DMI donates $10,000 to Moraine Park Foundation

by abemis7. November 2013 10:02

The Moraine Park Foundation, Inc. is pleased to announce it has received a donation of $10,000 from Districts Mutual Insurance Company (DMI). The funds will be used to further support Moraine Park students through scholarships and emergency funding provided by the Moraine Park Foundation.

In all, DMI donated $160,000 to the 16 Wisconsin Technical Colleges with each college receiving $10,000 for their individual foundations.

“This donation commemorates 10 years of operation,” said Steven Stoeger-Moore, executive vice president and chief operating officer of DMI.

Moraine Park Technical College President Sheila Ruhland said the donation will go a long way in helping support Moraine Park students.

 “We are very grateful for this generous donation from DMI to our foundation,” said Ruhland. “These monetary gifts are an essential piece to providing support and helping our students achieve their educational goals.”

Our goal is always to find ways to best support our students and our partnership with DMI is no exception, said Bonnie Baerwald, vice president of finance and administrative services at Moraine Park.

“We are proud to have a partner like DMI that is dedicated to providing us great service and supporting our students,” said Baerwald.  

DMI was established in 2004 to provide a variety of commercial insurance coverage to meet the needs of the 16 Wisconsin Technical Colleges. DMI members participate in an integrated approach to risk management with includes: insurance coverage, loss control, claims management, campus security and environmental health and safety.

For more information about the Moraine Park Foundation, visit



Moraine Park hosting free event to sample classes

by abemis6. November 2013 11:08

Perfect your cupcake decorating skills, learn how to make scrapbooks on Shutterfly, pick up a new hobby in jewelry making and discover paranormal research – all during Moraine Park Technical College’s free Saturday Sampler event, set for Saturday, Nov. 23, on Moraine Park’s Fond du Lac campus.

Two Saturday Sampler sessions will take place between 9-11:15 a.m. Participants can choose between Decorating Delicious Turkey-Themed Cupcakes or Snapshots of Shutterfly from 9-10 a.m., then Beautiful Beaded Earrings or Paranormal Phenomena Update With an Expert from 10:15-11:15 a.m.

 To register for the event, call Melissa Koppenhaver at 1-920-929-2117. Registration deadline for both courses is Wednesday, Nov. 20, or until sessions are filled.

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, 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.


Moraine Park recognizes Ballweg’s efforts to gain additional financial aid for students

by abemis5. November 2013 15:40

Moraine Park Technical College recently recognized Wisconsin State Representative Joan Ballweg (R-Markesan) for her leadership efforts to secure an additional $2 million in financial aid funds for the Wisconsin Technical College System.

Pictured from left: Moraine Park Technical College Board Chairperson, Richard Zimman; Wisconsin State Representative, Joan Ballweg; Moraine Park President, Sheila Ruhland; and Wisconsin Technical College District Boards Association Executive Director, Paul Gabriel at the Oct. 28, 2013 presentation.

The funds will come from the Wisconsin Higher Education Grants (WHEG) programs and will be available to students during the 2013-15 school years. The additional funds allocated will help to compensate for the shortfall that left over 50,000 eligible students without financial aid.

“This is a great start, but we have a lot more to do to ensure that financial aid is available to eligible students,” Ballweg said. “I urge others to continue to stress the importance of financial aid and help others realize this is a smart investment.”

During the presentation, Richard Zimman, Moraine Park Technical College District Board chairperson, said that in the next decade 54 percent of Wisconsin’s jobs will require a technical education. “Wisconsin’s technical colleges are an essential asset for our state’s future,” Zimman said. “Moraine Park commends Representative Ballweg for her leadership in preparing our state for the future.”

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, 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. 

For more information about Moraine Park, visit


Moraine Park to offer personal finance classes at West Bend Campus

by abemis4. November 2013 10:45

Estate planning and investing are an essential part to any financial plan. Learn key concepts and strategies to make the most of your future through two courses, Individual Investors in Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) and Guide to Long-Term Care Basics being offered at Moraine Park Technical College’s West Bend Campus on Wednesday, Nov. 20, and Thursday, Nov. 21.

Individual Investors in Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) held on Wednesday, Nov. 20, from 6-8:25 p.m. will educate participants on index funds that investors can buy or sell as a single security. Instructor Nathan Derks will discuss ETFs options and walk participants through whether adding ETFs to their portfolio is a good option.

If one spouse enters a nursing home, this is a compelling legal reason for updating your estate plan with elder and estate planning counsel and it is critically important in order to preserve assets for children. Guide to Long-Term Care planning held on Thursday, Nov. 21, from 6-7:55 p.m. will discuss current Medical Assistance (Title XIX) rules, exempt assets, income versus available assets, community spouse asset share rules, divestment rules and Wisconsin's Lien Recovery rules.

To register for either class, call 1-800-472-4554. Please use course number CRN 20541 for Individual Investors in ETFs, $24.20 (62+ $19.15), and CRN 20442 for Long-Term Care Planning, $14.10 (62+ $11.58). Registration deadline for both courses is Nov. 13.

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Moraine Park accepts nominations for 2014 Distinguished Alumnus Award

by abemis31. October 2013 14:04

Moraine Park Technical College is now accepting nominations for its 2014 Distinguished Alumnus Award.

