Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources and Updates

Updates and Communication

IMPORTANT UPDATE: Moraine Park is extending the suspension of all in-person classes and closing for nonessential employees and guests through April 24 in compliance with the state’s “Safer at Home” order.

 

Updates

April 3

  • Moraine Park Technical College’s commencement ceremony has been postponed to 10 a.m. Saturday, June 27. It was originally scheduled for May 16.
  • The ceremony will be held at a new location, the Beaver Dam High School Field House, 500 Gould St., Beaver Dam. 
  • College officials continue to monitor state and national regulations related to the COVID-19 pandemic. If social distancing guidelines are still in place, further extended or enhanced, the commencement ceremony would then be canceled. If cancellation occurs, graduating students will be offered the opportunity to participate in the 2021 commencement ceremony and celebrations. 

March 30

  • Spring semester classes at Moraine Park resume.
  • While Moraine Park buildings remain closed to nonessential employees and guests through at least April 24, many MPTC student services are still available virtually, including counseling, tutoring and advising.
  • Student registration dates for summer and fall have changed. The new dates are:
    • Summer – April 14 (all registration)
    • Fall Returning Program Student Registration – April 28
      Fall New Program Student Registration – May 5
      Fall Open Registration – June 17

March 24

  • The details that emerged today from the Gov. Tony Evers “Safer at Home” order will be in place through at least April 24.
    • This means Moraine Park employees will continue to work at home through April 24 to maintain safe social distancing. Students should plan to finish their semester in online and distance learning environments.

March 20

  • At this time, Moraine Park is planning to allow students and employees who may have needed items inside MPTC facilities to enter the buildings from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. Tuesday, March 24. Access will only be available via the C1 entrance on the Fond du lac campus, K1 entrance on the Beaver Dam campus, and T2 entrance on the West Bend campus.

March 19

  • Visit the Frequently Asked Questions tab (right) for an update on the most asked questions. If you have questions or concerns not addressed, please complete this form.

March 17

  • Moraine Park is extending the suspension of all in-person classes and closing for non-essential employees beginning at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, March 18, through Sunday, April 12, with a scheduled reopening date of Monday, April 13. During this time, all face-to-face classes and services to both our students and the community are suspended. MPTC will continue services and instruction in a virtual environment as we are able.  
  • All classes that can be taught in a fully online format will begin March 30, including the online classes that have not yet started. Spring semester face-to-face classes resume April 20. Students should anticipate further communication from their course instructor in the future. 
  • Employees should consult email for further logistics and details.

March 16

  • Effective March 17 through March 29, Moraine Park Technical College is closing access to nonessential visitors and guests in response to escalating concerns regarding the continued spread of COVID-19. Campuses will remain open to students and organizations who have official business with the College
  • Outside organizations with expected participation of more than 50 individuals are asked to cancel, postpone or reschedule their activity.

March 14

K-12 Districts Closing

  • If you are a Moraine Park employee affected by the statewide K-12 closure and cannot come to work Monday, please plan on letting your supervisor know and using a personal day, emergency day or vacation day on Monday. Work with your manager to identify a plan moving forward. The college will be working in the coming days to identify solutions to address this challenge, and many other challenges employees may be facing during this time. College leaders will be sharing additional guidance for managers and employees on Monday.

Faculty, Staff and Administrators 

  • Employees should continue their normal work schedule at their primary campus location, except for those with special health considerations and those who need to be home to care for children (see note regarding K-12 districts closing). This is in keeping with the practice at other institutions of higher education throughout the U.S.
  • As a community-based institution, it is our responsibility to continue to provide services to our students which extend beyond their basic educational needs. Many of our students depend on us for critical life services. We appreciate the dedication of our employees and their continued commitment to student success.
  • Casual dress code (including jeans) is allowed during the extended spring break period.

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Student Activities and Community Events

  • All student activities and community events scheduled on Moraine Park campuses and regional centers through the end of April, with larger than 50 people are to be canceled or postponed. If possible, large groups may divide into smaller groups or use conferencing technology.

Testing

  • Pearson VUE testing, which includes GED/HSED testing, and CLEP testing are suspended at all campuses starting March 17 until further notice.

March 13

  • Spring break will be extended by one additional week for classes that would normally experience a spring break.
  • Spring break will now begin Monday, March 16, and concludes Friday, March 27.

March 12

  • Larger (50+ people) activities and events have or will be canceled on our three campuses and regional centers through the end of April.

March 11

  • Student and employee College-related international travel is not permitted and should be canceled through the end of April.
  • Student and employee College-related, non-essential, out-of-state, domestic travel is not permitted and should be canceled.
  • No student or employee international or domestic College-related travel should be scheduled until further notice.
  • Employees and students who choose to travel should take into account the possibility of travel delays and the potential need for self-isolation upon return.

COVID-19 Preparedness at Moraine Park

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a virus strain that began spreading in December. Moraine Park is following Wisconsin Department of Health Services and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations and guidelines to guide decision-making. According to the CDC, coronavirus symptoms include: fever, cough and shortness of breath.

As new information continues to emerge at a rapid pace, Moraine Park’s leadership and response teams continue to monitor, respond and plan.

Those who enter College facilities should practice social distancing where possible and continue enhanced hygiene efforts, as recommended by the CDC. Those who are ill should not come to Moraine Park campuses.

While there is not a need for alarm or worry, situational awareness and vigilance are keys to staying healthy.

