Mike Miller of West Bend joins Moraine Park District Board

by admin14. July 2008 19:00

Professional photo of Mike Miller Michael R. Miller of West Bend has been appointed to the Moraine Park Technical College District Board as an elected official member through June 30, 2011.


“I am pleased and excited to be appointed to the Moraine Park District Board,” said Miller. “In these times of recession, technical colleges will play an important role in restoring our economy by providing the technical training for future employees in our ever-changing workforce. I look forward to working with our instructors and campus leaders to provide the technical skills required to compete in the world marketplace.”


Miller is executive director of Mid-Moraine Municipal Association in West Bend, which includes four cities and ten villages in Washington and Ozaukee counties, as well as a Washington County Board supervisor. He served as mayor of the City of West Bend from 1987 to 2005 after having been an alderman for eight years, and has also served as president on the boards of directors for the League of Wisconsin Municipalities and the Alliance of Cities. In addition, Miller was on the board of the West Bend Area Chamber of Commerce. He is retired from Ameritech Services Inc. in Milwaukee, where he was an accounting methods manager.


Miller has been awarded the Charles J. McNeer Leadership Award and Life Time Achievement Award from the Public Policy Forum, and the Elected Official Award from the Wisconsin Park and Recreation Association. He was appointed by Gov. James Doyle to the State of Wisconsin Judicial Commission in 2003, serving as chairperson in 2006-07, and to the Southeast Wisconsin Professional Baseball Park District (Miller Park Board) in 2008, in which he represents the taxpayers of Washington County.


We are pleased and excited to have Mike joining the Moraine Park District Board,” said Moraine Park President Gayle Hytrek. “With his strong governmental involvement at not only the county level but the state and local levels as well, Mike will definitely have the pulse of Moraine Park taxpayers and be able to provide excellent input to our College.”


In service to the West Bend community, Miller has been a paid on-call firefighter and rescue squad member; a manager of minor and Little League baseball teams; and a Junior Achievement presenter. He is a member of the West Bend Noon Rotary, American Legion and Knights of Columbus. Miller and his wife Alice have two children and three grandchildren. 


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 the Wisconsin Technical College System. 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 www.morainepark.edu.


Moraine Park instructor earns professional credential

by admin8. July 2008 19:00

Moraine Park Technical College Veterinary Technician program director and instructor Laura Lien, CVT, BS, has earned the additional credential of Veterinary Technician Specialist (VTS) in Large Animal Internal Medicine.

 Professional photo of Laura Lien

The Academy of Internal Medicine for Veterinary Technicians (AIMVT) credentialed its charter members on June 3 at the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine Forum in San Antonio, Texas.


According to Raj Pathare, Moraine Park dean of trades and manufacturing, “This is an impressive achievement for Laura and enhances the Veterinary Technician program’s credentials at Moraine Park.”


AIMVT consists of veterinary technician specialists working in four subspecialties: cardiology, large animal internal medicine, oncology and small animal internal medicine. These specialists are graduates of a program in veterinary technology and/or credentialed to practice in their state. They receive advanced training, often under a veterinary diplomate of internal medicine, cardiology or oncology. The credentialing process is arduous and contains many requirements, including the completion of advanced skills and knowledge lists, continuing education, work experience, case logs, case reports, letters of recommendation, examination in internal medicine and examination in the specialty.


Last September, Moraine Park’s Veterinary Technician associate of applied science degree program received a provisional accreditation from the American Veterinary Medicine Association. The program begins its third year when the fall semester gets under way Aug. 25.


For more information and a program video about Moraine Park’s Veterinary Technician program, visit www.morainepark.edu and click on Academics.


Free orientation for online/blended classes offered at Moraine Park

by admin7. July 2008 19:00

If you’re thinking about taking an online/blended class or program at Moraine Park Technical College, a free face-to-face orientation can help you get started. Sessions will be offered at all three campuses in July and August.


Online/blended orientation will take place July 22 and Aug. 7 at the Fond du Lac campus; July 24 and Aug. 6 at the West Bend campus; and July 30 and Aug. 5 at the Beaver Dam campus.


The July sessions run from 1:15 to 2:45 p.m., to coincide with Moraine Park’s New Student Orientation held on those dates so students who wish to attend both the online/blended orientation and New Student Orientation can reduce travel time. Each August session has two times from which to choose – 2:30 to 4 p.m. or 5:30 to 7 p.m.


