Trisha O’Callaghan is Moraine Park’s 2014 Commencement Keynote Speaker

by dritger15. May 2014 13:54

Trisha O’Callaghan is Moraine Park’s 2014 Commencement Keynote Speaker
Graduation set for May 17

Moraine Park Technical College has announced Trisha O’Callaghan, 1997 graduate of Moraine Park Technical College, as their 2014 Commencement keynote speaker.

The College’s 2014 Commencement Ceremony will be held Saturday, May 17, at 10:00 a.m. at the Fond du Lac High School Field House. Dr. Sheila Ruhland, Moraine Park president, will preside over the ceremony.

Nearly 800 graduate candidates will be receiving associate of applied science degrees and technical diplomas with approximately 350 graduate candidates expected to participate in the Commencement Ceremony. 

“We are excited and honored to have Trisha O’Callaghan as this year’s commencement speaker,” said Moraine Park president Sheila Ruhland. 

“I feel so humbled and so very honored,” said O’Callaghan, when asked about being the 2014 Commencement keynote speaker. “It has been such a privilege to continue to be involved with Moraine Park, from being part of the College’s Moraine Park Proud alumni campaign and now to be able to serve as keynote speaker.” 

Following graduation from Moraine Park, O’Callaghan began her professional career working at a variety of local salons. She then proceeded to open her own business, Benesseŕe Salon and Spa in Fond du Lac, which she continues to own and operate today.  

O’Callaghan is a native of Fond du Lac and in 1994, was crowned Miss Fond du Lac. She continues to remain involved in the Fond du Lac community giving back through charitable donations to a variety of local clubs and programs. She has assisted in the development of Fond du Lac’s “Look Good, Feel Better” Cancer Program. “Look Good, Feel Better” is a free public service program for women of any age undergoing cancer treatment. It focuses on how to look good and manage cancer treatments and recovery with greater confidence. 

O’Callaghan is also involved as a Moraine Park Alumni. She has been involved in the College’s Moraine Park Proud! Alumni Association Campaign. A campaign featuring Moraine Park alumni sharing their success stories. 

Moraine Park Technical College was established in 1912, and is one of 16 technical college districts that make up the Wisconsin Technical College System. With campuses in Beaver Dam, Fond du Lac and West Bend, Wis., Moraine Park offers more than 100 associate of applied science degrees, technical diplomas, apprenticeships and certificates delivered in a variety of formats — classroom, online and blended. Training and technical assistance for businesses is also offered. To find out more about Moraine Park, visit



Moraine Park hosts Taste of Ireland Dinner, May 8

by dritger30. April 2014 16:10

On Thursday, May 8, explore the culinary landscape of Ireland at Moraine Park Technical College’s Park Terrace in Fond du Lac, while helping students fulfill their study abroad dreams with Moraine Park’s International Education.

Enjoy a diverse three-course meal and cultural displays and activities. The menu includes Bubble and Squeak Cakes as an appetizer, an Irish Flag Salad and a Creamy Mussel Chowder. Diners then select one of the following entrees: Salmon with Bacon and Flaked Almonds, Scallops with Corn Pudding, Beef and Guinness Pie, or Irish Spaghetti. For dessert, Irish Cream Cheesecake will be served. 

This three-course Irish dinner is $20 per person, with proceeds supporting study abroad scholarships through the Moraine Park Foundation. The Taste of Ireland seating begins at 5 p.m., and the last seating will be at 6:30 p.m.

To make reservations for Taste of Ireland, please visit Reservations are appreciated but not necessary.  

For more information on this event, please visit



Moraine Park hosts Portfolio Night May 1

by dritger25. April 2014 12:58

Moraine Park Technical College will be hosting Portfolio Night for graduating students. On Thursday, May 1, students in the Interactive Media Design, Web Site Design and Digital Marketing programs will showcase their skills to prospective employers, the local community and Moraine Park personnel. 

This event is designed to allow students to highlight the projects and work they have completed during their program at Moraine Park. “We started Portfolio Night last year with the goal of highlighting the students work and accomplishments,” said Interactive Media Design instructor Tom Ward.

