Discover your future at Moraine Park

by abemis19. February 2014 08:37

Moraine Park Technical College is holding its annual Discover Moraine Park event on Tuesday, Feb. 25, at the West Bend and Beaver Dam campuses and Wednesday, Feb. 26, at the Fond du Lac campus, both from 4:30 -6 p.m.

This event is great for anyone contemplating career change, graduating from high school or completing your GED/HSED requirements to fast track their college admissions process. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet with instructors from their desired program area, as well as staff from admissions, financial aid and student services. The following program areas will be featured; business, technology, digital arts, consumer and hospitality services, engineering, environmental sciences and trades, general education, health science and human services and manufacturing.

Attendees will receive a $30 application fee waiver, valid towards Associate Degree and Technical Diploma applications. Photo ID is required.

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

Moraine Park celebrates the holidays by giving back

by abemis18. December 2013 12:13

Moraine Park Technical College students have been busy finishing up final projects studying for end of semester exams and registering for spring classes. Despite their busy schedules, many student clubs and organizations found time to make the spirits a little brighter for families in need this holiday season.  Student at Moraine Park’s Fond du Lac, West Bend and Beaver Dam campuses decked the halls with boxes to collect food, toys and clothing for various community organizations.         

Students in Moraine Park Technical College’s Electrical Power Distribution (EPD) Club rang bells for the Salvation Army at Racheck’s and Shopko in West Bend on Dec. 4, 2013. Pictured from left: Andy Luedtke, Tanner Holzhueter and Erik Hefner.

In Fond du Lac, the Student Senate sponsored a diaper drive for the Fond du Lac Family Resource Center. The group also held a Bone Marrow Drive for Be the Match last month. During the drive, students learned how to get involved in donating bone marrow through the Be The Match organization. The IT club held a hat and mitten drive on campus and donated the items collected to the Solutions Center in Fond du Lac. The Cosmetology Club also donated items collected during a food drive to the Solutions Center, and the Corrections Club donated a portion of the proceeds from their card fundraiser to the Solutions Center.

In West Bend, the Chiropractic Specialists Club, Cosmetology Apprentice Club, Electricity Club, Graphics/IMD Club, SAGA Club, Student Senate, SMARTS Club and the Student Nurses Association wrapped up a campus-wide food drive. The West Bend Student Senate and the Student Nurses Association collected items for the Kids2Kids Toy Drive. Kapco’s Kids2Kids toy drive collects over 20,000 toys for low-income children through Southeastern Wisconsin.

The Beaver Dam Student Senate found a creative way to raise funds and awareness for men’s health issues through a month-long event called Mo-Vember at Mo-Raine Park. Participants took before and after photos, one clean shaven at the beginning of the month and another at the end of the month and invited anyone to vote for their favorite Mo-Vember moustache for $1. The club also sold Kwik Trip gift cards around campus. A portion of the proceeds from both charity drives were donated to the Elks Christmas Baskets, which provides food baskets for families during the holidays. The Human Resources Club conducted a toy drive in conjunction with the Dodge County Toy Bank. The Electrical Power Distribution (EPD) Club rang bells for the Salvation Army. The Beaver Dam Student Nurses Association conducted a food drive for St. Vincent de Paul.

Students in the Beaver Dam and Fond du Lac chapters of the Multicultural Club collected school supplies and other donations this winter to support the Blue Mountain Project. The Blue Mountain Project is an organization committed to improving the health, education and economy in rural Jamaican communities. Some club members and other Moraine Park students will be bringing the items to Jamaica this January during the study abroad trip through Moraine Park’s International Education program. 

If you are interested in learning more about service learning projects happening on campus, visit


U.S. Secretary of Labor applauds Wisconsin’s technical colleges

by abemis13. December 2013 11:08

U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez visited Wisconsin as part of a Midwest stop on Wednesday, Dec. 4.  Secretary Perez visited Gateway Technical College in Racine to follow up on the innovative training programs planned as a result of Labor’s recent $23.1 million grant to the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS), announced in September.

Moraine Park Technical College is receiving $995,662 as part of the grant program’s statewide investment in Information Technology (IT) career pathways, which develops advanced IT competencies to support every sector of the state’s economy, including business, health care, hospitality, manufacturing and others.

The successful grant application is the third installment of a multi-year, nearly $2 billion federal community college initiative designed to increase credential attainment in high-priority economic sectors.  In the previous round, the technical colleges won an $18.3 million grant to expand innovative programs that produce high-skilled workers in advanced manufacturing.

