Third Phantom Golf event aids Moraine Park students

by admin23. March 2009 19:00

The Moraine Park Foundation’s third annual Phantom Golf event raised just over $1,300 for scholarships for Moraine Park Technical College students.

 The four Phantom U.S. Open Golf winners, plus golf pro Bill Peters (back).

This year’s Phantom Golf was based on the 2009 U.S. Open Championship, which will take place June 15-21 at Bethpage State Park’s Black Course in Farmingdale, New York. On March 19, Phantom U.S. Open golfers “played” 18 holes of the Black Course by drawing scores from marked range balls from the comfort of their chairs at Schmitty’s Oar House in Fond du Lac. This year’s event was sponsored in part by Schmitty’s.


Top prizes included dinner packages, U.S. Bank Championship tickets, U.S. Open merchandise, concert tickets and rounds of golf.


For more information about the Moraine Park Foundation, visit


Moraine Park to hold Adult Information Session April 15

by admin22. March 2009 19:00

Are you planning to go to college, change careers or just take a couple courses? Check out the Adult Information Session at Moraine Park Technical College.  


On Wednesday, April 15, adults and recent high school graduates are invited to stop by the Beaver Dam, Fond du Lac and West Bend campuses between 2:30 and 6 p.m. to learn more about Moraine Park’s programs and services. 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. 3204, or e-mail


Advance or change your career through technical education

by admin16. March 2009 19:00

Sometimes your education and career path don’t pan out the way you had hoped, and you realize you need a new direction.


Such was the case for Joe Remillard and Jennie McMonagle, two Moraine Park Technical College graduates whose changes in career paths led them to Moraine Park’s doorstep.


Joe Remillard of West Bend changed careers after obtaining a bachelor of science degree in biology from the University of Wisconsin–La Crosse and finding things didn’t quite go the way he had envisioned.

 Joe Remillard

“I spent two years trying to get into graduate school for physical therapy,” said Remillard. “During the application and job shadowing process, I worked at Target. When I moved back to West Bend, I continued to look into other physical therapy graduate schools and also worked with job recruiters to find a job in the science field.”


When it looked like graduate school might not pan out, Remillard approached friends and family for guidance, including an aunt who works as a preflighter at a large printing company in West Bend. They discussed graphic design and the printing industry, and Remillard decided to check out Moraine Park’s Graphic Communications – Electronic Prepress associate degree program.


“I liked the idea of taking more college classes,” said Remillard. “I knew that Moraine Park could help me find a career that I truly enjoyed.


“I knew that a lot of my credits from my UW experiences would transfer and I could finish the Moraine Park degree in less than two years,” he said. “Also, I was able to pay for tuition out of pocket. I am still paying off my school loans from UW–La Crosse and didn’t want to add more. I wanted a degree that was challenging, was not a financial burden and that I could finish in a reasonable amount of time.”


Remillard started the Graphic Communications program in fall 2006 and completed it in December 2007. Prior to graduation, he gained valuable real-world work experience in the field by working as a graphic design intern at the American Cancer Society in Waukesha and as a graphic designer at Minuteman Press in West Bend.


With his Moraine Park degree providing him with a new career path, three months after graduation Remillard landed a job as a desktop publisher/illustrator with InfoPros in Brookfield.


During his interview for that job, Remillard said, “Every question or sample that was requested of me, I had an answer for or a unique experience to share. I believe that Moraine Park helped me build a portfolio that made me stand out during interviews.”


For Jennie McMonagle of Maribel, a technical college education helped her advance her current career. In 2006, she was awarded bachelor of science degrees in biology and psychology from UW–Stevens Point. During her job search she discovered her degrees overqualified her for veterinary assistant jobs. Realizing she needed to earn the Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT) credential to advance her career, McMonagle enrolled in Moraine Park’s online Veterinary Technician associate degree program. Upon completing the program in May 2008, she passed the state exam in June and achieved her goal of CVT status. Today, she works at the Fox Valley Animal Referral Center in Appleton as the night shift leader and CVT.

 Jennie McMonagle

“I wouldn't be able to hold the position I have or have any of the opportunities to grow in my profession without Moraine Park,” said McMonagle. “I was at a point in my life that moving to another city and sitting in a classroom all day was no longer an option for me, so the online program was perfect for my needs.”


If you’re considering a career change and don’t know where to begin, Moraine Park Technical College can help. Career Center instructors are available at each campus to help with career planning.


“Moraine Park’s free services offer support for anyone who is facing a career change or who wishes to build their academic career skills,” said Patty Warfield, the careers instructor at the Beaver Dam campus.


