Author Lisa Paul to present at Moraine Park’s Beaver Dam campus

by jbrezinsky19. September 2012 05:05

    Lisa Paul’s book, Swimming in the Daylight, has been a popular choice among book clubs across the country this year. Get a behind-the-scenes look at the story that inspired the book on Tuesday, Oct. 16, as Paul presents at Moraine Park Technical College’s Beaver Dam campus.
    Paul, a Beaver Dam native, will share her story at 11:30 a.m. in the College’s commons area.
    Set in the years just before the collapse of the Soviet Union, Swimming in the Daylight is the story of the improbable friendship between Paul, a young college student strong in her Catholic faith, and Inna Kitrosskaya Meiman, an internationally known Soviet Jew whose own government forbid her from receiving medical treatment abroad.               
    As both women hold tight to the strength of their friendship, Paul takes dramatic action to help Inna, and never gives up hope for her freedom. This moving account will inspire new generations to fight for the causes in which they believe.
    Everyone is invited to attend Paul’s presentation, and there is no cost to attend. Visit for more information. Paul’s presentation is sponsored by the Beaver Dam Multicultural Club and the Student Senate.


Moraine Park to host presentations from Holocaust survivor

by jbrezinsky19. September 2012 05:01

Henry Golde making stops at Fond du Lac, Beaver Dam and West Bend campuses
     Henry Golde spent five years in nine different Nazi concentration camps; today he lives to tell his remarkable story of survival. Golde will be making a stop at Moraine Park’s Fond du Lac, Beaver Dam and West Bend campuses this fall – all are welcome to attend his free presentation on the damage that can be done by hatred and the power to overcome through love and forgiveness.             
     For more than a decade, Henry Golde has shared his experiences as a survivor of the Holocaust.  His book, Ragdolls, tells the story of experiencing the horror of the murder factories and slave-labor camps throughout Nazi Europe. Golde was born in Poland and lived in a city just west of Warsaw. Of the 3,000 Jews that lived in that town, only 50 survived the Holocaust. Golde lost his entire family due to the war.       
     When he was eleven years old, Golde was taken and held prisoner for five years in nine different German concentration camps; six located in Poland, two in Germany and one in Czechoslovakia.  These camps were noted as the worst prisons the world has ever seen.  The horrors of Hitler are described from the perspective of a child – making his story a powerful one – about what extreme hate and prejudice can do.       
     Golde will present on the West Bend campus on Tuesday, Sept. 25, at 11:30 a.m. (Room T-101); Fond du Lac on Tuesday, Oct. 2 at 2 p.m. (Room A-112); and Beaver Dam on Tuesday, Oct. 9, at 11:30 a.m. (commons area). The presentations will last one hour and are all free to attend. These events are sponsored by the Moraine Park Student Senate. Visit for more information.


Higher education institutions to host diversity event for area college students

by jbrezinsky5. September 2012 10:51

Free workshop will focus on increasing diversity competence
    The four higher education institutions of Fond du Lac County – Marian University, Moraine Park Technical College, Ripon College and the University of Wisconsin-Fond du Lac – continue to collaborate on events supporting diversity and inclusion. The upcoming event, “Bridging the Gap: Skills to Increase Your Diversity Competence,” is a free workshop with national speaker, Dr. Maura Cullen.      
    Cullen is known for “taking the adversity out of diversity” and will lead a program designed to get participants laughing and thinking. The workshop will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 3, from 1-4:30 p.m., at Moraine Park Technical College in the Cyber Center Café. Administrators, faculty and staff from these institutions will participate in the workshop and the general public is invited to attend.
    There is no fee for the workshop, but registration is required. Registration for Bridging the Gap is now available online at
    This personally enriching and educational workshop will also help develop skills that are necessary for the 21st century workplace. Participants will leave with a new lens on cross-cultural differences and skills to build bridges between people.            
    Maura Cullen has over 25 years of experience as a speaker and has given presentations throughout the United States, Canada and Australia. She uses her sense of humor and real-life stories to communicate about complex issues in a straightforward and entertaining way. She has a doctorate in Social Justice and Diversity Education, is founder of the Diversity Student Summit, and is the author of 35 Dumb Things Well-Intentioned People Say.
     The workshop is being planned by the Higher Education Diversity Initiative Team, (HEDIT), recipient of the 2012 Spirit of MLK Award for their efforts in organizing yearly events that lead, inspire, educate and challenge our students and our community to celebrate diversity. HEDIT is a team of faculty and staff formed by the presidents and CEOs of Fond du Lac county’s four institutions of higher education to plan “an annual collaborative project designed to promote a climate of appreciation for all aspects of human diversity, supporting, fostering and welcoming inclusiveness, respect and dignity for all.” This workshop is HEDIT’s fourth annual event. HEDIT’s Mission is to lead, inspire, educate and challenge their institutions and the Fond du Lac county community in promoting diversity and inclusiveness. For directions to and information on Moraine Park, visit


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