Moraine Park graduates third STRAT class

by abemis6. December 2013 10:30

Moraine Park Technical College has graduated its third group of participants from the STRAT (Strategy, Alignment, Talent) program. 

Moraine Park Technical College STRAT graduates pictured from left: Angella Mattheis of Agnesian HealthCare, Tony Sizemore of Grande Cheese Company, John Campbell of Amerequip, Laurie Barz of Moraine Park Technical College and Andy Theisen of Kondex Corporation.

The STRAT program is designed to give business professionals cross-functional development linking strategy and execution to achieve measureable goals within their organization.  The STRAT program was developed by Moraine Park’s Economic and Workforce Development department in partnership with Dr. Alan Patterson, president of MENTORÉ. Through the program, students participate in workshops, networking events, professional coaching and self-assessments to help them complete a project and enhance their organizational leadership performance.

Participants included Angella Mattheis of Agnesian HealthCare; Tony Sizemore of Grande Cheese Company; John Campbell of Amerequip; Laurie Barz of Moraine Park Technical College; and Andy Theisen of Kondex Company.

Registration is currently in process for the 2014 STRAT session. Informational briefings will be held on Thursday, Dec. 12, from 3-4:30 p.m. at all three Moraine Park campuses. Attendees will have the opportunity to win a STRAT scholarship. To register, call 1-800-472-4554 ext. 3449. For more information on the STRAT program and the STRAT briefings, visit morainepark.edu/strat.

 

Moraine Park makes Military Friendly Schools list for fourth year

by abemis4. December 2013 10:32

Moraine Park Technical College is pleased to be included in Victory Media’s 2014 list of Military Friendly Schools for the fourth consecutive year for its excellence in serving veterans as students.

This prestigious award recognizes the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools nationwide who embrace America’s veterans as students. The complete list can be viewed by visiting www.militaryfriendlyschools.com

 “Moraine Park is honored to again be included on the 2014 list of Military Friendly Schools,” Sheila Ruhland, Moraine Park president, said. “I am grateful for our staff and faculty who have taken the initiative to make sure we have many resources available to veteran students.”

Moraine Park has numerous resources available to military and veteran students, including the Student Veterans Association (SVA) club. The SVA meets regularly to provide information about educational opportunities offered at Moraine Park. The club allows students to ask questions and meet with other military students and veterans providing a support system that help veteran and military members smoothly transition from military life to college and careers.

“As a veteran who is still serving in the Air National Guard, I understand the specific needs of our veterans who are now enrolled in college,” Scott Lieburn, Moraine Park dean of students, said. “Having a strong network of other student veterans, like our Student Veterans Club, and a college staff who are supportive can go a long way in helping them achieve their educational goals.”

Schools on the list range from state universities and private colleges to community and technical colleges and trade schools. The common bond is their shared priority of recruiting students with military experience. Schools on the Military Friendly Schools list also offer additional benefits to student veterans such as on-campus veterans programs, credit for service and military spouse programs. Criteria for making the Military Friendly Schools list included efforts to recruit and retain military and veteran students, results in recruiting military and veteran students, and academic accreditations.

For more information on Moraine Park, visit morainepark.edu.

 

Moraine Park receives flag flown at Afghanistan Airbase

by abemis2. December 2013 09:51

Moraine Park Technical College was recently presented an American flag flown by Nathan Huenink at Bagram Airbase in Afghanistan in honor of Moraine Park.

Moraine Park Technical College was recently presented an American flag flown by Nathan Huenink at Bagram Airbase in Afghanistan in honor of Moraine Park.From Left: Sandra Huenink, dean of basic education; Sheila Ruhland, Moraine Park president; Scott Lieburn, dean of students; Kathy Hass, administrative assistant of manufacturing & trades; Sue Wiese, administrative assistant of resource development; and Dwane Klostermann, clinical lab instructor and SVA club advisor.

Huenink is the son of Moraine Park Dean of Basic Education, Sandra Huenink. During his tours of duty, one in Afghanistan and two in Iraq, Moraine Park staff members Kathy Hass and Sue Wiese coordinated care package efforts for Huenink through a group called Moraine Park Supports Our Troops Effort.

“I know that Nathan very much appreciated receiving the care packages from Moraine Park,” said Huenink. 

