Moraine Park to host Allies for Inclusion: The Ability Exhibit, Oct 5-7 Exhibit focuses on inclusion of people with disabilities

by dritger24. September 2015 09:36

The Disability Resources team of Moraine Park Technical College will be sponsoring Allies for Inclusion: The Ability Exhibit, a traveling exhibit designed to promote the inclusion of people with disabilities through an interactive, multi-media approach to demonstrate respect, comfort and awareness.  It will offer suggestions for becoming disability allies and educators. This exhibit will be set up on the second floor of the Fond du Lac campus Monday, Oct. 5 and Tuesday, Oct. 6 from 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. and Wednesday, Oct. 7 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Moraine Park is the only technical college in Wisconsin and one of only a few locations in the State, to host the exhibit. Julie Lotto, accommodation specialist at Moraine Park Technical College, said, “We need to better educate ourselves to understand the barriers individuals with disabilities face and not just the physical barriers but the attitudinal barriers. We need to become a community that is inclusive.”

It has been 25 years since the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 and more than 40 years since the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Both of these laws protect against discrimination of people with disabilities by requiring equal access to employment, education, goods and services.

Americans have progressed in their attitudes and behaviors toward people with disabilities; however, there remain questions and concerns about appropriate communication, comfort level and inclusive practices.

When it comes to interacting with individuals with disabilities, people ask, "What should I do?" How should I respond?" "Is it okay to say that?" "How can I become an ally?" Allies for Inclusion: The Ability Exhibit will attempt to answer some of these questions.

Allies for Inclusion: The Ability Exhibit was created by Saint Louis University (SLU) graduate students in the Disability in Higher Education and Society course under the direction of their instructor, Karen Myers, PhD. "I was so inspired by [graduate student] Anne Marie Carroll's initiative that I formed a team of students to take her idea to the next level," said Myers.

Evolving from a class project into a sophisticated exhibit, Allies for Inclusion: The Ability Exhibit debuted at SLU on October 27, 2010. 

For more information about The Ability Exhibit, visit


Moraine Park to host diversity conference Thursday, Oct. 8

by dritger22. September 2015 08:05

Students, staff and the community will have the opportunity to learn about and discuss important topics in diversity at the annual Higher Education Diversity Initiative Team (HEDIT) conference on Thursday, Oct. 8 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Moraine Park Technical College in Fond du Lac. This year’s theme will be “Empowering the Disempowered” and will include topics such as immigration, disability, race, LGBT and religious discrimination.

During the breakout session, participants will learn about disabilities seen and unseen; discuss with advocates current topics and events happening in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex and Asexual community; hear about immigration policies and realities; discuss race relations and hear firsthand accounts of intolerance based on faith.

Jonathan Page, director of Citizen Leadership and Social Justice Education at Longwood University, will be the keynote speaker. Page has been an educator for the past 19 years in both secondary and higher education environments. His passion for education and social justice are fueled by his desire to challenge individuals to question their own ideas, beliefs, values and biases as they become more familiar with the lenses through which they view the world and become the leaders and active citizens of tomorrow.

This conference is being planned by HEDIT, recipient of the 2012 Spirit of MLK Award for their efforts in organizing yearly events that lead, inspire, educate and challenge students and the community to celebrate diversity.

HEDIT is a team of faculty and staff formed by the presidents and CEOs of Fond du Lac County’s four higher education institutions - Marian University, Moraine Park Technical College, Ripon College and the University of Wisconsin-Fond du Lac - to plan “an annual collaborative project designed to promote a climate of appreciation for all aspects of human diversity, supporting, fostering and welcoming inclusiveness, respect and dignity for all.” This is HEDIT’s seventh annual event.

Students and staff from the Fond du Lac County’s higher education institutions and members of the community are invited to attend. There is no fee for the workshop but advance registration is required online at Bussing from Ripon College and Marian University is provided.  Information can be found online.

For questions, contact Christy Blessing at


Moraine Park to host second annual Great Pink Pumpkin 5K Run/Walk Oct. 17

by dritger21. September 2015 09:18

Enjoy the sights and sounds of fall as you walk or run for a great cause during Moraine Park Technical College’s second annual Great Pink Pumpkin 5K Run/Walk, Saturday, Oct. 17. 

