Culinary Arts Gourmet Dinner to raise money for scholarships

by admin31. March 2008 19:00

Moraine Park Technical College’s Culinary Arts program and the Moraine Park Foundation Inc. will present “A Spring Slowly Event” on Friday, April 25, at the Park Terrace restaurant on the Fond du Lac campus.


Sponsored by Society Insurance, this year’s gourmet dinner will benefit both the general scholarship fund and scholarships for Culinary Arts program students. The “Spring Slowly” theme reflects the slow-food trend.


“Slow food isn't just about the food itself,” said Moraine Park Culinary Arts Instructor James Simmers. “It's about taking a new view toward dining, that a meal is as much important to the soul and social being as it is for the sustenance. A meal should be an experience and not just a way to satiate hunger.”


Moraine Park culinary students, faculty and guest chefs will prepare an exclusive six-course dinner for guests. The menu will feature deconstructed Wellington of shrimp and quail eggs with fresh spring onions; watercress and cucumber soup with early harvest radishes; duck á la orange salad with confit and caramelized oranges; blueberry lime smoothie cream; poached wild salmon with fresh dill and tournedos Rossini with morel mushroom pâté; and a dessert specially created for the guests’ gastronomical enjoyment.


“The annual Culinary Arts dinner has been a signature event for the Moraine Park Foundation to benefit our student scholarships fund. This year the Foundation made it possible for more than 100 Moraine Park students to enroll full-time through the scholarships they received,” said Sharon Nevins Holmes, Moraine Park vice president of marketing and college advancement. “It’s a great event – a superb dining experience and a true benefit to our students’ educational goals.”


The cost is $100 per person, with the dinner limited to 50 guests. To register, call Debbie Martin at 920-924-3263.


The Moraine Park Foundation Inc. is a tax-exempt, nonprofit corporation. Its purpose is to solicit, receive and administer gifts, bequests and property for the development, promotion and benefit of Moraine Park. For more information, contact Debbie at 920-924-3263 or visit


Moraine Park instructor earns SolidWorks professional certification

by admin30. March 2008 19:00

A Moraine Park Technical College tool design engineering technology instructor has earned the right to place the title “Certified SolidWorks Professional” (CSWP) after his name.


For Kim Alan Olson of Sussex, Wis., who teaches at Moraine Park’s West Bend campus, it’s a step up from his previous Certified SolidWorks Associate (CSWA) designation. To achieve CSWP status, Olson passed an advanced skills examination from SolidWorks Corp. that proved his ability to design and analyze parametric parts and assemblies using complex SolidWorks features. SolidWorks is a three-dimensional mechanical computer-assisted design (CAD) program used in by mechanical engineers and designers in manufacturing.

 Professional head shot of Kim Olson

Olson’s CSWP certification means that Moraine Park Tool Design Engineering Technology (formerly Tool and Die Designer) students, as well as those from business and industry, can be assured that their SolidWorks instruction will be offered by a qualified industry certified professional. CSWP isn’t an easy certification to attain.


“Earning the CSWP means additional respect in the local and national SolidWorks community, demonstrating a mastery of high-level standards established by the SolidWorks Corporation,” said Olson. CSWP certification also authorizes the use of official SolidWorks CSWP logos on business documents.


“Kim's expertise with SolidWorks and his reputation with the industry have been a factor drawing students to Moraine Park SolidWorks courses and to the Tool Design Engineering Technology program,” said Marcia Arndt, Moraine Park dean of manufacturing and culinary arts. “The credential of Certified SolidWorks Professional brings with it a quality recognition that reinforces what Kim has been doing in the classroom. The industry standard raises the bar for quality and expertise for learners taking these courses. This in turn raises the level of expertise and efficiency, keeping Wisconsin manufacturers competitive and strong.”


According to a SolidWorks Corp. news feature, the Certified SolidWorks Professional Program is a proven method for evaluating and measuring professional competence and establishing industry standards of excellence in mainstream 3D modeling. To date, the CSWP Program is the only comprehensive certification program to address the mainstream 3D mechanical design market. The SolidWorks program uses both objective questions and a hands-on approach to evaluate a designer's knowledge of SolidWorks software as well as skills in capturing design intent.


For more information and a program video about Moraine Park’s Tool Design Engineering Technology associate of applied science degree, go to and click on Academics.Then click on Tool and Die Designer or Tool Design Engineering Technology.


