Moraine Park hosts community involvement fair in Beaver Dam

by jbrezinsky7. February 2013 10:50

     It’s a one-stop shop for anyone interested in finding out ways to get more involved with communities in Dodge County. Moraine Park Technical College is hosting a Community Connections Fair on Thursday, Feb. 14 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. on the College’s Beaver Dam campus. Students, staff, and community members are encouraged to attend and learn about volunteer opportunities.       
     According to Amy Patterson, communications instructor at Moraine Park, the Community Connections fair is focused on connecting anyone interested in getting involved with volunteer work with the many different nonprofit organizations in the Dodge County area. Those who attend will have a chance to meet with and talk to representatives from:  YMCA of Dodge County, Dodge County Humane Society, Beaver Dam Community Hospital, Hillside Manor Nursing Home, Bethesda Lutheran Group Homes and Thrift Shop, Badgerland Animal Reading and Comfort Companions (BARCC), Green Valley Enterprises, The American Red Cross, Marsh Haven Nature Center, and People Against a Violent Environment (PAVE).
     For more information on the Community Connections Fair, check out the “Events” section on


Three seats open for Moraine Park District Board

by jbrezinsky6. February 2013 08:30

Applications due Feb. 22
     Moraine Park Technical College is accepting applications Feb. 8-22, 2013, for three positions on the Moraine Park District Board. Openings exist for the following positions: Employee Member, Employer Member and an Additional Member; each is a three-year term of office that expires June 30, 2016.
     The Employee Member position must be appointed from those counties of the District located west of the east shore of Lake Winnebago and the area west of the east boundary of the towns of Fond du Lac and Oakfield in Fond du Lac County and west of the east boundary of the towns of Leroy, Williamstown, Oak Grove and Lowell in Dodge County. 
     The Employer Member position must be appointed from those counties of the District located east of the east shore of Lake Winnebago and the area east of the east boundary of the towns of Fond du Lac and Oakfield in Fond du Lac County and east of the east boundary of the towns of Leroy, Williamstown, Oak Grove and Lowell in Dodge County. 
     The Additional Member position may be appointed from anywhere within the District. 
     Applicants must submit a completed application, including at least two written references supporting their nomination to the District Board, and must attend the public hearing of the District Board Appointment Committee tentatively scheduled for 4:30 p.m. on Monday, March 25, at Moraine Park. A legal notice announcing the exact date, time and location of this meeting will be published sometime between February 25 and March 8. 
     Application materials may be obtained from the County Board Chairperson of any of the following counties:  Calumet, Columbia, Dodge, Fond du Lac, Green Lake, Marquette, Sheboygan, Washington, Waushara and Winnebago or by contacting Valerie Krueger, Moraine Park Technical College, 235 N. National Ave., P. O. Box 1940, Fond du Lac, WI 54936-1940; telephone 920-929-2127; or e-mail           
     Completed applications will be accepted through 4:30 p.m. on Feb. 22.  All completed applications should be addressed to Mr. Michael Miller, Secretary, Moraine Park Technical College District Board, at the same address.  For more information on Moraine Park, visit


Moraine Park celebrates Career and Technical Education Month

by jbrezinsky29. January 2013 16:18

     With 9 out of every 10 graduates employed within six months of graduating,  technical colleges are poised to help Wisconsin on the road to economic recovery. February is Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month throughout the state and nation, and Moraine Park Technical College is highlighting the importance of Technical Education throughout the month.
     The public is welcome to take part in several other events taking place at Moraine Park’s campuses during CTE month. On Monday, Feb. 11, Be the Match will be held at the Fond du Lac Campus. On Wednesday, Feb. 14, the Blood Center of Wisconsin Blood Drive will be held from 9:30-1:30 at the Fond du Lac Campus and a Community Connections Fair is being held at the Beaver Dam Campus from 11a.m.-1 p.m. On Monday, Feb. 25, a Bone Marrow Drive will take at the Fond du Lac Campus and on Thursday, Feb. 28 a Business Networking Forum sponsored by the College’s Economic and Workforce Development Office will take place at the Fond du Lac Campus. All of these activities are free and open to the public. For event details go to and check out the Events Calendar. 
     Also celebrating is the Moraine Park Association of Career and Technical Education (MPACTE). The organization is holding its annual awards banquet on February 21 to recognize individuals for their dedication to and excellence in career and technical education. Throughout the year, MPACTE supports student achievement by awarding eight $300 scholarships to full-time Moraine Park students and five $200 scholarships to part-time Moraine Park students. Scholarships are cosponsored by both the Moraine Park Federation of Teachers and the MPACTE organization.             
     For more information about Moraine Park, visit For more information on statewide CTE month activities, visit


