Shelly Puckhaber named Moraine Park Student Ambassador for 2008-09

by admin7. April 2008 19:00

After working for a plastics manufacturer for three years after high school graduation, Shelly Puckhaber of West Bend decided she wanted to do something different with her life.         


“I knew I needed to go back to school,” said Puckhaber, a Phillips, Wis., native who is close to turning 23. “I just didn’t know what I wanted to do.”

 Professional photo of Shelly Puckhaber

When she and her boyfriend moved to West Bend in spring 2007, Puckhaber started looking at colleges in the area. She registered for the Career Explorations and Career Decisions classes at Moraine Park Technical College’s Career Center.


“Those free classes helped me choose a career path and I enrolled in Moraine Park’s Marketing program shortly after,” said Puckhaber. “I got a job at the Pier 1 in Germantown and went to school in my free time. I’m currently in my second semester and I feel that I’ve chosen the right program for me.”


Her Marketing instructor, Robin Rodee-Schneider, felt that Puckhaber was the right person to nominate for Moraine Park’s 2008-09 District Student Ambassador. Puckhaber was later chosen for the role.


“Shelly has exhibited an extraordinary ability to balance school, work and outside growth activities,” said Rodee-Schneider. “She has maintained high grades, and has the support of her employer. Her skills go beyond the basics – she has written a marketing plan which required a great deal of research. She used all resources available and sought out new resources to help her learn a complicated marketing/business area. Her projects are creative and she has demonstrated the ability to see possibilities. She doesn’t talk about what she will do – she just does it.” Rodee-Schneider added that Puckhaber uses her problem-solving ability to get things done in class, for the Marketing Club and on the job.


Upon enrolling in Moraine Park, Puckhaber joined the Wisconsin Marketing and Management Association (WMMA), competing at the regional and state levels in the Retail Management category and placing first and third, respectively. “I’ve gained quite a bit of confidence and professional polish from being in the WMMA,” said Puckhaber. She joins her fellow WMMA members in Atlanta, Georgia, this month for DECA’s International Career Development Conference.


Puckhaber will participate in a statewide recognition event for the 16 new Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) District Student Ambassadors in Madison April 16-17. She begins her term as Moraine Park's ambassador with the start of the 2008-09 academic year.


The WTCS District Student Ambassador Award program identifies outstanding students in the technical college system, with nominations solicited from faculty and staff each year. A committee of college administrators and community leaders select the ambassador based on the College’s core abilities – work productively, learn effectively, communicate clearly, work cooperatively, act responsibly, value self positively, and think critically and creatively. The core abilities are defined by Moraine Park as transferable skills, knowledge and/or attitudes essential to an individual’s success regardless of occupation or community setting. The Student Ambassador represents the College at numerous events throughout the year and serves on the College Planning and Leadership Team as the student representative.


“I enrolled in the technical college system for many reasons,” said Puckhaber. “First of all, it's affordable. Living on my own, I really appreciate the low tuition cost at Moraine Park. I also enjoy the flexible class schedule. I work full-time, so it's great that I can choose classes that fit into my schedule. I also enrolled in the technical college system because I can jump right into my core program classes. I don't have to take a lot of classes that don't apply to my degree. Last, but definitely not least, I chose a technical college because I feel that smaller class sizes allow for a more personalized learning experience. My teachers know who I am and care about my progress.”


In addition to Puckhaber, finalists for the 2008-09 Student Ambassador were Joe Calliari of Campbellsport, Radiography program, and Candice Sippel of Fond du Lac, Instructional Assistant program. All three will be honored during Moraine Park’s Student Awards Banquet on May 2. The current District Student Ambassador for 2007-08 is Lori VanGorder of Fond du Lac, Legal Administrative Professional program.


For more information about Moraine Park, visit


Moraine Park campus libraries offer National Library Week activities

by admin6. April 2008 19:00

The libraries at the Moraine Park Technical College campuses in Beaver Dam, Fond du Lac and West Bend will celebrate National Library Week April 14-18. 


The American Library Association, along with libraries around the world, is celebrating 50 years of National Library Week with the theme of “Join the Circle of Knowledge @ Your Library.”


Community members are invited to join in several activities at their local campus library. Each one is sponsoring a contest. Stop in and fill out an entry form for a chance to win a gift card to Barnes and Noble, the Moraine Park campus bookstores, Moraine Park’s Techniques Salon and Spa, or Park Terrace cuisine by culinary arts students.


