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New Student Reference Guide 2011-2012

succeed Congratulations! You’ve taken a big step toward fulfilling your career goals and we’re honored that you’ve chosen Fox Valley Technical College.


This reference guide is a good starting point for information you’ll find useful throughout your educational career. Please keep it handy and reference it often.

Our faculty and staff are here to help you succeed. From tutoring services to financial aid, or technology assistance to child care services, you’ll find a broad support network at Fox Valley Tech. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you need help along the way.

Best wishes as you begin your educational experience at Fox Valley Technical College. I hope you find your time here both exciting and rewarding.

I encourage you to make the most of your college experience by fully engaging in your program courses and seeking out additional opportunities to expand your knowledge and build your resume. There’s a wide variety of student club and leadership opportunities to choose from, as well as extensive career preparation assistance.

Dr. Susan A. May President

Table of Contents Academic Standing....................... 27 Attendance.................................. 10 Bilingual Support Services.............. 6 Bookstore.................................... 16 Career & Job Fairs....................... 24 Child Care................................... 26 College Success.............................. 2 Counseling Services....................... 8 Courses, Degrees & Diplomas......... 3 Dining Options............................. 17 Disability-Related Services............. 6 E-mail........................................... 4 English Language Learning.......... 21 Enrollment Services..................... 10 Faculty Advising............................ 7 FERPA......................................... 11 Financial Aid................................ 12 Financial Accounts........................ 13 Fitness Center.............................. 19 Global Education.......................... 21 Graduation.................................. 10 Health Services............................ 26 Library........................................ 15 LifeLINE Assistance Program........... 9 Multicultural Student Services....... 20

MyFVTC......................................... 4 Non-Traditional Occupations........... 9 Online Learning (Blackboard)........ 5 Paying Your Bill........................... 13 Payment Plan.............................. 13 Peer Advising Connection............... 7 Peer Tutoring Assistance................. 6 Program Preparation..................... 2 Refunds....................................... 13 Registration................................. 10 Scholarships................................ 14 Student Conduct........................... 27 Student Employment Services....... 24 Student ID................................... 18 Student Life, Clubs & Athletics...... 18 Study Abroad.............................. 21 Technology.................................... 4 Terminology................................ 28 Testing Center.............................. 15 Transcripts & Verifications............ 10 Transferring Credit To FVTC............ 22 Transferring Credit From FVTC........ 23 Veterans’ Benefits........................ 10 Withdrawal from Class(es)........... 11 1 Wo/Men’s Educational Bureau........ 9

College Success Appleton Campus, Room G223 (920) 735-5135 Oshkosh Riverside Campus, Room 202 (920) 236-6142 There are many resources available to help you meet your educational goals. To start off on the right foot, consider brushing up on your academic skills, or sign up for one of our structured programs that provide a great overview of what it takes to be a successful student. These services are available to you throughout your college career at Fox Valley Technical College.

College Success This 18-hour, one-credit elective course is strongly recommended for anyone entering college for the first time. You’ll be introduced to study skills, time management techniques, and health-related and relationship-building skills, as well as an introduction to programs, services, policies and procedures at FVTC. Because of the nature of this course, you are encouraged to take this course during your first semester to receive the greatest benefit. For more information, call (920) 236-6163.

College & Career Success In this course, you’ll examine career options, develop academic and career goals, and learn specific skills to enhance your success in meeting personal and professional goals. Topics include accessing academic resources, determining career fit, and skills like time management, test-taking and goal-setting. For more information, call (920) 236-6163.



majors Courses, Degrees & Diplomas Fox Valley Technical College provides state-of-the-art occupational training to prepare you for employment in your chosen career. Degree programs include a combination of both core and general education courses. Core courses focus on building your career-specific knowledge and skills. In addition to a study of relevant theory and processes, these courses often include hands-on instruction using current industry technology. The vast majority of your credits will be comprised of core courses. General Education courses provide foundation knowledge for those seeking an associate of applied science degree. Associate degree candidates are required to take 21-30 credits in social and behavioral science and at least six credits in communication. Math and science courses are specific to individual programs of study; at least three credits of math or science are required. Some technical diploma programs require varying numbers of general education credits.

Courses, Degrees & Diplomas/ Credential Definitions

Credential Definitions

Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree programs help you prepare for or advance in a particular occupation or field. Most AAS degrees require 60-70 credits and consist of technical studies, general studies and electives. Time to completion varies widely. Some or all credits may be applied toward a bachelor’s degree program at a four-year college. Technical diploma programs help you prepare for a targeted occupation, typically at the entry level. Credit requirements range from 3-70 credits and time to completion varies widely. Some credits may bridge into associate degree programs. Certificate programs include a focused set of courses for skills needed in the workplace. Some credits may bridge into associate degree or technical diploma programs or to a bachelor’s degree program at a four-year college. Apprenticeships are an earn-while-you-learn program of on-the-job training combined with related classroom instruction for a skilled trade. Both the employer and the apprentice must be contracted with the Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards to begin the program.



E-mail, MyFVTC & Technology Computer Help Desk (920) 735-5644

Access to most online resources can be found at On the left side of the page are three icon links with access to E-mail, Blackboard and MyFVTC.

