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 cloudstrife7@gmail.com, 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 training@morainepark.edu.


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 http://matcmadison.edu/bpac/seminars. For more information contact BPAC at bpac@matcmadison.edu 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 http://www.morainepark.edu/pages/1067.asp.


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 http://matcmadison.edu/bpac/seminars. For more information, contact BPAC at bpac@matcmadison.edu or
(608) 243-4490.


For directions to Moraine Park’s Fond du Lac campus, go to www.morainepark.edu 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 training@morainepark.edu. A copy of the events schedule is also available online at www.trainingmatrix.com/morainepark, 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 www.morainepark.edu.


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


Moraine Park to offer Spanish for Retail Sales

by admin16. September 2007 19:00

Moraine Park Technical College will offer a course on Spanish for Retail Sales, designed for non-Spanish speaking retail sales people who interact with Spanish-speaking customers. 


Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to use Spanish to greet customers and clients; express and receive dollar amounts; cash checks; make welfare card withdrawals; assist customers with the purchase of groceries, convenience store items, gas, alcohol and/or tobacco; help the customer on the floor; and sell money orders, wire money and conduct routine security tasks.


A manual with two CDs will be part of the instructional material. Modeling, role-playing, simulations and situation cards will also be used.


Spanish for Retail Sales, course 140-458-001, will run from Wednesday, Oct. 31, through Wednesday, Dec. 12. It will take place from 6 to 8:45 p.m. in Room O-214 on the Fond du Lac campus at 235 N. National Ave. The cost is $40.82 for the course and $22.95 plus tax for the manual, which can be purchased at the campus bookstore.


To register for the class, call 1-800-472-4554.


Blood drives at Moraine Park Oct. 3, 17

by admin13. September 2007 19:00

The BloodCenter of Wisconsin and Moraine Park Technical College’s Fond du Lac and West Bend campus Student Senates are holding blood drives at the two campuses.


The BloodCenter supplies blood and blood products to 55 hospitals in Wisconsin. The lives helped by your donation may be those of people in your community. The Fond du Lac drive will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 3, in rooms A-102 and A-103 in the A Building. The West Bend drive will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 17, in the cafeteria area. Both events run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.


In Fond du Lac, register with Adam Ninmann, Moraine Park student involvement specialist, at 920-924-3101 or walk in the day of the drive. In West Bend, information will be posted on the cafeteria window, or go online to https://portal.bcw.edu/sites/mobapt/default.aspx?key=177252098192, click Make Appointment and enter the Drive ID DRV0085431. Walks-ins are also welcome. For more information, call Bradley Mitchell, student involvement specialist, at 262-335-5743. 


Please bring a photo ID. The process takes 45 minutes or less. For directions to the campuses, visit www.morainepark.edu and click on About Moraine Park then Campus Information.


Music and comedy at Moraine Park campuses in October

by admin13. September 2007 19:00

Moraine Park Technical College’s campuses in Beaver Dam, Fond du Lac and West Bend are offering
 lunch-hour entertainment in October.


The general public is invited to join Moraine Park students and staff during these free events:


Beaver Dam campus: Comedian Rob Paravonian will perform on Tuesday, Oct. 2, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the commons. Paravonian has appeared on radio shows and Comedy Central. The public may purchase lunch for $5 per meal. For more information, contact Lisa Manuell at 920-887-4462.


West Bend campus: A Coffeehouse Concert will feature singer/songwriter and acoustic guitarist Justin Roth on Wednesday, Oct. 10, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free coffee will be served to students with a Moraine Park ID; lunch can be purchased by the public at various prices. For more information, contact Bradley Mitchell at 262-335-5743.


Fond du Lac campus: A capella vocal band InPulse will perform on Thursday, Oct. 11, from 11:15 a.m. to
12:30 p.m. in the Cyber Center cafeteria. 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.