Skip to Main Content

Search NewsCenter

Top Stories

What’s Now: College of Choice

What’s Now: College of Choice

Fall 2012

College of Choice

FVTC students graduate with employable skills that industries need.

Whether you’re channel surfing or driving along a nearby freeway, advertisements for higher education are everywhere! The reality is our economy is crying for advanced skills, so earning a degree today simply isn’t good enough… you must put the degree to work.

“More than ever, it is critical for high school students and their parents to be aware of the employment picture when considering a college or university,” says Chris Matheny, chief academic officer at Fox Valley Technical College. “Today, there are not enough individuals with the necessary qualifications to fill positions in this region based on the job postings we receive.”

Matheny noted that around 60% of the jobs in the region require specific post-secondary training. “Our close connections with area employers ensure that Fox Valley Tech graduates have employable skills,” he adds. “We also work proactively to provide students with a variety of career readiness workshops as part of their learning experience. These are the primary reasons why every year about 90% of our graduates land jobs.”

Valarie Wojcik, a 2009 graduate of FVTC’s Industrial Welding Technician program, first came to the Appleton campus as a senior in high school to participate in a mini-chopper build team project. She had no idea of what she wanted in a career. “Through this experience, I discovered that I really loved welding,” she recalls. “This high school project opened my eyes to what I wanted to do in life.”

Wojcik excelled in the associate degree program at FVTC and then went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in Welding Engineering Technology from Ferris State University in Michigan. “All my credits transferred,” she states. “In fact, I had more hands-on experience than my peers did who had started at a four-year school. Even better, I had my Fox Valley Tech loans paid off before I entered the workforce.”

Today, Wojcik works as a project engineer for Hirotec America in Auburn Hills, Michigan, a company that develops and installs assembly lines for the automotive industry. “When I help install a new assembly line system, I usually surprise a lot of plant workers because I know how to weld,” she laughs.

Through classroom study combined with hands-on applications and internships, FVTC’s students graduate with employable skills that industries need. “We play a vital role in economic development by providing skilled talent for entry-level positions, in addition to training employees at many companies through continuous education,” says Matheny. “Either way, the college works in concert with area industries to help close the skills gap that is plaguing our economy.”

 

Parent-to-Parent: What Matters in Selecting a College

As part of its annual Community Open House in October, FVTC engaged parents in a community dialogue on what matters to them when choosing a college or university. A parent panel and facilitators led a discussion on what factors were considered in this decision-making process.

Here is a summary of considerations that were shared by parents of high school students, college students, and college graduates:
  • Where are the jobs?
  • What skills are needed for those jobs?
  • Is there available data on salary expectations for various careers?
  • Start planning for a career path earlier in high school.
  • Which colleges provide transfer opportunities for continuous education?
  • Explore dual credit opportunities with colleges while in high school.
  • Examine student debt and affordability when looking at colleges as part of a career path.
  • Spread the word to middle school and high school guidance counselors about the value of associate degrees.
  • What are the opportunities to get involved on campus or in the community?

FVTC President's Blog


FVTC Social Media

Connect With Us banner

New This Week

Student & Alumni Spotlight

500+ Strong

500+ Strong

Nov 8, 2017

Two graduates generations apart are among several hundred from FVTC impacting Oshkosh ...

Digital Natives

Digital Natives

Nov 8, 2017

The new Digital Marketing program is designed to develop the next generation of marketers.

Made for More

Made for More

Nov 8, 2017

When Marcia Anderson wanted more from her career in manufacturing, she made it happen at FVTC.

Featured Videos

Featured Photos

Fall 2017 Focus Magazine

Read the latest issue of Focus magazine, with features highlighting students, alumni & employers in Digital Marketing, Engineering, Paralegal and much more.

Fall 2017 Focus Magazine

Upcoming Events

18 Dec 2017

18 Dec 2017

20 Dec 2017

23 Dec 2017

College Closed for Winter Break

December 23-January 1

College Closed for Winter Break

All FVTC locations will be closed for the winter break.

2 Jan 2018

Winterim Term Begins

January 2-20

Winterim Term Begins

Winterim – January 2-20, 2018 | The January Winterim classes are available to current FVTC students as well as students enrolled at other colleges or universities.

8 Jan 2018

FVTC eConnect Newsletter Sign-up








CAPTCHA image
Enter the code shown above: