19. November 2012 09:57
Speaker and fund-raiser help raise awareness
It was a sea of purple entering Moraine Park Technical College’s Techniques Salon and Spa on Tuesday, Nov.13. Staff and students were sporting the shade to help raise domestic violence awareness for the national Cut It Out event. The color is meant to be a symbol of peace, courage, survival, honor and dedication to ending violence.
On November 13, five percent of proceeds from Moraine Park’s Techniques Salon and Spa, located on the College’s Fond du Lac campus, went to supporting families of the victims of the October 21 Azana Salon shooting in Brookfield. Moraine Park joined more than 80 salons in the region in this Cut It Out effort. Throughout the month of November, the barber-cosmetology department is offering trendy purple hair extensions for $5, purple ribbons for $1, and $2 hand massages – all proceeds from these services will benefit families of the Azana Salon shooting victims. To make an appointment at Techniques, call 920-929-2106.
Moraine Park Cosmetology student Emily Wille, of Beaver Dam, was wearing a purple extension in her hair and spoke about the importance of the Cut It Out event. “This event, along with activities we have planned for the month of November, is important for helping families of the Azana victims,” Wille said. “We are getting to practice what we learn in class to give back to those in need.”
Sara Sears, Barber-Cosmetology instructor, was instrumental in organizing the November 13 Cut It Out event at Moraine Park. “This was a great way to give back to the community and one way to respond to the tragedy that occurred so close to home,” said Sears. “We hope the little things we’re doing will help make a larger impact to our community members struck by this unfortunate event.”
On November 13, Moraine Park also hosted domestic violence survivor Teri Jendusa-Nicolai. Nicolai shared her miraculous story of survival with a large group of Moraine Park staff, students and community members. During the cold harsh winter in Wisconsin in 2004, Nicolai was beaten by her ex-husband, placed in a garbage can, and left for dead in a storage locker. She survived, and today shares her story in hopes that she can save someone else from this tragedy.
Nicolai’s story has been covered nationally and she continues to spread the word on domestic violence to law enforcement agencies, middle schools, high schools, colleges and shelters. As part of her Moraine Park presentation, Nicolai spoke about signs to watch for in and how to get out of an abusive/violent relationship. She also addressed how to help a loved one who might be in a dangerous relationship.
For more information on Moraine Park, visit morainepark.edu. For additional information on the Cut It Out organization and related resources, visit cutitout.org.
14. November 2012 14:25
MPTC students to hold event for local nonprofit, Nov. 29
Students in Moraine Park Technical College’s Business Practice Firm class are applying classroom concepts learned in their program in this capstone course to help a local nonprofit organization, working with Moraine Park staff, students, community members, and some furry friends, to help spread the word.
Students will end the fall semester with an event to raise awareness and support for Sassu Enterprises, a local nonprofit organization that provides pet therapy as a self-supporting service and includes serving individuals in hospitals, nursing homes, retirement communities, hospice care, treatment facilities and group homes.
On Thursday, Nov. 29, from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in Room A-103 on Moraine Park’s Fond du Lac campus, a raffle and fund-raiser event will take place to raise funds for dog care and grooming costs, offsetting expenses for Sassu Enterprises. Guests will be joined by a few of the therapy dogs from Sassu Enterprises, to meet and interact with.
The raffle drawing will take place at noon with a grand prize of $500 cash, and 2nd, 3rd, and 4th place prizes of $50 cash. Tickets for a variety of gift baskets and certificates can also be purchased during the event, with the drawing held during the event.
For more information on the event, contact Julie Dilling at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on Moraine Park’s business programs, visit morainepark.edu/programs.
9. November 2012 09:12
Learn to create impressive hors d’oeuvres and appetizers for the holidays during Appetizers for the Holidays! Work alongside Dennis Hoffman, pastry chef at Green Lake Conference Center, to create appetizers and treats with a tasty holiday theme.
“We will do things with puff pastry and phyllo dough, and create desserts that you can keep in the freezer and pull out and bake when guests arrive,” said Hoffman.
Soak up baking tips and ideas from a veteran chef of 43 years! Appetizers for the Holidays (CRN 21470) will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 27, at Ripon High School, 850 Tiger Drive, in Ripon, Wis. To register call 1-800-472-4554. To discover more, visit morainepark.edu. Price is $13.75 (62 or over $11.31).
7. November 2012 04:32
Information sessions Dec. 3 and 5, Fond du Lac campus
Moraine Park Technical College is combating the skilled worker shortage by launching manufacturing skills academies in a series of 15-week boot camps. In July, Governor Scott Walker announced a Wisconsin Workforce Partnership Grant from the Wisconsin Covenant Foundation, Inc., for Moraine Park. The College is using the $705,647 grant to provide specific training necessary to create internships and job opportunities at partnering businesses including Amerequip Corporation, Brenner Tank, John Crane Orion, and Mid-States Aluminum Corporation, as well as several other area business partners. The boot camps are part of the Wisconsin Workforce Partnership Grant and will provide skills to last a lifetime.
