Mid-State Speaker Series

Mid-State Speaker Series

Beginning in February, Mid-State Technical College instructors and staff are collaborating with our students, education partners, and colleagues across the Wisconsin Technical College System to bring you stimulating presentations on hot topics. Don’t miss out on this chance to explore what’s happening in our communities and beyond—and find out what it all means to you.

All sessions are free and open to the public.

Making the Tax Code Work for You

Bob Smith, Mid-State Accounting Instructor
Date: Monday, February 27
Time: 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Location: Stevens Point Campus – Community Engagement Room (634/635)

Learn how to legally lower your tax bill by taking advantage of deductions and credits. Take a sneak-peak at upcoming tax law changes to understand how change might impact you. This is great information for individuals as well as those who run small businesses.
Both federal and Wisconsin topics will be discussed, including:

  • Often-overlooked deductions
  • Home office deductions
  • Education credits
  • Other tax credits

Plenty of time will be set aside for questions. 

Today’s Young Farmer and the Future of Agriculture

Mike Sabel, Mid-State Agribusiness Instructor
Date: Tuesday, March 28
Time: 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Location: Wisconsin Rapids Campus – Auditorium (L118)

Why is it hard for young adults to get into farming, and how can farmers cope with low farm prices? In this brief overview of agriculture in central Wisconsin, we’ll explore what is involved in crop and livestock production as well as the costs of producing human food. Farmer age and income levels will be shared as well as cost of production for a variety of farm products. Questions are encouraged and welcomed.
Time will be set aside for questions.

Human Trafficking

Lisa Sennholz, Founder of Damascus Road
Tuesday, April 4
Time: 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Location: Holiday Inn Convention Center (Stevens Point, WI)

Back by popular demand, this session is presented by Lisa Sennholz, founder and director of Damascus Road, an organization dedicated to fighting the evil of human trafficking and sexual exploitation. Lisa will provide her full presentation in which she will share valuable information on the issue of human trafficking including warning signs to watch for in order to keep our communities safe from this criminal business.

An Insider’s Look at the Heroin Problem

Date: Monday, April 10
Time: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Location: Wisconsin Rapids Campus – Auditorium (L118)

Heroin and other opiate-related deaths are on the rise in Wisconsin, and the effects are widespread. In this engaging, interactive presentation you’ll hear from a discussion panel of experts comprised of local officials, including several Mid-State program graduates, directly impacted by this epidemic.  Learn about ripple effects in the community and gain access to valuable resources and information on how each of us can help combat the problem.

A Guide to Unguided Travel

Jon Steele, Mid-State Marketing Instructor, and Liz Steele, Technology Integration Specialist, Stevens Point Area Public Schools 
Date: Tuesday, May 9
Time: 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Location: Stevens Point Campus – Community Engagement Room (634/635)

Ready for an adventure? Come along with us as we explain how a trip abroad—even to places unlikely to be on most people’s Top 10 list—can easily be accomplished with no travel agents, no advance bookings, and less luggage than you might imagine. Told from the perspective of our Summer 2015 trip to Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan, we’ll share tips and tricks along with a few adventures and misadventures.
Time will be set aside for questions.

Questions about the Mid-State Speaker Series?
Contact Missy Skurzewski-Servant, dean of General Education & Business programs, at 715.422.5356 or Missy.Skurzewskiservant@mstc.edu.