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CVTC Receives $1.9 Million from Department of Education

​Chippewa Valley Technical College (CVTC) will receive $1.9 million from the Department of Education through the Title III Strengthening Institutions Program. This program will allow CVTC to strengthen its student support systems to increase program student retention and graduation rate. 

“This five-year grant will allow CVTC to develop a comprehensive system of assessment, advisement, and intervention,” stated Margo Keys, vice president of student services.  The funds will be used to expand CVTC’s Steps to Success program and will allow the college to expand assessments, improve data analysis capability, enhance advisement and support services and implement new intervention strategies.”

The true impact for consumers is that their education tax dollars will be used to improve efficiency, specifically to develop a proactive approach to student success. The program will allow CVTC to assess college readiness on entrance, and proactive strategies will be employed to enable students to reach their goals more efficiently. Students learn up front what they need to succeed, how to get to their goals and learn what services are available to help them. CVTC serves a high population of first-generation college students who may not have the understanding or resources to navigate through the college environment. This program will help them understand where they are and what they need to succeed. They will receive a roadmap (success plan), and if needed, someone to guide them to their future.

“We will develop individual plans for at-risk students. This could include mentorship, financial literacy, flexible developmental education options, supplemental education, and first-semester orientation,” added Kristen Raney, dean of academic services. “It’s all about giving these students the right tools to succeed. This grant money will go a very long way for students at CVTC.”

“We will also provide professional development for our faculty and staff so they can identify at-risk students and direct them to the support services to help them succeed,” stated Keys.

Kimberly Nimsgern has been named the Title III Director and will oversee the implementation of this grant over the next five years. Nimsgern comes to CVTC with over 15 years of experience in both grant writing and college administration, most recently as the director of First Year Programs–Learning Communities and New Student Orientation at the University of Wisconsin - Stout.

Prior to her most recent position at UW-Stout, Nimsgern worked in Stout’s ASPIRE Student Support Services and with its Upward Bound program.

Nimsgern received her master’s degree from UW-Stout in guidance and counseling and attended the University of Iowa to receive her bachelor of arts in psychology and a minor in human relations education.

“I am thrilled to have Kim join our team at CVTC,” noted Keys. “She is well-equipped with years of grant experience, managing both federal and private foundation grants in the past. Her previous experience working in student services will give her a significant advantage as the CVTC Title III Director.”