Chiropractic Assistant delegation course offered

by admin23. March 2008 19:00

Moraine Park Technical College will offer a Chiropractic Assistant radiography delegation course at its Beaver Dam campus in May and June.


This course introduces radiological information and skills that are required for chiropractic assistants to take X-rays in the chiropractic health setting. Students will complete 48 hours of classroom instruction, plus 52 hours of radiography-related on-the-job experience under the supervision of a chiropractor. Upon passing the course, the American Chiropractic Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ACRRT) Limited Permit examination will be given, which is the basic-level test after 100 hours of coursework. Successful completion of the course and the exam will satisfy the Wisconsin State Licensing Board requirement for X-ray delegation to an unlicensed person.


The course will be offered on the following days:


            Thursday, May 15       12-8 p.m.

            Friday, May 16            8:30 a.m.-6 p.m.

            Saturday, May 17        8 a.m.-4 p.m.

            Thursday, June 12       12-8 p.m.

            Friday, June 13            8:30 a.m.-6 p.m.

            Saturday, June 14        8 a.m.-4 p.m. (ACRRT exam will be taken from 2-4 p.m.)


Early registration is encouraged. To register, call Moraine Park at 1-800-472-4554 and ask for Registration. The course number is 523-406-002 and tuition is $234.13. The nonrefundable ACCRT exam fee is $90 (subject to change); bring the fee in the form of a check made out to “ACRRT” to the first class to register for the exam. Moraine Park’s Beaver Dam campus is located at 700 Gould St.


Hotel information is available upon request. For more information about the course, call Moraine Park chiropractic technician instructor Elizabeth McLean, DC, CCSP, at 262-335-5751 or e-mail


Storyhill to give free lunch-hour concert at Moraine Park

by admin19. March 2008 19:00

The acoustic songwriting duo Storyhill returns to Moraine Park Technical College for a free lunch-hour performance at the Fond du Lac campus on Wednesday, April 9.


Chris Cunningham and John Hermanson grew up in Montana and have produced several albums. Their music is influenced by rock, roots, blues and country, mixed with their own unique sound to produce strong, melodic songs. In addition to traveling around the country as Storyhill, Hermanson owns a studio in Bozeman, Montana, while Cunningham is a producer at a St. Paul, Minn., studio and also performs with his band, Alva Star, and the rock band The Hopefuls.


The concert runs 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 general public may purchase a meal for $5.


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


Moraine Park to offer snapshots of various careers: Beaver Dam campus

by admin19. March 2008 19:00

Just starting college or thinking about a career change? Explore today's fastest-growing career fields at Moraine Park Technical College’s Campus Snapshots.


The Beaver Dam campus event takes place Wednesday, April 16, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Participants will be able to meet program instructors, take a closer look at classrooms and labs, find out more about Moraine Park’s programs and services, and get answers to questions.


Highlighted programs will include Accounting and Accounting Assistant, Administrative and Office Assistant, Apprenticeships, Business Management, ELL, Electrical Power Distribution, Emergency Medical Technician – Basic, GED/HSED, General Studies Certificate, Global Studies Certificate, Legal Administrative Professional, Medical Assistant, Nursing, Supervisory Management, and Welding.


Moraine Park provides an affordable education in just two years. Graduates can get their career started sooner or have the option of transferring certain degrees to a four-year college if desired.


Registration is requested and can be made online at (see Campus Snapshots on the MPTC Presents marquee) or by calling 1-800-472-4554, ext. 5853.


Moraine Park employees win awards at state level

by admin18. March 2008 19:00

The Wisconsin Association for Career & Technical Education (WACTE) 72nd Annual Conference proved to be a winning event for Moraine Park Technical College. 


Held in Stevens Point Feb. 28-29, the WACTE conference hosted the state awards program for the Wisconsin Technical College System. Moraine Park had winners in three professional excellence categories: Julie Lotto for Specialty Services, Pat Olson for Administrator, and Mary Schneider for Full-Time Teacher. Also nominated in that category from Moraine Park were Julie Dilling, New Teacher, and Brenda Nickel, Associate Member. All five had won on the Moraine Park Association for Career & Technical Education (MPACTE) level earlier in February.


