Moraine Park Foundation plans Phantom Golf Event in West Bend

by admin29. April 2009 19:00

Join the Moraine Park Foundation for the Phantom U.S. Open Golf Event on Thursday, May 14, at Pillars Pub in West Bend.


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 May 14, Phantom U.S. Open golfers will “play” 18 holes of the Black Course from the comfort of their chair at Pillars Pub, 225 S. 5th Ave. Sponsored in part by Pillars Pub and West Bend Lakes Golf Club, 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, and rounds of golf at West Bend Lakes Golf Club. 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 the front desk of Moraine Park’s West Bend campus, 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 students compete in SkillsUSA

by admin29. April 2009 19:00

Moraine Park Technical College students from the Barber/Cosmetologist, Electricity and Welding programs recently participated in the 2009 Wisconsin SkillsUSA State Leadership and Skills Conference April 21-22 in Madison.


Students from Moraine Park’s Barber/Cosmetologist program competed at SkillsUSA for the first time, with great results. Jenna Becker of Hartford placed first in the Cosmetology competition and will compete in the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference in Kansas City, Missouri, June 21-26.


Amber Beck of Campbellsport placed second in the Nails competition, while Breanne Wilson of Fond du Lac placed third in the Cosmetology competition.


Shawn Kosek of West Bend, an Electricity program student, took second place in the Industrial Wiring competition.


Three Welding program students competed: Nathan Schwind of Fond du Lac, who placed 5th; Pablo Lugo of Fond du Lac, who placed 6th; and James Hebert of Malone, who placed 12th.


Each of these Moraine Park students will graduate from their programs on May 16.


SkillsUSA is the showcase for the best career and technical students in the nation. The philosophy of the event is to reward students for excellence, involve industry in directly evaluating student performance and keep training relevant to employers' needs. 


For more information about Moraine Park programs, visit and click on Academics.


Moraine Park offers new student registration, orientation together

by admin29. April 2009 19:00

New program students at Moraine Park Technical College can simultaneously register for courses and participate in New Student Orientation (NSO) in May.


The dual-purpose dates are May 19, 20, 21 and 27. New students will receive help with class registration, obtaining a student ID and setting up a student e-mail account, as well as tips for being successful in college. Sessions will be offered from     8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 1:30 to 6 p.m.


Registration and attendance are required. To register, go to, e-mail or call 1-800-472-4554, ext. 3347.


For students who miss the priority dates in May, Moraine Park will hold a New Student Orientation (minus the registration) on June 9 and Aug. 11. For these dates, students will need to register for classes on their own online, in person or by phone. They should also register for an on-campus NSO session, or take the orientation online. The online NSO will be available     June 1 through Aug. 21 at


Moraine Park plans community safety event

by admin28. April 2009 19:00

Moraine Park Technical College's student Corrections Club is sponsoring a Community Awareness Evening on Thursday, May 14, from 6 to 8 p.m. in Room A-112 at the Fond du Lac campus. This event is open to community members.


Nichole Hall of the Wisconsin Department of Corrections will present "Sex Offender Dynamics, Sex Offender Registration & Community Notification" from 6 to 7 p.m.


Angel Gilbertson, client advocate/volunteer coordinator, and Kelly Webb, prevention educator, with ASTOP Inc. will present "Personal & Family Safety" and "Protective Behaviors” from 7 to 8 p.m. ASTOP will also provide information on services and advocacy for victims of sexual assault.


The Corrections Club will also hold a bake sale and provide child care for parents who attend the presentations.


For more information, contact Christine Jaglowski, Moraine Park corrections science instructor, at 920-929-2112. For directions to the Fond du Lac campus, go to


Free orientation for online/blended classes offered at Moraine Park

by admin26. April 2009 19:00

If you’re planning to take an online/blended course at Moraine Park Technical College this summer, a free face-to-face orientation can help you get started.


Online/blended orientation sessions will take place Thursday, May 21, at the Fond du Lac campus; Tuesday, May 26, at the West Bend campus; and Thursday, May 28, at the Beaver Dam campus. Participants can choose to attend a 2:30 to 4 p.m. session, or 5:30 to 7 p.m.


A blended format refers to classes that can be taken both online and in the classroom. These optional orientation sessions are designed to help prospective and newly enrolled students get a feel for online courses, eCollege, chat rooms and other aspects of online learning.


