Moraine Park to host color guard presentation

by dritger28. January 2015 08:02

Moraine Park Technical College will be hosting a veterans ceremony on Thursday, Feb. 5, at 11:30 a.m. in the main lobby of the West Bend campus. The ceremony will feature a Color Guard presentation by the West Bend VFW Post 1393 and a flag presentation by the United States Army to recognize fallen soldiers.

A veterans display, crafted by Moraine Park students, will also be presented at the ceremony. In honor of students and staff that have served in the military, several Moraine Park student organizations worked together to create engraved wooden plaques that represent the five branches of the military. Each of Moraine Park’s three campuses will receive a veterans display and flag. Veteran students and staff will also speak at the ceremony.

This event is free, and the public is invited to attend. Refreshments will be served. For more information, please visit


Moraine Park graduates welding & CNC boot camp

by dritger22. January 2015 12:17

Moraine Park Technical College is proud to graduate two more classes from the Manufacturing Skills Academy. Six students graduated from the welding training and ten from the Computer Numeric Control (CNC) machinist training. In total, Moraine Park has had 132 students graduate from the Skills Academy since induction and, out of those, 85 percent are now employed.

Front (left to right): Andrew Luby, MPTC instructor; Joseph Weiss, Port Washington; Werner VonHaden, Neosho; Jim Eden, MPTC vice president of academic affairs. Back: Brandon Melaney, West Bend; Jason Nagler, Burnett; Alan Colwell Jr., West Bend; Brian Lorenzen, Fond du Lac.

Front (left to right): Xo Lor, Oshkosh; Matt Grunke, Fond du Lac; Travis Schuh, Fond du Lac; Avery Brown, Campbellsport; Arthur Maratos, Fond du Lac. Back: Troy Niemuth, MPTC instructor; Liadzoua Lo, Oshkosh; Donald Lamson, Oshkosh; Jakob Strupp, Slinger; Nichole Perez, North Fond du Lac; Trenton Walker, Fond du Lac; Jim Eden, MPTC vice president of academic affairs.

Moraine Park’s Manufacturing Skills Academy offers 15-week boot camp sessions in either welding or CNC training. They were designed to combat the shortage of skilled manufacturing workers in Wisconsin. Moraine Park partners with many local manufacturing employers including Mayville Engineering Company (MEC), Integrity Saw & Tool, MBW Inc., Wyman Gordon Mayville Die & Tool, Brenner Tank and Kondex.

Jonathan Barry, deputy secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development, attended the ceremony and addressed graduates. Barry talked about the changing workforce in Wisconsin and the importance of investing in technical colleges and skills development. "Skilled talent is a critical need for Wisconsin employers to grow and be competitive in the global economy, and the Department of Workforce Development is pleased to see regional partners develop programs based on labor market needs," he said. “The collaboration between Moraine Park and local industry provides a great example of working together to develop a program based on employer needs to ensure qualified individuals are available to fill in-demand openings.”

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, which is administered by Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation.

“Moraine Park Technical College has done an excellent job of assessing the needs of the local business community and creating an efficient boot camp model that gets students trained, certified and employed in just a few months,” said Amy Kerwin, vice president of community investments at Great Lakes. “We celebrate the most recent class of graduates and wish them great success in their manufacturing careers.”

Those who completed the CNC boot camp include: Matthew Grunke, Travis Schuh, Trenton Walker and Arthur Maratos of Fond du Lac; Avery Brown of Campbellsport; Nichole Perez of North Fond du Lac; Donald Lamson, Liadzoua Lo and Xo Lor of Oshkosh; and Jakob Strupp of Slinger. Completing the welding boot camp were: Brian Lorenzen of Fond du Lac; Alan Colwell Jr. and Brandon Melaney of West Bend; Joseph Weiss of Port Washington; Jason Nagler of Burnett; and Werner Von Haden of Neosho.

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


Moraine Park releases 2013-2014 Annual Report

by dritger21. January 2015 15:30

Moraine Park Technical College’s 2013-2014 Annual Report is now available in electronic format. Readers will learn about the many accomplishments achieved by students, faculty and staff; the College’s financial information; and any new facilities updates during the 2013-14 school year. Also included is information from the Moraine Park Foundation, which shares student success stories, new foundation initiatives and financial data.  

