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.


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 Individuals interesting in applying for a Brenner sponsorship can fill out an application at Brenner Tank in Fond du Lac.


Moraine Park staff complete leadership program

by admin5. August 2007 19:00

Amanda Hruska, admissions associate, and JoAnn Giese-Kent, institutional research associate, of Moraine Park Technical College successfully completed the year-long Wisconsin Leadership Development Institute (WLDI).


The program is part of the Chair Academy, a division of the Maricopa Community College District in Mesa, Arizona. The Academy’s purpose is to advance organizational leadership and provide succession planning for leaders in community and technical colleges. In Wisconsin, training is provided through the Wisconsin Leadership Development Institute.


WLDI includes an initial week of on-site training; a practicum experience involving implementation of an individualized professional development plan focusing on the application of skills learned during training; a mentor program; and a final week of on-site training consisting of additional leadership issues. Participants are nominated by their individual colleges.


Julie Budde, Moraine Park network and systems support associate, is currently enrolled in WLDI.


The Reporter's Sharon Roznik wins WTCS Media Award

by admin23. July 2007 19:00

In a tribute to her talents, Sharon Roznik of The Reporter, Fond du Lac’s daily newspaper, was chosen as the winner of the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) District Boards Association 2007 Media Award.


Roznik was nominated by Moraine Park Technical College for a feature she wrote in September 2006 about Moraine Park’s new Culinary Arts Center, culinary arts students and faculty, and the student-run Park Terrace restaurant.

 Sharon Roznik receives the 2007 Media Award

“Both her original article about the groundbreaking and then the completed project showcased the spirit of technical college education – hands-on learning, side by side with talented instructors, in the best facilities to support learning,” said Dr. Gayle Hytrek, Moraine Park president, as she addressed those at the July 13 awards ceremony. “But this article is only one example of Ms. Roznik’s excellent and unbiased reporting of Moraine Park and educational issues. She serves our communities well with insightful writing. The news media can be proud to call her a colleague and I am proud that Moraine Park Technical College can call her a friend of technical education.”


Moraine Park District Board member Peter Sensenbrenner and Marilyn Grainger, WTCS District Boards Association Marketing/PR & Awards Committee chair, also addressed the audience. Grainger presented the award to Roznik.


“One of my favorite beats as a reporter has been education,” said Roznik. “Newspapers and schools both serve the community in different ways, and it is always a pleasure to join forces in letting people know about new opportunities. The public relations people at Moraine Park always make sure I am aware of what's going on at our area technical college.”


Roznik joined The Reporter in 1999, focusing on education ranging from K-12 to college-level issues. She had been a school board member in Campbellsport for five years. Covering an area that includes 13 public school districts, Roznik has received an annual media award from the Wisconsin Association of School Boards several times, nominated by school districts that include Fond du Lac, Kewaskum and Oakfield. She was the first-place winner this past year in the Wisconsin Newspaper Association Awards for best feature page design and writing in the state.


“One of Sharon's gifts as a writer is the knack for finding those stories that are off the beaten path,” said Avi Stern, executive editor of The Reporter. “She has an eye for recognizing the great local-interest features – the kind of pieces will never make the national networks, but certainly mean the most to people who call Fond du Lac home. She also has the brilliant ability to relate to those about whom she writes. ... She can interview a 21-year-old student, turn around and talk with a 20-year professor and then pop into the dean's office on the way out the door. And they'll all talk to her like they've known her for years. Her ability to move between these worlds, often effortlessly, has contributed to her success. Finally, we thank Moraine Park Technical College for recognizing Sharon's efforts.”


Roznik holds a photography degree from Milwaukee Area Technical College. She currently lives in Fond du Lac and has two grown children.


Moraine Park announces board member appointments

by admin22. July 2007 19:00

The 2007-08 district board members for Moraine Park Technical College were nominated to office during the July 9, 2007, District Board meeting.


The following board members will serve as officers for the 2007-08 year: Lisa Mader, chair; Marty Mittlestadt, vice-chair; Philip Baranowski, treasurer; and Shirley Kitchen, secretary.


The membership of the Finance Committee for 2007-08 was also determined. Philip Baranowski will serve as committee chair, and Jodine Deppisch, Vernon Jung, Shirley Kitchen, Lisa Mader, Marty Mittlestadt and Peter Sensenbrenner will serve as committee members.


