Scholarships available to Moraine Park STEM students

by admin10. March 2009 19:00

To help meet a need for college graduates trained in science, engineering and technology occupations, Moraine Park Technical College will provide more than $400,000 in scholarships to qualifying students enrolled in one of nine participating degree programs.


The scholarships are made possible by a $520,000 Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) grant from the National Science Foundation. Starting with the fall 2009 semester, up to 30 scholarships will be awarded annually through July 31, 2013, based on financial need and ranging from $500 to $10,000. The application deadline for the fall 2009 semester is May 29. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply as they are underrepresented in STEM degrees and careers.


Students entering or enrolled in Moraine Park STEM programs full-time are eligible to apply. The nine programs are as follows: Engine Research and Development Technician; Mechanical Design Technology; Tool Design Engineering Technology; Civil Engineering Technician – Structural; Engineering Technologist; IT – Applications Developer; IT – Network Specialist; IT – Technical Support Specialist; and Water Quality Technician.


Moraine Park has a three-tier approach to scholarship awards: STEM Gold Scholars (students who meet all of the requirements), STEM Silver Scholars (students who meet the financial need but need assistance to meet the academic requirement), and STEM Scholars on the Move (students who transfer to a four-year college program). Students can take advantage of study groups, online STEM advising, an online STEM Club, mentoring and tutoring, as well as other support services. The College also provides real-world experience, job shadowing and placement to help prepare students for life on the job. 


For more information about Moraine Park’s STEM scholarships and programs, contact STEM program director and IT instructor Lisa Pollard at 920-924-3352 or


Moraine Park organization, employee win awards at state level

by admin9. March 2009 19:00

The Moraine Park Association for Career and Technical Education (MPACTE) was named Local of the Year during the recent Wisconsin Association for Career and Technical Education (WACTE) 73rd Annual Conference. 


The WACTE conference hosted the state awards program for the Wisconsin Technical College System. This is the second year in a row that MPACTE won Local of the Year. This award is based on member activities, professional development opportunities, legislative activities and Career and Technical Education Month events.


Gloria Arenz, Moraine Park instructional technology computer specialist, received the WACTE Professional Excellence – Associate Member Award. She also received the local version of that award on Feb. 23 during (MPACTE) Awards ceremony. The Associate Member Award is given to members who are office, technical, paraprofessional or custodial staff who have made a significant contribution to career and technical education.


The Moraine Park Association for Career and Technical Education comprises 93 members, bringing together support staff, faculty and administration. MPACTE is the local chapter of the WACTE, which unites individuals involved in career and technical education, provides professional development, encourages leadership in the professional arena, and promotes innovative change to enhance lifelong learning. 



ACT Prep Plus coming to Moraine Park

by admin8. March 2009 19:00

Moraine Park Technical College’s Beaver Dam Campus will host ACT Prep Plus classes this spring to help high school students be better prepared to take the ACT college entrance exam on June 13.


The ACT Assessment is a standardized college entrance exam used by colleges throughout the country as part of their admissions requirements. ACT Prep Plus consists of five classes that focus on the four ACT subject areas and test-taking strategies. Because the curriculum uses actual ACT problems, students gain a competitive edge on test day. 


“There are many online options for studying for the ACT test,” said Bonnie Weiland Hare, Moraine Park counselor, “but this ‘face to face’ instruction provides students with the best environment to learn test-taking strategies, solve problems and ask questions.” 


Classes will take place on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon in Room K-201. The dates and subjects are as follows:


·         Saturday, April 18 – English content

·         Saturday, April 25 – reading and writing content

·         Saturday, May 9 – math content

·         Saturday, May 16 – continued math and science content

·         Saturday, May 23 – full 3.5-hour practice test (runs until 12:30 p.m.)


The cost for all five classes is $125. Students can pick up a brochure from their high school guidance counselor.
A registration form is included in the brochure, or students can contact ACT Prep Plus, LLC in Menomonee Falls at
262-255-9580. For more information, contact Weiland Hare at 920-887-4441.


There will be additional sessions this fall for the October test date and in spring 2010 for the April and June test dates.


For directions to Moraine Park’s Beaver Dam campus, visit


Registration starts March 23 for Tech Knowledge College

by admin8. March 2009 19:00

Starting March 23, students entering grades 6-8 in the fall can sign up for summer fun at Moraine Park Technical College’s annual Tech Knowledge College. The program enables middle-school students to explore careers and college through 23 hands-on activities.


This year’s program takes place Aug. 4-6 at the Fond du Lac campus and includes four new activities:


Aprenda Español: Explore the Spanish culture! Make a piñata, learn to speak Spanish and more.