Money raised from this event will make it possible for women battling breast cancer to attend the “Infinite Boundaries Wellness Retreat,” organized by the Breast Cancer Recovery, an organization whose mission is to provide environments for women breast cancer survivors to heal emotionally. Learn more at

The 2014 inaugural Great Pink Pumpkin 5K raised $6,000 for Breast Cancer Recovery. Over 310 participants and 60 volunteers helped make the event a success, and Moraine Park hopes to double the attendance at this year’s event. “This is a great event, for a great cause, and we look forward to seeing it grow,” said Bonnie Baerwald, Moraine Park president. “Our students and staff are excited about bringing our communities together and we hope to have a strong turnout.”

According to Brenda Schaefer, Moraine Park’s service learning coordinator, the goal of the Great Pink Pumpkin 5K is to connect with the community by providing different student-based service learning projects such as blood pressure screenings from the Medical Assistant program, activities for children sponsored by the Early Childhood Education program, handcrafted pink sprinkled cookies from the Culinary Arts students, and pink hair extensions donated by the Cosmetology program. All of these activities are overseen by team building and problem solving students.

To register for the Great Pink Pumpkin 5K Run/Walk and for more information, visit The entry fee is $25 and includes a pink pumpkin and short sleeve t-shirt, or $30 with a pink pumpkin and a long sleeve t-shirt. Youth 15 and under are $15 and include a short sleeve shirt. All participants are encouraged to register on or before Friday, Oct. 2 to be guaranteed a t-shirt and pink pumpkin. Day-of registrations will be accepted from 8-9:30 a.m. with the run/walk beginning at 10 a.m.

Moraine Park’s Fond du Lac campus is located at 235 North National Avenue, Fond du Lac, Wis.


Moraine Park Offers First Robotic Welding Boot Camp Fall 2015

by dritger11. September 2015 08:18

Did you know that 20 percent of the welding industry now uses robotic applications? Technology is playing an increasingly large role in manufacturing, and this is your chance to be on the leading edge.

If you are looking for hands-on training in robotic welding, plan now to attend Moraine Park Technical College’s Robotic Welding Boot Camp information session, Monday, Sept. 21 at 9 a.m. at the College’s Fond du Lac campus. Attendees will receive a tour of the welding lab, including the new robotic work cell. Participants will also receive program information and entrance requirements. 

If you’d like to be a part of this new Robotic Welding Boot Camp, register online today at Registration prior to the event is required. 

For more information on the Robotic Welding Boot Camp, or any of Moraine Park’s Manufacturing Skills Academy Boot Camps, visit or call 920-924-3334.


Goljenboom is first to earn four IT certificates - Eleven students complete Moraine Park IT grant programs

by dritger6. August 2015 08:07

Moosey Goljenboom of Pickett is one of 11 students who recently earned certificates from Moraine Park Technical College’s Information Technology (IT) Careers grant program. The students received certificates in Content Management Systems, Website Security and Android/iOS Web Application Development. 

Moraine Park Technical College President Bonnie Baerwald (right) presents one for four IT certificates to Moosey Goljenboom, who is the first to earn all four certificates offered through the College's IT Careers program.

Goljenboom is the first student to complete all four certificates offered though Moraine Park’s IT Careers program. Goljenboom, who grew up in Canton, Okla., knew from a young age that she was interested in IT. “I always excelled in accounting and business classes in high school and, during my senior year, I took my first computer programming class,” she said. She went on to graduate from UW-Oshkosh in 2007 with a bachelor’s degree in Management Information Systems. “I could get a job after graduation but not in my field,” said Goljenboom.

In 2009, Goljenboom was working full-time and decided to enroll part-time in Moraine Park’s Information Technology-Web Designer/Developer program. With some encouragement from her instructor, Dominic Garofalo, she decided to take a course in the IT Careers program. After receiving her first certificate in Content Management in September, 2014, Goljenboom decided to quit her job and enroll full-time at Moraine Park. Since then, she has been taking courses in the IT Careers program while also working toward an associate of applied science degree.

Although she is still in school, Goljenboom has already hit the ground running with her IT expertise. She started up her own business, Eagleshead Web Design LLC, and has developed a client base of businesses looking for help with logo development and website design. “I decided to start my own business because of the changing technology. Businesses need to be sure their websites are keeping up with the changing technology, and I have the knowledge to help them with this,” said Goljenboom. 

Although her business is off to a good start, Goljenboom is continuing her education at Moraine Park. She is on track to earn her associate of applied science degree in the IT Web Designer/Developer program in fall 2016, and she is also completing an Entrepreneur certificate in the spring. “Technology is ever changing, upgrading and evolving,” said Goljenboom. “I plan to continue learning and upgrading my technology skills to help my business and others.”

When asked what excites her most about IT, Goljenboom responded, “I like the front end of designing a website--it’s like making a quilt and choosing the right colors to make it look beautiful. Although I also do like coding and validating on the back end.”

This summer, Goljenboom was joined by 10 other classmates receiving an Android and iOS Web Application Development certificate from Moraine Park’s IT Careers program. Those students included: Jeannie Bruesch and Tim Staffaroni of West Bend; Austin Enders of Oshkosh; Zacharia Kejo and Adam Skeel of Fond du Lac; Becky Scannell of Campbellsport; Daniel Spredemann of Menomonee Falls; and Keith Walters of Cedar Grove. Jeannie Bruesch also completed the Web Site Security certificate, and Javeed Kadri of Waupun completed the Content Management Systems certificate.

The IT Careers program is funded by a three-year, $995,662, TAACCCT 3 grant, awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor. The grant supports the statewide INTERFACE project, which was 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. Overall, 29 students have earned IT certificates through Moraine Park’s IT Careers program since its inceptions in October, 2013, and 90 students are expected to enroll in the program over the course of the three-year grant.

In the upcoming fall semester, Moraine Park is offering Content Management and Website Security certificates on the Fond du Lac campus. For more information on Moraine Park’s IT Careers program, visit


Moraine Park welcomes three new District Board members

by dritger3. August 2015 10:57

Candy Fields of Mt. Calvary, Lisa Olson of Hartford and Bur Zeratsky of Green Lake were sworn in as the newest members of the Moraine Park Technical College District Board, July 13. Fields will serve as an employee member representative for the eastern portion of the Moraine Park District, and Zeratsky will represent the western portion of the District as an employer member. Olson will serve as a school district administrator member. 

John St. Peter, college legal counsel for Moraine Park, administers the Oath of Office to the College’s new District Board members, from left, Bur Zeratsky , Lisa Olson and Candy Fields.

The three new members bring strong community ties and numerous years of experience to the board. “We are thrilled to have Candy, Lisa and Bur join the board,” Bonnie Baerwald, president of Moraine Park, said. “Each one of them brings a remarkable set of skills and experiences that will help move the College forward.”

Fields is a Bilingual Offender Classification Specialist for the Department of Corrections at Taycheedah in Fond du Lac. She came to the United States 14 years ago as a non-English speaking immigrant. Her first educational experience in the United States was taking English Language Learning classes at Moraine Park. She studied Law in Cartagena, Colombia, and was employed there as a Paralegal. Fields is currently working to obtain a Bachelor of Arts in Special Education from Western Governors University, Salt Lake City.

“One of my goals as a member of the Moraine Park Board is to find new ways to reach out to the Hispanic community and low income families in our area to help them access higher education,” said Fields. “I believe that establishing and maintaining responsiveness to community growth and student learning needs is a priority.” 

Olson is the district administrator of the Hartford Union High School District. Prior to this position, she was employed as a business and information technology educator for 18 years. She is a National Board Certified Teacher in Career and Technical Education - Business. Olson served as an educational consultant for the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction on the Career and Technical Education Team and currently serves on the GPS Education Partners Board of Directors. She is also a member of the Washington County Workforce Alliance and the Hartford Rotary Club.

“I have been involved with Moraine Park since I moved into the area in 1992--from an evening instructor at the West Bend campus to a transcripted credit instructor at Hartford Union High School to meeting with instructors and deans in seeking input for our programs at the school,” said Olson. “My experiences have always been positive, and I look at serving on the board as an opportunity to learn more at a different level and find additional ways to give back.” 

Zeratsky is the executive vice president of National Rivet & Manufacturing Company, Inc., in Waupun, which is a fourth-generation family business that manufactures fasteners for industries including automotive and aerospace. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Economics from Regis College, Denver. Zeratsky served as a member of the Green Lake School Board from 1998-2007, was the former president of the Green Lake Sailing School, and currently is the president of the Green Lake Conservancy, a non-profit Land Trust. 

“I look forward to representing the employer interests and ensuring a well-trained pool of potential employees. At National Rivet & Manufacturing Company, we use testing and training services offered by Moraine Park and have found them to be quite effective, from the standpoint of cost, availability and effectiveness,” said Zeratsky. “In addition, my father served on the Moraine Park Board and Foundation Board for many years, so I'm proud to carry on that tradition.”

In addition to the new board members, the board also nominated the following members to serve as officers: Vernon Jung of Kewaskum, chair; Mike Miller of West Bend, vice-chair; Kim Krueger of Randolph, treasurer; and Mike Staral of West Bend, secretary. Krueger will serve as chair of the Finance Committee, and all of the remaining board members will serve as committee members.

