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Around FVTC, Fall 2014

Around FVTC, Fall 2014

Nov 12, 2014

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

FVTC’s Ag Program Named Top in State

Fox Valley Technical College’s Agriculture department received the 2014 Outstanding Post-Secondary Agriculture Program award at the Wisconsin Association of Agriculture Educators (WAAE) professional development conference in Middleton.

The department received the distinction for establishing an innovative partnership with Case IH and Service Motor Company, its commitment to new technologies and hands-on learning labs, and producing outstanding graduate employment rates for students. In addition to the Ag-related programs at FVTC, the Horticulture and Outdoor Power Equipment programs were part of the nomination process toward earning the award.

WAAE is the professional association for agriculture educators in Wisconsin. Members include 295 middle school, high school, technical college, and university educators. The focus of the association is to provide professional development, legislative support, and educational resources for teachers to enhance their local agriculture education programs.

Eight Straight

For the 8th consecutive year, FVTC was voted the best Local College/University by the Post Crescent’s annual “Best of the Valley” People’s Choice Awards.

A Matter of Public Safety

The new Public Safety Training Center (PSTC) is a premiere national facility designed to better prepare those who respond to emergencies and protect our communities. Here is a snapshot of the PSTC, scheduled to open in January as a result of a successful 2012 public referendum:

  • 75 acres of indoor and outdoor tactical training space to enhance best practices in law enforcement, firefighting, emergency medical services, forensic science, and wildland fire.
  • 30 foot + ‘ant hill’ for confined space drills
  • 6–story burn tower for fire training and four firearms ranges for police training, including one that is 300 yards.
  • River City, a simulated training village with a motel, homes, and convenience store, provides scenarios that simultaneously involve police, firefighters, and emergency medical service personnel.
  • Emergency response training and other related crisis scenarios will take place on a Boeing 727 aircraft donated by FedEx.
  • Three train cars present a derailment that requires specialized, multi-disciplinary responders.
  • Other areas include a spacious fire apparatus training bay, an expanded Emergency Vehicle Operator Course, a water rescue pond, and more.

News Briefs

Mary Downs has been named executive director of the Fox Valley Technical College Foundation, Inc. and Community Relations. Previously, Downs served as system vice-president of Spine & Orthopedic Service Lines for ThedaCare.

FVTC’s 2014 Graduate Employment Research Report cites a record 38 degree and diploma programs with 100% job placement.

Three students from the Business Management and Marketing programs earned top five finishes at the Collegiate Distributive Educational Clubs of America (DECA) International Career Development Conference in Washington, D.C. The student team of Colin Welbes and Ryan Wolf took 3rd place in the sports and entertainment marketing competition, while fellow student Ben Hanson earned a top five finish in a role play category for restaurant and food service. Students Denni Lecus, Brittney Workentine, and Brooke Wiegman each earned a top 10 finish at the conference.

Jared Huss, chief instructor for the Aeronautics-Pilot Training program, was voted one of four recipients in the Northwestern’s annual “4 Under 40” campaign, recognizing rising community leaders in the Oshkosh region who are under the age of 40.

Julie Matulle, a graduate of the Truck Driving program, won the 4th annual Mike O’Connell Memorial Trucking’s Top Rookie award. She earned the national honor out of a record pool of 55 nominations.


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