Moraine Park approved as educational site for FMA; press brake course offered Jan. 10

by admin13. December 2007 19:00

Moraine Park Technical College has been approved as an educational site for the Fabricators and Manufacturers Association International (FMA).


Moraine Park can now offer FMA-approved curriculum to area businesses. The goal is to help the fabrication industry continue to grow in Wisconsin and remain nationally and globally competitive. FMA has more than 2,000 individual and company members. The professional organization brings metal fabricators and manufacturers together through technology councils, educational programs, networking events, and the Fabtech International/AWS Welding Show.


“This partnership expands the resources that are available to employers in our district and, for the first time, makes FMA training available locally,” said Marcia Arndt, Moraine Park dean of manufacturing technology. Arndt is a member of the FMA Foundation Board.


The first in a series of FMA seminars offered by Moraine Park is Fundamentals of Press Brake Operation. This one-day, hands-on event is geared toward new operators, engineers, designers and programmers. Participants will explore press brake operation and related terminology; controls and programming; how different forming methods relate to bend types; the 20-percent rule of air forming; proper use of hand tools; and safety. The seminar is slated for Thursday, Jan. 10, with a classroom session from 8 a.m. to noon followed by a classroom and hands-on session from 1 to 4:30 p.m. It will be held at Moraine Park’s Beaver Dam campus, 700 Gould St., in Room K-321, and taught by Moraine Park welding instructor Larry Clark. The cost is $200 per person, which includes materials and lunch. To register, call 920-924-3449 or e-mail


Moraine Park's Web site features new program videos; clips are closed-captioned

by admin12. December 2007 19:00

Visitors to Moraine Park Technical College’s Web site,, can now do more than read about the College’s associate degrees and technical diplomas – they can also watch one-minute videos.


“The program videos are a quick way to get a feel for the programs we offer,” said Sally Ruback, Moraine Park recruitment and retention associate. “It’s a great visual complement to our written descriptions, enabling prospective students to see and hear from current students and graduates.”


The videos were a system-wide project of the Wisconsin Technical College System and feature technical college students, graduates and instructors.


To access the videos, log onto the College’s Web site and click Academics then the “Check out the videos” link. Each video is located next to the name of its corresponding program; simply click on the square icon to activate them.


Closed-captioning was added to the videos for the benefit of individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing. To activate the captions, click on the “CC” symbol in the lower right-hand corner of each video.


A campus tour video provides an overview of Moraine Park. Go to the Web site’s home page and click on
“Take a Video Tour,” located below “myMPTC.”


Moraine Park, Brenner offer third Welding Boot Camp; applications taken until Dec. 21

by admin12. December 2007 19:00

Moraine Park Technical College and Brenner Tank LLC of Fond du Lac will offer a third Welding Boot Camp starting Jan. 23.


Developed with area manufacturers, the eight-week paid training program provides participants with the entry-level welding skills that employers need to maintain a competitive workforce. Students earn four credits that may be articulated into Moraine Park’s Welding technical diploma.


The Welding Boot Camp covers the basic knowledge required for welding in the stainless steel and aluminum manufacturing industry. Students are introduced to gas metal arc (GMAW) and gas tungsten arc (GTAW) welding processes, as well as interpretation of the drawings most frequently encountered in the industry. They will learn the principles of arithmetic and measuring, develop safety skills and apply welding skills to stainless steel and aluminum. 


The program takes place Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, Jan. 23 to March 14, from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Room E-156 on Moraine Park’s Fond du Lac campus, 235 N. National Ave.


Applications will be taken at Brenner Tank, 450 Arlington Ave., Fond du Lac, until Friday, Dec. 21. For more information, call 920-924-3449 or e-mail


Moraine Park offering Spanish for the Physician's Office

by admin6. December 2007 19:00

Are you a non-Spanish-speaking healthcare professional? Does your job require you to interact with and care for Spanish-speaking patients? If yes, Spanish for the Physician’s Office is the course for you.


Participants will learn to use Spanish to obtain basic information and patient history, determine chief complaints, obtain vital signs, perform physical assessments, explain diagnoses, assist with the patient’s family, reduce the fear of the clinical and hospital setting and explain how the health care system works. Healthcare staff will also be able to discuss payment issues, explain treatment, and give discharge information and follow-up instructions. 


