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FVTC making a promise

Tech college offering free tuition

The Fox Valley Technical College Foundation Promise offers free tuition to regional high school seniors to help build a better life while boosting economic development.

The Fox Valley Technical College (FVTC) Foundation kicked-off its Promise program in early August.

The FVTC Promise is a fundraising campaign designed to provide free tuition and books for students planning to attend the college in fall of 2017.

High school seniors in the college’s district who qualify for free or reduced school meals during the 2016-17 academic year may become a Promise Scholar the following year at FVTC. They must also maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher during their final year of high school.

Once enrolled at FVTC, Promise Scholars need to maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher and participate in community service activities as a college student.

In addition, the initiative is set up to help address a major shortage throughout the region for skilled talent in a variety of workforce sectors. Area employers continue to struggle to find the right skill sets that align with their workplace objectives.

Lower-income high students who become Promise Scholars will gain an advantage toward a better quality of life through earning a technical education.

Wisconsin TechConnect, a statewide online employment information system for recruiting Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) students and graduates for employment, listed about 10,000 vacant positions for skilled talent within the region during the past year. Those postings represent sectors in transportation, business, health care, manufacturing, culinary and hospitality, agriculture and service.

The FVTC Promise also provides opportunities for donors to contribute toward the program by supporting about 3,000 students over the next five years. More than 2,000 high school seniors this fall in the college’s district already qualify for free or reduced school meals.

For more information, visit www.fvtc.edu/fvtcpromise.

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