Moraine Park to offer gluten-free baking course

by abemis17. July 2013 11:12

Moraine Park Technical College is offering a gluten-free baking basics class Monday, Aug. 12, from 6-9 p.m. at the Fond du Lac campus.

The course will teach participants easy-to-use recipes and techniques for baking gluten-free treats like breads, cookies and cakes. Come learn more about the secrets behind healthy and delicious gluten-free baking.

The cost to attend Gluten-Free Baking Basics is $24.20. To register, call 1-800-472-4554. Please use course number CRN 21938. Registration deadline is Aug. 2.

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Moraine Park welcomes two new District Board members

by abemis11. July 2013 11:15

Mike Staral of West Bend and Kim Krueger of Randolph were sworn in as the newest members of the Moraine Park Technical College District Board, July 8. Staral will serve as an employer member representative for the eastern portion of the Moraine Park District, and Krueger will represent the western portion of the District as an employee member.













The new members bring strong community ties and numerous years of experience to the board – Staral in manufacturing and Krueger in health care.

“We are thrilled to have both Kim and Mike join the board,” Dr. Sheila Ruhland, president of Moraine Park said. “They both bring extensive industry knowledge that will be beneficial to our students and community.”

 Krueger has been working as a registered dietetic technician at Clearview in Juneau, Wis. for 18 years.  She attributes much of her success to the associate of applied science degree she earned from Madison Area Technical College.

“I believe my experience and background will greatly benefit me as a board member because it has helped me understand the important role Moraine Park plays in the health care field,” Krueger said. “I look forward to giving back to the health care industry and community by serving on the Moraine Park District Board.”

Staral is a 1978 graduate of the tool and die program at Moraine Park and currently serves as the vice president of manufacturing at Willer Tool Corporation in Jackson, Wis. He is dedicated to advocating for technical education both through serving on the district board and at his workplace, where 65 percent of the employees are Moraine Park graduates.

“I am Moraine Park’s biggest fan,” Staral said. “I promise to work hard to keep our programs growing and inform the community of this gem of a college we have.”

In addition to Krueger and Staral, Vernon Jung was also sworn in for a new three-year term on the board.

The board nominated the following members to serve as officers: Dr. Richard Zimman, chair; Vernon Jung, vice-chair; Mike Miller, treasurer; and Lisa Mader, secretary. Lisa Mader will serve as chair of the Finance Committee, and all of the remaining board members will serve as committee members.

Appointments were also made for the district’s representatives on the Wisconsin Technical College System District Boards Association committees. Jung will serve as Moraine Park’s delegate to the association’s board of directors. Other appointees include Mike Miller, Legislative Committee; Jodine Deppisch, Human Resources Committee; Zimman, Program Committee; Lisa Mader, Marketing/Public Relations and Awards Committee; Jung, Interdistrict/Interagency Cooperation Committee; and Lowell Prill, Bylaws, Policies and Procedures Committee.

For over 100 years, Moraine Park has served communities surrounding its three campus locations in Fond du Lac, Beaver Dam and West Bend. Moraine Park offers more than 100 associate of applied science degrees, technical diplomas, apprenticeships and certificates delivered in a variety of options including classroom, online and blended courses. For more information about Moraine Park, visit


Kerrigan and Kitchen recognized for service to the Moraine Park District

by abemis8. July 2013 08:01

Moraine Park Technical College District Board Members, Mary Kerrigan of Colgate and Shirley Kitchen of Beaver Dam, were recognized for their more than 14 years of combined service and dedication to the College and the District, during Moraine Park’s District Board meeting held June 19.

Moraine Park Technical College President Sheila Ruhland and Moraine Park District Board Chairperson Richard Zimman presented board members Shirley Kitchen (left) and Mary Kerrigan (right) with a Resolution of Appreciation plaque commending their dedication and service to the Moraine Park Technical College District.

Kerrigan was sworn in as a Moraine Park District Board employer member in September 2008, and has represented the eastern portion of the district. During her five-year term, Kerrigan worked to promote technical and adult education throughout the district. 

ldquo;I am very proud of the work we’ve done and the decisions we’ve made,” Kerrigan told her fellow board members during the meeting. “Thank you all, I have learned so much and have truly enjoyed the time I spent with you.”