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


Spanish for the Physician’s Office, course number 140-439-001, will run for six Wednesdays, Jan. 9 through Feb. 13, from 6 to 8:45 p.m. in Room O-214 on the Fond du Lac campus. The instructor is Sara Druckery. The course costs $40.82 and the manual, which can be purchased at the campus bookstore, is $42.95.


To register for the class, call 1-800-472-4554. Moraine Park’s Fond du Lac campus is located at 235 N. National Avenue. For directions, go to and click on About Moraine Park then Campus Information.


New Moraine Park Veterinary Technician program achieves provisional accreditation

by admin28. November 2007 19:00

Moraine Park Technical College’s Veterinary Technician program was recently awarded a provisional accreditation by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). Accreditation by the AVMA Council on Education and Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities represents the highest standard of achievement for veterinary medical education in the U.S.

 Moraine Park and AVMA representatives are shown during the site visit to the Fond du Lac campus.

One of only two Veterinary Technician programs in Wisconsin, Moraine Park’s program is in its second year and off to a very strong start, with a full roster of students both years.


“We were really excited to show the AVMA site team our program,” said Laura Lien, BS, CVT, veterinary technician instructor and program director. “We are still working on curriculum development this semester and are constantly reviewing and taking in feedback from students, clinical supervisors and the advisory committee to make revisions and changes. We've used outside content experts for our curriculum to make sure we are on the cutting edge of veterinary medicine.”


According to the AVMA Web site,, provisional accreditation is granted to new programs in veterinary technology where students have not completed the entire curriculum and/or the programs have not produced sufficient numbers of graduates to adequately assess outcomes. Programs may remain on provisional accreditation for up to five years. Graduates of a provisionally accredited program are graduates of an AVMA-accredited program.


“The College has shown its ability to meet or exceed the standards set by AVMA which include curriculum, physical facilities and equipment, financial, organizational, library facilities, faculty, staff, higher education accreditation, assessment and others,” said Lien.


For Moraine Park graduates, the accreditation means they are eligible to sit for the national and state board exam in Wisconsin and become certified veterinary technicians if they pass, according to Lien. As AVMA-accredited graduates, they have greater mobility throughout the U.S. and Canada. Since credentialing requirements vary from state to state, the AVMA status gives graduates the best chance of being eligible for credentialing wherever they go.


Offered as an online associate degree, Moraine Park’s Veterinary Technician program focuses on the basic skills needed to assist veterinarians in the overall health care, handling and restraint, and disease diagnosis and prevention of large and small animals. Students learn practical applications in animal anatomy and physiology, pharmacology and pathology, and how to assist with surgery, instrumentation and office procedures. Clinical sites are used to practice the actual procedures that veterinary technicians perform.


A second instructor, Kelly Mowell, MS, DVM, has joined Lien. Mowell moved to Wisconsin from Kansas to practice in an area that supports both dairy and small animal veterinary medicine. “The variety of cases that Wisconsin offers and the wonderful people in this state have kept me here,” she said. Mowell and her family have four dogs and two cats. She enjoys participating in canine sports such as agility, obedience, hunting, tracking and conformation. In 2007, she shifted her focus from practicing veterinary medicine in the large and small animal fields to teaching at Moraine Park. “In my opinion, having a great veterinary technician more than doubles the quality and the quantity of veterinary medicine a doctor can perform,” said Mowell.


Prior to becoming a Moraine Park instructor in 2006, Lien worked at the University of Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital for eight years in Large Animal Internal Medicine, where she earned the Veterinary Technician of the Year Award three times. She is working on a Veterinary Technician Specialty in Internal Medicine with the Academy of Internal Medicine for Veterinary Technicians and serving as their director-at-large for the Large Animal sub-specialization. Other accomplishments include co-authoring several published articles based on research data, developing an ancillary text for a textbook and publishing a case report in the January 2007 issue of Veterinary Technician Journal.


For more information about Moraine Park’s Veterinary Technician program, visit and click on Academics, or call 1-800-472-4554. A program video can be viewed on the Web site.                   


Seat open for Moraine Park District Board; applications due Dec. 14

by admin28. November 2007 19:00

Moraine Park Technical College is accepting applications until Dec. 14 for a position on the Moraine Park District Board, due to the announced resignation of board member John Mason.


Applicants for this position must be employed as a school district administrator, and may reside anywhere within the Moraine Park District. The term of this interim appointment will expire on June 30, 2009.

