Moraine Park GED/HSED graduation ceremony Sept. 26

by admin19. September 2007 19:00

Moraine Park Technical College will hold its 16th annual General Educational Development (GED) and High School Equivalency Diploma (HSED) graduation ceremony on Wednesday, Sept. 26, at 7 p.m.

 

The ceremony will be held at Moraine Park Technical College’s Fond du Lac campus in the Cyber Center cafeteria.

 

Approximately 35 students are expected to participate in the event, which recognizes the accomplishments of GED/HSED graduates. According to Sandra Huenink, Moraine Park dean of basic education, 245 students completed the GED/HSED program at Moraine Park during the past year.

 

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Moraine Park to offer Spanish for Retail Sales

by admin16. September 2007 19:00

Moraine Park Technical College will offer a course on Spanish for Retail Sales, designed for non-Spanish speaking retail sales people who interact with Spanish-speaking customers. 

 

Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to use Spanish to greet customers and clients; express and receive dollar amounts; cash checks; make welfare card withdrawals; assist customers with the purchase of groceries, convenience store items, gas, alcohol and/or tobacco; help the customer on the floor; and sell money orders, wire money and conduct routine security tasks.

 

A manual with two CDs will be part of the instructional material. Modeling, role-playing, simulations and situation cards will also be used.

 

Spanish for Retail Sales, course 140-458-001, will run from Wednesday, Oct. 31, through Wednesday, Dec. 12. It will take place from 6 to 8:45 p.m. in Room O-214 on the Fond du Lac campus at 235 N. National Ave. The cost is $40.82 for the course and $22.95 plus tax for the manual, which can be purchased at the campus bookstore.

 

To register for the class, call 1-800-472-4554.

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Music and comedy at Moraine Park campuses in October

by admin13. September 2007 19:00

Moraine Park Technical College’s campuses in Beaver Dam, Fond du Lac and West Bend are offering
 lunch-hour entertainment in October.

 

The general public is invited to join Moraine Park students and staff during these free events:

 

Beaver Dam campus: Comedian Rob Paravonian will perform on Tuesday, Oct. 2, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the commons. Paravonian has appeared on radio shows and Comedy Central. The public may purchase lunch for $5 per meal. For more information, contact Lisa Manuell at 920-887-4462.

 

West Bend campus: A Coffeehouse Concert will feature singer/songwriter and acoustic guitarist Justin Roth on Wednesday, Oct. 10, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free coffee will be served to students with a Moraine Park ID; lunch can be purchased by the public at various prices. For more information, contact Bradley Mitchell at 262-335-5743.

 

Fond du Lac campus: A capella vocal band InPulse will perform on Thursday, Oct. 11, from 11:15 a.m. to
12:30 p.m. in the Cyber Center cafeteria. 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.

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Blood drives at Moraine Park Oct. 3, 17

by admin13. September 2007 19:00

The BloodCenter of Wisconsin and Moraine Park Technical College’s Fond du Lac and West Bend campus Student Senates are holding blood drives at the two campuses.

 

The BloodCenter supplies blood and blood products to 55 hospitals in Wisconsin. The lives helped by your donation may be those of people in your community. The Fond du Lac drive will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 3, in rooms A-102 and A-103 in the A Building. The West Bend drive will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 17, in the cafeteria area. Both events run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

 

In Fond du Lac, register with Adam Ninmann, Moraine Park student involvement specialist, at 920-924-3101 or walk in the day of the drive. In West Bend, information will be posted on the cafeteria window, or go online to https://portal.bcw.edu/sites/mobapt/default.aspx?key=177252098192, click Make Appointment and enter the Drive ID DRV0085431. Walks-ins are also welcome. For more information, call Bradley Mitchell, student involvement specialist, at 262-335-5743. 

 

Please bring a photo ID. The process takes 45 minutes or less. For directions to the campuses, visit www.morainepark.edu and click on About Moraine Park then Campus Information.

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Moraine Park to celebrate Constitution Day, Sept. 17

by admin5. September 2007 19:00

Moraine Park Technical College invites community members to join in observing the 220th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution.

 

National Treasure will be shown on Constitution Day, Monday, Sept. 17, from 11 a.m. to 1:10 p.m. in the Cyber Center cafeteria on the Fond du Lac campus. Sponsored by the Fond du Lac campus Student Senate and Student Activities Club, the event also includes patriotic treats and copies of the Constitution.     

  

The movie is free. Lunch will be available from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at a cost of $5 per meal for the public.

 

For more information, contact Adam Ninmann, Moraine Park student involvement specialist, at
920-924-3101.

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Moraine Park offering Spanish for health care workers

by admin28. August 2007 19:00

Moraine Park Technical College will offer Spanish for Nursing at the Fond du Lac campus beginning Wednesday, Sept. 12. The course is designed for health care professionals who work with Spanish-speaking patients and don’t know the language. 

 

Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to use Spanish to gather basic information and patient history, obtain vital signs, perform physical assessments and routine procedures, assist the patient’s family, reduce fear
of the clinical and hospital setting and explain how the health care system works.

 

A manual with two CDs will be part of the instructional material. Modeling, role-playing, simulations and situation cards also will be used in this enjoyable way to learn a second language.

 

Spanish for Nursing, course number 140-433-001, runs Sept. 12 through Oct. 17 from 6 to 8:45 p.m. in
Room O-214 on the Fond du Lac campus. The class costs $40.82 and the manual, which can be purchased at the
campus bookstore, is $42.95. Moraine Park’s Fond du Lac campus is located at 235 N. National Ave. 

 

To register for this class, call Moraine Park at 1-800-472-4554.

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Training offered to help businesses win government contracts

by admin26. August 2007 19:00

During a training seminar on Thursday, Sept. 13, at Moraine Park Technical College, area businesses will learn how to effectively compete for contracts to sell their products and services to the federal government.

 

“Getting Started in Federal Contracting” will be conducted by the Business Procurement Assistance Center (BPAC) at Moraine Park’s West Bend campus in Room T-101 from 9–11:30 a.m. Attendees will learn how to register with the federal government, identify which agencies buy their products and/or services and how to focus their research
to locate contracting opportunities targeted to their business.

 

 “BPAC seminars have consistently provided invaluable assistance to Wisconsin businesses that are seeking to capture a share of the federal contracting market,” said Ralph Steckman, BPAC interim program director.“Opportunity is there for almost any company that is willing to take the time and effort to learn the system.”

 

A $30 fee will cover the cost of materials. Registration is required and can be done online at http://matcmadison.edu/bpac/events.htm. If you have questions, contact BPAC at bpac@matcmadison.edu or at
(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.

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Moraine Park sets Sept. 22 golf fundraiser

by admin15. August 2007 19:00

Reservations are being taken for the annual Stephanie Nevins Memorial Endowment Fund Modified Ryder Cup Golf Outing, slated for Saturday, Sept. 22, at Whispering Springs Golf Course.

 A foursome on the fairway at the 2006 golf outing.

The event is a fundraiser for the Moraine Park Foundation, which provides scholarships for students at Moraine Park Technical College. This year all proceeds will go to the Anne Marie Burroughs Memorial Endowment Fund, which is dedicated for students in Moraine Park’s Graphic Communications – Electronic Prepress program offered at the Fond du Lac and West Bend campuses.

 

The modified Ryder Cup format involves foursomes competing together for a team score. Foursomes are made by the golf committee or may be formed by participants. Holes one through six consist of a scramble event; holes seven through 12 feature a three-person best ball event; and holes 13-18 are a two-person alternating shot event.

 

Tee times start at noon; hors d’oeuvres and an awards presentation will take place on the patio after the event. The cost is $65 per person for golf, a golf cart and hors d’oeuvres. Hors d’oeuvres are $15 for the guests of golfers, and $20 for others who wish to attend but not golf. An optional Closest to the Pin contest will take place, with a $10 entry fee.

 

For more information, call Debbie at 920-924-3263. Please RSVP by Sept. 13.

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Moraine Park kicks off fall semester with comedy and concerts

by admin13. August 2007 19:00

Each of Moraine Park Technical College’s campuses in Beaver Dam, Fond du Lac and West Bend has
scheduled a new round of lunch-hour activities to kick off the start of the fall semester.

 

The general public is invited to join Moraine Park students and staff during these events:

 

Beaver Dam campus: Comedian Rik Roberts and lunch, Tuesday, Aug. 28, 11:30 a.m. to
12:30 p.m. in the Commons. The Nashville humorist serves up good, clean comedy with a little Southern flavor.
For more information, contact Lisa Manuell at 920-887-4462.

 

Fond du Lac campus: Bascom Hill, a pop/rock band that originated in Madison, Tuesday, Aug. 28, 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Cyber Center cafeteria. Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, contact Adam Ninmann at 920-924-3101.

