Moraine Park students elected to Wisconsin Student Government positions

by admin24. October 2007 19:00

At an October meeting of Moraine Park Technical College’s District Student Government, two Moraine Park students were elected to the Wisconsin Student Government (WSG).

 Last year's WSG president hands the gavel to Diamond Avalos, the new president.

Diamond Avalos of Beaver Dam, a member of the Moraine Park Beaver Dam campus Student Senate, was elected WSG governor for 2007-08 and will represent Moraine Park.

 

Joe Calliari of Campbellsport, a member of the Fond du Lac campus Student Senate, was elected WSG lieutenant governor and will serve for 2007-09, moving into the governor role in his second year.

 

Avalos was also elected president of the WSG by other WSG governors from throughout the state during a meeting held at Moraine Park’s West Bend campus. Keith Olsen from Chippewa Valley Technical College was elected WSG vice president, and Dan Fishbeck from Nicolet Area Technical College was elected treasurer.

 

The Wisconsin Student Government is a student-run organization representing more than 460,000 technical college students across the state. WSG participates in the shared governance of the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) and seeks to advance higher education by empowering current and future students to advocate on their own behalf for the accessibility, affordability and quality of the WTCS. WSG addresses political and other issues that affect students, faculty, the system's financial concerns and its existence.

 

Moraine Park’s Beaver Dam, Fond du Lac and West Bend campuses each have a Student Senate to provide student activities and to address student government business. Moraine Park’s District Student Government addresses college-wide student issues and provides tri-campus student activities.

 

For more information about Moraine Park, its programs and student life, visit www.morainepark.edu.

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Moraine Park Barber/Cosmetologist salon gets makeover; open house Nov. 6

by admin22. October 2007 19:00

After 33 years of being a place where future hair stylists and barbers learn how to give people a new look,
the Barber/Cosmetologist salon at Moraine Park Technical College’s Fond du Lac campus recently got its own makeover.

 View of remodeled teaching salon showing rows of new styling stations and mirrors.

The community, the salon industry and anyone who is interested in enrolling in the Barber/Cosmetologist program or receiving services at the teaching salon are invited to tour the new facilities during an open house on Tuesday, Nov. 6, from 4 to 7 p.m.

 

Celia Jackson, Secretary for the State of Wisconsin Department of Regulation and Licensing, will be available from 4 to 5 p.m. to answer questions about state regulations. Instructors and students will be on hand to show visitors around the new classrooms and labs and answer questions. Program information and displays can be viewed. Complimentary hand massages will be given, as well as neck trims for those with short hair. Entertainment, refreshments and door prizes are also planned.

 

“It is Moraine Park’s mission to provide the region with a highly skilled workforce, and bringing our educational facilities up to current industry standards is one way we accomplish that,” said Dr. Gayle Hytrek, Moraine Park president. “Our new facility mirrors what is found in the industry today. The remodeling will continue to ensure that graduates of the program will be familiar with everything about today’s salons and meet employers’ expectations.”

 

The Moraine Park salon “makeover” includes 40 new styling stations with a contemporary look and function. Curling irons, flat irons and hair dryers are tucked neatly away in individual upright slots within easily accessible drawers, keeping work stations clutter-free. The new shampoo stations include four state-of-the-art stand-behind stations that allow the stylist to stand behind the client while washing their hair.

 

Moraine Park’s Nail Technician certificate program also got an upgrade with a classroom devoted to manicures and pedicures.

 

Another room serves as a day spa where students perform facials and waxing treatments. The new state-of-the-art dispensary houses hair care and other products; a new computerized system used for product pricing and inventory, appointments, and students and client tracking of services rendered and performed; and laundry facilities.

 

“In addition, we will be receiving a ceiling-mounted video camera so all students have a good view of instructor demonstrations on our large screen,” said Amy Poshepny, Moraine Park barber/cosmetologist instructor.

 

The remodeling project was included in the 2006-07 and 2007-08 capital projects budgets with a total cost of $527,528. Major project contractors included Capelle Bros. & Diedrich Inc., Fond du Lac, general contractor; Ahern Gross Inc., Fond du Lac, plumbing; Groeschel Company, Malone, HVAC; and K.W. Electric Inc., Plymouth, electrical.

 

Moraine Park offers a Barber/Cosmetologist Apprenticeship, a Barber/Cosmetologist technical diploma and a Nail Technician certificate. With the approval of the Department of Regulation and Licensing, Moraine Park’s apprenticeship program will offer classes online starting this January, in addition to the traditional classroom format.


Also that month, there will be openings for the full-time technical diploma and apprenticeship programs. The Nail Technician program will also have openings for classes that start in fall 2008. For more information, call 1-800-472-4554 or visit www.morainepark.edu and click on Academics then All Programs.

 

Moraine Park’s Fond du Lac campus is located at 235 N. National Avenue. For directions, go to the College’s Web site and click on About Moraine Park then Campus Information. To get to the Barber/Cosmetologist center, visitors should use the C-2 entrance.

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Moraine Park, Lakeland College unveil new approach for Wisconsin higher education

by admin16. October 2007 19:00

The toughest decision you will have to make is whether to have two graduation parties.

 Dr. Gould of Lakeland and Dr. Hytrek of Moraine Park shake hands at the agreement signing.

Moraine Park Technical College and Lakeland College signed five agreements on Oct. 15 creating programs in accounting, marketing, business-to-business marketing, business management and administrative assistant/specialized administration. The five new programs allow students to simultaneously earn a Moraine Park associate degree and Lakeland bachelor's degree.

 

"Educational institutions have been talking about the need for these types of transfer agreements for some time and, with this interwoven agreement with Lakeland, it has become a reality for Moraine Park students," said Dr. Gayle Hytrek, Moraine Park president. "We are very excited to provide our students with a cost-effective way to earn their bachelor's degree without leaving their community.”

 

Lakeland now has 33 interwoven degree programs with four Wisconsin technical colleges. The programs are unique agreements in Wisconsin because students may attend both colleges at once, mixing technical classes with humanities in the same semester. The program includes innovative agreements on joint admissions, counseling, financial aid and other services with increased student access.

 

“This is an enormously unique agreement in higher education,” said Lakeland President Stephen A. Gould.
“It’s unique in its complete seamlessness and predictability. There are no additional resources needed, because it restructures the resources that are already there. It’s unique in that it is a public and private institution collaborating.”

 

Dan Ensalaco, Moraine Park vice president of academics and economic development, said the agreement has benefits beyond Moraine Park’s students.

 

"This newest collaboration between Lakeland and Moraine Park provides our residents with new career laddering opportunities that better reflect the realities of today's job market and encourages life-long learning,” said Ensalaco. “In particular, we are pleased in the way this new program meets the needs of the adult learner. Meeting those educational needs is going to be key to keeping Wisconsin competitive with other states and the rest of the world. Lakeland has been a leader in articulating programs with the Wisconsin Technical College System. Moraine Park is pleased to sign this agreement and looks forward to developing new partnerships with Lakeland that push the envelope of post-secondary education in Wisconsin.”

 Four representatives from Lakeland and three from Moraine Park are pictured here for the interwoven agreement signing.

Unlike a traditional 2+2 agreement, in which students complete a two-year degree before starting their four-year degree, students will be able to attend both colleges from day one, beginning with a joint application.

 

Full-time students can finish both degrees in four years. Both Lakeland and Moraine Park courses will be taken each year, with more Moraine Park coursework coming early in a student’s academic plan.

 

Because students can take classes at each college each semester, students are likely to earn a Moraine Park associate’s degree just before completing the Lakeland bachelor’s degree; the exact time will vary from student to student.

 

Convenience will be a key. Lakeland will offer some of its courses at Moraine Park and most will be offered online. Students will also be able to take many Lakeland courses through the college’s BlendEd format, a convenient, one-of-a-kind approach that allows students to decide on a class-by-class basis if they want to learn that week in the traditional classroom setting or online.

 

“This approach is about making college as non-intimidating and accessible as possible so that Moraine Park students can feel confident taking the next step right away,” Gould said. “A lot of students, based on family or geographical limitations, can’t ‘go away’ to school. Our program removes some of those traditional hurdles to a four-year degree.”

 

Affordability is another advantage. Students can earn both degrees for about the same cost as attending four years at a state university, and financial aid is available.

 

The program also eliminates the need for credit transfers and other paperwork often related to moving from one school to another. Students will receive personalized advising from both Moraine Park and Lakeland.

 

“We are excited about partnering with Lakeland in this unique initiative to streamline the transfer process so our students, if they so choose, can work on both degrees simultaneously without having to duplicate course work,” said Pat Olson, Moraine Park's dean of business. “It's a plus for our students.”

 

Lakeland has interwoven degree programs with four other technical colleges: 14 programs with North Central Technical College in Wausau, 11 with Midstate Technical College in Wisconsin Rapids, two with Fox Valley Technical College in Appleton and one with Northeast Wisconsin Technical College.

 

The interwoven degree stems from results of a 2005 student survey at NWTC in Green Bay and meetings between the presidents of those two schools.

 

The survey showed that 61 percent of 719 students said they planned to earn a bachelor's degree after completing coursework at NWTC, and 80 percent said they would be more likely to transfer to a four-year college if courses they took at NWTC would transfer to a bachelor's degree program.

 

Lakeland continues to work with other technical colleges in Wisconsin to develop similar programs.

 

“Higher education needs to focus more energy on finding ways to deliver an education to students on their time, based on their schedules,” Gould said. “We are excited about partnering with Moraine Park to create a program that truly puts the needs of our students first, and we believe it’s a model for the future of higher education.”

 

Students can learn more about the Lakeland/Moraine Park interwoven degrees by contacting Pat Olson of Moraine Park at polson@morainepark.edu or (920) 924-3333, or Lakeland’s Fox Cities Center at foxcities@lakeland.edu or (920) 727-0777.

 

Moraine Park, with campuses in Beaver Dam, Fond du Lac and West Bend and regional sites in Ripon and Hartford, is one of 16 colleges comprising the Wisconsin Technical College System. The College offers more than 100 associate degrees, technical diplomas and certificates as well as apprenticeship training and customized training for business and industry. To find out more, visit www.morainepark.edu.

 

Lakeland is a four-year independent college affiliated with the United Church of Christ whose principal campus is located in Sheboygan County. The college serves over 4,000 students – 958 in its undergraduate campus-based day program, approximately 2,300 at its seven evening Kellett School Centers located throughout Wisconsin and through its Internet-based Lakeland College Online program, nearly 700 in its four graduate programs and over 200 at its two-year campus in Tokyo, Japan. The college, founded in 1862 by German immigrants, is in the midst of nine straight years of record enrollment. Learn more at www.lakeland.edu.

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Preview Days planned at Moraine Park

by admin14. October 2007 19:00

Public and parochial high school juniors and seniors and those who are homeschooled are invited to attend
Moraine Park Technical College’s Fall Preview Days to learn how the College can help shape their future.

 

Students will spend a morning on campus taking a closer look at specific 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. 13

·         Fond du Lac campus – Wednesday, Nov. 14

·         Beaver Dam campus – Thursday, Nov. 15

 

Register by Nov. 5 with your high school guidance office or at www.morainepark.edu/pages/1133.asp.  
For more information, contact Katie VandeSlunt at kvandeslunt@morainepark.edu or 1-800-472-4554, ext. 3347.

