Moraine Park Nursing Students Learn Cutting-Edge Technology

by dritger5. December 2014 15:50

Students in Moraine Park Technical College’s Nursing programs are among the first in the state to incorporate telehealth technology into their curriculum. The new technology, which lets providers and patients connect virtually, is a growing component of health care that allows patients to be comfortable at home while still receiving the level of monitoring and care needed. The school’s telehealth equipment, which was purchased in part with funding by a General Purpose CoreHealth Industry Grant, provides pre-licensure students with unique and new learning opportunities.

Moraine Park Associate Dean of Nursing Marylou Mercado, right, listens as Robin Konstanz, sales coordinator at GrandCare Systems, West Bend, explains the features of GrandCare’s telehealth monitoring system being used by Moraine Park’s Nursing program.

“Our students learning the telehealth system gain many new experiences and are able to recognize the value of using advanced technology to effectively care for patients,” said Marylou Mercado, associate dean of nursing. “They are using telehealth technology to conduct health assessments, determine physical care needs, assess changes in overall health and monitor prescription medication effectiveness.”
As telehealth technology continues to gain recognition in the health care industry, GrandCare Systems of West Bend and Moraine Park are working together to provide students with the equipment and training that will open doors for graduating nursing students. GrandCare Systems is a pioneer in the industry, providing the most comprehensive and fully featured caregiving technology on the market, and Moraine Park is excited to offer opportunities for students to learn using the newest technology.
"Advancements in digital health and patient engagement technologies will enable individuals to benefit from many of the experiences, previously only offered in a hospital setting," said Charlie Hillman, founder and CTO GrandCare Systems. "Moraine Park is proactively arming students with GrandCare's digital health, patient engagement and socialization features to allow a better, faster and more cost-effective delivery of care."
The College’s telehealth equipment has been integrated into its existing Simulation Center on the West Bend campus, which teaches students how to pin-point problems remotely using a variety of non-invasive sensors that monitor patients without impeding their lifestyle. Using the Internet, remote caregivers are able to track vitals, ensure medication compliance, view graphs, set alerts and communicate virtually with patients. When used in someone’s home, telehealth technology supports aging and healing in place rather than a hospital, nursing home or other health care facility. The technology also brings service to rural areas in a cost effective and efficient manner. As health care evolves, Moraine Park’s partnership with GrandCare will continue to provide cutting- edge educational opportunities for students and instructors.
For more information on Moraine Park’s Nursing program or any of its health care programs, visit                



Kannenberg receives WCBA Moraine Park Foundation Scholarship

by dritger5. December 2014 08:13

Lucas Kannenberg of Hartford, was the 2014 recipient of the Moraine Park Foundation Washington County Builders Association (WCBA) Trades Scholarship. Kannenberg will receive $250 each semester for the 2014-15 school year. 

Kannenberg is enrolled in Moraine Park Technical College’s Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Technology (HVAC/R) program. He said he chose the HVAC/R program while working with an HVAC technician on a construction site. After looking into the program at Moraine Park, he learned HVAC technicians are in high demand and the technology involved with the field continues to advance at a rapid pace. “I always enjoyed working with my hands and have worked as an apprentice carpenter and cabinetmaker. This field is vastly different than my prior experience but I believe my mechanical inclination will contribute to my success in this field.” 

Caroline Wilkes, who serves as secretary for the WCBA Board and is co-owner of Wilkes Plumbing, Inc., in West Bend, said the WCBA focuses on growing and supporting the building trades, which includes carpentry, HVAC, electricity, industrial wiring and more, within Washington County and the surrounding areas. “We believe it’s important to give back to the communities in which we live and work and providing scholarships is one of the ways we do that,” said Wilkes. 

The WCBA also awarded three $500 scholarships in 2013-14 through the Moraine Park Foundation to Justin Greif, Jackson; Thomas Elsinger, West Bend; and Lucas Breuer, Slinger; for their pursuit of careers in electricity, HVAC/R and plumbing, respectively.  

“We appreciate the WCBA, and all of the organizations, businesses and individuals who choose to contribute toward the Moraine Park Foundation,” said Dana Knebel, Moraine Park’s director of college advancement. “We have so many students who depend on financial support to be able to earn their degree and we are grateful to all of our donors.” 

For more information about the Moraine Park Foundation or establishing a scholarship, visit or call Dana Knebel, director of college advancement at 920-924-3225.


