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volume 10, issue 1 • Spring 2017

Fox Valley Technical College

your future

EMPLOYABILITY Connecting with local employers to build a skilled workforce

Inside: Entrepreneur discovers success through Fab Lab and networking. Page 5 Office Assistant student finds a pathway to a better life. Page 7 Promise program makes college possible. Page 15


welcome! I have always loved working with children, so becoming a teacher was an easy decision. I chose to study Early Childhood Education at Fox Valley Tech, and I’m proud to say that was the right decision. My instructors are helpful and kind, plus the small class sizes make learning very comfortable. I’m discovering so much about caring for children. That knowledge will prepare me for a successful career. Welcome to Fox Valley Technical College. Maiyoua Vang, Early Childhood Education

contents Focus is published bi-annually for the communities of Fox Valley Technical College.

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Thriving on Information Thrivent Financial finds its information technology professionals at FVTC.

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Around FVTC A snapshot at what’s making news.

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Focus on Workplace Training Bemis Company, Inc. relies on FVTC to train its industrial maintenance mechanics.

Counting on FVTC One of the largest accounting firms in the nation hires FVTC grads because they can hit the ground running.

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Automation Nation HiTech Automation provides rewarding careers in manufacturing for FVTC graduates.

Focus on the Entrepreneur Brian Davis invented cycling and outdoor products with the help of FVTC’s Fab Lab and 1 Million Cups.

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Focus on High-Demand Careers FVTC’s Office Assistant program opened a pathway to a better future for Jalene Van Epps.

what’s now

Connections 6 Creating Employment Connections matches skill with the ever-changing needs of employers. On the Cover: Industry advisory committees at FVTC help develop curriculum that aligns with the current skills employers need. Pictured are advisory committee members representing three of the nearly 70 program committees at FVTC (left to right): Tina Larsen, Schenck SC; Dan Pichler, Thrivent Financial; and Steve Betchner, HiTech Automation.

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Focus on Alumni Ashley Nero is in charge of creating memorable entrees for major conferences and events at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Green Bay. Focus on the Foundation The FVTC Foundation is helping make college possible. Focus on the Student Experience FVTC’s Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society opens doors to leadership, networking, scholarships and more.

Director of College Marketing Barb Dreger Executive Editor/Manager of Media Relations Chris Jossart Art Director Cara Jakubiec Contributing Editors Casey Britten, Susan Lucius Contributing Writers Joan Neumahr, Amy Vander Stoep Photographers Gary Brilowski, Gary Gawinski, Adam Shea President Dr. Susan A. May Fox Valley Technical College

1825 N. Bluemound Dr. P.O. Box 2277 Appleton, WI 54912-2277 1-800-735-3882 TTY (hearing impaired) 920-735-2569 www.fvtc.edu jossart@fvtc.edu (email inquiries) Accredited by The Higher Learning Commission since 1974. FVTC offers more than 200 associate degree, technical diploma and certificate programs, and instruction related to 15 apprenticeship trades, in addition to providing services to business and industry. The college serves about 45,000 people annually, more than any other technical college in Wisconsin.

© 2017 Fox Valley Technical College. Fox Valley Technical College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in employment, admissions or its programs or activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the College’s nondiscrimination policies: Patti Jorgensen, FVTC Appleton Campus, Office A104C, 920-735-5649.


around FVTC Champions of Diversity FVTC earns top award in state for educational diversity. Each year, the Wisconsin State Council on Affirmative Action recognizes the outstanding efforts that colleges and universities make in retaining a diverse student body, faculty and workforce. In 2016, the 17th Annual Ann Lydecker Educational Diversity Award included Wisconsin technical colleges for the first time as part of the nominations. Fox Valley Technical College’s Diversity and Inclusion Services department made history by winning the award. “It’s a validation of all the hard work my staff has done,” says Rayon Brown, manager of Diversity and Inclusion Services. “We far exceeded expectations with our Scholars-forSuccess program by increasing retention rates for students of color in both semester-to-semester and year-toyear time frames.” Currently, the department’s staff supports more than 220 students as part of Scholars-for-Success. “We provide a complete range of services, from orientation and academic advising to mentoring and weekly check-in reviews,” Brown says. “All our services are customized to meet individual needs.”

