Facility Expansion Referendum Success
Moraine Park Technical College’s 2022 referendum to enhance and expand Moraine Park Technical College facilities passed with 57.4% favored votes. The College was favorable in all ten district counties with 78,549 ‘yes’ votes out of 136,864 votes total.
“Moraine Park has touched so many people over our 110 years of history that there is hardly anybody in this community that has not either experienced Moraine Park personally or knows someone in their circle that is connected to the College. People are recognizing us, people are congratulating us, and I do not think we are the best-kept secret any longer.”
Bonnie Baerwald, President of Moraine Park Technical College
Project Overview and Timeline
Fire Training Facility
Design meetings on the fire training facility began in late 2022. The location of the fire training facility will likely be in the City of Horicon, but negotiations are still pending. Groundbreaking will occur in fall 2023, and the project should be completed by summer 2024. Instruction is expected to begin in the Fire Training Facility in the fall 2024 semester.
Advanced Manufacturing and Trades Center
In spring 2023, the Advanced Manufacturing and Trades center will be the College’s first visible sign of construction in Fond du Lac. This project is expected to break ground in May 2023 and will be completed in two phases—the AIR Center and the B wing—with expected completion in the summer of 2024. Classes beginning in the fall 2024 semester will be the first to use this new section of campus.
Manufacturing, Automation and Robotics Lab
Design for the Manufacturing, Automation and Robotics Lab in West Bend will kick off in early 2023 with construction starting later in the year. This project is slated to be completed in two phases with the advanced manufacturing addition to begin in spring 2024 with completion in spring 2025. Classes to begin in the new space in fall 2025. The second phase which includes the conference center and new entrance addition will begin in spring 2025 with expected completion by the end of 2025.
Health & Human Services Facility
The Health and Human Services Facility project will be designed in spring 2025 and will also be completed in two phases. The new simulation space remodel and the addition will be constructed in January 2026 with completion in summer allowing classes to begin fall 2026. The second phase which includes a significant remodel of the remaining health and science space will begin in spring 2026 with final completion in January 2027.
According to the Wisconsin Department of Administration, Wisconsin’s population in 2040 is projected to be nearly 6,500,000, a gain of more than 800,000 people, or 14 percent, from 2010.
Moraine Park Technical College must update and expand facilities to:
- Respond to the growing workforce shortages.
- Accommodate evolving industry expectations.
- Address evolving technology, including in the areas of automation and robotics.
- Provide greater access to all district communities.
- Align with community expectations and workforce training requirements.
- Prepare students and workforces of the future.
In November 2020, the Moraine Park District Board supported a request to explore growth opportunities. Since then, Moraine Park leaders and internal teams have gathered research, held partnership meetings, explored district opportunities, prioritized projects, and obtained cost information related to architecture and construction.
In April, the College surveyed a random sampling of 10,000 district community members to gauge community support; the survey results indicated voter support for a $55 million referendum. Additionally, the Moraine Park Foundation has raised more than $2 million in donation pledges to help offset the costs.
The MPTC District
Moraine Park Technical College is part of the Wisconsin Technical College System and serves almost 14,000 students across 10 counties at all stages of their careers. We also partner with 27 school districts in the region. Moraine Park offers more than 100 programs:
- Apprenticeships in carpentry, construction, industrial electrician, and wastewater management.
- Associate degrees and technical diplomas in nursing, welding, accounting, early childhood education, emergency medical technicians (EMTs), and medical assistants.
- Certifications in manufacturing, information technology, healthcare leadership, advanced industrial maintenance, and industry bootcamps.
- Continuing education courses in small-business ownership, real estate, automotive, investing, personal finance, and firefighter training.
- Customized employer training in areas such as leadership, manufacturing processes, project management, and team building.
- Dual credit courses for high school students in marketing and entrepreneurship, criminal justice, accounting, business law, computer science, basic electricity, and child development.