Baerwald and Cram receive Patriot Award

by dritger19. November 2015 14:38

Bonnie Baerwald, Moraine Park Technical College president, and Stan Cram, Moraine Park’s vice president of student affairs, recently received the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Patriot Award.

Moraine Park Technical College President Bonnie Baerwald and Stan Cram, Vice President of Student Affairs, receive the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Patriot Award. Scott Lieburn, Moraine Park’s Dean of Students, nominated Baerwald and Cram for the award. From left: Stan Cram, Bonnie Baerwald and Scott Lieburn.

Scott Lieburn, Moraine Park’s dean of students, who currently serves in the Air National Guard, nominated both Baerwald and Cram for this award, which is given to supervisors of employers who support active service members. Employers who receive this award have provided flexible schedules, time off prior to and after deployment, caring for families and granting leaves of absence if needed.

“Active members of the Guard and Reserve have to be ready to answer our State’s and Nation’s call at a moment’s notice,” said Lieburn. “I take comfort in knowing that my direct supervisor, Dr. Cram and the College president support me and my role as a member of the armed forces. I can assure you that the men and women of today’s reserve armed forces and National Guard remain always ready and always there to answer the call when our state or nation needs them. I couldn’t answer that call to duty without the support and leadership our MPTC Administration and the other MPTC staff who cover for me when I’m away on military duty.”

“I was honored to receive the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve recognition,” said Baerwald “As a strong supporter of our community and our country, I want to assure our military employees that Moraine Park totally supports their efforts to serve both in their military and civilian roles. I don’t want them to feel worried that their jobs or their family support would ever be jeopardized because of these two commitments. They have my full assurance that their employment at Moraine Park will always be there.”

“I personally have had the honor to work closely with Lt. Col. Scott Lieburn for the past three years and to continuously enhance our opportunities to create welcoming services to better meet the needs of those coming to us who have worn the uniform in defense of our freedom,” said Cram. “Our intention is to persist in our dedication to serve those who have served us.”

According to their website, ESGR was founded in 1972 “to promote cooperation and understanding between Reserve Component Service members and their civilian employers.”

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Moraine Park health programs surpass national averages

by dritger9. November 2015 15:28

Moraine Park’s health programs continue to exceed national board exam pass rates. On their first attempt, students from the 2014-15 graduating classes achieved pass rate averages that surpassed the national averages in many programs.

"I am very pleased with the scores," said Kristen Finnel, dean of health and human services. "Our two-year nursing and allied health program students receive the same licensure/certification credentials as a four-year program student graduate. I think it speaks to the quality of our faculty and the strength of our programs that our students continue to exceed national averages."

Students from four different health care programs not only exceeded the national average, but achieved a 100 percent pass rate. Those programs were Health Information Technology, Medical Laboratory Technician, Respiratory Therapist and Radiography.

The passing rates for Moraine Park students compared to national averages were as follows:

•Nursing 98 percent compared to 82 percent nationally

•Health Information Technology at 100 percent compared to 80 percent nationally

•Medical Laboratory Technician at 100 percent compared to 74 percent nationally

•Respiratory Therapist at 100 percent compared to 90.6 percent nationally

•Surgical Technology 75 percent compared to 61 percent nationally

•Radiography 100 percent compared to 89 percent nationally

•Medical Assistant 95 percent compared to 65 percent nationally

For more information about Moraine Park heath care programs, visit


Krueger wins ACCT national award

by dritger5. November 2015 13:30

Val Krueger, executive assistant to both the Moraine Park Technical College District Board and College president, was recently presented with the 2015 Professional Board Staff Member National Award.

Val Krueger, recipient of the 2015 Professional Board Staff Member National Award, with Moraine Park Board and ACCT members. From left: Moraine Park District Board Members Mike Miller, Mike Staral and Lowell Prill; Moraine Park President Bonnie Baerwald; Val Krueger; ACCT President J. Noah Brown; ACCT Chair and Lansing Community College Trustee Robin Smith; and Moraine Park District Board Chair Vernon Jung.

Earlier this year, Krueger was chosen as the sole recipient of the 2015 Central Region Professional Board Staff Member Award. She went on to win the national award during the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) leadership conference held in San Diego in October. During her acceptance speech, Krueger thanked Bonnie Baerwald, Moraine Park president, and Vernon Jung, Jr., chairperson of Moraine Park Technical College Board of Trustees, for the nomination. She also acknowledged the teamwork of the College Board.

