Moraine Park offers bachelors degree completion program

by sruback1. November 2001 19:00

    Imagine going to class whenever you want. Imagine being able to schedule your schoolwork around your job, family, and other activities. Imagine getting a bachelor’s degree this way—starting today.

    Moraine Park Technical College students can earn a bachelor’s degree through Franklin University by taking advantage of an alliance agreement between the two schools. Moraine Park has entered an alliance with Columbus-based Franklin University to offer students the opportunity to earn a bachelor’s degree. By combining resources, the two educational institutions can offer first-class instruction to students seeking a degree in such high-demand fields as Business Administration, Technical Management, Computer Science, Digital Communication, Health Care Management, Management Information Sciences and Public Safety Management.

    Although many community colleges and universities offer ways to obtain a bachelor’s degree, the Community College Alliance is unique. Students take core courses at Moraine Park, earning an associate’s degree or equivalent. Then they take a selected number of “bridge” courses designed to prepare them for the upper level courses taken from Franklin University. From then on, students connect with professors and classmates via computer. Online assignments are posted by e-mail, and there are scheduled chat sessions in which the class discusses the study topics.When all classes are completed, the student is awarded a bachelor’s degree from Franklin University.

    “The alliance allows students to build upon their positive community college experiences and attain a bachelor’s degree without leaving the community,” said Franklin University president Paul Otte. “I’m excited by the chance to work with Moraine Park Technical College.”

    Both Moraine Park and Franklin University are known for strong student support, so there are many help desks, library resources, and personnel available to answer technical questions or help with research. Students continue to have full access to Moraine Park, including its campus library, advisors, and other resources.

    The strength of this distinctive program is that students have the benefit of belonging to two schools at one time. They can access Franklin’s resources in addition to the resources available at Moraine Park. Franklin’s resources include academic advising, a help desk and a library system. Each student is also assigned a Regional Director who provides support and guidance by answering questions about transcripts, financial aid or even how to purchase textbooks.

    Moraine Park Technical College, with campuses in Beaver Dam, Fond du Lac and West Bend, is one of 16 colleges in the Wisconsin Technical College System. The College offers a variety of educational and training opportunities, including more than 80 associate degree, technical diploma and certificate programs. In addition to its three campuses, Moraine Park has regional sites in Ripon, Mayville and Hartford, along with several other instructional centers throughout the district. The College also offers numerous distance learning opportunities including more than 80 online classes. The Moraine Park web site is located at

    Franklin University serves more than 7,000 students annually through its on-campus programs in Columbus, Ohio and the Community College Alliance. More than 110 community colleges in 17 states and Canada have teamed with the university to serve students. In addition to offering 14 undergraduate degree programs, the 99-year-old University now has four master’s degree programs, including an MBA offered in an online format. In 1999, Franklin was named as one of 15 educational organizations nationwide for a U.S. Department of Education pilot project, which ensures that federal financial aid is available to students pursuing college degrees through distance learning.

For more information on earning your degree through Moraine Park and Franklin University, contact Sally Ruback

at 920-929-2126


Casual Gourmet open for lunch

by admin30. October 2001 19:00

     Friday lunches can be quick, easy, inexpensive and delicious when eating at Moraine Park Technical College's Fond du Lac restaurant, Casual Gourmet. From now until Dec. 21, second-year students in Moraine Park's Culinary Arts program will be operating and serving lunch on Fridays from 11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

     Different specials will be offered each Friday as well as a standard menu which consists of turkey sandwiches, walleye sandwiches, house salads, sweet potato soup, cheesecake filling rolled in tortillas, and Tiramisu parfaits.

    Something new this year is delivery service to Moraine Park staff and students at the Fond du Lac campus. For a small charge, Culinary Arts students will deliver orders during lunch hours. Proceeds from the delivery charge will go to the Culinary Arts Club to support field trips and activities.

    Also new this year is online ordering. Moraine Park students and staff will be able to order lunch online for on-campus delivery or pick up.

    Casual Gourmet is located inside the College's Cyber Center, and is open to the public. Customers are welcome to dine-in or call in orders for pick up. Reservations are strongly recommended.

    For reservations or menu selections, call Moraine Park at (920) 924-6352.


Moraine Park students continue online business

by jurben25. October 2001 19:00

    The International Business Practice Firm (IBPF) at Moraine Park Technical College is working on the continuation of their virtual business, Gifts Unlimited; an online business that sells gift baskets.

    The IBPF, one of the courses in Moraine Park's Marketing Program, is a simulated business that mirrors the real world. With the assistance of instructors, students maintain Gifts Unlimited, and now transact business with other student-run IBPF's via the Internet.

