Moraine Park announces welding competition winners

by dritger14. May 2015 08:33

Area high school students squared off in a welding competition recently at Moraine Park Technical College’s Beaver Dam campus.

Supervised by Moraine Park Welding Instructors Larry Clark and Gary Watry, students from Horicon and West Bend high schools were judged on three different welding processes: Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW), Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW) and Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW). 

“We started this competition to give area high school students a chance to stretch their experiences and compete in a welding skills competition similar to the state SkillsUSA competitions,” said Clark. “Participants also had an opportunity to see what a career in welding can offer and how Moraine Park’s program can build the skills and knowledge needed to be successful in the industry.”

Contestants were required to demonstrate their skills from a list of competencies, including safety, measurements and blueprint reading. Winners of each of the three processes were determined by accuracy of set-up, defects, general appearance, bead size, safety and clothing.

Tanner Reichert, a senior at West Bend High School, took first place in the SMAW and GTAW competitions. The GMAW competition ended in a tie, with Reichert and Alex Mages, also a senior at West Bend High School, both taking first place.

Other participants from West Bend High School included sophomore Nick Fry and senior Yajaira Perez. The students were accompanied by their teacher, Jacob Gitter.

Horicon High School students competing in the welding competition included seniors Ben Spindler, Dryden Watry and Dylan Bunkoske and juniors Brett Pride and Chris Panetti. They were accompanied by teacher Mark Boehmer.

For more information about Moraine Park’s Welding and Metal Fabrication programs, visit morainepark.edu/welding

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Moraine Park’s Lieburn promoted to Lt. Colonel

by dritger11. May 2015 08:22

Moraine Park Technical College congratulates employee Scott Lieburn, dean of students, for his promotion to Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Air Force, Air National Guard. Lieburn completed Air Force Basic Training in 1987, Officer Training School in 1999, Squadron Officer School in 2005 and Air Command and Staff College in 2013.

 

Lieburn is a 27-year veteran of the Wisconsin Air National Guard. He served with the 128th Air Refueling Wing, Milwaukee, from 1987-2008 and the Wisconsin National Guard Joint Force Headquarters, Madison, from 2008-2014. In his current position, Lieburn serves as the Inspector General for both the 115th Fighter Wing, Madison and Volk Field Air National Guard Base, Camp Douglas.

Lieburn, who joined Moraine Park in September 2011, says managing his time between the military and his role as dean of students is challenging but very rewarding. “Moraine Park genuinely values the military service of their employees and fosters a culture that supports individuals who are serving in the National Guard and Reserve.”  

A true advocate for military students and student veterans, Lieburn helps make the transition into civilian life and higher education as smooth as possible. He has been instrumental in starting a Student Veterans of America (SVA) chapter at Moraine Park, as well as assisting the College with being designated a Military Friendly School for the past five years. He also speaks at state conferences on the subject of veterans returning to college, sharing his message with college staff, students, legislators, and college boards and presidents.

“We are very fortunate to have Scott leading our college in veteran affairs,” said Bonnie Baerwald, Moraine Park interim president. “He is very passionate about his work, and his experience with the military allows him to really connect with our current and potential veteran students at Moraine Park.” 

For more information on Moraine Park’s veteran services, visit morainepark.edu/veterans.

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Steven Little is Moraine Park’s 2015 Commencement Keynote Speaker - Graduation set for May 16

by dritger6. May 2015 08:08

Moraine Park Technical College has announced Steven N. Little, President and CEO of Agnesian HealthCare, as their 2015 Commencement keynote speaker. 

The College’s 2015 Commencement Ceremony will be held Saturday, May 16, at 10 a.m. at the Fond du Lac High School Field House. Nearly 800 graduate candidates will be receiving associate of applied science degrees and technical diplomas, with approximately 370 graduate candidates expected to participate in the Commencement Ceremony. Bonnie Baerwald, Moraine Park interim president, will preside over the ceremony.

“It is a significant honor for me to be asked to address the Moraine Park Technical College’s Class of 2015,” said Little. “Moraine Park Technical College has a rich tradition of graduating students that exceed expectations. Simply, Moraine Park Technical College is the foundation to solving our workforce issue of the future.”  

Little, a current resident of Fond du Lac, joined Agnesian HealthCare in 2003 as the senior vice president and chief financial officer, was promoted to executive vice president in 2010, and has held his current position since January 2012. Prior to joining Agnesian HealthCare, Little spent time in Wyoming, serving as chief financial officer for St. John’s Medical Center and senior vice president/chief financial officer for United Bancorporation. Prior to that he was in Colorado for six years as a public accountant with Deloitte & Touche. Little earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting and Business Administration from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn., and is also a Certified Public Accountant. 

