For Dawn Rosicky, a 1982 graduate of Waupaca High School, graduation is now taking on a different meaning.
The mother of three and wife to Brad, an IT professional at Waupaca Foundry, Rosicky has taken a global journey to career change from residing on an Air Force base in Germany to running an in-home day care service for 15 years.
This year, she will present a college commencement address.
Rosicky will give the 2014 student address at Fox Valley Technical College’s semi-annual commencement ceremony on Saturday, Dec. 13 at the Performing Arts Center in Appleton.
The honors graduate is thrilled about the opportunity to represent the student body at the formal cap and gown ceremony.
“When I started pursuing my degree in accounting at Fox Valley Tech, I had some initial doubts about actually graduating, but I took the experience one day at a time,” Rosicky said. “Now, I’m humbled for this chance to speak in front of my fellow student and their families. I was shocked when I learned I was nominated for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, but it goes to show you that if you get involved in something you enjoy, anything can happen.”
Some of Rosicky’s experiences at FVTC include involvement with the Student Government Association, the Accounting Club, and helping other students by serving both as a peer advisor and as a peer mentor.
“The college is like a small community,” she said. “Everyone here is committed to your success, and the resources available to students are amazing.”
One of those resources that Rosicky utilized was an on-campus internship with the FVTC Foundation, the non-profit fundraising entity of the college. During the fall semester, she has been helping the Foundation with initiatives surrounding student scholarships, donors, staff giving, events, and more.
“The Foundation team is so knowledgeable and supportive,” Rosicky said. “You gain a lot from an internship like this—it’s a great approach to learning even more outside of the hands-on classroom and lab work.”
Rosicky’s goals after graduation include working in a smaller-size accounting office while continuing to build her skill sets.
“The field of accounting has changed so much,” she said. “This is more of a people industry than ever before. How we present ourselves as professionals is just as important as our technical skills.”
FVTC’s accounting program has averaged about 43 graduates per year over the past three years.
According to the college’s annual Graduate Employment Research Report, there are close to 50 full-time regularly-posted accounting positions available in FVTC’s five-county district, and graduate placement rates remain strong in the mid-to-upper 80th percentile.