Some big congratulations are in order for our latest Maximus Wolf Pack Award winner: Tina Brochtrup, Moraine Park’s assistant to the Vice President of Finance and Administration.
Wait. What is the Maximus Wolf Pack Award, you say? Glad you asked.
As a Transition Specialist at Moraine Park Technical College, I often help GED/HSED students transition into programs, making sure students are connected with outside community resources they may require, and assisting students in navigating the many amazing resources MTPC has to offer. I encourage potential students to take the leap to being a college student, and the enormity of that decision is not lost on me.
At times we all need to be encouraged to leap into uncharted territory. It helps us to grow as humans–to gain insight about ourselves and the world, and helps us realize our untapped potential. A student’s leap into college has some similarities to my own personal journey to becoming a relay runner for the nonprofit MS Run the US. It’s a longer story, but here’s hoping you find it interesting and relevant….
When my good friend Amy Van Dyke asked me if I’d be interested in running six consecutive marathons while sipping Starbucks in early June of 2014, I flat out told her no. It wasn’t physically possible for me, I was sure of it.
She wasn’t convinced, and kept telling me that she could see my potential. She had run many miles for the nonprofit MS Run the US, once running across the entire state of Colorado–13 consecutive marathons. It was inconceivable to me, but I had run many of her longer training miles with her, so she thought I could do it–with training. Over months, her persistence and belief won me over, and I very reluctantly agreed. I had never run a marathon before, and I was pretty injured with a SI joint sprain that was constantly aggravated because I didn’t take the necessary time to rest.
As the need for counselors training in treating problem gambling increases, Moraine Park Technical College will now be able to meet that need.
Moraine Park has partnered with the Wisconsin Council on Problem Gambling and will be offering a 5 credit certificate for Introduction to Problem Gambling. Introduction to Problem Gambling I will be offered in Fall 2017 and Introduction to Problem Gambling II will be offered in Spring 2018.
The Moraine Park Technical College Donut Club was started in the Fall 2016 semester after a presentation from Lisa Manuell, who is one of our College’s awesome student life specialists. Lisa told our Composition 1 class that students could start just about any club on campus as long as they met certain criteria.
She told us she had even heard of a school in Minnesota that had a Donut Club! And just like that, the Moraine Park Donut Club was born!
While in high school, Eileen Bouchard met a cute boy and fell in love. Turns out, 35 years later they’re still together and still going strong.
Young Eileen also took an interest in styling hair around the same time – and that compelled her to look into the cosmetology field. Turns out, 36 years later, that’s still going strong, too! She’s not only still enjoying that decision and working in the cosmetology industry over a quarter century later, she’s helping others get started in this rewarding career field as well.
Here’s more about Eileen, in her own words:
Wisconsin Department of Corrections (DOC) Secretary Jon Litscher joined Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch, State Representative Michael Schraa, leaders from Moraine Park Technical College, and guests on Tuesday, June 27 to celebrate the inaugural graduation ceremony for inmate workers completing the Dairy Worker Training Certificate.
As Moraine Park‘s Medical Laboratory Technician program director, I am so happy to annouce that this year’s program graduates have all passed the National ASCP Certification Exam. While I was certain that this would be the case because the students in this class were exceptional, it is always great to see the data! I am confident that these students will enjoy a long career in laboratory medicine!