Little is involved in many organizations including the Wisconsin Hospital Association, Integrated Health Solutions of Wisconsin, National Exchange Bank and Trust, the Downtown Fond du Lac Partnership and Blue Line Family Ice Center. He is the past Chairperson of the Board of Directors for the Fond du Lac Association of Commerce and the Fond du Lac YMCA. Little is also a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Healthcare Financial Management Association.  

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 morainepark.edu

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Moraine Park hosts Portfolio Night, May 7

by dritger29. April 2015 14:17

Graduating students from Moraine Park Technical College’s Graphic Communications, Interactive Media Design and IT Web Designer/Developer programs will be showcasing their talents at the College’s annual Portfolio Night on Thursday, May 7, at the Fond du Lac Campus. 

Portfolio Night highlights the projects and work these graduating students have completed in their respective programs while at Moraine Park, and it allows them to share their projects with prospective employers, the local community and Moraine Park students and staff. Students from the Fond du Lac, Beaver Dam and West Bend campuses will have their work on display.

Portfolio Night is free and will be held on Moraine Park’s Fond du Lac campus in room O103/104 from 4-6 p.m. on Thursday, May 7. For more information on Moraine Park’s annual Portfolio Night, contact Shawn McAfee at 920-924-3342 or smcafee@morainepark.edu.

To learn more about Moraine Park’s Graphic Communications, Interactive Media Design and Digital Marketing programs, visit morainepark.edu/programs

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Moraine Park hosts HVAC/R Open House, May 6

by dritger28. April 2015 10:17

Learn how Moraine Park Technical College can jump start your career in heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVAC/R)! Stop in at the HVAC/R Open House on Wednesday, May 6, from 3-7 p.m., at Moraine Park’s West Bend Campus.

The event, coordinated by students in the College’s Business Meeting and Event course, will include hands-on activities, tours of the facilities and refreshments. Moraine Park instructors, current students, advisors and local employers will be available to answer any questions. 

Attendees should use parking lot and entrance L1. For more information on this event, visit morainepark.edu/calendar.

For more information on Moraine Park’s Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Technology Program, visit morainepark.edu/hvac.

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Moraine Park celebrates National Nurses Week - Flight for Life to land at West Bend campus

by dritger27. April 2015 12:34

Moraine Park Technical College is celebrating National Nurses week on its West Bend campus. National Nurses Week is a time to recognize the dedicated and compassionate individuals in the nursing field. It begins each year on May 6 and ends on May 12, Florence Nightingale’s birthday.

Nightingale, who would be turning 195 years old this year, is considered to be the pioneer of modern nursing. Many changes have occurred within nursing since Nightingale first began her training in 1851. Explore the past, present and future with several nurses from various specialties and generations in a panel discussion on Wednesday, May 6, from 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Following the presentation, a Flight for Life helicopter is scheduled to land at Moraine Park. Come take a close-up look at the helicopter and talk with the crew. The helicopter is scheduled to be at the West Bend campus on Wednesday, May 6, from 12:30-2:30 p.m., although please be aware that Flight for Life is on-call during this time and could be required to attend to an emergency. 

Moraine Park’s Nursing Week events are sponsored by the College’s Student Nurses Association. All events are being held on the West Bend campus and are free to the public. For more information, visit morainepark.edu/calendar.

Moraine Park Technical College offers a Nursing - Associate Degree with a Practical Nursing Exit Point. The program includes classroom instruction, laboratory practice, clinical nursing experiences and preparation to write the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). Moraine Park’s program continues to lead the state in NCLEX pass rates and, in 2013-14, 96 percent of nursing students passed the national board exam on the first attempt, far exceeding the 85 percent national average. For more information about Moraine Park’s Nursing program, visit morainepark.edu/nursing

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Moraine Park Fond du Lac campus commemorates WWII and Vietnam War anniversaries

by dritger24. April 2015 09:17

Moraine Park Technical College is pleased to welcome guest speakers Robert Plummer of Fond du Lac, a WWII Veteran with the Army Air Corp., and John Lepinski of Eden, a Vietnam Veteran with the U.S. Army, to the Fond du Lac campus on Thursday, April 30, at 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

During their presentation, Plummer and Lepinski will commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII and the 40th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War. They will share experiences and stories from their time of service and answer questions from the audience. 

The event, sponsored by Moraine Park’s Student Veterans Association Club, will be held in the cafeteria and is free to the public. For more information about this event, please visit morainepark.edu/calendar.

For more information about Moraine Park’s veteran services, visit morainepark.edu/veterans

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Moraine Park West Bend campus commemorates WWII and Vietnam War anniversaries

by dritger24. April 2015 09:14

Moraine Park Technical College is pleased to welcome WWII Veterans Howard Knox, Al Meyer, Allan Kieckhafer and Joe Zadra, from West Bend, to speak at the College’s West Bend campus on Wednesday, April 29, at 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

During their presentation, the veterans will commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII and the 40th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War. They will share experiences and stories from their time of service and answer questions from the audience. 

