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This year, Moraine Park Foundation launched its first major campaign to help fund the Moraine Park Promise. A $1.2 million campaign goal will build sustainable resources to ensure Promise students will receive the scholarship support they need to access the education and training offered at MPTC.

The Moraine Park Promise program will cover tuition and fees not met by other sources of federal and state assistance, enabling eligible students to complete five semesters with significantly less debt. This also puts them in a much better position to improve their socioeconomic status and become integral contributors to the local economy.

We hope you will join us in this effort. Together, we can enable more students from low-income families to prepare for the 21st-century workforce. By doing that, we’ll also be helping to break the cycle of poverty in our region and infusing local businesses with the kind of skilled workers they need to prosper.

The Need
Community Benefits
Why Give?
Campaign Leadership
The Need

High school students from low-income families lag in college enrollment by over 30% compared to their higher-income peers. For many of them, attending college is a financial undertaking that’s simply too risky. Even those who do seek a degree often can’t afford to finish their programs. Couple this situation with the fact that our region’s poverty rate has stayed the same since 2010. This District average is 9.25%. That’s a strong indicator that additional programs are needed to help reduce poverty in our communities.

Meanwhile, local employers are confronting a serious talent gap. They desperately need skilled employees to meet their current and forecasted needs. For example, in August 2017, there were 10,856 job postings within the MPTC District, with 55% requiring a technical education. Unfortunately, only 48% of eligible workers in the area have the skills and training needed for these positions. In short, we have a significant pool of potential employees who cannot make the financial leap to attaining education and training; at the same time, we have a large – and increasing – demand for those would-be employees in our regional workforce.

Community Benefits

Investment in these programs translates into higher incomes, more tax revenue, and more job-ready, better-educated workers for local businesses to hire. In fact, research shows that for every dollar a student invests in their technical college education, nearly five dollars ($4.90) is returned as higher future income over their careers. That means fewer people are likely to need public assistance and social services and more people are making greater contributions to our economy. Additionally, Wisconsin’s taxpayers receive $12.20 in benefits for every dollar invested in the technical colleges. That is a significant return on investment!

Why Give?

High school students who enter college immediately following graduation are three times more likely to obtain a degree than those who delay their higher education. Moreover, a continuous pathway from high school to college reduces the likelihood that these young adults will opt for working low-income jobs or collecting unemployment.

Your contribution to the Moraine Park Promise campaign will not only help deserving students but will also help create more skilled workers, eager young men and women with the training and education that can invigorate our region’s vitality and economic prosperity.

Campaign Leadership

Honorary Co-Chairs:

  • Tripp Ahern, President & CEO, J. F. Ahern
  • Tom Herre, Retired, Fond du Lac City Manager
  • Steve Little, Regional Chief Operating Officer, SSM Health
  • Kim Miller, President & CEO, Beaver Dam Community Hospitals
  • Ed Paradowski, President, Apache Stainless Equipment Corporation
  • Michael Schoeb, President & CEO, Alliance Laundry Systems
  • John Torinus, Retired, CEO-Serigraph

Co-Chairs:

  • Jim Flood, Former Owner, Holiday Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram
  • Steve Peterson, Mid-States Aluminum Corporation Board
  • Mike Shannon, CEO, Holiday Automotive

Cabinet Members:

  • Andres Gonzales, VP Human Resources, Mercury Marine
  • Shirley Kitchen, Moraine Park Foundation Board Member
  • Pam Korth, Human Resources Manager, Apache Stainless Corporation
  • Mike Miller, Former MPTC District Board Chair
  • Rick Parks, President & CEO, Society Insurance
  • John St. Peter, Attorney, Edgarton, St. Peter, Petak & Rosenfeldt
  • Mary Vogl-Rauscher, Leadership Development Instructor-MPTC

Advisory Members:

  • Philip Fritsche, President, Beaver Dam Chamber of Commerce
  • Tom Hostad, Executive Director, Hartford Area Development Corporation
  • Andy Pevonka, MPTC Alumni Advisory Committee
  • Christian Tscheschlok, Executive Director, Economic Development Washington County
  • Bur Zeratsky, Executive Vice President, National Rivet & Manufacturing Company

THANK YOU TO OUR GENEROUS MORAINE PARK PROMISE DONORS!

The following partners have made gift intentions of $1,000 or more to Moraine Park Promise.

Ambassador – $100,000 – $249,999

Agnesian HealthCare
Agnesian HealthCare Foundation
Mercury Marine

Mentor – $50,000 – $99,999

Alliance Laundry Systems LLC
Ted and Grace Bachhuber Foundation, Inc.
Duane & Kathleen Foulkes Foundation
The Grande Foundation
National Exchange Bank Foundation
West Bend Community Foundation’s —
Ziegler Family Foundation Fund

Partner – $25,000 – $49,999

Beaver Dam Community Hospitals Foundation, Inc.
C.D. Smith Construction
Excel Engineering
Jim and Judy Flood
Mike Shannon Automotive Foundation
MEC (Mayville Engineering Company, Inc.)
Society Insurance Charitable Fund
Mike and Nancy Berg, Summit Automotive
Van Horn Automotive

Advocate – $10,000 – $24,999

Apache Stainless Equipment Corporation
Bonnie Baerwald
Baker Cheese
Beaver Dam Community Hospitals, Inc.
Countryside Auto Group
Fox Valley Savings Bank
Horicon Bank
J. F. Ahern Co.
Kondex Corporation
Manowske Welding Corporation
Rick and Joni Parks
Steve and Karla Peterson
John and Eileen Pfeifer
RAM Tool, Inc.
Russ Darrow Group
John and Joan Shanahan
Silica For Your Home
Tobin Machining
Uecker-Witt Funeral Home, Inc.

Advisor – $5,000 – $9,999

Capelle Bros. & Diedrich, Inc.
Johnson School Bus
Dick and Joan Kleinfeldt
Rodney and Kim Miller
Sadoff Family Foundation
John and Sally St. Peter
Sure-Fire, Inc.
Richard Zieman

Supporter – $2,500 – $4,999

Tom and Nan Baumgartner
CampusWorks
Tom and Sally Herre
Muthig Industries, Inc.

Friend – $1,000 – $2,499

Anonymous
James and Catherine Barrett
Dana Bourland
Jet Stream Car Wash
Tom and Carrie Kasubaski
Allan C. Kieckhafer
Robert Heyrman
Serigraph Inc.
Westbury Bank Charitable Foundation

LEARN MORE ABOUT GIVING TO THE MORAINE PARK PROMISE

DONOR INQUIRIES:
Dana Bourland
Director of College Advancement
920-924-3225
dbourland1@morainepark.edu

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