Free tax seminar at Moraine Park March 7

by admin1. March 2009 19:00

A free tax seminar will take place at Moraine Park Technical College’s West Bend campus on Saturday, March 7.


Sponsored by the West Bend campus student Accounting Club, the seminar will run from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the auditorium near the main entrance. Presenter Jim Heinrich, CPA, of Acoustech Supply Inc. in New Berlin will answer questions after the presentation. Heinrich serves as the chief financial officer and controller of Acoustech and has more than 15 years of public accounting experience. 


A drawing will be held, with a chance to win a free tax service. Snacks will be provided.


While the event is free, participants are encouraged to bring a nonperishable food item for the local food pantry.


Moraine Park introduces new Metal Fabrication program

by admin1. March 2009 19:00

Starting in January 2010, Moraine Park Technical College will offer a new Metal Fabrication technical diploma at its Fond du Lac campus.


The two-semester program provides individuals with hands-on fabrication skills that are used in today’s industries, and that can lead to Fabricators and Manufacturers Association International (FMA) Precision Sheet Metal certification. Students learn to read technical prints and perform automated cutting, forming and welding to build metal products from start to finish. Critical in today’s manufacturing industry are Lean practices, math and communication skills, which are included in the program. 


“The Moraine Park district is in the center of the country’s strongest fabrication centers and our employers have a need for employees who can problem-solve on their feet as they form, cut and weld metal into our future products,” said Marcia Arndt, Moraine Park dean of manufacturing technology. “The new fabrication program is geared to those who want to work with their hands and want to learn the technology involved with these processes. The competitive edge of our region is dependent on a well-trained workforce capable of using technology in creating new products.”


Positions that Metal Fabrication graduates can apply for include fabricator and press brake operator.


For more information about Moraine Park’s Metal Fabrication technical diploma, contact Arndt at 262-335-5725.


Moraine Park Foundation plans Phantom U.S. Open Golf Event

by admin24. February 2009 19:00

Building on the success of previous years, the Moraine Park Foundation will hold its third annual Phantom Golf event on Thursday, March 19, marking the U.S. Open.


The real 2009 U.S. Open Championship 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 will “play” 18 holes of the Black Course from the comfort of their chair at Schmitty’s Oar House Bar & Grill in Fond du Lac. Sponsored in part by Schmitty’s, the event is a scholarship fundraiser for Moraine Park Technical College students.


Registration begins at 6 p.m., with the game getting under way at 6:30 p.m. Participants “shoot” 18 holes by drawing scores from marked range balls, and can purchase mulligans or have the pro take their shot. Top prizes include dinner packages, U.S. Open merchandise, concert tickets and rounds of golf. There will also be a 50-50 raffle and a skins game. Food will be served, with a cash bar available.


The entry fee is $25 per person. Purchase your ticket/reservation at Schmitty’s or call Debbie at 920-924-3263 or e-mail


All proceeds will benefit the Moraine Park Foundation, Inc. For more information about the Foundation, visit


Moraine Park staff honored by Career and Technical Education Association

by admin24. February 2009 19:00

The Moraine Park Association for Career and Technical Education (MPACTE) honored eight people and a Germantown business for their dedication and professional excellence during the annual awards banquet held at the Knights of Columbus Hall in West Bend on Feb. 23.


Five Moraine Park Technical College staff received the 2009 MPACTE Professional Excellence Award in various categories. Karen Zuehlke, one-stop services partner, received the Administrator Award. Bruce DeBoer, enrollment management associate, was presented with the Specialty Services Award, while Gloria Arenz, instructional technology computer specialist, received the Associate Member Award. The Full-Time Teacher Award went to Kathy Mueller, basic education instructor, and the New Instructor Award went to Maggie Rentmeester, nursing instructor.


Sandy Melius, Moraine Park administrative assistant – apprenticeships, received the Rodney Pasch Leadership Award. This award, open to all Moraine Park employees, recognizes “an individual who personifies the principles of character, commitment and ethics in the daily performance of their work.” 


The C.L. Greiber Award of Merit for Business went to Germantown Iron & Steel Corp. Also receiving this award in the Individual category was Steve Peterson, CEO of Mid-States Aluminum. The C.L. Greiber Award acknowledges companies and individuals outside of the Wisconsin Technical College System that help promote and improve career and technical education in Wisconsin.


Kathy Hass, administrative assistant – trades and manufacturing, received the George P. Hambrecht Award. This honor is given to individuals who have been employed in career and technical education for more than 25 years and who are members of the Wisconsin Association for Career and Technical Education (WACTE). 


Moraine Park and MPACTE observed national Career and Technical Education Month in February. This year’s theme was CTE: Building Blocks for a Successful Career.  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 or call 1-800-472-4554.


Moraine Park to hold Adult Information Session March 18

by admin22. February 2009 19:00

Whether you want to earn a degree for the first time, get a new degree to change careers or enhance your current one, or take a couple of courses to update your skills, Moraine Park Technical College’s Adult Information Session is for you.  


On Wednesday, March 18, 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


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


For more information about the combined Toolin’ It!/Camp Matawa experience, contact Marcia Arndt.
To register, visit 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, or Katy Yindra at 262-306-5325 or


Directions to Moraine Park’s campuses can be found at 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 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 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 More courses are featured in the catalog and can be found at; 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 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.