Written by Sarah Spang, 2016 Moraine Park graduate
I chose to attend Moraine Park two times in my life for drastically different reasons. The first time in 2008-2009 was because I had just graduated high school with no direction. I wanted to stay local and enroll in a program that suited some of the natural talents I already had, so MPTC’s Office Assistant technical diploma was a great choice for me. After one year of courses and studying, I was able to go into the workforce with the knowledge and confidence I needed to land my first real “adult” job.
Moraine Park scholarship recipients had the opportunity to meet donors who are helping make their education more affordable. Scholarship luncheons held in Beaver Dam and West Bend, allowed donors to connect with students who are benefiting from their generous gifts and hear how the scholarships are making a difference in their lives.
On September 29, 2016 ten students successfully completed Moraine Park Technical College’s Medical Assistant first one year long cohort at the West Bend Campus. The second cohort is already in progress, planning to complete in September of 2017, according to Anne Lemke, TAACCCT 3 & 4 grant manager.
Students who received Moraine Park Foundation scholarships were given the opportunity to meet and thank their donors at a scholarship luncheon held at Park Terrace Restaurant on the Fond du Lac campus on Tuesday, October 4. The annual event, held at all three campuses, allows donors to connect with students who are benefiting from their generous gifts and hear how the scholarships are making a difference in their lives.
Martin Ciriacks of Maribel, Wis., graduated from Moraine Park Technical College in 1984 with a degree in the Machine Tooling Technics program. He grew up in Hartford, Wis., and is a 1982 graduate of Hartford Union High School.
Upon completing his degree at Moraine Park, Martin found employment in his field and enjoyed positions at various Tool and Die Shops in the Germantown and Menomonee Falls area. During this time, Martin enjoyed fostering and training many apprentices from Moraine Park.
Since earning his degree from Moraine Park more than three decades ago, Martin has become a highly regarded plastic injection mold-building specialist, starting, growing, owning and selling several successful businesses in the manufacturing industry. He has also won several national awards, including becoming a three- time National Leadtime Leader Award winner.
Today, Martin is owner and president of Phoenix Tool LLC, a plastic injection mold-building company, located in Maribel, Wis. He founded this company in 2010. Phoenix Tool specializes in complex and intricate multi-cavity plastic injection molds delivered in demanding time frames.
Prior to that, Martin started and developed M&M Tool and Mold, Inc., from 1995 to 2007. It was then acquired by a private equity firm from Minneapolis, Minn. He also owned R&R Clamp LLC from 2007 to 2013 and Splitter Machine LLC in Denmark, Wis., from 2012 to 2014.
In his community, Martin has coached junior Little League and Little Leagues in Maribel for roughly a decade and has served as Chairman of the Finance Council at All Saints Catholic Church in Denmark. He has also supported the Knights of Columbus and Boy Scouts, has sponsored high school activities, and is a past Lions Club member and Norsemen Snowmobile Club member.
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