Moraine Park graduates second STRAT class

by jbrezinsky12. December 2012 08:30

     The second STRAT (Strategy, Alignment, Talent) class at Moraine Park Technical College recently wrapped up and 11 new graduates are eager to put their acquired knowledge into practice. The STRAT program was developed by Moraine Park’s Economic and Workforce Development department, in partnership with Dr. Alan Patterson, president of MENTORÉ. This unique and innovative leadership experience that Moraine Park offers to businesses, engages individuals sponsored by their employers to participate in cross-functional development linking strategy and execution to achieve measurable results within their organizations. 
     Participants included Aimee Wendt of MAG; Melissa Worthington of Moraine Park Technical College; Josh Emanuel of The Goldsmith; Nick Hemling of ANIMART; Matt Tredor of Broan-Nutone, LLC; Bob Sippel of Mid-States Aluminum Corp.; Chris Cramer of Grande Cheese Company; Laura Schwartzburg of Lutheran Homes and Health Services; Doug Thompson of Amerequip Corporation; Lisa Lasack of ANIMART; and Karen Hunt of ANIMART.
     The next STRAT session will begin on February 13, 2013.  For more information on STRAT, visit



Moraine Park's Nick Leifeld receives prestigious award

by jbrezinsky10. December 2012 14:06


     A Moraine Park Technical College adjunct faculty member who takes the classroom experience to the next level for his students is now being recognized for his efforts. Nicholas Leifeld, vice president of corporate compliance for Serigraph, Inc., and adjunct faculty member at Moraine Park, has been elected a Fellow of the American Society for Quality (ASQ). Leifeld will be one out of approximately 600 in the nation who carries this distinction.
     “It is an honor to achieve ASQ Fellow status.  I would like to express my deepest sense of gratitude to the awards committee,” said Leifeld. According to Leifeld, he has been driven by two factors throughout his career: To share his knowledge of quality and experiences with others, and to expand his own knowledge on quality through research, training, and hands-on experience.         
     “Teaching quality courses at Moraine Park, achieving ASQ certifications, and becoming involved in local, state, and national organizations has given me the opportunity to meet these goals.  I’m looking forward to continuing my involvement with ASQ and these organizations,” said Leifeld.
     Leifeld is receiving this award of distinction within the world of quality for his outstanding contributions to the local section as membership chairman, for his membership on the Economic Case of Quality Committee, for his teaching activities at Moraine Park, for contributions to the State of Wisconsin as board member for the Wisconsin Forward Award, and to the nation as an MBNQA examiner.        
     “Moraine Park has more than 450 active adjunct faculty who bring their expertise and knowledge to our students via the classroom or online every day,” said Sheila Ruhland, Moraine Park president. “We are proud of Nick’s prestigious award and are grateful to have such an accomplished adjunct faculty member serving the Moraine Park District.”              
     Serigraph Inc., is a plastics decorating company that provides products to the automotive, computer, and telecommunications industries.  For more information on Moraine Park, visit For more information on Serigraph Inc., visit



New certificate offered at Moraine Park

by jbrezinsky30. November 2012 11:02

Industrial wiring classes start Jan. 21
     Will the New Year bring a new career? It could, with Moraine Park Technical College’s new Industrial Wiring certificate – classes start January 21 for this exciting career. The certificate was created due to industry recommendations and demand.
     The Industrial Wiring Certificate is a six-credit course that will be offered on Moraine Park’s West Bend campus. The certificate is designed for people with little or no background in industrial wiring. Students will be introduced to the fundamentals of electrical motor control components, circuits, and systems found in industrial and manufacturing settings.
     “When the demand in manufacturing grows, so does the need for electrical maintenance in manufacturing equipment,” said Marcia Arndt, Moraine Park dean of Manufacturing Technology. “From working closely with our business and industry partners, we know there is an increasing demand for skilled workers in the industrial wiring field.”
     Additionally, according to Arndt, the two courses in this certificate are directly transferable to Moraine Park’s Electricity Technical Diploma for students interested in furthering their education in this field.
     For more information, or to register for the new certificates, visit or call 1-800-472-4554.


Register now for spring classes at Moraine Park

by jbrezinsky28. November 2012 14:14

Classes begin Jan. 21
     This holiday season, think about giving yourself the gift of education.  Moraine Park has over 100 educational options to choose from, including Associate of Applied Science degrees, certificates, technical diplomas, and many continuing education courses for refreshing professional skills or enhancing a hobby. The Spring Semester starts January 21 and registration is now underway.         
     Students will find classes available in many areas of study for the 2013 Spring Semester. These include Digital Marketing, Interactive Media Design, Human Resources, CNC/Tool and Die, Welding, Mechatronics, Nursing, Culinary Arts, and many more. Visit for a full listing.       
     For registration information or a course schedule listing, go to or call Student Services at 920-924-3207 or 1-800-472-4554 to request information.