The Diversity and Inclusion Services team at FVTC

• • • Learn more: fvtc.edu/Diversity

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News Briefs • Volunteers from the Paralegal Student Organization and

• The National

local attorneys are offering their time and talent through the Fox Valley Free Legal Assistance Clinics. Assistance is available each month at sites in Menasha, Neenah, Oshkosh and at FVTC’s Appleton campus. For more information fvtc.edu/LegalClinics.

• The Adult Basic Education department has expanded services in New London. Adults interested in preparing for college can work on completing high school credentials, learn English and explore career development. Family literacy programming for parents and their children is also provided free of charge. For more information, call (715) 823-1570.

• Joe Scheithauer, a member of the men’s basketball team and student in the Business Management program, grabbed a state junior college record 36 rebounds in a single game on January 11. The effort is a top 10 national feat within the 67-year history of junior college basketball.

Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) Wisconsin/Upper Michigan Chapter recognized FVTC’s Interior Design department for NKBA Student Chapter establishing the first NKBA student chapter in the state and Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

• Several Agriculture students earned individual awards at the 2016 World Dairy Expo in Madison, in addition to FVTC taking top team honors in the Heifer Judging competition.

FVTC Students at the World Dairy Expo

Joe Scheithauer

Sparking Futures Welding instructor Jessie Lloyd knows what successful education looks like in the manufacturing fields. Lloyd’s exceptional talent in building skills and confidence in students earned her the 2016 Northeast Wisconsin Manufacturing Alliance Higher Education Award. In just over two years in her role at FVTC, Lloyd led the development of a new welding academy for adults, which includes a career advancement pathway.

Under Lloyd’s leadership teaching dual credit welding classes at Wautoma High School, several students have won medals in welding, welding sculpture and job interview categories at state and regional SkillsUSA competitions. In addition, many of Lloyd’s students have gone on to work for regional companies like Mayville Engineering and Specialty Enterprises.

Jessie Lloyd

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Thanks to Fox Valley Tech, we now have an opportunity to develop necessary electrical and mechanical skills. Amanda Kopetsky Bemis Company, Inc.

” Industrial maintenance skills are in demand.

Maintaining Business A global manufacturer relies on FVTC to train its industrial maintenance mechanics. Bemis Company, Inc., a global manufacturer of flexible packaging products, has partnered with Fox Valley Technical College to create a maintenance trainee program. The goal of the program is to develop a pipeline of skilled employees in preparation for upcoming retirements on the maintenance teams. “Maintenance staff is critical in our manufacturing process,” says Amanda Kopetsky, human resources for Bemis. “They help ensure our equipment operates safely and efficiently around the clock.” When determining how best to keep a steady pipeline full of skilled maintenance staff, Bemis decided to look internally to provide current employees an opportunity to gain the training needed for this position. “These individuals know our company, fit our culture and are comfortable with shift work required,” adds Kopetsky. “Thanks to Fox Valley Tech, we now have an opportunity to develop necessary electrical and mechanical skills for these individuals.”

Upon completion of the Fast Forward grant, FVTC will add

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Bemis maintenance and engineering leaders worked with Fox Valley Tech instructors from its Business & Industry Services team to create a curriculum unique to Bemis. “The training is a combination of classroom studies and on-the-job training,” says Kopetsky. “They can apply what they learn in class on the job.” Partially funded by a Wisconsin Fast Forward grant and involving other companies as well in this same training by FVTC, the project has generated positive feedback from Bemis employees. “Bemis is building capability for the future while the trainees are provided the opportunity to learn while being paid,” states Kopetsky.

• • • Learn more: fvtc.edu/BIS • • • View video: fvtc.edu/Workplace17


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The experts at the Fox Valley Tech Fab Lab helped me turn three ideas into real products.