Moraine Park offers community art courses in Beaver Dam and Mayville

by jbrezinsky29. January 2013 16:12

     Looking for a new hobby or fun activity to beat those winter blues? Check out upcoming community courses offered at Moraine Park Technical College’s Beaver Dam campus and Mayville regional center.   
     Soap Making (CRN 31190) will be held Tuesday, Feb. 19, from 6-9 p.m. on Moraine Park’s Beaver Dam campus. Class attendees will discover how to make natural, handcrafted soaps and discover tips and shortcuts for making them at home. Cost is $23.50 to attend ($18.63 for 62 and older).      
     Every Tuesday from Feb. 19 through March 26 on Moraine Park’s Beaver Dam campus, a six-part class series on acrylic painting (CRN 30843) will be offered. Class participants will explore painting techniques with acrylic paints that are fun to do, even with no prior painting experience. Paints will be supplied. Every class will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Cost to attend the six-part class is $91.75 ($69.81 for 62 and older).    
     Glass Pendants Made Simple (CRN 30814) will take place on Saturday, Feb. 23, from noon- 3 p.m. on Moraine Park’s Beaver Dam campus. The class will focus on the art of making boro glass pendants using solid glass rods with a hands-on lampworking technique. All equipment and supplies are included. Beginner and intermediates welcome. Cost is $23.50 ($18.63 for 62 and older).
     Reclaim Your Creativity (CRN 31357) will take place at Moraine Park’s Mayville regional center, located in Mayville High School. It will be held Tuesdays, February 26 through March 26. The five-part class series will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. Participants will experiment with a new art medium in each class, including clay, fabric, paper and paint. Participants will also discuss ways to carve out time - and space - for creative pursuits and the benefits of creativity in daily life. Cost is $43.00 ($33.26 for 62 and older).
     To register for a class, call 1-800-472-4554 and refer to the CRN number. For more information on Moraine Park, visit


Learn photography from expert in field at Moraine Park

by jbrezinsky28. January 2013 11:15

     Photographer and business owner Jeffrey Klug has been sharing his passion for photography since 1981, when he opened his camera store, Klug’s Photo World located in Hubertus, Wis.  Starting in February, Klug will be sharing his expertise with those interested in learning more about photography. Klug will be teaching a variety of Moraine Park Technical College photography classes at the College’s West Bend campus. Students may register for one course, or take all six of them.          
     Each of the six courses will take place over two weeks; the first week is devoted to lecture from 7-9 p.m. Then after applying the concepts, students will come back the second week and instructor Jeffrey will critique selected photos from 6-7 p.m.
     Photography is Greek to Me will cover how to shoot a simple landscape image, using the rule of thirds, incorporating a center of interest and gestalt theory. The classes for this course will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 5 (7-9 p.m.) and Tuesday Feb. 12 (6-7 p.m.)
     Taking a Photo in the Blink of an Eye (Feb. 12 and Feb. 19) will cover the parts of a camera and photographing still life using different focal points. What Does Light Have to Do With It? (Feb. 19 and Feb. 26) will feature light and how artists use light to create effect and change a mood in photos. Impressive Images (Feb. 26 and March 5) will focus on shooting a subject in changing light or atmosphere.     
     Popular Culture and Photography (March 5 and March 12) will take a look at how popular culture has affected image making.  Beyond the Image Capture (March 12 and March 26) will discuss the tools used by professional photographers in their workflow.           
     For more information on the classes contact Mary Anne Bauer at or 262-335-5826. To register for any of the classes, call 1-800-472-4554.


Major changes to occur for GED testers

by jbrezinsky22. January 2013 13:33

     To students currently obtaining, or thinking about obtaining their General Educational Development (GED) degree, changes will occur at the end of 2013, requiring those affected to start planning now. The current version of the test, known as the 2002 Series GED test, will expire at the end of 2013.  It will be replaced with the new 2014 GED test in January 2014.           
     Those who have taken the 2002 Series GED test, but not passed or completed all five parts, have until the end of 2013 to pass or complete all parts, or they will need to start over again in 2014 with the new GED test in order to receive their high school credential.
     “The GED test opens doors to college, better jobs, and gives adults the satisfaction of earning a high school credential,” said Sandra Huenink, dean of Basic Education at Moraine Park. “We want to be sure that everyone is aware of this deadline. GED test-takers must act now to finish and pass before the current test expires. November, 2013 may sound like a long time from now, but those involved in the GED test taking process need to give themselves time to prepare for the tests, and receive the results.”  
     Moraine Park Technical College offers GED preparation in a variety of formats and will help you complete your credential.  The college is also an official testing site.  Interested GED test-takers can find more information at   If you have any questions about the changes or want to access services, please call 920-924-6393.