    Students from the class recently visited Bank One of Fond du Lac to meet with Steve Michaels, assistant vice president. Michaels reviewed the business plan and budget, and gave recommendations, which are now being implemented.

    The IBPF is part of the Mercer Network, which is coordinated by Mercer County Community College in Trenton, N.J. Currently, there are approximately 3000 practice firms worldwide with 15 in the United States. The network is primarily comprised of community colleges, but also involves some four-year institutions.


Snowshoe weaving course offered through Moraine Park

by jurben11. October 2001 19:00
     Beginning Nov. 29, Moraine Park Technical College will be offering a course on traditional Ojibwa-style snowshoe weaving. It will teach the correct way to embellish snowshoes with wood burning, painting or set-ins. This course, 815-642-001, will be held on Thursday, Nov. 29, Dec. 6 and 13 from 6-9:30 p.m. at the Kettle Moraine Lutheran High School. The last class, Saturday, Jan. 5, will be a field trip with the completed snowshoes. The cost is $26.25 and registration deadline is Nov. 1.

    For more information, or to register, call Jo Heckenbach, community services representative for Moraine Park's Jackson, Campbellsport and Kewaskum centers at (262) 335-5808.


Moraine Park to offer Basic Industrial Maintenance certificate

by jurben11. October 2001 19:00

    In response to business and industry representatives who expressed their needs for well-rounded students with a broad range of industrial skills, Moraine Park Technical College is implementing a Basic Industrial Maintenance Certificate.

    The Basic Industrial Maintenance Certificate, which is anticipated to begin Jan. 2002, will present basic instruction as well as hands-on experiences for individuals looking to further develop their skills in industrial maintenance areas. "This certificate is designed to provide the broad base of instruction needed by both employers and employees in today's work place," says Bobbi Laine, dean of trades and computer technologies for Moraine Park. "The skills developed in these courses prepare employees to succeed in the variety of situations they face each day."

    Renee McCoy, training coordinator at Quad Graphics, sees this new certificate as benefiting her company and its participating employees. According to McCoy, it will reduce costly downtime and minimize rework and mistakes. Work quality should also improve and the self-worth of participating employees should increase.

    "Continuing education is becoming an element of continual employment," said McCoy. "Through additional training and education, employees will be able to work smarter - not harder."

Courses to be taught in the Basic Industrial Maintenance Certificate are:
  • General Welding
  • Industrial Hydraulics and Pneumatics 1
  • Robotics and Automated Material Handling
  • Technical Print Reading
  • Basic Machining Techniques
  • Industrial Electricity 1
  • Math, Occupational 1
     For more information on Moraine Park's Basic Industrial Maintenance Certificate, call Bobbi Laine at (920) 924-3163.


Moraine Park to offer silk ribbon embroidery course

by jurben11. October 2001 19:00
    Beginning Oct. 30, instructor Sandi Radeztsky, art college graduate and owner of The Village Green, will teach basic to advanced stitches, design transfer, and how to embellish clothing in a silk ribbon embroidery class.

    This course, 306-410-001, will be offered Tuesday's at Campbellsport High School from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The cost is $16.30.

    For more information, or to register, call Jo Heckenbach, community services representative for Moraine Park's Jackson, Campbellsport and Kewaskum centers at (262) 335-5808.


Moraine Park apprentices finish on top

by admin11. October 2001 19:00

    The following Moraine Park Technical College apprentices placed within the top three (in their respective divisions) during the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) annual apprentice skills competition, held in Oshkosh on Oct. 5, 2001.

     In the plumbing category, Derek Anderson and Dave Ogden of J.D. Ogden Plumbing received first and second places, respectively.

    In the carpentry division, Kim Butler Channel of John Sauermilch, General Contractor, received first place, and Matt Sprenger of Damrow Construction received third place.

    In the electrical area, Joel Brill of Walters Electric received first place.

     The Skill Competition is an annual event where apprentices compete against one another in different areas such as safety; appearance and care of their tools; construction accuracy; sequence; and timing and quality of workmanship. The competition consists of a lengthy written exam and a practical project.

     Moraine Park apprentice instructors include: Pat O'Neil, plumbing; Jerry Schwengels and Paul Ewardt, carpentry; and Jim Sweeney and Terry Kettner, electrical.

     All first place winners will take part in ABC's national competition, which will be held in New Orleans, Feb. 21 - March 2, 2002.


