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Around FVTC, Spring 2015

Around FVTC, Spring 2015

Spring 2015

Mar 11, 2015

A quick look at what's making news at Fox Valley Technical College. For more FVTC news, visit the NewsCenter.

Taking Care of Biz

BizSquad students lend their talents to area organizations while gaining real-world experience.

Funded by a grant from the State of Wisconsin, BizSquad brings together students from different business-related programs at Fox Valley Technical College to help area organizations succeed.

For its first project, BizSquad students worked on a rebranding campaign for SOAR, a nonprofit organization formerly known as ARC Fox Cities that helps people with developmental disabilities. “Seven amazing students worked together to produce promotional materials and a video announcing the organization’s name change,” states Management Development Department Chair Mitch Lautenslager. “The video is so inspirational that it brought tears to the eyes of both people who are connected to SOAR and to those who want to learn about the organization.

BizSquad students also provided promotional and planning assistance to fundraising events related to the FVTC Foundation’s Seeds of Hope fund, designed to help students in need of emergency assistance.

The programs represented by the students included Accounting, Administrative Professional, Business Management, Computer Support Specialist, Web Development & Design, Marketing, and Professional Communications.

“When these students graduate, they’ll have an impressive resumé and real-world experience to hit the ground running,” added Lautenslager.

What’s New for Fall 2015

At Fox Valley Tech, we’re always working with local employers to identify the most current and relevant education for the job market. By providing students with the skills that area employers need most, we’re ensuring that our graduates are building rewarding, in-demand careers.

New program offerings for 2015-2016 include training for high-demand areas like manufacturing, public safety, engineering, printing, and more. For a list of new programs for 2015-2016, visit

Chef Launches His Own Career

Graduates of FVTC’s Culinary Arts program earn rewarding careers as executive chefs, food service leaders, production cooks, restaurant managers, and more.

For 2012 grad Ace Champion, the 37-year-old from New Orleans is finding success as a celebrity chef:

Cooking Instructor for Simon Creek Winery and Vineyard, Saxon Creamery, Copps Food Center, Cook’s Corner, and more.

Motivational Speaker for colleges and K-12 schools, and author of 8 Steps to Your Perfect Meal.

Private Chef, most notably for a few members of the Green Bay Packers.

Award-Winning Recipe Developer for Curt’s Spice Company & Oilerie, the nation’s largest single store retailer of olive oil and balsamic vinegar, and more. Winner of the 2014 Flavor Pitch Pork Recipe contest, sponsored by the Minnesota Pork Board.

Gaining Attention: WFRV, Fox 11, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Green Bay Press-Gazette, Wisconsin Rapids Tribune, and The Network Journal, to name a few.

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News Briefs

FVTC President Dr. Susan May provided a national voice on the role two-year colleges play in training for in-demand careers in the January 2015 issue of the Community College Journal. The article, “Future Job Growth by the Numbers,” discusses how two-year colleges continue to be ideally positioned to meet the current and projected job shortage in the United States. The piece includes comments from Jonathan Block, a Diesel Equipment Technology student from Birnamwood and recent recipient of a national Mike Rowe WORKS Foundation scholarship. Learn more >>

The Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation awarded $1,000 scholarships to 22 apprentices at FVTC representing the industrial, construction, and service trades. The award will help strengthen completion rates for apprentices as the economy calls for more skilled workers in trade industries.

For the second consecutive year, the Agriculture department was selected as most Outstanding Post-Secondary Agricultural Education program on behalf of the Wisconsin Association of Agricultural Educators.

Jacqueline Kreider, a student in the Associate Degree Nursing program, was one of 20 students in the nation to receive a $2,500 Phi Theta Kappa Frank Lanza Memorial Scholarship for her outstanding academic and leadership accomplishments.

The Culinary Arts department announced a new series of monthly Community Cooking Demos in the state-of-the-art Jones Dairy Farm Culinary Theatre, featuring specialty entrees on behalf of its chefs. 

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