Attend an upcoming Adult Info Session at Moraine Park

by jbrezinsky20. November 2012 11:26

Spring classes begin January 21
     If your New Year’s resolution is going to include getting that promotion you’ve always wanted or enhancing your resume by taking a certificate, program or class, Moraine Park Technical College is a great place to get started.
     Adult Information Sessions, offered at all three Moraine Park campuses, are a great way for adults and recent high school graduates to learn more about taking a class or two, enrolling in a program to earn your college degree or earning a short-term certificate. Attendees can get specifics on their program of interest or learn more about all the classes and programs Moraine Park has available. After a brief tour of the campus, there will be an opportunity to get your questions answered on the admissions and financial aid processes. Everything you need to meet your educational goals.
     Adult Information Sessions are free and run for two hours, and registration is required. Sessions are being held on a variety of dates and times at the West Bend, Beaver Dam and Fond du Lac campuses, November and running through January.
     For a complete list of dates, times and locations, and to register, call 1-800-472-4554


MPTC helps fight domestic violence

by jbrezinsky19. November 2012 09:57

Speaker and fund-raiser help raise awareness
     It was a sea of purple entering Moraine Park Technical College’s Techniques Salon and Spa on Tuesday, Nov.13. Staff and students were sporting the shade to help raise domestic violence awareness for the national Cut It Out event. The color is meant to be a symbol of peace, courage, survival, honor and dedication to ending violence.
     On November 13, five percent of proceeds from Moraine Park’s Techniques Salon and Spa, located on the College’s Fond du Lac campus, went to supporting families of the victims of the October 21 Azana Salon shooting in Brookfield. Moraine Park joined more than 80 salons in the region in this Cut It Out effort. Throughout the month of November, the barber-cosmetology department is offering trendy purple hair extensions for $5, purple ribbons for $1, and $2 hand massages – all proceeds from these services will benefit families of the Azana Salon shooting victims. To make an appointment at Techniques, call 920-929-2106.
     Moraine Park Cosmetology student Emily Wille, of Beaver Dam, was wearing a purple extension in her hair and spoke about the importance of the Cut It Out event. “This event, along with activities we have planned for the month of November, is important for helping families of the Azana victims,” Wille said. “We are getting to practice what we learn in class to give back to those in need.”
     Sara Sears, Barber-Cosmetology instructor, was instrumental in organizing the November 13 Cut It Out event at Moraine Park. “This was a great way to give back to the community and one way to respond to the tragedy that occurred so close to home,” said Sears. “We hope the little things we’re doing will help make a larger impact to our community members struck by this unfortunate event.”
     On November 13, Moraine Park also hosted domestic violence survivor Teri Jendusa-Nicolai. Nicolai shared her miraculous story of survival with a large group of Moraine Park staff, students and community members. During the cold harsh winter in Wisconsin in 2004, Nicolai was beaten by her ex-husband, placed in a garbage can, and left for dead in a storage locker. She survived, and today shares her story in hopes that she can save someone else from this tragedy.
     Nicolai’s story has been covered nationally and she continues to spread the word on domestic violence to law enforcement agencies, middle schools, high schools, colleges and shelters. As part of her Moraine Park presentation, Nicolai spoke about signs to watch for in and how to get out of an abusive/violent relationship. She also addressed how to help a loved one who might be in a dangerous relationship.
     For more information on Moraine Park, visit For additional information on the Cut It Out organization and related resources, visit


Lending a paw to those in need

by jbrezinsky14. November 2012 14:25

MPTC students to hold event for local nonprofit, Nov. 29
     Students in Moraine Park Technical College’s Business Practice Firm class are applying classroom concepts learned in their program in this capstone course to help a local nonprofit organization, working with Moraine Park staff, students, community members, and some furry friends, to help spread the word.
     Students will end the fall semester with an event to raise awareness and support for Sassu Enterprises, a local nonprofit organization that provides pet therapy as a self-supporting service and includes serving individuals in hospitals, nursing homes, retirement communities, hospice care, treatment facilities and group homes.                
     On Thursday, Nov. 29, from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in Room A-103 on Moraine Park’s Fond du Lac campus, a raffle and fund-raiser event will take place to raise funds for dog care and grooming costs, offsetting expenses for Sassu Enterprises. Guests will be joined by a few of the therapy dogs from Sassu Enterprises, to meet and interact with.
     The raffle drawing will take place at noon with a grand prize of $500 cash, and 2nd, 3rd, and 4th place prizes of $50 cash. Tickets for a variety of gift baskets and certificates can also be purchased during the event, with the drawing held during the event.
     For more information on the event, contact Julie Dilling at For more information on Moraine Park’s business programs, visit



