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FVTC, Valley high schools accelerate education

Program gets young people into manufacturing jobs faster

6:46 AM, May 1, 2013
John Dittburner, an instructor for Fox Valley Technical College, shows how to use the Vinyl printing and cutting machine in the MIT Mobil Fab Lab at FVTC in 2010.
John Dittburner, an instructor for Fox Valley Technical College, shows how to use the Vinyl printing and cutting machine in the MIT Mobil Fab Lab at FVTC in 2010.
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Ryan Geiger may be the model worker of tomorrow that machine shops and related manufacturing businesses around the Fox Valley want today.

Geiger, 19, of Brillion, is on track to complete a two-year diploma at Fox Valley Technical College about one semester ahead of schedule. He did that by enrolling in dual-credit courses, where he earned college credits while working toward his high school diploma in Brillion.

Geiger's fast-track education also landed him a full-time job at Brillion-based power equipment maker Ariens Co., where he has been employed since fall 2011. ...

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