Moraine Park offers customized business training; new Workforce Solutions course catalog available

by admin26. September 2007 19:00

Whether your company is small, medium or large, Moraine Park Technical College understands that training and retaining your employees and competing in a world which changes rapidly requires an ongoing investment.


Moraine Park also knows that when it comes to training for business and industry, one size doesn’t fit all. The College provides customized, on-site training that includes computers and software, testing and assessment, business solutions, continuous improvement, human performance development training, communication skills, industrial skills and languages.


Seminars and online courses are also available. Moraine Park Technical College’s newest Workforce Solutions Events Schedule is available online or through the mail. The current course catalog features business and industry offerings through December. A large variety of courses are offered, including Lean Enterprise and Six Sigma, E-Seed, Dale Carnegie Executive Leadership Series, Critical Core Manufacturing Skills, VisionPoint Productions Inc. Legal Series, Six Sigma for Health Care, Development Dimensions International’s Essential Interviewing Skills, financial management, government contracting, safety seminars and industrial certification, many online courses through ed2go, and more.


For more information about customized training or for a copy of the Workforce Solutions Events Schedule,
call 920-924-3449 or e-mail A copy of the events schedule is also available online at, Course Catalog.


Moraine Park GED/HSED graduation ceremony Sept. 26

by admin19. September 2007 19:00

Moraine Park Technical College will hold its 16th annual General Educational Development (GED) and High School Equivalency Diploma (HSED) graduation ceremony on Wednesday, Sept. 26, at 7 p.m.


The ceremony will be held at Moraine Park Technical College’s Fond du Lac campus in the Cyber Center cafeteria.


Approximately 35 students are expected to participate in the event, which recognizes the accomplishments of GED/HSED graduates. According to Sandra Huenink, Moraine Park dean of basic education, 245 students completed the GED/HSED program at Moraine Park during the past year.



State training grants will enhance local workforce; Moraine Park to train 109 workers

by admin19. September 2007 19:00

Three area businesses are receiving $37,830 in worker training dollars from the Wisconsin Technical College System. The Workforce Advancement Training Grants will be used to fund training provided by Moraine Park Technical College for 109 area workers over the next 10 months.


“The grants are an investment to make our current workforce more productive and Wisconsin businesses more globally competitive,” said Dan Clancy, president of the Wisconsin Technical College System. “It provides the dollars for businesses to take advantage of the world-class technical college education in a time when competitiveness and efficiency are critical.” 


“Moraine Park has a strong commitment to helping companies in our district develop their workforce, as a skilled workforce is a competitive advantage for any company,” said Dr. Gayle Hytrek, Moraine Park president. “We were pleased to be notified about funding for the training at Alto Dairy Cooperative, Grande Cheese Company and Del Monte Foods. I believe this is another example of how Moraine Park's strong collaborations with the state and area companies have a positive impact on the economic future of our district and our state.”


Grant applications are made by technical college districts in partnership with local employers, which must demonstrate training needs, the importance to the local or regional economy, measurable outcomes (including improved productivity and competitiveness) and increased employee wages and career opportunities.   


Roughly 5,500 workers across the state will receive training to upgrade their skills through the $1 million in Workforce Advancement Training Grants. The training may include any combination of academic, occupational and career topics or courses. 


A local breakdown of grants awarded is as follows:


Alto Dairy Cooperative, $15,077: Moraine Park will provide 158 hours of instruction to 80 hourly and salaried employees at Alto Dairy in Waupun. Measurable outcomes indicate skill increases in safety, lean principles, Microsoft Report Writer and company-specific equipment maintenance. The company will benefit from cost reductions and improved employee participation in a lean culture, allowing them to compete effectively in a tight margin market.


Grande Cheese Company, $8,212: Moraine Park will provide 53 hours of Six Sigma Black Belt instruction and coaching to four quality and management employees of Grande Cheese Co. of Lomira. Grande identified the need for this training to support quality improvement initiatives. Anticipated results include scrap reduction, process variation reduction and an increase in process capability.


