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.


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.


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 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


Tech Knowledge College called a success

by jurben8. August 2001 19:00

Moraine Park Technical College successfully hosted their Tech Knowledge College program, which was held Aug. 8-9.

Seventy-two area students entering sixth through eighth grade attended their choice of two, hands-on, general topic class sessions in which they wished to further their educational experiences.

Moraine Park offered a wide variety of courses to suit all student interests. West Bend Middle School students Jenny Muth and Jessi Spaeth attended the ABC's of Cooking class, taught by Moraine Park's Culinary Arts Instructor Ron Speich. Muth and Spaeth along with other students who chose ABC's of cooking, created food products such as taco pie, cookies on a stick, monkey bread and granola bars.

Alongside their classmates, Fond du Lac's Aaron Marks and Paul Kraus created a six-minute action video in the Lights, Camera, and Action class. Marks, who says his two favorite hobbies are acting and bike riding, also attended the Bike Safety, Repair and Knowledge course. This summer was Kraus' second time attending Tech Knowledge College. Two years ago Kraus enrolled in the electronics and rocket building classes and wanted to do something a little different this year. "This year I am in the video and web making classes," said Kraus. "I really like the video making class."

Sandy Ruback, a preschool teacher at St. Andrew Lutheran in West Bend, was the instructor for the Superstar Sitter class. Students worked on a variety of activities and created games to use while baby-sitting. Holly Blatz of Eden, and Nancy Brink of Fond du Lac, were two of the 13 students involved in making Playdough, coloring books, eye-spy bottles and monkey bread. "I really like both of these classes and want to come back next year," said Blatz, who was also enrolled in the cosmetology class.

Other topics covered in Tech Knowledge College were: Microsoft PowerPoint, Word, Publisher and Excel, creating web pages, sign language, architectural Auto-CAD and learning about Spain.


Wisconsin technical colleges unveil

by jurben6. August 2001 19:00
     MADISON - Wisconsin's 16 technical colleges have announced an exciting new venture that will give students easier access to hundreds of courses. The new eTechCollege of Wisconsin combines the flexibility of online learning with the educational strength of the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS). The web address is

    In a recent survey, eTechCollege of Wisconsin found that more than 88 percent of Wisconsin technical college students have access to the Internet at home. Another survey concluded that 59 percent of "non-completers" said completion of their degree would have been more likely if the courses they needed were offered over the Internet. The new online learning system from the WTCS addresses these issues, in addition to making technical colleges available to countless others unable to attend a WTCS campus.

    "Making the resources of all 16 technical colleges available to students at one convenient online site will be value added to the programs and services the system currently offers," said John Shanahan, president of Moraine Park Technical College. "Moraine Park's goal has always been to allow students access to our programs and courses at the time, place and pace that meets their needs. The eTechCollege, along with our own online programs and courses, does that."

    The new eTechCollege of Wisconsin will also give former students another way of easing back into school and it will provide working adults another opportunity to take courses to enhance their resume or knowledge on a particular subject area.
"Wisconsin's 16 technical colleges have been offering online learning for years, but eTechCollege brings them all together to give students a wealth of courses from which to choose," said Ed Chin, WTCS State Director. "Now students can readily take courses that may not be offered at their own college, and credit transfer is smooth," Chin added.

    Not only does eTechCollege of Wisconsin offer more choices to students, but it also creates new efficiencies for the 16 technical colleges through standardized course competencies and shared curriculum, which enhance learning opportunities.

    eTechCollege of Wisconsin is the result of two years of planning and preparation by representatives of all 16 colleges and the WTCS Board Office.

    The Wisconsin Technical College System has 16 technical college districts throughout Wisconsin, which offer more than 300 programs awarding two-year associate degrees, one- and two-year technical diplomas and short-term technical diplomas. In addition, the System offers a variety of distance learning opportunities and is the major provider of customized training and technical assistance to Wisconsin's business and industry community. The WTCS web site is located at For more information on eTechCollege of Wisconsin, log on to the web site at or call toll free, 1-866-eTechWI.