Moraine Park instructor receives national certification

by jbrezinsky18. December 2012 08:15


     Moraine Park Technical College Civil Engineering/Structural instructor Jim Olson always tells his students that graduating doesn’t mean their education is over. He put this advice into action by recently receiving the Revit Architecture 2013 Certified Professional certification after passing the extensive exam.       
     Olson joined design professionals from around the world in late November when he attended Autodesk University’s annual conference and exhibition in Las Vegas, Nev. While there, Olson shared and passed ideas, worked with other participants to solve problems, and formed professional relationships. Olson also took and passed the Revit Architecture 2013 Certified Professional Exam while at the conference, gaining an industry-recognized credential.   
      “Technology and software are constantly changing how the architectural, engineering, and construction industries do business. As instructors, we need to bring those changes into our curriculum,” said Olson.
     Olson, a Fond du Lac resident, has been teaching full-time at Moraine Park for the past six years. The information he gained from the Autodesk University conference and from taking the exam will be integrated into the courses in Moraine Park’s Civil Engineering/Structural Program.          
      For more information on the Civil Engineering/Structural program, and all other programs at Moraine Park, visit



Moraine Park celebrates the holidays by giving back

by jbrezinsky14. December 2012 13:43


     At Moraine Park Technical College, students have been busy finishing up final projects, cramming for end-of-the semester exams, and registering for spring classes. Despite their active schedules, many student clubs and organizations are finding time to make spirits a little brighter for families in need this holiday season.  Moraine Park’s Fond du Lac, West Bend and Beaver Dam campuses have been decking the halls with boxes to collect food, toys, and clothing for various community organizations.          
     In Fond du Lac, the Straight and Gay Alliance (SAGA) club helped St. Paul’s church with over 900 families who preregistered to receive food for the Thanksgiving holiday. They assisted with registration, handed out turkeys, and helped carry food to people’s cars. The Student Veteran’s Association (SVA) is running a Christmas in a Shoebox campaign by packaging and mailing donated items to deployed troops. Moraine Park’s Cosmetology, Corrections, Radiography and Clinical Lab Technician clubs are all adopting families through the Salvation Army, or collecting nonperishable food items for donation to a local food pantry. Staff and units of the College are donating items to support Elijah’s Mantle/Ebony Vision. This local organization supports at-risk minority youth, ages 6-18 in the Fond du Lac area that are in need of clothing and shoes this holiday season. 
     The West Bend Student Senate is holding a toy drive this holiday season to provide for local youth and the ARTS club adopted a local family in need. The Beaver Dam Student Senate held a silent auction to benefit the Dodge County Humane Society and Clothes for Kids. Students on the Beaver Dam campus volunteered for more than 12 hours at Green Valley, an organization that serves individuals with disabilities in Dodge County. The Multicultural Club is sponsoring a toy drive, and the Electrical Power Distribution Club is ringing bells for the Salvation Army.
     On all three Moraine Park campuses, the IT club is holding a hat and mitten drive and Phi Theta Kappa honor society is sponsoring a family on each campus by holding a food and gift drive.
     If you are interested in donating items or would like more details on Moraine Park holiday service projects, visit




