Moraine Park health programs surpass national averages

by dritger9. November 2015 15:28

Moraine Park’s health programs continue to exceed national board exam pass rates. On their first attempt, students from the 2014-15 graduating classes achieved pass rate averages that surpassed the national averages in many programs.

"I am very pleased with the scores," said Kristen Finnel, dean of health and human services. "Our two-year nursing and allied health program students receive the same licensure/certification credentials as a four-year program student graduate. I think it speaks to the quality of our faculty and the strength of our programs that our students continue to exceed national averages."

Students from four different health care programs not only exceeded the national average, but achieved a 100 percent pass rate. Those programs were Health Information Technology, Medical Laboratory Technician, Respiratory Therapist and Radiography.

The passing rates for Moraine Park students compared to national averages were as follows:

•Nursing 98 percent compared to 82 percent nationally

•Health Information Technology at 100 percent compared to 80 percent nationally

•Medical Laboratory Technician at 100 percent compared to 74 percent nationally

•Respiratory Therapist at 100 percent compared to 90.6 percent nationally

•Surgical Technology 75 percent compared to 61 percent nationally

•Radiography 100 percent compared to 89 percent nationally

•Medical Assistant 95 percent compared to 65 percent nationally

For more information about Moraine Park heath care programs, visit


Krueger wins ACCT national award

by dritger5. November 2015 13:30

Val Krueger, executive assistant to both the Moraine Park Technical College District Board and College president, was recently presented with the 2015 Professional Board Staff Member National Award.

Val Krueger, recipient of the 2015 Professional Board Staff Member National Award, with Moraine Park Board and ACCT members. From left: Moraine Park District Board Members Mike Miller, Mike Staral and Lowell Prill; Moraine Park President Bonnie Baerwald; Val Krueger; ACCT President J. Noah Brown; ACCT Chair and Lansing Community College Trustee Robin Smith; and Moraine Park District Board Chair Vernon Jung.

Earlier this year, Krueger was chosen as the sole recipient of the 2015 Central Region Professional Board Staff Member Award. She went on to win the national award during the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) leadership conference held in San Diego in October. During her acceptance speech, Krueger thanked Bonnie Baerwald, Moraine Park president, and Vernon Jung, Jr., chairperson of Moraine Park Technical College Board of Trustees, for the nomination. She also acknowledged the teamwork of the College Board.

“It is said that it takes a village to raise a child,” said Krueger. “I believe the same holds true about the work that we do. It takes a village of hard-working, knowledgeable and caring College Board members and staff working as a team to guide our students on their journey to success.”

Since 1990, Krueger of Green Lake has worked as the assistant to four presidents; oriented and supported nearly 40 district board members; and planned, implemented and attended more than 325 district board meetings, according to Jung.

“Val is one of those unique individuals who make a lasting impression on colleagues, students, staff, Board members and friends,” said Baerwald. “She has a true passion for the mission of the College and the willingness to lend a hand to help a student succeed.”

For more information about the ACCT, visit For information on Moraine Park, visit


Moraine Park graduates fourth class from Information Technology Careers program

by dritger2. November 2015 12:39

Moraine Park is excited to announce its fourth class of students from the Information Technology (IT) Interface grant recently completed the Content Management Certificate program. Those who received their certificate included: Ryan Easterson of Oakfield; Elizabeth Adams, Nathan Adams, Andrea Lee of West Bend; Karin Langsdorf, Becky Scannell of Campbellsport; Adam Skeel, Thomas Schwartz of Fond du Lac; Elizabeth Krill of Brookfield; Derick Kruger of Theresa; Joshua Strey of Waupun; Anne Allmann of Kewaskum; Kathy Koch of Hartford; Courtney Steinhardt of Sheboygan; and Robert Miller of North Fond du Lac. Karin Langsdorf also completed an Android Web Application Development Certificate.

