19. June 2012 10:12
Program designed to support disadvantaged students during financial emergencies
Students who come across unforeseen financial emergencies will no longer have to give up their dream of achieving an education, thanks to Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation (Great Lakes).
Great Lakes has approved Moraine Park for up to $85,000 in Emergency Grant Assistance for Pell-eligible students. The grant, which was opened to colleges within the Wisconsin Technical College System, provides students in need with small grants to address unexpected expenses that too often get in the way of continuous enrollment and eventual program completion.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for students who may have unexpected financial needs after they begin their education at Moraine Park,” said Sheila Ruhland, Moraine Park president. “Grant funds will help student retention and completion and, ultimately, ensure student success in reaching and obtaining their educational and career goals.”
This grant opportunity is focused on students who have significantly demonstrated financial need and are more likely to leave college if confronted with a financial setback. Through the program, Pell-eligible students faced with urgent, unforeseen expenses can apply to receive small grants —typically from $200 to $500 — to cover costs that can get in the way of program completion.
Moraine Park has over 1,000 students currently on Pell grants. Ninety-eight percent of the students who have received funds through our current Student Emergency Fund are Pell grant recipients, so the College has seen demonstrated need.
"From a retention standpoint, we know that one of the main reasons students leave secondary educational institutions prior to degree completion is lack of available funds,” said Kelly Norton, Moraine Park Foundation director. “Emergency grant funds like this provide Moraine Park with the opportunity to get a student back on their feet and moving toward degree completion and academic success. In turn, these students become productive members of our society, contributing to our community’s strength and vitality.”
Great Lakes awarded grants to Wisconsin’s 16 technical colleges with the goal of helping students remain in, and complete college and realize the many benefits completion brings to students and their families. The grants—up to $140,000 per college, based on enrollment—are made available through Great Lakes’ philanthropic Community Investments program. The $1.9 million, three-year initiative will also measure the effectiveness that emergency grant assistance has on student retention and graduation to inform future funding decisions.
“This program is a perfect example of a public-private partnership at work,” said Daniel Clancy, president of the Wisconsin Technical College System. “Emergency assistance can make a real difference in students’ success. It’s great to see Great Lakes step up again to reinvest in technical college students and provide this level of customized support.”
For more information on Moraine Park, visit morainepark.edu.
19. June 2012 10:09
Hands-on workshop for high schools girls interested in information technology
For all those chic geeks out there, we know you’re not afraid to break things! Moraine Park Technical College will be hosting Chic Geek on Wednesday, July 25, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. on the College’s Fond du Lac campus. It’s a hands-on workshop that will walk incoming high school girls through breaking computers (both a laptop and a desktop) and putting them back together again. Participants and a partner (chosen the day of the event) will work together to disassemble and reassemble computers and load operating systems.
Those who attend the workshop will also get a sneak peek at the new touch screen Windows 8 operating systems. Girls can see the benefits of careers in the Information Technology fields – the workshop will build knowledge, confidence and skills in girls who are looking to try something new. Registration is now through July 1 and costs $10 to attend.
To register or for more information, visit morainepark.edu/chicgeek, or contact Renae Fischer, Moraine Park non-traditional occupation specialist, at 920-929-2477 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
18. June 2012 04:32
The National Association of Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE), the nation’s leading organization focused on promoting entrepreneurship through community colleges, has announced that President Sheila Ruhland of Moraine Park Technical College has joined its new Presidents for Entrepreneurship Forum.
Through the program, presidents of community colleges throughout the country commit to increase the focus on entrepreneurship at their institutions and the impact these colleges have on the economic well-being of the communities they serve. Officials from six other Wisconsin Technical Colleges have also joined the new forum.
"Through our increased focus on supporting entrepreneurs and small businesses with the College’s new entrepreneurship initiative, we are pleased to join our peers across the state and the country in signing onto NACCE’s Presidents for Entrepreneurship Forum,” said Dr. Sheila Ruhland, Moraine Park president.
With the economy still lagging in many regions of the United States, 175 community colleges throughout the country have joined the entrepreneurship forum, and by doing so, have committed to playing a greater role in stimulating economic development in the communities they serve.
“As we have continued to make a more concerted effort to infuse entrepreneurship across the College and throughout the Moraine Park District, NACCE has been a valued partner providing key resources, networks, and support,” said Ruhland. “We look forward to continuing a strong partnership with NACCE as we move along this important journey of promoting and supporting an entrepreneurial culture across the Moraine Park district."
Moraine Park 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. Moraine Park’s Economic and Workforce Development offers customized training, workshops and seminars to meet current and future workforce needs. Supporting entrepreneurship for small businesses, Moraine Park provides low-cost non-degree classes, free entrepreneurial workshops and entrepreneurial certification. To find out more about Moraine Park, visit morainepark.edu.
