Moraine Park’s Tech Knowledge College helps students find their drive

by dritger19. August 2014 13:00

Moraine Park’s Tech Knowledge College helps students find their drive

What has become an annual tradition for many area middle school students, this year’s Tech Knowledge College (TKC) brought together 120 sixth through eighth graders ready to explore potential careers. TKC provided hands-on experience and an opportunity to learn in a creative environment at Moraine Park Technical College.

 

Moraine Park Technical College Automotive Technician Instructor Jim Daniels, center watches as Henry Hughes, Fond du Lac, right; a seventh grader at Sabish Middle School, and Aris Lundin, West Bend, an eighth grader at Badger Middle School, work together to change a tire in the Driven to Repair session at the 2014 Tech Knowledge College.


During the three-day camp, there was something for everyone, and participants left TKC with new skills in a variety of areas, including architecture, health care, yo-yo manufacturing, gourmet cooking, web page design and automotive repair.


 “I like working in the shop,” commented TKC student Henry Hughes of Fond du Lac. He is no stranger to working in the shop. He also helps out his dad who owns a local plumbing business. Hughes also learned how to repair bicycles in the Fix it, Tune it, Ride it session at TKC. Aris Lundin of West Bend also enjoyed the Driven to Repair session. “I like being able to work on cars,” Lundin commented as he helped Hughes change a tire. Lundin also attended the World Wide Webmasters session at TKC. 


Peyton Koppenhaver and Grace Swanson of Kiel attended the camp last year and came back again when they saw the range of activities offered. The girls joined up with Brianna Faul of Fond du Lac and together they learned how to make a variety of fresh snacks and meals in the Cooking Nutritious and Delicious session. “I like meeting people and plan to keep in touch with new friends,” Faul commented as the three prepared chicken and vegetable stir fry. Koppenhaver remarked, “I like that we get to do a lot of activities, and we are always occupied.” 


Moraine Park has been hosting TKC for over 20 years. Although sessions have changed to complement new and evolving technology, the purpose of the event has remained the same — to  give students a chance to get a hands-on, interactive look at the skills and careers needed today and in the future.


For more information on Moraine Park, visit morainepark.edu.    

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Blueprint for Prosperity: Lt. Governor Kleefisch Announces $1.2 Million Grant to Train Over 120 Workers at Moraine Park Technical College

by dritger24. July 2014 10:32

FOND DU LAC – Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch today announced the award of over $1.2 million in Wisconsin Fast Forward grant dollars to Moraine Park Technical College to train up to 126 workers for in-demand fields. The award is part of $28 million in grants that Governor Walker recently announced as part of his Blueprint for Prosperity initiative to help Wisconsin Technical College’s train over 4,900 workers for jobs that employers need to fill.

Pictured from left: Denise Devereaux, Mercury Marine VP of human resources; JoAnn Hall, MPTC dean of economic and workforce development; Kristen Finnel, MPTC dean of health and human services; Fred Rice, MPTC dean of applied technology and trades; Sheila Ruhland, MPTC president; Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch; and Reggie Newson, secretary of Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development.

"The investments we are making in Moraine Park Technical College under Governor Walker's leadership will enhance opportunities for working families in the Fond du Lac region and help employers find the workers they need," Lt. Governor Kleefisch said. "It is through investments like these that Wisconsin will address the skills gap today and in the years to come."

The Department of Workforce Development (DWD) will administer the grants, which will add capacity to 100 programs at all 16 technical colleges and accommodate up to 4,908 additional students in training programs. Training programs cover key industry sectors such as manufacturing, health care, transportation, construction and architecture, and education. 

The capacity includes funds for WTCS colleges to train over 4,800 enrollees in a variety of programs, as well as up to 84 offenders taking part in the Department of Correction’s (DOC) new manufacturing mobile lab program so these individuals have skills that lead to jobs that support themselves and their families upon their return to the community.

