Moraine Park West Bend campus commemorates WWII and Vietnam War anniversaries

by dritger24. April 2015 09:14

Moraine Park Technical College is pleased to welcome WWII Veterans Howard Knox, Al Meyer, Allan Kieckhafer and Joe Zadra, from West Bend, to speak at the College’s West Bend campus on Wednesday, April 29, at 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

During their presentation, the veterans will commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII and the 40th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War. They will share experiences and stories from their time of service and answer questions from the audience. 

The event, sponsored by Moraine Park’s Student Veterans Association Club, will be held in the commons area and is free to the public. For more information about this event, please visit

For more information about Moraine Park’s veteran services, visit


Marian, Moraine Park develop new transfer agreements

by dritger14. April 2015 12:21

College-bound students will have several new educational opportunities this fall following Marian University’s and Moraine Park Technical College’s recent partnership to offer 11 new academic transfer agreements. 

Marian and Moraine Park interim presidents Robert Fale and Bonnie Baerwald, respectively, made the agreements official during a March 18 signing ceremony at Marian. The transfer agreements will allow five Moraine Park associate of applied science degree programs to transfer into ten Marian baccalaureate degree programs.   

Moraine Park Technical College Interim President Bonnie Baerwald and Marian University Interim President Bob Fale place their signatures on a new credit transfer agreement between the two institutions. The transfer agreements will allow five Moraine Park associate of applied science degree programs to transfer into ten Marian baccalaureate degree programs.

“Moraine Park and Marian have been collaborating on projects for many years and this is another partnership that will benefit students interested in attending both institutions,” said Baerwald. “As college tuition continues to rise, allowing students to earn their associate of applied science degree at Moraine Park and then seamlessly transfer those credits into a baccalaureate degree at Marian, will open doors to many students who may have thought a four-year degree was unattainable.”

“This agreement between Marian University and Moraine Park allows for greater opportunity for individuals looking to achieve their personal and professional goals through earning a bachelor’s degree,” said Fale. “This agreement demonstrates our combined commitment to the Fond du Lac and surrounding area with quality, affordable pathways for continued success.”

The agreements include Moraine Park’s Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse (AODA) Associate of Applied Science Degree program transferring into Marian’s Bachelor of Community Health and Human Service, Bachelor of Psychology, Bachelor of Social Work, and Bachelor of Criminal Justice traditional and adult degrees; Moraine Park’s Associate of Applied Science Degree Radiography program transferring into Marian’s online adult Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Technology; Moraine Park’s Business Management-Marketing Associate of Applied Science Degree program transferring into Marian’s adult Bachelor of Business Administration; Moraine Park’s Business Management-Management/Supervision Associate of Applied Science Degree program transferring into both Marian’s traditional and adult Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Bachelor of Business Administration degrees, as well as Marian’s adult Bachelor of Business Administration – General Management degree; and Moraine Park’s Associate of Applied Science Degree Nursing program into Marian’s 15-month online adult Bachelor of Science Nursing program.

For more information about the Marian and Moraine Park transfer agreements, contact the Marian University Office of Admission at or at 920-923-7650, or contact Amy Clark, Moraine Park’s Admissions and Advising manager at or 920-924-3257. 


Moraine Park to host national Take Back the Night event, April 30 - Make a change. Shatter the Silence. Stop the Violence.

by dritger13. April 2015 12:57

Moraine Park Technical College invites the community to come together and take a stand against sexual assault and domestic violence at a national 10 Points of Light to Take Back the Night event on Thursday, April 30, at its Fond du Lac campus. On that evening, 10 college campuses circling the United States will simultaneously hold a candlelit vigil to show support for survivors of these crimes and unify in efforts to stop the violence. Moraine Park is honored to serve as host of one in only 10 locations in the country to hold this national event.

