Moraine Park announces board member appointments

by admin22. July 2007 19:00

The 2007-08 district board members for Moraine Park Technical College were nominated to office during the July 9, 2007, District Board meeting.


The following board members will serve as officers for the 2007-08 year: Lisa Mader, chair; Marty Mittlestadt, vice-chair; Philip Baranowski, treasurer; and Shirley Kitchen, secretary.


The membership of the Finance Committee for 2007-08 was also determined. Philip Baranowski will serve as committee chair, and Jodine Deppisch, Vernon Jung, Shirley Kitchen, Lisa Mader, Marty Mittlestadt and Peter Sensenbrenner will serve as committee members.


In addition to the Moraine Park positions, appointments were made for the District’s representatives on the Wisconsin Technical College System District Boards Association committees. Baranowski will continue to serve as Moraine Park’s delegate to the association’s Board of Directors. Other appointees include Peter Sensenbrenner, Legislative Committee; Shirley Kitchen, Human Resources Committee; John Mason, Program Committee; Dorreen Dembski, Marketing/Public Relations and Awards Committee, with Marty Mittlestadt as an alternate; Vernon Jung, Interdistrict/Interagency Cooperation Committee, and Lisa Mader, alternate; and Jodine Deppisch, Bylaws, Policies and Procedures Committee.


Moraine Park Technical College, with campuses in Beaver Dam, Fond du Lac and West Bend, is one of 16 technical colleges throughout Wisconsin that make up the Wisconsin Technical College System. Moraine Park offers 38 associate degree programs, 22 technical diplomas and 43 certificates delivered in a variety of formats – classroom, online or blended. Training and technical assistance for businesses are also available. For more information about Moraine Park, visit                                         


Moraine Park plans Cosmetology Info Night; Nail Technician training scheduled

by admin17. July 2007 19:00

Those who are in – or want to be in – a career with a “cutting” edge on the latest trends are invited to Moraine Park Technical College’s Cosmetology Information Night on Thursday, Aug. 2, at the Fond du Lac campus.


The event takes place in Room A-112 from 6 to 8 p.m. and will feature presentations on the Barber/Cosmetologist technical diploma and apprenticeship programs as well as the Nail Technician certificate. It offers something for everyone – individuals who are interested in becoming students or apprentices, salon owners or managers who would like to train future employees, licensed barber/cosmetologists who wish to obtain a manager’s license and anyone in the field who would like to update their skills. After the presentations, a “sneak preview” tour will be given of the College’s newly remodeled cosmetology training center, which includes a salon and classrooms.


Moraine Park offers a Barber/Cosmetologist technical diploma, a 16-month (1,800 hours) program that prepares graduates for the state Barber/Cosmetologist Licensing Exam. During their first semester, students learn classroom theory and fundamental skills, which are applied during the second semester in Moraine Park’s on-campus salon where students perform client services such as hairstyling, hair coloring, permanent waves, facials and manicures. Visits to area trade shows and guest presentations from industry artists round out the students’ experience.


In the Barber/Cosmetologist Apprenticeship program, students are hired by a salon where they work a minimum of 32 hours per week – with pay – under the direct supervision of a licensed manager and spend one day a week at Moraine Park’s Fond du Lac or West Bend campus receiving instruction and hands-on training. After three semesters that consist of 288 hours of theory instruction and 3,712 hours of practical training, the state licensing exam is taken.


“Apprenticeship has proven to be a very viable option for a variety of reasons for many students,” said Jon Waldhuetter, Moraine Park dean of apprenticeship. “An apprenticeship may appeal to students who are kinesthetic or hands-on learners as less time is spent sitting in a classroom, and they begin working with clients immediately. And less classroom time provides more flexibility for the work schedule.” 


The Nail Technician program is another career option for individuals who are creative and good with people. This 20-week certificate prepares students for the state licensing examination to practice as a manicurist. Students develop nail technician skills in the classroom and the campus salon. The coursework includes law, regulations, business management and ethics to help students who may want to start their own business.


In addition to the Cosmetology Information Night, Moraine Park will offer day and evening sessions of the Nail Technician training starting the week of Aug. 27 in the newly remodeled cosmetology facility. The day session meets Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., while the evening session meets Monday through Thursday from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Classes run through the week of Feb. 12. Completion of this 300-hour program will prepare students for the Wisconsin State Licensing test. For more information or to register, contact a Moraine Park admissions specialist at 920-922-8611 or 1-800-472-4554.


