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Devyn McCormick, 25, right, earned his General Equivalency Degree in only a few days at Chippewa Valley Technical College. He was so close to earning his high school diploma from Chippewa Falls Senior High School in 2016 but fell short. Now, with his GED in hand, he will apply to the U.S. Navy.

Monday, May 8, 2023

Third Time's a Charm

Tim Barnet, 30, of Eau Claire, placed 432 of 6,200 people throughout the country to participate in a cyber security competition. He was one of 25 students in Josh Huhmann’s class who participated in the three-day competition.

Thursday, April 20, 2023

Phishing for knowledge

Law enforcement agencies in Dunn County use Chippewa Valley Technical College in Menomonie for training purposes.

Tuesday, March 28, 2023

Training in Progress

This ball of fluff, affectionately named Kitty, is lucky to be alive after curling up under the hood of a Chippewa Valley Technical College work truck, only to be discovered by two maintenance technicians who quickly found the kitten a good home.

Sunday, February 12, 2023

Pretty ‘paw’some

Students, staff and faculty from Chippewa Valley Technical College and UW-Eau Claire learn first-hand about the Civil Rights Movement by traveling to Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee and Missouri.

Monday, January 23, 2023

Immersed in history

Photo of CVTC President’s List for fall 2022 term

Wednesday, January 18, 2023

CVTC President’s List for fall 2022 term

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Monday, January 16, 2023

CVTC seeks board applicants

Adam Gilson, 38, graduates on Tuesday, Dec. 20, from Chippewa Valley Technical College, with a degree in Substance Use Disorder Counseling after two stints in prison. He’s nine years sober and ready to help others get on the right track.

Thursday, December 8, 2022

From solitary confinement to commencement

Photo of CVTC's levy decreases for 2022-2023

Wednesday, October 19, 2022

CVTC's levy decreases for 2022-2023

Photo of CVTC hosts free care for veterans event

Monday, October 17, 2022

CVTC hosts free care for veterans event

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Wednesday, October 5, 2022

One Bucket at a Time

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Thursday, September 1, 2022

CVTC instructors recognized for excellence

Sunem Beaton-Garcia, Chippewa Valley Technical College president, congratulates those who have served on our boards.

Wednesday, July 27, 2022

CVTC honors former board members

Jeni Thorpe, executive assistant and Human Resources officer at Eau Claire Energy Co-op, learns about using tools of the trade during the EPD: Bird’s Eye View course offered at Chippewa Valley Technical College.

Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Bird's Eye View

Odessa Martell, center, and Los Yej Vang, Chippewa Falls High School students in the special education program, helped Chippewa Valley Technical College students prepare lunch for CVTC’s Culinary Management program’s 620 West restaurant, Wednesday. The Chi-Hi students are in Culinary Management’s pilot program, Foodservice Fundamentals, which instructors say is a success.

Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Cooking up life skills

Photo of CVTC hosts annual spring plant sale

Friday, April 15, 2022

CVTC hosts annual spring plant sale

Jordan Smith, 28, a K9 handler in his St. Croix County patrol deputy uniform; and Josh Stenseth, also a canine handler with the St. Croix County Sheriff’s Office, visits Chippewa Valley Technical College in River Falls to speak with criminal justice students about the profession.

Tuesday, February 1, 2022

Learning by Example

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Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Building on best practice

Gabe Kilmurray, 45, of Eau Claire, graduates with his associate’s degree in nursing from Chippewa Valley Technical College, Tuesday, Dec. 21. He completed the program while helping to raise his six children, all younger than the age of 7.

Tuesday, December 21, 2021

Sleepless Nights

Thuy Dung Hoang moved from Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam to Spring Valley in 2014. Since then, she has learned English, and on Tuesday, Dec. 21, she finished her associate’s degree in nursing with a 3.83 GPA from Chippewa Valley Technical College in River Falls.

Monday, December 20, 2021

Dedicated to Her Dream

Melissa Chiodo spoke to CVTC criminal justice students recently. The chief of Inver Grove Heights Police Department in Minnesota was featured in a documentary titled Women in Blue that was released in 2020. She was asked to address students to give them a real-life perspective of the profession.

Sunday, December 19, 2021

New Crew of Blue

Stephanie Caress, left, 26, of Glenwood City, graduated from the Chippewa Valley Technical College Law Enforcement Academy Thursday, Dec. 16. She will continue her career with the St. Croix County Sheriff’s office as a patrol deputy. Her sister, Samantha Caress, 28, is a patrol deputy with Dunn County Sheriff’s office.

Thursday, December 16, 2021

Deputy S. Caress reporting for duty

Yer Khang is a 26-year-old Hmong student at CVTC working to achieve a degree as an executive assistant.

Friday, December 3, 2021

Eye on Diversity

The Gene Haas Foundation awarded CVTC a $40,000 scholarship grant to give students in machining and manufacturing programs additional financial stability.

