Reflecting on a year of celebration at MSTC

Reflecting on a year of celebration at MSTC

July 1, 2014

A yearlong celebration of MSTC’s centennial has come to a close, and what a year it has been!  A great deal of planning went into our five centennial events.  It all started off in September with a Bike Ride and Walk that enticed about 150 participants and volunteers, and raised more than $8,000 for MSTC student scholarships.  The event was so successful and enjoyable that it will be held again this year on Sept. 13—we’d love to have you join us! 

We also held centennial celebrations at our Wisconsin Rapids, Marshfield, and Adams locations last fall, combining to attract more than 1000 people.  Our centennial year concluded with a celebration to remember on June 4.  The community turnout and support that I witnessed at our Stevens Point Campus Grand Opening and Centennial Celebration on that June day is one of the most memorable moments of my career.  The new campus is absolutely outstanding, and will be a great economic and community development asset for many years to come.  Attendance far exceeded our generous estimate of 600 people, drawing by some accounts as many as 1500 people.  In all, our five centennial events combined to draw close to 3000 people to MSTC, evidence of the college’s positive impact on central Wisconsin.

This event is but one more example of the many ways we reach out to our communities.  We value our place in the fabric of local society, a key factor in why we couldn’t imagine celebrating our centennial without you, and also why we are creating community engagement spaces at each of our campuses.  However, collaboration with our local communities is also vital to our ability to deliver the skills and education that our students need to be successful in central Wisconsin’s workforce.  For example, MSTC proactively enhances its programs and services through feedback from visits to local businesses, program advisory committees, and community committees and projects.  I value that so many employers, communities, and organizations—too many to name here—have been there for us during the first 100 years, and continue to support the quality education that MSTC offers in Adams, Marshfield, Stevens Point, and Wisconsin Rapids. 

The college also has an outstanding Board of Directors, each an ambassador of the local communities and industries they serve.  Our locally-based board leads with integrity and insight, focusing on the interests of the entire college district.  Through their local governance of MSTC, they ensure that the college is grounded in the needs, ideals, and culture of our communities.

Looking back at the year that’s been, I am delighted and inspired by our employees’ strong commitment to student success and the level of passion for MSTC in our communities.  Please know that I appreciate this energy and an unending belief in us for 100 years.  Your numerous positive comments throughout the centennial experience and opening of our new campus are proof of your excitement and support of where we have been, and where we are going.  I look forward to taking that journey with you.

Dr. Sue Budjac, president of Mid-State Technical College