Password Use the same password for all three systems: E-mail, Blackboard and MyFVTC. You can reset your password in your MyFVTC account.

Computer Labs and Computer Access E-mail When your application was accepted, you were issued an FVTC e-mail address, which was included with your application acceptance letter. If you don’t already have your password, you’ll be prompted to choose one the first time you log in. To log into your e-mail, use your nine-digit student ID and “” (i.e. and your password. Note: The e-mail address to share with others is NOT your nine-digit ID number. Typically, it is the first eight letters of your last name, followed by the last four digits of your ID number. For example, the e-mail address for student Tom Smith, ID# 123456789 would be FVTC e-mail is the official source for college announcements and college business (such as Financial Aid information). You are responsible for checking your e-mail on a regular basis. You may forward your FVTC e-mail to a personal account (such as Yahoo, Gmail or RoadRunner) using MyFVTC. You can set your personal e-mail as the “preferred e-mail” in your account; however, the college is not responsible for misdirected or lost e-mail using this feature.

MyFVTC Use the MyFVTC system to search and register for classes, pay your bill, view grades, change addresses (mailing or e-mail), phone numbers and update other personal information. Use your nine-digit student ID and password to log in to this system.


A general student computer lab is found in Room G203 at the Appleton Campus. Business students may also use the lab in A105. At the Oshkosh Riverside Campus, the computer lab is in Room 110. Cyber Gardens located near the Commons on the Appleton Campus and Oshkosh Riverside Campus may be used for general Internet access, as well as the computer labs at each regional center. Individual departments may also have small labs for class-related work with specialized software.

Software Select software is available for currently enrolled students at discounted prices through a statewide service called the Wisconsin Integrated Software Catalog (WISC). Access to the store is given on the first day of your first class. Instructions and a link to the system are available at

Wireless network Nearly all FVTC buildings (including regional centers and training centers) have wireless access, which is open to all (no password required) if you have an 802.11b/g PCMCIA or PCI network card. Look for the FVTC network labeled “Guest” in your list of available networks.

File Storage USB or jump drives are recommended for storing documents and personal files. Drives are available for purchase in the bookstore. You can also use Internet-based options such as Google Apps and Microsoft’s Sky Drive for web-based storage options.

online Hours Support is available 24/7 via the website or toll-free phone number.

Blackboard is a web-based learning environment used to enhance oncampus learning (Web-Enhanced courses) and/or to deliver distanceonly learning (Online or Internet-Based courses) by posting course materials, class discussions, assignments, and assessments on the Web.

Accessing Blackboard When you register for a course that is designated either Online/ Internet-Based or Web-Enhanced, the FVTC system automatically creates an account for you in Blackboard. Your username will be your student ID and your password will be the same password you set up for MyFVTC.

Online Learning/Blackboard (920) 735-4816 1-877-382-0492

Logging into Blackboard 1. Go to the FVTC website:

2. On the left side of the page, click the Blackboard icon. 3. Enter your username (student ID) and password and click “Login.” 4. On the Blackboard Welcome page, you will see your current courses listed. Note: Courses will not be listed until the instructors make the courses available—typically on the first day of the semester. Until then, you may see a message stating “You are not currently enrolled in any courses.”


Educational Support Services Appleton Campus, Room E122 (920) 735-2569 Oshkosh Riverside Campus, Room 101 (920) 236-6155 Disability-Related Services Fox Valley Technical College is an accessible college community where students with disabilities have an equal opportunity to fully participate in all aspects of the educational environment. We want to support your independence and recognize your abilities, not disabilities.

Bilingual Support Services If your first language learned was not English, there are services available to help you be successful in starting college, and ongoing support to make sure you continue that success throughout your college career.

Peer Tutoring Assistance Tutoring assistance is available for any credit class in which you are not maintaining a grade of C or higher. Requests must be submitted before mid-term of the course. There is no fee for this service. A peer program means that students help other students. The peer tutor may be concurrently enrolled in the course or she/he may have previously completed the course. Tutors are required to obtain academic references and provide pertinent qualifications. Qualified tutors may not exist for some courses or for certain hours in the day; however, every effort will be made to provide a tutor.


access Hours

8 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Friday


Faculty Advising/ Peer Advising Connection (920) 735-2428 Appleton Campus, Room E121 (920) 735-5665 Oshkosh Riverside Campus, Room 101 (920) 233-9191

Faculty Advising Fox Valley Technical College’s faculty advisors offer guidance to help you succeed in college. Your faculty advisor can help you clarify your career and life goals, as well as build relationships within the college. You are assigned a faculty advisor in your program of study, and will find his/her name in your MyFVTC account. Contact your advisor for help with course selections, managing academic concerns, and career planning. You are encouraged to discuss program options such as job shadowing, internships, or other related work experiences with your faculty advisor. You are responsible for developing your educational plans by: • Taking initiative to seek advising • Selecting and monitoring course of study • Understanding and fulfilling degree requirements • Using appropriate student services Your advisor is responsible for providing guidance by: • Helping you clarify your career program choices and providing information • Having in-depth knowledge of program requirements • Giving you support and encouragement as you work to meet your goals • Providing information about the college/department policies and procedures while stressing your responsibilities • Making appropriate referrals to student services

Peer Advising Connection FVTC’s Peer Advising Connection (PAC) program is students helping fellow students make the right connections in order to be successful at FVTC. Peer Advisors provide assistance in the following areas: • Questions about class selection • Campus information • MyFVTC or Blackboard questions • Questions concerning program information • Student resources availability • Registration assistance (i.e. enrolling for classes, using the shopping cart) • How to apply for graduation Peer Advising Connection Hours Appleton Campus 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Thursday 9 a.m.-Noon, Friday Oshkosh Riverside Campus 3-6 p.m., Monday No appointment is necessary.


