Moraine Park to hold Adult Information Session Dec. 16

by admin19. November 2008 19:00

Start on the path to a new career or enhance your current one. If you want to earn a degree or take a couple of courses to update your skills, stop by Moraine Park Technical College’s Adult Information Session at any of the three campuses on Tuesday, Dec. 16.


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


Undergraduate scholarships available to Moraine Park students, recent alumni

by admin13. November 2008 19:00

Moraine Park Technical College students who are entering their last semester at Moraine Park and recent alumni who will be transferring their Moraine Park credits to full-time status at a four-year college or university can apply to the Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship Program offered by the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation.


The private foundation will award up to $30,000 annually per recipient to help students and recent alumni from Moraine Park pursue four-year degrees. Current students at Moraine Park are eligible, as are alumni who have earned a degree since spring 2004 and have not transferred to a four-year college.


Forty-five percent of all college students in the U.S. attend community colleges. For those who wish to continue on to a bachelor’s degree, the Jack Kent Cooke scholarships can provide funding for tuition, room and board, required fees and books for the length of the undergraduate degree, generally two years. Each award can total up to $30,000 annually, though the amounts will vary based on factors such as the cost of the institution each recipient attends. The Foundation will renew awards each year based on student performance.


The Foundation plans to award 50 scholarships nationwide in spring 2009. After the application deadline of Jan. 8, the nomination process will begin. For more information, contact Debra Stoffel, Moraine Park Student Services, at 262-306-5331 or


Application materials and all scholarship criteria are available on the Foundation’s Web site at Click on Scholarships then Undergraduate Transfer Scholarships.


Moraine Park sets fourth LAN party; Gears of War 2 tournament featured

by admin12. November 2008 19:00

Calling all gamers! Moraine Park Technical College’s fourth LAN party will take place Friday, Dec. 5, at the College’s Fond du Lac campus.


A Gears of War 2 tournament is planned, with sign-up from 3 to 4 p.m. on Dec. 5. Other games include Guitar Hero, Rock Band, Madden and Mario Cart.


The overall gaming party runs from 3 to 9 p.m. in the Cyber Center cafeteria, with console set-up beginning at 1 p.m. (LAN PCs will not be used at this party.) Participants can pay a $2 entry fee or bring two canned goods, with all proceeds going to the local food pantry.


Enter a raffle for a chance to win a Wii console, T-shirts, posters and other prizes. Tickets will be sold for $1 each, $5 for six or $10 for 15, which will also benefit the food pantry.


Sponsors of this LAN party are Game Crazy and Moraine Park’s IT Club.


Pre-registration isn’t required; sign up at the gaming stations the day of the event. Most of the games are suitable for families with the exception of the tournament game that contains violence, and others that have a mature content.


For more information, e-mail Wally Fincke at


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.