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.

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.

October

Multi-Cooker Essentials (aka "Instant PotTM")
Did you recently get a multi-cooker and are afraid to use it? Or do you just want more tips and ideas? A multi-cooker is several appliances in one: a slow cooker, pressure cooker, rice cooker, and yogurt maker—and it’s electric. The scariness of a pressure cooker is gone because it has many safety features and a timer that turns it off. It’s hands-off freedom so you can do other things while food is cooking. This two-hour course will demonstrate the basics of pressure cooking and provide some encouragement to “get that pot out of the box!” Bonus:  Enjoy some tasty food!
Wednesday, October 24
Topic: Eggs two ways, ribs, cheesecake
6:00 - 8:00 p.m. • Stevens Point Campus
Class #: 66380 • Course Fee: $18.00

Painting and Drawing for Pleasure
Learn the basics of drawing as a foundation for painting, and observe the instructor demonstrating multiple painting techniques. All levels of painting skills welcome.
Tuesdays, October 23 - December 11
1:00 - 3:30 p.m. • Adams County Center
Class #: 66231 • Course Fee: $35.00

Word 101
Learn how to navigate the Microsoft Word environment and create, modify, and save a variety of documents. Learn how to work with tables in a Word document. Work with shapes, WordArt, SmartArt, text boxes, and pictures. Become familiar with page setup options, borders, and background formatting. Learn how to control margins, tab stops, and indentation. Styles, columns, captions, change tracking, and footnotes will be introduced as well. This is a great class to take to start formatting your annual Christmas letter!
Mondays, October 22 - November 19
1:00 – 3:20 p.m. • Adams County Center
Class #: 66227 • Course Fee: $25.00

Mid-State Speaker Series – From Grit to Great: Motivational Strategies Toward Success and Real Stories Told by Those Who Have Done It
Most of us think that only the most intelligent or highly talented will achieve success. This could not be farther from the truth. Grit—the ability to push through difficult situations toward goals—is a larger factor leading to individual success.
Monday, October 29
6:00 p.m. • Wisconsin Rapids Campus – Room L133/134
Via TelePresence:

  • Adams County Center - Room 114
  • Marshfield Campus - Room 101
  • Stevens Point Campus - Room 411

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How to Build a Gaming PC
This class is designed to teach students what the functions of various computer components are, how to install them safely, and what to look for when building a new computer. This class will have an emphasis on "gaming" computers and how to choose components for that purpose. The class will have students disassembling and reassembling computers and is very hands-on. At the end of this course students will be able to walk away with a basic understanding of how computers work and how to build them.
Tuesdays, October 30 –November 13
5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. • Stevens Point Campus
Class #: 67099 • Course Fee: $46.00

November

Goal Setting and Achievement
This workshop will help participants build a balanced life and achieve the goals they set for themselves. This skill-building training explains the necessity of having an organized goals program and the benefits of consistently achieving goals. Zig Ziglar’s proven seven-step process is introduced and an accountability system is offered to help the participants take what they have learned and implement it on a daily basis.
Thursday, November 1
5:30 - 8:00 p.m. • Wisconsin Rapids Campus
Class #: 67100 • Course Fee: $29.00

Climate Conversations
Climate Change and Health
This conversation will cover causes of climate change today, factors that can change climate that are not causing climate change now, heat as a cause of illness and death, and migration of insect vectors that carry disease (malaria, Zika virus, Lyme disease).
Monday, November 5
6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. • Course Fee: $7.50
Class #: 67106 • Adams County Center (TelePresence)
Class #: 67105 • Marshfield Campus (In Person)
Class #: 67107 • Stevens Point Campus (TelePresence)
Class #: 67108 • Wisconsin Rapids Campus (TelePresence)

Introduction to Knitting
In this six-hour introduction to knitting, students will learn to interpret a pattern and to select materials and yarn. Casting on, basic knitting stitches and processes, and finishing seams will be covered. No experience necessary, and all materials will be provided.
Tuesdays, November 6 - 20
5:30 - 7:30 p.m. • Wisconsin Rapids Campus
Class #: 66364 • Course Fee: $45.00

Knitting: Add a Purl
Tuesdays, November 6 - 20
6:30 - 8:30 p.m. • Wisconsin Rapids Campus
Class #: 66365 • Course Fee: $58.00

Climate Change and the Ocean
This conversation will discuss the warming of ocean water, ocean acidification, melting of glaciers and ice caps, the rising sea level, and more powerful hurricanes.
Monday, November 12
6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. • Course Fee: $7.50
Class #: 67110 • Adams County Center (TelePresence)
Class #: 67109 • Marshfield Campus (In Person)
Class #: 67111 • Stevens Point Campus (TelePresence)
Class #: 67112 • Wisconsin Rapids Campus (TelePresence)

