Moraine Park, Wisconsin Lutheran sign agreement to meet educational needs of transfer students

by dritger7. April 2016 14:50

A new partnership gives Moraine Park Technical College graduates of select programs the opportunity to transfer to Wisconsin Lutheran College (WLC) at junior status to complete their baccalaureate degree in the college's adult accelerated program.

The articulation agreement, signed in March, grants Moraine Park associate degree graduates of 17 programs full transfer and 15 programs limited transfer to WLC's Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management and Leadership, offered through the College of Adult and Graduate Studies.

Moraine Park President Bonnie Baerwald is an alumna of Wisconsin Lutheran College and said she knows first-hand the valuable leadership skills fostered there. 

“I had the opportunity to attend Wisconsin Lutheran College directly from high school.  At that time, they only offered associate degree programming, but they offered something that I really desired – small class sizes in a Christian atmosphere that emphasizes servant leadership values,” Baerwald said. 

The opportunity to now add these servant leadership values to a strong foundation created at Moraine Park is an exciting prospect for students, according to Baerwald: 

“Building off the quality training and learning found at Moraine Park, Wisconsin Lutheran College offers additional servant leadership values that our students – and employers – often seek,” she said, adding “Our students desire and deserve a seamless transfer opportunity to quality institutions to allow them to learn and grow – in an affordable option.” 

Moraine Park full-transfer programs are as follows: Accounting, AODA Associate, Business Management - Management and Supervision, Business Management - Marketing, Business Management - Small Business Entrepreneurship, Criminal Justice - Corrections, Digital Marketing, Early Childhood Education, Graphic Communications, Human Resources, Information Technology - Network Specialist, Information Technology - Technical Support Specialist, Interactive Media Design - Animation, Interactive Media Design - Motion Graphics, Leadership Development, Medical Laboratory Tech. and Nursing. 

The agreement goes into effect this spring for Moraine Park Technical College students who have satisfied their general education core requirements and completed their associate of applied science degree. 

“Collaborating with community partners to deliver increasing numbers of highly qualified, service-minded leaders is a key component of Wisconsin Lutheran College's commitment to initiating positive change in our community and the world,” said John Kolander, Ph.D., WLC's provost. “We couldn't be more pleased to offer enhanced access to WLC's active Christian learning community for graduates of Moraine Park Technical College.”

To learn more about this or other transfer opportunities available at Moraine Park, visit morainepark.edu/transfer

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Moraine Park apprenticeship students earn “Tools of the Trade” scholarships

by dritger7. April 2016 14:37

Four Moraine Park Technical College apprentices were recently awarded “Tools of the Trade” scholarships from Great Lakes High Education Guaranty Corporation. Receiving $1,000 scholarships were Tyler Hickmann of Menomonee Falls, electrician apprentice; Jonathan TenDolle of Sheboygan Falls, electrician apprentice; Charles Vine of Fond du Lac, carpentry apprentice; and Ervin Westphal III of Sheboygan, electrician apprentice.

Great Lakes’ scholarships are designed, in part, to help combat a growing need by employers for skilled workers. The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development projects job growth at a 21 percent increase for construction jobs and a 15 percent increase in the industrial trades through 2022. 

“We’ve seen that 96 percent of ‘Tools of the Trade’ scholarship recipients either complete or continue their training, so we know our scholarships work to help hardworking men and women build rewarding careers in the construction and industrial trades,” said Richard D. George, president and chief executive officer of Great Lakes. 

Moraine Park, along with the 15 other colleges in the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS), is taking action by preparing a new generation with the skills and credentials needed for success in the trades. 

“Our colleges are proven partners in developing and advancing the talent Wisconsin’s employers need to be successful,” said Dr. Morna Foy, WTCS president. 

But before they can achieve worker status and fill good jobs that are available now, apprentices must complete up to five years of specialized training and classroom instruction. Apprentices earn modest wages on the job and have limited options for financial aid to help with program tuition. They also are required to purchase expensive tools and clothing for their trades. 

