Global delicacies featured at Moraine Park Foundation’s Gourmet Dinner

by dritger8. April 2015 09:43

Come and delight your palate with cuisine from six different countries at Moraine Park Foundation’s Gourmet Dinner. The event, presented by the Moraine Park Culinary Arts Program and National Exchange Bank and Trust, will be held on Friday, April 24, at 5:30 p.m. on the College’s Fond du Lac campus. 

The event theme, “A World of Good Taste,” combines the appreciation of global delicacies with the feel of the golden age of travel. Guests are invited to enjoy entertainment by local talent, bid on silent auction items and try their luck in the always-popular wine cork pull. Vintage attire is also encouraged, although not required. 

The evening will begin with a reception in the new Student Services addition, featuring a variety of worldly wines and hors d'oeuvres. Guests will then embark on a tour of food and wine from North and South America, Asia, Europe, Australia and Africa. The six-course dinner will begin with a Peruvian fish ceviche and chilled apple curry soup with beet relish from India. Followed by an Italian chopped escarole salad and a honey, lemon and cardamom yogurt sorbet from Morocco. The main entrée will take guests to Australia, with a fire-roasted rack of lamb featuring Australian wine butter, tarragon spinach and potato custard. The tour will conclude in America, where guests will savor the fresh flavors of a fruit tart and homemade ice cream.

The annual gourmet dinner, which features a different theme each year, benefits the Moraine Park Foundation’s general scholarship fund and the student emergency fund. Reservations are limited, and the cost of the event is $100 per person or a corporate table of eight can be purchased for $800. To make reservations, contact Dana Knebel at 920-924-3225 or

The Moraine Park Foundation Inc. is a tax-exempt, nonprofit corporation. It is responsible for securing financial support and other resources for Moraine Park by identifying, cultivating, soliciting and accepting financial resources and gifts that support the vision and mission of Moraine Park Technical College. For more information, visit



Moraine Park Foundation honors FACT Scholarship donors - Maysteel LLC joins business partners

by dritger30. March 2015 12:29

The Moraine Park Foundation recently honored area businesses for supporting its Forming Alliances to Cultivate Talent (FACT) initiative and celebrated the addition of Maysteel LLC as the newest partner to the campaign. The generous contributions from participating partners help support Moraine Park Technical College students enrolled in manufacturing-related programs. 

Moraine Park Technical College Interim President Bonnie Baerwald and Moraine Park Foundation Board President Adam Stone recognized FACT Scholarship donors. Front row, left: Dave Brenner, Fives Giddings & Lewis; Dana Knebel, Moraine Park director of college advancement; Travis Moser, J.F. Ahern Co.; Mike VanderZanden, Amerequip; and Darci Boettcher, Maysteel. Back row, left: Dave Wilhelms, Michels Corporation; Stone; Baerwald; Sue Roettger, Mid-States Aluminum Corp.; Tom Baumgartner, Mercury Marine; and Mike Frydryk, Kondex Corporation.

The FACT initiative works to strengthen the appeal of manufacturing careers and provides unique opportunities for business partners and students. Through the program, Moraine Park students earn incentives to complete a manufacturing-related degree. In turn, area businesses have a larger, more qualified pool of applicants to fill industry needs. With this model, students have the support needed to get a great, hands-on educational experience, while local employers gain access to highly skilled workers. To date, the FACT initiative has raised $273,000 and formed partnerships with 17 area companies that support the vision.

“The FACT initiative has had such a positive impact on our students and the local manufacturing industry,” said Dana Knebel, Moraine Park’s director of college advancement. “The Moraine Park Foundation is so grateful for the support and expertise of industry leaders, and we are looking forward to continuing to build these relationships.” 

The following companies were honored for their contributions: Amerequip; Fond du Lac Area Foundation; J.F. Ahern Co.; Cole Manufacturing Corp.; Fives Giddings & Lewis; AT&T Foundation; Mercury Marine; Kondex Corporation; Mid-States Aluminum Corp.; Helgesen Industries, Inc.; Michels Corporation; METKO, Inc.; Ted & Grace Bachhuber Foundation, Inc.; TAB Products Co LLC; Bradley Corporation; Sadoff Iron & Metal Company; and Maysteel LLC. 

For more information about Moraine Park’s FACT initiative, visit


New weekend motorcycle safety classes at Moraine Park - Spring sessions begin April 17

by dritger30. March 2015 12:26

Thinking about pulling your motorcycle out of storage or have finally decided to make this the summer you learn to ride? With the spring season upon us, now is the time to prepare for the motorcycle riding season and Moraine Park Technical College’s Motorcycle Rider courses will get you road ready! 

New this year, Moraine Park’s Motorcycle Rider courses have modified their training format to allow students to complete the course in just one weekend. The weekend schedule includes class on Friday from 5:00-8:25 p.m., Saturday from 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., and Sunday from 8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. By the end of the weekend, upon successful completion of the course, students will be issued a waiver to take to the Department of Motor Vehicles. This waiver allows students to get a motorcycle license without taking a road test. All courses are held at Moraine Park’s Fond du Lac Campus. 

The College is running twenty weekend sessions through September, with the first beginning on April 17. The course is designed for riders of all levels but is aimed particularly at those seeking a motorcycle license. Students get actual riding experience in the basic skills of motorcycling, including straight-line riding, turning, shifting, braking and the mental skills needed for control. Motorcycles and helmets are provided by Moraine Park.

For more information or to register for the course, visit or call 1-800-472-4554. 


Moraine Park Technical College announces Dean’s List

by dritger20. March 2015 14:38

Moraine Park Technical College named 1,314 students to the Dean’s List for the fall 2014 semester. To qualify for the Dean's List distinction, students must earn a minimum semester grade point average of 3.5, be enrolled in at least six credits of undergraduate-level courses, be in good academic standing and cannot have a failing or incomplete grade for the semester. 

To view all students named to the Fall 2014 Dean’s List, visit



Schaefer honored for outstanding service-learning contributions

by dritger20. March 2015 09:15

Brenda Schaefer of Moraine Park Technical College has been selected by the Wisconsin Campus Compact (WiCC) to receive the 2015 Sister Joel Read Civic Engagement Practitioners Award. The Sister Joel Read Civic Engagement Practitioners Award recognizes outstanding faculty or staff members of WiCC member institutions who have made significant contributions to civic engagement on their campus. The purpose of this award is to honor practitioners who have built successful campus-community partnerships to both support student learning and development and the civic mission of the institution.


 “This award is a collaborative effort amongst the students and faculty at Moraine Park. The race is not about receiving the medal, but the journey along the way, the people we reach out to and the difference we make together - together is always better!” said Schaefer. “At Moraine Park, we are focused on building community connections and helping others; it’s because of this focus, along with the faculty and students that strive to make this happen, that my job is incredibly fulfilling every day.” 

Schaefer is the sociology faculty and service-learning coordinator at Moraine Park. Under her leadership and guidance, the service-learning program at Moraine Park has developed into an established and respected program within the College and among higher education partners. Since 2013, Schaefer has worked on institutionalizing service-learning at Moraine Park by recreating definitions of service-learning, creating framework guides and classroom rubrics.  

Schaefer implemented NobleHour, a tracking program to help record service activities and provide program impact data for administrators. She also supported the creation of a Service-Learning Certificate as part of degree coursework for undergraduate students.  

In order to provide a uniform service-learning model, Schaefer developed training materials and opportunities for faculty, ensured diverse engagement activities, and integrated this model into a variety of unconventional fields and disciplines, including welding, construction, corrections and IT. As a way to ensure future commitments to service-learning, she coordinates service-learning projects for a requirement course on campus.

"Brenda Schaefer has transformed service-learning at Moraine Park. Without knowing where it could be, she set an expectation level for this effort at the College, and students and faculty responded,” stated Caron Daugherty, Moraine Park’s dean of general education. “Moraine Park now has one of the most established and highly regarded programs in the state thanks to her vision."

Every year, WiCC recognizes outstanding civic engagement practices by individuals and organizations at member institutions in hopes to celebrate the efforts of dedicated civic engagement practitioners across the state; reinforces the essential role of community involvement in holistic student learning; and promotes institutionalization of civic engagement on member campuses. For more information on service-learning at Moraine Park, visit   




Moraine Park hosts Parents’ Night, March 25

by dritger16. March 2015 13:07

Moraine Park Technical College is hosting a Parents’ Night event on Wednesday, March 25, at 5:30 p.m. at the West Bend campus. 

Parents of high school students are invited to learn about options for college and how to help their son/daughter make the best choice for their future. Topics discussed at the event will include: how to choose a college, earning college credits during high school, financial aid, programs offered at Moraine Park, and transferring credits to a four-year college. 

For more information about the event or to register, visit Registration for the event is not necessary but is appreciated. 


