On April 2nd, Concordia University Wisconsin and Fox Valley Technical College held a joint press conference to announce their joint articulation agreement and development of a Construction & Trade Management Bachelor’s degree.

Held at FVTC’s S.J. Spanbauer Aviation & Industrial Center in Oshkosh, representatives from both CUW and FVTC, along with recent FVTC graduates that intend to enroll in Concordia’s Construction & Trade Management program, came together to celebrate the collaboration between the two schools to develop a one-of-a-kind program in the Fox Cities.

“The students will be working full-time during the day and being able to attend classes in the evenings, so it’s a balance of growing in their hands-on experience in the field but also rounding out that education and the baccalaureate area as well,” said Sarah Schneider, Regional Director of Concordia University Wisconsin’s Appleton and Green Bay centers.

The development of such a program has come about because of the demand both from those involved in the industry, who are looking to fill the roles being vacated by retiring members of their workforce, and the student population of Fox Valley Technical College, who are looking for additional skills that will make them much more knowledgeable and desirable to employers.

One such recent FVTC graduate, Josh Fenske, is excited for this new opportunity and partnership between his alma mater and Concordia, along with the flexibility of the Adult Accelerated learning format. “This is really the first option I have, locally, where I can stay with my full-time employer and still get the in-class atmosphere that Concordia can provide.”

In continuing the celebration, the Appleton Center will be hosting an Open House on May 9th from 8am-10am to help the general public learn more about the Construction & Trade Management program.  This Open House will be structured to answer any questions that potential students may have, along with showing those in the industry the benefits of their workforce expanding their knowledge by continuing their education.  To RSVP and learn more about this event, contact Ted C. Williams at ted.williams@cuw.edu or 262-243-1856.

The first group of students in the Construction & Trade Management program during the 2019-2020 school year.

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