Moraine Park’s District Student Government (DSG) hosted its annual Fall Leadership Conference on Friday, Oct. 27, at The Golf Club at Camelot in Lomira. Nearly 100 student government and club members were in attendance.
Are you interested in transferring your MPTC credits to a 4-year college or university but are in class or working during the face-to-face transfer fairs? The Virtual Transfer Fair is held after hours and allows you to log in from anywhere with internet and talk one-on-one with a live representative from a specific college or university that MPTC has articulation agreements with! You no longer have to be at a specific place at a specific time.
Here’s how you do it. During the hours of a Virtual Transfer Fair simply go to www.morainepark.edu and click on the “Join Now” button
It’s time! Hard to believe, but yes it is time to file your FAFSA; the application to file for the 2018/19 financial aid year is now available as of Oct. 1, 2017.
We will be hosting FAFSA workshops on the following dates: Wednesday, October 4, 2017 3:00 – 7:00 pm on the West Bend Campus, Wednesday, October 11, 2017 3:00 – 7:00 pm on the Fond du Lac Campus and Wednesday, October 18, 2017 3:00 – 7:00 pm on the Beaver Dam Campus. It is critical to file the FAFSA at the right website, with the right information early and we will be available to help you.
If you want to receive the best funding available, you will want to apply early with the 2016 tax information (the most recent tax year filed). In our next blog we will share with you how to use the Data Retrieval Tool so you can import tax information and avoid all the data entry. For now, plan to bring a few things with you to the workshops. Here is a handy list of those items: Your (and your spouse’s, if applicable) Federal Income, Tax Return for 2016 (IRS Form 1040, 1040A, 1040EZ), Your parents’ Federal Income Tax Return for 2016 (for dependent students), Your (and your spouse’s /parents’, if applicable) untaxed income records, Social Security number, Additional outside resources such as TANF, WIC, or Veteran Benefits, Driver’s license, Parent’s date of birth (if applicable), and W-2 Forms.
October is Fair Trade month and to help raise awareness MPTC and 3 other area colleges have teamed up to present a month of film screenings.
- UW-Oshkosh kick starts the month on Oct. 2 with the “Dark Side of Chocolate” from 6 to 9 pm in the Sage 1214.
- UW-FDL will show “Unravel” on Oct. 3 at 12:30 pm followed by a Wellness Tea Tasting in room UC-114.
- Marian University will show “Connected by Coffee” on Oct. 5 from 7 to 9:30 pm in the Stayer Center Auditorium.
- UW-Oshkosh presents “True Cost” on Oct. 10 from 6 to 9 pm in the Sage 1214
- Marian will show “True Cost” film on Oct. 16 from 7 to 9:30 pm in the Stayer Center.
- UW-FDL will screen “Connected by Coffee” on Oct. 19 at 12:30 pm in UC-114
- UW-Oshkosh will show “Connected by Coffee” on Oct. 24 from 6 to 9 pm in the Sage 4232
- UW Oshkosh will show “Immokalee, USA” on Oct. 19 from 2:30 to 4:30 pm in Sage 4232.
- MPTC will wrap up the film festival on Oct. 25 with four short films hosted by Brenda Schaefer’s sociology students beginning at Noon until 2 pm in A109.
Did you know Moraine Park is a Fair Trade College? Actually we are the first Fair Trade technical college in the U.S. Go MPTC! In May, 2017 we celebrated 2 years as a fair trade college!
October is Fair Trade month! On October 9 from 11:30-12:30 p.m. in all three MPTC cafeterias, stop at the Fair Trade display table to learn more and have a delicious sample of Fair Trade chocolate and sign up to win a Fair Trade raffle prize!
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Moraine Park Technical College is committed to community engagement and student success. The College supports these commitments through the opportunity for students to participate in service learning and apply their classroom knowledge to an applicable, real world environment.
The Service Learning Award is an Moraine Park recognition program designed to acknowledge students who are committed to serving their community.