Short-term Training Opportunities at Moraine Park

by dritger6. March 2015 12:21

Do you want to move your job application to the top of pile? Moraine Park Technical College’s short-term training opportunities can help by teaching you the critical skills you need to stand out. Plan to attend an information session to learn more on how you can get started in one of these in-demand jobs. Registration is recommended.  

•General Production Assembly: Develop your manufacturing skills in the production of components, utilization of manufacturing tools, and general manufacturing and assembly practices. These one-hour info sessions, held at Moraine Park’s Fond du Lac campus, will be on Thursday, March 26 at 1:00 p.m. and Wednesday, May 6 at 10:00 a.m. Program details, career development opportunities and a tour of the general production assembly lab are included. 

For more information and to register, visit, email or call 920-924-3334.

•Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA): Accelerated three- and four-week summer CNA training offered at the Fond du Lac, West Bend and Beaver Dam campuses. Information sessions will be held Tuesday, March 31 at 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. and Wednesday April 1 at 1:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. at the Fond du Lac, Beaver Dam and West Bend campuses.

For more information and to register, visit or contact Kim Spartz at or 920-924-3320.

•Welding: Gain experience in basic welding processes, interpreting blueprints, applying welding symbols and operating and setting up equipment. This four-hour info session will be held at Moraine Park’s Fond du Lac campus on Wednesday, April 8 at 8:30 a.m. and includes program information, tours, TABE testing, career development opportunities and mechanical aptitude testing. For more information and to register, visit, email or call 920-924-3334.

•IT: Four short-term, targeted certificates in Content Management, Android Web Application Development, iOS Web Application Development and Website Security, give participants the opportunity to ladder into an associate of applied science degree in IT-Web Development and Design Specialist or a technical diploma in IT-Mobile Applications Designer/Developer. Information sessions will be held at Moraine Park’s Fond du Lac campus on Monday, April 20 at 1:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. and on Thursday, April 23 at 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. For more information and to register, visit or contact Anne Lemke at or 920-924-3329.

The IT, Welding and CNA trainings are funded by U.S. Department of Labor TAACCCT grants. Veterans are encouraged to apply. 

For more information on Moraine Park Technical College, visit



Moraine Park students showcased at statewide event

by dritger4. March 2015 14:50

Moraine Park Technical College sent five students to the State Capitol on Tuesday, Feb. 17 as a part of the Wisconsin Technical College System’s (WTCS) fourth annual student showcase event: A Celebration of Student Engagement. The event is designed to increase awareness of the many ways Wisconsin’s technical college students give back to their communities as part of their educational experience. More than 200 students representing all 16 Wisconsin technical colleges participated in the event.

Moraine Park was represented by Lynnette Farvour of West Bend, Beth Krentz of Markesan, Laura Muntz of Waupun, Amy Vanden Boogaard of Fond du Lac and Stephanie Cheevers of North Fond du Lac. The students presented three service learning projects to state legislators and other visitors. Farvour represented her team, the Dream Team Angels, who collaborated with the Cedarburg Popcorn Company to raise funds and awareness for the Dream Team of Energizers Dance Team in Hartford, Wis., which is made up of special needs athletes with a desire to participate in dance. Krentz and Muntz presented the project, “Who’s Behind the Mask?,” which provided elderly community members with laminated cards, listing prescriptions and medical emergency information, to be used by emergency responders. Vanden Boogaard and Cheevers showcased the inaugural Pink Pumpkin 5K Run/Walk event that raised $6,000 for Breast Cancer Recovery’s Infinite Boundaries retreats. 

Moraine Park Technical College students with Wisconsin State Representative Joan Ballweg (R-Markesan) at the Student Showcase event at the Wisconsin State Capitol. Pictured from left: Laura Muntz of Waupun; Beth Krentz of Markesan; Representative Joan Ballweg; Stephanie Cheevers of North Fond du Lac; Amy Vanden Boogaard of Fond du Lac; and Lynnette Farvour of West Bend.

“I was very pleased to have the opportunity to attend the student showcase event and hear such remarkable stories,” said Bonnie Baerwald, Moraine Park interim president. “The service learning initiative at Moraine Park provides outstanding opportunities for our students and gives them experiences and skills that will follow them throughout life.”     

“This was my first service learning activity, and I learned so much from it,” Cheevers remarked. “It was truly an amazing experience.” The service learning initiative at Moraine Park is designed to pair community service projects with classroom instruction, giving students real-world, hands on experience in their field of study while helping their community. Students gave more than 10,000 hours of community service during the 2013-14 school year.

