Moraine Park holds info session on working for the College

by jbrezinsky5. April 2012 05:52

           Have you thought about working for Moraine Park Technical College but aren’t sure how to get started? Moraine Park is holding two free question-and-answer sessions on Tuesday, April 24, on the Fond du Lac campus. The sessions will be held from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. until 7 p.m. in Room O-102.  

This event is a great opportunity to learn more about Moraine Park’s online application process, required credentials for positions and why Moraine Park is a great place to work.  Information on faculty, management/confidential and support staff positions will be provided in a welcoming environment for attendees to ask questions and receive answers.

For more information, contact Krista Rosenfeldt at 920-924-6402 or Individuals who are unable to attend but would like to receive information may also call or email.


There’s still time to register for Tech Knowledge College

by jbrezinsky5. April 2012 05:50

            Moraine Park Technical College invites middle-school students to explore college and careers through more than 20 hands-on activities during Tech Knowledge College (TKC).

Registration is now open for the Aug. 7-9 event at the Fond du Lac campus. For a full listing of classes, visit Classes this summer include:

Electricity 101Do you know what an electrician actually does? This session will teach you the basics of electricity fundamentals, including the use of multi-meters to measure DC circuits. Use the skills learned to build basic electrical circuits.


ElectronicsThe power of electronics will open the doors to the future - from Apple Computers to the Web. Explore the fundamentals of electronics while assembling your own kit. Everyone can learn from this activity.


Fix it, Tune it, Ride it! – Are you a future Tour de France rider? Bicycle enthusiasts, you will learn to fix flats, fine-tune you own bicycles, and build a bicycle. On the final day, be prepared to enjoy a long bike ride.


Good Eats Bistro – You like to eat? Cook for yourself! You’ll prepare (and eat) a variety of main entrées and desserts every day. Impress your family and friends with your new culinary skills!


Host(ess) with the Most(ess) – Do you like planning parties? Not sure which fork to use first? This session teaches proper dining etiquette including napkin folding, proper serving and proper table setting. Learn to prepare compound butters and scones to serve at your next classy gathering.


Rescue 911-Be an EMT You may have seen them on TV or at an

emergency scene, now experience the hands-on activities of emergency medical technicians (EMTs). Learn how these health care professionals size up the scene and provide critical care. Learn basic EMT skills, such as CPR, splinting and bleeding control, and how to handle situations such as choking, burn care and more.


Rev Your Engines!  Engines are used all over the world for producing power. What makes them work? In this activity, you will take apart a small engine and find out how it operates. You will also work with hand tools and learn how to use them safely. Wear clothes suitable for shop work.


Activities fill up fast, so sign up early for your favorite two. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis, with a deadline of July 1. Cost is $100 and includes two activities (8:45-11:15 a.m. and 12-2:30 p.m.), a


          T-shirt and lunch. Four bus routes are available for students who live outside the Fond du Lac area: Moraine Park’s Beaver Dam Campus with a stop at Waupun Area High School, Moraine Park’s West Bend campus with a stop at Campbellsport Jr/Sr High School, Berlin High School with a stop at Ripon High School and Hartford Union High School with a stop at Lomira High School (included in the registration fee). Bus seats are first-come, first-served.

            For registration information, go to For more information, contact Katie VandeSlunt, Moraine Park recruitment specialist, at 920-924-3347 or 1-800-472-4554, Ext. 3347, or email at


Moraine Park accepting time capsule submissions

by jbrezinsky5. April 2012 05:45

Be a part of Moraine Park Technical College’s history! In order to commemorate the College’s Centennial anniversary, Moraine Park will be filling and burying a time capsule for each campus. Moraine Park invites you to submit items for its 2012 time capsule and is looking for present-day artifacts that represent Moraine Park life and position in the communities it serves.

            The three time capsules will be designed and constructed by Moraine Park Metal Fabrication and Building Trades Construction students, providing a unique learning experience for the students and original look to the time capsules.

All items must be submitted by May 1, 2012. For submission guidelines and details, visit years and click on the “Time Capsule Form” icon.                                                                              

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.



Moraine Park business students make it to national competition

by jbrezinsky5. April 2012 05:33

Moraine Park students (from left to right) Theresa Gumz, Ariel Kritz and Elizabeth Kuble. Moraine Park Technical College Business Professionals of America (BPA) students are heading to the windy city for the National BPA Leadership conference. The Chicago conference is held April 25-29.  Ariel Kritz of West Bend, Theresa Gumz of Adell, and Liz Kuble of Jackson placed in the state leadership conference held this past February with Kritz and Gumz moving forward to compete in the national conference events. 

