7/23/17 – Moraine Park Technical College officials will be breaking ground tomorrow afternoon at their Beaver Dam campus for Energy Education Center. Fred Dean is the Dean of Applied Technology and Trades for Moraine Park. He says there are a number of utilities like WE Energies, Alliant Energy, Madison Gas and Electric, Wisconsin Public Service are backing the center. There are also private companies like Michels Corporation who have employee needs. He says a number of private contractors that also do installation and repair. He says with retirements and an aging infrastructure there is a need for staff to fill those requirements. MPTC President Bonnie Baerwald says the center and equipment that will go into represent a $2.3 million investment. She says thanks to their donors they are able to make this happen now rather than later. The Gas Utility Construction and Technician technical diploma takes a year for a student to complete. Construction is expected to start early next month. The public is welcome to the groundbreaking, which starts at 4 p.m.