Moraine Park hosts series of investor courses

by jbrezinsky27. August 2012 08:53

     Gain the knowledge and confidence you need to step into the world of personal investing. Join Moraine Park Technical College for an informative series on individually investing, starting Wednesday, Sept. 19. All courses will be held on Moraine Park’s West Bend campus. Those interested may take the course(s) that best fits their needs – registering for the entire series is not required.
     A The Individual Investor - Beginner’s Guide course will be held Wednesday, Sept. 19, (CRN 21483), followed by The Individual Investor in Stocks on October 17 (CRN 21485), The Individual Investor in Traditional and Roth IRAs on November 28 (CRN 21486), and The Individual Investor in Bonds on December 19 (CRN 21488).
     To register, call 1-800-462-4554 and refer to the CRN number. Each class costs $23.50 to attend or $18.63 for those 62 and over.


Moraine Park students place in national electricity competition

by jbrezinsky24. August 2012 04:51

   Istvan Biro of West Bend.  

Max Paulus of Fredonia and Istvan Biro of West Bend had a powerful performance in the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference held June 23-27 in Kansas City, Mo. Each competing with about 25 other students, Paulus placed 8th and Istvan placed 12th in the Electrical Construction Wiring and Industrial Motor Control competitions, respectively.
     “The students spent time preparing prior to the competition and both seemed very confident going into the competition,” said Mark Wamsley, electricity instructor at Moraine Park. “After experiencing the national competition, we all have ideas on how to improve for next time.”         
     For more information on the electricity program at Moraine Park, visit



Moraine Park to host free entrepreneur workshops

by jbrezinsky24. August 2012 04:43

     Starting a business for the first time can be a challenge, with many new items to discuss and consider. Moraine Park Technical College is providing support and information for those embarking on their entrepreneurial journey with free entrepreneur workshops set for Tuesday, Sept. 11 on Moraine Park’s Fond du Lac campus in Room A-112; Tuesday, Sept. 18 on Moraine Park’s West Bend campus in Room T-117; and Thursday, Sept. 27, on Moraine Park’s Beaver Dam campus in Room K-305. Each workshop will be held from 6-8 p.m.
     Hosted by local entrepreneur Randy Melzer, the workshops will cover what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur; where ideas come from; the anatomy of a business plan, the nuts and bolts of starting a business; and types of business entities, regulations and requirements.
     With Melzer’s guidance, this free webinar will explore the various sources of help that is available, including services and support from within Moraine Park as well as through our network of partners and others from across the district, state, and country. Melzer received his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame. His primary focus has been in marketing and sales of financial products and services in a multi-branch environment. Melzer has held the titles of Branch Manager, Mortgage Loan Officer, Financial Planner, Vice President of Marketing and Vice President of Operations. He currently owns his own marketing consulting firm.
     To register or for more information, e-mail or call 920-924-3449.


Moraine Park Class of ’87 time capsule opened

by jbrezinsky23. August 2012 09:39

Culver’s winning flavor revealed

 Promotional buttons, a Moraine Park Technical Institute hat, classroom books and literature, photos, personalized notes, and a special poem written by barber-cosmetology students were just a handful of the items revealed as Dr. Sheila Ruhland, Moraine Park Technical College president, carefully opened a time capsule from the Moraine Park Class of 1987.
     A crowd of Moraine Park students, alumni, past and present staff members, community members, friends and family gathered at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 16, to witness Moraine Park’s time capsule opening. The Moraine Park class of 1986-1987 closed the time capsule 25 years ago and requested it to be opened in the College’s 100th year. Guests were able to take a closer look at the items and see the many wonderful memories included from the class.
     Larry Lamont, retired Moraine Park instructor and designer of the time capsule, was present for the opening. “I’ve been looking forward to this for a long time,” said Lamont, who taught mechanical design and civil-structural engineering at Moraine Park from 1969-2000. Lamont said it was fun seeing the items that students included in the capsule and to celebrate the opening.
     Ruhland revealed the 2012 centennial time capsule following the 1987 opening. Three time capsules, one for each of the College’s three campuses, and all identical, were designed and constructed in a collaborative effort between Moraine Park’s marketing department and the building trades construction and metal fabrication programs. The artifacts placed in the time capsules represent Moraine Park in present-day and are a combination of community, staff and College-submitted items. The 2012 time capsule is to be opened at the discretion of College successors.   
      “As this chapter in Moraine Park history comes to a close, we look forward to creating new memories to include in a future time capsule,” said Ruhland during the event. “Thank you for supporting Moraine Park by taking part in this culminating celebration event.”
    In addition to the time capsule opening and dedication, everyone was invited to participate in a Moraine Park trivia contest, spin the prize wheel, view items to be included in Moraine Park’s new time capsule (there will be three total – one for each campus), and sample Culver’s new custom Moraine Park-themed custard flavor, Wolf Pack Choc Attack.       
     Moraine Park also welcomed Jane Oates, Assistant Secretary of Employment and Training Administration for the Department of Labor, to campus on Thursday. She made the trip from Washington D.C. to facilitate a hallmark summit on connecting communities for a sustainable workforce. The summit was a way for District legislators, educators, and business and industry partners to come together for a discussion on creating a sustainable and prosperous future for Moraine Park.
     The day of festivities and collaboration came to an end with a centennial dinner. Past Moraine Park leaders Dr. John Shanahan and Dr. Gayle Hytrek spoke about highlights during their tenures at the College.
     Ruhland expressed her appreciation to all of the people who helped make the centennial year a success. “We appreciate everyone who has helped Moraine Park celebrate our centennial,” said Ruhland. “From participating in the summit, to spinning the prize wheel at the time capsule opening and dedication ceremony, so many people have played a role in supporting our spirit of innovation and collaboration,”
     Moraine Park’s centennial website will continue to be updated with post-centennial information. Visit to find out more.



Moraine Park offering CNC Machinist Boot Camps

by jbrezinsky22. August 2012 05:20

Information sessions to be held Sept. 4 and 6
     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 job opportunities at partnering businesses including Amerequip Corporation, Brenner Tank, John Crane Orion, and Mid-States Aluminum Corporation. The boot camps are part of the Wisconsin Workforce Partnership Grant and will provide skills to last a lifetime.  
     Four Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Machinist Boot Camp information sessions will be held on Moraine Park’s West Bend campus. They are set for Tuesday, Sept. 4, from 3-4:30 p.m. and 5-6:30 p.m., and Thursday, Sept. 6, from 8-9:30 a.m. and 10-11:30 a.m. Each session will include business partner presentations, job placement opportunities, entrance requirements, program fees and CNC Machinist Boot Camp schedules.
     Who is qualified to participate in the CNC Machinist Boot Camps? Basic requirements include: people who are currently unemployed, people not currently employed as a CNC machinist, or people employed in a field unrelated to CNC.  Additionally, participants cannot be current employees of any of the four covenant grant partner companies.   
     Those interested in attending one of the free information sessions must R.S.V.P. by emailing or calling Lauri at 920-929-2117.


Goetz joins Moraine Park District Board

by jbrezinsky20. August 2012 08:21

     Educator and active West Bend community member Donna Goetz is the newest Moraine Park Technical College District Board member. Goetz was sworn in on July 9. Goetz’s current work with high school students and previous employment as a university instructor has provided her with familiarity in the behaviors, learning needs and preferences of secondary education students, making Goetz an asset to decision-making at the College Board level.               
     "Moraine Park is such a wonderful educational and career resource available to a wide variety of learners, including current high school students, recent high school graduates, and adult learners,” said Goetz. “I am eager to begin my role as a board member and be part of the long tradition of ensuring student success.”     
     Goetz received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Carroll College, Masters of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling and Doctorate of Philosophy from UW-Milwaukee. Since 2004, Goetz has been serving as a school psychologist in the West Bend School District. She was an instructor at UW-Milwaukee and served in several psychology and counseling-related positions prior.       
     For more information on the Moraine Park District Board, visit



Moraine Park’s Tech Knowledge College gets students on career fast lane

by jbrezinsky14. August 2012 11:19

     The winning combination of fun and learning was in full gear August 7,8, and 9 as almost 200 area middle school students experienced Moraine Park Technical College’s Tech Knowledge College (TKC) on Moraine Park’s Fond du Lac campus.  Participants got a glimpse into college facilities and potential careers as they made movies, manufactured yo-yos, built robots, prepared gourmet dishes and perfected hair techniques.        
     Students from throughout Moraine Park’s district enjoyed hands-on learning as they participated in their two choices from among almost 20 different sessions. There was something for everyone, and participants left TKC with new skills in a variety of areas, from health care to culinary arts.         
     Moraine Park has been hosting TKC for over 20 years. Although sessions have changed to complement new and evolving technology, the purpose of the event has remained the same — to  give students a chance to get a hands-on, interactive look at the skills and careers needed today and in the future.        
     Katie VandeSlunt, recruitment specialist at Moraine Park, has been involved with TKC for the past 12 years. “It’s very rewarding to see these students receiving the exposure to career and technical education and their excitement about it. Even more fulfilling is to see how many students come back for the three years and then send younger siblings.”   
     VandeSlunt is involved with Moraine Park’s New Student Orientation events and has seen many familiar names from TKC. “What they’re learning at Moraine Park during TKC is resonating when they come back for their post-secondary education.”              
     This May, students who will be entering sixth through eighth grades in fall 2013 will be able to start signing up for their favorite sessions at the 23nd annual Tech Knowledge College. Check out starting in March. For more information on Moraine Park programs, visit