Nominees must hold a one- or two-year technical diploma, associate degree or associate of applied science degree from a Moraine Park program. Additional criteria include demonstrated service and/or support of Moraine Park, the Wisconsin Technical College System and the community at large, as well as distinguishing oneself through a career or civic activity.

If you know of a deserving alumnus, submit your nomination by Friday, Jan. 24, 2014, to

For more information about the Distinguished Alumnus Award, contact Joan Brezinsky at 920-924-3263 or


Moraine Park counselor publishes children’s book

by abemis28. October 2013 16:05

Changing the way the world is viewed is no small feat but it’s something that Moraine Park Technical College Counselor, Amy Andersen, is striving to do. Andersen inspires others through her work as a counselor, her positive outlook on life and now through her new children’s book, The Rock and the Ripple. 

Moraine Park Technical College Counselor, Amy Andersen (right) with her children and granddaughter at The Rock and the Ripple book signing at Beckets Restaurant in Oshkosh, Wis.

The idea to write the book came to Andersen 17 years ago when her children were growing up.“I wanted to give my children a positive story to teach them about the power of creating a beautiful world by just changing the way they think,” Andersen said.

Through her new book Andersen hopes to empower all children to think positive, dream big and care about the world around them.

The book, published in September 2013, was written and illustrated by Andersen and is recommended for children ages one through ten. Andersen also published another short story, called The Love Triangle, in 2010. For more information or to order one of Andersen’s book, visit


Moraine Park to host financial coach Peter Bielagus on Nov. 4

by abemis28. October 2013 09:49

Learn how to put more money in your pocket at Moraine Park Technical College’s free speaker event featuring author and financial coach, Peter Bielagus on Monday, Nov. 4, at 11:30 a.m. in Room A-112 at the Fond du Lac Campus.

A former fee only financial advisor, Bielagus now travels the globe delivering keynotes and workshops educating Americans about their personal finances. Peter is the author of two books and has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, PBS, USA Today and many other media outlets.

Bielagus will be available to answer any questions and look up credit scores following the presentation. There will also be refreshments served.  If you are interested in attending please register with Samantha Saeger, Fond du Lac campus student life specialist at or 800-472-4554 ext. 3101.

For information about Moraine Park, visit


High school juniors and seniors invited to Moraine Park’s Preview Days

by abemis21. October 2013 11:13

During Preview Days in November, high school juniors and seniors can get a firsthand look at the programs, services and activities provided at Moraine Park Technical College campuses.

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

• Beaver Dam campus – Tuesday, Nov. 5
• Fond du Lac campus – Wednesday, Nov. 6
• West Bend campus – Thursday, Nov. 7

Students can get a closer look at associate of applied science degree and technical diploma programs, meet Moraine Park instructors, explore career options and get a feel for what it’s like to be a Moraine Park student.

Register online at by Oct. 28. For more information, contact Connie Schaumberg at or call 1-800-472-4554 ext. 5853.

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Accreditation team to visit Moraine Park Oct. 23-25

by abemis16. October 2013 09:04

Moraine Park Technical College is undergoing the Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) reaffirmation process for accreditation with the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). From Oct 23-25, three AQIP peer reviewers will be visiting Moraine Park’s campuses for quality check-up visits.

Through AQIP, the College is required to participate in a quality check-up visit every seven years to reaffirm its accreditation. During the visit, the College will be evaluated on nine academic quality improvement categories through AQIP and five criteria through the HLC.

Accreditation confirms to employers and the educational community that Moraine Park has been independently reviewed and provides consistent educational programs. Accreditation also allows the College to participate in state and federal financial aid programs for student funding and increases the likelihood that college credits will transfer to other post-secondary institutions. 

For more information about the accreditation process, visit


Moraine Park Alumni help put finishing touches on new lab

by abemis14. October 2013 13:27

Moraine Park alumni, now employees of Gillitzer Electric Services, Inc., Richfield, Wis., returned to their alma mater last week donating their time to help put the finishing touches on a new, one-of-a-kind Building Trades lab at Moraine Park’s West Bend campus.Moraine Park alums and Gillitzer Electric employees Tyler Benvenuto (left) and Chester Snuggs (right) install conduit for the new Building Trades lab at Moraine Park’s West Bend campus.

The Gillitzer team spent the morning digging trenches to install conduit for an underground wire pull. The wire pull will be used for student training exercises and will provide basic electricity for the new lab.

“I am glad to be part of the project,” Lance Gillitzer, owner of Gillitzer Electric and a Moraine Park alum, said. "Donating time back to a great school that has helped me and many of my employees become successful is very rewarding."

Tyler Benvenuto, a 2006 Moraine Park graduate of the Electricity program has been working for Gillitzer Electric since graduation. He began as an apprentice and is now a Master Electrician.

“This sort of setup gives students hands-on experience but also familiarizes them with working on a job site,” Benvenuto said. “We are huge supporters of what Moraine Park is doing here.”

The new lab, or “the building within a building,” as it is currently being called, is a large structure designed to look and feel like an in-progress job site.  The lab helps get students acclimated to working on a job site and gives them the opportunity to practice skills learned in the classroom. The new lab is scheduled to be ready for use later this month.

For more information on Moraine Park’s Building Trades Construction Worker, Electricity or HVAC/R programs, visit