Moraine Park to host Rwandan genocide survivor Feb. 11

by abemis3. February 2014 12:03

Moraine Park Technical College is pleased to welcome Jaqueline Murekatete, internationally recognized human rights activist and genocide survivor, as a guest speaker at Moraine Park’s Fond du Lac campus Tuesday, Feb. 11, beginning at 11:30 a.m. in the cafeteria.

Born in Rwanda in 1984, Murekatete was not yet 10 years old when she lost her entire immediate family and most of her extended family to the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. 2014 marks the 20-year anniversary of the Rwandan Genocide. 

Murekatete has been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, Huffington Post, Fast Company, Teen Vogue, Glamour and People. She has also appeared on CNN, PBS, NBC, ABC, MTV and many other worldwide media outlets. 

The event is free to the public. Registration is preferred but not required, please contact Samantha Saeger, student involvement specialist, at or 920-924-3101 to register. 

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Moraine Park graduates Welding & CNC Boot Camp classes

by abemis23. December 2013 13:53

Moraine Park Technical College graduated its seventh and eighth class of students from the Manufacturing Skills Academy, Friday, December 20. Three students graduated from the welding training and nine from the Computer Numeric Control (CNC) machinist training. In total, Moraine Park has had 76 students graduate from the Skills Academy in the past year. 

Moraine Park’s Manufacturing Skills Academy offers 15-week boot camp sessions in either welding or CNC training. They were designed to combat a shortage of skilled manufacturing workers in Wisconsin. Moraine Park partners with many local manufacturing employers including Amerequip, Brenner Tank, John Crane and Mid-States Aluminum.

The boot camps combine a 72-hour paid internship with coursework, including Occupational Math, Print Reading, Team Building and Problem Solving and courses specific to their program. Skill training for CNC includes basic programming, machining and turning center, while welding students learn welding and cutting techniques.

Those who completed the CNC boot camp include: Andrew Behrensprung of Random Lake, Nicole Cross of Menomonee Falls, Jason Dorn of Oshkosh, Brian Heath of Oshkosh, David Hess of Eden, Taylor Knapp of Menomonee Falls, Ray Pinch of Fond du Lac, Roy Siewert of Berlin and Shawn Stapleton of Hartford. Those who completed the welding boot camp include: Paul Anderson of Kewaskum, Colin Schloegel of Grafton and Ian Wirtz of West Bend.

Both the welding and CNC boot camps are funded by grant dollars. The welding training is funded by the U.S. Department of Labor TAACCCT grant, and the CNC training is funded by the Wisconsin Workforce Partnership grant from The Wisconsin Covenant Foundation, Inc.

For more information about Moraine Park’s Manufacturing Skills Academies, visit

Moraine Park celebrates the holidays by giving back

by abemis18. December 2013 12:13

Moraine Park Technical College students have been busy finishing up final projects studying for end of semester exams and registering for spring classes. Despite their busy schedules, many student clubs and organizations found time to make the spirits a little brighter for families in need this holiday season.  Student at Moraine Park’s Fond du Lac, West Bend and Beaver Dam campuses decked the halls with boxes to collect food, toys and clothing for various community organizations.         

Students in Moraine Park Technical College’s Electrical Power Distribution (EPD) Club rang bells for the Salvation Army at Racheck’s and Shopko in West Bend on Dec. 4, 2013. Pictured from left: Andy Luedtke, Tanner Holzhueter and Erik Hefner.

In Fond du Lac, the Student Senate sponsored a diaper drive for the Fond du Lac Family Resource Center. The group also held a Bone Marrow Drive for Be the Match last month. During the drive, students learned how to get involved in donating bone marrow through the Be The Match organization. The IT club held a hat and mitten drive on campus and donated the items collected to the Solutions Center in Fond du Lac. The Cosmetology Club also donated items collected during a food drive to the Solutions Center, and the Corrections Club donated a portion of the proceeds from their card fundraiser to the Solutions Center.