Fond du Lac High School hosts ‘Demystifying the Financial Aid Process’ - Free event to be held Dec. 3

by dritger24. November 2014 16:48

If the college financial aid process leaves you with more questions than answers, plan now to attend “Where Do I Start? Demystifying the Financial Aid Process” on Wednesday, Dec. 3, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Fond du Lac High School Performing Arts Center. 

This free event, sponsored by the Fond du Lac School District, St. Mary Springs Academy, Marian University, Moraine Park Technical College and the University of Wisconsin-Fond du Lac, is open to anyone wanting to learn more about the financial aid process, including filling out the FAFSA form, financial aid strategies and timelines and scholarship opportunities.  

The event will wrap up with a chance for attendees to get their individual questions answered with a one-on-one question and answer period with financial aid representatives from all of the sponsoring colleges. All those in attendance will be entered into a prize drawing to be held at the event. 

For more information about “Where Do I Start? Demystifying the Financial Aid Process,” contact Jill Goebel, Student Services, Special Program Coordinator, at goebelji@fonddulac.



Moraine Park to host heroin crisis update Nov. 13

by dritger3. November 2014 09:41

Heroin prevention, enforcement and treatment will be the main focus as recovering addicts, law enforcement officials and counselors from the community gather to discuss the growing heroin crisis in the Fond du Lac area. The event will be held on Thursday, Nov. 13, at 2:00 p.m. in the cafeteria at Moraine Park Technical College’s Fond du Lac campus. The event is free and open to the public.  

Education and awareness can play a big role in substantially decreasing the likelihood of heroin abuse. Join the discussion and learn how to move the community forward through this rising crisis. The event is split into four sessions, and attendees are welcome to attend the entire event or individual sessions. The schedule is as follows: 2:00 to 2:30 p.m. – update from the Fond du Lac Police MEG Unit; 2:30 to 3:00 p.m. – two former addicts tell their stories; 3:00 to 3:30 p.m. – treatment options by Laura John from the Beacon House; 3:30 to 4:00 p.m. – question and answer session.

For more information about Moraine Park or this event, visit



Moraine Park graduates first class from Information Technology Careers program

by dritger31. October 2014 15:31

Moraine Park is excited to announce its first class of students from the Information Technology (IT) Interface grant recently completed the Content Management Certificate program. Those who received their certificate included: Moosey Goljenboom of Pickett; Amy Moore of Berlin; Sharon Prag and Catherine Roegner of West Bend; and Amy Vanden Boogaard of Fond du Lac.

Front (from left): Catherine Roegner of West Bend; Amy Vanden Boogaard of Fond du Lac; Amy Moore of Berlin; Sharon Prag of West Bend; Moosey Goljenboom of Pickett.
Back (from left): Anne Lemke, TAACCCT3 grant manager; Shawn McAfee, graphic communications instructor; Jeff Stueber, business management instructor; Dominic Garofalo, web developer instructor; Tammy Freund, web developer instructor.

The completion ceremony was a true testimonial of the skills learned by students in the program. The graduates presented projects they were involved in, all requiring extensive project management, team work and creative thinking skills. As part of their final project, Prag, Goljenboom, Moore and Vanden Boogaard grouped together to form a mock business named Design by 4. They used their new expertise on content management to market the Great Pink Pumpkin Run/Walk, which was a 5K run/walk organized by another Moraine Park business class to benefit women battling breast cancer. Design by 4 created the logo, website and social media presence, which played a huge role in recruiting the 311 runners and walkers who participated in the October 18 event. 

“The students were exposed to a real-world experience, working with many different stakeholders to prepare a product that would fit the needs of the client,” said Lisa Pollard, associate dean of business and IT.  “This is an essential skill needed in the Web Developer field, and these students did a fantastic job of using both their communication and technical skills to create the final product.”  

In addition, Roegner, presented a newly designed website created for J3 Engineering Group in Mequon, where she is currently employed. “This program has taught me how to build a better business and use new software programs,” said Roegner. “We have a diverse class that has also taught me how to collaborate within a team.”  

In the upcoming spring semester, Moraine Park is offering iOS and Android Web Application Development Certificates, with evening courses at the Fond du Lac campus. In all, Moraine Park expects to enroll 90 students in the IT Careers program over the three-year grant period.

Information sessions for upcoming IT certificates will be held on Moraine Park’s Fond du Lac campus on Monday, Nov. 17, at 1:30 and 5:30 p.m. and Thursday, Nov. 20, at 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Preregistration for sessions is recommended through Moraine Park’s website. 

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.  