To learn more about service learning at Moraine Park, visit


Moraine Park recognizes staff members, business partner

by dritger2. March 2015 08:48

Career and Technical Education (CTE) month is celebrated throughout the nation and state every year during the month of February. One of the ways Moraine Park Technical College celebrated was with the annual Moraine Park Association of Career and Technical Education (MPACTE) awards banquet, held Tuesday, Feb. 3, at The Columbian in West Bend.

The banquet recognized individuals and organizations for their dedication to and excellence in career and technical education. The following Moraine Park Technical College employees were honored with awards: Kim DeMaa of Plymouth, Outstanding Support Professional; Caron Daugherty of Fond du Lac, Outstanding CTE Leader; James Simmers of Green Lake, Outstanding Instructor; Marla Pearce of Waupun, New Instructor; Brenda Schaefer of Fond du Lac, Outstanding Member – Community Involvement; Greg Harding of West Bend and Bonnie Bauer of Germantown, Longevity. 

Moraine Park Technical College staff members recognized for excellence at the annual MPACTE awards banquet. Pictured from left to right: James Simmers of Green Lake; Bonnie Baerwald, Moraine Park Interim President; Kim DeMaa of Plymouth; Marla Pearce of Waupun; Caron Daugherty of Fond du Lac; Brenda Schaefer of Fond du Lac.

Moraine Park Technical College staff members honored for their longevity with the College at the annual MPACTE awards banquet. Pictured from left to right: Greg Harding of West Bend; Daurren McCarthy, MPACTE President; Bonnie Bauer of Germantown.

The Business Award of Merit was presented to Wayne Matzke, president and CEO of Grande Cheese Company, for their continuous support of Moraine Park. The award acknowledges companies and organizations outside of the Wisconsin Technical College System for their outstanding contributions to the improvement, promotion and development of career, technical and adult education in Wisconsin. To note a few of the many contributions Grande Cheese Company has made to Moraine Park, they provide nearly 100 pounds of cheese each summer for the Culinary Club’s fundraiser at Fondue Fest, donate products to the Moraine Park Foundation’s fundraiser dinner and, most recently, approached the College regarding partnership opportunities as they look forward to moving into their new home office and research center in Fond du Lac in 2016.

Grande Cheese Company accepts the Business Award of Merit from Moraine Park Technical College’s MPACTE organization. Pictured from left to right: Daurren McCarthy, MPACTE President; James Simmers, Moraine Park culinary arts instructor; Wayne Matzke, president and CEO of Grande Cheese Company; Bonnie Baerwald, Moraine Park Interim President.

Throughout the year, MPACTE supports student achievement by awarding five $200 scholarships to Moraine Park students. For more information about Moraine Park, visit



Moraine Park welding students construct SWAT team training device

by dritger26. February 2015 12:29

Students in Moraine Park’s Welding program were put to the test as they were asked to construct a door frame that could withstand the strength of a trained SWAT team. This unique opportunity came along when the college was approached by the Fond du Lac Police Department with an idea to build a steel door frame that their SWAT team could use in door breaching drills.

Students and staff from Moraine Park Technical College’s Welding program collaborate with the Fond du Lac Police Department to construct a steel door frame for SWAT team training. From left: Jeff Beach, Moraine Park welding instructor; Ben Colwin, Fond du Lac Police Department assistant SWAT team leader; Michael Schladweiler, Jr., Kewaskum, welding student.

In the past, we would have to borrow this device from other counties, which can be time consuming,” said Ben Colwin, Fond du Lac Police Department assistant SWAT team leader. “In talking with other agencies, it was recommended that we seek the help of our local technical college.”

The project was a perfect fit for Moraine Park’s welding students and, more specifically, it complemented the curriculum for the Fabrication for Welders class. The project began with a planning phase in spring 2014, and then the fall 2014 class followed up with the actual fabrication of the frame. Students used donated steel from McNeilus Steel, Inc., of Fond du Lac to construct a heavy-duty frame that is adjustable to accommodate doors ranging from 55 to 96 inches wide.

“It was a fun and unique project that the students really enjoyed,” said Jeff Beach, welding instructor at Moraine Park. “The project taught students how to envision a plan and fabricate a project using structural materials.”  

The Fond du Lac SWAT team is made up of 13 officers, and they will begin using the frame in obstacle course training. Four SWAT team members received WallBanger™ instructor certification from The Safariland Group, which is a company that supplies breaching tools. The certification authorizes those individuals to provide in-service door breaching training to other members of the agency.

To learn more about the City of Fond du Lac Police Department, visit For more information about Moraine Park’s Welding program, or any other of the College’s programs, visit