Moraine Park, Lakeland College unveil new approach for Wisconsin higher education

by admin16. October 2007 19:00

The toughest decision you will have to make is whether to have two graduation parties.

 Dr. Gould of Lakeland and Dr. Hytrek of Moraine Park shake hands at the agreement signing.

Moraine Park Technical College and Lakeland College signed five agreements on Oct. 15 creating programs in accounting, marketing, business-to-business marketing, business management and administrative assistant/specialized administration. The five new programs allow students to simultaneously earn a Moraine Park associate degree and Lakeland bachelor's degree.


"Educational institutions have been talking about the need for these types of transfer agreements for some time and, with this interwoven agreement with Lakeland, it has become a reality for Moraine Park students," said Dr. Gayle Hytrek, Moraine Park president. "We are very excited to provide our students with a cost-effective way to earn their bachelor's degree without leaving their community.”


Lakeland now has 33 interwoven degree programs with four Wisconsin technical colleges. The programs are unique agreements in Wisconsin because students may attend both colleges at once, mixing technical classes with humanities in the same semester. The program includes innovative agreements on joint admissions, counseling, financial aid and other services with increased student access.


“This is an enormously unique agreement in higher education,” said Lakeland President Stephen A. Gould.
“It’s unique in its complete seamlessness and predictability. There are no additional resources needed, because it restructures the resources that are already there. It’s unique in that it is a public and private institution collaborating.”


Dan Ensalaco, Moraine Park vice president of academics and economic development, said the agreement has benefits beyond Moraine Park’s students.


"This newest collaboration between Lakeland and Moraine Park provides our residents with new career laddering opportunities that better reflect the realities of today's job market and encourages life-long learning,” said Ensalaco. “In particular, we are pleased in the way this new program meets the needs of the adult learner. Meeting those educational needs is going to be key to keeping Wisconsin competitive with other states and the rest of the world. Lakeland has been a leader in articulating programs with the Wisconsin Technical College System. Moraine Park is pleased to sign this agreement and looks forward to developing new partnerships with Lakeland that push the envelope of post-secondary education in Wisconsin.”

 Four representatives from Lakeland and three from Moraine Park are pictured here for the interwoven agreement signing.

Unlike a traditional 2+2 agreement, in which students complete a two-year degree before starting their four-year degree, students will be able to attend both colleges from day one, beginning with a joint application.


Full-time students can finish both degrees in four years. Both Lakeland and Moraine Park courses will be taken each year, with more Moraine Park coursework coming early in a student’s academic plan.


Because students can take classes at each college each semester, students are likely to earn a Moraine Park associate’s degree just before completing the Lakeland bachelor’s degree; the exact time will vary from student to student.


Convenience will be a key. Lakeland will offer some of its courses at Moraine Park and most will be offered online. Students will also be able to take many Lakeland courses through the college’s BlendEd format, a convenient, one-of-a-kind approach that allows students to decide on a class-by-class basis if they want to learn that week in the traditional classroom setting or online.


“This approach is about making college as non-intimidating and accessible as possible so that Moraine Park students can feel confident taking the next step right away,” Gould said. “A lot of students, based on family or geographical limitations, can’t ‘go away’ to school. Our program removes some of those traditional hurdles to a four-year degree.”


Affordability is another advantage. Students can earn both degrees for about the same cost as attending four years at a state university, and financial aid is available.


The program also eliminates the need for credit transfers and other paperwork often related to moving from one school to another. Students will receive personalized advising from both Moraine Park and Lakeland.


“We are excited about partnering with Lakeland in this unique initiative to streamline the transfer process so our students, if they so choose, can work on both degrees simultaneously without having to duplicate course work,” said Pat Olson, Moraine Park's dean of business. “It's a plus for our students.”


Lakeland has interwoven degree programs with four other technical colleges: 14 programs with North Central Technical College in Wausau, 11 with Midstate Technical College in Wisconsin Rapids, two with Fox Valley Technical College in Appleton and one with Northeast Wisconsin Technical College.


The interwoven degree stems from results of a 2005 student survey at NWTC in Green Bay and meetings between the presidents of those two schools.


The survey showed that 61 percent of 719 students said they planned to earn a bachelor's degree after completing coursework at NWTC, and 80 percent said they would be more likely to transfer to a four-year college if courses they took at NWTC would transfer to a bachelor's degree program.


Lakeland continues to work with other technical colleges in Wisconsin to develop similar programs.


“Higher education needs to focus more energy on finding ways to deliver an education to students on their time, based on their schedules,” Gould said. “We are excited about partnering with Moraine Park to create a program that truly puts the needs of our students first, and we believe it’s a model for the future of higher education.”


Students can learn more about the Lakeland/Moraine Park interwoven degrees by contacting Pat Olson of Moraine Park at or (920) 924-3333, or Lakeland’s Fox Cities Center at or (920) 727-0777.


Moraine Park, with campuses in Beaver Dam, Fond du Lac and West Bend and regional sites in Ripon and Hartford, is one of 16 colleges comprising the Wisconsin Technical College System. The College offers more than 100 associate degrees, technical diplomas and certificates as well as apprenticeship training and customized training for business and industry. To find out more, visit


Lakeland is a four-year independent college affiliated with the United Church of Christ whose principal campus is located in Sheboygan County. The college serves over 4,000 students – 958 in its undergraduate campus-based day program, approximately 2,300 at its seven evening Kellett School Centers located throughout Wisconsin and through its Internet-based Lakeland College Online program, nearly 700 in its four graduate programs and over 200 at its two-year campus in Tokyo, Japan. The college, founded in 1862 by German immigrants, is in the midst of nine straight years of record enrollment. Learn more at


Preview Days planned at Moraine Park

by admin14. October 2007 19:00

Public and parochial high school juniors and seniors and those who are homeschooled are invited to attend
Moraine Park Technical College’s Fall Preview Days to learn how the College can help shape their future.


Students will spend a morning on campus taking a closer look at specific programs, meeting Moraine Park instructors and getting a feel for college life. High school seniors will have a chance to win a $250 Moraine Park scholarship. Up to two program visits per campus may be selected, and one campus or all three can be visited.


Preview Days will be offered from 9 to 11:15 a.m. on the following dates:


·         West Bend campus – Tuesday, Nov. 13

·         Fond du Lac campus – Wednesday, Nov. 14

·         Beaver Dam campus – Thursday, Nov. 15


Register by Nov. 5 with your high school guidance office or at  
For more information, contact Katie VandeSlunt at or 1-800-472-4554, ext. 3347.


Music and comedy at Moraine Park campuses Nov. 8

by admin14. October 2007 19:00

Moraine Park Technical College’s campuses in Fond du Lac and West Bend are offering free lunch-hour entertainment on Thursday, Nov. 8. The general public is invited to join Moraine Park students and staff.


Fond du Lac campus: Comedian Rob Paravonian will perform 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Cyber Center cafeteria. Paravonian has appeared on radio shows and Comedy Central. 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.


West Bend campus: A Coffeehouse Concert will feature the Celtic and bluegrass music of Switchback from
11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The acoustic duo has produced nine albums, including The Fire That Burns, Bolinree and Falling Water River. Free coffee will be served to students and staff with a Moraine Park ID; coffee and lunch can be purchased by the public at various prices. For more information, contact Bradley Mitchell at 262-335-5743.


Halo 3 Tournament set at Moraine Parks Fond du Lac campus; LAN party is College's third

by admin9. October 2007 19:00

Calling all gamers! Moraine Park Technical College’s third LAN party will take place this month, with the
main attraction being Microsoft’s recently released Halo 3.


The free gaming event runs from 4 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 25, in the Cyber Center cafeteria on Moraine Park’s Fond du Lac campus.


The Halo 3 Tournament is for experienced gamers. It begins with a warm-up from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., with the competition running from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Participants are required to bring their own controller and a play and charge kit. If that isn’t possible, submit a request when registering and gear will be supplied at no cost if available.


Free-for-all PC gaming takes place from 4 p.m. until the Halo 3 tournament starts. Refreshments will be available from 6 to 6:30 p.m., with proceeds going to the Moraine Park Computer Club. PC users are asked to arrive before 4 p.m. to set up their equipment. They need to bring their monitor, tower, keyboard, mouse, headphones, power cables and an Ethernet cable at least seven feet long, plus original copies of games they wish to play. (Copies of games will not be provided.)