Visitors can also learn about avatars (a graphical image used to represent you when interacting with others through computers) and RSS feeds (Web feed formats used with news, podcasts and blogs), and how to set them up.


A Book Swap will take place during the week as well – bring in a book that you no longer want, and choose a book to take home. Moraine Park programs will be highlighted with displays of books and DVDs on culinary arts, corrections and other program-related topics. A gardening display will also be featured.


For information about library hours, visit and click on Library.


AQIP reaffirms Moraine Park's accreditation

by admin6. April 2008 19:00

Last year, Moraine Park Technical College passed a quality “checkup” by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association (NCA) of Colleges and Schools’ Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP). Now AQIP has reaffirmed Moraine Park’s accreditation.


Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and a member of the North Central Association, Moraine Park was accepted into AQIP in 2001 and submitted its first Systems Portfolio in May 2005, addressing AQIP criteria and describing context, processes, results and improvements in each institutional system.


Every seven years, AQIP reviews the accredited status of participating institutions. A Commission-trained AQIP Review Panel examines each organization's current Systems Portfolio and six years of Action Projects, Systems Appraisals, and other interactions with AQIP and the Commission to ensure that both the institution and AQIP know how the evidence in the Systems Portfolio aligns with and supports the Commission's Criteria for Accreditation.


According to the Reaffirmation of Accreditation Recommendation, “Evidence indicates that Moraine Park demonstrates a commitment to continuous improvement at a level that warrants continued participation in AQIP.”


“The reaffirmation of Moraine Park’s AQIP accreditation is really a reaffirmation of the quality of our staff, our processes, and the College as a whole,” said Dr. Gayle Hytrek, Moraine Park president. “I commend our staff who worked tirelessly to implement this new accreditation process and, as a result, continuous quality improvement processes throughout everything we do. Our students, staff and taxpayers have all benefited from the improvements we have made. The notification of the Reaffirmation of Accreditation is just the frosting on the cake.”


The Higher Learning Commission is an independent corporation and one of two Commission members of the NCA, which was founded in 1895 as one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States.  The HLC accredits, and thereby grants membership in the Commission and the NCA, to degree-granting educational institutions in the North Central region, including Wisconsin. HLC is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council on Higher Education Accreditation.


Moraine Park Foundation awards scholarships to high school seniors

by admin1. April 2008 19:00

Thanks to a high school scholarship award program from the Moraine Park Foundation, 17 graduating seniors will receive financial assistance for their education at Moraine Park Technical College this fall.


The students represent 17 of the Moraine Park District’s 27 high schools and will each receive a $400 general scholarship. The students, along with their hometowns and high schools, include Matthew Mildebrandt of Green Lake, Winnebago Lutheran; Travis Core of Waupun, Waupun High; Samantha Krebs of Hartford, Slinger High; Nathaniel Revels of Ripon, Ripon High; Brooke Sosinsky of Neshkoro, Princeton High; Matthew Wagner of Malone, New Holstein High; Cody Wasmund of Mayville, Mayville High; Amanda Perry of Ripon, Markesan High; Sterling Sosinski of Fond du Lac, Lomira High; Amber Bartow of Van Dyne, Laconia High; Brittany Kluewer of Hustisford, Hustisford High; Aaron Herbst of Horicon, Horicon High; Brittany Anderson of Malone, Fond du Lac High; Brian Kartechner of Waupun, Central Wisconsin Christian; Matthew Chern of Campbellsport, Campbellsport High; Megan Nickel of Berlin, Berlin High; and Kyle Schade of Beaver Dam, Beaver Dam High.


The Moraine Park Foundation also has general and designated scholarships available. Designated scholarships have some restrictions and are based on donations received from individuals, business and industry, community organizations and other foundations. In 2007-08, 132 scholarships were awarded for a total of almost $100,000; scholarship amounts ranged from $200 to $2,000. The 2008-09 application deadline is June 20. Application and reference material can be printed from or obtained from a Moraine Park Financial Aid Office.


For more information about Moraine Park and its programs, visit or call 1-800-472-4554.  


Culinary Arts Gourmet Dinner to raise money for scholarships

by admin31. March 2008 19:00

Moraine Park Technical College’s Culinary Arts program and the Moraine Park Foundation Inc. will present “A Spring Slowly Event” on Friday, April 25, at the Park Terrace restaurant on the Fond du Lac campus.


