MPACTE stands for Moraine Park Association of Career and Technical Education, our district voice of WACTE (Wisconsin Association of Career and Technical Education).  We are a unified voice to promote change, give employees opportunities to engage, network, and participate in leadership development and community service.  Our MPTC MPACTE group has over 50 members!

Every year in February we celebrate Career and Tech Ed month with a banquet where annual leadership awards are given out, scholarship recipients are honored, and a beautiful basket raffle is held to raise more dollars for student scholarships.  This year, our celebration was held on February 6, 2018 at the Golf Club at Camelot with an Olympics theme.  Marla Werner, MPACTE President was the Master of Ceremonies. Tammy Pitts, Agnesian Healthcare/SSM Human Resources​ Director, was our keynote speaker.  2017-18 scholarship honorees were Madison Schueller and Bethany Treder.  Membership Chair Donna Freund promoted new memberships to grow the team.  This year a new record was set with over $1,700 raised for student scholarships!

Award winners left to right Tammy Pitts/Agnesian SSM, President Bonnie Baerwald, JoAnn Giese Kent, Barbara Brown, Melissa Schmidt, Michelle Duran, and Bonnie Bauer

Award winners left to right:
Tammy Pitts/Agnesian SSM, President Bonnie Baerwald, JoAnn Giese Kent, Barbara Brown, Melissa Schmidt, Michelle Duran, and Bonnie Bauer

Awards presented included:

Business of Merit Award – Agnesian Healthcare Foundation.  MPACTE recognizes companies and organizations for their outstanding contributions to the improvement, promotion, and development of career, technical, and adult education in the Moraine Park district.  We are very pleased to honor Agnesian Healthcare for their longstanding impact as an excellent partner serving our students in clinicals, practicums, and employment, as well as volunteering on college advisory boards and making generous contributions to our foundation supporting student scholarships.  Tammy Pitts accepted this award on behalf of Agnesian.  Congratulations!

MPACTE President Marla Werner presents the Business Award to Tammy Pitts of Agnesian/SSM

Outstanding Support Professional – Michelle Duran.  This award is given to a WACTE Associate member who has made a significant contribution to career and technical education.  As the Tutoring Services Specialist, Michelle promotes and coordinates a comprehensive tutoring program among our three campuses. She serves as the primary contact person for students seeking tutoring at each campus and is responsible for the recruitment, hiring, and training of a roster of approximately 40 active tutors and 40 additional reserve tutors per semester.  Michelle continually demonstrates dedication to students, strong communication skills, highly developed organizational skills, and effective decision-making skills in all of her work at the college. Michelle is involved in many campus committees, and is sought-out due to her creative thinking and the leadership she brings to any task. She is a part of MPACTE, the MPTC Kiwanis Satellite group, the New Student Orientation Committee, and WI Women in Higher Education Leadership.  Michelle also has taken on a role in learning more about how poverty affects our students, and teaches to numerous student and staff groups on understanding the impact of poverty on our student body. Congratulations Michelle!

Michelle Duran accepts her award

Outstanding CTE Leader – Bonnie Bauer.  This award is given to a full-time standard member in recognition of contributions made to career and technical education.  As Disability Resources Manager at MPTC, Bonnie is responsible for the processes of Disability Resources under the Student Affairs Unit and provides leadership for the planning and delivery of comprehensive disability services district-wide. She is responsible for the oversight of the provision of accommodations and auxiliary services for applicants and students with disabilities in compliance with federal regulations. Bonnie is also responsible for the delivery and supervision of college-wide Tutoring Services and Student Affairs Grants.  Bonnie has always demonstrated immense integrity, responsibility, and leadership to name just a few of her exceptional qualities.  Bonnie’s commitment to her career, our students, and staff is evident through her leadership during team and college wide meetings, keen sense of working with everyone as individuals, as well as her ability to remain calm and neutral when dealing with complicated situations.  Bonnie serves on several college Cross Functional teams, as a college mentor, as well as maintaining an active role in our MPACTE chapter.    Bonnie has also organized and presented several professional development sessions both at MPTC as well as in her community.   Congratulations Bonnie!

