Focus on the Foundation: Promising Futures

Focus on the Foundation: Promising Futures

Fall 2016

| By: Britten, Casey

The FVTC Foundation is helping make college possible.

For those who have never considered college because of cost, the Fox Valley Technical College Foundation is promising to deliver on an unprecedented initiative in the region: free tuition for qualified low-income high school graduates through the FVTC Promise.

“There are nearly 10,000 well-paid job openings for skilled workers in the Fox Valley area,” says Mary Downs, executive director of the FVTC Foundation & Community Relations. “The Promise is designed to help area residents gain necessary skills to fill these positions. In return, it will help boost our local economy and provide a higher quality of life.”

The FVTC Promise will cover tuition, books, school-related fees and provide individualized academic support. “We want to do more than just enroll students,” Downs states. “We want to help them succeed in getting their associate degree or technical diploma and by earning a rewarding career.” Thanks to a great start at fundraising through a combination of corporate, philanthropic and individual donors, the Foundation hopes to have 3,000 students enrolled and on their way to a better future within five years.

Promise scholars must meet certain financial criteria during the application process and sustain other requirements once enrolled at FVTC, including GPA expectations and volunteer service, among others.

Learn how you can support the FVTC Promise >>