Moraine Park hosts Cancer Survivor Beauty and Support Day

by dritger1. June 2015 10:36

To honor cancer survivors, Moraine Park Technical College is hosting its own Cancer Survivor Beauty and Support Day on Wednesday, June 10, from 7:30 - 11:30 a.m. at Techniques Salon and Spa on Moraine Park’s Fond du Lac campus. The event is part of a national effort to provide support and free pampering for cancer survivors. 

Cosmetology students at Moraine Park will offer manicures, haircuts and scalp treatments. All cancer survivors are invited to attend, but appointments are required to guarantee service. 

Each year thousands of salons, spas and cosmetology schools volunteer their time and services to cancer survivors across the nation. This is the fourth year Moraine Park cosmetology students have hosted the event. To make an appointment for Cancer Survivor Beauty and Support Day, call 920-929-2106. For more information about Moraine Park’s Techniques Salon and Spa, visit morainepark.edu/services

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Two Moraine Park staff earn state honors

by dritger29. May 2015 13:24

Moraine Park Technical College staff members Kimberly DeMaa and Marla Pearce were honored for their contributions to technical education during the Wisconsin Association for Career and Technical Education’s (WACTE) annual conference held in Oshkosh, Wis.         

DeMaa of Plymouth is a financial aid specialist for Moraine Park. She received the 2015 Professional Excellence – Outstanding Support Professional Award.

Pearce, a human resources instructor for the College, received the 2015 Professional Excellence – New Instructor Award. Pearce lives in Waupun. 

                                             

WACTE has more than 600 members throughout Wisconsin and is comprised of local affiliates representing the Wisconsin Technical College Districts, Department of Public Instruction, Business Education, Vocational Education Special Needs, Wisconsin Technical College System Board/UW-Madison Association, Wisconsin Association of Agricultural Educators, and Wisconsin Association for Leadership in Education and Work, and UW-Stout. The association unites those involved in career and technical education by providing professional development, encouraging leadership in the political arena and promoting innovative change to enhance lifelong learning.

Moraine Park Technical College was established in 1912 and is one of 16 colleges making up the Wisconsin Technical College System. To learn more, visit morainepark.edu.

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Baerwald named president of Moraine Park Technical College

by ratkinson21. May 2015 15:52

The Moraine Park Technical College District Board announced that Bonnie Baerwald, who is presently serving as interim president at the college, has been named permanent president and will begin in this new role immediately.

"It is with great pride that we have selected Bonnie to serve as our next president," said Vernon Jung, chairperson of the Moraine Park District Board. "In her short time as interim president, Bonnie has showcased extraordinary focus in setting a path for the long-term growth of the college. It is evident that our entire college community has been energized by her leadership, and we all look forward to working with Bonnie for many years to come. There is no doubt that Bonnie is the person who can help us reach the next level. Together, we will accomplish great things."

Baerwald has been with Moraine Park since 1993, joining the college as senior accountant. Over the years, she has also served as financial services manager and vice president of financial management before being named vice president of finance and administrative services in 2007. Baerwald was appointed interim president in January 2015 following the departure of President Sheila Ruhland, who accepted the presidency position at Tacoma Community College in Tacoma, Wash.

"I consider the opportunity to lead Moraine Park Technical College both an honor and a privilege," said Baerwald. "Moraine Park needs to maintain fiscal stability, innovate for growth and performance, engage and develop our staff, and address the skills gap throughout our district and the State through new and extended partnerships. With the continued support of the District Board, faculty, staff, students, and the community, I believe I can fulfill this role and create new opportunities for the college. I am truly excited and I look forward to the challenges ahead."

Baerwald has provided vision and expertise in leading Moraine Park’s finance and facility operations, including fiscal reporting, budgeting, financial operations, procurement, risk management, auxiliary services, facility operations, design and construction. Over the years, she has provided direction to the College’s administration regarding fiscal and facility-related operations, including a comprehensive budget totaling $83 million in expenditures. Prior to joining Moraine Park, she served as staff auditor and then senior auditor at Grant Thornton, LLP, in Fond du Lac.