President Marla Werner presents award to Bonnie Bauer

Outstanding Instructor – Barbara Brown.  This award is given to a standard, associate, or loyalty member who is a full-time or part-time instructor.  The instructor is selected because of contributions to career and technical education in outstanding instruction.  Barb Brown has been an awesome instructor at MPTC for 11 years.  She started out as a Nursing Assistant Instructor and for the last 4 years has been a Nursing Instructor.  Barb is also an advisor for the Student Nursing Association, coordinates the annual healthcare careers fair, and is an active member of MPACTE, currently our past president.  She also served on the MPTC Wellness Committee for the past 3 years, and is currently serving on the statewide committee for the Military Medic to RN project.  Barb also works occasional status as an RN at Agnesian/SSM.  She is a mom to 4 wonderful adult children and grandma to 9!  Congratulations Barb!

President Marla Werner presents award to Barb Brown

Outstanding New Instructor – JoAnn Giese-Kent.  This award is given to encourage new instructors to remain in the profession. Recipients of this award must have made significant contributions toward innovative, unique, and novel programs and have shown a professional commitment early in their careers.  JoAnn is an instructor for the new Business Analyst program.  She has been hard at work in her first year creating courses and curriculum for the new online program.  She also teaches courses in Intro to Business and Marketing Principles.  JoAnn came to us from the Fond du Lac Economic Development Corp (FCEDC) where she served the last 7 years as Vice President of Business Intelligence and Entrepreneurial Development.  Before that, JoAnn worked in the MPTC Institutional Research Department.  She says she used to analyze the data on our students and now she gets to have the wonderful opportunity to teach them and truly affect the data outcomes!  JoAnn and her husband Tim have their own family architect business, Tim is an MPTC alumni, and they have a beautiful daughter.  Congratulations JoAnn!

JoAnn Giese Kent accepts her award

Outstanding Community Involvement – Melissa Schmidt.  This award is given to a standard, associate, or loyalty member with significant accomplishments and outstanding leadership in programs and activities that promote community involvement.  Recipients of this award must have made significant contributions toward training, motivating, or inspiring others to become involved in programs and projects that benefit the community.  Melissa is the Transition Specialist at MPTC since 2016, helping students transition from GED/HSED into degree programs.  In between caring for her beautiful family of four, working her full time job, encouraging the strength and wellness of kids and adults as a part time fitness instructor, and managing her own small obstacle course business, Melissa still prioritizes her time for community volunteering. She has trained and run 152 miles in 6 days for Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Run the US for the past 3 years in a row, raising over $40,000 to date for the cause. She is the current President of the Fond du Lac Women in Management group and our MPTC representative for the WI Women in Higher Ed Leadership team. Melissa is also an active member of our
MPTC Kiwanis group, Wellness Committee and Fair Trade College Team. Other local community teams
Melissa helps include InSPIRE and Leadership Fond du Lac.  Congratulations Melissa!

Melissa Schmitz accepts her award

Longevity Award – Bonnie Baerwald.  MPTC President Bonnie Baerwald has served our college since 1993 with her many talents in the roles of Accountant, Senior Accountant, Director of Financial Management, VP of Financial Management, VP of Finance and Facilities, VP of Finance and Administrative Services, and Interim President.  Since July of 2015, we are so proud and blessed to have her as our President!  Congratulations Bonnie!

Marla presents award to President Bonnie Baerwald

MPACTE celebration Buying MPACTE raffle tickets MPACTE raffle baskets MPACTE celebration dinner MPACTE celebration dinner MPACTE celebration dinner MPACTE celebration dinner MPACTE celebration dinner MPACTE celebration dinner Tammy Pitts keynote speaker Bonnie Bauer presents the Administrative award to Michelle Duran President Bonnie Baerwald accepts award Donna Freund Membership chair scholarship winner Bethany Treder Bethany and her mom scholarship winner Maddie Schueller Maddie Schueller and Marla Werner

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Written by Anne Lemke
Student Community Impact Coordinator