The event, sponsored by Moraine Park’s Student Veterans Association Club, will be held in the commons area and is free to the public. For more information about this event, please visit morainepark.edu/calendar.

For more information about Moraine Park’s veteran services, visit morainepark.edu/veterans

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Marian, Moraine Park develop new transfer agreements

by dritger14. April 2015 12:21

College-bound students will have several new educational opportunities this fall following Marian University’s and Moraine Park Technical College’s recent partnership to offer 11 new academic transfer agreements. 

Marian and Moraine Park interim presidents Robert Fale and Bonnie Baerwald, respectively, made the agreements official during a March 18 signing ceremony at Marian. The transfer agreements will allow five Moraine Park associate of applied science degree programs to transfer into ten Marian baccalaureate degree programs.   

Moraine Park Technical College Interim President Bonnie Baerwald and Marian University Interim President Bob Fale place their signatures on a new credit transfer agreement between the two institutions. The transfer agreements will allow five Moraine Park associate of applied science degree programs to transfer into ten Marian baccalaureate degree programs.

“Moraine Park and Marian have been collaborating on projects for many years and this is another partnership that will benefit students interested in attending both institutions,” said Baerwald. “As college tuition continues to rise, allowing students to earn their associate of applied science degree at Moraine Park and then seamlessly transfer those credits into a baccalaureate degree at Marian, will open doors to many students who may have thought a four-year degree was unattainable.”

“This agreement between Marian University and Moraine Park allows for greater opportunity for individuals looking to achieve their personal and professional goals through earning a bachelor’s degree,” said Fale. “This agreement demonstrates our combined commitment to the Fond du Lac and surrounding area with quality, affordable pathways for continued success.”

The agreements include Moraine Park’s Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse (AODA) Associate of Applied Science Degree program transferring into Marian’s Bachelor of Community Health and Human Service, Bachelor of Psychology, Bachelor of Social Work, and Bachelor of Criminal Justice traditional and adult degrees; Moraine Park’s Associate of Applied Science Degree Radiography program transferring into Marian’s online adult Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Technology; Moraine Park’s Business Management-Marketing Associate of Applied Science Degree program transferring into Marian’s adult Bachelor of Business Administration; Moraine Park’s Business Management-Management/Supervision Associate of Applied Science Degree program transferring into both Marian’s traditional and adult Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Bachelor of Business Administration degrees, as well as Marian’s adult Bachelor of Business Administration – General Management degree; and Moraine Park’s Associate of Applied Science Degree Nursing program into Marian’s 15-month online adult Bachelor of Science Nursing program.

For more information about the Marian and Moraine Park transfer agreements, contact the Marian University Office of Admission at admission@marianuniversity.edu or at 920-923-7650, or contact Amy Clark, Moraine Park’s Admissions and Advising manager at aclark@morainepark.edu or 920-924-3257. 

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Moraine Park to host national Take Back the Night event, April 30 - Make a change. Shatter the Silence. Stop the Violence.

by dritger13. April 2015 12:57

Moraine Park Technical College invites the community to come together and take a stand against sexual assault and domestic violence at a national 10 Points of Light to Take Back the Night event on Thursday, April 30, at its Fond du Lac campus. On that evening, 10 college campuses circling the United States will simultaneously hold a candlelit vigil to show support for survivors of these crimes and unify in efforts to stop the violence. Moraine Park is honored to serve as host of one in only 10 locations in the country to hold this national event.

The 10 Points of Light event will kick off at 6:00 p.m. with a Community Organization Fair, featuring local organizations, activities, entertainment and refreshments. At 6:30 p.m., a powerful lineup of speakers will share their stories of survival and advocacy. Moraine Park welcomes keynote speaker, Rev. Moira Finley, and local musical celebrity, Bryan Sirchio. Finley is a rape survivor, poet and pastor of two church congregations in northern Wisconsin. She believes each person's story matters and needs to be heard with compassion. She is passionate about working together to find justice and helping to support survivors of sexual violence. Sirchio will be performing the song “I Need You To Hear Me” with lyrics written by Finley.   

Other speakers include: Deb Donovan, registered nurse and Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) coordinator; Angel Gilbertson, client advocate from ASTOP Sexual Abuse Center; and representatives from local District Attorney (DA) Offices - Fond du Lac County DA Eric Toney, Washington County Victim/Witness Coordinator Ali Krueger, and Dodge County DA Kurt Klomberg. 

Following the program, attendees will unite in a short candlelight walk and vigil around the campus grounds. The walk is scheduled to begin at 7:45 p.m. Flameless candles and glow sticks will be provided.

The event is free and open to the public; registration is appreciated although not required. Should you require an accommodation to participate in this event, please e-mail Bonnie Bauer, Moraine Park director of admissions, at bbauer@morainepark.edu, 920-924-6349 or Wisconsin Relay-711. 

For all of the event details, visit morainepark.edu/10points.

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