Baerwald has an associate degree from Wisconsin Lutheran College, a bachelor’s degree in business administration-- accounting from the University of Wisconsin-- Whitewater, and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Wisconsin-- Oshkosh.  She has been a certified public accountant in Wisconsin since 1991.

Baerwald has been recognized with a 2013 Professional Excellence Award – Community Involvement and a 2004 Professional Excellence Award – Administrator from the Wisconsin Association of Career and Technical Education. She is a member of the Wisconsin Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Government Finance Officers Association, is a member and past president of the Moraine Park Vocational Association and the Wisconsin Technical College System Business Officers Committee. She was recently named to the Fond du Lac Association of Commerce’s Board of Directors, and has served as a board member with the District’s Mutual Insurance Company since 2013.

Moraine Park Technical College 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, Wis. and regional centers in Jackson and Ripon, Wis., 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. To find out more about Moraine Park, visit morainepark.edu. 

 

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Moraine Park Class of 2015 looks forward to opportunities ahead - More than 250 participate in May 16 commencement ceremony

by dritger18. May 2015 13:41

Excitement ran high as the Moraine Park Technical College Class of 2015 gathered among classmates, instructors, family and friends to celebrate their accomplishments and relish in the opportunities ahead as future leaders of Wisconsin. 

More than 250 commencement participants filled the Fond du Lac High School Field House for Moraine Park’s May 16 commencement ceremony as the graduates prepared to receive their diplomas and become Moraine Park alumni. A quote by an unknown source -- “It’s not the destination, it’s the journey.” -- was the class motto adopted by the graduates from the College’s Beaver Dam, Fond du Lac and West Bend campuses. In all, the Class of 2015, had more than 770 graduate candidates complete their studies receiving associate of applied science degrees and technical diplomas.  

Dr. James Eden, vice president of Academic Affairs, presided over the presentation of candidates with the conferring of degrees and diplomas done by Moraine Park Interim President Bonnie Baerwald. Kristen Finnel, dean of Health and Human Services and Dr. Fred Rice, dean of Applied Technology and Trades announced the graduate candidates. From the Moraine Park District Board, Chairperson Vernon Jung, Jr. and Secretary Mike Staral recognized the graduates. 

Agnesian HealthCare President and CEO Steve Little was the 2015 commencement speaker. Little encouraged the graduates to look at everyday as a gift, to lead by example and to do good in the world. “All of the time you have spent learning the technical skills you will need to enter the work world is important,” said Little, “but success requires more than education. Success also requires passion and it requires a positive attitude. So, be passionate about what you do. Communicate with others. Take risks. We are put in this world to do something remarkable. So, do something remarkable!”  

Jung, who welcomed the Class of 2015 and their guests to the ceremony, expressed to the graduates how perseverance, determination and the support of others had gotten them to this point. “As you head out today, ready to take that next step in your life, take a moment to reflect on all of the people who have supported you on your educational journey,” he said, “Take a moment to embrace all that this day brings.” 

District Board Chairperson Vernon Jung welcomes the more than 250 Moraine Park Technical College graduates who participated in the College's 2015 Commencement Ceremony. In all, more than 770 graduates were receiving associate of applied science degrees and technical diplomas. Also pictured, from left, Mike Staral, district board secretary; Steve Little, commencement speaker; and Bonnie Baerwald, Moraine Park interim president.

Baerwald extended her congratulations to the graduates wishing them success in the great opportunities ahead. “You have prepared for the next stage in your lives, whether your new path takes you to the start of a new career, continued employment in your chosen field, or continuation of your formal education at a four-year college or university,” she said. “Our communities and our State could not move forth without you. Congratulations to each of you.” 

Moraine Park’s graduation processional was led by bagpiper Gina Crossley, with the ceremonial music performed by Brassination, a brass quintet from the Fond du Lac area. Shady Grove, also from the Fond du Lac area, provided the pre-ceremonial music.

Moraine Park Technical College 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, Wis., 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. Learn more at morainepark.edu.

To view a collection of Moraine Park graduates who were hired in their fields before graduation, go to www.morainepark.edu/hired

To view photos from the 2015 Commencement Ceremony, go to facebook.com/moraineparktech

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Moraine Park announces welding competition winners

by dritger14. May 2015 08:33

Area high school students squared off in a welding competition recently at Moraine Park Technical College’s Beaver Dam campus.