Appointments were also made for the district’s representatives on the Wisconsin Technical College System District Boards Association committees. Jung will serve as Moraine Park’s delegate to the association’s board of directors. Other appointees include Miller, Legislative Committee; Zeratsky, Human Resources Committee; Staral, Program Committee; Lowell Prill of Brandon, Marketing/Public Relations and Awards Committee; Jung, Interdistrict/Interagency Cooperation Committee; and Fields, Bylaws, Policies and Procedures Committee. 

For over 100 years, Moraine Park has served communities surrounding its three campus locations in Fond du Lac, Beaver Dam and West Bend. Moraine Park offers more than 100 associate of applied science degrees, technical diplomas, apprenticeships and certificates delivered in a variety of options including classroom, online and blended courses. For more information about Moraine Park, visit


Still time to learn motorcycle safety at Moraine Park - Fall sessions through September 27

by dritger29. July 2015 10:44

There is still plenty of time to learn to ride a motorcycle before the snow falls. Moraine Park Technical College’s Motorcycle Rider courses will get you ready to hit the road in just one weekend!  

The course schedule includes class on Friday from 5:00-8:30 p.m., Saturday from 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., and Sunday from 8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. By the end of the weekend, upon successful completion of the course, a waiver for the Department of Motor Vehicles is issued. This waiver allows students to get a motorcycle license without taking a road test. Sessions are available every weekend through the end of September on Moraine Park’s Fond du Lac Campus.

Fall is a beautiful time for a motorcycle ride, so sign up now before the leaves start to change color! The course is designed for riders of all levels but is aimed particularly at those seeking a motorcycle license. Students get actual riding experience in the basic skills of motorcycling, including straight-line riding, turning, shifting, braking and the mental skills needed for control. Motorcycles and helmets are provided by Moraine Park. 

For more information or to register for the course, visit or call 1-800-472-4554. 

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Ted and Grace Bachhuber Foundation receives Futuremakers Partner award

by dritger28. July 2015 07:31

The Ted and Grace Bachhuber Foundation received the “Futuremakers Partner” award from the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) board on the evening of Tuesday, July 14, at Moraine Park Technical College’s Fond du Lac campus. The award recognizes the unique and dynamic partnerships between Wisconsin’s technical colleges and their employer partners.   

The Ted and Grace Bachhuber Foundation receives the “Futuremakers Partner” award for their contributions to the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) and Moraine Park Technical College. From left: WTCS Board President John Schwantes; President and Treasurer of the Ted and Grace Bachhuber Foundation JoAnn Bachhuber; Moraine Park President Bonnie Baerwald; and WTCS President Morna Foy.

WTCS board President John Schwantes and Moraine Park President Bonnie Baerwald presented the award to the Ted and Grace Bachhuber Foundation for the organization’s contributions over the course of a long-standing, two-decade partnership with Moraine Park and WTCS. The foundation is an active partner in the College’s efforts to be a leader in manufacturing training and education and is a loyal supporter of the Moraine Park Foundation.    

"The Wisconsin Technical College System and Moraine Park Technical College are grateful to have the Ted and Grace Bachhuber Foundation as partners," said WTCS board President John Schwantes. "Every day, their contributions and commitment to technical education make a difference in the lives of our students, create qualified employees to fill the employment demands of our state, and help build and strengthen our communities."

The Ted and Grace Bachhuber Foundation was created in 1982 with a belief that education enables people to improve their lives. Ted and Grace wanted to share their personal success with the community in which they worked and lived. Ted’s company, Mayville Engineering Company, is one of the largest manufacturing companies in Wisconsin, with approximately 2,000 employee shareholders, and they continue to grow. 

The Ted and Grace Bachhuber Foundation values a strong manufacturing community, and they have partnered with Moraine Park through the years to help develop and strengthen this community. They have donated $75,000 to support a welding addition at the Beaver Dam campus, and $150,000 to Moraine Park’s Advanced Manufacturing and Technology Center. In 2012 they contributed $45,000 to the College’s Forming Alliances to Activate Talent (FACT) program to strengthen the appeal of manufacturing-related careers, grow enrollment in manufacturing programs, and provide area manufacturers with direct access to students enrolled in those fields. The Ted and Grace Bachhuber Foundation donates $9,000 annually for student scholarships. To date, they have given approximately $112,000 in support of the student scholarship program, allowing more than 60 Moraine Park students to see their dreams of attaining a college degree become a reality.

