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 www.morainepark.edu/foundation. 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 www.morainepark.edu/foundation or obtained from a Moraine Park Financial
Aid Office.

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


Find your career at Discover Moraine Park

by jurben30. January 2007 19:00

Jump-start your education and career with a visit to one of Moraine Park Technical College’s three campuses during Discover Moraine Park.

The event takes place at each Moraine Park campus on the following days from 5:30-7 p.m.:
Tuesday, Feb. 13 – West Bend
Wednesday, Feb. 14 – Fond du Lac
Thursday, Feb. 15 – Beaver Dam

Working adults, dislocated workers, and high school students and their parents are invited to attend. Discover Moraine Park provides an opportunity to learn about the variety of programs offered at the College’s three campuses.

Moraine Park representatives will be on hand with information on admissions, careers, counselors, financial aid, diversity relations, employment services, support services and student activities. A representative from the Apprenticeship and Building Trades area will also be available.

Additionally, attendees will have the opportunity to complete admissions applications, set up necessary appointments for the admissions process and ask questions about how to get started at Moraine Park. Discover Moraine Park is a free event and open to anyone interested in what the College has to offer.

For more information about the event, call 1-800-472-4554, ext. 3347. To pre-register online, go to MPTC Presents
at www.morainepark.edu and click on
Discover Moraine Park.


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 jeden@morainepark.edu.


Storyhill, Jason DeShaw to make February appearances at Moraine Park

by jurben24. January 2007 19:00

A progressive folk duo and a country singer will provide lunch-hour entertainment at Moraine Park Technical College’s Fond du Lac campus.

Storyhill will perform on Thursday, Feb. 8, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The singer/songwriter acoustic duo of Chris Cunningham and John Hermanson features airtight harmonies and relevant, inspiring folk music in the vein of Simon & Garfunkel and Loggins & Messina. Over the past 15 years, Storyhill has sold more than 50,000 copies of their 12 albums. Recently signed by national label Red House Records, Storyhill will release a self-titled CD in February as their first Red House project.

Singer Jason DeShaw will bring some country to Valentine’s Day when he performs on campus on Wednesday, Feb. 14, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. DeShaw has entertained at colleges and county fairs around the U.S and has opened for Pam Tillis, Little Big Town, Wade Hayes and Brian White. His 14-song CD of original music, The Country Way, sold out by the hundreds upon its release. In 2004, he recorded and released a new album of originals entitled Ten Miles 2 Go. DeShaw blends traditional country with his own new sound.

Sponsored by the Fond du Lac campus Student Senate, both events are open to the public. There is no cost to attend the performances. Community members may purchase lunch for $6 per person. For more information, call Adam Ninmann, student involvement specialist, at 920-924-3101.


Moraine Park announces winter/spring corporate training schedule

by jurben23. January 2007 19:00

Moraine Park Technical College recently released its winter/spring corporate training schedule.

MorainePark provides an abundance of workforce solutions to area employers, including needs assessment, seminars and workshops, consulting, executive overviews, customized training, business process improvement and technical assistance.

Among the offerings are Six Sigma White and Green Belt certification, with Black Belt available in the fall.
Six Sigma principles can be applied in any business setting to achieve and sustain bottom-line results through the elimination of process defects. A Lean Enterprise certificate series is also available. Lean Principles can be applied in any business setting to systematically eliminate waste, improve quality and enhance customer satisfaction to drive top- and bottom-line performance.
MorainePark offers both solutions in a project-based learning environment where the principles are immediately applied to the business setting to ensure a return on the employer’s training investment.

Many other training programs are available, such as the Dale Carnegie Executive Leadership series, the Frontline Leadership series, Human Resources – Legal Issues series from VisionPoint Productions, Inc., international business, sales and marketing, safety seminars and industrial certification, noncredit Internet courses offered in partnership with ed2go® Learn More, financial management, government contracting and home inspection (in conjunction with the American Home Inspectors Training Institute).

“In today’s competitive business environment, we all need to find ways to work smarter,” said Kathy Schlieve, business development specialist with MorainePark’s Economic and Workforce Development team. “For an employer, that can mean training or retraining their workforce to ensure they have the talent needed to compete tomorrow. It can also mean focusing efforts on business process improvements to increase productivity and improve quality through the elimination of non-value added activities. At MorainePark, we spend time up front working with an employer to understand their business needs. We then recommend and tailor solutions to maximize the employer’s training investments.”

A copy of the training schedule can be downloaded from Moraine Park’s Web site by visiting www.trainingmatrix.com/morainepark. For more information on Moraine Park’s business services or for a copy of the course catalog, call 920-924-3449 or e-mail training@morainepark.edu


Midwest Dairy Challenge coming to Fond du Lac Jan. 25-27

by jurben15. January 2007 19:00

Taking place in Wisconsin for the first time, the third annual Midwest Dairy Challenge will be held Jan. 25-27, bringing 90 agricultural-studies students from 12 colleges in nine states to Fond du Lac.