 

Also at Fond du Lac: Comedian Pete Lee, Wednesday, Aug. 29, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Lee grew up in Janesville and is a regular on the Bob and Tom radio show. Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

 

West Bend campus: Bascom Hill and lunch, Thursday, Aug. 30, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the courtyard. For more information, contact Bradley Mitchell at 262-335-5743.

 

For each event, the entertainment is free and lunch can be purchased by community members for
$5 per meal.

 

A comedy show and concert are scheduled in September. Comedian Daniel Kinno will perform during the lunch hour on the Fond du Lac campus Monday, Sept. 10, and the Beaver Dam campus Wednesday, Sept. 12, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. On Sept. 13, classical and folk/rock musician Julie Moffitt will perform during a coffeehouse concert at Moraine Park’s West Bend campus from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. These events are also $5 per meal for the general public or free for the show alone.

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Carrying a torch: Welding Boot Camp creates skilled workers

by admin7. August 2007 19:00

There’s a boot camp taking place in Fond du Lac – one that doesn’t require boot shining, marching and bivouacs, though you do have to wear a helmet and other gear and follow instructions. 

 A Welding Boot Camp participant uses a welding torch.

This particular group of “recruits” is firing welding torches. Along with Brenner Tank LLC of Fond du Lac, Moraine Park Technical College developed a Welding Boot Camp to train individuals for entry-level work in the welding profession. The first eight-week camp began June 18 and runs through August 15, with a second seven-week round to start in September. All participants earn four college credits that articulate into Moraine Park’s Welding program.

 

“Brenner Tank formed the partnership with Moraine Park in an effort to maintain our competitive edge,” said Dawn Marie Polakoski, PHR, Brenner Tank human resources manager. “Moraine Park’s custom training program is providing the skilled welders we need to support our continued growth. As a local manufacturer we are very pleased with the creation of the Welding Boot Camp.”

 

While built in conjunction with Brenner Tank, the program was designed with the broader purpose of helping manufacturers address a serious shortage of skilled welders and is open to any manufacturing employer who may have similar workforce development needs. The program works to connect energetic, dedicated individuals with a sincere interest in a welding career with employers by helping those individuals develop the foundational skills needed to be successful. Ten candidates were selected by Brenner Tank for the first boot camp. Their ages varied but their passion for welding is the same.

 

Sara Buechel, 18, of New Holstein applied because she enjoys welding and wanted to get further education in the profession. Joel Grier of Fond du Lac, also 18, also wanted to learn more about welding and be able to get a good job. Daniel O’Connor, 36, of Fond du Lac sees the Welding Boot Camp as an opportunity to better himself and have a shot at a new career move. And the camp is a chance to expand job opportunities at Brenner for Forrest Brunet, 42, of North Fond du Lac.

 

“Welding Boot Camp is great,” said Mark Thoreson, 25, of Fond du Lac.

 

Brenner Tank interns are paid to train three days per week at the welding lab on Moraine Park’s Fond du Lac campus under the instruction of adjunct faculty member Jonathan Thill. The remaining two days of the week they work at Brenner where they apply the skills they learn in the classroom. Tuition is employer-paid. The Brenner Tank interns who successfully complete the program are given priority consideration for a permanent position with Brenner.

 

“We’re very excited to be partnering with Brenner Tank,” said Kathy Schlieve, Moraine Park economic and workforce development sales representative. “They have been instrumental in helping Moraine Park develop this program and are actively working with area high schools to educate students about career opportunities in manufacturing. Welding interns who successfully complete the boot camp are filling open or new positions and are earning a better wage. Moraine Park’s goal is to provide the type of rapid response that companies need to develop and maintain a competitive advantage and grow their business, and the Welding Boot Camp delivers on that goal.”

 

Polakoski concurs, “This program is a win-win that meets our needs as an employer but also helps the individuals being trained to begin earning a good wage while developing lifelong career skills that they can build on for future career advancement.”

 

With additional training, the opportunities that exist for these individuals abound. “Manufacturing has become very high-tech and offers a variety of career opportunities,” said Marcia Arndt, Moraine Park dean of manufacturing technology. “The future workforce has to be technologically savvy to handle the competitive climate of the global market. In addition to technical skills, employers are looking for people who can problem-solve, work in teams and adapt to change quickly. Moraine Park’s manufacturing program helps individuals develop these skills for future success.”

 

For more information about upcoming welding boot camps in Fond du Lac, call Moraine Park at 920-924-3449 or e-mail training@morainepark.edu. Individuals interesting in applying for a Brenner sponsorship can fill out an application at Brenner Tank in Fond du Lac.

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