Counseling Services Appleton Campus, Room E121, (920) 735-5696 Oshkosh Riverside Campus, Room 101, (920) 236-6101 Chilton, (920) 849-4416 Clintonville, (715) 823-8324 Neenah, (920) 720-6800 Waupaca, (715) 942-1700 Wautoma, (920) 787-3319

support Hours

By appointment 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Friday Walk-in hours are available for quick questions; please call ahead for daily availability

Counseling services are available by master’s degree-educated professional counselors. You’ll find the counseling center to be a safe, respectful, confidential and supportive environment where you can discover and develop lifelong learning skills to achieve your goals. Counseling services are available to assist you with career, academic and personal concerns. • Career counseling assists you in making a career decision by identifying skills, values, interests, and occupational and educational opportunities. • Academic counseling assists you in modifying the behaviors or skills necessary to succeed academically. • Personal counseling is available to assist you with concerns which may interfere with academic or personal success. • Group workshops are held throughout the school year for academic and career development. Counseling is confidential; however, according to the American Counseling Association’s ethical guidelines, staff are legally bound to report potential suicide, homicide and suspected child/elder abuse. (


Specialized Counseling Services Appleton Campus, Room E121 (920) 735-5696

LifeLINE Assistance Program Individual counseling is available to help with specific longer-term issues such as: • Alcohol and other drug abuse • Codependency • Depression • Anxiety • Test anxiety • Stress management • Coping skills

Wo/Men’s Educational Bureau Services include career planning, individual needs assessment/ counseling, Starting Point Workshops and referrals to appropriate college and community resources. This free service is available to both female and male single parents who are in transition and displaced homemakers (those who have cared for your family at home without pay and are no longer supported by another household member’s income or public assistance OR are unemployed or underemployed and/or your youngest dependent child will become ineligible for TANF (AFDC) assistance within two years).

Non-Traditional Occupations A non-traditional occupation is defined as any occupation in which women or men comprise less than 25% of the workforce. For example, for women: firefighter, welder, or automotive technician; for men: nurse, interior designer, or administrative professional. In the past, most women chose careers in teaching, nursing or office administration. Men looked at futures in construction, factory work, or mechanics. Times have changed! At Fox Valley, we want you to pursue your dreams. We believe you can be anything you want to be!

Counseling for Veterans Returning veterans often have specific counseling needs related to re-entry and funding for school. If you’re a returning veteran, you can access additional services and resources specific to these unique needs.



Enrollment Services Appleton Campus, Room E111 (920) 735-5645


8 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Friday

Oshkosh Riverside Campus, Room 101 (920) 233-9191 Academic Calendar

The academic calendar includes dates for registration, fees due, beginning and end of term, textbook buyback, etc. To view the college’s academic calendar online, visit

Continuing Student Registration for Classes Continuing program students register according to credits accumulated toward graduation. You will receive an e-mail notification of your designated registration date and time.


Enrollment Services can assist you with admissions, enrollment, transcripts, veterans’ services and graduation.

Students in degree programs and credit courses are expected to attend and participate in classes regularly. Attendance is the responsibility of the individual student, including notification and completion of missed coursework as required by the instructor.

Veterans’ Benefits

Repeating a Course

If you are eligible for veterans’ benefits but have not yet applied, you may do so in the Enrollment Services office. If you have an eligibility form, please bring it along (i.e. DD214-Notice of Separation). For questions related to veterans’ benefits, call (920) 735-5651 or e-mail

Transcripts & Verifications An official FVTC transcript is a complete record of your enrollment at our college. You may request transcripts of your records any time via your MyFVTC account or at If you need enrollment verification for loan deferments, insurance coverage, “good student” auto insurance discounts, etc., contact Enrollment Services to submit a request.

Graduation When you have completed most of your degree or diploma program requirements, you will receive an e-mail with instructions for graduation. Be sure to complete the online application for graduation by the deadline. In the meantime, if you’d like more information, visit


When a student repeats a course, the grade of the most recently completed course will be used in calculating the cumulative grade point average (GPA).

Student Records - FERPA It is the policy of Fox Valley Technical College to comply with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA). This act is designed to protect the privacy of educational records; to establish the right of students to inspect their records; and to provide guidelines for the retention, disclosure and correction of those records. For further information and to review the FERPA policy, visit Questions on FERPA regulations can be directed to the Registrar by e-mail at or by calling (920) 735-5645.

