Moraine Park's online programs open doors for working adults and parents

by admin29. September 2008 19:00

Whether it’s for the first time or the second, getting a college degree can help you can make more money and advance your career or start a new one. For adults who work and/or have children, time and distance can be hurdles. How do you find the time to drive to and attend classes when you can’t leave your job or you have a family to take care of – or both?

 

Fortunately, technology and flexible scheduling make it easier to fit continuing education into busy lives. Moraine Park Technical College offers more than 350 online courses and 20 online programs and certificates, with courses ranging from four, six, eight or 16 weeks.

 

Associate of applied science degree, technical diploma and certificate programs that can be completed entirely online, with the exception of a few which also require clinicals, include Accounting, Business Management, Entrepreneurship for Small Business Certificate, General Studies, Health Information Technology, Human Resource Development Certificate, Information Technology – Web Developer, Instructional Assistant, Medical Transcription, Organizational Management Certificate, Supervisory Management, Veterinary Technician and Water Quality Technician.

 

“Online is a great alternative for students who have family and work responsibilities,” said Pete Rettler, Moraine Park West Bend and online campus and community partner. “With gas prices being so high it may be the thing that makes college affordable for the students who do not live near our campuses. Our faculty are trained to teach online, our curriculum was built to be delivered online, and our online provider (eCollege) is willing to help our students with access-related questions 24 hours per day, seven days per week.”

 

Jason Helnes of West Bend is an example of someone taking advantage of online learning while working. He is enrolled in Moraine Park’s online Veterinary Technician associate of applied science (AAS) degree program that includes clinicals at veterinary practices.

 

“The biggest difference that I have experienced between online classes and typical courses in classrooms is that through online learning you are given more freedom to budget your time between school and other parts of your life such as family and work,” said Helnes. “The biggest advantage that I have had is the ability to work nearly full-time to help support myself and my wife while still having the time to finish my classwork and be successful in my chosen program.”

 

Rachel Wigman of Fond du Lac needed a class schedule that worked with her “mom” responsibilities for two sons – one born with spina bifida – and her part-time job. She volunteers at her sons’ school and is turning that interest into a career by pursuing an Instructional Assistant associate of applied science degree. Going back to school after more than 16 years was a challenge, but online courses and the support of her family have helped.

 

 “If it wasn’t for online classes I wouldn't be able to go back to school, at least full-time,” said Wigman. “I like to just log on whenever I want to instead of making sure I make it to class on time.” She works part-time while her sons are in school and tackles her course assignments on the computer after they go to bed. “I would suggest to any parent that if they want to accomplish a degree to further their career, I would go for it. I just have one more year to go and I will accomplish getting a degree – it's very exciting.”

 

Like Wigman, Candice Sippel of Fond du Lac is enrolled in the Instructional Assistant program while she works and volunteers at her daughter’s school. “Taking online courses gives me the ability to create my own schedule. The instructors are often online, increasing their availability. With my experience thus far, they have been so helpful and willing to answer questions over e-mail or phone as often as possible. Being an online student has been a really great experience and I would recommend it to anybody.”

 

Moraine Park provides a checklist you can use to find out if online learning is for you; go to http://www.morainepark.edu/isonline4me. You can also see a demo course by going to http://online.morainepark.edu and clicking on Demo Course then the Courses tab in the upper left. For a complete list and answers to frequently asked questions, go to www.morainepark.edu and click on Online Learning.

 

“I would never be able to achieve and learn what I have learned without the online Veterinary Technician program at Moraine Park,” said Jennie McMonagle of Maribel, who had previously earned two bachelor of science degrees the traditional classroom way. “The instructors are extremely helpful and will go miles out of their way to see you succeed – you just need to ask.”

 

Moraine Park also offers evening and weekend classes. If money is an issue, ask about your financial aid and scholarship options. Get to know Moraine Park. Schedule a campus tour and visit with an academic advisor. Short videos about the College and its programs are located at www.morainepark.edu, along with other information about programs and services. To get started on the next step in your life and career, call Moraine Park at 1-800-472-4554.

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Leadership Development: More Than Just Managing People

by admin25. September 2008 19:00

Thanks to a recent name change from Supervisory Management to Leadership Development, this Moraine Park Technical College program more closely reflects business and industry’s desire for professionals who successfully manage and lead others in the workplace.

 

According to Pat Olson, Moraine Park dean of business, leaders are needed at all levels of an organization. “We train front-line supervisors and they need to be equipped with the skills and attitudes to effectively lead others in aligning with the organization’s goals,” she said. “This name change more closely reflects the current needs of business and industry.”

 

Because business and industry value employees who continually improve their knowledge and skills, the Leadership Development program provides a means for working professionals – even those who hold associate and bachelor’s degrees – to return to school for heightened skill development that will directly impact their occupations and careers. Potential students with bachelor or associate’s degrees can complete Leadership Development coursework in two years because general studies requirements have already been satisfied.

 

Coursework analyzes supervisory and leadership issues geared toward a variety of businesses and industries, nurturing skill development related to leadership, human relations, budgeting, problem solving, team building, quality and safety. Delivered in an accelerated format for working professionals, courses are available in a variety of formats: face-to-face, online and interactive video conferencing (IVC). Each class meets just once weekly for six weeks, according to Mary Vogl-Rauscher, the Leadership Development lead instructor. “By having the classes once per week, it’s easier for working students to schedule work and family time,” she said.

 

As an accelerated associate of applied science degree program, Leadership Development allows students the flexibility to complete the degree at their own pace. “A student can take one class per week and graduate in three to four years, or take two classes per week and graduate in two years,” said Vogl-Rauscher. Courses also can be customized for on-site company training.

 

The program is not designed for recent high school graduates. “If classes weren’t comprised of working adults, students wouldn’t have as much to share,” said Vogl-Rauscher. “What’s neat is that the teachers and students are executives and employees from a variety of industries – a mix of people bringing different perspectives and experiences to the group. The students learn as much from their classmates as they do from their instructors – a very unique environment for learning.”

 

Ultimately, graduates exit the program versed in leadership and supervisory skills.

 

“I believe that with great skills and fortitude individuals can be excellent supervisors and managers; however, it takes that extra fortitude and finesse to be a great leader,” said Marla Pearce, human resource director for Fox Lake Correctional Institution and a Moraine Park Leadership Development program adjunct instructor. “I don't believe a manager/supervisor and a leader are one in the same. Being a leader means you set the pace. You hear it all the time – ‘lead by example.’ Embarking on the leadership program with Moraine Park will allow individuals a great starting point for their future and for the betterment of their communities.”

 

Core classes for the Leadership Development program run every six weeks over a period of two years. Individuals interested in starting the program may join the sequence of classes at any time. There is no particular order in which the classes must be taken.

 

To learn more about Leadership Development visit www.morainepark.edu and click on Academics, or call
1-800-472-4554.

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Moraine Park students reap benefits and adventure from international education

by admin24. September 2008 19:00

“London was one of the most memorable times of my life. I enjoyed every minute of it. It’s great being able to see what else is out there besides Wisconsin.”

 

That’s what Michael Dellegrazio of Grafton, an Engine Research and Development Technician program student at Moraine Park Technical College, said about his adventure in England through the College’s twice-a-year London trips.

 

In order to develop a globally and multi-culturally competent workforce, Moraine Park offers campus activities such as Multicultural Day, internationalized courses, exchange hosting, and education-abroad opportunities for Moraine Park students and staff as well as businesses and community members.

 

According to the Wisconsin Department of Commerce’s Web site, the global exports of Wisconsin companies totaled $19,185,669,961 in 2007, representing continued growth in international commerce. Bobbi Laine, Moraine Park dean of general education, said that employees of tomorrow need international experiences to succeed in the global marketplace.

