Grad Success: Retraining for a New Career


Date: Monday, December 03, 2012
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Mitch Wilke of Two Rivers, a graduate of Fox Valley Technical College’s Mechanical Design Technology program, is proof that the power of retraining is alive and well! Wilke, 56, landed an exciting career before he even completed the program. He participated in FVTC’s Fall Commencement Ceremony on December 1, which drew a packed house at the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center in Appleton.

Wilke, who was displaced from his job in the shipbuilding industry, exemplifies how technical education is the key to filling the skills gap that is plaguing the economy. Rewarding careers await people with the right skill sets. Due to FVTC’s close connections to the needs of regional employers, students and incumbent workers both receive relevant education and training with measurable outcomes.

About 90% of FVTC graduates are employed within six months of graduation, according to the college’s annual Graduate Employment Research Report. The most recent report cites a record 29 FVTC programs in which there was 100% graduate placement.