Moraine Park Board investigates new Industrial Maintenance program

by jurben30. January 2007 19:00

Dr. HytrekWith the goal of meeting local and regional business needs, an investigation into an associate degree program in Industrial Maintenance Technology was approved by the Moraine Park Technical College District Board during its Dec. 20, 2006, meeting.


Pending the approval of the Wisconsin Technical College System State Board, the Industrial Maintenance Technology program will prepare students to enter several technology-driven fields, including manufacturing, food and beverage processing and building maintenance. The new program will provide training in fluid power (hydraulics and pneumatics), basic electrical/electronics and instrumentation, machining, welding, programmable logic control, motor control and automation. A comprehensive understanding of how these technical skill areas are linked together to create an understanding of automated systems operation will be developed through hands-on projects. Graduates will be prepared to work in a variety of industrial maintenance fields, providing them with a wide range of employment opportunities. 


“We hope to have everything in place for a fall 2007 start,” said James Eden, MorainePark executive dean of manufacturing trades and apprenticeship. “The demand for industrial maintenance workers is expanding due to increased technology, automation and productivity. These are high-tech jobs for individuals who like working with computer systems that control mechanical operations.”


Prior to the Moraine Park Board approval, a needs assessment survey was conducted in November that targeted 38 mid- to large-size manufacturers within the Moraine Park District. The 20 survey respondents who completed the questionnaire estimated they would hire 61 full-time individuals with industrial maintenance skills over the next four years due to retirements, replacements or new positions being created, with 85 percent saying they are likely to hire in the future and 58 percent reporting difficulty in finding qualified industrial maintenance technicians. Seventy-five percent said there is a strong need for industrial maintenance technicians, while 20 percent said there is a moderate need. Ninety percent reported they would hire a Moraine Park graduate if they had a job opening that needed industrial maintenance skills.


The mean starting hourly wage of an industrial maintenance technician is $15.98. After three years of employment, the mean hourly salary jumps to $18.45.


“The new Industrial Maintenance Technology program will enable Moraine Park to meet more needs of manufacturers within the College’s district,” said Dr. Gayle Hytrek, Moraine Park president. “It will also give interested individuals a new education and career choice at Moraine Park.”


For questions regarding the Industrial Maintenance Technology program, contact James Eden at 262-335-5705 or at jeden@morainepark.edu.



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Storyhill, Jason DeShaw to make February appearances at Moraine Park

by jurben24. January 2007 19:00

A progressive folk duo and a country singer will provide lunch-hour entertainment at Moraine Park Technical College’s Fond du Lac campus.


Storyhill will perform on Thursday, Feb. 8, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The singer/songwriter acoustic duo of Chris Cunningham and John Hermanson features airtight harmonies and relevant, inspiring folk music in the vein of Simon & Garfunkel and Loggins & Messina. Over the past 15 years, Storyhill has sold more than 50,000 copies of their 12 albums. Recently signed by national label Red House Records, Storyhill will release a self-titled CD in February as their first Red House project.


Singer Jason DeShaw will bring some country to Valentine’s Day when he performs on campus on Wednesday, Feb. 14, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. DeShaw has entertained at colleges and county fairs around the U.S and has opened for Pam Tillis, Little Big Town, Wade Hayes and Brian White. His 14-song CD of original music, The Country Way, sold out by the hundreds upon its release. In 2004, he recorded and released a new album of originals entitled Ten Miles 2 Go. DeShaw blends traditional country with his own new sound.


Sponsored by the Fond du Lac campus Student Senate, both events are open to the public. There is no cost to attend the performances. Community members may purchase lunch for $6 per person. For more information, call Adam Ninmann, student involvement specialist, at 920-924-3101.

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Moraine Park announces winter/spring corporate training schedule

by jurben23. January 2007 19:00

Moraine Park Technical College recently released its winter/spring corporate training schedule.


MorainePark provides an abundance of workforce solutions to area employers, including needs assessment, seminars and workshops, consulting, executive overviews, customized training, business process improvement and technical assistance.


Among the offerings are Six Sigma White and Green Belt certification, with Black Belt available in the fall.
Six Sigma principles can be applied in any business setting to achieve and sustain bottom-line results through the elimination of process defects. A Lean Enterprise certificate series is also available. Lean Principles can be applied in any business setting to systematically eliminate waste, improve quality and enhance customer satisfaction to drive top- and bottom-line performance.
MorainePark offers both solutions in a project-based learning environment where the principles are immediately applied to the business setting to ensure a return on the employer’s training investment.


Many other training programs are available, such as the Dale Carnegie Executive Leadership series, the Frontline Leadership series, Human Resources – Legal Issues series from VisionPoint Productions, Inc., international business, sales and marketing, safety seminars and industrial certification, noncredit Internet courses offered in partnership with ed2go® Learn More, financial management, government contracting and home inspection (in conjunction with the American Home Inspectors Training Institute).


“In today’s competitive business environment, we all need to find ways to work smarter,” said Kathy Schlieve, business development specialist with MorainePark’s Economic and Workforce Development team. “For an employer, that can mean training or retraining their workforce to ensure they have the talent needed to compete tomorrow. It can also mean focusing efforts on business process improvements to increase productivity and improve quality through the elimination of non-value added activities. At MorainePark, we spend time up front working with an employer to understand their business needs. We then recommend and tailor solutions to maximize the employer’s training investments.”


A copy of the training schedule can be downloaded from Moraine Park’s Web site by visiting www.trainingmatrix.com/morainepark. For more information on Moraine Park’s business services or for a copy of the course catalog, call 920-924-3449 or e-mail training@morainepark.edu

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Midwest Dairy Challenge coming to Fond du Lac Jan. 25-27

by jurben15. January 2007 19:00

Taking place in Wisconsin for the first time, the third annual Midwest Dairy Challenge will be held Jan. 25-27, bringing 90 agricultural-studies students from 12 colleges in nine states to Fond du Lac.


Moraine Park Technical College’s Fond du Lac campus, Fond du Lac County UW-Extension and Ramada Plaza Hotel, Fond du Lac, will host the event.


“The strong agricultural community in Fond du Lac County and the outstanding educational facilities are the primary reasons the contest is coming to Fond du Lac,” said Linda Hodorff of Second-Look Holsteins, LLC, in Eden, one of the local organizers for the event.


“Moraine Park is very pleased to co-host the Midwest Dairy Challenge and to provide the rooms, computers, software and other equipment that are needed in order for the students teams to successfully prepare their presentations within the four-hour time limit,” said Pete Rettler, Moraine Park executive dean of instructional technologies and curriculum design.

“This will be a great learning opportunity for all involved to analyze the business and management practices of progressive dairy farm operations,” said Paul Dyk, Fond du Lac County UW-Extension dairy and livestock agent.


The students hail from numerous midwestern colleges including Michigan State, Ohio State, Purdue, Iowa State, North Dakota State and South Dakota State universities, the University of Illinois, University of Minnesota, UW-Madison, UW-River Falls, Southwest Wisconsin Technical College and Lakeshore Technical College. The Dairy Challenge features educational programs for students and opportunities to network with dairy industry professionals.


Working in four- or five-person mixed-university teams, students will assess all aspects of a working dairy farm and present their recommendations for improvement to a panel of judges and the participating farm families.

Team-building activities and presentations by industry consultants are scheduled for Thursday evening. Armed with information about nutrition, reproduction, milking procedures, animal health, housing and financial management, the teams will visit three area farms and interview owners and managers on Friday. Afterward, they will prepare 20-minute presentations complete with PowerPoint shows using Moraine Park’s classrooms and equipment. Saturday will feature team presentations and questions and critiques from an industry panel of judges, followed by a short awards ceremony, all of which will take place at Moraine Park. Students will also participate in a media training session and network with contest sponsors at a career fair.


The North American Intercollegiate Dairy Challenge was established as a management contest to incorporate all phases of a specific dairy business. In addition to a national contest, there are four regional contests each year including the Midwest Dairy Challenge. The Dairy Challenge strives to incorporate a higher-learning atmosphere with practical application to help prepare students for careers in the dairy industry.


For more information, call Josh Hushon, Midwest NAIDC publicity chair, at (920) 563-5551, ext. 123.

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Public invited to Moraine Park January events

by jurben9. January 2007 19:00

Moraine Park Technical College will be offering lunch, entertainment, a Martin Luther King Jr. Day observance and a therapy-animal presentation during several January events that are open to the general public.

Singer-songwriter Nick Motil will give an acoustic performance on the Fond du Lac campus during Moraine Park’s Welcome Back Lunch on Tuesday, Jan. 23, which kicks off the spring semester, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Cyber Center cafeteria. Motil will also perform on Monday, Jan. 22, at the Beaver Dam campus and on Jan. 24 at the West Bend campus.

On Wednesday, Jan. 24, comedian Eric “Elmo” O’Shea will serve up laughs while Moraine Park serves up lunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Fond du Lac campus.

A Martin Luther King Jr. luncheon will take place on the Fond du Lac campus on Monday, Jan. 29, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The movie Separate But Equal will be shown.

A Lunch and Learn session on Wednesday, Jan. 31, will feature a visit from Madison-based PAWWS to Heal founder Toni Schriver, RVT, and some of the PAWWS therapy animals. Donations will be taken at the door to support the organization’s work. This event will be held in Room A-102 on the Fond du Lac campus from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

There is no cost to the public to attend these events; those who wish to buy lunch at each event may do so for $6 per person. For more information on events at the Fond du Lac campus, call Adam Ninmann at 920-924-3101.

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Moraine Park students helped others during the holidays by collecting donations

by jurben4. January 2007 19:00

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. Members of the Electrical Power Distribution Club volunteered to ring bells for the Salvation Army in Beaver Dam, collecting a total of $1,633.

The Fond du Lac campus Student Senate and the Salvation Army of Fond du Lac teamed up for a sock drive and collected enough socks to help keep 675 pairs of feet warm this winter. Socks were collected for children, women and men, and students, staff and the general public were invited to donate. Also, the Moraine Park Culinary Arts Club collected donations for Toys for Tots.

The West Bend campus had a Giving Tree decorated with ornaments that featured wish items for families in need, including toys for children. Eight families, with a total of 22 children, had a nicer Christmas thanks to Moraine Park students and staff. Two of the families were assisted specifically by the Chiropractic Technician Club and the Student Nurses Association.

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

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Holiday Spirit at Moraine Park

by jurben18. December 2006 19:00

Moraine Park students got into the spirit of giving this holiday season with several clubs and the Student Senates collecting food, clothing and money for families who are less fortunate. Here are some of the activities Moraine Park students took part in during the 2006 holidays:


Beaver Dam

The Beaver Dam campus Student Senate collected donations from students and staff Nov. 6 through Dec. 7 for the Dodge County Food Pantry and Clothes for Kids. Senators dropped off $100 and more than 10 boxes of clothes and small toys to Clothes for Kids. Donations for the Dodge County Food Pantry included several large boxes of non-perishable food items. Tickets to Roger’s Cinema in Beaver Dam were purchased by the Student Senate and sold to students and staff, resulting in a donation of $340 to the food pantry.


Members of the Electrical Power Distribution Club volunteered to ring bells for the Salvation Army at two locations in Beaver Dam Dec. 6 and Dec. 13. The total amount they collected was $1,633.07.


Fond du Lac

Moraine Park’s Fond du Lac campus and the Salvation Army of Fond du Lac teamed up to help keep feet big and small warm this winter. The Fond du Lac campus Student Senate set up a Christmas tree, dubbed the Sock Tree, and a collection bin in the Cyber Center cafeteria, with another drop-off bin located near the Registration desk. Socks were collected through Dec 6 for children, women and men, all sizes and styles, and the general public was invited to donate.


Also, the Moraine Park Culinary Arts Club joined in the spirit of giving and collected donations of new toys for Toys for Tots.


West Bend

The West Bend campus had a Giving Tree decorated with ornaments that featured wish items for families in need, including toys for children. Eight families, with a total of 22 kids, will have a nicer Christmas thanks to Moraine Park students and staff. Two of the families were assisted specifically by the Chiropractic Technician club and the Student Nurses Association.