During a visit to Moraine Park’s Fond du Lac campus, Lt. Governor Kleefisch announced DWD's intent to award the technical college $1,217,997 to train 126 additional workers in the following high-demand areas:

 $193,460 to train 18 workers in Manufacturing: Tool & Die Technology Apprenticeship 

 $755,476 to train 75 workers in Manufacturing Skills Academies: Industrial Maintenance, General Production Assembly, Automation, Robotic Welding 

 $134,177 to train 15 workers in Healthcare: Medical Coding 

 $134,884 to train 18 workers in Manufacturing: CNC/Tool & Die Technology (DOC lab)

“We know the integral role Moraine Park Technical College and all of Wisconsin’s technical colleges play in keeping Wisconsin’s economy strong. Our training gets workers into the workforce quickly, and keeps them in the workforce, ensuring we will continue to keep moving Wisconsin forward,” said Moraine Park President Sheila Ruhland. “The Blueprint for Prosperity grant will allow Moraine Park and its partners to continue to expand its training and education efforts, and we all look forward to the opportunities this grant will provide for all of us.”

Governor Walker signed 2013 Act 139 into law in March 2014 as part of his Blueprint for Prosperity initiative following the strong bipartisan support of the state Legislature. The legislation allocated an additional $35.4 million in funds to the Wisconsin Fast Forward worker training program with a focus on three areas:

 Reduction of waits lists at Wisconsin technical colleges for high-demand fields.

 Collaborative projects between high schools, technical colleges, businesses, and other partners to increase opportunities for high school pupils to earn industry-recognized credentials.

 Enhancing the employment opportunities for workers with disabilities.

Technical colleges submitted initial lists of programs for grant consideration earlier this year. DWD developed objective, data-driven measurement tools to validate wait lists for grant eligibility purposes, evaluate each technical college's funding request, make award decisions, and include accountability measures to protect taxpayers' investment.

For more information on Moraine Park, visit morainepark.edu

 

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Moraine Park’s online programming named to BestColleges.com top 50

by dritger23. June 2014 15:47

Moraine Park’s online programming named to BestColleges.com top 50 

Moraine Park Technical College has been listed in the top 50 of BestColleges.com’s “The 100 Best Online Colleges for the 2014 Academic Year.” 

The Best College’s website ranked the overall 50 best two-year colleges, along with the 50 best four-year colleges that offer fully online degree programs. Rankings were determined on acceptance rate, retention rate, graduation rate and enrollment rate information.  

Moraine Park was number 46 on the list of two-year colleges with an acceptance rate of 100 percent, retention rate of 66 percent and a graduation rate of 37 percent. Some of the online offerings at Moraine Park include several associate of applied science degrees in programs including accounting, water quality, instructional assistant, business management, health information technology and Web design. 

Lakeshore Technical College and Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College were also listed in the 50 best online two-year colleges. The University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the University of Wisconsin-Lacrosse were listed in the 50 best online four-year colleges.

To view the complete list of best online college, visit www.bestcolleges.com/features/top-online-schools

To view Moraine Park’s online programs, visit morainepark.edu/flex.

 

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Moraine Park breaks ground on Fond du Lac Campus addition

by dritger5. June 2014 10:33

Moraine Park breaks ground on Fond du Lac Campus addition

Heavy rain and storms rolled through as Moraine Park Technical College’s 2014-15 District Student Ambassador Kim Dickinson shared her thoughts on what the new Student Services Center addition and remodeling project at the Fond du Lac Campus will mean to her fellow students. She noted the new front entrance will serve as a focal point for prospective students but said it is what will be inside the new addition that will be the real benefit. 

Heavy rain didn’t keep Moraine Park from breaking ground on its new Fond du Lac Campus Student Services Center addition and remodeling project on June 2. Ceremonial groundbreakers are, from left: Tim Flood, MPTC director of facilities; Mike Staral, MPTC district board member; Melanie Parma, associate and senior architectural designer, Somerville Architects & Engineers; MPTC President Sheila Ruhland; District Board Member Lowell Prill; Kim Dickinson, MPTC 2014-15 student ambassador; Mike Kadow, president, Somerville Architects & Engineers; Joey Clark, MPTC district student government and Fond du Lac campus student senate representative; and Adam Osier, Capelle Bros. & Diedrich.

