Skip to Main Content

Search NewsCenter

Top Stories

What’s Now: Education for a New Economy

What’s Now: Education for a New Economy

Fall 2013

An early jump on a career defines success for one high school student.

Local manufacturers continue to struggle when it comes to filling positions that require a high level of technical skills. To address this need, Fox Valley Technical College is developing fresh initiatives with businesses and K-12 school districts to encourage younger learners to jump into careers in advanced manufacturing.

This concept is not new to FVTC, but the direction of today’s economy is ushering a stronger sense of urgency in matching skilled workers with businesses that need their talents. “Our JumpStart program, for example, gives students interested in specific trades professional skills and college credit for courses they can take in high school,” says Mary Hansen, director of K-12 partnerships at FVTC.

Ryan Geiger is just one example of how starting early in the skilled trades can be a great strategy. Through the JumpStart program, the 20-year-old Brillion native has already completed nearly two years of his machine tool apprenticeship while working full-time as a tool and die maker at Ariens Company. 

Geiger describes his current experience as ‘surreal.’ “Sometimes I can’t believe that I’m doing all these things at such a young age. I take great pride when I see a part that I’ve actually made from a piece of equipment.” By the time he’s 22, Geiger will be a journeyman machinist. “I love what I’m doing, and I have a much greater start to a career than my four-year college friends,” he says. “Plus, my parents are happy with this decision.”

The program has also been a success at Appleton West High School, where JumpStart students are taking dual credit courses in FVTC’s Machine Tool Technology program. “We’re now working with Neenah High School as well to develop an auto technician program under the same model,” says Hansen. 

Getting Technical at Appleton West

40 students will pilot the new Appleton Technical Academy at West High to prepare for careers in manufacturing. Appleton West High School Principal Greg Hartjes is leading the launch of the Appleton Technical Academy, a charter school dedicated to the development of technical education skills for today’s manufacturing careers. 

The pilot project is coming together thanks to partnerships between Fox Valley Technical College and area businesses like Miller Electric Mfg. Co., Eagle Supply & Plastics, Inc., Fox Valley Tool & Die, and A to Z Machine Company.

“We’ll open with 40 students,” Hartjes says. “The school will be open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors, with the senior year to include internships at area businesses. The initial curriculum will include trade skills focusing on welding, machine tool, and electro-mechanical careers.”

FVTC President's Blog


New This Week

Featured Photos

Student & Alumni Spotlight

Alumni of the Year Named

Alumni of the Year Named

Apr 21, 2016

Fox Valley Technical College announced its 2016 Outstanding Alumni of the Year recipient during ...

Plumbing Apprentice Skills Go Global

Plumbing Apprentice Skills Go Global

Mar 16, 2016

Two plumbing apprentices change lives in India while serving as part of Team USA.

Accounting for a Better Life

Accounting for a Better Life

Mar 16, 2016

Alexis Hill came to FVTC to build a better life for herself and her family.

Featured Videos

Spring 2016 Focus Magazine

Read the latest issue of Focus magazine, with features highlighting students and alumni in Engineering, Accounting, Banking & Finance and much more.

Upcoming Events

30 May 2016

4 Jun 2016

Bark in the Park at FVTC

8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. | FVTC Appleton Main Campus

Bark in the Park at FVTC

Enjoy a stroll through FVTC's trails with your furry friend! 

7 Jun 2016

Campus Tour

10 a.m.-Noon | Appleton

Campus Tour

Come check out Fox Valley Technical College this summer. Your visit will include a general college overview, a general tour of our student services, followed by learning what your next steps would be.

Calendar

«May 2016»
SunMonTueWedThuFriSat
24252627
4/27/2016 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
37250

Speaker Series: Gregory Feith

Wednesday, April 27, 11:30 a.m. | Gregory Feith is a former Senior Air Safety Investigator with the National Transportation Safety Board

Read more
28
4/28/2016 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
2930
4/30/2016 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
32912

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
12
5/2/2016
33864

Open Registration for Summer Term

Community registration for Summer 2016 classes starts Monday, May 2.

Read more
3
5/3/2016 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
49053

On Campus: Grand Canyon University

Thinking of transferring to Grand Canyon University?

Read more
4
5
5/5/2016 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
44854

On Campus: Lakeland College

Thinking of transferring to Lakeland College?
Read more
67
8910
5/10/2016 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
49055

On Campus: Herzing University

Thinking of transferring to Herzing University?

Read more
11
12
5/12/2016 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
14
5/14/2016 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
38026

Cooking Demo: Explore the Many Flavors of Chicken

Explore the Many Flavors of Chicken | Saturday, May 14, 10 a.m. - Noon

Read more
15
5/15/2016 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
29657

Spring Commencement Ceremony

Congratulations, Graduates!

Read more
16
5/16/2016 - 5/20/2016
17
5/16/2016 - 5/20/2016
1819
5/16/2016 - 5/20/2016
20
5/16/2016 - 5/20/2016
21
5/21/2016 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
8846

FVTC Classic to Current Car & Motorcycle Show

Saturday, May 21, 8 a.m.-3 p.m., J.J. Keller Transportation Center, Appleton Campus

Read more
22232425262728
2930311234
6/4/2016 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
48643

Bark in the Park at FVTC

Enjoy a stroll through FVTC's trails with your furry friend! 

Read more

Get Social

Connect With Us banner

FVTC eConnect Newsletter Sign-up








CAPTCHA image
Enter the code shown above: