Continuing Education

Continuing Education

There is something for everyone at Mid-State! Our continuing education offerings include everything from professional development and skills upgrades to help you maintain proficiency in your work to a wide array of fun and exciting classes designed to enrich your life.

Efforts are made to vary class dates, times, and locations to accommodate different schedules, but please note that offerings are dependent on course facility requirements and instructor availability.

Continuing Education Gift Certificates

Mid-State offers a variety of continuing education courses for all types of interests. You’ll find classes in photography, cooking, gardening, knitting, welding, and so much more. Give your family and friends the gift of learning with a Mid-State continuing education gift certificate.

Enrichment

Looking for some fun? Come to Mid-State to learn something new or have a unique, hands-on experience designed to add some spice to your life. Meant for anyone in the community, these opportunities include fun special interest courses, learning for seniors, and much more.

Don't see what you’re looking for? Check under Professional Development and Certification or Public Safety and Emergency Services.

February

Group Fitness Exploration – Core and Balance Training
Easy-to-learn exercises that do not require any equipment. Incorporate these exercises into your daily routine to help strengthen those tummy muscles and increase your balance.
Tuesdays and Thursdays, February 19 – March 14
Noon – 12:45 p.m. • Wisconsin Rapids Campus
Class #: 25571 • Course Fee: $35.00

Personal Financial Preparation: College Funding
There's no denying the benefits of a college education, especially the ability to compete in today's competitive job market. But every year college costs continue to increase, often at twice the rate of general inflation. That's why it's important to start saving now. In this seminar you will learn how much college will cost in the future; tax-advantage ways to save for college, including 529 plans, Coverdell education savings accounts, custodial accounts, and US savings bonds; the role of financial aid, including how need is determined and how assets are classified for federal aid purposes; and other ways to fill the college funding gap.
Tuesday, February 19
5:30 – 8:00 p.m. • Course Fee: $15.00
Class #: 25272 • Marshfield Campus (TelePresence)
Class #: 25273 • Stevens Point Campus (TelePresence)
Class #: 25271 • Wisconsin Rapids Campus (In Person)

The Learning Kitchen – Homemade Condiments
Learn to prepare homemade tomato ketchup, German-style mustard, classical mayonnaise, and a simple hot sauce. We will also make sandwiches and fries on which to sample our creations.
Tuesday, February 19
6:00 – 9:00 p.m. • Wisconsin Rapids ODC
Class #: 26458 • Course Fee: $25.00

Mid-State Speaker Series – Home Brewing
Beer is ancient. Ever since humans became agrarian, and likely before then, beer was “discovered” for its psychotropic properties. As a side benefit, it also preserved grain calories and nutrients which could be consumed well after harvest. All this came about from the natural process of fermentation. After thousands of years of trial and error, the ritualistic brewing process brought forth beverages for general consumption in most societies on the planet. It wasn’t until the age of enlightenment, and especially after the industrial revolution, that the brewing process really became understood.
Tuesday, February 26
6:00 p.m. • All locations via TelePresence


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March

Mid-State Speaker Series – Medicine Generations: Native American Medicines and Foods
This presentation will include an overview of the Medicine Generations Book from the history throughout eight generations of the Stockbridge-Munsee Tribe. Highlighted will be: how to use the medicines, how to gather, dry, and preserve them, tea making, a demonstration on examples of dried and fresh medicines, and an overview of the medicines and they are used for
Tuesday, March 5
12:00 p.m. • All locations via TelePresence


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Mid-State Speaker Series – Unglued to Renewed: 7 Essential Habits to Smile More and Stress Less
In this presentation, you will explore the causes, sources, and effects of stress on all levels (physiological, emotional, and intrapersonal/interpersonal). You will learn to apply techniques to identify, prevent, and manage stress to improve your life and use positive healthy coping skills to help you smile more and stress less. Lauren has experienced this first hand as she has transformed her life from being a burnt out, stressed out, worn out high school teacher with no personal life to a happy, healthy, and heartfelt woman living an extraordinary life by listening to her own inner wisdom. Since 2012, she has generously shared her tips, resources, and programs while working enthusiastically teaching young men and women. Come and exchange drama, trauma and karma for happiness, peace and confidence!
Tuesday, March 5
6:00 p.m. • All locations via TelePresence