Fix It, Tune It, Ride It!: Are you a future Tour de France rider? Learn to fix flats, fine-tune your own bicycle and build one. On the final day, enjoy a long bike ride through the countryside and the city.


Layout and Design Through Scrapbooking: Creativity is the foundation of many careers, and scrapbooking teaches design, layout and balance. Learn different techniques while scrapbooking your favorite summer photos.


Sign Language: Use your hands and facial expressions to communicate with others as you learn the basics of American Sign Language. Explore views of deafness as a culture or a disability, and whether sign language is the same around the world.


A few of the 19 other activities include:


Comfort Foods with Future Concepts: Discover new ways to prepare timeless classics such as meatloaf, grilled cheese and more.


Computer Lingo: Explore the language of Visual Basic programming as you create a variety of computer games.


Electroniks: Almost everything you touch, see and hear today contains electronics. Experience the fundamentals of electronics while assembling your own electronic kit.


Hair Techniques: Spend time in Moraine Park’s Techniques salon and day spa to learn the latest in up-dos, braiding and styling.


Ready, Set, Build!: Create a blueprint to build a catapult, learn how to safely use power tools to build it, then launch projectiles across the room.


Rescue 911 – Be an EMT: Learn basic EMT skills such as CPR, splinting and bleeding control, and how to handle situations such as choking, burn care and more.


Activities fill up fast, so sign up early for your two favorite career activities. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis, with a deadline of July 3. Cost is $85 before May 18 ($90 after) and includes two activities (8:45-11:15 a.m. and 12-2:30 p.m.), a T-shirt, and lunch. Busing is available from Moraine Park’s Beaver Dam and West Bend campuses to the Fond du Lac campus daily for students who live outside of the Fond du Lac area (included in the registration fee).


For registration information, go to For more information contact Katie VandeSlunt,
Moraine Park college outreach specialist, at 920-924-3347 or 1-800-472-4554, ext. 3347, or e-mail her at


Moraine Park introduces new Metal Fabrication program

by admin1. March 2009 19:00

Starting in January 2010, Moraine Park Technical College will offer a new Metal Fabrication technical diploma at its Fond du Lac campus.


The two-semester program provides individuals with hands-on fabrication skills that are used in today’s industries, and that can lead to Fabricators and Manufacturers Association International (FMA) Precision Sheet Metal certification. Students learn to read technical prints and perform automated cutting, forming and welding to build metal products from start to finish. Critical in today’s manufacturing industry are Lean practices, math and communication skills, which are included in the program. 


“The Moraine Park district is in the center of the country’s strongest fabrication centers and our employers have a need for employees who can problem-solve on their feet as they form, cut and weld metal into our future products,” said Marcia Arndt, Moraine Park dean of manufacturing technology. “The new fabrication program is geared to those who want to work with their hands and want to learn the technology involved with these processes. The competitive edge of our region is dependent on a well-trained workforce capable of using technology in creating new products.”


Positions that Metal Fabrication graduates can apply for include fabricator and press brake operator.


For more information about Moraine Park’s Metal Fabrication technical diploma, contact Arndt at 262-335-5725.


Free tax seminar at Moraine Park March 7

by admin1. March 2009 19:00

A free tax seminar will take place at Moraine Park Technical College’s West Bend campus on Saturday, March 7.


Sponsored by the West Bend campus student Accounting Club, the seminar will run from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the auditorium near the main entrance. Presenter Jim Heinrich, CPA, of Acoustech Supply Inc. in New Berlin will answer questions after the presentation. Heinrich serves as the chief financial officer and controller of Acoustech and has more than 15 years of public accounting experience. 


A drawing will be held, with a chance to win a free tax service. Snacks will be provided.


While the event is free, participants are encouraged to bring a nonperishable food item for the local food pantry.


Moraine Park staff honored by Career and Technical Education Association

by admin24. February 2009 19:00

The Moraine Park Association for Career and Technical Education (MPACTE) honored eight people and a Germantown business for their dedication and professional excellence during the annual awards banquet held at the Knights of Columbus Hall in West Bend on Feb. 23.


Five Moraine Park Technical College staff received the 2009 MPACTE Professional Excellence Award in various categories. Karen Zuehlke, one-stop services partner, received the Administrator Award. Bruce DeBoer, enrollment management associate, was presented with the Specialty Services Award, while Gloria Arenz, instructional technology computer specialist, received the Associate Member Award. The Full-Time Teacher Award went to Kathy Mueller, basic education instructor, and the New Instructor Award went to Maggie Rentmeester, nursing instructor.


Sandy Melius, Moraine Park administrative assistant – apprenticeships, received the Rodney Pasch Leadership Award. This award, open to all Moraine Park employees, recognizes “an individual who personifies the principles of character, commitment and ethics in the daily performance of their work.” 


