computer consulting business with the founding of R.O.I. Technology Consulting. Jahnke currently serves on the advisory committee for the CVTC IT-Network Specialist program that he helped develop in the 1990s, and served three terms on the CVTC Foundation board. He started an Imagineering Scholarship for IT students that is still being offered, and the CVTC Computer Repair Center has been named after him for his generous support of the College. In the community, he has been an Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce member for 25 years, was chairman of the South Barstow Business Improvement District for 15 years, served on the Downtown Eau Claire Inc. board and currently serves on the Chippewa Valley Free Clinic board.


ardinal FG of Menomonie’s partnership with CVTC for employee training programs, involvement in CVTC events and record of hiring CVTC graduates has earned the company CVTC’s 2018 Proven Business Partner Award. Cardinal FG, a subsidiary of Cardinal Glass Industries, is a leader in the development of residential glass for windows and doors. The 550,000-sq.ft. Menomonie plant with about 225 employees produces over 200,000 tons of glass a year, operating 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. “We were one of the original companies that partnered with CVTC in the Workforce Advancement Training Grants,” said Plant Manager Wayne McAtee. Working with CVTC’s Business & Industry Services division, Cardinal FG has provided training for employees in many subjects, performed mock OSHA inspections and recently had several employees take OSHA 10-and 30-hour courses. Through training programs, Cardinal FG has allowed production workers to become maintenance staff. Human Resources Manager Kevin Nolan estimated the plant employs about 20 CVTC program graduates.

From left to right: President Bruce Barker, Plant Manager Wayne McAtee, and Foundation Director Dr. Aliesha Crowe.



g n i d n Outsta RECENT ALUMNI




ecoming a CVTC and community leader and launching a new business earned Melissa Wilson the Outstanding Recent Alumni honor from the CVTC Alumni Association. Melissa, better known as Mel, graduated from CVTC in the Marketing program in 2007, then in Organizational Leadership in 2008. She began working for CVTC’s Marketing Department in 2009 and rose to a leadership position, now supervising a team within the Marketing, Communications and Recruitment Department. Mel has been a long-time member of Young Professionals of the Chippewa Valley and was named the group’s Outstanding Young Professional in 2015



trong community involvement and efforts to give back to her profession have earned 2011 Physical Therapist Assistant graduate Cathy Mallett the Outstanding Recent Alumni honor from the CVTC Alumni Association. Cathy is a physical therapist assistant for HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital. “I take multiple students for internships from CVTC per year and have been an instructor for CVTC students during their clinical assignments for six years,” she said. “I am also the center coordinator of clinical education for the hospital physical therapy department. I place numerous PTA and DPT students




and the Networker of the Year in 2013. She is a Leadership Eau Claire program alum and was awarded the Mover & Shaker Award for class of 2017. She is a 1 Million Cups participant, has been involved with the Boy Scouts’ annual Easter Egg Hunt, and now serves on the Chippewa Valley Regional Board for Big Brothers Big Sisters. In 2017 Mel launched her natural skin care products business, called Melnaturel, and has met with success. “I started creating products to fix my own skincare problems,” Mel said. “I didn’t think I was going to start a business - that was a happy accident. It started first with my eyelashes not growing well and not wanting to use harsh chemicals. Then I wanted to cure my acne and prevent wrinkles.” She received a Red Letter Grant

for women-owned businesses, and Melnaturel was named the New Business of the Year in 2017 by Western Dairyland. Her success led her to become a presenter at the National Community College Marketing & Public Relations Association Conference and to involvement in the Women’s Leadership Conference. And Mel is sharing what she has learned from her experiences. She is a mentor to UW-Eau Claire and CVTC business, marketing, and accounting student interns and teaches a collegecredit entrepreneurship class at Eau Claire North High School in a dualcredit program with CVTC. “CVTC has given me the tools, both through my education and professionally, to be successful in whatever I put my mind to,” Mel said.

