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Outstanding Alumni Award

Do you know an Outstanding FVTC Alumni? 

Please nominate them now for the 2021 Outstanding Alumni Award! Nominations will be accepted until noon on February 22, 2021.

2021 Outstanding Alumni Nomination Form

Each year, this distinguished honor is presented to a deserving alumnus who has completed a Fox Valley Technical College associate degree, technical diploma or apprentice program. Nominees must have achieved a high level within their chosen field of endeavor, which is exemplified by having attained increasingly responsible positions in their company, organization or community.

2019 Outstanding Alumni Award Recipient

Bonnie Behnke, 2020 FVTC Outstanding Alumni Award Winner

Bonnie Behnke, former vice president of development for a Fox Valley elder care facility, has been named recipient of the Fox Valley Technical College 2020 Outstanding Alumni Award.

A 1981 graduate of the Accounting program, she earned the award for demonstrating the value of technical education through career advancement, community service, continued personal and educational growth, and support of the Wisconsin Technical College System.

At the age of 17 and after losing her father, the ninth of 11 children went on to become the first member of the family to earn a college degree. Behnke’s pathway since graduating from FVTC has included a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from then-named Lakeland College in 2015 and leadership roles in both the financial services and health care industries.

In addition to a successful career as a vice president overseeing the launch the first U.S. Chapter of Cycling Without Age program and pet therapy activity in an elder care setting, Behnke’s service in the community is second-to-none. She currently serves on the FVTC Oshkosh Area Advisory Committee, the Oshkosh Community Foundation Basic Needs Grant Committee, and has been a PALS volunteer for over 20 years.

Behnke is also past president of the Oshkosh Women's Fund and Southwest Rotary. As an active member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, she also finds time to serve on the board of Excellence in Leadership. She is Six Sigma LEAN certified, a graduate of Leadership Oshkosh, and is a past recipient of Ambassador of the Year by the Oshkosh Chamber.

Finally, her long list of impressive leadership and volunteerism to our region includes service on the DARE advisory board, serving as a Sunday school teacher, and helping Meals on Wheels and Junior Achievement.

Borland is Alumni of...

Borland is Alumni of...

Fox Valley Technical College has named Microsoft MVP and Information Technology graduate Jes Borland its 2018 Alumni of the Year recipient.

Franz Named Alumni of...

Franz Named Alumni of...

Fox Valley Technical College has named City of Oshkosh Fire Chief Tim Franz as its 2017 Alumni of the Year recipient.

Alumni of the Year Named

Alumni of the Year Named

Fox Valley Technical College announced its 2016 Outstanding Alumni of the Year recipient during a Board of Trustees meeting on Tuesday, April 19.

2015 Outstanding...

2015 Outstanding...

Matt Gerrits, City of Appleton Firefighter, has been named the recipient of the Fox Valley Technical College 2015 Outstanding Alumni Award.

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Email: FVTC Foundation
Phone: 920-735-5608
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