Registration is required and space is limited. To register, call 1-800-472-4554. For more information, e-mail


Moraine Park to hold Adult Information Session May 12

by admin19. April 2009 19:00

The Adult Information Sessions at Moraine Park Technical College are a great way for adults and new high school graduates to learn more about changing careers, getting a college degree or just taking a few classes.


On Tuesday, May 12, interested individuals can stop by the Beaver Dam, Fond du Lac and West Bend campuses between 2:30 and 6 p.m. for information about Moraine Park’s programs and services. Assistance will be available to start the admissions or financial aid process, 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


Moraine Park offers business training in May

by admin19. April 2009 19:00

Moraine Park Technical College offers ongoing credit and noncredit training opportunities for business and industry to help improve their competitive edge as well as develop and retain a skilled workforce.


Listed here are a few of the courses that are available in May:


Structural Welding Certification Exams: Saturday, May 2, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Room K-401, Beaver Dam campus. Welders who pass these exams are certified in all positions and gages of steel plate using SMAW (stick) electrodes. Special tests of different welding processes (GMAW, FCAW, etc.) can also be taken. Cost is $150 per person.


Quickbooks Pro 2008 – Level 2: Mondays, May 4 and 11, 12:30 to 4:30 p.m., Room O-107.1, Fond du Lac campus. This intermediate course will sort through editing, customizing and tracking inventory; sales-tax issues; and payroll-related functions (employees, taxes, printing checks and 1099s). Quickbooks Pro 2008 – Level 1 or previous Quickbooks experience is recommended. Cost is $229 per person, which includes materials and refreshments.


Formulating Your Policies and Procedures: Wednesday, May 6, 12:30 to 4:30 p.m., Room O-107.1, Fond du Lac campus. Learn how to create policies and procedures, review current ones and create a framework to document them. Cost is $99 per person, which includes materials and refreshments.


Microsoft Access 2007 – Level 2: Thursday, May 7, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Room O-107.1, Fond du Lac campus. Create more consistent data and customize database components in Microsoft Access 2007. Learn how to share Access data with other applications. Cost is $189 per person, which includes materials, refreshments and lunch.


DOD EMALL: Wednesday, May 20, 9 to 11:30 a.m., Room T-101, West Bend campus. DOD EMALL is an Internet-based marketplace that provides military and other customers with a one-stop shopping experience to acquire goods and services. EMALL has more than 150 commercial catalogs featuring more than 12 million items. Learn how to get your products and services in. Cost is $30 per person.


Forklift Safety: Thursday, May 21, 7:45 a.m. to 4 p.m., Room B-109, Fond du Lac campus. Explore the fundamentals of forklift operation, including factors that affect safe operation for the operator, the load, the forklift and the physical environment. Certification is available upon completion. Cost is $60 per person, which includes a book.


Registrations should be made at least one week prior to the start of a seminar.


For more information about these seminars, to register or to request a current copy of Moraine Park’s Workforce Solutions course catalog, call 920-924-3449 or e-mail More courses are featured in the catalog and can be found at; click on Business & Industry then Upcoming Events.


Moraine Park Last Blasts feature free activities

by admin14. April 2009 19:00

Community members are invited to join in the fun when Moraine Park Technical College students at the Beaver Dam and West Bend campuses mark the end of the 2008-09 academic year with the annual Last Blasts.


Beaver Dam campus: Beaver Dam students will celebrate their Last Blast on Tuesday, April 28, from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the commons. Black Waters Coffee Shop will serve freshly brewed coffee, other beverages and baked goods from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Balloon artist Dave Evans will wow the audience from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. as he twists balloons into incredible creations. An opportunity to view and interact with exotic animals from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. will provide educational entertainment for all ages. Other activities include Name Doodler (have your name doodled with your favorite theme) from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and a DJ and picnic lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Activities and meals are free for Moraine Park students, staff and their families. For the general public, there is a minimal charge for activities and for lunch. For more information, contact Lisa Manuell, Moraine Park Student Life, at 920-887-4462 or


West Bend campus: On Wednesday, May 6, West Bend students will wrap up the year with a fiesta theme. This Last Blast takes place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. outdoors on the east side of the campus, with entertainment provided by DJ Shon G from Milwaukee. Participants are welcome to wear sombreros. Food such as nachos and tacos may be purchased by the general public. For more information, contact Bradley Mitchell, Moraine Park Student Life, at 262-335-5743 or


To learn more about Moraine Park and its programs, visit


Moraine Park offers pond building and maintenance session

by admin13. April 2009 19:00

Moraine Park Technical College is offering a Pond Construction and Maintenance session on Saturday, May 9, from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Beaver Dam campus.


