Moraine Park’s Portfolio Night showcases creative talent

by dritger1. July 2015 12:44

Moraine Park Technical College students shared their work with the community, prospective employers, students and staff at the College’s annual Portfolio Night at the Fond du Lac Campus.

This year, 24 students from the College’s Graphic Communications, Interactive Media Design, Digital Marketing and IT-Web Designer/Developer programs participated in Portfolio Night. Among them was Natalee Olson of Fond du Lac. Olson, who hopes to work in advertising after graduation, commented on the relationships the students formed in the Graphic Communications program.

Moraine Park Graphic Communications student, Natalee Olson of Fond du Lac, shares her work at the College’s Portfolio Night with Daniel Gonzalez, a relative of fellow classmate, Eric Keberlein of Poy Sippi.

“There is a good mix of students with different experiences in my classes,” said Olson. “There are students right out of high school and also older adults that have more work experience. We all grew really close and helped each other out.”

Also in attendance was Vincent Wondra, owner and president of the BBS Agency in Fond du Lac and member of the Moraine Park Technical College Web Development Advisory Committee. Wondra said that he has hired many Moraine Park graduates, including a student he met at a previous Portfolio Night.

“I am a big believer in building up the local economy, and I like to hire Moraine Park graduates,” said Wondra. “When a student shows me a high quality portfolio, I know they have the skills to be successful in a work environment,” 

Dominic Garofalo, IT-Web Designer/Developer instructor at Moraine Park, said the students produced outstanding projects. "The event is a great opportunity for students to show their work to members of the community who could end up being a potential employer. I was very proud of all the students," said Garofalo.

Daniel Gonzalez of Appleton, who is a relative of Graphic Communications student Eric Keberlein, spent time looking over the projects on display. “The students each have their own style, and it’s impressive to see their perspective and imagination,” said Gonalez.

To learn more about Moraine Park’s Graphic Communications, Interactive Media Design, Digital Marketing and IT-Web Designer/Developer programs, visit morainepark.edu/programs

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Deppisch, Goetz and Zimman recognized for service to the Moraine Park District

by dritger1. July 2015 12:37

Three Moraine Park Technical College District Board members were recognized for their years of service and dedication during their final District Board meeting, June 17. Jodine Deppisch, Richard Zimman and Donna Goetz have served 19 years, combined, as Moraine Park District Board members.

Moraine Park District Board Members are recognized for their years of service and dedication to the College and the District. Pictured (from left): Moraine Park President Bonnie Baerwald, Richard Zimman, Jodine Deppisch and Donna Goetz.

Deppisch, of Ripon, joined the District Board in July 2006 and has represented the western portion of the District as an employer member. During her nine years with the Moraine Park District Board, Deppisch took on many different roles, serving terms as chairperson and vice-chairperson and, most recently, as chairperson of the Finance Committee and treasurer for the board. “I have enjoyed serving the Moraine Park District Board,” said Deppisch. “I feel very comfortable leaving, knowing the College is in excellent hands under the leadership of our new president.”

Zimman, of West Bend, joined the board in February 2008 as a school district administrator member. He was a very active board member throughout his seven-year term, attending many national, state and local events. Zimman also served terms as chairperson and vice-chairperson of the Moraine Park District Board. “It’s really been a pleasure serving,” said Zimman. “The people of the College make it what it is, and I am very happy I agreed to serve here.”

Goetz, of West Bend, was sworn in as an employee member representing the eastern portion of the Moraine Park District in July 2012. During her three-year term, she served as the Board’s representative on the Moraine Park Foundation Board. “This is an incredibly well-run organization and it’s been refreshing and exciting to be part of the board,” said Goetz.

Since 1912, Moraine Park has served communities surrounding its three campus locations in Fond du Lac, Beaver Dam and West Bend. Moraine Park offers more than 100 associate of applied science degrees, technical diplomas, apprenticeships and certificates, delivered in a variety of options including classroom, online and blended courses. For more information about Moraine Park, visit morainepark.edu.

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Moraine Park announces retirees, service honorees

by dritger24. June 2015 10:19

Moraine Park Technical College’s 2015 Retirement and Service Recognition event both honored and expressed gratitude to retirees and those who reached service anniversaries during the 2014-2015 academic year. 

