Several Moraine Park health sciences programs accredited

by admin17. June 2007 19:00

Five Moraine Park Technical College health sciences programs have received accreditations in 2006-07.


“Since they tie our clinical affiliates and national accrediting bodies together, accreditations ensure that our program graduates meet the highest national standards and are prepared to enter the workforce,” said John Phillips, Moraine Park dean of health sciences.


In April 2007, Moraine Park’s Radiography associate degree program received an initial two-year accreditation from the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology. The Radiography program provides the medical community with the entry-level radiologic technologists who are able to perform diagnostic medical radiography and successfully complete the certification examination administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. The program integrates general and technical education to ensure that graduates can meet the multiple demands of rapidly changing technology in the medical field.


The Surgical Technology associate degree program received a full five-year accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). Five-year accreditation is the highest level available to educational institutions. Surgical technologists work closely with surgeons, anesthesiologists, RNs and other surgical personnel in delivering optimal patient care. They assume responsibilities before, during and after surgery for preparing the operating room, securing supplies, setting up equipment and instruments for the team and anticipating the surgeon’s needs during the surgical procedure.


The Clinical Laboratory Technician and Respiratory Therapist associate degree programs also have five-year accreditation. Respiratory Therapist is accredited by the Committee on Accreditation for Respiratory Care. This program prepares students for a health career that involves the assessment and treatment of breathing disorders. An aging population and an increase in diagnosed cardiopulmonary disorders have created a high demand for skilled professionals.


The Clinical Laboratory Technician program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency of Clinical Laboratory Sciences. Students are prepared for careers as medical laboratory or clinical laboratory technicians in hospitals, clinics and doctors’ offices. Clinical Affiliates of the Program include Agnesian Healthcare of Fond du Lac, Community Health Network of Berlin and Synergy Health of West Bend, among others.


The Medical Assistant program received a full three-year accreditation from the CAAHEP. The medical assistant profession is one of the fastest-growing occupations. Moraine Park’s program prepares students to assist doctors in a variety of clinical tasks.


For more information about Moraine Park and its programs, visit or call an outreach specialist at 1-800-472-4554.


Moraine Park Welding students compete in SkillsUSA

by admin10. June 2007 19:00

Students from the Welding program at Moraine Park’s Beaver Dam campus competed at the annual SkillsUSA State Conference in Madison in late April.


At the Alliant Energy Center, three Welding program students took part in the welding competition for college/post-secondary students. They were Josh Gedamke of Waupun, who placed 5th; Keith Prochaska of DeForest, who placed 11th; and Lucas Stark of Watertown, who placed 17th. The students were accompanied by their Moraine Park welding instructor, Larry Clark.


“Even though this was a welding competition, it had more to do with the students being able to handle the pressure of performing in a new environment against unfamiliar competitors under strict time constraints,” said Clark. “All the competitors were good welders, but dealing with nerves under pressure was the true nature of the competition.”


SkillsUSA is a national nonprofit organization serving teachers and high school and college students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations. SkillsUSA programs include local, state and national competitions.


Moraine Park’s Welding technical diploma helps individuals develop welding and fabrication skills that are used in today’s industries. To learn more, visit


Moraine Park to offer Spanish course for dairy farmers

by admin10. June 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 001, will be held on Tuesdays, Aug. 28 through October 2, 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 marketing students place at national competition

by admin5. June 2007 19:00

Moraine Park Technical College students Jennifer Abraham of Plymouth and Kelly Brumley of Randolph were national finalists in the business-to-business marketing competition at the Distributive Education Clubs of America’s (DECA) 61st annual International Career Development Conference held in Orlando, Florida, in late April.


They received an award for being one of the top 10 teams in the Business-to-Business Marketing Case Study.


A third Moraine Park student, Stephanie Newby of Fond du Lac, was one of three student marketing club presidents honored at the awards ceremony for her work on starting the Moraine Park chapter of Delta Epsilon Chi – Wisconsin Marketing & Management Association (WMMA), the collegiate division of DECA.


The three Marketing – Business-to-Business students had taken part in the state competition of the WMMA, held March 7-11 in Madison.


Abraham was also honored for receiving a $1,000 academic scholarship from NAPA Auto Parts for her active participation in WMMA, excellence on the job and her high academic standing.


