Project Impact: Women Explore Manufacturing

Every year people make a list of resolutions for the new year of things they want to accomplish. This year, I will eat better; this year, I will hit the gym more; this year, I will become a better person, etc.  Well, here at Moraine Park, one of our goals is to help better the community.  How you ask?  Well, with your help of course!

“This is a judgment free way to try out several possible careers in manufacturing, and get the perspective of women who went through the programs and/or work in the field.” – Jennifer James, Process Engineering Student

group of women stand in manufacturing area

Moraine Park is looking for women who are interested in learning some new skills to come and help us out with some remodeling for the Humane Society of Fond du Lac. You’ll learn some designing, some engineering, some welding, and more!  Why not learn something new, and do something great for the Humane Society at the same time? Participants will be learning skills from the Mechanical Design, Process Engineering, Welding and Metal Fabrication programs throughout the project.  These fields all boast great starting wages and a whole lot of opportunity!

“Right off the bat I was making $20 an hour. I’m 23 years old, my car is a 2016 and I bought a house 2 years ago, not many people my age can say that.  So thank you education!” -Devan Schrank, Mechanical Design Alumni

This project will begin on January 4th at 5:30 pm and meet Tuesdays and Thursdays at the same time until January 18th.  For more information, go to

FACT: 51% of our current workforce plans to retire in the next 10-15 years
FACT: 54% of Wisconsin jobs require technical skills training
FACT: 46% of workers have the appropriate skills/training to fill those jobs

Contributing to this is the fact that many of these jobs do not have a diverse population applying to them. Most manufacturing careers are considered Nontraditional Occupations for females.  This means that according to the federal government, less than 25% of the workforce are females.  Be part of the change, and start by making an impact on our community!

Written by Renae Fischer
Academic Advisor - NTO