When Theresa Cross discovered she was about to become a single mom, she knew she needed to find a better job. She never dreamed that a class at FVTC would uncover her aptitude for accounting, and change her life forever.
Growing up, Theresa Cross was always on the move, and a little bit of a maverick.
“My family is pretty nontraditional,” she says. “My mom and I were on our own and we moved around a lot. In my younger years, it seemed like I went to a different school every year.”
Theresa moved to Kaukauna when she was in high school. “I struggled right away,” she recalls. “It seemed like I had to spend most of my time and energy trying to fit in—and I just wanted to learn. It was such a waste, and I ended up quitting.”
Although Cross quit high school, she wasn’t about to quit learning. Her mom hired a student from Lawrence University in Appleton to tutor her in math. Theresa bought General Educational Development (GED) preparation books for other subjects she needed to master to earn her GED credential and complete the work herself.
After completing her GED studies, Cross decided to “see the world.” She went to Louisiana to meet her father. She spent time following the fusion jam band Phish around the country from concert to concert. Her nomadic lifestyle limited her career opportunities, so she grabbed what work she could—for the most part tending bar or working as a waitress.
And then one day when Cross was 26, everything changed. “I found out I was pregnant,” she says. “I knew I had to reevaluate my lifestyle and future.”
Thinking she might build on her work experience, she signed up for a business math class at Fox Valley Technical College’s Appleton campus. She did so well that her instructor, David Nunenkamp, took notice. “He told me I had the brain of an accountant,” Cross recalls. “And he told me I might find job opportunities and great pay in accounting.”
A little encouragement was all she needed. She enrolled in FVTC’s associate degree Accounting program and began taking classes.
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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!
Community registration for Summer 2016 classes starts Monday, May 2.
Thinking of transferring to Grand Canyon University?
(3/28/2016 - 4/1/2016)
(3/28/2016 11:00 AM - 3:30 PM)
(3/30/2016 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM)
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(3/31/2016 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM)
(4/1/2016 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM)
Want to visit us in person? Attend Discovery Day to experience campus life at FVTC.
Registration Begins for Continuing Program Students - Summer and Fall Terms
(4/5/2016 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM)
(4/5/2016 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM)
(4/6/2016 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM)
Waupaca Spring Extravaganza
Saturday, April 9, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Waupaca Regional Center | Take up to four fun classes for under $25!
(4/12/2016 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM)
(4/12/2016 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM)
Four-Year Credit Transfer Fair
Cooking Demo: Take a Tour of Germany Through Food
Take a Tour of Germany Through Food | Saturday, April 16, 10 a.m. - Noon
(4/18/2016 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM)
(4/19/2016 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM)
(4/19/2016 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM)
(4/19/2016 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM)
(4/20/2016 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM)
(4/20/2016 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM)
(4/21/2016 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM)
(4/21/2016 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM)
Wisconsin Energy Efficient Vehicle Association Challenge
On Campus: UW Oshkosh
Thinking of transferring to UW Oshkosh?
(4/27/2016 10:00 AM - 4/28/2016 6:00 PM)
(4/27/2016 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM)
(4/27/2016 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM)
(4/28/2016 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM)
Aviation Fly-In & Open House
Open Registration for Summer Term
On Campus: Grand Canyon University
(5/4/2016 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM)
(5/4/2016 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM)
On Campus: Lakeland College