Kleefisch and Newson visit Veteran’s Job Fair at Moraine Park

by jbrezinsky14. December 2012 08:48


 Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch and Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Secretary Reggie Newson visited the veterans job fair on Wednesday, Dec. 12 at the Moraine Park Technical College in Fond du Lac. The job fair, organized by DWD’s Office of Veterans Services as well as other partners, is part of Governor Walker’s “Wisconsin Working” agenda to connect job seekers, including veterans, with new employment opportunities.
      “Our commitment to veterans includes providing opportunities for them to find family-supporting jobs,” Lt. Governor Kleefisch said. “Governor Walker’s proclamation of 2012 as the Year of the Veteran underscores his commitment to veterans, who along with their families have sacrificed so much for our nation’s protection and well-being.”
      “DWD is proud to host opportunities for veterans to connect with employers,” said DWD Secretary Newson. “The veteran-focused job fairs we’ve held this have been attended by over 2,400 veterans and 650 employers. We look forward to continuing to focus on serving our veterans. Through our Office of Veterans Services, DWD is able to serve more than 10,000 veterans each year.”
     In addition to the job fairs, DWD also coordinates the Veterans in Piping (VIP) program, which consists of an intensive 20-week pre-apprenticeship training course for participating veterans. Those who graduate are guaranteed a job as an apprentice pipefitter. Approximately 40 veterans have completed the training and found employment since VIP training began in 2011 in Wisconsin, the first state in the Midwest to offer the program
      DWD also has Local Veterans Employment Representative (LVER) and Disabled Veterans Outreach Program (DVOP) staff in comprehensive Job Centers and additional outreach locations throughout Wisconsin who are ready to assist all veterans with their employment search and serve as a resource for all veteran benefit programs. 
     Several veteran initiatives also took effect in July 2012 as part of the Governor’s “Wisconsin Working” agenda, including statutory changes that enable veterans to apply skills learned in the military towards earning a civilian degree, and providing a fee waiver to veterans applying for occupational licenses. Additional details can be found on WDVA’s website at
      "Finding employment for Wisconsin’s veterans is one of our state's top priorities. I am proud to be working with Lt. Governor Kleefisch, Secretary Newson and other partners on this effort,” noted Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) Secretary John Scocos, whose agency partnered with DWD on the job fair. “It is imperative we continue to collaborate on statewide strategies to assist our state's veterans."






Morna Foy selected as Wisconsin Technical College System President

by jbrezinsky14. December 2012 08:33

     MADISON – The Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) today announced that Ms. Morna Foy has been selected as the 12th president of the WTCS.  She becomes the first woman to serve in this capacity in the 100-year history of the WTCS and will begin as president in January 2013.
     Ms. Foy’s appointment as president builds on her more than 20 years of experience working in Wisconsin State Government, including almost 15 years with the WTCS. She began her career in Wisconsin government with the Wisconsin Legislative Audit Bureau before becoming a Policy Advisor/Federal Relations Officer for the WTCS. Since 2005, she has served as the WTCS Executive Assistant and Vice President of Policy and Government Relations. In this capacity, she was responsible for executive duties on behalf of the System President and Governing Board,
directs the System’s legislative relations, budget development, communications, strategic planning and policy development.
     “The WTCS Board knows that Morna will hit the ground running as a strong leader who builds upon our past success so that the WTCS plays an even larger role in growing Wisconsin’s economy,” said S. Mark Tyler, WTCS Board President and chair of the search committee. “Her dedication to the WTCS and tireless advocacy on the importance of career and technical education will help the WTCS better meet the needs of business and industry at both the state
and local level.”
     Ms. Foy stated, “It is an honor to serve as president of the Wisconsin Technical College System and I want to thank the System Board for this opportunity. The WTCS is known nationally for its innovative educational practices; focus on student success, strong employer partnerships and collaborative approach to solutions. Governor Walker and the Legislature have made new job creation and closing the skills gap state priorities and a skilled workforce is a key to realizing that vision. I look forward to working with the Governor, the Legislature, the dedicated professionals of the 16 colleges and the System Office and our industry, education, workforce and economic development partners to provide the high-skilled workforce that is critical to Wisconsin’s economic success.”





