Moraine Park Technical College held the final IT Careers Completion Ceremony on March 6, 2017. Thirteen students received Content Management Systems, Website Security, or iOS Web Application Developer and Android Web Application Development certificates through the U.S. Department of Labor Interface grant program.  Two students, Karin Langsdorf and Andrew Bond completed all 4 certificates!

The celebration event began with a welcome and congratulations from Dr. Fred Rice, Dean of Applied Technology & Trades, followed by congratulations and advice for IT Career Pathways from Associate Dean of Business & IT Lisa Pollard. Next came an introduction of the fall 2016 cohort student projects by Jeff Stueber, Business Management Instructor.

The fall cohort students of Kenneth Baehler, Kaitlin Benzing, Jose Bustos, Damien Clark, James Woodruff, Patti Ingram, and Regenia Muche, presented their project.  The students demonstrated how they designed, built, and secured the Drone Pioneers educational website and mobile apps to inform professionals, community partners and the public, on exciting state of the art drone technology, its many uses and FAA rules.

The ceremony wrapped up with congratulatory comments from IT Instructor Dominic Garofalo, Bonnie Baerwald, Moraine Park president, and Anne Lemke, Grant Manager, followed by horderves and cake!  This was the final cohort to close out the 4 year U.S. Department of Labor Interface grant program.  In 2014 Moraine Park received $995,662 of a $23.1 million statewide project.  In total, 93 MPTC students earned 126 certificates helping to prepare them for IT careers.  To date, 24 students have used their certificates into career pathways towards IT Associate degrees.

Check out photos from our Completion Ceremony below.

And … Check out our MPTC Interface success story video!

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Left to right: Anne Lemke – Grant Manager, Dominic Garofalo – Instructor, Jeff Stueber – Instructor, Christopher Rowe – Website Security, Jose Bustos – Website Security, Kenneth Baehler – Content Management Systems & Website Security, Eric Schepp – Website Security, James Woodruff – Website Security, Damien Clark – Website Security, Tyler Kern – Website Security, Kaitlin Benzing – Website Security, *Andrew Bond – Website Security, Patti Ingram – iOS and Android Web Application, Regenia Muche – iOS and Android Web Application, President Bonnie Baerwald. Missing from photo: *Karin Langsdorf – Website Security, Lori Roberg – Website Security. *Earned all 4 certificates over multiple cohorts.

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Drone Pioneers Team! Left to right: Kenneth Baehler, James Woodruff, Jose Bustos, Damien Clark, Kaitlin Benzing, Patti Ingram and Regenia Muche.

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Anne Lemke
Written by Anne Lemke
TACT Grant Manager