Moraine Park apprentice takes second in carpentry at national ABC competition

by admin22. April 2008 19:00

Nathan Potratz of Pickett, a fourth-year carpentry apprenticeship student at Moraine Park Technical College, earned a second-place silver medal in the carpentry competition at the 22nd annual Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) National Craft Championships held in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

 

Potratz earned a berth at the national competition when in January he placed first in the ABC of Wisconsin Inc. State Skill Competition.Nate Potratz shakes the hand of his instructor, Jerry Schwengels, after winning a silver medal in carpentry at the ABC National Craft Championships.

 

“It was just an awesome experience,” said Potratz. “At nationals you're competing against the best from other states and it's interesting to see how they perform. The apprentices from other states all talk very highly of Wisconsin. They know the state to beat is Wisconsin, so you really have a big bull’s-eye on your back when you come in there.” Twelve of Moraine Park Carpentry Instructor Jerry Schwengels’ apprentices have placed first, second or third in the national championships.

 

Potratz is employed by J.J. Geffers Construction, Inc. in Oshkosh. “Nate is an exceptional employee,” said Jason Geffers. “His God-given abilities far exceed him in his years. It is great to see his determination and perseverance pay off in the recognition he so much deserves. I am blessed to have Nate as an employee and friend.”

 

The carpentry competition project consisted of five tasks:

  • Construct a structural metal stud wall frame with wood double-top plates.
  • Construct a non-structural metal stud angled wall frame with a window rough opening and drywall.
  • Construct a hip roof frame on the structural metal and walls and butting against the angled wall.
  • Construct a curved form for an opening in a round concrete tank.
  • Set up a builder’s level and take a number of readings.

 

“Competing in the ABC competition allows you to use a whole bunch of skills you may not use otherwise,” said Potratz. “It's funny because you think you know it all and then you get to these competitions and you do some things you've heard about but never experienced. It really humbles you and you realize that you are still learning.”

 

His instructor at Moraine Park, Jerry Schwengels, said, “Nate did an outstanding job on the competition. He is a very skilled craftsman as well as an efficient worker. Nate was the first to finish the competition, more than an hour ahead of the next competitor."

 

Potratz graduated from Laconia High School and is originally from the Lamartine area, where his family still resides.

 

For more information about programs and apprenticeships at Moraine Park’s Beaver Dam, Fond du Lac and West Bend campuses, visit www.morainepark.edu.

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Manufacturers to explore Lean Through Automation & Robotics

by admin22. April 2008 19:00

Automation and robotics have become key players in the implementation of Lean Enterprise for many small- and medium-sized manufacturers, helping optimize workflow and process efficiencies.

 

The application of this technology into manufacturing operations is the focus of the Leveraging Lean Through Automation & Robotics Manufacturing Symposium, to be held Wednesday, May 7, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. in Room A-112 at Moraine Park Technical College’s Fond du Lac campus. Five Wisconsin technical colleges are presenting the live symposium in simulcast format during this time – Fox Valley, Lakeshore, Moraine Park, Northeast Wisconsin and Waukesha County.

 

Four presentations will highlight the symposium: The Case for Automation, presentedby Dr. Henrik Christensen, KUKA Chair of Robotics and professor of computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology; Practical Applications for Automation and Robotics, presented by Jody Zepnick of Zepnick Solutions, Inc.; How to Finance Automation & Robotics, presented by Norm Roller, principal at Suby, Von Haden & Associates, S.C.; and a Regional Manufacturers Roundtable discussion. Dr. Christensen is a renowned expert on robotics with an emphasis on optimizing value streams. He has published more than 250 contributions across robotics, vision and artificial intelligence, in addition to participating in projects on three continents.

 

Moraine Park’s Integrated Manufacturing Center (IMC), located on the Fond du Lac campus, will provide a local dimension to the day’s event. The IMC features an automated manufacturing cell that brings the latest hands-on training to students and area businesses in the areas of automation and robotics. For those who are interested, a tour of the IMC will follow the session.

 

The symposium is ideal for manufacturers interested in automation and robotics, regardless of whether or not lean processes are currently used. Participants can interact with the speakers during the symposium.

 

To register or for more information, call Sandy Justman at Moraine Park at 920-924-3449 or e-mail training@morainepark.edu. The fee is $50. Check-in and continental breakfast will be held from 7:15 to 8 a.m.

