Lori VanGorder named new Moraine Park Student Ambassador

by admin17. April 2007 19:00

 Lori VanGorder of Fond du Lac felt like something was missing from her life. While blessed with a family, the 34-year-old mother of five realized she also wanted a college degree. “I want my children to know that anyone can go to college,” she said. So VanGorder embarked on her pursuit of a Legal Administrative Professional associate degree at Moraine Park Technical College in fall 2006.


VanGorder balances a full plate and her accomplishments are all the more remarkable for it. On top of caring for her family, attending classes and studying, she has served as secretary of the Fond du Lac campus Student Senate and vice president of the Fond du Lac student chapter of the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP) Business Professionals Club. She took part in a leadership seminar for the Student Senate and assists her fellow students as a tutor and notetaker. All while maintaining a 4.0 grade point average during her first semester at Moraine Park.


It didn’t take long for instructors and staff to realize that this hard-working, outgoing woman exemplified many of the characteristics that are sought after for the Wisconsin Technical College System’s (WTCS) District Student Ambassador. VanGorder was nominated by Barbara Prissel, Moraine Park legal administrative professional instructor, as the 2007-08 Student Ambassador and was recently chosen for the role. 


“Lori has been an outstanding student and role model for other students,” said Prissel. “She is the dedicated mother of five children and yet maintains a high grade average and takes her education seriously. She appreciates her education here at Moraine Park and is making the most of it, also getting involved in student activities. Lori is always friendly and helpful to other students and has grown professionally while a student here. She is very deserving of this award.”


“It is a great honor to be named District Student Ambassador!” said VanGorder. “I am extremely proud that I was chosen to represent Moraine Park Technical College.” She looks forward to promoting Moraine Park to others.


VanGorder participated in the statewide recognition event in Madison April 4-5, where she met other ambassadors from around the state. She will begin her term as Moraine Park's ambassador with the start of the
2007-08 academic year.


The WTCS District Student Ambassador Award program identifies outstanding students in the vocational-technical system, with nominations solicited from faculty and staff each year. A committee of college administrators and community leaders select the ambassador based on the College’s core abilities – work productively, learn effectively, communicate clearly, work cooperatively, act responsibly, value self positively, and think critically and creatively. The core abilities are defined by Moraine Park as transferable skills, knowledge and/or attitudes essential to an individual’s success regardless of occupation or community setting. The chosen ambassador represents the College at numerous events throughout the year and serves on the College Planning and Leadership Team as the student representative. Students from each of Wisconsin’s 16 technical colleges are also honored at the state level.


Other Moraine Park nominees for the 2007-08 Student Ambassador were Lisa Taylor, Instructional Assistant program, and Raelene Nauer, Administrative Assistant program, of Beaver Dam; Amy Lapine, Graphic Communications – Electronic Pre-Press program, of Fond du Lac; Enid Goodall, Nursing program, of West Bend; Carla Dreher of Kewaskum; and Ann Radtke, Graphic Communications – Electronic Pre-Press program, of Cascade. The current District Student Ambassador for 2006-07 is Jan Chilson, Medical Assistant program, of Kewaskum.


On choosing Moraine Park to make her dream a reality, VanGorder said, “You will learn hands-on skills that are necessary in today’s workforce. The instructors are caring and committed and also provide personal attention. Also, there are many financial aid opportunities, making college possible for those who thought it was out of reach. I believe in Moraine Park and by believing I will reach my goal – a college degree!”


For more information about Moraine Park, visit www.morainepark.edu.


Moraine Park passes quality improvement review

by admin16. April 2007 19:00

Moraine Park Technical College passed a recent “checkup” by the North Central Association (NCA) of Colleges and Schools’ Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP).


Moraine Park was accepted into AQIP in 2001. AQIP conducts Quality Checkup site visits during the fifth or sixth year in every seven-year cycle of participation. These visits are conducted by experienced AQIP reviewers to determine whether an institution continues to meet the criteria for accreditation of the Higher Learning Commission, a commission of the NCA, and whether it is using quality management principles and building a culture of continuous improvement as participation in AQIP requires. AQIP teams include peers from educational institutions throughout the U.S. and representatives outside higher education.


Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and a member of the North Central Association, Moraine Park submitted its first Systems Portfolio in May 2005. The portfolio addresses the nine AQIP criteria, describing context, processes, results and improvements in each institutional system. The portfolio is a valuable document that reflects changes in Moraine Park’s processes and systems; it is available for review by Moraine Park employees and students, the Higher Learning Commission and Department of Education, along with other community stakeholders. Reviewers provide formal evaluation and feedback.


“Being an AQIP participant provides the College with ongoing feedback on our systems and processes, resulting in improvement of employee participation and services for our students,” said Dr. Gayle Hytrek, Moraine Park president.


In the AQIP team's judgment, Moraine Park presented satisfactory evidence in all categories reviewed by the team and met the goals of the Quality Checkup. According to the report:


  • “College personnel are doing truly amazing and inspiring quality-improvement work …”
  • “Perhaps the most significant focus of the institution is their ongoing drive to truly become and remain a data-driven decision-making college.”
  • “Principles and practices for quality improvement are embedded in the College operations and culture.”


During the 2007-08 academic year, Moraine Park’s Quality Checkup report will be reviewed by the HLC and
a decision will be made to reaffirm the College’s accreditation. This report can be viewed by the public at http://www.morainepark.edu/pages/236.asp.


Moraine Park honors Phi Theta Kappa inductees

by admin11. April 2007 19:00

More than 90 Moraine Park Technical College associate degree program students were inducted into Beta Mu Kappa, Moraine Park’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, an international honor society.


Fifty students participated in the April 10 ceremony, held at Moraine Park’s Fond du Lac Campus, which honored 94 Moraine Park students who have achieved cumulative GPAs of 3.5 in an associate degree program and have completed a minimum of 12 associate degree credits in their current program.


“Induction into Phi Theta Kappa celebrates the academic accomplishments of associate degree students and gives Moraine Park another way to recognize individuals who have made a strong commitment to academics,” said Larry Pasquini, Moraine Park registrar and Beta Mu Kappa advisor.


Inductees, along with more than 150 family members and friends, were welcomed by Pasquini. Moraine Park President Gayle Hytrek provided opening remarks to those assembled. Also participating in the ceremony were Roberta Oldenburg, president of Beta Mu Kappa; Laurie Schneider, member of Beta Mu Kappa; Dan Ensalaco, vice president of academics and economic development; Beth Raffaelli, vice president of enrollment management; Raj Pathare, executive dean of general education and basic education; and Craig Finley, special services associate. Harpist Deborah Guy provided the musical entertainment and a reception concluded the evening.


This year’s inductees include Veronica Albinger, Meggan Gronbeck, John Gruber, Stephanie Schoen, Christine Wenzel and Brenda Rumppe, all of West Bend; Wardell Ashford, Mechelle Bach, Susan Boettcher, Erica Bohn, Laura Eiteuner, Kathryn Helsell, Sarah Jaeger, Lindsay Kay, Tara Kolo, Heather Kurzer, David Laubenstein, Angela Nelson, Tyler Radl, Noreen Roehl, Robin Russell, Diane Schad, Christal Shipp, Heather Siedschlag, Casey Wanish and Kimberly Wilhelms, all of Fond du Lac; Elizabeth Bartelt and Amy Kumrow, both of Kewaskum; Barbara Baus, Jon Gentz and Duane Porter, all of Campbellsport; Whitney Brockway and Susan Marley, both of Plymouth; Kelly Brumley, Randolph; Christine Busby, Klara Hartfiel, Diane Luedtke, Bridget Mincheski, Gwen Schjoneman and Debra Weidler, all of Beaver Dam; Timothy Butterfield and Kathryn Drews, both of Waupun; Elise Czeszynski, Watertown; Tammy Dassow, Menomonee Falls; Bruce Davis, New London; Andrea Deering, Oconomowoc; Ashley Dehn, Elkhart Lake; Michael Dellegrazio, Grafton; Katrina Dodd, Milwaukee; Sara Doege and Nicole Zimmerman, both of Neosho; Adam Doman, Jeffrey Gehrke, Christine Krause and Donna Zander, all of Oshkosh; James Fredrick and Megan Haase, both of Juneau; Katie Freund, Elizabeth Kraft and Mark Peterson, all of North Fond du Lac; Robin Frievalt, Amy Petersen and Leslie Troedel, all of Slinger; Robert Froh, Horicon; Shawn Geiger, Dorchester; Maria Guenther and Nichole Storms, both of Mayville; Curtis Hawkinson and Jennifer Juliuson, both of Fox Lake; James Hogan and Vijayalakshmi Kankesh, both of Hartford; Emily Hoyt, Mary Kovalaske, Tyler Polakowski and Rae Ann Smith, all of Ripon; Angeline Hurley, Brownsville; Jessica Kuczkowski, Lomira; Kimberly Lisowe and Christine Wagner, both of Chilton; Lori Lusty, Belgium; Claire Miller and Janet Thompson, both of Jackson; Rachael Muche, Van Dyne; Jaime Pergande, Fall River; Amanda Prom, Port Washington; Aaron Quast, Rosendale; Stephen Sandrone, Adell; Joseph Stommel Jr., Iron Ridge; Kelly Thuermer, Malone; Melissa Voskuil of Redgranite; Cindy Walter, Washington; Randi Williams, Green Lake; and Sarah Ziegler and Jason Zook, both of Eden.


