Moraine Park student leadership displayed at WTCS Student Showcase Event

by abemis24. February 2014 12:46

Moraine Park Technical College sent four students to the State Capitol last Tuesday, Feb. 18 as a part of a System-wide showcase of service learning and other projects. More than 60 students representing all 16 Wisconsin technical colleges participated in the event.

Moraine Park Technical College student representatives with Moraine Park President Sheila Ruhland at the Student Showcase event at the State Capitol. Pictured from left: Natalie Schmitz, Jessica Parsons, Dr. Shelia Ruhland, Kim Treider and Joseph Clark. Moraine Park was represented by Kim Treider, Joseph Clark, Natalie Schmitz and Jessica Parsons. The students presented the service learning projects they worked on last semester to state legislators and other visitors. 

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. Each of the students representing Moraine Park worked on a service learning project that benefited a local community organization.

“Our students possess not only the technical skills to help employers compete and expand they also consistently demonstrate the leadership skills needed to succeed in the workplace and in the community,” Sheila Ruhland, Moraine Park president, said.  

The WTCS Student Showcase is an annual event designed to increase awareness of the many ways Wisconsin’s technical college students give back to their communities as part of their educational experience.

To learn more about the WTCS Student Showcase, visit

Moraine Park recognizes staff members, business partner

by abemis21. February 2014 11:29

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 Wednesday, Feb. 5, at Whispering Springs in Fond du Lac.

Moraine Park Technical College staff accepts their awards at the annual MPACTE banquet held on Wednesday, Feb. 5 at Whispering Spring in Fond du Lac, Wis. Pictured from left to right: Melissa Berg of Lake Mills, Amy Patterson of Beaver Dam, Amy Andersen of Oshkosh, Connie Schaumberg of Theresa and Donna Freund of St. Peter. 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: Connie Schaumberg of Theresa, Outstanding Support Professional; Amy Andersen of Oshkosh, Outstanding CTE Leader; Amy Patterson of Beaver Dam, Outstanding Instructor; Melissa Berg of Lake Mills, New Instructor; Donna Freund of St. Peter, Outstanding Member – Community Involvement; Kathy VanEerden of West Bend, Longevity. 

The Business Award of Merit went to: Sue Kaiser and Karen Bowe from Michels Corporation for supporting Moraine Park. The award acknowledges companies and individuals outside of the Wisconsin Technical College System that help promote and improve career and technical education in Wisconsin.

Throughout the year, MPACTE supports student achievement by awarding eight $300 scholarships to full-time Moraine Park students and five $200 scholarships to part-time Moraine Park students. Scholarships are co-sponsored by both the Moraine Park Federation of Teachers and the MPACTE organization.

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Moraine Park celebrates Career and Technical Education Month

by abemis3. February 2014 14:56

February is national Career and Technical Education (CTE) month, and Moraine Park, along with the entire Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS), will be celebrating.   

“Career and Technical Education month is a great time for Moraine Park and the WTCS to showcase what technical education is all about as well as what we are doing to benefit our students, local businesses, communities and our state,” Sheila Ruhland, president of Moraine Park, said. 

The general public is invited to join us in celebration. Here are just a few of the on- and off-campus events being held during February: 

Rwanda Genocide Survivor, Jacqueline Murekatete, will be speaking at the Fond du Lac Campus on Tuesday, Feb. 11, at 11:30 a.m. This event is free to the public. 

•Moraine Park Culinary Arts students will be participating in Sliced: A Moraine Park Culinary Competition at this year’s Fond du Lac Festivals event on Sunday, Feb. 23. The competition will be similar to The Food Network TV series, Chopped. 

•Prospective students can learn more information about programs, admissions requirements, financial aid and scholarships available at Discover Moraine Park from 4:30-6 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 25, at the Beaver Dam Campus and Wednesday, Feb. 26, at the Fond du Lac Campus. 

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