Moraine Park marketing students head to national competition

by admin16. March 2009 19:00

Eleven Moraine Park Technical College students from the Marketing program competed at the recent Wisconsin Marketing and Management Association/DEX State Career Leadership Conference in Madison.

 Moraine Park DEX members pose outside the Capitol in Madison.

Six of the students qualified for the 2009 DECA International Career Development Conference in Anaheim, Calif., April 29-May 2. They include Brittany Anderson of Malone, who competed in the Travel & Tourism category; Mandie Finley of Ripon, Design Presentation; Tiffany Knoespel of Mt. Calvary, Hospitality; CJ Lewandowski of Hubertus, Financial Services; Dion Meux of Fond du Lac, Retail Management; and Shelly Puckhaber of Germantown, Retail Management.


Other Moraine Park students who competed were Mike Behn of West Bend, Advertising Campaign Team (second place); Amy Goebel of Fond du Lac, Sales Representative (second place); Melissa MacDonald of Campbellsport, Advertising Campaign Team (second place); Cody Moore of Mayville, Internet Sales; and Kayla Rieder of Fond du Lac, Fashion Merchandising.


Formerly known as the Wisconsin Marketing and Management Association (WMMA) Club, the Moraine Park Delta Epsilon Chi (DEX) chapter is part of an international organization for college students who are preparing for a variety of careers. DEX activities integrate with and enhance the student’s college curriculum. The Moraine Park DEX chapter has experienced a 38 percent growth in membership from 2007-08.


Entries sought for second Moraine Park Car Show

by admin16. March 2009 19:00

Show off your classic car, street rod or tuner during the second annual Moraine Park Car Show on Sunday, May 3, at Moraine Park Technical College’s Fond du Lac campus.


Hosted by the Moraine Park Auto Club, a group of students enrolled in the Automotive Technician program, the show runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. rain or shine, with the gate opening at 7 a.m.


Entry categories include 1930s and older, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s,1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000+, 1979 and older truck, 1980 and newer truck, custom truck, foreign, Corvette, street rod and tuner.


Two other Moraine Park student clubs will participate. The Culinary Arts Club will provide food and beverages for purchase, while the Cosmetology Club will offer mini manicures and temporary tattoos.


To pre-register, obtain a car show flyer registration form at and submit it by April 24 with a check for $5, payable to the Moraine Park Auto Club. Registration proceeds help the Auto Club raise money for scholarships, registration and test fees for ASE certification, and educational activities such as trips to car assembly plants.


Registration at the gate the day of the event is $8. Spectator admission is $2, with children under 12 admitted free. For directions to the Fond du Lac campus, visit


For more information, contact Tim Moy, Moraine Park Auto Club advisor, at, or visit


Moraine Park fundraising dinner offers many culinary delights

by admin15. March 2009 19:00

In an explosion of flavors, comfort food “goes wild” when Moraine Park Technical College’s Culinary Arts program and the Moraine Park Foundation, Inc. present the annual gourmet dinner on Friday, April 24.


Sponsored by Society Insurance, “Comfort Food Gone Wild” will benefit the Foundation’s general scholarship fund.


A wine reception at 6 p.m. will be followed by dinner in Park Terrace at 7 p.m. Moraine Park culinary students, faculty and guest chefs will prepare an exclusive six-course dinner for guests. The menu will feature duck meatloaf with spring natural sauces and herbed crème fraîche; chilled tomato bisque with fried prosciutto and asiago crostini; Boston Bibb and watercress salad with Thousand Islands espuma; “fire and ice” chicken pot pie sorbet; noveau beef roast bourguignon with lobster mashed potatoes and spring asparagus; and nitrogen whipped ice cream with comfort dessert interpretation.


“We’re taking your mother’s comfort food to the gourmet extreme,” said James Simmers, Moraine Park culinary arts instructor.


“The annual Culinary Arts dinner is a wonderful way for members of our community to enjoy fine dining and good company while helping the Moraine Park Foundation provide scholarships to those who need help funding their education,” said Sharon Nevins Holmes, Moraine Park vice president of marketing and college advancement. “Scholarships are especially significant in these difficult economic times.”


The cost is $100 per person, with the dinner limited to 50 guests. To register, call Debbie Martin at 920-924-3263.


The Moraine Park Foundation Inc. is a tax-exempt, nonprofit corporation. Its purpose is to solicit, receive and administer gifts, bequests and property for the development, promotion and benefit of Moraine Park. For more information, contact Debbie at 920-924-3263 or visit


Moraine Park offers business training in April

by admin15. March 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 April:


White Belt Training: Tuesdays, April 7, 14 and 21, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Room E-141, Fond du Lac campus. Provides the core fundamentals of Six Sigma with a focus on quality improvement tools, basic statistics and control methods. Cost is $650 per person, which includes materials, lunch and refreshments.


