One Degree at a Time

One Degree at a Time

Spring 2021

| By: Britten, Casey

Erich Korth proves a technical diploma is a career launch pad. 

Erich Korth is the first to admit he didn’t have a game plan when he started in the Diesel Equipment Mechanic program at FVTC.

That’s hard to believe when he explains what happened next. 

After graduating from FVTC in 2000, Erich spent 12 years working full-time while he earned an associate degree from UW-Fox Valley and a bachelor’s degree in Engineering from UW-Platteville.

Today, as he leads his team of employees at Transport Repair Specialists in Neenah, he admits his educational path isn’t for everyone. But it could be, for many.  

“My advice is complete a technical degree first. Then, go to work and become proficient at the basics. When you complete that other degree, you’ll be the better hire because you also have the real-world, common sense understanding of how things really work.”