Moraine Park to hold ribbon cutting for new regional center in Jackson, Wis.

by abemis13. September 2013 15:53

Moraine Park Technical College will hold a ribbon cutting and celebration Tuesday, Sept. 24, from 5-6:30 p.m. at their Jackson Regional Center to celebrate the opening of their newest educational facility.

The ribbon cutting ceremony and remarks by Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development Deputy Secretary Jonathan Barry, Wisconsin Technical College President Morna Foy, West Bend Chamber of Commerce Representative Craig Farrell and Moraine Park President Sheila Ruhland will begin at 5:45 p.m. Tours of the Jackson Regional Center and demonstrations of two VRTEX 360 welding simulation stations will be available throughout the evening.

“Our Jackson Regional Center opens up new possibilities for employers and students in Washington County and the surrounding areas,” said Ruhland. “Moraine Park has been working closely with our local business partners and we look forward to opening this new facility and continuing to meet their training needs as well as  providing these opportunities to our students.”

The Jackson Regional Center features welding training but also brings fabrication and additional customized computer numerical control (CNC) training to Washington County. The 9,515 square foot facility houses a welding lab, a CNC lab, two classrooms, two offices and a conference room.

The new welding lab features two VRTEX 360 welding simulation stations, purchased from a $647,000 U.S. Department of Labor Grant. The robotic welders offer many benefits which include helping students achieve baseline skills more quickly and allowing students to practice their welding skills without the waste of costly welding materials.

Moraine Park’s decision to build the new facility was in response to requests from Washington County employers for more job training in welding, fabrication and other advanced manufacturing trade skills beyond the current offerings at Moraine Park’s West Bend campus.

Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be served at the event. RSVP is not required and the public is welcome.

Moraine Park’s Jackson Regional Center is located at N173 W21150 Northwest Passage Way, Jackson Wis.

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

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