Located in a relatively rural area right in the heart of the state of Wisconsin, Mid-State Technical College (also referred to as MSTC, its initials) has three separate though not very distant campuses in the communities of Marshfield, Wisconsin Rapids and Stevens Point. Mid-State Technical College is part of the Wisconsin Technical College System (which groups 15 other similar schools), and it is a public institution of a non-profit nature. It has been operating as of 1979.
Mid-State Technical College has broadened its program offerings over the course of the years, and currently it has more than 50 different programs available that culminate in technical diplomas, certificates or associate degrees.
Accreditation is granted to Mid-State Technical College by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools’ Higher Learning Commission, and individual programs receive additional accreditation in several cases.
The school is divided into eight distinct academic divisions with various possible programs in each: they are the divisions of Agribusiness & Urban Forestry, Business & Information Technology, Electronics Technology, Manufacturing & Process Technology, Health, Protective & Consumer Services, Renewable Energy, and Transportation Technology. The school is particularly well-known for its programs in nursing and emergency medicine, which count for the largest proportion of degrees conferred each year. They are followed in volume by those granted in the areas of business and management, medical support and technology, and security and law enforcement.
MSTC has begun offering online and distance education opportunities to its students, and such study formats are available for several different program areas. Similarly, new computer based training programs have also been launched, in most cases to supplement rather than replace class-based learning. The school also offers continuing education opportunities for those people that have been out in the workforce but want to return to school (for just a few classes or for a degree) to touch up their skills set.
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Mid-State Technical College observes an open admissions policy as is typical for an institution of its kind; qualified applicants are accepted almost without exception. Students apply for admission to a particular program and not to the school as a whole.
The application process is simple and entails submitting the application materials along with the $30 fee, providing an official high school diploma or GED certificate as well as official transcripts (including college experience, if applicable) and furthermore taking the Accuplacer assessment test or equivalent exam.
When simply intending to take an isolated class or two instead of enrolling in a full program (associate, diploma, certificate, apprenticeship, etc.) it is not necessary to submit a formal application.
The student body at MSTC is almost entirely composed of in-state students. Though the level of students served annually is considerably greater when you factor in summer sessions and the fact that not all students remain for the entire year, in a given semester the school has average enrollment levels of between 2,500 and 3,000 students. Of these, a little over half are full-time students. The average age of degree-seeking students at MSTC is 28 years old, though according to the school the most representative age group is the 20-24 bracket. Women constitute the majority of students (around two-thirds of the population), a common phenomenon in schools all across the country. Full time students constitute a bit more than half the total student body.
The school’s three different campuses offer various different activities to the student body, though to be certain this is a commuter school that offers no on-campus housing. Nonetheless, other amenities are available on-campus such as a cafeteria, computer labs, career services counselors, etc. Many different student organizations and clubs have flourished at MSTC, such as the Civil Technology Club, the Corrections Student Organization, the Student Society for Arboriculture, and the Students Environmentally United for a Sustainable Society group.
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MSTC has a reduced athletics program, which is essentially limited to the men’s basketball and the women’s volleyball teams—the Cougars, as the school mascot happens to be in this case. The school’s sports uniform colors are white and gold. The school competes in the Wisconsin Technical College Conference of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA).