Pat Salm believes there is a great future in what some see as an old-fashioned career. “Today, professional craftsmanship requires a strong high-tech skill base as well as an artistic dedication to quality,” says the 32-year-old co-owner of Ideal Cabinetry in Appleton. “As the older pros begin to retire, there is going to be a greater need for qualified people.”
An Appleton native, Salm built his skills through Fox Valley Technical College’s one-year Wood Manufacturing Technology program. “The instructors do an excellent job of giving students a full range of skills,” he states. “The best cabinetmakers make the best designers. Fox Valley Tech grads are ready to take on everything from programming and designing to staining and installing.”
The proud father of two daughters, Salm encourages women to consider careers in his field as well. “In my opinion, women have a better eye for detail than men do,” he says. “Most of them currently work in the design end of the business, but I encourage them to consider other aspects of the trade as well.”
Salm and his co-owner wife Jenny, along with his cousin, Ben, work hard to make customers happy. “We can produce exactly what our customers want at a price that’s extremely competitive to what they’d receive at a corporate or chain store,” he says.
Ideal Cabinetry currently employs nine professionals, four of whom are FVTC grads. “We work as a team on both residential and commercial projects,” notes Salm. “We’ll do everything from original measurements right through to final installation. A lot of our business comes from word of mouth. Our customers appreciate working with people who care.”
Spotlight on Woodworking
Fox Valley Technical College’s Wood Manufacturing Technology program, housed at the S.J. Spanbauer Center in Oshkosh, was recently highlighted in the national publication, Wood Products (February 2014). Read article >>
94% placement for graduates of FVTC’s Wood Manufacturing Technology program over the past 5 years (FVTC’s Graduate Employment Research Reports, 2009-2013)
FVTC was an integral part in California native’s choice to pursue a fire career in ...
Appleton native Bryce Sternhagen is doubly committed to a career in public service.
The Lady Foxes basketball team honored Norah, a 9-year-old girl in remission from cancer, at its ...
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.
Want to visit us in person? Attend Discovery Day to experience campus life at FVTC.
(3/30/2015 - 4/10/2015)
(3/30/2015 11:00 AM - 3:30 PM)
Registration for Continuing Program Students - Summer & Fall Terms
(4/1/2015 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM)
(4/8/2015 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM)
(4/8/2015 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM)
(4/8/2015 4:30 PM - 7:00 PM)
(4/10/2015 - 4/11/2015)
(4/11/2015 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM)
(4/11/2015 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
(4/13/2015 - 4/15/2015)
(4/13/2015 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM)
(4/13/2015 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM)
(4/14/2015 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM)
Mock Interviews - Appleton
Monday, April 13-Wednesday, April 15, Appleton Campus
Mock Interviews - Oshkosh
Thursday, April 16, Noon-4 p.m., Oshkosh Riverside Campus
4/20: On Campus: Franklin University
(4/21/2015 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM)
(4/21/2015 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM)
(4/21/2015 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM)
(4/21/2015 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM)
(4/22/2015 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM)
(4/22/2015 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM)
(4/23/2015 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM)
(4/23/2015 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM)
(4/23/2015 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM)
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!
Open Registration for Summer Term
(4/28/2015 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM)
(4/28/2015 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM)
(4/28/2015 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM)
(5/2/2015 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
(5/2/2015 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM)
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.
Public Safety Training Center Open House
Wednesday, May 6, 3-6 p.m. | Tour the new Public Safety Training Center
5/7: On Campus: UW-Green Bay
Thinking of transferring to UW-Green Bay?
Cooking Demo: Asparagus 101
Saturday, May 9 | Join Chef RC as he takes you on an Asparagus 101 adventure.