Festival Foods and Moraine Park offer Preparing Thanksgiving Dinner Nov. 10

by admin4. November 2007 19:00

Moraine Park Technical College and the new Festival Foods in Fond du Lac are teaming up to bring you helpful hints on how best to prepare and carve your Thanksgiving turkey as well as get some suggestions on the best wine choices to complement your dinner.


 “Preparing Thanksgiving Dinner” will take place on Saturday, Nov. 10, from 10 to 11 a.m. in the Deli seating area of Festival Foods. Moraine Park culinary arts instructor Lois Zingsheim will lead the demonstration with the assistance of two culinary arts students. The free demonstration will include proper defrosting techniques, turkey preparation and how to truss the turkey. The demonstration will also include proper carving techniques, and questions will be taken throughout the demonstration.  


“We are very excited to partner with Moraine Park and offer a free class on the safe preparation of turkey for Thanksgiving Dinner,” said Darrin Kuehn, Festival Foods store director.  “Additionally, we are excited about the wine tasting that will be part of the class. The sampling of wines will give our guests hands-on tasting and knowledge of the wines to pair with their dinner. Our guests have been asking for cooking classes. It is our pleasure to bring this first class to our guests for one of the most important dinners of the year.”


“This type of experience is invaluable for our students,” said Zingsheim. “They will be demonstrating their culinary skills and have the opportunity to experience the instructional-side of a learning activity.”


Guests interested in participating in “Preparing Thanksgiving Dinner" should sign up at the Festival Foods service counter. For more information, stop in or call Festival Foods at 920-273-0490.


Moraine Park president, board member attend national conference

by admin28. October 2007 19:00

Dr. Gayle Hytrek (pictured), Moraine Park Technical College president, and Jodine Deppisch, Moraine Park District Board member, spoke at the recent annual Leadership Congress of the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT).

 Professional photo of Dr. Gayle Hytrek, Moraine Park president

Dr. Hytrek, Deppisch and David Haines, education director at the Oshkosh Correctional Institution, gave a presentation entitled, “Win-Win Partnerships: Certified Vocational Programming in Wisconsin Prisons.” Deppisch is the warden at Fox Lake Correctional Institution. The presentation outlined the impact prison-based education has on reducing the number of paroled inmates who commit new offenses and return to prison. Moraine Park offers programs for inmates at five Wisconsin correctional institutions.


ACCT is a nonprofit educational organization of governing boards that offers a broad range of benefits to community colleges, individual educators and corporations world-wide. Its 2007 congress took place Sept. 26-29 in San Diego, Calif.



Budget preserves educational opportunities critical to growing Wisconsin's economy

by admin25. October 2007 19:00

"The Governor and the Legislature have recognized that Wisconsin’s ability to succeed against increasing global competition is dependent on the technical skills and knowledge of our citizens.” 


That comment was delivered Oct. 26 by the President of the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) Board, Mary Quinnette Cuene, shortly after Governor Jim Doyle signed the 2007-09 State Budget. “Throughout the budget process, Wisconsin employers, students, labor and community leaders agreed that now is the time we must invest in technical education to ensure our economic health and vitality,” she said. 


Quinnette Cuene noted how the technical college system has worked hard to exemplify responsive, transparent and accountable public service. A recent independent analysis of the economic impact of the WTCS, conducted by the nonpartisan Wisconsin Taxpayer’s Alliance, found that the technical colleges and their graduates contribute nearly $7 billion to the state’s annual output. Through the 2007-­09 budget, Wisconsin will gain from this rate of return by investing in incumbent worker training and small business development, hardworking disadvantaged students, and veterans and their families.


“We are very pleased that Gov. Doyle is continuing his strong support of Wisconsin's technical colleges and the Workforce Advancement Training Grants,” said Dr. Gayle Hytrek, Moraine Park Technical College president. “Over the past several years, the Workforce Advancement Training Grants have allowed Moraine Park to provide numerous companies within our district the training they've needed to maintain their competitive edge and sustain their economic viability.”


“The combination of new state funding, preservation of existing levy controls and continual local efforts to improve operational efficiency ensures that technical colleges can remain a leader in the state’s efforts to develop our economic potential in high-­technology industries of biomedical, nanotechnology, sustainable agriculture and renewable energy,” said System President Dan Clancy. “At the same time, Wisconsin’s technical colleges will continue to maintain the highest quality educational programs in health care, police and fire protection, manufacturing, automotive, business and information technology – the skilled professions upon which we all depend.”


