MPTC Receives $80K Donation For Gas Utility Program

2/12/17 – The Moraine Park Technical College campus in Beaver Dam is getting a new cutting-edge facility. A $2.3 million Energy Education Center is set for construction to usher in a developing program called gas utility technician. Moraine Park’s goal is to begin work on the structure in April of 2018, with hopes of graduating the first class of gas utility technicians in 2019. The 3800-square foot facility would house a lab and classroom. The new gas utility technician program is expected to graduate around 20 students per year with a starting salary currently estimated at $54-thousand-dollars.  Meanwhile, city officials in Beaver Dam are working with the college on the sale of city property. The city is vacating the north half of School Street between Gould and Burnett streets along Highway 151 to accommodate for the expansion. The south half of that same roadway, which had been owned by the tech college decades ago, is being transferred back to the school as the city no longer plans to use it for a through street.