Moraine Park culinary students place in Restaurant Association competition

by admin27. March 2007 19:00

Moraine Park Technical College Culinary Arts program students outperformed a multitude of challengers from across the state, taking second and third place in two college competitions at the 2007 Wisconsin Restaurant Expo held in Milwaukee by the Wisconsin Restaurant Association and the Wisconsin Bakers Association.


In Individual Cold Plate competition, Moraine Park culinary arts student Linda Meyer of St. Anna scored second place with her grilled veal T-bone and trio of mashed potatoes. In Team Hot Plate competition, Moraine Park’s team placed third overall. Team members included Josh Nigbor of Ripon, Jacklyn Kramer of Beaver Dam, Mike Kiehnau of
St. Cloud, and John Dana and Dace Branson, both of Fond du Lac.


“For the past three years, we have consistently scored well at the annual competition,” said James Simmers, Moraine Park culinary arts instructor. “But every year is a unique competition and we’re up against some of the best students in the state. I am amazed how much time and effort our students are continually willing to put into this contest; some students put in over 30 hours for their projects.” Simmers coaches the competitors along with Moraine Park culinary instructors Ron Speich and Tom Endejan.


For Individual Cold Plate competition, culinary students created superbly plated meals that were judged by experienced chefs. Students from technical colleges and universities across Wisconsin showed off their skills with beautifully designed veal entrées. The aspic-glazed plates were judged on appearance, presentation and creativity.


For the Hot Plate Contemporary competition, teams of four developed and prepared two four-course meals in 90 minutes that were judged by well-known Wisconsin chefs. The team’s menu used a global fusion approach to food by preparing and mixing a number of world cuisines in their four courses. They prepared pepper steak in a trio of hand-rolled mini tortillas, Thai shrimp and cucumber salad, veal tenderloin Francaise with radish mashed potatoes and asparagus mango medley, and homemade fresh berry ice cream presented in brandy tuilles. After the competition, the team was highly praised by the judges for its unique application of processes in preparation of their dishes.


Also receiving medals in the Cold Plate competition were Linda Schulz and Jessica Lutz, both of West Bend, Greg Reilley and Kevin Lackas, both of Fond du Lac, and Nic Sommer of Slinger.


For more information about the Culinary Arts program at Moraine Park, visit or call an outreach specialist at 1-800-472-4554.



Moraine Park hires James Eden as executive dean of trades and apprenticeship

by admin27. March 2007 19:00

James Eden has joined Moraine Park Technical College as the executive dean of manufacturing, trades and apprenticeship.


His new role encompasses responsibility for all of the programs and activities in manufacturing, trades and apprenticeship at Moraine Park’s campuses in Beaver Dam, Fond du Lac and West Bend, including the Applied Manufacturing Technology Center at the West Bend campus.


Eden earned an associate degree in auto mechanics from Western Wisconsin Technical College in La Crosse and worked as a repair technician for 12 years, including three years as an owner/operator of an automotive repair business.
In 1988, he became an automotive instructor at Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC) where he progressed to
mid-level manager then campus manager.


“The experiences have given me a chance to see all facets of technical college operations in Wisconsin,” said Eden. “I’m pleased to have joined Moraine Park Technical College, which has excellent manufacturing, trades and apprenticeship programs, state-of-the-art facilities and equipment and a strong desire to meet the needs of both students and the businesses in our district.”


He also holds a bachelor of science degree in vocational, technical and adult education from the University of Wisconsin-Stout, and a master of business administration degree from Cardinal Stritch University where he is a second-year doctoral student in the Leadership for the Advancement of Learning and Service program.


Eden has served on the Port Washington/Saukville School District Board since 1998 and was elected vice president in 2000. He is chairman of the Negotiations and Personnel committees and serves on the Finance and Building Grounds subcommittees.


For more information about Moraine Park and its programs, visit


Moraine Park and YMCA offer unique summer camp experience

by admin27. March 2007 19:00

Students have the unique opportunity to mix hands-on manufacturing and outdoor camping fun at Moraine Park Technical College’s Toolin’ It!, a five-day manufacturing camp experience, July 9-13. Designed for young women and men ages 13-17, the camp takes place at Moraine Park’s state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities and at YMCA Camp Matawa.


“The world of manufacturing is really taking off; it’s very high-tech and cleaner for the environment,” said Marcia Arndt, Moraine Park dean of manufacturing technology. “We want to get students and parents exposed to what manufacturing looks like today and give them a taste of what’s out there.”


