John Mason resigns from Moraine Park board; honored for 7 years of service

by admin24. January 2008 19:00

John C. Mason has said good-bye to his fellow board members and resigned his seat on the Moraine Park Technical College District Board after serving since July 2000. The board recognized his service with a Resolution of Appreciation and a plaque at its Jan. 16 meeting.

 The Moraine Park president and the board chairperson present a Resolution of Appreciation plaque to outgoing board member John Mason.

Mason served terms as board chairperson and vice chairperson during his seven-year tenure. He is currently the administrator of the Herman School District in Dodge County. 


Mason thanked the members of the board, Dr. Hytrek and Moraine Park staff for making his board experience a great one. “I have enjoyed my time on the board and appreciate having had the opportunity to be an integral part of such a strong educational institution,” he said. “I wish the College continued success as you move forward with meeting the needs and expectations of the Moraine Park District.”


“Moraine Park will miss John’s dedication to the College and his strong leadership,” said Dr. Gayle Hytrek, Moraine Park president. “John was chairperson of the board when I assumed the presidency of Moraine Park, and his leadership allowed the College to make great gains in meeting the skilled workforce needs of our district. I will greatly miss having John on our board.”


A Lomira resident, Mason was appointed as the school district administrator member to the Moraine Park District Board on July 10, 2000, while serving as the former superintendent of the Lomira School District. When joining the board, Mason expressed a desire to help members continue to build on and improve the good working relationship the College had developed with the area high schools, and to become more familiar with Moraine Park’s role in meeting the needs of area high school graduates and adults who wish to further their education.


During his tenure, he was an advocate for increased partnerships with the district high schools and watched Tech Prep agreements grow from 154 transcripted credit agreements to 214 agreements. In addition, Moraine Park expanded health care programming and increased offerings through a health care addition to the Fond du Lac campus. Learning environments were enhanced with new state-of-the-art facilities for manufacturing in Beaver Dam, Fond du Lac and West Bend’s Applied Manufacturing Technology Center. The Barber/Cosmetologist and Culinary Arts programs also benefited from renovations during Mason’s tenure.


Mason holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from St. Mary’s University and Winona State University. He has been a teacher, a principal and superintendent of the Lomira School District. In addition, Mason has been involved in many professional, civic and educational organizations.


Spanish for Automobile Sales & Service offered

by admin22. January 2008 19:00

If you work in automobile sales and/or service and don’t know Spanish but your job requires you to interact with Spanish-speaking customers, sign up for Spanish for Automobile Sales & Service at Moraine Park Technical College. 


You will learn to greet customers and clients; express and receive dollar amounts; acquire basic sales and financial information from a customer; assist customers with the purchase of an automobile, parts and services; help the customer with basic information regarding automobile insurance, tax, title and licensing; provide payment information; and conduct routine tasks.


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 Automobile Sales & Service (course number 140-467-001) will run for six weeks starting Wednesday, March 5, and ending Wednesday, April 16, from 6 to 8:45 p.m. in Room O-214 on Moraine Park’s Fond du Lac campus, 235 N. National Ave. The class is $40.82 and the manual, which can be purchased at the campus bookstore, is $42.95 plus tax.


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


OSHA inspection seminar offered for veterinary practices

by admin21. January 2008 19:00

Dr. Chery F. Kendrick, a regulatory specialist for the veterinary profession, will present “OSHA for the Veterinary Practice” at Moraine Park Technical College’s West Bend campus on Saturday, Feb. 9.


During this informative and enjoyable seminar scheduled for 12 noon to 4 p.m., Dr. Kendrick will provide the tools to simplify the regulatory aspect of a veterinary practice and be ready for an OSHA inspection. Participants will receive tools that they can use immediately, including a CD-ROM with an OSHA safety manual, which will be personalized at the seminar for their own practice; an MSDS CD-ROM to use for a clinic’s MSDS library; and a continuing education certificate. There will be enough time to ask questions.