 

“Moraine Park is providing these experiences to better prepare our graduates to find employment and be successful in their chosen careers,” said Laine.

 

Since 2002, an exchange partnership has existed between Moraine Park and the Friedrich List and Peter Behrens vocational schools in Darmstadt, Germany. The German students spend a couple weeks in the U.S. each fall attending classes at Moraine Park, completing projects, touring local companies and visiting cities like Madison and Chicago. In the summer, Moraine Park students travel to the partner school in Germany, tour businesses, schools and cities, visit with state and local education administrators and reconnect with the German students they met the previous semester. This trip is also open to interested community members. For both groups, the exchange is an opportunity to learn or improve a new language, learn about other countries, and gain international contacts and experiences.

 

Moraine Park Culinary Arts program students have travelled overseas to enhance culinary skills and cultural awareness. As part of the exchange program with the Peter Behrens School, Moraine Park students attend classes, participate in social events and tour the city during their first week abroad. In the second week, they head for other parts of Europe such as France, Austria or Italy. According to Culinary Arts program instructor James Simmers, students have taken part in cooking seminars; experienced a variety of European cuisines; eaten at Stiftskeller St. Peter, Central Europe’s oldest restaurant (circa 803) in Salzburg, Austria; gone on brewery, winery and castle tours; and ridden a bullet A Moraine Park student and instructor prepare a recipe at Oliver's Art Cuisine in Frankfurt.train.

 

Trips to England are offered during Thanksgiving week and spring break, led by a Moraine Park instructor and open to alumni, community members, staff and students. The week-long overseas adventure is centered in London or at Harlaxton College, the British campus of the University of Evansville in Indiana. Activities include field trips to area businesses related to each student’s program of study and tours of cultural points of interest, famous landmarks and other popular destinations. Participants are enrolled in either Moraine Park’s Career Development course (available only to program students) or the International Study course that is available for one, two and three credits.

 

Moraine Park Barber/Cosmetology program instructor Danielle Domenosky led a group of students on a 2007 London trip. She feels that while international travel is beneficial to anyone, it is particularly advantageous for Moraine Park students because not only do they learn about other cultures but they also gain experience related to their chosen fields. That global perspective of a career can be attractive to employers.

 

London adventurers visited job sites related to their career path. “There were eight cosmetology students on the trip, so we were able to spend some time in the Vidal Sassoon Academy in London and learn how they do things,” said Domenosky. “There are different licensing laws in England, which I wasn’t aware of. There were students from Japan, Turkey and Norway, and it was an awesome experience to watch them work and talk with them.”

 

“The whole idea of international education is to open our minds and learn more about others,” said Laine.

 

“I would encourage any student to travel abroad while they’re still in school,” said Dellegrazio. “It really cultures you and opens up your world perspective.”

 

To see photos, testimonials and other information about the trips to England, visit www.england.morainepark.edu.

 

For more information about international offerings at Moraine Park, contact Laine at 920-924-3163 or blaine@morainepark.edu.

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Spanish for Automobile Sales and Service offered at Moraine Park

by admin23. September 2008 19:00

If you work in automobile sales and/or service and don’t know Spanish but your job requires you to interact with Spanish-speaking customers, sign up for Spanish for Automobile Sales and Serviceat Moraine Park Technical College. 

 

You will learn to greet customers and clients; express and receive dollar amounts; acquire basic sales and financial information from a customer; assist customers with the purchase of an automobile, parts and services; help the customer with basic information regarding automobile insurance, tax, title and licensing; provide payment information; and conduct routine tasks.

 

Spanish for Automobile Sales and Service (course number 140-467-001) will run for six weeks starting Tuesday, Oct. 7, and ending Tuesday, Nov. 11, from 6 to 8:45 p.m. in Room A-112 on Moraine Park’s Fond du Lac campus, 235 N. National Ave. The class is $42.82 plus the cost of the manual, which can be purchased at the campus bookstore.

