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Around FVTC, Spring 2014

Around FVTC, Spring 2014

Apr 3, 2014

Centered on Innovation

New KI Innovation Center mirrors the workplace in ways regular classrooms cannot.

Dr. Cris Gordon discusses how the KI Innovation Center at the Appleton campus is actively changing today’s learning environment. The center is the result of a partnership with KI in Green Bay, one of the leading furniture manufacturers worldwide.

What makes the KI Innovation Center distinct in terms of learning?

The KI Innovation Center consists of four classrooms that are designed to foster interaction, collaboration, and a flexible learning experience.

The classrooms offer unique writing surfaces and furniture designs, in addition to new technologies that inspire creativity in students and instructors alike. The spaces are a model for the use of accelerated learning techniques and the development of a positive learning environment.

How do the KI Center’s technologies prepare students for the workforce?

Students, now more than ever, are entering a job market where technology is advanced and always changing. The KI Innovation Center houses multi-media technology and SMART Boards, and it helps build important skills like adapting to change, teamwork, and communication.

What makes this learning environment special in the eyes of FVTC students?

Collaboration and movement are commonplace in today’s workplace. Many studies also reveal that body movement and activity increase learning. Thanks to the KI Innovation Center, our students find ways to effectively express themselves, and in turn, these experiences build confidence and leadership skills. Our students learn by doing!

Dr. Cris Gordon
Social Sciences Instructor and Department Chair, FVTC
Education: Ph.D. in Psychology
Hometown: Sao Paulo, Brazil
Number of Years at FVTC: 9
Area(s) of Expertise: psychology, sociology, non-traditional learning and assessment 

This KI-produced video showcases the Innovation Center:



Turning Toward a Rewarding Career

Expansion of the J. J. Keller Transportation Center is the latest referendum project to be completed.

Careers in the diesel service, automotive, truck driving, and vehicle repair and refinishing fields just sped closer to reality thanks to the completion of Fox Valley Technical College’s expanded J. J. Keller Transportation Center.

Training for these in-demand careers was at capacity, but the added space will help more students get into the programs faster.

Here is a snapshot of the facility’s primary expansion areas, which includes about 20,500 square-feet of new space: 

  • 10 additional learning bays for automotive-related programs, with added classrooms

  • 3 additional drive-thru learning bays for diesel-related programs, with added classrooms

  • 1 additional inspection and safety bay for the Truck Driving program and workplace training, with an added classroom

Facility Expansion Update

The public voted “YES” to FVTC’s April 2012 public referendum by a 2-1 margin to help the college advance several key facility projects to address regional workforce needs.

Here is an update on the three remaining projects:

Regional Center Expansion (Chilton): Estimated completion - July of 2014
Student Success Center (Appleton campus): Estimated completion - August of 2014
Public Safety Training Center (Outagamie County Regional Airport): Estimated completion – January of 2015

News Briefs

  • Jeremy Hansen, new associate dean and director of the Public Safety Training Center, received Executive Fire Officer certification from the U.S. Fire Administration’s National Fire Academy, which is a branch of the Federal Emergency Management Administration, or FEMA. By completing the four-year program, Hansen earned the highest level of fire training certification available in the United States.

  • The JobSeeker’s Network (JSN) program recently reached its 1,000th participant in less than four years. JSN is a free community offering that teaches a job search process as a skill. It has helped hundreds of area jobseekers land new careers.

  • A video highlighting the college’s Automotive training programs earned a top eight finish nationally out of a total of 168 entries from technical colleges, community colleges, and high schools as part of a competition published on behalf of Tomorrow’s Tech magazine. The result places FVTC in the top 95th percentile among the most reputable automotive training programs in the United States. Watch video >>

  • For the 7th consecutive year, FVTC was voted the best Local College/University by the Post-Crescent’s annual “Best of the Valley” people’s choice awards.