Moraine Park celebrates Career and Technical Education Month

by speitz14. February 2011 04:34

Moraine Park staff recognized

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, nearly two-thirds of the fastest growing occupations will require an associate’s degree or postsecondary vocational certificate. Research also indicates that 80 percent of current and emerging occupations require two-year technical degrees, while just 20 percent require baccalaureate degrees.

With these facts in mind, Moraine Park Technical College and the Moraine Park Association for Career and Technical Education (MPACTE) are celebrating national Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month throughout February to recognize the importance of Technical Education for our state and region.

MPACTE held its annual awards banquet at the Whispering Springs Golf and Country Club on Feb. 7 to recognized individuals for their dedication to and excellence in career and technical education. Sherry Hackbarth, Sandra Huenink, Julie Dilling and Carrie Schmidt received a MPACTE Professional Excellence Award.

Kelli DeRuyter, R.N. of Cedar Community in West Bend received the C.L. Greiber Award of Merit.

The Rodney Pasch Leadership Award was given to Martin Potter. This award, open to all Moraine Park employees, recognizes an individual who personifies the principles of character, commitment and ethics in the daily performance of their work.

Moraine Park and the other 15 Wisconsin Technical colleges will bring CTE month to the state Capitol Rotunda Feb. 14 through 18. Each college will have a booth that displays program information, alumni success stories and college facts. On Feb. 22, students will be in the Capitol representing Moraine Park as part of CTE month efforts.

For more information about Moraine Park, visit For more information on state-wide CTE month activities, visit