 “This year we had 320 combined years of service from our retirees and 795 combined years from our staff members that received service recognition awards,” said Bonnie Baerwald, president of Moraine Park. “We are very grateful to all of them for contributing so much to Moraine Park throughout their years of service with our College.” 

Moraine Park Technical College’s 2015 Retirement and Service Recognition event honorees. First Row (from left): Moraine Park President Bonnie Baerwald, Brenda Schegetz, Eileen Serwe. Second Row: Sue Wiese, Debbie Sabel, Karen Jarvis, Kathy Hass. Third Row: Val Krueger, Gretchen Gall, Sharon Lewis. Fourth Row: Dorothy Esselman, Nancy Bertram, Barry Graff. Fifth Row: Lynn Hill, Jane Spalding, John Naffin. Sixth Row: Tim Flood and Mike Gradinjan.

In all, 15 retirees and 59 staff members were recognized. Retirees included: Roger Haase, buildings and grounds maintenance worker, and Lynn Hill, instructional technology testing specialist – both of Beaver Dam; Dorothy Esselman of Brookfield, account technician; Karen Jarvis of Eldorado, admissions technical specialist; Bev Buerger, housekeeper, Gretchen Gall, instructional assistant instructor, Sharon Lewis, administrative aide – corrections, John Naffin, housekeeper, and Debbie Sabel, housekeeper – all of Fond du Lac; Jane Spalding of Fredonia, learning resource center clerk; Mike Gradinjan of Greenbush, electricity apprentice instructor; Tim Flood of Mt. Calvary, director of facilities; Val Krueger of Green Lake, executive assistant to the president and district board; Nancy Bertram of St. Cloud, surgical technologist instructor; and Barry Graff of West Bend, CNC/tool and die technology instructor.

Staff members recognized for 25 years or more of service included: Ed Schneidewind of West Bend for 40 years; Kathy Hass of Fond du Lac and Eileen Serwe of Eden for 35 years; Otmar Selgrad of Rosendale and Sue Wiese of Fond du Lac for 30 years; and Val Krueger of Green Lake and Brenda Schegetz of Beaver Dam for 25 years of service.

Moraine Park also recognized 52 employees for service to the College at the 5-, 10-, 15- and 20-year levels. 

To learn more about Moraine Park, visit morainepark.edu.  

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Moraine Park graduates students from Manufacturing Skills Academy

by dritger23. June 2015 13:01

Moraine Park Technical College is helping to combat the skilled worker shortage by offering a variety of boot camp sessions within its Manufacturing Skills Academy. Each boot camp teaches skills that are unique to a particular career pathway. The college is proud to graduate three more classes from the Manufacturing Skills Academy, including eight students from the welding boot camp, seven from Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machinist and three from production assembly.

Since induction, Moraine Park has had 146 students graduate from the 15-week welding and CNC boot camp sessions. Out of those who graduated from these two programs, 86 percent were offered a job within three months of completion. The boot camps combine a 72-hour paid internship with coursework, including Occupational Math, Print Reading, Team Building and Problem Solving and program-specific courses. Moraine Park partners with many local manufacturing employers, including Amerequip; B&H Pattern, Inc.; Brenner Tank, LLC; Burgess-Norton Manufacturing Company; Gauthier Biomedical, Inc.; Helgesen; ISI Interior Systems, Inc.; John Crane; Magnum Power Products, LLC; Mayville Engineering Co.; Inc., Mid-States Aluminum Corp.; and Signicast.

Jonathan Barry, deputy secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development, attended the recent graduation ceremony and addressed the class. Barry spoke about the positive outlook job seekers have in Wisconsin’s manufacturing industry. “As of June 2014, approximately 9,300 Wisconsin manufacturing employers employed more than 466,000 workers, making Wisconsin’s manufacturing sector one of the strongest in the country,” said Barry.

Those who completed the most recent CNC boot camp include: Brian Beyer of Appleton, Taylor Reed of Kimberly, James Jungwirth of Oshkosh, Michael Olson of South Milwaukee, James Hutchinson of Waupun, and Ryan Schmallenberg and Jason Ungart of West Bend.

Moraine Park Technical College’s Manufacturing Skills Academy CNC boot camp graduates. Front row, from left: Instructor Troy Niemuth, Taylor Reed, Jason Ungart, Brain Beyer and President Bonnie Baerwald. Back row, from left: Michael Olson, James Hutchinson, James Jungwirth, Ryan Schmallenberg.

