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1/31/2017 11:30 AM
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Troop Talk

Troop Talk is held every other Tuesday, and will help you transition from military service to college to employment.

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2/1/2017 11:30 AM
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Speaker Series: Dr. Alexis Pauline Gumbs

Wednesday, Feb. 1, 11:30 a.m. | Dr. Gumbs shares her experience as a survivor of sexual violence

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2/2/2017 11:30 AM
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Speaker Series: Dr. Alexis Pauline Gumbs

Thursday, Feb. 2, 11:30 a.m. | Experience a multimedia poetic presentation about police brutality

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2/4/2017 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Free Legal Assistance Clinic

Need help with a legal issue? Attend our free legal assistance clinic, offered by the FVTC Paralegal Student Organization. Saturday, Feb. 4, 9 a.m.-Noon

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2/10/2017 1:30 PM - 6:30 PM
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Junior Achievement 8th Grade Technical Careers Challenge

A real-world experience that allows teams of middle school students to work with a business person to compete against one another as they manufacture or provide a service. 

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2/11/2017 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Cooking Demo: Asian Cuisine: Bamboo Steamer to Mouth-Watering Wok

Asian Cuisine: Bamboo Steamer to Mouth-Watering Wok | Saturday, Feb. 11, 10 a.m. - Noon

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2/24/2017 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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On Campus: Herzing University

Thinking of transferring to Herzing University?

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2/26/2017 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
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Cultural Cuisine 2017

Join us Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017 for cultural hors d'oeuvres prepared by our Culinary Arts students. 

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2/28/2017 11:30 AM
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Troop Talk

Troop Talk is held every other Tuesday, and will help you transition from military service to college to employment.

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3/2/2017 11:30 AM
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Speaker Series: Tony Bednarowski

Thursday, March 2, Appleton Campus | Learn how foods we consume have a profound effect on performance, body composition and overall blood chemistry as well as state of mind

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3/6/2017 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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On Campus: Marian University

Thinking of transferring to Marian University?

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3/8/2017 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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On Campus: Herzing University

Thinking of transferring to Herzing University?

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Student & Alumni Spotlight

Designed to Fill Demand: Web Development & Design

Designed to Fill Demand: Web Development & Design

Spring 2014

Apr 3, 2014

Tom Thiel is more than the lead guitarist in the award-winning rock band Boxkar. The 45-year-old Appleton native also just completed the Information Technology (IT) Software Developer program at Fox Valley Technical College and is pursuing another degree in Web Development and Design.

“I wanted to learn something that was practical and usable in the real world,” Thiel says. “There is an artistic element to both songwriting and web design, but they also both require real skills. The more you know, the more options you have with your creativity.”

Thiel plans to continue with Boxkar while running his own business as a mobile application developer after graduating from the Web Development and Design program. “This would give me the freedom to keep performing while advancing professionally,” he says. 

Thiel also credits FVTC for helping him promote his band. “While at Fox Valley Tech, I learned how to interact with Facebook and Instagram while also incorporating Twitter feeds in the band’s website,” he says. “By using social media, we expanded our fan base during the Hard Rock Café competition, coming in first place in Chicago, third in the U.S., and fifth globally.” 

 

Like Thiel, many professionals are returning to college to upgrade their IT skills. A recent U.S. News & World Report article cited that IT professions in software development, computer systems analyst, and web development all rank in the top 10 as the best jobs nationwide for 2014. 

“When employers look to fill almost any position, a solid technical background helps a prospect stand out,” states Doug Waterman, associate dean of IT and distance learning at FVTC. “Many of our graduates also go on to combine new skills with their technical knowledge for a variety of career options.”


Quick Facts:

  • About 95-100 FVTC students graduate from a total of six IT-related programs each year

  • 17 K-12 school districts in the state work with FVTC’s IT programs through the Wisconsin eSchool Network

  • 1st place finishes in the annual Association for Information Technology Professionals national competitions three of the last four years

  • IT professionals in software development, computer systems analyst, and web development all rank in the top 10 as the best jobs nationwide in 2014. (U.S. News and World Report)