Moraine Park to host 9/11 Survivor and author of Thunder Dog

by abemis10. September 2013 04:15

Moraine Park Technical College is pleased to welcome Michael Hingson, a 9/11 survivor and author of the best- selling book, “Thunder Dog,” as a guest speaker at Moraine Park's three campuses. The event begins at 11:30 a.m. and will be held at the Beaver Dam campus on Monday, Sept. 16, the Fond du Lac campus on Tuesday, Sept. 17; and the West Bend campus on Wednesday, Sept. 18.

Hingson, who has been blind since birth, was working on the 78th floor of Tower One on Sept. 11, 2001, when it was attacked by terrorists. Hingson will share his inspiring story of how he survived the 9/11 attacks with the help of his guide dog, Roselle, and how he has overcome many life challenges. 

Hingson explains it by saying, “My story is not how I escaped the World Trade Center, but rather the story is how I got there in the first place.”

His story will captivate audiences and challenge them to access and strengthen their skills to ease their way through challenges in their work or personal lives.

For information about Hingson, please visit Copies of Hingson’s New York Times best- selling book, “Thunder Dog” will be on sale at the event.

The event is free to the public.  Lunch will be available at the Beaver Dam and West Bend campuses for during the presentation at a cost of $5 per person.

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Moraine Park to host study abroad trip to Morocco

by abemis9. September 2013 12:30

Moraine Park Technical College’s International Education program is holding an informational session on Wednesday, Sept. 18, at 6:30 p.m. to provide details about their spring 2014 study abroad trip to Morocco, March 12-23.

The session, held in Room O-103 at the Fond du Lac Campus, will provide Moraine Park students and interested community members with trip details, costs, timelines and more. The trip is open to the public. Participants must be at least 18 years of age.

The Morocco trip offers an educational component, a mandatory one-credit spring course prior to the trip that prepares participants for the culture and cuisine of Morocco.  The 12-day trip will include several hands-on culinary workshops, lessons from expert culinary guides and an exploration of Morocco’s cultural heritage and unique terrain. 

 “I am excited to be part of giving students and community members this excellent opportunity,” said Moraine Park Culinary Arts Instructor Tom Endejan, who is coordinating the trip. “This is truly a life-changing experience. I highly encourage anyone interested to come to the informational session and hear first-hand the cultural opportunities this trip has to offer.”

A $150 non-refundable security deposit is due Sept. 26 to secure a spot on the trip.

For more details and a tentative travel itinerary, visit If you are unable to make the information session but would like more information about the Morocco trip, contact Tom Endejan at 920-924-3135 or

Moraine Park also offers several other study abroad trips including trips to Jamaica and Germany scheduled for 2014. For more information on these study abroad trips or other opportunities offered through Moraine Park, visit


Baking and cosmetics classes offered at Moraine Park’s Beaver Dam campus

by abemis6. September 2013 15:29

Moraine Park Technical College is offering two courses for aspiring bakers and individuals interested in natural products. The first course, Lotions and Lip Balms will run from 6-9 p.m. and the second, Cake Decorating from 5-9 p.m.; both will be offered at Moraine Park’s Beaver Dam campus on Tuesday, Sept. 24.

The Lotions and Lip Balms will teach students how to make lotions and lip balms using all natural and non-toxic ingredients. Participants can take home their products along with many recipes for future projects. Cost is $24.20 ($19.15 for 62+).

During the Cake Decorating class participants will learn a variety of cake decorating techniques that can be used for holidays and special occasions. Assembling sheet and layered cakes will also be covered. Cost is $24.20 ($19.15 for 62+).

To register for either class, call 1-800-472-4554. Please use course number CRN 20174 for Lotions and Lip Balms and CRN 20176 for Cake Decorating. Registration deadline is Sept. 13 for both courses.

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Moraine Park to host Community Connections Resource Fair

by abemis5. September 2013 11:29

Moraine Park Technical College is hosting a free Community Connections Resource Fair for students and community members. The fair, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., takes place at the West Bend campus on Tuesday, Sept. 10, the Fond du Lac campus on Wednesday, Sept. 11; and the Beaver Dam campus on Thursday, Sept. 12.

