Teens can create products at Moraine Park's Toolin' It!

by admin16. February 2009 19:00

Moraine Park Technical College’s Toolin’ It!, a high-tech and hands-on manufacturing experience for middle and high school students ages 13-16, is again being offered in two forms this June.


Toolin’ It! participants use technology to create a product from start to finish. From 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. each day, June 22-26, participants will explore 3D design, computer numerical control (CNC) programming, welding, machining and more, while emphasizing problem solving and team building. On the last day, visits to area manufacturers will provide an up-close and personal look at products being made.


The program is being held in conjunction with YMCA Camp Matawa’s week-long residential experience. Participants who choose both the Toolin’ It! and Camp Matawa experiences will travel by bus each morning to Moraine Park’s Applied Manufacturing Technology Center in West Bend. Later, they return to Camp Matawa for activities that include canoeing, archery, hiking, climbing, campfires, and much more with their cabin groups. The fee for this combined camping experience is $655; scholarships and financial assistance are available. YMCA Camp Matawa boasts an indoor climbing wall and outdoor high adventure Alpine Tower, swimming pool and 50-foot waterslide, as well as cabins with bathrooms, showers and a common area. The camp is located 45 minutes north of Milwaukee, adjacent to Kettle Moraine State Forest.


For those interested in participating in the daily Toolin’ It! component only, the fee is $125 which includes all materials and daily lunch. To register or for more information, contact Marcia Arndt, dean of manufacturing technology, at 262-335-5725 or marndt@morainepark.edu.


For more information about the combined Toolin’ It!/Camp Matawa experience, contact Marcia Arndt.
To register, visit www.matawa.org or contact Camp Matawa at 262-626-2149.


College Transfer Fair set at Moraine Park

by admin15. February 2009 19:00

Interested in transferring your technical college credits toward a four-year degree? Mark your calendar for the College Transfer Fair at Moraine Park Technical College.


The event is geared toward Moraine Park students and alumni who have earned or are nearing completion of their associate of applied science degree, but is open to anyone.


Four-year college and university admissions representatives will visit Moraine Park Tuesday, March 10, at the Fond du Lac campus in the Cyber Center cafeteria from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., and at the West Bend campus in the AMTC lobby by the main entrance from 4 to 6 p.m. On Wednesday, March 11, the fair takes place at the Beaver Dam campus in the commons from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.


Representatives from the following colleges and universities are scheduled to attend: Cardinal Stritch University, Chadron State College, Lakeland College, Marion University, Milwaukee School of Engineering – Rader School of Business, Silver Lake College, UW–Green Bay, UW–Oshkosh, UW–Milwaukee – School of Information Studies, UW–Stout and UW–Washington County. Stop by to pick up brochures and find out how your Moraine Park associate degree will transfer to other colleges.


For more information, contact Cindy Wolf at 262-306-5322 or cwolf@morainepark.edu, or Katy Yindra at 262-306-5325 or kyindra@morainepark.edu.


Directions to Moraine Park’s campuses can be found at www.morainepark.edu. Click on About Us then Campus Information.


Learn about financial aid at Moraine Park March 5

by admin15. February 2009 19:00

If you’re looking for ways to afford college, check out your options at Moraine Park Technical College’s Financial Aid Night on Thursday, March 5, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.


This informational event takes place in the Cyber Center cafeteria on the Fond du Lac campus. Students, parents and other interested parties will learn about the different types of financial aid and get details about the application process and how financial aid is awarded.


To register, visit http://www.morainepark.edu/pages/1574.asp or call 1-800-472-4554, ext. 6334. Registration is requested by Feb. 26.


For directions to the Fond du Lac campus at 235 N. National Ave., go to www.morainepark.edu and click on About Moraine Park then Campus Information.


Moraine Park offers business training in March

by admin12. February 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 March:


Quickbooks Pro 2008 – Level 2: Wednesdays, March 4 and 11, 12:30 to 4:30 p.m., Room K-207, Beaver Dam campus. Learn about editing, customizing, and tracking inventory; sales tax issues; and payroll-related functions. Quickbooks Pro 2008 – Level 1 or previous Quickbook experience is recommended. Cost is $229 per person, which includes materials and refreshments.


Lean Enterprise/Six Sigma Executive Informational Briefing: Thursday, March 12, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., location to be determined. Geared toward managers who will plan, control and a Lean Enterprise/Six Sigma program, this session covers the relationship of Lean Enterprise/Six Sigma to corporate strategies, issues of implementation, a basic overview of the methodology and tools, and an introduction to training programs. Free. Please call 920-924-3449 by
Feb. 26 to reserve your seat.


Microsoft Excel 2007 – Level 1: Thursday, March 12, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Room O-107.1, Fond du Lac campus. Activities are focused on planning, creating and modifying a spreadsheet with emphasis on using calculations, formatting and printing. Cost is $189 per person, which includes materials, refreshments and lunch.


