Thursday, October 16, 2014

German Students Visit Moraine Park


Willkommen! As part of our ongoing exchange program with Darmstadt, Germany, Moraine Park Technical College welcomed 17 German students and two German instructors to campus last week. Every year, Moraine Park faculty, staff and students serve as host families to their German counterparts. In addition to attending classes at Moraine Park and interacting with students, the guests have previously participated in several exciting events such as the Green Lake Harvest Days Festival, a Mecan River canoe trip, an overnight stay at Blue Harbor Water Resort, tours through Mercury Marine, visits to Fox Lake Correctional Facility, trips to Michels Corporation and Kohler, and other experiences, which change each year to provide new opportunities. The German students are also able to present to classes and share their knowledge, culture, and career fields.

The students and faculty were welcomed with a meal prepared by Culinary Arts students at Moraine Park. In May, Moraine Park students will visit Germany! For more images of our German visitors as well as our own students' travels to Germany last summer, visit our Facebook page





Friday, October 10, 2014

MPTC's latest service-learning project



The Great Pink Pumpkin Run will be held on Saturday, October 18 at 10 a.m. on Moraine Park’s Fond du Lac campus. This event was planned by a Business Practice Firm course in the spring semester of last year and has been carried through with this year's class and six other program area courses. The idea was generated from one of MPTC's business instructors, Jeff Stueber, who has a passion for helping the community and we collaborated with other program instructors to enhance the activities at the upcoming event.

Just to give you an idea of the collaborative program courses involved: Graphics Design students originated the motivational posters that you will see under the Photos/Inspiring Posters tab on the website below, Culinary Arts will be making pink pumpkin cookies to sell at the event, cosmetology students will be providing pink hair extensions and nail polish, early childhood students will be providing children's activities, medical assistant students are doing free blood pressure screening, and the corrections program will be helping man traffic and safety issues, and student senate are helping paint the 200 pumpkins.  We even grew our own pumpkin patch!!

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

MPTC Culinary Arts Students Provide Fondue at Fond du Lac's Fondue Fest




Moraine Park's Culinary Arts students donated their time and talents by providing delicious cheese and chocolate fondue along with various breads at this year's Fondue Fest in downtown Fond du Lac on September 6.  The event was a success as the fondue sold out and the students were able to raise money to support their culinary club activities.  




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!