 

To register, call Moraine Park at 1-800-472-4554. If you have previously taken a Moraine Park class, you may register online at www.morainepark.edu. Click Course Schedule or Register.

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Calling all scrapbookers!

by admin23. September 2008 19:00

If you’ve caught the scrapbooking bug, capture your memories while helping Moraine Park Technical College students reach their goals of a better education. The Moraine Park Foundation is hosting “Crop at the College” Saturday, Oct. 18, at the Fond du Lac campus. All proceeds will fund scholarships for Moraine Park students.

 

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

 

The $30 registration fee includes large work spaces, snacks, music, a big-screen TV 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 dmartin@morainepark.edu. Bring along your scrapbooking friends – and make new ones.

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Mary Kerrigan appointed to Moraine Park District Board

by admin21. September 2008 19:00

Mary Kerrigan, RN, of Colgate was appointed to the Moraine Park Technical College District Board as an employer member through June 30, 2010.

 

“It is very exciting to be given the opportunity to be a district board member of a teaching organization with a mission, vision and strategic goals that are closely aligned with my own personal and professional goals,” said Kerrigan, who served her first meeting on Sept. 17. “I look forward to learning, sharing and serving the community in my new role.”

 

Kerrigan is the director of patient care at the 70-physician, multi-specialty West Bend Clinic, where she works with a team of Patient Care Supervisors and Administrative support staff to oversee clinical operations. She is also involved in organizational strategic planning, physician recruitment, practice development and optimization. In her role, Kerrigan manages a multimillion-dollar operational and capital budget.

 

Prior to joining West Bend Clinic in 2002, Kerrigan was the director of the New Life Center at St. Joseph Community Hospital in West Bend. Before that, she served in various roles at St. Michael Hospital in Milwaukee, including director of the Center for Women and Infants. A 1977 graduate of the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh (cum laude), Kerrigan holds a bachelor of science degree in nursing. She also was a member of the Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society.

 

“We are very pleased to have a person with Mary's background and experience on our board,” said Dr. Gayle Hytrek, Moraine Park president. “Her knowledge of the health care field will be invaluable as the board makes decisions regarding our many health care programs.”

 

Kerrigan and her husband Tim have lived in Washington County for 27 years. They have three daughters who graduated from Hartford Union High School.

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Moraine Park to host exhibit on Russian Gulag prison

by admin21. September 2008 19:00

A piece of Russian history and political repression is coming to Fond du Lac in October when Moraine Park Technical College hosts the “Gulag – History of a Camp” exhibit presented by the Midwest Institute and Gulag Museum at Perm-36. The display is open to the public. 

 

This traveling exhibit of a Gulag prison consists of 13 photo and narrative panels, artifacts such as a prison shirt and barbed wire, and a short documentary film. It will be located near the Moraine Park library in the second-floor gallery Oct. 6-27 and may be viewed during regular campus hours.

 

The Gulag Museum at Perm-36 preserves and interprets a Gulag camp built under Joseph Stalin in 1946 near the city of Perm in the village of Kutschino, Russia. From 1946-1956 it was a Stalinist labor camp; from 1956-1971 it was a labor camp for high Soviet officials; and from 1972 until 1987 dissidents and human rights activists were imprisoned there. During the last period, the existence and location of the camp were a highly guarded secret. When it closed in 1987 as part of President Mikhail Gorbachev's glasnost (openness) policy, it was the primary facility in the Soviet Union for those charged with political crimes. Although there were more than 12,000 forced labor camps in the former Soviet Union which imprisoned 18 million people, Perm-36 is the last surviving example from the system.

 

“When I learned that the Midwest Institute was making the Gulag exhibit available to its members, I was very interested in bringing it to Moraine Park because it brings to life a significant time in the lives of many of our residents,” said Bobbi Laine, Moraine Park dean of general and international education. “While Stalin's terror could have ended with his death, it lived on until the break-up of the Soviet Union. The mystery of Siberian prison camps and life in the Gulag has extended to the present for many of us, making this a first-hand glimpse of the harsh realities prisoners endured.

