For the ninth consecutive year, Moraine Park Technical College has made the Victory Media list of Military Friendly Schools for its commitment to serving student veterans.
The Military Friendly Schools list is created each year based on extensive research using public data sources for more than 8,800 schools nationwide, input from student veterans, and responses to the proprietary, data-driven Military Friendly Schools survey from participating institutions.
“I continue to be immensely proud of our staff and students for their passion in making our College an exceptional place for military students and student veterans,” Scott Lieburn dean of students at Moraine Park said. “Our consistent designation as a Military Friendly School affirms this commitment. We look forward to further serving our student veterans and those still serving in the future.”
The award recognizes the top colleges, universities and trade schools nationwide who embrace America’s veterans as students. This year 766 schools earned this prestigious designation.
Moraine Park has numerous resources available to military and veteran students, including the Student Veterans Association (SVA) club. The SVA club meets regularly to answer questions and provide information about educational opportunities and veterans benefits. The club also allows students to meet other military students and veterans, as well as their supporters. Resources like the SVA club provide a support system to assist with the transition from military life to college and careers.
For more information about Moraine Park’s Veterans Services, visit morainepark.edu/veterans.
Moraine Park Technical College is currently accepting applications for three positions, employer member, employee member, and additional member on the Moraine Park Technical College District Board. The application time frame is February 8 to February 22, with the terms ending June 2022.
The employer and additional members must reside within one of these Moraine Park District regions: east of the east shore of Lake Winnebago; east of the east boundary of the towns of Fond du Lac and Oakfield in Fond du Lac County; east of the east boundary of the towns of Leroy, Williamstown, Oak Grove, and Lowell in Dodge County.
The employee member must reside within one of these Moraine Park District regions: west of the east shore of Lake Winnebago; west of the east boundary of the towns of Fond du Lac and Oakfield in Fond du Lac County; west of the east boundary of the towns of Leroy, Williamstown, Oak Grove, and Lowell in Dodge County.
The employer and employee members must be representatives of the businesses and industries within the Moraine Park Technical College District.
Interested individuals can receive application materials from the County Board Chairperson or Clerk of any of the following counties: Calumet, Columbia, Dodge, Fond du Lac, Green Lake, Marquette, Sheboygan, Washington, Waushara, and Winnebago or by contacting Jaclyn Jelinek, Moraine Park Technical College, 235 North National Avenue, P. O. Box 1940, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin 54936-1940, telephone (920) 929-2127, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Candidates should mail their completed application to Mr. Lowell Prill, Secretary, Moraine Park Technical College District Board, 235 North National Avenue, P. O. Box 1940, Fond du Lac, WI 54936-1940. Their submission must include at least two written references supporting their nomination and be received by 4:30 p.m. on February 22, 2019. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Applicants are also required to attend the public hearing of the District Board Appointment Committee tentatively scheduled for 4:30 p.m. on Monday, March 25, 2019, at Moraine Park Technical College. A legal notice announcing the exact date, time, and location of this meeting will be published sometime during the week of February 25 or March 4, 2019.
For more information on the open positions, please contact Jaclyn Jelinek at (920) 929-2127 or email@example.com.
For more information on Moraine Park, visit morainepark.edu.
Here is what’s happening on your campus February 4-8.
- 12-1 p.m., Room K-201
- Play Bingo to win! Lots of prizes and a FREE lunch for participants.
- Must pre-register by Thursday, 1/31 – contact Lisa in Student Life (K-323), firstname.lastname@example.org, 920-887-4462 or sign up on the bulletin board in the BD commons area.
Sponsored by the Beaver Dam Student Senate.
- 4:30 – 8:30 p.m.
- Serve, spike, set, block – it’s time for a volleyball game! Join us for a game followed by free dinner afterwards (optional) and door prizes.
- No experience necessary.
- Players must pre-register by contacting Lisa (K-323), email@example.com, 920-887-4462 in Student Life.
Sponsored by the Beaver Dam Student Senate.
- 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Commons Area
- Which cookies taste best dunked in milk? From a wide variety of options, you decide! Take a plate of your favorites, grab a glass of milk and get dunkin’.
- FREE coffee cup – while supplies last!
Sponsored by the Beaver Dam Student Senate
- 12:00- 1:00 p.m., K-104
- All students welcome!
FOND DU LAC
- 11:30 a.m.- 1 p.m., Commons Area
- Come join your fellow classmates and friends for Casino Day. Free pizza for those that participate!
- Stop by for your chance to win prizes on the Blackjack, Roulette, and Poker tables! Over $500 in prizes!
- Free for MPTC students! Must have student ID to win prizes.
Sponsored by the Fond du Lac Student Senate
- 9:00 a.m. -2:00 p.m. , Commons Area
- The need is constant. The gratification is instant. Give blood.
- For an appointment call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org.
- Donors: Please park in the O parking lot and enter in the O-1 door. Continue straight down the hallway to the commons area.
- 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Commons Area
- Join your friends and classmates for an exciting game of B-I-N-G-O!
- Free for students with Moraine Park Student ID.
- Come and have the chance to win fabulous prizes and hang out with your friends and classmates!
Sponsored by Fond du Lac Student Senate.
- 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Room A-112
- Do you want to meet new people, plan activities, make important decisions, and enhance your resume? If yes, then you should consider joining Student Senate!
- All students are welcome! Free lunch for those that attend.
- 8:00- 11:00 a.m., Commons Area
- Enjoy a cup of hot chocolate with a variety of toppings.
- First come, first served. Free for MPTC students and staff.
Sponsored by the West Bend Student Senate.
- 10:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m., Commons Area
- The Interactive Media Design Club will be holding a poster and calendar sale from February 4 to February 6. Stop down to the WB commons area to check out their posters and calendars!!!
- 4:30 – 5:30 p.m., Commons Area
- Play & Win at BINGO!! All students are invited to attend and win prizes while playing Bingo. Gift card prizes.
- Free to students with ID, $1 for those without ID/staff (2 card limit for all). Free lunch for participants.
- Food is first come, first served.
Sponsored by the West Bend Student Senate.
- 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., T-101
- All students are invited to learn more about Student Senate membership and meetings.
- Lunch provided for members and prospective members. For more information, stop by the Student Life office, L-160.2.
- 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., Lomira
- District Student Government (DSG) is a college-wide student governing body that meets approximately once a month in Lomira.
- DSG is comprised of representatives from each campus senate.
- To attend a DSG meeting or for more information, contact your Student Life Specialist.
Monday- 8am to 6pm
Tuesday- Friday- 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Food Service Hours
Monday- Thursday: 7:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Friday: 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Fond du Lac Starbucks
Monday-Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
The Moraine Park Foundation will host its annual Gourmet Dinner on Friday, April 26, at the Fond du Lac campus. The reception will begin at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m.
This year’s theme is speakeasy soiree, and guests are invited to dress in 1920’s style attire. Attendees will have the opportunity to bid on silent auction items, try the wine cork pull, an event favorite, and participate in the 50-50 raffle.
The event features a six-course meal that Moraine Park culinary arts students and instructors create, prepare, and serve. The dinner experience will start with an appetizer of lobster cocktail with fennel and shaved horseradish, followed by cream of fresh asparagus soup and a classic caesar salad with black pepper Bellavitano crouton and fresh anchovy dressing. A Campari sorbet will be the intermezzo. The main entree will feature a grilled filet of beef, topped with wild mushroom and fresh herb ragout, paired with a side of Grande Prima Dolce ricotta smashed potatoes and garlicky spinach. The meal will conclude with a bourbon black bottom pie for dessert.
This Gourmet Dinner is an annual fundraising effort, with proceeds benefiting the Moraine Park Foundation scholarship and student emergency fund. Each year, nearly $300,000 in funding is required to aid students in need of financial assistance.
Tickets are $100 per person or $800 a corporate table of eight people. Reservations are limited. To make reservations, contact Joan Brezinsky at 920-924-3281 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information, visit morainepark.edu/gourmet-dinner.
There’s a scene in nearly every Disney movie that documents the joy of dreams coming true. Cinderella when she is reunited with her glass slipper, Hercules when he finally goes the distance to prove his place with the other Greek Gods, Arielle when she has both her voice and feet, and the unforgettable moment when Pinocchio finally becomes a real boy.
For Moraine Park student, Zach Stansbury of Fond du Lac, his Disney dream moment occurred late this summer when he was accepted into Disney’s College Internship Program .
Zach graduated from Fond du Lac high school in 2011 and immediately went into the workforce. After a few years, he decided to pursue a career in law enforcement, and in 2017, he enrolled in the criminal justice program at Moraine Park.
“I have had lots of support here at Moraine Park,” Zach said. “The College has shown me that they are willing to do whatever it takes to make my learning experience a successful one.”
Zach is a part of the College’s Edge program, a Student Support Services program that provides academic advising, study groups, cultural services, and many other resources for qualifying students. He also noted that the Student Success Center, in particular, has helped him significantly with his test taking and school work.
So where does Disney come into play?
