Column: New programs coming to MSTC

August 6, 2013

From “Column: New programs coming to MSTC” — By Dr. Sue Budjac, president of Midstate Technical College

Sue Budjac

 Sue Budjac

August marks the start of Mid-State Technical College’s fall semester. Our hallways, classrooms and labs soon will be full of students eager to develop the skills they need to succeed in the local workforce. I extend an enthusiastic welcome to all of our new and returning students.

MSTC continuously evaluates our range of career programs and certificates to ensure our college is meeting the demands of local business and industry. This proactive approach provides MSTC with the necessary information to make changes and add new offerings as emerging workforce needs are identified.

Before a program is approved, MSTC interviews a variety of stakeholders to establish essential skills and knowledge. We also confirm the readiness of local employers to hire our graduates. Additionally, each MSTC program taps into industry experts through an advisory committee of local employers and employees; their valued feedback is one of many catalysts that sustain high quality and innovation.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of social/human service assistants is expected to grow 28 percent from 2010-20, faster than average for all occupations. MSTC addressed this rapidly growing need with a new Gerontology Associate Degree at our Stevens Point Campus that provides students with the theoretical knowledge and practical experience necessary to enter the job market or enhance their existing careers.

MSTC also will offer three new technical diplomas and certificates this year. The Stainless Steel Welding Basics, or GTAW, Certificate is offered at our Marshfield Campus in a new state-of-the-art stainless steel welding lab. The Taxation Accounting Certificate helps students become familiar with rules and law and experience practical application through hands-on learning, and will be available at all MSTC locations. Barber Technologist Technical Diploma classes are offered two nights a week at our Wisconsin Rapids Campus with supplemental work online. Students perfect their skills in our on-campus salon that is open to the public.

Our responsiveness to industry needs ensures that our career programs and certificates remain relevant to changing workforce needs. Constant assessment through advisory committees ensures that curriculum remains up to date and our classes and programs produce the hands-on skills and real-world knowledge employers desire in the people they hire. Our graduates subsequently have the tools they need to succeed.

With more than 100 associate degrees, technical diplomas and certificates to choose from, MSTC has something for nearly every career passion and unique interest. Simply to apply or pick up an application at your nearest MSTC campus office. Fall semester starts Aug. 19, and there is still time to register. For more information, call us at 888-575-MSTC or stop by the MSTC location nearest you.


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