“You make a living by what you earn, and a life by what you give.”

- Author unknown

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New Moraine Park agreement makes credit transfer easier

by jurben14. December 2006 19:00

Students at Moraine Park Technical College have an additional transfer option with the signing of a general studies transfer agreement with the University of Wisconsin schools in Green Bay and Oshkosh. The agreement, which includes three other technical colleges in Northeast Wisconsin, was announced on Dec. 14 at the New North’s third annual Northeast Wisconsin Economic Development Summit in Manitowoc.

“One of the major concerns of our taxpayers has been the transferability of credits,” said Dr. Gayle Hytrek, Moraine Park president. “In addition, our students come to us with a wide variety of career goals so we are constantly working to provide them with new options for continuing their education. For these reasons we are very proud to announce this new credit transfer opportunity which is the result of a regional partnership between the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay (UWGB), the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh (UWO) and the four regional technical colleges – Moraine Park, Fox Valley, Lakeshore and Northeast Wisconsin. Through this agreement, students will be able to earn

32 credits in general studies and transfer those credits directly into UWGB and UWO. This is just one example of how new regional collaborations can be beneficial to the technical colleges, the universities and, most of all, our students.”

“This agreement reflects our institutions’ commitment to working together for the benefit of our region and its citizens,” said Bruce Shepard, UWGB chancellor. “A more seamless system of higher education builds brighter futures for all of us who are proudly a part of the New North region.” New North is a collaboration of 18 counties committed to shared goals of job growth, economic vitality and a high quality of life.


According to Raj Pathare, Moraine Park’s executive dean of general education and basic education, the transfer agreement means general studies courses students take at Moraine Park will transfer to the two universities, satisfying their specific general studies requirements and making students eligible for sophomore status at the universities.

There are several benefits of the transfer agreement. “If students need more flexibility, are short of credits, are undecided about their major or if they desire to transfer to a four-year college, then this General Studies Transfer Certificate is the answer,” said Pathare.

The credit transfer agreement meets the needs of bachelor's degree-seeking students, said Daniel Ensalaco, Moraine Park’s vice president of academics and economic development. “Since courses at Moraine Park are typically less expensive than the UW System and since Moraine Park is a non-residential college, students can reduce their overall educational costs and, for many, their educational debt,” he said.

In addition to the new general studies agreement, 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. Moraine Park also has many general studies courses articulation agreements 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) 924-6379 or (920) 924-6398 in Fond du Lac; and

(920) 335-5877 in West Bend. Those in other areas may call (800) 472-4554.

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

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Santa Clause movies to be shown at Moraine Park

by jurben27. November 2006 19:00

Take a break from the holiday hustle and bustle! Bring your family to see the first two Santa Clause movies at Moraine Park Technical College’s Fond du Lac campus for this year’s holiday movie showing.


Both movies will run on Friday, Dec. 15, from 5 to 8:30 p.m. in Moraine Park’s Cyber Center cafeteria, with Santa Clause 2 starting at 6:45 p.m. The first Santa Clause is rated PG, and the second is rated G.


Sponsored by the Fond du Lac campus Student Senate, the event is free and open to the public. Concessions will be available, with proceeds going toward Student Senate activities.


For more information, contact Adam Ninmann, Moraine Park student involvement specialist, at 920-924-3101.

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Moraine Park and Salvation Army team up to collect socks

by jurben20. November 2006 19:00
Moraine Park Technical College’s Fond du Lac campus and the Salvation Army of Fond du Lac have teamed up to help keep feet big and small warm this winter.

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’s Fond du Lac campus Student Senate has set up a Christmas tree, dubbed the Sock Tree, and a collection bin in the Cyber Center cafeteria. Another drop-off bin is located near the Registration desk. The goal is to collect 1,000 pairs of socks through St. Nick’s Day, Dec. 6, for children, women and men, all sizes and styles.

The general public is welcome to donate socks. Visitors may use the O-2 entrance to drop socks off between 7:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday in the Cyber Center bin, or the C-1 entrance for the Registration area bin. 

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

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