Moraine Park dean joins WATDA Foundation board

by admin12. November 2008 19:00

James Eden of Saukville, executive dean of instruction at Moraine Park Technical College, has joined the Board of Directors of the Foundation of the Wisconsin Automobile and Truck Dealers Association (WATDA). He will serve a three-year term beginning Jan. 1, 2009.

 Professional photo of James Eden.

Located in Madison, WATDA is the only trade organization representing more than 860 franchised and used car and truck dealers in the state. The purpose of the WATDA Foundation is to fund education, research and charitable giving. Its primary programs focus on scholarships and career awareness to increase the quality and quantity of young people entering the retail auto/truck service industry in Wisconsin.


Eden has an automotive background, having earned an associate degree in auto mechanics from Western Wisconsin Technical College in La Crosse. He worked as a repair technician for 12 years, including three years as an owner/operator of an automotive repair business. In 1988, he became an automotive instructor at Milwaukee Area Technical College where he progressed to mid-level manager then campus manager.


He also holds a bachelor of science degree in vocational, technical and adult education from the University of Wisconsin-Stout, and a master of business administration degree from Cardinal Stritch University where he is completing his dissertation for a doctoral degree in Leadership for the Advancement of Learning and Service program.


Find out more about Moraine Park 's Automotive Technician program or any of its more than 100 other programs, apprenticeships and certificates by visiting


Moraine Park business training opportunities coming up

by admin10. November 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.


Several courses are scheduled for December and January, including:


Overview of Office 2007: Friday, Dec. 5, 8:30–11:30 a.m., Room L-110, West Bend campus, and Friday, Dec. 12, 8:30-11:30 a.m., Room O-106, Fond du Lac campus. Explore the enhancements of Access, Excel, PowerPoint and Word. Cost is $79 per person, which includes materials.


Structural Welding Certification Exams: Saturday, Dec. 6, 8 a.m.–4 p.m., Room K-401, Beaver Dam campus. Become certified in all positions and gages of steel plate using SMAW (stick) electrodes. Special tests of different welding processes (GMAW, FCAW, etc.) can also be taken. Cost is $150 per person.


Strategy Development for the Nonprofit Manager: Thursday, Dec. 11, 8–10 a.m., Room O-103, Fond du Lac campus. Learn how to develop measurable and obtainable goals and other techniques to develop a strategic position for your nonprofit organization. Cost is $55 per person, which includes materials and refreshments.


Forklift Safety: Tuesday, Jan. 13, 7:45 a.m.4 p.m., Room B-109, Fond du Lac campus. Explores the fundamentals and safe practices of forklift operation in the workplace. Certification is available upon completion of the eight-hour training. Cost is $60 per person, which includes a book.


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.


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's Tech Prep program receives state recognition

by admin6. November 2008 19:00

Moraine Park Technical College’s Tech Prep program was presented with a Program of Distinction award by the Wisconsin PK-16 Leadership Council in recognition of the College’s collaborative efforts to improve student transition in the PK-16 educational system.

The PK-16 Leadership Council award is being presented to two Moraine Park Tech Prep staff including Jennifer Wagner.

“Moraine Park is honored to receive this recognition for our Tech Prep program,” said Dr. Gayle Hytrek, Moraine Park president. “Moraine Park Technical College has long been the state leader in providing Tech Prep courses in high schools. These courses give high school students a jump-start on their postsecondary education and are an integral part of the College’s mission to build and maintain a competitive workforce in collaboration with our communities.”

Moraine Park currently offers 69 college courses in 22 area public high schools – 63 transcripted credit courses and six advanced-standing courses. In addition to the high schools, the Moraine Park Tech Prep consortium has representation from CESA 6 and the Fond du Lac Area Association of Commerce.

“This award would not have been possible without the commitment, dedication and collaborative efforts of our Moraine Park Tech Prep consortium,” said Jennifer Wagner, Moraine Park School to Work/Tech Prep associate. “The consortium high schools continue to incorporate Moraine Park career and technical education courses into their curriculum, allowing for seamless transitions from secondary to post-secondary education.”

