Moraine Park students assist community members in need for holidays

by admin21. December 2008 19:00

Moraine Park Technical College students helped those less fortunate this holiday season, with several clubs and the Student Senates collecting food, clothing, toys and money for families in need.


Fond du Lac campus

The Fond du Lac campus Student Senate and Moraine Park teamed up with the Salvation Army for another holiday drive. This year hats, mittens and gloves were collected to help our fellow community members who lack these items to stay warm through the winter.


The Moraine Park Accounting Club collected 135 pounds of canned and boxed goods in November and December for the Salvation Army’s food pantry. The club also assisted the Salvation Army by collecting 18 coats for Coats for Kids and participating in Adopt-A-Family. In addition, club members collected and sent more than 90 Christmas cards to American soldiers at Landsthul Hospital in Germany.


The Society of Manufacturing Engineers Club and Alcohol and Other Drug Awareness (AODA) Club adopted a family, and the AODA Club also adopted a U.S. soldier.


Beaver Dam campus

Moraine Park students and staff stuffed 80 Build-A-Bear and Friends animals, courtesy of the Beaver Dam Student Senate and Activities Committee, for the Beaver Dam Police Department, the Beaver Dam Community Hospital, and PAVE so that children can be comforted in their time of need. For a minimal cost, 73 animals were also stuffed as gifts for relatives or friends, with the proceeds of $800 donated to the Dodge County Food Pantry.


As in previous years, Electrical Power Distribution Club members manned bell-ringing stations for the Salvation Army.


West Bend campus

For the Salvation Army’s Kids 2 Kids program, Moraine Park students, staff and their children purchased more than 20 new toys for local families who need assistance.


Delta Epsilon Chi (DEX), the student marketing club at Moraine Park, is selling paper stars for $1 each through February for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, to help make the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions come true. DEX also adopted a family for Christmas through the Salvation Army, donating gifts and providing Christmas dinner.


Members of the Chiropractic Technician Club also adopted a family for the holidays.


In addition to the individual campus drives, the tri-campus Student Nurses Association collected food donations to help make the Thanksgiving dinners of some area families more bountiful.


Moraine Park offers business training in January and February

by admin17. December 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.


Listed here are a few of the courses that are available in January and early February:


Leadership Development – Foundational Series: Tuesdays, Jan. 6, Jan. 20, Feb. 3, Feb. 24, March 10 and March 24, 8 a.m.–12 p.m., Room O-104, Fond du Lac campus. Designed for leaders at all levels, this series delivers high-performance strategies for personal leadership that keep your employees moving in the right direction by linking performance to your organization’s strategic goals. Cost is $889 per person, which includes materials and refreshments.


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.


Basic Grammar for Business Writing: Mondays, Feb. 2, 9 and 16, 12–4 p.m., Room O-106.1, Fond du Lac campus. Learn techniques to make your writing easier to understand and more interesting to read by applying proper punctuation, basic grammar rules and guidelines to help standardize your individual style. Additionally, you will learn how to polish letters, memos, proposals and other written documents to make them more powerful and professional. Cost is $315 per person, which includes materials and refreshments. 


Creating PDF Files with Adobe Acrobat: Mondays, Feb. 2 and 9, 4–7 p.m., PC Lab 166, Hartford Center. Use Adobe® Acrobat® 8.0 Professional to create, manage and collaborate PDF documents. Learn how to access, create, modify, review and access information in PDF documents; add PDF navigation aids; and work with multiple PDF documents. Cost is $189 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 to hold orientation for new program students

by admin15. December 2008 19:00

Starting a program at Moraine Park Technical College this spring? Sign up today for New Student Orientation and get the most out of your college experience.


An orientation session for new program students will take place at each of Moraine Park’s campuses in January: Beaver Dam – Tuesday, Jan. 6, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; West Bend – Wednesday, Jan. 7, 12 to 3:30 p.m.; and Fond du Lac – Thursday, Jan. 8, 3:30 to 7 p.m.


New Student Orientation is an opportunity for new students to meet each other, connect with Moraine Park staff, get student IDs, purchase books, locate classrooms and visit a “service fair” to learn more about campus services such as financial aid, employment, tutoring and more. Short presentations include being smart about what you share on Facebook and MySpace and how employers may react to postings; getting the most out of your academic advising experience; and learning more about Student Life and campus involvement.


