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Around FVTC, Spring 2018

Spring 2018

Mar 13, 2018

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

Driving Innovation

Virtual reality is changing the way diesel technicians train. 

Students in Fox Valley Technical College’s Diesel Technology programs can now troubleshoot an engine anywhere from any angle like never before.

Thanks to the design work of Tou Xiong and Josh Janikowski on FVTC’s Learning Innovations team, a new virtual reality engine is now part of the college’s Diesel Technology curriculum. The engine responds to voice commands and includes a number of advanced vantage points to optimize hands-on learning. For example, the shell of the engine is removable by voice command so students can gain a close-up view of operating parts like a crankshaft, pistons, valves, connecting rods and more.

Diesel Tech Instructor Jay Duca originated the idea for the learning tool. He believes the high-tech engine will also get people excited about choosing the diesel technology field as a career path.

Currently the New North region is experiencing a shortage of skilled diesel technicians. According to FVTC’s most recent Graduate Employment Research Report, there are 23 full-time job postings per month for diesel technicians. Graduates of the college’s Diesel Equipment Technology associate degree program are making about $70,000 a year after being in the workforce for five years.

Members of our Learning Innovations team join instructors in testing a new virtual reality diesel engine.

Tou Xiong and Josh Janikowski (left) with instructors Jay Duca and Mike Farrell (right).


A Credit Score

Credit transfer partnerships serve as winning opportunities for students.  ​

The region’s latest educational partnership focuses on the transfer of business credits between the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay (UWGB) and Fox Valley Technical College.

Students who earn an associate degree in Business Management from FVTC can transfer up to 60 credits to UWGB with junior standing, saving nearly $11,000.

A new guaranteed transfer agreement also took place between FVTC and Lakeland University (LU) during a celebration of a 40-year partnership between the two institutions. More than 20 FVTC programs align with nine LU majors. These career areas range from business and information technology to health and hospitality.

Learn more about credit transfer options at FVTC >>

News Briefs

Susan Lucius, manager of marketing communications, earned a 2017 Rising Star award from the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations. She was recognized for her exemplary creativity as a marketing communications leader. Read more >>

The Wisconsin Society of American Foresters recognized Natural Resources Instructor Anthony Rynish with the 2017 Mike King Forester of the Year award for his outstanding contributions in helping landowners manage their wildlife preservation. Read more >>

A new regional center will open in Wautoma this fall to better serve the educational and training needs unique to that part of the college’s district. Read more >>

Brad Russ, director of the college’s National Criminal Justice Training Center, served on an expert panel with a national audience on Fox 11, WLUK regarding issues related to human trafficking. Read more >>

A group of single mothers completed a program designed to teach family-strengthening skills while preparing for college and career success. The Starting Point 2.0 initiative is a collaboration with B.A.B.E.S Child Abuse Prevention and the Women’s Fund of the Fox Valley Region. Read more >>