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Introduction to Photoshop
This course provides hands-on, introductory instruction of fundamental Adobe Photoshop design techniques to include document setup, creation methods, and file output. Learn the Photoshop work area while you practice basic photo correction, use selections and layers, add text, create with the digital painting tool, and more! Regardless of whether you take the course for business or personal reasons, you’ll gain confidence and leave with the basic knowledge necessary to transform images into sophisticated graphics.
Mondays, March 4 – April 1
6:00 – 8:00 p.m. • Wisconsin Rapids Campus
Class #: 26451 • Course Fee: $69.00

Painting and Drawing for Pleasure
Painting can be a way to relax or a form of self-expression. Students will learn the basics of drawing as a foundation for painting and will have the opportunity to observe the instructor demonstrating multiple painting techniques. Students will be guided to select an individual project. The instructor will accommodate all levels of painting skills, from beginning to advanced; will help students with ideas for subject matter, composition, color, etc.; and will encourage each student to develop their own painting style.
Tuesdays, March 5 – April 16
1:00 – 3:00 p.m. • Adams Campus
Class #: 26428 • Course Fee: $35.00

The Learning Kitchen – Midwestern Cuisine
Learn to make bratwurst with German-style homemade mustard, fish fry with homemade tartar sauce, and cranberry-apple crumble.
Tuesday, March 12
6:00 – 9:00 p.m. • Wisconsin Rapids ODC
Class #: 27764 • Course Fee: $34.00

Personal Financial Preparation – Retirement Basics
Investing is a tool for building wealth, but it is not for only the wealthy. Everyone can benefit from a financial plan that is tailored to individual needs and circumstances. A well-crafted financial plan will include strategies to protect all your assets. The best investing strategy is a carefully planned and prepared approach, and this is the key to meeting short- and long-term goals. This course is intended to help with basic retirement planning and will not provide specific recommendations related to your unique situation; for personalized investing assistance and questions, please see a qualified financial or investment professional.
Tuesday, March 19
5:30 – 8:00 p.m. • Course Fee: $15.00
Class #: 25278 • Marshfield Campus (TelePresence)
Class #: 25281 • Stevens Point Campus (TelePresence)
Class #: 25276 • Wisconsin Rapids Campus (In Person)

Group Fitness Exploration – Cardio
Come for fun and engaging exercise that supports a healthy life! This high-energy class will be infused with music and movement and will be a great way to get away from your desk and get ready for spring.
Tuesdays and Thursdays, March 26 – April 18
Noon – 12:45 p.m. • Wisconsin Rapids Campus
Class #: 27481 • Course Fee: $35.00

Cubicle to 5K
Engaging in exercise supports a healthy life! This class will offer a fun way to help you identify your personal health goals and discover exciting new ways to incorporate physical fitness into your daily life. You will learn about the basic principles of physical fitness through a combination of classroom activities and group walking or running. Classroom topics include setting a fitness goal and working toward it, basic stretching for injury prevention, setting the stage with good eating habits, proper form, and staying injury free. The class also includes a physical activity component to get you up and moving through a crawl, walk, run method. Please bring weather-appropriate exercise attire. Participants of all ages and abilities are welcome. No experience necessary. Adaptations will be offered to meet the needs of most fitness levels.
Tuesdays and Thursdays, March 26 – May 16
5:00 – 6:00 p.m. • Wisconsin Rapids Campus
Class #: 27512 • Course Fee: $64.00

April

Mid-State Speaker Series – Pollinator Gardens
Tuesday, April 16
6:00 p.m. • All locations via TelePresence