“I am proud to share our accomplishments over the past year at Moraine Park in our 2013-2014 Annual Report,” said Dr. Sheila Ruhland, Moraine Park president. “It is a wonderful reflection of what can be achieved when so many work together.”

To view the Annual Report, visit

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, 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 accepts nominations for 2015 Distinguished Alumnus Award

by dritger12. January 2015 15:16

Moraine Park Technical College is now accepting nominations for its 2015 Distinguished Alumnus Award. 

Nominees must hold a one- or two-year technical diploma, associate degree or associate of applied science degree from a Moraine Park program. Additional criteria include demonstrated service and/or support of Moraine Park, the Wisconsin Technical College System and the community at large, as well as distinguishing oneself through a career or civic activity.

If you know of a deserving alumnus, submit your nomination by Friday, Jan. 23, 2015, to

For more information about the Distinguished Alumnus Award, contact Debbie Bruins at 920-924-3263 or


Baerwald selected to serve as interim president at Moraine Park Technical College

by dritger6. January 2015 13:59

The Moraine Park Technical College District Board announced that Bonnie Baerwald, who is presently the vice president of finance and administrative services at the college, has been selected to serve as interim president and will begin in this new role immediately. 


“Moraine Park has been fortunate to have so many skilled leaders within our ranks,” said District Board President Vernon Jung. “Bonnie Baerwald has provided a steady hand and exceptional financial acumen to her work at Moraine Park over the years, and we are excited to have her varied skills as interim president. Her work style is highly collaborative and her dedication to Moraine Park is second to none, so I am certain that our students, faculty, and staff, as well as the external community, will be energized by her leadership. Bonnie will continue to carry our vision and mission forward, moving Moraine Park in a positive direction.” 

Baerwald has been with Moraine Park since 1993, joining the college as senior accountant. Over the years, she has also served as financial services manager and vice president of financial management before being named to her most recent position as vice president of finance and administrative services in 2007.

Baerwald has provided vision and expertise in leading Moraine Park’s finance and facility operations, including fiscal reporting, budgeting, financial operations, procurement, risk management, auxiliary services, facility operations, design and construction. Over the years, she has provided direction to the administration regarding fiscal and facility-related operations, including a comprehensive budget totaling $83 million in expenditures. Prior to joining Moraine Park, she served as staff auditor and then senior auditor at Grant Thornton, LLP, in Fond du Lac. 

“I am both honored and humbled to have been asked to take on the role of interim president,” said Baerwald. “Moraine Park has been my professional home for the majority of my career, and I am endlessly excited about the outstanding education that the college provides to the region and the state. I look forward to working with the District Board as well as our talented faculty and staff to provide the highest quality education to our outstanding students.”

Baerwald has an associate degree from Wisconsin Lutheran College, a bachelor’s degree in business administration-- accounting from the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater, and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh.  She has been a certified public accountant in Wisconsin since 1981. 

Baerwald has been recognized with a 2013 Professional Excellence Award – Community Involvement and a 2004 Professional Excellence Award – Administrator from the Wisconsin Association of Career and Technical Education. She is a member of the Wisconsin Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Government Finance Officers Association, is a member and past president of the Moraine Park Vocational Association and the Wisconsin Technical College System Business Officers Committee. In addition, she has served as a board member with District Mutual Insurance Company since 2013. 

Baerwald’s selection as interim president follows the recently announced departure of Dr. Sheila Ruhland, who accepted the presidency position at Tacoma Community College in Tacoma, Wash. and will begin in that role in March. Dr. Ruhland joined Moraine Park in July 2011, and during her tenure helped the college achieve its mission of innovative education for an evolving workforce and community.

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. and regional centers in Jackson and Ripon, 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


Ruhland accepts presidency at Tacoma Community College

by dritger19. December 2014 11:04

The Moraine Park Technical College District Board announced Moraine Park President Dr. Sheila Ruhland has verbally accepted the presidency position at Tacoma Community College in Tacoma, Wash., and will be leaving the College to take on her new role March 9.


According to Moraine Park Board President Vernon Jung, interim leadership will be named early next year. 