        Kritz received second place in keyboarding production and Gumz received fifth in financial math and analysis, fundamental spreadsheet applications and insurance concepts. Gumz also placed third in banking and finance.       

        Instructors Cynthia Bernhard and Carrie Kuzabuski are advisors to Moraine Park’s BPA Club and Bernhard will be accompanying the students to Chicago.                                                                                                         

        Moraine Park’s BPA Club is for business, accounting and IT students interested in preparing for the workforce by gaining experience in leadership and citizenship and strengthening academic and technological skills. For more information about Moraine Park’s business programs, visit









Moraine Park centennial recognized by Legislature through resolution

by jbrezinsky30. March 2012 06:21


            Moraine Park Technical College has been providing innovative education to the communities it serves for the past 100 years and now, the College’s efforts have been officially recognized by the Wisconsin Legislature. Thanks to a Senate resolution honoring Moraine Park’s 100 years of vocational and technical training, the entire state can help celebrate the accomplishments of the College during its centennial year.

From left to right: State Representative Jeremy Thiesfeldt, Moraine Park President Sheila Ruhland and State Senator Jessica King. Here, Ruhland holds a copy of Moraine Park’s centennial resolution recognized by the Wisconsin Legislature.

            State Senator Jessica King and Representative Jeremy Thiesfeldt joined Moraine Park President Sheila Ruhland, students and staff to present an official copy of the resolution. Ruhland expressed thanks to King and for her willingness to bring Moraine Park’s Centennial Resolution forward, and to Thiesfeldt for co-sponsoring the resolution in the Assembly. 

 “Moraine Park has touched the lives of hundreds of thousands of people over the past 100 years through education and training,” said Ruhland. “We also know the important role our College has in partnering with business and industry to help keep Wisconsin’s economy strong. Thank you Senator King and Representative Thiesfeldt for understanding this importance and for taking the time to recognize us with this Centennial Resolution.”

King and Thiesfeldt received a tour of Moraine Park’s Integrated Manufacturing Center from instructors Tom Roehl, Jeff Quackenboss and Craig Habeck, where they learned how students are getting workforce-ready through the Center’s realistic and hands-on training.


“This is an institution of innovation and I really appreciate what Moraine Park does and recognize the important role your technical college and the system plays in the economy,” said King. “Our commitment to quality education and training are growing in importance.”

Thiesfeldt echoed the thoughts of King. “Congratulations on your efforts, it’s been great working with a college willing to meet the needs of the community,” Thiesfeldt said.

For more information on Moraine Park’s Centennial, visit





Moraine Park’s STRAT program receives national recognition

by jbrezinsky30. March 2012 06:19

It’s developing executive talent in the community, helping to navigate a new economy, aligning talent and engaging a workforce.  Moraine Park Technical College’s Strategy, Alignment, Talent (STRAT) program just kicked off its second session and is pleased to announce the honor of receiving the National Council of Instructional Administrators (NCIA) Honorable Mention in the category of Community and Workforce Needs and Partnerships. Moraine Park will be recognized at the awards luncheon of the International Conference on College Teaching and Learning on April 11 in Jacksonville, Fla.

NCIA is an affiliate council of the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), dedicated to serving the needs of professionals involved in instructional administration in the community college.  A panel of community college practitioners from across the country evaluated Moraine Park’s STRAT submission and selected it for the recognition.  Two submissions in each category are recognized as a winner and honorable mention. 

            “This is an outstanding recognition to receive and further represents the quality program that STRAT is providing to others,” said Dr. Sheila Ruhland, Moraine Park president.

How does STRAT work? STRAT combines classroom training, experiential learning, practical application and personal coaching to help leaders grow into strategic thinkers to help their business grow.   As the business climate continues to change, leaders need to be able to think forward while leading the change in their organization.  Developed with input from industry leaders, STRAT provides the necessary training, locally, to help develop the skills leaders need to strategically navigate this new economy.                                              

For more information, visit


Moraine Park hosts Multicultural Day

by jbrezinsky29. March 2012 03:54

It will be a cultural journey complete with food, entertainment and socializing as Moraine Park Technical College hosts the 17th annual multicultural Day on Wednesday, April 18. All are welcome to share in the celebration of diversity as 20 different countries are represented.

Sponsored by the Multicultural Club, Student Senate, Diversity Relations, Culinary Arts Club and Human Resources Systems at Moraine Park, this event runs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Cyber Center cafeteria on Moraine Park’s Fond du Lac campus. Cost to attend is $2 for students, $3 for staff and $5 for public.

The cultural cuisine this year includes a Peruvian dish, lasagna, a noodle dish, empanadas, and fresh berry tiramisu.  In addition to the cuisine, there will be a cultural attire show and parade.  Booths representing different cultures will be on display with artifacts and information about the area they represent throughout the event.