“I’ve always had an interest in working at Disney,” Zach said. “The two most in-demand careers at Disney are security and custodial, and some internships turn into full hires. If I could be a part of the security team at Disney, that would be my ultimate dream job.”
There’s no denying that Zach belongs at Disney, his energetic personality, contagious smile, and fun sense of humor are all staples to the brand that Walt created. He is also a lifelong fan of all things Disney.
So, when the 2018 application window came open last January, he submitted his application and began the painful process of waiting. Well over 50,000 applications are submitted and only 18,000 are accepted into the program.
“I never thought it was a realistic option for me until my friend Anna went through the internship and encouraged me to apply,” Zach said.
Unfortunately, a few weeks later he found out his initial application was denied.
“It was disappointing,” Zach said. “I used it as a learning opportunity.”
He decided to study the application process some more and found how to improve his odds for the next time. One addition that Zach decided to include with his application was a video. He proceeded with a ‘go big or go home’ approach and chose Disney World in Florida as his filming location. His brother, Nicholas Stansbury, is a film director and traveled with him to help to create his video which he titled ‘Application Day‘.
When Zach reapplied on August 20, 2018, he included his video. This time, it only took three weeks to receive his acceptance letter. Of course, during that time frame, he encountered personality tests, questionnaires, a phone interview, and even more waiting.
Zach’s journey with Walt Disney World in Florida will begin on January 28, 2019, and we look forward to following his adventures. He is scheduled to return to Moraine Park next fall to continue his criminal justice degree. He will graduate May of 2020.
“We are so proud of Zach,” Kristine Buchanan, EDGE program adviser at Moraine Park said. “His ability to go to great lengths to achieve his dreams is admirable. I know he will do great things with this opportunity.”
We wish Zach the best of luck as he pursues his dreams at the happiest place on earth!
As a fun side note, Zach also went to a casting call for Disney entertainers that was offered only to Disney College Program members. The Wisconsin auditions were held in Madison, and there were approximately 100 participants. It should come as no surprise that Zach was in the top four, and I have no doubts that he will be entertaining crowds at Disney someday.
Stay tuned for more updates on Zach’s journey. Until then, you can learn about Moraine Park programs and services like criminal justice or EDGE at morainepark.edu.
Meet our business analyst (BA) instructor, Jo Ann Giese-Kent!
Jo Ann grew up in Campbellsport but now resides just outside of Fond du Lac with her husband Tim (a Moraine Park Alumnus), her teenage daughter, Ashlee, and her furry feline friends Pepper and Lilly.
Prior to her current role, she worked as the VP of business intelligence and entrepreneurship for the Fond du Lac County Economic Development Corporation. During this time, she also served as an adjunct instructor, teaching small business classes for Moraine Park’s Economic and Workforce Development (EWD) department.
“I received my bachelor’s degree in business administration majoring in marketing in the early ’90s,” Jo Ann said. “When I interned as a market researcher at a paper company, I discovered I liked the analytical side of marketing. Throughout my career, I have done all aspects of marketing but felt the most comfortable with analysis from analyzing customer segments’ behavior and needs to analyzing processes or other business needs and recommending solutions to deliver more value to customers or internal stakeholders. I’ve done analysis type work in several industries including direct marketing (catalog business), banking, higher education, and economic development.”
Jo Ann worked in Moraine Park’s Institutional Research department from 2000-2009 and returned to Moraine Park in August of 2017 as the full-time BA instructor.
“I enjoy working with students and sharing my experiences,” Jo Ann said. “When I heard about the new BA program instructor position, I was very interested. I am grateful that I was offered the job! Instead of being behind-the-scenes researching and understanding our students, I now can have a direct impact on their learning and success.”
The number one reason why someone should consider a career as a business analyst is that they are in high demand across many industries. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, employers throughout the United States will need 861,400 management analysts (which includes the business analyst title) by 2024. In Wisconsin, employers will need 13,151 by 2024. That’s a growth of 14%, almost double compared to all occupations nationally. As a plus, an experienced analyst can earn $71,230 as the median annual wage.
“Employees who do business analysis have many different titles and roles,” Jo Ann said. “Most have the business analyst title but could also have titles such as systems analyst, process analyst, database analyst, market research analyst, supply chain analyst, and many others. They primarily help identify business needs, solve problems to produce better business outcomes, and help organizations add value to customers, suppliers, or end users of a process, or system. They are known as the liaison or agent to enable that change to occur.”
The online BA program teaches the fundamental knowledge areas, tasks, and techniques needed to be successful in the business analysis field.