Kitchen joined the board in July 2004 as an employee member representing the western portion of the district. During her nine-year term, Kitchen served as chairperson and secretary and as the Board’s representative on the Moraine Park Foundation Board where she will continue to serve.

Kitchen echoed Kerrigan’s words, noting she had learned much during her time with the board and appreciated having the opportunity to serve.

“I have greatly enjoyed this experience and look forward to continuing my involvement with the College through the Foundation,” Kitchen said.

Since 1912, Moraine Park has served communities surrounding its three campus locations in Fond du Lac, Beaver Dam and West Bend. Moraine Park offers more than 100 associate of applied science degrees, technical diplomas, apprenticeships and certificates delivered in a variety of options including classroom, online and blended courses. For more information about Moraine Park, visit


Moraine Park hosts Engineering for Girls camp

by abemis2. July 2013 12:05

Twelve girls from the Fond du Lac area proudly showed off their new engineering skills, learned at Moraine Park Technical College’s first Engineering for Girls camp, to parents and friends on Thursday, June 27, for their final presentation.

Elizabeth Hankins of West Bend (left) and Katherine Behlke of Fond du Lac (right) work together to program and test their robot before the final presentation to parents. Hankins and Behlke were part of Moraine Park’s Engineering for Girls four-day camp held the week of June 24

The four-day camp introduced participants entering grades 6-8 to mechanical, robotic and program engineering by having them work in two-person teams to build and program their robots to complete a variety of challenges.

Craig Habeck, mechatronics instructor at Moraine Park, and three female engineers from John Deere, were there to help the girls troubleshoot issues with their robots and teach them more about engineering.

“The event has been very successful,” Habeck said. “The students participating are very interested in the subject. I am impressed with their motivation to complete the challenges.”

One of the participants, Claire Werch of Berlin, said the camp was the first time she had done any programming.

“I really like programming the robots,” Werch said. “It is really exciting when you get it right and see them do the things they’re supposed to do.”

Amy Nipp, performance and reliability engineering intern at John Deere, said this event is a great way for the girls to get exposure to the field and open up opportunities for their future.

“I went to a camp like this when I was younger, and it really encouraged me to pursue a degree in engineering,” Nipp said. “This is the perfect age group for the girls to get exposure to the different programs they can pursue.”

Moraine Park plans we plan to continue offering the Engineering for Girls camp in the future.  For more information, contact Kathy Hass, trades and manufacturing administrative assistant, at 920-924-6436 or


Sessions still open for Tech Knowledge College

by abemis2. July 2013 11:47

There’s still time to register for Tech Knowledge College, a three-day event offered Aug. 6-8 by Moraine Park Technical College in which middle-school students explore college and careers through more than 20 hands-on activities.

The following sessions still have spots available: Auto Techs; Beyond Band-Aids Electricity 101; Electronics; Fix it, Tune it, Ride it; How to Choose em’, How to Lose em’; An Invitation to Party Planning; Layout and Design through Scrapbooking; Ready, Set, Build; and World Wide Webmasters. For a description of these sessions, go to and click on the TKC Brochure link.

Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis and will be open until classes are filled. The cost to attend is $100; this fee includes a t-shirt (register by July 12 to guarantee t-shirt size), two activities, supplies, lunch and busing. Busing is available from Moraine Park’s Beaver Dam and West Bend campuses to the Fond du Lac campus daily for students who live outside of the Fond du Lac area.

For registration information, visit For more information, contact Katie VandeSlunt, recruitment specialist, at 920-924-3347 or 1-800-472-4554, Ext. 3347, or email her at


Moraine Park holds GED/HSED graduation ceremony

by abemis19. June 2013 13:22

Cheers, tears, hugs and applause were all part of Moraine Park Technical College’s Annual GED/HSED Graduation Ceremony, as 56 students earned their General Education Development (GED) and High School Equivalency Diploma (HSED) certificates, June 13. Students had to pass five standardized tests in math, reading, writing, social studies and science to earn their GED/HSED. Over 300 students completed the program at Moraine Park this year.

During the ceremony two students, Christina Bogue of North Fond du Lac and Lisa Gurley of Beaver Dam, were presented with the Moraine Park Foundation Basic Education scholarship, a $500 scholarship for students pursuing further education at Moraine Park. The annual Friend of Basic Education Award was also presented to Lieutenant David Weske with the Washington County Sheriff’s Department for his support of education in the Washington County Jail. This is the thirteenth year this award has been presented.

