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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Wednesday, Sept. 2 | Blending a unique combination of improvisational comedy, education and audience participation, "Sex Signals" provides a provocative, in-your-face look at issues surrounding dating, sex and date rape on college campuses.
Wednesday, September 9, 4-5:30 p.m., FVTC Bordini Center | Come see what the FVTC Fab Lab has to offer.
Start of Fall Term and Short Term 1
Speaker Series: Sex Signals
College Closed for Labor Day
Explore the Fab Lab
Featuring: Inside Out and Jurassic World
(9/14/2015 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM)
(9/14/2015 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM)
Tools for Talent Development
Tuesday, September 15 | During these complimentary sessions, you will learn hard and soft skills to help you grow and succeed in your career.
Outagamie County Veterans Court Community Event
Wednesday, Sept. 16, 5:30 p.m. | Come see what the Outagamie County Veterans Court program is all about.
9/17: On Campus: UW-Green Bay
Financial Aid Account Balance Sent to Students
Preview Night for Adults
Returning to school as a non-traditional student? Visit us at our Preview Night for Adults to check out the possibilities. Tuesday, Sept. 22, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Speaker Series: Rise Together
Thursday, Sept. 24 | RISE TOGETHER is a recovery advocacy group that has a passion for prevention, education and community outreach.
(9/29/2015 8:30 AM - 1:30 PM)
(9/29/2015 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM)
(9/29/2015 12:30 PM - 4:30 PM)
Employment Seminar - Oshkosh
Wednesday, Sept. 30, 9:30 a.m.-12:20 p.m., Oshkosh Riverside Campus
Truck Driving Job Fair
Thursday, Oct. 1. Speak with employers and learn about job opportunities in the high-demand area of Truck Driving.
Registration Dates/Times Available to View on MyFVTC Account for all Program Students - Spring Term
(10/6/2015 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM)
(10/6/2015 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM)
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Faculty Day - No Classes
(10/8/2015 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM)
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