For more information on Moraine Park’s IT Careers program, visit



Moraine Park to host motivational speaker Lloyd Bachrach

by dritger31. October 2014 09:13

Moraine Park Technical College is pleased to welcome Lloyd Bachrach, a disabled gymnast devoted to inspire and motivate others to reach their ultimate potential, as a guest speaker at all three Moraine Park campuses. 

Bachrach will be speaking on the Fond du Lac campus on Tuesday, Nov. 4, at 11:30 a.m., in the cafeteria. He will also be speaking at the Beaver Dam campus on Monday, Nov. 10, at noon, in the cafeteria; and, on Tuesday, Nov. 11, at the West Bend campus at noon, in the Commons Area. The event is free to the public.

Bachrach was born with a congenital bone deficiency, and doctors suggested that he may never lead a normal life due to the severity of his disability. At a young age, Bachrach’s parents enrolled him in sports, which helped him develop positive self-esteem. At age 13, Bachrach was faced with the challenge of wearing artificial limbs, although he didn’t let that slow him down, and in high school and college he became a champion gymnast who competed against able-bodied athletes. In 1996 he competed on the USA Paralympic sit volleyball squad, and he is also an avid downhill mono-skier and a certified SCUBA diver.  

For more information about the event and Moraine Park, visit



Wisconsin’s technical colleges win three-year, $20 million federal grant

by dritger30. October 2014 12:30

Wisconsin’s health care employers and workers will benefit from a $20 million investment by the U.S. Department of Labor, which recently announced a grant to Wisconsin’s technical colleges to address emerging needs in the health care sector. 

The successful grant application comes under the fourth installment of a multi-year, nearly $2 billion federal community college initiative designed to increase credential attainment in high-priority economic sectors. In previous rounds, Wisconsin’s technical colleges won grants to expand innovative programs that produce high-skilled workers in information technology ($23.1 million in 2013) and manufacturing ($18.3 million in 2012). 

The most recent three-year grant, dubbed “ACT for Health Care” (Advancing Careers and Training for Healthcare), provides $15 million to a consortium of the state’s technical colleges to deliver training and support services for eligible workers, veterans, and other adults, preparing them for high-growth careers in the health care sector. Moraine Park Technical College, with campuses in Beaver Dam, Fond du Lac and West Bend, received $641,776 to enhance and expand their Medical Assistant program including creating an accelerated format, which will allow additional students to get off of the waitlists and to complete the program in less than a year. The College will also develop and implement credit-for-prior-learning assessments for the Medical Assistant program courses.

This round also includes a $5 million, three-year grant to the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) to oversee technical assistance, professional development, and shared learning that advances career pathways across sectors and regions in Wisconsin. Career pathways organize curriculum and services around flexible, “stackable” modules that progressively build over the course of a career. 

“These one-time federal funds allow us to advance a more robust initiative in support of our health care sector than would be possible otherwise,” said WTCS President Morna Foy. “In the past three years, the Department of Labor has provided a strong complement to our core state and local funding.” 

Wisconsin’s technical colleges received the largest single award and the collaborative is one of the few applicants to successfully receive grants in each of the past three years. Work under the latest grant officially began October 1.



Moraine Park makes Military Friendly Schools list for fifth year

by dritger23. October 2014 10:59

Moraine Park Technical College is pleased to be included in Victory Media’s 2015 list of Military Friendly Schools for the fifth 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  

“Moraine Park is honored to again be included on the 2015 list of Military Friendly Schools,” Dr. 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 helps veteran and military members smoothly transition from military life to college and careers. 

“As a military veteran who is still serving in the Air National Guard, I habitually take time to educate our staff on not only the challenges today’s student veterans may be facing, but also the progressive life experiences, leadership and skills they bring to our college and classrooms,” Scott Lieburn, Moraine Park dean of students, said. “This past year, Moraine Park hired a Student Veterans Specialist who works on a team with our Veterans Certifying Official and the Moraine Park Student Veterans Association to help our student veterans achieve their educational goals and dreams.”

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’s Veteran Services, visit


Moraine Park students impact Wisconsin’s hospitality sector

by dritger13. October 2014 08:15

Moraine Park Technical College, along with Lakeshore and Fox Valley technical colleges, recently spent an evening showcasing the value-added role Wisconsin’s technical colleges play in driving the state’s hospitality and tourism sector. Wisconsin tourism had a $17.5 billion impact on the state’s economy last year, and developing a workforce that can cater to the continued growth of this industry begins with Wisconsin’s technical colleges. 

Moraine Park Culinary Arts student, Joan Ortencio of Sheboygan, prepares savory tapas for a full house at the Wisconsin Technical College System’s Hospitality Event.

“Our colleges take pride in delivering programs that are industry-driven and that promote growth in this key sector. That’s great for our students and graduates, too.” said Morna Foy, Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) president.

The WTCS hospitality event was held at Lakeshore Culinary Institute in Sheboygan and featured a myriad of culinary creations from the three college’s culinary arts programs, along with keynote speakers from the tourism industry. Jason Mengel, director of the Championship with the PGA of America, presented how the 2015 PGA will impact tourism in the region, and nationally acclaimed chef, Stefano Viglietti, shared his experiences as owner of four successful fine dining establishments in the Sheboygan area.

“Our employer partners are counting on us to deliver the skilled individuals that make their business thrive. That’s at the core of what we do.” said Foy.

A key strategy for meeting the skill needs of individuals and employers is instruction designed along career pathways that result in “stackable” credentials, industry-based certifications and clear career progression. With 20 distinct hospitality programs currently offered at Wisconsin’s technical colleges, including Hotel & Restaurant Management, Meeting & Event Management, Culinary Arts, Special Event Management, Food Production and Golf Course Management, the hospitality sector will continue to see experts and entrepreneurs entering the industry with the talent to feed this sector going forward.

To learn more about the Technical College Effect on Tourism and Hospitality, visit or join the conversation at #techcollegeeffect. 

For information about Moraine Park’s Culinary Arts programs, visit


Moraine Park graduates welding & CNC boot camp classes

by dritger8. October 2014 09:23

Moraine Park Technical College is proud to graduate two more classes from the Manufacturing Skills Academy. Ten students graduated from the welding training and nine from the Computer Numeric Control (CNC) machinist training. In total, Moraine Park has had 115 students graduate from the Skills Academy since induction.

From left: Reggie Newson, secretary of Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development; Jim Eden, MPTC vice president of academic affairs; Shelly Bartz of Oshkosh; John Rickmeyer of North Fond du Lac; Crystal Moreau of Fond du Lac; Tyler Baszynski of Beaver Dam; Travis Thomas of North Fond du Lac; Andrew Mayworm of West Bend; Mario Ramirez of Fond du Lac; Bernard Brady of Fond du Lac; Jim Bavers of Juneau; Jeremias Schwabe of Kewaskum.

From left: Jim Eden, MPTC vice president of academic affairs; Reggie Newson, secretary of Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development; David Hartjes of Watertown; Dale Curran of Grafton; Daniel Lors of Ripon; Karen Lardinois of Appleton; Christopher Gullickson of West Bend; Kurt Woosencraft of Fond du Lac; Collin Ludwig of Grafton; Daniel Kauzlaric of Fond du Lac; Troy Niemuth, CNC instructor; Daniel McGinn of Waukesha.

“These boot camps are one of the reasons why Wisconsin’s manufacturing industry is booming,” stated Cliff Sanderson, vice president of Human Resources at MEC. “MEC is growing because of this program and its students.”

The boot camps combine a 72-hour paid internship with coursework, including Occupational Math, Print Reading, Team Building and Problem Solving and courses specific to their program. Skill training for CNC includes basic programming, machining and turning center, while welding students learn welding and cutting techniques. 

Both the welding and CNC boot camps are funded by grant dollars. The welding training is funded by the U.S. Department of Labor TAACCCT grant, and the CNC training is funded by the Wisconsin Workforce Partnership grant from The Wisconsin Covenant Foundation, Inc. 

Those who completed the CNC boot camp include: Dale Curran and Collin Ludwig of Grafton; Christopher Gullickson of West Bend; David Hartjes of Watertown; Daniel Kauzlaric and Kurt Woosencraft of Fond du Lac; Karen Lardinois of Appleton; Daniel Lors of Ripon; and Daniel McGinn of Waukesha. Completing the welding boot camp were: Shelley Bartz of Oshkosh; Tyler Baszynski of Beaver Dam; Jim Bavers of Juneau; Bernard Brady, Crystal Moreau and Mario Ramirez of Fond du Lac; Andrew Mayworm of West Bend; John Rickmeyer and Travis Thomas of North Fond du Lac; and Jeremias Schwabe of Kewaskum.

“Never give up,” welding instructor Andy Luby stated. “Today you can walk out with the confidence that you have the skills to do the job.”

For more information about Moraine Park’s Manufacturing Skills Academies, visit