Noticeable changes have taken place over the summer in the Business Education Center. CVTC wanted to show off the great improvements to both retired staff and to the public.
Retired Staff and Faculty Return for Reunion
Over 100 retired staff and faculty returned to CVTC on Thursday, August 25 so they could see all the changes that have taken place in the Business Education Center.
“These people had so much to do with what CVTC is today, and we wanted to make sure they were the first ones to see all the new changes taking place,” said Bruce Barker, President of CVTC. “It was like seeing family you hadn’t seen in years. It was great!”
Retirees and current staff mingled in the new Commons area while eating great food catered by Sodexo, the new food service now at CVTC. They were also able to take tours of the Shear Inspiration Salon & Spa and The Learning Center.
“What a great gathering,” Elaine Welin said, employee at CVTC for over 25 years. “There were so many folks. There wasn’t enough time to talk to everyone!”
Open House to the Public
CVTC held a second celebration on Wednesday, August 31 for students, staff, and the public. Many public officials and community members entered the new doors in amazement to what they found. “This is a beautiful facility,” commented Dave Duax, member of the Eau Claire City Council. “Much different than what you had before. The students must love the new space.”
Bruce Barker, CVTC president, welcomed the group by thanking those who were vital in making this project a reality. “Doug Olson, Director of Marketing and Community Relations, worked closely with SDS Architects and Market & Johnson, and as you can see, the results are beautiful,” Bruce stated.
Bruce also mentioned how nice it was to see so many CVTC graduates working on the project. “From electrical to air conditioning and refrigeration to welding, our graduates not only got their education here, but now they’ve helped build the place.”
Eddieberto Sanchez, Student Government Association President, then accepted a plaque on behalf of CVTC for the $200,000 donation given by Student Government. “We are very happy and grateful to be working with the College on such important projects.”
Dan Auger, Regional Manager of Sodexo Dining Services, thanked Bruce for allowing them to work in such a beautiful facility.
After taking tours of the Students Commons, Shear Inspiration Salon & Spa, and Learning Center, those who attended were able to join in on the student Welcome-Back picnic.