Past Climate Change Compared to Present Climate Change
This conversation will discuss the warming of ocean water, ocean acidification, melting of glaciers and ice caps, the rising sea level, and more powerful hurricanes.
Monday, November 19
6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. • Course Fee: $7.50
Class #: 67114 • Adams County Center (TelePresence)
Class #: 67113 • Marshfield Campus (In Person)
Class #: 67116 • Stevens Point Campus (TelePresence)
Class #: 67117 • Wisconsin Rapids Campus (TelePresence)

Introduction to Knitting
In this six-hour introduction to knitting, students will learn to interpret a pattern and to select materials and yarn. Casting on, basic knitting stitches and processes, and finishing seams will be covered. No experience necessary, and all materials will be provided.
Tuesdays , November 6 - November 20
5:30 – 7:30 p.m. • Wisconsin Rapids Campus
Class #: 66364 • Course Fee: $45.00

Knitting: Add-A-Purl
This class is for the beginner who is familiar with the knit stitch and wants to add the purl stitch. Projects will include use of columns of knits and purls to create ribbing, practice reading patterns that alternate between knit and purl stitches, and a technique to offset the ribbing to create a thick, non-rolling fabric. Skills covered will include long tail cast-on, purl stitch, bind off, mattress stitch, I-cord border, and provisional cast-on. Basic knitting experience recommended. All materials will be provided.
Tuesdays , November 6 - November 20
6:30 – 8:30 p.m. • Wisconsin Rapids Campus
Class #: 66365 • Course Fee: $58.00

International Kitchens – Northern Italian Night
This course gives students the opportunity to learn about other countries and cuisines from around the world. Students may investigate imports and exports, learn to cook indigenous or regional dishes, and apply new cooking techniques from a variety of countries around the world. This class will feature a Northern Italian menu.
Tuesdays , November 6
6:00 – 9:00 p.m. • Opportunity Development Center – Wisconsin Rapids (Off Campus)
Class #: 66623 • Course Fee: $30.00

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.
Wednesdays, November 7 – December 5 (No class on November 21)
5:30 – 7:30 p.m. • Nekoosa High School
Class #: 67177 • Course Fee: $79.00 / 62+ $52.16

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 our nonverbal communication skills and listening skills, all to increase our skills and to help us to communicate more effectively.
Wednesday, November 7
9:30 a.m. - Noon • Course Fee: $15.00
Class #: 67175 • Adams County Center (TelePresence)
Class #: 67174 • Marshfield Campus (TelePresence)
Class #: 67166 • Stevens Point Campus (In Person)
Class #: 67176 • Wisconsin Rapids Campus (TelePresence)

Personal Financial Preparation – Insurance Basics
A person’s single most important financial asset is the ability to earn an income, and anything that threatens that asset can derail any financial plan. A well-crafted financial plan will include strategies to protect all of your assets. In this seminar you will learn the difference between term and permanent life insurance, how to calculate the amount of life insurance you need, the difference between employer-provided and private disability insurance, and the role of long-term care insurance in a financial plan.
Thursday, November 8
6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. • Course Fee: $15.00
Class #: 66939 • Adams County Center (TelePresence)
Class #: 66937 • Marshfield Campus (TelePresence)
Class #: 66938 • Stevens Point Campus (TelePresence)
Class #: 66936 • Wisconsin Rapids Campus (In Person)

Mid-State Speaker Series – The Net Zero Energy Lifestyle: Living Sustainably in Central Wisconsin
Benjamin Nusz is the Renewable Energy Technician instructor at Mid-State Technical College. He built his home to be heated and powered by the sun, grows his own food in his year-round aquaponics greenhouse, and drives to work in an electric car. Come out to hear about Ben’s path to living the net zero energy lifestyle, and learn how you can live it too!
Monday, November 26
6:00 p.m. • Wisconsin Rapids Campus – Room L133/134
Via TelePresence:

  • Adams County Center - Room 114
  • Marshfield Campus - Room 101
  • Stevens Point Campus - Room 411

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December

Mid-State Speaker Series – “Cuts for Kids” Event
Free haircuts for families will be provided by students and graduates from Mid-State’s Cosmetology and Barber Technician programs as well as Cosmetology industry business partners. Free food, Christmas cookie decorating, hands-on activities related to Mid-State programs, GaGa Pit game area, and a meeting area with Santa will be available.
Tuesday, December 4
4:30 - 7:30 p.m. • Wisconsin Rapids Campus – Gymnasium and Salon@Mid-State

