MPTC Hands Out First Business And Industry Partnership Awards

(Beaver Dam) Moraine Park Technical College recently handed out its first business and industry partnership awards. The college’s Economic and Workforce Development team implemented five separate partnership awards to be presented each fiscal year.

The Excellence in Partnership award, which targets organizations involved in several areas of the college including advisory committees; Foundation donations; TechConnect; and boot camps, was given to Mayville Engineering. MPTC officials say MEC has supported their employees serving on Moraine Park advisory committees as well as contribute to the college’s Promise program.

The Employer of the Year was awarded to Mercury Marine. The company has partnered with the college to launch several development programs including Basic Shop Math, Forklift Training, Inspire Supervisor Series and Dealer Training.

Bike Friendly West Bend was the recipient of The Innovation Award, which is given to an organization that implemented forward thinking solutions to a workforce challenge. They were highlighted for their collaboration with MPTC students who designed bike racks that were installed around the city of West Bend.

The New Partner of the Year award was given to Envision Greater Fond du Lac for their involvement in the development and delivery of the new Leading Through People and Process program. Launched in 2019, the program provides an innovative approach to leadership development.

Lastly, the Workforce Development Champion was awarded to Harley Lemkuil from Specialty Cheese who partnered with MPTC as a boot camp internship site last year. Under Lemkuil’s leadership, they have created additional partnerships with the college including machine onsite training and participation in the Economic and Workforce Development’s podcast.

Pictured: Moraine Park presents MEC with the Excellence in Partnership Award.

Front Row (left to right): JoAnn Hall, Dean of Economic and Workforce Development, Moraine Park Technical College; Bonnie Baerwald, President, Moraine Park Technical College; Alex Crimmings, Weld Engineering Technician, MEC; Charles Francis, Weld Engineering Supervisor MEC; Kevin Smith, Director of Engineering and Quality, MEC.

Back Row (left to right)

Eric Welak, Executive Vice President – Fabrication Operations, MEC; Jamie Eithun, Organizational Development Manager, MEC; Mike Wisnefsky, Engineering Manager, MEC; Beau Gellings, Economic and Workforce Development Business Representative, Moraine Park Technical College.