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.
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.
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.