Moraine Park Technical College President Sheila Ruhland joined the College’s Basic Education program in recognizing several students and community members during their June 13 GED/HSED Graduation Ceremony. Front row, left: Ruhland; Angel Cortes and Angela Long, graduation speakers. Back row, left:  Lieutenant David Weske; Friend of Basic Education Award recipient; Christina Bogue and Lisa Gurley, scholarship recipients.

Angela Long of Hartford, one of two student speakers, delivered an inspiring speech sharing her struggle to earn her GED after having a child at age 15.

“I have been waiting for this for a long time,” Long said. “This is a huge achievement for me and it shows that it is so important to follow your dreams and never give up.”

Long also shared that her instructors at Moraine Park, especially Instructor Jessica Zappia, had a huge impact on her success. 

 “There were many times I wanted to give up, especially on math, but one amazing teacher, Jessica Zappia, pushed me to keep going,” Long said.

Angel Cortes of Fond du Lac, also a student speaker, provided encouraging advice to all graduates. Cortes completed her GED in 2011 and is a May 2013 graduate of the cosmetology program at Moraine Park.

“My journey began after getting my GED,” Cortes said. “At the end of the tunnel I felt very proud and strong.”

Before presenting their certificates, Dr. Sheila Ruhland, president of Moraine Park, commended students for their hard work in completing the program.

 “Lifelong education will be part of your journey,” Ruhland said. “Your journey this evening hasn’t ended, it is just the beginning.”

GED/HSED tests will be changing starting January 2014. Anyone currently working on their GED or interested in earning a GED must have all five GED tests completed by Dec. 5, 2013. If all five tests are not completed by that time, candidates will be required to restart testing with the new GED tests. Previous scores will not carry over to the new tests in January 2014. The new GED tests will be computer-based and will continue to be administered at Wisconsin Technical Colleges. For more information about Moraine Park’s GED testing, visit


Moraine Park announces retirees, service honorees

by abemis13. June 2013 08:36

Moraine Park Technical College recently held its annual Retirement and Service Recognition event to honor and express gratitude to retirees and those who reached service anniversaries during the 2012-2013 academic year.

This year we had 320 combined years of service from our retirees and 720 combined years from our staff members that received service recognition awards,” Dr. Sheila Ruhland, president of Moraine Park said. “We are very grateful for each of our retirees and staff who have contributed so much to Moraine Park throughout their years of service with our College.”

This year Moraine Park had 13 retirees and 62 staff members receive service recognition awards. Retirees were announced by Kathy Broske, human resources vice president, and service recognition awards were given by Beth Mendoza, human resources associate director.
Retirees included Susan Breszee, math instructor; Sue Krueger, financial aid specialist, who was also recognized for 35 years of service; Ann Mielke, social science instructor; and Ron Speich, culinary arts instructor – all of Fond du Lac. Also included were Joan Bolender, nursing instructor, and Alice Iaquinta, communications instructor – both of West Bend; Tim Crimmings, fire training instructor, and Carol Strysick, nursing instructor – both of Hustisford; Christine Jaglowski of St. Cloud, corrections science instructor; Christine Pirrung of Kohler, account clerk; Rose Ripley of Eden, student support representative-call center and Dana Wangerin of Sturgeon Bay, graphic communications instructor.

Staff members honored for 25 years of service included: Sherry Hackbarth of Watertown; Robin Koerner of Beaver Dam; and Robin Rodee-Schneider of West Bend.  Patricia Hrobsky of West Bend was honored for 30 years of service. Thirty-five-year honorees included: Timothy Flood of Mount Calvary, Karen Jarvis of Fond du Lac, and Linda Harmsen of Waupun.

Moraine Park also presented 54 employees with service recognition awards in the 5, 10, 15 and 20 year categories. For more information about Moraine Park Technical College, visit