Tribal Fusion Belly dancers

Providing entertainment are the Tribal Fusion Belly dancers. Tamarind spreads the joy of tribal style belly dance through their exhilarating performances, as well as classes and specialty workshops.  A Tamarind show is an event in itself, with swirling skirts, ornate costumes, shimmying hips and exuberant drum beats.  Their performances are upbeat, unique, and great for all ages.

Another entertainer will be Tou Ger Xiong.  His one-man show combines explosive energy, humor, folklore, dance, and rap music into an interactive performance that educates about cultural diversity and racial stereotypes.  He will take audience members on a journey of his life from the jungles of Laos, to the refugee camps of Thailand, and to the public housing projects of America.


For more information about the Multicultural Day or the Multicultural club at Moraine Park Technical College please contact William Green at 920-924-6355 or at



Moraine Park offers free entrepreneurship workshops

by jbrezinsky29. March 2012 03:51

            What does it take to be a successful entrepreneur? It won’t cost a thing to find out with Moraine Park Technical College’s free entrepreneurship workshops April 23 at the Fond du Lac campus, April 30 in West Bend and May 14 in Beaver Dam.

            Here’s what you will learn by attending: An overview and state of entrepreneurship, what it takes to be successful, where ideas come from, the anatomy of a business plan, the nuts and bolts of starting a business, types of business entities, regulations and requirements and the resources available.                                        

            Facilitating the workshops will be Moraine Park’s Entrepreneurial Associate Jeremy Joecks. Joecks received his master’s in business and marketing postsecondary and secondary education from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and his bachelor’s in business management-entrepreneurship from UW-Eau Claire. Most recently, Joecks worked in higher education administration as an area director for Kaplan Test Prep. In addition to classroom teaching experience, Joecks has owned and operated businesses in the retail and service industries.

All workshops are from 6-8 p.m. Registration is required by calling 920-924-3449 or emailing


Toolin’ It! offers manufacturing technology adventure

by jbrezinsky29. March 2012 03:49

On June 18-22, Moraine Park Technical College is offering a Nuts, Bolts & Thingagmajigs® manufacturing summer camp, Toolin’ It!, for middle and high school students ages 13-16. Registration is under way now for this high-tech, hands-on experience that provides an introduction to 21st-century manufacturing technology and basic entrepreneurial skills.

Toolin’ It! participants use technology to create a product from start to finish. Meeting from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day at Moraine Park’s West Bend campus, participants will explore 3D design, computer numerical control (CNC) programming, welding, machining, entrepreneurship and more, while emphasizing product creation, problem solving and team building. Visits to area manufacturers will provide an up-close look at products being made as well as career advice and inspiration from the entrepreneurs who own and run the companies.

The registration fee is $50, which includes all materials and daily lunch. To register or for more information, contact Marcia Arndt, dean of manufacturing technology, at 262-335-5725 or For directions to the West Bend campus, go to

The Moraine Park camp is part of a national program developed and funded by Nuts, Bolts & Thingagmajigs®, the foundation of the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association Intl.


Moraine Park students place high in state-wide culinary competition

by jbrezinsky29. March 2012 03:46

Culinary arts students from technical colleges and universities across the State recently competed in the Wisconsin Restaurant Association (WRA)’s College Culinary Arts competition. Nine Moraine Park Technical College students headed to Milwaukee for the competition, with the Moraine Park team placing third and medals awarded to the individual competitors.

“I was so proud of the students,” said James Simmers, Moraine Park culinary arts instructor. “They spent about 10 hours the day before the competition practicing, in addition to all the other practices this semester. They worked hard to prepare for the competition.”

The competition included two challenges: Hot Food, a team competition; and Cold Plate, an individual competition.  

Moraine Park’s Hot Food team included Lynn Sabel and Lee McClendon IV of Fond du Lac; Melissa Bauer and Zachary Stokdyk of Sheboygan, and Michelle Bruss of Lomira. The team was tested in taste and presentation of a four-course meal that required the incorporation of veal and beef into the menu.

            Moraine Park students had individual success in the Cold Plate competition, which is judged solely on presentation. Judges track appearance, presentation and creativity to form final scores. Bringing home a silver medal in Cold Plate was Carol Lince of Fall River. Julie Streblow, Libby Breister and Chrissy Williams, all of Fond du Lac, received Bronze medals.

Both competitions are sponsored by the Wisconsin Restaurant Association Education Foundation to give students the opportunity to exercise their culinary skills and showcase their talents. Judges used a 100-point scale to evaluate each plate and awarded gold, silver and bronze medals to the top-ranking entries. 

For more information on Moraine Park’s Culinary Arts program, visit