with clinical instructors within our department.” In addition, Cathy helps recruit patients with neuro diagnoses for an onsite lab that students take part in, and speaks directly with CVTC PTA students about working in the profession. She mentored peers on the use of clinical education information and updated student orientation binders so they would be user-friendly. She serves on the CVTC Physical Therapy Assistant Advisory Committee. “I take part in multiple committees at work revolving around improving my profession, collaborating care with all disciplines, and developing excellent patient care and patient satisfaction skills among the entire staff.” Outside of work, Cathy is a volunteer hockey head coach for the ECA Junior

Stars and Altoona Youth Hockey Association, coaching boys and girls ages 5-14 years in Eau Claire, Altoona and Fall Creek. Her 10-year involvement with the two “My instructors associations at CVTC instilled includes in me a passion organizing for the profession educational and a deep caring sessions with all for the patients I coaches in the Chippewa Valley. serve.” “I really enjoy working as a physical therapist assistant and helping others get started in the profession,” Cathy said. “My instructors at CVTC not only helped me gain the skills I needed to succeed, but instilled in me a passion for the profession and a deep caring for the patients I serve.”


CVTC HALL-OF-FAMER LEADING THE WAY Ihlenfeldt to be Inducted this Summer CVTC’s Sullivan Honored as Tech Ed Leader


ormer Chippewa Valley Technical College President Bill Ihlenfeldt will be one of five local leaders inducted into the Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce’s Business Hall of Fame this summer. Ihlenfeldt led CVTC from 1994 until his retirement in 2007. He was known for forging partnerships that moved the College and local business and industry forward. Under his leadership, CVTC took the lead in bringing new technology to industry by partnering with companies to upgrade CVTC’s technology, which led companies to upgrade and take advantage of the trained workers. During Ihlenfeldt’s tenure, CVTC’s facilities and technology increased exponentially. Passage of a district-wide referendum allowed CVTC in 1999 to open the Emergency Service Education Center, establishing CVTC’s West Campus; a Manufacturing Education Center, establishing the Gateway Campus; and a River Falls Campus. The Neillsville Campus followed in 2005, and in 2007 CVTC established what is today the Applied Technology Center at the Gateway Campus. Each of these projects involved partnerships with industrial leaders, businesses, municipalities, and other educational institutions. One of Ihlenfeldt’s major accomplishments was building partnerships that led to the construction of a new Health Education Center, which opened in 2004. A partnership with the Marquette University School of Dentistry brought dentists to the CVTC Dental Clinic to work with CVTC students and instructors. He also worked with UW Health to bring its Family Medicine Clinic to the facility. As part of the partnership, UW Health physicians in the residency program utilize CVTC simulation laboratories. The clinic also provided health services for CVTC students. Ihlenfeldt’s involvement in the business community extended beyond his role in education. He served as chairman of the Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and was instrumental in the formation of Momentum 21, which became the regional economic development organization Momentum West.


r. Jeff Sullivan, dean of skilled trades and engineering at Chippewa Valley Technical College, has been honored as an Outstanding Career and Technical Education Leader by the Wisconsin Association of Career and Technical Education (WACTE). Sullivan was presented with the award for a person other than an instructor who has made significant contributions to career and technical education at the 2018 WACTE Professional Development Conference. Sullivan’s nomination for the award came as a result of accomplishments by CVTC faculty and staff that advanced career and technical education initiatives, particularly in connecting the technical college with area high schools. Among the accomplishments were implementation of an advanced manufacturing grant at four rural high schools, implementation of a mobile manufacturing lab program, incorporation of a workforce development program with Phillips Medisize in Menomonie, development of a summer technical education teacher training program, and creation of dual-credit academy programs with area high schools. “Jeff Sullivan possesses the vision, competence, initiative and drive that has led to many improvements for our students, area K-12 students, educators and employers,” said Dr. Julie Furst-Bowe, vice president of instruction at CVTC. “His commitment to students is exceptional.”