Moraine Park summer 2015 Content Management Certificate graduates. Left to Right: Ryan Easterson of Oakfield, Elizabeth Adams of West Bend, Karin Langsdorf of Campbellsport, Adam Skeel of Fond du Lac, Elizabeth Krill of Brookfield, Thomas Schwartz of Fond du Lac, Derick Kruger of Theresa, Nathan Adams of West Bend, Joshua Strey of Waupun, Anne Allmann of Kewaskum, Kathy Koch of Hartford, Courtney Steinhardt of Sheboygan.

The completion ceremony was a true testimonial of the skills learned by students in the program. The graduates worked on website projects with several area companies, including: Lemke Consulting LLC, Pizzaville, New Automotive Concepts, and Lo Energy Heating and Cooling. 

In spring 2016, Moraine Park will offer iOS and Android Web Application Development Certificates, with evening courses at their Fond du Lac and West Bend campuses. In all, Moraine Park expects to enroll 90 students in the IT Careers program over the three-year grant period.

The IT Careers program was implemented as part of a three-year, $995,662, TAACCCT 3 grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor to address emerging needs in the IT sector.

This grant, which awarded a total of $23.1 million to 16 colleges in the Wisconsin Technical College System, is backing the statewide INTERFACE project, which has been established to help develop, improve and expand adult educational training pathways to careers in information technology-related occupations in business, information technology, healthcare, logistics, automation and manufacturing.  

In collaboration with workforce development boards, job centers, advisory boards and local employers, the grant has allowed Moraine Park the resources to develop a new IT Careers program that provides specific training to adult learners, veterans and dislocated workers. Four short-term, targeted certificates are offered within this program, including Content Management, Android Web Application Development, iOS Web Application Development and Website Security. Students that complete these short-term certificates will have an opportunity to use those courses to ladder into an associate degree in IT-Web Development and Design Specialist or a technical diploma in IT-Mobile Applications Designer/Developer, both created through the grant.

Information sessions for upcoming IT certificates will be held on Moraine Park’s Fond du Lac campus on Monday, Nov. 16, at 1:30 and 5:30 p.m. and Thursday, Nov. 19, at 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Preregistration for sessions is recommended through


Marian, Moraine Park to launch “Educational Fusion” partnership

by dritger29. October 2015 14:35

Marian University and Moraine Park Technical College have formed an inclusive partnership, Educational Fusion: The Complete Experience, which will offer a seamless educational transition between the institutions. 

Students who engage in this partnership may take courses at both institutions, while working toward both their associates and bachelor’s degrees. Enrollment in this program can begin at either institution and is available at every enrollment entry point. 

“This innovative partnership between Moraine Park and Marian University will allow students to achieve the ‘dream degree’ in that they will get the best of both worlds – the critical technical proficiency necessary to become the finest possible practitioner, married to the liberal arts, to ensure the adaptability so necessary in this ever-changing world,” said Dr. Sheryl Ayala, interim vice president of academic affairs at Marian. 

“For many years, Moraine Park and Marian have had credit transfer partnerships in place to allow students to get their degree from our college and then transfer into Marian should they choose to earn a bachelor’s degree,” said Dr. James Eden, vice president of academic affairs at Moraine Park. “Educational Fusion moves those partnerships to the next level by allowing students to be enrolled at both institutions at the same time, letting them take advantage of Moraine Park’s lower tuition, while still being able to participate in much of what each school has to offer.”   

As part of this partnership, Marian University has articulated a variety of Moraine Park’s programs into select bachelor degree options. Although not all programs have specific articulation agreements, most courses taken at Moraine Park will transfer, as long as they are part of a degree program and have a grade of C- or better. 

For more information, contact Amy Clark, admissions and advising manager at Moraine Park at or 920-924-3257. 


Moraine Park ranks in top 10 among best technical colleges for vets

by dritger29. October 2015 13:17

Moraine Park ranked 9th in Military Times’s Best for Vets: Career & Technical Colleges 2016. The list, comprised of 20 schools, recognizes career and technical colleges for their commitment to educating and providing opportunities to America’s veterans.

