Attending Moraine Park’s final Information Technology Careers Completion Ceremony, which wrapped up a successful program that has helped nearly 100 students prepare for IT careers during the past four years, were (left to right) Grant Manager Anne Lemke, Instructor Dominic Garofalo, Instructor Jeff Stueber, Christopher Row, Jose Bustos, Kenneth Baehler, Eric Schepp, James Woodruff, Damien Clark, Tyler Kern, Kaitlin Benzing, Andrew Bond, Patti Ingram, Regenia Muche and President Bonnie Baerwald. Missing from photo were Karin Langsdorf and Lori Roberg.

Moraine Park Technical College recently held its final Information Technology Careers Completion Ceremony, wrapping up a successful program that has helped nearly 100 students prepare for IT careers during the past four years.

At the completion ceremony, held in Fond du Lac, 13 students received Content Management Systems, Website Security, iOS Web Application Developer, and Android Web Application Development certificates through the U.S. Department of Labor Interface grant program.

The following fall, 2016 cohort students earned certificates: Christopher Rowe of West Bend, Website Security; Jose Bustos of Fond du Lac, Website Security; Kenneth Baehler of West Bend, Content Management Systems and Website Security; Eric Schepp of Fond du Lac, Website Security; James Woodruff of Fond du Lac, Website Security; Damien Clark of Mayville, Website Security; Tyler Kern of Fond du Lac, Website Security; Kaitlin Benzing of Kewaskum, Website Security; Regenia Muche of Horicon, iOS and Android Web Application; Patti Ingram of Ripon, iOS and Android Web Application; and Lori Roberg of Jackson, Website Security.

Two students, Karin Langsdorf and Andrew Bond, completed all four certificates.

This was the final cohort to close out the four-year U.S. Department of Labor Interface grant program. In 2014 Moraine Park received $995,662 of a $23.1 million statewide project. In total, 93 MPTC students earned 126 certificates helping to prepare them for IT careers. To date, 24 students have used their certificates into career pathways towards IT Associate degrees.

“I am so proud to have been a part of this amazing student success over the past five years. The Department of Labor Trade Adjustment Community College Career Training Grants came out in rounds, first for Manufacturing, then for IT and lastly for Healthcare,” said Grant Manager Anne Lemke.

All 16 technical colleges in Wisconsin have worked as a consortium to train thousands of participants helping the skills gap in these three core categories where employers across the state are the most in need. Veterans, TAA eligible and dislocated workers, plus the general public have all been served throughout the projects in collaboration with workforce partners statewide.

“The best part is that all of the skills our students have learned are connected to career pathways that can ladder them into further education and higher paying jobs,” Lemke said.

To learn more about Moraine Park Technical College, visit morainepark.edu.