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11/1/2017 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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On Campus: Herzing University

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11/2/2017 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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On Campus: Lakeland University

Thinking of transferring to Lakeland University?

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11/4/2017 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Free Legal Assistance Clinic

Need help with a legal issue? Attend our free legal assistance clinic, offered by the FVTC Paralegal Student Organization. Saturday, Nov. 4, 9 a.m.-Noon

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11/13/2017 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
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Honoring Veterans Lunch

Honoring Veterans Lunch for FVTC students | Monday, Nov. 13, 11:30 a.m.

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11/18/2017 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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Holiday Art & Craft Fair

One Stop Shop Holiday Art & Craft Fair | Saturday, Nov. 18, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., FVTC Appleton Campus

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11/20/2017
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Open Registration for Winterim & Spring Terms

Community class registration opens Monday, Nov. 20.

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11/21/2017 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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On Campus: Concordia University

Thinking of transferring to Concordia University?

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11/23/2017 - 11/25/2017
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11/23/2017 - 11/25/2017
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11/23/2017 - 11/25/2017
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11/28/2017 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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On Campus: UW Fox Valley

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12/4/2017 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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On Campus: Concordia University

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12/7/2017 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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On Campus: Herzing University

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Engineering & Electronic Related Technologies

The Fab Lab

The Fab Lab

Spring 2013

Mar 1, 2013

Fab Ideas

Building skills in advanced manufacturing through FVTC’s Fab Lab brings needed awareness about careers in the region.

Fox Valley Technical College’s Fab Lab, short for Fabrication Laboratory, is a one-of-a-kind resource in the region where hands-on technology affirms that the career outlook in advanced manufacturing is actually quite appealing.

“Manufacturing isn’t the dirty, dead-end career field it used to be,” states Fab Lab Manager Steve Gallagher. “It’s a new world filled with the latest technologies.”

The on-campus Fab Labs at FVTC’s Appleton and Oshkosh campuses, as well as a mobile unit which visits area middle and high schools, act as a pipeline for developing future talent. “Students do applied projects to spur their interest in science, technology, engineering, and math—the STEM curriculum,” says Dale Walker, director of FVTC’s Business & Industry Services division.

FVTC is providing adults as well as students a chance to build their own projects on the latest equipment. “Here they can use laser engravers, 3D printers, CNC routers, and more,” says Gallagher. “We have everything they need to take a new idea through mechanical design, engineering, prototyping, and even marketing.”

Most recently, the Fab Lab implemented a popular guitar-building class. Developed in partnership with Purdue University on a grant from the National Science Foundation, students start with a solid piece of wood and come out with a custom-designed working guitar. “Guitar building is a hook,” says Gallagher. “They’re really learning a variety of skills, including mechanical design and engineering, industrial design, graphics, and more.”