Moraine Park honors Phi Theta Kappa inductees

by admin7. April 2009 19:00

During an April 7 ceremony, 73 Moraine Park Technical College students were inducted into Beta Mu Kappa, Moraine Park’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, an international honor society.


To be eligible, the students achieved and maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 in an associate of applied science degree program. The inductees also completed a minimum of 12 associate degree credits, as well as the steps to become Phi Theta Kappa members.


“Phi Theta Kappa induction recognizes the academic accomplishments of our associate of applied science degree students,” said Amanda Hruska, Moraine Park registrar and Beta Mu Kappa advisor.


Along with more than 140 of their family members and friends, 45 of this year’s inductees participated in the ceremony at Moraine Park’s Fond du Lac campus. Moraine Park President Gayle Hytrek provided opening remarks to those assembled. Also participating in the ceremony were Dan Ensalaco, vice president of academics and economic development; Beth Raffaelli, vice president of enrollment management, Richard Barnhouse, dean of students; Sally Ruback, enrollment management support associate; and several current chapter members including Amanda Gindt, Krystal Lindner and Michele Merten. Deborah Guy, a Fond du Lac area harpist, provided the musical entertainment and a reception concluded the evening.


This year’s inductees include Gail Allison of Delafield; Matthew Amundsen of Menomonee Falls; Michael Bach, Anita Cloud, Alicia Dais, Nicole Furrer, Katherine Gindt, Kathryn Gyr, Kirk Henry, Cynthia Costello-Horan, Jill Karweick, Angela Malluschke, Chuck Mauch, Shannon Mueller, Dawn Mumper, Kelsey Nellessen, Peter Schwartz, Terri Small, Tonya Stahl, Barbara Surwillo, Gina Turpin, Amy Vanderlin and Daniel Weber of Fond du Lac; Michelle Bahr and Wendy Baranowski of Beaver Dam; Theresa Bangart and Brittany Garfoot of Malone; Missy Beckwith and Nadine Jones of Horicon; James Bergles of Burlington; Amy Boehme, Joel Haase, Jennifer Heleniak, Denise Herriges, Rebecca Kemnitz, Renee Krause, Kathleen Mayer, Melanie Priebe, Jamie Quinlin, Catherine Vogt and Paul Zwack of West Bend; Jacob Brehmer of Hartford; Meghan Brummond, Shelli Haipek and Trevor Resch of Mayville; Stephanie Cyr of Sheboygan; Stephanie Dovin and Shelly Puckhaber of Germantown; Anna Fanning of Evansville; Kathryn Faull of Jackson; Rebecca Gatzke of Campbellsport; Lisa Gramoll of Newburg; Joseph Grensavitch of Richfield; Nathan Guse of Plymouth; Kathryn Jakel of Reeseville; Amber Kirchner and Amy Ogi of Kewaskum; Ellen Kraemer of Hubertus; Steve Lang of Markesan; Tina Matulle of North Fond du Lac; Candace Mueller and Kurt Reising of Oshkosh; Colleen Narbatovics of Adell; Christy Nelson and Tina Ruane of Eden; Debby Powell of Fox Lake; Helen Reiter of Van Dyne; Jeremy Sauld of Milwaukee; Cassandra Schultz of Brandon; Joel Schumacher of Eldorado; Corrine Seidel of Slinger; Christopher Streekstra of Waupun; and Dawn Webb of New Holstein.


The Beta Mu Kappa chapter is sponsoring a food drive to benefit local food pantries. Community members who attend the Moraine Park commencement on Saturday, May 16, are invited to bring nonperishable food items to the table staffed by chapter members, located near the entrance to the Fond du Lac High School Fieldhouse.


Established in 1918, Phi Theta Kappa recognizes and encourages the academic achievement of two-year college students. It currently has more than two million members and 1,200 chapters located in all 50 states, U.S. territories, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Germany, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, United Arab Emirates and Palau. The American Association of Community Colleges recognizes Phi Theta Kappa as the official honor society for two-year colleges.


Q&A session on Moraine Park careers April 28

by admin7. April 2009 19:00

Have you thought about working for Moraine Park Technical College? Learn more about Moraine Park careers during a free question-and-answer session on Tuesday, April 28.