Thursday, December 2, 2021

Gene Haas Foundation Awards CVTC $40K Grant

Maria Gabriela Mouzawak, an immigrant from Venezuela, learned English with the help of CVTC and her employer, Rise Baking Company, in River Falls.

Monday, November 22, 2021

‘Rise’ing to the occasion

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Thursday, November 18, 2021

CVTC Named in Top 150 for Community Colleges

Ginger Liddell, 17, is back on track after dropping out of high school and making some poor choices. She is taking classes at Chippewa Valley Technical College and wants to become an addictions counselor.

Saturday, November 13, 2021

Girl Self-Corrects, Finds Path to College

Chippewa Valley Technical College colleagues take giving back seriously. Josh Myers, second from right, said supporting each other meant helping out in the community.

Thursday, November 11, 2021

So Much More Than a Day of Caring

Nathan Kelly, 20, took a traveling welding job that led him to Tesla’s Gigafactory after graduating from CVTC. His job in Texas will be complete in November.

Wednesday, November 10, 2021

River Falls Native Works on Tesla Gigafactory

From left, CVTC Culinary Management student Erica Jones; CVTC Culinary Management Chef Instructor Kevin Brown; Silver Spring Foods CEO Eric Rygg; and CVTC Executive Dean of Business, Arts, and Sciences Lynette Livingston revealed the recently acquired Culinary Management Mobile Lab Wednesday, Nov. 10, that was donated by Silver Spring Foods.

Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Food on Wheels

Students from CVTC and UWEC joined forces to help take out the invasive Buckthorn plant on the University's campus.

Thursday, November 4, 2021

Bully Buckthorn meets its match

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Friday, October 29, 2021

CVTC Hosts Inaugural WTCS OER Symposium

Vanessa Carr, 17, a senior at Altoona High School, is enrolled in the welding high school academy program at Chippewa Valley Technical College. When she completes the class in December, she will have earned college credits in a program she loves.

Friday, October 15, 2021

Weld Done

Ariana Down Larson gives a heartfelt speech about time with her fellow Law Enforcement Academy graduates.

Thursday, October 7, 2021

CVTC Grads Are Ready To 10-41 (Begin Duty)

Deanna Hoyord, CVTC health care simulation technician, demonstrated the college’s new virtual reality simulator last week. She said it truly transports students into patient-centered scenarios.

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

CVTC Debuts Virtual Reality Simulator

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Tuesday, September 7, 2021

CVTC Instructors Recognized for Excellence

Zaid Abdullah, an automation engineering student at Chippewa Valley Technical College, demonstrated rewiring an electrical box at the Manufacturing Education Center at CVTC. Abdullah moved to the United States from Iraq to further his education.

Thursday, September 2, 2021

Non-Trad Student Goes All-In On Education

Sunem Beaton-Garcia, president of Chippewa Valley Technical College, is the first Latina and first woman president for the college.

Tuesday, August 17, 2021

From Immigrant to President

An Eau Claire firefighter helping with the fire suppressant demonstration at the L.E. Phillips Fire Safety Center on CVTC’s west campus Thursday proved how quickly a fire can be extinguished with F-500 – an encapsulating agent that does not contain harmful PFAS chemicals.

Friday, July 23, 2021

Snuffed Out

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Thursday, June 24, 2021

CVTC Launches Second Open RN Textbook

From left, Ryan Sterry, Menomonie High School technical education coordinator; Ken Skar, owner of Vincent Tool; Tom Karis, owner of Menomonie Machine Tool; and Jeff Sullivan, CVTC dean of apprenticeships, engineering, manufacturing and IT.

Monday, May 3, 2021

Building Interest in Machining

Scott Hoffmann, WIN Technology CEO

Friday, April 30, 2021

CVTC Honors Business Partner, Alumni

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Thursday, January 21, 2021

CVTC Adjusts Start of Spring Semester

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Wednesday, December 16, 2020

CVTC President Barker Announces Retirement

Led by instructor Matthew Staudenmaier, CVTC Landscape, Plant and Turf Management students observe and learn about the proper technics for planting trees during a service-leaning project at Mount Simon Park in Eau Claire when the group planted three trees in October.

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

CVTC Students Plant Trees at Mt. Simon Park

The Piera family of Eau Claire, originally from Brazil, pose inside their Banbury Place kitchen in Eau Claire, the home of the their Montebelo Brazilian Cheese bread company. From left are Geraldo Jr., Miriam, Tanara and Geraldo, Sr. All but Tanara either completed or are currently enrolled in CVTC’s English Language Learner program and Geraldo, Jr. is a CVTC IT-Software Developer student.

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Cultural Adaptation

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Tuesday, November 10, 2020

CVTC Marks Veterans Day

CVTC Respiratory Therapy Instructor Don Raymond, left, works with students in a medical simulation lab at CVTC in this 2018 file photo. Raymond, along with fellow instructor Theresa Meinen and several alumni, serve on the board of directors of the Wisconsin Society for Respiratory Therapy.