Moraine Park graduates second STRAT class

by jbrezinsky12. December 2012 08:30

     The second STRAT (Strategy, Alignment, Talent) class at Moraine Park Technical College recently wrapped up and 11 new graduates are eager to put their acquired knowledge into practice. The STRAT program was developed by Moraine Park’s Economic and Workforce Development department, in partnership with Dr. Alan Patterson, president of MENTORÉ. This unique and innovative leadership experience that Moraine Park offers to businesses, engages individuals sponsored by their employers to participate in cross-functional development linking strategy and execution to achieve measurable results within their organizations. 
     Participants included Aimee Wendt of MAG; Melissa Worthington of Moraine Park Technical College; Josh Emanuel of The Goldsmith; Nick Hemling of ANIMART; Matt Tredor of Broan-Nutone, LLC; Bob Sippel of Mid-States Aluminum Corp.; Chris Cramer of Grande Cheese Company; Laura Schwartzburg of Lutheran Homes and Health Services; Doug Thompson of Amerequip Corporation; Lisa Lasack of ANIMART; and Karen Hunt of ANIMART.
     The next STRAT session will begin on February 13, 2013.  For more information on STRAT, visit



Moraine Park's Nick Leifeld receives prestigious award

by jbrezinsky10. December 2012 14:06


     A Moraine Park Technical College adjunct faculty member who takes the classroom experience to the next level for his students is now being recognized for his efforts. Nicholas Leifeld, vice president of corporate compliance for Serigraph, Inc., and adjunct faculty member at Moraine Park, has been elected a Fellow of the American Society for Quality (ASQ). Leifeld will be one out of approximately 600 in the nation who carries this distinction.
     “It is an honor to achieve ASQ Fellow status.  I would like to express my deepest sense of gratitude to the awards committee,” said Leifeld. According to Leifeld, he has been driven by two factors throughout his career: To share his knowledge of quality and experiences with others, and to expand his own knowledge on quality through research, training, and hands-on experience.         
     “Teaching quality courses at Moraine Park, achieving ASQ certifications, and becoming involved in local, state, and national organizations has given me the opportunity to meet these goals.  I’m looking forward to continuing my involvement with ASQ and these organizations,” said Leifeld.
     Leifeld is receiving this award of distinction within the world of quality for his outstanding contributions to the local section as membership chairman, for his membership on the Economic Case of Quality Committee, for his teaching activities at Moraine Park, for contributions to the State of Wisconsin as board member for the Wisconsin Forward Award, and to the nation as an MBNQA examiner.        
     “Moraine Park has more than 450 active adjunct faculty who bring their expertise and knowledge to our students via the classroom or online every day,” said Sheila Ruhland, Moraine Park president. “We are proud of Nick’s prestigious award and are grateful to have such an accomplished adjunct faculty member serving the Moraine Park District.”              
     Serigraph Inc., is a plastics decorating company that provides products to the automotive, computer, and telecommunications industries.  For more information on Moraine Park, visit For more information on Serigraph Inc., visit



New certificate offered at Moraine Park

by jbrezinsky30. November 2012 11:02

Industrial wiring classes start Jan. 21
     Will the New Year bring a new career? It could, with Moraine Park Technical College’s new Industrial Wiring certificate – classes start January 21 for this exciting career. The certificate was created due to industry recommendations and demand.
     The Industrial Wiring Certificate is a six-credit course that will be offered on Moraine Park’s West Bend campus. The certificate is designed for people with little or no background in industrial wiring. Students will be introduced to the fundamentals of electrical motor control components, circuits, and systems found in industrial and manufacturing settings.
     “When the demand in manufacturing grows, so does the need for electrical maintenance in manufacturing equipment,” said Marcia Arndt, Moraine Park dean of Manufacturing Technology. “From working closely with our business and industry partners, we know there is an increasing demand for skilled workers in the industrial wiring field.”
     Additionally, according to Arndt, the two courses in this certificate are directly transferable to Moraine Park’s Electricity Technical Diploma for students interested in furthering their education in this field.
     For more information, or to register for the new certificates, visit or call 1-800-472-4554.


