Moraine Park Technical College is proud to graduate two more classes from the Manufacturing Skills Academy. Six students graduated from the welding training and ten from the Computer Numeric Control (CNC) machinist training. In total, Moraine Park has had 132 students graduate from the Skills Academy since induction and, out of those, 85 percent are now employed.
Front (left to right): Andrew Luby, MPTC instructor; Joseph Weiss, Port Washington; Werner VonHaden, Neosho; Jim Eden, MPTC vice president of academic affairs. Back: Brandon Melaney, West Bend; Jason Nagler, Burnett; Alan Colwell Jr., West Bend; Brian Lorenzen, Fond du Lac.
Front (left to right): Xo Lor, Oshkosh; Matt Grunke, Fond du Lac; Travis Schuh, Fond du Lac; Avery Brown, Campbellsport; Arthur Maratos, Fond du Lac. Back: Troy Niemuth, MPTC instructor; Liadzoua Lo, Oshkosh; Donald Lamson, Oshkosh; Jakob Strupp, Slinger; Nichole Perez, North Fond du Lac; Trenton Walker, Fond du Lac; Jim Eden, MPTC vice president of academic affairs.
Moraine Park’s Manufacturing Skills Academy offers 15-week boot camp sessions in either welding or CNC training. They were designed to combat the shortage of skilled manufacturing workers in Wisconsin. Moraine Park partners with many local manufacturing employers including Mayville Engineering Company (MEC), Integrity Saw & Tool, MBW Inc., Wyman Gordon Mayville Die & Tool, Brenner Tank and Kondex.
Jonathan Barry, deputy secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development, attended the ceremony and addressed graduates. Barry talked about the changing workforce in Wisconsin and the importance of investing in technical colleges and skills development. "Skilled talent is a critical need for Wisconsin employers to grow and be competitive in the global economy, and the Department of Workforce Development is pleased to see regional partners develop programs based on labor market needs," he said. “The collaboration between Moraine Park and local industry provides a great example of working together to develop a program based on employer needs to ensure qualified individuals are available to fill in-demand openings.”
The boot camps combine a 72-hour paid internship with coursework, including Occupational Math, Print Reading, Team Building and Problem Solving and courses specific to their program. Skill training for CNC includes basic programming, machining and turning center, while welding students learn welding and cutting techniques.
Both the welding and CNC boot camps are funded by grant dollars. The welding training is funded by the U.S. Department of Labor TAACCCT grant, and the CNC training is funded by the Wisconsin Workforce Partnership grant, which is administered by Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation.
“Moraine Park Technical College has done an excellent job of assessing the needs of the local business community and creating an efficient boot camp model that gets students trained, certified and employed in just a few months,” said Amy Kerwin, vice president of community investments at Great Lakes. “We celebrate the most recent class of graduates and wish them great success in their manufacturing careers.”
Those who completed the CNC boot camp include: Matthew Grunke, Travis Schuh, Trenton Walker and Arthur Maratos of Fond du Lac; Avery Brown of Campbellsport; Nichole Perez of North Fond du Lac; Donald Lamson, Liadzoua Lo and Xo Lor of Oshkosh; and Jakob Strupp of Slinger. Completing the welding boot camp were: Brian Lorenzen of Fond du Lac; Alan Colwell Jr. and Brandon Melaney of West Bend; Joseph Weiss of Port Washington; Jason Nagler of Burnett; and Werner Von Haden of Neosho.
For more information about Moraine Park’s Manufacturing Skills Academies, visit morainepark.edu/bootcamps.