Area high school students try out tech programs; more than 350 attend Preview Days

by admin19. November 2007 19:00

Moraine Park's campuses in Beaver Dam, Fond du Lac and West Bend each had a preview day for high school juniors and seniors Nov. 13-15. Through Preview Days, teens spend a morning on a Moraine Park campus taking a closer look at specific programs, meeting instructors and getting a feel for college life. 


The attendance level at the Fond du Lac campus exceeded expectations as around 300 students froA Moraine Park surgical technology instructor demonstrates to three high school students how to hand a surgical tool to a surgeon. The students are playing the roles of surgeon and surgical assistants.m throughout the Moraine Park district visited the campus on Nov. 14. At the Fond du Lac and West Bend campuses, the teens selected two programs to visit, with one program chosen at Beaver Dam.


More than 40 programs were “tried out” by visitors at the three campuses, including Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Associate, Automotive Technician, Barber/Cosmetologist, Business Management, Criminal Justice – Corrections, Culinary Arts and Food Service Production, Early Childhood Education and Child Care Services, Electrical Power Distribution, Electricity, EMT – Paramedic, Nursing, Veterinary Technician and Welding.   


Other opportunities to tour the campus and learn about programs will take place during Discover Moraine Park in February and Campus Snapshots in April. These events are open to any interested individuals.


Winter Interim, spring registration under way at Moraine Park

by admin18. November 2007 19:00

Students who would like to earn extra college credit during the winter break can check out Moraine Park Technical College’s Winter Interim, which runs Jan. 2-15. Open registration for Winter Interim and the spring semester began Nov. 19.


Interim classes are available in several areas of study including Accounting, Administrative Assistant, Business Management, Child Care Services, General Education, Information Technology, Marketing, Mechanical Design Technology, Nursing Assistant, Welding, and more.


The spring semester begins Jan. 21 and ends May 20.


For a complete listing of Winter Interim and spring courses or for more information, visit or call 1-800-472-4554. Please note that Moraine Park’s campuses in Beaver Dam, Fond du Lac and West Bend will be closed Dec. 24 through Jan. 1.


Julie Moffitt lunch-hour concert set at Moraine Park

by admin11. November 2007 19:00

Acoustic artist Julie Moffitt will make an appearance at Moraine Park Technical College’s Fond du Lac campus on Tuesday, Dec. 4.


A Wisconsin native, Moffitt was a 2007 Folk/Acoustic Group/Artist nominee for the Wisconsin Area Music Industry awards. She also had a headlining spot at Summerfest. She is currently touring colleges in Wisconsin and other Midwestern states.


The lunch-hour performance will take place in the Cyber Center cafeteria from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; the general public can purchase a meal for $5.


For more information, contact Adam Ninmann, Moraine Park student involvement specialist, at


Moraine Park announces 2006-07 e-Annual Report

by admin4. November 2007 19:00

Moraine Park Technical College’s 2006-07 Annual Report is now available on the College’s Web site at


“This is the third year Moraine Park has offered its annual report in an online format,” said Dr. Gayle Hytrek, Moraine Park president. “Presenting our annual report electronically not only allows a wider audience to learn more about Moraine Park's accomplishments and financial environment but it also represents a cost savings to the college and ultimately our taxpayers.”


The online report includes five focus areas: Building a New Workforce, Helping Displaced Workers, Helping Businesses Grow, Helping Non-English Speaking Community Members and Ensuring Student Success. Each focus area features a story and a video. The videos are accompanied by written transcripts for the benefit of those who are deaf or hard of hearing.


Visitors to Moraine Park’s Web site will also find a message from Dr. Hytrek; the top 20 median annual salaries of 2005-06 for Moraine Park graduates; the 2005-06 Graduate Follow-Up Report; 2006-07 student enrollment by county; 2006-07 financial data; District Board members; and other information.


Each of Moraine Park’s campus libraries will have a hard copy of the Annual Report available for individuals who don’t have Internet access.


Moraine Park Technical College has campuses in Beaver Dam, Fond du Lac and West Bend and regional sites in Ripon and Hartford. 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


Festival Foods and Moraine Park offer Preparing Thanksgiving Dinner Nov. 10

by admin4. November 2007 19:00

Moraine Park Technical College and the new Festival Foods in Fond du Lac are teaming up to bring you helpful hints on how best to prepare and carve your Thanksgiving turkey as well as get some suggestions on the best wine choices to complement your dinner.


 “Preparing Thanksgiving Dinner” will take place on Saturday, Nov. 10, from 10 to 11 a.m. in the Deli seating area of Festival Foods. Moraine Park culinary arts instructor Lois Zingsheim will lead the demonstration with the assistance of two culinary arts students. The free demonstration will include proper defrosting techniques, turkey preparation and how to truss the turkey. The demonstration will also include proper carving techniques, and questions will be taken throughout the demonstration.  


“We are very excited to partner with Moraine Park and offer a free class on the safe preparation of turkey for Thanksgiving Dinner,” said Darrin Kuehn, Festival Foods store director.  “Additionally, we are excited about the wine tasting that will be part of the class. The sampling of wines will give our guests hands-on tasting and knowledge of the wines to pair with their dinner. Our guests have been asking for cooking classes. It is our pleasure to bring this first class to our guests for one of the most important dinners of the year.”


“This type of experience is invaluable for our students,” said Zingsheim. “They will be demonstrating their culinary skills and have the opportunity to experience the instructional-side of a learning activity.”


Guests interested in participating in “Preparing Thanksgiving Dinner" should sign up at the Festival Foods service counter. For more information, stop in or call Festival Foods at 920-273-0490.