Each morning camp attendees travel to Moraine Park’s Applied Manufacturing Technology Center on the West Bend campus for hands-on experience in designing and producing a product from start to finish. Campers get to explore 3D design, computer numerical control (CNC) programming, welding, machining and more, while emphasizing problem solving and team building. The final day wraps up with industry tours where attendees get an up close and personal look at real-world products being made.


In the afternoon, campers return to Camp Matawa for traditional camp activities including canoeing, archery, hiking, climbing, campfires and storytelling. The facility boasts an outdoor climbing wall, swimming pool and 50-foot waterslide. Campers stay in cabins with bathrooms, showers and a common area. The camp is located 45 minutes north of Milwaukee and adjacent to the Kettle Moraine State Forest, which offers additional trails and adventure.


Cost for the camp is $650 with scholarships available. For more information, contact Marcia Arndt, dean of manufacturing technology, at 262-335-5725. To register, visit or contact Camp Matawa at 262-626-2149.


Moraine Park Foundation sets Phantom British Open Golf Outing

by admin11. March 2007 19:00

Play an 18-hole round of golf at Carnoustie Golf Links in Scotland – without spending big bucks on airfare – and help the Moraine Park Foundation provide scholarships to students at Moraine Park Technical College.


The Phantom British Open Golf Outing will take place on Thursday, March 29, from 6 to 10 p.m. at Whispering Springs Golf Club in Fond du Lac to raise money for scholarships.


Take the Carnoustie tour from the comfort of your chair in the Whispering Springs clubhouse. Shoot 18 holes by drawing scores from range ball baskets. Purchase Mulligans or have the pro take your shot.

The entry fee is $25 per person. Early ticket purchase is encouraged as tee times are limited to 100. For reservations, call Debbie at 920-924-3263. Tickets are also available at Whispering Springs, Wegner Office Supply and Moraine Park’s reception desks.


In addition to the phantom golf, the event features door prizes, 50-50 raffles, betting holes and a silent auction. Four prizes will be awarded, each a pair of tickets to the July 2007 U.S. Senior Open at Whistling Straits in Kohler. A fifth prize consists of golf for four at Whispering Springs.


Silent auction prizes include two autographed hole flags from Carnoustie Golf Links (signatures include Nick O’Hern, K.J. Choi, Tim Herron, Steve Stricker and others); a $200 gift card for Open Road Harley-Davidson; a basket of British beers; a basket of Carnoustie Golf Links logo items; and a basket of St. Andrews Links logo items. Proxy bids will be accepted prior to March 29. Call Debbie at 920-924-3263.


All proceeds will benefit the Moraine Park Foundation, Inc. For more information, visit


ed2go Internet courses offered through Moraine Park

by rdriessenbruecker25. February 2007 19:00

Moraine Park Technical College is offering a variety of Internet courses in partnership with ed2go® Learn More,
a division of Thomson™.


These noncredit Internet courses can be taken from the comfort of your home or office at times that are convenient for you. A new section of each course starts monthly. All courses run for six to eight weeks and consist of 12 lessons, representing 24 hours of instruction. Questions can be asked and advice given at any time. Upon successful completion a certificate can be downloaded.


Many courses are offered under several categories that include Computers and Technology, Writing and Language, Business and Careers, Grant Writing and Nonprofit Management, Personal Enrichment and Professional Development. Topics include graphic design, Web design, Microsoft Excel, QuickBooks, Dreamweaver, Photoshop, editing, technical writing, Spanish, French, entrepreneurship, human resources, project management, sales, leadership, stress management, communication, personal finance, investing, digital photography, music, psychology, parenting, drawing, outdoor survival techniques and many more.


Most courses are $99. For a complete list and to register, go to For more information, call 920-924-3449 or e-mail


Moraine Park staff honored by Career and Technical Education Association

by admin12. February 2007 19:00

Several people were recognized for their services to Moraine Park Technical College during the annual Moraine Park Association for Career and Technical Education (MPACTE) Awards ceremony at the Beaver Dam Country Club on Feb. 6. From left to right are, front row, Denise Kryzanowski, Associate Member Award; Donna Freund, Specialty Services Award; Sue Silverstein, Full-Time Teacher Award; Philip Baranowski, C.L. Greiber Award of Merit; back row, Amanda Hruska, MPACTE president; Karen Coley, Administrator Award; Dorothy Esselman, George P. Hambrecht Award; and Ron Speich, Rodney Pasch Leadership Award.
The Moraine Park Association for Career and Technical Education (MPACTE) honored eight people for their dedication and professional excellence at Moraine Park Technical College during the annual awards banquet held at the Beaver Dam Country Club on Feb. 6.


