Moraine Park hires James Eden as executive dean of trades and apprenticeship

by admin27. March 2007 19:00

James Eden has joined Moraine Park Technical College as the executive dean of manufacturing, trades and apprenticeship.


His new role encompasses responsibility for all of the programs and activities in manufacturing, trades and apprenticeship at Moraine Park’s campuses in Beaver Dam, Fond du Lac and West Bend, including the Applied Manufacturing Technology Center at the West Bend campus.


Eden earned an associate degree in auto mechanics from Western Wisconsin Technical College in La Crosse and worked as a repair technician for 12 years, including three years as an owner/operator of an automotive repair business.
In 1988, he became an automotive instructor at Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC) where he progressed to
mid-level manager then campus manager.


“The experiences have given me a chance to see all facets of technical college operations in Wisconsin,” said Eden. “I’m pleased to have joined Moraine Park Technical College, which has excellent manufacturing, trades and apprenticeship programs, state-of-the-art facilities and equipment and a strong desire to meet the needs of both students and the businesses in our district.”


He also holds a bachelor of science degree in vocational, technical and adult education from the University of Wisconsin-Stout, and a master of business administration degree from Cardinal Stritch University where he is a second-year doctoral student in the Leadership for the Advancement of Learning and Service program.


Eden has served on the Port Washington/Saukville School District Board since 1998 and was elected vice president in 2000. He is chairman of the Negotiations and Personnel committees and serves on the Finance and Building Grounds subcommittees.


For more information about Moraine Park and its programs, visit


Registration under way for Moraine Park's Tech Knowledge College

by admin27. March 2007 19:00

Registration is under way for Moraine Park Technical College’s annual Tech Knowledge College, set for
July 31-Aug. 2 at the Fond du Lac campus. Tech Knowledge College is a unique and fun way for kids entering
6th through 8th grade to explore different career choices through 26 hands-on, interactive activities.


Six new activities have been added to this year’s offerings:


Discover China: Learn to say your name in Chinese and how to write numbers. Learn about China’s products, customs and clothing, and the ways in which China and the U.S. are similar and different.


Go, Team, Go!: By finding out what “color” you are (red, green, etc.) you can learn about who you are, what you like and dislike and why you react the way you do. With your TKC team members you will learn how to take your individual styles and work together as a team.

Numbers Making Money in Business: Set up a lemonade stand, decide how much lemonade and other supplies to buy, set the price and see how much you can sell. Create a balance sheet and profit and loss statement and balance your company checkbook.

Restauranteuring at Park Terrace: Work in Moraine Park’s new restaurant preparing menus and taking on a role as maitre d’, chef, server or busser.


The Microscopic World: Put on a lab coat and see the world through a microscope – your food, household products, etc. Find out how certain products affect the environment.


What Do You Knead?: Make a variety of breads in Moraine Park’s new, state-of-the-art bread-making kitchen – quick breads, muffins, rolls, braided bread, cracker bread and more. Take a basket of your breads home!


Some of the activities which are back by popular demand include:


Carpentry Art: Make something with your own hands! Learn how to identify different types of wood, read a ruler and safely use power tools to construct a project.


Rev Your Engines!: Disassemble a small engine and find out how it operates by working with hand tools and learning how to use them safely. 


USA Pet Care: Become a Moraine Park veterinary technician and learn how to keep pets healthy, diagnose what’s wrong when they are sick and determine what it takes to help them get well.


The Art of Architecture: Explore the world of architectural drafting using CAD software to draw a house, including different styles and floor plans.


Computer Lingo: Explore the language of Visual Basic programming as you create a variety of computer games.


Spa de Paris: Enjoy giving and receiving French manicures and pedicures. Indulge in a custom-blended mini-facial and journey through the Spa de Paris makeup studio.


Science Anatomy Team: Become a scientist for three days and conduct experiments to discover what makes your heart beat, how food is digested, how your lungs work, what your liver does and more.


Cost is $75 before May 18 ($85 after) and includes two activities (8:45-11:15 a.m. and 12-2:30 p.m.), a T-shirt, and lunch. Busing is available from Moraine Park’s Beaver Dam and West Bend campuses to the Fond du Lac campus daily for students who live outside of the Fond du Lac area (included in the registration fee). Registration deadline is
July 3. For registration information go to





Moraine Park culinary students place in Restaurant Association competition

by admin27. March 2007 19:00

Moraine Park Technical College Culinary Arts program students outperformed a multitude of challengers from across the state, taking second and third place in two college competitions at the 2007 Wisconsin Restaurant Expo held in Milwaukee by the Wisconsin Restaurant Association and the Wisconsin Bakers Association.