DECA is an international association of high school and college students studying marketing, management and entrepreneurship. It operates in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, the Virgin Islands, Canada, Mexico and Germany.


For more information about Moraine Park’s marketing programs, visit


Moraine Park carpentry instructor wins second ABC award

by admin29. May 2007 19:00

Jerry Schwengels of Fond du Lac, a carpentry instructor at Moraine Park Technical College since 1989, has mentored countless students through the College’s rigorous Carpentry Apprenticeship program, encouraging them to deliver excellence in their trade and urging them to compete in state and national skill competitions.


Since 1990, 12 of Schwengels’ students have competed at the annual Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) National Craft Championships with eight placing in the top three (two gold, two silver, four bronze). And their mentor himself recently became the only ABC instructor in the state to claim two ABC Instructor of the Year awards, in 1996 and May 2007.


During their tenure at Moraine Park, Schwengels’ students gain the skills they need to perform excellently on the job. Many have been named Wisconsin Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Apprentices of the Year, like the May 2007 recognition of Jacob Ruiz of West Allis, who is employed by Quality Remodeling Specialists of Pewaukee, or placed at the ABC National Craft Championships, like Matt Bohn of Waupun who is employed by R.A. Pinno Construction Inc. of Rosendale and took home the gold in carpentry this past spring.


There’s no doubt carpentry apprentices are learning from a master, according to Jon Waldhuetter, Moraine Park dean of trades and apprenticeship. “Jerry has had a constant record of well-trained, award-winning apprentices during his years at Moraine Park,” he said. “He is a dedicated instructor.”


Schwengels holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial education from Winona State University and has more than 35 years of combined teaching and construction experience.


“We serve students from the entire eastern side of Wisconsin from as far north as Keshena and as far south as Racine,” said Schwengels of Moraine Park’s Carpentry Apprenticeship program. The four-year program typically graduates 9-12 students per year. During the academic semester, students work with employers nine out of 10 days. On the 10th day they attend class for eight hours at Moraine Park. Many companies send employees to become part of the program.


For more information about Moraine Park’s Carpentry Apprenticeship program, call Jon Waldhuetter at 262-335-5841 or visit


High school teams compete at Moraine Park's Junkyard Challenge

by admin23. May 2007 19:00

Like metal fossils being pieced together, prehistoric creations took shape as five area high schools competed in the fourth annual Junkyard Challenge at Moraine Park Technical College’s Beaver Dam campus.


With workstations piled with scrap-metal objects of all shapes, functions and sizes, the teams used Moraine Park’s welding lab to turn odds and ends into skeletal dinosaur bodies, claws, teeth and eyes, recycling mundane items that had outlived their usefulness into unique works of art.


The Slinger High School team took first place with their prehistoric version of a frilled lizard. Team members were sophomore Logan Boschae, junior Dan Steingraber and seniors Harley Corren, Andy Lee and Alex Leonhardt. Accompanying them was Slinger High technology and engineering instructor Tom Kiser. The school has had a team at the welding event every year since its inception. The first two years the students “just tried whatever,” said Kiser. “The last two years we have done some research. They really decided ahead what they wanted to do.” The students knew they would be dealing with a skeletal structure, and their imaginations took off from there.


Receiving an honorable mention was the Princeton High School first-time team of seniors Mike Goetz and Jon Hawkins, who made a tall and elaborately detailed dinosaur. Technology education instructor Scott Simacek said that while Princeton doesn’t offer a welding class, both students were familiar with welding. “I think it’s wonderful kids are seeing other kids and getting other ideas,” said Simacek.


“It was a fun experience,” said Goetz. “We learned cast-iron stuff doesn’t weld too well.” He and Hawkins plan to start a sculpture garden outside the school.


Beaver Dam High School had two teams formed from one metals manufacturing class. The Junkyard Challenge offers “another level of metals because they have to think outside the box and really be creative,” said instructor Mark Boehmer. “The competition level allows them to see how they compare to other high schools.” Creating an elaborate
T-rex style sculpture were juniors Kyle Schade and Noah Schepp and seniors Nathan Heck, Brian Larson and Kyle Livingston. The second team consisted of seniors Bob Pagenkopf, Brandon Paitrick, Alex Shute and Cody Weber who created a Flintstones scene as well as several prehistoric “stick” people aiming spears at a large dinosaur.