Moraine Park announces enrollment increase

by jurben25. September 2001 19:00
    Moraine Park Technical College President John Shanahan recently announced a five and a half percent increase in enrollment for the College's 2001-2002 school year.

     Shanahan attributes the increase to a variety of factors including new program offerings, increased retention efforts, and ease of registration, in particular the addition of online registration. Moraine Park is the first technical college in the state to offer online registration.

    "Our staff work very hard to make Moraine Park as accessible as possible to everyone in our district, and those efforts are paying off in enrollment increases," said Shanahan. "I also believe our online program offerings are playing a big role in the increase."

    Six new online programs as well as general education courses were offered for the first time this fall; and already more than 700 students have enrolled. The programs include Basic Clinical Coding Specialist Certificate, Legal Office Skills Certificate, Computer Information Systems (CIS) - Micro Programmer Specialist, Web Developer, Emergency Dispatch and Water Wastewater. General education courses are also available online.

    For a complete listing of programs and courses available through Moraine Park, visit us on the web at


Industry leaders join Moraine Park for manufacturing summit

by jurben28. August 2001 19:00
    The high level of difficulty in finding well-rounded, multi-skilled students was the key topic discussed between area employers and Moraine Park Technical College staff during an Integrated Manufacturing Program summit, held August 15-16 at Moraine Park's Fond du Lac Campus.

     By re-designing manufacturing programs to create broad-based learning experiences, Moraine Park will combine manufacturing related skills along with technological skills to produce well-rounded, multi-skilled graduates.

     A number of businesses from in and out of the State worked with Moraine Park staff, students and instructors in the re-designing of new manufacturing-related courses. Quad Graphics, First Technologies, Inc., Wells Manufacturing, Giddings and Lewis, and Haldeman - Homme, Inc. (Minneapolis), were among several businesses who attended the summit.

     "Employers shared their needs for high-level, multi-functional employees," said Bobbi Laine, dean - trades and computer technologies at Moraine Park. "We are implementing these needs into our curriculum, equipment and facility."

     According to Moraine Park's Integrated Manufacturing-related Education Team (IMET), the new design would not only be more customer-responsive, but also create and offer additional technologically advanced educational opportunities in manufacturing-related areas. "Project- driven, cross-functional experiences will include working on projects with other students from different programs," said Laine. "They will work in a broad and open area which will facilitate the sharing of equipment and team work."

     The manufacturing related areas include: industrial engineering/quality assurance, mechanical design, machine tool operation, machine maintenance and hydraulic technician, computer-aided manufacturing, fluid power and electro-mechanical technology.

     By integrating these skills, students will learn how to use and operate equipment in many different areas, they will become more flexible and computer savvy. "This is going to be a new learning experience as we go along," says Dennis Barter, student at Moraine Park. "It will be new for everyone; students, faculty and administrators."

     The IMET have re-designed manufacturing-related programs and is working on curriculum changes to support the integration. They also need to look at facility ramifications and determine how they will offer programmatic courses such as Lean Manufacturing, Materials Handling and Robotics.



by jurben20. August 2001 19:00
Twenty-two visitors, made up primarily of state legislators from Hessen, Germany, made a stop at Moraine Park Technical College as part of their visit to Fond du Lac, Wisconsin on Sunday, Aug. 26.

The group, who also visited the Horicon National Wildlife Refuge and Fond du Lac's Lakeside Park, were be guided by Dr. Rodney Pasch, Moraine Park's vice president - Human Resources, Information Technology and Facilities.

Pasch was a member of the Wisconsin Technical College System delegation who traveled to Hessen this past May. During that visit Pasch shared information about the College's new 50,000 square-foot Cyber Center. "The information I shared with them at that time about our Cyber Center piqued their interest," said Pasch. "So when they were making a visit to Wisconsin, Moraine Park was one of the places they wanted to be sure and tour."

The state of Hessen and the state of Wisconsin have been in partnership for 20 years, and that partnership has progressed under both the Thompson and the McCallum administration. The group was interested in social issues dealing with welfare reform and had an opportunity to talk with some of Wisconsin's state legislatures about W-2 issues while at Moraine Park. Moraine Park was the only technical college the group visited.

Pasch says the visit was as an opportunity for Moraine Park to promote student and staff exchanges with Germany as well as a chance to continue Moraine Park's mission to train the workforce in a global economy. The visit also ties in with the mission of the Wisconsin Technical College System, which is to build international relationships.

In addition to their visit to Moraine Park, the German delegates were meeting with leaders of Wisconsin's State Assembly and Senate, as well as discussing social issues and services with representatives from the UW-System