“As employer and student interest in apprenticeship began to take off, so did the need to ensure those who begin training programs complete them. ‘Tools of the Trade’ scholarships from Great Lakes make a real difference for our students, whose success is ultimately great for employers,” Foy said. 

In all, Great Lakes awarded $200,000 in scholarships to 200 construction and industrial trade apprentices attending 15 WTCS colleges. A total of 390 scholarships have been awarded to apprentices across the state over the three years of the “Tools of the Trade” $1,000 Apprentice Scholarship program.

TenDolle, who is in his third year of an electrician apprenticeship at Moraine Park, used his $1,000 scholarship to purchase tools, boots and work pants. 

“I’m looking to be a journeyman electrician and, after that, I am hoping to be a master electrician. This scholarship helps me get the tools I need to get there,” he said.

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

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Moraine Park students showcased at statewide event

by dritger17. March 2016 12:25

As a part of the Wisconsin Technical College System’s (WTCS) fifth annual student showcase event: A Celebration of Student Engagement, Moraine Park Technical College sent five students to the State Capitol. The event, which was held on Tuesday, Feb. 16, was designed to increase awareness of the many ways Wisconsin’s technical college students give back to their communities as part of their educational experience.

Students from all 16 Wisconsin technical colleges shared their service-learning and community-based projects with visitors. Moraine Park Technical College showcased its veteran services and student-run restaurant at the event.

Moraine Park Technical College CNC/Tool and Die instructor Tim Clemens (left) and student Dewayne Sexton (right) are joined by Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch at the College's military logo display at the Student Showcase in Madison.

Moraine Park’s veterans display highlighted the creation of six plaques engraved with military logos. Student veteran DeWayne Sexton of West Bend shared the concept behind the project, which was developed by students. Several student organizations, including the CNC/Tool & Die Club and Student Veterans of America, worked together to honor service members by creating these plaques.

“My favorite part of the event was watching all the students who have never experienced this amazing journey in our educational experience stand in awe,” said Sexton. “[This event] allows the students to grow and meet influential people that you may never have the opportunity to meet otherwise, like Lt. Governor Kleefisch.”

Moraine Park also showcased its student-run restaurant, Park Terrace. Culinary Arts program students Chris Kunasch of Fond du Lac, Cheyenne Milton of Ripon, Amanda Bovee of Oakfield, and Jacqui Gunn of Waupun, shared the behind-the-scenes efforts that go in to managing a student restaurant, as well as preparing and sharing some of their culinary creations.

To learn more about service-learning at Moraine Park, visit morainepark.edu/servicelearning

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Moraine Park Foundation honors FACT Scholarship donors

by dritger15. March 2016 14:18

The Moraine Park Foundation honored area businesses for supporting its Forming Alliances to Cultivate Talent (FACT) program on Thursday, March 3.  

Moraine Park Technical College President Bonnie Baerwald and Moraine Park Foundation Board President Adam Stone recognized FACT Scholarship donors at a recent appreciation banquet. Attending were (front row, left to right) Mike Wahl, Mid-States Aluminum Corp.; Leo Metivier,  Mid-States Aluminum Corp.; Steve Peterson, Mid-States Aluminum Corp.; Baerwald; Jerry Cegielski, Mercury Marine; (back row); Stone, Kevin Lichtenberg, Fives Giddings & Lewis; Jason Hendricks, J.F. Ahern; Dave Wilhelms, Michels Corporation; Jim Spannbauer, Mid-States Aluminum Corp.; and Dave Brenner, Five Giddings & Lewis.

Through the FACT program, generous contributions from participating partners help support Moraine Park Technical College students enrolled in manufacturing-related programs. In turn, Moraine Park students earn incentives to complete a manufacturing-related degree, while area businesses have a larger, more qualified pool of applicants to fill industry needs. 

To date, the FACT initiative has raised $288,075 for scholarships and formed partnerships with 18 area companies that support the vision.

Jenni Morse, a second-year mechanical design student at Moraine Park, told those in attendance the FACT program has had a profound impact on her life – not just as a student, but as a mom as well.