“I have the opportunity to interact with students of all ages,” said Dickinson, a nontraditional student from the Beaver Dam area. “Regardless of age, background or gender, when I’m talking with my fellow students, they recognize the great opportunities their Moraine Park Technical College degree is going to give them; and they speak with pride about the college they’ve chosen to attend. This new addition will be another source of pride for Moraine Park’s student body.” 

Moraine Park President Sheila Ruhland and District Board Member Mike Staral also spoke to the more than 70 students, community members, staff and others, who attended the June 2 groundbreaking. “The new entry space will provide us with the opportunity to serve a broader array of individuals who enter our facility each day,” said Ruhland. “Whatever their reason for coming to Moraine Park, this new addition and remodel will provide for a greater experience. 

The 5,212 square foot addition and remodel project will include a new “One-Stop Shop” Student Services Center along with a more architecturally prominent main entrance to the area. A walk up service area for enrollment services; a separate area to provide services to current and potential student veterans; a concierge desk for visitors and students to assist with general information questions; offices for recruitment staff, academic advisors, and student counselors; and a handicap accessible entrance. The $1.5 million project includes professional fees, approvals and construction. An additional $204,100 will furnish and equip the addition. Capelle Bros. & Diedrich of Fond du Lac is the general contractor for the project.  

The project is expected to be completed for the start of the Winter/Spring 2015 semester.

Moraine Park Technical College was established in 1912, and is one of 16 technical college districts that make up the Wisconsin Technical College System. With campuses in Beaver Dam, Fond du Lac and West Bend, Wis., Moraine Park offers more than 100 associate of applied science degrees, technical diplomas, apprenticeships and certificates delivered in a variety of formats — classroom, online and blended. Training and technical assistance for businesses is also offered. Learn more at morainepark.edu.

 

 

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MPTC’s Tech Knowledge College registration underway

by dritger3. June 2014 12:55

MPTC’s Tech Knowledge College registration underway 

Moraine Park Technical College invites middle-school students entering grades 6, 7, and 8 to explore college and careers through 12 hands-on activities during Tech Knowledge College (TKC). 

Registration is underway for the Aug. 5-7 event at the Fond du Lac campus. For a full listing of classes, visit morainepark.edu/tkc. Classes this summer include: 

Be an Architect 

Use your creativity to draw buildings!  You will be introduced to the Revit software to create building models, floor plans, elevations and colored perspectives to design your dream home!

Be an Electrician 

Do you know what an electrician actually does? This session will teach you the basics of electricity fundamentals, including the use of multi-meters to measure DC circuits. Use the skills learned to get your hands on building basic electrical circuits for a house!

Be a Fashionista

Are you a trend setter? Do you like to look your best? Spend time in Moraine Park’s Techniques Salon and Spa to learn the latest in up-do’s, braiding and styling. Get pampered by receiving (and giving) a French Manicure and custom-blended mini-facial, complete with a make-up demonstration. 

Cooking Nutritious & Delicious!

With the focus on teaching healthy cooking and dining choices, students can make and prepare foods that are great for the body and taste incredible.  Class will focus on cooking nutritious and delicious recipes for after school snacks, breakfast and family dinners. Learn the benefits of local foods and some of the effects on health.  

Dream, Design, Do

Make circles spin, robots walk, bubbles rise in the air, planes loop, birds fly, text dance, and create your own animated cartoon character with Flash software. The only limit is your IMAGINATION!  This is a fast-paced course; computer knowledge is required.

Driven to Healthcare 

Health care careers extend far beyond doctors and nurses.  Experience the many options available working in the healthcare field.  Try putting together a skeleton made of X-rays with radiology; inflate a lung with respiratory therapy, check out a surgical suit, work on computers for medical coding, look into microscopes as a lab tech, and give a shot to Simulation Man! 

Driven to be an EMT

You’ve seen them on TV; you’ve heard the sirens wailing as they race to an emergency scene! Now…experience the hands-on activities of Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) and Paramedics. Learn how these health care professionals provide critical care at times of emergency. You will learn skills such as CPR, splinting and bleeding control, and how to handle situations such as choking, burn care and more. 

