Moraine Park students showcased at statewide event

by dritger4. March 2015 14:50

Moraine Park Technical College sent five students to the State Capitol on Tuesday, Feb. 17 as a part of the Wisconsin Technical College System’s (WTCS) fourth annual student showcase event: A Celebration of Student Engagement. The event is designed to increase awareness of the many ways Wisconsin’s technical college students give back to their communities as part of their educational experience. More than 200 students representing all 16 Wisconsin technical colleges participated in the event.

Moraine Park was represented by Lynnette Farvour of West Bend, Beth Krentz of Markesan, Laura Muntz of Waupun, Amy Vanden Boogaard of Fond du Lac and Stephanie Cheevers of North Fond du Lac. The students presented three service learning projects to state legislators and other visitors. Farvour represented her team, the Dream Team Angels, who collaborated with the Cedarburg Popcorn Company to raise funds and awareness for the Dream Team of Energizers Dance Team in Hartford, Wis., which is made up of special needs athletes with a desire to participate in dance. Krentz and Muntz presented the project, “Who’s Behind the Mask?,” which provided elderly community members with laminated cards, listing prescriptions and medical emergency information, to be used by emergency responders. Vanden Boogaard and Cheevers showcased the inaugural Pink Pumpkin 5K Run/Walk event that raised $6,000 for Breast Cancer Recovery’s Infinite Boundaries retreats. 

Moraine Park Technical College students with Wisconsin State Representative Joan Ballweg (R-Markesan) at the Student Showcase event at the Wisconsin State Capitol. Pictured from left: Laura Muntz of Waupun; Beth Krentz of Markesan; Representative Joan Ballweg; Stephanie Cheevers of North Fond du Lac; Amy Vanden Boogaard of Fond du Lac; and Lynnette Farvour of West Bend.

“I was very pleased to have the opportunity to attend the student showcase event and hear such remarkable stories,” said Bonnie Baerwald, Moraine Park interim president. “The service learning initiative at Moraine Park provides outstanding opportunities for our students and gives them experiences and skills that will follow them throughout life.”     

“This was my first service learning activity, and I learned so much from it,” Cheevers remarked. “It was truly an amazing experience.” The service learning initiative at Moraine Park is designed to pair community service projects with classroom instruction, giving students real-world, hands on experience in their field of study while helping their community. Students gave more than 10,000 hours of community service during the 2013-14 school year.

To learn more about service learning at Moraine Park, visit morainepark.edu/servicelearning

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Moraine Park recognizes staff members, business partner

by dritger2. March 2015 08:48

Career and Technical Education (CTE) month is celebrated throughout the nation and state every year during the month of February. One of the ways Moraine Park Technical College celebrated was with the annual Moraine Park Association of Career and Technical Education (MPACTE) awards banquet, held Tuesday, Feb. 3, at The Columbian in West Bend.

The banquet recognized individuals and organizations for their dedication to and excellence in career and technical education. The following Moraine Park Technical College employees were honored with awards: Kim DeMaa of Plymouth, Outstanding Support Professional; Caron Daugherty of Fond du Lac, Outstanding CTE Leader; James Simmers of Green Lake, Outstanding Instructor; Marla Pearce of Waupun, New Instructor; Brenda Schaefer of Fond du Lac, Outstanding Member – Community Involvement; Greg Harding of West Bend and Bonnie Bauer of Germantown, Longevity. 

Moraine Park Technical College staff members recognized for excellence at the annual MPACTE awards banquet. Pictured from left to right: James Simmers of Green Lake; Bonnie Baerwald, Moraine Park Interim President; Kim DeMaa of Plymouth; Marla Pearce of Waupun; Caron Daugherty of Fond du Lac; Brenda Schaefer of Fond du Lac.

Moraine Park Technical College staff members honored for their longevity with the College at the annual MPACTE awards banquet. Pictured from left to right: Greg Harding of West Bend; Daurren McCarthy, MPACTE President; Bonnie Bauer of Germantown.