Tech Prep enables motivated students to begin their college career while still in high school, earning both high school and college credit. Over five years, enrollment in the Tech Prep program has almost doubled. In 2007-08, 2,536 students earned technical college credit and 325 students earned advanced standing. More than 4,000 students are anticipated in 2008-09. An additional strength of the program is the intensive professional development for high school instructors.

Recipients of the award receive $1,000 from the PK-16 Leadership Council. Moraine Park will use this money for Tech Prep consortium activities.

The Wisconsin PK-16 Leadership Council is comprised of leaders of the state’s four educational sectors: PK-12 schools through the Department of Public Instruction, the University of Wisconsin System, the Wisconsin Technical College System, and the state’s private colleges and universities through the Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and Universities.

For more information about Moraine Park’s Tech Prep program, go to and click on Academics.


Moraine Park holds qualifying competition for ABC Skill event

by admin3. November 2008 19:00

The ABC (Associated Builders and Contractors) Carpentry Apprenticeship program at Moraine Park Technical College’s Fond du Lac campus held its annual local skill competition to qualify for the state and national ABC skill competitions. 


The winner of the local competition was Scott Poklasny, a fourth-year apprentice from Hartford. He is employed by North Central Construction of Fond du Lac.


Other apprentices who will participate in the state ABC Skill Competition are Dustin Pagel of Neenah, who is employed by Radtke Contractors, Inc. of Winneconne; Nick Collin of Mt. Calvary, who is employed by Burg Homes and Design of Malone; and Brian Terranova of Racine, who is employed by Geoff's Construction, LLC of Wind Lake. All are third-year apprentices.


“The competition involved a written test of carpentry skills and a practical competition which involved wood and steel wall faming, concrete forming, roof framing and finish trim work,” said Moraine Park carpentry instructor Gary Roehrig.


For more information about the ABC Carpentry Apprenticeship program at Moraine Park, visit and click on Academics.


Enroll in Upward Bound now to succeed in college

by admin2. November 2008 19:00

Students from low-income families who would like to be the first in their family to get a college degree can still apply for the Upward Bound program provided by Moraine Park Technical College for the Beaver Dam, Fond du Lac and Ripon high schools.


The application must be turned in by Nov. 14. For questions about eligibility, the application process and Upward Bound in general, contact Joyce Atkins, Moraine Park Upward Bound grant activity associate, at 920-924-6381 or


Moraine Park Upward Bound staff will be at the following locations:


·         Moraine Park Regional Center at Ripon High School, Thursday, Nov. 13, 5:30 to 8 p.m.

·         Fond du Lac High School cafeteria, Friday, Nov. 7, 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

·         Beaver Dam High School cafeteria, Monday, Nov. 10, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.


Parents and students are welcome to drop in; no appointments are needed.


A pre-college program of the U.S. Department of Education, Upward Bound serves students in grades 9-12 through high school graduation and provides academic support, mentoring and assistance with the college admissions process. Students who are in grades 9-11, meet federal low-income levels and have parents who don’t hold bachelor’s degrees can apply for the program.


Adult Information Session planned for Nov. 19

by admin28. October 2008 19:00

Get started on your degree program or brush up on your skills. Learn more about Moraine Park Technical College’s programs and services during an Adult Information Session for adults and recent high school graduates at the Beaver Dam, Fond du Lac and West Bend campuses on Wednesday, Nov. 19.


Stop by between 2:30 and 6 p.m. and talk with Moraine Park staff. 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


Red Cross blood drive at Moraine Park Nov. 19

by admin27. October 2008 19:00

The American Red Cross will host a blood drive at Moraine Park Technical College’s Fond du Lac campus on Wednesday, Nov. 19, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.


To donate, pre-register with Adam Ninmann, Moraine Park Student Life, at 920-924-3101 or Donors can use the O-1 or O-2 entrances and head for nearby rooms O-103 and O-104.


For directions to Moraine Park’s Fond du Lac campus, go to and click on About Moraine Park then Campus Information.


Governor's office awards Grande Cheese, Moraine Park Workforce Training grant

by admin26. October 2008 19:00

Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection Rod Nilsestuen announced a Wisconsin Technical College System Workforce Advancement Training (WAT) grant that is helping Moraine Park Technical College provide training to 124 associates of Grande Cheese Company in Lomira and seven other Wisconsin locations. 