Driven to Repair 

Spend three days servicing an automobile in an actual auto service training lab! Do vehicle inspections, check under the hood, access computerized service manuals used in automotive repair facilities, and more! Closed-toe shoes are required. 

Everyday Italian!

Italy comes to Fond du Lac where you will learn the basics to cooking Italian cuisine.  Throughout the class you will plan the meal, create the menu, prepare all the courses, and on the last day, finish the class by serving and enjoying your hard work in the Park Terrace Restaurant.  

Fix it, Tune it, Ride it! 

Are you a future Tour de France rider? Bicycle enthusiasts, you will learn to fix flats, fine-tune you own bicycles, and build a bicycle. On the final day, be prepared to enjoy a long bike ride!

World Wide Webmasters

Design and create your own Web pages using HTML 5 and cascading style sheets (CSS3). Publish your web page on the internet for the whole world to see! This is a hands-on activity so computer skills and internet experience is helpful. 

Yo-Yo Manufacturing

Design and make your own personalized high-performance yo-yo using CAD/CAM software. Program computerized machine tools to cut your design. See your yo-yo being made using high-tech equipment. 

Activities fill up fast, so sign up early for your favorite two. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis, with a deadline of July 1. Cost is $115 and includes two activities (9-11:30 a.m. and 12:15-2:45 p.m.), a T-shirt and lunch. Two bus routes are available for students who live outside the Fond du Lac area: Moraine Park’s Beaver Dam Campus and Moraine Park’s West Bend campus (included in the registration fee). Bus seats are first-come, first-served. 

For registration information, go to morainepark.edu/tkc. For more information, contact Katie VandeSlunt, Moraine Park recruitment specialist, at 920-924-3347 or 1-800-472-4554, Ext. 3347, or email at kvandeslunt@morainepark.edu.

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Moraine Park hosts Cancer Survivor Beauty and Support Day

by dritger27. May 2014 14:02

Moraine Park hosts Cancer Survivor Beauty and Support Day

To honor cancer survivors, Moraine Park Technical College is hosting its own Cancer Survivor Beauty and Support Day for cancer survivors on Tuesday, June 10, from 7:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. at Techniques Salon and Spa on Moraine Park’s Fond du Lac campus. The event is part of a national effort to provide support and free pampering for cancer survivors. 

Cosmetology students at Moraine Park will offer survivors services such as manicures, pedicures, facials, haircuts and scalp treatments. All cancer survivors are invited to attend, but appointments are required to guarantee service. 

Each year thousands of salons, spas and cosmetology schools volunteer their time and services to cancer survivors across the nation. This is the third year Moraine Park cosmetology students have hosted the event. To make an appointment for Cancer Survivor Beauty and Support Day, call 920-929-2106. For more information about Moraine Park, visit morainepark.edu

 

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Moraine Park Class of 2014 heads out

by dritger19. May 2014 08:49

Moraine Park Class of 2014 heads out
Nearly 350 participate in May 17 commencement ceremony 

Anticipation filled the air as the Moraine Park Technical College Class of 2014 adjusted their caps and gowns; hugged family, friends and instructors; and prepared themselves to become the newest members of Wisconsin’s workforce. 

Nearly 350 commencement participants filled the Fond du Lac High School Field House for Moraine Park’s May 17 commencement ceremony as the graduates prepared to receive their diplomas and become Moraine Park alumni. A quote by an unknown source -- “May the dreams you dream be the future you find.” -- was the class motto adopted by the graduates from the College’s Beaver Dam, Fond du Lac and West Bend campuses. More than 760 graduate candidates completed their studies receiving associate of applied science degrees and technical diplomas.  

Dr. James Eden, vice president of Academic Affairs, presided over the presentation of candidates with the conferring of degrees and diplomas done by Moraine Park President Sheila Ruhland. Kristen Finnel, dean of Health and Human Services and Dr. Fred Rice, dean of Applied Technology and Trades announced the graduate candidates. Dr. Richard Zimman, Moraine Park District Board chairperson and Lisa Mader, District Board treasurer, recognized the graduates. 

