Lunch-hour events return to Moraine Park in late August

by admin10. August 2008 19:00

The lunch-hour concerts, comedy and other entertainment are returning to Moraine Park Technical College with the start of the 2008-09 academic year. The fall semester begins the week of Aug. 25 and features several events that are open to the community.


Fond du Lac campus: A Family Welcome Party on Tuesday, Aug. 26, from 5 to 8 p.m. will feature exotic animals, an animal trainer presentation, and photo and petting opportunities with the animals. Kids can have fun on four party inflatables: an obstacle course, gladiator joust, jungle moonwalk and slide. A picnic-style meal will be served. This free event is open to the public and children of all ages.


On Wednesday, Aug. 27, the Well Hungarians will perform from11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The group was named the 2006 Country Band of the Year by New Music Weekly Magazine Awards. Performances include original music as well as country, rock and classic cover songs ranging from the Charlie Daniels Band and Rascal Flatts to Bad Company and Lynyrd Skynyrd. The public can purchase lunch for $5 per meal from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Submit your name for a door-prize drawing for an LCD-screen TV.


For more information, contact Adam Ninmann, Moraine Park Student Life, at 920-924-3101 or  


West Bend campus: 32 Below will play their country/rock blend on Wednesday, Aug. 27, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the courtyard. The band has played clubs, festivals and small arenas around the Midwest and Southeast and shared the stage with Sawyer Brown, Trick Pony, Montgomery Gentry, Heart, Craig Morgan and the Spin Doctors. Food and beverages are available at cost for the public. For more information, contact Bradley Mitchell, Moraine Park Student Life, at 262-335-5743 or


Beaver Dam campus: Comedian Michael Palascak will perform on Thursday, Aug. 28, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the commons. Palascak trained at The Second City in Chicago and has performed at clubs and colleges around the country, recently appearing on Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham. The public may purchase lunch for $5 per meal on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, contact Lisa Manuell, Moraine Park Student Life, at 920-887-4462 or


To learn more about Moraine Park and its programs, visit


Moraine Park to hold Adult Information Session Aug. 20

by admin3. August 2008 19:00

Adults and recent high school graduates who are interested in programs and services at Moraine Park Technical College are invited to attend an Adult Information Session at the Beaver Dam, Fond du Lac or West Bend campuses on Wednesday, Aug. 20, between 2:30 and 6 p.m.


Stop by and talk with Moraine Park staff about specific programs and services. Assistance will be available for beginning the admissions process and selecting fall classes. 


Advance registration isn’t required. More information about the Adult Information Session can be found at under MPTC Presents on the home page, or call 1-800-472-4554, ext. 3201, or e-mail


Japanese business etiquette seminar at Moraine Park Aug. 12

by admin28. July 2008 19:00

A Japanese business etiquette seminar will be broadcast from Lakeshore Technical College via interactive video conferencing to Moraine Park Technical College’s Fond du Lac campus on Tuesday, Aug. 12, from 9 a.m. to noon.


Designed for anyone who is interested in Japanese business and culture, “From Kampai to Meishi, Chopsticks to Cultural Taboos” is especially useful for professionals who will attend the 40th Annual Joint Meeting of the Midwest U.S.–Japan Association in Milwaukee Sept. 7–9. 


The seminar will begin with an introduction to Japanese culture and language, including cultural differences and communication; basic key vocabulary; and gestures, greetings and cultural pitfalls. The business and etiquette portion will cover Japanese-style business management and corporate structure; business relationships and their importance in Japanese society; negotiating effectively, avoiding offense and maximizing time involvement; Japanese business attire; and business card exchange. Other topics include protocols for bowing, dining, seating arrangements and socializing as well as things to avoid.


Speakers will include Kenji Higashi, Wisconsin Department of Commerce Business Adviser for Japan; Jennifer Siebert, Lakeland College instructor of Japanese language; and representatives from government and industry who have experience interacting with Japanese businesspeople.


The seminar fee is $29. The registration deadline is Aug. 5. To register, call Sandy Justman at 920-923-3449 or


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


Moraine Park offers training opportunities in August

by admin28. July 2008 19:00

Moraine Park Technical College offers ongoing credit and noncredit training opportunities for business and industry to help them improve their competitive edge as well as develop and retain a skilled workforce.


