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Moraine Park Referendum

Referendum Success

The Board of Canvassers reconvened on Nov 16 and formally confirmed that Moraine Park Technical College’s 2022 referendum 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

Advanced Manufacturing and Trades Center, Fond du Lac

The Advanced Manufacturing and Trades center is expected to break ground in May 2023 and will be completed in two phases–the Automation, Innovation, and Robotics Center (AIR) and the campus B wing—with expected completion in the summer of 2024. The class starting fall 2024 will be the first to use this new section.

Manufacturing, Automation and Robotics Lab, West Bend

Design meetings on the fire training facility will begin towards the end of 2022. The location of the fire training facility is still being determined. Groundbreaking will occur in July 2023, and the project should be completed by the end of the year. Instruction is expected to begin in the Fire Training Facility in the spring 2024 semester.

Fire Training Facility

Design meetings on the fire training facility will begin towards the end of 2022. The location of the fire training facility is still being determined. Groundbreaking will occur in July 2023, and the project should be completed by the end of the year. Instruction is expected to begin in the Fire Training Facility in the spring 2024 semester.

Health & Human Services Facility, Fond du Lac

The Health and Human Services Facility project will begin in July 2024 and will be completed in two phases. This project will be finished during the summer of 2025, which means the instruction will begin in the new health and human services wing in the fall 2025 semester.

Latest Developments

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Cosmetology (Fond du lac) features a fully operational salon.
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Referendum Background

In November 2020, the Moraine Park District Board supported a request to explore growth opportunities. Since, 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.

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.

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.

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% of employers are satisfied with graduates’ technical college education

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programs and certificates available to students

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students served annually

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% of the 2020-21 graduates employed within six months of graduation

“Education is the key to economic growth in any community. Workforce growth is what will change our community, and as a technical college, we are the change agents. This referendum is vital to making change and growth happen at a time when technology and automation are influencing industry so rapidly.
– Moraine Park President Bonnie 
Baerwald

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