Withdrawal from Class(es) If you wish to withdraw from a class or classes, you must notify the instructor. In addition, it is your responsibility to officially withdraw from the class or classes. This can be done online or in person at Enrollment Services. For more information, visit

Program Withdrawal In accordance with the Graduation Requirements Policy, if you do not take a class within three consecutive terms (including summer) you will be removed from your program. If you wish to re-enter your program or any other, you must meet the college’s admission requirements, as well as graduation requirements, in effect at the time of re-entry. To withdraw from a program or from the college, visit If you are changing or adding programs, contact counseling services at (920) 735-5696.

Additional Online Resource


Financial Aid


Appleton Campus, Room E111 (920) 735-5650


8 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Friday

What is financial aid?

Important Information

Financial aid consists of grants, loans and/or employment. The actual aid that you can receive depends on your eligibility according to state and federal regulations, the availability of funds and the number of students applying for aid.

• Complete a new FAFSA every aid year to receive aid for that year. • If your family’s financial circumstances change, you may be eligible for additional aid. Please read and complete the Professional Judgment Request form at and return it to the Financial Aid Office. • Dropping a class may affect your aid. Be sure to understand the policies regarding the receipt of financial aid at • In order to continue receiving aid, you must maintain satisfactory academic progress. Please see for details.

How do I receive financial aid? Apply! You must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered for aid. The application is available online at You will need your previous year’s federal tax return. Instant online help is available as you complete the FAFSA at You must be admitted to the college before your financial aid application will be processed.

When do I apply for financial aid? • • •

The FAFSA is available on January 1 each year. Applications are accepted throughout the aid year. The standard aid year covers fall, spring and summer terms, in that order. The priority date is April 15. If you have not submitted all your information by this date, it may be too late for certain aid programs.

When do I receive my aid? Grants and loans disburse directly to your account after the 10th day of the term. You must complete all required information before the aid will disburse. If an overpayment on your account occurs, you will receive a refund by either paper check or eRefunding. Please see for more details on how to receive your refund electronically.

Important Financial Aid Dates January 1 FAFSA is available for students seeking financial aid for the next aid year. Visit April 15 Priority application date for completing the FAFSA for the next academic year and submitting all requested documents to the Financial Aid Office. June 30 Financial Aid applications are accepted throughout the aid year. The last day to submit the FAFSA for the summer term is June 30. Census Date (10th class day of each term) At the census date, student enrollment is reviewed to determine the number of credits that you are enrolled in. Aid may have to be adjusted at that time to reflect the proper amount based on credits taken.

Additional Online Resources



Student Financial Accounts

Hours 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Friday

Appleton Campus, Room E114 (920) 735-4871

How do I receive my bill?

How do I pay my bills?

Billing notifications are sent to your FVTC e-mail address if you are admitted to a program (seeking a degree or certificate). It is critical that you monitor your FVTC e-mail account. If you are not admitted into a program, your bill will be mailed to your mailing address. You can view your bill online at eFAS through MyFVTC at You will log in using your Student ID and password.

FVTC accepts a variety of payment methods. • eCheck is the preferred method of payment. It is a free option available at eFAS through MyFVTC ( You can use this method to pay online with your checking or savings account. • Cash, check, money order and electronic funds transfer are other methods that are accepted. • A full-service branch of Community First Credit Union is available on the Appleton Campus in Room E112. They will process cash, check and money order payments for tuition. More information is available at (920) 830-7200 or • PayPath is a credit card payment option available at eFAS through MyFVTC ( This option allows MasterCard, Discover and American Express payments. The fee to utilize PayPath is 2.75% (minimum of $3.00). • Payments can be sent to: FVTC Enrollment Services PO Box 2277 Appleton, WI 54912-2277 • Employer / Agency contracts are accepted if your employer or an outside agency is paying for your tuition. Forms can be sent to: FVTC Third Party Billing PO Box 2277 Appleton, WI 54912-2277

When are fees due? Fees are due 10 days prior to the class start date. If you choose to enroll in the payment plan, your payment dates will be distributed over three months.

What is a payment plan? The FVTC payment plan is an option that provides you more time to pay your bill. It consists of three installment dates for making payments on eligible charges. There is a $25.00 fee for signing up for this option, due at the time of enrollment. You must have a balance of $300.00 or more to enroll in this option. See for more details regarding specific due dates for your enrollment term.

Can I receive a refund electronically? Yes. You can sign up for eRefunding at eFAS through MyFVTC ( No more waiting for paper checks in the mail! Your refund will be directly deposited into your checking or savings account.

Past Due Accounts A financial hold is placed on any account that has a past due balance. This hold will prevent future enrollment.