Established in 1918, Phi Theta Kappa recognizes and encourages the academic achievement of two-year college students. It currently has more than two million members and 1,200 chapters located in all 50 states, U.S. territories, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Germany, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, United Arab Emirates and Palau. The American Association of Community Colleges recognizes Phi Theta Kappa as the official honor society for two-year colleges.


Moraine Park apprentice wins carpentry event in national ABC competition

by admin11. April 2007 19:00

Matthew Bohn of Waupun, a fourth-year carpentry apprenticeship student at Moraine Park Technical College, earned a first-place gold medal in the carpentry competition at the 21st annual Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) National Craft Championships held March 20-23 in Nashville, Tenn. Bohn earned a berth at the national competition when in January he placed first in the ABC of Wisconsin Inc. State Skill Competition.


“This was a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” said Bohn, who was one of more than 150 top apprentices and trainees throughout the country competing in 13 different trade competitions. “I was happy to have had my family, employer and instructor there to support me and share in the excitement of the outcome.”


“The practical portion of the competition was where Matt really shined,” said Bohn’s employer, Rollie Pinno of R.A. Pinno Construction Inc. in Rosendale. According to Pinno, the competition included a three-hour written exam and a six-hour practical exam judged by construction craft professionals. “He really did well, but that was no surprise because it’s Matt’s everyday performance.”


The project consisted of four unrelated tasks:

·         Constructing a metal stud angled wall frame.

·         Laying out and cutting a rafter that matched the angle of the wall.

·         Installing base trim on a wall.

·         Building a wood form for a set of concrete steps.


Bohn’s carpentry instructor at Moraine Park, Jerry Schwengels, said, “Matt did just an excellent job on the carpentry project. I also know that Matt spent countless hours studying for the written exam. The skills and craftsmanship he demonstrated on the project were truly outstanding. Matt was the first competitor to finish and when the judges were done grading his work the mark was set to grade the others by. When Matt’s name was called for the gold medal, it was a priceless moment for Matt and all of his supporters!”


“Jerry Schwengels has had a constant record of well-trained, award-winning apprentices during his years at Moraine Park,” said Jon Waldhuetter, Moraine Park dean of apprenticeship and building trades. “This award is a testament to an outstanding young carpenter and a dedicated instructor."


For more information about programs and apprenticeships at Moraine Park’s Beaver Dam, Fond du Lac and West Bend campuses, visit www.morainepark.edu.


Emilia Dahlin to perform at Moraine Park April 24

by admin10. April 2007 19:00

 The public is invited to enjoy a free lunch-hour concert at Moraine Park Technical College’s Fond du Lac campus.


Singer/songwriter Emilia Dahlin will showcase her folk and jazz stylings in the Cyber Center cafeteria on Tuesday, April 24, from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Dahlin was a finalist at the 2006 Telluride (Colorado) Bluegrass Festival’s Troubadour Competition.


Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and can be purchased for $6 per meal for the public.


The event is sponsored by the Fond du Lac campus Student Senate. For more information, contact Adam Ninmann, Moraine Park student involvement specialist, at 920-924-3101.


Chiropractic Assistant delegation course offered at Moraine Park

by admin4. April 2007 19:00

Moraine Park Technical College will offer a Chiropractic Assistant radiography delegation course at its
Beaver Dam campus in May and June.


This course introduces radiological information and skills required for chiropractic assistants to take
X-rays in the chiropractic health setting. Students will complete 48 hours of classroom instruction, plus 52 hours of radiography-related on-the-job experience under the supervision of a chiropractor. Upon passing the course, the
American Chiropractic Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ACRRT) Limited Permit examination will be given,
which is the basic-level test after 100 hours of coursework. Successful completion of the course and the exam will
satisfy the Wisconsin State Licensing Board requirement for X-ray delegation to an unlicensed person.


The course meets over six days:


Thursday, May 17         12-8 p.m.

Friday, May 18              8:30 a.m.-6 p.m.

Saturday, May 19          8 a.m.-4 p.m.


Thursday, May 31         12-8 p.m.

Friday, June 1                8:30 a.m.-6 p.m.

Saturday, June 2            8 a.m.-4 p.m.


To register, call 1-800-472-4554 and ask for Registration. The course number is 523-406-001 and tuition is $221.50 plus the cost of books. Internet access is required. The nonrefundable ACCRT exam fee is $90; bring the fee and a 2”x3” photo of yourself to the first class to register for the exam. Moraine Park’s Beaver Dam campus is located at
700 Gould St.


Hotel information is available upon request. For more information about the course, call Elizabeth McLean, DC, CCSP, at 262-335-5751 or e-mail emclean@morainepark.edu.


Spanish-language trips to Mexico available through Moraine Park

by admin3. April 2007 19:00

 As part of its International Studies offerings, Moraine Park Technical College has upcoming language-learning trips to Mexico that community members can join.


The July and December excursions to Cuernavaca, Mexico, are offered in conjunction with Milwaukee Area Technical College. There are four July trips of various lengths from which to choose, each starting July 19 and returning July 28 or Aug. 4, 11 or 18. The December trips depart Dec. 27 and return Jan. 5, 12, 19 or 26.


Offered as a noncredit course, the trips are open to students, staff, alumni and community members and provide intensive training in the Spanish language for all skill levels from beginning to advanced. “Since this course is so intensive and takes place in a Spanish-speaking country, it’s an effective way to learn the language in a short time period,” said Bobbi Laine, Moraine Park dean of international education. “The course is helpful for business managers who work with employees who speak Spanish,” she added. Cultural seminars are also conducted.


Known as the City of Eternal Spring, Cuernavaca is located 50 miles south of Mexico City. Trip participants will attend the Cuauhnáhuac Language Institute, stay with a Mexican family and enjoy optional day visits to places such as Taxco, the silver capital of the world; Teotihuacan, the pyramids north of Mexico City; Tlayacapan, a town with a ceramic marketplace; Mexico City; and Lake Tequesquitengo, a resort.


For more information, contact Bobbi Laine at 920-924-3163 or blaine@morainepark.edu.


Moraine Park to present show about diversity on Multicultural Day; other events planned

by admin2. April 2007 19:00

 Faces of America, an original one-person show that addresses diversity issues through entertainment and education, will be presented Wednesday, April 18, at Moraine Park Technical College’s Fond du Lac Campus in observance of Multicultural Day.


Sponsored by Moraine Park’s Multicultural Club, Student Senate, Diversity Relations and Human Resources, this free event is open to community members. The presentation will take place from noon to 1 p.m. in the Cyber Center cafeteria. The public has the option to purchase lunch for $3 per meal.


Faces tells the stories of seven people from very different cultural backgrounds, including a young Latino who challenges stereotypes after coming from the barrio; a young, liberal white male who fights his father’s bigotry; an East Indian woman who is the victim of an on-campus hate crime; and a Filipino-American doctor who learns the importance of patience and religious faith.