For the OSHA manual, participants should bring their laptops (either PC or Mac) to customize the manual for their clinic. Moraine Park will provide laptops for those who don’t have one.


The seminar will take place in the Applied Manufacturing Technology Center auditorium on Moraine Park’s West Bend campus, 2151 N. Main St. Cost is $99 per person, which includes materials and refreshments. To register, contact Eileen Rottscholl at 920-924-3491 or


Find your career at Discover Moraine Park

by admin20. January 2008 19:00

Discover Moraine Park and let your future take shape! Finding the facts about Moraine Park’s academic programs, student services and how to get started is as easy as a campus visit.


Stop by one or more of Moraine Park’s three campuses during this free annual event, which takes place at
West Bend on Tuesday, Feb. 12; at Fond du Lac on Wednesday, Feb. 13; and at Beaver Dam on Thursday, Feb. 14, from 5:30-7 p.m.


High school students, their parents and returning adult learners are invited to the College for an evening filled with information about:


Admission requirements and application process

Student Support Services and Counseling Services

Basic Education and Student Success Center

Employment Services and Career Center resources

Financial aid and scholarships

Diversity Relations

Student Life

Nontraditional Occupations services

Youth Options and Tech Prep


For more information, call 1-800-472-4554, ext. 3347. To register online, go to MPTC Presents at and click on Discover Moraine Park. To learn more about Moraine Park and its programs, and to view campus and program videos, visit


Real estate class offered at Moraine Park

by admin14. January 2008 19:00

Moraine Park Technical College is offering “Real Estate Preparation” to introduce the fundamentals that are required for selling real estate. The class will help develop skills in the topical items identified in the current Wisconsin Administrative Code, and it meets Wisconsin’s 72-hour educational requirements for those seeking a sales license. 


Real Estate Preparation (course number 194-190-002) will be held Wednesday evenings for 16 consecutive weeks, Jan. 23 through May 7, from 6 to 10 p.m. in Room O-103 at Moraine Park’s Fond du Lac campus, 235 N. National Avenue. The cost is $293.95, plus $88.95 for books. Register today – call 1-800-472-4554 or go to and register online.  


Moraine Park offers insurance pre-licensing classes

by admin14. January 2008 19:00

Insurance pre-licensing classes are being offered at Moraine Park Technical College in Fond du Lac. 


Ethics and Law Insurance for Insurance Professionals (course number 162-460-004) uses case studies and discussion to explore the role of ethics in the insurance profession. This class takes place on Friday, Feb. 1, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The cost is $39.41, plus $21.95 for the book.


Ethics/Property/Casualty Insurance (162-472-002) will run Fridays and Saturdays, Feb.1-2 and Feb. 8-9, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The cost is $127.64, plus $34.50 for the book.


Property Insurance (162-468-002) will take place Saturday, Feb. 2, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Friday, Feb. 8, from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. The cost is $56.62, plus $34.50 for the book.  


These classes will be held on the Fond du Lac campus in Room O-103.


On Monday, March 3, Ethics and Law (162-460-005) will be offered for one day from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in Room O-104.The cost is $39.41 plus materials. Also starting March 3, Ethics/Accident & Health/Life (162-466-003) will be offered on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 8:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. on the Fond du Lac campus in Room O-104. The course is $127.64 and materials are $43.90.


Accident/Health Insurance (162-462-003) will be offered on Tuesday, March 4, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Wednesday, March 5,8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Room O-104. The cost is $56.62.


Moraine Park’s Fond du Lac campus is located at 235 N. National Ave. To register, call 1-800-472-4554.


Free events held at Moraine Park in January

by admin13. January 2008 19:00

Just in time to help alleviate cabin fever, Moraine Park Technical College is offering free entertainment at its three campuses this month.