Keynote Speaker Trisha O’Callaghan, a 1997 Moraine Park graduate and owner/stylist of Benesseŕe Salon and Spa in Fond du Lac, shared her story, speaking of how life’s circumstances taught her responsibility, how to overcome challenges and the importance of taking care of others at an early age. She encouraged the graduates to be active and giving members of their communities, and to dig deep, dream big and work hard. “My journey didn’t end at a graduation ceremony at MPTC,” said O’Callaghan. “In reality, that is when my journey just began. Anyone can climb a mountain, but it is those who do it without stepping on others along the way who will feel the greatest sense of accomplishment.”

Zimman, who welcomed the Class of 2014 and their guests to the ceremony, expressed to the graduates how their hard work, perseverance and determination had gotten them to this point. “Commencement is a time to celebrate your successes and laugh at your failures,” he said, “because together, they have gotten you where you are today – earning your degree or technical diploma.” 

Ruhland extended her congratulations to the graduates wishing them success on their new journeys. “Our communities and our state could not move forth without you,” she said. “You are the future to a highly-trained workforce and to economic growth, not only in the communities served by Moraine Park but statewide. Congratulations.” 

Moraine Park’s graduation processional was led by bagpiper Mike Dickinson, with the ceremonial music performed by Brassination, a brass quintet from the Fond du Lac area. Shady Grove, also from the Fond du Lac area, provided the pre-ceremonial music.

Moraine Park Technical College was established in 1912, and is one of 16 technical college districts that make up the Wisconsin Technical College System. With campuses in Beaver Dam, Fond du Lac and West Bend, Wis., Moraine Park offers more than 100 associate of applied science degrees, technical diplomas, apprenticeships and certificates delivered in a variety of formats — classroom, online and blended. Training and technical assistance for businesses is also offered. Learn more at morainepark.edu.

To view photos from Moraine Park’s 2014 Commencement Ceremony, go to facebook.com/moraineparktech

 

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Lisa Karst ’12 named Moraine Park’s 2014 Distinguished Alumnus

by dritger19. May 2014 08:24

Lisa Karst ’12 named Moraine Park’s 2014 Distinguished Alumnus

“Education is a gift,” says Lisa Karst ’12, Moraine Park Technical College’s 2014 Distinguished Alumnus and the 28th recipient of the award. “As with all things, you get out of it what you put into it. How you choose to apply yourself will directly impact what you receive. That applies to everything in life – your family, job and relationships.”

  2014 Distinguished Alumnus Lisa Karst, center, received her award during the Student Award Banquet. Director of College Advancement
                     Dana Knebel, left, and Moraine Park President
 Sheila Ruhland were there to congratulate her.                                                            

A lifelong learner, community service advocate, mother and wife, Karst is an assistant vice president/regional operations leader at National Exchange Bank & Trust, in Beaver Dam. She holds a number of Moraine Park certificates, including Principles of Management, 2001; Organizational Management, 2007; and Human Resources Development, 2009. Additionally, Karst earned her associate of applied science degree in Leadership Development from Moraine Park in 2012.

Karst, who resides near Beaver Dam in the Town of Burnett, insists her Moraine Park learning experiences enlivened her 25-year career in the financial services industry. “When I first enrolled at Moraine Park, I wasn’t necessarily looking for a degree,” she admits. “I just wanted to improve my skills and knowledge of human relations, personal interaction and leadership. I liked Moraine Park because it offered a broader focus than other colleges, so if I wanted to change direction, my education would better serve me.” 

As Karst’s education and professional on-the-job experience meshed, she leaped the corporate ladder – jumping from administrative assistant to customer service officer/branch manager, and finally to assistant vice president/regional operations leader. 

“Her journey through her degree gave her a great complement to her experience in banking,” says Nicole Wiese, Karst’s supervisor.  While Karst possessed most of the skills needed for advancement, those skills were further strengthened and broadened through her educational experience, according to Wiese.

