Mary Kerrigan appointed to Moraine Park District Board

by admin21. September 2008 19:00

Mary Kerrigan, RN, of Colgate was appointed to the Moraine Park Technical College District Board as an employer member through June 30, 2010.


“It is very exciting to be given the opportunity to be a district board member of a teaching organization with a mission, vision and strategic goals that are closely aligned with my own personal and professional goals,” said Kerrigan, who served her first meeting on Sept. 17. “I look forward to learning, sharing and serving the community in my new role.”


Kerrigan is the director of patient care at the 70-physician, multi-specialty West Bend Clinic, where she works with a team of Patient Care Supervisors and Administrative support staff to oversee clinical operations. She is also involved in organizational strategic planning, physician recruitment, practice development and optimization. In her role, Kerrigan manages a multimillion-dollar operational and capital budget.


Prior to joining West Bend Clinic in 2002, Kerrigan was the director of the New Life Center at St. Joseph Community Hospital in West Bend. Before that, she served in various roles at St. Michael Hospital in Milwaukee, including director of the Center for Women and Infants. A 1977 graduate of the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh (cum laude), Kerrigan holds a bachelor of science degree in nursing. She also was a member of the Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society.


“We are very pleased to have a person with Mary's background and experience on our board,” said Dr. Gayle Hytrek, Moraine Park president. “Her knowledge of the health care field will be invaluable as the board makes decisions regarding our many health care programs.”


Kerrigan and her husband Tim have lived in Washington County for 27 years. They have three daughters who graduated from Hartford Union High School.


Moraine Park to host exhibit on Russian Gulag prison

by admin21. September 2008 19:00

A piece of Russian history and political repression is coming to Fond du Lac in October when Moraine Park Technical College hosts the “Gulag – History of a Camp” exhibit presented by the Midwest Institute and Gulag Museum at Perm-36. The display is open to the public. 


This traveling exhibit of a Gulag prison consists of 13 photo and narrative panels, artifacts such as a prison shirt and barbed wire, and a short documentary film. It will be located near the Moraine Park library in the second-floor gallery Oct. 6-27 and may be viewed during regular campus hours.


The Gulag Museum at Perm-36 preserves and interprets a Gulag camp built under Joseph Stalin in 1946 near the city of Perm in the village of Kutschino, Russia. From 1946-1956 it was a Stalinist labor camp; from 1956-1971 it was a labor camp for high Soviet officials; and from 1972 until 1987 dissidents and human rights activists were imprisoned there. During the last period, the existence and location of the camp were a highly guarded secret. When it closed in 1987 as part of President Mikhail Gorbachev's glasnost (openness) policy, it was the primary facility in the Soviet Union for those charged with political crimes. Although there were more than 12,000 forced labor camps in the former Soviet Union which imprisoned 18 million people, Perm-36 is the last surviving example from the system.


“When I learned that the Midwest Institute was making the Gulag exhibit available to its members, I was very interested in bringing it to Moraine Park because it brings to life a significant time in the lives of many of our residents,” said Bobbi Laine, Moraine Park dean of general and international education. “While Stalin's terror could have ended with his death, it lived on until the break-up of the Soviet Union. The mystery of Siberian prison camps and life in the Gulag has extended to the present for many of us, making this a first-hand glimpse of the harsh realities prisoners endured.


“While teaching in the former Soviet Union in the 1990s, I had a chance to interview former prisoners and I'm particularly looking forward to making the connection between their stories and this exhibit,” added Laine.


Admission to the exhibit is free and donations are accepted.


For more information about the Gulag exhibit, contact Laine at or 920-924-3163.


Moraine Park offers insurance seminars for continuing education

by admin17. September 2008 19:00

Moraine Park Technical College is offering the following seminars that provide four continuing education credits each for maintaining your insurance license in Wisconsin. 


Ethics (course no. 162-410-001): Tuesday, Sept. 30, 1 to 5 p.m.


Retirement Planning (course no. 162-432-001): Wednesday, Oct. 1, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.


Medicare and Medicare Supplement Insurance (course no. 162-427-002): Wednesday, Oct. 1, 1:30 to
5:30 p.m.


Business Income Insurance (course no. 162-417-001): Thursday, Oct. 9, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 


Business Auto and Truckers Insurance (course no. 162-442-001): Thursday, Oct. 9, 1:30 to 5:30 p.m.  


Insurance Fraud (course no. 162-435-001): Tuesday, Oct. 28, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 


College Funding/Pre-Retirement (course no. 162-406-001): Tuesday, Oct. 28, 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. 


Planning in the Senior Market (course no. 162-416-001): Thursday, Nov. 20, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 


Individual Health Insurance (course no. 162-412-001): Thursday, Nov. 20, 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. 


Ethics II (course no. 162-430-001): Friday, Nov. 21, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.


Personal Auto Insurance (course no. 162-400-001): Tuesday, Dec. 16, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.


Homeowners Insurance (course no. 162-402-001): Tuesday, Dec. 16, 1:30 to 5:30 p.m.


