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).