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 www.morainepark.edu/eseed. To register, call 920-924-3449 or e-mail training@morainepark.edu.


Moraine Park to hold New Student Orientation

by admin18. December 2007 19:00

First-time students who will begin classes at Moraine Park Technical College this spring are invited to attend New Student Orientation, a special “kickoff” session held at each campus. 


The event gives new students the opportunity to meet each other, connect with Moraine Park staff and find out about resources to make their first semester the easiest transition possible. Financial Aid staff will explain when checks will be available and Registration staff will talk about parents’ right to access a student’s record. Other staff will discuss how to find a part-time job while attending school using the College’s TechConnect system, and how to access free tutoring services. Students can get their student IDs, purchase books and get help finding their classrooms.


New Student Orientation will be held at the Beaver Dam campus on Tuesday, Jan. 8, from 3-6 p.m.; at the
West Bend campus on Wednesday, Jan. 9, from 4:30-7:30 p.m.; and at the Fond du Lac campus on Thursday, Jan. 10, from 1-4 p.m.


New students who haven’t already registered for orientation should do so by calling 1-800-472-4554, ext. 5854, or signing up online through Jan. 2 at www.morainepark.edu. Just click on New Student Orientation in the MPTC Presents marquee and follow the directions.


Moraine Park students help others during the holidays

by admin18. December 2007 19:00

Ten Culinary Arts students slice cooked turkey for a Salvation Army Christmas dinner.Moraine Park Technical College students got into the spirit of giving this holiday season with several clubs and the Student Senates collecting food, clothing, toys and money for families who are less fortunate.


At Moraine Park's Beaver Dam campus, the Student Senate collected donations from students and staff for the Dodge County Food Pantry and Clothes for Kids. The food pantry received $540 that was raised from ticket sales to a movie day at Roger’s Cinema, and Clothes for Kids received clothes, toys and $100. Members of the Electrical Power Distribution Club again volunteered to ring bells for the Salvation Army in Beaver Dam.


The Fond du Lac campus Student Senate and the Salvation Army of Fond du Lac teamed up for a sock drive to help keep feet of all sizes warm this winter. And the Culinary Arts students assisted the Salvation Army by preparing 43 turkeys for the first annual Community Christmas Dinner.

 Two Beaver Dam campus students load bags of clothes into a car for Clothes for Kids.

The West Bend campus had a Giving Tree decorated with ornaments that featured items for Moraine Park families in need. More than 30 gifts were provided due to the generosity of numerous fellow Moraine Park students and staff. Both the Chiropractic Technician Club and Wisconsin Marketing and Management Association student groups also helped collect gifts this year.


For more information about Moraine Park, visit www.morainepark.edu.


Moraine Park creates Mac labs for Graphic Communications students

by admin16. December 2007 19:00

Macintosh computers are typically used in the printing/publishing industry and in graphic design. With that in mind, Moraine Park Technical College recently converted the PC computer labs used by the College’s Graphic Communications – Electronic Prepress program at the Fond du Lac and West Bend campuses. The new Mac labs are designed to give students additional preparation for the workplace.

 A Moraine Park graphic communications instructor and a student look at a design in Adobe Illustrator using a Mac.

“Since Macs are the standard platform in this profession, we decided to move from a PC lab with a few Macs to an all-Mac lab,” said Bobbi Laine, program dean. Parallels software enables the Macs to also act like PCs so students
can be experienced in both platforms, and students from other programs can continue to use the labs if they prefer the
PC style. 


Graphic Communications students will be able to work on both platforms when they graduate. “It seems common for area printers to use Macs in some departments and PCs in other, more business-related departments,” said Laine. “It gives our students a ‘leg up’ when seeking employment because they can be productive on day one of the new job.”


Joe Remillard of West Bend, a Graphic Communications – Electronic Prepress student who graduates this month, agrees. “More and more businesses are adding Mac computers to their design shops and the ability to become familiar with a Mac before employment is a great deal of help,” said Remillard. “All of the new technologies that are given to us in the lab have allowed me, personally, to grow as a graphic designer. … The Macs allow the students to quickly move between all of the software programs with ease. I believe and have seen that the new Mac computers can handle the large, complex intricacies of our software packages more easily than a PC. At home I have a PC laptop which I have never had a problem with, but the Macs, with the large screen and massive amount of disk space (300 GB), have helped me gain another element in the graphic design field.”


The transition to Macs has had its challenges for some students, although, Remillard said, “I feel that this is good that they get their differences settled now and not on the job.” He has tutored fellow students, explaining to them that “the screen may look a little different but both computers run basically the same. In addition, once you open a program such as Photoshop, the screen and the tools look and work the same on a PC or Mac,” he said.


A variety of classes using the Mac labs are available. “We’re offering the same instructional content as before, using Macs as the tool now, so grads can return for Mac training in all courses,” said Laine.


In addition to the traditional and online courses, Moraine Park offers customized training in the Mac labs or onsite if a business requests, including instruction in Adobe CS3 products – Photoshop, Acrobat and InDesign – and QuarkXPress. 

“We are currently offering an online accelerated Winterim session of Photoshop, which is a ‘hot’ program for anyone working on their own photos, as well as for those who work in the graphic industry,” said Laine.


For more information, contact Laine at 920-924-3163 or blaine@morainepark.edu.


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 training@morainepark.edu.


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 training@morainepark.edu.


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, www.morainepark.edu, 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 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 www.morainepark.edu 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, www.avma.org, 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 www.morainepark.edu and click on Academics, or call 1-800-472-4554. A program video can be viewed on the Web site.                   


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 prettler@morainepark.edu.