Moraine Park Technical College graduated two more classes from the Manufacturing Skills Academy on June 9.
Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machinist boot camp graduates were Kevin Anderson, Laura Peter, Lester Zilicke and Zachary Coyle of Fond du Lac; Jesse Farber of Fox Lake; Tanner Hass of St. Cloud; Robert Knapp of Menomonee Falls; and Daniel Nielson of Allenton.
Completing the most recent welding boot camp were Ian Robert Hafert of West Bend, Halden Lulloff of Kiel, Christopher Regan of Mayville and Samuel Schreiber of Oshkosh.
Since induction, Moraine Park has had 205 students graduate from the 15-week welding and CNC boot camp sessions, and 85 percent of these graduates were offered a job within three months of completion. The boot camps combine a 144-hour paid internship with coursework, including Occupational Math, Print Reading, Team Building and Problem Solving and program-specific courses.
Students also receive financial stipends from their internship employer to offset expenses throughout the program. Moraine Park partnered with many local manufacturing employers to provide internships for the spring students, including Amerequip Corporation; Apache Stainless; Brenner Tank; GKN Sinter Metals; John Crane Engineered Bearings; Mayville Engineering Company, Inc.; Mid-States Aluminum Corp.; and Signicast.
Coyle, on behalf of the CNC group, and Lulloff, on behalf of the welding group, spoke at the event. Both touched upon the profound opportunities Moraine Park’s boot camps have afforded them.
“I am truly grateful for this opportunity. I really am. Before I started the boot camp, I was working temporary jobs, as well as minimum wage jobs. Now I believe not only will I have a fulltime, good paying job with benefits, but I now have a good sense of direction,” Coyle said.
“Without all of your efforts and time sacrificed to better our futures, I would still be looking around aimlessly trying to figure out what is next in life. Now, with the knowledge learned and skills we obtained, we can look to our futures with a greater degree of certainty knowing we have been prepared to tackled the challenges that confront us,” Lulloff said.
The boot camp program is supported and funded by a consortium of employers from throughout the Moraine Park district, including welding sponsors Apache Stainless, Brenner Tank, Mayville Engineering Corporation, and Amerequip Corporation; and CNC sponsors Fond du Lac County Economic Development, Mayville Engineering Corporation, Signicast Corporation, MidStates Aluminum, Amerequip Corporation, Signicast Corporation, Kondex Corporation, GKN Sinter Metals and Gauthier BioMedical,.
For details on any of the activities related to Moraine Park boot camps, visit morainepark.edu/bootcamp.