Moraine Park, City of Fond du Lac collaborate on diversity inservice

by admin1. February 2009 19:00

With a theme of diversity, staff from Moraine Park Technical College and the City of Fond du Lac came together during Moraine Park’s recent Professional Development Days.


City managers and other personnel collaborated with the College for a day of seminars that provided awareness of cultures, autism spectrum disorder, economic class and gender roles.


“Working with the City of Fond du Lac on this inservice provided an opportunity for the staff of both entities to view diversity from many perspectives,” said Gayle Hytrek, Moraine Park president. “Because of our collaboration with the city we were able to provide a wide variety of sessions. We are especially appreciative to Tom Herre and Tony Barthuly who tied the concepts from the other sessions to the changes taking place right here in our city.” 


Thomas Herre, Fond du Lac city manager, and Tony Barthuly, Fond du Lac police chief, presented “Diversity: A City in Transition,” which offered a broad perspective on the demographic changes that are taking place in the City. Another session, “My Life in Protective Services,” was presented by Edgar Ramirez-Tellez, Fond du Lac firefighter, and Lt. Tina Braun of the Fond du Lac Police Department. They provided a candid and personal overview on their experiences as minorities in carrying out the duties of their professions.


“Having this type of healthy dialogue at Moraine Park concerning diversity is what you would expect in our vibrant, forward-looking City,” said Herre. 


Two nationally known speakers also appeared at the inservice. Tou Ger Xiong, founder of Project Respectism and a diversity consultant, comedian, storyteller and rap artist, gave an interactive performance, “Teaching Culture Through Laughter,” that combined explosive energy, rap music and a journey through his life, educating the audience about cultural diversity and racial stereotypes.


Marilyn Levin, MSW, CAPSW, presented “Men and Women Leading Together.” Levin is an award-winning activist, educator and author who has experience with nonprofit, youth, experiential education, social justice/diversity and transformation work.


Other diversity-themed sessions were presented by individuals from Beaver Dam Middle School, Madison Area Technical College, and Moraine Park.


Moraine Park receives $1.7 million grant from U.S. Dept. of Labor

by admin1. February 2009 19:00

The U.S. Department of Labor awarded $1,707,828 to Moraine Park Technical College through the Community-Based Job Training (CBJT) Grants Initiative introduced by President George W. Bush in 2004.


The CBJT grant will provide resources for Moraine Park and its partners in the new Regional Health Care Talent Development Partnership Project to engage in health-care training and capacity-building activities. This grant will provide opportunities for workers who are unemployed, underemployed, incumbent or dislocated, as well as for youth.


Partners include Moraine Park and the Wisconsin Technical College System, Cedar Community, the Fond du Lac Boys and Girls Club, Marian University, St. Joseph’s Hospital, the Washington County Boys and Girls Club, the Waukesha-Ozaukee-Washington (W-O-W) Workforce Development Board and the West Bend Joint School District.


“It is exciting to receive these funds, which will enable more individuals to be successfully prepared for rewarding careers in the health-care field, and also enable Moraine Park to renovate the Nursing facilities at the West Bend campus and add a simulation lab,” said Dr. Gayle Hytrek, Moraine Park president. “We can be especially proud of our staff who made this possible, especially since there were 274 applications for this funding and only 68 awards were granted.” Moraine Park was one of three Wisconsin colleges chosen to receive grants; the others are Western Technical College and the College of the Menominee Nation.


According to the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development and Economic Modeling Incorporated, more than 1,700 additional registered nurses, licensed practical nurses and nursing assistants will be needed from now through 2018 in southeastern Wisconsin, which includes Dodge, Fond du Lac, Green Lake and Washington counties, for a 19 percent projected growth rate.


“Through this grant, the partnership project expects to serve nearly 1,300 students and thus help to address the shortage of health care workers in our region,” said Kathy VanEerden, Moraine Park dean of health sciences.


The proposed training and capacity-building activities for the nursing programs at Moraine Park include five major strategies:


1. Expansion of course sections in the Nursing Assistant Program.


2. Increase faculty capacity through a high-tech clinical simulation lab and through faculty acquiring certification as Certified Nurse Educators.


3. Increase clinical opportunities through the simulation lab. This includes funding for the renovation of the nursing lab on the West Bend campus.


4. Increase exposure of youth and adults to health career ladders through partnerships with the Boys and Girls Clubs in Fond du Lac and Washington County, Cedar Community, St. Joseph's Hospital, the W-O-W Workforce Development Board and the West Bend school district.


5. Bolster remediation and retention services for the Nursing program through additional staff and faculty support for advising and tutoring services.


For more information about the grant, contact Kathy VanEerden at 262-335-5757.


Moraine Park Technical College instructors’ real-world experience makes them uniquely qualified to bring the future to you. With campuses in Beaver Dam, Fond du Lac and West Bend, Moraine Park is one of 16 colleges that make up Wisconsin’s technical colleges. 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 are also offered. For more information about Moraine Park, visit


Moraine Park campuses offer February events, including blood drives

by admin28. January 2009 19:00

Music, comedy and a movie are the featured entertainment at Moraine Park Technical College’s campuses in February. Also scheduled are a Feb. 17 blood drive at the West Bend campus, and another on Feb. 25 at the Fond du Lac campus.


West Bend campus: On Tuesday, Feb. 17, the BloodCenter of Wisconsin will hold a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the cafeteria. Register by calling 262-335-5743, or e-mail Walk-ins are also welcome.


Patchwork (a.k.a. Jeremiah Nelson) is the featured performer for the Coffeehouse Concert on Monday, Feb. 23, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the cafeteria. His indie-rock music is reminiscent of the simple beauty of the Beatles. The general public may purchase food and beverages at cost. For more information, contact Bradley Mitchell, Moraine Park Student Life, at 262-335-5743 or


Beaver Dam campus: Comedian/musician Johnny Walker will perform in the commons on Wednesday, Feb. 25, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Based out of Los Angeles, Walker is a regular at the Hollywood Improv and Laugh Factory and his songs have been on All Comedy Radio, National Public Radio, Air America and XM Radio. He blends traditional stand-up comedy with parody and original songs. The general public may purchase lunch for $5 per meal. For more information, contact Lisa Manuell, Moraine Park Student Life, at 920-887-4462 or


Fond du Lac campus: Two events are taking place on Wednesday, Feb. 25. The BloodCenter of Wisconsin will hold a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Room A-102. Register by calling 920-924-3101, or e-mail


A free movie will be shown from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and again from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Cyber Center cafeteria. The general public may purchase food for $5 per meal. For more information, contact Adam Ninmann, Moraine Park Student Life, at 920-924-3101 or  



Discover your future at Moraine Park

by admin26. January 2009 19:00

Whether you’re graduating from high school, contemplating a career change or considering college for the first time, Discover Moraine Park is for you.


Stop by one or more of Moraine Park Technical College’s three campuses during this free annual event, which takes place at West Bend on Tuesday, Feb. 17; at Fond du Lac on Wednesday, Feb. 18; and at Beaver Dam on Thursday, Feb. 19, from 5:30-7 p.m.


Discover how to complete the steps for admission, select the program that fits one’s career goals and what services are available to Moraine Park students. Visitors will also learn more about college activities, clubs and student government, as well as opportunities to join international trips. New this year are mini sessions on admissions, financial aid and Tech Prep.


For more information, call 1-800-472-4554, ext. 3204. To register online, go to Registration is recommended but not required; walk-ins are accepted.


To view program videos, visit and click on Academics. Directions to the campuses can be found on the Web site by clicking About Us then Campus Information.


Seminar introduces businesses to federal GSA contracts

by admin25. January 2009 19:00

Two business training sessions that cover the General Services Administration (GSA) will be conducted by the Business Procurement Assistance Center (BPAC) at Moraine Park Technical College’s West Bend campus on Thursday, Feb. 12. 


The United States government is the largest purchaser of goods and services in the world. Knowing how to sell in this vast federal market can be important in uncertain economic times. Currently, more and more federal buyers are turning to General Services Administration as a method to buy goods and services.   


“General Services Administration (GSA) Introduction to Multiple Award Schedules” will be held from 9 to 11:30 a.m., followed by “GSA Multiple Award Schedules – Responding to Requirements” from 1 to 3:30 p.m.   


“General Services Administration (GSA) Introduction to Multiple Award Schedules” will help your business decide whether to pursue a GSA contract. If you currently have sales success in the commercial marketplace and want to pursue expanded sales in the federal government, GSA might be the answer. Learn which products/services are available under GSA contract, how to identify your company’s proper schedule and how to locate and download a solicitation. 


“GSA Multiple Awards Schedule – Responding to Requirements” focuses on how to complete the solicitation paperwork. You will receive specialized guidance organizing and positioning your company for a contract award. Topics include pricing policies, FAR clauses, required forms, performance requirements and more.  