Brian Davis

Riding High Brian Davis invented cycling and outdoor products with the help of FVTC’s Fab Lab and 1 Million Cups.

Brian Davis uses his Fix It Sticks tool to work on a bike.

Inventor Brian Davis turned his passion for bike riding into a full-time career. “I am not an engineer, but I love finding better ways to do things,” says the 40-year-old Appleton resident and former sales rep in the package shipping industry. “The experts at the Fox Valley Tech Fab Lab helped me turn three ideas into real products. My Fix It Sticks tools for bicycles, the Backbottle hydration bottle and the Weatherneck System balaclava are now realities.” Working with the Fab Lab also connected Davis to Amy Pietsch, director of the FVTC Venture Center. “Every area entrepreneur said I had to meet Amy,” states Davis. “She was the one who introduced me to 1 Million Cups, a weekly gathering of small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs who exchange ideas.” Davis made a presentation at a 1 Million Cups meeting in 2016 before he first launched the Weatherneck. “I had attended several of these meetings and knew that the audience provides good advice,” he says. “After my presentation, someone in the audience said, ‘Oh, this is like a bandana.’ That one observation helped me better define my product and tailor a marketing message.” “The 1 Million Cups events are a great way for a start-up inventor or entrepreneur to get a ton of valuable information and support,” says Davis.

• • • Learn more: theweatherneck.com

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The nationwide 1 Million Cups initiative founded by the Kauffman Foundation has sparked local small business growth.

presenters and

With the help of FVTC’s Venture Center, Appleton earned designation as the 76th municipality nationwide in becoming a “1 Million Cups” city in October 2015. 1 Million Cups: Every Wednesday from 9-10 a.m. at FVTC’s Bordini Center Free coffee, networking and presentations from local and statewide entrepreneurs

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attendees during the first year of 1 Million Cups in Appleton

• • • Learn more: fvtc.edu/VentureCenter

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What’s NOW Creating Connections Employment Connections matches skill with the ever-changing needs of employers. Showing people how to find the right career is a passion for Chris Czarnik, manager of Employment Connections at Fox Valley Technical College. He believes the key is learning how to network. “About 75% of job openings are never posted,” Czarnik says. “The problem is most students are afraid of doing what’s required to uncover those opportunities through networking.” To overcome this problem, Employment Connections held a networking event with more than 100 students and 12 employers in the Pepsi Atrium on the Appleton campus. In preparation, students wrote their own 60-second “elevator pitch” to quickly articulate their interests and abilities, in addition to developing questions to ask the employers. The results were eye-opening. “The students became so engaged because they had a plan, and the seminar ran well over the scheduled time,” states Czarnik. “I know that some students got jobs or internships with employers they met during the event.” In addition to special events, Employment Connections offers one-on-one support as well as seminars and group programs on topics such as resume writing, interview techniques and database job searching. The department also maintains an online resource full of important career-related information and offers a weekly career search program for the community called, JobSeekers Network.

• • • Learn more: fvtc.edu/EmploymentConnections

Business sectors represented at the first-ever Employment Connections networking event included: • Accounting

• National Defense

• Finance

• Sales

• Logistics

• Staffing

• Manufacturing

• Supply Chain

• Marketing

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Some students got jobs or internships with employers they met during the event. Chris Czarnik Employment Connections


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graduate employment for both FVTC’s Office Assistant and Administrative Professional programs 2016 FVTC Graduate Employment Research Report

Office Organized FVTC’s Office Assistant program opened a pathway to a better future for Jalene Van Epps.