“Exploring Careers at MPTC” will be presented from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and again from 5:30 to 8 p.m. in Room O-102 on the Fond du Lac campus. Topics include an overview of the College; application (including online) and hiring processes; Q&A opportunities about faculty, management/confidential and support-staff positions; and the benefits of working for Moraine Park. Representatives from Moraine Park’s English Language Learning (ELL) program and Diversity Relations also will be present.


For more information, call or e-mail Cory Moreau at 920-924-3495 or, or Krista Rosenfeldt at 920-924-6402 or Individuals who are unable to attend but would like to receive information may also call or e-mail.


For directions to Moraine Park’s Fond du Lac campus, go to


College degree? Check. Real-world experience? Check!

by admin1. April 2009 19:00

While a college degree shows prospective employers you’ve got the education, getting some real-world, hands-on experience to go with that diploma is a smart investment in your career.


At a technical college like Moraine Park, you’re taught by instructors who know from firsthand experience what’s expected on the job. Many of Moraine Park Technical College’s programs provide opportunities for students to get valuable, instructor-supervised practice with actual clients before they graduate.


At Techniques Salon and Spa on Moraine Park’s Fond du Lac campus, Barber/Cosmetologist and Nail Technician students practice haircutting, hairstyling, haircoloring, permanent waving, facials, waxing, manicuring/pedicuring, artificial nail enhancements and many other services on mannequins and fellow students, then progress to fine-tuning their skills on actual clients in the form of Moraine Park staff, students and community members, under the supervision of their instructors. In addition, students run the reception area where they practice answering the phones, booking and scheduling appointments and handling the cash drawer.


“It is so important for students to obtain firsthand experience dealing with clients in our salon,” said Danielle Domenosky, Moraine Park Barber/Cosmetologist instructor. “Not only are they able to practice and master the skills they are taught, but they also learn the customer service skills that are needed to be successful in the beauty industry.”


To make an appointment at Techniques during the academic year, call 920-929-2106.


Information Technology (IT) – Technical Support/Networking students run a Computer Clinic to assist Moraine Park staff and students, as well as members of the community, with concerns regarding their home computers. Services include system cleanup, diagnosis and repair, and software and hardware installation. The students also gain experience in working with customers.


“The Computer Clinic was started to give students real problems to work with,” said Moraine Park IT instructor Lisa Pollard.


"As a student, being able to get the day-to-day experience of dealing with clients before being in the work field gives me the knowledge I need on how to handle different situations," said Julie Gillen of Fond du Lac.


To contact the Computer Clinic during the academic year, call 920-924-6346 or e-mail


Culinary Arts students get to hone their restaurant skills right on campus. A small teaching restaurant that seats up to 50, Park Terrace enables students to practice chef, maître d’ and waitstaff roles. Restaurant patrons include Moraine Park staff, who get together on their lunch break for fun or meet colleagues for a business lunch. The general public also is welcome to enjoy a gourmet lunch.


“Not only does Park Terrace afford our students an opportunity to practice their skills, it also gives them a chance to show off their terrific talents to the staff and community,” said James Simmers, one of Moraine Park’s Culinary Arts instructors.


For reservations or further information regarding hours and menus, please e-mail Simmers at


Automotive Technician students work on most makes and models of cars and light-duty trucks that are less than 15 years old. They service vehicles that are owned by Moraine Park staff, students and the general public. The work must apply to topics being taught in a given course. For example, students work on engine repairs, oil leaks, coolant leaks, radiators, hoses and thermostats August through mid October, and on alignment, struts, tie rods, ball joints, shocks, power steering, steering racks and tires October through mid December.


“The most important benefit to working on customer vehicles is the interaction the students get by dealing with a customer concern,” said Tim Moy, Auto Technician instructor. “A student, or technician for that matter, can’t begin diagnosis without some customer interaction and a concern. We rely heavily on customer work so the students get the experience of what it will be like in the real world. We mimic the automotive repair industry as closely as possible.”


“Working on live work allows people to work on things that a technician would see out at his or her job,” said student Cody Edgren of Fond du Lac. “If we didn’t have live work and only had cars that someone bugged, we really wouldn’t be getting the experience we need to do our jobs right.”


Another student, Jonathan Easterhoff of Plymouth, agreed, adding that “it also prepares us for communicating clearly to customers over the phone and in person.”