In West Bend, the Chiropractic Specialists Club, Cosmetology Apprentice Club, Electricity Club, Graphics/IMD Club, SAGA Club, Student Senate, SMARTS Club and the Student Nurses Association wrapped up a campus-wide food drive. The West Bend Student Senate and the Student Nurses Association collected items for the Kids2Kids Toy Drive. Kapco’s Kids2Kids toy drive collects over 20,000 toys for low-income children through Southeastern Wisconsin.

The Beaver Dam Student Senate found a creative way to raise funds and awareness for men’s health issues through a month-long event called Mo-Vember at Mo-Raine Park. Participants took before and after photos, one clean shaven at the beginning of the month and another at the end of the month and invited anyone to vote for their favorite Mo-Vember moustache for $1. The club also sold Kwik Trip gift cards around campus. A portion of the proceeds from both charity drives were donated to the Elks Christmas Baskets, which provides food baskets for families during the holidays. The Human Resources Club conducted a toy drive in conjunction with the Dodge County Toy Bank. The Electrical Power Distribution (EPD) Club rang bells for the Salvation Army. The Beaver Dam Student Nurses Association conducted a food drive for St. Vincent de Paul.

Students in the Beaver Dam and Fond du Lac chapters of the Multicultural Club collected school supplies and other donations this winter to support the Blue Mountain Project. The Blue Mountain Project is an organization committed to improving the health, education and economy in rural Jamaican communities. Some club members and other Moraine Park students will be bringing the items to Jamaica this January during the study abroad trip through Moraine Park’s International Education program. 

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U.S. Secretary of Labor applauds Wisconsin’s technical colleges

by abemis13. December 2013 11:08

U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez visited Wisconsin as part of a Midwest stop on Wednesday, Dec. 4.  Secretary Perez visited Gateway Technical College in Racine to follow up on the innovative training programs planned as a result of Labor’s recent $23.1 million grant to the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS), announced in September.

Moraine Park Technical College is receiving $995,662 as part of the grant program’s statewide investment in Information Technology (IT) career pathways, which develops advanced IT competencies to support every sector of the state’s economy, including business, health care, hospitality, manufacturing and others.

The successful grant application is the third installment of a multi-year, nearly $2 billion federal community college initiative designed to increase credential attainment in high-priority economic sectors.  In the previous round, the technical colleges won an $18.3 million grant to expand innovative programs that produce high-skilled workers in advanced manufacturing.

“We were thrilled to provide this grant, because it was earned,” Secretary Perez told a panel of employers, students and WTCS leaders on Wednesday.“You have written the book— that’s why you won one of the largest grants.”

“Moraine Park is proud to be part of the collaboration with the WTCS,” Sheila Ruhland, Moraine Park Technical College president, said. “I know these funds will go a long way to provide our students and students across our state with new opportunities.”

Wisconsin’s technical colleges received one of the largest single awards and the collaboration is one of the few applicants to successfully receive back-to-back grants.  The grant to Moraine Park Technical College will fund additional courses within its current IT program offerings and create new certificates in digital media and network security.

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Moraine Park wins prestigious marketing award

by abemis12. December 2013 10:00

Moraine Park Technical College was honored with two Gold Medallion Awards from the National Council for Marketing & Public Relations (NCMPR) for their 2013 Viewbook and Economic and Workforce Development print ad series.

NCMPR is an organization that connects PR and marketing professionals at community and technical colleges across the nation. Each year NCMPR recognizes outstanding achievement by awarding presented work with a gold, silver or bronze medallion.  

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Moraine Park releases 2012-2013 Annual Report

by abemis11. December 2013 08:32

Moraine Park Technical College’s 2012-2013 Annual Report is now available in electronic format.Readers will learn about the many accomplishments achieved by students, faculty and staff; the College’s financial information; and any new facilities updates during the 2012-13 school year. Also included is information from the Moraine Park Foundation, which shares student success stories, new foundation initiatives and financial data. 

“I invite everyone to take a look at the 2012-2013 Annual Report,” Dr. Sheila Ruhland, Moraine Park president, said. “This has been another great year filled with success from both students and staff and many wonderful milestones from the College as a whole.”

To view the Annual Report, visit

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. To find out more about Moraine Park, visit

Moraine Park graduates third STRAT class

by abemis6. December 2013 10:30

Moraine Park Technical College has graduated its third group of participants from the STRAT (Strategy, Alignment, Talent) program. 

