From thecountrytoday.com: “Fox Valley Tech expanding ag facilities at Appleton campus” – Expansion to the Agriculture Center of Fox Valley Technical College in Appleton is estimated to be completed by fall 2013 as part of a $66.5 million building and acquisition project approved by voters last April.

The number of full-time equivalent students taking agriculture classes has increased nearly 87 percent in the past four years, according to college planners. The agriculture facility was last expanded 14 years ago, and new programs have been added without additional space, they said.

The $3.5 million agricultural area expansion calls for razing an older building, which was accomplished earlier this year. Additions will be made to the existing instructional building for more classrooms and computer labs. Current class space will be remodeled too. A new storage and maintenance building will be added adjacent to an existing storage building.

Planners expect the agricultural area expansion to be completed by fall 2013.

Construction is taking place in Appleton and at regional centers.

• $34.8 million Public Safety Training Center to be built adjacent to the Outagamie County Regional Airport;

• $11.9 Health Simulation and Technology Center addition;

• $7.4 million Student Success Center;

• $6.2 million Transportation Center Expansion;

• Regional expansions at Oshkosh ($1 million) and Chilton ($1.7 million).

FVTC also has centers in Waupaca and Wautoma.

FVTC advisor profiled

May 6, 2011

Heather Vander Heyden, senior business developer for Fox Communities Credit Union, serves on the Fox Valley Technical College marketing advisory committee and is a regular speaker for the FVTC marketing department. She is among the Fox Cities Future 15.

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