Scholarships Appleton Campus, Room A102 (920) 735-5608

Scholarships are available to students during all semesters of enrollment in a Fox Valley Technical College associate degree, technical diploma or apprenticeship program. Scholarships are funded by private donors, including individuals, organizations and businesses, and are administered by the FVTC Foundation. Best of all, scholarships do not have to be repaid. Scholarships are competitive and based on criteria established by the donor, which may include program of enrollment, residency, academic performance and/or need.

award Hours

8 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday-Friday

Over 300 scholarships are available each fall and spring semester. Near the beginning of each semester, you’ll be notified via your FVTC e-mail account that the Foundation is accepting scholarship applications, along with the deadline for submission. A link to the online application, instructions, and tips is included in the e-mail. If you apply, you should verify that your MyFVTC account information is current and contact two instructors who are willing to submit positive evaluations of your performance and academic characteristics. You are encouraged to submit an application each semester. Current information including the application (when available) and notices of scholarships administered by outside organizations can be found at Questions can be directed to



Appleton Campus, Room G113 (920) 735-5653 Oshkosh Riverside Campus, Room 135 (920) 236-6113 Library Hours Appleton Campus 7:15 a.m.-10 p.m., Monday-Thursday 7:15 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Friday 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday Oshkosh Riverside Campus 8:30 a.m.-8 p.m., Monday-Thursday 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Friday

Hours may vary during student breaks and summer session.

Library/ Testing Center Appleton Campus, Room G203a (920) 735-5758 Oshkosh Riverside Campus, Room 135 (920) 236-6113 Testing Center Hours 7:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m., Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Friday See website for summer hours. The Testing Center is available for you to complete examinations arranged through your instructor. To use the Testing Center, you’ll need to have either an FVTC Photo ID or in-person instructor verification of your identity. You can purchase your Student ID at the Student Life Center.

Library Services provides a variety of resources such as books, journals, DVDs and other services to support educational and informational needs at Fox Valley Technical College.

Research We can assist you with research in person, on the phone, via e-mail, or from our website (select the Ask a Librarian link for live-chat 24/7 help from reference librarians). 24/7 access to library article databases is available on campus, and off-campus through our proxy server.

Interlibrary Loan Interlibrary Loan is available for books and articles we do not have in our collection. Allow 7 to 10 days on average for delivery. The library also offers: • Computers, printers, photocopier • Study space and comfy seating • Group study rooms • WiFi


Bookstore Appleton Campus, Room E110 (920) 735-4732 Oshkosh Riverside Campus, Room 164 (920) 236-6198 Books, supplies, and school spirit merchandise are sold in the FVTC Bookstores located on the Appleton and Oshkosh Riverside campuses. Both locations offer a complete selection of new, used, and digital textbooks. Bring your class study list when purchasing books and materials, as well as your FVTC student ID if you will be using Financial Aid to make purchases. Books can be purchased online at,, or when using your MyFVTC account. You can also stop in either of the two FVTC Bookstores to make your purchases in person.

Textbook Buyback There are three book buybacks each year, typically in December, May and August. Both FVTC Bookstores buy back books no matter where you purchased them, often at approximately 50% of the new or used purchased price. Visit or stop in for specific buyback criteria.


spirit Hours 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Friday


Dining Options (920) 735-5701

On the Appleton Campus Hours American Harvest Café 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Monday-Thursday Fox Valley Grille 7-9:30 a.m. & 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Monday-Friday Sundowner Subs & Deli 1 p.m.-7 p.m., Monday-Thursday Join us weekdays for breakfast, lunch and taste-tempting desserts prepared by FVTC’s nationally recognized Culinary Arts program students. The Fox Valley Grille features a complete line-up of breakfast and lunch sandwiches and creative specials, as well as our delicious pizza. Our American Harvest Café features an extended offering of home-cooked favorites and made-from-scratch soups, as well as vegetarian options. Sundowner Subs & Deli offers a wide selection of fresh ingredients to build your own salads and sub sandwiches. Sundowner Subs also offers nachos, soups, chili, grab ‘n go meals, beverages and ice cream novelties. With all these tasty options to choose from, you’re sure to find just what you need to keep you going throughout the day. A large vending area with microwaves is also available. Find the daily menu posted on the FVTC website at Accepting

On the Oshkosh Riverside Campus Hours Fox Xpress 8 a.m.-1 p.m., Monday-Thursday The Fox Xpress is located at the Oshkosh Riverside Campus and offers a variety of breakfast and lunch items. The Fox Xpress is a student owned and operated food kiosk located in the Commons. Come and enjoy a hot cup of coffee and choose from a variety of items for breakfast. Stay for lunch and enjoy soup, pizza and sandwiches as you visit with your friends on campus. From the proceeds earned through sales, the Fox Xpress awards two $500 scholarships every year to students on the Oshkosh Riverside Campus. We look forward to serving you.


Student Life, Clubs & Athletics Appleton Campus, Room E137 (920) 735-2545

engage Hours

8 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Friday

Student Clubs and Organizations There are over 45 different clubs and organizations available for students. Many of the clubs are directly related to programs offered at FVTC, so you can develop professional connections while meeting other students. In addition, there are a variety of social clubs to join. If you don’t find what you are looking for, talk with the Student Life Staff– it’s easy to start a new club!

Student Leadership Organizations

Student Life at Fox Valley Technical College supplements your educational experience through campus involvement, which will help you build your leadership, teamwork, cultural competence and confidence.

Student Life Center The Student Life Center, located on the Appleton Campus in room E137, offers a variety of services designed to make your time on campus more enjoyable. Compete in a pool or ping pong tournament, watch a movie in Spectators Lounge, or simply relax and chat with your friends. Need a stamp to mail a letter? Forgot to make copies of a paper for class? Need to use a fax machine? The Student Life Center sells stamps and, for a small fee, will help you make photocopies or fax paperwork. You can also purchase your FVTC Student ID or rent a locker in the Student Life Center.

