Beaver Dam Student Receives Community Impact Award From MPTC

Moraine Park Technical College has awarded its Presidential Student Community Impact Award to Barbara Turner of Beaver Dam. Turner completed over 200 hours of volunteer work.

The Student Community Impact Award recognition program acknowledges students who complete service-learning, log their hours, and submit a reflection on their service time at Moraine Park. Students who complete 25-49 hours earn a bronze award, 50-99 hours earn a silver award, 100-199 hours earn a gold award, and over 200 hours earn a presidential award.

Turner is the third recipient of this prestigious award, and to date has over 240 volunteer hours- served mainly at the Beaver Dam Area Chamber of Commerce. She was recently honored with the inaugural Beaver Dam Area Chamber of Commerce Emerging Leader Award for her continued service and commitment.

“I am very grateful and honored to receive this award,” Turner said. “I would like to thank Mary Vogl-Rauscher, Leadership Development Instructor in Moraine Park, and Tracy M. Propst, Executive Director at the Beaver Dam Chamber of Commerce, for the volunteering opportunities.”

Turner is currently enrolled in the Business Analytics program and is scheduled to graduate in May 2021. She earned her Business Management degree from the College in 2020.

“Barbara consistently demonstrates that she is a committed, dependable, hard-working individual with a high degree of integrity,” Bonnie Baerwald, Moraine Park President, said. “She brings a positive attitude and a natural curiosity to plan, learn and do, no matter what the task or project. She has a tenacious gift to persevere and a real desire to make a difference in this community. Barbara has a proven track record for success and has demonstrated her commitment to lifelong learning and volunteerism.”

Moraine Park Technical College is committed to student success, and encouraging student engagement in the local community is a large part of helping college students find success beyond college. Volunteering enhances the curriculum of the class, requires student reflection, addresses a community issue or problem, benefits both the student and the service agency, and connects learning and assessment to the real world.

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