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Mid-State Speaker Series – Health & Climate Change
Dr. Krawisz studies how human health is affected by climate change. Human activities have caused approximately 1°C (1.8°F) of global warming since 1750. According to the International Panel on Climate Change, global warming will likely reach 1.5°C (2.7°F) between 2030 and 2050. We are already seeing early consequences of global warming such as larger and more powerful hurricanes, more wildfires, drought in the US Southwest, rising sea levels, increased range of insect vectors of disease, and higher temperatures throughout the world. The American College of Physicians has described climate change as potentially devastating to human health (Ann Intern Med. 2016, 164:608-610). Scientific solutions to climate change and career choices in light of climate change are presented. Politics is not included.
Monday, April 22
6:00 p.m. • All locations via TelePresence


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Group Fitness Exploration – Core and Balance Training
Easy-to-learn exercises that do not require any equipment. Incorporate these exercises into your daily routine to help strengthen those tummy muscles and increase your balance.
Tuesdays and Thursdays, April 23 – May 16
Noon – 12:45 p.m. • Wisconsin Rapids Campus
Class #: 27770 • Course Fee: $35.00

Growing Vegetables – Straw Bales
Are you interested in a unique form of “container” gardening? Come away from this short course with knowledge about how to grow vegetables in bales of straw, without soil—or weeds! Growing in straw bales is like growing in a pile of compost where roots get bigger and stay warmer. Better roots means better shoots and bigger fruits. Hands-on demo will offer the opportunity to inspect bales of straw in various stages of preparation or conditioning before planting.
Monday, April 29
5:00 – 7:00 p.m. • Adams Campus
Class #: 27766 • Course Fee: $20.00

May

Mid-State Speaker Series – Exploring Hospitality
Hospitality is an important and growing part of the economy in Wisconsin. This presentation will discuss a brief history of the hospitality industry, overview the different types of hospitality business segments that consumers utilize, and see specific examples of how hospitality impacts our region of Central Wisconsin, including potential employment opportunity areas.
Monday, May 13
5:30 p.m. • All locations via TelePresence


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Mid-State Speaker Series – 20 Minutes in the Life and Death of a Tree
This session is in development and subject to change. Please check back soon!
Date: TBD
Location: TBD

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Professional Development and Certification

Take your career to the next level, or add something new to your skill set. A wide variety of professional development classes, preparation for licensing exams, and required continuing education for your industry or occupation are available. Includes computer-related classes (Adobe, Word, Excel, Quickbooks, etc.).

Don't see what you’re looking for? Check under Enrichment or Public Safety and Emergency Services.

February

Building the Best You
This workshop emphasizes identifying and building on your personal strengths. The foundation stones of honesty, integrity and character are explored in how they relate to your personal success. Your attitude is of utmost importance to your personal well-being and many of Zig Ziglar’s tried-and-true methods are taught so that the participant will leave with the knowledge of how to make any day – no matter the circumstances – a great day.
Thursday, February 21
5:30 – 8:00 p.m. • Wisconsin Rapids Campus
Class #: 25038 • Course Fee: $29.00 / 62+ Fee: $15.58

LIVE2LEAD Leadership Seminar
Welcome to this encore showing of LIVE2LEAD, a leader development experience designed to equip attendees with new perspective, practical tools, and key takeaways. This session will help you uncover some of the secrets of successful leadership and to learn the art of the shift—how to make the changes you need to make as a leader to ensure professional and personal growth. With the pace of business and leadership steadily accelerating, it's essential for leaders to understand how to keep up. Opportunities surround you, but you must develop the leadership agility required to stay in the game. The goal of this event is to enhance students’ understanding of and openness to growth as leaders. It is to help individuals think more insightfully about the subject of leadership and gain an understanding of what they can do to become more effective. Speakers include Dr. John C. Maxwell, Carly Fiorina, Daniel Pink, Debra Searle, and Tyler Perry. This re-broadcast presentation is brought to you by a collaboration of Mid-State Technical College and Heartland Leadership Initiative. Light breakfast and networking lunch provided.
Thursday, February 28
8:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. • 2nd Street Community Center in Marshfield
Class #: 26454 • Course Fee: $59.00 / 62+ Fee: $38.87