The Business Award of Merit was presented to Wayne Matzke, president and CEO of Grande Cheese Company, for their continuous support of Moraine Park. The award acknowledges companies and organizations outside of the Wisconsin Technical College System for their outstanding contributions to the improvement, promotion and development of career, technical and adult education in Wisconsin. To note a few of the many contributions Grande Cheese Company has made to Moraine Park, they provide nearly 100 pounds of cheese each summer for the Culinary Club’s fundraiser at Fondue Fest, donate products to the Moraine Park Foundation’s fundraiser dinner and, most recently, approached the College regarding partnership opportunities as they look forward to moving into their new home office and research center in Fond du Lac in 2016.

Grande Cheese Company accepts the Business Award of Merit from Moraine Park Technical College’s MPACTE organization. Pictured from left to right: Daurren McCarthy, MPACTE President; James Simmers, Moraine Park culinary arts instructor; Wayne Matzke, president and CEO of Grande Cheese Company; Bonnie Baerwald, Moraine Park Interim President.

Throughout the year, MPACTE supports student achievement by awarding five $200 scholarships to Moraine Park students. For more information about Moraine Park, visit morainepark.edu

 

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Moraine Park welding students construct SWAT team training device

by dritger26. February 2015 12:29

Students in Moraine Park’s Welding program were put to the test as they were asked to construct a door frame that could withstand the strength of a trained SWAT team. This unique opportunity came along when the college was approached by the Fond du Lac Police Department with an idea to build a steel door frame that their SWAT team could use in door breaching drills.

Students and staff from Moraine Park Technical College’s Welding program collaborate with the Fond du Lac Police Department to construct a steel door frame for SWAT team training. From left: Jeff Beach, Moraine Park welding instructor; Ben Colwin, Fond du Lac Police Department assistant SWAT team leader; Michael Schladweiler, Jr., Kewaskum, welding student.

In the past, we would have to borrow this device from other counties, which can be time consuming,” said Ben Colwin, Fond du Lac Police Department assistant SWAT team leader. “In talking with other agencies, it was recommended that we seek the help of our local technical college.”

The project was a perfect fit for Moraine Park’s welding students and, more specifically, it complemented the curriculum for the Fabrication for Welders class. The project began with a planning phase in spring 2014, and then the fall 2014 class followed up with the actual fabrication of the frame. Students used donated steel from McNeilus Steel, Inc., of Fond du Lac to construct a heavy-duty frame that is adjustable to accommodate doors ranging from 55 to 96 inches wide.

“It was a fun and unique project that the students really enjoyed,” said Jeff Beach, welding instructor at Moraine Park. “The project taught students how to envision a plan and fabricate a project using structural materials.”  

The Fond du Lac SWAT team is made up of 13 officers, and they will begin using the frame in obstacle course training. Four SWAT team members received WallBanger™ instructor certification from The Safariland Group, which is a company that supplies breaching tools. The certification authorizes those individuals to provide in-service door breaching training to other members of the agency.

To learn more about the City of Fond du Lac Police Department, visit fdlpolice.com. For more information about Moraine Park’s Welding program, or any other of the College’s programs, visit morainepark.edu/programs

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Three seats open for Moraine Park District Board Applications due March 6

by dritger19. February 2015 08:44

Moraine Park Technical College is accepting applications Feb. 20 - March 6, 2015, for three positions on the Moraine Park District Board. Openings exist for the following positions: employer member, employee member and school district administrator member; each is a three-year term of office that expires June 30, 2018. 

The employer member position must be appointed from those counties of the District located west of the east shore of Lake Winnebago and the area west of the east boundary of the towns of Fond du Lac and Oakfield in Fond du Lac County and west of the east boundary of the towns of Leroy, Williamstown, Oak Grove, and Lowell in Dodge County.  

The employee member position must be appointed from those counties of the District located east of the east shore of Lake Winnebago and the area east of the east boundary of the towns of Fond du Lac and Oakfield in Fond du Lac County and east of the east boundary of the towns of Leroy, Williamstown, Oak Grove, and Lowell in Dodge County.  

The school district administrator member position may be appointed from anywhere within the District.  

