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 and click on About Us then Campus Information. Registration is required and can be made online at A $40 fee per person for each seminar will cover the cost of materials. Questions can be directed to BPAC at or (608) 243-4490.



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


Moraine Park offers business training in February

by admin12. January 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 February:


Microsoft Word 2007 – Level 1: Thursday, Feb. 12, 8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m., Room O-107.1, Fond du Lac campus. Having trouble locating commands in Word 2007? Explore the new look and features of Word to create professional letters, reports, lists and tables. Cost is $189 per person, which includes materials, refreshments and lunch.


Train the Trainer: Tuesdays, Feb. 17 and 24, 5–9 p.m., Rooms A-112 and O-104, Fond du Lac campus. As an in-house trainer, have you wondered if you're getting through to your audience? Develop a fundamental understanding of adult learning principles and practical tools to design and deliver more effective training programs. Cost is $299 per person, which includes materials and refreshments.


Developing an Effective Team for Nonprofits: Thursday, Feb. 19, 9–11 a.m., Room O-102, Fond du Lac campus. Explore the elements of a highly effective team and identify ways to build a team and develop individual potential. Cost is $55 per person, which includes materials and refreshments.


Introductory Adobe Dreamweaver: Saturdays, Feb. 21 and 28, 8–11 a.m., PC Lab 166, Hartford Center. Learn to create, organize and maintain a Web site on your local computer using Adobe Dreamweaver software, a popular Web authoring program with powerful, easy-to-use visual layout tools. Cost is $189 per person, which includes book, materials and refreshments.


ISO 9001/TS16949 Internal Auditor Training: Tuesday–Thursday, Feb. 24–26, 8 a.m.–5 p.m., Room O-103, Fond du Lac campus. Prepares those who are responsible for internal auditing of processes for ISO certification programs. In-class lectures, practical exercises and case studies reinforce the objectives. Cost is $650 per person, which includes materials and refreshments.


Fundamentals of Press Brake Operation: Wednesday, Feb. 25, 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m., Room K-321, Beaver Dam campus. Learn the best techniques for precision sheet metal work and the math behind sheet metal bending while gaining real experience on a press brake. Geared toward new operators, engineers, designers and programmers, this training uses curriculum developed by the Fabricators and Manufacturers Association. Cost is $249 per person, which includes materials and lunch.


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.


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

by admin6. January 2009 19:00

The Moraine Park Foundation’s second “Crop at the College” fundraising event is coming up! Scrapbookers and crafters can enjoy a day of creativity and camaraderie on Saturday, Jan. 24, at Moraine Park Technical College’s Fond du Lac campus. Although the event focuses on scrapbooking, crafters of all types are welcome.


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. 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.


Moraine Park campuses offer January events

by admin4. January 2009 19:00

Join the students and staff at Moraine Park Technical College’s campuses as they kick off the start of the spring semester the week of Jan. 19 with free lunchtime concerts and comedy, plus a free movie showing in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.


Beaver Dam campus: Comedian Sheng Wang will perform in the commons on Tuesday, Jan. 20, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. In addition to touring with the Comedians of Comedy and American Eagle’s Campus Comedy Challenge, Wang has appeared on Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham and on the AZN Network. 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


Fond du Lac campus: On Monday, Jan. 19, The Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till will be shown from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. An African-American teenager, Till was brutally murdered in Mississippi in 1955 for whistling at a white woman. His killers were acquitted by an all-white male jury. This documentary by Keith Beauchamp is being shown as part of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.


The acoustic guitar duo Ryanhood (Ryan Green and Cameron Hood) will perform on Tuesday, Jan. 20, from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. They have toured theaters with Jason Mraz and played at Boston’s Street Performers Festival. Campus Activities Magazine named them “one of the hottest new bands in the college market today.”


On Wednesday, Jan. 21, 32 Below takes the Cyber Center stage with their country/rock sound from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. One of the house bands for the Wildhorse Saloon in Nashville, Tenn., 32 Below has played clubs, festivals and small arenas around the Midwest and Southeast and has shared the stage with the likes of Sawyer Brown, Trick Pony, Montgomery Gentry, Heart, Craig Morgan and The Spin Doctors.


