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


Seat open for Moraine Park District Board; applications due Dec. 14

by admin28. November 2007 19:00

Moraine Park Technical College is accepting applications until Dec. 14 for a position on the Moraine Park District Board, due to the announced resignation of board member John Mason.


Applicants for this position must be employed as a school district administrator, and may reside anywhere within the Moraine Park District. The term of this interim appointment will expire on June 30, 2009.

Applicants must submit a completed application, including at least two written references supporting their nomination to the District Board, and must attend the public hearing of the District Board Appointment Committee tentatively scheduled to be held at 4 p.m., Monday, Jan. 14, at Moraine Park Technical College. A legal notice announcing the exact date, time and location of this meeting will be published sometime during the week of Dec. 17 or Dec. 24.


Equal consideration will be given to the general population distribution within the Moraine Park District, as well as to the distribution of women and minorities.


Applications can be obtained from a county board chairperson of any of the following counties: Calumet, Columbia, Dodge, Fond du Lac, Green Lake, Marquette, Sheboygan, Washington, Waushara and Winnebago. Or contact Valerie Krueger, Moraine Park Technical College, 235 N. National Ave., P.O. Box 1940, Fond du Lac, WI 54936-1940; telephone 920-929-2127. Completed applications will be accepted through 4:30 p.m. on Dec. 14. All completed applications should be addressed to Ms. Shirley Kitchen, Secretary, Moraine Park Technical College District Board, 235 N. National Ave., P.O. Box 1940, Fond du Lac, WI 54936-1940. 


Moraine Park to offer Spanish course for dairy farmers

by admin27. November 2007 19:00

Moraine Park Technical College will offer Spanish for Dairy Farmers, a short course for farmers who employ individuals who speak Spanish.


The course covers listening, speaking, reading and writing in Spanish. The customs and values of Spanish-speaking cultures are also addressed. Upon completion, you will be able to participate in uncomplicated conversations on everyday topics.


Course number 140-115, section 002, will be held on Tuesdays, Jan. 22 through Feb. 26, from 6 to 9 p.m. in Room O-102 on Moraine Park’s Fond du Lac campus at 235 N. National Ave. For a map, go to and click on About Moraine Park then Campus Information. The cost is $100.65.


For more information or to register, call 1-800-472-4554 or visit a Moraine Park campus in Beaver Dam, Fond du Lac or West Bend.


Moraine Park, Salvation Army team up for another holiday sock drive

by admin27. November 2007 19:00

Moraine Park Technical College's Fond du Lac campus and the Salvation Army of Fond du Lac have partnered again this year for a holiday sock drive, with the theme “Gifts from the Heart.” All types of new socks will be collected – babies’, children’s, women’s and men’s, made of cotton or wool – from now through Thursday, Dec. 13.


A small Christmas tree and a collection bin have been set up in the Cyber Center cafeteria at Moraine Park by the Fond du Lac campus Student Senate. Another drop-off bin is located near the Registration desk. Last year’s sock drive netted 500 pairs of socks for the Salvation Army, and the goal is to beat that number this year and help even more individuals and families keep their feet warm this winter.


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


Area high school students try out tech programs; more than 350 attend Preview Days

by admin19. November 2007 19:00

Moraine Park's campuses in Beaver Dam, Fond du Lac and West Bend each had a preview day for high school juniors and seniors Nov. 13-15. Through Preview Days, teens spend a morning on a Moraine Park campus taking a closer look at specific programs, meeting instructors and getting a feel for college life. 


The attendance level at the Fond du Lac campus exceeded expectations as around 300 students froA Moraine Park surgical technology instructor demonstrates to three high school students how to hand a surgical tool to a surgeon. The students are playing the roles of surgeon and surgical assistants.m throughout the Moraine Park district visited the campus on Nov. 14. At the Fond du Lac and West Bend campuses, the teens selected two programs to visit, with one program chosen at Beaver Dam.


More than 40 programs were “tried out” by visitors at the three campuses, including Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Associate, Automotive Technician, Barber/Cosmetologist, Business Management, Criminal Justice – Corrections, Culinary Arts and Food Service Production, Early Childhood Education and Child Care Services, Electrical Power Distribution, Electricity, EMT – Paramedic, Nursing, Veterinary Technician and Welding.   


Other opportunities to tour the campus and learn about programs will take place during Discover Moraine Park in February and Campus Snapshots in April. These events are open to any interested individuals.


Winter Interim, spring registration under way at Moraine Park

by admin18. November 2007 19:00

Students who would like to earn extra college credit during the winter break can check out Moraine Park Technical College’s Winter Interim, which runs Jan. 2-15. Open registration for Winter Interim and the spring semester began Nov. 19.


Interim classes are available in several areas of study including Accounting, Administrative Assistant, Business Management, Child Care Services, General Education, Information Technology, Marketing, Mechanical Design Technology, Nursing Assistant, Welding, and more.


