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First Moraine Park CNC Bootcamp class graduates

4:20 PM, Jan. 21, 2013  |  Comments
WI Workforce Development Secretary Reggie Newson, front left, is flanked by MPTC students who recently completed the CNC Machinist Bootcamp. From front second left: Matthew Metrusias, Jeremy Blonigen, Diane Stepp, Patrick Enright and Jason Sippel. From back left: Frank Vroman, Paul Dadian, Bob Lepak and Alex Anderson.
WI Workforce Development Secretary Reggie Newson, front left, is flanked by MPTC students who recently completed the CNC Machinist Bootcamp. From front second left: Matthew Metrusias, Jeremy Blonigen, Diane Stepp, Patrick Enright and Jason Sippel. From back left: Frank Vroman, Paul Dadian, Bob Lepak and Alex Anderson.

Six months ago, Governor Scott Walker awarded a $705,647 Wisconsin Workforce Partnership grant to establish Manufacturing Skills Academies, or Bootcamps, at Moraine Park Technical College. The grant, funded by the Wisconsin Covenant Foundation, Inc., would allow the college to quickly train students in Computer Numerical Control (CNC), and welding - two job platforms in need of skilled workers, based on demand from District employers. The grant dollars were quickly put into action by Moraine Park and in October, a CNC machinist Bootcamp was ready for 12 new faces to start training in this highly-skilled area.

These 12 students were unemployed or working in a position unrelated to CNC when they entered the bootcamp. On Friday, Jan. 11, the students culminated their last week of Bootcamp training by receiving completion certificates on Moraine Park's West Bend campus, paving the way for future Bootcamp participants.

Those who completed the bootcamp included: Alex Anderson of Hartford; Jeremy Blonigen of Eldorado; Paul Dadian of Jackson; Patrick Enright; Bob Lepak, Steven Maitz and Jay Reisdorf of West Bend; Matthew Metrusias of Slinger; Michael Rath of Hubertus; Jason Sippel of Saint Cloud; Diane Stepp of Fond du Lac; and Frank Vroman of Cedarburg.

Reggie Newson, Wisconsin Workforce Development Secretary, attended the ceremony to help present certificates to the new graduates. "Under Governor Walker's leadership, Wisconsin has made tremendous strides forward in supporting private-sector job creators," said Secretary Reggie Newson. "Employer-led training initiatives, like the Wisconsin Workforce Partnership grants, prepare workers with the necessary skills to find a permanent, family-supporting job.

The Department of Workforce Development will help businesses find workers with the skills for the high-wage, high-growth industries needed in Wisconsin." The second set of 15-week bootcamps begins February 2013 with separate CNC machinist and welding training sessions offered. In all, the College expects to offer nine bootcamps with the partnering companies, and fill 108 new positions over the three-year grant period.

Morna Foy, Wisconsin Technical College System President extended her sincere congratulations to all who completed the first CNC Machinist Bootcamp at Moraine Park. She is very grateful to the Wisconsin Covenant Foundation for the Wisconsin Workforce Partnership grant funding they provided to make this bootcamp possible. "This CNC Machinist Bootcamp is a prime example of the unique public and private partnerships a grant like this can create, with talented students at the ceremony ready to enter the workfore with important new skills."

Foy added that Moraine Park is one of five Wisconsin Technical Colleges to receive funding from the Wisconsin Workforce Partnership grant for these bootcamps. "Knowing four other technical colleges are also training great students like the graduates here today is a testament to the incredible work we can all do together," she said.

Two information and testing sessions for upcoming CNC and welding bootcamps will be held on Moraine Park's Beaver Dam campus on Tuesday, Feb. 15. Session I begins at 8:30 a.m.; and Session II begins at 12:30 p.m.

Pre-registration for sessions is recommended. For details, visit morainepark.edu/bootcamps.

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