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 and click on Discover Moraine Park. To learn more about Moraine Park and its programs, and to view campus and program videos, visit


Real estate class offered at Moraine Park

by admin14. January 2008 19:00

Moraine Park Technical College is offering “Real Estate Preparation” to introduce the fundamentals that are required for selling real estate. The class will help develop skills in the topical items identified in the current Wisconsin Administrative Code, and it meets Wisconsin’s 72-hour educational requirements for those seeking a sales license. 


Real Estate Preparation (course number 194-190-002) will be held Wednesday evenings for 16 consecutive weeks, Jan. 23 through May 7, from 6 to 10 p.m. in Room O-103 at Moraine Park’s Fond du Lac campus, 235 N. National Avenue. The cost is $293.95, plus $88.95 for books. Register today – call 1-800-472-4554 or go to and register online.  


Moraine Park offers insurance pre-licensing classes

by admin14. January 2008 19:00

Insurance pre-licensing classes are being offered at Moraine Park Technical College in Fond du Lac. 


Ethics and Law Insurance for Insurance Professionals (course number 162-460-004) uses case studies and discussion to explore the role of ethics in the insurance profession. This class takes place on Friday, Feb. 1, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The cost is $39.41, plus $21.95 for the book.


Ethics/Property/Casualty Insurance (162-472-002) will run Fridays and Saturdays, Feb.1-2 and Feb. 8-9, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The cost is $127.64, plus $34.50 for the book.


Property Insurance (162-468-002) will take place Saturday, Feb. 2, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Friday, Feb. 8, from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. The cost is $56.62, plus $34.50 for the book.  


These classes will be held on the Fond du Lac campus in Room O-103.


On Monday, March 3, Ethics and Law (162-460-005) will be offered for one day from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in Room O-104.The cost is $39.41 plus materials. Also starting March 3, Ethics/Accident & Health/Life (162-466-003) will be offered on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 8:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. on the Fond du Lac campus in Room O-104. The course is $127.64 and materials are $43.90.


Accident/Health Insurance (162-462-003) will be offered on Tuesday, March 4, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Wednesday, March 5,8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Room O-104. The cost is $56.62.


Moraine Park’s Fond du Lac campus is located at 235 N. National Ave. To register, call 1-800-472-4554.


Free events held at Moraine Park in January

by admin13. January 2008 19:00

Just in time to help alleviate cabin fever, Moraine Park Technical College is offering free entertainment at its three campuses this month.


Beaver Dam campus: Comedian Robbie Printz will entertain on Wednesday, Jan. 23, from 11:30 a.m. to
12:30 p.m. in the commons. Printz has been on NBC, MTV, A&E and Comedy Central and won the Boston Comedy Festival in 2002 and 2003. His free performance is a reminder of childhood wonders and adulthood absurdities, delivered with high energy and a fast pace. The public may purchase lunch for $6 per meal. For more information, contact Lisa Manuell, student involvement specialist, at 920-887-4462.


Fond du Lac campus: A Martin Luther King Jr. Day luncheon on Monday, Jan. 21, will feature a free showing of the HBO movie Boycott starting at 11 a.m. On Tuesday, Jan. 22, Denver-based singer/songwriter Michael James will perform his melody-based alternative rock from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. During both events, held in the Cyber Center cafeteria, 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, student involvement specialist, at 920-924-3101.


West Bend campus: Acoustic guitarist Sean McConnell will play in the cafeteria from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 22. Lunch will be available at cost to the general public. For more information, contact Bradley Mitchell, student involvement specialist, at 262-335-5743 or


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Press brake course offered Jan. 30

by admin9. January 2008 19:00

Moraine Park Technical College is offering Fundamentals of Press Brake Operation, a one-day, hands-on event 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 Wednesday, Jan. 30, 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


Moraine Park has been approved as an educational site for the Fabricators and Manufacturers Association International (FMA), and the press brake seminar is part of a series of offerings. 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.


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 To register, call 920-924-3449 or e-mail


"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        


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.


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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 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