Four information sessions will be held on Moraine Park’s Fond du Lac campus in December, providing more information on both the Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Machinist and Welding Boot Camps. The sessions are set for Monday, Dec. 3 from 3-4:30 p.m. and 5-6:30 p.m; and Wednesday, Dec. 5 from 8-9:30 a.m. and 10-11:30 a.m. All four information sessions will be held in Room O-103. Each session will include business partner presentations, job placement opportunities, entrance requirements, program fees and CNC Machinist and Welding Boot Camp schedules.
Who is qualified to participate in the CNC Machinist or Welding Boot Camps? Basic requirements include: people who are currently unemployed, people not currently employed as a CNC machinist or welder, or people employed in a field unrelated to CNC or welding. Additionally, participants cannot be current employees of any of the internship business partner companies.
Those interested in attending one of the free information sessions must R.S.V.P. online at morainepark.edu/bootcamp or by emailing email@example.com or calling Lauri at 920-929-2117.
16. October 2012 03:59
G.I. Jobs recently released their 2013 list of Military Friendly Schools, recognizing the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s veterans as students. Moraine Park Technical College made the list for the third consecutive year for its excellence in serving veterans as students. The complete list can be viewed by visiting militaryfriendlyschools.com/2013list.
“Moraine Park is honored to be included on the 2013 list of Military Friendly Schools,” said Sheila Ruhland, Moraine Park president. “We are grateful for the dynamic and diverse background military students provide in the classroom and throughout the College. Moraine Park is proud to work with such exceptional students who serve our country and community.”
Moraine Park held its first-ever Student Veterans Association (SVA) Callout meeting in September for military students and veterans to learn about the educational opportunities offered at Moraine Park. Those who attended could ask questions and meet with other military students and veterans. Moraine Park’s new SVA will provide a support system for military students and veterans with making a smooth transition from military life to college and careers.
“As a veteran who is still serving in the Air National Guard, I understand the specific needs of our Veterans who are being reintegrated into civilian life,” said Scott Lieburn, Moraine Park dean of students. “Having a strong network of other student veterans, like the SVA, and a college staff who are supportive can go a long way in helping them achieve their educational goals.”
Schools on the list range from state universities and private colleges to community and technical colleges and trade schools. The common bond is their shared priority of recruiting students with military experience. Schools on the Military Friendly Schools list also offer additional benefits to student veterans such as on-campus veterans programs, credit for service and military spouse programs.
Criteria for making the Military Friendly Schools list included efforts to recruit and retain military and veteran students, results in recruiting military and veteran students, and academic accreditations. For more information on Moraine Park, visit morainepark.edu.
9. October 2012 10:55
Focused on collaboration between workforce development and technical colleges
October is Manufacturing Month, and Moraine Park Technical College kicked off the celebration of awareness with a visit from Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Secretary Reggie Newson on October 5. Newson’s visit coincided with Moraine Park’s Manufacturing Day event, where educators, students and companies were welcomed to Moraine Park’s Fond du Lac campus for tours of manufacturing facilities throughout the day.
Manufacturing Day was celebrated in Wisconsin and other states around the country to address lingering misperceptions about current-day manufacturing operations. During his visit, Newson spoke with Moraine Park students, instructors and leaders on how the collaboration between workforce development and Wisconsin’s Technical Colleges is integral to supporting manufacturing employers.
"Celebrating Manufacturing Day is one way to thank manufacturing employers and workforce partners for their contributions to Wisconsin's economy and support for working families," said Secretary Newson. "I look forward to continuing to work closely with Moraine Park and our state's technical college system to highlight manufacturing as a high-quality career option and develop a pipeline that will enable employers to access the skilled workers they need for Wisconsin to continue to prosper."
Newson toured Moraine Park’s fabrication, welding and integrated manufacturing facilities, getting an in-depth look at the programs and many career pathways for current and future students. He even learned how to work a plate shear, thanks to Dustin Meyer, a first-year welding student from Chilton.
“Moraine Park was honored to welcome Secretary Newson to campus as we celebrated Manufacturing Day,” said Moraine Park President Sheila Ruhland. “We work closely with area manufacturing employers so our students are workforce ready upon completing their program. The average wage in manufacturing is approximately 20 percent higher than the state’s average weekly wage, and Moraine Park is grateful to Secretary Newson for further promoting the many opportunities a manufacturing career can provide.”
To learn more about Manufacturing Month in the State of Wisconsin, visit wtcsystem.edu or wimanufacturingmonth.org. For information on manufacturing programs at Moraine Park, visit morainepark.edu/programs.
