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Wisconsin Energy Efficient Vehicle Association Challenge

Middle and high school teams from across Wisconsin will bring their concept vehicles to the college to measure efficiency, based on design criteria.

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5/8/2017 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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On Campus: Concordia University

Thinking of transferring to Concordia University?

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FVTC Classic to Current Car & Motorcycle Show

Saturday, May 13, 8 a.m.-3 p.m., J.J. Keller Transportation Center, Appleton Campus

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Spring Commencement Ceremony

Congratulations, Spring Graduates!

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College Closed for Memorial Day

All FVTC campuses will be closed on Monday, May 29 in observance of the Memorial Day holiday. 

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6/3/2017 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Free Legal Assistance Clinic

Need help with a legal issue? Attend our free legal assistance clinic, offered by the FVTC Paralegal Student Organization. Saturday, June 3, 9 a.m.-Noon

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Campus Tour: Agriculture, Business, Culinary

Come check out Fox Valley Technical College this summer.

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Focus Magazine | Current Issue | Spring 2017

Designed to Fill Demand: Web Development & Design

Designed to Fill Demand: Web Development & Design

Spring 2014

Apr 3, 2014

Tom Thiel is more than the lead guitarist in the award-winning rock band Boxkar. The 45-year-old Appleton native also just completed the Information Technology (IT) Software Developer program at Fox Valley Technical College and is pursuing another degree in Web Development and Design.

“I wanted to learn something that was practical and usable in the real world,” Thiel says. “There is an artistic element to both songwriting and web design, but they also both require real skills. The more you know, the more options you have with your creativity.”

Thiel plans to continue with Boxkar while running his own business as a mobile application developer after graduating from the Web Development and Design program. “This would give me the freedom to keep performing while advancing professionally,” he says. 

Thiel also credits FVTC for helping him promote his band. “While at Fox Valley Tech, I learned how to interact with Facebook and Instagram while also incorporating Twitter feeds in the band’s website,” he says. “By using social media, we expanded our fan base during the Hard Rock Café competition, coming in first place in Chicago, third in the U.S., and fifth globally.” 

 

Like Thiel, many professionals are returning to college to upgrade their IT skills. A recent U.S. News & World Report article cited that IT professions in software development, computer systems analyst, and web development all rank in the top 10 as the best jobs nationwide for 2014. 

“When employers look to fill almost any position, a solid technical background helps a prospect stand out,” states Doug Waterman, associate dean of IT and distance learning at FVTC. “Many of our graduates also go on to combine new skills with their technical knowledge for a variety of career options.”


Quick Facts:

  • About 95-100 FVTC students graduate from a total of six IT-related programs each year

  • 17 K-12 school districts in the state work with FVTC’s IT programs through the Wisconsin eSchool Network

  • 1st place finishes in the annual Association for Information Technology Professionals national competitions three of the last four years

  • IT professionals in software development, computer systems analyst, and web development all rank in the top 10 as the best jobs nationwide in 2014. (U.S. News and World Report)