Students who complete 50 to 100 hours of service learning during their time at Moraine Park will receive this award. All students who log their hours and share a reflection will receive an Moraine Park Service Learning Silver Award for 50 hours of service or a Gold Award for 100 hours of service.
At Moraine Park, we believe higher education should be available to all that desire it. The Promise Program creates a partnership between the student and Moraine Park, so together we can work to make college possible. To learn more about the Moraine Park Promise Program and to begin the process of getting admitted into the college click here.
What is the Moraine Park Promise program?
The Moraine Park Promise program is a partnership between a student and Moraine Park so together we can work to make college possible. The Promise program was designed to ensure high school students with the potential to succeed at the next level are given that opportunity without having to worry about taking on the added burden of college debt.
By providing a tuition-free college education, Moraine Park’s Promise program removes financial barriers so students who may have believed college is out of reach, now have the opportunity to earn their degree, achieve their career goals and reach their potential.
What is the Promise Scholar’s commitment?
The Promise Scholar agrees to:
• Enroll as a full-time Promise Scholar (at least 12 credits per semester) at Moraine Park.
• Maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher while attending Moraine Park.
• Complete eight hours of community service each semester.
• Stay in good standing with all College policies.
• Participate in all Moraine Park Promise program support services.
What are the requirements to remain eligible for The Promise Program?
The Promise Scholar agrees to:
- Enroll as a full-time student (at least 12 credits per semester) at Moraine Park.
- Maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher while attending Moraine Park.
- Complete eight hours of community service each semester.
- Stay in good standing with all college policies.
- Participate in all Moraine Park Promise program support services.
What is Moraine Park Technical College’s commitment?
Moraine Park promises to provide five consecutive semesters (not including summer) of free tuition. We also promise to provide additional services including mentoring, tutoring, assistance with financial aid filing and other support services.
Who is eligible for the Promise Program?
High School students are eligible to become a Promise Scholar if they:
• Graduate from an accredited or home high school in the graduating class of 2018.
• Reside within the Moraine Park Technical College District.
• Earn a cumulative high school GPA of 2.5 or higher.
• Earn a minimum composite score of 16 on the ACT. Find available testing dates and locations at www.act.org
• Have a 90 percent attendance rate during senior year of high school.
• Apply for admission to Moraine Park no later than January 15, 2018.
• Enroll in an associate of applied science or technical diploma program that meets eligibility requirements for federal and Wisconsin financial aid.
• Complete and submit the Free 2018-19 Application for Financial Aid (FAFSA) by January 15, 2018. Promise applicants must be eligible for federal Pell grants and accept all state and federal grants and scholarships not awarded by the Moraine Park Foundation (Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of $3,500 or lower. Based on FAFSA.)
How does the Moraine Park Promise scholarship differ from other scholarships offered through the Moraine Park Foundation?
The Moraine Park Promise scholarship will fill the gap between financial aid received and the cost of attending MPTC. This scholarship is non-competitive which means that if you meet the eligibility requirements, you will be awarded the scholarship.
How does the Promise scholarship work with or differ from financial aid?
The Moraine Park Promise scholarship program requires scholars to apply and use all federal and state grants and scholarships available to them. However, federal and state grants rarely cover the full cost of tuition and other costs associated with attending college. Moraine Park Promise funds will pay the remainder of tuition costs associated with attending college. For more information on other available scholarships, please visit www.morainepark.edu/scholarships.
How much of a scholarship will I receive?
Promise scholarship amounts will vary from student to student. It will be calculated based on your total cost of tuition less grant aid and any additional scholarships received. The intent of this program is that you will not pay tuition out of pocket.
When will Promise Scholars start receiving Moraine Park Promise scholarships? Will scholars need to reapply every semester?
Moraine Park will begin the first Promise cohort in August 2018. Students wishing to be part of the first cohort must apply between September 5, 2017 and January 15, 2018. Promise Scholars do not need to reapply each semester for participation in the Moraine Park Promise scholarship program. However, Promise Scholars will need to meet the continuation criteria (see above) to stay in the program.
