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«August 2017»
8/2/2017 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Campus Tour: Manufacturing, Public Safety, Transportation

Come check out Fox Valley Technical College this summer.

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8/4/2017 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
8/8/2017 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Explore Intellectual Assets

Come and learn about the development of intellectual assets in business development on Tuesday, August 8 at 6-9 p.m. 

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8/15/2017 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Explore Intellectual Assets

Come and learn about the development of intellectual assets in business development on Tuesday, August 15 at 6-9 p.m. 

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8/16/2017 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Explore the Fab Lab, Appleton

Wednesday, August 16, 4-5:30 p.m., D.J. Bordini Center | Come see what the FVTC Fab Lab has to offer.

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8/19/2017 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Public Safety Day

Join us for this free family-friendly event! Saturday, August 19, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

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8/21/2017 - 8/23/2017
8/21/2017 - 8/23/2017
9/6/2017 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Explore Starting a Business, Waupaca

Wednesday, Sept. 6 | This complimentary session provides an inside look at what it takes to launch a small business.

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Student & Alumni Spotlight

Focus on Workplace Training: Milk Products

Focus on Workplace Training: Milk Products

Fall 2013

Nov 19, 2013

Milk Products, one of the nation’s largest manufacturers of high-quality animal milk replacers and supplemental products, has used Fox Valley Technical College’s resources for quite some time.  

"We often visited their facilities for meetings coordinated with the Wisconsin Manufacturers Extension Partnership,” says company president David Kuehnel. “When the college invited us to a seminar on strategic planning and executive coaching featuring work done for the Green Bay Packers, we were intrigued."  

Through this workshop, Kuehnel realized the problems his company faced were not so different from those of the ‘Green and Gold.’ “We both run businesses, need new customers, and have budget limitations,” he says. “The training made us realize that we needed to identify what we do well, what we can do better, and what makes us different from anyone else.”

FVTC recently worked with the Chilton-based company through a state-funded Workforce Advancement Training (WAT) grant to develop a customized training program, which included a 360-degree evaluation. “The initial evaluation gave us an in-depth look at how we see ourselves and how others see us,” Kuehnel says. “It also gave us insight into how we operate as a team. Our industry is going through change and we need to be ready for it.”

Strategic planning requires a great deal of patience. Kuehnel expects the process to take 3-5 years; however, the FVTC-designed program has already delivered results. “We’re much more effective in the way we prepare for meetings and manage outcomes,” says Sharon Hoerth, Milk Products vice-president and controller. “We’re also better at making sure that we all are using the same language and common terms to describe processes and behaviors.”

Hoerth believes that the process has built a higher level of trust. “Our employees now have developed leadership courage,” she says. “People are more honest and open. We’re more aware of how we are relating to one another, and this awareness is an important step.”

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Robust & Regional

  • Fox Valley Technical College’s Business & Industry Services division is one of the state’s leaders in workplace training—reaching more than 1,900 employers and more than 26,000 employees annually.

  • In the Chilton region, FVTC works with several industries, including education, health care, manufacturing, and more.

  • 8 years of Workforce Advancement Training (WAT) grants to assist 14 regional businesses

  • 1,200+ employees trained in the Chilton region by FVTC through Workforce Advancement Training grants since 2008.