The event will be held on the Moraine Park West Bend campus in the Main Entrance foyer from 3-6 p.m. on Thursday, May 1. For more information on the Moraine Park Portfolio Night please contact Kory Mitchell at 262-335-5838 or



Entries sought for Moraine Park Car and Motorcycle Show

by dritger15. April 2014 13:24

Entries sought for Moraine Park Car and Motorcycle Show

Moraine Park News Service

Show off your prized vehicle during the seventh annual Moraine Park Car and Motorcycle Show, Sunday, May 4, at Moraine Park Technical College’s Fond du Lac campus.

Hosted by the Moraine Park Auto Club, a group of students enrolled in the Automotive Technician program, the show runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine, with the gate opening at 7 a.m. for show participants. 

The entry categories include 1940s and older, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s -1990s, 2000 and newer, vintage truck (1966 and older), modern truck (1967-95), late-model truck (1966 and newer), custom truck, Mustang, Corvette, muscle car, foreign/exotic, street rod, tuner and motorcycle.

To preregister, obtain a car show flyer registration form at and submit it by April 25 with a check for $5, payable to the Moraine Park Auto Club. Registration proceeds help the Auto Club raise money for scholarships, registration and test fees for ASE certification, and educational activities such as trips to car assembly plants.

Registration at the gate the day of the event is $10. Spectator admission is $2 or free with 2 nonperishable food items. Children 12 and under are free. For directions to the Fond du Lac campus, visit  

For more information about the Moraine Park Car and Motorcycle Show, contact Craig Shwanz, Moraine Park Auto Technician instructor, at 920-924-3152 or, or visit



Moraine Park hosts Multicultural Day April 23

by dritger15. April 2014 13:07

Moraine Park hosts Multicultural Day April 23
Moraine Park News Service

It will be a cultural journey complete with food, entertainment and socializing as Moraine Park Technical College hosts their 18th Annual Multicultural Day on Wednesday, April 23. All are welcome to share in the celebration of diversity with over 15 different countries represented. 

Sponsored by the Multicultural Club, Student Senate, Diversity Relations, Culinary Arts Club and Human Resources Systems at Moraine Park, this free event runs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Cyber Center cafeteria on Moraine Park’s Fond du Lac campus.

There will be a cultural attire show and parade starting at 11a.m., with booths and exhibitors representing different cultures with artifacts and information about the area they represent. The cultural cuisine this year includes foods from Germany, Italy, Jamaica and Japan. Food will be served from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Students will be performing in the Multicultural Club Talent Show from 11:20 a.m.-12 p.m. This includes a Hmong dance, a Tai dance, a poetry reading and a rap presentation. The Die Speil Meisters, a three-piece German band from Waupun will bring their always lively and entertaining variety of German music to the stage from noon to 1 p.m. 

For more information about Moraine Park’s Multicultural Day or Multicultural Club, please contact Julie Lotto at 920-924-3196 or

To find out more about Moraine Park, visit


Register now for Tech Knowledge College

by dritger14. April 2014 12:00

Moraine Park Technical College invites middle-school students to explore college and careers through 15 hands-on activities during Tech Knowledge College (TKC). 

Registration is open on May 1 for the Aug. 5-7 event at the Fond du Lac campus. For a full listing of classes, visit Classes this summer include:

Be an Architect
Use your creativity to draw buildings!  You will be introduced to the Revit software to create building models, floor plans, elevations and colored perspectives to design your dream home!

Be an Electrician
Do you know what an electrician actually does? This session will teach you the basics of electricity fundamentals, including the use of multi-meters to measure DC circuits. Use the skills learned to get your hands on building basic electrical circuits for a house!

Be a Fashionista
Are you a trend setter? Do you like to look your best? Spend time in Moraine Park’s Techniques Salon and Spa to learn the latest in up-do’s, braiding and styling. Get pampered by receiving (and giving) a French Manicure and custom-blended mini-facial, complete with a make-up demonstration. 

