Skip to Main Content

Search NewsCenter

Top Stories

Focus on the Student Experience: Welding Club

Focus on the Student Experience: Welding Club

Spring 2013

New Club Sparking Ideas

Students in Fox Valley Technical College’s Appleton Welding Club are taking their skills into the community and changing lives.

Established just over a year ago, the Fox Valley Technical College Appleton Welding Club has already helped the disabled, protected the environment, and raised funds for fellow students in need. At this rate, there’s no limit to the potential of the club’s work for the community.

One of its first projects was building the steel framework and handrails for a 40-foot handicapped accessible fishing dock for nearby Pigeon Lake. Club members were responsible to work with other organizations and individuals to secure materials and help transport the dock from the welding lab in Appleton to the lake. “Now people in wheelchairs can better enjoy a fishing experience,” says club president, 22-year-old George Davis.

The club also improved the outside facilities at a temporary transitional shelter for homeless individuals in Appleton. “The organization’s railings were in need of repair,” says 32-year-old club member, Amber Kraemer. “Some sections also needed to be moved for better access. We drew up a plan and did the work on site.”


Kraemer also came up with the idea of making snowflake ornaments to raise money for Seeds of Hope, an FVTC Foundation fund established to support emergency financial needs of students. “I drew up the design in AutoCAD,” she says. “We then cut them out with the laser in the shop.”

Stacy Garza, 27-year-old vice-president of the welding club, has also been involved in developing new fundraising ideas. One recent success was the design and fabrication of garden hose stands topped with metal bumblebees, butterflies, frogs, and hummingbirds. “In addition, we’re thinking about teaming up with the Natural Resources Club to make plant holders and stands,” says Garza.

The club also took on a project late last fall—an overflow gate for Rush Lake in western Winnebago County. “The gate is set in five-foot sections and can be raised to prevent carp from spawning in the lake,” says Davis. “As the ice melts in the spring, the water gets so high in the dam that the carp can enter the lake. By reducing the carp population, the hope is to restore the lake to what it once was.” The club worked in collaboration with Rush Lake Watershed Restoration, Inc. on the effort.

While club members enjoy helping others, the volunteer work also enhances their skills. “In addition to learning problem-solving skills and gaining hands-on practice, club members discovered how to keep each other motivated and how to work in teams,” states Dave Fisher, club advisor and welding instructor. "It all adds to the value of our program and the students’ learning experience."


Welding is Everywhere

Fox Valley Technical College students from both Appleton and Oshkosh bring their skills to a variety of projects for other departments and for the community. Here is a sampling of additional projects in which their skills were recently needed:

  • Bike racks for students and visitors at FVTC campuses and regional centers
  • New signage for an Oshkosh elementary school
  • New gate for Keating Park in the Town of Neenah
  • Supporting signage and name plates for FVTC’s Hartling Family Rose Garden
  • Time capsule construction for FVTC’s centennial year celebration
  • New gate for Kaukauna High School soccer field

FVTC President's Blog


New This Week

Student & Alumni Spotlight

Turning to Technology

Turning to Technology

Nov 4, 2016

When Carolyn Becker wanted to change careers and work with advanced technology, she looked to ...

Market Ready

Market Ready

Nov 4, 2016

Marketing program grad Jennifer Hecht finds a rewarding career promoting the Fox Cities.

Problem-Solver

Problem-Solver

Nov 4, 2016

Jake Reedy got a great job offer before he completed his Electro-Mechanical Technology degree at ...

Featured Photos

Featured Videos

Fall 2016 Focus Magazine

Read the latest issue of Focus magazine, with features highlighting students and alumni in Marketing, IT, Electro-Mechanical Technology and much more.

Upcoming Events

23 Jan 2017

28 Jan 2017

Discovery Day

10 a.m.-Noon | Appleton Campus

Discovery Day

Want to visit us in person? Attend Discovery Day to experience campus life at FVTC. 

31 Jan 2017

Troop Talk

Tuesdays | 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Troop Talk

Troop Talk is held every other Tuesday, and will help you transition from military service to college to employment.

Calendar

«January 2017»
SunMonTueWedThuFriSat
25
12/23/2016 - 1/2/2017
41011

College Closed for Winter Break

All FVTC locations will be closed for the winter break.

Read more
26
12/23/2016 - 1/2/2017
41011

College Closed for Winter Break

All FVTC locations will be closed for the winter break.

Read more
27
12/23/2016 - 1/2/2017
41011

College Closed for Winter Break

All FVTC locations will be closed for the winter break.

Read more
28
12/23/2016 - 1/2/2017
41011

College Closed for Winter Break

All FVTC locations will be closed for the winter break.

Read more
29
12/23/2016 - 1/2/2017
41011

College Closed for Winter Break

All FVTC locations will be closed for the winter break.

Read more
30
12/23/2016 - 1/2/2017
41011

College Closed for Winter Break

All FVTC locations will be closed for the winter break.

Read more
31
12/23/2016 - 1/2/2017
41011

College Closed for Winter Break

All FVTC locations will be closed for the winter break.

Read more
1
12/23/2016 - 1/2/2017
41011

College Closed for Winter Break

All FVTC locations will be closed for the winter break.

Read more
2
12/23/2016 - 1/2/2017
41011

College Closed for Winter Break

All FVTC locations will be closed for the winter break.

Read more
3
45
1/5/2017 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
56188

On Campus: UW-Green Bay

Thinking of transferring to UW-Green Bay?

Read more
67
891011
1/11/2017 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
35640

Transportation Preview Day

Wednesday, January 11, 12-6 p.m. | Explore program options in high-demand transportation fields

Read more
121314
1516
1/16/2017 - 1/20/2017
17
18
1/16/2017 - 1/20/2017
19
20
1/16/2017 - 1/20/2017
21
22232425262728
1/28/2017 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
48847

Discovery Day

Want to visit us in person? Attend Discovery Day to experience campus life at FVTC. 

Read more
293031
1/31/2017 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
56249

Troop Talk

Troop Talk is held every other Tuesday, and will help you transition from military service to college to employment.

Read more
1
2/1/2017 11:30 AM
55872

Speaker Series: Dr. Alexis Pauline Gumbs

Wednesday, Feb. 1, 11:30 a.m. | Dr. Gumbs shares her experience as a survivor of sexual violence

Read more
2
2/2/2017 11:30 AM
55875

Speaker Series: Dr. Alexis Pauline Gumbs

Thursday, Feb. 2, 11:30 a.m. | Experience a multimedia poetic presentation about police brutality

Read more
34
2/4/2017 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
63741

Free Legal Assistance Clinic

Need help with a legal issue? Attend our free legal assistance clinic, offered by the FVTC Paralegal Student Organization. Saturday, Feb. 4, 9 a.m.-Noon

Read more

FVTC Social Media

Connect With Us banner

FVTC eConnect Newsletter Sign-up








CAPTCHA image
Enter the code shown above: