Moraine Park apprentice wins carpentry event in national ABC competition

by admin11. April 2007 19:00

Matthew Bohn of Waupun, a fourth-year carpentry apprenticeship student at Moraine Park Technical College, earned a first-place gold medal in the carpentry competition at the 21st annual Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) National Craft Championships held March 20-23 in Nashville, Tenn. Bohn earned a berth at the national competition when in January he placed first in the ABC of Wisconsin Inc. State Skill Competition.


“This was a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” said Bohn, who was one of more than 150 top apprentices and trainees throughout the country competing in 13 different trade competitions. “I was happy to have had my family, employer and instructor there to support me and share in the excitement of the outcome.”


“The practical portion of the competition was where Matt really shined,” said Bohn’s employer, Rollie Pinno of R.A. Pinno Construction Inc. in Rosendale. According to Pinno, the competition included a three-hour written exam and a six-hour practical exam judged by construction craft professionals. “He really did well, but that was no surprise because it’s Matt’s everyday performance.”


The project consisted of four unrelated tasks:

·         Constructing a metal stud angled wall frame.

·         Laying out and cutting a rafter that matched the angle of the wall.

·         Installing base trim on a wall.

·         Building a wood form for a set of concrete steps.


Bohn’s carpentry instructor at Moraine Park, Jerry Schwengels, said, “Matt did just an excellent job on the carpentry project. I also know that Matt spent countless hours studying for the written exam. The skills and craftsmanship he demonstrated on the project were truly outstanding. Matt was the first competitor to finish and when the judges were done grading his work the mark was set to grade the others by. When Matt’s name was called for the gold medal, it was a priceless moment for Matt and all of his supporters!”


“Jerry Schwengels has had a constant record of well-trained, award-winning apprentices during his years at Moraine Park,” said Jon Waldhuetter, Moraine Park dean of apprenticeship and building trades. “This award is a testament to an outstanding young carpenter and a dedicated instructor."


For more information about programs and apprenticeships at Moraine Park’s Beaver Dam, Fond du Lac and West Bend campuses, visit


Moraine Park honors Phi Theta Kappa inductees

by admin11. April 2007 19:00

More than 90 Moraine Park Technical College associate degree program students were inducted into Beta Mu Kappa, Moraine Park’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, an international honor society.


Fifty students participated in the April 10 ceremony, held at Moraine Park’s Fond du Lac Campus, which honored 94 Moraine Park students who have achieved cumulative GPAs of 3.5 in an associate degree program and have completed a minimum of 12 associate degree credits in their current program.


“Induction into Phi Theta Kappa celebrates the academic accomplishments of associate degree students and gives Moraine Park another way to recognize individuals who have made a strong commitment to academics,” said Larry Pasquini, Moraine Park registrar and Beta Mu Kappa advisor.


Inductees, along with more than 150 family members and friends, were welcomed by Pasquini. Moraine Park President Gayle Hytrek provided opening remarks to those assembled. Also participating in the ceremony were Roberta Oldenburg, president of Beta Mu Kappa; Laurie Schneider, member of Beta Mu Kappa; Dan Ensalaco, vice president of academics and economic development; Beth Raffaelli, vice president of enrollment management; Raj Pathare, executive dean of general education and basic education; and Craig Finley, special services associate. Harpist Deborah Guy provided the musical entertainment and a reception concluded the evening.