For more information about Moraine Park’s cosmetology programs and apprenticeship, contact Jon Waldheutter at 262-335-5841. Program information is also available at; click on Academics.


Alverno agreement benefits Moraine Park education students

by admin16. July 2007 19:00

Under an articulation agreement that has been worked out with Alverno College in Milwaukee, Instructional Assistant program students at Moraine Park Technical College can transfer their associate degree to Alverno’s Elementary Education bachelor’s degree program if they wish to become teachers.


The articulation agreement applies to any Wisconsin technical college that offers the Instructional Assistant program. Moraine Park’s Instructional Assistant program offers an Associate of Applied Science degree, which prepares qualified individuals to work directly with students under the supervision of a licensed teacher. Students develop the skills to assist children with math, reading and writing assignments, as well as handle classroom management, clerical and other tasks related to instruction.


“Adding Alverno College to our growing list of transfer agreements is another option for our graduates to continue their education and earn a baccalaureate degree,” said Dan Ensalaco, Moraine Park vice president of academics and economic development. “This can be a benefit for the local school districts because their valued instructional aides can be potential classroom teachers for the schools.”


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, as well as general studies transfer agreements with UW-Green Bay and UW-Oshkosh. General studies agreements also exist 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) 924-6398 in Fond du Lac; and (262) 335-5877 in
West Bend. Those in other areas may call (800) 472-4554.


For more information about Moraine Park’s programs, visit


New Industrial Maintenance Technician program begins this fall

by admin15. July 2007 19:00

Moraine Park Technical College’s new Industrial Maintenance Technician program gets under way with the start of the fall semester on Aug. 27.     


The two-year technical diploma is geared toward several technology-driven fields including manufacturing, food and beverage processing, and building maintenance.


Through this program, students develop a variety of technical skills in electrical/electronics, fluid power, mechanical systems, computers and computer-controlled interface units. Programmable logic controllers, motors and drives, servo hydraulic systems and closed-loop positioning are studied. Hands-on course work gives students a comprehensive understanding of how these technical skill areas are linked together to create automated systems.


“Skills involving the installation, preventive maintenance, troubleshooting and repair of industrial machinery have been in demand,” said James Eden, Moraine Park executive dean of manufacturing, trades and apprenticeship.


For more information about the Industrial Maintenance Technician program, call Cindy Wolf at 262-335-5896. Enroll today by calling 1-800-472-4554.


For more information about Moraine Park, visit


Moraine Park's Electricity students compete in SkillsUSA

by admin15. July 2007 19:00

Nick Matter of Oostburg, a student in Moraine Park Technical College’s Electricity program, participated in the SkillsUSA Championship on June 28 in Kansas City, Mo., part of the 43rd annual National Leadership and Skills Conference June 26-29.

 Nick Matter installs wires during the SkillsUSA electricity competition.

Matter, who placed 14th, joined more than 4,500 career and technical education students who competed in 87 trade, technical and leadership fields. Moraine Park Electricity Instructor Paul Schumacher accompanied Matter to the nationals. The SkillsUSA Championship is the showcase for the best career and technical students in the nation. The philosophy of the event is to reward students for excellence, involve industry in directly evaluating student performance and keep training relevant to employers' needs. 


Matter was one of three students from the Electricity program at Moraine Park’s West Bend campus who competed at the annual SkillsUSA State Conference in Madison April 24-25. Also participating in the residential wiring competition were Mike Berger of Hartford and Dan Diette of Fond du Lac. The team took first place for the third consecutive year, with Matter going on to the nationals.


“The SkillsUSA competition is a good opportunity for students to showcase their talents and meet other electricity students from different colleges,” said Schumacher. “The competition also demonstrates the electricity program’s commitment of success to the students.”


Moraine Park’s Electricity technical diploma focuses on a hands-on learning approach and prepares students to enter the State Electricity Apprenticeship program through the Department of Workforce Development, Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards. To learn more, visit


Moraine Park to hold New Student Orientation

by admin10. July 2007 19:00

First-time students who start classes at Moraine Park Technical College this fall are invited to attend New Student Orientation, a special “kickoff” session. 


New students can meet each other, connect with Moraine Park staff, get helpful strategies and learn more about resources to make their first semester the easiest transition possible. Moraine Park staff will explain funding, student records, finding a part-time job while attending school, tutoring services and other resources. Students can get their student IDs, purchase books and locate their classrooms. There will also be sessions for parents and spouses. 


