Moraine Park student leadership displayed at WTCS Student Showcase Event

by abemis24. February 2014 12:46

Moraine Park Technical College sent four students to the State Capitol last Tuesday, Feb. 18 as a part of a System-wide showcase of service learning and other projects. More than 60 students representing all 16 Wisconsin technical colleges participated in the event.

Moraine Park Technical College student representatives with Moraine Park President Sheila Ruhland at the Student Showcase event at the State Capitol. Pictured from left: Natalie Schmitz, Jessica Parsons, Dr. Shelia Ruhland, Kim Treider and Joseph Clark. Moraine Park was represented by Kim Treider, Joseph Clark, Natalie Schmitz and Jessica Parsons. The students presented the service learning projects they worked on last semester to state legislators and other visitors. 

The service learning initiative at Moraine Park is designed to pair community service projects with classroom instruction, giving students real-world, hands on experience in their field of study while helping their community. Each of the students representing Moraine Park worked on a service learning project that benefited a local community organization.

“Our students possess not only the technical skills to help employers compete and expand they also consistently demonstrate the leadership skills needed to succeed in the workplace and in the community,” Sheila Ruhland, Moraine Park president, said.  

The WTCS Student Showcase is an annual event designed to increase awareness of the many ways Wisconsin’s technical college students give back to their communities as part of their educational experience.

To learn more about the WTCS Student Showcase, visit

Moraine Park recognizes staff members, business partner

by abemis21. February 2014 11:29

Career and Technical Education (CTE) month is celebrated throughout the nation and state every year during the month of February. One of the ways Moraine Park Technical College celebrated was with the annual Moraine Park Association of Career and Technical Education (MPACTE) awards banquet, held Wednesday, Feb. 5, at Whispering Springs in Fond du Lac.

Moraine Park Technical College staff accepts their awards at the annual MPACTE banquet held on Wednesday, Feb. 5 at Whispering Spring in Fond du Lac, Wis. Pictured from left to right: Melissa Berg of Lake Mills, Amy Patterson of Beaver Dam, Amy Andersen of Oshkosh, Connie Schaumberg of Theresa and Donna Freund of St. Peter. 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: Connie Schaumberg of Theresa, Outstanding Support Professional; Amy Andersen of Oshkosh, Outstanding CTE Leader; Amy Patterson of Beaver Dam, Outstanding Instructor; Melissa Berg of Lake Mills, New Instructor; Donna Freund of St. Peter, Outstanding Member – Community Involvement; Kathy VanEerden of West Bend, Longevity. 

The Business Award of Merit went to: Sue Kaiser and Karen Bowe from Michels Corporation for supporting Moraine Park. The award acknowledges companies and individuals outside of the Wisconsin Technical College System that help promote and improve career and technical education in Wisconsin.

Throughout the year, MPACTE supports student achievement by awarding eight $300 scholarships to full-time Moraine Park students and five $200 scholarships to part-time Moraine Park students. Scholarships are co-sponsored by both the Moraine Park Federation of Teachers and the MPACTE organization.

For more information about Moraine Park, visit For more information on statewide CTE month activities, visit

Discover your future at Moraine Park

by abemis19. February 2014 08:37

Moraine Park Technical College is holding its annual Discover Moraine Park event on Tuesday, Feb. 25, at the West Bend and Beaver Dam campuses and Wednesday, Feb. 26, at the Fond du Lac campus, both from 4:30 -6 p.m.

This event is great for anyone contemplating career change, graduating from high school or completing your GED/HSED requirements to fast track their college admissions process. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet with instructors from their desired program area, as well as staff from admissions, financial aid and student services. The following program areas will be featured; business, technology, digital arts, consumer and hospitality services, engineering, environmental sciences and trades, general education, health science and human services and manufacturing.

Attendees will receive a $30 application fee waiver, valid towards Associate Degree and Technical Diploma applications. Photo ID is required.

For more information about the event or to register, visit Registration for the event is not necessary but is appreciated.

Moraine Park to celebrate Black History Month with speaker Yvette Johnson Feb. 24

by abemis14. February 2014 10:00

In honor of February being Black History Month, Moraine Park Technical College is pleased to welcome professional writer, film producer and speaker Yvette Johnson to speak on its West Bend Campus Monday, Feb. 24, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Room T-101. 

Johnson will share her grandfather’s story, which has been featured in the documentary Booker’s Place: A Mississippi Story, which she co-produced.  During her presentation, Yvette shares her family’s story and explores issues relating to leadership, race relations, recognizing each other’s humanity and communication. 

The documentary Booker’s Place: A Mississippi Story premiered with rave reviews at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival. The story of her film and her work was featured in a one-hour episode of Dateline NBC. In addition to appearing on numerous radio and television programs, Johnson has been a guest on National Public Radio, and her story was the subject of a one-page spread in the New York Times. 

This event is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by Moraine Park’s West Bend Student Senate, Diversity Services and the Human Resources Department. 

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Three seats open for Moraine Park District Board

by abemis11. February 2014 12:00

Moraine Park Technical College is accepting applications Feb. 14-28, 2014, for three positions on the Moraine Park District Board. Openings exist for the following positions: elected official member, and two additional members; each is a three-year term of office that expires June 30, 2017. 

One of the additional member positions must be appointed from those counties of the district located west of the east shore of Lake Winnebago and the area west of the east boundary of the towns of Fond du Lac and Oakfield in Fond du Lac County and west of the east boundary of the towns of Leroy, Williamstown, Oak Grove and Lowell in Dodge County.  

The elected official member position, and the other additional member position, may be appointed from anywhere within the District.  

Applicants must submit a completed application, including at least two written references supporting their nomination to the District Board, and must attend the public hearing of the District Board Appointment Committee tentatively scheduled for 4:30 p.m. on Monday, March 31, at Moraine Park. A legal notice announcing the exact date, time and location of this meeting will be published between March 3-14.  

Application materials may be obtained from the county board chairperson of any of the following counties:  Calumet, Columbia, Dodge, Fond du Lac, Green Lake, Marquette, Sheboygan, Washington, Waushara and Winnebago or by contacting Valerie Krueger, Moraine Park Technical College, 235 N. National Ave., P. O. Box 1940, Fond du Lac, WI 54936-1940; telephone 920-929-2127; or e-mail Completed applications will be accepted through 4:30 p.m. on Feb. 28.  All completed applications should be addressed to Mr. Michael Miller, Secretary, Moraine Park Technical College District Board, at the same address.  

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Moraine Park celebrates Career and Technical Education Month

by abemis3. February 2014 14:56

February is national Career and Technical Education (CTE) month, and Moraine Park, along with the entire Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS), will be celebrating.   

“Career and Technical Education month is a great time for Moraine Park and the WTCS to showcase what technical education is all about as well as what we are doing to benefit our students, local businesses, communities and our state,” Sheila Ruhland, president of Moraine Park, said. 

The general public is invited to join us in celebration. Here are just a few of the on- and off-campus events being held during February: 

Rwanda Genocide Survivor, Jacqueline Murekatete, will be speaking at the Fond du Lac Campus on Tuesday, Feb. 11, at 11:30 a.m. This event is free to the public. 

•Moraine Park Culinary Arts students will be participating in Sliced: A Moraine Park Culinary Competition at this year’s Fond du Lac Festivals event on Sunday, Feb. 23. The competition will be similar to The Food Network TV series, Chopped. 

•Prospective students can learn more information about programs, admissions requirements, financial aid and scholarships available at Discover Moraine Park from 4:30-6 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 25, at the Beaver Dam Campus and Wednesday, Feb. 26, at the Fond du Lac Campus. 

For more events, visit For more information on statewide CTE month activities, visit  


Moraine Park to host Rwandan genocide survivor Feb. 11

by abemis3. February 2014 12:03

Moraine Park Technical College is pleased to welcome Jaqueline Murekatete, internationally recognized human rights activist and genocide survivor, as a guest speaker at Moraine Park’s Fond du Lac campus Tuesday, Feb. 11, beginning at 11:30 a.m. in the cafeteria.

Born in Rwanda in 1984, Murekatete was not yet 10 years old when she lost her entire immediate family and most of her extended family to the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. 2014 marks the 20-year anniversary of the Rwandan Genocide. 

Murekatete has been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, Huffington Post, Fast Company, Teen Vogue, Glamour and People. She has also appeared on CNN, PBS, NBC, ABC, MTV and many other worldwide media outlets. 

The event is free to the public. Registration is preferred but not required, please contact Samantha Saeger, student involvement specialist, at or 920-924-3101 to register. 

For more information about Moraine Park, visit

Moraine Park graduates Welding & CNC Boot Camp classes

by abemis23. December 2013 13:53

Moraine Park Technical College graduated its seventh and eighth class of students from the Manufacturing Skills Academy, Friday, December 20. Three students graduated from the welding training and nine from the Computer Numeric Control (CNC) machinist training. In total, Moraine Park has had 76 students graduate from the Skills Academy in the past year. 

Moraine Park’s Manufacturing Skills Academy offers 15-week boot camp sessions in either welding or CNC training. They were designed to combat a shortage of skilled manufacturing workers in Wisconsin. Moraine Park partners with many local manufacturing employers including Amerequip, Brenner Tank, John Crane and Mid-States Aluminum.

The boot camps combine a 72-hour paid internship with coursework, including Occupational Math, Print Reading, Team Building and Problem Solving and courses specific to their program. Skill training for CNC includes basic programming, machining and turning center, while welding students learn welding and cutting techniques.