March

Communication Skills Brush Up – Stand Up Speak Up
This course will focus on making our communication skills better, including how to create better presentations and how to handle nerves. We will discuss and improve our nonverbal communication skills and listening skills, all to help us to communicate more effectively.
Thursday, March 21
9:00 a.m. – Noon • Course Fee: $15.00
Class #: 27504 • Adams Campus (TelePresence)
Class #: 27501 • Marshfield Campus (TelePresence)
Class #: 27503 • Stevens Point Campus (In Person)
Class #: 27499 • Wisconsin Rapids Campus (TelePresence)

Transition to Trainer
Transition to Trainer is designed for apprentices who are approaching the end of their apprenticeship as well as for journey level workers who are or may train future apprentices.
Saturday, March 23
8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. • Marshfield Campus
Class #: 22189 • Course Fee: 38.05 / 62+ Fee: $4.50

Youth for the Quality Care of Animals
Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA) is a national, multi-species quality assurance program designed for youth ages 8 to 21. YQCA is designed as an annual education and certification program focused on food safety, animal well-being, and character awareness for youth producing and/or showing pigs, beef cattle, dairy cattle, sheep, goats, market rabbits, and poultry. The program has been designed by extension specialists and national livestock program managers to ensure it is accurate, current, and relevant to the needs of the animal industry and shows and is most appropriate for youth.
Monday, March 25
7:00 – 8:00 p.m. • Marshfield Campus
Class #: 25688 • Course Fee: $10.00

Mid-State Speaker Series – Leadership & Personal Growth
Leadership and personal growth is a journey, not a one-time speaker fix. How is your journey going? Are you effectively using your 24 hours a day or do you think you are “busy”? Have you assessed where you are at on your journey? What impact on you having on your corporate culture? Are you a manager or a follower or a leader? Are you just communicating or are you actually connecting? There are lots of resources within your reach for your personal growth journey and it is never too late to intentionally grow in your leadership ability.
Tuesday, March 26
6:00 p.m. • All locations via TelePresence


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April

Project Management Quick Start
Projects are accomplished through processes that move work forward toward an end goal. These processes are universal to all projects regardless of the industry you may work in. Project work is grouped into logical chunks, and that’s our primary focus of the course. Project managers facilitate projects, which means they help shape the success of organizations, implement new technology, guide change within the organizational landscape, and have influence over all areas of a business. In this course we’ll examine the absolute basics of project management. Everyone has to start somewhere, right? In this quick start course we will explore the big picture of project management and the project management life cycle, give you a solid foundation of project management, and help you to speak the project management language. This course is designed for people who are new to project management.
Thursdays, April 4 – April 18
5:00 – 7:00 p.m. • TBD in Nekoosa
Class #: 27769 • Course Fee: $79 / 62+ Fee: $52.16

Spring Garden Seminar
Landscape Architecture (8:30 a.m.): Laish Heersma of Arbor Vantage Nursery in Arpin, WI and Mid-State Urban Forestry Technician Instructor. This in-depth lecture will focus on design principles and will include plenty of photographic examples to demonstrate the principles of unity, rhythm, variety, balance, color concepts, interconnection, emphasis, focal point, and scale.
Garden Photography and Garden Journaling (10:30 a.m.): Denise Larson has been an avid gardener for an entire lifetime. She joined the Wood County Master Gardener program in 2003 and worked for 25 years in local retail as Department Manager of Lawn and Garden. She is a self-taught amateur photographer and taking photos of gardens is second nature to her! Merging her love of photography with a garden journal turned out to be a perfect way to enhance and organize a written catalog of what successes in her gardening adventures and what might need a little work… As well as documenting the arrival of the wildlife that may come to visit, photos help you notice things about your garden that you might not have detected with just a quick glance.
Saturday, April 6
Registration & Networking: 8:00 a.m., Speakers: 8:30 a.m. & 10:30 a.m.• Wisconsin Rapids Campus

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Excel Beyond the Basics
Take your Excel skills to a higher level. Work with tables and charts. Format workbooks to make them more readable. Improve analysis using goal seek and solver. Start using or improve your use of functions such as IF, ROUND, VLOOKUP, AND, OR, MATCH, INDEX, and others. Utilize nested functions to start on the road to becoming a power user. Extra time and attention will be spent on pivot tables. For the current user of Excel who wants to make the most of this exciting and powerful application.
Thursdays, April 18 – April 25
6:00 – 9:00 p.m. • Wisconsin Rapids Campus
Class #: 27768 • Course Fee: $99 / 62+ Fee: $78.87

 


Public Safety and Emergency Services

Pursue training opportunities in emergency medical services, fire, law enforcement, and traffic safety. Includes concealed carry training.

AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION COURSES - FOR LAY RESCUERS AND GENERAL PUBLIC
Mid-State Technical College offers a variety of AHA continuing education courses. Classes are designed for the general public, employee training at businesses or other entities. Please refer to the course descriptions to help you determine what will best meet your needs. Registrations are required two weeks before the beginning of any course. We look forward to seeing you in class!

Heartsaver CPR AED
Combines basic CPR skills training for adult, child and infant with instruction and practice in using an AED for lay rescuers.

Tuesday, February 26
5:30 – 9:30 p.m. • Wisconsin Rapids Campus
Class #: 26399 • Course Fee: $44.63 / 62+ Fee: $24.50

Monday, March 11
1:00 – 5:00 p.m. • Stevens Point Campus
Class #: 27277 • Course Fee: $44.63 / 62+ Fee: $24.50

Saturday, March 16
8:00 a.m. – Noon • Wisconsin Rapids Campus
Class #: 21659 • Course Fee: $44.63 / 62+ Fee: $24.50

Monday, March 18
5:30 – 9:30 p.m. • Wisconsin Rapids Campus
Class #: 27293 • Course Fee: $44.63 / 62+ Fee: $24.50

Heartsaver First Aid CPR AED
Covers content for adult first aid, as well as CPR AED training for adult, child and infant.

Tuesday/Wednesday, February 26 and 27
5:30 - 9:30 p.m. • Wisconsin Rapids Campus
Class #: 26373 • Course Fee: $51.34 / 62+ Fee: $24.50

Monday/Tuesday, March 11 and 12
1:00 – 5:00 p.m. • Stevens Point Campus
Class #: 27284 • Course Fee: $51.34 / 62+ Fee: $24.50

Saturday, March 16
8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. • Wisconsin Rapids Campus
Class #: 21688 • Course Fee: $51.34 / 62+ Fee: $24.50

Monday/Wednesday, March 18 and 20
5:30 – 9:30 p.m. • Wisconsin Rapids Campus
Class #: 27295 • Course Fee: $51.34 / 62+ Fee: $24.50

Heartsaver Pediatric First Aid CPR AED
This course covers pediatric first aid topics including the treatment of bleeding, allergic reactions, broken bones and sprains, seizures, and additional first aid emergencies.

Saturday, March 16
8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. • Wisconsin Rapids Campus
Class #: 21710 • Course Fee: $51.34 / 62+ Fee: $24.50

Heartsaver First Aid – Adult only
Covers the content for adult first aid and environmental emergencies. NO CPR. Infant first aid training is not included.

Wednesday, February 27
5:30 – 9:30 p.m. • Wisconsin Rapids Campus
Class #: 26400 • Course Fee $37.92 / 62+ Fee: $24.50

Tuesday, March 12
1:00 – 5:00 p.m. • Stevens Point Campus
Class #: 27276 • Course Fee $37.92 / 62+ Fee: $24.50

Saturday, March 16
12:30 – 4:30 p.m. • Wisconsin Rapids Campus
Class #: 21702 • Course Fee $37.92 / 62+ Fee: $24.50

Wednesday, March 20
5:30 – 9:30 p.m. • Wisconsin Rapids Campus
Class #: 27294 • Course Fee $37.92 / 62+ Fee: $24.50

AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION COURSES - FOR HEALTH PROFESSIONALS
AHA Health Professional courses are designed for healthcare providers caring for patients both in prehospital and in-facility environments.  Examples: EMS personnel, medical assistants, physicians, dentists, nurses, respiratory therapists, and others who must have a credential (card) documenting successful completion of a professional CPR course. Please refer to the course descriptions to help you determine what will best meet your needs. Registrations are required two weeks before the beginning of any course. We look forward to seeing you in class!

