Moraine Park Foundation hosts Blue Jeans and Board Games March 29

by dritger20. March 2014 14:41

It will be fun and games to the max at the Moraine Park Foundation’s Blue Jeans and Board Games event Saturday, March 29 from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. on Moraine Park Technical College’s West Bend campus.Enjoy the unique experience of playing your favorite games: Yahtzee, Pictionary, Operation, Jenga, Twister and more – only supersized.  Participants will move throughout the building, challenging their gaming skills. A silent auction, hors d’oeuvres, entertainment, cash bar, and more, will make for a night of fun. 

Proceeds from Blue Jeans and Board Games benefit the Moraine Park Foundation’s Excellence Fund, which provides scholarship support to Moraine Park students. 

Tickets are just $20 each or two for $35. Bring your co-workers and purchase a table of 10 for just $150. Tickets can be purchased at all three Moraine Park bookstores, and the following West Bend locations: Horicon Bank, Jeff's Spirits on Main, Commerce State Bank, West Bend Parks & Recreation Department, or by calling Pete Rettler at 262-335-5706, or Joan Brezinsky at 920-924-3263, Tickets can also be purchased the night of the event at the door. 

This year’s Blue Jeans and Board Games presenting sponsors are Willer Tool Corporation and Commerce State Bank. 

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To learn more about the Moraine Park Foundation, visit


Author of Job Search and Interview Techniques to Speak at Moraine Park March 26

by dritger20. March 2014 14:13

Moraine Park Technical College is pleased to welcome author Chris Czarnik to its Fond du Lac Campus Wednesday, March 26 for his presentation: “Interviewing for Success.” It will take place at 11:30 a.m. in Room A-112. 

Czarnik is author of “The Human Search Engine,” a novel about the changing methods of job searching. During his presentation, Czarnik will cover the different types of interviews along with the interview questions designed to make you sweat. He will also speak to the 17 most commonly asked interview questions and the four steps to answer each of them. Get the truth about interviewing from someone who used to sit on the other side of the desk. 

“Interviewing for Success,” which is sponsored by Moraine Park’s Fond du Lac Campus Student Senate, is free and open to the public. Lunch will be provided.

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Moraine Park wins national phlebotomy training award

by abemis10. March 2014 15:55

Moraine Park Technical College is pleased to announce it has been named a 2013 Best Phlebotomy Education Award Winner by Phlebotomy is the collection of blood samples from patients for various lab tests and procedures, a leading online resource for students searching to become a phlebotomist, recently published its annual list of the top-rated phlebotomy programs across the country. The nominees were voted for and rated over a three-month period at the end of 2013, and winners have been identified based on total ratings and votes received. 

The Best Phlebotomy Education Award recognizes the top phlebotomy programs in 30 states across the United States. Each program was vying to be rated as the best phlebotomy program in each of their respective states. The complete list of the Best Phlebotomy Education Award winners in the U.S. can be viewed here. 

“To determine the winner and top-rate phlebotomy programs, we subjected the programs to a comprehensive voting and rating period,” said Steve Roberts, founder of “There are nearly a 1000 phlebotomy programs nationwide, and that number continues to grow as the demand for health care services continues to expand. Our goal with this awards program is to help identify programs that have tremendous support from current and former students as well as their respective communities. All these programs have shown an immense dedication to helping change the lives of students for the better through their education and mentorship.”

“We are quite honored to have won the Wisconsin award as there are numerous Phlebotomy programs across the state,” Moraine Park’s Kristen Finnel, dean of health and human services, said. “This award further shows the dedication our staff has to providing our students with excellent training.” 

For information about Moraine Park’s Phlebotomy Technician Certificate, visit


Moraine Park signs 'Got Your 6' pledge supporting student veterans

by abemis7. March 2014 13:10

Moraine Park Technical College recently signed the ‘Got Your 6’ pledge in support of providing education services to student veterans. Got Your 6 is a movement led by a consortium of major film and television studios, broadcast and cable networks, talent agencies and guilds that are united in changing the conversation in America about veterans and military families.

Moraine Park has joined dozens of colleges and universities nationwide committed to supporting current and future students who are also military veterans.

The following organizations are leading the efforts: Pat Tillman Foundation, Student Veterans of America and Operation College Promise. These organizations are collaborating to collect pledges from 500 colleges and universities by June 2014.

Moraine Park is also proud to have been  approved as an official chapter by the national Student Veterans of America organization and was recognized as a Military Friendly school for the fourth consecutive year. 

“With more than 150 student veterans currently attending Moraine Park we are always looking for ways to further support our students,” Dwane Klostermann, Moraine Park instructor and club advisor, said. “All these efforts will provide our veteran students with the resources they need to be successful.” 

For more information about veteran’s services offered at Moraine Park, visit



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.

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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. 

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