Patti Jorgensen is FVTC's vice president for student and community development. "I think it sets us on the map ... as being able to provide the exact kind of training that our employers are looking for," Jorgensen said. "The two projects that have opened so far have been the Agricultural Center, which is an expansion - that one opened in time for the start of fall classes - then the second building, which is a large one. If you're looking at the outside of our Appleton campus it changes the entire facade."
That second building is a three story Health Simulation Center. The building includes a completely simulated hospital with an emergency room and high tech simulated patients. Students can practice on those instead of live humans.
Jorgensen says the school focused on using the bond money to improve training in fields where graduates have a good chance of finding a job. The most expensive project is a Public Safety Training Center. "We're putting a lot of effort toward increasing paramedics, for example, because there's a real need for paramedics right now."
All improvements are expected to be done by 2015. FVTC is also making improvements to its transportation program, its campus in Chilton, and has bought land.