28. September 2012 03:10
From jumpstarting a business plan to diving into website design, Moraine Park Technical College has entrepreneurs and small business owners covered. Moraine Park will be offering four different courses through December: Jumpstart Your Business Plan (CRN 21531), Marketing Your Small Business (CRN 21532), Tax Deductions for Small Business (CRN 21533), and Web Site Design for Your Small Business (CRN 21534).
In Jumpstart Your Business Plan, participants will apply the concepts of success, market, cash flow and operations planning while completing the process of writing a business plan to support turning an idea into reality. Class is held Thursdays on Moraine Park’s Fond du Lac campus from 5:30-9:25 p.m. from October 11 through November 15. Cost to attend is $500.
Marketing Your Small Business will allow participants to apply concepts of product, price, promotion, and placement while understanding the critical role marketing plays in a small business. It will take place on Moraine Park’s Fond du Lac campus from 5:30-8:25 p.m. on Nov. 28. Cost to attend is $39.
Tax Deductions for Small Business covers how to maximize net profits and understand legal deductions and. Participants will learn to capture legal business deductions available to small business while avoiding the typical mistakes that are the downfall of many entrepreneurial ventures. It will be held on Dec. 5 from 5:30-8:25 p.m. on Moraine Park’s West Bend campus. Cost to attend is $39.
Web Site Design for Your Small Business will provide basic web site design techniques and templates for anyone with an existing business that would like to improve or implement their web site presence. It applies concepts of templates, graphic lay out, content and strategy to promote an on-line presence, increase traffic to a current web site and improve customer satisfaction. The class will be held on Moraine Park’s Fond du Lac campus on Dec. 12 from 5:30-8:25 p.m. Cost to attend is $39.
To register, call 1-800-472-4554. To find out more about Moraine Park, visit morainepark.edu.
26. September 2012 04:03
Moraine Park to use grant for welding simulation station
Wisconsin’s skilled workforce will benefit from $18.3 million in new federal funds awarded to improve and enhance job training, with $17.9 million targeted to innovative worker training for high-skilled jobs in advanced manufacturing.
The 16 colleges that make up the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS), including Moraine Park Technical College, will share a $14.9 million grant award for the four-year “Making the Future” project. The project will expand and improve advanced manufacturing career pathways.
Moraine Park will receive $647,000 from the grant, the majority of which will go toward equipment and support for five VRTEX 360 welding simulation stations. The simulation stations are designed for students to practice their welding technique in a simulated environment. The stations will reduce material waste, scrap and energy consumption associated with traditional welding training. “The Welding Simulation Station will allow for flexible training times and experiences for our welding students,” said Sheila Ruhland, Moraine Park president. “Because this opportunity would not otherwise be available in a physical lab, we are especially grateful for the learning possibilities this new grant will provide.”
“These awards demonstrate federal recognition of Wisconsin’s leadership in successfully using innovative methods to improve the availability and quality of Wisconsin’s skilled workforce,” said WTCS Vice President for Teaching and Learning Kathleen Cullen. “By focusing on training Wisconsin workers for advanced manufacturing, we continue the long WTCS tradition as a major contributor to the growth of Wisconsin’s business climate. I want to personally thank the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development for its support in receiving these grants.”
"We are pleased to work with the technical colleges on this initiative," Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Secretary Reggie Newson said. "The manufacturing sector has seen the addition of thousands of good-paying, family-supporting jobs since Governor Walker took office, and we look forward to continued collaborations with the technical colleges, private-sector employers and other partners to address the skills gap and to grow Wisconsin's economy."
The federal grants were awarded through the U.S. Department of Labor as part of the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training grants with Fox Valley and Madison Technical colleges being awarded an additional $3,412,486 for manufacturing and bioscience-related projects. All of the grant projects include rigorous outcome evaluation requirements and education materials developed through the grants will be available for use by the public and other education providers. Additional information about the grants is available from the U.S. Department of Labor at http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/eta/ETA20121885.htm.
26. September 2012 04:01
Are you interested in the wonders of the night sky? View stars, constellations and planets using modern telescopes that highlight the mountains and craters on the Moon, the cloud bands and largest moons of Jupiter, the remains of supernovae, and even the galaxies outside our own Milky Way.
During Introduction to Observational Astronomy, led by experienced amateur astronomer Jeff Setzer, participants learn about how stars are formed, the history of the telescope, the structure of the universe, and more.
“The planet Jupiter will be available very late in the evening during our class,” said Setzer. “Even though it will be low in the sky while class is in session, we will be able to see the major cloud bands on the planet itself, and the four ‘Galilean moons’ that were discovered by Galileo Galilei, in 1609.”
Introduction to Observational Astronomy (CRN 21445) will be held from 8-10 p.m., Mondays and Wednesdays, Oct. 15-24, at Moraine Park Technical College in West Bend. To register call 1-800-472-4554. The deadline to register is Monday, Oct. 8 and cost is $43 (62 and over $33.25).