In total, the Moraine Park Supports Our Troops Effort has sent out 90 care packages to 17 service men and women – all immediate family members of Moraine Park employees.

For more information about Moraine Park, visit morainepark.edu.

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Moraine Park Student Veterans Association recognized as official chapter

by abemis26. November 2013 09:11

Moraine Park Technical College Student Veterans Association was recently approved as an official chapter by the national Student Veterans of America organization.

Student Veterans of America is comprised of over 850 student veteran organizations throughout the United States. The organization is dedicated to help veterans succeed in higher education, achieve their academic goals and gain meaningful employment.

Moraine Park’s Student Veterans Club was started in fall 2012 and currently has 10 members.

“With more than 150 student veterans currently attending Moraine Park we are always looking for ways to further support our students,” Dwane Klostermann, Moraine Park instructor and club advisor, said. “Being recognized as an official chapter by the SVA is another great resource we can provide to student veterans.”

For more information about veteran services at Moraine Park, visit morainepark.edu/military.

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Moraine Park students to host bake sale and raffle

by abemis13. November 2013 10:17

Moraine Park Technical College students are hosting a bake sale and 50/50 raffle at the Fond du Lac Habitat for Humanity ReStore Saturday, Nov. 16, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Money raised will help fund a study abroad trip to Jamaica through Moraine Park’s International Education program.

Students going on the ten day trip, from Jan. 2-12, 2014, will have the opportunity to participate in service learning projects in health education, renewable energy and sustainable construction while experiencing Jamaican culture.

The Habitat for Humanity ReStore will also donate 10 percent of their sales that day to go towards payment of the trip.

For more information about the Jamaica study abroad trip, visit morainepark.edu/internationaled or contact Amy Edwards Patterson at aedwards@morainepark.edu or call 920-887-4470.
For more information about Moraine Park, visit morainepark.edu.

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Moraine Park to host free Moroccan cooking demonstration

by abemis11. November 2013 10:18

To celebrate International Education Week, Moraine Park Technical College is holding a free Moroccan cooking demonstration on Monday, Nov. 18, from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. in Room A-111 at Moraine Park’s Fond du Lac campus. The Moroccan cooking demonstration is open to the community and sponsored by the Moraine Park Culinary Arts Club.

Participants will get a chance to sample Moroccan cuisine and learn more about the 2014 spring study abroad trip to Morocco being offered March 12-23. 

“Moroccan cuisine is highly regarded around the world,” Tom Endejan, Moraine Park culinary arts instructor and leader of the Morocco trip said. “I highly encourage anyone interested in learning more about Morocco to come to this event and experience a taste of the culture.”

An additional information session for the Morocco trip will be held Tuesday, Nov. 19, from 5-6 p.m. at all three Moraine Park campuses: Beaver Dam, Room K-204; West Bend, Room N-116; and Fond du Lac, Room A-203.

The Morocco trip offers an educational component, a one-credit course on the culture and cuisine of Morocco. The 12-day trip will include hands-on culinary workshops, lessons from expert culinary guides and an exploration of Morocco’s cultural heritage and unique terrain.

For more details and a tentative travel itinerary, visit morainepark.edu/morocco or contact Tom Endejan at 920-924-3135 or tendejan@morainepark.edu. The deadline to sign up for the trip is Monday, Dec. 2. 

Moraine Park also offers several other study abroad trips including programs in Jamaica and Germany scheduled for 2014. For more information on these study abroad trips or other opportunities offered through Moraine Park, visit morainepark.edu/internationaled.

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Moraine Park to feature Alive and Well Documentary

by abemis8. November 2013 08:02

One in 10,000 people in America have Huntington’s Disease but it’s still a disease most people are unfamiliar with. A new documentary film, Alive and Well, is looking to change that.  Moraine Park Technical College will be hosting a free showing of the new documentary film, Alive and Well at all three of their campus locations on the following dates and times:

- Fond du Lac Campus: Monday, Nov. 11, 11:30 a.m.
- West Bend Campus: Tuesday, Nov. 12, 12:00 p.m.
- Beaver Dam Campus: Wednesday, Nov. 13, 11:30 a.m.

