From The Northwestern: “FVTC helping to feed demand for pilots, which is only expected to increase”

Joe Arnold remembers his first flight.

He was three years old and the blue airplane was big enough to seat him, the pilot, his dad and his stuffed animal, Birdy. While Birdy got the front seat view, Arnold was bitten by the flight bug.

His fascination with flight continued as he was growing up, first with a learn to fly day at the local airport in Wisconsin Rapids when he was a teenager and continuing on to six years of flight school – sandwiched around two military deployments. After graduating from the aeronautics program at Fox Valley Technical College earlier this year, Arnold has now joined the staff as an aeronautics flight intern and is helping teach the next classes of hopeful pilots to fly.


From the Wausau Daily Herald: “Tavern training scholarships available”— A group consisting of Marathon County Tavern League members, local law enforcement officers, public health educators and Northcentral Technical College staff received $9,000 this year for scholarships. The grant money is available through the Marathon County Alcohol and Other Drugs Partnership Council for scholarships to the Responsible Beverage Server training at NTC.

The scholarship covers a $25 course fee for the revised RBS training course offered at NTC. The course at NTC is the only classroom training available in central Wisconsin. Training takes place the second Wednesday of each month.

For a scholarship application, call Renee Trowbridge, public health educator for the Marathon County Health Department, at 715-261-1931.

From Waupaca Now, “Bestul receives nursing scholarship” –– The Riverside Health Foundation has awarded $10,000 in scholarships to nine Waupaca-area residents who plan to pursue careers in healthcare. Jordan Bestul of Manawa is one of the recipients.

“By awarding these scholarships, we help support health care education for our future providers and honor the legacy of those who have served our community,” said Steve Huhta, president of the Riverside Health Foundation. “We are proud of these hard-working students as they continue their education and pursue careers in healthcare.”

The board administers three scholarship funds that were established to honor Dr. Marshall and Mary Boudry; Isabelle Rowe; and Nancy B. Salan.

The Isabelle Rowe Nursing Scholarship was established to assist non-traditional students in pursuit of an education leading to a career in nursing. This year three recipients received $1,000: Kelsea Moore, of Scandinavia, plans to attend UW-Fox Valley; Jordan Bestul, of Manawa, plans to attend Fox Valley Technical College; and Corinne Lund, of Wild Rose, is attending Fox Valley Technical College.

The Boudry Health Career Scholarship, established by the Boudry family, hopes to expand health care opportunities by encouraging promising young scholars to fulfill career goals in medicine. This year three recipients each received $1,000.


From WLUK-TV, Fox 11: “Motorcycle season brings safety reminders”— GREEN BAY – With more than one of every ten traffic deaths in Wisconsin being a motorcycle rider, officials say it is important to remember safety on the roads.

“The safety is paramount, the riding techniques are proven techniques, everybody is hopefully going to be riding the same and using the same safety techniques,” said Gene Rousseau, who currently teaches motorcycle safety at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College.

One technique Rousseau preaches is to be defensive.

“You’re only on two wheels and you don’t have this cage around you, this protective barrier around you like in a car or pickup truck,” said Rousseau.

“When you’re out there riding your bike there’s a lot of traffic, there’s deer and I think that if you learn these techniques and these skills it will help you to prevent any crashes and accidents,” said Garrett Roush of Green Bay who is taking the motorcycle class at NWTC.


From the Journal Times: “SCJ donates $100,000 for Gateway scholarships” RACINE – SC Johnson has donated $100,000 to Gateway Technical College for student scholarships, the college announced Monday.

The donation is being used to create an endowed scholarship fund for Gateway students in recognition of the college’s 100th anniversary this year.

“We’re very proud to be able to have the support from SCJ to be able to provide opportunities for students,” Gateway President Bryan Albrecht said. “Our students in particular need financial support and the scholarships will help provide education to a lot of young people in our community.”

Up to five $1,000 scholarships will be awarded annually to students enrolled in any associate degree program. The average cost of attaining a Gateway associate degree is $3,800 per year so the scholarships will make a difference, Albrecht said.

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From the Fond du Lac Reporter: “Students celebrate GED, HSED success”— For some high school students, work, family life and other obstacles have prevented them from graduating with a high school diploma.

Students who attended the Moraine Park Technical College General Educational Development (GED) and High School Equivalency Diploma (HSED) graduation ceremony on June 16 overcame these obstacles to achieve the first step to educational success.

“To earn a GED, a candidate must demonstrate a level of skill that is rigorous and standardized to all graduating seniors,” said Sandra Huenink, Moraine Park dean of basic education.

More than 300 students completed the GED/HSED program at Moraine Park during the past year.

“This is a milestone to celebrate and enjoy,” Huenink said. “By obtaining your GED or HSED, you have opened new doors to your future and should be proud of your success.”


From the Fond du Lac Reporter: “New MPTC president returns to roots”— Sheila Ruhland is ready to take on the challenge of Gov. Scott Walker’s budget bill as new president of Moraine Park Technical College.

The two-year, $66-billion state budget, headed to Walker’s desk after it cleared the state Legislature with only Republican votes, cuts aid to technical colleges by 30 percent, or $72 million.

“I recognize the work ahead and the challenges we are now faced with,” Ruhland said. “I am coming aboard to join a very strong team set up under the previous leadership.”

Federal budget cuts that support career technical education also appear to be eminent, she said.

“No doubt the cuts will have an impact on our school and our property tax levy, as well as collective bargaining with our faculty and staff. I intend to provide leadership and support to these groups,” Ruhland said.


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