Focus on Alumni: All In The Family

Michelle Manthey & Tim Parsons

Focus on Alumni: All In The Family

Spring 2018

| By: Britten, Casey

Wautoma siblings Michelle Manthey and Tim Parsons are enjoying rewarding careers at global companies.

What did you enjoy most about your FVTC education?

Michelle: When I started in Fox Valley Tech’s Administrative Assistant Information Processing program, computers were becoming the future. Both my computer and administrative skill sets gave me a solid foundation to enter the workforce after graduation. 

Tim: As a student pursuing an Electronics Technology degree at Fox Valley Tech, I learned how to adapt to rapidly-changing environments. Learning theory and then applying that knowledge in a lab setting gave me foundational skills to develop extraordinary results in the workplace.

Why are your skills so valued in the workplace?  

Michelle: A solid understanding of computers and software programs brings value to any company. In addition, soft skills like communications are needed in the workplace as well. The combination of those skill sets helps me effectively lead both people and processes.

Tim: Undoubtedly, the leadership tools and technical, hands-on learning I received at Fox Valley Tech have advanced my ability to grow a workplace culture based on strong teams. Teams that can deliver breakthrough results make a company thrive.

Both Michelle and Tim launched their successful career pathways at FVTC:



1993: Earned associate degree in Administrative Assistant Information Processing from FVTC

1988: Earned associate degree in Electronics Technology from FVTC

1996: Joined Kohler Company in Technical Publications department after working five years in insurance industry

1990: Earned certification in National Electrical Code and Refrigeration while working in related trades since graduation and up to start of Nestlé career

2003: Earned bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Lakeland College

1996: Began rewarding career at Nestlé, holding various positions in engineering, maintenance and management at four plants located in Maryland, Virginia and Wisconsin

2010: Earned master’s degree in Business Administration from Lakeland College

2005: Earned bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering Technology from Milwaukee School of Engineering

2014: Promoted to systems support manager – IT Kohler Co. Power Systems

2017: Promoted to manager of facilities engineering and maintenance at Nestlé