Introduction to Mastercam X2: Monday and Tuesday, March 16-17, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Room T-205, West Bend campus. Covers all aspects of operation, system orientation, operator interface, configuration, 2D geometry construction, dimensioning and CAD file conversion. Also useful for V9 users who would like to become familiar with X and X2. Cost is $675 per person, which includes materials.


OSHA 10-Hour Voluntary Compliance for General Industry: Tuesdays, March 17 and 24, 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Room O-103, 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 $269 per person, which includes materials and refreshments.


Visualized Information With Visio: Tuesday, March 17, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Room C-129, Fond du Lac campus. Explore tools for illustrating block diagrams, office layouts, data charts, flowcharts, work process maps and more. Learn how to integrate diagrams into documents, presentations and publications. Cost is $109 per person, which includes materials and refreshments.


Lean Enterprise Certificate Program: Thursdays, March 19, April 2, 16 and 30, May 14 and 28, and June 11, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Applied Manufacturing Technology Center, West Bend campus. Learn an effective and cost-efficient way to train your staff to use Lean tools to identify and drive waste out of your operation. For those completing the certificate series, a workplace project will reinforce application in the workplace. Series cost is $2,100 for all seven sessions. Individual sessions are $300 per participant. Cost includes materials, lunch and refreshments.


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 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.


Exhibit at Moraine Park features art by Wisconsin inmates

by admin9. February 2009 19:00

The libraries of Moraine Park Technical College are hosting The Other Side of the Fence, a free exhibit that consists of art created by Wisconsin inmates.


The Moraine Park exhibit features 15 pieces selected from more than 200 drawings and paintings collected by the Beaver Dam Area Arts Association (BDAAA) in collaboration with the Fox Lake Correctional Institution. Most of the artwork was donated by the inmates, and most will be available for purchase with all proceeds going to the BDAAA.


The Other Side of the Fence will be on display at the Beaver Dam campus library through Feb. 26. The exhibit will then be at the West Bend campus library from March 3 to April 15 and will complete its tour at the Fond du Lac campus library from April 20 to May 25. 


For directions to the campuses, go to www.morainepark.edu and click on About Moraine Park then Campus Information. Library hours can be viewed on the Web site by clicking on the Library link. For more information, call 920-887-4406.


Tech colleges advocate for quick action on stimulus package

by admin8. February 2009 19:00

Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) President Dan Clancy is urging members of the state’s Congressional delegation to take swift action to complete the federal stimulus package enabling states to move forward to address the impending workforce crisis.


In a letter sent on behalf of the State Board, Clancy also urged members of Congress “to help ensure stimulus funding includes allocations that recognize the specific role of the WTCS.” Clancy said the technical colleges are experiencing dramatic enrollment increases as a result of the recession and it’s imperative that specific funding is set aside to meet the needs of an unusually high number of dislocated workers. 


“We believe it is important that you recognize how, in addition to funding allocated for Education for the 21st Century, the WTCS can make quick, productive use of stimulus funding provided under a number of other of the areas included in the U.S. House version of the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act,” the letter states.


Moraine Park Technical College President Gayle Hytrek noted the College’s spring enrollment had increased nearly five percent from the same time last year and that they continue to work with district employers who have either closed their facilities or had to reduce the workforce. “Moraine Park offers Rapid Response assistance in which Moraine Park Rapid Response team members introduce employers and employees to training, transition services and support services available through the College for transitioning people back into the workforce,” said Dr. Hytrek.


Coordinated by the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development, Rapid Response is a state-mandated program used when a company has to lay off a certain number of employees. In 2008, Moraine Park responded to 23 plant closings in the district. As job cuts around the state deepen, the rapid response of Wisconsin’s technical colleges demonstrates a commitment to addressing the many issues facing laid-off workers and their families.


“Government investments in the American workforce have never been this important, at least not in recent history,” said Brent Smith, president of the Wisconsin Technical College System Board. “The technical colleges are in the best position to provide the kind of demand-driven education needed to get under-employed and unemployed individuals back to work.”


In many cases, dislocated workers haven’t received formal education for several years, so they’re underprepared for postsecondary education. The colleges provide these individuals with adult basic education or other academic preparation before they can successfully complete new career programs.


In addition to addressing job losses that are affecting a broad cross-section of our state’s population, the technical colleges are also in the midst of retooling course and program offerings in response to fundamental shifts in the state’s economy.


“A function of the technical colleges has always been to respond to the needs of displaced workers, but this function is even more critical now, as the state is experiencing significant job loss and economic instability,” said Clancy. “The quick turnaround the colleges offer helps minimize the impact on our communities during this economic shift.”


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 www.morainepark.edu.


New Moraine Park, UWO and UWWC collaboration offers increased access to four-year degrees

by admin8. February 2009 19:00

Beginning in fall 2009, Washington County residents will have another option to earn a bachelor’s degree. In an agreement with the University of Wisconsin–Washington County (UW–WC) and Moraine Park Technical College, the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh (UWO) will offer a Bachelor of Applied Studies (BAS) degree at the Moraine Park and UWWC campuses in West Bend.