Jalene Van Epps and her son

Jalene Van Epps credits Fox Valley Technical College with putting her on the right career path. “After high school I was taking care of my son and working a variety of dead-end jobs,” recalls the 25-year-old Waupaca native. “I really wanted a better future for myself and my son.” Determined to make a change, Van Epps met with a counselor at FVTC to discover what career field would best fit her interests. “I never would have considered an office position but it’s worked out great,” she says. “I enjoy handling details and have developed organizational and scheduling skills that are valued by many organizations.” Van Epps began with the Office Assistant technical diploma program and is now pursuing her Administrative Professional associate degree. “Office I’ll soon have what I need to administration is a growing career field and offers you a lot of options,” she says. “You can work for an individual in a large company or take on a broader build a great future thanks to role in a smaller organization. The average annual salary is close to $40,000 Fox Valley Tech. as well after being in the field for a few years.” Van Epps is looking forward to her internship with BizSquad, a group of FVTC Jalene Van Epps business students who engage in projects each semester for area companies. “If I’d known how doable and fun school was, I would have started sooner at the Tech,” she says. “I recommend Fox Valley Tech to friends all the time.” Van Epps’ son thinks it’s fun to have a mother who also does homework. “I’ll soon have what I need to build a great future thanks to Fox Valley Tech,” she says.

• • • Learn more: fvtc.edu/AdministrativeProfessionals

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Information Thrivent Financial finds its information technology professionals at FVTC.

Fox Valley Tech is an organization you want to be involved with because of its people. Dan Pichler Thrivent Financial

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As a Fortune 500 nonprofit financial services organization,

A strong educational foundation with hands-on experience

Thrivent Financial relies on a top-notch information

is a priority at Thrivent. “FVTC’s programs provide students

technology (IT) team to serve its members and to grow the

with a practical, problem-solving understanding of many

company’s business. “These days almost everything we do to

aspects of IT,” Pichler adds. “For example, the IT Network

serve our members is in some way connected to information

Lab at the college allows students to get hands-on experience

technology, either through the internet and networking,

in configuring and administering networks, enabling them to

application programming and telephony,” says Dan Pichler,

be productive more quickly in the workplace.”

director of hosting services at Thrivent. “We employ team

Pichler views FVTC as a great economic development

members to develop and maintain the networking systems

asset for northeast Wisconsin and recommends the college

and websites used by our members and representatives.”

as a positive first step in post-secondary education. “Fox

Pichler, a member of Fox Valley Technical College’s

Valley Tech gives students a foundation that’s needed to

industry-based IT Advisory Committee, thinks highly of the college’s approach to technical education and training. “Fox Valley Tech is an organization you want to be involved with

realize a successful future.” • • • Learn more: fvtc.edu/IT

because of its people,” he says. “I help the college align its programs by identifying needed technology skills that are highly sought by a variety of organizations.”

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$40,000+

average annual salary for software developers who graduated from FVTC in 2015 2016 FVTC Graduate Employment Research Report

$51,300+

average annual salary for web designers who graduated from FVTC after being in the workforce five years 2016 FVTC Graduate Employment Research Report

Left: Dan Pichler, Thrivent (center) converses with student Prachi Khare and instructor Steve Ebben.

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One of the largest accounting firms in the nation hires FVTC grads because they can hit the ground running.

Tina Larsen, people team business partner at Schenck SC,

Excel, and college leaders responded by developing more

one of the nation’s top 50 full-service CPA and consulting

classes and considering a specialized certificate program.”

firms, doesn’t just recruit FVTC graduates. She also serves on the college’s Accounting Advisory Committee.

accountants, payroll specialists, medical billers and

“Committee members communicate directly with college

coders, administration and information technology. “They

decision-makers about what skills we need in our workforce,”

all come well-prepared with solid technical capabilities

Larsen states. “I’ve found that Fox Valley Tech educators

and strong soft skills,” she says. “Plus, Fox Valley Tech

proactively listen and respond to employer suggestions.”

graduates are tooled with good problem-solving and

With offices throughout Wisconsin, Schenck plays a vital role in the state’s economy. “The college understands its

decision-making abilities.” Larsen received her associate degree from FVTC. “I had

success relies on graduate performance in the workplace,”

a great two years at Fox Valley Tech, and all of my credits

says Larsen. “That’s why we’re delighted to participate in

transferred toward a bachelor’s degree,” she adds. “I’m

career fairs, mock job interviews and scholarship programs.”

a big supporter of Fox Valley Technical College because

The Accounting Advisory Committee is a win-win for both Schenck and FVTC, according to Larsen. “The biggest trend in business today is how quickly skill needs change,” states Larsen. “The advisory committee recently decided that we needed people stronger in Microsoft

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Larsen hires FVTC grads for such positions as associate

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when the community is in need, it’s always there to help.”