New Student Orientation will be held at the Beaver Dam campus on Monday, July 23, and Thursday, Aug. 9; at the Fond du Lac campus on Tuesday, July 24, and Tuesday, Aug. 7; and at the West Bend campus on Thursday, July 26, and Monday, Aug. 6. Students may choose the date and session time (1-4 p.m. or 5:30-8:30 p.m.) that works best for them.


New students who haven’t already registered for orientation should immediately call 1-800-472-4554, ext. 5854, to enroll in a session.


Moraine Park holds annual PC Adventure Camp

by admin9. July 2007 19:00

Moraine Park Technical College held its third annual PC Adventure Camp June 12 at the Fond du Lac campus.


PC Adventure is a free, one-day camp filled with activities for students entering 9th through 12th grades. Sixteen students from area high schools attended this year’s camp.


“The camp gives high school students a glimpse into the college environment and what Moraine Park has to offer in terms of post-secondary education resources,” said Bill Green, diversity relations associate at Moraine Park. 


Moraine Park’s Diversity Relations, Technology & Instructional Operations and Tech Prep collaborated on
the camp. Students were given a campus tour in the morning. During lunch they asked questions and listened to current Moraine Park students, including members of the Multicultural Club, talk about their experiences at the College. Participants also created a short video on what their education means to them.


Office Software Suite certificate offered for working adults

by admin9. July 2007 19:00

Moraine Park Technical College is offering working adults the opportunity to earn an Office Software Suite certificate while taking class just one night per week.


Windows, Word and Excel will be offered this fall, with PowerPoint and Access offered during the spring semester. Each will be taught in a student-driven traditional format via Internet Video Conference on the Fond du Lac and West Bend campuses.


The fall courses will be offered as follows on Thursdays from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.:

·        Microsoft Windows: 103-189-010, Aug. 30-Sept. 20. Cost: $100.65 plus books.

·        Microsoft Word: 103-160-012, Sept. 27-Nov. 1. Cost: $197.30 plus books.

·        Microsoft Excel: 103-180-013, Nov. 8-Dec. 20. Cost: $197.30 plus books.


“An Office Software Suite certificate can help working adults who are seeking a new position, provide them with more job security or be used to advance their careers,” said Stephanie Murre Wolf, Moraine Park Office Technology and Computer Applications Instructor. “It is a very marketable certificate that employers appreciate.”


The classes will be held in Room O-106.1 on the Fond du Lac campus and Room L-110 on the West Bend campus.


For more information, contact Jay Edgren at 920-924-6372. To register, call 1-800-472-4554.


Moraine Park vice president completes Kellogg program

by admin8. July 2007 19:00

Dr. Sharon Nevins Holmes, vice president of marketing and college advancement at Moraine Park Technical College, completed the Kellogg Executive Scholars Program in Nonprofit Management.


She was awarded a Certificate of Professional Achievement after successfully completing four selected executive programs with the Kellogg School of Management in Evanston, Ill., part of Northwestern University. Dr. Holmes participated in “Fundraising and Marketing II,” “Leading Successful Schools,” “Leveraging Your Resources Through Partnering” and “Performance Counts.” She also enrolled in “Leading High-Impact Teams.”


The Executive Scholars program provides a practical, flexible and academically rigorous way to achieve specific professional goals. Kellogg develops programs around some of the business world’s most challenging issues. Participants learn in an environment that is founded on intellectual rigor with team leadership, partnership and innovation as its guiding principles. They also network with and learn from leading faculty and business executives from around the world.


Moraine Park Technical College, 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. To find out more, visit


Info Session held at Moraine Park campuses July 17

by admin8. July 2007 19:00

If you’re thinking about going back to college, Moraine Park Technical College is offering an opportunity to get started. Individuals who are interested in learning about programs and services or signing up for fall classes are invited to stop in Tuesday, July 17, anytime between 2:30 and 6 p.m. for an Information Session at the Beaver Dam, Fond du Lac and West Bend campuses.


The event also provides an opportunity to talk with Moraine Park staff about specific opportunities available at the College. Assistance will be given with the admissions process as well as choosing and registering for fall classes. 


No advance registration is required. For more information, call 1-800-472-4554, ext. 3201, or e-mail