Supervised by Moraine Park Welding Instructors Larry Clark and Gary Watry, students from Horicon and West Bend high schools were judged on three different welding processes: Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW), Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW) and Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW). 

“We started this competition to give area high school students a chance to stretch their experiences and compete in a welding skills competition similar to the state SkillsUSA competitions,” said Clark. “Participants also had an opportunity to see what a career in welding can offer and how Moraine Park’s program can build the skills and knowledge needed to be successful in the industry.”

Contestants were required to demonstrate their skills from a list of competencies, including safety, measurements and blueprint reading. Winners of each of the three processes were determined by accuracy of set-up, defects, general appearance, bead size, safety and clothing.

Tanner Reichert, a senior at West Bend High School, took first place in the SMAW and GTAW competitions. The GMAW competition ended in a tie, with Reichert and Alex Mages, also a senior at West Bend High School, both taking first place.

Other participants from West Bend High School included sophomore Nick Fry and senior Yajaira Perez. The students were accompanied by their teacher, Jacob Gitter.

Horicon High School students competing in the welding competition included seniors Ben Spindler, Dryden Watry and Dylan Bunkoske and juniors Brett Pride and Chris Panetti. They were accompanied by teacher Mark Boehmer.

For more information about Moraine Park’s Welding and Metal Fabrication programs, visit morainepark.edu/welding

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Moraine Park’s Lieburn promoted to Lt. Colonel

by dritger11. May 2015 08:22

Moraine Park Technical College congratulates employee Scott Lieburn, dean of students, for his promotion to Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Air Force, Air National Guard. Lieburn completed Air Force Basic Training in 1987, Officer Training School in 1999, Squadron Officer School in 2005 and Air Command and Staff College in 2013.

 

Lieburn is a 27-year veteran of the Wisconsin Air National Guard. He served with the 128th Air Refueling Wing, Milwaukee, from 1987-2008 and the Wisconsin National Guard Joint Force Headquarters, Madison, from 2008-2014. In his current position, Lieburn serves as the Inspector General for both the 115th Fighter Wing, Madison and Volk Field Air National Guard Base, Camp Douglas.

Lieburn, who joined Moraine Park in September 2011, says managing his time between the military and his role as dean of students is challenging but very rewarding. “Moraine Park genuinely values the military service of their employees and fosters a culture that supports individuals who are serving in the National Guard and Reserve.”  

A true advocate for military students and student veterans, Lieburn helps make the transition into civilian life and higher education as smooth as possible. He has been instrumental in starting a Student Veterans of America (SVA) chapter at Moraine Park, as well as assisting the College with being designated a Military Friendly School for the past five years. He also speaks at state conferences on the subject of veterans returning to college, sharing his message with college staff, students, legislators, and college boards and presidents.

“We are very fortunate to have Scott leading our college in veteran affairs,” said Bonnie Baerwald, Moraine Park interim president. “He is very passionate about his work, and his experience with the military allows him to really connect with our current and potential veteran students at Moraine Park.” 

For more information on Moraine Park’s veteran services, visit morainepark.edu/veterans.

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Steven Little is Moraine Park’s 2015 Commencement Keynote Speaker - Graduation set for May 16

by dritger6. May 2015 08:08

Moraine Park Technical College has announced Steven N. Little, President and CEO of Agnesian HealthCare, as their 2015 Commencement keynote speaker. 

The College’s 2015 Commencement Ceremony will be held Saturday, May 16, at 10 a.m. at the Fond du Lac High School Field House. Nearly 800 graduate candidates will be receiving associate of applied science degrees and technical diplomas, with approximately 370 graduate candidates expected to participate in the Commencement Ceremony. Bonnie Baerwald, Moraine Park interim president, will preside over the ceremony.

“It is a significant honor for me to be asked to address the Moraine Park Technical College’s Class of 2015,” said Little. “Moraine Park Technical College has a rich tradition of graduating students that exceed expectations. Simply, Moraine Park Technical College is the foundation to solving our workforce issue of the future.”  