The fair will bring representatives from local not-for-profits to educate students and community members about assistance programs and volunteer opportunities available through the organizations. Housing, food, medical, financial, family care and wellness are just a few of the areas these opportunities will be available in.  

Moraine Park recently implemented the service learning initiative, which allows students to serve their community and gain hands-on training through their coursework.

Rachel Weber, disability resource specialist at Moraine Park, said the fair is a great way for students to get involved and give back.

“Through this fair we hope to empower students and community members by providing education about the resources available to them for either personal access or participation in serving those in need,” Weber said.

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GED test changes to occur Jan. 2014

by abemis4. September 2013 10:49

Individuals looking to earn their GED must complete all five parts of the test by the end of 2013, or risk having to redo the examination when the new version is implemented on January 1, 2014.

Moraine Park Technical College library services coordinator Hans Baierl, who coordinates the GED testing at the College, says the General Educational Development (GED) test is set to undergo major revisions at the end of 2013, making way for the new version in January, 2014.

“This change is particularly important for those test takers who have started the GED test but have not completed all parts,” said Baierl. “If they don’t complete all of the tests before the end of this year, they will have to retake all of them again. We’ve really been working hard to get the word out there and hope that if people know someone who has started the process that they encourage them to contact us or stop by one of our three campuses to find out what they need to do to complete it.”

 “The GED opens doors to endless opportunities of lifelong learning,” Baierl continued.  “Moraine Park offers a number of resources that aid in the preparation of the examination. The goal is to equip students with the tools they need to succeed on the GED and their future careers.”

Moraine Park is an official GED testing site and offers free services in a variety of formats to help students prepare for the test and earn their diploma.

Final dates to complete the current GED test at Moraine Park campuses include: Fond du Lac, Monday, Dec. 2; West Bend, Wednesday, Dec. 4; and Beaver Dam, Thursday, Dec. 5.

To sign up for a test time, or for more information on the GED, visit


Habitat for Humanity and Moraine Park partnership is breaking ground

by abemis29. August 2013 14:34

Moraine Park Technical College and Habitat for Humanity of Washington and Dodge Counties will be partnering in a home build this upcoming fall. 

We welcome you to join our partnership to kick off the build on Monday, Sept. 9, 2013, at 4:00 p.m. for a ground breaking ceremony at the site on Municipal Drive in West Bend, WI, south of the intersection of Hwy 33 and Municipal Drive. 

The ceremony will start the beginning of a partnership between the two organizations in which both will work together to accomplish their missions.  Moraine Park Technical College will be teaching their students through hands on experience on the job site.  Habitat for Humanity will continue to provide simple, affordable homes for their partner families to purchase and learn more about the value of home ownership.

If you are interested in more information about the ground breaking ceremony, please contact Judy Urben, public relations & advertising manager at or 920-924-3268.


Moraine Park to offer Explore Your Business Ideas course Sept. 24

by abemis28. August 2013 14:40

Starting a new business or expanding your current business can be a challenge, with many new items to discuss and consider. To help guide entrepreneurs through the process, Moraine Park Technical College is offering Explore Your Business Ideas on Tuesday, Sept. 24 from 6-9 p.m. at the Fond du Lac campus.

Instructor, Randy Melzer, will walk through the basics of creating a business description by defining six key elements of your business. The class will focus on proven techniques, how-to exercises and tools that will help you explore your business ideas.  Cost is $59.00 ($42.78 for 62+).

Explore Your Business Ideas is a feeder course for Moraine Park’s Opportunity Analysis class, which will be offered Thursdays, Oct. 17 through Dec. 19 from 6-9 p.m. at Moraine Park’s Fond du Lac campus. This class will take students through the process of discovering viable business ideas through basic research and marketplace evaluation. The fee is $179.00 ($124.01 for 62+).

To register for either course, call 1-800-472-4554. Please use course number CRN 20741 for Explore your Business Ideas and CRN 20736 for Opportunity Analysis. Registration deadline is Sept. 17 for Explore your Business Ideas and Oct. 10 for Opportunity Analysis.

