Monday, August 25, 2014

MPTC faculty participate in service learning

Faculty at MPTC completed a day of service for the Clean Boats, Clean Waters Project at Lakeside Park.   Serving our community by learning about invasive water species, surveying boaters on the lake, and pulling out Japanese Knotwood plants were an active part of the morning .  Reflection and discussion of service learning integration into coursework curriculum rounded out a beautiful summer day.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Germany Update, June 3 2014

Today we began by touring the 500 year old ruins of the Frankenstein Castle located in the hills of central Hessen. Students heard the history of the castle and were able to explore the area independently. As with many castles, the views were spectacular.

After enjoying the stroll across the castle grounds, we once again enjoyed a traditional German meal of fleischekase (a seasoned pork meatloaf with cheese) and hard rolls.

Next came one of the more adventurous activities of the trip. We went into the woods to experience the Ketterwald, a collection of obstacle courses through the trees. When I say through the trees, I mean at least 20 feet above the ground with some courses much higher. Courses ranged from Blue (simple) to Black (advanced and really, really high). The courses started with a basic climbing web where we posed for a group photo.

After that, it was into the trees...

It was much higher than it looks! Everyone enjoyed the day with no falls or injuries, of course ;)

Tomorrow we will visit our German counterparts schools including the Peter Behrens Schule and the Fredrich Liste Schule. We will end the day with a casual bowling get together in Darmstadt.

Stay tuned for more developments and be sure to visit the International Education at Moraine Park Technical College Facebook Page for more information, news and photos.

Monday, June 2, 2014

MPTC Students in Germany June 2, 2014

It was a busy day for the students traveling in Germany today. It began with a lot of bustling pots, pans, cutting boards and knives as German and American students worked together to create a traditional German meal. On the menu was Wiener Schnitzel, White Asparagus with Hollandaise,  Roasted Potatoes, Braised Mushrooms in Cream and Fried Bread Dumplings.

After hours of work the final meal was served...

In addition to a great meal Fr. Corinna Haake, an instructor from the Peter Behrens Schule and German wine expert, introduced the students to the basics of wine selection and tasting.

Next on the agenda was a tour of the local Phungstadt Brewery, a traditional German brewer which was established in 1831. The students learned the history of the art of German beer brewing as well as how it is produced today. After the tour, students sampled different beers and snacked on traditional German cold cuts and sausages. Certainly after this day, no one went home hungry.

For more information and more photos, please visit the International Education at Moraine Park Technical College Facebook page or International Education at Moraine Park Technical College Flickr album.

Stay tuned for more updates as we prepare to move on to Italy this week!

Germany Updates May 30, 2014

This past weekend, students participated in a number of different activities with their host friends and families. Many attended Schlossgrabenfest 2014 (say that 10 times really fast) which is a large music festival at the Graben Castle in the center of Darmstadt. Others toured downtown Frankfurt with its many shops, street performers and international cuisine. My hosts and I attended a wine festival just south of the city in Zwienenberg where we also visited a local vineyard.

Tomorrow the American and German students will be preparing a meal together at the Fredrich Liste Schule, a college similar to MPTC. The cuisine will of course be German.

For more photos and information visit the International Education at Moraine Park Technical College Facebook page or International Education at Moraine Park Technical College Flickr album.

 Stay tuned for many more activities to come!

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Students Arrive in Germany!

Students enjoyed their first full day of fun, food and tours in Darmstadt, Germany! Culinary Arts Instructor James Simmers shares that students had a busy day touring a German garden with its own grill house, a castle built in the 12th century in Mount Tannenberg, and even the Lufthansa Training Center

It's already a very enjoyable and educational program, and students are even staying with host families in the Darmstadt region as part of our ongoing German exchange.

Check out pictures on the International Education Facebook page: (updated regularly!).


Monday, February 17, 2014

FREE Income Tax Returns!

Yet again, Moraine Park students are helping out the community through service-learning!

Moraine Park Technical College accounting program students are providing free income tax assistance. This is a great service-learning project that allows students to take what they learn from their accounting class and apply it to situations in their community.
Income must be $51,000 or less
Items you need to bring to have your tax returns prepared

·         Proof of identification (picture id)
·         Social Security Cards for you, your spouse and dependents and/or a Social Security Number verification letter issued by the Social Security Administration
·         Birth dates for you, your spouse and dependents on the tax return
·         Current year’s tax package if you received one
·         Wage and earning statement(s) Form W-2, W-2G, 1099-R, from all employers
·         Interest and dividend statements from banks (Forms 1099)
·         A copy of last year’s federal and state returns if available
·         Bank routing numbers and account numbers for Direct Deposit
·         Total paid for daycare provider and the daycare provider's tax identifying number (the provider's Social Security Number or the provider's business Employer Identification Number)
·         To file taxes electronically on a married-filing-joint tax return, both spouses must be present to sign the required forms.
·         If claiming the Homestead Credit for the State of Wisconsin, an original renter’s certificate signed by the landlord.

Dates for FREE income tax returns:
On the Fond du Lac campus
Room O-213/214
Thursday, February 20 from 2:00 p.m.– 5:00p.m.
Thursday, February 27 from 2:00 p.m.– 5:00p.m.
Thursday, March 6 from 2:00 p.m.– 5:00p.m.
Thursday, March 13 from 2:00 p.m.– 5:00p.m.
Thursday, March 27 from 2:00 p.m.– 5:00p.m.
Thursday, April 3 from 2:00 p.m.– 5:00p.m.
Thursday, April 10 from 2:00 p.m.– 5:00p.m.
Thursday, April 3 from 2:00 p.m.– 5:00p.m.
Thursday, April 10 from 2:00 p.m.– 5:00p.m.
It’s tax time and we are ready for YOU!

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Study Abroad in Summer 2014!

Ready to see the world and experience new cultures? Would you like to live in another country for the summer? This summer, MPTC students can live abroad and earn 6-8 college credits through our partnership with the Illinois Consortium for International Studies & Programs (ICISP). Month-long study abroad opportunities for the summer include Costa Rica, China, Austria and France.

Costa Rica:
Students will receive seven semester hours of credit in Spanish language (all levels) and Culture and Civilization of Costa Rica. The Culture and Civilization of Costa Rica class consists of lectures and discussions accompanied by field trips and activities designed to engage students in active learning and discovery. There will be additional optional excursions to La Fortuna Waterfall and Isla Tortuga.
Costa Rica is just one location where MPTC students can spend the summer and earn college credit!

: Students can earn college credit in topics ranging from International Business to Photography at Salzburg College, a private college for English-speaking students. At the college, students attend classes taught in English by Austrian professors. Classes are small and allow for a close relationship with the instructor. T
he instruction in this program will entail classroom instruction as well as field trips and immersion experiences.

China: The program includes a four-week stay in residence halls at Xian International University, as well as classes on culture and the Chinese language. Students will also participate in exciting field trips while earning college credit.

France: Students will study in Dijon, France, located at the crossroads of Europe. Capital of gastronomy and gateway to the prestigious vineyards of Burgundy, Dijon is exceptionally rich in history and art. Heir to the splendors of the glorious court of the Dukes of Burgundy, the city boasts numerous monuments, museums, and architectural jewels including churches, cathedrals, and private residences dating from the Middle Ages.
Students: Did you know you can earn college credit in France this summer or fall?!

Applications for summer opportunities will be due
in early February, so get started soon! There will also be opportunities to spend the entire fall semester abroad while earning MPTC credits. Locations for Fall 2014 will include those listed above as well as Spain, England and Ireland. For more information, contact International Education at