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 wtcsystem.edu or wimanufacturingmonth.org. For information on manufacturing programs at Moraine Park, visit morainepark.edu/programs.






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 morainepark.edu.


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 http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/eta/ETA20121885.htm.


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 morainepark.edu, 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 training@morainepark.edu 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 morainepark.edu/calendar for more information. Paul’s presentation is sponsored by the Beaver Dam Multicultural Club and the Student Senate.


Moraine Park to host presentations from Holocaust survivor

by jbrezinsky19. September 2012 05:01

Henry Golde making stops at Fond du Lac, Beaver Dam and West Bend campuses
     Henry Golde spent five years in nine different Nazi concentration camps; today he lives to tell his remarkable story of survival. Golde will be making a stop at Moraine Park’s Fond du Lac, Beaver Dam and West Bend campuses this fall – all are welcome to attend his free presentation on the damage that can be done by hatred and the power to overcome through love and forgiveness.             
     For more than a decade, Henry Golde has shared his experiences as a survivor of the Holocaust.  His book, Ragdolls, tells the story of experiencing the horror of the murder factories and slave-labor camps throughout Nazi Europe. Golde was born in Poland and lived in a city just west of Warsaw. Of the 3,000 Jews that lived in that town, only 50 survived the Holocaust. Golde lost his entire family due to the war.       
     When he was eleven years old, Golde was taken and held prisoner for five years in nine different German concentration camps; six located in Poland, two in Germany and one in Czechoslovakia.  These camps were noted as the worst prisons the world has ever seen.  The horrors of Hitler are described from the perspective of a child – making his story a powerful one – about what extreme hate and prejudice can do.       
     Golde will present on the West Bend campus on Tuesday, Sept. 25, at 11:30 a.m. (Room T-101); Fond du Lac on Tuesday, Oct. 2 at 2 p.m. (Room A-112); and Beaver Dam on Tuesday, Oct. 9, at 11:30 a.m. (commons area). The presentations will last one hour and are all free to attend. These events are sponsored by the Moraine Park Student Senate. Visit morainepark.edu/calendar for more information.


Higher education institutions to host diversity event for area college students

by jbrezinsky5. September 2012 10:51

Free workshop will focus on increasing diversity competence
    The four higher education institutions of Fond du Lac County – Marian University, Moraine Park Technical College, Ripon College and the University of Wisconsin-Fond du Lac – continue to collaborate on events supporting diversity and inclusion. The upcoming event, “Bridging the Gap: Skills to Increase Your Diversity Competence,” is a free workshop with national speaker, Dr. Maura Cullen.      
    Cullen is known for “taking the adversity out of diversity” and will lead a program designed to get participants laughing and thinking. The workshop will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 3, from 1-4:30 p.m., at Moraine Park Technical College in the Cyber Center Café. Administrators, faculty and staff from these institutions will participate in the workshop and the general public is invited to attend.
    There is no fee for the workshop, but registration is required. Registration for Bridging the Gap is now available online at marianuniversity.edu/hedit.
    This personally enriching and educational workshop will also help develop skills that are necessary for the 21st century workplace. Participants will leave with a new lens on cross-cultural differences and skills to build bridges between people.            
    Maura Cullen has over 25 years of experience as a speaker and has given presentations throughout the United States, Canada and Australia. She uses her sense of humor and real-life stories to communicate about complex issues in a straightforward and entertaining way. She has a doctorate in Social Justice and Diversity Education, is founder of the Diversity Student Summit, and is the author of 35 Dumb Things Well-Intentioned People Say.
     The workshop is being planned by the Higher Education Diversity Initiative Team, (HEDIT), recipient of the 2012 Spirit of MLK Award for their efforts in organizing yearly events that lead, inspire, educate and challenge our students and our community to celebrate diversity. HEDIT is a team of faculty and staff formed by the presidents and CEOs of Fond du Lac county’s four institutions of higher education to plan “an annual collaborative project designed to promote a climate of appreciation for all aspects of human diversity, supporting, fostering and welcoming inclusiveness, respect and dignity for all.” This workshop is HEDIT’s fourth annual event. HEDIT’s Mission is to lead, inspire, educate and challenge their institutions and the Fond du Lac county community in promoting diversity and inclusiveness. For directions to and information on Moraine Park, visit morainepark.edu.


Moraine Park hosts series of investor courses

by jbrezinsky27. August 2012 08:53

     Gain the knowledge and confidence you need to step into the world of personal investing. Join Moraine Park Technical College for an informative series on individually investing, starting Wednesday, Sept. 19. All courses will be held on Moraine Park’s West Bend campus. Those interested may take the course(s) that best fits their needs – registering for the entire series is not required.
     A The Individual Investor - Beginner’s Guide course will be held Wednesday, Sept. 19, (CRN 21483), followed by The Individual Investor in Stocks on October 17 (CRN 21485), The Individual Investor in Traditional and Roth IRAs on November 28 (CRN 21486), and The Individual Investor in Bonds on December 19 (CRN 21488).
     To register, call 1-800-462-4554 and refer to the CRN number. Each class costs $23.50 to attend or $18.63 for those 62 and over.