11. June 2012 05:48
There are more than 10.1 million cancer survivors in the United States, and Moraine Park Technical College is looking forward to honoring those survivors by participating in national Cancer Survivor Beauty and Support Day. Free pampering (manicures, pedicures, facials, haircuts and scalp treatments) for cancer survivors will be available Thursday, June 21, from 7:30-11:30 a.m. at Techniques Salon and Spa on Moraine Park’s Fond du Lac campus.
“Techniques Salon and Spa is participating in the Cancer Survivor Beauty and Support Day because we believe that volunteerism and community service are important to the success and growth of our students and the well-being of our community; we are delighted and privileged to take part in this special day for cancer survivors,” said Eileen Bouchard, Barber/Cosmetology instructor at Moraine Park.
This year, more than 1.3 million new cancer cases will be diagnosed in the United States. While many public health initiatives address early detection, prevention and control of cancer, public health efforts to address cancer survivorship are relatively new.
Salons, spas and schools can provide survivors a wonderful gift of support to honor cancer survivors by offering free services to women, men and children who have courageously fought their battle with cancer. Appointments are required – To make an appointment for Cancer Survivor Beauty and Support Day, call 920-929-2106. For more information on Moraine Park, visit morainepark.edu.
11. June 2012 05:45
Moraine Park holds Career Showcase on June 21
Not sure which direction to turn to find your future career? Then Moraine Park Technical College’s Career Showcase event is perfect for you. It will give attendees a taste of 12 different careers – and 1 of them might be just the right fit for your future. Moraine Park’s Career Showcase will be held on Thursday, June 21, on Moraine Park’s Fond du Lac and West Bend campuses from 5-7 p.m. It is free to attend.
Programs to be featured at the Fond du Lac campus include Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse, Civil Engineering Technician-Structural, Criminal Justice - Corrections, Digital Marketing, Engine Research and Development Technician, Fabrication Technologies, Human Resources, Interactive Media Design, Mechanical Design Technology, Mechatronics, and Process Engineering Technology.
Previews of Criminal Justice - Corrections, CNC/Tool and Die Technologies, Digital Marketing, Human Resources, Interactive Media Design, and Mechanical Design Technology programs will be featured at the West Bend campus.
Those who attend can tour labs, speak with instructors get their financial aid and admissions questions answered, and more. Those filling out their application that evening will have the $30 application fee waived. Prospective students completing an application that evening are eligible to win an iPad – the drawing and $30 application fee waiver is for prospective students attending the event only. The application must be completed by the prospective student at the event, and a photo ID is required.
For more information about the event or to register, visit morainepark.edu/showcase. Registration for the event is not necessary but is appreciated.
5. June 2012 10:57
Area 8th grade students explore career clusters
With navy blue “passports” in hand and good walking shoes, 1,200 area eighth grade students stepped into the halls of Moraine Park Technical College to set sail on their career-focused journey. Students from middle schools in Beaver Dam, Brandon, Campbellsport, Green Lake, Hustisford, Markesan, Princeton, Ripon, Rosendale, Fond du Lac and Waupun attended.
When students arrived, they were provided with a list of possible career and education-related questions to ask area businesses that were present at the event. Students got to chat and network with the following businesses: US Cellular; Society Insurance; Aurora Medical Center; Agnesian HealthCare; Confections for Any Occasion; J.F. Ahern Co; Fond du Lac County Police Department; Mid-States Aluminum Corp; Sargento Foods, Inc; Sure-Fire, Inc; Westphal Printing; Westbury Bank; Briggs & Stratton; and Commonwealth Companies.
Kelly Flood, Travis Jensen and Matt Zimmerman represented J.F. Ahern Co., one of the leading mechanical and fire protection contractors in the United States. “It’s been fun giving students a quick snapshot of what careers are like in manufacturing,” said Flood. “This has been a great way for the eighth graders to become familiar with area businesses and the services they provide.”
Students could choose one of nine breakout sessions to attend, which included soft skills, baking, EMT, nursing, manufacturing, barber/cosmetology, automotive technician, technical support and engine research and development. It was the first time on Moraine Park’s campus for Theisen Middle School students Mark Dilling and Spencer Patton. They both attended the Engine Research and Development breakout session and thought it was a fun and interesting experience, especially because they both have worked on engines before.
Bob Benike, a Social Studies teacher at Campbellsport Middle School, thought the event had a nice variety of career-focused activities for students to enjoy. “I think it was beneficial having the different area companies represented at the event and a great opportunity for students to get ideas on their future education and careers.”
Students arrived back from their journey with a better idea of career options and plans to continue exploring in the future. For more information on programs at Moraine Park, visit morainepark.edu/programs.
