Moraine Park Technical College is helping to combat the skilled worker shortage by offering a variety of boot camp sessions within its Manufacturing Skills Academy. Each boot camp teaches skills that are unique to a particular career pathway. The college is proud to graduate three more classes from the Manufacturing Skills Academy, including eight students from the welding boot camp, seven from Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machinist and three from production assembly.
Since induction, Moraine Park has had 146 students graduate from the 15-week welding and CNC boot camp sessions. Out of those who graduated from these two programs, 86 percent were offered a job within three months of completion. The boot camps combine a 72-hour paid internship with coursework, including Occupational Math, Print Reading, Team Building and Problem Solving and program-specific courses. Moraine Park partners with many local manufacturing employers, including Amerequip; B&H Pattern, Inc.; Brenner Tank, LLC; Burgess-Norton Manufacturing Company; Gauthier Biomedical, Inc.; Helgesen; ISI Interior Systems, Inc.; John Crane; Magnum Power Products, LLC; Mayville Engineering Co.; Inc., Mid-States Aluminum Corp.; and Signicast.
Jonathan Barry, deputy secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development, attended the recent graduation ceremony and addressed the class. Barry spoke about the positive outlook job seekers have in Wisconsin’s manufacturing industry. “As of June 2014, approximately 9,300 Wisconsin manufacturing employers employed more than 466,000 workers, making Wisconsin’s manufacturing sector one of the strongest in the country,” said Barry.
Those who completed the most recent CNC boot camp include: Brian Beyer of Appleton, Taylor Reed of Kimberly, James Jungwirth of Oshkosh, Michael Olson of South Milwaukee, James Hutchinson of Waupun, and Ryan Schmallenberg and Jason Ungart of West Bend.
Moraine Park Technical College’s Manufacturing Skills Academy CNC boot camp graduates. Front row, from left: Instructor Troy Niemuth, Taylor Reed, Jason Ungart, Brain Beyer and President Bonnie Baerwald. Back row, from left: Michael Olson, James Hutchinson, James Jungwirth, Ryan Schmallenberg.
Completing the most recent welding boot camp were: Sean Matthews and James Walsh of Beaver Dam; Christopher Bartell, Chris Freund, Otis Jones Jr., Andrew Quackenboss and Christopher Whitty of Fond du Lac; and Alexander Price of North Fond du Lac.
Moraine Park Technical College’s Manufacturing Skills Academy welding boot camp graduates. Front row, from left: Instructor Andrew Luby, Chris Freund, Otis Jones Jr., Alexander Price and President Bonnie Baerwald. Back row, from left: Sean Matthews, Christopher Whitty, Andrew Quackenboss and Christopher Bartell. Not pictured: James Walsh.
In addition, Moraine Park’s Skills Academy recently graduated its first class from the production assembly boot camp. Graduates earned a Production Assembler certificate. Those who completed the boot camp include: Laurie Garcia and Betty Schneider of Fond du Lac and Wylie Fell of Hartford.
Moraine Park Technical College’s Manufacturing Skills Academy production assembly graduates. From left: Instructor Cheryl Graff, Betty Schneider, Laurie Garcia and Wylie Fell.
Moraine Park’s Skills Academy boot camps are funded by grant dollars. The welding training is funded by the U.S. Department of Labor TAACCCT grant, and the CNC training is funded by the Wisconsin Workforce Partnership grant, which is administered by Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation. The production assembly boot camp is funded by Wisconsin Fast Forward Blueprint for Prosperity.
An information session on upcoming production assembly boot camps will be held on Moraine Park’s Fond du Lac campus on Tuesday, July 7 at 4:00 p.m. Registration is recommended. For more information about Moraine Park’s Manufacturing Skills Academy, or to register for a free information session, visit morainepark.edu/bootcamps.