Moraine Park Technical College (MPTC) is a community technical college with campuses in Beaver Dam, Fond du Lac, and West Bend. The catchment area for MPTC includes all of Green Lake and Fond du Lac counties, most of Washington and Dodge counties, and parts of six additional counties. There are regional centers in Ripon and Hartford. Moraine Park also offers evening classes at several schools and community centers in the area. MPTC is a member of the 16-school Wisconsin Technical College System. All campuses, soccer fields, and walking trails are tobacco-free.
There are more than 50 associate of applied science degrees and technical diploma programs and 60 certificate and apprenticeship programs at Moraine Park. All coursework promotes seven essential employment skills: clear communication, responsible action, productive work, critical and creative thinking, adaptation to change, demonstration of integrity, and cooperative work.
Moraine Park offers a wide range of online classes. Several certificates can be earned entirely online, including General Studies, Health Care Leadership, Human Resource Development, Introduction to the Instructional Assistant Career, Legal Office Skills, Organizational Management, Principles of Management, Supporting Children’s Learning, and Web Site Coordinator.
More extensive degrees and diplomas which can be earned online include Accounting, Accounting Assistant, Business Management-Human Resources, Business Management-Management and Supervision, Business Management-Small Business Entrepreneurship, Health Information Technology, Information Technology-Applications Developer Business, Information Technology-Web, Besigner/Developer, Instructional Assistant, Leadership Development, Medical Coding Specialist, Medical Transcription, and Water Quality Technology. Several of these programs require either clinical time or an internship, but these can be supervised off-site as well. There is one apprenticeship program which can be fulfilled completely on line as well: Barber/Cosmetologist.
Credit From Prior Learning
Credit for prior learning can be granted for credits from another institution of higher education or the United States Armed Forces Institute, or from successful completion of College Level Examination Program (CLEP) competency exams. Credit is also sometimes granted for knowledge and skills gained from military service and other occupational experience.
Many students from Moraine Park go on to complete bachelor’s degrees at four-year institutions. In these cases, it is important to plan ahead and make sure that all credits will transfer. Moraine Park has transfer agreements with several colleges and universities, including all of the branches of the University of Wisconsin. Many students transfer to University of Wisconsin Green Bay and University of Wisconsin Oshkosh in particular.
Most Popular Fields of Study
Moraine Park sponsors a number of cultural and travel experiences for students throughout the year. In September, students are invited to host German students in their homes for a week or two as part of an ongoing exchange; in both November and March, the school conducts Career Development Seminars in London, England; in December/January and again in July, students have an opportunity to study Spanish intensively in Mexico while living with a local family; in May, Moraine Park students travel to Germany and are hosted by many of the same students who they hosted in September.
In keeping with their mission to provide technical and continuing education to any student who desires to pursue it, Moraine Park has open admissions. Prospective students must submit an application with placement test or ACT scores and a modest application fee. Some programs may have additional requirements—check with the department in which you wish to study.
In addition to the wide range of state and federal financial aid options available to college and university students in Wisconsin, CVTC offers several of their own need- and merit-based scholarships. Many students in technical trades afford their education by working in paid apprenticeshps while earning a degree.
The average age of students at Moraine Park is around 30, with as many older adults returning to school for a second (or third) profession as there are younger adults entering Fox Valley directly or soon after college. 51% of the student body is female and 49% is male. About 89% of students are European American, 3% are Latino American, 1% are Asian America and 1% are African American.
Clubs and Organizations
There is a wide range of clubs and organizations at the college to meet students’ personal and professional interests. In addition to technical organizations to fit all the major departments, Moraine Park also offers a club to support non-traditional occupations, several honors societies, and organizations that meet the religious and activist needs of the student community.
Dining on Campus
Cafeteria services are offered at the Fond du Lac, Beaver Dam, and West Bend campuses. All three are open for breakfast and lunch on weekdays, and the West Bend campus is also open for dinner. There are vegetarian entrees available, and some vegan foods. The dining hall staff strive to meet student needs There are also vending services on all campuses that are available around the clock.
For a more upscale Park Terrace Restaurant is the learning lab for the students in the Culinary Arts program. It offers a rotating menu of high-quality food at bargain basement prices. During the fall semester, the restaurant presents a menu of pub food, such as hamburgers, handmade pastas, and fresh soups. In the spring, the restaurant offers a rotating menu of ethnic foods, including Polish, Turkish, Korean, Brazilian, and more. Reservations are required.
Student Enrollment Demographics
Unlike most of the other Wisconsin Technical Schools, there is no competitive athletic program at Moraine Park. The college does host a few intramural and club sports for student enjoyment, including golf, softball, volleyball, and table tennis.
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