Allan Gruentzel, biochemist for UW–Green Bay and UW–Milwaukee, will discuss permits, construction, wildlife ponds, controlling algae, weeds and pond ecology. Find out if one pond will serve for fishing, swimming and wildlife.


Cost is $13.71. An optional pamphlet is available for an additional $5. To register for session number 090-400-002, CRN#30006, call 920-887-1101 or 1-800-472-4554 before May 7.


For directions to the Beaver Dam campus at 700 Gould Street, go to


Diane Schacht named new Moraine Park Student Ambassador

by admin12. April 2009 19:00

Diane Schacht of Kewaskum is a college student at age 53, joining the ranks of adults who pursue a degree due to layoffs or a desire to change careers.


Diane Schacht

Employed for 34 years at Amity/Rolfs in West Bend, she was a buyer and the safety director for the distribution center when it closed in 2008. “I worked with some of the best people in the whole world,” said Schacht of her former workplace. While exploring her options, she checked out Moraine Park Technical College and liked what she discovered.


“The varied courses of interest, as well as the close proximity to home, influenced me in choosing Moraine Park,” she said. “Moraine Park also offers many classes in developing computer skills, something I was in great need of.”


The Leadership Development associate of applied science degree piqued her interest. “The training the program offers in leadership skills greatly complements my years of work experience at Amity/Rolfs,” said Schacht. “Classes are in an accelerated format, which allows completion of my degree within two years. It is fast-paced and fun! I found more ‘best people in the whole world’ to be classmates.”


Her communications instructor, Dr. R. Chude Okonkwor, saw in her “a mature and highly motivated student, exceptionally lucid in thoughts and words as well as in writing.” When it was time to nominate candidates for the 2009-10 Moraine Park District Student Ambassador, Okonkwor submitted Schacht’s name. “I thought she would be a stellar representative of Moraine Park's values and ideals,” he explained.


Schacht was selected for the Student Ambassador role and will participate in a statewide recognition event for the 16 new Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) District Student Ambassadors in Madison April 15-16. She begins her term as Moraine Park's ambassador with the start of the 2009-10 academic year.


The WTCS District Student Ambassador Award program identifies outstanding students in the technical college system, with nominations solicited from faculty and staff each year. A committee of college administrators and community leaders select the ambassador based on core abilities – work productively, learn effectively, communicate clearly, work cooperatively, act responsibly, value self positively, and think critically and creatively. The Student Ambassador represents the College at numerous events and serves on the College Planning and Leadership Team as the student representative.


Being the next Student Ambassador allows Schacht to share her college experience with both traditional and non-traditional students alike, she said. “Stressing the importance of a continued education to those just graduating from high school, as well as encouraging older adults, is something I can share through my life experiences.


“The opportunity to attend college at this time in my life has been a very rewarding experience,” she added. “I have always regretted not obtaining a college education. What better time than now?”


Schacht is not only an ambassador for Moraine Park, but was also recently selected as an ambassador of KnowHow2GO in Wisconsin. Launched by the American Council on Education, Lumina Foundation for Education and the Ad Council in 2007, the KnowHow2Go campaign includes television, radio and outdoor public service advertisements that encourage students in grades eight through 10 to prepare for college using four simple steps.


Schacht also serves on the Fellowship Committee at St. Lucas Evangelical Lutheran Church in Kewaskum, and volunteers with the Ice Age Center in the Kettle Moraine State Forest and the Beads of Hope Relay for Life team. She has three grown children. Her hobbies include the outdoors, photography and her garden.


In addition to Schacht, finalists for the 2009-10 Student Ambassador were Kara Lemense of Fond du Lac, Criminal Justice – Corrections, runner-up; April Mims of Fond du Lac, Graphic Communications – Electronic Prepress; and Kham Banhdith of Beaver Dam, Criminal Justice – Corrections. All four will be honored during Moraine Park’s Student Awards Banquet on May 1. The current District Student Ambassador for 2008-09 is Shelly Puckhaber of Germantown, Marketing program.


For more information about Moraine Park, visit