The 10 Points of Light event will kick off at 6:00 p.m. with a Community Organization Fair, featuring local organizations, activities, entertainment and refreshments. At 6:30 p.m., a powerful lineup of speakers will share their stories of survival and advocacy. Moraine Park welcomes keynote speaker, Rev. Moira Finley, and local musical celebrity, Bryan Sirchio. Finley is a rape survivor, poet and pastor of two church congregations in northern Wisconsin. She believes each person's story matters and needs to be heard with compassion. She is passionate about working together to find justice and helping to support survivors of sexual violence. Sirchio will be performing the song “I Need You To Hear Me” with lyrics written by Finley.   

Other speakers include: Deb Donovan, registered nurse and Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) coordinator; Angel Gilbertson, client advocate from ASTOP Sexual Abuse Center; and representatives from local District Attorney (DA) Offices - Fond du Lac County DA Eric Toney, Washington County Victim/Witness Coordinator Ali Krueger, and Dodge County DA Kurt Klomberg. 

Following the program, attendees will unite in a short candlelight walk and vigil around the campus grounds. The walk is scheduled to begin at 7:45 p.m. Flameless candles and glow sticks will be provided.

The event is free and open to the public; registration is appreciated although not required. Should you require an accommodation to participate in this event, please e-mail Bonnie Bauer, Moraine Park director of admissions, at, 920-924-6349 or Wisconsin Relay-711. 

For all of the event details, visit


Global delicacies featured at Moraine Park Foundation’s Gourmet Dinner

by dritger8. April 2015 09:43

Come and delight your palate with cuisine from six different countries at Moraine Park Foundation’s Gourmet Dinner. The event, presented by the Moraine Park Culinary Arts Program and National Exchange Bank and Trust, will be held on Friday, April 24, at 5:30 p.m. on the College’s Fond du Lac campus. 

The event theme, “A World of Good Taste,” combines the appreciation of global delicacies with the feel of the golden age of travel. Guests are invited to enjoy entertainment by local talent, bid on silent auction items and try their luck in the always-popular wine cork pull. Vintage attire is also encouraged, although not required. 

The evening will begin with a reception in the new Student Services addition, featuring a variety of worldly wines and hors d'oeuvres. Guests will then embark on a tour of food and wine from North and South America, Asia, Europe, Australia and Africa. The six-course dinner will begin with a Peruvian fish ceviche and chilled apple curry soup with beet relish from India. Followed by an Italian chopped escarole salad and a honey, lemon and cardamom yogurt sorbet from Morocco. The main entrée will take guests to Australia, with a fire-roasted rack of lamb featuring Australian wine butter, tarragon spinach and potato custard. The tour will conclude in America, where guests will savor the fresh flavors of a fruit tart and homemade ice cream.

The annual gourmet dinner, which features a different theme each year, benefits the Moraine Park Foundation’s general scholarship fund and the student emergency fund. Reservations are limited, and the cost of the event is $100 per person or a corporate table of eight can be purchased for $800. To make reservations, contact Dana Knebel at 920-924-3225 or

The Moraine Park Foundation Inc. is a tax-exempt, nonprofit corporation. It is responsible for securing financial support and other resources for Moraine Park by identifying, cultivating, soliciting and accepting financial resources and gifts that support the vision and mission of Moraine Park Technical College. For more information, visit



Moraine Park Foundation honors FACT Scholarship donors - Maysteel LLC joins business partners

by dritger30. March 2015 12:29

The Moraine Park Foundation recently honored area businesses for supporting its Forming Alliances to Cultivate Talent (FACT) initiative and celebrated the addition of Maysteel LLC as the newest partner to the campaign. The generous contributions from participating partners help support Moraine Park Technical College students enrolled in manufacturing-related programs. 

Moraine Park Technical College Interim President Bonnie Baerwald and Moraine Park Foundation Board President Adam Stone recognized FACT Scholarship donors. Front row, left: Dave Brenner, Fives Giddings & Lewis; Dana Knebel, Moraine Park director of college advancement; Travis Moser, J.F. Ahern Co.; Mike VanderZanden, Amerequip; and Darci Boettcher, Maysteel. Back row, left: Dave Wilhelms, Michels Corporation; Stone; Baerwald; Sue Roettger, Mid-States Aluminum Corp.; Tom Baumgartner, Mercury Marine; and Mike Frydryk, Kondex Corporation.

