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Overview

Moraine Park Technical College plays a critical role in training students for jobs in our area. The College serves more than 12,000 students at campuses in Dodge, Fond du Lac and Washington counties. Students pursue degrees in many high-demand areas, including information technology, cybersecurity, accounting, nursing, respiratory therapy, advanced manufacturing, website and graphic design, and many more.

What’s New

The Moraine Park Technical College District Board passed a resolution June 15 stating an intent to borrow $55 million to enhance campus learning spaces to meet future student and regional workforce needs through four projects across Moraine Park campuses and communities. The resolution is the first formal step toward a potential referendum in the November election. Under state law, technical colleges must hold referendums before completing capital projects with a cost of more than $1.5 million.

Facilities Development Plan 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 nearly $2 million in donation pledges to help offset the costs.

If approved in August by Moraine Park’s District Board, residents of Moraine Park Technical College district will be asked to vote on a referendum during the November election authorizing the College to grow and expand facilities. Facilities enhancements, expansion and new construction would target programs that are in high demand and impact citizens across the region. 

Under state law, technical colleges must hold referendums before completing capital projects with a cost of more than $1.5 million. If successful, the $55 million referendum will allow Moraine Park to borrow funds to enhance and grow Moraine Park facilities to meet the needs of business and industry in the region through four major projects.

What’s Next

A public hearing in which district community members are welcome will be held at 5:15 p.m. Monday, July 11, on Moraine Park’s Fond du Lac campus, 235 N. National Ave.

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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.
  •  Keep our region competitive by preparing students and workforces of the future.

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Potential Facility Projects

Advanced Manufacturing & Trades

Create classrooms and specialized labs at the Fond du Lac campus to help meet enrollment and address local workforce shortages. Provide space for us to teach courses in software training, programming, product design, manufacturing, and robotics.

Automation, Innovation, and Robotics (AIR) Training Center

Expand the West Band campus to support advanced manufacturing, welding, metal fabrication, and robotics for apprenticeship degree programs and job training.

Fire Training Facility

Purchase land and build a new fire training facility near the Beaver Dam area to meet the demand for firefighters and paramedics for the approximately 40 fire departments in our region.

Health & Human Services Facility

Add simulation spaces that model real-world work in clinics and labs. Update labs and classrooms for our radiography, medical lab technician, surgical technologist, and respiratory therapy programs.

Facts at a Glance 2021-22 School Year

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% of employers say that technical colleges are important to their success

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programs and certificates available to students

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students served

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% of the 2019-20 graduates employed within six months of graduation

See how MPTC Impacts Our Community

The MPTC District

Moraine Park Technical College is part of the Wisconsin Technical College System, and serves more than 12,000 students across 10 counties at all stages of their careers. We also partner with 27 school districts in the region.

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“Education is the key to economic growth in any community. Workforce growth is what will change our community—as a tech college, we are the change agents…a referendum is a way to make this happen at a time when technology and automation is influencing industry so rapidly.”
– Moraine Park President Bonnie 
Baerwald

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