Those who completed the CNC boot camp include: Andrew Behrensprung of Random Lake, Nicole Cross of Menomonee Falls, Jason Dorn of Oshkosh, Brian Heath of Oshkosh, David Hess of Eden, Taylor Knapp of Menomonee Falls, Ray Pinch of Fond du Lac, Roy Siewert of Berlin and Shawn Stapleton of Hartford. Those who completed the welding boot camp include: Paul Anderson of Kewaskum, Colin Schloegel of Grafton and Ian Wirtz of West Bend.

Both the welding and CNC 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 from The Wisconsin Covenant Foundation, Inc.

For more information about Moraine Park’s Manufacturing Skills Academies, visit

Moraine Park celebrates the holidays by giving back

by abemis18. December 2013 12:13

Moraine Park Technical College students have been busy finishing up final projects studying for end of semester exams and registering for spring classes. Despite their busy schedules, many student clubs and organizations found time to make the spirits a little brighter for families in need this holiday season.  Student at Moraine Park’s Fond du Lac, West Bend and Beaver Dam campuses decked the halls with boxes to collect food, toys and clothing for various community organizations.         

Students in Moraine Park Technical College’s Electrical Power Distribution (EPD) Club rang bells for the Salvation Army at Racheck’s and Shopko in West Bend on Dec. 4, 2013. Pictured from left: Andy Luedtke, Tanner Holzhueter and Erik Hefner.

In Fond du Lac, the Student Senate sponsored a diaper drive for the Fond du Lac Family Resource Center. The group also held a Bone Marrow Drive for Be the Match last month. During the drive, students learned how to get involved in donating bone marrow through the Be The Match organization. The IT club held a hat and mitten drive on campus and donated the items collected to the Solutions Center in Fond du Lac. The Cosmetology Club also donated items collected during a food drive to the Solutions Center, and the Corrections Club donated a portion of the proceeds from their card fundraiser to the Solutions Center.

In West Bend, the Chiropractic Specialists Club, Cosmetology Apprentice Club, Electricity Club, Graphics/IMD Club, SAGA Club, Student Senate, SMARTS Club and the Student Nurses Association wrapped up a campus-wide food drive. The West Bend Student Senate and the Student Nurses Association collected items for the Kids2Kids Toy Drive. Kapco’s Kids2Kids toy drive collects over 20,000 toys for low-income children through Southeastern Wisconsin.

The Beaver Dam Student Senate found a creative way to raise funds and awareness for men’s health issues through a month-long event called Mo-Vember at Mo-Raine Park. Participants took before and after photos, one clean shaven at the beginning of the month and another at the end of the month and invited anyone to vote for their favorite Mo-Vember moustache for $1. The club also sold Kwik Trip gift cards around campus. A portion of the proceeds from both charity drives were donated to the Elks Christmas Baskets, which provides food baskets for families during the holidays. The Human Resources Club conducted a toy drive in conjunction with the Dodge County Toy Bank. The Electrical Power Distribution (EPD) Club rang bells for the Salvation Army. The Beaver Dam Student Nurses Association conducted a food drive for St. Vincent de Paul.

Students in the Beaver Dam and Fond du Lac chapters of the Multicultural Club collected school supplies and other donations this winter to support the Blue Mountain Project. The Blue Mountain Project is an organization committed to improving the health, education and economy in rural Jamaican communities. Some club members and other Moraine Park students will be bringing the items to Jamaica this January during the study abroad trip through Moraine Park’s International Education program. 

If you are interested in learning more about service learning projects happening on campus, visit


U.S. Secretary of Labor applauds Wisconsin’s technical colleges

by abemis13. December 2013 11:08

U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez visited Wisconsin as part of a Midwest stop on Wednesday, Dec. 4.  Secretary Perez visited Gateway Technical College in Racine to follow up on the innovative training programs planned as a result of Labor’s recent $23.1 million grant to the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS), announced in September.

Moraine Park Technical College is receiving $995,662 as part of the grant program’s statewide investment in Information Technology (IT) career pathways, which develops advanced IT competencies to support every sector of the state’s economy, including business, health care, hospitality, manufacturing and others.

The successful grant application is the third installment of a multi-year, nearly $2 billion federal community college initiative designed to increase credential attainment in high-priority economic sectors.  In the previous round, the technical colleges won an $18.3 million grant to expand innovative programs that produce high-skilled workers in advanced manufacturing.

“We were thrilled to provide this grant, because it was earned,” Secretary Perez told a panel of employers, students and WTCS leaders on Wednesday.“You have written the book— that’s why you won one of the largest grants.”

“Moraine Park is proud to be part of the collaboration with the WTCS,” Sheila Ruhland, Moraine Park Technical College president, said. “I know these funds will go a long way to provide our students and students across our state with new opportunities.”

Wisconsin’s technical colleges received one of the largest single awards and the collaboration is one of the few applicants to successfully receive back-to-back grants.  The grant to Moraine Park Technical College will fund additional courses within its current IT program offerings and create new certificates in digital media and network security.

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