“This Best for Vets designation validates the proactive work Moraine Park has been doing, not only in providing above and beyond services to our military students and student veterans, but also in educating our staff in serving this unique sector of our student population,” said Scott Lieburn, Moraine Park’s dean of students. “This is one more positive step on our journey of moving beyond military friendly. As a veteran myself, I couldn’t be prouder of Moraine Park and this designation.”

Moraine Park student veterans and military students helped recognize the College's recent naming to "Best for Vets." From left: Charlie Daniels, Steve Pepper, Rob Vande Zande and Kenneth W. Moncrief, all of Fond du Lac; Shawn Grimes of Weyauwega; Cassandra Fronczek of Sun Prairie; and Dystiny Helbig of Fond du Lac.

Colleges and universities across the country were invited to fill out a rigorous survey, comprising well over 100 questions, about their operations involving current and former service members and their families. Schools that identified themselves primarily as career and technical institutions were evaluated in five categories: university culture, student support, academic outcomes/quality, academic policies and financial aid. 

Moraine Park offers a number of programs approved for VA benefits and courses with a variety of flexible scheduling that is attractive to student veterans and military students alike. Student veteran specialists and advisors provide one-on-one attention in a culture that supports and understands the challenges veterans can have transitioning into college life. In addition, student veterans can become a member of the Student Veterans Association on campus.

The Military Times digital platforms and newsweeklies are source for independent news and information for service members and their families. For the full Best for Vets: Career & Technical Colleges 2016 rankings, visit

For more information about Moraine Park’s Veterans Services, visit


Preview Days planned at Moraine Park

by dritger21. October 2015 09:01

High school juniors and seniors are invited to attend Moraine Park Technical College’s Preview Days to learn how the College can help shape their future.

Students will have the opportunity to investigate programs they are considering for their career choice.  They will spend a morning on campus taking a closer look at those programs, meeting Moraine Park instructors and getting a feel for college life. Two program visits per campus must be selected, and one campus or all three can be visited. 

Preview Days will be offered from 9 to 11:15 a.m. on the following dates:

•West Bend campus – Tuesday, Nov. 10

•Fond du Lac campus – Wednesday, Nov. 11

•Beaver Dam campus – Thursday, Nov. 12

Register by Nov. 3 with your high school guidance office or online by visiting Participating programs at each campus are listed on this Web page. For more information, contact Amy Richter at or 262-335-5853.


Moraine Park hosts spa day for veterans and spouses Nov. 4

by dritger19. October 2015 09:50

To honor veterans, Moraine Park Technical College is hosting Veterans and Spouses Spa Day on Wednesday, Nov. 4, from 7:30 - 11:30 a.m. at Techniques Salon and Spa, located in room C-103 at the Fond du Lac campus.

Cosmetology students will offer free haircuts, styles, manicures, pedicures, scalp treatments and facials. Appointments are required to guarantee service, though walk-ins will be accepted based on availability. Interested veterans and their spouses should call the salon at 920-929-2106 to schedule an appointment.

Eileen Bouchard, barber/cosmetology instructor, was approached by Moraine Park’s Student Veterans Association asking if the students could do something for veterans and their spouses. “When our student veterans approached us on this, we were thrilled to help them out,” said Bouchard. “This is a great opportunity for our students to give back to the veterans and their spouses who have done so much for our country.”

For more information about Moraine Park’s Techniques Salon and Spa, visit

For more information about Moraine Park’s Veterans Services, visit


Krueger named ACCT 2015 professional board staff member

by dritger9. October 2015 10:56

Moraine Park is pleased to announce Val Krueger, executive assistant to the district board and president for Moraine Park, has been chosen as the recipient of the 2015 Central Region Professional Board Staff Member Award on behalf of the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT).