 The College also brought home the Local of the Year Award; the C.L. Greiber Award of Merit for Business & Industry, recognizing Moraine Park’s partnership with Apache Stainless Equipment Corp.; and the C.L. Greiber Individual Award of Merit, awarded to Jonathan August for his outstanding dedication to Moraine Park. Kathy VanDemark, a counselor at the College’s West Bend campus, received the George P. Hambrecht Award for 25 years of service in career and technical education. With the exception of the Local of the Year Award, all of the awards were presented at both the MPACTE and WACTE levels.


“These awards are very well-deserved and are indicative of the quality of Moraine Park's faculty and staff, as well as the value of our business partnerships,” said Dr. Gayle Hytrek, Moraine Park president.


The Moraine Park Association for Career and Technical Education comprises 110 members, bringing together support staff, faculty and administration. MPACTE is the local chapter of the WACTE, which unites individuals involved in career and technical education, provides professional development, encourages leadership in the professional arena, and promotes innovative change to enhance lifelong learning. 


Moraine Park seminar portrayed the Many Faces of Marketing

by admin17. March 2008 19:00

About 70 students from high schools throughout the Moraine Park Technical College District got lots of great information about marketing from people in the industry during a seminar at the West Bend campus.


The Many Faces of Marketing featured presenters from Kohler Co., Road America and even the Green Bay Packers, as well as a radio broadcaster and Hartford business owner. They shared their insight on sports, resort, broadcast and retail marketing.


Participating high schools included Beaver Dam, Berlin, Green Lake, Hartford, Oakfield, West Bend East and West Bend West.


“I have my entire Marketing II class here,” said Pete Matson, a marketing instructor at Hartford Union High School. “This event tied in well with our sports and marketing unit that we’re working on right now. When I read the agenda, it looked like a great opportunity for the students to get exposed to people out in the business world.”


The first session began with video and multimedia PowerPoint presentations created by Moraine Park marketing students in Robin Rodee-Schneider’s Electronic Marketing Media class. Also present was Pat Olson, Moraine Park dean of business.


“The Moraine Park students are putting into practice what they have been learning,” said Rodee-Schneider. “They have been a crucial part of making this special event fun and exciting. They’ve created multimedia presentations, are acting as session leaders and are documenting the entire seminar with a video showcasing the area high school students’ involvement.”


Coincidentally, a member of the Green Bay Packers marketing department was the seminar’s keynote speaker at the same time that Brett Favre held his retirement news conference. Craig Benzel, the Packers’ director of marketing and corporate sales, talked about branding and what goes on behind the scenes in marketing the NFL team. Benzel has an extensive background in sports marketing, having interned with the Milwaukee Brewers and served as director of corporate sponsorships with the UW-La Crosse athletic department, as well as vice president of marketing for the Milwaukee Wave.

Former Moraine Park marketing student Mike Kertscher and current student Steve Goralski gave a presentation on sports marketing. Kertscher is the program director at Road America, while Goralski’s sports experience includes the Milwaukee Wave and Kettle Moraine YMCA youth sports.


Kohler Co.'s resort group marketing manager, Garrett Mersberger, discussed how the company transformed itself into a leader in resort hospitality through innovative marketing and branding. Kohler owns two of the finest golf and spa resorts in the world.


Terry Davis addressed the skills required for a marketing career in broadcasting and music entertainment. Davis is the vice president of Radio Plus, Inc. and operates a number of radio stations such as Sunny 97.7 and 96.1 WTCX. He also owns Record Entertainment DJ Service.


Sara Hassinger, owner of Sara Belle in Hartford, spoke about what it takes to develop and maintain a successful niche retail business. She developed her business after conducting extensive market research in new retail trends and the demographics of the surrounding community.


“If I can motivate a young person to open their own business that’s great,” said Hassinger. “They don’t always get the chance to ask the questions of the people who own their own business and this was a great opportunity for them.”


“It’s really interesting,” said Abigail Manley, 17, one of Matson’s students at Hartford Union, after she attended the breakout sessions. “I’m taking notes and getting advice from the speakers and their experience. It’s giving me ideas with resort advertising and radio advertising. I want to be in retail. My parents are involved with Harley-Davidson and that’s what I’d like to do.”


“It was exciting to see so many students showing an interest in marketing,” said Olson. “For anyone interested in Moraine Park's marketing programs, our staff can help them realize their dreams and achieve their career goals.”