Sponsors of the LAN party are Game Crazy of Fond du Lac, NewEgg, Ideazon, Bawls, Vroom Foods Inc. and K107.1 FM of Fond du Lac.


Registration is required by Oct. 22 and space is limited with a few left. Gamers must be ages 18 and up. To register, contact Zach Wagner at (920) 960-2663 or, or sign up with Adam Ninmann in Room A-107 at Moraine Park’s Fond du Lac campus or at Game Crazy, 459 W. Johnson St., Fond du Lac.


Lean/Six Sigma briefing offered for business managers

by admin7. October 2007 19:00

A Lean Enterprise/Six Sigma Executive Informational Briefing will be offered at Moraine Park Technical College’s West Bend campus on Wednesday, Oct. 31.


The session will be presented by Glen Thielke, Moraine Park economic and workforce development instructor and Six Sigma Master Black Belt, from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. in Room T-104.


Lean Enterprise/Six Sigma Executive Informational Briefings are for managers who will plan, control and
oversee the implementation and continuation of a Lean Enterprise/Six Sigma program. Participants will learn the difference between Lean and Six Sigma and the proper applications for each; why one or both of these systems is important to a company; how everyone in the company contributes to the success of the program; Six Sigma training
by levels (White, Green and Black belts); and more.


The informational briefing is free. Registration is required by Oct. 14. To reserve your seat call (920) 924-3449
or e-mail


Government contract seminars offered for machine shops, fabricators

by admin7. October 2007 19:00

Moraine Park Technical College and the Business Procurement Assistance Center (BPAC) will show area machine shops and fabricators how to locate contracting opportunities with the federal government during two training seminars on Thursday, Nov. 8, at Moraine Park’s West Bend campus.


The Department of Defense offers some of the best opportunities for a machine shop and/or fabricator to do business with the federal government. Machining/Fabrication 1 will be held from 9 to 11:30 a.m. on Nov. 8. This training is ideal for the machining and/or fabrication company new to government contracting or starting to actively seek government work. The class will focus on identifying contracting opportunities, time management techniques, registration requirements and how machined/fabricated items are purchased, and provide tips on how to be a successful contractor. The $30 fee covers the cost of materials.


Machining/Fabrication 2 will follow from 1 to 3:30 p.m. on Nov. 8. Targeted to machine shops/fabricators that are aggressively pursuing government contracts, this seminar will focus on current and upcoming changes to the contracting process. More in-depth topics important to competing in the Department of Defense marketplace will include how to quote bids electronically, Radio Frequency Identification and Wide Area Work Flow. There is a $40 fee for Machining/Fabrication 2.


Registration is required and can be done online at For more information contact BPAC at or (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.


For directions to Moraine Park’s West Bend campus at 2151 N. Main St., visit


Selling to the State of Wisconsin business seminar offered

by admin2. October 2007 19:00

Moraine Park Technical College will help area businesses learn how to sell their products and services to the
State of Wisconsin at a training seminar on Thursday, Oct. 25, from 1 to 3:30 p.m. The session will be conducted by
the Business Procurement Assistance Center (BPAC) at Moraine Park’s Fond du Lac campus. 


“Selling to the State of Wisconsin” provides a foundation for contracting with the state. Attendees will learn
how the state procures the products and services it needs, which agencies buy what items or services and how to use VendorNet, the State of Wisconsin's electronic purchasing information system. Other contracting resources within the state will be discussed.


“Our federal government is the largest purchaser of goods and services in the world, yet Wisconsin ranks near
the bottom for tapping into this market. These seminars will help businesses learn the ins and outs of competing for
those federal contract dollars,” said Ralph Steckman, BPAC interim program director.


The $30 fee includes the cost of materials. Registration is required and can be made online at For more information, contact BPAC at or
(608) 243-4490.


For directions to Moraine Park’s Fond du Lac campus, go to and click on About
Moraine Park then Campus Information.