 Sec. Nilsestuen, Gayle Hytrek of Moraine Park, and Wayne Matzke and Bryan Gill of Grande Cheese in front of the Grande sign with an oversized grant check.

Nilsestuen presented the grant on behalf of Governor Jim Doyle during a ceremony at Grande’s Rolling Meadows facility in Fond du Lac on Oct. 22. The $28,689 grant will provide Gold Belt, advanced leadership and project management training that will reduce turnover and waste and increase operating efficiencies. 


As he addressed representatives from Moraine Park and Grande Cheese, Sec. Nilsestuen recognized Grande for their  ongoing commitment to helping Wisconsin maintain nationwide prominence in dairy and agriculture. “Grande helped remake the mold for Wisconsin's reemergence as a vital dairy power in the U.S.,” he said.


Nilsestuen also noted the importance of businesses and educational institutions such as Grande Cheese and Moraine Park in developing partnerships to provide training to help build and maintain a competitive and educated workforce. “Human capital is Wisconsin's number-one resource,” he said. “(The governor) recognizes that and knows that one of Wisconsin's comparative advantages is its highly trained, highly educated and highly motivated workforce.”


Grande Cheese CEO Wayne Matzke cited Grande's Bryan Gill, director of total rewards, and JoAnn Hall, Moraine Park executive dean of economic and workforce development, as being pivotal in coordinating the efforts to provide training to Grande’s associates. “The training we are able to provide to our associates through these grants is very, very important to retention,” said Matzke. “It’s a wonderful program and allows our associates to position themselves to achieve their career goals within the Grande organization.”  Matzke also recognized Nilsestuen and Gov. Doyle for their vision and for being catalysts not only in the dairy industry but also in agriculture. “Through your leadership you have helped position Grande in a place of pride in the country and globally.”  


“These Workforce Advancement Training grants are a prime example of how collaboration among the state, businesses, and Moraine Park allows us to continue to meet the training needs of businesses and industry throughout the Moraine Park District,” said Dr. Gayle Hytrek, Moraine Park president.


The other local grants are as follows: KLH Industries Inc., Germantown, $45,979 for training 45 staff  in Lean culture to improve on-time delivery, profitability and machine utilization; Richelieu Foods Inc., Beaver Dam, $15,698 for 30 supervisors, managers and lead people to receive in-depth knowledge of Lean principles, Kaizen, value-stream mapping, and leadership fundamentals and for 270 general laborers to receive a Lean overview; Combination Door Co., Fond du Lac, $10,178 for 64 staff to receive training; and Signicast Corp., Hartford, $6,830 for leadership development training for 30 supervisors and managers. 


In all, the five grants total $107,374 and provide training for 547 area workers.


WAT grant applications are made by technical college districts in partnership with local employers, which must demonstrate training needs, the importance to the local or regional economy, measurable outcomes (including improvedproductivity and competitiveness) and increased employee wages and career opportunities. The training may include any combination of academic, occupational and career topics or courses.


Moraine Park Technical College, with campuses in Beaver Dam, Fond du Lac and West Bend, is one of 16 technical colleges throughout the state 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                                               


Moraine Park offers campus events in November

by admin20. October 2008 19:00

Get some lunch-hour laughs or sample foods from a variety of countries and cultures at Moraine Park Technical College during November.


Beaver Dam campus: Comedian Kelly Taylor will perform on Wednesday, Nov. 5, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. A native of Saskatchewan, Taylor has toured comedy festivals, colleges and clubs across Canada and the U.S. Lunch is available to the public for $5 per meal. For more information, contact Lisa Manuell, Moraine Park Student Life, at 920-887-4462 or


West Bend campus: The West Bend campus Multicultural Club will hold a potluck on Thursday, Nov. 13, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the cafeteria. For a non-perishable food item or small monetary donation, attendees can sample assorted dishes from around the world. Food donations will go to the Full Shelf Food Pantry in West Bend, while monetary donations will go to the Multicultural Club to provide future ethnic and cultural opportunities. For more information, contact Bradley Mitchell, Moraine Park Student Life, at 262-335-5743 or


Fond du Lac campus: The American Red Cross will host a blood drive on Wednesday, Nov. 19, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in rooms O-103 and O-104. To donate, pre-register with Adam Ninmann, Moraine Park Student Life, at 920-924-3101 or


To learn more about Moraine Park and its programs, visit


Moraine Park receives STEM grant from National Science Foundation

by admin20. October 2008 19:00

By 2010, employment in science- and engineering-related occupations is expected to increase about three times faster than the growth rate for all occupations, according to projections from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.