, UP & AWAY UP CVTC Revamps Drone Certification Class


drone certification program Chippewa Valley Technical College started in 2016 is getting a makeover, and the streamlined class will now include hands-on drone flying time. The Drone Certificate is designed to give the student a foundation in unmanned aerial vehicle system technologies, capabilities, regulations, safety and legal responsibilities. This two-credit certificate consists of a hobbyist-targeted fundamental course and commercial use-focused intermediate course using high-end UAV drones. Each class will consist of online learning and two hours of open flight lab instruction per week, for a total of 32 hours.

Time to take flight! cvtc.edu/Certificates 715-833-6300




From left, Mechanical Design students Josh Bartlett, Trent Fransway and Noah Edlin work in the lab.

THE START OF SOMETHING NEW Mechanical Design Program Reborn Due to Industry Demand


rent Fransway of Chippewa Falls liked to tinker with things as a kid. Now he’s finding a way to turn that into a lucrative career through the Mechanical Design program at Chippewa Valley Technical College. “I liked to take things apart and put them back together – a lot of stuff, from remote-control cars to lawnmowers,” Fransway said. “And I want to find a job around here so I can stay around my hometown. There is a lot of opportunity around here in Mechanical Design.” By popular demand, Mechanical Design is getting a reboot in the 2017-18 academic year at CVTC’s Eau Claire and River Falls campuses. “About two years ago, local companies approached us about bringing back Mechanical Design,” said Dr. Jeff Sullivan, CVTC dean of skilled trades and engineering. The program had been dropped a few years ago. “Companies 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 production in a



mechanical setting, Sullivan said. Students learn computeraided design (CAD) and programs widely used in industry, like Solid Works. Available jobs include mechanical drafting and commercial or industrial designer. “There is a great need for mechanical designers in the area,” said Shane Sullivan (no relation to Jeff), instructor and program director. “We set up an advisory committee and went around to business and industry. They all said they were ready to hire for internships right now.” Mechanical Design is considered a STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) field, but with a twist. “You need to know how materials work, how forces work and how machines work,” Shane Sullivan said. “But there is a creative part too. It’s about taking ideas and making them a reality.” That was apparent to the 18 students in the Eau Claire class in the fall semester. They were given projects to do that required some creative thinking. A simple, early project was a box containing four bolts of different sizes. Students had to design a single tool that could loosen and tighten all four. Some came up with belt-driven devices, others with a pivoting head tool with different size sockets. Later in the semester, students were designing a four-bar mechanism that turned rotary motion into linear motion, driven by an electric motor. “In a more advanced class, a project may be designing a transmission,” Shane Sullivan said. “We designed the program around problems, with students seeking solutions.” Fransway likes how the program is taking his mechanical inclinations to the next level.

“It’s about taking ideas and making them a reality.” -SHANE SULLIVAN, MECHANICAL DESIGN INSTRUCTOR

“I needed more knowledge of materials and things of that nature,” he said. “I’d never gotten into the motion studies like we do here.” “As a kid, I loved robots,” said Noah Edlin, a 2015 Boyceville High School graduate. “I would do draft drawings of robots I would see in movies. I went in depth into the parts of robots. It fascinated me. Now I can better understand the structure of a drawing and recreate it in CAD form. I can take something in my mind and put it into a program and make it a reality.” Shari Gerken of Augusta worked customer service jobs for 13 years while raising her children, then decided it was time for her own career. “I wanted to do something out-of-the-box for me,” she said. “I thought about the Welding program, but then this came up and it was something easier on the body and still challenging.” Gerken added that she likes how the program includes a certification in CAD that students can earn in the first year of the program. “You can get a good job doing CAD or design

work with it,” she said. “We’re learning to build 3D models of pretty much anything. We’re given parameters and figure out how to get from that to something that will work. You have to figure out the angles and how things are going to move.” Josh Bartlett of Minocqua said he likes the flexibility and opportunities the program offers him. “I can go to UW-Stout from here and get my bachelor’s degree in engineering. It’s nice knowing everything I am doing here will transfer, so I’m not wasting any time,” Bartlett said. “And the placement in this program should be really high.” Indeed, Jeff Sullivan noted that he has already received calls from employers interested in graduates of the program, even though the enrollees had completed just one semester. The first graduates of the two-year associate degree program should be available in May 2019.

