Moraine Park Hosting Community-Wide Fair Trade Events

(Beaver Dam) Moraine Park Technical College (MPTC) is partnering with other higher education institutions and local non-profits to host community-wide Fair Trade educational events. October marks Fair Trade month, which promotes the purchase and sale of goods produced ethically and fairly. It also ensures fair wages, safe working conditions and environmental sustainability while prohibiting forced labor. Moraine Park is the first technical college in the U.S. to achieve Fair Trade status, accomplished in 2015.  MPTC President Bonnie Baerwald says the college’s mission is to prepare students for success in a diverse and globally-connected world. She added that their collaboration as a Fair Trade College demonstrates their commitment to exposing and teaching students about social and ethnic values and struggles. Moraine Park will be hosting a Fair Trade 101 event on October 17 from 11:45am to 12:45pm at all three campuses. More information along with this news story will be on In Fond du Lac the class will be held in room A-112, Beaver Dam K-320 and West Bend room L-137. The event will look into the lives of artisans working in Peru, India, Ecuador, and the Philippines and will feature keynote speakers Liz Marczak and Steven Anderson, from SERRV International in Madison. The College is also participating in a Fond du Lac Fair Trade Town community-wide event on October 25 from 5:30-8:30 pm at the Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts.


Photo Caption: Moraine Park Technical College celebrates Fair Trade month in October. Pictured left to right are Moraine Park staff members Kevin Rodriguez, multicultural student support specialist; Anne Lemke, experiential learning coordinator; Melissa Schmidt, transition specialist; Hans Baierl, library services coordinator.