To view the list of concerns that are worked on throughout the year at specific times, visit Navigate to the Automotive Technician program page and click on Vehicle Repair Guidelines. Or call 920-924-3154 or 924-3159 to inquire about repairs.


When a fee is charged for the students’ services, the money helps pay for student supplies, test fees, educational trips and club activities.


Moraine Park students in other programs also receive hands-on, real-world opportunities. For example, Carpentry and Electricity students and their instructors assist Habitat for Humanity with home builds. Emergency Medical Technician students go on ambulance ride-alongs. Nursing students learn to diagnose and treat conditions through the help of SimMan, an electronic mannequin programmed to mimic human functions and illnesses, as well as through supervised work in medical and long-term care facilities. It’s all designed to prepare new graduates to hit the ground running. 


For more information about Moraine Park programs and services, visit


Finalists named in Wisconsin technical colleges' Futurefest competition

by admin1. April 2009 19:00

A few technical college students will have a little extra cash as a result of their creativity and innovative thinking. They are finalists in the Futurefest Ideas Competition, which recognizes the creative spirit and originality thriving at technical colleges across the state. 


Students from Wisconsin’s 16 technical colleges were invited to enter short videos about their unique visions of the future at school, home, travel or play. Forty-five entries were submitted and judges at each college selected one semifinalist per college. The three grand prizes are $5,000, $2,500 and $1,000. All video entries can be viewed in the Video Gallery of          


The first-, second- and third-place winners will be announced at the WTCS’ Ambassador Banquet in Madison on April 15. The finalists are:


·                     Marcus Lanter, Milwaukee Area Technical College, “Inspired by the Future.”

·                     Laura Doan, Northcentral Technical College, “Futuremakers.”

·                     Justin Westover, Mid-State Technical College, “We Are Futuremakers.”


Robert Benson of Fond du Lac, an IT – Network  Specialist student at Moraine Park Technical College, submitted a video about using computer chips and GPS tracking to help monitor and control lifestyle decisions related to obesity. The computer chips would be implanted in a person’s body to produce feedback on the effects of one's food choices and level of exercise. Benson will receive a $500 scholarship from the Moraine Park Foundation for his entry.


“Technical college students routinely exhibit impressive creativity and originality,” said Dan Clancy, president of the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS). “This competition has been an excellent opportunity for us to highlight those abilities and talents.”


Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC) of Wisconsin Apprenticeship & Training Trust and the Foundations of Fox Valley Technical College, Gateway Technical College, Blackhawk Technical College and Wisconsin Technical College System are the competition sponsors. To learn more about Wisconsin’s technical colleges, go to


FOX 11, Moraine Park present Our Economy: Your Future

by admin1. April 2009 19:00

To help individuals through these turbulent economic times, WLUK FOX 11 will broadcast several 30-minute special reports titled Our Economy: Your Future, in partnership with Moraine Park Technical College and several other technical colleges.


These special reports will be broadcast at 9:30 p.m. on Mondays, April 6, 13 and 20, and Monday, May 4. The content is designed to help viewers cope with household budgets, credit card spending, retirement and buying and selling homes. It will also look at retraining dislocated workers. The programs will be hosted by Tom Milbourn and Michelle Melby, with advice from experts in the field of finance as well as contributions from viewers on coping with the recession. 


On Thursday, April 23, Moraine Park’s Fond du Lac campus will host a culminating event from 12 to 7 p.m., which is free and open to the public. A one-hour keynote session, “Marketing Strategies for a Successful Job Search,” will be offered at 1 p.m. and 5:15 p.m. and will touch on online targeted job searches, self-assessment, networking as a job strategy, and creative ways to increase your resume experience. Also featured will be three 45-minute breakout sessions, each offered three times throughout the event to accommodate varying schedules. "Return to High School Your Way" focuses on earning your HSED/GED; "Get With the Program" focuses on career offerings at the College and how to get started; and "Financing Your Education" discusses financial aid, scholarship opportunities and other avenues to help finance college. Free child care will be available. For more information, visit


“Moraine Park is excited to partner with Fox 11 and the other technical colleges in Northeast Wisconsin on the ‘Our Economy: Your Future’ initiative,” said Moraine Park President Gayle Hytrek. “This is a very timely topic as we know that many people in our communities are experiencing some very difficult times. We are pleased to offer these critical resources to those who are in need of assistance in getting back on their feet.”  


