Accreditation team to visit Moraine Park Oct. 23-25

by abemis16. October 2013 09:04

Moraine Park Technical College is undergoing the Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) reaffirmation process for accreditation with the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). From Oct 23-25, three AQIP peer reviewers will be visiting Moraine Park’s campuses for quality check-up visits.

Through AQIP, the College is required to participate in a quality check-up visit every seven years to reaffirm its accreditation. During the visit, the College will be evaluated on nine academic quality improvement categories through AQIP and five criteria through the HLC.

Accreditation confirms to employers and the educational community that Moraine Park has been independently reviewed and provides consistent educational programs. Accreditation also allows the College to participate in state and federal financial aid programs for student funding and increases the likelihood that college credits will transfer to other post-secondary institutions. 

For more information about the accreditation process, visit morainepark.edu/accreditation.

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Moraine Park Alumni help put finishing touches on new lab

by abemis14. October 2013 13:27

Moraine Park alumni, now employees of Gillitzer Electric Services, Inc., Richfield, Wis., returned to their alma mater last week donating their time to help put the finishing touches on a new, one-of-a-kind Building Trades lab at Moraine Park’s West Bend campus.Moraine Park alums and Gillitzer Electric employees Tyler Benvenuto (left) and Chester Snuggs (right) install conduit for the new Building Trades lab at Moraine Park’s West Bend campus.

The Gillitzer team spent the morning digging trenches to install conduit for an underground wire pull. The wire pull will be used for student training exercises and will provide basic electricity for the new lab.

“I am glad to be part of the project,” Lance Gillitzer, owner of Gillitzer Electric and a Moraine Park alum, said. "Donating time back to a great school that has helped me and many of my employees become successful is very rewarding."

Tyler Benvenuto, a 2006 Moraine Park graduate of the Electricity program has been working for Gillitzer Electric since graduation. He began as an apprentice and is now a Master Electrician.

“This sort of setup gives students hands-on experience but also familiarizes them with working on a job site,” Benvenuto said. “We are huge supporters of what Moraine Park is doing here.”

The new lab, or “the building within a building,” as it is currently being called, is a large structure designed to look and feel like an in-progress job site.  The lab helps get students acclimated to working on a job site and gives them the opportunity to practice skills learned in the classroom. The new lab is scheduled to be ready for use later this month.

For more information on Moraine Park’s Building Trades Construction Worker, Electricity or HVAC/R programs, visit morainepark.edu/programs.

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Moraine Park Alumni Association hosts “5th Wednesday” Oct. 30

by abemis11. October 2013 11:56

The Alumni Association of Moraine Park Technical College is hosting its next 5th Wednesday, an alumni networking event, on Wednesday, Oct. 30, from 5-6:30 p.m. at Riverside Brewery, at 255 S. Main Street, West Bend. Appetizers will be provided and a cash bar available.

5th Wednesday, coordinated by Moraine Park’s Alumni Association, will be held during months with five Wednesdays and will be rotated throughout the Moraine Park District.

“This is a wonderful way to engage and network with fellow alumni of Moraine Park and be a part of growing the Alumni Association in the process,” Joan Brezinsky, advancement specialist at Moraine Park, said.

Alumni planning to attend the Oct. 30 5th Wednesday should RSVP by Friday, Oct. 25, to jbrezinsky@morainepark.edu. RSVP is not required but is recommended. The next 5th Wednesday is scheduled for January 29 in Beaver Dam; the location is to be determined.

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Moraine Park’s nursing students surpass national rate

by abemis10. October 2013 11:06

Moraine Park Technical College is pleased to announce that students in the nursing program have again surpassed the national pass rate on the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nursing (NCLEX-PN) and the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nursing (NCLEX-RN) exams.

One hundred percent of first-time Moraine Park test takers successfully passed the NCLEX-PN while 95 percent passed the NCLEX-RN. All nursing students must pass these exams to work as a Licensed Practical Nurse or Licensed Registered Nurse.

“Faculty and staff at Moraine Park have worked very hard to make sure our students have all the resources they need to succeed,” Kathy VanEerden, associate dean of nursing at Moraine Park, said. “We strive to maintain this level of performance.”

To learn more about programs offered at Moraine Park, visit morainepark.edu/programs.