29. May 2012 09:36
The end of the school year for Moraine Park Technical College is a time to recognize students for their accomplishments throughout the year. The EDGE Spring Awards Banquet was no exception, recently held on Moraine Park’s West Bend campus where 112 awards were given to the EDGE program students. Sixty-seven students received the Academic Achievement award, with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. Six students received the Academic Excellence award, with a cumulative GPA of 4.0 or higher.
“During the spring banquet, EDGE staff acknowledged the academic success and personal victories of the students in the program,” said Claude Magee, Student Success Services Grant Activity associate. “The goal of the award banquet is to encourage our students to continue to push themselves in pursuit of their goals. A quote by Walt Disney best describes THE EDGE students, ‘All our dreams can come true-if we have the courage to pursue them’.”
The Awesome Award went to 20 students who made it a point to be exceptionally active in the program. Seven students received the Above and Beyond Award, for students who have overcome great obstacles this semester and still remained in school and successful in their classes and program requirements.
There were 12 May 2012 EDGE program graduates with 4 in attendance that included Kelly Dressel of Sussex, Teri Cribb and Austin Hecker of West Bend; and Bonnie Weiss of Kewaskum.
The Moraine Park EDGE program is in place to assist students with academic advising, student leadership development, financial aid assistance, goal and career planning, transfer assistance and any additional support EDGE students may need. For more information on Moraine Park, visit morainepark.edu.
24. May 2012 05:21
Ballistas, slingshots and trebuchets filled Moraine Park Technical College’s Courtyard at the first annual Distance Challenge, held recently at Moraine Park’s Fond du Lac campus. Students from Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah High School, the Fond du Lac Home School Association, West Bend East and West High Schools and Slinger High School formed teams and built contraptions with the goal of launching a rubber ball the greatest distance.
“This is the first year we offered the competition. We wanted a competition that required the students to design, build and troubleshoot,” said Tom Roehl, Moraine Park Process Engineering Technology instructor. “I think the students all did a great job, and the employers that attended were very impressed with the creativity shown in the machines. We’re hoping to grow this in the future because local employers are very concerned about the skilled labor shortage, and it’s young people like this that are the future of Manufacturing.”
Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah High School came in first by launching their object 184 feet and 2 inches. Students Ethan Hau and Jordan Kissinger’s winning device was a slingshot design. The duo used surgical tubes, two-by-fours and canvas to create “Slingshot 5,000.”
Slinger High School’s Zach Rueckl came in second at 111 feet and 4 inches. Rueckl’s “Proto II” contraption used a ballista design. “I wanted to have the most original design at the competition so I went with the ballista, it’s a roman siege that was built for breaking walls. I was able to control the angle better with a complex machine,” said Rueckl. Rueckl’s distance goal was to break 100 feet, which he accomplished.
Coming in third at 111 feet was a team from West Bend East and West High Schools consisting of students Nathan Groth, Austin Pelzman, Isaac Theis and Samuel Nagrocki. Their “Second Chance” resistance slingshot got its name because they scrapped their first machine when they weren’t happy with the results.
The Fond du Lac Home School Association had a team of two sets of brothers: Isaiah and Sam LaVanway and Noah and Josiah Poss. Their “Giraffe” contraption used a counterweight and two hockey sticks to make a trebuchet design. “Giraffe” ended up launching the rubber ball 88 feet and 2 inches.
Dawn Poss, mother of Noah and Josiah, thought this was an excellent learning experience for the team. “Through the building process, they learned endurance and patience. They had to see what wasn’t working, analyze it and learn from it,” Poss said.
Rob Bauer works at Waukesha Metal Products in the tool and die area. He enjoyed seeing the competition and the excitement and creativity that sparked with project participants. “We are always looking for skilled workers, and this is a great way to get students thinking about careers early. If they have an interest in this type of field, we can get them to the right career path early on.”
View more images of the event here.
For more information on Moraine Park programs, visit morainepark.edu/programs.
22. May 2012 11:22
Moraine Park Technical College is pleased to announce Dr. James Eden and Dr. Stanley Cram will be joining the College as Vice President-Academic Affairs and Vice President-Student Affairs, respectively. Both will begin their new roles July 2.
“I’m excited to share in the announcement of Dr. James Eden and Dr. Stanley Cram joining the leadership team at Moraine Park,” said Sheila Ruhland, Moraine Park president. “Dr. Eden and Dr. Cram come with extensive experience in their respective areas that will allow Moraine Park to move forward in meeting the needs of our diverse student population and to ensure the highly skilled workers needed to meet the workforce needs.”
In 2006, Eden joined Moraine Park as the executive dean of manufacturing, trades and apprenticeship, then moved to his current position as executive dean of instruction in 2007. In his new role, Eden will provide the leadership, vision and administrative management for the Academic Affairs Unit, which is comprised of over 200 faculty, management and support professional staff. The position is directly responsible for the development, maintenance and operation of instructional and workforce education programs. Eden will report to the president and serve on the president’s cabinet.