Design your future. Sign up at cvtc.edu/MechanicalDesign

Student Jeff Ming (left) and Sheri Gerken (bottom) display their four bar mechanism projects. Top: Instructor Mahmood Lahroodi talks to River Falls students about precision measurement.





he leaders at Walmart, Inc., saw potential in Jarett Cassellius. An education at Chippewa Valley Technical College and some relevant work experience made him a good maintenance technician, but they sensed his potential to offer more. Today Cassellius is a senior regional maintenance manager supporting nine huge Walmart Distribution Centers in 10 Midwest states, including facilities in Menomonie, Beaver Dam and Tomah, Wis. “My mechanical ability demonstrated that I was a proficient technician,” Cassellius said. “But my soft skills and ability to collaborate propelled my career into management.” Companies clamor to hire CVTCtrained maintenance workers, mostly out of Industrial Mechanic and Automation Engineering Technology fields. Workers start at impressive salaries and build successful careers. And, as Cassellius’ story shows, such positions can lead to even bigger and better opportunities. A 1986 graduate of Glenwood City High School, Cassellius entered the two-year Fluid Power Technology program (now incorporated into Industrial Mechanic), then added one year of study in Electronics (now part of the Information Technology programs). “I looked at the expense of a four-year university education, and, as good as a



bachelor’s degree is, I wanted to start a career sooner and at less expense,” Cassellius said. He started in manufacturing, designing and building computer chassis, and in 1993 joined Walmart Logistics as a maintenance technician at the new distribution center in Menomonie. “I was maintaining, troubleshooting and repairing highspeed sortation equipment, including logic controllers.” By that time Walmart had become the largest retailer in the U.S., and its distribution centers had the latest technology, which Cassellius saw as an opportunity to improve his skills. “One great aspect of the company I work with is if you have a positive attitude and a solid knowledge base and can apply your skills, the

opportunities are unlimited,” Cassellius said. Cassellius combined that with a little something from his rural Wisconsin roots. “Being raised on a family dairy farm instills a positive work ethic and was key in forming my skill set,” he said. “I carried that thought process to the technical college and applied it successfully to my work career.” Cassellius noted that there was nothing particularly brilliant or lucky about his rise to a high-level post at Walmart. “Having a good work ethic, high values and expectations are key to one’s growth,” he said. In 1999 he played a role in the opening of a new distribution center in Tomah, where he remained as operations maintenance manager for 13

This Can Be You Programs Prepare Graduates to Keep Plants Running Chippewa Valley Technical College has long offered programs that train maintenance professionals for business and industry, but the names and focus of the programs have changed over the years to meet current market demands. Here are snapshots of the current programs.

Automation Engineering Technology Automation Engineering Technology is a two-year associate degree is focused on troubleshooting, maintaining and repairing automated systems. Students study engineering and design, industrial systems maintenance, instrumentation, mechanical power systems, automation controls, programmable logic controllers and more. After one year, students earn an Electromechanical Maintenance Technician technical diploma.

Industrial Mechanical Technician years. He’s been in his current position for six years, which has allowed him to offer maintenance and facility support in multiple states and travel the country, with some international travel as well. Cassellius said his CVTC education played key roles in his success in two ways. “Through my education at CVTC, I had a good understanding of the fundamentals of the maintenance and logistics industries,” he said. “And CVTC instilled in me a methodical thought process to aid in troubleshooting. There’s no doubt in my mind that without the education CVTC provided me, I would not be where I am today.”

Industrial Mechanical Technician is a two-year associate degree program in which students learn about a wide range of equipment, such as electrical systems, hydraulics & pneumatics, lasers, conveyor systems, motor drives, programmable logic controllers, piping systems and more. After one year in the program, a student can earn an Industrial Mechanic technical diploma.