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Music and comedy at Moraine Park campuses Nov. 8

by admin14. October 2007 19:00

Moraine Park Technical College’s campuses in Fond du Lac and West Bend are offering free lunch-hour entertainment on Thursday, Nov. 8. The general public is invited to join Moraine Park students and staff.

 

Fond du Lac campus: Comedian Rob Paravonian will perform 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Cyber Center cafeteria. Paravonian has appeared on radio shows and Comedy Central. Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The public may purchase lunch for $5 per meal. For more information, contact Adam Ninmann at 920-924-3101.

 

West Bend campus: A Coffeehouse Concert will feature the Celtic and bluegrass music of Switchback from
11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The acoustic duo has produced nine albums, including The Fire That Burns, Bolinree and Falling Water River. Free coffee will be served to students and staff with a Moraine Park ID; coffee and lunch can be purchased by the public at various prices. For more information, contact Bradley Mitchell at 262-335-5743.

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Halo 3 Tournament set at Moraine Parks Fond du Lac campus; LAN party is College's third

by admin9. October 2007 19:00

Calling all gamers! Moraine Park Technical College’s third LAN party will take place this month, with the
main attraction being Microsoft’s recently released Halo 3.

 

The free gaming event runs from 4 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 25, in the Cyber Center cafeteria on Moraine Park’s Fond du Lac campus.

 

The Halo 3 Tournament is for experienced gamers. It begins with a warm-up from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., with the competition running from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Participants are required to bring their own controller and a play and charge kit. If that isn’t possible, submit a request when registering and gear will be supplied at no cost if available.

 

Free-for-all PC gaming takes place from 4 p.m. until the Halo 3 tournament starts. Refreshments will be available from 6 to 6:30 p.m., with proceeds going to the Moraine Park Computer Club. PC users are asked to arrive before 4 p.m. to set up their equipment. They need to bring their monitor, tower, keyboard, mouse, headphones, power cables and an Ethernet cable at least seven feet long, plus original copies of games they wish to play. (Copies of games will not be provided.)

 

Sponsors of the LAN party are Game Crazy of Fond du Lac, NewEgg, Ideazon, Bawls, Vroom Foods Inc. and K107.1 FM of Fond du Lac.

 

Registration is required by Oct. 22 and space is limited with a few left. Gamers must be ages 18 and up. To register, contact Zach Wagner at (920) 960-2663 or cloudstrife7@gmail.com, or sign up with Adam Ninmann in Room A-107 at Moraine Park’s Fond du Lac campus or at Game Crazy, 459 W. Johnson St., Fond du Lac.

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Lean/Six Sigma briefing offered for business managers

by admin7. October 2007 19:00

A Lean Enterprise/Six Sigma Executive Informational Briefing will be offered at Moraine Park Technical College’s West Bend campus on Wednesday, Oct. 31.

 

The session will be presented by Glen Thielke, Moraine Park economic and workforce development instructor and Six Sigma Master Black Belt, from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. in Room T-104.

 

Lean Enterprise/Six Sigma Executive Informational Briefings are for managers who will plan, control and
oversee the implementation and continuation of a Lean Enterprise/Six Sigma program. Participants will learn the difference between Lean and Six Sigma and the proper applications for each; why one or both of these systems is important to a company; how everyone in the company contributes to the success of the program; Six Sigma training
by levels (White, Green and Black belts); and more.

 

The informational briefing is free. Registration is required by Oct. 14. To reserve your seat call (920) 924-3449
or e-mail training@morainepark.edu.

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Government contract seminars offered for machine shops, fabricators

by admin7. October 2007 19:00

Moraine Park Technical College and the Business Procurement Assistance Center (BPAC) will show area machine shops and fabricators how to locate contracting opportunities with the federal government during two training seminars on Thursday, Nov. 8, at Moraine Park’s West Bend campus.