Moraine Park Technical College STRAT graduates pictured from left: Angella Mattheis of Agnesian HealthCare, Tony Sizemore of Grande Cheese Company, John Campbell of Amerequip, Laurie Barz of Moraine Park Technical College and Andy Theisen of Kondex Corporation.

The STRAT program is designed to give business professionals cross-functional development linking strategy and execution to achieve measureable goals within their organization.  The STRAT program was developed by Moraine Park’s Economic and Workforce Development department in partnership with Dr. Alan Patterson, president of MENTORÉ. Through the program, students participate in workshops, networking events, professional coaching and self-assessments to help them complete a project and enhance their organizational leadership performance.

Participants included Angella Mattheis of Agnesian HealthCare; Tony Sizemore of Grande Cheese Company; John Campbell of Amerequip; Laurie Barz of Moraine Park Technical College; and Andy Theisen of Kondex Company.

Registration is currently in process for the 2014 STRAT session. Informational briefings will be held on Thursday, Dec. 12, from 3-4:30 p.m. at all three Moraine Park campuses. Attendees will have the opportunity to win a STRAT scholarship. To register, call 1-800-472-4554 ext. 3449. For more information on the STRAT program and the STRAT briefings, visit


Moraine Park makes Military Friendly Schools list for fourth year

by abemis4. December 2013 10:32

Moraine Park Technical College is pleased to be included in Victory Media’s 2014 list of Military Friendly Schools for the fourth consecutive year for its excellence in serving veterans as students.

This prestigious award recognizes the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools nationwide who embrace America’s veterans as students. The complete list can be viewed by visiting

 “Moraine Park is honored to again be included on the 2014 list of Military Friendly Schools,” Sheila Ruhland, Moraine Park president, said. “I am grateful for our staff and faculty who have taken the initiative to make sure we have many resources available to veteran students.”

Moraine Park has numerous resources available to military and veteran students, including the Student Veterans Association (SVA) club. The SVA meets regularly to provide information about educational opportunities offered at Moraine Park. The club allows students to ask questions and meet with other military students and veterans providing a support system that help veteran and military members smoothly 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 now enrolled in college,” Scott Lieburn, Moraine Park dean of students, said. “Having a strong network of other student veterans, like our Student Veterans Club, 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.

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Moraine Park receives flag flown at Afghanistan Airbase

by abemis2. December 2013 09:51

Moraine Park Technical College was recently presented an American flag flown by Nathan Huenink at Bagram Airbase in Afghanistan in honor of Moraine Park.

Moraine Park Technical College was recently presented an American flag flown by Nathan Huenink at Bagram Airbase in Afghanistan in honor of Moraine Park.From Left: Sandra Huenink, dean of basic education; Sheila Ruhland, Moraine Park president; Scott Lieburn, dean of students; Kathy Hass, administrative assistant of manufacturing & trades; Sue Wiese, administrative assistant of resource development; and Dwane Klostermann, clinical lab instructor and SVA club advisor.

Huenink is the son of Moraine Park Dean of Basic Education, Sandra Huenink. During his tours of duty, one in Afghanistan and two in Iraq, Moraine Park staff members Kathy Hass and Sue Wiese coordinated care package efforts for Huenink through a group called Moraine Park Supports Our Troops Effort.

“I know that Nathan very much appreciated receiving the care packages from Moraine Park,” said Huenink. 

In total, the Moraine Park Supports Our Troops Effort has sent out 90 care packages to 17 service men and women – all immediate family members of Moraine Park employees.

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Moraine Park Student Veterans Association recognized as official chapter

by abemis26. November 2013 09:11

Moraine Park Technical College Student Veterans Association was recently approved as an official chapter by the national Student Veterans of America organization.

Student Veterans of America is comprised of over 850 student veteran organizations throughout the United States. The organization is dedicated to help veterans succeed in higher education, achieve their academic goals and gain meaningful employment.

Moraine Park’s Student Veterans Club was started in fall 2012 and currently has 10 members.

“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. “Being recognized as an official chapter by the SVA is another great resource we can provide to student veterans.”

For more information about veteran services at Moraine Park, visit