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.

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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.


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.

’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. 

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Winter Interim classes offered at Moraine Park

by jurben16. November 2006 19:00

  Students seeking to earn extra college credits have a great opportunity to do so during Moraine Park Technical College’s annual Winter Interim Jan. 3-16.

This is the third year Moraine Park, with campuses in Beaver Dam, Fond du Lac and West Bend, has offered Winter Interim and, according to vice president of Academics and Economic Development Dan Ensalaco, it continues to grow in popularity.

“Moraine Park's Winter Interim is designed to allow students to use the normal downtime between the fall and spring semesters to be productive and to pick up courses in a condensed format,” said Ensalaco. “Selected courses often serve the needs of both our Moraine Park student population and students attending other colleges who want to get ahead by taking an additional course. This includes students from residential colleges who are home for their holiday break. Participation in the Winter Interim session allows students to graduate on time or to reduce their course load during the more traditional spring semester.”

A wide variety of 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, ursing, Radiography, Respiratory Therapist, Supervisory Management, Surgical Technology, Veterinary Technician, and more.

For a complete listing of all Winter Interim classes, or for more information about Moraine Park’s Winter Interim, visit or call 800-472-4554. Course offerings can be viewed on the Web site. To register for classes, call 800-221-6430. Please note that Moraine Park’s campuses will be closed Dec. 23 through Jan. 2. Online and touchtone-phone registration will be unavailable Dec. 22 through Jan. 2.


Moraine Park IT students get real world experience

by jurben13. November 2006 19:00

Information Technology (IT) students at Moraine Park Technical College’s Fond du Lac campus are getting hands-on, real-world experience before graduation.

Under the supervision of instructors, IT-Technical Support/Networking students run a Computer Clinic to assist Moraine Park staff and students, as well as members of the community, with concerns regarding their home computers. Services include system cleanup, diagnosis and repair, and software and hardware installation.

“The Computer Clinic was started to give students real problems to work with,” said Moraine Park IT-technical support specialist instructor Lisa Pollard. “Students need to contact customers, try to diagnose the problem, make sure they back up all necessary data, and follow through with the picking up of the computer.”

When customers pick up their computers the students explain what they did and teach the customers how to maintain the computers. Pollard also said if people have technical questions, they can send an e-mail to

and their questions will be answered.

The Computer Clinic runs through the end of the fall semester in December, and will start up again with the spring semester.

Moraine Park IT students are shown at the Computer Clinic: l. to r., John Kiekhaefer of Beaver Dam, a first-year student, and Curtis Hawkinson of Fox Lake and Adnan Husic of Fond du Lac, second-year students. The clinic was started to give students real computer problems to work with.


Moraine Park to offer insurance pre-licensing classes

by jurben12. November 2006 19:00

New insurance agents are invited to enroll in insurance pre-licensing classes at Moraine Park Technical College’s Fond du Lac campus.

A week-long class that covers Ethics/Law/Accident/Health/Life Insurance (course number 162-466-002) will meet the pre-licensing needs of the new insurance agent. This class runs Monday, Dec. 11, through Thursday, Dec. 14, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Individual sections of this class also are available to fit participants’ needs. “Ethics and Law Insurance” (162-460-002) will be offered Monday, Dec. 11, from 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. This class explores Wisconsin law as it pertains to the sale of insurance and the importance of ethics in the agent’s role. This class needs to be taken within 12 months of taking the Wisconsin state exams.

“Accident/Health Insurance” (162-462-002) will be offered Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 12-13, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. This class explores the types of policies; policy provisions, clauses and riders; social insurance; insurance concepts; and field underwriting procedures. Wisconsin statues, rules and regulations pertinent to disability insurance are covered.

“Life Insurance” (162-464-002) will be offered Wednesday, Dec. 13, from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. and Thursday, Dec. 14, from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. This class explores the types of policies; policy riders, provisions, options and exclusions; completing the application, and underwriting and delivering the policy; and taxes, retirement and other insurance concepts. The class applies Wisconsin statues, rules and regulations pertinent to life insurance and annuities.