• • • Learn more: fvtc.edu/AccountingFinance


Tina Larsen, Schenck (left) shares insight with Emily Wichman, accountant and one of several FVTC graduates at Schenck.

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The college understands its success relies on graduate performance in the workplace. Tina Larsen Schenck SC

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Automation Nation HiTech Automation provides rewarding careers in manufacturing for FVTC graduates.

Jason Vosters (left), department chair of automation technology, joins Steve Betchner, HiTech, in one of FVTC’s manufacturing labs.

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HiTech Automation, a division of Pieper Electric, provides industrial automation systems and services that have transformed modern manufacturing. As part of the company’s long-term growth strategy, it not only hires Fox Valley Technical College graduates but works to ensure that the college’s curriculum prepares students for success. Steve Betchner, lead engineer and department manager for HiTech, serves on the Automation Technology advisory committee at FVTC. “The college connects with manufacturers and equipment suppliers twice a year to advise its leaders about current and future job skill requirements,” he says. HiTech hires FVTC grads from both its Automated Manufacturing Systems Technology and ElectroMechanical Technology programs. “These graduates begin as design engineers,” states Betchner, “and can work their way up to engineer, lead engineer and technical leadership positions.”

You earn a good salary and can gain long-term job security working in manufacturing today with the right skills. Steve Betchner HiTech Automation

Betchner is pleased with FVTC graduates and is always looking for employees with the right skills. Meanwhile, he’s currently working with the college to encourage more high school students to consider careers in manufacturing. “You earn a good salary and can gain long-term job security working in manufacturing today with the right skills,” he adds.

• • • Learn more: fvtc.edu/ManufacturingAutomation

Based on advisory committee input, the curriculum is constantly adapting so FVTC students graduate with current and relevant expertise in a wide range of hard and soft skills. “We’re looking for proficiency in vision inspection systems, industrial controls, operator interfaces, PLCs, motion controllers and communications,” Betchner says. “We also use robotic controls, and Fox Valley Tech has a wonderful robotics lab.”

$74,000

average annual salary after five years for graduates of FVTC’s Automated Manufacturing Systems Technology program

$50,000

average annual starting salary for graduates of FVTC’s Electro-Mechanical Technology program 2016 FVTC Graduate Employment Research Report

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Q&A : Culinary Grad Ashley Nero The 31-year-old executive chef is in charge of creating memorable entrees for major conferences and events at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Green Bay. Ashley Nero

What first brought you to FVTC? I first learned about Fox Valley Technical College from a family friend who took the Culinary Arts program and told my mother how good it was. Since I wanted to pursue a culinary career, Fox Valley Tech was the answer. I graduated from FVTC in 2006 with two associate degrees—one in Culinary Arts and the other in Hotel and Restaurant Management, now referred to as the Hospitality Management program.

What did you enjoy most about your FVTC education? The instructors care for their students. It’s also great that the classes are structured so you pretty much stay with the same students throughout your educational journey. That learning environment built lasting relationships for me.

Why are your skills so valued in the workplace? My technical and communication skills bring a variety of techniques and leadership to the industry. I also try to raise awareness in the community and at schools about the importance of this profession, along with finding ways to implement local, sustainable and natural products.

What made your FVTC education special? I discovered many styles of cooking, serving techniques and hospitality applications during my time at Fox Valley Tech. Ione’s restaurant was a great learning opportunity. We could experience what it’s like to work in a full-service restaurant operation thanks to Ione’s. • • • Learn more: fvtc.edu/CulinaryHospitality

Fox Valley Tech instructors care for their students.