In Individual Cold Plate competition, Moraine Park culinary arts student Linda Meyer of St. Anna scored second place with her grilled veal T-bone and trio of mashed potatoes. In Team Hot Plate competition, Moraine Park’s team placed third overall. Team members included Josh Nigbor of Ripon, Jacklyn Kramer of Beaver Dam, Mike Kiehnau of
St. Cloud, and John Dana and Dace Branson, both of Fond du Lac.


“For the past three years, we have consistently scored well at the annual competition,” said James Simmers, Moraine Park culinary arts instructor. “But every year is a unique competition and we’re up against some of the best students in the state. I am amazed how much time and effort our students are continually willing to put into this contest; some students put in over 30 hours for their projects.” Simmers coaches the competitors along with Moraine Park culinary instructors Ron Speich and Tom Endejan.


For Individual Cold Plate competition, culinary students created superbly plated meals that were judged by experienced chefs. Students from technical colleges and universities across Wisconsin showed off their skills with beautifully designed veal entrées. The aspic-glazed plates were judged on appearance, presentation and creativity.


For the Hot Plate Contemporary competition, teams of four developed and prepared two four-course meals in 90 minutes that were judged by well-known Wisconsin chefs. The team’s menu used a global fusion approach to food by preparing and mixing a number of world cuisines in their four courses. They prepared pepper steak in a trio of hand-rolled mini tortillas, Thai shrimp and cucumber salad, veal tenderloin Francaise with radish mashed potatoes and asparagus mango medley, and homemade fresh berry ice cream presented in brandy tuilles. After the competition, the team was highly praised by the judges for its unique application of processes in preparation of their dishes.


Also receiving medals in the Cold Plate competition were Linda Schulz and Jessica Lutz, both of West Bend, Greg Reilley and Kevin Lackas, both of Fond du Lac, and Nic Sommer of Slinger.


For more information about the Culinary Arts program at Moraine Park, visit or call an outreach specialist at 1-800-472-4554.



Moraine Park and YMCA offer unique summer camp experience

by admin27. March 2007 19:00

Students have the unique opportunity to mix hands-on manufacturing and outdoor camping fun at Moraine Park Technical College’s Toolin’ It!, a five-day manufacturing camp experience, July 9-13. Designed for young women and men ages 13-17, the camp takes place at Moraine Park’s state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities and at YMCA Camp Matawa.


“The world of manufacturing is really taking off; it’s very high-tech and cleaner for the environment,” said Marcia Arndt, Moraine Park dean of manufacturing technology. “We want to get students and parents exposed to what manufacturing looks like today and give them a taste of what’s out there.”


Each morning camp attendees travel to Moraine Park’s Applied Manufacturing Technology Center on the West Bend campus for hands-on experience in designing and producing a product from start to finish. Campers get to explore 3D design, computer numerical control (CNC) programming, welding, machining and more, while emphasizing problem solving and team building. The final day wraps up with industry tours where attendees get an up close and personal look at real-world products being made.


In the afternoon, campers return to Camp Matawa for traditional camp activities including canoeing, archery, hiking, climbing, campfires and storytelling. The facility boasts an outdoor climbing wall, swimming pool and 50-foot waterslide. Campers stay in cabins with bathrooms, showers and a common area. The camp is located 45 minutes north of Milwaukee and adjacent to the Kettle Moraine State Forest, which offers additional trails and adventure.


Cost for the camp is $650 with scholarships available. For more information, contact Marcia Arndt, dean of manufacturing technology, at 262-335-5725. To register, visit or contact Camp Matawa at 262-626-2149.


Moraine Park students place in state WMMA event

by admin27. March 2007 19:00

Three marketing students at Moraine Park Technical College recently took part in the state competition of the Wisconsin Marketing & Management Association (WMMA), held March 7-11 in Madison.


The WMMA/Delta Epsilon Chi is a collegiate division of DECA, an association of marketing students. Jennifer Abraham of Plymouth, who works at NAPA Auto Parts in Plymouth, and Kelly Brumley of Randolph, who works at Jung Seed Co., competed in Business to Business (B2B) Marketing, a team event. It consisted of three parts – a 100-question marketing exam and two case problems to be solved in an hour each and presented to the judges. Abraham took first place and Brumley took second in the marketing exam, and as a team they took third place in the state for the B2B Marketing series.


Stephanie Newby of Fond du Lac, who is employed at State Farm Insurance Sam Meyer Agency, competed in Retail Merchandising which also consisted of three parts – a retail merchandising exam and two role-play cases, one on retail promotion and the other on retail market research. She placed in the top eight for both the exam and the market research role-play case and received an honorable mention (top eight in the state) for the Retail Merchandising series.


All three will represent Wisconsin at DECA’s international competition in Orlando in late April. They are enrolled in the Marketing – Business to Business program at Moraine Park, which is offered at the Fond du Lac and West Bend campuses.


“The students were very excited about the state competition,” said Robin Rodee-Schneider, Moraine Park marketing instructor. “They represented Moraine Park well, conducted themselves professionally and made a good impression on the advisors and judges they met. In addition, they were voting delegates to select the state officer team. I’m pleased with their effort and reward.”


For more information about Moraine Park’s marketing programs, visit


Moraine Park Foundation sets Phantom British Open Golf Outing

by admin11. March 2007 19:00

Play an 18-hole round of golf at Carnoustie Golf Links in Scotland – without spending big bucks on airfare – and help the Moraine Park Foundation provide scholarships to students at Moraine Park Technical College.


The Phantom British Open Golf Outing will take place on Thursday, March 29, from 6 to 10 p.m. at Whispering Springs Golf Club in Fond du Lac to raise money for scholarships.


Take the Carnoustie tour from the comfort of your chair in the Whispering Springs clubhouse. Shoot 18 holes by drawing scores from range ball baskets. Purchase Mulligans or have the pro take your shot.

The entry fee is $25 per person. Early ticket purchase is encouraged as tee times are limited to 100. For reservations, call Debbie at 920-924-3263. Tickets are also available at Whispering Springs, Wegner Office Supply and Moraine Park’s reception desks.


In addition to the phantom golf, the event features door prizes, 50-50 raffles, betting holes and a silent auction. Four prizes will be awarded, each a pair of tickets to the July 2007 U.S. Senior Open at Whistling Straits in Kohler. A fifth prize consists of golf for four at Whispering Springs.


Silent auction prizes include two autographed hole flags from Carnoustie Golf Links (signatures include Nick O’Hern, K.J. Choi, Tim Herron, Steve Stricker and others); a $200 gift card for Open Road Harley-Davidson; a basket of British beers; a basket of Carnoustie Golf Links logo items; and a basket of St. Andrews Links logo items. Proxy bids will be accepted prior to March 29. Call Debbie at 920-924-3263.


All proceeds will benefit the Moraine Park Foundation, Inc. For more information, visit


ed2go Internet courses offered through Moraine Park

by rdriessenbruecker25. February 2007 19:00

Moraine Park Technical College is offering a variety of Internet courses in partnership with ed2go® Learn More,
a division of Thomson™.


These noncredit Internet courses can be taken from the comfort of your home or office at times that are convenient for you. A new section of each course starts monthly. All courses run for six to eight weeks and consist of 12 lessons, representing 24 hours of instruction. Questions can be asked and advice given at any time. Upon successful completion a certificate can be downloaded.


Many courses are offered under several categories that include Computers and Technology, Writing and Language, Business and Careers, Grant Writing and Nonprofit Management, Personal Enrichment and Professional Development. Topics include graphic design, Web design, Microsoft Excel, QuickBooks, Dreamweaver, Photoshop, editing, technical writing, Spanish, French, entrepreneurship, human resources, project management, sales, leadership, stress management, communication, personal finance, investing, digital photography, music, psychology, parenting, drawing, outdoor survival techniques and many more.


Most courses are $99. For a complete list and to register, go to For more information, call 920-924-3449 or e-mail


Moraine Park staff honored by Career and Technical Education Association

by admin12. February 2007 19:00

Several people were recognized for their services to Moraine Park Technical College during the annual Moraine Park Association for Career and Technical Education (MPACTE) Awards ceremony at the Beaver Dam Country Club on Feb. 6. From left to right are, front row, Denise Kryzanowski, Associate Member Award; Donna Freund, Specialty Services Award; Sue Silverstein, Full-Time Teacher Award; Philip Baranowski, C.L. Greiber Award of Merit; back row, Amanda Hruska, MPACTE president; Karen Coley, Administrator Award; Dorothy Esselman, George P. Hambrecht Award; and Ron Speich, Rodney Pasch Leadership Award.
The Moraine Park Association for Career and Technical Education (MPACTE) honored eight people for their dedication and professional excellence at Moraine Park Technical College during the annual awards banquet held at the Beaver Dam Country Club on Feb. 6.


Four Moraine Park staff were the recipients of the 2007 MPACTE Professional Excellence Award. Karen Coley, campus and community partner for the Beaver Dam campus, received the Administrator Award. Donna Freund, compensation and labor relations assistant, was presented with the Specialty Services Award while Denise Kryzanowksi, instructional aide – office technologies, received the Associate Member Award. The Full-Time Teacher Award went to Sue Silverstein, welding instructor.


