LaMoine Dohms and Bill Rybak are shown at Wissota Tool in Chippewa Falls with a CNC grinder operated by graduates of CVTC.
Higher education is sometimes disparaged as an ivory tower, an ethereal place removed from the nitty-gritty of daily life. That’s not the picture one gets at Chippewa Valley Technical College, which is a terra firma tower, rooted in the ever-evolving realities of the Chippewa Valley’s economy.
CVTC doesn’t just want to synchronize with the Valley’s economic needs. It seeks to anticipate the coming needs of area enterprises and to graduate students who’ll meet those needs. How? Its advisory councils — comprised of CVTC staff, students and practicing professionals from the Valley’s various economic sectors — give those representatives of local businesses a say in curricula and allow the college’s staff to assay their curricula to meet the current and coming needs of the Valley.