“It is said that it takes a village to raise a child,” said Krueger. “I believe the same holds true about the work that we do. It takes a village of hard-working, knowledgeable and caring College Board members and staff working as a team to guide our students on their journey to success.”

Since 1990, Krueger of Green Lake has worked as the assistant to four presidents; oriented and supported nearly 40 district board members; and planned, implemented and attended more than 325 district board meetings, according to Jung.

“Val is one of those unique individuals who make a lasting impression on colleagues, students, staff, Board members and friends,” said Baerwald. “She has a true passion for the mission of the College and the willingness to lend a hand to help a student succeed.”

For more information about the ACCT, visit For information on Moraine Park, visit


Moraine Park graduates fourth class from Information Technology Careers program

by dritger2. November 2015 12:39

Moraine Park is excited to announce its fourth class of students from the Information Technology (IT) Interface grant recently completed the Content Management Certificate program. Those who received their certificate included: Ryan Easterson of Oakfield; Elizabeth Adams, Nathan Adams, Andrea Lee of West Bend; Karin Langsdorf, Becky Scannell of Campbellsport; Adam Skeel, Thomas Schwartz of Fond du Lac; Elizabeth Krill of Brookfield; Derick Kruger of Theresa; Joshua Strey of Waupun; Anne Allmann of Kewaskum; Kathy Koch of Hartford; Courtney Steinhardt of Sheboygan; and Robert Miller of North Fond du Lac. Karin Langsdorf also completed an Android Web Application Development Certificate.

Moraine Park summer 2015 Content Management Certificate graduates. Left to Right: Ryan Easterson of Oakfield, Elizabeth Adams of West Bend, Karin Langsdorf of Campbellsport, Adam Skeel of Fond du Lac, Elizabeth Krill of Brookfield, Thomas Schwartz of Fond du Lac, Derick Kruger of Theresa, Nathan Adams of West Bend, Joshua Strey of Waupun, Anne Allmann of Kewaskum, Kathy Koch of Hartford, Courtney Steinhardt of Sheboygan.

The completion ceremony was a true testimonial of the skills learned by students in the program. The graduates worked on website projects with several area companies, including: Lemke Consulting LLC, Pizzaville, New Automotive Concepts, and Lo Energy Heating and Cooling. 

In spring 2016, Moraine Park will offer iOS and Android Web Application Development Certificates, with evening courses at their Fond du Lac and West Bend campuses. In all, Moraine Park expects to enroll 90 students in the IT Careers program over the three-year grant period.

The IT Careers program was implemented as part of a three-year, $995,662, TAACCCT 3 grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor to address emerging needs in the IT sector.

This grant, which awarded a total of $23.1 million to 16 colleges in the Wisconsin Technical College System, is backing the statewide INTERFACE project, which has been established to help develop, improve and expand adult educational training pathways to careers in information technology-related occupations in business, information technology, healthcare, logistics, automation and manufacturing.  

In collaboration with workforce development boards, job centers, advisory boards and local employers, the grant has allowed Moraine Park the resources to develop a new IT Careers program that provides specific training to adult learners, veterans and dislocated workers. Four short-term, targeted certificates are offered within this program, including Content Management, Android Web Application Development, iOS Web Application Development and Website Security. Students that complete these short-term certificates will have an opportunity to use those courses to ladder into an associate degree in IT-Web Development and Design Specialist or a technical diploma in IT-Mobile Applications Designer/Developer, both created through the grant.

Information sessions for upcoming IT certificates will be held on Moraine Park’s Fond du Lac campus on Monday, Nov. 16, at 1:30 and 5:30 p.m. and Thursday, Nov. 19, at 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Preregistration for sessions is recommended through


Marian, Moraine Park to launch “Educational Fusion” partnership

by dritger29. October 2015 14:35

Marian University and Moraine Park Technical College have formed an inclusive partnership, Educational Fusion: The Complete Experience, which will offer a seamless educational transition between the institutions. 

Students who engage in this partnership may take courses at both institutions, while working toward both their associates and bachelor’s degrees. Enrollment in this program can begin at either institution and is available at every enrollment entry point. 