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Moraine Park to hold Adult Information Session May 20

by admin20. April 2008 19:00

Adults and high school students who are interested in programs and services at Moraine Park Technical College are invited to attend an Adult Information Session at the Beaver Dam, Fond du Lac or West Bend campuses on Tuesday, May 20, between 2:30 and 6 p.m.

 

Stop by and talk with Moraine Park staff about specific programs and services. Assistance will be available for beginning the admissions process and selecting summer and fall classes. 

 

Information sessions will also be offered on June 12 and July 15.

 

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

 

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Free Lean Enterprise/Six Sigma briefing offered at Moraine Park

by admin16. April 2008 19:00

Moraine Park Technical College will offer a free Executive Informational Briefing for Lean Enterprise and Six Sigma on Thursday, May 8, at the Fond du Lac campus.

 

The session is targeted to managers who will plan, control and oversee the implementation and continuation of a Lean Enterprise/Six Sigma program. Topics include the relationship of Lean Enterprise and Six Sigma to corporate strategies, issues of implementation, a basic overview of the methodology and tools, and an introduction to training programs.

 

Participants will learn the difference between Lean Enterprise and Six Sigma; the proper applications for each; why implementing one or both is important to one’s organization; the role everyone plays in the success of each system; the link between Six Sigma and the Critical to Satisfaction Characteristics of customers; Lean Enterprise tools; and Six Sigma training by levels – White Belt, Green Belt and Black Belt.

 

The Executive Informational Briefing will be presented by Glen Thielke, Moraine Park economic and workforce development instructor and Six Sigma Master Black Belt, from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. in Room O-102. While there is no cost, please call 920-924-3449 to reserve your seat. Early registration is recommended.

 

For more information about this and other Moraine Park business and industry offerings, call 920-924-3449 or e-mail training@morainepark.edu.

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Moraine Park Auto Club to hold inaugural car show

by admin15. April 2008 19:00

Check out the new car show in town! The Moraine Park Auto Club, a group of Automotive Technician program students, will hold its first showcase of cool cars on Sunday, May 4, at Moraine Park Technical College’s Fond du Lac campus.

 

The gate opens at 7 a.m. and the show runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the C parking lot, with overflow going into the O lot. Spectator parking will be in the E lot. Signs posted around the campus grounds identify the lots.

 

Entries are being taken for the following classes: Pre-1950, 1950s, 1960s-1970s, 1980s-1990s, 2000+, Truck Pre-1979, Truck Post-1980, Corvette, Street Rod and Tuner.

 

Food served by the Moraine Park Culinary Arts Club will be available for purchase.

 

General admission is $2. Children under 12 will be admitted free. Proceeds from car registration and admission fees will 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.

 

For more information, contact Tim Moy, Moraine Park Auto Club advisor, at tmoy@morainepark.edu.

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Articulation agreement signed with UWO for Instructional Assistant program

by admin13. April 2008 19:00

Instructional Assistant program students at Moraine Park Technical College are now able to transfer their associate of applied science degree to the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh's special education bachelor of science degree.

 

An articulation agreement has been signed between the Wisconsin Technical College System’s (WTCS) Instructional Assistant (IA) associate of applied science degree program and UW–Oshkosh’s bachelor of science degree in Education (Special Education).  Technical colleges that offer the IA degree include Moraine Park, Gateway, Northeast Wisconsin, Waukesha County and Western.

 

According to Gretchen Gall, Moraine Park Instructional Assistant program instructor, UW–Oshkosh sought the articulation with technical colleges offering the IA degree due to a shortage of special education teachers in the Fox River Valley. Moraine Park’s program offers a flexible online format that allows students to complete the program while fulfilling family and work responsibilities. The curriculum provides multiple opportunities to apply learned skills to real-life classroom settings, including one full semester of field experience working as an instructional assistant/paraeducator under the direct supervision of a licensed classroom instructor. Students develop the skills to assist children with math, reading and writing assignments, as well as handle classroom management, clerical and other tasks related to instruction.

 

“The IA program offers a fantastic way to test the waters to see if a career in education may be for you,” said Gall.

 

“The Instructional Assistant online program has taught me to think critically and creatively, and to analyze information in an intelligent way, skills which prove invaluable in the workplace,” said Sara Doege of Neosho, who will graduate in May. “The program allows me to attend class at times and places that fit my schedule. The online format creates more opportunities for more direct communication with teachers and classmates, through online chats, email and in newsgroup discussions and enhances my learning experience by allowing me to work with peers from around the state and across the nation. The Instructional Assistant program course material is accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week, giving me the ability to read and re-read lectures, discussions, explanations and comments.”