Moraine Park’s nursing students surpass national rate

by jbrezinsky13. August 2012 04:47


Moraine Park nursing students apply new skills on a patient simulator. Nursing students recently surpassed the national rate for the NCLEX-PN and NCLEX-RN exam scores.     To work as a Licensed Practical Nurse or Licensed Registered Nurse, a person must first pass the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nursing (NCLEX-PN) or the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nursing (NCLEX-RN) exam after completing a nursing education program.
     Moraine Park Technical College recently received second-quarter results for nursing students who took the NCLEX-PN and the NCLEX-RN exams and is proud to announce scores for both surpassed the national pass rate. One hundred percent of first-time Moraine Park test takers successfully passed the NCLEX-PN while 96 percent passed the NCLEX-RN. 
      “Faculty and staff at Moraine Park have worked hard to implement many program changes over the last few years, and their hard work has paid off.  We strive to maintain this level of performance,” said Kathy VanEerden, dean of Health Sciences at Moraine Park.
     For more information on Moraine Park programs, visit



Baranowski elected to WTCS board

by jbrezinsky2. August 2012 06:04


    The Wisconsin Technical College System recently elected officers to their board, including Philip Baranowski, former member of the Moraine Park Technical College District Board. Baranowski, of Green Lake, retired as superintendent of Green Lake Public Schools in 1993 and served on the Moraine Park District Board for 32 years. Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker appointed Baranowski to the WTCS board on July 2. 
     “Moraine Park administrators and District Board members respected Phil’s unparalleled expertise and experience during his service as a member on the board, and now the entire state will benefit from his passion for technical education and expertise in school funding,” said Richard Zimman, Moraine Park District Board chairman. “Phil advocated for a world-class education program for Moraine Park students while keeping it affordable for local taxpayers, and those guiding principles are what we need at the state level to support a quality workforce and strong economy for Wisconsin’s future.”
     The WTCS board is the governing body for the Technical College System. The 13-member Board established statewide policies and standards for educational programs and services provided by the 16 technical colleges. The board is also responsible for administering state and federal aids to the colleges. All members are appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Wisconsin Senate.      
     “I’m excited to hear of the appointment for Phil to serve on the WTCS board,” said Dr. Sheila Ruhland, Moraine Park president. “Phil’s 32 years of service to the Moraine Park District Board along with his active involvement with the WTCS Boards Association continues to demonstrate his commitment and passion for technical college education. Wisconsin is fortunate to have him serve on the board and his vested interest in the many students served by the WTCS.”
     Wisconsin’s Technical Colleges offer more than 300 programs, awarding two-year associate degrees, one- and two-year technical diplomas and short-term technical diplomas. In addition, the System is the major provider of customized training and technical assistance to Wisconsin’s business and industry community. More than half of all adults in Wisconsin have accessed the technical colleges for education and training. Find out more about educational programs at



Moraine Park is planning culminating centennial event Aug. 16

by jbrezinsky2. August 2012 06:03

     It’s been 100 years of providing innovative education for Moraine Park Technical College. With its humble beginnings above a downtown Fond du Lac laundry mat, Moraine Park is excited to celebrate its growth with students, staff and community members on Thursday, August 16. Everyone is welcome to attend Moraine Park’s time capsule opening and dedication ceremony from 3-5 p.m. It will be held on Moraine Park’s Fond du Lac campus at the O-1 entrance.
     Experience Moraine Park’s culminating centennial event by witnessing the opening of the 1987 time capsule and viewing items to be included in the new time capsules, all while mingling with Moraine Park past and current students, staff and community members.
     The Moraine Park-themed Culver’s custard flavor will be revealed, with samples for all attendees to enjoy. A live radio remote from WTCX will provide entertainment for all, along with games, prizes and family-friendly activities. 
     The 1987 time capsule will be opened and new time capsules dedicated at 4:30 p.m. For more information, visit