In addition to the Moraine Park positions, appointments were made for the District’s representatives on the Wisconsin Technical College System District Boards Association committees. Baranowski will continue to serve as Moraine Park’s delegate to the association’s Board of Directors. Other appointees include Peter Sensenbrenner, Legislative Committee; Shirley Kitchen, Human Resources Committee; John Mason, Program Committee; Dorreen Dembski, Marketing/Public Relations and Awards Committee, with Marty Mittlestadt as an alternate; Vernon Jung, Interdistrict/Interagency Cooperation Committee, and Lisa Mader, alternate; and Jodine Deppisch, Bylaws, Policies and Procedures Committee.


Moraine Park Technical College, with campuses in Beaver Dam, Fond du Lac and West Bend, is one of 16 technical colleges throughout Wisconsin that make up the Wisconsin Technical College System. Moraine Park offers 38 associate degree programs, 22 technical diplomas and 43 certificates delivered in a variety of formats – classroom, online or blended. Training and technical assistance for businesses are also available. For more information about Moraine Park, visit                                         


Moraine Park plans Cosmetology Info Night; Nail Technician training scheduled

by admin17. July 2007 19:00

Those who are in – or want to be in – a career with a “cutting” edge on the latest trends are invited to Moraine Park Technical College’s Cosmetology Information Night on Thursday, Aug. 2, at the Fond du Lac campus.


The event takes place in Room A-112 from 6 to 8 p.m. and will feature presentations on the Barber/Cosmetologist technical diploma and apprenticeship programs as well as the Nail Technician certificate. It offers something for everyone – individuals who are interested in becoming students or apprentices, salon owners or managers who would like to train future employees, licensed barber/cosmetologists who wish to obtain a manager’s license and anyone in the field who would like to update their skills. After the presentations, a “sneak preview” tour will be given of the College’s newly remodeled cosmetology training center, which includes a salon and classrooms.


Moraine Park offers a Barber/Cosmetologist technical diploma, a 16-month (1,800 hours) program that prepares graduates for the state Barber/Cosmetologist Licensing Exam. During their first semester, students learn classroom theory and fundamental skills, which are applied during the second semester in Moraine Park’s on-campus salon where students perform client services such as hairstyling, hair coloring, permanent waves, facials and manicures. Visits to area trade shows and guest presentations from industry artists round out the students’ experience.


In the Barber/Cosmetologist Apprenticeship program, students are hired by a salon where they work a minimum of 32 hours per week – with pay – under the direct supervision of a licensed manager and spend one day a week at Moraine Park’s Fond du Lac or West Bend campus receiving instruction and hands-on training. After three semesters that consist of 288 hours of theory instruction and 3,712 hours of practical training, the state licensing exam is taken.


“Apprenticeship has proven to be a very viable option for a variety of reasons for many students,” said Jon Waldhuetter, Moraine Park dean of apprenticeship. “An apprenticeship may appeal to students who are kinesthetic or hands-on learners as less time is spent sitting in a classroom, and they begin working with clients immediately. And less classroom time provides more flexibility for the work schedule.” 


The Nail Technician program is another career option for individuals who are creative and good with people. This 20-week certificate prepares students for the state licensing examination to practice as a manicurist. Students develop nail technician skills in the classroom and the campus salon. The coursework includes law, regulations, business management and ethics to help students who may want to start their own business.


In addition to the Cosmetology Information Night, Moraine Park will offer day and evening sessions of the Nail Technician training starting the week of Aug. 27 in the newly remodeled cosmetology facility. The day session meets Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., while the evening session meets Monday through Thursday from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Classes run through the week of Feb. 12. Completion of this 300-hour program will prepare students for the Wisconsin State Licensing test. For more information or to register, contact a Moraine Park admissions specialist at 920-922-8611 or 1-800-472-4554.


For more information about Moraine Park’s cosmetology programs and apprenticeship, contact Jon Waldheutter at 262-335-5841. Program information is also available at; click on Academics.


Alverno agreement benefits Moraine Park education students

by admin16. July 2007 19:00

Under an articulation agreement that has been worked out with Alverno College in Milwaukee, Instructional Assistant program students at Moraine Park Technical College can transfer their associate degree to Alverno’s Elementary Education bachelor’s degree program if they wish to become teachers.


The articulation agreement applies to any Wisconsin technical college that offers the Instructional Assistant program. Moraine Park’s Instructional Assistant program offers an Associate of Applied Science degree, which prepares qualified individuals to work directly with students under the supervision of a licensed teacher. Students develop the skills to assist children with math, reading and writing assignments, as well as handle classroom management, clerical and other tasks related to instruction.