Del Monte Foods, $14,451: Moraine Park will provide 135 hours of instruction to 25 hourly and salaried employees at Del Monte’s facilities in Markesan and Cambria. Measurable outcomes indicate skill increases in Spanish language skills, programmable logic controller utilization, and supervisory skills, with anticipated results of a decrease in lost-time accidents and in downtime due to equipment delays.


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


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


Moraine Park to offer Spanish for Retail Sales

by admin16. September 2007 19:00

Moraine Park Technical College will offer a course on Spanish for Retail Sales, designed for non-Spanish speaking retail sales people who interact with Spanish-speaking customers. 


Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to use Spanish to greet customers and clients; express and receive dollar amounts; cash checks; make welfare card withdrawals; assist customers with the purchase of groceries, convenience store items, gas, alcohol and/or tobacco; help the customer on the floor; and sell money orders, wire money and conduct routine security tasks.


A manual with two CDs will be part of the instructional material. Modeling, role-playing, simulations and situation cards will also be used.


Spanish for Retail Sales, course 140-458-001, will run from Wednesday, Oct. 31, through Wednesday, Dec. 12. It will take place from 6 to 8:45 p.m. in Room O-214 on the Fond du Lac campus at 235 N. National Ave. The cost is $40.82 for the course and $22.95 plus tax for the manual, which can be purchased at the campus bookstore.


To register for the class, call 1-800-472-4554.


Music and comedy at Moraine Park campuses in October

by admin13. September 2007 19:00

Moraine Park Technical College’s campuses in Beaver Dam, Fond du Lac and West Bend are offering
 lunch-hour entertainment in October.


The general public is invited to join Moraine Park students and staff during these free events:


Beaver Dam campus: Comedian Rob Paravonian will perform on Tuesday, Oct. 2, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the commons. Paravonian has appeared on radio shows and Comedy Central. The public may purchase lunch for $5 per meal. For more information, contact Lisa Manuell at 920-887-4462.


West Bend campus: A Coffeehouse Concert will feature singer/songwriter and acoustic guitarist Justin Roth on Wednesday, Oct. 10, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free coffee will be served to students with a Moraine Park ID; lunch can be purchased by the public at various prices. For more information, contact Bradley Mitchell at 262-335-5743.


Fond du Lac campus: A capella vocal band InPulse will perform on Thursday, Oct. 11, from 11:15 a.m. to
12:30 p.m. in the Cyber Center cafeteria. 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.


Blood drives at Moraine Park Oct. 3, 17

by admin13. September 2007 19:00

The BloodCenter of Wisconsin and Moraine Park Technical College’s Fond du Lac and West Bend campus Student Senates are holding blood drives at the two campuses.


The BloodCenter supplies blood and blood products to 55 hospitals in Wisconsin. The lives helped by your donation may be those of people in your community. The Fond du Lac drive will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 3, in rooms A-102 and A-103 in the A Building. The West Bend drive will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 17, in the cafeteria area. Both events run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.


In Fond du Lac, register with Adam Ninmann, Moraine Park student involvement specialist, at 920-924-3101 or walk in the day of the drive. In West Bend, information will be posted on the cafeteria window, or go online to, click Make Appointment and enter the Drive ID DRV0085431. Walks-ins are also welcome. For more information, call Bradley Mitchell, student involvement specialist, at 262-335-5743. 


Please bring a photo ID. The process takes 45 minutes or less. For directions to the campuses, visit and click on About Moraine Park then Campus Information.


Moraine Park to celebrate Constitution Day, Sept. 17

by admin5. September 2007 19:00

Moraine Park Technical College invites community members to join in observing the 220th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution.


National Treasure will be shown on Constitution Day, Monday, Sept. 17, from 11 a.m. to 1:10 p.m. in the Cyber Center cafeteria on the Fond du Lac campus. Sponsored by the Fond du Lac campus Student Senate and Student Activities Club, the event also includes patriotic treats and copies of the Constitution.     