 

The new articulation agreement allows students to transfer 48 credits from the IA program transfer directly into the UWO special education teaching degree. Transfer students from the WTCS should be able to complete their special education degree with an additional three years of full-time coursework at UWO. “Given that most special education teaching degree programs take students five years to complete, this is a great ‘bang for the buck’ – money-wise and time-wise,” said Gall.

 

Moraine Park IA program credits also transfer to Alverno College’s elementary education teaching degree and UW-Stout’s special education teaching degree.

 

"Lately, I have been receiving job-related compliments from the teachers I work with,” said Maria Kubota-Abgoon, current IA program student and a paraprofessional with the Beaver Dam School District. “They state that they feel I have grown a lot professionally. I believe that this growth comes from the Instructional Assistant courses that I have taken and am currently taking."

 

To enroll in Moraine Park’s Instructional Assistant associate of applied science degree or for more information, call 1-800-472-4554 or visit www.morainepark.edu and click on Academics. A program video is available on the Web site. Program Instructor Gretchen Gall can be reached at 920-887-1468 (office) or 920-602-6897 (cell).

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Moraine Park honors Phi Theta Kappa inductees

by admin13. April 2008 19:00

More than 70 Moraine Park Technical College students were inducted into Beta Mu Kappa, Moraine Park’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, an international honor society.

 

Fifty-five students participated in the April 10 ceremony, held at Moraine Park’s Fond du Lac Campus, which honored 75 Moraine Park students who achieved a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 in an associate of applied science degree program. The inductees also completed a minimum of 12 associate degree credits as well as the steps to become Phi Theta Kappa members, and must continue to maintain a GPA of at least 3.5.

 

“Phi Theta Kappa induction recognizes the academic accomplishments of our associate of applied science degree students,” said Amanda Hruska, Moraine Park registrar and Beta Mu Kappa advisor.

 

Inductees, along with more than 135 family members and friends, were welcomed by Hruska. Moraine Park President Gayle Hytrek provided opening remarks to those assembled. Also participating in the ceremony were Dan Ensalaco, vice president of academics and economic development; Richard Barnhouse, dean of students; Roberta Laine, dean of general education; Craig Finley, special services associate; and several current chapter members including Carrie Pierquet, Eileen Rottscholl, Christal Shipp and Kelly Wondra. Jill Stiemsma, sociology instructor, provided the musical entertainment and a reception concluded the evening.

 

This year’s inductees include Erika Aamodt, Thomas Badzinzki Jr., Julie Justman, Samantha Kraft and Ludmila Krier, all of West Bend; Christoper Aspenson, Chelsea Burgert, Lyle Dorn, Diane Dudley, Melissa Fechter, Amanda Gindt, Keri Nitschke, Sharon Ponce, Colleen Price, Ludeen Rice, Candace Roberts, Jamie Schumacher, Alicia Stanger, Valerie Syrjamaki, Matthew Wise and Jennifer Ziegler, Fond du Lac; Lisa Barczykowski, Columbus; Nichole Bengtson and Debra TerBeest, Markesan; Gayle Bigsby and Eric Wagner, North Fond du Lac; Melissa Bille, Jennifer Bomkamp, Elizabeth Busch, Sarah Haddy, Amanda Pluim and Cathy Vande Berg, Waupun; Dustin Bittner, Kim Martel and Michael White, Fox Lake; Jodi Boeckman, Chilton; Nicholas Brewer and Zachary Wajerski, Horicon; Peggy D’Amato, Diane Margelowsky, Christin McHugh and Jennifer Roemer, Hartford; Shelly Darmody and Phillip Murphy, Campbellsport; Marc Daverveld, Appleton; Tracy Derksen, Valerie Hare and Kathleen Wolter, Lomira; Samantha Dickey, Pickett; Jennifer Erickson, Amanda Fowler, Lisa Rogers and Beverly Sonnkalb, Ripon; Rita Grasse-Gustafson, Saukville; Gabrielle Petersen, Cottage Grove; Marabeth Hoffman, Neshkoro; Joyce Mathieu Holder and Krystal Lindner, Sheboygan Falls; Annmarie Johnson, Eden; Amy Jones and Kayla Sterr, Malone; James Krutilla, Sheboygan; Michele Kujawski, Brownsville; Tamara Kunesh and Mitchell Vis, Rosendale; Christopher Lewandowski, Hubertus; Michele Merten, St. Cloud; Lizabeth Miller, Plymouth; Jennifer Moser, Hubertus; Renee Raquet, Kiel; Jean Rynes, Milwaukee; Sarah Swanke, Princeton; Sandra Waranius, Fredonia; Laura Winter, Beaver Dam; and Jessica Witthuhn, Oshkosh.