In response to demands for expanded services, technical colleges are serving more students and producing more graduates than ever before. At the same time, technical colleges are, collectively, holding annual operating costs per student down and levying well below the existing statutory limit. The Colleges have saved millions of dollars annually through joint volume purchasing of software and hardware, operation of a mutual insurance group for property, casualty and workers compensation insurance, and collaborative educational programming.


“The Wisconsin Technical College System appreciates all of the hard work, thoughtful debate and tough negotiations that went into crafting the state’s financial plan for the next two years. With the Governor’s leadership and input from the Legislature, students, faculty, staff, employers and employees, the Wisconsin Technical College System looks forward to contributing to Wisconsin’s economic success,” said Clancy.


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 is the major provider of customized training and technical assistance to Wisconsin’s business and industry community.


Moraine Park Technical College has campuses in Beaver Dam, Fond du Lac and West Bend and regional sites in Ripon and Hartford. The College offers more than 100 associate degrees, technical diplomas and certificates as well as apprenticeship training and customized training for business and industry. To find out more, visit www.morainepark.edu.


Moraine Park student club holding Diaper Drive

by admin25. October 2007 19:00

The student Corrections Club at Moraine Park Technical College is holding a collection drive for the youngest among those in need: babies.


The Diaper Drive will benefit the Family Resource Center (FRC) of Fond du Lac County Inc., a Fond du Lac Area United Way partner agency and a private, non-profit organization dedicated to the healthy growth and development of children and families through a variety of comprehensive programs and services. It offers pregnancy testing, pre/postnatal support, in-home parenting education, on-site parenting classes & playgroups, and outreach to the Spanish-speaking community.


“The Family Resource Center believes that every family from every walk of life and income range deserves support, education and resources,” said Bethany Rusch, FRC executive director. “We are proud to partner with the Corrections Club and our Board member, Christine Jaglowski, in this effort. Moraine Park students are second to none in the manner in which they care for those in their community.”


From Oct. 29 through Nov. 11, the student club is collecting packages of diapers in sizes 3-6, along with baby wash and baby shampoo. At Moraine Park’s Fond du Lac campus, 235 N. National Ave., drop-off sites are located in the E building lounge, the O building lounge and at the Registration desk. Other drop-off sites can be found at the Fond du Lac Police Department, 126 N. Main St., and Mickey B's Bar and Grill in Silica, N8545 County QQ. Cash donations can be made at the three Ma & Pa’s locations and at 2 Fabulous, 1161 W. Johnson St.


For more information about the Diaper Drive, call Christine Jaglowski, Moraine Park corrections science instructor and Corrections Club advisor, at (920) 929-2112.


Moraine Park students elected to Wisconsin Student Government positions

by admin24. October 2007 19:00

At an October meeting of Moraine Park Technical College’s District Student Government, two Moraine Park students were elected to the Wisconsin Student Government (WSG).

 Last year's WSG president hands the gavel to Diamond Avalos, the new president.

Diamond Avalos of Beaver Dam, a member of the Moraine Park Beaver Dam campus Student Senate, was elected WSG governor for 2007-08 and will represent Moraine Park.


Joe Calliari of Campbellsport, a member of the Fond du Lac campus Student Senate, was elected WSG lieutenant governor and will serve for 2007-09, moving into the governor role in his second year.


Avalos was also elected president of the WSG by other WSG governors from throughout the state during a meeting held at Moraine Park’s West Bend campus. Keith Olsen from Chippewa Valley Technical College was elected WSG vice president, and Dan Fishbeck from Nicolet Area Technical College was elected treasurer.


The Wisconsin Student Government is a student-run organization representing more than 460,000 technical college students across the state. WSG participates in the shared governance of the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) and seeks to advance higher education by empowering current and future students to advocate on their own behalf for the accessibility, affordability and quality of the WTCS. WSG addresses political and other issues that affect students, faculty, the system's financial concerns and its existence.


Moraine Park’s Beaver Dam, Fond du Lac and West Bend campuses each have a Student Senate to provide student activities and to address student government business. Moraine Park’s District Student Government addresses college-wide student issues and provides tri-campus student activities.