Moraine Park president, board member attend national conference

by admin28. October 2007 19:00

Dr. Gayle Hytrek (pictured), Moraine Park Technical College president, and Jodine Deppisch, Moraine Park District Board member, spoke at the recent annual Leadership Congress of the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT).

 Professional photo of Dr. Gayle Hytrek, Moraine Park president

Dr. Hytrek, Deppisch and David Haines, education director at the Oshkosh Correctional Institution, gave a presentation entitled, “Win-Win Partnerships: Certified Vocational Programming in Wisconsin Prisons.” Deppisch is the warden at Fox Lake Correctional Institution. The presentation outlined the impact prison-based education has on reducing the number of paroled inmates who commit new offenses and return to prison. Moraine Park offers programs for inmates at five Wisconsin correctional institutions.


ACCT is a nonprofit educational organization of governing boards that offers a broad range of benefits to community colleges, individual educators and corporations world-wide. Its 2007 congress took place Sept. 26-29 in San Diego, Calif.



Moraine Park student club holding Diaper Drive

by admin25. October 2007 19:00

The student Corrections Club at Moraine Park Technical College is holding a collection drive for the youngest among those in need: babies.


The Diaper Drive will benefit the Family Resource Center (FRC) of Fond du Lac County Inc., a Fond du Lac Area United Way partner agency and a private, non-profit organization dedicated to the healthy growth and development of children and families through a variety of comprehensive programs and services. It offers pregnancy testing, pre/postnatal support, in-home parenting education, on-site parenting classes & playgroups, and outreach to the Spanish-speaking community.


“The Family Resource Center believes that every family from every walk of life and income range deserves support, education and resources,” said Bethany Rusch, FRC executive director. “We are proud to partner with the Corrections Club and our Board member, Christine Jaglowski, in this effort. Moraine Park students are second to none in the manner in which they care for those in their community.”


From Oct. 29 through Nov. 11, the student club is collecting packages of diapers in sizes 3-6, along with baby wash and baby shampoo. At Moraine Park’s Fond du Lac campus, 235 N. National Ave., drop-off sites are located in the E building lounge, the O building lounge and at the Registration desk. Other drop-off sites can be found at the Fond du Lac Police Department, 126 N. Main St., and Mickey B's Bar and Grill in Silica, N8545 County QQ. Cash donations can be made at the three Ma & Pa’s locations and at 2 Fabulous, 1161 W. Johnson St.


For more information about the Diaper Drive, call Christine Jaglowski, Moraine Park corrections science instructor and Corrections Club advisor, at (920) 929-2112.


Budget preserves educational opportunities critical to growing Wisconsin's economy

by admin25. October 2007 19:00

"The Governor and the Legislature have recognized that Wisconsin’s ability to succeed against increasing global competition is dependent on the technical skills and knowledge of our citizens.” 


That comment was delivered Oct. 26 by the President of the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) Board, Mary Quinnette Cuene, shortly after Governor Jim Doyle signed the 2007-09 State Budget. “Throughout the budget process, Wisconsin employers, students, labor and community leaders agreed that now is the time we must invest in technical education to ensure our economic health and vitality,” she said. 


Quinnette Cuene noted how the technical college system has worked hard to exemplify responsive, transparent and accountable public service. A recent independent analysis of the economic impact of the WTCS, conducted by the nonpartisan Wisconsin Taxpayer’s Alliance, found that the technical colleges and their graduates contribute nearly $7 billion to the state’s annual output. Through the 2007-­09 budget, Wisconsin will gain from this rate of return by investing in incumbent worker training and small business development, hardworking disadvantaged students, and veterans and their families.


“We are very pleased that Gov. Doyle is continuing his strong support of Wisconsin's technical colleges and the Workforce Advancement Training Grants,” said Dr. Gayle Hytrek, Moraine Park Technical College president. “Over the past several years, the Workforce Advancement Training Grants have allowed Moraine Park to provide numerous companies within our district the training they've needed to maintain their competitive edge and sustain their economic viability.”


“The combination of new state funding, preservation of existing levy controls and continual local efforts to improve operational efficiency ensures that technical colleges can remain a leader in the state’s efforts to develop our economic potential in high-­technology industries of biomedical, nanotechnology, sustainable agriculture and renewable energy,” said System President Dan Clancy. “At the same time, Wisconsin’s technical colleges will continue to maintain the highest quality educational programs in health care, police and fire protection, manufacturing, automotive, business and information technology – the skilled professions upon which we all depend.”


In response to demands for expanded services, technical colleges are serving more students and producing more graduates than ever before. At the same time, technical colleges are, collectively, holding annual operating costs per student down and levying well below the existing statutory limit. The Colleges have saved millions of dollars annually through joint volume purchasing of software and hardware, operation of a mutual insurance group for property, casualty and workers compensation insurance, and collaborative educational programming.


“The Wisconsin Technical College System appreciates all of the hard work, thoughtful debate and tough negotiations that went into crafting the state’s financial plan for the next two years. With the Governor’s leadership and input from the Legislature, students, faculty, staff, employers and employees, the Wisconsin Technical College System looks forward to contributing to Wisconsin’s economic success,” said Clancy.


The Wisconsin Technical College System has 16 technical college districts throughout Wisconsin which offer more than 300 programs awarding two-year associate degrees, one- and two­-year technical diplomas and short­-term technical diplomas. In addition, the System is the major provider of customized training and technical assistance to Wisconsin’s business and industry community.


Moraine Park Technical College has campuses in Beaver Dam, Fond du Lac and West Bend and regional sites in Ripon and Hartford. 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


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


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 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.