First Moraine Park CNC Bootcamp class graduates

by jbrezinsky18. January 2013 08:11

DWD Secretary Newson presents certificates

      Six months ago, Governor Scott Walker awarded a $705,647 Wisconsin Workforce Partnership grant to establish Manufacturing Skills Academies, or Bootcamps, at Moraine Park Technical College. The grant, funded by the Wisconsin Covenant Foundation, Inc., would allow the College to quickly train students in Computer Numerical Control (CNC), and welding – two job platforms in need of skilled workers, based on demand from District employers.           
     The grant dollars were quickly put into action by Moraine Park and in October, a CNC machinist Bootcamp was ready for 12 new faces to start training in this highly-skilled area. These 12 students were unemployed or working in a position unrelated to CNC when they entered the bootcamp. On Friday, Jan. 11, the students culminated their last week of Bootcamp training by receiving completion certificates on Moraine Park’s West Bend campus, paving the way for future Bootcamp participants.
     Those who completed the bootcamp included: Alex Anderson of Hartford; Jeremy Blonigen of Eldorado; Paul Dadian of Jackson; Patrick Enright; Bob Lepak, Steven Maitz, and Jay Reisdorf of West Bend; Matthew Metrusias of Slinger; Michael Rath of Hubertus; Jason Sippel of St. Cloud; Diane Stepp of Fond du Lac; and Frank Vroman of Cedarburg.
     Reggie Newson, Wisconsin Workforce Development Secretary, attended the ceremony to help present certificates to the new graduates. "Under Governor Walker's leadership, Wisconsin has made tremendous strides forward in supporting private-sector job creators," said Secretary Reggie Newson.  "Employer-led training initiatives, like the Wisconsin Workforce Partnership grants, prepare workers with the necessary skills to find a permanent, family-supporting job.  The Department of Workforce Development will help businesses find workers with the skills for the high-wage, high-growth industries needed in Wisconsin."    
     The second set of 15-week bootcamps begins February 2013 with separate CNC machinist and welding training sessions offered. In all, the College expects to offer nine bootcamps with the partnering companies, and fill 108 new positions over the three-year grant period. 
     Morna Foy, Wisconsin Technical College System President extended her sincere congratulations to all who completed the first CNC Machinist Bootcamp at Moraine Park. She is very grateful to the Wisconsin Covenant Foundation for the Wisconsin Workforce Partnership grant funding they provided to make this bootcamp possible. “This CNC Machinist Bootcamp is a prime example of the unique public and private partnerships a grant like this can create, with talented students at the ceremony ready to enter the workfore with important new skills.”
     Foy added that Moraine Park is one of five Wisconsin Technical Colleges to receive funding from the Wisconsin Workforce Partnership grant for these bootcamps. “Knowing four other technical colleges are also training great students like the graduates here today is a testament to the incredible work we can all do together,” she said.            
     Two information and testing sessions for upcoming CNC and welding bootcamps will be held on Moraine Park’s Beaver Dam campus on Tuesday, Feb. 15. Session I begins at 8:30 a.m., and session II begins at 12:30 p.m.   
     Preregistration for sessions is recommended. For details, visit




Moraine Park reveals new mascot

by speitz30. August 2011 05:41

As a kickoff to its upcoming centennial year, Moraine Park Technical College revealed its new mascot, the Moraine Park Gray Wolf, to students, faculty, staff and the public during the Fond du Lac, West Bend and Beaver Dam welcome back lunches held the week of Aug. 22.

New President Sheila Ruhland had the honor of revealing the new gray wolf mascot to the 2011 student body. “I believe you will feel as I do, that what it [the gray wolf] symbolizes — pathfinders, success, perseverance, stability and thought – truly embodies the spirit of not only you as students but also our faculty and staff,” said Ruhland.

According to Ruhland, the mascot was initiated by Moraine Park’s 2009-10 District Student Government who approached then President Dr. Gayle Hytrek with the idea of creating a mascot for the College. Hytrek charged members of District Student Government with developing a mascot they felt would accurately reflect Moraine Park’s Student body, and the idea of the Moraine Park Gray Wolves was born.

Students and staff now have the opportunity to leave their own mark on history by suggesting names for the mascot and then voting on the final selections. The voting will take place Sept. 6-16, with the name announced the week of Sept. 19.

Moraine Park Technical College was established in 1912, and is one of 16 technical college districts that make up the Wisconsin Technical College System. With campuses in Beaver Dam, Fond du Lac and West Bend, Moraine Park offers more than 100 associate of applied science degrees, technical diplomas, apprenticeships and certificates delivered in a variety of formats — classroom, online and blended. Training and technical assistance for businesses is also offered.

To find out more about Moraine Park, visit