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

Friday, January 17, 2014

Students Helping Boys and Girls Club!

Learn how MPTC students are dramatically impacting their community through service-learning! Don't forget to watch the video!

Professor Marla Pearce asked her team building and problem solving class to find a problem in the community and solve it. This team went above and beyond helping the Boys and Girls Club of Jackson.
The group named their team "scope" because they looked into a problem and how to solve it. The "problem" they decided to tackle was the lack of funds and supplies at The Boys and Girls Club of Jackson. Sue Bliese is the director of The Boys and Girls Club of Jackson and was very helpful in working with them by giving the group information. Sue informed the students on what they needed in terms of supplies. The group took the information they were told and brainstormed on how they could help.

The first thing they decided to do to help solve this problem was have a donation drive. The group had a three week drive that was from October 1st- October 18th. To raise awareness of our drive they created and printed out flyers that each group member distributed throughout their neighborhoods and towns. The drop-off locations for any supplies that people wanted to donate were at Jimmy's Restaurant, Walgreens and Associated Bank all located in Jackson.
From the donation drive they received many donations from pencils to furniture and recreational activities. Individually they went out into the community to gather up anything they could. The group managed to get a brand new flat screen TV, couches and chairs, $60 in giftcards, cleaning supplies, snacks, two Foosball tables, an air hockey table and about six-seven big buckets full of miscellaneous toys and other items.

On October 18th the group all met together at the Boys and Girls Club of Jackson and brought all of the donations there.
Click on the video to see the reactions from the children when the MPTC students revealed the donations they collected!

Team Scope did a great job solving a problem in the community!

Monday, January 13, 2014

International Education in JAMAICA!

MPTC students just returned from our first study abroad, service-learning trip to Jamaica! Students worked with the Blue Mountain Project in rural Jamaica, and the collaborative program included students and faculty from Moraine Park, Madison Area Technical College, and Red Rocks Community College. During the 10-day program, students installed solar panels, worked on literacy projects with children in Hagley Gap, and worked in health clinics. Students stayed with local families and enjoyed learning about Jamaican culture.
Nursing students conducted blood pressure clinics, conducted home visits, and shared information on health topics at schools in rural Jamaica. MPTC students Liz Rohde (left) and Kassie Anderson (right) are pictured with Hagley Gap community members and Madison College student Lindsey James. 

MPTC students Meghan Stubbe and Kristy Sparacio worked in both education and nursing. The students are pictured with children from the Hagley Gap Basic School.

MPTC student Hannah Miller worked in renewable energy. She is pictured with Madison College student Scott Donovan. The students were excited to install solar panels.

Students and faculty were excited to share information about renewable energy! MPTC students Kristy Sparacio and Meghan Stubbe, as well as instructor Amy Patterson, attended this presentation at Minto Primary School. Troy Wanek from Red Rocks Community College facilitated the work in renewable energy throughout the week.
The group was excited to bring donations to the Blue Mountain Project from the MPTC Multicultural Club and Hillside Dental Associates. Thank you to these groups for their support! International Education would also like to thank the Rotary Club of Beaver Dam for their scholarship donation to assist one student with the travel costs. The wonderful support from the Moraine Park community has been very much appreciated!

To see more pictures and learn more about study abroad opportunities, visit the International Education Facebook page!

Monday, December 30, 2013

Finding Ways to Make Students More Successful!

Look what's happening at MPTC!

The Team building and Problem solving class students were assigned to solve a problem for a business or someone that needed a problem solved. One team decided to help Sandra Huenink (Dean of Basic Education) with the Student Success Center.

The team wanted to improve the attendance and find ways to keep enrolled students continue to use MPTC services for their educational successes. The group created surveys where they received feedback from the students. They have come up with new ideas for the student success center, for example opening lab just for Math. The students hope that their feedback helps the student success center and Sandra succeed to its highest potential.

Photo: Tiffany Konen, Shannon Roth, Sandra Huenink, Kelsey Kunsman, Liz Haushalter.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

HEDIT Event!

Look what students completed for service-learning!

All four Fond du Lac County higher education colleges completed a combined service-learning project to showcase the topic of inter- faith that was highlighted at this year’s HEDIT (Higher Education Diversity Initiative Team) Conference. 

Brenda Schaefer’s ethics course pictured here was involved in the marketing and publicizing of, “A Night of Many Voices” that was held on UW-Fond du Lac Campus the evening of November 21st.

The event was well attended with over 100 participants that celebrated many different religions, music, and multi-cultural food! Special thanks to the HEDIT group who sponsored this event!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

International Education Week 2013

Julie Lotto, advisor for the Fond du Lac chapter of the MPTC Multicultural Club, shares ways to support the Blue Mountain Project in Jamaica.

Celebrate International Education Week with us!
Today, students enjoyed our Taste of Jamaica event on the Fond du Lac Campus. The Multicultural Club, Diversity Relations, and International Education hosted this event, which included tasty Jamaican treats and music.

We have two more dates planned for Taste of Jamaica: Wednesday, November 13, on the West Bend Campus, and Thursday, November 14, on the Beaver Dam Campus. Each event will take place 11:30-12:30 in the Commons Area.

Additional events planned for International Education Week include:

1) Vote in the Travel Photo Contest on Facebook! View the entire album on our Facebook page, and "like" your favorite pictures. Our students shared pictures from around the world!

2) Support study abroad students at a bake sale at the
Habitat for Humanity of Fond du Lac County Affiliate & ReStore on Saturday, 11/16, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Students will hold a 50/50 raffle. Do you also need new furniture, a lawnmower, or other items for your household? On 11/16, 10% of merchandise sales at the Habitat ReStore will be donated to our students, too!

3) Check out our Moroccan Cooking Demonstration at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, 11/18, on the FDL Campus (A-111). Learn how YOU can spend Spring Break in Morocco!

Diversity Relations Coordinator William Green and MPTC Student Alessio Ziel serve authentic and delicious Jamaican food at Taste of Jamaica!

MPTC Student Liz Rohde will complete service-learning projects in health clinics with the Blue Mountain Project in Jamaica this January.

Dean Caron Daugherty talks about our new study abroad program in MOROCCO! The program, which runs March 12-23, 2014, is still accepting applicants. Learn more about this program at an upcoming Moroccan cooking demonstration on 11/18 or the information session on 11/19: