Moraine Park’s Ruhland appointed to Joint Legislative Council

by jbrezinsky3. July 2012 08:58

 Ruhland to help improve educational opportunities for State high schools
     Moraine Park Technical College President, Dr. Sheila Ruhland, will represent Moraine Park at the state level with her recent appointment to the State of Wisconsin Joint Legislative Council. The Council’s primary responsibility is to establish study committees to examine major issues and problems identified by the Legislature. Ruhland will serve as a Public Member of the Special Committee on Improving Educational Opportunities in High School.
     Ruhland is looking forward to discussing and recommending educational opportunities for students throughout the state. “The scope of this committee clearly aligns with my work experiences and interest in looking at options for high school students, specific to career and technical education, and determining ways to increase post-secondary enrollment,” Ruhland shared.
     The Committee is directed to develop legislation to create and enhance opportunities for both lower-and higher-achieving students in high school. On the Committee, Ruhland will evaluate post-secondary enrollment, including the Youth Options Program, examine both career and technical education and post-secondary enrollment options available to high school students in other states.       
     Ruhland will also help determine how to promote coordination between high schools, technical colleges, universities and employers to ensure that high school students have the skills necessary to meet the work force needs to employers in the state.
     “Over the years we have seen a decline in the number of secondary courses available to educate and train high school students in career and technical education,” said Ruhland. “I believe that these courses are a critical pipeline that encourage and make students aware of post-secondary educational training opportunities, which is necessary if we are to meet the current and future workforce training needs in Wisconsin.”
     For more information on the Joint Legislative Council, visit For additional information on Moraine Park, visit









Steiner commended for service to Moraine Park District Board

by jbrezinsky2. July 2012 03:02


   Robb Steiner of West Bend was sworn in to the Moraine Park Technical College District Board in July of 2009 as an employee representative. Steiner’s three-year term came to an end at the June District Board meeting, where he was commended for his dedication and service to the Moraine Park District.     
     Steiner brought extensive knowledge to the Board related to the field of electricity, project management and green energy. A 2005 alumnus of Moraine Park’s Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC) Electrician Apprenticeship program, he works for his family’s business, Steiner Electric in West Bend, as an estimator and project designer.              
    “Robb’s leadership on the Board, especially as it related to the maintenance and project side of things was greatly appreciated,” stated Jodine Deppisch, Board Chair.  “Robb was an active member of the Board who we came to rely upon to provide the Board with his valued perspective. We thank Robb for his dedication and service to the Moraine Park District; he will be missed,” Deppisch said.      
     Steiner stated that he was saddened to leave the Board. “I feel very honored and blessed to have been a part of the Board,” Steiner said. “The team that’s been built here is amazing. Everyone has been such great team members, all driven toward student success.”           
     During Steiner’s time on the Board, he promoted technical and adult education in order to meet the educational and training needs of the District’s citizens. The Board expressed their gratitude to Steiner for his loyal service, leadership and friendship.           
     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



Moraine Park holds GED/HSED graduation ceremony

by jbrezinsky20. June 2012 10:40

    Basic education instructor Greg Harding (on left) with graduate Karen Espinoza of Hartford and Dr. Sheila Ruhland, Moraine Park President.

 For some, work, family life and other obstacles have prevented them from graduating with a high school diploma. On Thursday, June 14, these students achieved the first step to educational success was celebrated at Moraine Park Technical College’s General Educational Development (GED) and High School Equivalency Diploma (HSED) graduation ceremony. Many graduates not only obtained their GED/HSED, but have solid plans to continue their education. 
     “To earn a GED, a candidate must demonstrate a level of skill that is rigorous and standardized to all graduating seniors,” said Sandra Huenink, Moraine Park dean of basic education. About 250 students completed the GED/HSED program at Moraine Park during the past year with 33 participating in the ceremony. 
    “This is a milestone to celebrate and enjoy,” said Huenink. “By obtaining your GED or HSED, you have opened new doors to your future and you should be proud of your success. Your journey does not stop here; always be looking for educational opportunities to continue learning.”  
     Jessica Wulff of Fond du Lac, who served as a student speaker at the ceremony, will continue learning this fall at Moraine Park. She is enrolled in the Engine Research and Development Technician Program and is looking forward to the next step in her education.
     “Moraine Park is here to help you continue your education,” said Sheila Ruhland, Moraine Park president. “I was told I was not ‘college bound’ and found support in dedicated faculty and staff to believe in myself and continue to learn. If you believe it, you can achieve it,” added Ruhland.
     The Friend of Basic Education Award was presented to Moraine Park’s staff of four Disabled Students Specialists.  “It is truly an honor for the Disabled Students Specialists to be recognized by the Basic Education Staff
and Faculty,” said Bonnie Bauer, who supervises the Disabled Students Specialists. “We truly enjoy working in a close and collaborative fashion with the Basic Education team in supporting student success.”    
    GED/HSED tests will be changing starting January 2014. Anyone currently working on their GED or interested in earning a GED is encouraged to complete all five GED tests no later than December 2013. If all five tests are not completed by that time, candidates will be required to restart testing with the new GED tests. Previous scores will not carry over to the new tests in January 2014. The new GED tests will be computer-based and will continue to be administered at Wisconsin Technical Colleges. For more information about Moraine Park’s Basic Education programs, call 920-924-3130.  



Moraine Park receives grant from Great Lakes Corporation

by jbrezinsky19. 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


Moraine Park hosts Chic Geek event

by jbrezinsky19. 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, or contact Renae Fischer, Moraine Park non-traditional occupation specialist, at 920-929-2477 or


Moraine Park President joins national forum to promote entrepreneurship

by jbrezinsky18. 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


Moraine Park hosts Cancer Survivor Beauty and Support Day

by jbrezinsky11. 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


1 night. 12 great careers.

by jbrezinsky11. 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 Registration for the event is not necessary but is appreciated.


Moraine Park hosts Passport to Your Future event

by jbrezinsky5. 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


Moraine Park’s EDGE program holds spring banquet

by jbrezinsky29. 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