For more information about Moraine Park, its programs and student life, visit www.morainepark.edu.


Moraine Park Barber/Cosmetologist salon gets makeover; open house Nov. 6

by admin22. October 2007 19:00

After 33 years of being a place where future hair stylists and barbers learn how to give people a new look,
the Barber/Cosmetologist salon at Moraine Park Technical College’s Fond du Lac campus recently got its own makeover.

 View of remodeled teaching salon showing rows of new styling stations and mirrors.

The community, the salon industry and anyone who is interested in enrolling in the Barber/Cosmetologist program or receiving services at the teaching salon are invited to tour the new facilities during an open house on Tuesday, Nov. 6, from 4 to 7 p.m.


Celia Jackson, Secretary for the State of Wisconsin Department of Regulation and Licensing, will be available from 4 to 5 p.m. to answer questions about state regulations. Instructors and students will be on hand to show visitors around the new classrooms and labs and answer questions. Program information and displays can be viewed. Complimentary hand massages will be given, as well as neck trims for those with short hair. Entertainment, refreshments and door prizes are also planned.


“It is Moraine Park’s mission to provide the region with a highly skilled workforce, and bringing our educational facilities up to current industry standards is one way we accomplish that,” said Dr. Gayle Hytrek, Moraine Park president. “Our new facility mirrors what is found in the industry today. The remodeling will continue to ensure that graduates of the program will be familiar with everything about today’s salons and meet employers’ expectations.”


The Moraine Park salon “makeover” includes 40 new styling stations with a contemporary look and function. Curling irons, flat irons and hair dryers are tucked neatly away in individual upright slots within easily accessible drawers, keeping work stations clutter-free. The new shampoo stations include four state-of-the-art stand-behind stations that allow the stylist to stand behind the client while washing their hair.


Moraine Park’s Nail Technician certificate program also got an upgrade with a classroom devoted to manicures and pedicures.


Another room serves as a day spa where students perform facials and waxing treatments. The new state-of-the-art dispensary houses hair care and other products; a new computerized system used for product pricing and inventory, appointments, and students and client tracking of services rendered and performed; and laundry facilities.


“In addition, we will be receiving a ceiling-mounted video camera so all students have a good view of instructor demonstrations on our large screen,” said Amy Poshepny, Moraine Park barber/cosmetologist instructor.


The remodeling project was included in the 2006-07 and 2007-08 capital projects budgets with a total cost of $527,528. Major project contractors included Capelle Bros. & Diedrich Inc., Fond du Lac, general contractor; Ahern Gross Inc., Fond du Lac, plumbing; Groeschel Company, Malone, HVAC; and K.W. Electric Inc., Plymouth, electrical.


Moraine Park offers a Barber/Cosmetologist Apprenticeship, a Barber/Cosmetologist technical diploma and a Nail Technician certificate. With the approval of the Department of Regulation and Licensing, Moraine Park’s apprenticeship program will offer classes online starting this January, in addition to the traditional classroom format.

Also that month, there will be openings for the full-time technical diploma and apprenticeship programs. The Nail Technician program will also have openings for classes that start in fall 2008. For more information, call 1-800-472-4554 or visit www.morainepark.edu and click on Academics then All Programs.


Moraine Park’s Fond du Lac campus is located at 235 N. National Avenue. For directions, go to the College’s Web site and click on About Moraine Park then Campus Information. To get to the Barber/Cosmetologist center, visitors should use the C-2 entrance.


Moraine Park, Lakeland College unveil new approach for Wisconsin higher education

by admin16. October 2007 19:00

The toughest decision you will have to make is whether to have two graduation parties.

 Dr. Gould of Lakeland and Dr. Hytrek of Moraine Park shake hands at the agreement signing.

Moraine Park Technical College and Lakeland College signed five agreements on Oct. 15 creating programs in accounting, marketing, business-to-business marketing, business management and administrative assistant/specialized administration. The five new programs allow students to simultaneously earn a Moraine Park associate degree and Lakeland bachelor's degree.


"Educational institutions have been talking about the need for these types of transfer agreements for some time and, with this interwoven agreement with Lakeland, it has become a reality for Moraine Park students," said Dr. Gayle Hytrek, Moraine Park president. "We are very excited to provide our students with a cost-effective way to earn their bachelor's degree without leaving their community.”