“Your scholarship has helped me exponentially this year, and I appreciate it … I am forever grateful to donors like you. By helping me continue my education, you are also providing my child a better platform for a successful future. The education I’ve gained from my time at Moraine Park is invaluable and has made me a more attractive job candidate,” Morse said. 

Steve Peterson, president and CEO of Mid-States Aluminum, also spoke at the event. 

He said, from a business standpoint, supporting FACT is a sound investment in creating talented workers, because Moraine Park “does a wonderful job of educating people and meeting the needs of the manufacturing community.”

But, more important, Peterson said that the gifts through FACT are ones that can keep giving in other ways, and he encouraged FACT scholarship recipients to pay-it-forward - not just in monetary ways, but with their cultivated talents and a commitment to help others. 

“This is about giving back. The generation before me gave back so that I could have a wonderful career in manufacturing. Our generation is giving back so that you can hopefully have a wonderful career. And I hope you think about that as you go on from here,” Peterson said. 

The following companies were honored for their participation and contributions to the FACT program: Amerequip; Fond du Lac Area Foundation; J.F. Ahern Co.; Cole Manufacturing Corp.; Fives Giddings & Lewis; AT&T Foundation; Mercury Marine; Kondex Corporation; Mid-States Aluminum Corp.; Helgesen Industries, Inc.; Michels Corporation; METKO, Inc.; Ted & Grace Bachhuber Foundation, Inc.; TAB Products Co LLC; Bradley Corporation; Sadoff Iron & Metal Companyl; Server Products; and Maysteel LLC. 

For more information about Moraine Park’s FACT initiative, visit morainepark.edu/fact.

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Moraine Park graduates 23rd boot camp class

by dritger11. March 2016 15:39

Moraine Park Technical College recently graduated students from the Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) Fundamentals Skills Academy Boot Camp. The graduating students were: Allen Tackes of Allenton; Ryan Draeger of Beaver Dam; John Weiland of Campbellsport; Brad Fehrmann of Mayville; Doug Scheuerman of Slinger; Ed Boyung and Michael Miller of West Bend; and Ed Fisher, Corey Jansma and Robert Marsh of Waupun.

A graduation ceremony took place at Moraine Park’s Fond du Lac campus last month to commemorate completion of the Boot Camp.

During a recent ceremony taking place at the Fond du Lac campus, Moraine Park Technical College graduated students from the Programmable Logic Controller Fundamentals (PLC) Skills Academy Boot Camp. At the graduation ceremony were (front row, left to right) Allen Tackes, Serigraph; John Weiland, Serigraph; Mike Miller, Weasler Engineering; Ed Boyung, Regalware and Corey Jansma, Saputo Cheese; (back row) James Eden, Moraine Park vice president of academics; Robert Marsh, Burgess Norton; Ed Fisher, Saputo Cheese; and Craig Habeck, Moraine Park instructor.

Marilyn Sievert, director of learning & development at Weasler Engineering, along with Craig Habeck, programmable logic controller instructor, spoke during the ceremony. Additionally, Jim Eden, Moraine Park’s vice president of academic affairs, and JoAnn Hall, dean of economic and workforce development, addressed the recent graduates.

“The training you receive during the boot camp is just the start on your journey in life-long learning,” said Hall. “And, it’s a good start. One that gives you new skills to take to the workplace and put into practice and sets a strong foundation for continued growth. We all have to learn and grow in our jobs. Our employers demand it, our customers demand it and we should always demand it of ourselves. You’ve developed a network of resources to rely on during the boot camp. Take your technical skills and your network with you, but know that Moraine Park is here for you on every step of the life-long learning journey.”

The PLC boot camp is designed for individuals working in an industrial maintenance position and wishing to gain additional training in the PLC field. Moraine Park’s Manufacturing Skills Academy offers short-term training programs, known as boot camps, in several other fields such as robotic welding, industrial maintenance and welding manufacturing. They were designed to combat the shortage of skilled manufacturing workers in Wisconsin. Since August of this past year, five classes in various fields have completed these boot camps. Since these programs started in 2012, there have been 23 boot camps with nearly 200 graduates.

