Less than one year ago, Moraine Park faculty, staff and local business partners started with an idea to create a state-of-the-art facility for students pursuing manufacturing training. Thanks to the hard work of many, the facility became a reality as the College celebrated the official opening of its new Jackson Regional Center with a ribbon cutting ceremony and open house on Sept. 24, 2013.
The decision for a new facility was in response to many requests from Washington County employers for job training in welding, fabrication and other advanced manufacturing trade skills.Moraine Park President Sheila Ruhland said the Jackson Regional Center provides an excellent resource for students while also strengthening Moraine Park ties with area businesses.
“This is an important milestone for Moraine Park and our surrounding communities,” Ruhland said, as she addressed the more than 150 business leaders, community members and staff who attended the open house. “We are proud to be able to continue to work with local businesses to continue Wisconsin’s strong manufacturing tradition and move Wisconsin forward.”
Wisconsin Technical College System President Morna Foy, Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development Deputy Secretary Jonathan Barry and West Bend Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Craig Farrell all spoke during the ceremony, noting the importance of facilities like the Jackson Regional Center and the technical college’s ability to readily respond to the need of our workforce and, ultimately, create jobs.
Moraine Park leases the 9,515 square foot facility located in the Jackson Business Park in Jackson, Wis. Leasing the facility allows the College flexibility to adjust to market conditions and respond quickly to changing employment needs. The facility houses a welding lab with 18 welding booths, a fabrication center, a CNC lab, two classrooms, two offices and a conference room. A Metrology Lab serves as a home to two new CNC simulators and two new VRTEX 360 welding simulation stations, purchased from a $647,000 U.S. Department of Labor Grant. These welders offer many benefits including helping students achieve baseline skills more efficiently and eliminating the waste of costly welding materials
For more information about the Jackson Regional Center, please call 262-335-5828.