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Moraine Park to hold Electrical Power Distribution field day

by abemis7. October 2013 10:24

Moraine Park Technical College will hold an Electrical Power Distribution (EPD) observation field day on Thursday, Oct. 17, for anyone interested in learning more about the EPD program. The event will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Beaver Dam Campus.

The event is designed to give prospective students important information about the EPD program, the admissions process and employment opportunities. Participants will also have the opportunity to tour the electrical power field and speak to industry experts.

Students must attend the field day to be considered for admission into the program. Students unable to attend the field day can register for the next available field day in spring 2014. 

To register or for more information about the EPD field day, call Kelsey Schwalbach, academic advisor at 920-924-3120.

For more information, visit morainepark.edu/programs.

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Moraine Park celebrates new Jackson Regional Center

by abemis4. October 2013 10:32

Less than one year ago, Moraine Park faculty, staff and local business partners started with an idea to create a state-of-the-art facility for students pursuing manufacturing training. Thanks to the hard work of many, the facility became a reality as the College celebrated the official opening of its new Jackson Regional Center with a ribbon cutting ceremony and open house on Sept. 24, 2013.

The decision for a new facility was in response to many requests from Washington County employers for job training in welding, fabrication and other advanced manufacturing trade skills.Moraine Park President Sheila Ruhland said the Jackson Regional Center provides an excellent resource for students while also strengthening Moraine Park ties with area businesses.

“This is an important milestone for Moraine Park and our surrounding communities,” Ruhland said, as she addressed the more than 150 business leaders, community members and staff who attended the open house. “We are proud to be able to continue to work with local businesses to continue Wisconsin’s strong manufacturing tradition and move Wisconsin forward.”

Wisconsin Technical College System President Morna Foy, Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development Deputy Secretary Jonathan Barry and West Bend Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Craig Farrell all spoke during the ceremony, noting the importance of facilities like the Jackson Regional Center and the technical college’s ability to readily respond to the need of our workforce and, ultimately, create jobs.

Moraine Park leases the 9,515 square foot facility located in the Jackson Business Park in Jackson, Wis. Leasing the facility allows the College flexibility to adjust to market conditions and respond quickly to changing employment needs. The facility houses a welding lab with 18 welding booths, a fabrication center, a CNC lab, two classrooms, two offices and a conference room.  A Metrology Lab serves as a home to two new CNC simulators and two new VRTEX 360 welding simulation stations, purchased from a $647,000 U.S. Department of Labor Grant. These welders offer many benefits including helping students achieve baseline skills more efficiently and eliminating the waste of costly welding materials

For more information about the Jackson Regional Center, please call 262-335-5828.

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Moraine Park receives $995,662 of a $23.1 million grant awarded to Wisconsin's 16 technical colleges

by abemis3. October 2013 11:00

Moraine Park Technical College is pleased to announce it has received $995,662 of a $23.1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor awarded to Wisconsin’s 16 technical colleges last week to address emerging needs in the Information Technology (IT) sector.

The successful grant application applies to the third installment of a multi-year, nearly $2 billion federal initiative designed to increase community college credential attainment in high-priority economic sectors. In the previous round, the technical colleges won an $18.3 million grant to expand innovative programs that produce high-skilled workers in advanced manufacturing.

Moraine Park plans to use the grant dollars to expand available courses within its current IT program offerings and create new certificates in digital media and network security.

“Moraine Park is thrilled to be working in conjunction with the Wisconsin Technical College System to provide opportunities to students throughout our state,” Sheila Ruhland, Moraine Park president said. “Faculty and staff are excited to start implementing planned program additions.”

“Collaboration within our system has allowed us to leverage more than $41 million to address the strategic needs and priorities we’ve identified with our workforce and economic development partners,” said Wisconsin Technical College System President Morna Foy. “That’s pretty exciting for Wisconsin.”

The most recent grant will allow the colleges to enhance and expand career pathways not only within cutting-edge IT programs, but also within other critical sectors – such as health care and manufacturing – that increasingly require workers with advanced IT competencies.

Drew Petersen, president of the Wisconsin Technical College System Board and an executive with TDS Telecom said, “Our programs are uniquely industry-driven, and these funds will allow us to scale innovation in response to needs identified by our employer partners in the IT space.”

Northcentral Technical College (NTC) led the consortium effort for this initiative. NTC President
Lori Weyers explained, “We recognize the importance of a skilled workforce in the IT sector and the significance of this industry to the state's economy. This grant award is a testament to the many individuals from the sixteen colleges that worked together to put this grant proposal together.”