 Moraine Park, UWO and UWWC leaders sign the BAS agreement.

“It is especially important in our current economic times to encourage students to go on to obtain their four-year degree,” said UW Oshkosh Interim Provost E. Alan Hartman. “The collaboration allows students to have greater access to a four-year degree through the two strong educational institutes in Washington County. We are committed to providing new local avenues of entry for Wisconsin’s college-bound. We want to make sure students have readily available access to a four-year degree.”


UW–Washington County Dean and Campus Executive Officer David L. Nixon, Moraine Park President Gayle Hytrek and Dr. Hartman signed the pact on Wednesday, Feb. 4, at Moraine Park’s West Bend campus.


“This is the first time three of Wisconsin’s higher education systems have come together with this type of an agreement in the state,” said Dr. Hytrek of Moraine Park. “It provides our students with a clear pathway from technical college to a bachelor's degree. This agreement helps us to fulfill our students’ dreams of obtaining a bachelor's degree.”


Dr. Nixon of UW–WC noted the collaboration is especially beneficial to nontraditional students. “Its flexibility allows students in Washington County to pursue a four-year degree without having to leave the county,” he said.


UW–WC and Moraine Park students can earn credits toward both their associate and bachelor’s degrees simultaneously. With an emphasis in Leadership and Organizational Studies, UWO’s BAS program is designed specifically to serve adult nontraditional students and is delivered at Moraine Park via technology, at UW–WC and online. Students can earn their associate degree at a Moraine Park campus and then attend classes at UW–WC to fulfill the general education course requirements necessary to earn their bachelor’s degree through UWO.


Interested persons can find out more about this bachelor’s degree opportunity by attending one of three collaborative degree events. Advisors will be available to answer questions at Moraine Park on Tuesday, March 10, at 8 a.m. at the Fond du Lac campus; Tuesday, March 10, at 1 p.m. at the Beaver Dam campus; and on Wednesday, March 11, at 8 a.m. at the West Bend campus.


Applications are now being accepted to the Bachelors of Applied Studies program at UW Oshkosh by logging on to https://apply.wisconsin.edu. For more information on this program or to talk to an advisor, contact Kelly Hudson at (800) INFO-UWO or hudsonk@uwosh.edu. 


For information about programs and services at UW–Washington County, contact the UW–WC office of
Student Services at (262) 335-5201 or visit www.washington.uwc.edu.


For more information about programs and services at Moraine Park, call 1-800-472-4554 or visit www.morainepark.edu.


Moraine Park observes Career and Technical Education Month

by admin4. February 2009 19:00

Moraine Park Technical College and the Moraine Park Association for Career and Technical Education (MPACTE) are observing national Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month in February. This year’s theme is CTE: Building Blocks for a Successful Career.


“Career and technical education plays a vital role in the lives of many of our local and state residents by preparing them for successful careers in a competitive workforce,” said Jo Ann Giese-Kent, president of MPACTE. “It's exciting that the State of Wisconsin is recognizing CTE Month officially this year. Governor Jim Doyle recently proclaimed February 2009 as CTE Month and commends this observance to all citizens.”


MPACTE will hold its annual awards banquet Feb. 23 to recognize individuals and business for their dedication and excellence. Awards include the 2009 MPACTE Professional Excellence Awards, the C.L. Greiber Award of Merit in the Business and Individual categories, the Rodney Pasch Leadership Award and the George P. Hambrecht Award that is given to an employee who has worked in career and technical education for more than 25 years.


A variety of events are planned throughout the month including Discover Moraine Park, a free event on Feb. 17, 18 and 19 at the West Bend, Fond du Lac and Beaver Dam campuses, respectively, for anyone who wants to pursue a technical college education.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. For additional details, visit www.morainepark.edu/discovermorainepark or call 1-800-472-4554, ext. 3204.


Share in the Student Life experience and join Moraine Park students and staff for music, comedy and a movie. Help save lives by donating at a Feb. 25 blood drive. The following February activities are open to the public:


West Bend campus: 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. 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 bmitchell@morainepark.edu.


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. 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 lmanuell@morainepark.edu.


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 aninmann@morainepark.edu. 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 aninmann@morainepark.edu.  


Moraine Park recognizes its Advisory Committees, whose members volunteer their time and expertise to the College. Their efforts help support the growth of the College’s educational programs, ensuring they meet the employment needs of business and industry in the Moraine Park community and Wisconsin.


MPACTE comprises 93 members, bringing together educational support professionals, faculty and administration. It is the local chapter of WACTE, which unites individuals involved in career and technical education, provides professional development, encourages leadership in the professional arena and promotes innovative change to enhance lifelong learning. 


For more information about Moraine Park, visit www.morainepark.edu or call 1-800-472-4554.


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 www.morainepark.edu.


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.