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Around FVTC, Fall 2019

Fall 2019

Nov 14, 2019

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

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Kubota and FVTC partner to support outdoor power industry​.

  New Kubota partnership enhances ag education at FVTC

We’re delighted to announce a new initiative with Kubota Corporation—a growing manufacturer of customized equipment for the agriculture, construction and outdoor power industries. 

“This is a win-win-win partnership poised to shape the next generation of skilled technicians by benefiting industry, schools and students,” says Branden Brown, an instructor for Kubota Tractor Corporation. Brown and his colleagues joined staff from Kubota dealerships, along with college officials and students, in a special ceremony in August at FVTC’s Service Motor Company Agriculture Center to highlight the latest industry-specific training strategy at the college.

NC3, or National Coalition of Certification Centers, is a Kubota Tech pilot program offering customized certification competencies for students at about 30 colleges in the nation. FVTC is the second college in Wisconsin to offer a program for Kubota Tech, benefitting students in the Agriculture Power Equipment, Agriculture Equipment Service Technician and Outdoor Power Equipment Technician programs. Graduates will now receive an NC3 credential with their technical diploma or associate degree.

According to Kubota officials, an estimated 3,400 new technicians will be needed at their worldwide dealerships by 2022. Brown notes by that time 50% of the outdoor power workforce using Kubota equipment will have less than five years of experience.

Learn more about the ag programs at Fox Valley Tech >>

National Accolades for Culinary Instructors  

Julia Steinhiser and Gary Lyons, chef instructors in the Culinary Arts program, were both recognized at the national American Culinary Federation (ACF) conference in Orlando for their exemplary skills.

Steinhiser won two awards in the categories of cold food pastry and savory plates. Her score in the pastry competition qualified for a gold medal and possession of ACF’s 2019 Culinary Classic Cup.

Lyons was inducted into the American Culinary Federation American Academy of Chefs (AAC). The AAC represents the highest standards of professionalism in the industry.


A Fight Worth Fighting  

  NCJTC is the national training voice for the missing

Training for missing persons and child protection reaches extraordinary milestone. 

For 25 years, FVTC’s National Criminal Justice Training Center (NCJTC) has united the law enforcement, nonprofit, education and human service sectors to provide best practices in issues related to missing persons.

NCJTC’s role in orchestrating training and technical assistance strategies for experts dealing with AMBER Alert, Internet Crimes Against Children, human trafficking and more is vital due to growing international activity concerning human exploitation. 

"We received the first grant to start our efforts from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention in 1993," says NCJTC Director Brad Russ. “From that point forward, we realized that the best way to address our priorities was to create strategic teams."

NCJTC in the USA

  •     Offers 150+ training programs in 13 different categories to address national criminal justice priorities
  •     Trained over 250,000 participants across all 50 states
  •     Utilizes subject matter expertise from over 200 child protection practitioners nationwide
  •     As of May 1, 2019, the AMBER Alert program has assisted in the recovery of 957 children
  •     Supports the work of 61 Internet Crimes Against Children Task Forces nationwide
  •     Provided training or technical assistance to over 220 Native American Tribal Communities in North America

Escape to Calm 

New salon and spa on Appleton campus open to public.

The closing of some area cosmetology schools created an opportunity for FVTC to expand its learning lab and accommodate industry needs for skilled beauticians, estheticians and massage therapists. The spacious Trilogy Salon & Spa prepares students for careers in these sectors while welcoming the public to receive services in hair styling, skin and nail care, massage therapy and related body treatments.  

“Despite closures to area salon schools, the demand for these services has only increased,” notes Kim Olson, dean of the college’s Service Division. “Our program offers real-world training at a very affordable price.”

News Briefs

Michael Melotte, director of pilot training for Air Wisconsin Airlines, was named recipient of FVTC’s 2019 Outstanding Alumni Award. A 2000 graduate of the Aeronautics-Pilot Training program, Melotte earned the award for demonstrating the value of technical education through career advancement, community service and continued personal and educational growth, along with support of the Wisconsin Technical College System. Read more >>

Concordia University Wisconsin (CUW) and FVTC implemented a new credit transfer agreement to help meet growing demands in the construction field. The partnership allows graduates of FVTC’s Construction Management Technology program to transfer to Concordia with junior standing toward earning a bachelor of arts degree in Construction and Trades Management. Read more >>

Adult Basic Education (ABE) Instructor Laurie Jarvis earned Teacher of the Year honors on behalf of the Correctional Education Association for Region Three. The award recognizes outstanding educational contributions by a teacher in a correctional facility. In addition to teaching ABE at FVTC’s Wautoma Regional Center, Jarvis teaches at the Waushara County Jail and provides instructional leadership for faculty at other area correctional sites. Read more >>

Auto Technology Instructors Bob Hicks and Dean Juliar both earned World Class Certification through General Motors’ (GM) Service Technical College. The certification represents the highest level of GM expertise. Read more >>


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