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FVTC Receives $20,000 Grant to Pioneer IT Learning Enhancement

Fox Valley Technical College was awarded a two-year MentorLinks: Advancing Technological Education Program grant for $20,000 from the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), with support from the National Science Foundation.

MentorLinks is designed to help colleges develop or strengthen technician training programs in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) fields through mentoring instructors, networking, and other professional development activities. FVTC is one of eight cohort colleges in the United States represented through this grant opportunity.

Mentor Dr. Jaishri Mehta of Mount San Antonio College, California, will work with FVTC’s Anne Haberkorn, Dean of Information Technology (IT) and Distance Learning, along with IT faculty members to adapt a Japanese professional development process known as “Lesson Study” to the college’s current IT coursework. Using this approach, faculty will work as a team to analyze and revise difficult IT content to make it more comprehensible by students. The Lesson Study method has been used in universities and elementary schools in the United States for a few years, but FVTC is pioneering it at the two-year college level.

FVTC offers 16 learning options in IT, comprised of one- and two-year programs and certificate offerings. The college is also a back-to-back first place champion in national Association for Information Technology (AITP) student competitions, which annually includes more than 70 higher education two- and four-year institutions across the country. For more information, call (920) 996-2897.