The FACT initiative works to strengthen the appeal of manufacturing careers and provides unique opportunities for business partners and students. Through the program, Moraine Park students earn incentives to complete a manufacturing-related degree. In turn, area businesses have a larger, more qualified pool of applicants to fill industry needs. With this model, students have the support needed to get a great, hands-on educational experience, while local employers gain access to highly skilled workers. To date, the FACT initiative has raised $273,000 and formed partnerships with 17 area companies that support the vision.

“The FACT initiative has had such a positive impact on our students and the local manufacturing industry,” said Dana Knebel, Moraine Park’s director of college advancement. “The Moraine Park Foundation is so grateful for the support and expertise of industry leaders, and we are looking forward to continuing to build these relationships.” 

The following companies were honored for their contributions: Amerequip; Fond du Lac Area Foundation; J.F. Ahern Co.; Cole Manufacturing Corp.; Fives Giddings & Lewis; AT&T Foundation; Mercury Marine; Kondex Corporation; Mid-States Aluminum Corp.; Helgesen Industries, Inc.; Michels Corporation; METKO, Inc.; Ted & Grace Bachhuber Foundation, Inc.; TAB Products Co LLC; Bradley Corporation; Sadoff Iron & Metal Company; and Maysteel LLC. 

For more information about Moraine Park’s FACT initiative, visit


New weekend motorcycle safety classes at Moraine Park - Spring sessions begin April 17

by dritger30. March 2015 12:26

Thinking about pulling your motorcycle out of storage or have finally decided to make this the summer you learn to ride? With the spring season upon us, now is the time to prepare for the motorcycle riding season and Moraine Park Technical College’s Motorcycle Rider courses will get you road ready! 

New this year, Moraine Park’s Motorcycle Rider courses have modified their training format to allow students to complete the course in just one weekend. The weekend schedule includes class on Friday from 5:00-8:25 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, students will be issued a waiver to take to the Department of Motor Vehicles. This waiver allows students to get a motorcycle license without taking a road test. All courses are held at Moraine Park’s Fond du Lac Campus. 

The College is running twenty weekend sessions through September, with the first beginning on April 17. 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. 


Moraine Park Technical College announces Dean’s List

by dritger20. March 2015 14:38

Moraine Park Technical College named 1,314 students to the Dean’s List for the fall 2014 semester. To qualify for the Dean's List distinction, students must earn a minimum semester grade point average of 3.5, be enrolled in at least six credits of undergraduate-level courses, be in good academic standing and cannot have a failing or incomplete grade for the semester. 

To view all students named to the Fall 2014 Dean’s List, visit



Schaefer honored for outstanding service-learning contributions

by dritger20. March 2015 09:15

Brenda Schaefer of Moraine Park Technical College has been selected by the Wisconsin Campus Compact (WiCC) to receive the 2015 Sister Joel Read Civic Engagement Practitioners Award. The Sister Joel Read Civic Engagement Practitioners Award recognizes outstanding faculty or staff members of WiCC member institutions who have made significant contributions to civic engagement on their campus. The purpose of this award is to honor practitioners who have built successful campus-community partnerships to both support student learning and development and the civic mission of the institution.


 “This award is a collaborative effort amongst the students and faculty at Moraine Park. The race is not about receiving the medal, but the journey along the way, the people we reach out to and the difference we make together - together is always better!” said Schaefer. “At Moraine Park, we are focused on building community connections and helping others; it’s because of this focus, along with the faculty and students that strive to make this happen, that my job is incredibly fulfilling every day.” 

Schaefer is the sociology faculty and service-learning coordinator at Moraine Park. Under her leadership and guidance, the service-learning program at Moraine Park has developed into an established and respected program within the College and among higher education partners. Since 2013, Schaefer has worked on institutionalizing service-learning at Moraine Park by recreating definitions of service-learning, creating framework guides and classroom rubrics.  

