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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Moraine Park campuses offer February events, including blood drives

by admin28. January 2009 19:00

Music, comedy and a movie are the featured entertainment at Moraine Park Technical College’s campuses in February. Also scheduled are a Feb. 17 blood drive at the West Bend campus, and another on Feb. 25 at the Fond du Lac campus.

 

West Bend campus: On Tuesday, Feb. 17, the BloodCenter of Wisconsin will hold a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the cafeteria. Register by calling 262-335-5743, or e-mail bmitchell@morainepark.edu. Walk-ins are also welcome.

 

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. His indie-rock music is reminiscent of the simple beauty of the Beatles. 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. Based out of Los Angeles, Walker is a regular at the Hollywood Improv and Laugh Factory and his songs have been on All Comedy Radio, National Public Radio, Air America and XM Radio. He blends traditional stand-up comedy with parody and original songs. 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.  

 

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Discover your future at Moraine Park

by admin26. January 2009 19:00

Whether you’re graduating from high school, contemplating a career change or considering college for the first time, Discover Moraine Park is for you.

 

Stop by one or more of Moraine Park Technical College’s three campuses during this free annual event, which takes place at West Bend on Tuesday, Feb. 17; at Fond du Lac on Wednesday, Feb. 18; and at Beaver Dam on Thursday, Feb. 19, from 5:30-7 p.m.

 

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. Visitors will also learn more about college activities, clubs and student government, as well as opportunities to join international trips. New this year are mini sessions on admissions, financial aid and Tech Prep.

 

For more information, call 1-800-472-4554, ext. 3204. To register online, go to www.morainepark.edu/discovermorainepark. Registration is recommended but not required; walk-ins are accepted.

 

To view program videos, visit www.morainepark.edu and click on Academics. Directions to the campuses can be found on the Web site by clicking About Us then Campus Information.

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Seminar introduces businesses to federal GSA contracts

by admin25. January 2009 19:00

Two business training sessions that cover the General Services Administration (GSA) will be conducted by the Business Procurement Assistance Center (BPAC) at Moraine Park Technical College’s West Bend campus on Thursday, Feb. 12. 

 

The United States government is the largest purchaser of goods and services in the world. Knowing how to sell in this vast federal market can be important in uncertain economic times. Currently, more and more federal buyers are turning to General Services Administration as a method to buy goods and services.   

 

“General Services Administration (GSA) Introduction to Multiple Award Schedules” will be held from 9 to 11:30 a.m., followed by “GSA Multiple Award Schedules – Responding to Requirements” from 1 to 3:30 p.m.   

 

“General Services Administration (GSA) Introduction to Multiple Award Schedules” will help your business decide whether to pursue a GSA contract. If you currently have sales success in the commercial marketplace and want to pursue expanded sales in the federal government, GSA might be the answer. Learn which products/services are available under GSA contract, how to identify your company’s proper schedule and how to locate and download a solicitation. 

 

“GSA Multiple Awards Schedule – Responding to Requirements” focuses on how to complete the solicitation paperwork. You will receive specialized guidance organizing and positioning your company for a contract award. Topics include pricing policies, FAR clauses, required forms, performance requirements and more.  

 

The seminars will take place in Moraine Park’s Applied Manufacturing Technology Center. For directions to the West Bend campus, go to www.morainepark.edu and click on About Us then Campus Information. Registration is required and can be made online at http://matcmadison.edu/bpac/seminars. A $40 fee per person for each seminar will cover the cost of materials. Questions can be directed to BPAC at bpac@matcmadison.edu or (608) 243-4490.

 

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Moraine Park apprentices take part in state Skill Competition

by admin22. January 2009 19:00

Three Moraine Park Technical College carpentry apprentices participated in the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Skill Competition held recently at the KI Center in Green Bay.

 

Scott Poklasny of Hartford, a fourth-year apprentice employed by Northcentral Construction Corp. in Fond du Lac, placed second in the carpentry competition. First-place winner Andrew Shelton of Madison, a fourth-year apprentice employed by Kraemer Brothers, LLC has a prior commitment so Poklasny will represent Wisconsin in the carpentry competition at the ABC National Craft Championships in Honolulu, Hawaii, Feb. 25-March 1. At the nationals, young men and women compete in one of 14 competitions, representing 13 trades. Each competition includes a written exam and a practical performance test. Medals and cash prizes are awarded to the top finishers within each competition.

 

“I was very impressed with Scott’s performance in the contest,” said Gary Roehrig, Moraine Park ABC Carpentry Apprentice instructor. “He was very well prepared and organized in his practical competition. I believe Scott will represent Moraine Park and Wisconsin very well in the National Skill Competition. I wish him well and hope for success in Honolulu.”

 

Also competing in the carpentry event were Dustin Pagel of Neenah, who is employed by Radtke Contractors Inc. of Winneconne, and Nick Collin of Mt. Calvary, who is employed by Burg Homes & Design Inc. of Malone. Both are third-year apprentices in the ABC Carpentry Apprenticeship program at Moraine Park’s Fond du Lac campus. 

 

Patrick Stafford of Beaver Dam, who is employed by McCallum Electric of Beaver Dam, placed third in the electrical contest. Randy Patasius of West Bend, who is employed by Steiner Electric Inc. of West Bend, also competed. Both are fifth-year apprentices in the ABC Electrical Apprenticeship program at Moraine Park’s Fond du Lac campus.

 

Participating in the electrical contest from Moraine Park’s West Bend campus were Ian Gronbeck of Mayville, who is employed by Lyons Electric Co. Inc. of Delafield, and Ryan Punzenberger of West Bend, who is employed by Faith Technologies Inc. of Appleton. Both are fourth-year apprentices in the ABC Electrical Apprenticeship program.

 

Thirty-five apprentices from throughout the state participated in the ABC Skill Competition to demonstrate their skills and knowledge in carpentry, electrical, plumbing, HVAC and sheet metal, undergoing a two-hour written exam and a four-hour practical, hands-on project.   

 

For more information about Moraine Park’s apprenticeship programs, visit www.morainepark.edu.

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