The show has been presented in almost every state. It is part of many university curriculums and has been used for corporate and government diversity training programs. It was written entirely from workshops and interviews conducted across the country by Colin Cox and Fran de Leon, and has been called a “best bet” by the Los Angeles Times.


Other free multicultural events will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Cyber Center. An International Parade will start by the Barber/Cosmetology department at 11 a.m. and end up at the Cyber Center. Anyone can join in – including community members – and showcase clothing and accessories that represent their country or culture. Parade participants also can take part in a fashion show from 11 a.m. to noon and describe the significance of the particular garment or accessory worn. Cultural booths will feature food and artifacts from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Countries that will be represented include China, Poland, South Africa, India and England.


For more information, contact Bill Green, Moraine Park Diversity Relations associate, at 920-924-6355.


Summer Interim classes offered at Moraine Park

by admin2. April 2007 19:00

Students have a new opportunity to earn extra college credits through the implementation of Moraine Park Technical College’s Summer Interim.


The Summer Interim runs May 21 through June 1 at Moraine Park’s campuses in Beaver Dam, Fond du Lac and
West Bend.


“Moraine Park's two-week Summer Interim will enable students to use the normal downtime between spring and summer semesters to pick up courses in a condensed format,” said Dan Ensalaco, Moraine Park vice president of academics and economic development. “Doing so can help them reduce their course load during the traditional semesters or pick up credits to graduate earlier. Selected courses often serve the needs of both our Moraine Park student population and students from residential colleges, who are home for summer break and want to get ahead by taking an additional course, but still have a majority of the summer to work, take other courses, or just enjoy their free time before school starts up again in August.”


Classes in several areas of study are available for the interim, including Accounting, Administrative Assistant, Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse, Automotive Technician, Barber/Cosmetologist, Building Trades, Business Management, Child Care Services, Chiropractic Technician, CNC/Tool and Die, Electricity, General Education, Graphic Communications – Electronic Prepress, Health Information Technology, Information Technology, Marketing, Mechanical Design Technician, Nursing, Radiography, Respiratory Therapist, Supervisory Management, Surgical Technology, Veterinary Technician, and more.

In addition to the Summer Interim, Moraine Park is also offering its traditional summer school classes beginning Monday, June 4. For a complete listing of Summer Interim and summer classes or for more information, visit www.morainepark.edu or call 800-472-4554. Course offerings can be viewed on the Web site.




Tech Knowledge College sessions filling; register soon!

by admin1. April 2007 19:00

Registration is under way for Moraine Park Technical College’s annual Tech Knowledge College, set for
July 31-Aug. 2 at the Fond du Lac campus. Tech Knowledge College is a unique and fun way for kids entering
6th through 8th grade to explore different career choices through 26 hands-on, interactive activities.


Sessions are filling up, so register soon for your favorite activity. Several new activities are available this year:


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.

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.

The Microscopic World: Put on a lab coat and see the world through a microscope – your food, household products, etc. Find out how certain products affect the environment.


What Do You Knead?: Make a variety of breads in Moraine Park’s new, state-of-the-art bread-making kitchen – quick breads, muffins, rolls, braided bread, cracker bread and more. Take a basket of your breads home!


Some of the activities which are back by popular demand include:


Carpentry Art: Make something with your own hands! Learn how to identify different types of wood, read a ruler and safely use power tools to construct a project.


Rev Your Engines!: Disassemble a small engine and find out how it operates by working with hand tools and learning how to use them safely. 


The Art of Architecture: Explore the world of architectural drafting using CAD software to draw a house, including different styles and floor plans.


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.


The registration deadline is July 3. For registration information and a complete listing of available sessions, go to www.morainepark.edu/tkc. Cost is $75 before May 18 ($85 after) and includes two activities (8:45-11:15 a.m. and 12-2:30 p.m.), a T-shirt and lunch. Busing is available from Moraine Park’s Beaver Dam and West Bend campuses to the Fond du Lac campus daily for students who live outside of the Fond du Lac area (included in the registration fee). For more information contact Jan Logan, Moraine Park student involvement associate, at 920-924-6381 or 1-800-472-4554, or e-mail her at jlogan@morainepark.edu.