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In 2018, a group of BTC students and staff began discussing the effects on students of food insecurity, defined by the USDA as a lack of consistent access to enough food for an active, healthy life. The group quickly learned that food insecurity is a reality at BTC, as it is on many college campuses. Blackhawk, in partnership with Caritas and Second Harvest Food Bank, launched the BTC Student Cupboard in October 2018. The Cupboard provides supplemental food and other necessities for students and families in need, as well as other personal care items that support students’ well-being.
CVTC works with high schools throughout the college’s district to allow students to earn both high school and college credit at no cost to students – and get a jump start on their career – through High School Academies, Start College Now, and Transcripted Credit.
CVTC works with local businesses to provide classroom training for various apprenticeship programs. Apprenticeship gives students experience and access to high-demand careers, builds transferable skills, and combines structured on-the-job training with related classroom instruction. A winning combination for employer and employee!
The Free Legal Assistance Clinic opened a new location at FVTC’s Appleton campus in January 2017. Since then, members of the college’s Paralegal Student Organization – established to provide hands-on experience in the legal field and meet the need for high-demand community services – have volunteered on the Appleton campus and at other Clinic locations in Menasha, Neenah and Oshkosh. Students dedicate weekly organizational meetings to practicing completion of legal documents and discussion of routine questions related to fundraising, advertising and other organizational issues.
Today’s manufacturers are integrating Information Technology capabilities and data with manufacturing operations to improve quality, productivity and inventory, and to better ensure their products meet customer demands. The subtle change in manufacturing and the economy of Southeastern Wisconsin is now rapidly accelerating as employers in and moving to the area are creating thousands of jobs. These new operations apply the principles of Industry 4.0, otherwise known as Advanced Manufacturing. Students will be demonstrating and sharing information about Gateway’s new programs.
The LTC Dental Assistant Club educates student members about the need for dental health community service projects, with the goal that student members maintain these values throughout their careers.
The Club’s promotes hospitality and tourism industries in the region while providing networking, service learning and employment opportunities for student members.
A dynamic, pioneering STEM discipline, biotechnology provides opportunities to explore careers in advanced biomanufacturing, genetic analysis and spectrophotometry, which lead to the discovery of new medicines and therapeutics.
Students will demonstrate specialized equipment and technologies that lay the foundation for workforce competencies in biotech. Visitors will receive a hands-on lesson in performing ultra-small, liquid transfer techniques and analyzing the accuracy of manual dexterity using light spectroscopy.
The college’s Electronic Technology programs executed a Forum/Career Showcase to help students better understand career opportunities, available both before and after graduation. The event included an instructor-moderated employer panel.
Additional employers were on site for a career fair to generate buzz about the field of Electronic Technology, help students better understand the pathway from graduation to employment, and offer career information.
Students in the Emerging Technology course, within the college’s Network Specialist program, worked with the IT Student Club and students in the Marketing and Social Media Management, Accounting, Entrepreneurship, Web Design/Developer, and Mobile Applications programs to develop the "Gallivant Mobile Application."
This interdisciplinary project was conceptualized for curricular assessment and submitted for the Smart Cities – Smart Futures Competition. Gallivant converges Smart Cities technology for rural communities and small businesses, integrating virtual AI assistant technologies such as Alexa, Siri, Google Home and Cortana with smart highways, Google Maps, 5G, VR and Bluetooth, while providing user personalization.
For hands-on experience that prepares them to be industry leaders in the workforce, Cosmetology students share their skills with the community at the “Cuts for Kids” event each December, in the spirit of the holiday season. The event brings families to the Wisconsin Rapids campus for free haircuts for kids and much more, including community resources for families in need, cookie decorating, hands-on Mid-State program activities, a game area and a chance to visit Santa.
Over the past 18 months, Nicolet has been working to expand community-based, culturally inclusive education opportunities. In partnership with three different tribal communities, Nicolet has offered community-located courses leading to a technical certificate in Native American Tribal Management. The customized curriculum – developed in close consultation with community leaders, who shared their experiences and identified opportunities for growth – focuses on Nation-building and is framed around the seven Anishinaabe teachings.
Today's Criminal Justice graduates are expected not only to protect the community, but also serve it.
The college’s Criminal Justice program and club seamlessly provide students with engaging, hands-on instruction and the opportunity to connect learning with club activities. Students have the opportunity to hear from, volunteer for, and interact with criminal justice employers and other partners.
Wisconsin Badger Camp is an alternative clinical opportunity that allows students to provide nursing care to diverse individuals in a camp setting.
NWTC students will be live on the air from the 2019 WTCS Student Showcase on the college’s Internet Radio – TC Campus Connection. Listen at TC3.io.
Multi-disciplinary students are the future of Public Safety in rural areas. The Southwest Tech students on-hand are all enrolled in the Criminal Justice Associate Degree program, as well as the Fire Service Training Program in the evenings. In addition, some have completed the Jail Academy at Southwest Tech and are working in the profession and serving in the military, all while going to school.
The students will facilitate an opportunity to partake in the two-minute drill of donning fire gear, a requirement for Firefighter certification in the State of Wisconsin. In addition, students will offer an opportunity to pass the law enforcement entrance test for push-ups and sit-ups, a standard for entrance into a Law Enforcement Academy in the State of Wisconsin.
The Mentoring Program supports underrepresented students – including students of color and LGBTQ, low-income and first-generation students – to assure success at WCTC.
The program offers academic support and access to peer mentors, encourages critical life skills through monthly leadership workshops to promote self-advocacy, promotes community engagement, and encourages participation in leadership conferences and social events.
Business Management students plan and organize Suits for Success, an event that provides gently-used professional clothing to students and the general public. The event also serves as a job fair, where students receive help with resume writing, mock job interviews and professional head shots.
Students and instructors will demonstrate aging simulation equipment used within the college’s Gerontology-Aging Services Professional program.