 

The Department of Defense offers some of the best opportunities for a machine shop and/or fabricator to do business with the federal government. Machining/Fabrication 1 will be held from 9 to 11:30 a.m. on Nov. 8. This training is ideal for the machining and/or fabrication company new to government contracting or starting to actively seek government work. The class will focus on identifying contracting opportunities, time management techniques, registration requirements and how machined/fabricated items are purchased, and provide tips on how to be a successful contractor. The $30 fee covers the cost of materials.

 

Machining/Fabrication 2 will follow from 1 to 3:30 p.m. on Nov. 8. Targeted to machine shops/fabricators that are aggressively pursuing government contracts, this seminar will focus on current and upcoming changes to the contracting process. More in-depth topics important to competing in the Department of Defense marketplace will include how to quote bids electronically, Radio Frequency Identification and Wide Area Work Flow. There is a $40 fee for Machining/Fabrication 2.

 

Registration is required and can be done online at http://matcmadison.edu/bpac/seminars. For more information contact BPAC at bpac@matcmadison.edu or (608) 243-4490.

 

Established by Madison Area Technical College in 1988, BPAC provides technical and marketing assistance to Wisconsin businesses. In 2006, BPAC helped companies win 7,511 government contracts valued at $358 million, resulting in the creation or retention of 7,118 jobs in Wisconsin.

 

For directions to Moraine Park’s West Bend campus at 2151 N. Main St., visit http://www.morainepark.edu/pages/1067.asp.

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Selling to the State of Wisconsin business seminar offered

by admin2. October 2007 19:00

Moraine Park Technical College will help area businesses learn how to sell their products and services to the
State of Wisconsin at a training seminar on Thursday, Oct. 25, from 1 to 3:30 p.m. The session will be conducted by
the Business Procurement Assistance Center (BPAC) at Moraine Park’s Fond du Lac campus. 

 

“Selling to the State of Wisconsin” provides a foundation for contracting with the state. Attendees will learn
how the state procures the products and services it needs, which agencies buy what items or services and how to use VendorNet, the State of Wisconsin's electronic purchasing information system. Other contracting resources within the state will be discussed.

 

“Our federal government is the largest purchaser of goods and services in the world, yet Wisconsin ranks near
the bottom for tapping into this market. These seminars will help businesses learn the ins and outs of competing for
those federal contract dollars,” said Ralph Steckman, BPAC interim program director.

 

The $30 fee includes the cost of materials. Registration is required and can be made online at http://matcmadison.edu/bpac/seminars. For more information, contact BPAC at bpac@matcmadison.edu or
(608) 243-4490.

 

For directions to Moraine Park’s Fond du Lac campus, go to www.morainepark.edu and click on About
Moraine Park then Campus Information.

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Moraine Park offers customized business training; new Workforce Solutions course catalog available

by admin26. September 2007 19:00

Whether your company is small, medium or large, Moraine Park Technical College understands that training and retaining your employees and competing in a world which changes rapidly requires an ongoing investment.

 

Moraine Park also knows that when it comes to training for business and industry, one size doesn’t fit all. The College provides customized, on-site training that includes computers and software, testing and assessment, business solutions, continuous improvement, human performance development training, communication skills, industrial skills and languages.

 

Seminars and online courses are also available. Moraine Park Technical College’s newest Workforce Solutions Events Schedule is available online or through the mail. The current course catalog features business and industry offerings through December. A large variety of courses are offered, including Lean Enterprise and Six Sigma, E-Seed, Dale Carnegie Executive Leadership Series, Critical Core Manufacturing Skills, VisionPoint Productions Inc. Legal Series, Six Sigma for Health Care, Development Dimensions International’s Essential Interviewing Skills, financial management, government contracting, safety seminars and industrial certification, many online courses through ed2go, and more.

 

For more information about customized training or for a copy of the Workforce Solutions Events Schedule,
call 920-924-3449 or e-mail training@morainepark.edu. A copy of the events schedule is also available online at www.trainingmatrix.com/morainepark, Course Catalog.

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