Mid-State Tech College Sets Opening Date

June 20, 2013

From wsaw.com: “Mid-State Tech College Sets Opening Date” — New size, access and ownership are three reasons Mid-State Technical College in Stevens Point is moving to its new multi-million dollar home downtown.

“We’ll be able to look at the region and serve it in a much better way,” Mid-State Campus Dean Steve Smith said. “We’ll be at the cornerstone of downtown Stevens Point so we’re very excited about that.”

With more than 2,800 students attending the technical college, smith said the reason for the move was obvious.

“There was a critical need,” Smith said. “If we were going to continue to grow and serve the region, there was a critical need to expand facilities. We’ve been looking for five to 10 years since it has been a problem for us.”

Planners have worked on the move since May 2010. The old building is 36,000 sq. feet, and the new home will be 54,000.

The new school will be built in place of the old Center Point Mall.

“We are standing in what will be our main entrance,” Smith said. “The JC Penny is directly west of us, and what was the center point mall is directly east of us.”

One of the main new features of the building will provide students a quiet place to study.

Other changes include adding a special lab for Emergency Medical Services, where before they only had a couple closets designated for the school’s program and classes.

As for what will be put in place of the old building, Smith said they are not sure who will move into it.

“I do know there has been conversation between the Boys and Girls Club of Portage county and the city,” Smith said. “There is another organization that has also expressed interest in the facility.”

Students will begin to get used to the new space in February 2014 for the first day of classes.



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