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Dr. Susan May, president of Fox Valley Technical College, was invited to join other educators from throughout the state in Madison to share ideas on “Internationalization Across the Disciplines.” Several other FVTC staff and faculty members who work with the college’s growing base of international learners attended the recent conference as well.

May joined Sheila Briggs, assistant state superintendent, Department of Public Instruction; Dr. Kathleen Enz Finken, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse; and Dr. Joseph Tullbane, associate dean for International Education and Outreach, St. Norbert College on a panel to discuss the importance of internationalization in education, current activities in this area, and future opportunities in global education.

“We live and work in a global economy,” May told the audience representing public and private colleges, as well as elementary, middle, and high schools. “Businesses and employers want assistance in doing business internationally.”

May also highlighted several ways in which FVTC is incorporating global business resources into many of its programs, as well as campus and student life. FVTC hosts about 150 international students each year from 50 different countries, and the college offers study abroad programs for students, faculty, staff, and community members, as well as language studies.

In addition, FVTC provides customized corporate training and seminars for about 1,800 people each year specifically in language and culture. This training focuses on targeted opportunities that local companies are pursuing in doing business abroad.

The college created the17th FAB LAB, or Fabrication Laboratory, in the world where innovators, entrepreneurs, and students use technology to engineer and fabricate new products. The Fab Lab also creates opportunities to consult with other labs in a global network.

As for the future, May predicts increased collaboration among business and education communities across the world. She spoke of hosting six college presidents from China last spring. “We are building relationships for the future by working on opportunities to internationalize everything we can,” she concluded.

Randy Tenpas, department chair and instructor in FVTC’s Agriculture programs, moderated a session on “Global Competency Through International Experiences.” The session featured Brad Piazza, dean of the school of business and Alexandra Becker Sielaff, program development coordinator, from Waukesha County Technical College.

As an example of the need for international education, Tenpas cited a genetics company seeking assistance due to huge growth in international sales.

Also attending the conference from FVTC were Dr. Marie Martin, director of Global Education and Services, Rose Zoesch, international student advisor, and Aaron Gorenc, international programs manager.

The Global Education Conference was sponsored by the Wisconsin Technical College System, University of Wisconsin System, the Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, and the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

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