At least once a week, learn something new.
That’s the personal motto and advice of Barbara Brown of Mayville, Moraine Park Technical College Class of 1981 and winner of the College’s 2010 Distinguished Alumnus Award.
A registered nurse with 30 years of clinical experience, Brown has served as a Nursing Assistant program instructor at Moraine Park since 2007 and as a part-time instructor since 2000. Whether in a classroom, clinical setting or community venue, Brown generates an enthusiasm for learning and nursing by engaging and mentoring students.
“I am a first-generation college graduate and was guided by my instructors at Moraine Park who helped me overcome personal obstacles, one of which was my fear of making mistakes,” said Brown. “I have since become aware of how making mistakes can help determine who you are, and what your strengths are. … we have to get over our fear of the unknown and start saying yes to new challenges and opportunities that come our way.”
She credits Moraine Park for helping her find her way in her career path. After high school she wasn’t entirely sure what she wanted to pursue. “Moraine Park offered immediate training and was less expensive than most colleges,” said Brown. “I became a nursing assistant first, went to work, and returned to Moraine Park to be- come a licensed practical nurse (LPN).”