Focus on the Student Experience: Leading the Way

Focus on the Student Experience: Leading the Way

Spring 2017

| By: Britten, Casey

FVTC’s Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society opens doors to leadership, networking, scholarships and more.

PHOTO: PTK President Amber Stanczak and PTK Vice President Jason Lilly (right of table) meet with PTK advisors Jennifer McIntosh and Wolfgang Wallschlager.

Joining Fox Valley Technical College’s Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Society chapter was a real game-changer for Appleton native Jason Lilly. “Returning to school at age 40 was scary, but joining PTK and then becoming its president brought me out of my shell,” he says. “It gave me an opportunity to work with a wide variety of people. It’s a student-driven organization that really does make a difference.”

Today, Lilly has gone on to become vice president of the PTK Wisconsin region. In addition, he is completing his second degree at FVTC in Business Management and running his own home improvement and remodeling company. “PTK gave me the confidence to do more,” he says. “A few years ago, I never thought I could successfully run my own business.”

Current PTK President Amber Stanczak expresses the same level of enthusiasm. The 21-year-old FVTC nursing student and Menasha resident says that she also loves the organization. “Many members have become my friends,” Stanczak notes. “The PTK experience provides meaning to my education and motivates me to do more.”

Stanczak said that PTK membership comes with opportunities to apply for numerous scholarships. “Plus, we do a lot of projects in the community,” she adds. “Those activities are great ways to build leadership and communication skills as well.”  

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FVTC Phi Theta Kappa Awards

  • PTK Distinguished Chapter Officer Award, Jason Lilly, 2016
  • Wisconsin Region PTK Student Organization of the Year, 2015 & 2016
  • Wisconsin Region PTK Distinguished Chapter Officer Team, 2015