Ashley Nero

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Promising Futures The Promise program makes strides in its campaign to fight poverty and grow the region’s economy. The Fox Valley Technical College Promise program is making college affordable and addressing a talent shortage that’s needed to fill over 10,000 jobs in the region. Mary Downs, executive director of the FVTC Foundation and Community Relations, describes how the program will help one young woman fulfill her dream of becoming an automotive technician. “She originally planned to work for several years to afford tuition,” says Downs. “As a Promise scholar, she can start college right after high school, stay out of debt and graduate with skills area employers need.” So far, the Foundation has raised more than $600,000 toward its five-year goal of $1 million. “We’ve received funding from more than 200 donors,” Downs states. “Promise contributors range from individual donations to corporate gifts.”

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Every eligible incoming high school student can start college right after high school, stay out of debt and graduate with skills area employers need.

Mary Downs FVTC Foundation The Foundation is working closely with high school teachers and guidance counselors to develop awareness. “About 850 high school seniors have expressed interest in the program since our launch in August,” says Downs. The Promise program means that every eligible incoming high school student in the FVTC district can receive free tuition and books toward earning an associate degree or technical diploma. “This is a triple win that makes a significant difference to students, employers and our community,” adds Downs. • • • View video: fvtc.edu/FVTCpromise

PATRONS OF THE PROMISE To date, these organizations have supported the Promise program with major gifts of $25,000 or more:

Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region Oshkosh Corporation Miron Construction Co., Inc. Plexus Corporation ThedaCare US Venture/Schmidt Family Foundation

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The PTK experience provides meaning to my education and motivates me to do more.

Amber Stanczak

Leading the Way FVTC’s Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society opens doors to leadership, networking, scholarships and more. Joining Fox Valley Technical College’s Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Society chapter was a real game-changer for Appleton native Jason Lilly. “Returning to school at age 40 was scary, but joining PTK and then becoming its president brought me out of my shell,” he says. “It gave me an opportunity to work with a wide variety of people. It’s a student-driven organization that really does make a difference.” Today, Lilly has gone on to become vice president of the PTK Wisconsin region. In addition, he is completing his second degree at FVTC in Business Management and running his own home improvement and remodeling company. “PTK gave me the confidence to do more,” he says. “A few years ago, I never thought I could successfully run my own business.” Current PTK President Amber Stanczak expresses the same level of enthusiasm. The 21-year-old FVTC nursing student and Menasha resident says that she also loves the organization. “Many members have become my friends,” Stanczak notes. “The PTK experience provides meaning to my education and motivates me to do more.” Stanczak said that PTK membership comes with opportunities to apply for numerous scholarships. “Plus, we do a lot of projects in the community,” she adds. “Those activities are great ways to build leadership and communication skills as well.” • • • View video: fvtc.edu/FVTCPTK

PTK at FVTC International PTK Distinguished Chapter Officer Award, Jason Lilly, 2016 Wisconsin Region PTK Student Organization of the Year, 2015 & 2016 Wisconsin Region PTK Distinguished Chapter Officer Team, 2015

PTK President Amber Stanczak and PTK Vice President Jason Lilly (right of table) meet with PTK Advisors, Jennifer McIntosh and Wolfgang Wallschlaeger.

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Who’s Hiring Fox Valley Tech Grads? Fox Valley Technical College’s 94% graduate employment rate doesn’t happen by chance. The high employment rates are the result of carefully connecting graduates’ skills to employer needs. Here’s what some local employers have to say…

t is a good day when “ Isomeone from FVTC emails us his or her resumé. ”

VTC-trained technicians “ Fhelp create an exceptional experience for our guests. ”

Tim Bergstrom, Bergstrom Automotive

Jim Dobinski, Stellar Blue Technologies

ox Valley Tech students “ Fdevelop critical thinking

skills to work and communicate effectively in teams.

Jen Meyer, ThedaCare

FVTC grads come to “ us industry-ready and can quickly adapt to our company.

Bob Aykens Memorial Florists & Greenhouses

For more employer comments, stats and our full graduate employment research report, visit

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