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

CVTC Faculty, Alumni in State WSRC Leadership

Liz Smith poses in CVTC River Fall campus Nursing lab in September. She expects to graduate from the program in May, while her daughter, Charlie, has taken dual credit classes to prepare herself to start the program next year.

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Mother, Daughter Launch Nursing Careers at CVTC

Cornell High School student Abigail Clark works on a science experiment with another student at the CVTC Chippewa Falls Campus during the College Transfer Academy’s first year. The Academy has gone fully online this year, expanding the number of schools and students participating.

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

CVTC Expands College Transfer Academy

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Tuesday, August 25, 2020

CVTC Honors Top Educators

Personal protection equipment and other medical supplies are stacked at CVTC just before being delivered to the 11 counties in CVTC’s district as they prepare to fight the COVID-19 outbreak.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

CVTC Joins Fight Against Virus

CVTC Respiratory Therapy program alumni Samantha Gruen, left, and Megan Wermske sit inside a helicopter ambulance holding a medical simulation mannequin when they trained to become flight therapists with the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital. They are trained to help premature babies during emergency medical transports.

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

CVTC Alumni Flying High in New Careers

Two women look for safety hazards set up in the HVAC lab at CVTC’s Energy Education Center during a Hazard Hunt as part of the 2019 Safety Day.

Friday, October 25, 2019

Safety Day Spotlights Workplace Hazards

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Friday, September 27, 2019

CVTC Seeks Public Input on Facilities Needs

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Thursday, August 1, 2019

Benedict Joins CVTC Board

CVTC Gas Utility Construction & Service instructor RC Jensen, left, shows a tool used in the trade to incoming program student Michael Carolfi of Wisconsin Rapids while Michael’s parents, Berni and Dave, look on at the CVTC West Campus Open House Thursday, April 25.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

CVTC Showcases Two Top Facilities

Instructor RC Jensen demonstrates testing for natural gas leaks in the CVTC Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration lab. Jensen will teach students skills needed to construct and maintain natural gas lines in a new Gas Utility Construction & Service program starting in June 2019.

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

CVTC to Offer New Gas Utility Program

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Friday, January 25, 2019

CVTC Named Military-Friendly School

Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers takes a look at a recipe using eggs students were learning about in the Culinary Management program area Wednesday, Jan. 23. Evers toured several CVTC programs during a visit the day after his first State-of-the-State address. To Evers’ left is CVTC President Bruce Barker.

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Evers Brings State-of-State Tour to CVTC

Lance and Jennifer Leisgang of Black River Falls were one of two couples in CVTC’s Organizational Leadership program to graduate at the Fall Commencement at CVTC Tuesday, Dec. 18. With their credits from the program transferrable, they plan to continue their education at UW-Stout.

Friday, December 21, 2018

Local Couples Graduate Together at CVTC

CVTC Entrepreneurship instructor Ben Zugay speaks to about 120 people interested in starting their own businesses at the Start a Business: Step One event at CVTC Nov. 6.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Entrepreneurs Take First Step at CVTC

CVTC Culinary Management instructor Kevin Brown shows a rotating deck oven while giving a tour of the new state-of-the-art teaching kitchen. At left is new program student Judy Ewer, a Gilman native and former Lake Holcombe resident.

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Culinary Debut Highlights New CVTC Year

Workers from Market & Johnson prepare to attach a steel joist as work continues on a 7,200 sq.-ft. addition to the River Falls campus of Chippewa Valley Technical College. Work is scheduled to be completed by the start of the fall semester in August.

Monday, June 18, 2018

CVTC Expanding in River Falls

CVTC graduate Jennifer Georgeson is joined by her husband and fellow graduate, Garrett Georgeson, and the parents who adopted her at age 16, Robert and Kimberly Cropp of Durand, after the CVTC spring

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Graduate Finds Another Home at CVTC

John Koehler, who attended Eau Claire Memorial High School, addresses a group of CVTC students and community members as the leader of Reflections of Vietnam, a project of the Vietnam Veterans Chapter 351 of Appleton, at CVTC’s Business Education Center in Eau Claire April 24. The group shared personal stories and displayed memorabilia from the war.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Vets Bring Reflections of Vietnam to CVTC

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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Grant Funds Available for Worker Training

Panelists at CVTC’s Safety Day Thursday, Feb. 8 discussing workplace safety culture are, from left, Nancy Haldeman of Bush Brothers Beans in Augusta, Scott Rud of Mason Companies of Chippewa Falls, Kate Carlson of Phillips Medisize in Menomonie and Sonja Leenhouts of Kerry Ingredients in Owen.

Friday, February 9, 2018

CVTC to Expand OSHA Training Services

Ladysmith High School student Henry West tries his hand at a miniature billiards game while fellow Ladysmith student Paul Kroening, left, and CVTC Automation Engineering Technology student Casey Schellhorn look on at the 2017 CVTC Manufacturing Show.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

CVTC Event Showcases Manufacturing

Jodi Lepsch, who will be the instructor for the CVTC Beekeeping class beginning in March, examines a frame from a beehive.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

CVTC to Offer Beekeeping Class