Moraine Park graduates Welding & CNC Boot Camp classes

by abemis23. December 2013 13:53

Moraine Park Technical College graduated its seventh and eighth class of students from the Manufacturing Skills Academy, Friday, December 20. Three students graduated from the welding training and nine from the Computer Numeric Control (CNC) machinist training. In total, Moraine Park has had 76 students graduate from the Skills Academy in the past year. 

Moraine Park’s Manufacturing Skills Academy offers 15-week boot camp sessions in either welding or CNC training. They were designed to combat a shortage of skilled manufacturing workers in Wisconsin. Moraine Park partners with many local manufacturing employers including Amerequip, Brenner Tank, John Crane and Mid-States Aluminum.

The boot camps combine a 72-hour paid internship with coursework, including Occupational Math, Print Reading, Team Building and Problem Solving and courses specific to their program. Skill training for CNC includes basic programming, machining and turning center, while welding students learn welding and cutting techniques.

Those who completed the CNC boot camp include: Andrew Behrensprung of Random Lake, Nicole Cross of Menomonee Falls, Jason Dorn of Oshkosh, Brian Heath of Oshkosh, David Hess of Eden, Taylor Knapp of Menomonee Falls, Ray Pinch of Fond du Lac, Roy Siewert of Berlin and Shawn Stapleton of Hartford. Those who completed the welding boot camp include: Paul Anderson of Kewaskum, Colin Schloegel of Grafton and Ian Wirtz of West Bend.

Both the welding and CNC boot camps are funded by grant dollars. The welding training is funded by the U.S. Department of Labor TAACCCT grant, and the CNC training is funded by the Wisconsin Workforce Partnership grant from The Wisconsin Covenant Foundation, Inc.

For more information about Moraine Park’s Manufacturing Skills Academies, visit

Moraine Park graduates third STRAT class

by abemis6. December 2013 10:30

Moraine Park Technical College has graduated its third group of participants from the STRAT (Strategy, Alignment, Talent) program. 

Moraine Park Technical College STRAT graduates pictured from left: Angella Mattheis of Agnesian HealthCare, Tony Sizemore of Grande Cheese Company, John Campbell of Amerequip, Laurie Barz of Moraine Park Technical College and Andy Theisen of Kondex Corporation.

The STRAT program is designed to give business professionals cross-functional development linking strategy and execution to achieve measureable goals within their organization.  The STRAT program was developed by Moraine Park’s Economic and Workforce Development department in partnership with Dr. Alan Patterson, president of MENTORÉ. Through the program, students participate in workshops, networking events, professional coaching and self-assessments to help them complete a project and enhance their organizational leadership performance.

Participants included Angella Mattheis of Agnesian HealthCare; Tony Sizemore of Grande Cheese Company; John Campbell of Amerequip; Laurie Barz of Moraine Park Technical College; and Andy Theisen of Kondex Company.

Registration is currently in process for the 2014 STRAT session. Informational briefings will be held on Thursday, Dec. 12, from 3-4:30 p.m. at all three Moraine Park campuses. Attendees will have the opportunity to win a STRAT scholarship. To register, call 1-800-472-4554 ext. 3449. For more information on the STRAT program and the STRAT briefings, visit