Karst wholeheartedly agrees. “In the Leadership Development program I explored more about myself and applied what I learned where I worked,” she says. Karst gained knowledge and skills enrichment that boosted her personal and professional growth.

In particular, she mastered the tools and skills necessary to effectively manage staff and related challenges. “I learned the human behavioral aspects of leading people; how to facilitate employee development; conflict resolution skills; and the value of continuous learning,” says Karst.

A stellar student and role model, according to Leadership Development Instructor Mary Vogl-Rauscher, Karst attended Moraine Park while working full-time, volunteering in her community and juggling family life. Once again, Karst “put into it what she wanted to get out of it …” 

While pursuing her education, one of Karst’s daughters, Emma, was also pursuing a college degree. “It was kind of cool being in school at the same time,” Karst remembers. Today, Karst and her husband, Don, enjoy three grandchildren. Their daughters, Emma and Sabrina, are 25 and 28.

Karst, who loves her family dearly, also relishes her community and alma mater. She’s an active member of Beaver Dam Noon Kiwanis, Beaver Dam Chamber of Commerce, Church Health Services Inc. and Moraine Park’s Leadership Development Advisory Committee. In this role, Karst works with other business and organizational leaders to continually improve and mold Moraine Park’s Leadership Development program. 

“I value the education I received at Moraine Park and I enjoy helping others in the program by assisting with the review of curriculum in an ever-changing business environment. Service is important,” Karst maintains. “I find it gratifying to give back to the community in which I live and work.”

Karst – who was recognized as the 2014 Distinguished Alumnus during Moraine Park’s Student Awards Banquet, Friday, May 9 – offers simple advice to graduates. “You get out what you put in.” 

For more information about Moraine Park’s Distinguished Alumnus award as well as past recipients, visit morainepark.edu, click on Alumni & Friends, the blue Alumni Association button and then Distinguished Alumnus Award.

 

 

 

 

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Moraine Park honors students at annual Awards Banquet

by dritger16. May 2014 11:25

Moraine Park honors students at annual awards banquet

The hard work and academic achievement of nearly 300 Moraine Park Technical College students was recognized during the College’s annual Student Awards Banquet held May 9 at The Golf Club at Camelot in Lomira. 

Lisa Karst, Moraine Park’s 2014 Distinguished Alumnus Award recipient began the program by sharing her experiences as both a student and alumnus. Karst, of Burnett, is the assistant vice president/regional operations leader at National Exchange Bank & Trust in Beaver Dam. “I have no doubt my continued education opened the door to additional opportunities and played a role in my promotions,” said Karst, who challenged the students to be driven, stay involved and to give back or pay it forward. “It also allowed me to build friendships and a network that will last a lifetime.”  

The 2014-15 District Student Ambassador Award was presented to Kim Dickinson of Beaver Dam. Dickinson is enrolled in Moraine Park’s Business Management and Supervision program. She will assume her Ambassador role in fall, taking over for 2013-14 Student Ambassador Mihai Schnell Harrison of Ripon. 

Moraine Park presented the Student of the Year Award to nursing student E. Prakash Nair of West Bend for exemplifying the College’s core abilities, and excelling both in and outside of the classroom.  Nair thanked his family, fellow students and Moraine Park staff and instructors for helping him on his educational journey. “I can still remember my son sitting on my lap while I was studying and teach him his first nursing word: stethoscope,” said Nair, who graduates in May. 