Applicants must submit a completed application, including at least two written references supporting their nomination to the District Board, and must attend the public hearing of the District Board Appointment Committee tentatively scheduled for 4:30 p.m. on Monday, April 6, at Moraine Park Technical College. A legal notice announcing the exact date, time and location of this meeting will be published between the weeks of March 9 or 16, 2015.  

Application materials may be obtained from the county board chairperson of any of the following counties: Calumet, Columbia, Dodge, Fond du Lac, Green Lake, Marquette, Sheboygan, Washington, Waushara and Winnebago or by contacting Valerie Krueger, Moraine Park Technical College, 235 N. National Ave., P. O. Box 1940, Fond du Lac, WI 54936-1940; telephone 920-929-2127; or e-mail vkrueger@morainepark.edu. Completed applications will be accepted through 4:30 p.m. on March 6. All completed applications should be addressed to Mr. Mike Staral, Secretary, Moraine Park Technical College District Board, at the same address. For more information on Moraine Park, visit morainepark.edu

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Moraine Park Technical College, Waukesha County Technical College to host WHY IT? event - Discover careers in the growing information technology field

by dritger18. February 2015 08:42

Moraine Park Technical College (MPTC) and Waukesha County Technical College (WCTC) will host a special event focusing on information technology careers on Wednesday, Feb. 25 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., at MPTC’s West Bend campus.

The event, WHY IT?, will feature keynote speaker Matthew Moran, who will give a dynamic presentation, “The Value Added Technologist.” A nationally renowned author, speaker and entertainer, Moran will provide insight about careers in the growing IT field and share with attendees his valuable perspective that will provide guidance, motivation, tools and direction on how to have the most rewarding career possible.

The event also features:

•A presentation by Jeff Lang of Omni Resources, an IT staffing and solutions company, who will provide information on the growth expectations for IT careers throughout Wisconsin.

•IT employers from the MPTC and WCTC districts, who will be on hand to discuss IT career path options.

•Information on educational funding opportunities from Workforce Development, TAA and Veterans resources.

•Details about IT program offerings at MPTC and WCTC.

MPTC’s West Bend campus is located at 2151 North Main Street West Bend, Wis. The event is free; however, participants must register. Refreshments will be served.

For more information about the event or to register, visit morainepark.edu/whyit.

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Explore opportunities to transfer Moraine Park credits

by dritger17. February 2015 12:36

Transferring Moraine Park Technical College credits to a four-year college or university has never been easier. Find information from over 20 four-year colleges and universities at Moraine Park’s Transfer Fair, held on Tuesday, Feb. 24, at the West Bend campus; Wednesday, Feb. 25, at the Beaver Dam campus; and Thursday, Feb. 26, at the Fond du Lac campus. The event will be held from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. at each location. 

At the Transfer Fair, those attending can see how their Moraine Park associate of applied science degree credits can transfer to a bachelor’s degree program, meet with representatives from a variety of four-year colleges and universities, and explore educational and extracurricular opportunities that await at a four-year institution.  

For more information, visit morainepark.edu/transfer. Registration is not required, and the event is free to attend.                              

 

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Moraine Park celebrates Career and Technical Education Month

by dritger2. February 2015 09:17

February is national Career and Technical Education (CTE) month, and Moraine Park Technical College, along with the entire Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS), will be celebrating.   

“Career and Technical Education month is a great time for Moraine Park and the WTCS to express the value of technical education to our future workforce and community,” said Bonnie Baerwald, Moraine Park’s interim president. 

Moraine Park will feature many events that focus on the importance of technical education throughout the month. The College is hosting a Moraine Park Association for Career and Technical Education (MPACTE) awards ceremony and Veterans Display Installation Ceremony, while the Moraine Park Foundation will hold a banquet for business partners of its Forming Alliances to Cultivate Talent (FACT) initiative. 

In addition, Moraine Park invites the general public to join in celebration of CTE month at the following events: 

•Prospective students can learn more information about programs, admissions requirements, financial aid and scholarships available at Discover Moraine Park from 4:30-6 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 10, at the West Bend campus, Wednesday, Feb. 11, at the Fond du Lac campus and Thursday, Feb. 12, at the Beaver Dam campus. 