Beaver Dam campus: Comedian Robbie Printz will entertain on Wednesday, Jan. 23, from 11:30 a.m. to
12:30 p.m. in the commons. Printz has been on NBC, MTV, A&E and Comedy Central and won the Boston Comedy Festival in 2002 and 2003. His free performance is a reminder of childhood wonders and adulthood absurdities, delivered with high energy and a fast pace. The public may purchase lunch for $6 per meal. For more information, contact Lisa Manuell, student involvement specialist, at 920-887-4462.


Fond du Lac campus: A Martin Luther King Jr. Day luncheon on Monday, Jan. 21, will feature a free showing of the HBO movie Boycott starting at 11 a.m. On Tuesday, Jan. 22, Denver-based singer/songwriter Michael James will perform his melody-based alternative rock from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. During both events, held in the Cyber Center cafeteria, lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at a cost of $5 for the general public. For more information, contact Adam Ninmann, student involvement specialist, at 920-924-3101.


West Bend campus: Acoustic guitarist Sean McConnell will play in the cafeteria from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 22. Lunch will be available at cost to the general public. For more information, contact Bradley Mitchell, student involvement specialist, at 262-335-5743 or


For more information about Moraine Park, visit


Press brake course offered Jan. 30

by admin9. January 2008 19:00

Moraine Park Technical College is offering Fundamentals of Press Brake Operation, a one-day, hands-on event 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 Wednesday, Jan. 30, 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 has been approved as an educational site for the Fabricators and Manufacturers Association International (FMA), and the press brake seminar is part of a series of offerings. 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.


"Starting Your Own Business" info session set for Jan. 23

by admin6. January 2008 19:00

Moraine Park Technical College and the Venture Center at Fox Valley Technical College are cosponsoring a free information session for individuals who are interested in starting their own business.


“Explore Starting Your Own Business” is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 23, at Moraine Park’s Fond du Lac campus, 235 N. National Ave.


During this session, participants will explore key factors in starting a business and learn how to determine if they have a feasible idea for a business venture. Information will be shared about Entrepreneurship Training Program funding and how to receive funding assistance for E-Seed™, a 15-week entrepreneurship training series.


Although there is no cost to attend, please reserve a spot before the Jan. 21 deadline. Call Moraine Park at
920-924-3449 or e-mail        


E-Seed course to be offered at Moraine Park

by admin6. January 2008 19:00

Developing an idea for a small business is complex, but not impossible. To assist prospective business owners, Moraine Park Technical College is taking registrations for the popular entrepreneurship training experience, E-SeedTM.


The 45-hour, 15-week course begins Wednesday, Feb. 13, at Moraine Park’s Fond du Lac campus, 235 N. National Ave. Classes are held from 6-9 p.m. E-Seed will also be offered in Appleton, Waupaca and Oshkosh.


“Taking the E-Seed class is important for anyone considering starting a business or looking to expand their existing business,” said Amy Pietsch, director of Fox Valley Technical College’s Venture Center. “Students learn everything from selecting the appropriate legal entity to management and leadership, marketing and finances.”


The classroom setting fosters networking and participation with both start-up and existing local businesses. Guest speakers, including attorneys, bankers, accountants, marketing professionals and successful entrepreneurs, bring additional insight to the weekly classes.


Participants develop a comprehensive business plan to act as a road map for start-up and future growth. The business planning process dissects every aspect of being in business. Students learn to set realistic goals, establish a budget, identify their market and predict cash flow.


According to Lori Thiel, owner of Open Road Harley in Fond du Lac and a former E-Seed participant, “The E-Seed program gives a realistic approach to getting into your own business while aiding you with useful tools to become successful. I found the program beneficial for two reasons – you learn by preparing a thorough strategic business plan and by being able to interact with quality resources who are credible business owners.” 


The registration deadline is Feb. 8. The $1,000 fee covers tuition, materials and refreshments. Tuition assistance is available. For more information, visit To register, call 920-924-3449 or e-mail