Fox Valley Technical College

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Fox Valley Technical College
Type State Technical College
Established 1912, 1967
President Dr. Susan May
Students About 50,000
Location Appleton, Wisconsin, United States
Campus Urban
Nickname Foxes

Fox Valley Technical College (also Fox Valley Tech and FVTC) is the technical college for the Appleton, Wisconsin area. It is a member of the Wisconsin Technical College System.

Serving about 50,000 people each year, FVTC provides occupational training for specific careers as well as technical, adult basic, and continuing education. In addition, it offers customized employee training.

The school offers more than 200 associate degree, technical diploma, and certificate programs as well as instruction related to 20 apprenticeship trades. It has credit transfer agreements with more than 30 four-year colleges and universities.

The main campus is in Appleton with a second campus in Oshkosh. FVTC has smaller regional centers in Chilton, Clintonville, Waupaca, and Wautoma. It also operates a Public Safety Training Center in Greenville.


FVTC is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. FVTC maintains its accreditation with the Higher Learning Commission through the Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) process. FVTC has been NCA-accredited since 1970.


  • William M. Sirek, College's inception in 1967- June 30, 1982
  • Dr. Stanley J. Spanbauer, July 1, 1982- June 30, 1993
  • Dr. H. Victor Baldi, July 1, 1993- December 31, 1999
  • Dr. Laurence F. Johnson, July 1, 2000- June 22, 2001
  • James Milslagle, June 25, 2001- December 31, 2001
  • Dr. David L. Buettner, January 7, 2002- August 15, 2008
  • Dr. Susan A. May, July 1, 2008 – Present


Starting in 1912, city vocational schools were formed at six locations (Appleton, Brillion, Kaukauna, Menasha, Neenah, and Oshkosh) in the current district. In 1967, the Wisconsin Legislature divided the state into sixteen districts, which led to the formation of Fox Valley Technical Institute (FVTI). In 1987, the college (along with all of the state technical colleges) was renamed and it became known as Fox Valley Technical College.

Key dates in FVTC history[edit]

  • 1912 City vocational schools organized in Appleton, Brillion, Kaukauna, Menasha, Neenah, and Oshkosh
  • 1967 Fox Valley Technical Institute (FVTI) established by the Wisconsin Legislature
  • 1968 Held first public referendum
  • 1972 FVTI opened its main campus at 1825 N. Bluemound Drive in Appleton, WI.
  • 1976 FVTI Foundation Inc. established
  • 1978 Wautoma Regional Center opened
  • 1979 Clintonville Regional Center opened
  • 1981 Chilton Regional Center opened
  • 1982 Oshkosh Riverside Campus opened at 150 N. Campbell Road
  • 1983 Neenah Regional Center opened
  • 1987 Name changed to Fox Valley Technical College (FVTC); D.J. Bordini Center opened
  • 1993 Waupaca Regional Center opened
  • 1994 "Knowledge That Works" became the college's slogan
  • 1998 Held public referendum
  • 2012 Held public referendum
  • 2015 Public Safety Training Center opened in Greenville


The school's Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP) student club has won several national awards at AITP's national convention. FVTC's club competes on equal terms against clubs from major four-year national colleges even though it is a two-year community college which only offers Associate's degrees.[1]

FVTC's AITP club won its first national award when it took first place award in Graphic Communications at the 2009 national convention.[2] For 2010, the club won the "Graphics Communications Contest" and "Top Faculty Certification Scores – ACP" categories, finished second against 124 colleges in the "PC Troubleshooting" category, and took third in the "AITP Student Chapter Banner Contest".[3] Fox Valley's AITP club was awarded the "Outstanding AITP Student Chapter of the Year (2008-2009) – Region 5".[3]

In 2011, the club won a first place award for the third straight year.[1] It took first place in the "Professional Banner" category and second place in the "Artistic Banner" category.[1] Club advisor Brenda Wilz was awarded the "2011 AITP Faculty Advisor of the Year".[1]



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