Focus on the Student Experience: Home Away from Home

Focus on the Student Experience: Home Away from Home

Spring 2016

| By: Britten, Casey

Student housing comes to FVTC in August.

Each year, more than 200 international students from over 42 countries study at Fox Valley Technical College. “These students need a safe living environment to complement their studies,” says Dr. Patti Jorgensen, vice president of student and community development. “In addition, domestic students want the traditional college experience of a residence-type hall.”

To meet these needs, Tech Village will open this fall adjacent to FVTC’s Appleton campus providing housing for up to 270 students. The complex will feature 54 suite-style apartments containing three single bedrooms, one double bedroom, two full bathrooms and a common living and kitchen space. Each floor will have laundry facilities and a study or gathering area.

Tech Village will be privately owned and managed, although some aspects will be closely coordinated with FVTC. This type of housing arrangement has become a common and practical approach for many schools across the country, bringing together what property management companies and colleges do best. “Our staff will provide learning activities such as tutoring and group studies as well as fun, community-building events,” Jorgensen states. “Our security team will also work closely with the facility managers to maintain a safe and secure environment.”


Student housing has been a goal at FVTC for many years. “It became a reality when we started working two years ago with General Capital Group and DeLeers Construction,” says Jorgensen. “The new facility is located across the street from the main campus building and will open this August.”

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