Last Page Visited

Around FVTC, Fall 2013 

Return to Focus magazine home page

The Power of YES


New virtual hospital facility a result of the successful 2012 public referendum

When the public voted “yes” by a 2-1 margin for Fox Valley Technical College’s public referendum in April of 2012, the passage advanced several key facility projects to meet employer needs, including the 66,000-square-foot, three-story Health Simulation and Technology Center (HSTC) on the college’s Appleton campus.

Students learn hands-on care with human patient si
Technology is everywhere in the new
Health Simulation & Technology Center.

The HSTC houses mannequin-like, high-tech simulation technology from “newborn to adult” for best practice training in a virtual hospital setting for emergency medical services, various levels of nursing care, and other specialized care disciplines. The first floor houses eight hospital beds and an ambulance simulator. Included are corresponding debriefing rooms, a control room for each simulator station, and the latest audio-visual technology to improve the simulation experience for FVTC students.

The second floor focuses on training students for employment in a clinic or laboratory setting. It has a six-room outpatient clinic, a reception area, phlebotomy lab, and two computer labs. Students who seek training as medical assistants, phlebotomists, and health information technology technicians will find several simulated training experiences to boost their education.

The third floor features training labs for rehabilitative therapy and home health care. The laboratories include mock home settings such as a kitchen, bathroom, living room, and bedroom. These areas will assist the students to learn and teach adaptive home strategies to their clients.

Smart classrooms for interactive instruction are located on all floors. The facility also supports continuing education-related instruction for health care professionals in the community, which will build skill sets within the existing workforce.

“For too long critical care providers have trained separately,” says Bob Sternhagen of FVTC’s Health division. “These scenarios could mean the difference between life and death or a poor outcome for a patient.”
The HSTC was the first newly-constructed facility to be unveiled as part of FVTC’s referendum. The expanded and now-named Service Motor Company Agriculture Center also opened on the Appleton campus in concert with the HSTC. The nearly 3,000-square-foot addition features expanded learning labs and a new horticulture tissue lab.

Learn more about all of FVTC’s referendum projects >>

Worth the Fight: Front and Center in the Fight Against Human Trafficking


In the war against human trafficking, Fox Valley Technical College has become a national leader in training and technical assistance to law enforcement, child protection professionals, non-profit agencies, and medical personnel. “Our role is to provide the knowledge needed to recognize human trafficking and then mobilize resources to attack it,” says Brad Russ, director of FVTC’s National Criminal Justice Training Center.

According to college public safety experts, human trafficking is a form of modern day slavery and often encompasses sexual acts and the use of drugs against the will of a human being. Today, it is run more like a business than ever before—controlled by networks that continue to increase in both size and influence, according to Phil Keith, administrator of FVTC’s AMBER Alert Training and Technical Assistance Program.

“We provide best practice training and technical assistance to rescue victims and increase awareness on an international scale,” says Keith. “Our approach promotes a community effort to integrate all key stakeholders to better prevent and respond to human trafficking by identifying victims, getting them to safety, and building an evidence-based, legal case. In addition, we work with recovery and medical aspects as well, helping victims overcome drug addiction, traumatic injuries, and torture.”

FVTC’s work with the U.S. Department of Justice, the President’s Interagency Task Force, the United Nations, and educational institutions such as Johns Hopkins University, has started to make a difference. “California, for example, just passed Prop 35, which raises sentencing for human trafficking to a 15-year minimum,” says Keith. “This really puts some substance into the law.”

News Briefs

  • Mike Weller
    Mike Weller

    The Wisconsin Technical College System District Boards Association recognized Mike Weller, president of Miller Electric Mfg. Co., as the 2013 Technical Education Champion. FVTC nominated Weller for the award, which honors an individual’s exemplary commitment to technical education and training.

  • Eight students representing FVTC’s Collegiate DECA Chapter earned awards at the annual International Career Development Conference. Top 10 finishes went to Catelyn Frost and Alexandria House, Sports & Entertainment Marketing, and Nicholas Doran, Restaurant & Food Service Management. Rick Helms and Ryan Schroeder were national finalists in the Sports & Entertainment Marketing competition.

    First-place awards were given to Ryan Wolf and Aaron Hoch for their top team performance in the Business Ethics category.


  • Five students earned top 10 finishes out of 98 leadership and skills categories at the 49th Annual SkillsUSA competitions. The winners included: Josh Buechel, Marine Technology; Ron Aper, Power Equipment Technology; and Melissa Scheuerman, Auto Refinishing.

    Two first-place winners were Dave Krier in Electrical Construction Wiring and Cody Birschback in Industrial Motor Control.

  • Eight new robotic welding units have been installed at the Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center in Oshkosh to enhance the automation and programming skills of welding and metal fabrication students. The high-tech additions to the center are due to the support of Miller Electric Mfg. Co., the Illinois Tool Works Foundation, Muza Metal Products, and Ariens Company.

  • Cooking with Chef Jeff
    Cooking With Chef Jeff
    Culinary Arts Instructor Chef Jeff Igel published a cookbook, Cooking with Chef Jeff, with all proceeds going toward scholarships for culinary arts and related business programs. The book was developed by students in FVTC’s FOXperts Club, representing the Administrative Professional, Office Assistant, and Business Management programs. The books are $20 and available at all area Community First Credit Union locations and at FVTC’s Appleton campus bookstore while supplies last.

Read more news about Fox Valley Technical College >>







FVTC graduates

   Maintained by:

   Casey Britten

   Last Modified:
   11/19/2013 10:39:53 AM

Bookmark and Share