“We want to recognize the important role community partnerships play within our individual colleges and the technical college system as whole,” said Baerwald. “The generosity of the Ted and Grace Bachhuber Foundation has meant so much to Moraine Park but, more importantly, so much to so many of our students who, because of this Futuremaker’s generosity, were able to achieve their educational goals.”

“We greatly appreciate this recognition, as well as all of the good work done by Moraine Park Technical College,” said JoAnn Bachhuber, president and treasurer of the Ted and Grace Bachhuber Foundation, Inc. “Moraine Park is a wonderful source for finding skilled and well-trained individuals and, together, we hope to continue to provide outstanding opportunities.”

For more information on Moraine Park, visit


Moraine Park’s Student Support Services program awarded $1.1 million grant

by dritger23. July 2015 11:00

Moraine Park Technical College has been awarded a five-year, $1.1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to continue its Student Support Services (SSS) program, which provides assistance for students who are low-income, first in their family to attend college or have a learning disability. 

Moraine Park’s SSS program, referred to as its EDGE program, is in place to help students meet their goals and graduate from college. Each year, 140 students are enrolled in the program, and their progress is closely monitored. The EDGE program offers many services to help students stay on track, including academic advising, financial aid and scholarship resources, cultural events, skills development and tutoring. 

“The EDGE team provides the tools and confidence our students need to overcome challenges and earn their degrees,” said Michael Smith, Moraine Park’s TRIO grant manager. “During the 2013-14 school year, 94 percent of EDGE students were in good academic standing, which is an exceptional accomplishment for the students and the program.” 

This grant is the second for Moraine Park’s EDGE program. The first was awarded in 2010 and was a similar five-year grant from the Department of Education. The goal of the SSS grant is to increase college retention and graduation rates by providing motivation for students, opportunities for academic development and assistance with basic college requirements. The new grant will take effect on September 1, 2015, and the college will receive $220,000 every year, totaling $1.1 million over the next five years.

Moraine Park’s SSS program falls under the umbrella of Federal TRIO programs, which are federal outreach and student services programs designed to identify and provide services for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. TRIO includes eight programs targeted to serve and assist low-income individuals, first-generation college students, and individuals with disabilities to progress through the academic pipeline from middle school to postbaccalaureate programs. TRIO programs are administered by the Student Service area of the Department’s Office of Postsecondary Education.

For more information on Moraine Park’s EDGE program, please visit


Moraine Park students place in national business competition - Lawrenz named Administrative Financial Officer for Wisconsin Student Government

by dritger20. July 2015 10:56

Four Moraine Park Technical College students headed west this summer to the National Business Professionals of America (BPA) Leadership Conference in Anaheim, Cal. After placing in the top three in their category at the state BPA competition at Lakeshore Technical College, Traci Lawrenz of Kewaskum and Megan Lynch-Belzer, Hailey Johnson and Joan Rider, all from West Bend, earned the opportunity to gather with students from across the nation and put their business and leadership skills to the test at the organization’s annual national conference.

Johnson, Lawrenz and Lynch-Belzer competed as a team in the small business management category and placed in the top 5 at the national level. The team was judged on their ability to strategize and present solutions to turn a mock business profitable. In addition, Lynch-Belzer competed in the college payroll accounting category and Rider in the prepared speech category.

Lawrenz, who is in the accounting program at Moraine Park, also competed individually, making it to the finals in college accounting and college payroll accounting. Lawrenz was required to complete high-level, timed exams, and it was her exceptional scores that earned her a place in the top 10 for both competitions. 


“It was an amazing accomplishment,” said Lawrenz when asked about her achievements. “Next year I plan to participate in more competitions through the BPA, including one for income tax accounting. The experience provides a great opportunity to build skills I can use in future careers.” 

Lawrenz, who will graduate from Moraine Park in spring of 2017, has been instrumental in getting students involved in the College’s BPA Club and is the current vice president. The club is for any business, accounting and IT student interested in preparing for the workforce by gaining experience in leadership and citizenship and strengthening academic and technological skills. Besides her involvement in BPA, she is also president of the Accounting Club and a member of the West Bend Student Senate and District Student Government. In addition, during the 2015-16 school year, she will assume her elected role as the Administrative Financial Officer for Wisconsin Student Government (WSG).

“My classes and activities at Moraine Park have prepared me to be able to take on my new role with WSG and be comfortable in it,” said Lawrenz.

WSG meets throughout the state approximately five times per year. Other members of the WSG executive team for next year include Joseph Dolzani, president, from Western Technical College; Chris Villarreal, vice president, from Mid-State Technical College; and Richard Weber, parliamentarian, from Fox Valley Technical College.

For more information about Moraine Park’s business programs, visit