Moraine Park observes Career and Technical Education Month

by admin4. February 2009 19:00

Moraine Park Technical College and the Moraine Park Association for Career and Technical Education (MPACTE) are observing national Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month in February. This year’s theme is CTE: Building Blocks for a Successful Career.


“Career and technical education plays a vital role in the lives of many of our local and state residents by preparing them for successful careers in a competitive workforce,” said Jo Ann Giese-Kent, president of MPACTE. “It's exciting that the State of Wisconsin is recognizing CTE Month officially this year. Governor Jim Doyle recently proclaimed February 2009 as CTE Month and commends this observance to all citizens.”


MPACTE will hold its annual awards banquet Feb. 23 to recognize individuals and business for their dedication and excellence. Awards include the 2009 MPACTE Professional Excellence Awards, the C.L. Greiber Award of Merit in the Business and Individual categories, the Rodney Pasch Leadership Award and the George P. Hambrecht Award that is given to an employee who has worked in career and technical education for more than 25 years.


A variety of events are planned throughout the month including Discover Moraine Park, a free event on Feb. 17, 18 and 19 at the West Bend, Fond du Lac and Beaver Dam campuses, respectively, for anyone who wants to pursue a technical college education.Discover how to complete the steps for admission, select the program that fits one’s career goals and what services are available to Moraine Park students. For additional details, visit or call 1-800-472-4554, ext. 3204.


Share in the Student Life experience and join Moraine Park students and staff for music, comedy and a movie. Help save lives by donating at a Feb. 25 blood drive. The following February activities are open to the public:


West Bend campus: Patchwork (a.k.a. Jeremiah Nelson) is the featured performer for the Coffeehouse Concert on Monday, Feb. 23, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the cafeteria. The general public may purchase food and beverages at cost. For more information, contact Bradley Mitchell, Moraine Park Student Life, at 262-335-5743 or


Beaver Dam campus: Comedian/musician Johnny Walker will perform in the commons on Wednesday, Feb. 25, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The general public may purchase lunch for $5 per meal. For more information, contact Lisa Manuell, Moraine Park Student Life, at 920-887-4462 or


Fond du Lac campus: Two events are taking place on Wednesday, Feb. 25. The BloodCenter of Wisconsin will hold a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Room A-102. Register by calling 920-924-3101, or e-mail A free movie will be shown from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and again from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Cyber Center cafeteria. The general public may purchase food for $5 per meal. For more information, contact Adam Ninmann, Moraine Park Student Life, at 920-924-3101 or  


Moraine Park recognizes its Advisory Committees, whose members volunteer their time and expertise to the College. Their efforts help support the growth of the College’s educational programs, ensuring they meet the employment needs of business and industry in the Moraine Park community and Wisconsin.


MPACTE comprises 93 members, bringing together educational support professionals, faculty and administration. It is the local chapter of WACTE, which unites individuals involved in career and technical education, provides professional development, encourages leadership in the professional arena and promotes innovative change to enhance lifelong learning. 


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