Moraine Park Technical College’s Fond du Lac campus, Fond du Lac County UW-Extension and Ramada Plaza Hotel, Fond du Lac, will host the event.

“The strong agricultural community in Fond du Lac County and the outstanding educational facilities are the primary reasons the contest is coming to Fond du Lac,” said Linda Hodorff of Second-Look Holsteins, LLC, in Eden, one of the local organizers for the event.

“Moraine Park is very pleased to co-host the Midwest Dairy Challenge and to provide the rooms, computers, software and other equipment that are needed in order for the students teams to successfully prepare their presentations within the four-hour time limit,” said Pete Rettler, Moraine Park executive dean of instructional technologies and curriculum design.

“This will be a great learning opportunity for all involved to analyze the business and management practices of progressive dairy farm operations,” said Paul Dyk, Fond du Lac County UW-Extension dairy and livestock agent.

The students hail from numerous midwestern colleges including Michigan State, Ohio State, Purdue, Iowa State, North Dakota State and South Dakota State universities, the University of Illinois, University of Minnesota, UW-Madison, UW-River Falls, Southwest Wisconsin Technical College and Lakeshore Technical College. The Dairy Challenge features educational programs for students and opportunities to network with dairy industry professionals.

Working in four- or five-person mixed-university teams, students will assess all aspects of a working dairy farm and present their recommendations for improvement to a panel of judges and the participating farm families.

Team-building activities and presentations by industry consultants are scheduled for Thursday evening. Armed with information about nutrition, reproduction, milking procedures, animal health, housing and financial management, the teams will visit three area farms and interview owners and managers on Friday. Afterward, they will prepare 20-minute presentations complete with PowerPoint shows using Moraine Park’s classrooms and equipment. Saturday will feature team presentations and questions and critiques from an industry panel of judges, followed by a short awards ceremony, all of which will take place at Moraine Park. Students will also participate in a media training session and network with contest sponsors at a career fair.

The North American Intercollegiate Dairy Challenge was established as a management contest to incorporate all phases of a specific dairy business. In addition to a national contest, there are four regional contests each year including the Midwest Dairy Challenge. The Dairy Challenge strives to incorporate a higher-learning atmosphere with practical application to help prepare students for careers in the dairy industry.

For more information, call Josh Hushon, Midwest NAIDC publicity chair, at (920) 563-5551, ext. 123.


Public invited to Moraine Park January events

by jurben9. January 2007 19:00

Moraine Park Technical College will be offering lunch, entertainment, a Martin Luther King Jr. Day observance and a therapy-animal presentation during several January events that are open to the general public.

Singer-songwriter Nick Motil will give an acoustic performance on the Fond du Lac campus during Moraine Park’s Welcome Back Lunch on Tuesday, Jan. 23, which kicks off the spring semester, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Cyber Center cafeteria. Motil will also perform on Monday, Jan. 22, at the Beaver Dam campus and on Jan. 24 at the West Bend campus.

On Wednesday, Jan. 24, comedian Eric “Elmo” O’Shea will serve up laughs while Moraine Park serves up lunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Fond du Lac campus.

A Martin Luther King Jr. luncheon will take place on the Fond du Lac campus on Monday, Jan. 29, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The movie Separate But Equal will be shown.

A Lunch and Learn session on Wednesday, Jan. 31, will feature a visit from Madison-based PAWWS to Heal founder Toni Schriver, RVT, and some of the PAWWS therapy animals. Donations will be taken at the door to support the organization’s work. This event will be held in Room A-102 on the Fond du Lac campus from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

There is no cost to the public to attend these events; those who wish to buy lunch at each event may do so for $6 per person. For more information on events at the Fond du Lac campus, call Adam Ninmann at 920-924-3101.


Moraine Park students helped others during the holidays by collecting donations

by jurben4. January 2007 19:00

Moraine Park Technical College students got into the spirit of giving this holiday season with several clubs and the Student Senates collecting food, clothing, toys and money for families who are less fortunate.

At Moraine Park's Beaver Dam campus, the Student Senate collected donations from students and staff for the Dodge County Food Pantry and Clothes for Kids. Members of the Electrical Power Distribution Club volunteered to ring bells for the Salvation Army in Beaver Dam, collecting a total of $1,633.

The Fond du Lac campus Student Senate and the Salvation Army of Fond du Lac teamed up for a sock drive and collected enough socks to help keep 675 pairs of feet warm this winter. Socks were collected for children, women and men, and students, staff and the general public were invited to donate. Also, the Moraine Park Culinary Arts Club collected donations for Toys for Tots.

The West Bend campus had a Giving Tree decorated with ornaments that featured wish items for families in need, including toys for children. Eight families, with a total of 22 children, had a nicer Christmas thanks to Moraine Park students and staff. Two of the families were assisted specifically by the Chiropractic Technician Club and the Student Nurses Association.

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