A team from West Bend West High School participated for the first time. “We came up to have fun,” said Kim Benson, advanced manufacturing instructor. “The students wanted to get a chance to see the welding facility and this was a good opportunity.” Seniors Jon Beardsley, Heath Jakubowski, Matt Moser and James Steinmetz crafted a dinosaur being led on a chain by a prehistoric human.


“I had a lot of fun doing it,” said Steinmetz. “I’m glad I came.” He enjoyed using Moraine Park’s welding lab and equipment.


The Fond du Lac High School team made not only one unique dinosaur walking on all fours, but also a smaller flying creature. The team included sophomores Jesse Lallier and Zach Yadaites, junior Alan Luckow and seniors Sam Kaiser and Tony Snyder, accompanied by instructor Tony Pickart.


Judges were Kathy Barnett, coordinator for the Seippel Homestead and Center for the Arts, and Jerry Kamps, a representative of the Beaver Dam Area Arts Association and a retired Beaver Dam High School art teacher. The teams were judged on creative use of materials, texture, movement and the variety of items used.


Alex Leonhardt, a member of the winning Slinger team, said the team did a lot of research for their prehistoric frilled lizard. “Coming prepared really helps,” he said. “You can hop on the project right away.”


“I thought it was pretty cool,” said fellow team member Logan Boschae of the Junkyard Challenge. “I’d like to do this again next year.”


“What I love to see is the teamwork and the leadership,” said Charles Reynolds, welding advisory committee member and welding technology manager with Alliance Laundry Systems in Ripon. “That is the kind of thing you need in production.”


In addition to the team event, there also was an individual welding competition in which participants brought in for judging items they had already made. The winners and their high schools were as follows:


Gas Metal Arc Welding

1st: Noah Schepp, Beaver Dam HS

2nd: Gavin Gantner, Fond du Lac HS

3rd: Sam Kaiser, Fond du Lac HS


Shielded Metal Arc Welding

1st: Jessie Lallier, Fond du Lac HS

2nd: Ryan Rochwite, Fond du Lac HS

3rd: Korey Liebersbach, Fond du Lac HS


Gas Tungsten Arc Welding

1st: Brian Larson, Beaver Dam HS

2nd: Kyle Livingston, Beaver Dam HS

3rd: Bob Hopp, Fond du Lac HS



1st: Cody Weber, Beaver Dam, HS

2nd: Kyle Schade, Beaver Dam HS

3rd: Tony Snyder, Fond du Lac, HS


For more information about Moraine Park’s Welding program, visit or call an outreach specialist at 1-800-472-4554. For more information about the Junkyard Challenge, call Sue Silverstein, Moraine Park welding/fabrication instructor, at 920-887-4490.


Moraine Park holds Endurance Challenge 2007

by admin20. May 2007 19:00

Moraine Park Technical College hosted the third annual Endurance Challenge 2007 at its Fond du Lac campus on Wednesday, May 9. The event is sponsored by the College’s Engine Research and Development Technician program.


High school students were challenged to modify a 7-horsepower engine, donated by Briggs and Stratton, to get the best fuel efficiency and run the longest, then bring it to the event to compete with the others. Each team was given a pre-measured amount of gas to burn in their engine then timed on how long each engine ran, and each engine was given a safety inspection before the competition got under way. Participating high schools included Beaver Dam, Campbellsport, Plymouth, Princeton, Sheboygan North and Sheboygan South. All except Campbellsport and Princeton were participating for the first time.


The teams were assisted by Moraine Park faculty, staff and students as well as employees of Mercury Marine, John Deere and Kohler Co. The teams shared the challenge of making successful modifications within a specific timeframe, coming up with ideas and figuring out what would work or not. They enjoyed competing, seeing the other engines and coming away with new ideas and an increased understanding of engines.


The winning engine ran for 33 minutes, 28 seconds, and was modified by Sheboygan South students Adam Lorenz and Jarrod Brown. “I learned a lot about balancing flywheels,” said Lorenz. (A flywheel stores energy and is used to even out fluctuations in speed as an engine runs.) The senior also enjoyed seeing the other teams’ engines and, of course, seeing his team’s engine take first place. The team advisor was Joe Janicek, a technology educator at Sheboygan South.


The Sheboygan North High School team of Kelton Fick, Ryan Mergen, Matt Rommel and Shane Williams came in second with a time of 32 minutes and 23 seconds. “We learned ways to keep an engine going, and to buy an adjustable carburetor,” said Williams.