All three events take place in the Cyber Center cafeteria, and 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  


West Bend campus: Treat yourself to Ari Herstand’s unique mix of acoustic rock/pop, folk, hip hop and jazz on Tuesday, Jan. 20, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the cafeteria. With his impressive acoustic guitar style and distinct looping technique, Herstand has opened for national artists such as Ben Folds, Cake, Sister Hazel, Soul Asylum, The Bodeans, Joshua Radin and Matt Nathanson. The general public may purchase food at cost. For more information, contact Bradley Mitchell, Moraine Park Student Life, at 262-335-5743 or


Fresh from his appearance at the Beaver Dam campus, Sheng Wang will perform during Comedy Night on Friday, Jan. 23, at 7 p.m. in the AMTC auditorium. Tickets are $2. Snacks will be sold.


To learn more about Moraine Park and its programs, visit


Baking at the Bottom of the World

by admin4. January 2009 19:00

A Moraine Park Technical College education can help take you places — literally.


Josie MacLeod stands outdoors in an Antarctic summer, which looks a lot like a Wisconsin winter.

Using the skills she developed while pursuing her associate degree in Culinary Arts, along with encouragement from her Moraine Park instructors to go where her heart desired, Joscelyn “Josie” MacLeod has cooked at Glacier National Park and aboard a Norwegian Cruise Lines ship. Her latest adventure has taken her way down under at McMurdo Station in Antarctica, where she bakes for about 1,000 scientists, researchers and support staff.


MacLeod, 29, grew up in Milwaukee and graduated from Wauwatosa East High School. She received her Culinary Arts degree with high honors from Moraine Park in December 2006.


At first, MacLeod wasn’t sure just what she wanted to do when she enrolled at the College. “I really just wanted to find something that I would enjoy doing and would be happy doing for the rest of my life,” she said. “I thought to myself that I love to cook and bake so I decided to make it my career. I thought I would at least try it out and, if I didn't like it, I knew I could always change my mind again.”


Culinary Arts turned out to be the career for her. As graduation loomed, MacLeod again mulled over what she wanted to do.


“I really had no plan after graduation,” said MacLeod. “I just went where the winds took me.”


MacLeod credits her Moraine Park Culinary Arts instructors — James Simmers, Ron Speich, Tom Endejan and Dave Weber — with helping her get to where she is today. Her yen for travel started when the instructors suggested she join the student exchange program to Germany. “That is when I realized that I can get on a plane and go anywhere,” said MacLeod. “After that I wanted to see the world. I wanted to see how everyone else lives and acts and meet new people from all walks of life. … [My instructors] were there to support and encourage me to go where my heart desired.”


The start of new adventures

She attended a job fair for Norwegian Cruise Lines and was hired on the spot. Not expecting things to happen quite that soon, MacLeod had about two months to put her life in storage and leave for Maryland for Coast Guard training. Then she was off to Hawaii, baking aboard a ship for 1,500 to 2,000 vacationers cruising the islands.


“What a whirlwind experience, because I rarely ever left town before that,” she recalled. “Now I was just packing up and leaving. That was just the beginning. I thought I would only be gone for about six months, and now it is going on two and a half years.” Between jobs, MacLeod stays with family or friends in Wisconsin.


Her newly adventurous life took her from one unique opportunity to another as she met new people who told her about the places they had been, whereupon an intrigued MacLeod would inquire about getting a job in those same places. While on the cruise ship, MacLeod met a girl who had spent time in Antarctica, saying it was one of her favorite seasonal jobs.


So MacLeod applied online, went through phone interviews and had major medical and dental exams to be cleared to “come down to the ice.” She got the job and was told she would leave sometime in October 2008. In the meantime, she checked out a seasonal-jobs Web site to find something to fill the downtime between the May 2008 end of her cruise ship job and the October start of her new job, baking for about 1,000 people, four meals a day, at McMurdo Station in Antarctica.


MacLeod came across a summer job at Glacier National Park in Montana as a production cook for the Park Café, where she made soups, sauces, homemade vegetable burgers and many other organic dishes. Instead of getting a few weeks between jobs, she received an e-mail that she would be leaving for Antarctica only four days after returning to Wisconsin. So there was very little time between unpacking her summer clothes from Montana and packing her cold-weather gear for Antarctica.