Completing the most recent welding boot camp were: Sean Matthews and James Walsh of Beaver Dam; Christopher Bartell, Chris Freund, Otis Jones Jr., Andrew Quackenboss and Christopher Whitty of Fond du Lac; and Alexander Price of North Fond du Lac.

Moraine Park Technical College’s Manufacturing Skills Academy welding boot camp graduates. Front row, from left: Instructor Andrew Luby, Chris Freund, Otis Jones Jr., Alexander Price and President Bonnie Baerwald. Back row, from left: Sean Matthews, Christopher Whitty, Andrew Quackenboss and Christopher Bartell. Not pictured: James Walsh.

In addition, Moraine Park’s Skills Academy recently graduated its first class from the production assembly boot camp. Graduates earned a Production Assembler certificate. Those who completed the boot camp include: Laurie Garcia and Betty Schneider of Fond du Lac and Wylie Fell of Hartford. 

Moraine Park Technical College’s Manufacturing Skills Academy production assembly graduates. From left: Instructor Cheryl Graff, Betty Schneider, Laurie Garcia and Wylie Fell.

Moraine Park’s Skills Academy boot camps are funded by grant dollars. The welding training is funded by the U.S. Department of Labor TAACCCT grant, and the CNC training is funded by the Wisconsin Workforce Partnership grant, which is administered by Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation. The production assembly boot camp is funded by Wisconsin Fast Forward Blueprint for Prosperity.

An information session on upcoming production assembly boot camps will be held on Moraine Park’s Fond du Lac campus on Tuesday, July 7 at 4:00 p.m. Registration is recommended. For more information about Moraine Park’s Manufacturing Skills Academy, or to register for a free information session, visit morainepark.edu/bootcamps

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Moraine Park holds annual Distance Challenge

by dritger15. June 2015 14:19

Area high school students built and tested launching devices at Moraine Park Technical College’s annual Distance Challenge. The event requires students to design and construct a unique device that is capable of launching rubber balls, with honors presented to the team that achieves the greatest distance. The competition is hosted by Moraine Park’s Process Engineering Technology program and is held on the Fond du Lac campus. This year, teams from Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah High School, GPS Education Partners from Jackson and Mayville High School participated.

"Each year that we have held this competition, I've been impressed with the creativity shown by the students,” said Tom Roehl, engineering technologist instructor at Moraine Park. “This is an excellent project for high school students because it requires design, manufacturing and troubleshooting, all of which are skills that employers look for in skilled labor fields."

Jared Shaw, a sophomore from Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah High School, came in first place. Shaw used his machine, named Genesis, to launch the rubber ball 178 feet. The machine was made as a side project in his technology education class. John Ostermann, a technology education instructor from Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah, said that they are able to adjust class projects based on what the kids want to get involved in and, for Shaw, it was the Distance Challenge.

Jared Shaw, from Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah High School, came in first place at Moraine Park Technical College’s annual Distance Challenge with his machine named Genesis. Shaw (right) is pictured with his technology education instructor, John Ostermann.

Coming in second place, at 163 feet and 8 inches, was a team from Mayville High School and their machine named Roadrunner. Team members included Ben Wellner, a junior, and freshmen Justin Schlender, Tori Champ and Nikolas Giese. Dave Seiler, technology education instructor from Mayville, said the students had fun with the project, which was completed outside of their engineering class.

A second team from Mayville High School also participated in the competition, and their machine, “Wile E Coyote,” took third place at 135 feet. Team members included Andrew Nothem, junior; Weston Wiese, sophomore; and Tom Staehle and Michael Pasbrig, both freshman. This was the first year students from Mayville High School participated in the Distance Challenge.

Jon Squires, Austin Tackes, Aaron Steffen, Michael Crye and Ken Rochwite, all seniors from GPS Education Partners, took fourth place in the competition. Their machine, “Triton Tosser,” launched the rubber ball 90 feet. “Several of the students who are participating today are already planning on attending Moraine Park, so this is a nice opportunity for them to come and see the Fond du Lac campus,” said Bernie McCarthy, an instructor at GPS Education Partners.

This is the fourth year Moraine Park Technical College has hosted the annual Distance Challenge in Fond du Lac. In addition to the competition, the students also had opportunities to tour the College and talk with local employers, including Fives Giddings & Lewis and Kondex Corporation. 