The seminars will take place in Moraine Park’s Applied Manufacturing Technology Center. For directions to the West Bend campus, go to and click on About Us then Campus Information. Registration is required and can be made online at A $40 fee per person for each seminar will cover the cost of materials. Questions can be directed to BPAC at or (608) 243-4490.



Moraine Park apprentices take part in state Skill Competition

by admin22. January 2009 19:00

Three Moraine Park Technical College carpentry apprentices participated in the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Skill Competition held recently at the KI Center in Green Bay.


Scott Poklasny of Hartford, a fourth-year apprentice employed by Northcentral Construction Corp. in Fond du Lac, placed second in the carpentry competition. First-place winner Andrew Shelton of Madison, a fourth-year apprentice employed by Kraemer Brothers, LLC has a prior commitment so Poklasny will represent Wisconsin in the carpentry competition at the ABC National Craft Championships in Honolulu, Hawaii, Feb. 25-March 1. At the nationals, young men and women compete in one of 14 competitions, representing 13 trades. Each competition includes a written exam and a practical performance test. Medals and cash prizes are awarded to the top finishers within each competition.


“I was very impressed with Scott’s performance in the contest,” said Gary Roehrig, Moraine Park ABC Carpentry Apprentice instructor. “He was very well prepared and organized in his practical competition. I believe Scott will represent Moraine Park and Wisconsin very well in the National Skill Competition. I wish him well and hope for success in Honolulu.”


Also competing in the carpentry event were Dustin Pagel of Neenah, who is employed by Radtke Contractors Inc. of Winneconne, and Nick Collin of Mt. Calvary, who is employed by Burg Homes & Design Inc. of Malone. Both are third-year apprentices in the ABC Carpentry Apprenticeship program at Moraine Park’s Fond du Lac campus. 


Patrick Stafford of Beaver Dam, who is employed by McCallum Electric of Beaver Dam, placed third in the electrical contest. Randy Patasius of West Bend, who is employed by Steiner Electric Inc. of West Bend, also competed. Both are fifth-year apprentices in the ABC Electrical Apprenticeship program at Moraine Park’s Fond du Lac campus.


Participating in the electrical contest from Moraine Park’s West Bend campus were Ian Gronbeck of Mayville, who is employed by Lyons Electric Co. Inc. of Delafield, and Ryan Punzenberger of West Bend, who is employed by Faith Technologies Inc. of Appleton. Both are fourth-year apprentices in the ABC Electrical Apprenticeship program.


Thirty-five apprentices from throughout the state participated in the ABC Skill Competition to demonstrate their skills and knowledge in carpentry, electrical, plumbing, HVAC and sheet metal, undergoing a two-hour written exam and a four-hour practical, hands-on project.   


For more information about Moraine Park’s apprenticeship programs, visit


Moraine Park offers business training in February

by admin12. January 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 February:


Microsoft Word 2007 – Level 1: Thursday, Feb. 12, 8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m., Room O-107.1, Fond du Lac campus. Having trouble locating commands in Word 2007? Explore the new look and features of Word to create professional letters, reports, lists and tables. Cost is $189 per person, which includes materials, refreshments and lunch.


Train the Trainer: Tuesdays, Feb. 17 and 24, 5–9 p.m., Rooms A-112 and O-104, Fond du Lac campus. As an in-house trainer, have you wondered if you're getting through to your audience? Develop a fundamental understanding of adult learning principles and practical tools to design and deliver more effective training programs. Cost is $299 per person, which includes materials and refreshments.


Developing an Effective Team for Nonprofits: Thursday, Feb. 19, 9–11 a.m., Room O-102, Fond du Lac campus. Explore the elements of a highly effective team and identify ways to build a team and develop individual potential. Cost is $55 per person, which includes materials and refreshments.


Introductory Adobe Dreamweaver: Saturdays, Feb. 21 and 28, 8–11 a.m., PC Lab 166, Hartford Center. Learn to create, organize and maintain a Web site on your local computer using Adobe Dreamweaver software, a popular Web authoring program with powerful, easy-to-use visual layout tools. Cost is $189 per person, which includes book, materials and refreshments.


ISO 9001/TS16949 Internal Auditor Training: Tuesday–Thursday, Feb. 24–26, 8 a.m.–5 p.m., Room O-103, Fond du Lac campus. Prepares those who are responsible for internal auditing of processes for ISO certification programs. In-class lectures, practical exercises and case studies reinforce the objectives. Cost is $650 per person, which includes materials and refreshments.