Four Moraine Park staff were the recipients of the 2007 MPACTE Professional Excellence Award. Karen Coley, campus and community partner for the Beaver Dam campus, received the Administrator Award. Donna Freund, compensation and labor relations assistant, was presented with the Specialty Services Award while Denise Kryzanowksi, instructional aide – office technologies, received the Associate Member Award. The Full-Time Teacher Award went to Sue Silverstein, welding instructor.


Ron Speich, Moraine Park culinary arts instructor, received the Rodney Pasch Leadership Award. This award, open to all Moraine Park employees, recognizes “an individual who personifies the principles of character, commitment and ethics in the daily performance of their work.” 


Philip Baranowski, a long-standing member of the Moraine Park Technical College District Board, was presented with the C.L. Greiber Award of Merit for his services to the College. With him is Dr. Gayle Hytrek, Moraine Park president.
The School to Work Program of the Fond du Lac Association of Commerce was awarded the C.L. Greiber Award of Merit. Sally Ruback, Moraine Park recruitment and retention associate, accepted on the Association’s behalf. Also receiving this award was Philip Baranowski, a long-standing member of the Moraine Park District Board. The C.L. Greiber Award acknowledges companies and individuals outside of the Wisconsin Technical College System that help promote and improve career and technical education in Wisconsin.


Dorothy Esselman received the George P. Hambrecht Award, given to individuals who have been employed in career and technical education for more than 25 years and who are members of the Wisconsin Association for Career and Technical Education (WACTE).


MPACTE comprises 128 members, bringing together educational support professionals, faculty and administration. It is the local chapter of WACTE, which unites individuals involved in career and technical education, provides professional development, encourages leadership in the professional arena and promotes innovative change to enhance lifelong learning. 

For more information about Moraine Park, visit or call 1-800-472-4554.



High school seniors can apply for Moraine Park scholarships

by jurben4. February 2007 19:00

The Moraine Park Foundation at Moraine Park Technical College has created a new scholarship opportunity for this spring’s area high school graduates.

A $400 general scholarship will be awarded to a high school senior from each of the 27 high schools within the Moraine Park District who plans to attend Moraine Park in fall 2007-08. These scholarships are not restricted to a particular program area or campus.

Eligible candidates must be a Class of 2007 high school graduate within the Moraine Park District, accepted into one of MorainePark’s degree programs and enrolled in a minimum of nine credits per semester at MorainePark. They also must have a high school GPA of 2.75 and maintain a 2.75 GPA or higher while at MorainePark. The application deadline is March 15.

Applications may be obtained from high school guidance counselors, a Moraine Park Financial Aid Office or from Scholarship awards will be announced by April 30.

The Moraine Park Foundation also has general and designated scholarships available. Designated scholarships have some restrictions and are based on donations received from individuals, business and industry, community organizations and other foundations. In 2006-07, 124 scholarships were awarded for a total of $102,000; scholarship amounts ranged from $350 to $2,000. The 2007-08 application deadline is June 22. Application and reference
material can be printed from or obtained from a Moraine Park Financial
Aid Office.

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


Moraine Park Surgical Technology program receives five-year accreditation

by jurben1. February 2007 19:00

Moraine Park Technical College’s 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. “Since it ties our clinical affiliates and national accrediting body together, the accreditation ensures 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.

Surgical technologists are vital members of surgical teams who work closely with the surgeon, anesthesia care provider and nursing staff to provide optimal care for the surgical patient.

“The accreditation means that our program provides students with an appropriate quality education in compliance with nationally established standards and ensures students' eligibility to take the National Board Certification exam upon graduation,” said Nancy Bertram, BS Ed, NPA, CST, Moraine Park surgical technology instructor. “The accreditation is important for the students we teach, the people they will serve, and is a benefit to the healthcare communities we are committed to.”

In addition to ensuring that graduates meet the required educational standards, accreditation stimulates improvement of educational programs by involving faculty and staff in ongoing self-evaluation, research and planning. The accreditation process includes a self-study of the program, a site visit, an evaluation by a review committee and an evaluation by the CAAHEP’s reviewers.

“Achieving full accreditation for the Surgical Technology program enforces Moraine Park’s mission to provide the best education to our students,” said Dr. Gayle Hytrek, president of Moraine Park. “This is another great accomplishment for the College as we strive for the success of our students.”