Moraine Park offers customized business training; new Workforce Solutions course catalog available

by admin26. September 2007 19:00

Whether your company is small, medium or large, Moraine Park Technical College understands that training and retaining your employees and competing in a world which changes rapidly requires an ongoing investment.


Moraine Park also knows that when it comes to training for business and industry, one size doesn’t fit all. The College provides customized, on-site training that includes computers and software, testing and assessment, business solutions, continuous improvement, human performance development training, communication skills, industrial skills and languages.


Seminars and online courses are also available. Moraine Park Technical College’s newest Workforce Solutions Events Schedule is available online or through the mail. The current course catalog features business and industry offerings through December. A large variety of courses are offered, including Lean Enterprise and Six Sigma, E-Seed, Dale Carnegie Executive Leadership Series, Critical Core Manufacturing Skills, VisionPoint Productions Inc. Legal Series, Six Sigma for Health Care, Development Dimensions International’s Essential Interviewing Skills, financial management, government contracting, safety seminars and industrial certification, many online courses through ed2go, and more.


For more information about customized training or for a copy of the Workforce Solutions Events Schedule,
call 920-924-3449 or e-mail A copy of the events schedule is also available online at, Course Catalog.


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.



State training grants will enhance local workforce; Moraine Park to train 109 workers

by admin19. September 2007 19:00

Three area businesses are receiving $37,830 in worker training dollars from the Wisconsin Technical College System. The Workforce Advancement Training Grants will be used to fund training provided by Moraine Park Technical College for 109 area workers over the next 10 months.


“The grants are an investment to make our current workforce more productive and Wisconsin businesses more globally competitive,” said Dan Clancy, president of the Wisconsin Technical College System. “It provides the dollars for businesses to take advantage of the world-class technical college education in a time when competitiveness and efficiency are critical.” 


“Moraine Park has a strong commitment to helping companies in our district develop their workforce, as a skilled workforce is a competitive advantage for any company,” said Dr. Gayle Hytrek, Moraine Park president. “We were pleased to be notified about funding for the training at Alto Dairy Cooperative, Grande Cheese Company and Del Monte Foods. I believe this is another example of how Moraine Park's strong collaborations with the state and area companies have a positive impact on the economic future of our district and our state.”


Grant applications are made by technical college districts in partnership with local employers, which must demonstrate training needs, the importance to the local or regional economy, measurable outcomes (including improved productivity and competitiveness) and increased employee wages and career opportunities.   


Roughly 5,500 workers across the state will receive training to upgrade their skills through the $1 million in Workforce Advancement Training Grants. The training may include any combination of academic, occupational and career topics or courses. 


A local breakdown of grants awarded is as follows:


Alto Dairy Cooperative, $15,077: Moraine Park will provide 158 hours of instruction to 80 hourly and salaried employees at Alto Dairy in Waupun. Measurable outcomes indicate skill increases in safety, lean principles, Microsoft Report Writer and company-specific equipment maintenance. The company will benefit from cost reductions and improved employee participation in a lean culture, allowing them to compete effectively in a tight margin market.


Grande Cheese Company, $8,212: Moraine Park will provide 53 hours of Six Sigma Black Belt instruction and coaching to four quality and management employees of Grande Cheese Co. of Lomira. Grande identified the need for this training to support quality improvement initiatives. Anticipated results include scrap reduction, process variation reduction and an increase in process capability.


Del Monte Foods, $14,451: Moraine Park will provide 135 hours of instruction to 25 hourly and salaried employees at Del Monte’s facilities in Markesan and Cambria. Measurable outcomes indicate skill increases in Spanish language skills, programmable logic controller utilization, and supervisory skills, with anticipated results of a decrease in lost-time accidents and in downtime due to equipment delays.


Moraine Park, with campuses in Beaver Dam, Fond du Lac and West Bend and regional sites in Ripon and Hartford, is one of 16 colleges comprising the Wisconsin Technical College System. The College offers more than 100 associate degrees, technical diplomas and certificates as well as apprenticeship training and customized training for business and industry. To find out more, visit


The Wisconsin Technical College System is the major provider of customized training and technical assistance to Wisconsin’s business and industry community.