Sponsored by Society Insurance, this year’s gourmet dinner will benefit both the general scholarship fund and scholarships for Culinary Arts program students. The “Spring Slowly” theme reflects the slow-food trend.


“Slow food isn't just about the food itself,” said Moraine Park Culinary Arts Instructor James Simmers. “It's about taking a new view toward dining, that a meal is as much important to the soul and social being as it is for the sustenance. A meal should be an experience and not just a way to satiate hunger.”


Moraine Park culinary students, faculty and guest chefs will prepare an exclusive six-course dinner for guests. The menu will feature deconstructed Wellington of shrimp and quail eggs with fresh spring onions; watercress and cucumber soup with early harvest radishes; duck á la orange salad with confit and caramelized oranges; blueberry lime smoothie cream; poached wild salmon with fresh dill and tournedos Rossini with morel mushroom pâté; and a dessert specially created for the guests’ gastronomical enjoyment.


“The annual Culinary Arts dinner has been a signature event for the Moraine Park Foundation to benefit our student scholarships fund. This year the Foundation made it possible for more than 100 Moraine Park students to enroll full-time through the scholarships they received,” said Sharon Nevins Holmes, Moraine Park vice president of marketing and college advancement. “It’s a great event – a superb dining experience and a true benefit to our students’ educational goals.”


The cost is $100 per person, with the dinner limited to 50 guests. To register, call Debbie Martin at 920-924-3263.


The Moraine Park Foundation Inc. is a tax-exempt, nonprofit corporation. Its purpose is to solicit, receive and administer gifts, bequests and property for the development, promotion and benefit of Moraine Park. For more information, contact Debbie at 920-924-3263 or visit


Moraine Park Auto Club seeking entries for car show

by admin31. March 2008 19:00

Got a cool car? Enter it in the inaugural car show scheduled for 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 car show runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with the gate opening at 7 a.m.


Cars can be entered in the following classes: Pre-1950, 1950s, 1960s-1970s, 1980s-1990s, 2000+, Truck Pre-1979, Truck Post-1980, Corvette, Street Rod and Tuner.


Show off your four-wheeled pride and joy while helping 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 is $5, or $10 with a car show T-shirt included. To register by April 25, send your name, address, e-mail address, payment, T-shirt size (if ordering) in L, XL, or XXL, vehicle year, make and model plus engine and transmission type to the Moraine Park Auto Club, 235 N. National Ave., Fond du Lac, WI 54935. Make checks payable to the Moraine Park Auto Club.


For more information, contact Tim Moy, Moraine Park Auto Club advisor, at


Moraine Park instructor earns SolidWorks professional certification

by admin30. March 2008 19:00

A Moraine Park Technical College tool design engineering technology instructor has earned the right to place the title “Certified SolidWorks Professional” (CSWP) after his name.


For Kim Alan Olson of Sussex, Wis., who teaches at Moraine Park’s West Bend campus, it’s a step up from his previous Certified SolidWorks Associate (CSWA) designation. To achieve CSWP status, Olson passed an advanced skills examination from SolidWorks Corp. that proved his ability to design and analyze parametric parts and assemblies using complex SolidWorks features. SolidWorks is a three-dimensional mechanical computer-assisted design (CAD) program used in by mechanical engineers and designers in manufacturing.

 Professional head shot of Kim Olson

Olson’s CSWP certification means that Moraine Park Tool Design Engineering Technology (formerly Tool and Die Designer) students, as well as those from business and industry, can be assured that their SolidWorks instruction will be offered by a qualified industry certified professional. CSWP isn’t an easy certification to attain.


“Earning the CSWP means additional respect in the local and national SolidWorks community, demonstrating a mastery of high-level standards established by the SolidWorks Corporation,” said Olson. CSWP certification also authorizes the use of official SolidWorks CSWP logos on business documents.


“Kim's expertise with SolidWorks and his reputation with the industry have been a factor drawing students to Moraine Park SolidWorks courses and to the Tool Design Engineering Technology program,” said Marcia Arndt, Moraine Park dean of manufacturing and culinary arts. “The credential of Certified SolidWorks Professional brings with it a quality recognition that reinforces what Kim has been doing in the classroom. The industry standard raises the bar for quality and expertise for learners taking these courses. This in turn raises the level of expertise and efficiency, keeping Wisconsin manufacturers competitive and strong.”