Alive and Well follows seven resilient people, including Trey Gray, drummer from country band Brooks and Dunn, coming to terms with the profound reality of living with the hereditary chronic illness know as Huntington’s Disease (HD). Huntington’s Disease causes a progressive breakdown of nerve cells in the brain that can impact a person’s functional abilities such as movement, thinking and cognitive disorders.

Registration is not required, but is appreciated. Contatct Samantha Saeger, Fond du Lac campus student life specialist at ssaeger@morainepark.edu or 800-472-4554 ext. 3101.

For more information about Alive and Well, please visit aliveandwellthefilm.com.

For more information about Moraine Park, visit morainepark.edu.

 

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DMI donates $10,000 to Moraine Park Foundation

by abemis7. November 2013 10:02

The Moraine Park Foundation, Inc. is pleased to announce it has received a donation of $10,000 from Districts Mutual Insurance Company (DMI). The funds will be used to further support Moraine Park students through scholarships and emergency funding provided by the Moraine Park Foundation.

In all, DMI donated $160,000 to the 16 Wisconsin Technical Colleges with each college receiving $10,000 for their individual foundations.

“This donation commemorates 10 years of operation,” said Steven Stoeger-Moore, executive vice president and chief operating officer of DMI.

Moraine Park Technical College President Sheila Ruhland said the donation will go a long way in helping support Moraine Park students.

 “We are very grateful for this generous donation from DMI to our foundation,” said Ruhland. “These monetary gifts are an essential piece to providing support and helping our students achieve their educational goals.”

Our goal is always to find ways to best support our students and our partnership with DMI is no exception, said Bonnie Baerwald, vice president of finance and administrative services at Moraine Park.

“We are proud to have a partner like DMI that is dedicated to providing us great service and supporting our students,” said Baerwald.  

DMI was established in 2004 to provide a variety of commercial insurance coverage to meet the needs of the 16 Wisconsin Technical Colleges. DMI members participate in an integrated approach to risk management with includes: insurance coverage, loss control, claims management, campus security and environmental health and safety.

For more information about the Moraine Park Foundation, visit morainepark.edu.

 

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Moraine Park hosting free event to sample classes

by abemis6. November 2013 11:08

Perfect your cupcake decorating skills, learn how to make scrapbooks on Shutterfly, pick up a new hobby in jewelry making and discover paranormal research – all during Moraine Park Technical College’s free Saturday Sampler event, set for Saturday, Nov. 23, on Moraine Park’s Fond du Lac campus.

Two Saturday Sampler sessions will take place between 9-11:15 a.m. Participants can choose between Decorating Delicious Turkey-Themed Cupcakes or Snapshots of Shutterfly from 9-10 a.m., then Beautiful Beaded Earrings or Paranormal Phenomena Update With an Expert from 10:15-11:15 a.m.

 To register for the event, call Melissa Koppenhaver at 1-920-929-2117. Registration deadline for both courses is Wednesday, Nov. 20, or until sessions are filled.

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, 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.

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Moraine Park recognizes Ballweg’s efforts to gain additional financial aid for students

by abemis5. November 2013 15:40

Moraine Park Technical College recently recognized Wisconsin State Representative Joan Ballweg (R-Markesan) for her leadership efforts to secure an additional $2 million in financial aid funds for the Wisconsin Technical College System.

Pictured from left: Moraine Park Technical College Board Chairperson, Richard Zimman; Wisconsin State Representative, Joan Ballweg; Moraine Park President, Sheila Ruhland; and Wisconsin Technical College District Boards Association Executive Director, Paul Gabriel at the Oct. 28, 2013 presentation.

The funds will come from the Wisconsin Higher Education Grants (WHEG) programs and will be available to students during the 2013-15 school years. The additional funds allocated will help to compensate for the shortfall that left over 50,000 eligible students without financial aid.

“This is a great start, but we have a lot more to do to ensure that financial aid is available to eligible students,” Ballweg said. “I urge others to continue to stress the importance of financial aid and help others realize this is a smart investment.”

During the presentation, Richard Zimman, Moraine Park Technical College District Board chairperson, said that in the next decade 54 percent of Wisconsin’s jobs will require a technical education. “Wisconsin’s technical colleges are an essential asset for our state’s future,” Zimman said. “Moraine Park commends Representative Ballweg for her leadership in preparing our state for the future.”

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, 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. 

For more information about Moraine Park, visit morainepark.edu.

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