Moraine Park offering welding Boot Camps

by jbrezinsky22. January 2013 13:29

Information sessions on Friday, Feb. 15, Beaver Dam campus
Moraine Park Technical College is combating the skilled worker shortage with Manufacturing Skills Academies in a series of 15-week bootcamps. Information and testing sessions on Friday, Feb. 15, on Moraine Park’s Beaver Dam campus, will provide details on Moraine Park’s entry-Level Welding Boot Camp. These bootcamps are part of the manufacturing skills academies funded by the Wisconsin Covenant Foundation and the Department of Labor TAA CCCT Grant. These grants provide specific training for creating job opportunities at: Amerequip Corporation, Brenner Tank, John Crane Orion, Mid-States Aluminum Corporation and several other area partners.
     The February 15 information sessions will take place at 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., in Room K-201. Testing will follow each info session for interested participants, including TABE Testing and Mechanical Aptitude Testing. To qualify for the welding bootcamps, individuals must be currently unemployed, people not currently employed as a CNC machinist or welder, or 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 and testing sessions must R.S.V.P. online at or by emailing or calling 920-929-2117.


First Moraine Park CNC Bootcamp class graduates

by jbrezinsky18. January 2013 08:11

DWD Secretary Newson presents certificates

      Six months ago, Governor Scott Walker awarded a $705,647 Wisconsin Workforce Partnership grant to establish Manufacturing Skills Academies, or Bootcamps, at Moraine Park Technical College. The grant, funded by the Wisconsin Covenant Foundation, Inc., would allow the College to quickly train students in Computer Numerical Control (CNC), and welding – two job platforms in need of skilled workers, based on demand from District employers.           
     The grant dollars were quickly put into action by Moraine Park and in October, a CNC machinist Bootcamp was ready for 12 new faces to start training in this highly-skilled area. These 12 students were unemployed or working in a position unrelated to CNC when they entered the bootcamp. On Friday, Jan. 11, the students culminated their last week of Bootcamp training by receiving completion certificates on Moraine Park’s West Bend campus, paving the way for future Bootcamp participants.
     Those who completed the bootcamp included: Alex Anderson of Hartford; Jeremy Blonigen of Eldorado; Paul Dadian of Jackson; Patrick Enright; Bob Lepak, Steven Maitz, and Jay Reisdorf of West Bend; Matthew Metrusias of Slinger; Michael Rath of Hubertus; Jason Sippel of St. Cloud; Diane Stepp of Fond du Lac; and Frank Vroman of Cedarburg.
     Reggie Newson, Wisconsin Workforce Development Secretary, attended the ceremony to help present certificates to the new graduates. "Under Governor Walker's leadership, Wisconsin has made tremendous strides forward in supporting private-sector job creators," said Secretary Reggie Newson.  "Employer-led training initiatives, like the Wisconsin Workforce Partnership grants, prepare workers with the necessary skills to find a permanent, family-supporting job.  The Department of Workforce Development will help businesses find workers with the skills for the high-wage, high-growth industries needed in Wisconsin."    
     The second set of 15-week bootcamps begins February 2013 with separate CNC machinist and welding training sessions offered. In all, the College expects to offer nine bootcamps with the partnering companies, and fill 108 new positions over the three-year grant period. 
     Morna Foy, Wisconsin Technical College System President extended her sincere congratulations to all who completed the first CNC Machinist Bootcamp at Moraine Park. She is very grateful to the Wisconsin Covenant Foundation for the Wisconsin Workforce Partnership grant funding they provided to make this bootcamp possible. “This CNC Machinist Bootcamp is a prime example of the unique public and private partnerships a grant like this can create, with talented students at the ceremony ready to enter the workfore with important new skills.”
     Foy added that Moraine Park is one of five Wisconsin Technical Colleges to receive funding from the Wisconsin Workforce Partnership grant for these bootcamps. “Knowing four other technical colleges are also training great students like the graduates here today is a testament to the incredible work we can all do together,” she said.            
     Two information and testing sessions for upcoming CNC and welding bootcamps will be held on Moraine Park’s Beaver Dam campus on Tuesday, Feb. 15. Session I begins at 8:30 a.m., and session II begins at 12:30 p.m.   
     Preregistration for sessions is recommended. For details, visit