Program students who haven’t registered for orientation should immediately go to Students may also call 1-800-472-4554, ext. 5854. Sign up and find out what you can do to get your education off to a great start.


Those who would like accommodations for a disability may call 920-924-3192 at least two weeks prior to the session they will attend.


Scrapbookers and crafters: Join Crop at the College Jan. 24

by admin9. December 2008 19:00

Scrapbookers and crafters are invited to get together for a day of creativity and camaraderie on Saturday, Jan. 24, when the Moraine Park Foundation hosts its second “Crop at the College” at the Fond du Lac campus. Although the event focuses on scrapbooking, crafters of all types are welcome.


Capture your memories while helping Moraine Park Technical College students reach their education goals. All proceeds will fund scholarships for Moraine Park students.


This 12-hour scrapbooking crop from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. 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.


For directions to Moraine Park’s campus at 235 N. National Ave., Fond du Lac, visit and click on About Us then Campus Information.


The Entrepreneurial Spirit

by admin7. December 2008 19:00

“I always knew that someday I was going to start my own business — it was just a matter of time,” said Moraine Park alumnus Timothy Kent.


 Tim Kent in his office.

He is one of many Moraine Park graduates who have used their technical college education as a path to owning a business. A member of the Moraine Park Class of 1990, Kent holds an associate degree from the Civil Engineering Technician – Structural program and has been a Wisconsin Registered Architect since 1997. In 2007, he founded Architects in Common LLC in Glenbeulah by collaborating with other consulting architects. The name arose from having a love of architecture “in common.”



Through the Civil Engineering Technician – Structural program, Kent learned various aspects of architecture including site design, land surveying, and structural, mechanical, plumbing and electrical design. “This has given me a better understanding of how a building relates to its site, design and efficiency,” he said.



After graduating from Moraine Park, Kent started working for an architect to gain experience in different building types and refine his design talents, which gave him additional benefits for his future business. “Working for other architects has given me so much experience and knowledge in design,” said Kent. “Plus I have developed a great network of contacts. I’m truly grateful to my years of experience.”



Architects in Common (AIC) provides design services to commercial and high-end residential clients, including offices, schools, churches, banks/credit unions, restaurants and retail. Kent works with a network of other architects, engineers and MEP consultants who provide mechanical, electrical and plumbing design. To effectively control resources and costs, AIC outsources architectural construction documents to consulting architects, as needed.



Kent’s business has a new Web site,


Webs by Wagner

Another Moraine Park alumnus-turned-entrepreneur also happens to have her own business in Glenbeulah. In December 2002, Laura Wagner completed a technical diploma in Information Technology – Web Developer and an associate degree in Individualized Technical Studies. In addition, she had earned a Microsoft Office Software Suite certificate in 2001.


 Laura Wagner in her home office.

In 2002 Wagner started Webs by Wagner LLC, a home-based business that offers affordable Web design and development for small businesses. Her clients include Fay’s Fun 'n Learning in Fond du Lac, Country Crafts Barn and the Sweet Basil restaurant in Plymouth, EcoManity in Elkhart Lake, and Bike n Ski in Sheboygan. Check out Wagner’s own Web site at, whose design features a play on “webs.”



“My goal was to always have my own business, but I got sidetracked along the way and went back and forth between business and jobs,” said Wagner. “I took a couple classes at Moraine Park in the summer of 2000 because I wanted to make a Web site for a friend for her business. I quickly learned there was much more involved in Web design than I’d get out of a couple classes. Besides that, I was hooked and wanted to learn more and more.”



Along the way, Wagner learned about the then-newly created Individualized Technical Studies program and decided to create her own curriculum so she could use her Web Developer technical diploma courses toward an associate degree.



She went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Lakeland College in 2005 to complement the Web development skills she learned at Moraine Park.



Wagner said that beyond the obvious skills she gained from taking Web courses, going to college taught her never to close doors or ignore opportunities. “There were several times I considered going in another direction but for some reason I always came back to Web design,” she said. “It is amazing to me how often one choice can lead to another opportunity. Making it all the way through school and graduating with honors has also increased my self-confidence immensely.”


Lotus Studio

As with Wagner and Kent, it was Moraine Park alumna Lori Carroll’s plan all along to be an entrepreneur. A 2004 graduate of the Barber/Cosmetologist Apprenticeship program, Carroll owns Lotus Studio LLC in downtown West Bend. The salon opened in May 2007 and later moved to a new location that Carroll renovated.