The C.L. Greiber Award of Merit for Business went to Germantown Iron & Steel Corp. Also receiving this award in the Individual category was Steve Peterson, CEO of Mid-States Aluminum. The C.L. Greiber Award acknowledges companies and individuals outside of the Wisconsin Technical College System that help promote and improve career and technical education in Wisconsin.


Kathy Hass, administrative assistant – trades and manufacturing, received the George P. Hambrecht Award. This honor is given to individuals who have been employed in career and technical education for more than 25 years and who are members of the Wisconsin Association for Career and Technical Education (WACTE). 


Moraine Park and MPACTE observed national Career and Technical Education Month in February. This year’s theme was CTE: Building Blocks for a Successful Career.  MPACTE comprises 93 members, bringing together educational support professionals, faculty and administration. It is the local chapter of WACTE, which unites individuals involved in career and technical education, provides professional development, encourages leadership in the professional arena and promotes innovative change to enhance lifelong learning. 


For more information about Moraine Park, visit or call 1-800-472-4554.


Moraine Park Foundation plans Phantom U.S. Open Golf Event

by admin24. February 2009 19:00

Building on the success of previous years, the Moraine Park Foundation will hold its third annual Phantom Golf event on Thursday, March 19, marking the U.S. Open.


The real 2009 U.S. Open Championship will take place June 15-21 at Bethpage State Park’s Black Course in Farmingdale, New York. On March 19, Phantom U.S. Open golfers will “play” 18 holes of the Black Course from the comfort of their chair at Schmitty’s Oar House Bar & Grill in Fond du Lac. Sponsored in part by Schmitty’s, the event is a scholarship fundraiser for Moraine Park Technical College students.


Registration begins at 6 p.m., with the game getting under way at 6:30 p.m. Participants “shoot” 18 holes by drawing scores from marked range balls, and can purchase mulligans or have the pro take their shot. Top prizes include dinner packages, U.S. Open merchandise, concert tickets and rounds of golf. There will also be a 50-50 raffle and a skins game. Food will be served, with a cash bar available.


The entry fee is $25 per person. Purchase your ticket/reservation at Schmitty’s or call Debbie at 920-924-3263 or e-mail


All proceeds will benefit the Moraine Park Foundation, Inc. For more information about the Foundation, visit


Moraine Park to hold Adult Information Session March 18

by admin22. February 2009 19:00

Whether you want to earn a degree for the first time, get a new degree to change careers or enhance your current one, or take a couple of courses to update your skills, Moraine Park Technical College’s Adult Information Session is for you.  


On Wednesday, March 18, adults and recent high school graduates are invited to stop by the Beaver Dam, Fond du Lac and West Bend campuses between 2:30 and 6 p.m. to learn more about Moraine Park’s programs and services. Assistance will be available to start the admissions or financial aid processes, answer program questions and select courses.


Advance registration isn’t required. More information about the Adult Information Session can be found at under MPTC Presents on the home page, or call 1-800-472-4554, ext. 3204, or e-mail


Teens can create products at Moraine Park's Toolin' It!

by admin16. February 2009 19:00

Moraine Park Technical College’s Toolin’ It!, a high-tech and hands-on manufacturing experience for middle and high school students ages 13-16, is again being offered in two forms this June.


Toolin’ It! participants use technology to create a product from start to finish. From 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. each day, June 22-26, participants will explore 3D design, computer numerical control (CNC) programming, welding, machining and more, while emphasizing problem solving and team building. On the last day, visits to area manufacturers will provide an up-close and personal look at products being made.


The program is being held in conjunction with YMCA Camp Matawa’s week-long residential experience. Participants who choose both the Toolin’ It! and Camp Matawa experiences will travel by bus each morning to Moraine Park’s Applied Manufacturing Technology Center in West Bend. Later, they return to Camp Matawa for activities that include canoeing, archery, hiking, climbing, campfires, and much more with their cabin groups. The fee for this combined camping experience is $655; scholarships and financial assistance are available. YMCA Camp Matawa boasts an indoor climbing wall and outdoor high adventure Alpine Tower, swimming pool and 50-foot waterslide, as well as cabins with bathrooms, showers and a common area. The camp is located 45 minutes north of Milwaukee, adjacent to Kettle Moraine State Forest.


For those interested in participating in the daily Toolin’ It! component only, the fee is $125 which includes all materials and daily lunch. To register or for more information, contact Marcia Arndt, dean of manufacturing technology, at 262-335-5725 or


For more information about the combined Toolin’ It!/Camp Matawa experience, contact Marcia Arndt.
To register, visit or contact Camp Matawa at 262-626-2149.