“I learned a lot about trial and error,” said Fick.


Team advisor Alan Rekowski of Sheboygan North said one benefit of the Endurance Challenge for the students is that “they are able to verify their hypothesis and learn about other modifications they may not have thought up. I hope the students will be able to replicate and apply their knowledge to their HMV (High Mileage Vehicle) engines.”


The Campbellsport team of David Herring, Matt Loehr, Matt Mielke and Tim Woodley got their engine to run long enough to come in third at 23:23.


Plymouth High School team advisor James Azzalino enjoyed seeing former students now enrolled at Moraine Park. The event was also a chance for his current students to get a sense of what it’s like to learn in a college environment. The Plymouth team of Cory Bauer, Thomas Dowty, Kyle Singer and Brant Theiler got their engine to run for 17 minutes, 10 seconds, placing fourth.


The Princeton team enjoyed the challenge of modifying their engine to be as efficient as possible, said team advisor Scott Simacek of Princeton High School. Their efforts kept it running for 17:07. Team member Cory Prachl felt that counterweights were needed. Other team members were Jake Braun and Ty Weir.


The Beaver Dam High School engine chugged along for 13 minutes and 30 seconds before a piston broke. “Although our motor blew up, we learned a lot about engines,” said Jim Fitzgerald, father of one of the team members. Student team members were James Borck, Riley Fitzgerald, Jordan Matuseski, Jeremy Quandt and Phil Wuesthoff.


“Use two piston rings,” said both Fitzgerald and Matuseski when asked what they learned.


Each member of the winning team will receive a $250 Moraine Park scholarship if they enroll at the College. Other prizes included wrench sets, hats, shirts, CD cases and FM radios. Prizes were donated by Kohler Co., Mercury Marine, Briggs & Stratton, John Deere and Wacker Corporation, all of which have been strong supporters of Moraine Park’s Engine Research and Development program.


Fall 2007 enrollment for the Engine Research and Development Technician program is currently under way at Moraine Park. For more information about the program call a Moraine Park outreach specialist at 1-800-472-4554.





Moraine Park presents more than 1,000 with degrees, diplomas and certificates

by admin20. May 2007 19:00

Turning the page from one chapter of their lives to the next, the Moraine Park Technical College Class of 2007 said goodbye to classrooms and hello to careers on Saturday, May 19, at the Fond du Lac High School Field House.


“Making opportunities happen” was the class motto adopted by the graduates from Moraine Park’s Beaver Dam, Fond du Lac and West Bend campuses. Among the newest Moraine Park alumni, 452 received associate degrees, 485 received technical diplomas and 113 received program certificates.


Moraine Park President Gayle Hytrek presided over the College’s commencement ceremony in which nearly 400 of the 1,050 graduate candidates participated. The degrees, diplomas and certificates were conferred by Moraine Park District Board chairperson Lisa Mader and vice chairperson Marty Mittelstadt.


“Our graduates are the fabric that supports Wisconsin,” said Hytrek, as she addressed those present. “They are the nurses that take care of you and your loved ones, they are the mechanics that repair our cars, and they are the technicians that repair and program our computers, our machinery and our air conditioners. They design computer programs in business offices and in manufacturing, architectural and engineering firms. They not only build our houses, they also install the electrical wiring and plumb our houses. They cook our food, fix our hair and nails, and keep our prisons orderly and safe. And our EMTs, surgical techs, respiratory techs and others help save lives every day. These are just a few examples of what our graduates do day in and day out.” 


The Student Senate presidents from each of Moraine Park’s campuses addressed their fellow students and guests: Jasmine Duarte, Supervisory Management program, Beaver Dam campus; Laurie Schneider, Administrative Assistant program, Fond du Lac campus; and Stephanie Larson, Instructional Assistant program, West Bend campus.


“When I first started at Moraine Park, I told myself that this (going to college) is going to take forever; now that it has ended, I realize that I never want it to end,” said Duarte of Beaver Dam. “This has just been the start of what I know will be a lifetime of learning new things. I have met so many individuals who have changed my life and made me a better person for knowing them.”