Dr. Ruhland joined Moraine Park in July 2011, and during this time helped the college achieve its mission of innovative education for an evolving workforce and community. “There have been many challenges at both an economic level as well as legislatively, and Dr. Ruhland has been able to meet those challenges and achieve the goals we set for her,” said Jung. “She was very student-focused and data driven, which was a definite plus when focusing on outcomes.”  

According to Jung, Dr. Ruhland accomplished much during her tenure. Under her guidance, the Forming Alliance to Cultivate Talent (FACT) initiative was established, student nursing scores consistently ranked above the national average on the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX), ground was broken on the new student services wing for the Fond du Lac campus, the Jackson Regional Center was opened and a revised budget input and planning process was put into place. Dr. Ruhland also had a strong legislative background, which helped the College gain support for the performance-based funding plan and she was able to secure several state and federal grants. Dr. Ruhland played an integral role in a successful year-long centennial celebration, which included the opening of a 1987 time capsule and the sealing of new time capsule. She was also instrumental in bringing then-U.S. Labor Department Assistant Secretary for Labor and Training Jane Oates to Moraine Park for a “Connecting Communities for a Sustainable Workforce” Centennial Summit. 

"I’m deeply grateful for the opportunity to lead Moraine Park over the last three years,” said Dr. Ruhland. “The community at Moraine Park has wholly embraced a philosophy of student success, which was a key goal after I arrived. It has been both humbling and rewarding to be a part of the students’ journey here, and I am blessed that they have been a part of mine.”

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. and regional centers in Jackson and Ripon, 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 service-learning project benefits Breast Cancer Recovery

by dritger19. December 2014 10:13

Through community support and volunteer efforts, the inaugural Pink Pumpkin 5K Run/Walk raised $6,000 for Breast Cancer Recovery. The event was sponsored by Moraine Park Technical College and Kiwanis of Fabulous Fond du Lac. The donation will support Breast Cancer Recovery's mission to provide environments for women breast cancer survivors, as well as women in all stages of breast cancer, to heal emotionally by attending wellness retreats.

Moraine Park staff and students, along with Kiwanis of Fabulous Fond du Lac members, presented Gail Riedasch, third from left, of Breast Cancer Recovery with a check for $6,000. Proceeds were from the inaugural Pink Pumpkin 5K Run/Walk held in October.

According to Gail Riedasch, executive director of Breast Cancer Recovery, the retreats are designed to help women find inner strength and experience the hope needed to live each day beyond the boundaries of breast cancer. “The impact is immeasurable,” said Riedasch. “This donation will allow four women to experience an Infinite Boundaries® retreat.”  

The Pink Pumpkin 5K Run/Walk, held Oct. 16, exemplified Moraine Park’s focus on service-learning, which gives students opportunities to participate in organized service activities that meet community needs. Brenda Schaefer, Moraine Park social science instructor and service-learning coordinator, joined forces with Jeff Stueber, business management instructor, to spearhead the event. It was Stueber’s business practice firm classes that coordinated marketing efforts and found sponsors, while Schaefer worked with six other program areas to integrate the service-learning component into the family-focused event. Schaefer and Stueber are also Kiwanis of Fabulous Fond du Lac members. “The service-learning and international education opportunities offered by Moraine Park expose students to professional and personal experiences they may not otherwise have,” said Caron Daugherty, dean of general education.

The donation to Breast Cancer Recovery was made possible by the 310 participants, 60 volunteers and numerous local organizations that came together to support the cause. For information about the second-annual Pink Pumpkin 5K Run/Walk, set for October 17, 2015, visit For more information about Moraine Park, visit


Moraine Park students host bake sale, gift-wrapping and raffle

by dritger11. December 2014 13:30

Moraine Park Technical College students are hosting a bake sale, 50/50 raffle and gift-wrapping station at the Fond du Lac Habitat for Humanity ReStore Saturday, Dec. 20, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Money raised will help fund a study abroad, service-learning trip to Jamaica through Moraine Park’s International Education program. 

Students participating in the study abroad program, from March 14-22, 2015, will have the opportunity to participate in service-learning projects in nursing and health education while experiencing Jamaican culture. 

The Habitat for Humanity ReStore will also donate 10 percent of their sales that day to support students participating in the program. 

For more information about the Jamaica study abroad trip and other international programs, visit or contact Amy Patterson at or 920-887-4470. 

For more information about Moraine Park, visit



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.