•FBI undercover agent, Joaquin "Jack" Garcia, will be speaking at the Fond du Lac Campus on Tuesday, Feb. 10, at 11:30 a.m. 

•Current MPTC students and alumni are encouraged to learn how easy it can be to transfer credits to a four-year college or university at the Transfer Fair. The event will be held from 11 a.m.–1 p.m. at the West Bend campus on Tuesday, Feb. 24, the Beaver Dam campus on Wednesday, Feb. 25, and the Fond du Lac campus on Thursday, Feb. 26. 

•Moraine Park students will be sharing their service-learning experiences and projects at the State Capitol in Madison on Tuesday, Feb. 17, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., as part of the WTCS student showcase event: A Celebration of Student Engagement. The event highlights the many ways students give back to their communities as part of their educational experience.

•Learn more about the IT programs Moraine Park and Waukesha County technical colleges offer at the Why IT? event held Feb. 25 from 4-7 p.m. on Moraine Park’s West Bend campus. National IT guru Matthew Moran will be the featured speaker, and there will also be workshops and opportunities to talk with area IT employers.

For more events, visit morainepark.edu/calendar. For details on statewide CTE month activities, visit wistechcolleges.org.  

 

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Moraine Park to host Joaquin "Jack" Garcia - rescheduled for Tuesday, March 3 at 11:30 a.m

by dritger28. January 2015 14:13

Former FBI undercover agent, Joaquin "Jack" Garcia, who is considered to be the most successful undercover agent in the history of the FBI, will speak at Moraine Park Technical College’s Fond du Lac campus on Tuesday, March 3, at 11:30 a.m. The event, sponsored by Student Senate, will be held in the cafeteria and is free to the public. 

In his 26 years of service with the FBI and as an undercover agent in over 100 major operations, Garcia is best known for his undercover role as "Jack Falcone," a self-described Sicilian jewel thief and drug dealer from Miami. 

Garcia successfully infiltrated the Gambino crime family and became the second FBI agent in history to be offered Mafia membership. His three years of posing as an Italian gangster concluded with the arrest and conviction of 39 mobsters, including the top members of the Gambino crime family. Garcia is also the author of the bestselling book “Making Jack Falcone,” a chronicle of his life as an undercover agent.

For more information about the event, please contact Sam Saeger, student involvement specialist, at ssaeger@morainepark.edu, or visit morainepark.edu/calendar.

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Discover your future at Moraine Park

by dritger28. January 2015 08:06

Moraine Park Technical College is holding its annual Discover Moraine Park event on Tuesday, Feb. 10, at the West Bend campus; Wednesday, Feb. 11, at the Fond du Lac campus; and Thursday, Feb. 12, at the Beaver Dam campus. The event will be held from 4:30 - 6 p.m. at each location. 

This event is great for anyone thinking about a career change, graduating from high school or completing your GED/HSED requirements. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet with instructors from their desired program area, as well as staff from admissions, financial aid and student services. The following program areas will be featured: business, technology, digital arts, consumer and hospitality services, engineering, environmental sciences and trades, general education, health science and human services and manufacturing. 

Attendees will receive a $30 application fee waiver, valid towards associate degree and technical diploma applications. Photo ID is required.

For more information about the event or to register, visit morainepark.edu/discover. Registration for the event is not necessary but is appreciated. 

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Moraine Park to host color guard presentation

by dritger28. January 2015 08:02

Moraine Park Technical College will be hosting a veterans ceremony on Thursday, Feb. 5, at 11:30 a.m. in the main lobby of the West Bend campus. The ceremony will feature a Color Guard presentation by the West Bend VFW Post 1393 and a flag presentation by the United States Army to recognize fallen soldiers.

A veterans display, crafted by Moraine Park students, will also be presented at the ceremony. In honor of students and staff that have served in the military, several Moraine Park student organizations worked together to create engraved wooden plaques that represent the five branches of the military. Each of Moraine Park’s three campuses will receive a veterans display and flag. Veteran students and staff will also speak at the ceremony.

This event is free, and the public is invited to attend. Refreshments will be served. For more information, please visit morainepark.edu/calendar.

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