Moraine Park receives Owen Gromme print

by ratkinson11. September 2013 17:31

On Friday, Sept. 13, Moraine Park was presented with a framed Owen Gromme print. Gromme (1896-1991), a wildlife artist and conservationist, grew up near the prairie areas of Fond du Lac where Moraine Park currently resides. 

The print Moraine Park received is of Gromme’s 1987 oil painting Winter-Ruffed Grouse. Gromme was 91 at the time he painted this piece. He always strived for an anatomically and environmentally accurate portrayal of the bird or animal he was painting.

During the presentation, Julie Balson of the Gallery and Frame Shop shared the following quote from the book, The World of Owen Gromm — “Who Knows? Maybe someday thousands of years from now one of my paintings will be found stored away some place, the only existing record of what that particular bird or animal looked like. But even if that never happens, I feel a deep responsibility to show nature as it really is.”

The print was donated by the Windhover Center of the Arts and the framing was donated by Gallery and Frame Shop.



Moraine Park offers Intro to Observational Astronomy, Sept. 30-Oct. 9

by abemis11. September 2013 09:11

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.

Discover the wonders of the night sky during “Introduction to Observational Astronomy.”Led by amateur astronomer Jeff Setzer, class participants learn about how stars are formed, the history of the telescope, the structure of the universe and more. Using telescopes, they explore and view the planets and moons of our solar system.

In October, virtually any telescope will show Jupiter's four Galilean moons and their interactions with the planet or its shadow. “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 Jupiter itself and the four Galilean moons discovered by Galileo Galilei, in 1609,” said Setzer.

Introduction to Observational Astronomy (CRN 21467) will be held from 8-10 p.m., Mondays and Wednesdays, Sept. 30-Oct. 9, at Moraine Park’s West Bend Campus. To register for either class, call 1-800-472-4554. Please use course number CRN 21467. Registration deadline is September 16, and price is $44.40 (62 or over $34.30).


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.

For more information about Moraine Park visit,


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.

For more information about Moraine Park, visit


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.

For more information about Moraine Park, visit


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.

For more information about Moraine Park, visit


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.

For more information about Moraine Park, visit

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.