This year’s inductees include Veronica Albinger, Meggan Gronbeck, John Gruber, Stephanie Schoen, Christine Wenzel and Brenda Rumppe, all of West Bend; Wardell Ashford, Mechelle Bach, Susan Boettcher, Erica Bohn, Laura Eiteuner, Kathryn Helsell, Sarah Jaeger, Lindsay Kay, Tara Kolo, Heather Kurzer, David Laubenstein, Angela Nelson, Tyler Radl, Noreen Roehl, Robin Russell, Diane Schad, Christal Shipp, Heather Siedschlag, Casey Wanish and Kimberly Wilhelms, all of Fond du Lac; Elizabeth Bartelt and Amy Kumrow, both of Kewaskum; Barbara Baus, Jon Gentz and Duane Porter, all of Campbellsport; Whitney Brockway and Susan Marley, both of Plymouth; Kelly Brumley, Randolph; Christine Busby, Klara Hartfiel, Diane Luedtke, Bridget Mincheski, Gwen Schjoneman and Debra Weidler, all of Beaver Dam; Timothy Butterfield and Kathryn Drews, both of Waupun; Elise Czeszynski, Watertown; Tammy Dassow, Menomonee Falls; Bruce Davis, New London; Andrea Deering, Oconomowoc; Ashley Dehn, Elkhart Lake; Michael Dellegrazio, Grafton; Katrina Dodd, Milwaukee; Sara Doege and Nicole Zimmerman, both of Neosho; Adam Doman, Jeffrey Gehrke, Christine Krause and Donna Zander, all of Oshkosh; James Fredrick and Megan Haase, both of Juneau; Katie Freund, Elizabeth Kraft and Mark Peterson, all of North Fond du Lac; Robin Frievalt, Amy Petersen and Leslie Troedel, all of Slinger; Robert Froh, Horicon; Shawn Geiger, Dorchester; Maria Guenther and Nichole Storms, both of Mayville; Curtis Hawkinson and Jennifer Juliuson, both of Fox Lake; James Hogan and Vijayalakshmi Kankesh, both of Hartford; Emily Hoyt, Mary Kovalaske, Tyler Polakowski and Rae Ann Smith, all of Ripon; Angeline Hurley, Brownsville; Jessica Kuczkowski, Lomira; Kimberly Lisowe and Christine Wagner, both of Chilton; Lori Lusty, Belgium; Claire Miller and Janet Thompson, both of Jackson; Rachael Muche, Van Dyne; Jaime Pergande, Fall River; Amanda Prom, Port Washington; Aaron Quast, Rosendale; Stephen Sandrone, Adell; Joseph Stommel Jr., Iron Ridge; Kelly Thuermer, Malone; Melissa Voskuil of Redgranite; Cindy Walter, Washington; Randi Williams, Green Lake; and Sarah Ziegler and Jason Zook, both of Eden.


Established in 1918, Phi Theta Kappa recognizes and encourages the academic achievement of two-year college students. It currently has more than two million members and 1,200 chapters located in all 50 states, U.S. territories, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Germany, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, United Arab Emirates and Palau. The American Association of Community Colleges recognizes Phi Theta Kappa as the official honor society for two-year colleges.


Emilia Dahlin to perform at Moraine Park April 24

by admin10. April 2007 19:00

 The public is invited to enjoy a free lunch-hour concert at Moraine Park Technical College’s Fond du Lac campus.


Singer/songwriter Emilia Dahlin will showcase her folk and jazz stylings in the Cyber Center cafeteria on Tuesday, April 24, from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Dahlin was a finalist at the 2006 Telluride (Colorado) Bluegrass Festival’s Troubadour Competition.


Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and can be purchased for $6 per meal for the public.


The event is sponsored by the Fond du Lac campus Student Senate. For more information, contact Adam Ninmann, Moraine Park student involvement specialist, at 920-924-3101.


Chiropractic Assistant delegation course offered at Moraine Park

by admin4. April 2007 19:00

Moraine Park Technical College will offer a Chiropractic Assistant radiography delegation course at its
Beaver Dam campus in May and June.


This course introduces radiological information and skills required for chiropractic assistants to take
X-rays in the chiropractic health setting. Students will complete 48 hours of classroom instruction, plus 52 hours of radiography-related on-the-job experience under the supervision of a chiropractor. Upon passing the course, the
American Chiropractic Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ACRRT) Limited Permit examination will be given,
which is the basic-level test after 100 hours of coursework. Successful completion of the course and the exam will
satisfy the Wisconsin State Licensing Board requirement for X-ray delegation to an unlicensed person.


The course meets over six days:


Thursday, May 17         12-8 p.m.

Friday, May 18              8:30 a.m.-6 p.m.

Saturday, May 19          8 a.m.-4 p.m.


Thursday, May 31         12-8 p.m.

Friday, June 1                8:30 a.m.-6 p.m.

Saturday, June 2            8 a.m.-4 p.m.


To register, call 1-800-472-4554 and ask for Registration. The course number is 523-406-001 and tuition is $221.50 plus the cost of books. Internet access is required. The nonrefundable ACCRT exam fee is $90; bring the fee and a 2”x3” photo of yourself to the first class to register for the exam. Moraine Park’s Beaver Dam campus is located at
700 Gould St.


Hotel information is available upon request. For more information about the course, call Elizabeth McLean, DC, CCSP, at 262-335-5751 or e-mail


Spanish-language trips to Mexico available through Moraine Park

by admin3. April 2007 19:00

 As part of its International Studies offerings, Moraine Park Technical College has upcoming language-learning trips to Mexico that community members can join.


The July and December excursions to Cuernavaca, Mexico, are offered in conjunction with Milwaukee Area Technical College. There are four July trips of various lengths from which to choose, each starting July 19 and returning July 28 or Aug. 4, 11 or 18. The December trips depart Dec. 27 and return Jan. 5, 12, 19 or 26.


Offered as a noncredit course, the trips are open to students, staff, alumni and community members and provide intensive training in the Spanish language for all skill levels from beginning to advanced. “Since this course is so intensive and takes place in a Spanish-speaking country, it’s an effective way to learn the language in a short time period,” said Bobbi Laine, Moraine Park dean of international education. “The course is helpful for business managers who work with employees who speak Spanish,” she added. Cultural seminars are also conducted.


Known as the City of Eternal Spring, Cuernavaca is located 50 miles south of Mexico City. Trip participants will attend the Cuauhnáhuac Language Institute, stay with a Mexican family and enjoy optional day visits to places such as Taxco, the silver capital of the world; Teotihuacan, the pyramids north of Mexico City; Tlayacapan, a town with a ceramic marketplace; Mexico City; and Lake Tequesquitengo, a resort.


For more information, contact Bobbi Laine at 920-924-3163 or


Moraine Park to present show about diversity on Multicultural Day; other events planned

by admin2. April 2007 19:00

 Faces of America, an original one-person show that addresses diversity issues through entertainment and education, will be presented Wednesday, April 18, at Moraine Park Technical College’s Fond du Lac Campus in observance of Multicultural Day.


Sponsored by Moraine Park’s Multicultural Club, Student Senate, Diversity Relations and Human Resources, this free event is open to community members. The presentation will take place from noon to 1 p.m. in the Cyber Center cafeteria. The public has the option to purchase lunch for $3 per meal.


Faces tells the stories of seven people from very different cultural backgrounds, including a young Latino who challenges stereotypes after coming from the barrio; a young, liberal white male who fights his father’s bigotry; an East Indian woman who is the victim of an on-campus hate crime; and a Filipino-American doctor who learns the importance of patience and religious faith.


The show has been presented in almost every state. It is part of many university curriculums and has been used for corporate and government diversity training programs. It was written entirely from workshops and interviews conducted across the country by Colin Cox and Fran de Leon, and has been called a “best bet” by the Los Angeles Times.


Other free multicultural events will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Cyber Center. An International Parade will start by the Barber/Cosmetology department at 11 a.m. and end up at the Cyber Center. Anyone can join in – including community members – and showcase clothing and accessories that represent their country or culture. Parade participants also can take part in a fashion show from 11 a.m. to noon and describe the significance of the particular garment or accessory worn. Cultural booths will feature food and artifacts from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Countries that will be represented include China, Poland, South Africa, India and England.


For more information, contact Bill Green, Moraine Park Diversity Relations associate, at 920-924-6355.


Summer Interim classes offered at Moraine Park

by admin2. April 2007 19:00

Students have a new opportunity to earn extra college credits through the implementation of Moraine Park Technical College’s Summer Interim.


The Summer Interim runs May 21 through June 1 at Moraine Park’s campuses in Beaver Dam, Fond du Lac and
West Bend.


“Moraine Park's two-week Summer Interim will enable students to use the normal downtime between spring and summer semesters to pick up courses in a condensed format,” said Dan Ensalaco, Moraine Park vice president of academics and economic development. “Doing so can help them reduce their course load during the traditional semesters or pick up credits to graduate earlier. Selected courses often serve the needs of both our Moraine Park student population and students from residential colleges, who are home for summer break and want to get ahead by taking an additional course, but still have a majority of the summer to work, take other courses, or just enjoy their free time before school starts up again in August.”