Benefits of Having a Student ID (initial cost of $5) • • • • • • •


Check out books at the FVTC Library Check out games at the Student Life Center Take tests in the Testing Center Rent a locker Charge textbooks to your student account at the Campus Store Discounts at many local businesses Discount passes available for purchase in the Student Life Center

If you would like to expand your experiences at Fox Valley Technical College, there are several opportunities through the student leadership organizations offered within Student Life. In addition to gaining experience by being part of these student organizations, you will also have a direct impact on the lives of your fellow students by helping to create policy, affect change, plan events and publish campus-wide communications. The campus leadership organizations include: • Student Government Association • Oshkosh Student Board • Student Activities Committee • Fox Times (Student Newspaper) • Intramural Board



There is always something going on at FVTC! From comedians to country singers, nationally known speakers and caricature artists; all can be found at FVTC throughout the school year. There are also many family events, like our annual Drive-in Movie, which is held in the FVTC parking lot, and our Family Movie Nights with free popcorn and hot dogs. Family and friends are always welcome at Student Life events.

FVTC has been competing against other two-year colleges in the state of Wisconsin for over five years. We offer Women’s Volleyball, as well as Men’s and Women’s Basketball. If you’re not interested in competitive sports, you can still get involved by playing intramural athletics! We offer 3-on-3 basketball, volleyball, soccer, flag football and softball. Visit for more information on competitive and intramural athletics.

Trips If you need to get away to relax, then Student Life has you covered. There are several day, weekend, and week-long trips that are offered throughout the school year–all at a reduced price! Take a day trip to Great America and the Gurnee Mills Mall. Take a weekend trip with your family to the Tundra Lodge in Green Bay, or even go to a tropical destination for Spring Break (previous trips have gone to Negril, Jamaica and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico).

Fitness Center The Fitness Center is located in Room E170 on the Appleton Campus and features a variety of exercise equipment available for free use by students. Included in the center are cardiovascular and strength equipment, as well as shower and locker facilities. The Fitness Center opens at 7 a.m. and closes at 9 p.m., Monday through Friday. Several health and wellness programs are offered to students and staff throughout the year. A fitness coordinator is on duty 27 hours per week, August through May. Please call (920) 996-2884 or e-mail for additional information.

Civic Engagement As a Fox Valley Tech student, there are many opportunities to become an active participant in your community. Whether you want to enhance your resume with volunteer experience, learn more about social issues, or find out about local, state and national elections, the Student Life Center can assist you. In addition to maintaining a list of many volunteer opportunities throughout the region, Student Life offers individualized volunteer matching, monthly service opportunities and speakers and events to help you become more knowledgeable about social issues that affect your community. For more information, visit


Multicultural Student Services


Appleton Campus, Room E120 (920) 735-4825

The Multicultural Student Services office is a single point of contact for all FVTC minority students – African American, Asian, Hispanic and Native American. The services are designed to enhance the success and retention of those minority students attending Fox Valley Technical College. The diversity among our students adds to the richness of your academic and college experience, as you benefit from being around people who bring different backgrounds, talents, ethnicity, interest and ideas to the classroom and campus.


8 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Friday

Cultural Heritage Celebrations To highlight the cultural heritage of FVTC’s diverse student body, monthly Cultural Heritage Celebrations feature the unique food, music, and arts and crafts from around the world. Annual events include: • Hispanic Heritage Month – October • Native American Heritage Month – November • Black History Month – February • Asian Heritage Month – April

Hmong Student Union The Hmong Student Union was created to provide a social and academic support system for the Hmong students attending FVTC. With a goal of academic excellence, the group helps Hmong students who are currently enrolled in programs, as well as program preparation for those who are exploring their education options. The Hmong Student Union encourages students to experience various cultures of the United States and other countries.



Global Education Appleton Campus, Room E131 (920) 735-4810

Hours 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday-Friday

The Global Education & Services Department offers a variety of international options for FVTC students. Choosing one or more of our global education elective courses will prepare you to be successful and competitive in a global workforce, distinguishing yourself among your classmates. In addition, FVTC’s international experiences will open your eyes to the world in many new ways and will forever change your life.

Study Abroad Make the world your classroom! Travel with FVTC around the world: Spain, Mexico, Peru, Germany, Italy, China and more! Earn three FVTC elective credits as you expand your world view and immerse yourself in the language and culture. For more information, visit

English Language Learning (ELL) Global Education Courses • • •

Foreign Language: Arabic, Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, French, Portuguese, German, Russian, Hmong, Spanish, Italian, Intensive English Bilingual Interpretation Global Understanding

ELL is a language program designed to meet the needs of adults whose native language is not English. Courses focus on reading, writing, speaking and career skills in six levels of instruction. Each level is designed to provide students with an academic environment in which to learn the English language as quickly as possible. For more information, visit or call (920) 735-2443.

International Exchange Club The International Exchange Club serves as a connection between international and local students attending Fox Valley Technical College. The club promotes and facilitates international programs and education, global awareness, activities and exchanges, cultural growth, and interpersonal and language skills. Participation in this student club will provide a meaningful and rewarding experience, and you are encouraged and welcome to join!