Several courses are scheduled for August, including:


Adobe Dreamweaver: Monday, Aug. 11, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Room S-112, West Bend campus. Learn to create, organize and maintain a Web site using Adobe Dreamweaver. Cost is $180 per person, which includes materials and refreshments.


Emotional Intelligence: Monday, Aug. 11, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Room O-104, Fond du Lac campus. Learn about emotional intelligence and acquire basic skills related to self-awareness, self-management, social awareness and relationship management. Cost is $249 per person, which includes materials, lunch and refreshments.


Strategy Development for the Nonprofit Manager: Thursday, Aug. 14, 8-10 a.m., Room O-102, Fond du Lac campus. Learn how to develop measurable and obtainable goals and other techniques to develop a strategic position for your nonprofit organization. Cost is $55 per person, which includes materials and refreshments.


Registrations should be made at least one week prior to the start of a seminar.


For more information about these seminars or to register, or to request a current copy of Moraine Park’s Workforce Solutions course catalog, call 920-924-3449 or e-mail


Nail Technician certificate offered at Moraine Park

by admin28. July 2008 19:00

Techniques Salon and Spa at Moraine Park Technical College’s Fond du Lac campus is offering a Nail Technician certificate that prepares students for the state licensing examination to practice as a manicurist. 


The program runs Monday through Thursday for 20 weeks (324 hours total) from Aug. 25, 2008, through February 2009. To help students become adept at the latest in nail enhancement advances, the certificate features a state-of-the-art curriculum that reflects the science and creativity of hand and foot health and beauty. Students will learn how to give manicures and pedicures and apply acrylic, gel and sculptured nails as well as nail art. The coursework also entails law, regulations, business management and ethics to help the new professional nail artist and future businessperson face the ongoing challenges of keeping up with trends, science and products.


Students must be accepted into the certificate to be eligible to enroll in the courses. Class size is limited to 16 students, and none will be accepted following the second class session. Fees must be paid before the program starts.


For more information about the Nail Technician certificate, call a Moraine Park outreach specialist at 1-800-472-4554 or visit and click on Academics.


Moraine Park motorcycle courses start in August

by admin21. July 2008 19:00

If you want to learn how to ride a motorcycle, you can start right away. Moraine Park Technical College has many openings in its Motorcycle Rider courses at the Fond du Lac campus.


The following courses begin on Saturdays in early and mid August:


·         Courses 816-400-020 and 021 start Aug. 2.

·         Courses 816-400-023 and 024 start Aug. 9.

·         Courses 816-400-025 and 027 start Aug. 16.


The courses provide beginning or returning riders with hands-on experience in the basic skills of motorcycling: straight-line riding, turning, shifting, braking and the mental skills needed for control.


Instructor Tom O’Meara was one of only nine instructors throughout the nation to receive the 2004 Outstanding Rider Coach for Wisconsin by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF). He has been with Moraine Park since 1993.


For more information about Motorcyle Rider courses, call 920-924-3447. To register, call 1-800-472-4554. Enroll today and be ready to ride before the snow flies.


Moraine Park announces board member appointments

by admin20. July 2008 19:00

The 2008-09 district board members for Moraine Park Technical College were nominated to office during the July 14, 2008, District Board meeting.


The following board members will serve as officers for the 2008-09 year: Shirley Kitchen, chair; Jodine Deppisch, vice-chair; Philip Baranowski, treasurer; and Vernon Jung, secretary.


The membership of the Finance Committee for 2008-09 was also determined. Philip Baranowski will serve as committee chair, and Jodine Deppisch, Vernon Jung, Shirley Kitchen, Lisa Mader, Mike Miller and Richard Zimman will serve as committee members.


New elected official member Mike Miller of West Bend was sworn in during the meeting, along with Baranowski and Mader who are each beginning another three-year term on the board.


In addition to the Moraine Park positions, appointments were made for the District’s representatives on the Wisconsin Technical College System District Boards Association committees. Phil Baranowski will serve as Moraine Park’s delegate to the association’s Board of Directors. Other appointees include Jodine Deppisch, Legislative Committee, and Mike Miller, alternate; Shirley Kitchen, Human Resources Committee; Richard Zimman, Program Committee; Lisa Mader, Marketing/Public Relations and Awards Committee, and Dorreen Dembski, alternate; Vernon Jung, Interdistrict/Interagency Cooperation Committee, and Dorreen Dembski, alternate; and Phil Baranowski, Bylaws, Policies and Procedures Committee.


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


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


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 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.