Each class will be held at the Fond du Lac campus and costs $48.71. To register, call 1-800-472-4554. If you have previously taken a Moraine Park class, you may register online at Click Course Schedule or Register.


Moraine Park culinary students compete in Quick Fire Grill Challenge

by admin9. September 2008 19:00

In a food-slinging showdown, two Moraine Park Technical College Culinary Arts program students squared off for the Quick Fire Grill Challenge during the Downtown Fond du Lac Partnership’s Fondue Fest on Sept. 6.

 Mike Wetzel adds potatoes to his salmon entree as a judge looks on.

The competition was sponsored by K107.1 FM Radio who gave $100 scholarships to Mike Wetzel and Adam Knueppel; Brian Carter of Fond du Lac Seafood who provided the Norwegian salmon; and Sara Cujak of Cujak’s Wine Market who contributed Arbequina olive oil and Airen white wine as the “secret” ingredients. The students provided the remaining ingredients.


The winning entrée was prepared by Mike Wetzel of West Bend, who created a salmon and salsa appetizer along with a main course of grilled salmon accompanied by a creamy mushroom sauce, new potatoes and seasoned salad.


Adam Knueppel of Fond du Lac prepared a layered crêpe dish with freshly grilled salmon.

 Adam and Mike with Cujak's Wine Market and Fond du Lac Seafood owners.

They were judged on presentation, use of ingredients and taste by K107 on-air talent Jon Carson and KFIZ on-air talent Nick Van Nocker, as well as guest judges Amy Edlefson and Mike Paradies of Fond du Lac. Both were selected from a K107 guest judge contest.


“The work of Mike and Adam was amazing,” said Carson. “They really did the Moraine Park culinary program proud!"


New this year, members of the Moraine Park Culinary Arts Club along with culinary arts instructors helped put the “fondue” in Fondue Fest by preparing cheese and chocolate fondues as well as bread, cookie and cake portions for dipping. In the Culinary Arts kitchens, the students prepared 90 gallons of fondue. They used 90 pounds each of cheese and chocolate and 30 gallons of cream.


Baked goods were made for dipping in the cheese and chocolate. “We made 6,000 cookies and 8,000 breadsticks in a very short time frame with volunteer student help – that's effort!” said Tom Endejan, Moraine Park Culinary Arts program instructor.

 Culinary students dish out cheese and chocolate fondue.

More than 2,000 servings were sold, raising $2,300 for the Moraine Park Culinary Arts Club for international and culinary travel to Germany and Chicago.


“Fundraisers like this help send our students to different parts of the world to make new and exciting culinary and cultural discoveries,” said James Simmers, Moraine Park Culinary Arts program instructor. “There is no substitute for that experience.”


Mountain Dog Media, Inc., owns four radio stations including News-Talk 1450 KFIZ, K107.1 (WFON), Fox Cities ESPN Radio 1530 (WMLB) and Sheboygan's ESPN Radio 950 (WCLB). KFIZ is Wisconsin's first commercial radio station and has over 85 years of award-winning news, weather and sports coverage. The office is in Fond du Lac.


For more information on Moraine Park’s Culinary Arts program visit


Moraine Park offers business training opportunities in October

by admin9. September 2008 19:00

Moraine Park Technical College offers ongoing credit and noncredit training opportunities for business and industry to help them improve their competitive edge as well as develop and retain a skilled workforce.


Several courses are scheduled for October, including:


Basic Industrial Blueprint Reading: Wednesdays, Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 and Nov. 5, 8 a.m.-12 Noon, Room
O-103, Fond du Lac campus
. Learn to read, visualize and interpret industrial blueprints. Cost is $675, which includes materials and refreshments.


Lean Enterprise – 5S/Visual Workplace: Thursday, Oct. 9, 8 a.m.-12 Noon, Room T-105, West Bend campus. Start with an overview of Lean and how it can impact your bottom line. Then move on to 5S/Visual Workplace to organize, clean and standardize your workplace. Cost is $125, which includes materials.


Selling Through Stellar Service: Mondays, Oct. 13, 20 and 27, 12:30-4:30 p.m., Room O-104, Fond du Lac campus. This is a two-part training in guiding and expanding customer conversations. Cost is $479 per person, which includes materials and refreshments.


Developing an Effective Team for Nonprofits: Thursday, Oct. 16, 8-10 a.m., Room O-103, Fond du Lac campus. Identify the unique challenges of team building in a nonprofit by exploring the elements of a highly effective team and identifying ways to build a team and grow and develop individual potential. Cost is $55 person, which includes materials and refreshments.


Basic Grammar for Business Writing: Mondays, Oct. 20, 27 and Nov. 3, 12 Noon-4 p.m., Room O-106.1, Fond du Lac campus. Learn techniques to make writing easier to understand and more interesting to read and learn how to make letters, memos, proposals and other documents more powerful and professional. Cost is $299, which includes materials and refreshments.


Emotional Intelligence: Wednesday, Oct. 22, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Room A-112, Fond du Lac campus. Gain insight into your current abilities related to emotional intelligence and acquire knowledge and basic skills related to self-awareness, self-management, social awareness and relationship management. Cost is $249, which includes materials, lunch and refreshments.