For more information on Moraine Park’s Process Engineering Technology program, visit morainepark.edu/programs

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Fond du Lac team wins 12th Annual Junkyard Challenge

by dritger15. June 2015 14:09

Sixteen students from Fond du Lac, Lomira, Mayville and Slinger high schools turned scrap metal into elaborate welded creations during Moraine Park Technical College’s 12th Annual Junkyard Challenge on the Fond du Lac campus. The students, who competed in teams, were challenged to create sculptures within the theme of construction. The teams were supervised by Moraine Park Welding Instructor Jeff Beach, and they did a remarkable job turning scrap metal into cranes, excavators and diggers.

Students from Fond du Lac High School came in first place with their bulldozer at Moraine Park Technical College’s 12th Annual Junkyard Challenge. Team members included (from left): Instructor Eric Ciha, Jackson Schuelke, Nate Lobajeski, Nick Immel and Noah Poss.

The projects were judged on originality, quality, complexity, team participation and safety. “The judging criteria is based on skills critical to success in the workplace, which is why they are emphasized in this competition,” said Beach. Judges included Marcia Arndt, associate dean of manufacturing at Moraine Park; Kevin Braeger, product manager at Marchant Schmidt, Inc.; and Scott Heim, corporate director of Inventory Control/Logistics at Metalcraft of Mayville, Inc. 

Fond du Lac High School came in first place with their bulldozer. Team members included: Noah Poss and Nick Immel, both seniors; Nate Lobajeski, junior; and Jackson Schuelke, sophmore. Immel, who competed in the challenge once before, said they had an idea in mind and did some planning before the competition. “We wanted to make everything moveable,” he said. “Mobility and uniqueness are ways to earn more points.”

In second place, with a sandbox digger, were sophomores Brandon Hull, Austen Steger, and Brandon Magdic and senior, Nate Schuett, from Mayville High School. “They were pretty fired up about the competition, and they did a nice job, especially with it being their first time in the competition,” said Dave Seiler, Mayville’s technical education instructor.

Students from Lomira High School took third place with their crane. Team members included Dustin Wondra, Tony Valle, Mitch Gariety and Mitchell Priest, all seniors. “We came here thinking we would build an excavator but, once we saw the round stock we could use, we decided it would make a good arm for a crane,” said Priest.

Slinger High School students came in fourth place after welding an excavator for the competition. Team members included: Dustin Swim, Senior; Dale Kiley-Schaefer and Allen Wesp, both juniors; and R.J. Schmidt, freshman. Kiley-Schaefer said, “The fact that everything was laid out in random spots and then you had to find the pieces to put together, made the competition fun and challenging.” The students plan on displaying the project in their classroom.

“When you get into the workplace, welders who can brainstorm, give good ideas and suggestions are needed,” said Heim to the students after the competition. “Our welders are a huge part of our team, and we look to them to work with our engineers.”

For more information about Moraine Park’s Welding and Metal Fabrication programs, visit morainepark.edu/welding

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Sessions still open for Tech Knowledge College

by dritger15. June 2015 09:12

Do you know a student entering 6th-8th grade that is ready to explore careers through hands-on experiences? Register today for Tech Knowledge College! There are still sessions open for this annual three-day camp held Aug. 4-6 at Moraine Park Technical College’s Fond du Lac campus. 

There are many exciting careers to learn about, and students will have an opportunity to choose two career sessions at registration. Openings remain in the following sessions: Driven to Repair; It’s Electric; Mini Medical School; Fix It, Tune It, Ride It; Law and Order; Driven to Be an EMT; Be a Fashionista; and State Fair Foods.

The deadline to register is July 1, and sessions fill up on a first-come, first-served basis. The cost is $115 and includes two interactive career sessions, a T-shirt and lunch. Tech Knowledge College is held from 9 a.m.-2:45 p.m.  Bussing is available from Moraine Park’s Beaver Dam and West Bend campuses; seats are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. 

For career session descriptions, availability and registration information, visit morainepark.edu/tkc. For questions, contact Amy Meyer, recruitment specialist, at 920-924-3201 or email at ameyer17@morainepark.edu.

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Ebert named Moraine Park’s District Student Ambassador

by dritger15. June 2015 08:30

“I couldn’t figure out one thing I wanted to be in my life,” said Kayla Ebert ’16, Moraine Park Technical College’s 2015-16 District Student Ambassador. “I wanted to be everything.” 

