Moraine Park to offer Appetizers for the Holidays class, Nov. 27

by jbrezinsky9. 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 Price is $13.75 (62 or over $11.31).


Moraine Park offering CNC Machinist and Welding Boot Camps

by jbrezinsky7. 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 or by emailing or calling Lauri at 920-929-2117.


Moraine Park makes Military Friendly Schools list for third year

by jbrezinsky16. October 2012 03:59


Moraine Park students attend the first Student Veterans Association meeting through TelePresence, connecting SVA members on Moraine Park’s Fond du Lac, Beaver Dam and West Bend campuses.

   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
     “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




DWD Secretary Reggie Newson visits MPTC

by jbrezinsky9. 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 or For information on manufacturing programs at Moraine Park, visit






Moraine Park to offer courses for entrepreneurs through December

by jbrezinsky28. 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


Wisconsin’s Technical Colleges win $18.3 million in Federal Workforce Training Grants

by jbrezinsky26. 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


Moraine Park offers Intro to Observational Astronomy, Oct. 15-24

by jbrezinsky26. 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).


Paranormal Research class offered at Moraine Park

by jbrezinsky20. September 2012 08:42

Spooky series combines fun and learning

     It’s Halloween season, and Moraine Park Technical College is offering an opportunity to explore the scientific phenomenon behind one of Halloween’s most popular headliners: Ghosts. Whether you’re a believer or non-believer in paranormal activity, Moraine Park’s four-week Paranormal Research class (CRN: 21583) offers a fun and educational look at the history of paranormal research, common misperceptions, identifying false positives, how to tell if something is faked, the pros and cons of different equipment used and theories that researchers have proposed.
     With paranormal enthusiasts Matt and Amanda Schenk leading the class, there are sure to be some good stories on investigations to accompany the content covered in class. Matt has been conducting and participating in paranormal investigations since March 2005. He has taken classes in Parapsychology with renowned author and expert Loyd Auerbach and is working on a degree in Psychology.
     Amanda has been a paranormal investigator since 2000. The paranormal experiences she had growing up sparked an interest in discovering answers to questions she has regarding an afterlife. She is a believer in the paranormal and is also able to look at things from a skeptical perspective.        
     The class will be held on Wednesdays from 6-9 p.m., Oct. 3, 10, 17 and 24. Cost to attend is $62.50 ($47.88 for those 62 and over). To register, call 800-472-4554. To discover more, visit, or call Lauri Kounelis at 920-929-2117.


Moraine Park to host free Entrepreneur workshop Sept. 27

by jbrezinsky20. September 2012 08:41

     Starting a business for the first time can be a challenge, with many new items to discuss and consider. Moraine Park Technical College is providing support and information for those embarking on their entrepreneurial journey with a free entrepreneur workshop set for Thursday, Sept. 27, on Moraine Park’s Beaver Dam campus in Room K-305. The workshop will be held from 6-8 p.m.
     Hosted by local entrepreneur Randy Melzer, the workshop will cover what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur; where ideas come from; the anatomy of a business plan, the nuts and bolts of starting a business; and types of business entities, regulations and requirements.
     With Melzer’s guidance, this free workshop will explore the various sources of help that is available, including services and support from within Moraine Park as well as through our network of partners and others from across the district, state, and country. Melzer received his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame. His primary focus has been in marketing and sales of financial products and services in a multi-branch environment. Melzer has held the titles of Branch Manager, Mortgage Loan Officer, Financial Planner, Vice President of Marketing and Vice President of Operations. He currently owns his own marketing consulting firm.
     To register or for more information, e-mail or call 920-924-3449.


Author Lisa Paul to present at Moraine Park’s Beaver Dam campus

by jbrezinsky19. September 2012 05:05

    Lisa Paul’s book, Swimming in the Daylight, has been a popular choice among book clubs across the country this year. Get a behind-the-scenes look at the story that inspired the book on Tuesday, Oct. 16, as Paul presents at Moraine Park Technical College’s Beaver Dam campus.
    Paul, a Beaver Dam native, will share her story at 11:30 a.m. in the College’s commons area.
    Set in the years just before the collapse of the Soviet Union, Swimming in the Daylight is the story of the improbable friendship between Paul, a young college student strong in her Catholic faith, and Inna Kitrosskaya Meiman, an internationally known Soviet Jew whose own government forbid her from receiving medical treatment abroad.               
    As both women hold tight to the strength of their friendship, Paul takes dramatic action to help Inna, and never gives up hope for her freedom. This moving account will inspire new generations to fight for the causes in which they believe.
    Everyone is invited to attend Paul’s presentation, and there is no cost to attend. Visit for more information. Paul’s presentation is sponsored by the Beaver Dam Multicultural Club and the Student Senate.