Technical Achievement Awards were presented to 42 students. To receive this award, recipients must be enrolled in a one-year technical diploma program and have maintained a 3.25 GPA. They are judged on classroom participation and other contributions and characteristics that exemplify an outstanding student. Recipients were:  Garett Berndt of Adell; Broderick Hanson, Cody Sekel of Beaver Dam; Mitchell Moldenhauer of Berlin; Craig Hampton, Felicia Van Houten of Burnett; Andy Luedtke, Hannah Lange, Jeff Bong, Jessica Parsons of Campbellsport; Joe Barelmann of Cedarburg; Abigail Schaefer, Amanda Reinke, Michael Nischke, Amy Batura, Caleb Poss, Donald Wallender, Emma Endejan, Jordan Guelig, Kyle Buechel, Michael Schmid, Nicholas Messenger of Fond du Lac; Cody Ermer, Tyler Strupp of Hartford; Tracy Wehrmann of Howards Grove; Dustin Weiss of Iron Ridge; Justin Greif of Jackson; Isaac Theis, Kelsie Hennig, Zach Thornton of Kewaskum; Steven Smith of Kiel; Justin Broesch of Menomonee Falls; Danielle Dolinac of North Fond du Lac; Michelle Johnson of Ripon; Mason Pluim of Waupun; Aaron Hilgendorf, Brad Bond, DeWayne Sexton, Dylan Bresson, Jacob Wunderlich, Kenneth Smith, Nick Schmitt of West Bend.

The Meritorious Service Award is granted to students who have served the College through their leadership and participation in co-curricular activities such as student clubs, student government or other volunteer opportunities. This year’s 111 recipients include: Zach Kirchner, Garett Berndt of Adell; Dawn Woebbeking, Tyler Neely, Richard Goetsch of Allenton; Amanda Lee, Amy Surprise, Aubri Schmitt, Jaime Miller, Laine Meyer, Melinda Garczynski, Patrick Beilfuss, Cody Sekel, Dolores Hager, Garret Noyons, Robert Krist, Sharon Vlach of Beaver Dam; Mitchell Moldenhauer of Berlin; Eric Schemmel of Burlington; Craig Hampton, Kayla Ebert of Burnett; Jessica Henning, Jessica Parsons, Jordan Hanson, Karen Dauterman of Campbellsport; Austin Leider of Cedar Grove; Kyle Noltner of Cross Plains; Donald Wallender, Eric Quackenboss, Heather Pufahl, William Durfee, Amy Batura, Candace Mendoza, Christine Koenig, Francis Heredia, Francisco Nunez, Joseph Clark, Kia Goncalo, Lauren Duwell, Moriah Parrish, Nicholas Messenger of Fond du Lac; Kristy Sparacio of Fox Lake; Kevin Boudwine of Germantown; Andrew Michaels of Glenbeulah; Kari Willfahrt of Green Bay; Peg Bowser of Hartford; Cassie Lynn, Logan Wagner, Marissa DuQuette, Nate Christenson, Tyler Strupp, Bruce Wiese of Horicon; Danyelle Young of Hubertus; Dan Mose of Iron Ridge; Justin Greif of Jackson; Nicholas Goeman, Nikki Ricco, Sherry Drake of Juneau, Isaac Theis, Jake Forbes, Bonnie Weiss, Kelsie Hennig, Lisa Landry of Kewaskum; Steven Smith Kiel, Kari-Jo Koprek, Shawn Grimes of Lowell; Sarah Frederick of Markesan; Josh Livingston, Justin Gubin, William Milbrot of Mayville; Maddie Greco of Menomonee Falls; Thomas Bell of Mt. Horeb, Dalton Linzmeier of Nekoosa; Danielle Dolinac of North Fond du Lac; Marki Henderson of Omro; Jeremy Burggraf, Marion Scott of Oshkosh; Tracey Meredith of Plymouth, Jeremy Pulvermacher of Princeton; Hannah Miller of Randolph; Larissa Schumann, Leanne Gensch, Melissa Kuntz of Reeseville; Michelle Johnson, Jessica Purath, Samantha Beck, of Ripon; Marie Radschlag of Rubicon; Tyler Reynolds of Shabbona; Andrea Stover of Sheboygan, Trevor Reed of Watertown; Matt Pearce, Jennifer Sorenson of Waupun; Aaron Hilgendorf, Aaron Rusch, Ashley Dierberger, Brad Bond, Dylan Bresson, Jana Bruger, John Pocian, Jon Fisher, Karissa Laatsch, Krysta Meyer, Laura Hein, Logan Lang, Trevor Magnowski, DeWayne Sexton, E. Prakash Nair, Jeremy Foley, Kenneth Smith, Naomi Gosse of West Bend; Erik Hefner of Wilton.