Moraine Park partners with many local manufacturing employers. Business partners for the PLC boot camp included: Burgess Norton, Marchant Schmidt, Regal Ware Inc., Saputo Cheese USA Inc., Serigraphy Inc., Signicast and Weasler Engineering, Inc. Some camps are funded by the U.S. Department of Labor TAACT Grant, while others are funded by the Wisconsin Fast Forward Blueprint for Prosperity Grant.

For more information about Moraine Park’s Manufacturing Skills Academies, visit morainepark.edu/bootcamps.

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Moraine Park business students place in top 5 of state competition

by dritger11. March 2016 10:22

Moraine Park Technical College students recently placed first in five categories at the Business Professionals of America (BPA) Spring Leadership Conference held at Lakeshore Technical College. The students who competed in the state conference were: Traci Lawrenz and Megan Lynch-Belzer of Kewaskum, Joan Rider of West Bend and Emily Goddard of Hartford. Additionally, Lawrenz, who is in enrolled in both the accounting program as well as the business management program at Moraine Park, was elected to serve as the Wisconsin BPA president.

All four students competed together in the Presentation Management category and won first place. Rider, Lynch-Belzer and Lawrenz placed first as a team in the Small Business Management category.

Moraine Park Technical College students placed first in five categories at the Business Professionals of America Spring Leadership Conference held at Lakeshore Technical College. Competing in the state conference were (left to right) Megan Lynch-Belzer, Joan Rider and Traci Lawrenz, along with instructor Dan Pahlow. Not pictured: Emily Goddard.

“We were given a case study on a company struggling financially, and we had to suggest and present ways to improve the financial standing of that company,” said Rider, who is enrolled in the business management program. “This event allowed us to showcase our knowledge on SWOT analysis, implications of business decisions, management techniques and other business-related skills. We placed first in that event and will be competing nationally in May.”

For the open competitions, Lawrenz placed first out of 41 students in the Business Meeting Management Concepts and the Administrative Support Concepts categories. Additionally, she placed second in the Parliamentary Procedure Concepts category.

Lawrenz and Rider competed and placed in individual competitions. Rider placed first in the Contemporary Issues, and Lawrenz placed third in both College Accounting and College Payroll Accounting categories.

The students will be heading to Boston this May to compete in the National BPA Leadership Conference.

Business Professionals of America is a national career and technical student organization consisting of 23 state associations and more than 43,000 members.

For more information about Moraine Park’s business programs, visit morainepark.edu/programs.

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Moraine Park recognizes staff members at MPACTE awards banquet

by dritger11. March 2016 10:03

Moraine Park Technical College recognized staff members at the annual Moraine Park Association of Career and Technical Education (MPACTE) awards banquet recently at the Old Hickory Golf Club in Beaver Dam.

The banquet recognized individuals and organizations for their dedication to and excellence in career and technical education. The following Moraine Park Technical College employees were honored with awards: Katrina Dudzinski, of Fond du Lac, Outstanding Support Professional; Julie Waldvogel-Leitner of Ripon, Outstanding CTE Leader; Emily Hayes of Fond du Lac, Outstanding New Instructor; Lois Zingsheim of Campbellsport, Outstanding Instructor and Anne Lemke of Fond du Lac, Outstanding Member - Community Involvement.

Five Moraine Park Technical College staff members were recognized during the annual MPACTE awards banquet. From left to right: Julie Waldvogel-Leitner, Outstanding CTE Leader; Lois Zingsheim, Outstanding Instructor; Bonnie Baerwald, Moraine Park president and award presenter; Emily Hayes, Outstanding New Instructor; Anne Lemke, Outstanding Member-Community Involvement; and Katrina Dudzinski, Outstanding Support Professional.

“The Pick-a-Prize drawing, held in conjunction with the Awards Dinner and CTE month, has raised $1,500 for scholarships,” said Katie Gindt, chairperson of the MPACTE awards committee. “Staff were extremely supportive and demonstrated their commitment by donating 44 baskets.”

Throughout the year, MPACTE supports student achievement by awarding five $200 scholarships to Moraine Park students. For more information about Moraine Park, visit morainepark.edu.