 

“While teaching in the former Soviet Union in the 1990s, I had a chance to interview former prisoners and I'm particularly looking forward to making the connection between their stories and this exhibit,” added Laine.

 

Admission to the exhibit is free and donations are accepted.

 

For more information about the Gulag exhibit, contact Laine at blaine@morainepark.edu or 920-924-3163.

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Moraine Park offers insurance seminars for continuing education

by admin17. September 2008 19:00

Moraine Park Technical College is offering the following seminars that provide four continuing education credits each for maintaining your insurance license in Wisconsin. 

 

Ethics (course no. 162-410-001): Tuesday, Sept. 30, 1 to 5 p.m.

 

Retirement Planning (course no. 162-432-001): Wednesday, Oct. 1, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

 

Medicare and Medicare Supplement Insurance (course no. 162-427-002): Wednesday, Oct. 1, 1:30 to
5:30 p.m.

 

Business Income Insurance (course no. 162-417-001): Thursday, Oct. 9, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 

 

Business Auto and Truckers Insurance (course no. 162-442-001): Thursday, Oct. 9, 1:30 to 5:30 p.m.  

 

Insurance Fraud (course no. 162-435-001): Tuesday, Oct. 28, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 

 

College Funding/Pre-Retirement (course no. 162-406-001): Tuesday, Oct. 28, 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. 

 

Planning in the Senior Market (course no. 162-416-001): Thursday, Nov. 20, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 

 

Individual Health Insurance (course no. 162-412-001): Thursday, Nov. 20, 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. 

 

Ethics II (course no. 162-430-001): Friday, Nov. 21, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

 

Personal Auto Insurance (course no. 162-400-001): Tuesday, Dec. 16, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

 

Homeowners Insurance (course no. 162-402-001): Tuesday, Dec. 16, 1:30 to 5:30 p.m.

 

Each class will be held at the Fond du Lac campus and costs $48.71. To register, call 1-800-472-4554. If you have previously taken a Moraine Park class, you may register online at www.morainepark.edu. Click Course Schedule or Register.

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Moraine Park offers business training opportunities in October

by admin9. September 2008 19:00

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

 

Several courses are scheduled for October, including:

 

Basic Industrial Blueprint Reading: Wednesdays, Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 and Nov. 5, 8 a.m.-12 Noon, Room
O-103, Fond du Lac campus
. Learn to read, visualize and interpret industrial blueprints. Cost is $675, which includes materials and refreshments.

 

Lean Enterprise – 5S/Visual Workplace: Thursday, Oct. 9, 8 a.m.-12 Noon, Room T-105, West Bend campus. Start with an overview of Lean and how it can impact your bottom line. Then move on to 5S/Visual Workplace to organize, clean and standardize your workplace. Cost is $125, which includes materials.

 

Selling Through Stellar Service: Mondays, Oct. 13, 20 and 27, 12:30-4:30 p.m., Room O-104, Fond du Lac campus. This is a two-part training in guiding and expanding customer conversations. Cost is $479 per person, which includes materials and refreshments.

 

Developing an Effective Team for Nonprofits: Thursday, Oct. 16, 8-10 a.m., Room O-103, Fond du Lac campus. Identify the unique challenges of team building in a nonprofit by exploring the elements of a highly effective team and identifying ways to build a team and grow and develop individual potential. Cost is $55 person, which includes materials and refreshments.

 

Basic Grammar for Business Writing: Mondays, Oct. 20, 27 and Nov. 3, 12 Noon-4 p.m., Room O-106.1, Fond du Lac campus. Learn techniques to make writing easier to understand and more interesting to read and learn how to make letters, memos, proposals and other documents more powerful and professional. Cost is $299, which includes materials and refreshments.