Schaefer implemented NobleHour, a tracking program to help record service activities and provide program impact data for administrators. She also supported the creation of a Service-Learning Certificate as part of degree coursework for undergraduate students.  

In order to provide a uniform service-learning model, Schaefer developed training materials and opportunities for faculty, ensured diverse engagement activities, and integrated this model into a variety of unconventional fields and disciplines, including welding, construction, corrections and IT. As a way to ensure future commitments to service-learning, she coordinates service-learning projects for a requirement course on campus.

"Brenda Schaefer has transformed service-learning at Moraine Park. Without knowing where it could be, she set an expectation level for this effort at the College, and students and faculty responded,” stated Caron Daugherty, Moraine Park’s dean of general education. “Moraine Park now has one of the most established and highly regarded programs in the state thanks to her vision."

Every year, WiCC recognizes outstanding civic engagement practices by individuals and organizations at member institutions in hopes to celebrate the efforts of dedicated civic engagement practitioners across the state; reinforces the essential role of community involvement in holistic student learning; and promotes institutionalization of civic engagement on member campuses. For more information on service-learning at Moraine Park, visit   




Moraine Park hosts Parents’ Night, March 25

by dritger16. March 2015 13:07

Moraine Park Technical College is hosting a Parents’ Night event on Wednesday, March 25, at 5:30 p.m. at the West Bend campus. 

Parents of high school students are invited to learn about options for college and how to help their son/daughter make the best choice for their future. Topics discussed at the event will include: how to choose a college, earning college credits during high school, financial aid, programs offered at Moraine Park, and transferring credits to a four-year college. 

For more information about the event or to register, visit Registration for the event is not necessary but is appreciated. 


Short-term Training Opportunities at Moraine Park

by dritger6. March 2015 12:21

Do you want to move your job application to the top of pile? Moraine Park Technical College’s short-term training opportunities can help by teaching you the critical skills you need to stand out. Plan to attend an information session to learn more on how you can get started in one of these in-demand jobs. Registration is recommended.  

•General Production Assembly: Develop your manufacturing skills in the production of components, utilization of manufacturing tools, and general manufacturing and assembly practices. These one-hour info sessions, held at Moraine Park’s Fond du Lac campus, will be on Thursday, March 26 at 1:00 p.m. and Wednesday, May 6 at 10:00 a.m. Program details, career development opportunities and a tour of the general production assembly lab are included. 

For more information and to register, visit, email or call 920-924-3334.

•Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA): Accelerated three- and four-week summer CNA training offered at the Fond du Lac, West Bend and Beaver Dam campuses. Information sessions will be held Tuesday, March 31 at 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. and Wednesday April 1 at 1:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. at the Fond du Lac, Beaver Dam and West Bend campuses.

For more information and to register, visit or contact Kim Spartz at or 920-924-3320.

•Welding: Gain experience in basic welding processes, interpreting blueprints, applying welding symbols and operating and setting up equipment. This four-hour info session will be held at Moraine Park’s Fond du Lac campus on Wednesday, April 8 at 8:30 a.m. and includes program information, tours, TABE testing, career development opportunities and mechanical aptitude testing. For more information and to register, visit, email or call 920-924-3334.

•IT: Four short-term, targeted certificates in Content Management, Android Web Application Development, iOS Web Application Development and Website Security, give participants the opportunity to ladder into an associate of applied science degree in IT-Web Development and Design Specialist or a technical diploma in IT-Mobile Applications Designer/Developer. Information sessions will be held at Moraine Park’s Fond du Lac campus on Monday, April 20 at 1:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. and on Thursday, April 23 at 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. For more information and to register, visit or contact Anne Lemke at or 920-924-3329.

The IT, Welding and CNA trainings are funded by U.S. Department of Labor TAACCCT grants. Veterans are encouraged to apply. 

For more information on Moraine Park Technical College, visit