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January

Building Winning Relationships
Difficulties in relationships can lead to difficulties in every area of your life. It is important to consciously work on building positive relationships with those around you. This workshop will explore the specific steps you can take to build strong relationships both at home and at work.
Thursday, January 24
5:30 – 8:00 p.m. • Wisconsin Rapids Campus
Class #: 25030 • Course Fee: $29.00

Mid-State Speaker Series – Leadership and Personal Growth
Description coming soon.
Monday, January 28
Location: TBD

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February

Personal Development – 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

Mid-State Speaker Series – Home Brewing
This session is in development and subject to change. Please check back soon!
Date: TBD
Location: TBD


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March

Mid-State Speaker Series – Handel’s Messiah: Technically speaking
Who was Handel and why did he write the Hallelujah Chorus (and almost three more hours of music called “Messiah”)? What is the difference between an aria and a recitative? Do you know a basso continuo from a basso profundo?

This session is in development and subject to change. Please check back soon!

Monday, March 25
7:00 - 8:30 p.m. • Marshfield Campus Room TBD

Tuesday, March 26
7:00 - 8:30 p.m. • Stevens Point Campus Room TBD

Thursday, March 28
7:00 - 8:30 p.m. • Wisconsin Rapids Campus Room TBD

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April

Mid-State Speaker Series – Pollinator Gardens
This session is in development and subject to change. Please check back soon!
Date: TBD
Location: TBD

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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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May

Mid-State Speaker Series – Exploring Hospitality
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.).

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October

OSHA 10 General Industry
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Outreach Training Program for General Industry provides training for workers and employers on the recognition, avoidance, abatement, and prevention of safety and health hazards in workplaces in general industry. The program also provides information regarding workers' rights, employer responsibilities, and how to file a complaint. This class is an orientation to occupational safety and health and is intended to provide workers with awareness of common job-related safety and health hazards. Topics include safety data sheets, the OSHA Log of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses, walking and working surfaces, exit routes, emergency action plans, fire prevention plans, electrical, personal protective equipment, and hazard communication. Topics may also include hazardous materials, material handling, machine guarding, basic industrial hygiene, blood-borne pathogens, ergonomics, safety and health programs, and fall protection. The course is taught by an OSHA-authorized instructor. Participants who successfully complete the course will receive an OSHA course completion card.
Monday and Tuesday, October 22 - October 23
8:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. • Wisconsin Rapids Campus
Class #: 66132 • Course Fee: $175.00

Difficult Conversations with Patients
This will be a one-hour class to learn the skills needed to initiate difficult conversations with patients and families. There are many times when nurses must discuss transitions from active treatment to palliative or hospice care with patients and families. The skills learned in this class can be used in any difficult conversation the nurse may need to have with a patient and/or family member. The class will consist of a PowerPoint presentation, role play, and discussion. Continuing education credit is approved in the amount of one contact hour.
Saturday, October 27
9:00 – 10:00 a.m. • Stevens Point Campus
Class #: 66406 • Course Fee: $25.00

Thursday, November 8
7:00 – 8:00 p.m. • Marshfield TBD
Class #: 66430 • Course Fee: $25.00

OSHA 10 Construction
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Outreach Training Program for Construction provides training for workers and employers on the recognition, avoidance, abatement, and prevention of safety and health hazards in workplaces in general industry. The program also provides information regarding workers' rights, employer responsibilities, and how to file a complaint. This class is an orientation to occupational safety and health and is intended to provide workers with awareness of common job-related safety and health hazards. Topics include safety data sheets, the OSHA Log of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses, walking and working surfaces, exit routes, emergency action plans, fire prevention plans, electrical, personal protective equipment, and hazard communication. Topics may also include hazardous materials, material handling, machine guarding, basic industrial hygiene, blood-borne pathogens, ergonomics, safety and health programs, and fall protection. The course is taught by an OSHA-authorized instructor. Participants who successfully complete the course will receive an OSHA course completion card.
Monday and Tuesday, October 29 - October 30
8:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. • Wisconsin Rapids Campus
Class #: 66228 • Course Fee: $175.00

November

QuickBooks
QuickBooks is a relatively easy to use and affordable accounting solution for many small businesses. You can track your income, expenses, and financial position by using this tool. This continuing education course is designed for small business owners, managers, and bookkeepers. In-depth knowledge of accounting principles is not needed to be successful in this course. Basics of accounting principles will be addressed, including double-entry bookkeeping, transaction analysis, adjusting entries, and financial reporting. Using QuickBooks to enter information for a fictional company, this class will cover creation of a new file, transaction entry, writing checks, reconciling bank statements, report creation, and data security.
Saturdays, November 3 - 10
9:00 a.m. – Noon • Stevens Point Campus
Class #: 66150 • Course Fee: $99.00

