Beat the holiday blues with free event at Moraine Park

by admin1. December 2008 19:00

Feeling some holiday blues? Stop by Moraine Park Technical College’s Fond du Lac campus on Thursday, Dec. 11, for a free Counselor Lunch 'n Learn on "Wrapping Up Holiday Stress."


Nationally known speaker Dave Kelly will use humor to outline coping strategies for tight budgets, relatives and more from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Room A-102. A free lunch is available for those who attend this presentation.


Kelly has spoken and conducted training sessions across North America, the Caribbean and Europe. A former stand-up comedian, he brings his special brand of humor to his presentations, training sessions and workshops.


For more information, contact Adam Ninmann, Moraine Park Student Life, at (920) 924-3101.


Register for Winterim and spring classes at Moraine Park

by admin20. November 2008 19:00

Students looking to earn extra college credits have a great opportunity to do so during Moraine Park Technical College’s annual Winterim Jan. 2-13. Registration for Winterim and spring classes begins Dec. 1 for the general public.


A wide variety of classes in several areas of study are available for the Winterim including accounting, automotive, career development, computer software, economics, leadership, nursing, printing and publishing, sociology and welding.


Students will also find classes available in many areas of study for the spring. These include business, child care and development, computer technical support and networking, corrections science, culinary arts, electricity/electronics, leadership, manufacturing, marketing, medical office, radiography, small business, surgical technology, veterinary technician and web development as well as those listed for Winterim.


For a complete listing of Winterim and spring classes, visit and click on Course Schedule, Search for Courses in the Spring 2009 term for both Winterim and spring courses, then “View full course schedule.” Or call 1-800-472-4554 to request information or a catalog.


To register for classes, visit the Registration centers at Moraine Park’s Beaver Dam, Fond du Lac or West Bend campuses Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Please note that Moraine Park’s campuses will be closed Dec. 24 through Jan. 1. You may also register online if you are a program student who attended Moraine Park from January 2007 onward or registered for courses between Aug. 24 and Oct. 15, 2007. Go to and click on Register.



Moraine Park carpentry students help with Habitat project

by admin20. November 2008 19:00

Recently, students from the ABC Carpentry Apprenticeship program at Moraine Park Technical College lent a helping hand with a project for Habitat for Humanity Lakeside – Ozaukee County.

 Moraine Park apprentices and instructor pose in front of Habitat house.

The third- and fourth-year apprentices worked on a duplex being built in Port Washington. They applied roof sheathing to one of the homes in the duplex and to the combined garages, and also completed roof framing on the rear porch areas. After the sheathing, the students did additional work on the roofs including underlayments, edges, flashing and shingling.


Members of the Ozaukee County Habitat committee commented that the work the Moraine Park team did in one day would have taken at least three to four days for their group to finish. Director John Orth thanked the apprentices for their efforts on behalf of Habitat.


“The project has significance in that the students were able to be involved in a community service project using the skills they are learning in the classroom, developing job-site expertise and learning to work with a large group of construction tradesmen,” said Gary Roehrig, Moraine Park carpentry instructor. “It benefited the students, the College, the Habitat program and ultimately the two families who will call the project ‘home’ next spring.”


Moraine Park apprentices who took part in the project include Robert Asmondy of Germantown, who is employed by B&M Enterprises in Sussex; Nick Collin of Mt. Calvary, Burg Homes and Design of Malone; Ryan Dickerson of Brookfield, Ollman Construction in Milwaukee; Adam Janz of Cedarburg, North Central Construction in Fond du Lac; Josh Nelson of Waukesha, Constructive Solutions in Milwaukee; Dustin Pagel of Neenah, Radtke Contractors in Winneconne; Scott Poklasny of Hartford, North Central Construction in Fond du Lac; Jon Puetz of Elkhart Lake, Bill’s Electric Contracting in Cascade; Ryan Riesterer of Manitowoc, ACE Building Services in Manitowoc; Brock Schatzman and Zach Stacy, both of Racine, Absolute Construction Enterprises in Racine; Brian Terranova of Racine, Geoff’s Construction in Wind Lake; and Jeremy Weisfeld of Sheboygan, ACE Building Services in Manitowoc.


Find out more about the ABC Carpentry Apprenticeship program or any of Moraine Park’s more than 100 other programs, apprenticeships and certificates by visiting


Free orientation set for Moraine Park online/blended courses

by admin20. November 2008 19:00

Planning to take an online or blended course at Moraine Park Technical College? Get started with a free face-to-face orientation. Sessions will be offered at all three campuses in early January.