All sections on this schedule meet the hour requirements as required by the Office of the Commissioner of Insurance. Moraine Park Technical College will issue course completion certificates.

Textbooks are required for each class. Costs are as follows: “Ethics and Law Insurance,” $38.40; “Accident/Health Insurance,” $55.10; “Life Insurance,” $55.10; and the combination class (all three), $123.60.

Moraine Park’s Fond du Lac Campus is located at 235 N. National Avenue. To register, call 920-929-2100. Those living outside the Fond du Lac area may call 1-800-472-4554.


Small Business Ownership classes offered

by jurben16. December 2001 19:00

Classes for Moraine Park Technical College's Small Business Training Certificate begin Jan. 8, 2001 at the Fond du Lac Campus.

The one-year certificate is designed for people interested in exploring the components small business start-up and operation. It offers something for new and existing entrepreneurs.

"Participants receive hands-on training in the areas of business planning, financing, marketing, customer service, financial management and business communications," said Pat Olson, Moraine Park's dean of business occupations and culinary arts.

The Small Business Ownership Certificate is comprised of five, two-credit courses taken in sequence: Organizing Your Small Business, Financial Management, Marketing, Customer Service and Writing a Business Plan. Moraine Park shares the courses with Fox Valley Technical College, Blackhawk Technical College, and Mid-State Technical College.

Classes are held on Saturday mornings from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and run for six weeks. The first class, Organizing Your Small Business, begins Jan. 8.

To register, call (920) 929-2100 or 1-800-221-6430. Use course number 145-180-002. For more information, contact Pat Olson at (920) 924-3333 or


Spanish class offered for farm managers

by admin2. December 2001 19:00

    Learn to communicate with your Spanish-speaking employees and understand their cultural differences.

    Moraine Park Technical College is offering a short-term training opportunity beginning Friday, Jan. 25 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Fond du Lac Campus. The six-week, 12-hour course provides practical experience with agricultural-related conversation. The instructor, Lori Lasee, can relate to agricultural terminology, having grown up on a dairy farm.

    The fee is $27.02.

    To register for course number 090-388-004, call 920-929-2100 or 1-800-221-6430.


Lt. Governor speaks with area educators

by jurben28. November 2001 19:00

    Wisconsin's Lt. Gov. Margaret Farrow reinforced the value of the state's School-to-Work program and technical education when she spoke to approximately 70 area educators recently at an annual Tech Prep Retreat in Ripon.

    Farrow, who noted two of her five children are graduates of the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS), stressed the key role high school instructors, counselors and parents play in making students aware of the many educational opportunities the WTCS provides. She also addressed the critical need for skilled workers in Wisconsin, particularly in today's economic environment.

     Tech Prep Moraine Area Partnership sponsored the one-day retreat that brought together administrators, counselors, tech ed instructors and School-to-Work coordinators from high schools throughout the Moraine Park Technical College District.

     "The retreat provides an opportunity for high schools to come together to strategize School-to-Work initiatives within their districts and hear about state updates," said Char Wacek, Moraine Park's tech prep/school-to-work curriculum specialist.

     The partnership serves thousands of high school students within the Moraine Park district each year. Articulated courses, mini-grants and professional development opportunities are some of the collaborative opportunities provided so students may better prepare for future career success.

     Also speaking at the event were Jim Schultz from the Governor's Work-Based Learning Board; Luther Olsen, chairperson, State Education Committee; Bryan Albrecht, Wis. Dept. of Public Instruction; and Marcia Arndt, Moraine Park's dean of manufacturing technologies.

     For information about Moraine Park's Tech Prep/School-to-Work programs, contact Char Wacek at 920-924-3428 or


Spanish class offered for farm managers

by jurben8. November 2001 19:00

Learn to communicate with your Spanish-speaking employees and understand their cultural differences.

Moraine Park Technical College is offering a short-term training opportunity beginning Friday, Nov. 30 from 12-3 p.m. at its Fond du Lac Campus. The four-week course provides hands-on experiences with agricultural-related conversation. The instructor, Lori Lasee, is familiar with dairy farm terminology, having grown up on a dairy farm.

The cost is $27.02.

To register for course number 090-388-001, call 920-929-2100.