Today’s the day! Learn more to get started. cvtc.edu/AutomationEngineering cvtc.edu/IndustrialMechanical




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rom the enjoyment of harvesting honey directly from the hive, to a feeling of living closer to nature, the keeping of beehives has long fascinated people. However, most people who might like to have a beehive on their property wouldn’t know where to begin to make it happen. Now Chippewa Valley Technical College is giving people interested in beekeeping a place to start. This spring, 50 people are registered for a one-credit 32-hour Beekeeping for Beginners class that will run into October. “This is a very affordable class for the community,” said Adam Wehling, dean of agriculture, energy and transportation at CVTC. “Starting with a solid knowledge of bee health and



habits will pay off for many years in the future. Beekeeping is key for the many area orchards and the whole local food industry.” Wehling, who has been keeping bees himself for six years at his small farm in the Mondovi area, noted that area beekeeping groups conduct some classes, but they are usually short weekend affairs. “We saw an opportunity to enhance what has been started by these organizations by offering a more in-depth and hands-on class that follows care for hives from the summer honey harvest and getting them ready for the winter,” Wehling said. Students in the class have the opportunity to purchase a hive and bee colony, which are kept at CVTC’s Energy Education Center for the duration of the class. Students can then take it home with them and be ready for their own beekeeping experience the following spring.

Curious about all this buzz? cvtc.edu/Beekeeping • 715-833-6300

FIRST RESPONSE Area Firefighters Benefit from CVTC Facilities


n addition to enhancing the training of the next generation of firefighters through Chippewa Valley Technical College’s FireMedic program, new facilities at CVTC’s Emergency Service Education Center are excellent resources for area fire departments and their training programs. CVTC has added a new multi-faceted three-story “splash tower” and a new Pierce fire truck equipped with the latest W. S. Darley & Co. pump manufactured in Chippewa Falls. The splash tower has four open

windows for students or firefighters to practice entering a building from an upper-story window, with the capability of having four ladders at once raised on the structure. The third floor of the structure is used for ropes training. Firefighters and students can rappel off the structure or practice carrying an injured patient down the flights of stairs. Other CVTC programs can also make use of the facility. A jail door was built into the structure so the jail academy students can practice cell entry. The new fire truck comes with specifications that make it usable not just in training, but in real emergency fire situations by the city of Eau Claire. Twice a year, firefighters from all over the area come to CVTC’s facilities to practice, then take a firefighting certification exam in which they must demonstrate their skills.

A WORTHY INVESTMENT CVTC Partnership Boosts Quality at Phillips-Medisize


hen it comes to the manufacturing of medical devices, the need for quality control takes on critical significance. That’s why employees of PhillipsMedisize are filling classrooms at Chippewa Valley Technical College’s Menomonie Campus. Quality technician workers are enrolled in a 17-credit Manufacturing Quality program that leads to a technical diploma. The partnership is an example of how CVTC works closely with area businesses to meet their needs. CVTC originally created the Manufacturing Quality program several years ago to meet the needs of PhillipsMedisize. Recently, CVTC and PhillipsMedisize worked out a plan in which employees would spend five hours of work time one day per week in program classes, with the company paying the tuition and fees. CVTC offered the program at the Menomonie Campus to be convenient for the workers. Credits earned can be applied to CVTC’s Manufacturing Engineering Technologist associate degree program. “We partnered with CVTC because they are the subject matter experts when it comes to providing good technical knowledge,” said Kim Egan, Phillips-Medisize quality manager. Egan also leads the training program and is a CVTC graduate.




The footbridge over the Chippewa River at Eau Claire’s Phoenix Park is lit in multi-colored lights throughout the year, with many seasonal color patterns available. CVTC welding students helped on the project by building more than 100 brackets for affixing the lights to the bridge’s steel structure. Photo courtesy of Downtown Eau Claire Inc.