The Surgical Technology program is a two-year associate degree offered at MorainePark’s Fond du Lac campus. Coursework focuses on the development of knowledge in human anatomy; microbiology and medical terminology; and how to identify and effectively handle surgical instruments, supplies and equipment. Clinical rotations provide hands-on experience in hospital operating rooms to apply the knowledge and skills under real surgical conditions.

For more information about Moraine Park’s Surgical Technology program, visit or contact an outreach specialist at 1-800-472-4554.


Moraine Park celebrates National Career and Technical Education Month in February

by jurben1. February 2007 19:00

Moraine Park Technical College, with campuses in Beaver Dam, Fond du Lac and West Bend, and regional centers in Hartford and Ripon, is celebrating National Career and Technical Education Month in February.

This year’s theme is Career Tech: Today an Education, Tomorrow a Career. “Moraine Park as a college community embraces the idea that a student’s education provides real-life occupational training which leads to employment opportunities and sound job skills,” said Amanda Hruska, president of the Moraine Park Association for Career and Technical Education.

A variety of events will be held throughout the month including “Discover Moraine Park,” a free event being held from 5:30 – 7 p.m. on Feb. 13, 14 and 15 at the West Bend, Fond du Lac and Beaver Dam campuses, respectively. Geared toward high school students and their parents, working adults and dislocated workers, the event gives prospective students the opportunity to experience what Moraine Park has to offer.

The Moraine Park Association for Career and Technical Education (MPACTE) set an awards banquet for Feb. 6 to recognize individuals and business for their dedication and excellence. MPACTE also plans a cookie day, membership drive and Scottish doubles bowling event for Moraine Park staff.

During the month, Moraine Park will recognize its Advisory Committees whose members volunteer their time and expertise to the College. Their efforts help support the growth of the College’s educational programs, ensuring they meet the employment needs of business and industry in the Moraine Park community and Wisconsin.

According to the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE), career and technical education prepares both youth and adults for a wide range of careers, from registered nurse to computer technician, which require varying levels of education – from high school to postsecondary certificates to two- and four-year college degrees. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 18 of the 20 fastest-growing occupations within the next decade will require career and technical education.

To learn more about Moraine Park’s traditional and online program offerings, visit


Moraine Park Board investigates new Industrial Maintenance program

by jurben30. January 2007 19:00

Dr. HytrekWith the goal of meeting local and regional business needs, an investigation into an associate degree program in Industrial Maintenance Technology was approved by the Moraine Park Technical College District Board during its Dec. 20, 2006, meeting.

Pending the approval of the Wisconsin Technical College System State Board, the Industrial Maintenance Technology program will prepare students to enter several technology-driven fields, including manufacturing, food and beverage processing and building maintenance. The new program will provide training in fluid power (hydraulics and pneumatics), basic electrical/electronics and instrumentation, machining, welding, programmable logic control, motor control and automation. A comprehensive understanding of how these technical skill areas are linked together to create an understanding of automated systems operation will be developed through hands-on projects. Graduates will be prepared to work in a variety of industrial maintenance fields, providing them with a wide range of employment opportunities. 

“We hope to have everything in place for a fall 2007 start,” said James Eden, MorainePark executive dean of manufacturing trades and apprenticeship. “The demand for industrial maintenance workers is expanding due to increased technology, automation and productivity. These are high-tech jobs for individuals who like working with computer systems that control mechanical operations.”

Prior to the Moraine Park Board approval, a needs assessment survey was conducted in November that targeted 38 mid- to large-size manufacturers within the Moraine Park District. The 20 survey respondents who completed the questionnaire estimated they would hire 61 full-time individuals with industrial maintenance skills over the next four years due to retirements, replacements or new positions being created, with 85 percent saying they are likely to hire in the future and 58 percent reporting difficulty in finding qualified industrial maintenance technicians. Seventy-five percent said there is a strong need for industrial maintenance technicians, while 20 percent said there is a moderate need. Ninety percent reported they would hire a Moraine Park graduate if they had a job opening that needed industrial maintenance skills.

The mean starting hourly wage of an industrial maintenance technician is $15.98. After three years of employment, the mean hourly salary jumps to $18.45.

“The new Industrial Maintenance Technology program will enable Moraine Park to meet more needs of manufacturers within the College’s district,” said Dr. Gayle Hytrek, Moraine Park president. “It will also give interested individuals a new education and career choice at Moraine Park.”

For questions regarding the Industrial Maintenance Technology program, contact James Eden at 262-335-5705 or at