Small Classes, Big Benefits
Ludwig began exploring other options. She attended FVTC’s Discovery Days and toured the Early Childhood Education department. During the event, she learned about on-campus activities as well. “I really liked the Early Childhood Education program and the friendly environment at Fox Valley Tech,” Ludwig says. “The small class sizes really sold me! From the first day of class, I felt welcome and comfortable getting to know my classmates and instructors.”
According to Amy Werba, FVTC’s Early Childhood Education department chair and instructor, the associate degree program includes a mix of early childhood and general education courses. It focuses on curriculum methods, child development, and practicums that provide hands-on experience in varied care settings for children of all abilities. Students teach in a licensed child care center, a kindergarten, a preschool, and the FVTC Parent/Child Center.
Ludwig says her training provided her with opportunities to teach, interact with children and parents, and work in different classrooms. “During every experience, I used what I was learning in my classes,” she notes. “My courses on curriculum planning and art, music, and language for young children were particularly helpful.”
She also had great experiences outside the classroom. She was a member of the women’s competitive basketball and volleyball teams, served as a student ambassador for the Early Childhood Education program (on Discovery Days and Campus Visit Days), and was a new student orientation leader.
Ready for the Real World
Ludwig is now putting her FVTC training to work at 21 for Tots Child Care Center. The center, which is sponsored by Century 21 Real Estate, is licensed for 40 children ages six weeks to 12 years. “I care for and teach two- and three-year olds, write parent letters and lesson plans, and build relationships with parents,” Ludwig says. “It’s extremely helpful to draw from the lesson plans I created in college and to use the resources and teaching methods from my classes. I was very well prepared.”
This fall, Ludwig enrolled at the University of Wisconsin–Oshkosh to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. As a student in an accelerated program, she attends class at night while working full-time. Almost all of her FVTC credits transferred through a transfer agreement with the university.
According to Werba, Ludwig exemplifies many Early Childhood Education students. “While Arica participated in our traditional-format degree program, we provide an accelerated program option for people already working in early childhood education,” notes Werba.
Werba adds that the program classes meet Wisconsin state licensing requirements, which offers an advantage for graduates. And what is the job outlook like these days for graduates? “Our students have many employment options, including working in Head Start programs, preschools, child care centers, 4-K classrooms, and more,” says Werba. “They also work as nannies, paraprofessionals in school districts, and child care center owners.”
She expects to see many new students due to Wisconsin’s recently passed YoungStar regulations that increase the education requirements for child care center staff members. “There’s never been a better time to return to campus and continue your education,” says Werba.
Experience is the best form of learning at FVTC’s Parent/Child Center
You probably won’t see the youngest attendees of FVTC sitting next to you in class. That’s because they are children at the college’s Parent/Child Center, an accredited preschool licensed to care for kids that range in age from six weeks to 11 years old.
Not only is the center a convenient, high-quality child care option for faculty, students, and community members, it also plays an important training role in the Early Childhood Education program. All Early Childhood Education students have at least one practicum at the Parent/Child Center and are mentored by the center’s experienced instructors.
The center’s close collaboration with the Early Childhood Education department benefits staff, children, and parents. Center staff members can pursue continuing education opportunities on campus and employ the latest teaching methods.
Sally Beining, director of 21 for Tots Child Care Center in Appleton, worked at the FVTC Parent/Child Center for 13 years before assuming her current role. “FVTC graduates are well prepared due to their many hands-on learning experiences,” she says. “As employees, they fit in well and easily transition to our center.”
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Dell Technical Group will be on campus | Monday, Sept. 26
For high school groups who want to experience a different type of learning environment. This event focuses on hands-on career training in wood manufacturing and residential building construction. This event is for high school students (grades 9-12) only.
Tuesday, Sept. 27, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Appleton | Learn about the challenges leaders and professionals face and how to handle them
College Closed for Labor Day
Fire Service Suicide Prevention Training of Trainers
For Fire Service Trainers | Wednesday, September 7, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., FVTC Public Safety Training Center
On Campus: Lakeland College
Featuring: Finding Dory and X-men: Apocalypse
(9/12/2016 11:30 AM)
(9/12/2016 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM)
(9/13/2016 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM)
(9/13/2016 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM)
On Campus: UW Oshkosh
Thinking of transferring to UW Oshkosh?
(9/15/2016 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM)
(9/15/2016 11:30 AM)
(9/15/2016 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM)
FVTC Promise Info Session - Oshkosh
Oshkosh Riverside Campus, Sept. 19, 6:30-7:30 p.m. | We're pleased to announce the FVTC Promise Scholarship, a program designed to bring a college education within the reach of those who could not otherwise afford it. Learn more at this public information session.
(9/20/2016 8:30 AM - 1:20 PM)
(9/20/2016 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM)
(9/20/2016 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM)
(9/21/2016 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM)
(9/21/2016 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM)
(9/21/2016 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM)
On Campus: Herzing University
Thinking of transferring to Herzing University?
Dell Technical Group On Campus Recruitment
(9/27/2016 - 9/28/2016)
(9/27/2016 9:00 AM)
(9/27/2016 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM)
(9/27/2016 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM)
(9/27/2016 12:30 PM - 4:30 PM)
(9/27/2016 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM)
(9/28/2016 9:00 AM)
(9/29/2016 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM)
(9/29/2016 11:30 AM)
Manufacturing Career Expo
Manufacturing Career Expo, in partnership with Miller Electric Mfg. Co. | Friday, September 30
Registration Dates/Times Available to View on MyFVTC - Spring Term & Winterim
(10/4/2016 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM)
(10/4/2016 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM)
(10/4/2016 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM)
(10/4/2016 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM)
Faculty Day - No Classes