Fundamentals of Press Brake Operation: Wednesday, Feb. 25, 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m., Room K-321, Beaver Dam campus. Learn the best techniques for precision sheet metal work and the math behind sheet metal bending while gaining real experience on a press brake. Geared toward new operators, engineers, designers and programmers, this training uses curriculum developed by the Fabricators and Manufacturers Association. Cost is $249 per person, which includes materials and lunch.


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.


Scrapbookers and crafters: Join Crop at the College Jan. 24

by admin6. January 2009 19:00

The Moraine Park Foundation’s second “Crop at the College” fundraising event is coming up! Scrapbookers and crafters can enjoy a day of creativity and camaraderie on Saturday, Jan. 24, at Moraine Park Technical College’s Fond du Lac campus. Although the event focuses on scrapbooking, crafters of all types are welcome.


This 12-hour scrapbooking crop from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. will feature demonstrations by representatives from Stampin’ Up, Memory Works, Creative Memories and Close to My Heart, as well as an information station and a swap table.


The $30 registration fee includes large work spaces, snacks, music and a chance to win one of several door prizes. Food and beverages will be available for purchase or bring your own. Register today by calling Debbie at 920-924-3263 or e-mail Bring along your scrapbooking friends and make new ones. All proceeds will fund scholarships for Moraine Park students.


For directions to Moraine Park’s campus at 235 N. National Ave., Fond du Lac, visit and click on About Us then Campus Information.


New Baking Essentials certificate offered at Moraine Park; still time to register

by admin4. January 2009 19:00

There’s still time to register for a new Baking Essentials certificate program offered by Moraine Park Technical College at the Fond du Lac campus. This new one-semester program is open to those who seek to improve their employment opportunities. Individuals who are interested in improving their English skills or obtaining a General Equivalency Diploma (GED) are also encouraged to apply.


Baking Essentials runs Mondays and Fridays through Jan. 16 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from Jan. 19 to May 15, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.       


The cost of the program is $524.60 plus a $30 application fee for three college courses, books and supplies. A payment plan is available.


Enroll now by contacting Julie Schultz at 920-924-6339 or


Moraine Park campuses offer January events

by admin4. January 2009 19:00

Join the students and staff at Moraine Park Technical College’s campuses as they kick off the start of the spring semester the week of Jan. 19 with free lunchtime concerts and comedy, plus a free movie showing in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.


Beaver Dam campus: Comedian Sheng Wang will perform in the commons on Tuesday, Jan. 20, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. In addition to touring with the Comedians of Comedy and American Eagle’s Campus Comedy Challenge, Wang has appeared on Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham and on the AZN Network. The general public may purchase lunch for $5 per meal. For more information, contact Lisa Manuell, Moraine Park Student Life, at 920-887-4462 or


Fond du Lac campus: On Monday, Jan. 19, The Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till will be shown from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. An African-American teenager, Till was brutally murdered in Mississippi in 1955 for whistling at a white woman. His killers were acquitted by an all-white male jury. This documentary by Keith Beauchamp is being shown as part of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.


The acoustic guitar duo Ryanhood (Ryan Green and Cameron Hood) will perform on Tuesday, Jan. 20, from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. They have toured theaters with Jason Mraz and played at Boston’s Street Performers Festival. Campus Activities Magazine named them “one of the hottest new bands in the college market today.”


On Wednesday, Jan. 21, 32 Below takes the Cyber Center stage with their country/rock sound from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. One of the house bands for the Wildhorse Saloon in Nashville, Tenn., 32 Below has played clubs, festivals and small arenas around the Midwest and Southeast and has shared the stage with the likes of Sawyer Brown, Trick Pony, Montgomery Gentry, Heart, Craig Morgan and The Spin Doctors.


All three events take place in the Cyber Center cafeteria, and the general public may purchase food for $5 per meal. For more information, contact Adam Ninmann, Moraine Park Student Life, at 920-924-3101 or  


West Bend campus: Treat yourself to Ari Herstand’s unique mix of acoustic rock/pop, folk, hip hop and jazz on Tuesday, Jan. 20, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the cafeteria. With his impressive acoustic guitar style and distinct looping technique, Herstand has opened for national artists such as Ben Folds, Cake, Sister Hazel, Soul Asylum, The Bodeans, Joshua Radin and Matt Nathanson. The general public may purchase food at cost. For more information, contact Bradley Mitchell, Moraine Park Student Life, at 262-335-5743 or


Fresh from his appearance at the Beaver Dam campus, Sheng Wang will perform during Comedy Night on Friday, Jan. 23, at 7 p.m. in the AMTC auditorium. Tickets are $2. Snacks will be sold.


To learn more about Moraine Park and its programs, visit