"Starting Your Own Business" info session set for Jan. 23

by admin6. January 2008 19:00

Moraine Park Technical College and the Venture Center at Fox Valley Technical College are cosponsoring a free information session for individuals who are interested in starting their own business.


“Explore Starting Your Own Business” is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 23, at Moraine Park’s Fond du Lac campus, 235 N. National Ave.


During this session, participants will explore key factors in starting a business and learn how to determine if they have a feasible idea for a business venture. Information will be shared about Entrepreneurship Training Program funding and how to receive funding assistance for E-Seed™, a 15-week entrepreneurship training series.


Although there is no cost to attend, please reserve a spot before the Jan. 21 deadline. Call Moraine Park at
920-924-3449 or e-mail training@morainepark.edu.        


E-Seed course to be offered at Moraine Park

by admin6. January 2008 19:00

Developing an idea for a small business is complex, but not impossible. To assist prospective business owners, Moraine Park Technical College is taking registrations for the popular entrepreneurship training experience, E-SeedTM.


The 45-hour, 15-week course begins Wednesday, Feb. 13, at Moraine Park’s Fond du Lac campus, 235 N. National Ave. Classes are held from 6-9 p.m. E-Seed will also be offered in Appleton, Waupaca and Oshkosh.


“Taking the E-Seed class is important for anyone considering starting a business or looking to expand their existing business,” said Amy Pietsch, director of Fox Valley Technical College’s Venture Center. “Students learn everything from selecting the appropriate legal entity to management and leadership, marketing and finances.”


The classroom setting fosters networking and participation with both start-up and existing local businesses. Guest speakers, including attorneys, bankers, accountants, marketing professionals and successful entrepreneurs, bring additional insight to the weekly classes.


Participants develop a comprehensive business plan to act as a road map for start-up and future growth. The business planning process dissects every aspect of being in business. Students learn to set realistic goals, establish a budget, identify their market and predict cash flow.


According to Lori Thiel, owner of Open Road Harley in Fond du Lac and a former E-Seed participant, “The E-Seed program gives a realistic approach to getting into your own business while aiding you with useful tools to become successful. I found the program beneficial for two reasons – you learn by preparing a thorough strategic business plan and by being able to interact with quality resources who are credible business owners.” 


The registration deadline is Feb. 8. The $1,000 fee covers tuition, materials and refreshments. Tuition assistance is available. For more information, visit www.morainepark.edu/eseed. To register, call 920-924-3449 or e-mail training@morainepark.edu.


Moraine Park students help others during the holidays

by admin18. December 2007 19:00

Ten Culinary Arts students slice cooked turkey for a Salvation Army Christmas dinner.Moraine Park Technical College students got into the spirit of giving this holiday season with several clubs and the Student Senates collecting food, clothing, toys and money for families who are less fortunate.


At Moraine Park's Beaver Dam campus, the Student Senate collected donations from students and staff for the Dodge County Food Pantry and Clothes for Kids. The food pantry received $540 that was raised from ticket sales to a movie day at Roger’s Cinema, and Clothes for Kids received clothes, toys and $100. Members of the Electrical Power Distribution Club again volunteered to ring bells for the Salvation Army in Beaver Dam.


The Fond du Lac campus Student Senate and the Salvation Army of Fond du Lac teamed up for a sock drive to help keep feet of all sizes warm this winter. And the Culinary Arts students assisted the Salvation Army by preparing 43 turkeys for the first annual Community Christmas Dinner.

 Two Beaver Dam campus students load bags of clothes into a car for Clothes for Kids.

The West Bend campus had a Giving Tree decorated with ornaments that featured items for Moraine Park families in need. More than 30 gifts were provided due to the generosity of numerous fellow Moraine Park students and staff. Both the Chiropractic Technician Club and Wisconsin Marketing and Management Association student groups also helped collect gifts this year.


For more information about Moraine Park, visit www.morainepark.edu.


Moraine Park to hold New Student Orientation

by admin18. December 2007 19:00

First-time students who will begin classes at Moraine Park Technical College this spring are invited to attend New Student Orientation, a special “kickoff” session held at each campus. 


The event gives new students the opportunity to meet each other, connect with Moraine Park staff and find out about resources to make their first semester the easiest transition possible. Financial Aid staff will explain when checks will be available and Registration staff will talk about parents’ right to access a student’s record. Other staff will discuss how to find a part-time job while attending school using the College’s TechConnect system, and how to access free tutoring services. Students can get their student IDs, purchase books and get help finding their classrooms.