Be a Video Game Designer
If you enjoy video games, why not learn how to make your own?  Explore the language of Visual Basic programming and create your own gaming world! Share this game with your friends or play on your own! Computer knowledge is required.

Cooking Nutritious & Delicious!
With the focus on teaching healthy cooking and dining choices, students can make and prepare foods great for the body that taste incredible.  Class will focus on cooking nutritious and delicious recipes for after school snacks, breakfast and family dinners. Learn the benefits of local foods and some of the effects on health.  

Dream, Design, Do
Make circles spin, robots walk, bubbles rise in the air, planes loop, birds fly, text dance, and create your own animated cartoon character with Flash software. The only limit is your IMAGINATION!  This is a fast-paced course; computer knowledge is required.

Driven to Healthcare
Healthcare careers extend far beyond doctors and nurses.  Experience the many options available working in the healthcare field.  Try putting together a skeleton made of XRays with radiology; inflate a lung with respiratory therapy, check out a surgical suite, work on computers for medical coding, look into microscopes as a lab tech, and give a shot to Simulation Man! 

Driven to be an EMT
You’ve seen them on TV; you’ve heard the sirens wailing as they race to an emergency scene! Now…experience the hands-on activities of Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) and Paramedics. Learn how these health care professionals provide critical care at times of emergency. You will learn skills such as CPR, splinting and bleeding control, and how to handle situations such as choking, burn care and more. 

Driven to Repair
Spend three days servicing an automobile in an actual auto service training lab! Do vehicle inspections, check under the hood, access computerized service manuals used in automotive repair facilities, and more! Closed-toe shoes are required. 

Everyday Italian!
Italy comes to Fond du Lac where you will learn the basics to cooking Italian cuisine.  Throughout the class you will plan the meal, create the menu, prepare all the courses and, on the last day, finish the class by serving and enjoying your hard work in the Park Terrace Restaurant.  

Fix it, Tune it, Ride it!
Are you a future Tour de France rider? Bicycle enthusiasts, you will learn to fix flats, fine-tune you own bicycles, and build a bicycle. On the final day, be prepared to enjoy a long bike ride!

Robot-Sumo with Lego Mindstorms
Students will work in groups of two in order to design, assemble, and program a sumo robot using Lego Mindstorms kits. The engineering challenges are for the robot to find its opponent and to push it out of the flat arena.  A robot should also avoid leaving the arena on its own. The final competition will take place the last day ending with one victorious sumo robot! Students selecting this section should be interested in engineering. Students will be taking this in both the a.m. and p.m., so another session will not be available to them. 

World Wide Webmasters
Design and create your own Web pages using HTML 5 and cascading style sheets (CSS3). Publish your web page on the internet for the whole world to see! This is a hands-on activity so computer skills and internet experience is helpful. 

Yo-Yo Manufacturing
Design and make your own personalized high-performance yo-yo using CAD/CAM software. Program computerized machine tools to cut your design. See your yo-yo being made using high-tech equipment. 

Activities fill up fast, so sign up early for your favorite two. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis, with a deadline of July 1. Cost is $115 and includes two activities (9-11:30 a.m. and 12:15-2:45 p.m.), a T-shirt and lunch. Two bus routes are available for students who live outside the Fond du Lac area: Moraine Park’s Beaver Dam Campus and Moraine Park’s West Bend campus (included in the registration fee). Bus seats are first-come, first-served. 

For registration information, go to For more information, contact Katie VandeSlunt, Moraine Park recruitment specialist, at 920-924-3347 or 1-800-472-4554, Ext. 3347, or email at



Homecoming: Warrior to Citizen – LTC (ret.) Cynthia Rasmussen to speak at Moraine Park

by dritger28. March 2014 08:17

Moraine Park Technical College is pleased to welcome LTC (ret.) Cynthia Rasmussen, a retired Mental Health Nurse in the Army Reserves for 23 years, as a guest speaker at Moraine Park’s Fond du Lac campus Monday, April 7, beginning at 2 p.m. in room A-112.

Rasmussen has spoken for military and civilian organizations nationally on issues affecting military personnel, families and communities. She has also testified before the Senate Committee on Veteran Affairs. 