“We were thrilled to provide this grant, because it was earned,” Secretary Perez told a panel of employers, students and WTCS leaders on Wednesday.“You have written the book— that’s why you won one of the largest grants.”

“Moraine Park is proud to be part of the collaboration with the WTCS,” Sheila Ruhland, Moraine Park Technical College president, said. “I know these funds will go a long way to provide our students and students across our state with new opportunities.”

Wisconsin’s technical colleges received one of the largest single awards and the collaboration is one of the few applicants to successfully receive back-to-back grants.  The grant to Moraine Park Technical College will fund additional courses within its current IT program offerings and create new certificates in digital media and network security.

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Moraine Park wins prestigious marketing award

by abemis12. December 2013 10:00

Moraine Park Technical College was honored with two Gold Medallion Awards from the National Council for Marketing & Public Relations (NCMPR) for their 2013 Viewbook and Economic and Workforce Development print ad series.

NCMPR is an organization that connects PR and marketing professionals at community and technical colleges across the nation. Each year NCMPR recognizes outstanding achievement by awarding presented work with a gold, silver or bronze medallion.  

For more information on Moraine Park, visit

Moraine Park releases 2012-2013 Annual Report

by abemis11. December 2013 08:32

Moraine Park Technical College’s 2012-2013 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 2012-13 school year. Also included is information from the Moraine Park Foundation, which shares student success stories, new foundation initiatives and financial data. 

“I invite everyone to take a look at the 2012-2013 Annual Report,” Dr. Sheila Ruhland, Moraine Park president, said. “This has been another great year filled with success from both students and staff and many wonderful milestones from the College as a whole.”

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 graduates third STRAT class

by abemis6. December 2013 10:30

Moraine Park Technical College has graduated its third group of participants from the STRAT (Strategy, Alignment, Talent) program. 

Moraine Park Technical College STRAT graduates pictured from left: Angella Mattheis of Agnesian HealthCare, Tony Sizemore of Grande Cheese Company, John Campbell of Amerequip, Laurie Barz of Moraine Park Technical College and Andy Theisen of Kondex Corporation.

The STRAT program is designed to give business professionals cross-functional development linking strategy and execution to achieve measureable goals within their organization.  The STRAT program was developed by Moraine Park’s Economic and Workforce Development department in partnership with Dr. Alan Patterson, president of MENTORÉ. Through the program, students participate in workshops, networking events, professional coaching and self-assessments to help them complete a project and enhance their organizational leadership performance.

Participants included Angella Mattheis of Agnesian HealthCare; Tony Sizemore of Grande Cheese Company; John Campbell of Amerequip; Laurie Barz of Moraine Park Technical College; and Andy Theisen of Kondex Company.

Registration is currently in process for the 2014 STRAT session. Informational briefings will be held on Thursday, Dec. 12, from 3-4:30 p.m. at all three Moraine Park campuses. Attendees will have the opportunity to win a STRAT scholarship. To register, call 1-800-472-4554 ext. 3449. For more information on the STRAT program and the STRAT briefings, visit


Moraine Park makes Military Friendly Schools list for fourth year

by abemis4. December 2013 10:32

Moraine Park Technical College is pleased to be included in Victory Media’s 2014 list of Military Friendly Schools for the fourth consecutive year for its excellence in serving veterans as students.

This prestigious award recognizes the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools nationwide who embrace America’s veterans as students. The complete list can be viewed by visiting

 “Moraine Park is honored to again be included on the 2014 list of Military Friendly Schools,” Sheila Ruhland, Moraine Park president, said. “I am grateful for our staff and faculty who have taken the initiative to make sure we have many resources available to veteran students.”

Moraine Park has numerous resources available to military and veteran students, including the Student Veterans Association (SVA) club. The SVA meets regularly to provide information about educational opportunities offered at Moraine Park. The club allows students to ask questions and meet with other military students and veterans providing a support system that help veteran and military members smoothly transition from military life to college and careers.

“As a veteran who is still serving in the Air National Guard, I understand the specific needs of our veterans who are now enrolled in college,” Scott Lieburn, Moraine Park dean of students, said. “Having a strong network of other student veterans, like our Student Veterans Club, and a college staff who are supportive can go a long way in helping them achieve their educational goals.”

Schools on the list range from state universities and private colleges to community and technical colleges and trade schools. The common bond is their shared priority of recruiting students with military experience. Schools on the Military Friendly Schools list also offer additional benefits to student veterans such as on-campus veterans programs, credit for service and military spouse programs. Criteria for making the Military Friendly Schools list included efforts to recruit and retain military and veteran students, results in recruiting military and veteran students, and academic accreditations.

For more information on Moraine Park, visit