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Making Futures at Oshkosh Corporation

Making Futures at Oshkosh Corporation

Sep 13, 2018

Wisconsin Technical College System
September 11, 2018

IN PHOTO (from left): Dr. Susan May, president, FVTC, Wilson Jones, president and CEO, Oshkosh Corporation, Mary Tyler, chair of the WTCS Board, and Dr. Morna Foy, president of the WTCS.

Oshkosh Corporation Earns Futuremaker Award from FVTC  

The Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) Board and Fox Valley Technical College (FVTC) honored Oshkosh Corporation on Tuesday evening with a ‘Futuremaker Partner’ award. The partners not only collaborate to provide skills education for FVTC program students and experienced company employees, they are innovating to expand workforce participation in the region.

"Oshkosh Corporation impacts the safety and wellbeing of so many people, locally and worldwide," says Dr. Susan May, president of Fox Valley Technical College. "The company has partnered with us in a number of strategic capacities for many years, and its support of our core mission runs the gamut from financial assistance to our Foundation, to workplace training programs for its employees, and even collaborating to boost the region's labor pool through a variety of workforce development initiatives,” May said. “Honoring Oshkosh Corporation with the Futuremaker Partner award exemplifies an innovative private-public partnership that is vital to our local economy."

The company routinely relies on FVTC to enhance the skills of its existing workforce in areas including fire training, truck driving and safety. The partners are now working together on a “GED to Work” program that will expand workforce participation throughout the Fox Valley by reaching people without a high school diploma, providing an opportunity for them to earn their GED on the way to a great career.

“On behalf of our diverse and global workforce, Oshkosh Corporation is honored to receive this award,” said President and Chief Executive Officer Wilson Jones. “Fox Valley Technical College is a word-class leader when it comes to growing the economy through education and training. I know first-hand how its business and industry team has helped Oshkosh Corporation and Pierce Manufacturing turn a quick training need around in no time. In addition, the college’s agility and the expertise of its people aid us in producing outcomes that impact thousands of people worldwide.”

In addition to working with FVTC to provide training for its existing workforce, Oshkosh Corporation makes it a priority for its employees to serve on the college’s invaluable advisory committees, creating and modifying curriculum for programs from manufacturing technology to welding, business management to professional communications. The company’s willingness to make available staff’s time and expertise ensures the college provides relevant education for students.

“Oshkosh Corporation’s close partnership with FVTC makes certain that students learn exactly what they need to have success in the workplace,” said Wisconsin Technical College System Board President S. Mark Tyler. “This is typical of our colleges’ employer partnerships in every economic sector, which provide incredible value for students, employers and the state’s economy,” Tyler said.

Beyond the training partnership, Oshkosh Corporation has provided generous in-kind donations of equipment and material to the college to assure students are learning on the latest equipment, as well as critical financial support for FVTC students that includes scholarships for future public safety professionals and lead donor status for the college’s ‘Promise Scholars’ program.