There is currently not a vaccine to prevent coronavirus (COVID-19), but the CDC suggests the best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed and recommends the following preventative actions:

  • Stay home if you are ill and/or experiencing flu-like symptoms.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

Connect with Student Services

The campuses may be closed, but you can still contact MPTC staff and access important student services during the closure! Visit this webpage to learn more about what services are available to you during this time.

Additional Questions or Concerns

If you have questions or concerns not addressed on this page, please complete the form linked below. We will follow up as soon as possible.

Cancellations at MPTC

STUDENT LIFE

  • Student Awards Banquet, May 8

Beaver Dam:

  • Casino day, Monday, April 6
  • Peer mentoring, Tuesday April 14
  • Make ’n’ take, Wednesday, April 15
  • Last Blast, Monday, April 20
  • Chair Massages, Tuesday, April 28
  • Senate Meetings: Thursdays, April 9 and April 23 limited to officers and 1 rep from each club
  • Student Ambassador Event, April 17/18
  • Student Life Trip to NACA, April 1-5

Fond du Lac:

  • Bingo, Tuesday, April 14
  • Last Blast, Wednesday April 22
  • Senate meetings:  Thursdays, April 9 and April 23 limited to officers and 1 rep from each club
  • Student Ambassador Event, April 17/18
  • Student Life Trip to NACA, April 1-5

West Bend:

  • Game Night at Jackson, Wednesday, April 8
  • Bill Deering Motivational Speaker, Tuesday, April 10
  • Last Blast Event, Tuesday, April 21
  • Chair Massages: Wednesday, March 25 and Tuesday, April 7
  • Senate Meetings:  Thursdays: March 26; April 9 and 23 limited to officers and 1 rep from each club
  • Student Ambassador Event, April 17/18
  • Student Life Trip to NACA, April 1-5

EDGE/TRIO

  • College transfer tour to Lakeland University, April 9
  • EDGE Banquet, May 1

EMPLOYMENT SERVICES

West Bend:

  • CNC/Tool & Die Job Fair, April 1
  • SEEK On Campus Recruitment, April 6
  • Strohwig Industries On Campus Recruitment, April 8
  • Kettle Moraine YMCA On Campus Recruitment, April 15
  • Sherwin Williams On Campus Recruitment, April 16

Fond du Lac: 

  • Manufacturing Job Fair, April 3
  • Mock Interview Event, April 16
Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Last updated April 3

New FAQs are being added frequently, please scroll through.

NOTE: MPTC employees should also check the employee portal for additional information. 

What is Moraine Park doing to respond to COVID-19?
College leaders and a newly developed Response Team will continue to evaluate the current and potential impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) and have communicated the cancellation of events, classes and campus operations. 

Situational awareness and vigilance are keys to staying healthy. Moraine Park is following the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations and guidelines to guide decision-making.  

Are classes canceled? 
Based on the most recent guidance from health officials, Moraine Park is extending the suspension of all in-person classes and closing for non-essential employees through April 24. Moraine Park team members are available to assist students during this time. All classes that can be taught in a fully online format will begin March 30, including the online classes that have not yet started. Students should anticipate further communication from their course instructor in the future. 

Should I drop my classes? 
No! At this time, students should NOT drop classes, as we are working through the process/logistics for seamless accommodations. 

Are the campuses closed? 
Yes, all Moraine Park campuses and regional centers are closed through April 24. Moraine Park team members are available to assist students during this time. Click here for assistance. 

Are visitors allowed on campuses? 
No. Only employees identified as essential to business operations should enter facilities during the scheduled closing. 

Are Moraine Park services suspended?
All in-person classes and in-person student services are suspended. MPTC will continue services and instruction in a virtual environment as we are able.   

What if I can’t make my installment payment?
We understand the uncertainty you may be experiencing at this time. If you are finding yourself in financial hardship and are unable to make your installment payment, please contact the Student Financial Services team to make other arrangements. The Student Financial Services team can be reached at asfinfo@morainepark.edu or 920-924-3124. 

What if I am expecting a refund?
Please login to myMPTC > MaxPay to enroll in electronic refunds (direct deposit), if you have not done so already, as we will not have the ability to print paper checks until campus is re-opened. 

Will employees be working? 
Employees who can work from home, can and should. Employees should continue their normal work schedule. We appreciate the dedication of our employees and their continued commitment to student success.  

Will college events run as scheduled? 
Activities and events have or will be postponed or canceled on our three campuses through at least the end of April. Watch for more information from specific event organizers.  

Will commencement be canceled? (NEW April 3)

Moraine Park Technical College’s commencement ceremony has been postponed to 10 a.m. Saturday, June 27. It was originally scheduled for May 16. The ceremony will also be held at a new location, the Beaver Dam High School Field House, 500 Gould St., Beaver Dam.  

Regalia (caps, gowns and tassels) will be available for purchase through the College bookstore onlineMore information, including purchase dates, will be available on myMPTC Student in the coming weeks.  

Will any services be provided to students during the campus closure? (NEW March 20)
Yes, MPTC will still be offering many services virtually to students during the campus closure. Please visit this webpage to learn more about what services will and will not be offered.

Is MPTC still hiring for open positions? (NEW March 24)
Yes! While facilities may be closed, the Talent Acquisition team is working virtually to recruit top talent for the College.  Interviews will occur by phone or video conferencing.  We appreciate your patience during this health emergency period and are available to answer questions or concerns at 920-924-6402 or jobs@morainepark.edu.

Additional Questions?

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