A blended format refers to classes that can be taken both online and in the classroom. The orientation sessions are designed to help prospective and newly enrolled students become knowledgeable about and feel comfortable with online courses, eCollege, chat rooms and other aspects of online learning.


Registration is required and space is limited. To register or for more information, call 1-800-472-4554.


Moraine Park commencement video available for online viewing and download

by admin1. July 2008 19:00

Moraine Park Technical College’s May 17, 2008, commencement ceremony is available for viewing through the College’s Web site.


To listen to graduation speeches and see members of the Moraine Park Class of 2008 receive their associate of applied science degrees, technical diplomas and certificates, visit www.morainepark.edu/graduation. You can watch the ceremony via streaming video using RealPlayer or Windows Media Player, or download a copy in Windows Media Video format.


Bullock named Moraine Park VP of strategic advancement

by admin1. July 2008 19:00

In a move that will strengthen Moraine Park Technical College’s strategic focus for the long term, Jonathan “Josh” Bullock of Fond du Lac has been chosen for the newly created role of vice president of strategic advancement for the College.

 Professional photo of Josh Bullock

Bullock has been with Moraine Park since 2002, with his most recent role being that of institutional research and quality improvement partner. As vice president, he will continue to direct that department while also focusing on long-term strategic planning and direction.


“Our District Board recognizes the need to have a vice president devoted to strategic advancement, thus positioning us to meet our goals,” said Moraine Park President Gayle Hytrek. “With Josh guiding our strategic initiatives, Moraine Park will continue its leadership in educational reform through proactive educational initiatives that promote economic development throughout our district and Wisconsin. Developing key partnerships will be imperative to accomplishing this and I am confident that Josh will foster these relationships.”


“Economic, societal and demographic changes are creating a greater need for long-term strategic planning,” said Bullock. “Ensuing changes have created an opportunity for the College to place greater emphasis on planning for its future, which includes building upon existing relationships within its communities and growing new relationships. Our focus will continue to be the long-term economic sustainability of the College, our district communities and the state.”


Bullock holds a bachelor’s of business administration in marketing from the University of Wisconsin Madison and a master’s of business administration from UW Oshkosh. He is working on a doctorate in educational administration and leadership from Marian University, where he has been an evening/weekend instructor in the Adult Accelerated Program since 1993. Bullock is also a 2004 graduate of the Wisconsin Leadership Development Institute.


Among his many current professional and community activities, he is a member of the Moraine Park Association for Career and Technical Education; the Fond du Lac Area Association of Commerce Communications Council; the City of Fond du Lac Police and Fire Commission; the board of directors of the Boys and Girls Club of Fond du Lac; the Marketing Committee of the Fond du Lac Family YMCA; and the Fox Valley Healthcare Alliance.


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 the Wisconsin Technical College System. 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 www.morainepark.edu.


Moraine Park District Board announces open seat; applications due July 17

by admin1. July 2008 19:00

Moraine Park Technical College is accepting applications through July 17, 2008, for an employer member position on the Moraine Park District Board to fill an unexpired term vacancy that ends June 30, 2010.


The employer member position must be appointed from those counties of the District located east of the west shore of Lake Winnebago and the area east of the east boundary of the towns of Fond du Lac and Waupun in Fond du Lac County and east of the east boundary of the towns of Chester, Burnett, Oak Grove and Lowell in Dodge County. 


Applicants must submit a completed application, including at least two written references supporting their nomination to the District Board, and must attend the public hearing of the District Board Appointment Committee tentatively scheduled for 4 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 11, at Moraine Park. A legal notice announcing the exact date, time, and location of this meeting will be published sometime during the week of July 21. 


Application materials may be obtained from the County Board Chairperson of any of the following counties: Calumet, Columbia, Dodge, Fond du Lac, Green Lake, Marquette, Sheboygan, Washington, Waushara and Winnebago, or by contacting Valerie Krueger, Moraine Park Technical College, 235 N. National Ave., P. O. Box 1940, Fond du Lac, WI 54936-1940; telephone 920-929-2127. Completed applications will be accepted through 4:30 p.m. on July 17. All completed applications should be addressed to Ms. Shirley Kitchen, Secretary, Moraine Park Technical College District Board, at the same address.   


Join the summer fun at Moraine Park July 15

by admin30. June 2008 19:00

Moraine Park Technical College’s West Bend campus is hosting Tunes and Tours: A Moraine Park Summer Concert and Open House Event on Tuesday, July 15. Everyone is welcome to join in the summertime fun, rain or shine.


Fresh from their Summerfest performance, Milwaukee-based Flights will play progressive rock from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. There is no charge for the concert.


Adults and high school students who are interested in programs and services at Moraine Park are invited to attend an Adult Information Session between 2:30 and 6 p.m. to talk with College staff and take a tour. Assistance will be given for beginning the admissions process and selecting fall classes. Advance registration isn’t required. For more information call 1-800-472-4554, ext. 3201, or e-mail ewierenga@morainepark.edu.


Burgers, brats, sodas and sides will be served beginning at 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. Cost is $1 per plate.


Tunes and Tours is sponsored by the Moraine Park West Bend Student Senate and Activities Committee.


For more information, contact Bradley Mitchell, Moraine Park Student Life, at 262-335-5743.


Moraine Park to hold orientation for new program students

by admin30. June 2008 19:00

Moraine Park Technical College has set New Student Orientation sessions in July and August for program students who will begin their first classes this fall.


It’s an opportunity for new students to meet each other, connect with Moraine Park staff, get student IDs, purchase books, locate classrooms and visit a “service fair” to learn more campus services such as financial aid, employment, tutoring and more. Short presentations include being smart about what you share on Facebook and MySpace and how employers may react to postings; getting the most out of your academic advising experience; learning more about Student Life and campus involvement; and a student panel discussion with current Moraine Park students. There will also be topics for parents and spouses. 


Participants may choose the date and time (9 a.m.–1 p.m. or 3–7 p.m.) that works best for them: Fond du Lac campus – Tuesday, July 22, or Wednesday, Aug. 13; West Bend campus – Thursday, July 24, or Thursday, Aug. 14; and Beaver Dam campus – Wednesday, July 30, or Tuesday, Aug. 12.


New program students who haven’t already registered for orientation should immediately call 1-800-472-4554, ext. 5854, or go to www.morainepark.edu/nso. Online registrations can be made until July 15 for the July sessions and until Aug. 6 for the August sessions. Phone registrations will be taken until the day of each session. Sign up and find out what you can do to get the most out of your college experience and be successful.


Those who would like accommodations for a disability may call 920-924-3192 at least two weeks prior to the session they will attend.


Moraine Park, UWO collaboration offers increased access to bachelor's degree

by admin11. June 2008 19:00

Moraine Park Technical College District residents will soon find that the dream of earning a bachelor’s degree could be closer than ever. Beginning this fall, Moraine Park and the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh will partner to allow residents of Fond du Lac and its surrounding counties the opportunity to earn a bachelor’s degree without traveling far from home.


This collaboration offers a degree program that allows Moraine Park graduates to use their Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree credits toward a Bachelor of Applied Studies (BAS) degree from UW Oshkosh. The program will be delivered at Moraine Park's Fond du Lac campus beginning this fall.

 Moraine Park and UW Oshkosh presidents sign the collaboration.

“The average age of our college’s program student is 29, so this program is a perfect fit for those adult learners who wish to earn their bachelor’s degree through the UW System," said Moraine Park President Gayle Hytrek. “Offering this program on our Fond du Lac Campus is another way to make a bachelor’s degree more accessible to the Moraine Park graduates living within our district and the surrounding areas.”


The program, which is designed for adult learners, will allow students to transfer a block of up to 45 credits, plus all applicable general education credits on a course-by-course basis.


As the third-largest university in the UW System, UW Oshkosh has been a leader in making higher education more accessible for Wisconsin residents. Adult learners often cannot attend classes on the traditional university schedule. With online and distance-learning, UW Oshkosh offers students courses that do not require drastic sacrifices regarding their work or family lives — or the quality of the education they receive.


“Adult learners are very important to the university,” said Charles Hill, director of the UW Oshkosh Center for New Learning, which administers the BAS degree at Moraine Park. “One in five students at UW Oshkosh is more than 23 years old.”


Within Wisconsin, there is a need for an educated workforce. According to findings released in 2006 by the Committee on Baccalaureate Expansion (COBE), a joint committee of the UW System and the Wisconsin Technical College System, Wisconsin is well below the national average in the number of four-year college graduates. The UW System would have to matriculate 72,000 more graduates by 2010 in order to make up this difference.


In addition to the personal benefits in earning a degree, these graduates also improve the state’s economy by earning higher wages.


“Area employers want employees with strong communication skills, effective problem-solving and critical-thinking abilities, and agility when it comes to change and continuous improvement,” said Hill. “Adult learners, whose lives are already filled with work and family responsibilities, face obstacles traditional students do not. This program helps them overcome some of those obstacles.”


The program is also open to students who earned their associate’s degree at other Wisconsin technical colleges. Applications are now being accepted to the program. For more information, contact Beth Nelson at nelsone@uwosh.edu, call (800) INFO-UWO or (920) 424-0234, or visit www.uwosh.edu/newlearning.


The Center for New Learning (CNL) is part of UW Oshkosh’s Lifelong Learning and Community Engagement division, which promotes learning and educational accessibility to all. The CNL is responsible for seven programs that offer certificate or bachelor degree opportunities for adult learners.


Moraine Park Technical College, with campuses in Beaver Dam, Fond du Lac and West Bend, is one of 16 technical colleges throughout Wisconsin that make up the Wisconsin Technical College System. 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 is also offered. For more information about Moraine Park, visit www.morainepark.edu.


The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh has grown since its founding in 1871 to become the third-largest university in Wisconsin. With a fulltime enrollment of more than 12,700 (11,500 on campus) students, the University offers 74 associate, baccalaureate and master’s degree programs in the colleges of Business, Education and Human Services, Letters and Science and Nursing. UW Oshkosh serves as the educational, cultural and economic engine for 1.2 million citizens of northeastern Wisconsin.


Moraine Park announces Ron Ford as 2008 Distinguished Alumnus

by admin10. June 2008 19:00

Ron Ford’s associate of applied science degree from Moraine Park Technical College has been the springboard to a rewarding career. He is now president and CEO of Deutz Power Systems of America, the third-largest power generation company in the world, and has been named Moraine Park’s 2008 Distinguished Alumnus of the Year.

 Ron Ford shakes hands with Moraine Park president Gayle Hytrek before the start of commencement.

“The education I received at Moraine Park opened doors for me that were incredible,” said Ford, who lives in Norcross, Georgia.


It wasn’t until a decade after graduating from North Fond du Lac High School that he enrolled in Moraine Park’s Electro–Mechanical Technology program. “I worked for quite a while after high school in law enforcement and then switched careers and became a locomotive mechanic,” said Ford. “But I found there was a void in my knowledge when it came to the electrical part of my occupation. So I enrolled at Moraine Park.”


After completing his Moraine Park degree, Ford joined Kohler Co.’s Power Systems Division in Kohler. As a field technician he traveled the globe establishing complex power generation systems within prospering, third-world and war-torn countries alike. He took on technical, product and sales training responsibilities across North America. Upon earning his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Marian College, he served in many executive-level posts. As an area sales manager for Kohler, Ford grew product sales exponentially.


In 2004 he joined Tampa Armature Works (TAW) in Tampa, Fla., a large distributor of Kohler power generation systems, where he improved technical service and industrial sales and managed the consumer group division. Ultimately, he became responsible for the entire Power Systems Group at TAW and helped boost revenue by 59 percent. Today, as president and CEO of Deutz, Ford is responsible for a company that produces very large power generators and has a commitment to alternative energy.


Ford’s selection as Alumnus of the Year resulted from more than his highly accomplished professional life; it’s also due to his dedication to the community and Moraine Park. For eight years he served on the Moraine Park Electro–Mechanical Technology advisory board and his contributions were many, according to Raj Pathare, Moraine Park’s dean of trades and manufacturing.


“Ron influenced the program by identifying occupational competencies and assisting in recruitment and placement of program students,” said Pathare. “He donated equipment, sponsored field trips for program students and was active in creating public awareness of Moraine Park’s programs.”


Ford is also known for his contributions as a member of the Electrical Generating System Association, a trade group of generator manufacturers, and the Tampa Bay Elks Lodge.


He feels honored to be selected as the College’s Distinguished Alumnus and said giving back was the least he could do. “If I didn’t have the skills learned from my associate’s degree, I wouldn’t be anywhere now,” he said.


For more information about Moraine Park’s programs, visit www.morainepark.edu and click on Academics.