Moraine Park to offer Appetizers for the Holidays class, Nov. 27

by jbrezinsky9. November 2012 09:12

     Learn to create impressive hors d’oeuvres and appetizers for the holidays during Appetizers for the Holidays! Work alongside Dennis Hoffman, pastry chef at Green Lake Conference Center, to create appetizers and treats with a tasty holiday theme.
     “We will do things with puff pastry and phyllo dough, and create desserts that you can keep in the freezer and pull out and bake when guests arrive,” said Hoffman.
     Soak up baking tips and ideas from a veteran chef of 43 years! Appetizers for the Holidays (CRN 21470) will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 27, at Ripon High School, 850 Tiger Drive, in Ripon, Wis. To register call 1-800-472-4554. To discover more, visit Price is $13.75 (62 or over $11.31).


Moraine Park offering CNC Machinist and Welding Boot Camps

by jbrezinsky7. November 2012 04:32

Information sessions Dec. 3 and 5, Fond du Lac campus
     Moraine Park Technical College is combating the skilled worker shortage by launching manufacturing skills academies in a series of 15-week boot camps. In July, Governor Scott Walker announced a Wisconsin Workforce Partnership Grant from the Wisconsin Covenant Foundation, Inc., for Moraine Park. The College is using the $705,647 grant to provide specific training necessary to create internships and job opportunities at partnering businesses including Amerequip Corporation, Brenner Tank, John Crane Orion, and Mid-States Aluminum Corporation, as well as several other area business partners. The boot camps are part of the Wisconsin Workforce Partnership Grant and will provide skills to last a lifetime.  
     Four information sessions will be held on Moraine Park’s Fond du Lac campus in December, providing more information on both the Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Machinist and Welding Boot Camps. The sessions are set for Monday, Dec. 3 from 3-4:30 p.m. and 5-6:30 p.m; and Wednesday, Dec. 5 from 8-9:30 a.m. and 10-11:30 a.m. All four information sessions will be held in Room O-103.  Each session will include business partner presentations, job placement opportunities, entrance requirements, program fees and CNC Machinist and Welding Boot Camp schedules.
     Who is qualified to participate in the CNC Machinist or Welding Boot Camps? Basic requirements include: people who are currently unemployed, people not currently employed as a CNC machinist or welder, or people employed in a field unrelated to CNC or welding.  Additionally, participants cannot be current employees of any of the internship business partner companies.   
     Those interested in attending one of the free information sessions must R.S.V.P. online at or by emailing or calling Lauri at 920-929-2117.


Moraine Park makes Military Friendly Schools list for third year

by jbrezinsky16. October 2012 03:59


Moraine Park students attend the first Student Veterans Association meeting through TelePresence, connecting SVA members on Moraine Park’s Fond du Lac, Beaver Dam and West Bend campuses.

   G.I. Jobs recently released their 2013 list of Military Friendly Schools, recognizing the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s veterans as students. Moraine Park Technical College made the list for the third consecutive year for its excellence in serving veterans as students. The complete list can be viewed by visiting
     “Moraine Park is honored to be included on the 2013 list of Military Friendly Schools,” said Sheila Ruhland, Moraine Park president. “We are grateful for the dynamic and diverse background military students provide in the classroom and throughout the College. Moraine Park is proud to work with such exceptional students who serve our country and community.”
     Moraine Park held its first-ever Student Veterans Association (SVA) Callout meeting in September for military students and veterans to learn about the educational opportunities offered at Moraine Park. Those who attended could ask questions and meet with other military students and veterans. Moraine Park’s new SVA will provide a support system for military students and veterans with making a smooth transition from military life to college and careers.
     “As a veteran who is still serving in the Air National Guard, I understand the specific needs of our Veterans who are being reintegrated into civilian life,” said Scott Lieburn, Moraine Park dean of students. “Having a strong network of other student veterans, like the SVA, and a college staff who are supportive can go a long way in helping them achieve their educational goals.”
     Schools on the list range from state universities and private colleges to community and technical colleges and trade schools. The common bond is their shared priority of recruiting students with military experience. Schools on the Military Friendly Schools list also offer additional benefits to student veterans such as on-campus veterans programs, credit for service and military spouse programs.    
     Criteria for making the Military Friendly Schools list included efforts to recruit and retain military and veteran students, results in recruiting military and veteran students, and academic accreditations. For more information on Moraine Park, visit