Val Krueger, 2015 Central Region Professional Board Staff Member

“When President Baerwald surprised me with the announcement that I had been selected as the recipient of the Professional Board Staff Award from the Central Region, I was amazed,” said Krueger. “I was humbled that our College president and Board chairperson took the time to submit a nomination on my behalf. It is gratifying to be receiving national recognition for the role that I have I played in supporting the College’s mission for the past 25 years. It’s a great way to top off my career at Moraine Park.”

Since 1990, Krueger of Green Lake has worked as the assistant to four presidents; oriented and supported nearly 40 district board members; and planned, implemented and attended more than 325 district board meetings, according to Vernon Jung, Jr., chairperson of Moraine Park Technical College Board of Trustees.

“Val is not just a top administrator, she drives technological innovation, efficiency, good governing practices and board policy development to help the Board and president best serve students and the community,” said Jung. “She is professional, energetic, creative and personable. She is approachable and has an engaging personality with a willingness to volunteer at college events including graduation, foundation events and other college life activities.”

In addition to winning the nomination, Krueger will be the sole nominee for the central region – one of five regions – to potentially be selected for the prestigious 2015 Professional Board Staff Member National Award to be announced on Friday, October 16, at ACCT’s leadership conference in San Diego.

For more information about Moraine Park, visit


Moraine Park offers growing careers in energy

by dritger9. October 2015 07:57

Did you know that wind-generating capacity in the United States grew 39 percent per year from 2004 to 2009 and is expected to grow more rapidly as demand for renewable energy increases, according to the American Wind Energy Association?

Tech College Effect: Energy, a collaboration among Wisconsin’s technical colleges to offer events and promote awareness of growing and rewarding careers in energy, will be emphasized by the technical colleges of Wisconsin during the week of Oct. 12 - 16. The spotlight coincides with the Center for Energy Workforce Development, Careers in Energy Week. Moraine Park offers two programs in energy careers, Electrical Power Distribution and, in conjunction with Lakeshore Technical College, Wind Energy Technology.

The Electrical Power Distribution program provides theoretical and hands-on training in all phases of power line construction and maintenance. This technical diploma program prepares students for entry-level employment as line technician trainees for electrical utilities, telephone companies and related businesses.

The wind energy industry is the fastest growing segment of renewable energy production. Employers seek skilled technicians for operation and maintenance activities in local wind farm settings. There is also intense demand for upper-level technicians within U.S. and international wind turbine manufacturers; these include installation technician, quality control technician, and warranty and commissioning technicians. Operation and maintenance positions generally remain with a given wind farm location; other technicians travel extensively with the development of new wind farms and repairing/retrofitting of wind farms around the world.

“Students are looking for great careers with high starting pay and room for advancement,” said WTCS President Morna Foy. “Utility employers are approaching us with retirement trends showing an increasing need for new talent, as well as training for incumbent energy workers. This is a timely focus on Wisconsin’s energy sector.”

According to the Midwest Energy Research Consortium, more than 900 companies in Wisconsin’s growing energy, power and control sector employ over 100,000 people and generate $38 billion in annual sales. Salaries for Wisconsin technical college energy graduates top the colleges’ self-reported earnings with median annual incomes for graduates in Gas Utility Construction and Service at $65,579, followed by $59,504 for Utilities Engineering Technology graduates. Wind Energy Technology graduates earn a median income of $45,000.

For more information on Electrical Power Distribution, Wind Energy Technology and other Moraine Park programs, visit


Moraine Park grant-funded Nursing Assistant boot camps a success

by dritger7. October 2015 08:24

This summer, 48 students successfully completed Moraine Park Technical College’s Nursing Assistant (CNA) boot camps – a rigorous three-week learning experience. Additional camps are planned for next summer, according to Anne Lemke, TAACCCT 3 & 4 grant manager. 