 

Curious by nature, Ebert, of Burnett, loves manual labor, driving semis and dump trucks and operating robotic welders.  She gets her hands dirty, works alongside men in nontraditional occupations, and throws what she’s learned on the job into her studies. Next May, she’ll earn her Human Resources associate of applied science degree from Moraine Park. 

“I have worked in many nontraditional occupations where I was the only woman,” said Ebert. “At times, my coworkers weren’t always supportive. I want to help people moving into these areas. Human resources arose as a perfect way to draw from my experiences to help others.”

Since graduating from high school in 2006, Ebert has worked on farms, in road construction and as a welder. At Mayville Engineering Co. in Mayville, she handles MIG and robotic welding, and recently learned to write robotic programs. “I love learning, and I am curious,” she said. “So I wanted to go back to school.”

While working full time, Ebert entered the Human Resources program at Moraine Park. In doing so, a Pandora’s box opened to her. While juggling full-time work and school, she chiseled out time to help establish a Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Club on campus. This required a representative from the club to attend Moraine Park Student Senate meetings. “I attended and began to like my involvement in the College,” she said. Ebert threw herself into on-campus activities, events and fundraisers. 

Meanwhile, she witnessed herself evolving as a person, leader and communicator. “It’s not easy to be assertive in a company full of men,” she said. “Through my experiences at Moraine Park, I’ve learned to be assertive without looking aggressive. I’ve learned to be a leader. I’ve learned to communicate, lead and delegate.”

Is it any wonder Ebert was named a District Student Ambassador? She holds this title alongside 15 other Wisconsin Technical College System students. As such, she is charged with promoting technical education throughout Moraine Park’s district, collaborating with student government, and assisting with college activities and events. 

During a recent statewide training and recognition event, Ebert came together with fellow ambassadors. “It was a really fun experience learning how to work as a group,” she said. “Imagine 16 leaders in a room. We all learned to take a step back and share our leadership.”

No doubt, in her role as District Student Ambassador, Ebert will be a strong advocate for technical education. “Moraine Park has laid the entire foundation for my future,” she said. “The skills I’ve gained have readied me for everything in my life. I’m extremely excited to have this position.”

Passing on her enthusiasm for her alma mater, technical education and nontraditional occupations is easy, according to Ebert. Letting high school graduates know they aren’t alone is also critical. “Many of them feel pressured and have no idea what they want to do after high school graduation,” she said. “They need to know that an academic advisor will help them figure things out and set them on the right path. They need to know they can work and go to school at the same time and that they will get a first-rate education for an in-demand career.”

Additionally, Moraine Park graduates can easily transfer to four-year colleges in pursuit of bachelor’s degrees. That’s also Ebert’s goal. “I love what I am learning and want to pursue a bachelor’s degree and possibly a master’s degree,” she said.

Ultimately, Ebert hopes to transition into the human resources field and someday work for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

To learn more about Moraine Park, visit morainepark.edu.

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Werner named Moraine Park’s Student of the Year

by dritger3. June 2015 13:06

By investing time and energy in others, Ben Werner ’15, of West Bend, hopes to affect positive change. Werner, who earned his Electrical Power Distribution technical diploma in May, was also named Moraine Park Technical College’s 2014-15 Student of the Year. “Ben takes advantage of what Moraine Park offers,” said Lisa Manuell, Moraine Park’s Student Life lead. “He’s a really good student leader, extremely dependable and excellent at managing his time.”

  

Right out of Living Word Lutheran High School, in Jackson, Werner entered the masonry trade.  It wasn’t until two years later that a friend convinced him to try out Moraine Park, and specifically the Electrical Power Distribution program. “My friend, who was in the program, was really enjoying it,” said Werner. “It looked like it might be fun, and I felt like I could do something more with my life. I decided to leave my comfort zone and do something different. I’m glad I did.”

The first week of school, he was encouraged to get involved on campus. “I wasn’t that involved in high school and getting involved with student government sounded interesting,” he said. Werner attended his first Student Senate meeting on the Beaver Dam campus and came away hooked. “I liked it,” he said. “So I engaged in it and was eventually elected president.” Through the experience, he led Student Senate meetings, worked on fundraising projects and student activities, and participated in District Student Government with representatives from Moraine Park’s Fond du Lac and West Bend campuses. Simultaneously, Werner participated in the Electrical Power Distribution Club on campus and served as a mentor to special needs high school students through Green Valley Enterprises, in Beaver Dam. “One of my favorite things was working with the kids,” he said. “We met with them, hung out and played games together. One of the highlights of my life has been giving back to those kids because I’ve been so blessed in my life.”