Moraine Park CNC Bootcamp graduate honored by Governor Walker

by jbrezinsky17. January 2013 15:32

     When Diane Stepp was laid off in August, 2012, she probably didn’t think six months later, she would be recognized at Governor Scott Walker’s January 16 State of the State address, honored for completing a vigorous 15-week CNC Machinist Bootcamp through Moraine Park Technical College. Stepp was one of 12 graduates who completed the first CNC Machinist Boocamp funded through the Wisconsin Covenant Foundation, Inc.
     The only female in her CNC class, Stepp was not intimidated by her classmates, having grown up with five brothers. “All of my classmates were very good people and very smart,” Stepp said. “It seemed like everyone really enjoyed themselves and supported each other. We were all there to succeed and that was a good feeling – it was never a competition.”            
     Each bootcamp participant was required to complete an internship at one of the partnering companies. Stepp was placed at Amerequip, in Kiel, for her internship and was very happy when they asked if she wanted to continue working with them in a full-time role as a CNC operator.
    For more information on upcoming CNC and Welding bootcamps, visit


Moraine Park announces expansion in Washington County

by jbrezinsky17. January 2013 10:16

     The Moraine Park Technical College District Board approved leasing a new College facility in Washington County’s Jackson Industrial Park during their Wednesday, Jan. 16, District Board meeting. The District’s mission includes a focus on responding to community needs and initiatives through partnerships such as workforce development.
     The expansion is in response to requests from Washington County-area employers for job training in welding, fabrication and other advanced manufacturing trade skills beyond the existing offerings at Moraine Park’s West Bend campus.           
     Moraine Park’s Jackson facility will bring welding, fabrication and additional, customized Computer Numerical Control (CNC) training to Washington County with a CNC lab, welding lab, two classrooms, restrooms, a reception area, break room, two offices, and a conference room to complete the space. The welding lab will feature two VRTEX 360 welding simulation stations, purchased from a $647,000 U.S. Department of Labor grant. The facility will offer robotic welding training in the future.       
     “I’m excited for the expansion in Washington County for educational training to meet the current workforce needs and to provide training in new areas, like robotic welding,” said Dr. Sheila Ruhland, Moraine Park president. “This facility will also provide opportunities to our secondary partners to meet customized training requirements.”  
     In Washington County, 24.4 percent of the county’s jobs are in the manufacturing industry, which is the highest concentration in the county. “With advanced manufacturing as a driver industry in Washington County, our success at fully leveraging opportunities for that industry is directly tied to a company’s capability for rapidly responding to changing demands on the skills of their workforce,” said Christian Tscheschlok, executive director of Economic Development Washington County (EDWC).                                  
     “This training center provides Moraine Park with capability to quickly flex with the unique training needs of individual Washington County area manufacturers,” added Tscheschlok, who said the EDWC sees Moraine Park’s new Jackson facility as a potential game changer.  “It offers a direct solution for enhancing the competitiveness of our area workforce and growth in companies in an ever-changing manufacturing environment.” 
     "I am very pleased that this facility will be available for the students in Washington County and also in our neighboring counties.  This is something that has been requested by members of our community, and I am happy that we can provide it,” said Mike Miller, Moraine Park District Board member and Washington County Board member.
     Moraine Park will negotiate a lease and start construction and remodeling as soon as possible with the goal of offering classes in September 2013. Moraine Park proposes entering a lease agreement for approximately 9,515 square feet of space, using 22 percent of a manufacturing building located in the industrial park.                  
     We balance the needs of our students and employers with the resources of our taxpayers, and the leased Jackson facility is a win-win-win,” said Richard Zimman, Moraine Park District Board president. “Our students will receive the additional training they need, and our employers will receive the skilled workforce they need — all at a price our taxpayers can afford through the less costly lease approach Moraine Park is taking for this new training center.  Zimman added that the Jackson facility will allow Moraine Park to be flexible so the College can adjust to market conditions and respond quickly to changing employment needs without a huge capital expense. The initial term of the lease is five years, from July 1, 2013, through June 30, 2018, with five, one-year optional extensions. The projected cost for the initial leasehold improvements is $800,000, and the operating lease is $4 per square foot for the base rent with additional costs for applicable common area maintenance fees.  Total annual operating cost for the first year is projected at $53,060. The lease agreement will need to be approved as substantially completed and forwarded to the Wisconsin Technical College System Board for their review and approval after final details are defined.                    
     Moraine Park was established in 1912 and is one of 16 technical college districts that make up the Wisconsin Technical College System. With campuses in Beaver Dam, Fond du Lac and West Bend, and regional centers in Hartford and Ripon, Wis., Moraine Park offers more than 100 associate of applied science degrees, technical diplomas, apprenticeships and certificates delivered in a variety of formats — classroom, online and blended. Training and technical assistance for businesses is also offered. To find out more about Moraine Park, visit