“Adding Alverno College to our growing list of transfer agreements is another option for our graduates to continue their education and earn a baccalaureate degree,” said Dan Ensalaco, Moraine Park vice president of academics and economic development. “This can be a benefit for the local school districts because their valued instructional aides can be potential classroom teachers for the schools.”


Moraine Park has program-to-program transfer agreements with private four-year colleges in which certain Moraine Park associate degree programs can be articulated toward a bachelor’s degree. Moraine Park also has program-to-program transfer agreements with 10 of the universities within the University of Wisconsin System, as well as general studies transfer agreements with UW-Green Bay and UW-Oshkosh. General studies agreements also exist with four-year private colleges such as Marian College and Milwaukee School of Engineering, as well as out-of-state institutions and online universities.


For more information about Moraine Park’s credit transfer agreements, contact the admissions specialists at
each Moraine Park campus: (920) 887-4425 in Beaver Dam; (920) 924-6398 in Fond du Lac; and (262) 335-5877 in
West Bend. Those in other areas may call (800) 472-4554.


For more information about Moraine Park’s programs, visit


Moraine Park's Electricity students compete in SkillsUSA

by admin15. July 2007 19:00

Nick Matter of Oostburg, a student in Moraine Park Technical College’s Electricity program, participated in the SkillsUSA Championship on June 28 in Kansas City, Mo., part of the 43rd annual National Leadership and Skills Conference June 26-29.

 Nick Matter installs wires during the SkillsUSA electricity competition.

Matter, who placed 14th, joined more than 4,500 career and technical education students who competed in 87 trade, technical and leadership fields. Moraine Park Electricity Instructor Paul Schumacher accompanied Matter to the nationals. The SkillsUSA Championship is the showcase for the best career and technical students in the nation. The philosophy of the event is to reward students for excellence, involve industry in directly evaluating student performance and keep training relevant to employers' needs. 


Matter was one of three students from the Electricity program at Moraine Park’s West Bend campus who competed at the annual SkillsUSA State Conference in Madison April 24-25. Also participating in the residential wiring competition were Mike Berger of Hartford and Dan Diette of Fond du Lac. The team took first place for the third consecutive year, with Matter going on to the nationals.


“The SkillsUSA competition is a good opportunity for students to showcase their talents and meet other electricity students from different colleges,” said Schumacher. “The competition also demonstrates the electricity program’s commitment of success to the students.”


Moraine Park’s Electricity technical diploma focuses on a hands-on learning approach and prepares students to enter the State Electricity Apprenticeship program through the Department of Workforce Development, Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards. To learn more, visit


New Industrial Maintenance Technician program begins this fall

by admin15. July 2007 19:00

Moraine Park Technical College’s new Industrial Maintenance Technician program gets under way with the start of the fall semester on Aug. 27.     


The two-year technical diploma is geared toward several technology-driven fields including manufacturing, food and beverage processing, and building maintenance.


Through this program, students develop a variety of technical skills in electrical/electronics, fluid power, mechanical systems, computers and computer-controlled interface units. Programmable logic controllers, motors and drives, servo hydraulic systems and closed-loop positioning are studied. Hands-on course work gives students a comprehensive understanding of how these technical skill areas are linked together to create automated systems.


“Skills involving the installation, preventive maintenance, troubleshooting and repair of industrial machinery have been in demand,” said James Eden, Moraine Park executive dean of manufacturing, trades and apprenticeship.


For more information about the Industrial Maintenance Technician program, call Cindy Wolf at 262-335-5896. Enroll today by calling 1-800-472-4554.


For more information about Moraine Park, visit


Moraine Park to hold New Student Orientation

by admin10. July 2007 19:00

First-time students who start classes at Moraine Park Technical College this fall are invited to attend New Student Orientation, a special “kickoff” session. 


New students can meet each other, connect with Moraine Park staff, get helpful strategies and learn more about resources to make their first semester the easiest transition possible. Moraine Park staff will explain funding, student records, finding a part-time job while attending school, tutoring services and other resources. Students can get their student IDs, purchase books and locate their classrooms. There will also be sessions for parents and spouses. 


New Student Orientation will be held at the Beaver Dam campus on Monday, July 23, and Thursday, Aug. 9; at the Fond du Lac campus on Tuesday, July 24, and Tuesday, Aug. 7; and at the West Bend campus on Thursday, July 26, and Monday, Aug. 6. Students may choose the date and session time (1-4 p.m. or 5:30-8:30 p.m.) that works best for them.


New students who haven’t already registered for orientation should immediately call 1-800-472-4554, ext. 5854, to enroll in a session.