For more information about Moraine Park’s marketing programs, go to or call 1-800-472-4554. One-minute program videos can be viewed on the Web site; click on Academics.


Moraine Park student places at state Business Professionals conference

by admin16. March 2008 19:00

Amanda Ennis of Fond du Lac recently placed at the Business Professionals of America State Leadership Conference in Madison Feb. 28-29.


A Moraine Park Technical College student in the Administrative Assistant program, Ennis placed first in Database Applications and fourth in Office Procedures. Both are computerized tests.


“Amanda's hard work and abilities truly showed during these competitions,” said her instructor, Amy Harmsen. “Placing first and fourth in her first competitive event qualified her to go to the National Leadership Conference in Reno, Nev., in May.”


This has been a really great experience so far,” said Ennis. “It has assured me that I am learning the right skills to apply in a business professional's world – it's a great feeling.”


For more information about Moraine Park’s Administrative Assistant program and other offerings, visit and click on Academics.


Moraine Park marketing students attend WMMA competition

by admin16. March 2008 19:00

Moraine Park Technical College students recently took part in the annual state competition of the Wisconsin Marketing & Management Association (WMMA), held March 6-8 in Madison.


The WMMA/Delta Epsilon Chi is a collegiate division of DECA, an association of marketing students. The Moraine Park students were accompanied by their advisor, Moraine Park Marketing Instructor Robin Rodee-Schneider, as they and other students from throughout the state tested their marketing skills in a variety of categories.

 Moraine Park marketing students pose for a photo at the state WMMA competition in Madison.

Jeremy Sarnowski took first place in the written exam for Hospitality and was a runner-up for the case studies, while Shelly Puckhaber took third place for the written exam and case study in Retail Management; both are from West Bend. Aaron Christman of Beaver Dam was a runner-up in Marketing Management. Travis Bryant from Fillmore was a runner-up in both the case study and written exam in Retail Management. Kelly Brumley of Randolph took first place in Entrepreneurship for both the written exam and her prepared presentation. Laura Husnick from Fond du Lac was a runner-up for her written exam and took third place for the case study in Travel and Tourism. Angela Zurn from Mayville took third place for the written exam and was a runner-up for the case study in Human Resources. Kayla Navis of Waupun was a runner-up for Sales Representative. Kim Albrecht of Waupun took second place in the written exam for Advertising Campaign. Also attending the state event was Chris Lewandowski of Hubertus, who competed in Marketing Management.


Nine students will be going on to Atlanta, Georgia, for the national competition April 11-15. 


For more information about Moraine Park’s marketing programs, visit


Moraine Park to offer snapshots of various careers: Fond du Lac campus

by admin10. March 2008 19:00

Just starting college or thinking about a career change? Explore today's fastest growing career fields at Moraine Park's Campus Snapshots.


The Fond du Lac campus event takes place Wednesday, April 9, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Participants will be able to meet program instructors, take a closer look at classrooms and labs, find out more about Moraine Park’s programs and services, and get answers to questions.


Highlighted programs will include Accounting/Accounting Assistant, Administrative/Office Assistant,  Apprenticeships, Automotive Technician, Barber/Cosmetologist, Building Trades/Construction Worker, Business Management, Child Care Services/Early Childhood Education, Civil Engineering Technician – Structural, Clinical Laboratory Technician, Criminal Justice – Corrections, Culinary Arts/Food Production, ELL, Engine Research and Development Technician, Engineering Technologist, GED/HSED, General Studies Certificate, Global Studies Certificate, Graphic Communications – Electronic Prepress, Industrial Maintenance Technician, IT – Micro Programmer Specialist, IT-Network Specialist, IT – Technical Support Specialist,   IT – Web Developer, Instructional Assistant, Legal Administrative Professional, Marketing, Mechanical Design, Nursing, Respiratory Therapist, Supervisory Management, Surgical Technology, Technical Writer Certificate and Welding.


Moraine Park provides an affordable education in just two years. Graduates can get their career started sooner or have the option of transferring certain degrees to a four-year college if desired. Moraine Park will also host a Campus Snapshots on the Beaver Dam campus April 16.


Campus Snapshots visitors are invited to stop in any time between 5:30 and 7 p.m. Registration is requested and can be made online at (see Campus Snapshots on the MPTC Presents marquee) or by calling 1-800-472-4554, ext. 5853.