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Student Spotlight: Patricia Owen

Student Spotlight: Patricia Owen

Individualized Technical Studies: Electronics & IT for Telephony

May 8, 2017

Career Program: Individualized Technical Studies: Electronics & IT for Telephony
Hometown: Shawano
Current Residence: Shawano
Age: 55
Attended FVTC: 2013-Present

Why did you choose the Individualized Technical Studies: Electronics & IT for Telephony​ program?

I was looking for a program to enhance my current job skills. Both the IT and Electronics programs had a little of what I needed. By using the Individualized Technical Studies program, I could have the best of both worlds.

What are you learning about your career field that you find interesting or rewarding?

The most interesting thing I’m learning is that the newest technologies are based on principles that were discovered many decades ago. I’ve also learned that there is no end to learning. There is always something new to challenge your brain.

Why did you choose Fox Valley Technical College?

I chose FVTC because of its convenient location. I work in the Appleton area and it only made sense to attend a school close to where I work.

How did Fox Valley Technical College help you change your life?

I am getting too close to retirement to “start over,” so I decided to try to retain my position at my current employer. As technology changes, my only real choice is to change with it. FVTC was the obvious choice to bring my skills up to speed.

What type of job do you expect to find after graduation?

Fortunately, I won’t be looking for a job after graduation, as I already have one. However, the skills and knowledge that I will have gained will make it easier for me to find a job should my current plan fall through.