Funded by the U.S. Department of Labor Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College Career Training (TAACCCT) Grant program, the CNA boot camps condense a typical 8- or 16-week, three-credit Nursing Assistant course into an accelerated format. They provide classroom theory, laboratory experience and clinical learning that teaches students the skills to perform duties such as taking vital signs, bathing, dressing, making beds and other direct resident care. Community agencies are used for clinical learning and include long-term care settings.


Moraine Park Technical College’s Nursing Assistant (CNA) boot camp graduates from left to right: Andrea Hauser, Wendy Schuster, Aleasha Papenfuss, Stephanie Rempel, Lizbeth Perez, Ashley Schwartz, Christine DeHaven , MPTC Instructor Tina Cordell, Kelly Easterson.

Offered at all Moraine Park campuses – Beaver Dam, Fond du Lac and West Bend – the grant funded CNA boot camps will continue for an additional two summers.

Approximately 150 students are expected to complete the camps, said Lemke, qualifying them to take the Pearson Vue Wisconsin Nurse Aide Certification Exam. “CNA training is required for students interested in pursuing many healthcare related fields, including nursing, occupational therapy and physical therapy,” she said. “At Moraine Park, students must successfully complete the Nursing Assistant course prior to enrolling in the Associate Degree Nurse program.” Some CNAs go straight into the workforce. Others continue their studies toward an associate’s or bachelor’s degree.

All 16 Wisconsin Technical Colleges, including Moraine Park, are three-year grant recipients, with each institution developing its own supplemental healthcare programs under the Act 4 Healthcare consortium project. “Moraine Park already offers CNA classes during the academic year,” said Lemke. “But the classes are in demand and many times filled to capacity. We felt there was a need for this condensed summer offering.”

Boot camp instructor Tina Cordell enjoys teaching an array of students – ranging from 18 to 60 years of age – within a small class environment. Cordell is a registered nurse and holds a master’s degree in nurse education. “It’s a very busy full-time job for each of the three week sessions,” she said of the course. Students complete the theory portion of the course online on their own time and master hands-on skills for 120 hours of training in the classroom and clinical settings. A grade of C or better and 100 percent attendance are required for successful class completion. Boot camp sizes are capped at 10 students, creating an intimate learning environment. 

“All of the students I’m still in contact with have passed certification and are working or pursuing employment,” said Cordell. “It’s a great program.”

“I loved the smaller classes,” added Ashley Schwartz of Fond du Lac. “Everyone got really close and worked well together. At times, the class was a little overwhelming, but we worked through it together.” 

Schwartz, who is enrolled in Moraine Park’s Associate Degree Nurse program, plans to transfer after this year to Marian University, in Fond du Lac, to complete her bachelor’s degree in nursing as part of a nursing articulation agreement between the two colleges. 

After completing the boot camp, she quickly earned her CNA Certification and landed a patient care technician position at Beaver Dam Community Hospital. “My main duties include starting IVs, drawing blood, EKGs, answering phones, transferring patients and arranging ambulances and flight,” she said.

Several clinical sites serve as training grounds for students engaged in the CNA boot camps, including Hillside Manor, in Beaver Dam; Fond du Lac Lutheran Home, in Fond du Lac; as well as Samaritan Health Center and Cedar Community, both in West Bend. 

Gary Thorpe, chief human resource officer at Lutheran Home, sees a continued need for new CNAs each year. The supplemental boot camps work to help satisfy a statewide shortage.

“Fond du Lac Lutheran Homes has hired numerous Moraine Park CNA graduates with great success,” said Thorpe. “Our partnership with Moraine Park has been successful in providing a forum for future caregivers to gain hands-on training.”

The boot camp format appeals to many, added Lemke. “Displaced workers, veterans, and students on summer breaks can complete their Nursing Assistant course in a three-week accelerated format and take the certification exam,” she said. In doing so, they quickly move forward on their path of continued healthcare education and/or employment.

In order to participate in the 2016 summer grant funded boot camps, students must attend an information session, complete a criminal background check and meet specific health requirements. 

To discover more, visit or call Moraine Park at 920-924-3329.