Online/blended orientation will take place Monday, Jan. 5, at the Fond du Lac campus; Tuesday, Jan. 6, at the Beaver Dam campus; and Wednesday, Jan. 7, at the West Bend campus. The Fond du Lac and Beaver Dam campuses will have sessions from 2:30 to 4 p.m. and 5:30 to 7 p.m. Sessions are scheduled for 9:30 to 11 a.m. and 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the West Bend campus.


The Beaver Dam and West Bend sessions will coincide with Moraine Park’s New Student Orientation at those campuses on those dates so students who wish to attend both the online/blended orientation and New Student Orientation can reduce travel time.


A blended format refers to classes that can be taken both online and in the classroom. The orientation sessions are designed to help prospective and newly enrolled students become knowledgeable about and feel comfortable with online courses, eCollege, chat rooms and other aspects of online learning.


Registration is required and space is limited. To register for one of the sessions at one of the campuses, or for more information, call 1-800-472-4554.


Moraine Park to hold Adult Information Session Dec. 16

by admin19. November 2008 19:00

Start on the path to a new career or enhance your current one. If you want to earn a degree or take a couple of courses to update your skills, stop by Moraine Park Technical College’s Adult Information Session at any of the three campuses on Tuesday, Dec. 16.


Adults and recent high school graduates can learn more about Moraine Park’s programs and services at the Beaver Dam, Fond du Lac and West Bend campuses between 2:30 and 6 p.m. Assistance will be available to start the admissions or financial aid processes, answer program questions and select courses.


Advance registration isn’t required. More information about the Adult Information Session can be found at under MPTC Presents on the home page, or call 1-800-472-4554, ext. 3201, or e-mail


Undergraduate scholarships available to Moraine Park students, recent alumni

by admin13. November 2008 19:00

Moraine Park Technical College students who are entering their last semester at Moraine Park and recent alumni who will be transferring their Moraine Park credits to full-time status at a four-year college or university can apply to the Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship Program offered by the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation.


The private foundation will award up to $30,000 annually per recipient to help students and recent alumni from Moraine Park pursue four-year degrees. Current students at Moraine Park are eligible, as are alumni who have earned a degree since spring 2004 and have not transferred to a four-year college.


Forty-five percent of all college students in the U.S. attend community colleges. For those who wish to continue on to a bachelor’s degree, the Jack Kent Cooke scholarships can provide funding for tuition, room and board, required fees and books for the length of the undergraduate degree, generally two years. Each award can total up to $30,000 annually, though the amounts will vary based on factors such as the cost of the institution each recipient attends. The Foundation will renew awards each year based on student performance.


The Foundation plans to award 50 scholarships nationwide in spring 2009. After the application deadline of Jan. 8, the nomination process will begin. For more information, contact Debra Stoffel, Moraine Park Student Services, at 262-306-5331 or


Application materials and all scholarship criteria are available on the Foundation’s Web site at Click on Scholarships then Undergraduate Transfer Scholarships.


Moraine Park dean joins WATDA Foundation board

by admin12. November 2008 19:00

James Eden of Saukville, executive dean of instruction at Moraine Park Technical College, has joined the Board of Directors of the Foundation of the Wisconsin Automobile and Truck Dealers Association (WATDA). He will serve a three-year term beginning Jan. 1, 2009.

 Professional photo of James Eden.

Located in Madison, WATDA is the only trade organization representing more than 860 franchised and used car and truck dealers in the state. The purpose of the WATDA Foundation is to fund education, research and charitable giving. Its primary programs focus on scholarships and career awareness to increase the quality and quantity of young people entering the retail auto/truck service industry in Wisconsin.


Eden has an automotive background, having earned an associate degree in auto mechanics from Western Wisconsin Technical College in La Crosse. He worked as a repair technician for 12 years, including three years as an owner/operator of an automotive repair business. In 1988, he became an automotive instructor at Milwaukee Area Technical College where he progressed to mid-level manager then campus manager.


He also holds a bachelor of science degree in vocational, technical and adult education from the University of Wisconsin-Stout, and a master of business administration degree from Cardinal Stritch University where he is completing his dissertation for a doctoral degree in Leadership for the Advancement of Learning and Service program.


Find out more about Moraine Park 's Automotive Technician program or any of its more than 100 other programs, apprenticeships and certificates by visiting


Moraine Park sets fourth LAN party; Gears of War 2 tournament featured

by admin12. November 2008 19:00

Calling all gamers! Moraine Park Technical College’s fourth LAN party will take place Friday, Dec. 5, at the College’s Fond du Lac campus.


A Gears of War 2 tournament is planned, with sign-up from 3 to 4 p.m. on Dec. 5. Other games include Guitar Hero, Rock Band, Madden and Mario Cart.