To help meet industry needs and to encourage students who are interested in careers in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM), Moraine Park Technical College was awarded a $520,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

 Moraine Park's STEM program director, Lisa Pollard, is shown here.

Through the STEM grant, Moraine Park’s Fostering Engineering and IT (Information Technology) Careers scholarship program will provide more than $400,000 in scholarships to cover student costs such as tuition, books, transportation and living expenses. Starting with the fall 2009 semester up to 30 scholarships will be awarded to full-time STEM students annually, based on financial need and ranging from $500 to $10,000, through July 31, 2013.


“We are excited to receive this National Science Foundation grant – a first for Moraine Park – which acknowledges the efforts of our college to support students who are interested in pursuing STEM degrees and careers,” said Dr. Gayle Hytrek, Moraine Park president.


IT faculty member Lisa Pollard is leading the College’s STEM program. “A unique aspect of the program is that students who might not meet one of the academic requirements will be given an opportunity to demonstrate during a semester that they can meet the academic standards required for a full scholarship,” she said.


Students entering or enrolled in Moraine Park STEM programs are eligible to apply. The nine programs are as follows: Engine Research and Development Technician; Mechanical Design Technology; Tool Design Engineering Technology; Civil Engineering Technician – Structural; Engineering Technologist; IT – Applications Developer; IT – Network Specialist; IT – Technical Support Specialist; and Water Quality Technician.


Moraine Park has developed a three-tier approach to scholarship awards: STEM Gold Scholars (students who meet all of the requirements), STEM Silver Scholars (students who meet the financial need but need assistance to meet the academic requirement), and STEM Scholars on the Move (students who transfer to a four-year college program).


In addition to the STEM scholarship, Moraine Park will offer tutoring, study groups, online STEM advising, an online STEM Club and mentoring, as well as other support services. The College also provides real-world experience, job shadowing and placement to help prepare students for life on the job. 


A variety of careers are available to STEM graduates. For example, an IT – Applications Developer graduate may find work as a computer or systems programmer, systems analyst, database manager or project manager. An IT – Network Specialist graduate can become a network specialist, designer or manager. A Civil Engineering Technician graduate may become a drafter, construction estimator, architectural technician or designer, public utility technician, engineering technician or instruction inspector. With a Mechanical Design Technology degree, one can be a mechanical designer, CAD detailer/operator, design technician or detail drafter.


More opportunities are possible with additional work experience or education. STEM students who intend to transfer or pursue a four-year degree after graduating from Moraine Park also can receive scholarships. Studies show that, for all degree fields in science and engineering, 44 percent of recent recipients of bachelor's and master's degrees took at least one community college course.


STEM fields typically offer good salaries. Moraine Park’s 2006-07 Graduate Follow-Up Report surveyed alumni six months after graduation who were working in program-related occupations at least 35 hours per week. Engineering Technologist graduates were making $27,038 to $42,117. IT – Network Specialist graduates had a yearly salary range of $30,000 to $45,569. Tool Design Engineering Technology (formerly Tool and Die Designer) alumni reported salaries ranging from $24,000 to $58,496, while Water Quality Technician grads were paid $43,000 to $59,795 annually.


Women and minorities are encouraged to apply for a STEM grant as they are underrepresented in STEM degrees and careers.


“Our female students will be part of the virtual STEM club we offer all of our STEM learners, with myself as the club advisor, and have opportunities to work with the nontraditional careers specialist for mentoring and peer support,” said Pollard, who will also serve as a faculty mentor. Moraine Park also has a Diversity Relations office to serve students from various racial and cultural backgrounds.


For more information about the STEM scholarships and programs, contact Pollard at 920-924-3352 or