What if the academic program I want to enroll in has a wait list?
There are a few academic programs that have wait lists. Individuals interested in those programs will need to meet with an academic advisor to complete a plan for program completion. We realize, because of the wait list, Scholars may not be able to meet all of the continuation criteria or enroll in consecutive semesters. Scholars in this situation should complete a Full Time Enrollment Waiver Request with their advisor.
Does the Moraine Park Promise scholarship program cover the cost of textbooks or living expenses?
No. The Promise programs covers tuition but does not cover textbooks, supplies, or living expenses.
Does the Moraine Park Promise scholarship program cover the cost of a study abroad program?
No. The Promise program covers the cost of Moraine Park Technical College course tuition, but does not cover the costs of a study abroad program.
I’m completing my GED or HSED. Can I apply for the Moraine Park Promise scholarship?
No. At this time, the Moraine Park Promise program is only open to high school or home-school graduates.
Many Promise-eligible Scholars may have never considered college as an option or are first-generation college scholars. What services does Moraine Park have in place to ensure scholars will be successful?
Moraine Park has numerous support services available to our Promise Scholars, with many of them being a requirement to maintain eligibility in Promise. Scholars will also be provided special orientations and workshops to help them maximize their success!
How is the Promise program funded?
The Promise program is a last-dollar scholarship program, and scholars must be eligible for federal Pell grants and accept all state and federal grants and scholarships. The remaining dollars needed to fund their tuition costs are made possible through the generosity of Moraine Park Foundation donors.
What if my composite score on the ACT was a 15?
If you have a composite score of 15 on the ACT, but believe you may be otherwise eligible, you should consider additional ACT testing dates. This testing must occur by January 15, 2018. Additional resources for test preparation can be found here https://dpi.wi.gov/assessment/act/practice-test.
Can home-school students participate in the Moraine Park Promise? Which transcripts should home-school students provide?
Yes, home-school students are eligible provided they meet all of the other eligibility requirements. Home-school students should provide a transcript from their home-school teacher describing their coursework and letter grades assigned as well as attendance records and graduation date.
What programs of study can I apply to?
You must be admitted into a financial aid-eligible program to be considered for the Promise program. Any associate degree or one- or two-year technical diploma is financial aid eligible.
Can I use Moraine Park Promise for my summer classes?
No. Moraine Park Promise only applies to enrollment during the fall and spring semesters.
What if I don’t meet continuation requirements for the Moraine Park Promise?
A Moraine Park Promise Scholar must meet both academic requirements and non-academic requirements in order to maintain continued Promise eligibility. If a scholar is unable to meet continuation requirements, they may be suspended from participation in the Promise program. In the situation that a scholar is unable to meet the continuation criteria due to circumstances outside of the scholar’s control, the scholar may appeal to regain eligibility.
What if my EFC is above the $3500 required for the Moraine Park Promise program when I apply for financial aid the next year?
If your EFC does not fall within the required range after the first year, you will still be eligible to be a Promise Scholar.
If my semester GPA is below 2.5, but my cumulative GPA is still above 2.5, do I remain eligible for the Promise program?
Yes. As long as your cumulative GPA is above 2.5, you will remain eligible for the Promise Program. Please note, you must still comply with the College’s Academic Standing and Satisfactory Academic Progress policies.
If I graduate early from high school, am I eligible to participate? What semester may I begin?
Yes, you are eligible. Check the Promise Program website for more information on spring semester application deadlines.
If I change programs before graduating and before the end of my five semesters of eligibility, will I remain eligible for the new program?
Yes. Promise Scholars are eligible for up to five semesters of eligibility in the program. You must work with your advisor before making any program changes.
What if the high school program I have graduated from does not calculate a gpa?
If your high school or high school equivalency program does not issue a gpa, but uses all pass/fail grading, your official high school transcript must reflect a cumulative pass in order to meet Promise eligibility requirements.