For a complete listing of participating colleges as well as replays of the FOX 11 broadcasts, go to and click on “Our Economy.”


Moraine Park plans multicultural festivities April 15

by admin29. March 2009 19:00

Join Moraine Park Technical College in celebrating the many cultures of the world during Multicultural Day, Wednesday,      April 15.


Sponsored by the Multicultural Club, Student Senate, Diversity Relations and Human Resources Systems, this free event runs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Cyber Center cafeteria on the Fond du Lac campus. Festivities begin at 11 a.m. with a parade featuring international attire, followed from 11:30 a.m. to noon by a fashion show of garments from different cultures. 


A global buffet will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; the general public may purchase food for $5 per person. The buffet will include lasagna, curried chicken, German potato salad, chop suey, tacos, black-eyed peas and barbeque chicken, with a variety of sides. Ice cream or ice cream sandwiches also will be sold.


From 12 to 12:30 p.m., Mexico en La Piel will perform a folkloric ballet that includes a variety of native ballet-style dances from different regions of Mexico.


From 12:30 to 1 p.m., Moraine Park students will present several performances, including music styles from Germany and the Philippines, the Black National Anthem and salsa dancing. 


Booths displaying cultural artifacts will be set up for the duration of the event. Mexico, Ghana, South Africa, Poland, the United Kingdom, Colombia, the Philippines, Jamaica, Japan, China, the Hmong culture, Cuba and Germany will be represented.


For more information about Multicultural Day, contact Bill Green at 920-924-6355.


Register for summer and fall classes at Moraine Park

by admin29. March 2009 19:00

Registration for Moraine Park Technical College classes gets under way for the general public on April 8 for summer classes and on June 17 for fall classes.


Classes are available in many areas of study, including accounting, automotive, business, carpentry, child development, computer networking, culinary arts, graphic design and prepress, health care, marketing, office systems, Spanish, supervision and leadership development, Web design, welding and more.


For registration information, go to and click on Registration. Course schedules also can be accessed through the home page. Or call 1-800-472-4554 to request information or a catalog.


Third Phantom Golf event aids Moraine Park students

by admin23. March 2009 19:00

The Moraine Park Foundation’s third annual Phantom Golf event raised just over $1,300 for scholarships for Moraine Park Technical College students.

 The four Phantom U.S. Open Golf winners, plus golf pro Bill Peters (back).

This year’s Phantom Golf was based on the 2009 U.S. Open Championship, which 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 “played” 18 holes of the Black Course by drawing scores from marked range balls from the comfort of their chairs at Schmitty’s Oar House in Fond du Lac. This year’s event was sponsored in part by Schmitty’s.


Top prizes included dinner packages, U.S. Bank Championship tickets, U.S. Open merchandise, concert tickets and rounds of golf.


For more information about the Moraine Park Foundation, visit


Moraine Park to hold Adult Information Session April 15

by admin22. March 2009 19:00

Are you planning to go to college, change careers or just take a couple courses? Check out the Adult Information Session at Moraine Park Technical College.  


On Wednesday, April 15, 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


Entries sought for second Moraine Park Car Show

by admin16. March 2009 19:00

Show off your classic car, street rod or tuner during the second annual Moraine Park Car Show on Sunday, May 3, at Moraine Park Technical College’s Fond du Lac campus.


Hosted by the Moraine Park Auto Club, a group of students enrolled in the Automotive Technician program, the show runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. rain or shine, with the gate opening at 7 a.m.


Entry categories include 1930s and older, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s,1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000+, 1979 and older truck, 1980 and newer truck, custom truck, foreign, Corvette, street rod and tuner.


Two other Moraine Park student clubs will participate. The Culinary Arts Club will provide food and beverages for purchase, while the Cosmetology Club will offer mini manicures and temporary tattoos.


To pre-register, obtain a car show flyer registration form at and submit it by April 24 with a check for $5, payable to the Moraine Park Auto Club. Registration proceeds help the Auto Club raise money for scholarships, registration and test fees for ASE certification, and educational activities such as trips to car assembly plants.


Registration at the gate the day of the event is $8. Spectator admission is $2, with children under 12 admitted free. For directions to the Fond du Lac campus, visit


For more information, contact Tim Moy, Moraine Park Auto Club advisor, at, or visit