“It is with great pleasure, passion and anticipation for the future of Moraine Park that I accept the position of Vice President of Academic Affairs,” said Eden. “I look forward to enhancing the college’s philosophy of student success and helping our students reach their educational goals. Moraine Park provides students of all income levels, age and ethnic backgrounds, educational opportunities that are not replicated in any other educational organization in the state. The College is a cornerstone of support to sustain our economy and communities.”
Eden holds a doctorate in Leadership for the Advancement of Learning and Service and a Master of Business Administration degree from Cardinal Stritch University. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in vocational, technical and adult education from the University of Wisconsin-Stout and an associate degree in auto mechanics from Western Wisconsin Technical College in LaCrosse. Eden’s annual salary will be $125,000.
Dr. Stanley Cram has over 20 years of administrative service in student affairs, most recently as the Vice President for Student Development and Services in Rochester Community and Technical College (RCTC) in Rochester, Minn. Prior to working at RCTC, Cram served in several higher education capacities including dean of student services, educational consultant, vice president of student affairs, director of student life and various teaching, research and services roles.
“I am thrilled about starting as Vice President of Student Affairs at Moraine Park,” said Cram. “I’ve been impressed with the facilities and employees from the moment I first visited the three campuses and felt at home right away. I’m looking forward to supporting Moraine Park’s mission of promoting a learning environment dedicated to student achievement through my efforts in this exciting new role.”
Cram, who will also report to the president and serve on the president’s cabinet, will provide the leadership, vision and administrative management for the College’s Student Affairs Unit, which is comprised of over 75 faculty, management and support professional staff. The position is directly responsible for the development, operation and evaluation of all student services and programs.
Cram earned his doctorate in Higher Education Administration and master’s degree in Student Development from the University of Iowa. He attended Vennard College in University Park, Iowa, for his
bachelor’s degree in Biblical Studies. Cram’s annual salary will be $116, 500.
Moraine Park 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 morainepark.edu.
21. May 2012 03:56
More than 300 participate in centennial year commencement
There were only a handful of programs when Moraine Park Technical College’s first students walked through the doors in 1912. The Continuation Schools, as they were then called, had humble beginnings, with classes often held in the basements and attics of local businesses. On Saturday, May 19, the stage looked a little different than it did 100 years ago, as more than 300 members of the Moraine Park Class of 2012 gathered at Fond du Lac High School to cross the stage and receive diplomas from over 100 program areas.
“The early continuation schools underwent many changes before turning into the hub of innovative education Moraine Park is today. It is our inspiring students who have been the gears moving these changes along,” said Dr. Sheila Ruhland, Moraine Park president, who was presiding over her first commencement ceremony.
“The best way to predict your future is to create it,” is a famous quote by Peter Drucker that the Moraine Park Class of 2012 chose as their motto. Nine hundred thirty graduate candidates from Moraine Park Technical College’s Beaver Dam, Fond du Lac and West Bend campuses are that much closer to creating their own new futures. The candidates pursued 436 associate of applied science degrees, 351 technical diplomas and 116 apprenticeships/certificates.
Ruhland presented the degrees, diplomas and certificates with the assistance of Moraine Park District Board members Mike Miller, Shirley Kitchen, Vernon Jung and Jodine Deppisch.
“Commencement is a very significant event in our students’ lives,” said Ruhland. “On behalf of all of us at Moraine Park, I would like to extend our congratulations and best wishes to all of you. You should be very proud to have reached this milestone in your lives and the great opportunities that are ahead of you.”
Ruhland introduced keynote commencement speaker Steve Peterson, president and chief executive officer of Mid-States Aluminum Corporation, Fond du Lac, and 1969 Moraine Park Alumnus.
“This fine institution has been working very closely with local businesses to insure your curriculum was developed around their needs,” said Peterson. “I am confident you are now ready to make a significant contribution to the business you will join, or perhaps already work for. I sincerely hope you go from this place today knowing that you are well trained and capable of significantly influencing not only the business you will be a part of, but also your local community and society as a whole.”
To acknowledge Moraine Park’s 100-year anniversary, Moraine Park presented each participating graduate with a commemorative centennial medallion as a tribute to their educational achievement in Moraine Park’s Centennial year.
The graduation processional was led by bagpiper Gina Crossley, with the ceremonial music performed by Brassination, a brass quintet from the Fond du Lac area. Shady Grove, also from the Fond du Lac area, provided the pre-ceremonial music.
Commencement DVDs can be preordered for $5 and will be shipped in June. For more information or to preorder, contact the bookstores at 920-887-4407 in Beaver Dam, 920-929-2105 in Fond du Lac and 262-335-5774 in West Bend. For more information on Moraine Park, visit morainepark.edu. To learn more about Moraine Park’s Centennial celebration, visit morainepark.edu/100years.