Register now for spring classes at Moraine Park

by jbrezinsky28. November 2012 14:14

Classes begin Jan. 21
     This holiday season, think about giving yourself the gift of education.  Moraine Park has over 100 educational options to choose from, including Associate of Applied Science degrees, certificates, technical diplomas, and many continuing education courses for refreshing professional skills or enhancing a hobby. The Spring Semester starts January 21 and registration is now underway.         
     Students will find classes available in many areas of study for the 2013 Spring Semester. These include Digital Marketing, Interactive Media Design, Human Resources, CNC/Tool and Die, Welding, Mechatronics, Nursing, Culinary Arts, and many more. Visit for a full listing.       
     For registration information or a course schedule listing, go to or call Student Services at 920-924-3207 or 1-800-472-4554 to request information.


Attend an upcoming Adult Info Session at Moraine Park

by jbrezinsky20. November 2012 11:26

Spring classes begin January 21
     If your New Year’s resolution is going to include getting that promotion you’ve always wanted or enhancing your resume by taking a certificate, program or class, Moraine Park Technical College is a great place to get started.
     Adult Information Sessions, offered at all three Moraine Park campuses, are a great way for adults and recent high school graduates to learn more about taking a class or two, enrolling in a program to earn your college degree or earning a short-term certificate. Attendees can get specifics on their program of interest or learn more about all the classes and programs Moraine Park has available. After a brief tour of the campus, there will be an opportunity to get your questions answered on the admissions and financial aid processes. Everything you need to meet your educational goals.
     Adult Information Sessions are free and run for two hours, and registration is required. Sessions are being held on a variety of dates and times at the West Bend, Beaver Dam and Fond du Lac campuses, November and running through January.
     For a complete list of dates, times and locations, and to register, call 1-800-472-4554


MPTC helps fight domestic violence

by jbrezinsky19. November 2012 09:57

Speaker and fund-raiser help raise awareness
     It was a sea of purple entering Moraine Park Technical College’s Techniques Salon and Spa on Tuesday, Nov.13. Staff and students were sporting the shade to help raise domestic violence awareness for the national Cut It Out event. The color is meant to be a symbol of peace, courage, survival, honor and dedication to ending violence.
     On November 13, five percent of proceeds from Moraine Park’s Techniques Salon and Spa, located on the College’s Fond du Lac campus, went to supporting families of the victims of the October 21 Azana Salon shooting in Brookfield. Moraine Park joined more than 80 salons in the region in this Cut It Out effort. Throughout the month of November, the barber-cosmetology department is offering trendy purple hair extensions for $5, purple ribbons for $1, and $2 hand massages – all proceeds from these services will benefit families of the Azana Salon shooting victims. To make an appointment at Techniques, call 920-929-2106.
     Moraine Park Cosmetology student Emily Wille, of Beaver Dam, was wearing a purple extension in her hair and spoke about the importance of the Cut It Out event. “This event, along with activities we have planned for the month of November, is important for helping families of the Azana victims,” Wille said. “We are getting to practice what we learn in class to give back to those in need.”
     Sara Sears, Barber-Cosmetology instructor, was instrumental in organizing the November 13 Cut It Out event at Moraine Park. “This was a great way to give back to the community and one way to respond to the tragedy that occurred so close to home,” said Sears. “We hope the little things we’re doing will help make a larger impact to our community members struck by this unfortunate event.”
     On November 13, Moraine Park also hosted domestic violence survivor Teri Jendusa-Nicolai. Nicolai shared her miraculous story of survival with a large group of Moraine Park staff, students and community members. During the cold harsh winter in Wisconsin in 2004, Nicolai was beaten by her ex-husband, placed in a garbage can, and left for dead in a storage locker. She survived, and today shares her story in hopes that she can save someone else from this tragedy.
     Nicolai’s story has been covered nationally and she continues to spread the word on domestic violence to law enforcement agencies, middle schools, high schools, colleges and shelters. As part of her Moraine Park presentation, Nicolai spoke about signs to watch for in and how to get out of an abusive/violent relationship. She also addressed how to help a loved one who might be in a dangerous relationship.
     For more information on Moraine Park, visit For additional information on the Cut It Out organization and related resources, visit