Lakeland now has 33 interwoven degree programs with four Wisconsin technical colleges. The programs are unique agreements in Wisconsin because students may attend both colleges at once, mixing technical classes with humanities in the same semester. The program includes innovative agreements on joint admissions, counseling, financial aid and other services with increased student access.


“This is an enormously unique agreement in higher education,” said Lakeland President Stephen A. Gould.
“It’s unique in its complete seamlessness and predictability. There are no additional resources needed, because it restructures the resources that are already there. It’s unique in that it is a public and private institution collaborating.”


Dan Ensalaco, Moraine Park vice president of academics and economic development, said the agreement has benefits beyond Moraine Park’s students.


"This newest collaboration between Lakeland and Moraine Park provides our residents with new career laddering opportunities that better reflect the realities of today's job market and encourages life-long learning,” said Ensalaco. “In particular, we are pleased in the way this new program meets the needs of the adult learner. Meeting those educational needs is going to be key to keeping Wisconsin competitive with other states and the rest of the world. Lakeland has been a leader in articulating programs with the Wisconsin Technical College System. Moraine Park is pleased to sign this agreement and looks forward to developing new partnerships with Lakeland that push the envelope of post-secondary education in Wisconsin.”

 Four representatives from Lakeland and three from Moraine Park are pictured here for the interwoven agreement signing.

Unlike a traditional 2+2 agreement, in which students complete a two-year degree before starting their four-year degree, students will be able to attend both colleges from day one, beginning with a joint application.


Full-time students can finish both degrees in four years. Both Lakeland and Moraine Park courses will be taken each year, with more Moraine Park coursework coming early in a student’s academic plan.


Because students can take classes at each college each semester, students are likely to earn a Moraine Park associate’s degree just before completing the Lakeland bachelor’s degree; the exact time will vary from student to student.


Convenience will be a key. Lakeland will offer some of its courses at Moraine Park and most will be offered online. Students will also be able to take many Lakeland courses through the college’s BlendEd format, a convenient, one-of-a-kind approach that allows students to decide on a class-by-class basis if they want to learn that week in the traditional classroom setting or online.


“This approach is about making college as non-intimidating and accessible as possible so that Moraine Park students can feel confident taking the next step right away,” Gould said. “A lot of students, based on family or geographical limitations, can’t ‘go away’ to school. Our program removes some of those traditional hurdles to a four-year degree.”


Affordability is another advantage. Students can earn both degrees for about the same cost as attending four years at a state university, and financial aid is available.


The program also eliminates the need for credit transfers and other paperwork often related to moving from one school to another. Students will receive personalized advising from both Moraine Park and Lakeland.


“We are excited about partnering with Lakeland in this unique initiative to streamline the transfer process so our students, if they so choose, can work on both degrees simultaneously without having to duplicate course work,” said Pat Olson, Moraine Park's dean of business. “It's a plus for our students.”


Lakeland has interwoven degree programs with four other technical colleges: 14 programs with North Central Technical College in Wausau, 11 with Midstate Technical College in Wisconsin Rapids, two with Fox Valley Technical College in Appleton and one with Northeast Wisconsin Technical College.


The interwoven degree stems from results of a 2005 student survey at NWTC in Green Bay and meetings between the presidents of those two schools.


The survey showed that 61 percent of 719 students said they planned to earn a bachelor's degree after completing coursework at NWTC, and 80 percent said they would be more likely to transfer to a four-year college if courses they took at NWTC would transfer to a bachelor's degree program.


Lakeland continues to work with other technical colleges in Wisconsin to develop similar programs.


“Higher education needs to focus more energy on finding ways to deliver an education to students on their time, based on their schedules,” Gould said. “We are excited about partnering with Moraine Park to create a program that truly puts the needs of our students first, and we believe it’s a model for the future of higher education.”


Students can learn more about the Lakeland/Moraine Park interwoven degrees by contacting Pat Olson of Moraine Park at polson@morainepark.edu or (920) 924-3333, or Lakeland’s Fox Cities Center at foxcities@lakeland.edu or (920) 727-0777.