The spring semester begins Jan. 21 and ends May 20.


For a complete listing of Winter Interim and spring courses or for more information, visit or call 1-800-472-4554. Please note that Moraine Park’s campuses in Beaver Dam, Fond du Lac and West Bend will be closed Dec. 24 through Jan. 1.


Julie Moffitt lunch-hour concert set at Moraine Park

by admin11. November 2007 19:00

Acoustic artist Julie Moffitt will make an appearance at Moraine Park Technical College’s Fond du Lac campus on Tuesday, Dec. 4.


A Wisconsin native, Moffitt was a 2007 Folk/Acoustic Group/Artist nominee for the Wisconsin Area Music Industry awards. She also had a headlining spot at Summerfest. She is currently touring colleges in Wisconsin and other Midwestern states.


The lunch-hour performance will take place in the Cyber Center cafeteria from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; the general public can purchase a meal for $5.


For more information, contact Adam Ninmann, Moraine Park student involvement specialist, at


Moraine Park announces 2006-07 e-Annual Report

by admin4. November 2007 19:00

Moraine Park Technical College’s 2006-07 Annual Report is now available on the College’s Web site at


“This is the third year Moraine Park has offered its annual report in an online format,” said Dr. Gayle Hytrek, Moraine Park president. “Presenting our annual report electronically not only allows a wider audience to learn more about Moraine Park's accomplishments and financial environment but it also represents a cost savings to the college and ultimately our taxpayers.”


The online report includes five focus areas: Building a New Workforce, Helping Displaced Workers, Helping Businesses Grow, Helping Non-English Speaking Community Members and Ensuring Student Success. Each focus area features a story and a video. The videos are accompanied by written transcripts for the benefit of those who are deaf or hard of hearing.


Visitors to Moraine Park’s Web site will also find a message from Dr. Hytrek; the top 20 median annual salaries of 2005-06 for Moraine Park graduates; the 2005-06 Graduate Follow-Up Report; 2006-07 student enrollment by county; 2006-07 financial data; District Board members; and other information.


Each of Moraine Park’s campus libraries will have a hard copy of the Annual Report available for individuals who don’t have Internet access.


Moraine Park Technical College has campuses in Beaver Dam, Fond du Lac and West Bend and regional sites in Ripon and Hartford. 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


Festival Foods and Moraine Park offer Preparing Thanksgiving Dinner Nov. 10

by admin4. November 2007 19:00

Moraine Park Technical College and the new Festival Foods in Fond du Lac are teaming up to bring you helpful hints on how best to prepare and carve your Thanksgiving turkey as well as get some suggestions on the best wine choices to complement your dinner.


 “Preparing Thanksgiving Dinner” will take place on Saturday, Nov. 10, from 10 to 11 a.m. in the Deli seating area of Festival Foods. Moraine Park culinary arts instructor Lois Zingsheim will lead the demonstration with the assistance of two culinary arts students. The free demonstration will include proper defrosting techniques, turkey preparation and how to truss the turkey. The demonstration will also include proper carving techniques, and questions will be taken throughout the demonstration.  


“We are very excited to partner with Moraine Park and offer a free class on the safe preparation of turkey for Thanksgiving Dinner,” said Darrin Kuehn, Festival Foods store director.  “Additionally, we are excited about the wine tasting that will be part of the class. The sampling of wines will give our guests hands-on tasting and knowledge of the wines to pair with their dinner. Our guests have been asking for cooking classes. It is our pleasure to bring this first class to our guests for one of the most important dinners of the year.”


“This type of experience is invaluable for our students,” said Zingsheim. “They will be demonstrating their culinary skills and have the opportunity to experience the instructional-side of a learning activity.”


Guests interested in participating in “Preparing Thanksgiving Dinner" should sign up at the Festival Foods service counter. For more information, stop in or call Festival Foods at 920-273-0490.


Moraine Park president, board member attend national conference

by admin28. October 2007 19:00

Dr. Gayle Hytrek (pictured), Moraine Park Technical College president, and Jodine Deppisch, Moraine Park District Board member, spoke at the recent annual Leadership Congress of the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT).

 Professional photo of Dr. Gayle Hytrek, Moraine Park president

Dr. Hytrek, Deppisch and David Haines, education director at the Oshkosh Correctional Institution, gave a presentation entitled, “Win-Win Partnerships: Certified Vocational Programming in Wisconsin Prisons.” Deppisch is the warden at Fox Lake Correctional Institution. The presentation outlined the impact prison-based education has on reducing the number of paroled inmates who commit new offenses and return to prison. Moraine Park offers programs for inmates at five Wisconsin correctional institutions.


ACCT is a nonprofit educational organization of governing boards that offers a broad range of benefits to community colleges, individual educators and corporations world-wide. Its 2007 congress took place Sept. 26-29 in San Diego, Calif.