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


Selling to the State of Wisconsin business seminar offered Oct. 22

by admin16. October 2008 19:00

Area businesses can learn how to sell their products and services to the State of Wisconsin at a training seminar on Wednesday, Oct. 22, from 1 to 3:30 p.m. The session is sponsored by the Business Procurement Assistance Center (BPAC) and Moraine Park Technical College, and will take place at Moraine Park’s Beaver Dam campus. 


“Selling to the State of Wisconsin” attendees will learn how the state procures the products and services it needs, which agencies buy what items/services, and how to use VendorNet, the state’s electronic purchasing information system.


The cost is $30. Registration is required and can be made online at For more information, contact BPAC at or (608) 243-4490.


For directions to Moraine Park’s Beaver Dam campus, go to and click on About Moraine Park then Campus Information.


This training is made possible by contributions from the Department of Defense – Defense Logistics Agency, Madison Area Technical College and Moraine Park Technical College.


Established in 1988, BPAC provides technical and marketing assistance to Wisconsin businesses that want to sell their products and services to the government. In fiscal year 2007, BPAC helped more than 1,000 Wisconsin businesses win more than $522 million in contract awards.


Preview Days planned at Moraine Park

by admin15. October 2008 19:00

High school juniors and seniors are invited to attend Moraine Park Technical College’s Fall Preview Days to learn how the College can help shape their future.


Students will have the opportunity to investigate programs they are considering for their career choice. They will spend a morning on campus taking a closer look at those programs, meeting Moraine Park instructors and getting a feel for college life. High school seniors will have a chance to win a $250 Moraine Park scholarship. Up to two program visits per campus may be selected, and one campus or all three can be visited.


Preview Days will be offered from 9 to 11:15 a.m. on the following dates:


West Bend campus – Tuesday, Nov. 11

Fond du Lac campus – Wednesday, Nov. 12

Beaver Dam campus – Thursday, Nov. 13


Register by Nov. 3 with your high school guidance office or at Participating programs at each campus are listed on this Web page. For more information, contact Connie Schaumberg at or 262-335-5853.


Free seminar on Wide Area Work Flow offered by BPAC and Moraine Park

by admin14. October 2008 19:00

Moraine Park Technical College and the Business Procurement Assistance Center (BPAC) will offer a free training seminar on Thursday, Nov. 6, to help area businesses learn how to navigate the government’s Wide Area Work Flow (WAWF) system.


A recent Department of Defense (DOD) initiative mandates “paperless contracting,” which is designed to eliminate paper from the receipts and acceptance process of the DOD contracting lifecycle. More DOD contracts require vendors to invoice the government electronically using WAWF.


This seminar will cover current DOD supplier requirements and highlight important steps to follow when registering your firm with WAWF. You will become familiar with the overall document process and learn about invoices, reports and billing. Other topics will include labels, barcodes and RFID.


The Wide Area Work Flow seminar takes place at Moraine Park’s West Bend campus from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Registration is required and can be done online at For more information, contact BPAC at or 608-243-4490.


For directions to Moraine Park’s West Bend campus, go to and click on About Moraine Park then Campus Information.


Established in 1988 by Madison Area Technical College, BPAC provides technical and marketing assistance to Wisconsin businesses that want to sell their products and services to the government. Last year, BPAC helped companies win government contracts valued at more than $522 million, resulting in the creation or retention of 10,400 jobs in Wisconsin.


Moraine Park offers business training opportunities in November

by admin13. October 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 November, including:


Structural Welding Certification: Saturday, Nov. 1, 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, which includes materials.


White Belt Training: Mondays, Nov. 3, 10 and 17; 8 a.m.–5 p.m., Room B-129, Fond du Lac campus. This class provides the core fundamentals of Six Sigma with a focus on quality improvement tools, basic statistics and control methods. Inject Six Sigma culture more deeply into your organization with White Belt training. Cost is $650 per person, which includes materials and refreshments.


Microsoft Excel Level 2: Friday, Nov. 7, 8:30 a.m. –3:30 p.m, Room L-110, West Bend campus. Use Microsoft Excel 2007 to streamline repetitive tasks, make your data more visually appealing, and enhance your spreadsheets through templates, charts, graphics and more complex formulas. Cost is $185 per person, which includes materials, refreshments and lunch.


Internet Trade Intelligence: Thursday, Nov. 13, 8 a.m.–12 p.m., Room A-206, Fond du Lac campus. Explore how international traders can maximize their use of the Internet and World Wide Web to access information and position themselves and their products for increasingly expanded sales opportunities. Cost is $109 per person, which includes materials and refreshments. 


Marketing Skills for the Nonprofit Manager: Thursday, Nov. 20, 8 a.m.–10 a.m, Room O-103, Fond du Lac campus. Learn how to apply cost-effective strategies and tactics to capture the support of your members, donors, clients, the community and volunteers. Cost is $55 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 receives Alliant vehicle for EPD program

by admin9. October 2008 19:00

The Electrical Power Distribution (EPD) program at Moraine Park Technical College’s Beaver Dam campus received an addition to its instructional fleet of three vehicles.


Alliant Energy recently donated a GMC 3500HD truck to the program, worth about $5,000. “This fourth vehicle will enable us to have more students training at the same time,” said Moraine Park EPD instructor Bill Ferguson.

 Steve Logan from Alliant and Bill Ferguson and Jon Waldhuetter from Moraine Park pose with the donated truck from Alliant.

Alliant also donates training assistance – for example, sending several engineering employees to show Moraine Park students how to engineer and stake a distribution line.


“We appreciate the opportunity to partner with Moraine Park, and look forward to continuing to play a role in the education and training of Wisconsin’s next generation of line technicians,” said Steve Logan, manager of customer service for Alliant Energy’s Beaver Dam office.


For more information about Moraine Park’s Electrical Power Distribution program, visit and click on Academics.


Moraine Park TEE Bus takes to the road

by admin9. October 2008 19:00

Moraine Park Technical College has added a new educational delivery method to its classroom, online, blended and IVC offerings: A vehicle that brings Moraine Park services to the clients.


Side of the TEE Bus which is covered with Moraine Park images.

Dubbed the Technical Education Everywhere (TEE) Bus, the vision for the vehicle is to serve as a means for Moraine Park to reach out to its communities by extending the delivery of technical education, while simultaneously promoting the value of technical education in increasing our region's skills and global competitiveness.


“Our goal is to have the TEE Bus present at a variety of our district’s community events, thus providing a convenient way for individuals to learn about Moraine Park and its offerings,” said Josh Bullock, Moraine Park vice president of strategic advancement. “It can be used to the benefit of our communities in a variety of ways including basic education course offerings, K-12 school visits, career planning and assessment opportunities, and Accuplacer testing, to name a few.”


The TEE Bus will also serve as an additional mode of delivery for Moraine Park’s Economic and Workforce Development Community Training department.


“Right now the TEE Bus could be used for any type of Microsoft Office training scenario,” said Katharine Schlieve, Moraine Park economic and workforce development sales representative. “We're getting requests to strengthen skills in all of the MS Office products and particularly the transition to MS Office 2007. The TEE Bus allows a business that may not have facilities to train on-site, which will minimize their downtime and any related travel expenses.”


“We would encourage organizations to invite the TEE Bus to their events so we can share Moraine Park’s programs and services with their audience,” said Bullock.


For general inquiries about the TEE Bus, contact Debbie Martin at 920-924-3263. For business training, contact Sandra Justman at 920-924-3449.      


Moraine Park offers October events in West Bend

by admin5. October 2008 19:00

A BloodCenter of Wisconsin blood drive and a Justin Roth concert are scheduled at Moraine Park Technical College’s West Bend campus this month.


The BloodCenter of Wisconsin and the West Bend campus Student Senate and Activities Committee are holding a blood drive on Tuesday, Oct. 14, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the cafeteria. Sign up online by visiting you have questions about your eligibility to donate, contact the BloodCenter at 877-BE-A-HERO (877-232-4376) or visit their website, For directions to the campus, visit and click on About Moraine Park then Campus Information. and entering drive ID DRV0092185, or contact Bradley Mitchell, Moraine Park Student Life, at 262-335-5743 or Walk-in donors are always welcome. Please bring a photo ID.


On Tuesday, Oct. 21, folk guitarist Justin Roth returns to Moraine Park for a lunch-hour concert in the cafeteria from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Food is available at cost for the general public. For more information, contact Bradley Mitchell at the number above.


To learn more about Moraine Park and its programs, visit