Counting on FVTC

Counting on FVTC

Spring 2017

| By: Britten, Casey

One of the largest accounting firms in the nation hires FVTC grads because they can hit the ground running.

IN PHOTO: Tina Larsen, Schenck (left) shares insight with Emily Wichman, accountant and one of several FVTC graduates at Schenck.

Tina Larsen, people team business partner at Schenck SC, one of the nation’s top 50 full-service CPA and consulting firms, doesn’t just recruit FVTC graduates. She also serves on the college’s Accounting Advisory Committee. “Committee members communicate directly with college decision-makers about what skills we need in our workforce,” Larsen states. “I’ve found that Fox Valley Tech educators proactively listen and respond to employer suggestions.” 

With offices throughout Wisconsin, Schenck plays a vital role in the state’s economy. “The college understands its success relies on graduate performance in the workplace,” says Larsen. “That’s why we’re delighted to participate in career fairs, mock job interviews and scholarship programs.”

The Accounting Advisory Committee is a win-win for both Schenck and FVTC, according to Larsen. “The biggest trend in business today is how quickly skill needs change,” states Larsen. “The advisory committee recently decided that we needed people stronger in Microsoft Excel, and college leaders responded by developing more classes and considering a specialized certificate program.”

Larsen hires FVTC grads for such positions as associate accountants, payroll specialists, medical billers and coders, administration and information technology. “They all come well-prepared with solid technical capabilities and strong soft skills,” she says. “Plus, Fox Valley Tech graduates are tooled with good problem-solving and decision-making abilities.”

Larsen received her associate degree from FVTC. “I had a great two years at Fox Valley Tech, and all of my credits transferred toward a bachelor’s degree,” she adds. “I’m a big supporter of Fox Valley Technical College because when the community is in need, it’s always there to help.”

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