New Student Orientation will be held at the Beaver Dam campus on Tuesday, Jan. 8, from 3-6 p.m.; at the
West Bend campus on Wednesday, Jan. 9, from 4:30-7:30 p.m.; and at the Fond du Lac campus on Thursday, Jan. 10, from 1-4 p.m.


New students who haven’t already registered for orientation should do so by calling 1-800-472-4554, ext. 5854, or signing up online through Jan. 2 at www.morainepark.edu. Just click on New Student Orientation in the MPTC Presents marquee and follow the directions.


Moraine Park creates Mac labs for Graphic Communications students

by admin16. December 2007 19:00

Macintosh computers are typically used in the printing/publishing industry and in graphic design. With that in mind, Moraine Park Technical College recently converted the PC computer labs used by the College’s Graphic Communications – Electronic Prepress program at the Fond du Lac and West Bend campuses. The new Mac labs are designed to give students additional preparation for the workplace.

 A Moraine Park graphic communications instructor and a student look at a design in Adobe Illustrator using a Mac.

“Since Macs are the standard platform in this profession, we decided to move from a PC lab with a few Macs to an all-Mac lab,” said Bobbi Laine, program dean. Parallels software enables the Macs to also act like PCs so students
can be experienced in both platforms, and students from other programs can continue to use the labs if they prefer the
PC style. 


Graphic Communications students will be able to work on both platforms when they graduate. “It seems common for area printers to use Macs in some departments and PCs in other, more business-related departments,” said Laine. “It gives our students a ‘leg up’ when seeking employment because they can be productive on day one of the new job.”


Joe Remillard of West Bend, a Graphic Communications – Electronic Prepress student who graduates this month, agrees. “More and more businesses are adding Mac computers to their design shops and the ability to become familiar with a Mac before employment is a great deal of help,” said Remillard. “All of the new technologies that are given to us in the lab have allowed me, personally, to grow as a graphic designer. … The Macs allow the students to quickly move between all of the software programs with ease. I believe and have seen that the new Mac computers can handle the large, complex intricacies of our software packages more easily than a PC. At home I have a PC laptop which I have never had a problem with, but the Macs, with the large screen and massive amount of disk space (300 GB), have helped me gain another element in the graphic design field.”


The transition to Macs has had its challenges for some students, although, Remillard said, “I feel that this is good that they get their differences settled now and not on the job.” He has tutored fellow students, explaining to them that “the screen may look a little different but both computers run basically the same. In addition, once you open a program such as Photoshop, the screen and the tools look and work the same on a PC or Mac,” he said.


A variety of classes using the Mac labs are available. “We’re offering the same instructional content as before, using Macs as the tool now, so grads can return for Mac training in all courses,” said Laine.


In addition to the traditional and online courses, Moraine Park offers customized training in the Mac labs or onsite if a business requests, including instruction in Adobe CS3 products – Photoshop, Acrobat and InDesign – and QuarkXPress. 

“We are currently offering an online accelerated Winterim session of Photoshop, which is a ‘hot’ program for anyone working on their own photos, as well as for those who work in the graphic industry,” said Laine.


For more information, contact Laine at 920-924-3163 or blaine@morainepark.edu.


Moraine Park approved as educational site for FMA; press brake course offered Jan. 10

by admin13. December 2007 19:00

Moraine Park Technical College has been approved as an educational site for the Fabricators and Manufacturers Association International (FMA).


Moraine Park can now offer FMA-approved curriculum to area businesses. The goal is to help the fabrication industry continue to grow in Wisconsin and remain nationally and globally competitive. FMA has more than 2,000 individual and company members. The professional organization brings metal fabricators and manufacturers together through technology councils, educational programs, networking events, and the Fabtech International/AWS Welding Show.


“This partnership expands the resources that are available to employers in our district and, for the first time, makes FMA training available locally,” said Marcia Arndt, Moraine Park dean of manufacturing technology. Arndt is a member of the FMA Foundation Board.


The first in a series of FMA seminars offered by Moraine Park is Fundamentals of Press Brake Operation. This one-day, hands-on event is geared toward new operators, engineers, designers and programmers. Participants will explore press brake operation and related terminology; controls and programming; how different forming methods relate to bend types; the 20-percent rule of air forming; proper use of hand tools; and safety. The seminar is slated for Thursday, Jan. 10, with a classroom session from 8 a.m. to noon followed by a classroom and hands-on session from 1 to 4:30 p.m. It will be held at Moraine Park’s Beaver Dam campus, 700 Gould St., in Room K-321, and taught by Moraine Park welding instructor Larry Clark. The cost is $200 per person, which includes materials and lunch. To register, call 920-924-3449 or e-mail training@morainepark.edu.