What if I graduate from high school in Spring 2018? May I apply to be a Promise Scholar for Fall 2018?
Yes, you may apply for the program. However, the Promise program will not start until Fall 2018. If you would like to start your College coursework in Spring, you may, but you would need to utilize other forms of financial aid.
It is the policy of Moraine Park Technical College to provide reasonable accommodations to access or participate in its programs and/or activities. Persons who wish to request assistance or accommodations(s) for Moraine Park Promise should call an Accommodation Specialist at the appropriate campus (1-800-472-4554).
Why Moraine Park?
Moraine Park Technical College has been providing students with affordable, high-quality education for more than 100 years. We have been offering distance education options since the mid-1990s. Today, Moraine Park’s Online College features more than 20 different online programs, including associate degrees, technical diplomas, professional certificates and apprenticeships.
With campuses in Beaver Dam, Fond du Lac and West Bend, as well as regional centers in Jackson and Ripon, Moraine Park instills the high standards of our brick-and-mortar institutions into our Online College. Our online students are taught by instructors with real-world expertise and experience, and our online education is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.
For more information about Moraine Park Technical College — along with a listing of in-person programs that can be taken at one of our campuses, visit http://morainepark.edu.
Is Online College Right for Me?
The traditional classroom setting and class schedules don’t always meet the demands of “real life.”
Online classes offer flexibility. You can work from anywhere at any time. And if you have a scheduled chat session with your instructor, he or she should provide a variety of times and dates to choose from. Our Online College instructors work to accommodate busy schedules!
Be aware, however, that the majority of our online classes have scheduled assignments/assessments with due dates. They are not self-paced classes.
As far as technical skills go, students should have basic computer skills that include accessing e-mail and the Internet.
How Does Online College Work?
Embarking on any educational program can be daunting. Here are the answers to some of the most-asked questions about Moraine Park’s Online College:
Do I need to have an e-mail address in order to take online classes?
Yes! In order to send you your initial online registration information, including a Moraine Park student email address, you will need to have a personal email through which we can connect with you. Once you are given a student email account, your instructor and the College will send all official communications via your student email.
What software do I need for my online classes?
Students taking online classes with Moraine Park are required to submit their work using the Microsoft Office software. For the majority of classes, this means you need to use Microsoft Word. However, you may also be required to use any of the following software that is included in Microsoft Office:
- Microsoft Word
- Microsoft Excel
- Microsoft PowerPoint
- Microsoft OneNote
- Microsoft Outlook
Macintosh equivalent software can be used.
In addition, you are eligible to purchase various computer software packages through the Moraine Park Bookstore at a reduced rate. These packages include software from Microsoft, Adobe, Autodesk and other products.
How do I know if my computer meets the minimum system requirements to take online classes?
How do I communicate with my instructor and vice versa?
You can communicate with your instructor via e-mail, telephone or live chats if you have questions or encounter problems.
How do I get started?
You will receive your User ID via your MPTC student e-mail address within 2 to 3 hours of registering. This e-mail includes:
- User ID
- Canvas Web site address (URL)
- Student orientation/tutorial information
- Directions for next steps
- Technical support information and more*
*If you are a first-time Online College student, Moraine Park highly recommends that you go through the Student Orientation Tutorial so you become familiar with the platform before your online class begins.
I’ve never taken an online class before. How will I know what to do?
Moraine Park highly recommends that first-time online students go through the Student Orientation Tutorial to learn how to use the online platform. This information is included in the enrollment login information e-mail and is available for students to go through once they receive the e-mail.
How long are online classes?
Online classes range in length from 4, 6, 8 or 16 weeks. The start and end dates can be found at www.morainepark.edu/schedule/.
Can I work on my class from different computers?
Yes. You can work on your class from any computer that has Internet access and meets the minimum requirements.
Do I need books/materials?
Almost all online classes require books. To find out what books you’ll need, visit the Moraine Park Bookstore at www.morainepark.edu/bookstore, or call/e-mail the bookstore.
Now that I’m registered for an online class, when will I receive my computer?
