Moraine Park announces Jim Wessing as 2013 Commencement Speaker

by ratkinson14. May 2013 14:16

Moraine Park Technical College has announced Jim Wessing, co-founder and president of Kondex Corp., Lomira, Wis., as their 2013 Commencement keynote speaker.

The College’s 2013 Commencement Ceremony will be held Saturday, May 18, at 10:00 a.m. at the Fond du Lac High School Field House. Dr. Sheila Ruhland, Moraine Park president, will preside over the ceremony.

 Associate of applied science degrees, technical diplomas and certificates will be presented by Moraine Park District Board Chair Dr. Richard Zimman, Vice Chair Vernon Jung, Jr., and board members Donna Goetz and Shirley Kitchen. 

"I am both humbled and honored to be the keynote speaker at MPTC's 2013 Commencement Ceremony," said Wessing, who noted his wife, Sue, earned three separate degrees from Moraine Park while they were raising their family and growing Kondex.  "I have experienced firsthand the feeling of accomplishment by Sue, as our children and I applauded her each time she walked across the stage; realizing the completion of another milestone in her life."

"We are excited and honored to have Jim Wessing as this year’s Commencement Speaker," said Moraine Park President Sheila Ruhland. "Jim is a strong supporter of both Moraine Park and technical education. He understands the important role technical education plays in our high schools and he recognizes the many opportunities a technical education provides for those who pursue it as a postsecondary option."

Kondex was presented with the 2013 C.L. Greiber Award of Merit by the Moraine Park Association of Career and Technical Education in recognition of contributions to the improvement, promotion, development and progress of career and technical education in Wisconsin.

Wessing is a trustee of the University of Wisconsin Memorial Union Building Association and Ag Sector Board Director of the Association of Equipment Manufacturers.  He served as past president of the Farm Equipment Manufacturers Association (FEMA) and the Wisconsin Buy Recycled Business Alliance. Wessing, who received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin - Madison, is also a member of The Executive Committee (TEC) and a long-time Junior Achievement teacher.  His awards include FEMA’s Golden Presidents Club and C.P. Nicholson Memorial Award. Wessing was named the 2000 CCLT Distinguished Graduate and in 2009 was named the Lomira Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) Business Person of the Year.

Kondex Corp. is a global manufacturing company employs 300 dedicated associates and is a manufacturer of precision components servicing the agricultural, bio-fuels, lawn and turf, construction, and forestry markets. Kondex produces high-quality cutting parts used in items such as harvesters, wood chippers, stump cutters, concrete equipment and harvesting equipment. Find out more at

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, Wis., 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