Moraine Park's Web site features new program videos; clips are closed-captioned

by admin12. December 2007 19:00

Visitors to Moraine Park Technical College’s Web site, www.morainepark.edu, can now do more than read about the College’s associate degrees and technical diplomas – they can also watch one-minute videos.


“The program videos are a quick way to get a feel for the programs we offer,” said Sally Ruback, Moraine Park recruitment and retention associate. “It’s a great visual complement to our written descriptions, enabling prospective students to see and hear from current students and graduates.”


The videos were a system-wide project of the Wisconsin Technical College System and feature technical college students, graduates and instructors.


To access the videos, log onto the College’s Web site and click Academics then the “Check out the videos” link. Each video is located next to the name of its corresponding program; simply click on the square icon to activate them.


Closed-captioning was added to the videos for the benefit of individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing. To activate the captions, click on the “CC” symbol in the lower right-hand corner of each video.


A campus tour video provides an overview of Moraine Park. Go to the Web site’s home page and click on
“Take a Video Tour,” located below “myMPTC.”


Moraine Park, Brenner offer third Welding Boot Camp; applications taken until Dec. 21

by admin12. December 2007 19:00

Moraine Park Technical College and Brenner Tank LLC of Fond du Lac will offer a third Welding Boot Camp starting Jan. 23.


Developed with area manufacturers, the eight-week paid training program provides participants with the entry-level welding skills that employers need to maintain a competitive workforce. Students earn four credits that may be articulated into Moraine Park’s Welding technical diploma.


The Welding Boot Camp covers the basic knowledge required for welding in the stainless steel and aluminum manufacturing industry. Students are introduced to gas metal arc (GMAW) and gas tungsten arc (GTAW) welding processes, as well as interpretation of the drawings most frequently encountered in the industry. They will learn the principles of arithmetic and measuring, develop safety skills and apply welding skills to stainless steel and aluminum. 


The program takes place Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, Jan. 23 to March 14, from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Room E-156 on Moraine Park’s Fond du Lac campus, 235 N. National Ave.


Applications will be taken at Brenner Tank, 450 Arlington Ave., Fond du Lac, until Friday, Dec. 21. For more information, call 920-924-3449 or e-mail training@morainepark.edu.


Moraine Park offering Spanish for the Physician's Office

by admin6. December 2007 19:00

Are you a non-Spanish-speaking healthcare professional? Does your job require you to interact with and care for Spanish-speaking patients? If yes, Spanish for the Physician’s Office is the course for you.


Participants will learn to use Spanish to obtain basic information and patient history, determine chief complaints, obtain vital signs, perform physical assessments, explain diagnoses, assist with the patient’s family, reduce the fear of the clinical and hospital setting and explain how the health care system works. Healthcare staff will also be able to discuss payment issues, explain treatment, and give discharge information and follow-up instructions. 


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 the Physician’s Office, course number 140-439-001, will run for six Wednesdays, Jan. 9 through Feb. 13, from 6 to 8:45 p.m. in Room O-214 on the Fond du Lac campus. The instructor is Sara Druckery. The course costs $40.82 and the manual, which can be purchased at the campus bookstore, is $42.95.


To register for the class, call 1-800-472-4554. Moraine Park’s Fond du Lac campus is located at 235 N. National Avenue. For directions, go to www.morainepark.edu and click on About Moraine Park then Campus Information.


Seat open for Moraine Park District Board; applications due Dec. 14

by admin28. November 2007 19:00

Moraine Park Technical College is accepting applications until Dec. 14 for a position on the Moraine Park District Board, due to the announced resignation of board member John Mason.


Applicants for this position must be employed as a school district administrator, and may reside anywhere within the Moraine Park District. The term of this interim appointment will expire on June 30, 2009.

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 to be held at 4 p.m., Monday, Jan. 14, at Moraine Park Technical College. A legal notice announcing the exact date, time and location of this meeting will be published sometime during the week of Dec. 17 or Dec. 24.


Equal consideration will be given to the general population distribution within the Moraine Park District, as well as to the distribution of women and minorities.


Applications can be obtained from a county board chairperson of any of the following counties: Calumet, Columbia, Dodge, Fond du Lac, Green Lake, Marquette, Sheboygan, Washington, Waushara and Winnebago. Or contact 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 Dec. 14. All completed applications should be addressed to Ms. Shirley Kitchen, Secretary, Moraine Park Technical College District Board, 235 N. National Ave., P.O. Box 1940, Fond du Lac, WI 54936-1940.