Ron Speich, Moraine Park culinary arts instructor, received the Rodney Pasch Leadership Award. This award, open to all Moraine Park employees, recognizes “an individual who personifies the principles of character, commitment and ethics in the daily performance of their work.” 


Philip Baranowski, a long-standing member of the Moraine Park Technical College District Board, was presented with the C.L. Greiber Award of Merit for his services to the College. With him is Dr. Gayle Hytrek, Moraine Park president.
The School to Work Program of the Fond du Lac Association of Commerce was awarded the C.L. Greiber Award of Merit. Sally Ruback, Moraine Park recruitment and retention associate, accepted on the Association’s behalf. Also receiving this award was Philip Baranowski, a long-standing member of the Moraine Park District Board. The C.L. Greiber Award acknowledges companies and individuals outside of the Wisconsin Technical College System that help promote and improve career and technical education in Wisconsin.


Dorothy Esselman received the George P. Hambrecht Award, given to individuals who have been employed in career and technical education for more than 25 years and who are members of the Wisconsin Association for Career and Technical Education (WACTE).


MPACTE comprises 128 members, bringing together educational support professionals, faculty and administration. It is the local chapter of WACTE, which unites individuals involved in career and technical education, provides professional development, encourages leadership in the professional arena and promotes innovative change to enhance lifelong learning. 

For more information about Moraine Park, visit or call 1-800-472-4554.



High school seniors can apply for Moraine Park scholarships

by jurben4. February 2007 19:00

The Moraine Park Foundation at Moraine Park Technical College has created a new scholarship opportunity for this spring’s area high school graduates.

A $400 general scholarship will be awarded to a high school senior from each of the 27 high schools within the Moraine Park District who plans to attend Moraine Park in fall 2007-08. These scholarships are not restricted to a particular program area or campus.

Eligible candidates must be a Class of 2007 high school graduate within the Moraine Park District, accepted into one of MorainePark’s degree programs and enrolled in a minimum of nine credits per semester at MorainePark. They also must have a high school GPA of 2.75 and maintain a 2.75 GPA or higher while at MorainePark. The application deadline is March 15.

Applications may be obtained from high school guidance counselors, a Moraine Park Financial Aid Office or from Scholarship awards will be announced by April 30.

The Moraine Park Foundation also has general and designated scholarships available. Designated scholarships have some restrictions and are based on donations received from individuals, business and industry, community organizations and other foundations. In 2006-07, 124 scholarships were awarded for a total of $102,000; scholarship amounts ranged from $350 to $2,000. The 2007-08 application deadline is June 22. Application and reference
material can be printed from or obtained from a Moraine Park Financial
Aid Office.

For more information about Moraine Park and its programs, visit or call 1-800-472-4554.


Moraine Park Surgical Technology program receives five-year accreditation

by jurben1. February 2007 19:00

Moraine Park Technical College’s Surgical Technology associate degree program received a full five-year accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).

Five-year accreditation is the highest level available to educational institutions. “Since it ties our clinical affiliates and national accrediting body together, the accreditation ensures that our program graduates meet the highest national standards and are prepared to enter the workforce,” said John Phillips, Moraine Park dean of health sciences.

Surgical technologists are vital members of surgical teams who work closely with the surgeon, anesthesia care provider and nursing staff to provide optimal care for the surgical patient.

“The accreditation means that our program provides students with an appropriate quality education in compliance with nationally established standards and ensures students' eligibility to take the National Board Certification exam upon graduation,” said Nancy Bertram, BS Ed, NPA, CST, Moraine Park surgical technology instructor. “The accreditation is important for the students we teach, the people they will serve, and is a benefit to the healthcare communities we are committed to.”

In addition to ensuring that graduates meet the required educational standards, accreditation stimulates improvement of educational programs by involving faculty and staff in ongoing self-evaluation, research and planning. The accreditation process includes a self-study of the program, a site visit, an evaluation by a review committee and an evaluation by the CAAHEP’s reviewers.

“Achieving full accreditation for the Surgical Technology program enforces Moraine Park’s mission to provide the best education to our students,” said Dr. Gayle Hytrek, president of Moraine Park. “This is another great accomplishment for the College as we strive for the success of our students.”

The Surgical Technology program is a two-year associate degree offered at MorainePark’s Fond du Lac campus. Coursework focuses on the development of knowledge in human anatomy; microbiology and medical terminology; and how to identify and effectively handle surgical instruments, supplies and equipment. Clinical rotations provide hands-on experience in hospital operating rooms to apply the knowledge and skills under real surgical conditions.

For more information about Moraine Park’s Surgical Technology program, visit or contact an outreach specialist at 1-800-472-4554.