“This innovative partnership between Moraine Park and Marian University will allow students to achieve the ‘dream degree’ in that they will get the best of both worlds – the critical technical proficiency necessary to become the finest possible practitioner, married to the liberal arts, to ensure the adaptability so necessary in this ever-changing world,” said Dr. Sheryl Ayala, interim vice president of academic affairs at Marian. 

“For many years, Moraine Park and Marian have had credit transfer partnerships in place to allow students to get their degree from our college and then transfer into Marian should they choose to earn a bachelor’s degree,” said Dr. James Eden, vice president of academic affairs at Moraine Park. “Educational Fusion moves those partnerships to the next level by allowing students to be enrolled at both institutions at the same time, letting them take advantage of Moraine Park’s lower tuition, while still being able to participate in much of what each school has to offer.”   

As part of this partnership, Marian University has articulated a variety of Moraine Park’s programs into select bachelor degree options. Although not all programs have specific articulation agreements, most courses taken at Moraine Park will transfer, as long as they are part of a degree program and have a grade of C- or better. 

For more information, contact Amy Clark, admissions and advising manager at Moraine Park at or 920-924-3257. 


Moraine Park ranks in top 10 among best technical colleges for vets

by dritger29. October 2015 13:17

Moraine Park ranked 9th in Military Times’s Best for Vets: Career & Technical Colleges 2016. The list, comprised of 20 schools, recognizes career and technical colleges for their commitment to educating and providing opportunities to America’s veterans.

“This Best for Vets designation validates the proactive work Moraine Park has been doing, not only in providing above and beyond services to our military students and student veterans, but also in educating our staff in serving this unique sector of our student population,” said Scott Lieburn, Moraine Park’s dean of students. “This is one more positive step on our journey of moving beyond military friendly. As a veteran myself, I couldn’t be prouder of Moraine Park and this designation.”

Moraine Park student veterans and military students helped recognize the College's recent naming to "Best for Vets." From left: Charlie Daniels, Steve Pepper, Rob Vande Zande and Kenneth W. Moncrief, all of Fond du Lac; Shawn Grimes of Weyauwega; Cassandra Fronczek of Sun Prairie; and Dystiny Helbig of Fond du Lac.

Colleges and universities across the country were invited to fill out a rigorous survey, comprising well over 100 questions, about their operations involving current and former service members and their families. Schools that identified themselves primarily as career and technical institutions were evaluated in five categories: university culture, student support, academic outcomes/quality, academic policies and financial aid. 

Moraine Park offers a number of programs approved for VA benefits and courses with a variety of flexible scheduling that is attractive to student veterans and military students alike. Student veteran specialists and advisors provide one-on-one attention in a culture that supports and understands the challenges veterans can have transitioning into college life. In addition, student veterans can become a member of the Student Veterans Association on campus.

The Military Times digital platforms and newsweeklies are source for independent news and information for service members and their families. For the full Best for Vets: Career & Technical Colleges 2016 rankings, visit

For more information about Moraine Park’s Veterans Services, visit


Preview Days planned at Moraine Park

by dritger21. October 2015 09:01

High school juniors and seniors are invited to attend Moraine Park Technical College’s Preview Days to learn how the College can help shape their future.

Students will have the opportunity to investigate programs they are considering for their career choice.  They will spend a morning on campus taking a closer look at those programs, meeting Moraine Park instructors and getting a feel for college life. Two program visits per campus must be selected, and one campus or all three can be visited. 

Preview Days will be offered from 9 to 11:15 a.m. on the following dates:

•West Bend campus – Tuesday, Nov. 10

•Fond du Lac campus – Wednesday, Nov. 11

•Beaver Dam campus – Thursday, Nov. 12

Register by Nov. 3 with your high school guidance office or online by visiting Participating programs at each campus are listed on this Web page. For more information, contact Amy Richter at or 262-335-5853.


Moraine Park hosts spa day for veterans and spouses Nov. 4

by dritger19. October 2015 09:50

To honor veterans, Moraine Park Technical College is hosting Veterans and Spouses Spa Day on Wednesday, Nov. 4, from 7:30 - 11:30 a.m. at Techniques Salon and Spa, located in room C-103 at the Fond du Lac campus.

