Skip to Main Content

Search NewsCenter

Top Headlines

Community Matters: Students Give Back

Spring 2012

Students helping those in need

There are 45 student organizations at Fox Valley Technical College, and all of them donate their skills in support of community efforts. “We’re developing people,” says Jim Beard, Horticulture instructor and student group advisor. “As a technical college our job is to train the workforce, but providing skills is only one part of it. Volunteering is another way all Fox Valley Tech students learn how to work with others, gain confidence, and communicate professionally.”

Developing organizations that meet student needs and their interests is part of the FVTC “Knowledge That Works” approach to education. “Through giving their time and skills, many students build relationships that produce donations from community groups, individuals, and businesses,” states Vicky Barke, director of Student Life. It’s truly a win/win arrangement for learning and for the betterment of the community.”

 

An excellent example of these efforts is the Reflection Garden at the ThedaCare Riverside Medical Center in Waupaca, designed and built, in part, by students in FVTC’s Horticulture Club. In one day, club members and other Horticulture students joined about 80 community volunteers to complete a 75-by-276-foot garden featuring five patios, three raised plant beds, two walls with built-in benches, and more. “I call it a healing garden because it provides a nurturing environment for anyone who needs to take some time away from the hospital,” says Beard.

Students from the Horticulture program and club served as team leaders for most of the projects, and they continue to work on enhancing the garden for the Waupaca community. Beard says his students are already working on a fencing project for the garden to be completed this spring.

Student groups heal the community in other ways, too. Each year, volunteers from the FVTC Student Nurses Association (SNA) lend a hand at the Community First Fox Cities Marathon. “I take about eighteen to twenty students to the marathon,” says nursing instructor and SNA advisor Peggy Taylor. “Half of them work the medical pavilion by the finish line, and the other students staff the medical tent.”

Nursing students at the finish line help assess runners and determine whether anyone is in need of help. “We call them ‘catchers’ because they catch any problems by doing a quick triage,” explains Taylor. “They also help transport those in need to a rest area and assist doctors in whatever additional treatment procedures may be necessary.”

“All of our student organizations help their community in many ways throughout the year,” says Barke. “They work with our local food pantries, dental clinics, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Habitat for Humanity, and several other non-profit organizations and community projects.”

Volunteering is a true part of the FVTC student experience. “It’s hard to summarize how good it makes you feel to help,” Taylor says. “To understand it, you need to do it. Working with our student association is the best part of my job!”

Get Social

Connect With Us banner

FVTC President's Blog


Categories

Student & Alumni Spotlight

25 Years of Developing Global Leaders

25 Years of Developing Global Leaders

Mar 30, 2015

Fox Valley Technical College’s Global Education & Services department celebrated 25 ...

Focus on Alumni: Dewi Bush

Focus on Alumni: Dewi Bush

Mar 11, 2015

Q&A with Office Assistant Grad Dewi Bush

Fired Up: Fire Protection Technician

Fired Up: Fire Protection Technician

Mar 11, 2015

FVTC was an integral part in California native’s choice to pursue a fire career in ...

Featured Photos

Featured Videos

@FoxValleyTech on Twitter

Spring 2015 Focus Magazine

Centered on Safety: Read the latest issue of Focus magazine, with feature articles on our brand new Public Safety Training Center, and other high-demand career areas.

Upcoming Events

28 Apr 2015

Resume Review

10 a.m.-2 p.m. | Appleton Campus

Resume Review

Tuesday, April 28 | Meet with an employment advisor to get assistance developing and preparing your resume, along with posting your resume on Wisconsin TechConnect. 

28 Apr 2015

4/28: On Campus: Concordia University Wisconsin

11 a.m.-1 p.m. | Appleton Campus

4/28: On Campus: Concordia University Wisconsin

Thinking of transferring to Concordia University? 

28 Apr 2015

4/28 Easy Start Session

4 p.m. | Appleton Campus

4/28 Easy Start Session

Tuesday, April 28, 4 p.m., Appleton. Learn about Fast Forward grant programs, then complete all your admissions requirements in one visit.

Calendar

«April 2015»
SunMonTueWedThuFriSat
29311234
567891011
121718
4/18/2015 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
8885

Discovery Day

Want to visit us in person? Attend Discovery Day to experience campus life at FVTC.

Read more
192021
22
23
2425
4/25/2015 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
28491

Aviation Fly-In & Open House

Either fly in or drive in for breakfast and explore the aviation training hangar and labs, visit with faculty and try out our full-motion Redbird flight simulators. If you're considering a career in aviation, this event is for you!

Read more
26273012
345
5/5/2015 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
31159

5/5 Easy Start Session

Tuesday, May 5, 4 p.m., Appleton. Learn about Fast Forward grant programs, then complete all your admissions requirements in one visit.

Read more
6
5/6/2015 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
30736

Public Safety Training Center Open House

Wednesday, May 6, 3-6 p.m. | Tour the new Public Safety Training Center

Read more
7
5/7/2015 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
20449

5/7: On Campus: UW-Green Bay

Thinking of transferring to UW-Green Bay? 

Read more
89
5/9/2015 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
30394

Cooking Demo: Asparagus 101

Saturday, May 9 | Join Chef RC as he takes you on an Asparagus 101 adventure.

Read more

FVTC eConnect Newsletter Sign-up








CAPTCHA image
Enter the code shown above: