Moraine Park staff honored by Career and Technical Education Association

by admin11. February 2008 19:00

The Moraine Park Association for Career and Technical Education (MPACTE) honored eight people for their dedication and professional excellence at Moraine Park Technical College during the annual awards banquet held at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Fond du Lac on Feb. 4.

 The winners of the 2008 MPACTE Excellence Award are shown with Moraine Park president Gayle Hytrek and MPACTE president Josh Bullock.

Five Moraine Park staff were the recipients of the 2008 MPACTE Professional Excellence Award. Pat Olson, dean of business, received the Administrator Award. Julie Lotto, student learning specialist, was presented with the Specialty Services Award while Brenda Nickel, instructional aide – office technologies, received the Associate Member Award. The Full-Time Teacher Award went to Mary Schneider, student success and high school alternative instructor, and the New Instructor Award went to Julie Dilling, accounting instructor.

 

Lotto also received the Rodney Pasch Leadership Award. This award, open to all Moraine Park employees, recognizes “an individual who personifies the principles of character, commitment and ethics in the daily performance of their work.” 

 

Apache Stainless Equipment Corp. and its division, Mepaco, were awarded the C.L. Greiber Award of Merit in the Business category. Also receiving this award in the Individual category was Jon August of Grande Cheese. The C.L. Greiber Award acknowledges companies and individuals outside of the Wisconsin Technical College System that help promote and improve career and technical education in Wisconsin.

 

Kathleen VanDemark received the George P. Hambrecht Award, given to individuals who have been employed in career and technical education for more than 25 years and who are members of the Wisconsin Association for Career and Technical Education (WACTE).

 

Moraine Park and MPACTE are observing national Career and Technical Education Month in February. This year’s theme is Superstars of Education: Lighting the Way to Your Future. “It is wonderful to have a venue such as National Career and Technical Education month for recognizing and promoting the important role that technical college education plays in our communities,” said Josh Bullock, president of MPACTE and Moraine Park institutional research and quality improvement partner.

 

A variety of events have been planned throughout the month including Discover Moraine Park, a free event on Feb. 12, 13 and 14 at the West Bend, Fond du Lac and Beaver Dam campuses, respectively. MPACTE held an awards banquet Feb. 4 to recognize individuals and business for their dedication and excellence. Also planned were a MPACTE membership drive and chili/soup cook-off for Moraine Park staff, and hosting the Feb. 19 Fond du Lac Area Association of Commerce Business Connection at the Fond du Lac campus.

 

Moraine Park recognizes its Advisory Committees, whose members volunteer their time and expertise to the College. Their efforts help support the growth of the College’s educational programs, ensuring they meet the employment needs of business and industry in the Moraine Park community and Wisconsin.

 

MPACTE comprises 96 members, bringing together educational support professionals, faculty and administration. It is the local chapter of WACTE, which unites individuals involved in career and technical education, provides professional development, encourages leadership in the professional arena and promotes innovative change to enhance lifelong learning. 

 

According to the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE), career and technical education prepares both youth and adults for a wide range of careers, from registered nurse to computer technician, which require various levels of education from high school to postsecondary certificates to two- and four-year college degrees. A recently released report from the Washington D.C. based Workforce Alliance, estimated that jobs requiring vocational and technical education will account for roughly 45 percent of all job openings between 2004 and 2014.

 

For more information about Moraine Park, visit www.morainepark.edu or call 1-800-472-4554.

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Moraine Park carpentry apprentices sweep Skill Competition

by admin3. February 2008 19:00

Three Moraine Park Technical College carpentry apprentices swept the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Skill Competition’s carpentry contest, taking first through third place in the state event that was held at Park Plaza Hotel and Convention Center in Oshkosh on Jan. 18.

 ABC Skill Competition carpentry winner Nate Potratz is shown with Moraine Park instructor Jerry Schwengels and carpentry apprentice Nick Gassner, who came in second.

Nathan Potratz of Fond du Lac, a fourth-year apprentice employed at J.J. Geffers Construction, Inc. in Oshkosh, placed first in the carpentry competition and will head to the ABC National Craft Championships in San Juan, Puerto Rico, March 5-9, where he will represent ABC of Wisconsin in the national carpentry event. At the nationals, young men and women compete in one of 14 competitions, representing 13 trades.

 

Potratz came in third place in the state competition in 2007. “Competing in last year’s competition definitely helped me this year,” he said. “I’m looking forward to going to the national competition to see how other carpenters throughout the country perform.”

 

“Nate is a very strong competitor, an excellent test writer and a very skilled craftsman,” said Jerry Schwengels, Moraine Park carpentry instructor. “We’ve continued our string of MPTC carpenters going to nationals; this year is the ninth year in a row.”

 Moraine Park carpentry instructor Jerry Schwengels and apprentice Scott Poklasny, who took third place at the ABC Skill Competition.

Taking second place was Nick Gassner of Campbellsport, also a fourth-year carpentry apprentice, who is employed by Northcentral Construction Corp. in Fond du Lac. Third place went to Scott Poklasny of Hartford, a third-year apprentice who works for Ollman Construction Corp. in Jackson.

 

Potratz, Gassner and Poklasny are in the ABC Carpentry Apprenticeship program at Moraine Park’s Fond du Lac campus.

 

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. Moraine Park plumbing apprentice Paul Laudolff of Appleton placed third in the plumbing competition. He is employed by J.D. Ogden Plumbing & Heating, Inc. of Neenah.

 

Other Moraine Park apprentices who competed at state this year were Michael Frier of Waldo, Richard Gehrke of Omro and Allen Snyder of Fond du Lac, carpentry; and Anthony Kaufmann of Cleveland and Ryan Will of Fond du Lac, electrical.

 

For more information about Moraine Park’s apprenticeship programs, visit www.morainepark.edu.

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Spanish 2 offered at Moraine Park

by admin31. January 2008 19:00

If you’ve had basic Spanish instruction and would like to learn more, Moraine Park Technical College in Fond du Lac will offer a Spanish 2 class starting Tuesday, Feb. 26. 

 

The class will explore Spanish communication skills through listening, speaking, reading and writing. Students will build on previously learned Spanish vocabulary and grammar usage. The class emphasizes novice to mid-novice level of conversation, listening exercises, grammar usage, vocabulary development, and reading for acquisition of cultural information. Hands-on activities are presented in Spanish so that students become confident in their use of the language. 

 

Spanish 2 (course number 802-465-001) runs Tuesday evenings for seven weeks starting Feb. 26, from 6 to 9 p.m. in Room O-203. The prerequisite is Spanish 1. The course is $54.63 and the book is $122.95 plus tax. 

 

To register, call Moraine Park at 1-800-472-4554.

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Moraine Park lands nearly $1 million federal grant; dollars to bring Upward Bound program to Fond du Lac, Ripon and Beaver Dam high schools

by admin29. January 2008 19:00

Students entering the ninth or tenth grades at Beaver Dam, Fond du Lac and Ripon area high schools and who are from a low-income family where no parent has earned a four-year college degree can apply for academic support through a four-year, nearly $1 million Upward Bound grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Education to Moraine Park Technical College.

 

The goal of Upward Bound is to increase the rate at which participants complete secondary education and enroll in and graduate from postsecondary educational institutions.

 Moraine Park president Gayle Hytrek and school superintendents Greg Maass of Fond du Lac and Richard Zimman of Ripon hold an oversized check representing the Upward Bound grant award.

“Every parent dreams of a successful future for their children,” said U.S. Senator Herb Kohl. “This federal Upward Bound grant will provide much-needed academic support for students at area high schools partnering with Moraine Park Technical College to become first-generation college graduates with the preparation necessary for a better future in the 21st century.”

 

The grant spans March 31, 2008, to March 31, 2012, and will serve 60 students.

 

“Moraine Park is very excited to be the only technical college in Wisconsin to receive funding for Upward Bound,” said Dr. Gayle Hytrek, Moraine Park president. “This project will assist Moraine Park in our efforts to increase the number of students entering college. We are also pleased that we will be collaborating with the Beaver Dam, Fond du Lac and Ripon school districts in this effort.”

 

According to a 2001 U.S. Department of Education Profile Report, from 1999 to 2001 74 percent of Upward Bound participants enrolled in college after graduating from high school. Ninety percent of those students attended full-time.

 

“We are excited to be expanding our longstanding partnership with Moraine Park through collaboration on the Upward Bound program,” said Dr. Richard Zimman, superintendent of the Ripon Area School District. “Every child in our community, regardless of their parents’ background or income level, deserves an opportunity to be prepared to enter college and graduate with the skills for success in our society. This grant will help make the dreams of many children and parents come true. Through the Upward Bound program Moraine Park is demonstrating its continued commitment to work with local communities for the economic and personal development necessary for global competition in the 21st century.”

 

Dr. Don Childs, superintendent of the Beaver Dam Unified School District, also expressed his school community’s excitement over the grant. “Education is one of the strongest correlates of lifetime earning potential,” he said. “The grant will make the dream of a middle-class lifestyle a reality for participating students raised in poverty. That is good both for the students and the larger society – a true ‘win-win’ accomplishment. We look forward to partnering with Moraine Park in this initiative.”

 

Stan Kocos, chief professional officer of the Boys and Girls Club of Fond du Lac and the Fond du Lac School District CLC program administrator, said that many of the club members are from low-income families, high school students from families in which neither parent holds a bachelor's degree. “Boys & Girls Clubs have a common bond with Upward Bound programs, providing services that enhance pre-college performance that ultimately leads to higher education pursuits,” said Kocos. “The Upward Bound grant awarded to Moraine Park will help us provide fundamental support to Boys & Girls Club members in their preparation for postsecondary education.”

 

Upward Bound projects include academic instruction in mathematics, laboratory sciences, composition, literature and foreign languages. The program has two major components, according to Jackie Jarvis, Moraine Park grants associate. “There is an academic-year program with tutoring, advising, college and career preparation, and cultural- enrichment activities,” she said. “It also incorporates a six-week summer program with classes, tutoring and advising to prepare students for the following school year as well as for college.”

 

Laurice Freeman is a wonderful example of Upward Bound changing lives right in our communities. She went through the Upward Bound program, and her education led her to her current role of supervisor of community education services for the Fond du Lac School District.

 

“Upward Bound provides students with the essential tools they need in order to be successful in postsecondary education,” said Freeman. “I was the first in my family to go to college and I had no idea about the information I was missing because college wasn't talked about at home. Upward Bound not only made it possible for me to get to college, but I also developed the skills I needed in order to be an effective leader on campus and in the community. I continue to be a leader today.”

 

“There's an old saying that when opportunity knocks, one should take advantage of it,” said Dr. Greg Maass, superintendent of the Fond du Lac School District. “The Upward Bound program is a wonderful opportunity for our young adults in the community. It will open doors for them to continue their education beyond high school and become contributing citizens in our communities.”

 

This is the second U.S. Dept. of Education grant Moraine Park has received in the past 18 months. In October 2006, Moraine Park received a $1.9 million Title III grant, the largest in Moraine Park Technical College history. The grant is being used to assist the College in increasing retention rates and helping ensure students successfully achieve their educational goals.

 

For more information about Upward Bound at Moraine Park, call Beth Raffaelli, Moraine Park vice president of enrollment management, at 920-924-6431.

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Free concerts offered at Moraine Park in February

by admin27. January 2008 19:00

Get out and enjoy some free live music at Moraine Park Technical College’s three campuses. Julie Moffitt,
Sean McConnell and Emilia Dahlin will perform their unique blends in February.

 

Beaver Dam campus: Acoustic singer/songwriter Julie Moffitt returns to Moraine Park to perform her blend of jazz, blues, soul, folk and pop in the commons on Wednesday, Feb. 13, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Moffitt has two albums, four Summerfest appearances, a national tour and radio play on hundreds of stations to her credit. The public
may purchase lunch for $6 per meal. For more information, contact Lisa Manuell, Moraine Park Student Life, at
920-887-4462.

 

Fond du Lac campus: Acoustic guitarist Sean McConnell, who appeared at the West Bend campus in January, will play in the Cyber Center cafeteria from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. during a Valentine Lunch on Thursday, Feb. 14. Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at a cost of $5 for the general public. For more information, contact Adam Ninmann, Moraine Park Student Life, at 920-924-3101.   

 

West Bend campus: Another artist returning to Moraine Park, singer/songwriter Emilia Dahlin will perform on Tuesday, Feb. 26, during a Coffeehouse Concert from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lunch will be available at cost to the general public. For more information, contact Bradley Mitchell, Moraine Park Student Life, at 262-335-5743 or bmitchell@morainepark.edu.

 

To learn more about Moraine Park, and to view our new program videos, visit www.morainepark.edu.

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Financial Aid Night planned at Moraine Park Feb. 20

by admin27. January 2008 19:00

Individuals who would like to learn more about the college financial aid process should plan to attend Moraine Park Technical College’s Financial Aid Night on Wednesday, Feb. 20, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

 

The event takes place in the Cyber Center cafeteria on the Fond du Lac campus. Students, parents and other interested parties will be able to ask financial aid questions, get details about the process and learn more about financial assistance resources. 

 

To register, call 920-924-6334 or stop by the Financial Aid office at Moraine Park’s Beaver Dam, Fond du Lac and West Bend campuses or e-mail financialaid@morainepark.edu. Registration is requested by Wednesday, Feb. 13.

 

For directions to the Fond du Lac campus at 235 N. National Ave., go to www.morainepark.edu and click on About Moraine Park then Campus Information.

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John Mason resigns from Moraine Park board; honored for 7 years of service

by admin24. January 2008 19:00

John C. Mason has said good-bye to his fellow board members and resigned his seat on the Moraine Park Technical College District Board after serving since July 2000. The board recognized his service with a Resolution of Appreciation and a plaque at its Jan. 16 meeting.

 The Moraine Park president and the board chairperson present a Resolution of Appreciation plaque to outgoing board member John Mason.

Mason served terms as board chairperson and vice chairperson during his seven-year tenure. He is currently the administrator of the Herman School District in Dodge County. 

 

Mason thanked the members of the board, Dr. Hytrek and Moraine Park staff for making his board experience a great one. “I have enjoyed my time on the board and appreciate having had the opportunity to be an integral part of such a strong educational institution,” he said. “I wish the College continued success as you move forward with meeting the needs and expectations of the Moraine Park District.”

 

“Moraine Park will miss John’s dedication to the College and his strong leadership,” said Dr. Gayle Hytrek, Moraine Park president. “John was chairperson of the board when I assumed the presidency of Moraine Park, and his leadership allowed the College to make great gains in meeting the skilled workforce needs of our district. I will greatly miss having John on our board.”

 

A Lomira resident, Mason was appointed as the school district administrator member to the Moraine Park District Board on July 10, 2000, while serving as the former superintendent of the Lomira School District. When joining the board, Mason expressed a desire to help members continue to build on and improve the good working relationship the College had developed with the area high schools, and to become more familiar with Moraine Park’s role in meeting the needs of area high school graduates and adults who wish to further their education.

 

During his tenure, he was an advocate for increased partnerships with the district high schools and watched Tech Prep agreements grow from 154 transcripted credit agreements to 214 agreements. In addition, Moraine Park expanded health care programming and increased offerings through a health care addition to the Fond du Lac campus. Learning environments were enhanced with new state-of-the-art facilities for manufacturing in Beaver Dam, Fond du Lac and West Bend’s Applied Manufacturing Technology Center. The Barber/Cosmetologist and Culinary Arts programs also benefited from renovations during Mason’s tenure.

 

Mason holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from St. Mary’s University and Winona State University. He has been a teacher, a principal and superintendent of the Lomira School District. In addition, Mason has been involved in many professional, civic and educational organizations.

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Spanish for Automobile Sales & Service offered

by admin22. January 2008 19:00

If you work in automobile sales and/or service and don’t know Spanish but your job requires you to interact with Spanish-speaking customers, sign up for Spanish for Automobile Sales & Service at Moraine Park Technical College. 

 

You will learn to greet customers and clients; express and receive dollar amounts; acquire basic sales and financial information from a customer; assist customers with the purchase of an automobile, parts and services; help the customer with basic information regarding automobile insurance, tax, title and licensing; provide payment information; and conduct routine tasks.

 

A manual with two CDs will be part of the instructional material. Modeling, role-playing, simulations and situation cards will also be used in this enjoyable way to learn a second language.

 

Spanish for Automobile Sales & Service (course number 140-467-001) will run for six weeks starting Wednesday, March 5, and ending Wednesday, April 16, from 6 to 8:45 p.m. in Room O-214 on Moraine Park’s Fond du Lac campus, 235 N. National Ave. The class is $40.82 and the manual, which can be purchased at the campus bookstore, is $42.95 plus tax.

 

To register, call Moraine Park at 1-800-472-4554.

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OSHA inspection seminar offered for veterinary practices

by admin21. January 2008 19:00

Dr. Chery F. Kendrick, a regulatory specialist for the veterinary profession, will present “OSHA for the Veterinary Practice” at Moraine Park Technical College’s West Bend campus on Saturday, Feb. 9.

 

During this informative and enjoyable seminar scheduled for 12 noon to 4 p.m., Dr. Kendrick will provide the tools to simplify the regulatory aspect of a veterinary practice and be ready for an OSHA inspection. Participants will receive tools that they can use immediately, including a CD-ROM with an OSHA safety manual, which will be personalized at the seminar for their own practice; an MSDS CD-ROM to use for a clinic’s MSDS library; and a continuing education certificate. There will be enough time to ask questions.

 

For the OSHA manual, participants should bring their laptops (either PC or Mac) to customize the manual for their clinic. Moraine Park will provide laptops for those who don’t have one.

 

The seminar will take place in the Applied Manufacturing Technology Center auditorium on Moraine Park’s West Bend campus, 2151 N. Main St. Cost is $99 per person, which includes materials and refreshments. To register, contact Eileen Rottscholl at 920-924-3491 or erottscholl@morainepark.edu.

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Find your career at Discover Moraine Park

by admin20. January 2008 19:00

Discover Moraine Park and let your future take shape! Finding the facts about Moraine Park’s academic programs, student services and how to get started is as easy as a campus visit.

 

Stop by one or more of Moraine Park’s three campuses during this free annual event, which takes place at
West Bend on Tuesday, Feb. 12; at Fond du Lac on Wednesday, Feb. 13; and at Beaver Dam on Thursday, Feb. 14, from 5:30-7 p.m.

 

High school students, their parents and returning adult learners are invited to the College for an evening filled with information about:

 

Admission requirements and application process

Student Support Services and Counseling Services

Basic Education and Student Success Center

Employment Services and Career Center resources

Financial aid and scholarships

Diversity Relations

Student Life

Nontraditional Occupations services

Youth Options and Tech Prep

 

For more information, call 1-800-472-4554, ext. 3347. To register online, go to MPTC Presents at www.morainepark.edu and click on Discover Moraine Park. To learn more about Moraine Park and its programs, and to view campus and program videos, visit www.morainepark.edu.

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