According to a SolidWorks Corp. news feature, the Certified SolidWorks Professional Program is a proven method for evaluating and measuring professional competence and establishing industry standards of excellence in mainstream 3D modeling. To date, the CSWP Program is the only comprehensive certification program to address the mainstream 3D mechanical design market. The SolidWorks program uses both objective questions and a hands-on approach to evaluate a designer's knowledge of SolidWorks software as well as skills in capturing design intent.


For more information and a program video about Moraine Park’s Tool Design Engineering Technology associate of applied science degree, go to and click on Academics.Then click on Tool and Die Designer or Tool Design Engineering Technology.


Chiropractic Assistant delegation course offered

by admin23. March 2008 19:00

Moraine Park Technical College will offer a Chiropractic Assistant radiography delegation course at its Beaver Dam campus in May and June.


This course introduces radiological information and skills that are required for chiropractic assistants to take X-rays in the chiropractic health setting. Students will complete 48 hours of classroom instruction, plus 52 hours of radiography-related on-the-job experience under the supervision of a chiropractor. Upon passing the course, the American Chiropractic Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ACRRT) Limited Permit examination will be given, which is the basic-level test after 100 hours of coursework. Successful completion of the course and the exam will satisfy the Wisconsin State Licensing Board requirement for X-ray delegation to an unlicensed person.


The course will be offered on the following days:


            Thursday, May 15       12-8 p.m.

            Friday, May 16            8:30 a.m.-6 p.m.

            Saturday, May 17        8 a.m.-4 p.m.

            Thursday, June 12       12-8 p.m.

            Friday, June 13            8:30 a.m.-6 p.m.

            Saturday, June 14        8 a.m.-4 p.m. (ACRRT exam will be taken from 2-4 p.m.)


Early registration is encouraged. To register, call Moraine Park at 1-800-472-4554 and ask for Registration. The course number is 523-406-002 and tuition is $234.13. The nonrefundable ACCRT exam fee is $90 (subject to change); bring the fee in the form of a check made out to “ACRRT” to the first class to register for the exam. Moraine Park’s Beaver Dam campus is located at 700 Gould St.


Hotel information is available upon request. For more information about the course, call Moraine Park chiropractic technician instructor Elizabeth McLean, DC, CCSP, at 262-335-5751 or e-mail


Moraine Park to offer snapshots of various careers: Beaver Dam campus

by admin19. March 2008 19:00

Just starting college or thinking about a career change? Explore today's fastest-growing career fields at Moraine Park Technical College’s Campus Snapshots.


The Beaver Dam campus event takes place Wednesday, April 16, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Participants will be able to meet program instructors, take a closer look at classrooms and labs, find out more about Moraine Park’s programs and services, and get answers to questions.


Highlighted programs will include Accounting and Accounting Assistant, Administrative and Office Assistant, Apprenticeships, Business Management, ELL, Electrical Power Distribution, Emergency Medical Technician – Basic, GED/HSED, General Studies Certificate, Global Studies Certificate, Legal Administrative Professional, Medical Assistant, Nursing, Supervisory Management, and Welding.


Moraine Park provides an affordable education in just two years. Graduates can get their career started sooner or have the option of transferring certain degrees to a four-year college if desired.


Registration is requested and can be made online at (see Campus Snapshots on the MPTC Presents marquee) or by calling 1-800-472-4554, ext. 5853.


Storyhill to give free lunch-hour concert at Moraine Park

by admin19. March 2008 19:00

The acoustic songwriting duo Storyhill returns to Moraine Park Technical College for a free lunch-hour performance at the Fond du Lac campus on Wednesday, April 9.


Chris Cunningham and John Hermanson grew up in Montana and have produced several albums. Their music is influenced by rock, roots, blues and country, mixed with their own unique sound to produce strong, melodic songs. In addition to traveling around the country as Storyhill, Hermanson owns a studio in Bozeman, Montana, while Cunningham is a producer at a St. Paul, Minn., studio and also performs with his band, Alva Star, and the rock band The Hopefuls.


The concert runs from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Cyber Center cafeteria. Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; the general public may purchase a meal for $5.


For more information, contact Adam Ninmann, Moraine Park Student Life, at 920-924-3101.