Moraine Park welding students construct SWAT team training device

by dritger26. February 2015 12:29

Students in Moraine Park’s Welding program were put to the test as they were asked to construct a door frame that could withstand the strength of a trained SWAT team. This unique opportunity came along when the college was approached by the Fond du Lac Police Department with an idea to build a steel door frame that their SWAT team could use in door breaching drills.

Students and staff from Moraine Park Technical College’s Welding program collaborate with the Fond du Lac Police Department to construct a steel door frame for SWAT team training. From left: Jeff Beach, Moraine Park welding instructor; Ben Colwin, Fond du Lac Police Department assistant SWAT team leader; Michael Schladweiler, Jr., Kewaskum, welding student.

In the past, we would have to borrow this device from other counties, which can be time consuming,” said Ben Colwin, Fond du Lac Police Department assistant SWAT team leader. “In talking with other agencies, it was recommended that we seek the help of our local technical college.”

The project was a perfect fit for Moraine Park’s welding students and, more specifically, it complemented the curriculum for the Fabrication for Welders class. The project began with a planning phase in spring 2014, and then the fall 2014 class followed up with the actual fabrication of the frame. Students used donated steel from McNeilus Steel, Inc., of Fond du Lac to construct a heavy-duty frame that is adjustable to accommodate doors ranging from 55 to 96 inches wide.

“It was a fun and unique project that the students really enjoyed,” said Jeff Beach, welding instructor at Moraine Park. “The project taught students how to envision a plan and fabricate a project using structural materials.”  

The Fond du Lac SWAT team is made up of 13 officers, and they will begin using the frame in obstacle course training. Four SWAT team members received WallBanger™ instructor certification from The Safariland Group, which is a company that supplies breaching tools. The certification authorizes those individuals to provide in-service door breaching training to other members of the agency.

To learn more about the City of Fond du Lac Police Department, visit For more information about Moraine Park’s Welding program, or any other of the College’s programs, visit


Three seats open for Moraine Park District Board Applications due March 6

by dritger19. February 2015 08:44

Moraine Park Technical College is accepting applications Feb. 20 - March 6, 2015, for three positions on the Moraine Park District Board. Openings exist for the following positions: employer member, employee member and school district administrator member; each is a three-year term of office that expires June 30, 2018. 

The employer 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 employee 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 school district administrator 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, April 6, at Moraine Park Technical College. A legal notice announcing the exact date, time and location of this meeting will be published between the weeks of March 9 or 16, 2015.  

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 March 6. All completed applications should be addressed to Mr. Mike Staral, Secretary, Moraine Park Technical College District Board, at the same address. For more information on Moraine Park, visit


Moraine Park Technical College, Waukesha County Technical College to host WHY IT? event - Discover careers in the growing information technology field

by dritger18. February 2015 08:42

Moraine Park Technical College (MPTC) and Waukesha County Technical College (WCTC) will host a special event focusing on information technology careers on Wednesday, Feb. 25 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., at MPTC’s West Bend campus.

The event, WHY IT?, will feature keynote speaker Matthew Moran, who will give a dynamic presentation, “The Value Added Technologist.” A nationally renowned author, speaker and entertainer, Moran will provide insight about careers in the growing IT field and share with attendees his valuable perspective that will provide guidance, motivation, tools and direction on how to have the most rewarding career possible.

The event also features:

•A presentation by Jeff Lang of Omni Resources, an IT staffing and solutions company, who will provide information on the growth expectations for IT careers throughout Wisconsin.

•IT employers from the MPTC and WCTC districts, who will be on hand to discuss IT career path options.

•Information on educational funding opportunities from Workforce Development, TAA and Veterans resources.

•Details about IT program offerings at MPTC and WCTC.

MPTC’s West Bend campus is located at 2151 North Main Street West Bend, Wis. The event is free; however, participants must register. Refreshments will be served.

For more information about the event or to register, visit


Explore opportunities to transfer Moraine Park credits

by dritger17. February 2015 12:36

Transferring Moraine Park Technical College credits to a four-year college or university has never been easier. Find information from over 20 four-year colleges and universities at Moraine Park’s Transfer Fair, held on Tuesday, Feb. 24, at the West Bend campus; Wednesday, Feb. 25, at the Beaver Dam campus; and Thursday, Feb. 26, at the Fond du Lac campus. The event will be held from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. at each location. 

At the Transfer Fair, those attending can see how their Moraine Park associate of applied science degree credits can transfer to a bachelor’s degree program, meet with representatives from a variety of four-year colleges and universities, and explore educational and extracurricular opportunities that await at a four-year institution.  

For more information, visit Registration is not required, and the event is free to attend.                              



Moraine Park celebrates Career and Technical Education Month

by dritger2. February 2015 09:17

February is national Career and Technical Education (CTE) month, and Moraine Park Technical College, along with the entire Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS), will be celebrating.   

“Career and Technical Education month is a great time for Moraine Park and the WTCS to express the value of technical education to our future workforce and community,” said Bonnie Baerwald, Moraine Park’s interim president. 

Moraine Park will feature many events that focus on the importance of technical education throughout the month. The College is hosting a Moraine Park Association for Career and Technical Education (MPACTE) awards ceremony and Veterans Display Installation Ceremony, while the Moraine Park Foundation will hold a banquet for business partners of its Forming Alliances to Cultivate Talent (FACT) initiative. 