Wisconsin’s technical colleges received one of the largest single awards from the Department of
Labor’s investment, and the collaboration makes the technical college system one of the few applicants to receive back-to-back grants. Grant implementation will begin in October.

For information about Moraine Park visit, morainepark.edu.

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Moraine Park holds Career Showcase on October 9

by abemis30. September 2013 10:38

Moraine Park Technical College is hosting a free Career Showcase event to anyone interested in learning more about programs offered at the College. The event will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 9, from 4-6:30 p.m. at Moraine Park’s Fond du Lac and West Bend campuses.

The following areas of study will be featured at Fond du Lac and West Bend; business, technology, digital arts, consumer and hospitality services, engineering, environmental sciences and trades, general education, health science and human services.

Attendees will get an overview of the programs from program instructors and staff.  Staff from admissions, financial aid, student services and diversity resources (Fond du Lac Campus only) will also be available to meet with prospective students. Participants will receive a $30 application fee waiver valid for applications submitted by Nov. 9, 2013. Prospective students that complete the application at the event are also eligible to win an iPad. Photo ID is required.

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

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Recycle your electronics at Moraine Park

by abemis27. September 2013 13:52

Moraine Park Technical College’s IT Club will be holding its E-cycle event on Saturday, Oct. 5, from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. rain or shine at Moraine Park’s Fond du Lac campus. Items can be dropped off in campus parking lot E, closest to the intersection of Johnson Street and University Drive.

Accepted items include: Monitors, laptops, servers, TVs, printers/fax machines/scanners, computers, video game consoles, mice/keyboards, cell phones, MP3 players/iPods, phones, DVD players, VCRs, cable boxes, satellite dishes, vacuum cleaners (without bag), coffee makers, bread makers, irons, hair dryers, radios and clocks. All batteries must be removed from all items including cordless/rechargeable products.   

Items not accepted include curling irons, refrigerators, dish washers, stoves and household batteries. For more information and to view a full list of items, visit morainepark.edu/ecycle.

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Moraine Park students to build Habitat home and change lives in the process

by abemis16. September 2013 11:19

Moraine Park Technical College and Habitat for Humanity of Washington and Dodge counties kicked off a very special project on Monday, Sept. 9, as the two organizations joined forces to build a duplex for two deserving West Bend families.

On Monday, Sept. 9, students from Building Trades Construction Worker program at Moraine Park Technical College broke ground and began work on Habitat for Humanity home being built for two West Bend families.

Students from Moraine Park’s Building Trades Construction Worker and Electricity programs will be working alongside Habitat crew volunteers throughout the 2013-14 school year to help build the new home, located just off the corner of Highway 33 and Municipal Drive in West Bend. The students will do everything from staking out the building to wiring the house for electricity. All tasks will give them valuable experience in their trades.

Education isn’t the only thing they are getting, according to Habitat for Humanity Executive Director Russ Wanta.

“You’re changing lives and changing them for the better,” Wanta said during the groundbreaking ceremony. “I know years from now you will share with others what you are doing here. You’ll share it with your wife, your children and your grandchildren. You can tell them how you changed lives.” 

Wanta isn’t the only one who thinks this is an exceptional opportunity for the students. Moraine Park Building Trades Construction Worker Instructor Don Enders, who is leading the construction portion of the project, said this opportunity is one that students don’t always get to experience but one he hopes will continue into the future.

“My students are gaining valuable hands-on experience through helping with this build, but equally important is the opportunity they have to positively impact their community,” Enders said. “Thank you to Habitat for Humanity and its partners for making this project possible.”

In total, six Building Trades students will be working on the structural portions of the build. Once the outside structure is complete and construction continues inside, students from the Electricity program, led by Moraine Park Instructor Mike Melaney, will be joining them to complete the electrical work within the home.

This Habitat-Moraine Park partnership is also part of Moraine Park’s service-learning initiative combining community service with classroom instruction. Service-learning aims to give students real-world, hands-on experience in their field while promoting the idea of giving back to the communities they live and learn in.

For more information about Moraine Park’s Building Trades Construction Worker and Electricity programs, visit morainepark.edu/programs. For details on service-learning, visit morainepark.edu/servicelearning.  For more information about Habitat for Humanity of Washington and Dodge counties, visit http://hfhwashco.org/.

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