Moraine Park does not issue computers to its students. It is your responsibility to find a computer with an Internet connection.
What should I do if I forget my login information or if I’m having trouble logging into my class?
- Go to https://mptc.instructure.com/, and click on “Password Manager.” Follow the instructions to reset your password.
- Contact Online College tech support at 1-877-740-2213.
I’m receiving a strange error message when I try logging into Canvas. What should I do?
Contact Online College tech support at email@example.com or 1-877-740-2213.
I don’t understand something within my online class (i.e., how to do an assignment). Whom should I contact?
All class-related questions should be directed to your instructor for the class.
What if I have other questions?
Contact us via this website or call 1-800-472-4554.
What are the Technical Requirements
Moraine Park uses the Web-based Canvas system for online classes. Canvas and its hosting infrastructure are designed for maximum compatibility. Here are the minimum system requirements:
- 1024×600 — the average size of a netbook — is the minimum screen resolution. If you want to view Canvas on a device with a smaller screen, there is also the Canvas mobile app.
- Windows XP SP3 and newer
- Mac OSX 10.6 and newer
- Linux – Chrome OS
Mobile Operating System Native App Support
- iOS 7 and newer
- Android 2.3 and newer
Computer Speed and Processor
- Use a computer 5 years old or newer when possible
- 1GB of RAM
- 2GHz processor
- Along with compatibility and web standards, Canvas has been designed to accommodate low bandwidth environments.
- Minimum of 512kbps
- Macintosh: VoiceOver (latest version for Safari)
- PC: JAWS (latest version for Internet Explorer 10 &11)
- PC: NVDA (latest version for Firefox)
- There is currently no screen reader support for Canvas in Chrome
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Credit Transfer Opportunities?
Transferring to a four-year college has never been easier. Earn credits at Moraine Park and transfer to a four-year college to earn your bachelor’s degree.
Please note that credits earned at Moraine Park must meet the requirements of the college where you wish to enroll. Some colleges accept only certain courses or a limited number of credits. Some colleges accept the credits of an entire associate of applied science degree. Some colleges accept technical diploma level courses.
Be sure to contact the receiving college to ask if specific Moraine Park courses will transfer!
Here are the four-year public and private colleges that have credit transfer agreements with Moraine Park:
- Bellevue College
- Bellevue University
- Capella University
- Cardinal Stritch University
- Chadron State College
- College of St. Scholastica
- Concordia University
- Franklin University
- Herzing University
- Kaplan University
- Lakeland College
- Marian University
- Milwaukee School of Engineering – Rader School of Business
- National American University
- Ottawa University
- Rasmussen College
- Silver Lake College
- Strayer University
- University of Phoenix
- Upper Iowa University
- UW-Eau Claire
- UW-Green Bay
- UW-La Crosse
- UW-River Falls
- UW-Stevens Point
- Viterbo University
- Waldorf College
- Western Governors University
Transferring credits to Moraine Park Technical College
Credit for prior learning is the granting of credit in an associate of applied science degree or technical diploma program for knowledge or skills directly related to the program curriculum. Credit may be granted based on proficiency gained through work experience, military experience or training, business/industry training, coursework completed at other institutions (including high schools with articulation agreements in place) or other prior learning experiences.
Credit for prior learning by exam
Students might want to earn credit by exam if:
- They have completed extensive high school work above the normal curriculum that may deem taking a similar Moraine Park course redundant.
- They have developed the competencies via work experience.
- They have taken similar coursework at another college and cannot transfer the credit but can demonstrate the competencies.
- They have taken similar courses in an apprenticeship, vocational, civil or military training program.
A $30 processing fee to take an exam and 30% of tuition value rate per credit are charged for administration of challenge exams for advanced standing credit — nonrefundable /nontransferable if credit is not awarded
For occupational experience, a $30 processing fee is charged to initiate the occupational credit evaluation. Once awarded, 30% of tuition value rate per credit fee applies.
No fee is charged for transfer of credit.
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