Cosmetology students will offer free haircuts, styles, manicures, pedicures, scalp treatments and facials. Appointments are required to guarantee service, though walk-ins will be accepted based on availability. Interested veterans and their spouses should call the salon at 920-929-2106 to schedule an appointment.

Eileen Bouchard, barber/cosmetology instructor, was approached by Moraine Park’s Student Veterans Association asking if the students could do something for veterans and their spouses. “When our student veterans approached us on this, we were thrilled to help them out,” said Bouchard. “This is a great opportunity for our students to give back to the veterans and their spouses who have done so much for our country.”

For more information about Moraine Park’s Techniques Salon and Spa, visit

For more information about Moraine Park’s Veterans Services, visit


Krueger named ACCT 2015 professional board staff member

by dritger9. October 2015 10:56

Moraine Park is pleased to announce Val Krueger, executive assistant to the district board and president for Moraine Park, has been chosen as the recipient of the 2015 Central Region Professional Board Staff Member Award on behalf of the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT).

Val Krueger, 2015 Central Region Professional Board Staff Member

“When President Baerwald surprised me with the announcement that I had been selected as the recipient of the Professional Board Staff Award from the Central Region, I was amazed,” said Krueger. “I was humbled that our College president and Board chairperson took the time to submit a nomination on my behalf. It is gratifying to be receiving national recognition for the role that I have I played in supporting the College’s mission for the past 25 years. It’s a great way to top off my career at Moraine Park.”

Since 1990, Krueger of Green Lake has worked as the assistant to four presidents; oriented and supported nearly 40 district board members; and planned, implemented and attended more than 325 district board meetings, according to Vernon Jung, Jr., chairperson of Moraine Park Technical College Board of Trustees.

“Val is not just a top administrator, she drives technological innovation, efficiency, good governing practices and board policy development to help the Board and president best serve students and the community,” said Jung. “She is professional, energetic, creative and personable. She is approachable and has an engaging personality with a willingness to volunteer at college events including graduation, foundation events and other college life activities.”

In addition to winning the nomination, Krueger will be the sole nominee for the central region – one of five regions – to potentially be selected for the prestigious 2015 Professional Board Staff Member National Award to be announced on Friday, October 16, at ACCT’s leadership conference in San Diego.

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Moraine Park offers growing careers in energy

by dritger9. October 2015 07:57

Did you know that wind-generating capacity in the United States grew 39 percent per year from 2004 to 2009 and is expected to grow more rapidly as demand for renewable energy increases, according to the American Wind Energy Association?

Tech College Effect: Energy, a collaboration among Wisconsin’s technical colleges to offer events and promote awareness of growing and rewarding careers in energy, will be emphasized by the technical colleges of Wisconsin during the week of Oct. 12 - 16. The spotlight coincides with the Center for Energy Workforce Development, Careers in Energy Week. Moraine Park offers two programs in energy careers, Electrical Power Distribution and, in conjunction with Lakeshore Technical College, Wind Energy Technology.

The Electrical Power Distribution program provides theoretical and hands-on training in all phases of power line construction and maintenance. This technical diploma program prepares students for entry-level employment as line technician trainees for electrical utilities, telephone companies and related businesses.

The wind energy industry is the fastest growing segment of renewable energy production. Employers seek skilled technicians for operation and maintenance activities in local wind farm settings. There is also intense demand for upper-level technicians within U.S. and international wind turbine manufacturers; these include installation technician, quality control technician, and warranty and commissioning technicians. Operation and maintenance positions generally remain with a given wind farm location; other technicians travel extensively with the development of new wind farms and repairing/retrofitting of wind farms around the world.

“Students are looking for great careers with high starting pay and room for advancement,” said WTCS President Morna Foy. “Utility employers are approaching us with retirement trends showing an increasing need for new talent, as well as training for incumbent energy workers. This is a timely focus on Wisconsin’s energy sector.”

According to the Midwest Energy Research Consortium, more than 900 companies in Wisconsin’s growing energy, power and control sector employ over 100,000 people and generate $38 billion in annual sales. Salaries for Wisconsin technical college energy graduates top the colleges’ self-reported earnings with median annual incomes for graduates in Gas Utility Construction and Service at $65,579, followed by $59,504 for Utilities Engineering Technology graduates. Wind Energy Technology graduates earn a median income of $45,000.

For more information on Electrical Power Distribution, Wind Energy Technology and other Moraine Park programs, visit