Outside of the College, you can find Jo Ann enjoying time her yard planting and landscaping. You might even catch her at a heavy metal concert.
“I’m more of a quiet and reserved person. Some people find it surprising that I love hard rock and heavy metal music,” Jo Ann said. “At this year’s Rock USA, I won a hand-painted, autographed Dean guitar!”
Thank you, Jo Ann, for your devotion to Moraine Park and the BA program. For more information, visit morainepark.edu/programs.
Moraine Park Technical College held its bi-annual Manufacturing Skills Academy graduation on Thursday, December 13. The College had 23 students graduate from the program; 10 from the Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machinist boot camp and 13 from the welding boot camp.
This program was designed to combat the skilled worker shortage by offering a variety of boot camp sessions. The boot camp sessions are free to participants, teach skills that are unique to a particular pathway, and connect students with area employers. The program also combines a 144-hour paid internship with coursework, including Occupational Math, Print Reading, Team Building, Problem Solving, and program-specific courses. Participating internship sites for this session were Amerequip Corporation, Apache Stainless, Fives Giddings & Lewis, Integrity Saw & Tool, Mayville Engineering Company, Metalcraft of Mayville, Mid States Aluminum, Signicast, Wabash National, and Weasler Engineering.
Since the induction of these sessions in 2012, Moraine Park has had 298 students graduate from the welding and CNC boot camp programs.
Those who completed the most recent CNC boot camp include: Darlene Anderson of Fond du Lac, Nicole Busack of West Bend, Robert Fisher of North Fond du Lac, Ryan Gaus of Fond du Lac, Cory Herrmann of Fond du Lac, Kyle Jenquine of Fond du Lac, Montgomery Kikkert of Fox Lake, Carissa Metz of Waupun, Rick Rodriguez of Fond du Lac, and Alex Russart of Fond du Lac.
Those who completed the welding boot camp include: Brennan Bryan of Fond du Lac, Nita Cook of Beaver Dam, Jennifer Donahue of Beaver Dam, Jordan Finley of DeForest, Dave Finn of Fond du Lac, Michelle Flanagan of Plymouth, Casey Hermann of Fond du Lac, Frank Huber of Juneau, Amy Mann of Fond du Lac, Noah Prost of Watertown, Cecilia Tovar of Beaver Dam, Jeremiah Vanderkin-Jus of Fond du Lac, and Brian Wilcox of Fond du Lac.
The graduation ceremony included speeches from students Busack and Mann.
Busack, a CNC graduate, is grateful for the experience Moraine Park gave her through the boot camp program.
“A lot of us have worked dead end jobs, and didn’t know our hidden potential,” said Busack. “Thanks to Moraine Park and our instructors, we all have a chance to find it. This has opened so many doors for a lot of us.”
Busack served her program internship at Signicast in Hartford and was hired full-time prior to graduation.
Mann, a welding graduate, came to Moraine Park in search of a career she could be passionate about. She completed her internship at Mayille Engineering Company (MEC) and was also hired on as a full-time employee prior to graduation.
“The boot camp program taught me that if there’s something I really want to accomplish, I can do it,” Mann said. “I am standing here today as a welder, a high school graduate, and a newly hired employee of Mayville Engineering Company.”
Moraine Park’s Skills Academy boot camps are free to participating students, thanks to grant dollars from Wisconsin Fast Forward and financial support from area businesses including Amerequip, Apache Stainless, Elkay Interior Systems, Fives, Integrity Saw & Tool, Inc., John Deere Horicon Works, John Crane, Mayville Engineering Company, Midstates Aluminum Corporation, Signicast, SJI/Busse, and Wabash National.
“We are very pleased to participate with Moraine Park’s CNC boot camp again this semester,” Paul Reetz, owner of Ingetrity Saw & Tool, Inc. said. “We have been able to gain quality employees who are advanced on the learning curve. The program teaches them to become a valuable member of our company by the time they become full-time employees at the end of the semester. It’s a rare win-win-win situation for all involved in the partnership!”
In addition, welding training is also funded, in part, through a GPR grant that incorporates both Adult Basic Education and welding. The purpose of this training is to allow students seeking their High School Equivalency Diploma (HSED), the opportunity to take the welding boot camp in conjunction. This training opportunity is open to anyone interested in pursuing their HSED.
Individuals interested in learning more about the CNC and welding boot camp opportunities are encouraged to attend a Boot Camp Test Drive event scheduled at Moraine Park’s Fond du Lac campus on January 23 and 24. Registration is recommended.
For more information, visit morainepark.edu/bootcamps.
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