Moraine Park, with campuses in Beaver Dam, Fond du Lac and West Bend and regional sites in Ripon and Hartford, is one of 16 colleges comprising the Wisconsin Technical College System. The College offers more than 100 associate degrees, technical diplomas and certificates as well as apprenticeship training and customized training for business and industry. To find out more, visit www.morainepark.edu.


Lakeland is a four-year independent college affiliated with the United Church of Christ whose principal campus is located in Sheboygan County. The college serves over 4,000 students – 958 in its undergraduate campus-based day program, approximately 2,300 at its seven evening Kellett School Centers located throughout Wisconsin and through its Internet-based Lakeland College Online program, nearly 700 in its four graduate programs and over 200 at its two-year campus in Tokyo, Japan. The college, founded in 1862 by German immigrants, is in the midst of nine straight years of record enrollment. Learn more at www.lakeland.edu.


Preview Days planned at Moraine Park

by admin14. October 2007 19:00

Public and parochial high school juniors and seniors and those who are homeschooled are invited to attend
Moraine Park Technical College’s Fall Preview Days to learn how the College can help shape their future.


Students will spend a morning on campus taking a closer look at specific programs, meeting Moraine Park instructors and getting a feel for college life. High school seniors will have a chance to win a $250 Moraine Park scholarship. Up to two program visits per campus may be selected, and one campus or all three can be visited.


Preview Days will be offered from 9 to 11:15 a.m. on the following dates:


·         West Bend campus – Tuesday, Nov. 13

·         Fond du Lac campus – Wednesday, Nov. 14

·         Beaver Dam campus – Thursday, Nov. 15


Register by Nov. 5 with your high school guidance office or at www.morainepark.edu/pages/1133.asp.  
For more information, contact Katie VandeSlunt at kvandeslunt@morainepark.edu or 1-800-472-4554, ext. 3347.


Music and comedy at Moraine Park campuses Nov. 8

by admin14. October 2007 19:00

Moraine Park Technical College’s campuses in Fond du Lac and West Bend are offering free lunch-hour entertainment on Thursday, Nov. 8. The general public is invited to join Moraine Park students and staff.


Fond du Lac campus: Comedian Rob Paravonian will perform 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Cyber Center cafeteria. Paravonian has appeared on radio shows and Comedy Central. Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The public may purchase lunch for $5 per meal. For more information, contact Adam Ninmann at 920-924-3101.


West Bend campus: A Coffeehouse Concert will feature the Celtic and bluegrass music of Switchback from
11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The acoustic duo has produced nine albums, including The Fire That Burns, Bolinree and Falling Water River. Free coffee will be served to students and staff with a Moraine Park ID; coffee and lunch can be purchased by the public at various prices. For more information, contact Bradley Mitchell at 262-335-5743.


Halo 3 Tournament set at Moraine Parks Fond du Lac campus; LAN party is College's third

by admin9. October 2007 19:00

Calling all gamers! Moraine Park Technical College’s third LAN party will take place this month, with the
main attraction being Microsoft’s recently released Halo 3.


The free gaming event runs from 4 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 25, in the Cyber Center cafeteria on Moraine Park’s Fond du Lac campus.


The Halo 3 Tournament is for experienced gamers. It begins with a warm-up from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., with the competition running from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Participants are required to bring their own controller and a play and charge kit. If that isn’t possible, submit a request when registering and gear will be supplied at no cost if available.


Free-for-all PC gaming takes place from 4 p.m. until the Halo 3 tournament starts. Refreshments will be available from 6 to 6:30 p.m., with proceeds going to the Moraine Park Computer Club. PC users are asked to arrive before 4 p.m. to set up their equipment. They need to bring their monitor, tower, keyboard, mouse, headphones, power cables and an Ethernet cable at least seven feet long, plus original copies of games they wish to play. (Copies of games will not be provided.)


Sponsors of the LAN party are Game Crazy of Fond du Lac, NewEgg, Ideazon, Bawls, Vroom Foods Inc. and K107.1 FM of Fond du Lac.


Registration is required by Oct. 22 and space is limited with a few left. Gamers must be ages 18 and up. To register, contact Zach Wagner at (920) 960-2663 or cloudstrife7@gmail.com, or sign up with Adam Ninmann in Room A-107 at Moraine Park’s Fond du Lac campus or at Game Crazy, 459 W. Johnson St., Fond du Lac.