Host an International Student Create a lasting friendship while hosting an international student. Short-term and long-term opportunities are available.


Transferring Credit To FVTC Appleton Campus, Room E118 (920) 735-4742

Transferring Credit to FVTC Many students come to Fox Valley Tech with college credits they’ve already earned, either while in high school or at other colleges and universities. It’s also possible to be granted credit for career-related knowledge and skills you’ve already mastered. Credit for prior learning is the acceptance of credits from other regionally accredited institutions of higher education. To receive transfer credit, mail your official transcripts to: Fox Valley Technical College Attn: Transfer Credit PO Box 2277 Appleton WI 54912-2277 Advanced standing is the granting of credit in an associate degree or technical diploma for knowledge and skills that directly relate to the program curriculum. Advanced Standing may be obtained through the following methods: • Credit by Examination • Credit for Experiential Learning (previous work experience, military training, business and industry training, etc.) • Credit through Articulated Agreements with High Schools • Apprenticeship Training Course test-out is an option available AFTER your class start date. This option allows you to take the final exam of a course and receive a grade before the class end date, and in a timeframe consistent with departmental policy.


transfer Hours

8 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday-Friday


Transferring Credit From FVTC

Transferring Credit from FVTC Transferring to a four-year college has never been easier! Starting at Fox Valley Technical College makes completing a bachelor’s degree affordable, accessible and convenient. FVTC knows that you want choices and need flexibility. Credit transfer makes it easy for FVTC associate degree graduates to complete a bachelor’s degree. The following colleges and universities have partnered with FVTC to offer credit transfer options:

Alverno College Bellevue University Capella University Cardinal Stritch University Concordia University Franklin University Lakeland College Marian University Marquette University Metropolitan State University Michigan Technological University Milwaukee School of Engineering National American University

Northern Michigan University Rasmussen College Silver Lake College University of Phoenix Upper Iowa University University of Wisconsin-Green Bay University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh University of Wisconsin-Platteville University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point University of Wisconsin-Stout University of Wisconsin-Superior Viterbo University


Student Employment Services


Appleton Campus, Room E135 (920) 735-5627


8 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Friday

Oshkosh Riverside Campus, Room 101 (920) 231-5627 Student Employment Services is here to help with your employment needs. • Full- and part-time job opportunities • Employment advising • On-campus employer interviews • Employment information and resources • Centralized resource for work experience programs Services begin when you enroll as an FVTC student and continue throughout your employment career. Once you graduate, services continue to be available to you.

Full- and Part-Time Job Opportunities Find job opportunities listed on FVTC’s electronic employment information system, Wisconsin TechConnect. Current job opportunities for: • Students attending FVTC: Easily search, access, and print statewide job listings from any FVTC location. • Upcoming graduates: Take advantage of Wisconsin TechConnect from anywhere by registering for off-campus Internet access. Become automatically registered by applying for graduation. You may register to receive job listings via e-mail or postal mail. This service is a one-year renewable subscription.

Employment Advising Get assistance with resumes, cover letters, interviewing skills, job networking, building confidence and setting goals during the transition from school to work. Stop in to make an appointment. Employment advising on call is available three days per week.

Career and Job Fairs Employers from Northeast Wisconsin and around the state attend our targeted job fairs. Don’t miss these great opportunities to make valuable connections: • Career Fair on the Fox (Fall & Spring) • Health Care Career Fair (Fall & Spring) • Criminal Justice Job Fair (Spring) • Automotive, Collision & Diesel Technician Job Fair (Fall)


JobSeekers Network (JSN) & Job Search Investigation (JSI) These weekly networking events help you explore resources and job leads, exchange information, and find support and direction. Students and graduates are invited to participate as long as it is helpful.

Employment Seminars Take advantage of seminars offered throughout the year on jobseeking skills, cover letters, resumes, job application forms, and interviewing skills. Or consider taking a one-credit Employment Strategies class to help you make a successful transition from school to work.

Mock Interviews “Tell me about yourself.” A question often asked during a job interview. Are you prepared to answer it? Schedule a mock interview and practice your response.

Resume Review Event This event is geared toward assisting you with the development and preparation of your resume along with posting your resume on our online resume posting system.

On-Campus Employer Interviews Many employers interview students and graduates on-campus each semester. Watch for more information and dates.

Resource Center Get help finding employment utilizing the latest technology, as well as a wide selection of handouts, periodicals, guides, newspapers, magazines, books and reference material. These resources are free and geared toward helping you find employment.

FVTC’s Student Employment Services has been a great partner to J. J. Keller for years. Their career fairs are well-attended and they’ve offered us excellent opportunities on campus to talk to students about career opportunities. We’ve successfully hired several full-time students and interns through these events. JoAnn K. J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc.