THE RIDE CHOICE Motorcycle Classes Teach Safety First


he open road and open air lure many people to start their motorcycles and go cruising when spring and summer come to Wisconsin. And Chippewa Valley Technical College helps motorcycle riders learn how to enjoy their bikes safely with motorcycle safety classes that run days, evenings and weekends from April to October. Basic Rider I Course consists of 10 hours of actual range riding and six

hours of classroom instruction from veteran riders trained and certified by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF). The class emphasizes motorcycle controls, rider decision making, basic riding skills, maneuvering and basic street riding. Motorcycles are provided for students. Basic Rider II Course is similar, except the speeds are higher and riders will use their own motorcycles. The eight-hour course includes a classroom component focusing on street strategies and rider decision making. “Safety is so important in motorcycle riding,” said Eric Anderson, program director for the motorcycle safety classes. “No one crashes a motorcycle without getting injured in some way. And statistics show the new rider is going to be a safer rider if they’ve taken the course.” That should be reason enough for new riders to enroll, but there’s more. Those who pass a Basic Rider Course do not have to take a road test to get a cycle endorsement on their driver’s license. Also, most insurance companies offer discounts on rates, and some manufacturers offer discounts on new cycles for passing the course.

Rider ready? cvtc.edu/Seminars 715-833-6300



JUST THE TWO OF US CVTC Strengthens Partnership with UW-Eau Claire


hippewa Valley Technical College and UW-Eau Claire have strengthened their partnership with new agreements that will help students in nursing, criminal justice and liberal arts programs. One agreement helps nursing students complete their bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) degrees. The agreement facilitates credit transfers from CVTC to UW-Eau Claire, allowing CVTC graduates of the Nursing-Associate Degree program to complete a BSN degree with as few as 35 more credits from UW-Eau Claire. In a second agreement, UW-Eau Claire will guarantee admission to students earning a liberal arts associate degree at CVTC. A third agreement will help UW-Eau Claire students planning careers in law enforcement by linking the university’s program to CVTC’s Law Enforcement Academy. Criminal justice majors can earn certification through CVTC’s Law Enforcement Academy with the credits they earn transferring to UW-Eau Claire.

CAR CONTROL Partnership Helps Prepare Teens for Real-World Driving Scenarios


hippewa Valley Technical College, Mayo Clinic Health System and the Chippewa Valley Sports Car Club work together to get teen drivers off to a safe start by holding a semi-annual Car Control Class. Car Control Class puts experienced in-car instructors with teens in their own cars, and teaches them how to control a vehicle in a variety of real-world situations, all within the confines of a dedicated and safe facility. The classes are held at CVTC’s West Campus, including on a ‘skid pad’ area specially designed to create the conditions that can lead to trouble on the road, so that drivers can learn to deal with them safely. In the classes, teens experience feelings in the car that frequently cause panic and overcorrection by inexperienced drivers, leading to crashes. Classes include classroom instruction and behind-the-wheel coaching to learn to deal with situations like emergency braking, wet road conditions, sudden lane changes and recovering when a tire goes off the road. Students also drive through a slalom course to learn about how weight transfer of the vehicle affects handling. The classes are popular and tend to fill up quickly. The teens often say that not only did they learn a lot, but it was fun too!

Photo courtesy of Mayo Clinic Health System

SAFETY STARTS HERE CVTC to Expand OSHA Training Services


rea business and industry will be able to obtain a higher level of training on Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) compliance issues because of a new agreement that names Chippewa Valley Technical College as a host site for the National Safety Education Center (NSEC). CVTC will now offer NSECrecognized OSHA training services through its OSHA Institute Training Center. The agreement, in partnership with the Northern Illinois University College of Engineering and Engineering Technology, which is the location of the NSEC offices, was announced Thursday, Feb. 8 at the start of the annual Safety

Day, hosted by CVTC’s Business and Industry (B&I) Services division. “This designation is extremely selective,” said Roxann Vanderwyst, B&I Services director. “The partnership decision was based on CVTC’s highquality training and technical abilities, as well as the distance from other host sites for NSEC.” “The agreement will allow regional businesses to obtain the OSHA training without traveling hundreds of miles,” said Jon Leenhouts, CVTC B&I safety trainer.

For more on B&I safety training visit cvtc.edu/Training



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