During her presentation, Rasmussen will address the issues affecting the veteran population, and also speak about the impact of overall mental health issues.

The event is free to the public. For more information about this event, please contact Samantha Saeger, student involvement specialist, at or 920-924-3101.

For more information about Moraine Park, visit


Moraine Park Foundation hosts Blue Jeans and Board Games March 29

by dritger20. March 2014 14:41

It will be fun and games to the max at the Moraine Park Foundation’s Blue Jeans and Board Games event Saturday, March 29 from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. on Moraine Park Technical College’s West Bend campus.Enjoy the unique experience of playing your favorite games: Yahtzee, Pictionary, Operation, Jenga, Twister and more – only supersized.  Participants will move throughout the building, challenging their gaming skills. A silent auction, hors d’oeuvres, entertainment, cash bar, and more, will make for a night of fun. 

Proceeds from Blue Jeans and Board Games benefit the Moraine Park Foundation’s Excellence Fund, which provides scholarship support to Moraine Park students. 

Tickets are just $20 each or two for $35. Bring your co-workers and purchase a table of 10 for just $150. Tickets can be purchased at all three Moraine Park bookstores, and the following West Bend locations: Horicon Bank, Jeff's Spirits on Main, Commerce State Bank, West Bend Parks & Recreation Department, or by calling Pete Rettler at 262-335-5706, or Joan Brezinsky at 920-924-3263, Tickets can also be purchased the night of the event at the door. 

This year’s Blue Jeans and Board Games presenting sponsors are Willer Tool Corporation and Commerce State Bank. 

For more information about Blue Jeans and Board Games visit

To learn more about the Moraine Park Foundation, visit


Author of Job Search and Interview Techniques to Speak at Moraine Park March 26

by dritger20. March 2014 14:13

Moraine Park Technical College is pleased to welcome author Chris Czarnik to its Fond du Lac Campus Wednesday, March 26 for his presentation: “Interviewing for Success.” It will take place at 11:30 a.m. in Room A-112. 

Czarnik is author of “The Human Search Engine,” a novel about the changing methods of job searching. During his presentation, Czarnik will cover the different types of interviews along with the interview questions designed to make you sweat. He will also speak to the 17 most commonly asked interview questions and the four steps to answer each of them. Get the truth about interviewing from someone who used to sit on the other side of the desk. 

“Interviewing for Success,” which is sponsored by Moraine Park’s Fond du Lac Campus Student Senate, is free and open to the public. Lunch will be provided.

For more information about the event, visit


Moraine Park wins national phlebotomy training award

by abemis10. March 2014 15:55

Moraine Park Technical College is pleased to announce it has been named a 2013 Best Phlebotomy Education Award Winner by Phlebotomy is the collection of blood samples from patients for various lab tests and procedures, a leading online resource for students searching to become a phlebotomist, recently published its annual list of the top-rated phlebotomy programs across the country. The nominees were voted for and rated over a three-month period at the end of 2013, and winners have been identified based on total ratings and votes received. 

The Best Phlebotomy Education Award recognizes the top phlebotomy programs in 30 states across the United States. Each program was vying to be rated as the best phlebotomy program in each of their respective states. The complete list of the Best Phlebotomy Education Award winners in the U.S. can be viewed here. 

“To determine the winner and top-rate phlebotomy programs, we subjected the programs to a comprehensive voting and rating period,” said Steve Roberts, founder of “There are nearly a 1000 phlebotomy programs nationwide, and that number continues to grow as the demand for health care services continues to expand. Our goal with this awards program is to help identify programs that have tremendous support from current and former students as well as their respective communities. All these programs have shown an immense dedication to helping change the lives of students for the better through their education and mentorship.”

“We are quite honored to have won the Wisconsin award as there are numerous Phlebotomy programs across the state,” Moraine Park’s Kristen Finnel, dean of health and human services, said. “This award further shows the dedication our staff has to providing our students with excellent training.” 

For information about Moraine Park’s Phlebotomy Technician Certificate, visit