Sexual Harassment? You Decide: Thursday, April 9, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., Room K-202, Beaver Dam campus. Using examples from real-life situations, discuss which behaviors constitute sexual harassment. Cost is $99 per person, which includes materials and refreshments.


Leadership Development – Foundational Series: Six Mondays, April 13 to May 18, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.,
Room T-117, West Bend campus.
This series delivers high-performance strategies for personal leadership that keep your employees on track and moving in the right direction. Learn how to link performance to organizational strategic goals. Cost is $889 per person, which includes materials and refreshments.


Selling Through Stellar Service : Wednesday, April 22, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Thursday, April 23, 12:30 to 4:30 p.m., Room A-112, Fond du Lac campus. Consists of two parts: Guiding Customer Conversations® and Expanding Customer Conversations®. Cost is $479 per person, which includes materials, refreshments and Wednesday lunch.


Adobe Acrobat Connect Professional: Friday, April 24, 2 to 4 p.m., Room O-107, Fond du Lac campus. Learn how to conduct collaborative online meetings through video conferencing, chatting and screen sharing, and how to create interactive PowerPoint presentations using Adobe Presenter. Cost is $59 per person, which includes materials.


Quickbooks Pro 2008 – Level 2: Tuesday and Thursday, April 28 and 30, 5:30 to 9:30 p.m., Room O-107.1,
Fond du Lac campus.
This intermediate course covers editing, customizing and tracking inventory; sales tax issues; and payroll-related functions (employees, taxes, printing checks and 1099s). Quickbooks Pro 2008 – Level 1 or previous Quickbooks experience is recommended. Cost is $229 per person, 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, 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 plans third scrapbooking day April 4

by admin11. March 2009 19:00

Crop 'til you drop when the Moraine Park Foundation hosts its third 12-hour Crop at the College scholarship fundraiser on Saturday, April 4.


From 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., scrapbookers and crafters can enjoy a day of creativity and camaraderie at Moraine Park Technical College’s Fond du Lac campus. Although the event focuses on scrapbooking, crafters of all types are welcome.


The event 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.


Nominations sought for Moraine Park alumnus award; deadline is April 1

by admin11. March 2009 19:00

Moraine Park Technical College is seeking nominations for its 2009 Distinguished Alumnus Award.


Nominees must have graduated from a one-year or two-year technical diploma or associate/associate of applied science degree program at any of Moraine Park’s campuses. He or she must have demonstrated service and/or support of Moraine Park, the Wisconsin Technical College System, and the community at large. In addition, he or she must have distinguished himself or herself in some way, whether by employment or through civic activity.


For a nomination form, call 920-924-3263. Nominations must be received by Wednesday, April 1. The selected individual will be recognized at the May 2009 graduation ceremony. 


For more information about the Distinguished Alumnus Award, contact Sherry Holmes at 920-924-6326 or


Scholarships available to Moraine Park STEM students

by admin10. March 2009 19:00

To help meet a need for college graduates trained in science, engineering and technology occupations, Moraine Park Technical College will provide more than $400,000 in scholarships to qualifying students enrolled in one of nine participating degree programs.


The scholarships are made possible by a $520,000 Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) grant from the National Science Foundation. Starting with the fall 2009 semester, up to 30 scholarships will be awarded annually through July 31, 2013, based on financial need and ranging from $500 to $10,000. The application deadline for the fall 2009 semester is May 29. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply as they are underrepresented in STEM degrees and careers.


Students entering or enrolled in Moraine Park STEM programs full-time are eligible to apply. The nine programs are as follows: Engine Research and Development Technician; Mechanical Design Technology; Tool Design Engineering Technology; Civil Engineering Technician – Structural; Engineering Technologist; IT – Applications Developer; IT – Network Specialist; IT – Technical Support Specialist; and Water Quality Technician.


Moraine Park has a three-tier approach to scholarship awards: STEM Gold Scholars (students who meet all of the requirements), STEM Silver Scholars (students who meet the financial need but need assistance to meet the academic requirement), and STEM Scholars on the Move (students who transfer to a four-year college program). Students can take advantage of study groups, online STEM advising, an online STEM Club, mentoring and tutoring, as well as other support services. The College also provides real-world experience, job shadowing and placement to help prepare students for life on the job. 


For more information about Moraine Park’s STEM scholarships and programs, contact STEM program director and IT instructor Lisa Pollard at 920-924-3352 or