Little, a current resident of Fond du Lac, joined Agnesian HealthCare in 2003 as the senior vice president and chief financial officer, was promoted to executive vice president in 2010, and has held his current position since January 2012. Prior to joining Agnesian HealthCare, Little spent time in Wyoming, serving as chief financial officer for St. John’s Medical Center and senior vice president/chief financial officer for United Bancorporation. Prior to that he was in Colorado for six years as a public accountant with Deloitte & Touche. Little earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting and Business Administration from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn., and is also a Certified Public Accountant. 

Little is involved in many organizations including the Wisconsin Hospital Association, Integrated Health Solutions of Wisconsin, National Exchange Bank and Trust, the Downtown Fond du Lac Partnership and Blue Line Family Ice Center. He is the past Chairperson of the Board of Directors for the Fond du Lac Association of Commerce and the Fond du Lac YMCA. Little is also a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Healthcare Financial Management Association.  

Moraine Park Technical College 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, Wis., 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. To find out more about Moraine Park, visit morainepark.edu

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Moraine Park hosts Portfolio Night, May 7

by dritger29. April 2015 14:17

Graduating students from Moraine Park Technical College’s Graphic Communications, Interactive Media Design and IT Web Designer/Developer programs will be showcasing their talents at the College’s annual Portfolio Night on Thursday, May 7, at the Fond du Lac Campus. 

Portfolio Night highlights the projects and work these graduating students have completed in their respective programs while at Moraine Park, and it allows them to share their projects with prospective employers, the local community and Moraine Park students and staff. Students from the Fond du Lac, Beaver Dam and West Bend campuses will have their work on display.

Portfolio Night is free and will be held on Moraine Park’s Fond du Lac campus in room O103/104 from 4-6 p.m. on Thursday, May 7. For more information on Moraine Park’s annual Portfolio Night, contact Shawn McAfee at 920-924-3342 or smcafee@morainepark.edu.

To learn more about Moraine Park’s Graphic Communications, Interactive Media Design and Digital Marketing programs, visit morainepark.edu/programs

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Moraine Park hosts HVAC/R Open House, May 6

by dritger28. April 2015 10:17

Learn how Moraine Park Technical College can jump start your career in heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVAC/R)! Stop in at the HVAC/R Open House on Wednesday, May 6, from 3-7 p.m., at Moraine Park’s West Bend Campus.

The event, coordinated by students in the College’s Business Meeting and Event course, will include hands-on activities, tours of the facilities and refreshments. Moraine Park instructors, current students, advisors and local employers will be available to answer any questions. 

Attendees should use parking lot and entrance L1. For more information on this event, visit morainepark.edu/calendar.

For more information on Moraine Park’s Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Technology Program, visit morainepark.edu/hvac.

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Moraine Park celebrates National Nurses Week - Flight for Life to land at West Bend campus

by dritger27. April 2015 12:34

Moraine Park Technical College is celebrating National Nurses week on its West Bend campus. National Nurses Week is a time to recognize the dedicated and compassionate individuals in the nursing field. It begins each year on May 6 and ends on May 12, Florence Nightingale’s birthday.

Nightingale, who would be turning 195 years old this year, is considered to be the pioneer of modern nursing. Many changes have occurred within nursing since Nightingale first began her training in 1851. Explore the past, present and future with several nurses from various specialties and generations in a panel discussion on Wednesday, May 6, from 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Following the presentation, a Flight for Life helicopter is scheduled to land at Moraine Park. Come take a close-up look at the helicopter and talk with the crew. The helicopter is scheduled to be at the West Bend campus on Wednesday, May 6, from 12:30-2:30 p.m., although please be aware that Flight for Life is on-call during this time and could be required to attend to an emergency. 

Moraine Park’s Nursing Week events are sponsored by the College’s Student Nurses Association. All events are being held on the West Bend campus and are free to the public. For more information, visit morainepark.edu/calendar.

Moraine Park Technical College offers a Nursing - Associate Degree with a Practical Nursing Exit Point. The program includes classroom instruction, laboratory practice, clinical nursing experiences and preparation to write the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). Moraine Park’s program continues to lead the state in NCLEX pass rates and, in 2013-14, 96 percent of nursing students passed the national board exam on the first attempt, far exceeding the 85 percent national average. For more information about Moraine Park’s Nursing program, visit morainepark.edu/nursing

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