Basic Life Support Provider CPR
Provides a wide variety of healthcare professionals the ability to recognize several life-threatening emergencies; provide CPR to an adult, child, or infant; use an AED, and relieve choking in a safe and effective manner.

Thursday, February 21
8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. • Wisconsin Rapids Campus
Class #: 21760 • Course Fee: $29.63 / 62+ Fee: $9.50

Tuesday, March 5
4:30 - 9:30 p.m. • Wisconsin Rapids Campus
Class #: 21782 • Course Fee: $29.63 / 62+ Fee: $9.50

Thursday, March 14
Noon - 5:00 p.m. • Adams Campus
Class #: 27291 • Course Fee: $29.63 / 62+ Fee: $9.50

Monday, March 18
4:00 – 9:00 p.m. • Marshfield Campus
Class #: 27292 • Course Fee: $29.63 / 62+ Fee: $9.50

Tuesday, March 19
8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. • Marshfield Campus
Class #: 21784 • Course Fee: $29.63 / 62+ Fee: $9.50

Saturday, March 23
8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. • Stevens Point Campus
Class #: 21788 • Course Fee: $29.63 / 62+ Fee: $9.50

Saturday, April 6
8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. • Wisconsin Rapids Campus
Class #: 21726 • Course Fee: $29.63 / 62+ Fee: $9.50

Wednesday, April 24
8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. • Wisconsin Rapids Campus
Class #: 21798 • Course Fee: $29.63 / 62+ Fee: $9.50

Basic Life Support Renewal

Wednesday, February 20
5:30 – 8:30 p.m. • Stevens Point Campus
Class #: 26374 • Course Fee: $22.92 / 62+ Fee: $9.50

Monday, March 4
1:00 – 4:00 p.m. • Adams Campus
Class #: 27272 • Course Fee: $22.92 / 62+ Fee: $9.50

Thursday, March 7
6:00 - 7:00 p.m. • Stevens Point Campus
Class #: 27283 • Course Fee: $22.92 / 62+ Fee: $9.50

Tuesday, March 26
6:00 - 7:00 p.m. • Wisconsin Rapids Campus
Class #: 27296 • Course Fee: $22.92 / 62+ Fee: $9.50

Monday, April 15
5:30 - 8:30 p.m. • Wisconsin Rapids Campus
Class #: 27398 • Course Fee: $22.92 / 62+ Fee: $9.50

Tuesday, April 23
5:30 - 8:30 p.m.• Adams Campus
Class #: 27405 • Course Fee: $22.92 / 62+ Fee: $9.50

HeartCode BLS CPR – Skills Test
Combination of eLearning in which the student completes part of the course in a self-directed manner, and a face-to-face session to prove competency in CPR skills for adults, children, and infants. Self-directed portion must be completed prior to the arrival to class and must present a certificate of completion to the instructor before the skills testing can take place. NOTE: Cost of the eLearning portion of this certification is separate from this course and is the responsibility of the student. Students must purchase the online eLearning portion of this certification through one of the following vendors: World Point, Laerdal, or Channing Bete.

Thursday, March 14
9:00 – 11:00 a.m. • Stevens Point Campus
Class #: 21823 • Course Fee: $16.21 / 62+ Fee: $9.50

Thursday, April 4
9:00 – 11:00 a.m. • Marshfield Campus
Class #: 21824 • Course Fee: $16.21 / 62+ Fee: $9.50

Wednesday, April 10
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.• Wisconsin Rapids Campus
Class #: 21826 • Course Fee: $16.21 / 62+ Fee: $9.50

Don't see what you’re looking for? Check under Enrichment or Professional Development and Certification. For information about fire services training available, visit our Fire Services Training Center. For more information about motorcycle classes, visit our Motorcycle Rider Courses page.