Applicants must submit a completed application, including at least two written references supporting their nomination to the District Board, and must attend the public hearing of the District Board Appointment Committee tentatively scheduled to be held at 4 p.m., Monday, Jan. 14, at Moraine Park Technical College. A legal notice announcing the exact date, time and location of this meeting will be published sometime during the week of Dec. 17 or Dec. 24.


Equal consideration will be given to the general population distribution within the Moraine Park District, as well as to the distribution of women and minorities.


Applications can be obtained from a county board chairperson of any of the following counties: Calumet, Columbia, Dodge, Fond du Lac, Green Lake, Marquette, Sheboygan, Washington, Waushara and Winnebago. Or contact Valerie Krueger, Moraine Park Technical College, 235 N. National Ave., P.O. Box 1940, Fond du Lac, WI 54936-1940; telephone 920-929-2127. Completed applications will be accepted through 4:30 p.m. on Dec. 14. All completed applications should be addressed to Ms. Shirley Kitchen, Secretary, Moraine Park Technical College District Board, 235 N. National Ave., P.O. Box 1940, Fond du Lac, WI 54936-1940. 


Moraine Park names Rettler as West Bend campus administrator

by admin28. November 2007 19:00

Moraine Park Technical College has selected Pete Rettler as the Campus and Community Partner for the West Bend and Online Campuses. Rettler has been serving as the interim West Bend administrator since May.

 Professional photo of Pete Rettler.

In his new position, Rettler will also continue to lead the expanding presence of online instructional activities. This includes the instructional technology areas and the development of new degree programs that are delivered in an online format, thus enabling students to complete their Moraine Park degrees without physically attending any of the three Moraine Park campuses or 20 regional and instructional centers.


“Pete has made a smooth transition to his role on our West Bend Campus by quickly becoming involved in the community and maintaining our strong business relationships. His expertise in online education will help us continue and grow our innovative career programs using technology to deliver career-focused degrees at Moraine Park Technical College,” said Moraine Park President Gayle Hytrek.


“I am very excited to have the opportunity to serve the West Bend community as well as retain my leadership role with instructional technology,” said Rettler. “We have seen an increasing demand for our online programs since we first introduced our initial online degree in 2001. Leading both the West Bend Campus and the Online Campus initiative is a good combination that complements the West Bend Smart Community efforts.”


A life-long resident of Washington County and an active member of the West Bend community, Rettler will receive his master’s degree in Management and Organizational Behavior from Silver Lake College in December 2007. He received his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration – Business Finance from the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire and is certified by the Wisconsin Technical College System in computer information systems and computer software and as an instructional supervisor.


Rettler can be reached by phone at 262-335-5706 or via e-mail at


Moraine Park to offer Spanish course for dairy farmers

by admin27. November 2007 19:00

Moraine Park Technical College will offer Spanish for Dairy Farmers, a short course for farmers who employ individuals who speak Spanish.


The course covers listening, speaking, reading and writing in Spanish. The customs and values of Spanish-speaking cultures are also addressed. Upon completion, you will be able to participate in uncomplicated conversations on everyday topics.


Course number 140-115, section 002, will be held on Tuesdays, Jan. 22 through Feb. 26, from 6 to 9 p.m. in Room O-102 on Moraine Park’s Fond du Lac campus at 235 N. National Ave. For a map, go to and click on About Moraine Park then Campus Information. The cost is $100.65.


For more information or to register, call 1-800-472-4554 or visit a Moraine Park campus in Beaver Dam, Fond du Lac or West Bend.


Moraine Park, Salvation Army team up for another holiday sock drive

by admin27. November 2007 19:00

Moraine Park Technical College's Fond du Lac campus and the Salvation Army of Fond du Lac have partnered again this year for a holiday sock drive, with the theme “Gifts from the Heart.” All types of new socks will be collected – babies’, children’s, women’s and men’s, made of cotton or wool – from now through Thursday, Dec. 13.


A small Christmas tree and a collection bin have been set up in the Cyber Center cafeteria at Moraine Park by the Fond du Lac campus Student Senate. Another drop-off bin is located near the Registration desk. Last year’s sock drive netted 500 pairs of socks for the Salvation Army, and the goal is to beat that number this year and help even more individuals and families keep their feet warm this winter.


The general public is welcome to donate socks. Visitors may use the O-2 entrance to drop socks off between
7:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday in the Cyber Center bin, or the C-1 entrance for the Registration bin.
For more information, call Adam Ninmann, Moraine Park student involvement specialist, at 920-924-3101.


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.