The Antarctic “summer”

As one might imagine, Antarctica is cold, like a Wisconsin winter at its most below-zero frigid. When the sun is out 24/7 during the Antarctic summer, which spans August through March, it starts to warm up. In November, MacLeod said, the temperature ranges from -10 to -25 degrees Fahrenheit. “It does get pretty windy at times and it feels like -50 degrees F,” she said, “so you dress warm and it’s not that bad.” In December the daytime temperature can be about 10 degrees F, when it’s possible for Antarctica to be the same as or even warmer than Wisconsin, a fact that MacLeod finds funny.


With Antarctica’s perpetual wintry weather and the need to rely on shipped supplies, there isn’t an abundance of fresh food. “We only have salad and fresh fruits and veggies about once every two weeks, sometimes sooner if the greenhouse produces enough,” said MacLeod. “Otherwise, everything is frozen or freeze-dried. Most of the food is anywhere from one to two years old because it is required that we have enough in supply in case we get stuck here.” MacLeod said that while the lack of fresh food doesn’t affect the bakery that much, they do run out of items for the season that aren’t replaced until the following season.


Baking for 1,000: Timing is everything

At McMurdo, MacLeod works alongside a kitchen staff of one chef, 12 production cooks, six prep cooks, one lead baker and four production bakers. She bakes about 200 pounds of bread a day, plus pies, bars, cakes, brownies, cinnamon rolls, breakfast danishes and 4,000 cookies every Wednesday. “Trust me, you don’t want to run out of dessert — there would be a riot,” she joked.


The skills she learned at Moraine Park have come in handy, particularly a specialty breads course. “Timing out my projects is key because we only have a few ovens, so the timing of the breads from the time of mixing to the time of baking is key,” said MacLeod.


“You also have a deadline to have everything ready for mealtimes,” she added. “It is something that I started to learn at Moraine Park. Everything that I was taught really comes in handy every day — everything from timing, to ordering enough food, to producing enough food, to having a quality product. While I was learning these skills, I never thought that I would be able to do them at such a large scale, but I found that it is a lot easier to do when you have a large controlled environment like this one.”


While MacLeod loves seeing the world while she works, these jobs can be hard work. “On the ship I worked 10- to 12-hour shifts seven days a week for five to seven months straight,” explained MacLeod. “Here at McMurdo I work 10-hour shifts six days a week so I feel like I am on vacation. The best part of seasonal jobs is the breaks in between. I usually have off anywhere from five weeks to two months straight. So I guess you have to weigh your options.”


When it’s time to head back up from the bottom of the world, MacLeod isn’t sure where she will end up next. “I am hoping that I will be in Alaska in May 2009,” she said. “We will see. Maybe something better will come along before that,” continuing her practice of going where the winds take her.


One thing that is for sure, MacLeod will continue her education at some point. “I would like to add to the culinary degree and go back for food science. I also love science so hopefully I will be set from there.”


New Baking Essentials certificate offered at Moraine Park; still time to register

by admin4. January 2009 19:00

There’s still time to register for a new Baking Essentials certificate program offered by Moraine Park Technical College 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 through Jan. 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


Moraine Park to hold Adult Information Session Jan. 14

by admin1. January 2009 19:00

Learn more about earning a degree or updating your skills during Moraine Park Technical College’s Adult Information Sessions, to be held at all three campuses on Wednesday, Jan. 14.


Adults and recent high school graduates can learn more about Moraine Park’s programs and services at the Beaver Dam, Fond du Lac and West Bend campuses between 2:30 and 6 p.m. 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. 3201, or e-mail


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 announces 2007-08 e-Annual Report

by admin21. December 2008 19:00

Moraine Park Technical College’s 2007-08 Annual Report is now available on the College’s Web site at In 2005 Moraine Park was the first college in the nation to produce its annual report completely online.


Visitors to the e-Annual Report will find a message from Moraine Park President Gayle Hytrek; the 2006-07 Graduate Follow-Up Report; 2007-08 student enrollment information; 2007-08 financial data; District Board members; program videos; and other news highlights.