Eighteen Moraine Park students received the Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges Award. Who's Who Among Students is one of the most highly regarded and long-standing honors programs in the nation. Students receive national recognition for achieving at least a 3.25 GPA as well as participating and showing leadership in academic and extracurricular activities. Those students include: Kirsten Lynch of Beaver Dam; Brittany Stark, Kerry Grunkowski, Lauren Duwell, Paige Frombach, Sandra Odekirk of Fond du Lac; Kristy Sparacio of Fox Lake; Ingrid Moder of Hustisford; Sherry Drake of Juneau; Steven Smith of Kiel; Jessica Krieger of Mayville; Leanne Gensch, of Reeseville; Katrina Switzler of Rosendale; Kaitlyn Zinecker of Wautoma; April Neumann, E. Prakash Nair, Stacey Scheinpflug, Stephen Orr of West Bend

Student government leadership recognition included Dan Mose, Beaver Dam Student Senate president; Joseph Clark, Fond du Lac Student Senate president; Bonnie Weiss, West Bend Student Senate president; Hannah Miller, District Student Government president; Francisco Nunez, Wisconsin Student Government lt. governor; and William Milbrot, Wisconsin Student Government governor. 

Also recognized at the banquet were the more than 100 students who were inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa international honor society on April 30; and five students who received Community Stewardship, Activist and Leadership Award scholarships from the Moraine Park Federation of Teachers.

For more information about Moraine Park, visit morainepark.edu

 

 

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Trisha O’Callaghan is Moraine Park’s 2014 Commencement Keynote Speaker

by dritger15. May 2014 13:54

Trisha O’Callaghan is Moraine Park’s 2014 Commencement Keynote Speaker
Graduation set for May 17

Moraine Park Technical College has announced Trisha O’Callaghan, 1997 graduate of Moraine Park Technical College, as their 2014 Commencement keynote speaker.

The College’s 2014 Commencement Ceremony will be held Saturday, May 17, at 10:00 a.m. at the Fond du Lac High School Field House. Dr. Sheila Ruhland, Moraine Park president, will preside over the ceremony.

Nearly 800 graduate candidates will be receiving associate of applied science degrees and technical diplomas with approximately 350 graduate candidates expected to participate in the Commencement Ceremony. 

“We are excited and honored to have Trisha O’Callaghan as this year’s commencement speaker,” said Moraine Park president Sheila Ruhland. 

“I feel so humbled and so very honored,” said O’Callaghan, when asked about being the 2014 Commencement keynote speaker. “It has been such a privilege to continue to be involved with Moraine Park, from being part of the College’s Moraine Park Proud alumni campaign and now to be able to serve as keynote speaker.” 

Following graduation from Moraine Park, O’Callaghan began her professional career working at a variety of local salons. She then proceeded to open her own business, Benesseŕe Salon and Spa in Fond du Lac, which she continues to own and operate today.  

O’Callaghan is a native of Fond du Lac and in 1994, was crowned Miss Fond du Lac. She continues to remain involved in the Fond du Lac community giving back through charitable donations to a variety of local clubs and programs. She has assisted in the development of Fond du Lac’s “Look Good, Feel Better” Cancer Program. “Look Good, Feel Better” is a free public service program for women of any age undergoing cancer treatment. It focuses on how to look good and manage cancer treatments and recovery with greater confidence. 

O’Callaghan is also involved as a Moraine Park Alumni. She has been involved in the College’s Moraine Park Proud! Alumni Association Campaign. A campaign featuring Moraine Park alumni sharing their success stories. 

Moraine Park Technical College was established in 1912, and is one of 16 technical college districts that make up the Wisconsin Technical College System. With campuses in Beaver Dam, Fond du Lac and West Bend, Wis., Moraine Park offers more than 100 associate of applied science degrees, technical diplomas, apprenticeships and certificates delivered in a variety of formats — classroom, online and blended. Training and technical assistance for businesses is also offered. To find out more about Moraine Park, visit morainepark.edu

 

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