 Lori Carroll styles a client's hair in her salon.

In addition to haircuts, color, foiling, upstyles, facials, manicures and other popular services, Lotus Studio offers Japanese thermal straightening as well as Davines, an exclusive line of environmentally aware products from Italy, and the newly arrived glominerals cosmetics and skin care.



Carroll has two employees and is training a Barber/Cosmetologist apprentice, just as she herself once trained at a salon while attending classes at Moraine Park.



“My degree from Moraine Park has helped me with my business through the skills I learned at school as well as on the job,” said Carroll. “Starting as an apprentice was great for me. I learned on the job, won competitions and built my clientele, which has gotten me where I am today. I would recommend the apprentice program to anyone.”


Lifelong learning

Learning doesn’t necessarily end once graduates are out of the classroom and in the workforce.



“In the past year I’ve taken a few classes in Financial Management and Revit Architecture from Moraine Park to help with the new business,” said Kent. “I believe continuing education is the key to our success.”



Carroll and her employees take classes to hone their skills and keep up with the latest trends, and they travel to trade shows.



In the Web design field, Wagner also keeps her skills current. “I have had to continue to learn and improve my skills in this field that never slows down,” said Wagner. “I often joke that I’ll never catch up, but I sure do try constantly.”



In addition to running her business, Wagner has returned to Moraine Park as a call-staff instructor, teaching Microsoft Office courses at the West Bend campus.


“I thoroughly enjoy working with the students and watching them gain experience and confidence, as I did while in school,” she said. “I often think of my instructors and advisors when talking to students. I try to give them encouragement and tell them to take advantage of their opportunities because they just never know where it might lead.”


New Moraine Park certificate covers special-needs issues

by admin3. December 2008 19:00

Beginning in January, Moraine Park Technical College is offering a new certificate for individuals who work or plan to work with children who have special needs.


The new 12-credit Registry Inclusion Credential certificate is designed to build the skills, knowledge, resources and attitudes that are needed to successfully work with all children.


The certificate consists of four courses, each worth three credits:


“Children with Differing Abilities” prepares students to provide inclusive programs for young children, differentiate between typical and exceptional development, work collaboratively with community resources, use an individual educational plan (IEP), adapt curriculum and cultivate partnerships with families. It will be offered at the Fond du Lac campus on Thursdays, Jan. 21–May 13, 2–5 p.m. (course no. 307-187-30836) and at the West Bend campus on Wednesdays, Jan. 22–May 14, 6–9 p.m. (307-187-30837).


“Behavioral and Emotional Challenges” covers specific discipline and guidance strategies related to autism, attention deficit disorder, bipolar disorder and so forth. Students will develop techniques to build rapport with families and learn skills for positive, consistent team approaches to include children with challenging behaviors in community settings. It will be offered at the Beaver Dam, Fond du Lac and West Bend campuses on Thursdays, Jan. 22–March 12, 6–9:30 p.m. (307-110-30813).


“Special Health Care Needs” covers frequently encountered specialized health care needs of individuals with disabilities, preparing the student to understand atypical body functions and needs including feeding tubes, bowel and bladder elimination, allergies and asthma, neurological conditions and more. The student will gain a better understanding of medical issues that ensure safe, quality care for all. It will be offered at all three campuses on Thursdays, March 26–May 14, 6–9:30 p.m. (307-111-30814).


A capstone course, “Family and Team-Centered Practices,” is taken upon completion of the first three courses.


Register today as courses begin in January. To register, call 1-800-472-4554. If you have previously taken a Moraine Park course you may register online at


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.


New Baking Essentials certificate offered at Moraine Park

by admin1. December 2008 19:00

Moraine Park Technical College is offering a new Baking Essentials certificate program at the Fond du Lac campus. This new one-semester program is open to those who seek to improve their employment opportunities. Individuals who are interested in improving their English skills or obtaining a General Equivalency Diploma (GED) are also encouraged to apply.


Baking Essentials runs Mondays and Fridays, Jan. 5-16, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from Jan. 19 to May 15, 8 a.m. to           4 p.m.                                  


The cost of the program is $524.60 plus a $30 application fee for three college courses, books and supplies. A payment plan is available.


Enroll now by contacting Julie Schultz at 920-924-6339 or


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.


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.