Parent/Child Center Health Services Appleton Campus, Room B108 (920) 735-5751

Parent/Child Center Hours 7 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Monday-Friday

The Fox Valley Technical College Parent/Child Center is located at the Appleton campus. We’re open to FVTC students and staff, as well as to anyone in the area who is looking for a safe, high-quality, and affordable child care. The center is licensed for 120 children, ages 6 weeks through 11 years. We provide for the educational, social and physical needs of the children, while also providing a learning experience for college students enrolled in the Early Childhood Education program.

care Appleton Campus, Room A164 (920) 735-5745

Health Services Hours 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday-Thursday (closed 12:30-1:15 p.m.) 8 a.m.-2 p.m., Friday The primary focus of Health Services is prevention of and care for illness or injury while on campus. FVTC recognizes the need to provide a safe, accessible work and educational setting. Health Services provides: • Assistance to students who need medical care from a doctor or other community agency • First aid care • Treatment for minor illness and injury • Flu shot clinic in the fall (fee is charged) • Immunizations for measles, mumps, rubella (MMR), tetanus, hepatitis A and B • Tuberculin skin test (Mantoux) as required for some students • Over-the-counter medication for cold, allergy, headache or other pain, upset stomach, diarrhea, cough, and menstrual cramps • A place to rest if you become ill • A private room for moms to pump breast milk or nurse A nurse is on the Appleton campus for patient care several hours a week. Appointments are encouraged. We do not have prescription medication, but the nurse can refer you to a doctor’s care if needed.



Academic Standing & Student Conduct

Academic Appeals

Academic Suspension

You may appeal a variety of decisions made by the college that directly impact your academic standing or progress including, but not limited to: • Final course grades • Transfer credit awards • Graduation requirements being satisfied • Academic probation and suspension If you wish to file an appeal, you must do so in accordance with the college’s Academic Appeal Policy, available online at

A student will be suspended from a program after two consecutive semesters of academic probation with semester GPAs of less than 2.0 (grade of C). The length of a program suspension is one semester, exclusive of the summer term. Students may enroll in non-credit courses or academic preparation courses during the semester of academic suspension.

Academic Progress Standards It is expected that students will make satisfactory progress each semester they are enrolled. Satisfactory progress at Fox Valley Technical College means achieving a minimum semester grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 (grade of C). The academic progress policy applies to all program-declared degree and diploma students carrying six or more academic credits.

Academic Probation A program student will be placed on academic probation if his/her semester grade point average falls below 2.0 (grade of C). While on probation, a student will be allowed to enroll for no more than 12 credits per semester. During the time a student is on probation, a hold will be placed on their student record prohibiting registration. The registration hold will be released once the student meets with a counselor and develops an academic success plan.

Student Conduct Fox Valley Technical College believes in creating and maintaining a learning environment that values academic excellence, institutional integrity, justice, equity, civility and diversity. For the academic and personal development of all students, the college requires the behavior of all students to be compatible with the mission and values of the college. Students are required to conduct themselves in a positive and appropriate manner at all times while attending all college-sponsored activities, both on or off any district campus. Any student who has paid an enrollment fee, registered or enrolled for classes with or through the college, or otherwise entered into any other contractual relationship with the college to take instruction is required to abide by the code of conduct. The Student Code of Conduct can be found on the college’s website at




Academic Advising: Process where you are assigned to a faculty member or a trained adviser who helps you plan and implement immediate and long-term academic and vocational goals. Your advisor is assigned approximately one month after you start class. You can find your advisor’s name online in MyFVTC. Catalog Number (or state course number): The eight-digit number that identifies the series of classes for a specific subject. Class Number: A five-digit number that represents a specific class date and time. This is the number you will use when registering. Credit: Recognition of attendance or performance in an instructional activity. Credit course: A course that, if successfully completed, can be applied toward the number of courses required for achieving a degree, diploma, certificate, or other formal award.

FAFSA: Free Application for Federal Student Aid. All students interested in financial aid must fill out this free federal application form. Grade-point average (GPA): The sum of grade points earned divided by the number of courses taken.

Term GPA: GPA for the term, which is used to determine your status on the Dean’s List.

Cumulative GPA: Includes all classes taken at that institution. Cumulative GPA determines honor status for graduation.

Public institution: An educational institution whose programs and activities are operated by publicly elected or appointed school officials, and which is supported primarily by public funds. Requisite (Pre and Co):

Pre-requisite: A course that requires you to be either currently enrolled or have completed before you are able to enroll in the next course. Note that you cannot be enrolled in the course with a pre-requisite in the same term.

Degree Progress Report: A tool to help you plan your classes so you can graduate from your chosen program.

Co-requisite: A course in which a student either needs to have completed before registering or currently enrolled in the same term.

Enrollment Appointment: A date and time that you are assigned to register for classes for the next term.

Term: FVTC has three separate terms per year: Spring, Summer and Fall.

Degree: An award conferred by FVTC as official recognition for the successful completion of a program.

Transfer student: A student entering the institution for the first time but known to have previously attended a postsecondary institution at the same level (e.g., undergraduate). The student may transfer with or without credit. Tuition: Amount of money charged to students for instructional services. Tuition is charged per credit. Tutoring: May range from one-on-one tutoring in specific subjects to tutoring in an area such as math, reading, or writing. Many tutors are college students.


New Student Reference Guide 2011-2012  
New Student Reference Guide 2011-2012  

This reference guide is a good starting point for information you'll find useful throughout your educational career.