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Moraine Park hosts first Great Moraine Park Amazing Race

by abemis20. August 2013 14:22

Each year Moraine Park Technical College hosts a series of Summer Welcome Days to help new and returning students learn more about the College; and this year’s event featured a new twist. Instead of a typical campus tour, students learned to navigate the ins and outs of Moraine Park by participating in the first Great Moraine Park Amazing Race.

Jacob Deitte and Gregg Lohse, both of Fond du Lac work together to solve their next clue in the Great Moraine Park Amazing Race during this year's Summer Welcome Day.

Similar to the popular reality TV show, the race challenged students to work together in teams using clues to find locations and complete challenges around their primary campus. Each challenge was designed to familiarize students with locations and services they will have available to them as a Moraine Park student.  

“It’s great,” said Culinary Arts student Gregg Lohse of Fond du Lac, who took Youth Options courses through Moraine Park while at Fond du Lac High School. “This is a good way for me to reacquaint myself with the campus and meet new people.”

Along with the race events, students had the opportunity to meet staff and win prizes. Students were also able to enjoy Moraine Park’s signature Culver’s custard flavor, Wolf Pack Choc Attack, which was selected as the winning custard flavor during Moraine Park’s 2012 Centennial Celebration.

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Todd Lerene of Fond du Lac and Derek Ruther of West Bend run through the finish line of the Great Moraine Park Amazing Race during this year’s Summer Welcome Day.


Moraine Park’s Tech Knowledge College gets students on career fast lane

by abemis8. August 2013 16:28

Over the past week nearly 200 area middle school students got a glimpse into potential careers at Moraine Park Technical College’s Tech Knowledge College (TKC) held at the Fond du Lac campus. 

Mohini Kumar of Fond du Lac prepares scones filled with pecans, pineapples and cranberries in the Quick Breads session at Moraine Park Technical College’s Tech Knowledge College. During the three-day camp, students enjoyed hands-on learning as they participated in their two choices from among almost 20 different sessions. There was something for everyone, and participants left TKC with new skills in a variety of areas, including movie making, yo-yo manufacturing, gourmet baking and hair techniques.

ldquo;The camp is great,” TKC student, Mohini Kumar of Fond du Lac said. “I have learned a lot of new things and I love how the teachers let us use our imaginations and make whatever we want.”

Kumar’s projects had no shortage of imagination. During the Quick Breads course, a new session at TKC this year, she made scones filled with pineapple, cashews and cranberries. She also created a short film about a dance team with her group in the Moving Making at MPTC session.

Moraine Park has been hosting TKC for over 20 years. Although sessions have changed to complement new and evolving technology, the purpose of the event has remained the same — to  give students a chance to get a hands-on, interactive look at the skills and careers needed today and in the future.

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 Sue Horvath, adjunct culinary arts instructor at Moraine Park Technical College teaches Tech Knowledge College participant, Alyse Drifka of Slinger how to ice cake pops in the Be Your Own Cake Boss session.



Moraine Park to offer free entrepreneurship workshops

by abemis30. July 2013 11:25

Have you had a chance to attend one of Moraine Park Technical College’s free business workshops or webinars yet? If not Moraine Park will be offering several free entrepreneurship workshops and webinars this fall, open to all individuals interested in learning more about business basics. 

The workshops will be held Wednesday, Aug. 21, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Fond du Lac Campus; Thursday, Aug. 29, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Beaver Dam Campus; and Thursday, Sept. 12, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the West Bend campus.

During the workshop, participants will learn what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur, the anatomy of a business plan, the nuts and bolts of starting a business, types of business entities, regulations and requirements, and resources available to help you get started.

In addition to the entrepreneur workshop, Moraine Park offers classes for aspiring entrepreneurs and existing small business owners including:, Exploring Your Business Ideas, Conducting Research for Business, Pre-Business Planning, Opportunity Analysis, Writing a Business Plan, Website Design, Money Management, Marketing, Human Resources and many more.

For more information on any of these workshops, visit To register, call 920-924-3449 or email