In addition, Moraine Park invites the general public to join in celebration of CTE month at the following events: 

•Prospective students can learn more information about programs, admissions requirements, financial aid and scholarships available at Discover Moraine Park from 4:30-6 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 10, at the West Bend campus, Wednesday, Feb. 11, at the Fond du Lac campus and Thursday, Feb. 12, at the Beaver Dam campus. 

•FBI undercover agent, Joaquin "Jack" Garcia, will be speaking at the Fond du Lac Campus on Tuesday, Feb. 10, at 11:30 a.m. 

•Current MPTC students and alumni are encouraged to learn how easy it can be to transfer credits to a four-year college or university at the Transfer Fair. The event will be held from 11 a.m.–1 p.m. at the West Bend campus on Tuesday, Feb. 24, the Beaver Dam campus on Wednesday, Feb. 25, and the Fond du Lac campus on Thursday, Feb. 26. 

•Moraine Park students will be sharing their service-learning experiences and projects at the State Capitol in Madison on Tuesday, Feb. 17, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., as part of the WTCS student showcase event: A Celebration of Student Engagement. The event highlights the many ways students give back to their communities as part of their educational experience.

•Learn more about the IT programs Moraine Park and Waukesha County technical colleges offer at the Why IT? event held Feb. 25 from 4-7 p.m. on Moraine Park’s West Bend campus. National IT guru Matthew Moran will be the featured speaker, and there will also be workshops and opportunities to talk with area IT employers.

For more events, visit For details on statewide CTE month activities, visit  



Moraine Park to host Joaquin "Jack" Garcia - rescheduled for Tuesday, March 3 at 11:30 a.m

by dritger28. January 2015 14:13

Former FBI undercover agent, Joaquin "Jack" Garcia, who is considered to be the most successful undercover agent in the history of the FBI, will speak at Moraine Park Technical College’s Fond du Lac campus on Tuesday, March 3, at 11:30 a.m. The event, sponsored by Student Senate, will be held in the cafeteria and is free to the public. 

In his 26 years of service with the FBI and as an undercover agent in over 100 major operations, Garcia is best known for his undercover role as "Jack Falcone," a self-described Sicilian jewel thief and drug dealer from Miami. 

Garcia successfully infiltrated the Gambino crime family and became the second FBI agent in history to be offered Mafia membership. His three years of posing as an Italian gangster concluded with the arrest and conviction of 39 mobsters, including the top members of the Gambino crime family. Garcia is also the author of the bestselling book “Making Jack Falcone,” a chronicle of his life as an undercover agent.

For more information about the event, please contact Sam Saeger, student involvement specialist, at, or visit


Discover your future at Moraine Park

by dritger28. January 2015 08:06

Moraine Park Technical College is holding its annual Discover Moraine Park event on Tuesday, Feb. 10, at the West Bend campus; Wednesday, Feb. 11, at the Fond du Lac campus; and Thursday, Feb. 12, at the Beaver Dam campus. The event will be held from 4:30 - 6 p.m. at each location. 

This event is great for anyone thinking about a career change, graduating from high school or completing your GED/HSED requirements. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet with instructors from their desired program area, as well as staff from admissions, financial aid and student services. The following program areas will be featured: business, technology, digital arts, consumer and hospitality services, engineering, environmental sciences and trades, general education, health science and human services and manufacturing. 

Attendees will receive a $30 application fee waiver, valid towards associate degree and technical diploma applications. Photo ID is required.

For more information about the event or to register, visit Registration for the event is not necessary but is appreciated. 


Moraine Park to host color guard presentation

by dritger28. January 2015 08:02

Moraine Park Technical College will be hosting a veterans ceremony on Thursday, Feb. 5, at 11:30 a.m. in the main lobby of the West Bend campus. The ceremony will feature a Color Guard presentation by the West Bend VFW Post 1393 and a flag presentation by the United States Army to recognize fallen soldiers.

A veterans display, crafted by Moraine Park students, will also be presented at the ceremony. In honor of students and staff that have served in the military, several Moraine Park student organizations worked together to create engraved wooden plaques that represent the five branches of the military. Each of Moraine Park’s three campuses will receive a veterans display and flag. Veteran students and staff will also speak at the ceremony.

This event is free, and the public is invited to attend. Refreshments will be served. For more information, please visit


Moraine Park graduates welding & CNC boot camp

by dritger22. January 2015 12:17

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


Moraine Park releases 2013-2014 Annual Report

by dritger21. January 2015 15:30

Moraine Park Technical College’s 2013-2014 Annual Report is now available in electronic format. Readers will learn about the many accomplishments achieved by students, faculty and staff; the College’s financial information; and any new facilities updates during the 2013-14 school year. Also included is information from the Moraine Park Foundation, which shares student success stories, new foundation initiatives and financial data.  

“I am proud to share our accomplishments over the past year at Moraine Park in our 2013-2014 Annual Report,” said Dr. Sheila Ruhland, Moraine Park president. “It is a wonderful reflection of what can be achieved when so many work together.”

To view the Annual Report, visit

Moraine Park Technical College 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, 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