 

Emotional Intelligence: Wednesday, Oct. 22, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Room A-112, Fond du Lac campus. Gain insight into your current abilities related to emotional intelligence and acquire knowledge and basic skills related to self-awareness, self-management, social awareness and relationship management. Cost is $249, which includes materials, lunch and refreshments.

 

OSHA 10-Hour Voluntary Compliance for General Industry: Wednesdays, Oct. 29 and Nov. 5, 7:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Room A-112, Fond du Lac campus. Learn how to read and use the Code of Federal Regulations and understand compliance programs and procedures required in the workplace. Cost is $260, which includes materials and refreshments.

 

Identity Theft Privacy Compliance and Data Security: Thursday, Oct. 30, 8-10 a.m., Room O-104, Fond du Lac campus. Learn how to protect your company and employees from identity theft and data breaches. Cost is $60, which includes materials and refreshments.

 

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

 

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

 

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Moraine Park culinary students compete in Quick Fire Grill Challenge

by admin9. September 2008 19:00

In a food-slinging showdown, two Moraine Park Technical College Culinary Arts program students squared off for the Quick Fire Grill Challenge during the Downtown Fond du Lac Partnership’s Fondue Fest on Sept. 6.

 Mike Wetzel adds potatoes to his salmon entree as a judge looks on.

The competition was sponsored by K107.1 FM Radio who gave $100 scholarships to Mike Wetzel and Adam Knueppel; Brian Carter of Fond du Lac Seafood who provided the Norwegian salmon; and Sara Cujak of Cujak’s Wine Market who contributed Arbequina olive oil and Airen white wine as the “secret” ingredients. The students provided the remaining ingredients.

 

The winning entrée was prepared by Mike Wetzel of West Bend, who created a salmon and salsa appetizer along with a main course of grilled salmon accompanied by a creamy mushroom sauce, new potatoes and seasoned salad.

 

Adam Knueppel of Fond du Lac prepared a layered crêpe dish with freshly grilled salmon.

 Adam and Mike with Cujak's Wine Market and Fond du Lac Seafood owners.

They were judged on presentation, use of ingredients and taste by K107 on-air talent Jon Carson and KFIZ on-air talent Nick Van Nocker, as well as guest judges Amy Edlefson and Mike Paradies of Fond du Lac. Both were selected from a K107 guest judge contest.

 

“The work of Mike and Adam was amazing,” said Carson. “They really did the Moraine Park culinary program proud!"

 

New this year, members of the Moraine Park Culinary Arts Club along with culinary arts instructors helped put the “fondue” in Fondue Fest by preparing cheese and chocolate fondues as well as bread, cookie and cake portions for dipping. In the Culinary Arts kitchens, the students prepared 90 gallons of fondue. They used 90 pounds each of cheese and chocolate and 30 gallons of cream.

 

Baked goods were made for dipping in the cheese and chocolate. “We made 6,000 cookies and 8,000 breadsticks in a very short time frame with volunteer student help – that's effort!” said Tom Endejan, Moraine Park Culinary Arts program instructor.

 Culinary students dish out cheese and chocolate fondue.

More than 2,000 servings were sold, raising $2,300 for the Moraine Park Culinary Arts Club for international and culinary travel to Germany and Chicago.

 

“Fundraisers like this help send our students to different parts of the world to make new and exciting culinary and cultural discoveries,” said James Simmers, Moraine Park Culinary Arts program instructor. “There is no substitute for that experience.”

 

Mountain Dog Media, Inc., owns four radio stations including News-Talk 1450 KFIZ, K107.1 (WFON), Fox Cities ESPN Radio 1530 (WMLB) and Sheboygan's ESPN Radio 950 (WCLB). KFIZ is Wisconsin's first commercial radio station and has over 85 years of award-winning news, weather and sports coverage. The office is in Fond du Lac.

 

For more information on Moraine Park’s Culinary Arts program visit www.morainepark.edu.

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