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



Earn a motorcycle license at Moraine Park

by jbrezinsky1. August 2012 09:08

     Want to learn how to safely ride a motorcycle and obtain a license? Enroll today at Moraine Park Technical College and get started. Several openings exist in the Motorcycle Rider courses offered at the Fond du Lac campus.
     Beginning or returning riders will gain hands-on experience in the basic skills of motorcycling: straight-line riding, turning, shifting, braking and the mental skills needed for control.
     Instructor Tom O’Meara was one of only nine instructors throughout the nation to receive the 2004 Outstanding Rider Coach for Wisconsin by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF). He has been with Moraine Park since 1993.
     For more information about Motorcycle Rider courses, call 920-924-3447. To register, call 1-800-472-4554. For a complete course listing, go to and click on Programs & Courses then Class Schedule. Search for courses under Summer and Fall 2012.


Moraine Park ranked as one of top 10 percent in the country

by jbrezinsky31. July 2012 11:19

     Highlighting the critical importance of improving student success in America’s community colleges, the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program has named Moraine Park Technical College as one of the nation’s 120 top community colleges for the second year in a row.  
     The Aspen Institute identified the 120 community colleges – 10 percent of all institutions – using a quantitative formula that assesses performance and improvement in four areas based on publicly available data from the National Center for Education Statistics’ Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System and the U.S. Census Bureau: graduation rates, degrees awarded, student retention rates, and equity in student outcomes.  A full list of the 120 community colleges is available at       
     “Moraine Park is honored to have been selected as one of the top 10 percent of community colleges in the country. We are grateful for the support we received from national leaders in business, education and labor that recognized Moraine Park as a nominee for the nation’s top community college prize,” said Dr. Sheila Ruhland, Moraine Park president.
     Some seven million students – youth and adult learners – enroll in America’s nearly 1,200 public and private community colleges every year. “The success of our nation’s community colleges is more important than ever before,” said Aspen Institute College Excellence Program Executive Director Josh Wyner, who announced the names of the 120 top community colleges at the annual convention of the American Association of Community Colleges in Orlando, Florida. “At a time when a college degree is essential to entering the middle class, community colleges like Moraine Park offer the most promising path to education and employment for literally millions of Americans.”               
     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.


Hopper receives MPTC Distinguished Alumnus award

by jbrezinsky25. July 2012 09:16

     Mark Hopper’s Moraine Park Technical College roots were planted in the early 1970s when he was a business marketing student at Moraine Park Technical Institute, as it was then called. As a Fond du Lac resident and 1974 graduate, Hopper Kelly Norton, Moraine Park Alumni and Foundation director presents Mark Hopper with Moraine Park’s Distinguished Alumnus award. has witnessed growth and change in his alma mater, so it’s especially appropriate that Hopper is honored with the Distinguished Alumnus award this year, as Moraine Park celebrates its 100th anniversary.
     “It is truly an honor to be able to award Mark the Moraine Park Distinguished Alumnus award,” said Kelly Norton, Moraine Park Alumni and Foundation director. “Mark is extremely dedicated to the community; selflessly giving his time and talent to other organizations to ensure that Fond du Lac continues thrive. More so, Mark is a champion of Moraine Park having served on the Foundation board and newly developed Alumni Advisory Committee. He is a true testament to the caliber of students here at Moraine Park.”        
     “It’s wonderful to be recognized by an institution that has helped make me what I am today. I’m humbled by this award that so many are worthy of. It’s nice to see that, almost 40 years later, Moraine Park is still a valuable resource for continuing education in the Fond du Lac area.”        
     A valuable resource thanks in part to alumni like Hopper who give back their time and resources. “Maintaining my involvement with Moraine Park is my way of giving back to the community. Moraine Park is crucial to my success story, and it’s important for me to give back to students today,” said Hopper.     
     Hopper is the CEO/president of Hopper’s Silk Screening, Inc., nestled in downtown Fond du Lac. He established his business with his wife Kim in 1978, a few years after graduating from Moraine Park. Since then, Hopper’s Silk Screening, Inc., has grown from a small, community-based business into one that serves customers all over the world. Hopper’s dedication and commitment to quality and service has made Hopper’s Silk Screening, Inc., the largest area screen printer.        
     According to Dave Hopper, Mark’s son and business associate, “Moraine Park gave Dad the ability and confidence to face the challenges of the entrepreneurial world.  Even in today’s economic times, he looks back and uses the tools and    lessons from his education and applies them to the current business landscape.”
     Moraine Park helped Hopper target special skills like business planning, economics, financial planning, forecasting, accounting, marketing and communications to compete in the workforce and empowered him with the confidence to move forward. 
     One of Hopper’s favorite quotes is, “Bring your passion to your career and success will follow.” Hopper credits his instructors and education at Moraine Park for planting seeds to grow for a lifetime of success.  For more information on Moraine Park’s Alumni Association, visit