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Hollywood comes to Moraine Park Tickets now available for 2016 Gourmet Dinner

by dritger7. March 2016 12:28

The Moraine Park Foundation is rolling out the red carpet for this year’s Gourmet Dinner, “Bright Lights, Hollywood Nights.” The event combines the nostalgia of 1950s fare with the ambiance of old Hollywood. In addition to delicious cuisine, a wine-cork pull, silent auction and entertainment will be featured.

The event, presented by the Moraine Park Culinary Arts program, will be held Friday, April 29, at the Fond du Lac campus. The reception will begin at 5:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 7 p.m.

Enjoy a six-course meal consisting of popular continental menu items from the ‘50s with a little twist. Appetizers will start with a shrimp cocktail with three sauces followed by a chopped Caesar salad with anchovy, Sartori SarVecchio® Parmesan and egg pâtés. Asparagus infused consommé with Hollandaise flan soup will be served. The intermezzo will be bourbon old fashioned sorbet. For the main entrée, layered beef wellington with mushroom duxelle and rosemary red wine demi-glace, creamed Grandé Aged Provolone spinach and horseradish duchess potatoes will be served. The meal concludes with dessert, a Baked Alaska with homemade ice cream.

The annual gourmet dinner will benefit the Moraine Park Foundation’s general scholarship fund and the student emergency fund. Tickets are $100 per person or a corporate table of eight can be purchased for $800. Reservations are limited. To make reservations, contact Dana Knebel at 920-924-3225 or dknebel@morainepark.edu.

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Moraine Park students offering free tax return help

by dritger4. March 2016 14:09

Students from Moraine Park Technical College’s Accounting program are offering free tax preparation before the April 15 deadline for individuals who meet IRS guidelines.  

Moraine Park Technical College Accounting student Natalie Graff works on a tax return as part of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program.

This Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) is offered each Thursday, from 12:30 to 3 p.m. at Moraine Park’s Fond du Lac campus in Room O-204 and its West Bend campus in Room L-102. The IRS has several requirements to be eligible for tax return help through the VITA program, including generally making $54,000 or less or having a disability. To view a full list of requirements for eligibility, visit irs.gov/vita.

For those that qualify, students in the program’s Applied Income Tax course have been trained and are approved by the IRS to complete tax returns at no cost.  This includes preparing the federal and state tax returns and e-file for free. 

“We are helping those in the community that support us,” said Accounting student Carmen Ciriacks. “We are filling a need in the community by helping with taxes. At the same time, the community is helping us by supporting us as we learn. We couldn't do it without them.”

Attendees of these free help sessions must bring all required forms and identification, including a copy of last year’s tax return, current tax documents, photo identification, social security card and proof of health insurance.

Last year, Moraine Park Accounting students served approximately 250 individuals in Fond du Lac and West Bend with the VITA program.   

Students prepare all of the tax returns in an environment designed to simulate that of a public accounting firm to better provide real-world experience. Previous graduates of the College’s Accounting program also return each year on a voluntary basis to mentor current students and to support this community service.

“Applied Income Tax is a great way to learn by doing,” student Dennis DeMaster said. “I am finding out what I don't know each time I prepare a return. Then there is someone there to work through it with me so I learn how to do it. Working with real people on real tax returns is a great way to prepare for a career in the accounting field.”

For more information about Moraine Park’s Accounting program, visit morainepark.edu/programs.

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Moraine Park hosting engineering open house March 3

by dritger19. February 2016 15:22

Moraine Park Technical College will be hosting an open house Thursday, March 3 at its Fond du Lac campus, for those interested in learning more about careers in engineering. 

The open house will run from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. and will explore engineering technician associate degrees in these fields: civil engineering technician – structural, mechanical design technology, mechatronics and process engineering. 

During the open house, attendees can meet with representatives from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and University of Wisconsin-Green Bay to learn how credits from these Moraine Park programs transfer into their Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology degrees. Opportunities are also available for attendees to see career labs, meet with local employers and watch demonstrations.

The open house is free and open to middle and high school students and their parents. 

For more information or to register, call Katie VandeSlunt at 920-924-3347 or visit morainepark.edu/engineering

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