Moraine Park hosts Cancer Survivor Beauty and Support Day

by abemis11. June 2013 13:20

To honor cancer survivors, Moraine Park Technical College is hosting its own Cancer Survivor Beauty and Support Day for cancer survivors on Wednesday, June 19, from 12:30-4:30 p.m. at Techniques Salon and Spa on Moraine Park’s Fond du Lac campus. The event is part of a national effort to provide support and free pampering for cancer survivors.
Cosmetology students at Moraine Park will offer survivors services such as manicures, pedicures, facials, haircuts and scalp treatments. All cancer survivors are invited to attend but appointments are required to guarantee service.
 “Techniques Salon and Spa is happy to be participating in this event another year,” Eileen Bouchard, cosmetology instructor at Moraine Park, said. “This event is a great way for students to practice the skills they have learned in their program and give back to the community.”
Each year thousands of salons, spas and cosmetology schools volunteer their time and services to cancer survivors across the nation. This is the second year Moraine Park cosmetology students have hosted the event. To make an appointment for Cancer Survivor Beauty and Support Day, call 920-929-2106. For more information about Moraine Park, visit


Moraine Park fall registration begins June 18

by abemis4. June 2013 16:33

Moraine Park Technical College will begin fall course registration for the general public on Tuesday, June 18.
Classes are available in many program areas including accounting, automotive, business, child development, information technology, culinary arts, healthcare, marketing, metal fabrication, office systems, printing and publishing, skilled trades, supervision and leadership development, Web development, welding, interactive media design, fabrication technologies and more.
For registration information, visit and click on admission & registration. Course schedules can also be accessed through the programs & courses tab on the homepage. Please call 1-800-472-4554 for additional information.



Mike Staral ’78 named Moraine Park 2013 Distinguished Alumnus

by abemis3. June 2013 13:55


Moraine Park Technical College provides an education aimed at developing the full person, according to Mike Staral ’78, of West Bend. As Moraine Park’s 2013 Distinguished Alumnus, he should know. A 1978 graduate of Moraine Park’s Tool and Die Technologies Apprenticeship program, Staral serves as vice president at Willer Tool Corp., in Jackson, Wis. He is also a member of the Moraine Park CNC/Tool and Die Technologies Advisory Committee and in July, will become one of two new members on Moraine Park’s District Board.

He’s dedicated a large part of his life to spreading the good word about technical education. It’s no wonder, then, that 65 percent of Willer Tool Corp.’s 60 employees are Moraine Park graduates. “They receive hands-on experience, learn to deal with others outside the classroom and are well prepared for the job field,” said Staral. “Not only does Moraine Park provide employer contacts for graduates – connections that help them land jobs – the College teaches soft skills, including communication, teamwork and problem solving.”

Graduates of Moraine Park, according to Staral, are ready for employment in the real world. He knows this from experience. He remembers well the lessons gained as a student. “We learned the big things, like math and machining,” said Staral. “One of the main objectives of our teacher, Ken Nelson, was to get graduates jobs.”

Thirty-five years later, Staral has helped grow Willer Tool Corp. from the six-person operation he originally joined to one of 60. During his journey to vice president, he’s remained committed to his Alma Mater and its graduates. “We have three to six Moraine Park graduates going through the apprenticeship program,” said Staral. “They take two years of school, then work with us for 10,400 hours during an apprenticeship.” Each apprentice then becomes a journeyman tool and die maker. “The industry is really strong,” added Staral. “Right now, I could place 20 graduates in the tool and die field within Washington County.”

That’s why maintaining an influx of highly trained graduates is critical to the growth of the tool and die industry. As a CNC/Tool and Die Technologies Advisory Committee member, Staral and other industry experts, work with Moraine Park instructors to ensure students learn the industry’s most critical skills and use the latest technologies. Similarly, as a Moraine Park District Board Member, Staral works to make decisions regarding the budget, new program implementation, and more. “Manufacturing is big in Wisconsin, so we have to continue investment in programs, machines and tools,” he said.

“I’m Moraine Park’s biggest fan,” admits Staral. Aside from himself, three other members of his family are graduates of Wisconsin technical colleges, including his wife, Kate, with a degree in interior design; his son, Jason, with a tool and die degree; and a daughter-in-law, Krista, with a dental hygiene degree. Staral’s other son, Chad, received an accounting degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. A committed family man and contributor to his community, Staral also enjoys two grandchildren, Addison and Blake.

A lifelong West Bend resident, Staral is president of Friends of West Bend Parks and serves on the West Bend Baseball Association Board of Directors and the West Bend Park and Recreation Commission.

“Be a team player and have a positive attitude,” Staral advises new Moraine Park graduates. “If you do that, people will notice you and you will go places. What made me successful is that I never said ‘no’ to hard work.”

To learn more about Moraine Park Technical College and it’s Alumni Association, visit