The movie is free. Lunch will be available from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at a cost of $5 per meal for the public.


For more information, contact Adam Ninmann, Moraine Park student involvement specialist, at


Moraine Park offering Spanish for health care workers

by admin28. August 2007 19:00

Moraine Park Technical College will offer Spanish for Nursing at the Fond du Lac campus beginning Wednesday, Sept. 12. The course is designed for health care professionals who work with Spanish-speaking patients and don’t know the language. 


Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to use Spanish to gather basic information and patient history, obtain vital signs, perform physical assessments and routine procedures, assist the patient’s family, reduce fear
of the clinical and hospital setting and explain how the health care system works.


A manual with two CDs will be part of the instructional material. Modeling, role-playing, simulations and situation cards also will be used in this enjoyable way to learn a second language.


Spanish for Nursing, course number 140-433-001, runs Sept. 12 through Oct. 17 from 6 to 8:45 p.m. in
Room O-214 on the Fond du Lac campus. The class costs $40.82 and the manual, which can be purchased at the
campus bookstore, is $42.95. Moraine Park’s Fond du Lac campus is located at 235 N. National Ave. 


To register for this class, call Moraine Park at 1-800-472-4554.


Training offered to help businesses win government contracts

by admin26. August 2007 19:00

During a training seminar on Thursday, Sept. 13, at Moraine Park Technical College, area businesses will learn how to effectively compete for contracts to sell their products and services to the federal government.


“Getting Started in Federal Contracting” will be conducted by the Business Procurement Assistance Center (BPAC) at Moraine Park’s West Bend campus in Room T-101 from 9–11:30 a.m. Attendees will learn how to register with the federal government, identify which agencies buy their products and/or services and how to focus their research
to locate contracting opportunities targeted to their business.


 “BPAC seminars have consistently provided invaluable assistance to Wisconsin businesses that are seeking to capture a share of the federal contracting market,” said Ralph Steckman, BPAC interim program director.“Opportunity is there for almost any company that is willing to take the time and effort to learn the system.”


A $30 fee will cover the cost of materials. Registration is required and can be done online at If you have questions, contact BPAC at or at
(608) 243-4490.


Established by Madison Area Technical College in 1988, BPAC provides technical and marketing assistance to Wisconsin businesses. In 2006, BPAC helped companies win 7,511 government contracts valued at $358 million, resulting in the creation or retention of 7,118 jobs in Wisconsin.


Moraine Park sets Sept. 22 golf fundraiser

by admin15. August 2007 19:00

Reservations are being taken for the annual Stephanie Nevins Memorial Endowment Fund Modified Ryder Cup Golf Outing, slated for Saturday, Sept. 22, at Whispering Springs Golf Course.

 A foursome on the fairway at the 2006 golf outing.

The event is a fundraiser for the Moraine Park Foundation, which provides scholarships for students at Moraine Park Technical College. This year all proceeds will go to the Anne Marie Burroughs Memorial Endowment Fund, which is dedicated for students in Moraine Park’s Graphic Communications – Electronic Prepress program offered at the Fond du Lac and West Bend campuses.


The modified Ryder Cup format involves foursomes competing together for a team score. Foursomes are made by the golf committee or may be formed by participants. Holes one through six consist of a scramble event; holes seven through 12 feature a three-person best ball event; and holes 13-18 are a two-person alternating shot event.


Tee times start at noon; hors d’oeuvres and an awards presentation will take place on the patio after the event. The cost is $65 per person for golf, a golf cart and hors d’oeuvres. Hors d’oeuvres are $15 for the guests of golfers, and $20 for others who wish to attend but not golf. An optional Closest to the Pin contest will take place, with a $10 entry fee.


For more information, call Debbie at 920-924-3263. Please RSVP by Sept. 13.