OSHA 10-Hour Voluntary Compliance for General Industry: Wednesdays, Oct. 29 and Nov. 5, 7:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Room A-112, Fond du Lac campus. Learn how to read and use the Code of Federal Regulations and understand compliance programs and procedures required in the workplace. Cost is $260, which includes materials and refreshments.


Identity Theft Privacy Compliance and Data Security: Thursday, Oct. 30, 8-10 a.m., Room O-104, Fond du Lac campus. Learn how to protect your company and employees from identity theft and data breaches. Cost is $60, which includes materials and refreshments.


Registrations should be made at least one week prior to the start of a seminar.


For more information about these seminars or to register, or to request a current copy of Moraine Park’s Workforce Solutions course catalog, call 920-924-3449 or e-mail More courses are featured in the catalog and can be found at; click on Business & Industry then Upcoming Events.



Moraine Park cosmetology students offer homecoming services

by admin7. September 2008 19:00

Fond du Lac area high school students heading to this year’s homecoming will have a unique opportunity to receive up-dos, manicures, pedicures and make-up at great prices at Techniques Salon and Spa at Moraine Park Technical College.


On two Saturdays, Oct. 4 and Oct. 11, the cosmetology salon at Moraine Park's Fond du Lac campus will open its doors from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for homecoming-bound students. Appointments are required; call 920-929-2106.


This annual event provides Barber/Cosmetologist students with real-world experience before they begin their careers. “It gives our cosmetology and nail technician students an opportunity to practice their skills on a younger clientele interested in the newest styles,” said Danielle Domenosky, Barber/Cosmetologist program instructor.


For information on Moraine Park's Barber/Cosmetologist or Nail Technician programs, visit


Identity Theft and Scams course offered at Moraine Park

by admin4. September 2008 19:00

Find out what you should and should not do to protect yourself from identity theft and how thieves can obtain your identity information. JoEllen Wollangk, vice president/regional manager of the Better Business Bureau’s Northeast Wisconsin office, will present a course entitled Identity Theft and Scams at Moraine Park Technical College’s Beaver Dam campus on Thursday, Sept. 18, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.


The session will also explore the latest trends, examples of scams that target consumers (including older adults) and how to protect yourself. Information about the Better Business Bureau, merchandise buying, giving to charitable organizations, getting out of debt and responsible use of credit will also be presented.


The cost is $13.71. Register for Identity Theft and Scams (course number 102-401-001) now by calling Moraine Park at 1-800-472-4554.


Moraine Park offers one-day pond session

by admin1. September 2008 19:00

Moraine Park Technical College is offering a Pond Construction and Maintenance session on Saturday, Sept. 13, from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Beaver Dam campus.


Topics will include permits, construction, wildlife ponds, controlling algae, weeds and pond ecology. Find out if one pond will serve for fishing, swimming and wildlife.


This one-day session will be presented by Allan Gruentzel, biochemist for UW Green Bay and UW Milwaukee.


Cost is $13.71. To register for session number 090-400-001, call 1-800-472-4554 before Sept. 10.


Moraine Park to hold Adult Information Session Sept. 16

by admin27. August 2008 19:00

Adults and recent high school graduates who are interested in programs and services at Moraine Park Technical College are invited to attend an Adult Information Session at the Beaver Dam, Fond du Lac or West Bend campuses on Tuesday, Sept. 16, between 2:30 and 6 p.m.


Stop by and talk with Moraine Park staff about specific programs and services. Assistance will be available for beginning the admissions process and selecting fall classes. 


Advance registration isn’t required. More information about the Adult Information Session can be found at under MPTC Presents on the home page, or call 1-800-472-4554, ext. 3201, or e-mail


Moraine Park receives award from Ozaukee Washington Land Trust

by admin25. August 2008 19:00

Moraine Park Technical College was presented with the 2008 Outreach Award from the Ozaukee Washington Land Trust (OWLT), in appreciation of Moraine Park’s partnership in planning the 2008 Go Green event.


Members of OWLT’s board of directors presented the award to Moraine Park staff and recently graduated students on Aug. 17 at Riveredge Nature Center in Newburg. The Moraine Park group represented the Business Meeting and Event Planning class from the West Bend campus, which is taught by Cindy Bernhard as part of the Administrative Assistant associate of applied science degree program. During the spring semester, 18 students from Bernhard’s class worked with OWLT staff and volunteers to plan Go Green, which was held at the Mequon Nature Preserve in May. Go Green featured workshops on natural landscaping and rain gardens, a nature scavenger hunt, a keynote speaker, nature walks and tree planting.


“Planning this new event was a win-win situation for both OWLT and Moraine Park students,” said Bernhard. “Students had to plan the project from beginning to end, providing them with realistic hands-on experience. This not only built community and business partner relationships but also skills, knowledge and experience they could put on a resume and apply to their future employment. On behalf of myself and the students, we are truly honored and appreciate OWLT for allowing us to be the recipients of this award in addition to the wonderful opportunity and relationships this has given all of us.”


For more information about Moraine Park and its programs, visit