Classes in several areas of study are available for the interim, including Accounting, Administrative Assistant, Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse, Automotive Technician, Barber/Cosmetologist, Building Trades, Business Management, Child Care Services, Chiropractic Technician, CNC/Tool and Die, Electricity, General Education, Graphic Communications – Electronic Prepress, Health Information Technology, Information Technology, Marketing, Mechanical Design Technician, Nursing, Radiography, Respiratory Therapist, Supervisory Management, Surgical Technology, Veterinary Technician, and more.

In addition to the Summer Interim, Moraine Park is also offering its traditional summer school classes beginning Monday, June 4. For a complete listing of Summer Interim and summer classes or for more information, visit or call 800-472-4554. Course offerings can be viewed on the Web site.




Moraine Park culinary students place in Restaurant Association competition

by admin1. April 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 New Holstein 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 to celebrate National Library Week with activities at each campus library

by admin1. April 2007 19:00

Several special events are planned at Moraine Park Technical College’s campus libraries to mark National Library Week, April 15-21. The American Library Association has set a theme of “Come Together @ your library®.” The public is welcome to attend.


Moraine Park’s Beaver Dam library will host two events, one with a Wisconsin author and another on singing bowls. Sara Rath, a Manawa native and the well-known author of Star Lake Saloon and Housekeeping Cottages, will give a lecture and book signing on Monday, April 16, from 12:30-3:30 p.m. in the library (K-307). Star Lake Saloon is her 11th book. Rath has also written The Complete Cow, Pioneer Photographer: Wisconsin’s H.H. Bennett, the poetry collections Dancing With a Cowboy and Remembering the Wilderness (winner of the Banta Award in 1984 from the Wisconsin Library Association) and the forthcoming novel Solitarie. She lives near Spring Green with her husband.
Ken Zeyher, a minister who has been an active meditation leader in the Beaver Dam area, will give a free demonstration of Tibetan singing bowls on Wednesday, April 18. These metal bowls are “played” to create vibrations and sound, which promote a sense of deep relaxation. They have been used for meditation for thousands of years. One session will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in Room K-325. An evening session with limited seating will take place from 5:30-7 p.m. in the library. Zeyher has led meditation groups and drumming gatherings at Grace Presbyterian Church and taught classes at the Beaver Dam Community Hospital Wellness Center.
The Fond du Lac and West Bend campus libraries have planned the following activities:
Monday, April 16 – stop by for a trivia quiz and a chance to win prizes.
Tuesday, April 17 – see walk-in demonstrations of Microsoft Word Basics, Turn-It-In, Learning Express, ADAM, Voyager Online Catalog, E-Books, BadgerCat, Badgerlink and other library databases.
Wednesday, April 18 – make your own bookmark. Materials will be provided. 
Thursday, April 19 – Seed Day; check out books on gardening and receive a free packet of seeds.
Friday, April 20 – Movie Day; walk in any time between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. to view a selection of movies chosen by our librarians and enjoy a snack during the movie. 
For more information about library hours, visit


Get the picture at Moraine Parks Campus Snapshots

by admin1. April 2007 19:00

Thinking about starting college, changing careers or brushing up on your skills? Check out Campus Snapshots at Moraine Park Technical College’s Beaver Dam campus on Thursday, April 19, from 5:30 to 7 p.m.


Career Snapshots is a casual event where you can learn more about a specific program, meet instructors, take a look at labs and get a starting point for the admissions process. Instructors will be on hand to answer questions, providing “snapshots” that give an idea of what to expect when pursuing a particular associate degree, technical diploma, certificate or apprenticeship as well as the types of jobs that can be found in that area.


Highlighted programs will include Accounting, Accounting Assistant, Administrative Assistant, Apprenticeships, Business Management, Chiropractic Technician, Electrical Power Distribution, English Language Learning, GED/HSED programs, IT - Micro Programmer Specialist, IT - Web Developer, Legal Administrative Professional, Medical Assistant, Nursing, Office Assistant, Supervisory Management (accelerated program for working adults) and Welding. Some of these programs are available online to accommodate students with tight schedules. The Chiropractic Technician program is offered one Friday night and Saturday per month.


Moraine Park Technical College provides an affordable education in just two years or less. Graduates can get their career started sooner or have the option of transferring certain degrees to a four-year college.


Campus Snapshots visitors are invited to stop in any time between 5:30 and 7 p.m. Registration is requested
and can be made online at (see Campus Snapshots on the MPTC Presents marquee) or by calling 1-800-472-4554, ext. 4484. Walk-ins are welcome.