“My experience at Moraine Park has been wonderful and rewarding,” said Schneider of Fond du Lac, who graduated with high honors. “When I first came here, my life had no direction. ... As a single mother of three, I knew my life had to change so I could support my children and become someone they could be proud of. I was determined to be a good role model and show them an education is priceless. Moraine Park provided me with many opportunities to demonstrate my skills, enhance my strengths and improve my weaknesses.”


The final student speaker, Larson of Slinger, who also served as a member of the Moraine Park District Student Government told her fellow students, “While being a student at Moraine Park, I was given many opportunities to get involved in activities on and outside campus. I joined the student senate where I learned to be an active team member and leader. I was able to build many friendships that gave me the drive to stay motivated and on track to reach my goal of graduating today. We all have goals in life. One of our goals is being achieved today. When we walk across the stage and receive our certificates, technical diplomas or associate degrees, we can all be proud in knowing that we achieved a major goal in life.”


M. Kathleen Murphy, RN, MSN, APRN-BC, was presented with Moraine Park’s 2007 Distinguished Alumnus Award by Dan Ensalaco, vice president of academics and economic development. Murphy is a 1985 graduate of the College’s Nursing program and the health services coordinator for the Milwaukee Public School System. “I am both grateful and humbled by this recognition, and believe that is due in large measure to the wonderful start I had as a nursing graduate of Moraine Park,” said Murphy. “The theme of making opportunities happen fits so well with the opportunities that opened up to me as a nurse and a graduate of this college.” 


The graduation processional was led by bagpiper Gina Crossley, with the ceremonial music performed by Brassination, a brass quintet from the Fond du Lac area. Shady Grove, also from the Fond du Lac area, provided the pre-ceremonial music. A reception was held at the high school.



Sessions still available for Moraine Park's Tech Knowledge College

by admin16. May 2007 19:00

Six sessions at Moraine Park Technical College’s Tech Knowledge College (TKC) still have openings left. To be held July 31-Aug. 2 at the Fond du Lac campus, TKC is fun way for kids entering 6th through 8th grade to explore a variety of careers.


Remaining sessions include:


Discover China: Learn to say your name in Chinese and how to write numbers. Learn about China’s products, customs and clothing, and the ways in which China and the U.S. are similar and different.


Go, Team, Go!: By finding out what “color” you are (red, green, etc.) you can learn about who you are, what you like and dislike and why you react the way you do. With your TKC team members you will learn how to take your individual styles and work together as a team.


Intercontinental Auto Techs: Are foreign cars different from American cars when it comes to servicing and maintaining them? Check it out at Intercontinental Auto Techs! Do vehicle inspections, check fluids, access computerized service manuals and more.


Numbers – Making Money in Business: Set up a lemonade stand, decide how much lemonade and other supplies to buy, set the price and see how much you can sell. Create a balance sheet and profit and loss statement and balance your company checkbook.


Science Anatomy Team: Become a scientist for three days and conduct experiments to discover what makes your heart beat, how food is digested, how your lungs work, what your liver does and more.



Wide World of Nursing: Monitor blood pressure, take temperatures and measure heights, weights and body fat. Do your own self-health screenings including blood sugars and cholesterol. Learn about technology used in health care. Visit a health clinic in Fond du Lac to do audiograms, vision and pulmonary testing.


Cost is $85. For more information, visit or call or e-mail Jan Logan at 920-924-6381, 1-800-472-4554 or


Seminar offered on winning government contracts

by admin15. May 2007 19:00

Moraine Park Technical College will help area machine shops and fabricators learn how to locate contracting opportunities with the federal government at two training seminars to be held on Thursday, June 7. The training sessions will be conducted by the Business Procurement Assistance Center (BPAC) at Moraine Park’s Fond du Lac campus. 


Machining/Fabrication 1 will be held from 9 to 11:30 a.m. on June 7. The Department of Defense (DOD) offers some of the best opportunities for a machine shop and/or fabricator to do business with the federal government. This training session is ideal for the machining and/or fabrication company new to government contracting or just 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, plus provide tips on how to be a successful contractor. A $30 fee for Machining/Fabrication 1 will cover the cost of materials.


Machining/Fabrication 2 will follow in the afternoon from 1 to 3:30 p.m. This seminar is targeted to machine shops/fabricators that are aggressively pursuing government contracts. The class will focus on current and upcoming changes to the contracting process. More in-depth topics important to competing in the DOD marketplace will be explored such as how to quote bids electronically, RFID (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 If you have questions contact BPAC at 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.