During the past year while at Moraine Park, Werner successfully balanced academics and on- and off-campus involvements. He maintains he’s grateful for his Moraine Park experience. “I hadn’t been in school for a while and my mindset was more on work, not academics,” he said. “Interacting with the other students, I picked up ways they handled homework and tests. It helped me to be a better student in the classroom. In turn, I helped them to be more efficient on the job.” 

Werner, who feels well prepared for his future career in power distribution, appreciates how Moraine Park immediately engages students in their area of study. “At a four-year college, you spend two years completing general education courses before you get into coursework related to your major,” said Werner. “At Moraine Park, I engaged in hands-on learning right away.”

Moraine Park is about developing the whole person, he attests. While Werner always possessed a great work ethic and values, he says he elevated his communication and leadership skills as a result of his time on campus.  

Werner was named Student of the Year for demonstrating excellence in and out of the classroom, making the most of his college experience and modeling Moraine Park’s core abilities – to communicate clearly, act responsibly, work productively, think critically and creatively, adapt to change, demonstrate integrity, and work cooperatively. He was recognized during the College’s annual Student Awards Banquet.In addition to Werner, two other nominees, Robert Krist of Beaver Dam and John Pocian of West Bend, participated in the Student of the Year interview process involving a selection committee of faculty, staff and students. 

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Fitzsimmons Named Moraine Park’s 2015 Distinguished Alumnus

by dritger3. June 2015 13:01

“Every woman has a story,” attests Denise Fitzsimmons ’81, Moraine Park Technical College’s 2015 Distinguished Alumnus. As publisher of “InSpire Magazine” – a monthly magazine dedicated to empowering women – Fitzsimmons showcases such stories. In doing so, she helps connect women with each other, as well as with resources and support geared to improving their lives.

  

Fitzsimmons, of Beaver Dam, graduated from Moraine Park with a degree in fashion merchandising and marketing before enjoying a successful career in publishing and co-founding “InSpire.” It turns out, design, fashion and publishing work well together. 

“I started out after college in retail, then moved to a newspaper in Portage designing advertisements,” she said. “I ultimately moved to Conley Publishing Inc., where I worked from 1985-2004 and ended up as advertising director. 

Still, Fitzsimmons craved more. A desire to empower others, especially women, spurred her to co-launch “InSpire.” She did so with two other women – 2006 Moraine Park Distinguished Alumnus Mary Beth Bockhorst and sister-in-law, Jill Huizenga. Eleven years later, “InSpire” touts a readership of 10,000 throughout the Wisconsin counties of Fond du Lac, Dane, Washington, Jefferson and Dodge. Since the magazine’s founding, it has donated $150,000 to area charities and nonprofits.

“I believe in helping out and giving back to the community,” she said. “I do it because it’s the right thing to do.” As such, Fitzsimmons is an active volunteer. She is a member of the Second Christian Reformed Church, in Randolph; the Beaver Dam Rotary Club; the Beaver Dam Community Hospitals Inc. Foundation Board; and the Beaver Dam Chamber of Commerce Marketing Committee, among many others. She’s also given back to her alma mater through the years. She has served as celebrity chef for the Moraine Park Foundation and showcased many “InSpire” stories featuring Moraine Park programs, students and staff.

Fitzsimmons, who believes wholeheartedly in the value of a technical education, maintains she draws daily from the skills and life lessons learned while studying at Moraine Park. “The skills I learned at school in fashion merchandising helped me get where I am today,” she said. 

After graduating in 1978 from Central Wisconsin Christian School, in Waupun, Fitzsimmons attended a four-year college in Iowa before transferring to Moraine Park. “It was a better fit for me,” she said. “I enjoyed Moraine Park’s small classes and very informative instructors. They wanted to help students learn and often invited us to their homes for dinners and study sessions.” In addition to developing critical marketing and business skills, Fitzsimmons honed her communication, problem-solving and leadership proficiency.

As a result of her experience, she urges high school graduates to consider Moraine Park as their next step in learning and life. Simultaneously, she encourages Moraine Park graduates to enthusiastically go after their dreams. 

For more information on Moraine Park’s Alumni Association, visit morainepark.edu/alumni

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