 

Established in 1918, Phi Theta Kappa recognizes and encourages the academic achievement of two-year college students. It currently has more than two million members and 1,200 chapters located in all 50 states, U.S. territories, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Germany, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, United Arab Emirates and Palau. The American Association of Community Colleges recognizes Phi Theta Kappa as the official honor society for two-year colleges.

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Fond du Lac campus to celebrate 2007-08 with Viva Las Vegas

by admin9. April 2008 19:00

Moraine Park Technical College students will mark the end of the 2007-08 academic year with a “Viva Las Vegas” Last Blast on Wednesday, April 30, at the Fond du Lac campus. The public is welcome to attend.

 

Sponsored by the Fond du Lac campus Student Senate, the event includes blackjack and roulette as well as live music by Lloyd Lamar and the Bonus Features. Door prizes have been donated by local vendors, and raffle prizes include a GPS system, a $100 gas card, an iPod with speakers and an iTone gift card, and a digital camera and frame.

 

The festivities will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Cyber Center cafeteria. For more information, contact Joan Seichter at 920-924-3353.

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Moraine Park's Beaver Dam, West Bend campuses plan events

by admin8. April 2008 19:00

On Wednesday, April 30, Moraine Park Technical College’s Beaver Dam campus will hold its Last Blast year-end celebration to mark the approaching end of the 2007-08 academic year.

 

The public is invited to the event, which features free activities throughout the morning from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the commons. There will be a free cappuccino bar, henna tattoos, chair massages, caricatures and tarot card readings, as well as DJ/karaoke music during the lunch hour. Meals can be purchased by the public for $5 each.

 

For more information, contact Lisa Manuell, Moraine Park Student Life, at 920-887-4462 or lmanuell@morainepark.edu.

 

Rock out with Holiday at Moraine Park’s West Bend campus on Wednesday, May 7, for the last lunch-hour concert of the 2007-08 academic year.

 

The high-energy alternative pop/rock band will perform in the campus courtyard from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Based out of Minneapolis/St. Paul, Holiday took first place in the Cities 97 Basilica Block Party competition.

 

Lunch will be available at cost to the general public. For more information, contact Bradley Mitchell, Moraine Park Student Life, at 262-335-5743 or bmitchell@morainepark.edu.

 

The events are sponsored by the Beaver Dam campus and West Bend campus Student Senates, respectively.

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High school students compete in Culinary Arts Olympics

by admin7. April 2008 19:00

The seventh annual High School Culinary Arts Olympics took place April 2 at Moraine Park Technical College’s Fond du Lac campus. Thirty-nine students from five area schools competed, including Cambria-Friesland, Princeton, Sheboygan North, Sheboygan South and Waupun Area High School.

 A gourmet chicken entree artistically arranged for the Create a Plate competition.

The competition categories were Create a Plate, Layered Cake Decorating and Sandwich Relay Construction Team. The first place finisher in each category received a $200 scholarship to Moraine Park Technical College.

 

The results are as follows:

 

Cake Decorating: First place – Erin Molzner, Sheboygan North; second place – Rebecca Trudeau, Sheboygan North; third place – Teng Ziong, Sheboygan South; honorable mentions – Megan Zodrow and Jessica Floeter, Princeton.

 

Create a Plate: First place – Tommy Canon, Sheboygan South; second place – Brittany Ramos, Sheboygan North; third place – Cassie Sargent, Sheboygan South; honorable mentions – Tony Corson, Cambria-Friesland, and Tony Gierke, Sheboygan South.

 A yellow cake accented by pink flowers and green leaves and vines made from frosting, and pineapple chunks and frosting forming a flower in the center.

Sandwich Construction Relay Team: First place – Sheboygan North team of Kayla Hanson, Stephanie Gilbertson and Alex Theodoroff; second place – Sheboygan South team of Jean Vue, Ntximhlub Vang and Breanna Bennett; third place – Sheboygan North team of Jeremy Jochman, Heather Madson and Brian Shaw; honorable mention – Princeton team of Elliot Pulvermacher, Jake Nehls and Alex Enk.

 

Moraine Park Technical College offers an associate of applied science degree in Culinary Arts, a technical diploma in Food Service Production, and five short-term certificates in the culinary arts career field. For more information, visit www.morainepark.edu or call 1-800-472-4554.

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