The overall gaming party runs from 3 to 9 p.m. in the Cyber Center cafeteria, with console set-up beginning at 1 p.m. (LAN PCs will not be used at this party.) Participants can pay a $2 entry fee or bring two canned goods, with all proceeds going to the local food pantry.


Enter a raffle for a chance to win a Wii console, T-shirts, posters and other prizes. Tickets will be sold for $1 each, $5 for six or $10 for 15, which will also benefit the food pantry.


Sponsors of this LAN party are Game Crazy and Moraine Park’s IT Club.


Pre-registration isn’t required; sign up at the gaming stations the day of the event. Most of the games are suitable for families with the exception of the tournament game that contains violence, and others that have a mature content.


For more information, e-mail Wally Fincke at


Moraine Park business training opportunities coming up

by admin10. November 2008 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.


Several courses are scheduled for December and January, including:


Overview of Office 2007: Friday, Dec. 5, 8:30–11:30 a.m., Room L-110, West Bend campus, and Friday, Dec. 12, 8:30-11:30 a.m., Room O-106, Fond du Lac campus. Explore the enhancements of Access, Excel, PowerPoint and Word. Cost is $79 per person, which includes materials.


Structural Welding Certification Exams: Saturday, Dec. 6, 8 a.m.–4 p.m., Room K-401, Beaver Dam campus. Become certified in all positions and gages of steel plate using SMAW (stick) electrodes. Special tests of different welding processes (GMAW, FCAW, etc.) can also be taken. Cost is $150 per person.


Strategy Development for the Nonprofit Manager: Thursday, Dec. 11, 8–10 a.m., Room O-103, Fond du Lac campus. Learn how to develop measurable and obtainable goals and other techniques to develop a strategic position for your nonprofit organization. Cost is $55 per person, which includes materials and refreshments.


Forklift Safety: Tuesday, Jan. 13, 7:45 a.m.4 p.m., Room B-109, Fond du Lac campus. Explores the fundamentals and safe practices of forklift operation in the workplace. Certification is available upon completion of the eight-hour training. Cost is $60 per person, which includes a book.


Green Belt Certification: Jan. 21-23, Feb. 4-5, March 4-5, April 1-2 and April 29-30, 8 a.m. –5 p.m., location TBD. Includes 88 hours of classroom training and five hours of individualized coaching on your project. This is a prerequisite for the Six Sigma Black Belt completion program. Cost is $3,500 per person, which includes MiniTab software, book, 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 More courses are featured in the catalog and can be found at; click on Business & Industry then Upcoming Events.


Moraine Park's Tech Prep program receives state recognition

by admin6. November 2008 19:00

Moraine Park Technical College’s Tech Prep program was presented with a Program of Distinction award by the Wisconsin PK-16 Leadership Council in recognition of the College’s collaborative efforts to improve student transition in the PK-16 educational system.

The PK-16 Leadership Council award is being presented to two Moraine Park Tech Prep staff including Jennifer Wagner.

“Moraine Park is honored to receive this recognition for our Tech Prep program,” said Dr. Gayle Hytrek, Moraine Park president. “Moraine Park Technical College has long been the state leader in providing Tech Prep courses in high schools. These courses give high school students a jump-start on their postsecondary education and are an integral part of the College’s mission to build and maintain a competitive workforce in collaboration with our communities.”

Moraine Park currently offers 69 college courses in 22 area public high schools – 63 transcripted credit courses and six advanced-standing courses. In addition to the high schools, the Moraine Park Tech Prep consortium has representation from CESA 6 and the Fond du Lac Area Association of Commerce.

“This award would not have been possible without the commitment, dedication and collaborative efforts of our Moraine Park Tech Prep consortium,” said Jennifer Wagner, Moraine Park School to Work/Tech Prep associate. “The consortium high schools continue to incorporate Moraine Park career and technical education courses into their curriculum, allowing for seamless transitions from secondary to post-secondary education.”

Tech Prep enables motivated students to begin their college career while still in high school, earning both high school and college credit. Over five years, enrollment in the Tech Prep program has almost doubled. In 2007-08, 2,536 students earned technical college credit and 325 students earned advanced standing. More than 4,000 students are anticipated in 2008-09. An additional strength of the program is the intensive professional development for high school instructors.

Recipients of the award receive $1,000 from the PK-16 Leadership Council. Moraine Park will use this money for Tech Prep consortium activities.

The Wisconsin PK-16 Leadership Council is comprised of leaders of the state’s four educational sectors: PK-12 schools through the Department of Public Instruction, the University of Wisconsin System, the Wisconsin Technical College System, and the state’s private colleges and universities through the Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and Universities.

For more information about Moraine Park’s Tech Prep program, go to and click on Academics.