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Jane Voll: The Era of Electric Typewriters & Shorthand

Jane VollJane Voll attended secretarial classes at CVTC in 1958 and 1959, when the College was at 1300 First Avenue and known as the Eau Claire Vocational School. It was the era of electric typewriters and shorthand.

“Shorthand was a challenge,” Jane remembers. “The teacher dictated to us, and the goal was to be able to type up to 120 words a minute.”

In those days the school helped secure jobs for all students. Jane was grateful to end up at U.S. Rubber Company. “It was fabulous. Family and friends were truly impressed that I had gotten a job there.”

After two years of employment with U.S. Rubber, Jane resigned to attend and graduate from Wisconsin State College-Eau Claire in 1965. She worked for General Electric in Houston, Texas, and then for Control Data Corporation in Minneapolis. Throughout her education and work experiences, she relied on her skills attained at CVTC.

Jane returned to Eau Claire with her family in 1978. In 1981, she was hired for a secretarial position at CVTC, where she worked for 23 years until her retirement in 2003.

“I loved working at CVTC,” Jane says. “During most of my years working in Business and Marketing, everything was done much more manually. I really enjoyed the hectic, intense pace just prior to and during the first week of the new semester, when we had to make certain that the classrooms, students, and teachers all were in the right place at the right time. Working with colleagues to make it all happen and getting appreciation from students when I helped them was so rewarding.”