Introduction to Photoshop
This course provides an introductory project-based exploration of key Photoshop techniques as well as their accompanying mobile apps. Students are instructed on document setup, creation techniques, and file formats for both digital and print media required for marketing communications. An introduction to the application of photography, typography, and color management will also be included.
Tuesdays , November 6 - 27
6:00 – 8:00 p.m. • Stevens Point Campus
Class #: 66382 • Course Fee: $69.00

Excel Fundamentals
This course will help the participant understand the fundamentals of Microsoft Excel.
Tuesdays, November 6 and 13
5:30 – 8:30 p.m. • Adams County Center
Class #: 66219 • Course Fee: $99.00


Public Safety and Emergency Services

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

October

AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION COURSES - FOR THE 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, October 23
5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. • Adams County Center
Class #: 65627 • Course Fee: $44.63 / 62+ Fee: $24.50

Saturday, November 3
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. • Stevens Point Campus
Class #: 63067 • Course Fee: $44.63 / 62+ Fee: $24.50

Monday, November 5
5:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. • Marshfield Campus
Class #: 65634 • Course Fee: $44.63 / 62+ Fee: $24.50

Tuesday, November 27
5:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. • Stevens Point Campus
Class #: 65637 • Course Fee: $44.63 / 62+ Fee: $24.50

Saturday, December 8
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. • Wisconsin Rapids Campus
Class #: 63069 • Course Fee: $44.63 / 62+ Fee: $24.50

Monday, December 10
5:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. • Adams County Center
Class #: 65640 • 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/Thursday, October 23 and October 25
5:30 – 9:30 p.m. • Adams County Center
Class #: 65628 • Course Fee: $51.34 / 62+ Fee: $24.50

Saturday, November 3
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. • Stevens Point Campus
Class #: 63078 • Course Fee: $51.34 / 62+ Fee: $24.50

Monday/Wednesday, November 5 and November 7
5:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. • Marshfield Campus
Class #: 65635 • Course Fee: $51.34 / 62+ Fee: $24.50

Tuesday/Thursday, November 27 and November 29
5:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. • Stevens Point Campus
Class #: 65638 • Course Fee: $51.34 / 62+ Fee: $24.50

Saturday, December 8
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. • Wisconsin Rapids Campus
Class #: 63080 • Course Fee: $51.34 / 62+ Fee: $24.50

Monday/Wednesday, December 10 and December 12
5:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. • Adams County Center
Class #: 65641 • 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.
Thursday, October 25
5:30 - 9:30 p.m. • Adams County Center
Class #: 65629 • Course Fee $37.92 / 62+ Fee: $24.50

Saturday, November 3
12:30 p.m. - 4:20 p.m. • Stevens Point Campus
Class #: 63087 • Course Fee $37.92 / 62+ Fee: $24.50

Wednesday, November 7
5:30 - 9:30 p.m. • Marshfield Campus
Class #: 65636 • Course Fee $37.92 / 62+ Fee: $24.50

Thursday, November 29
5:30 - 9:30 p.m. • Stevens Point Campus
Class #: 65639 • Course Fee $37.92 / 62+ Fee: $24.50

Saturday, December 8
12:30 - 4:20 p.m. • Wisconsin Rapids Campus
Class #: 63118 • Course Fee $37.92 / 62+ Fee: $24.50

Wednesday, December 12
5:30 - 9:30 p.m. • Adams County Center
Class #: 65642 • Course Fee $37.92 / 62+ Fee: $24.50

Saturday, December 15
1:00 - 5:00 p.m. • Marshfield Campus
Class #: 63115 • 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
Saturday, October 27
8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. • Wisconsin Rapids Campus
Class #: 63165 • Course Fee: $29.63 / 62+ Fee: $9.50

Tuesday, November 6
8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. • Wisconsin Rapids Campus
Class #: 63166 • Course Fee: $29.63 / 62+ Fee: $9.50

Saturday November 17
8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. • Stevens Point Campus
Class #: 63171 • Course Fee: $29.63 / 62+ Fee: $9.50

Tuesday, December 4
4:30 - 9:30 p.m.• Adams County Center
Class #: 63174 • Course Fee: $29.63 / 62+ Fee: $9.50

Thursday, December 6
4:30 - 9:30 p.m.• Wisconsin Rapids Campus
Class #: 63175 • Course Fee: $29.63 / 62+ Fee: $9.50

Tuesday, December 11
4:30 - 9:30 p.m.• Stevens Point Campus
Class #: 63180 • Course Fee: $29.63 / 62+ Fee: $9.50

Saturday, December 15
8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.• Marshfield Campus
Class #: 63187 • Course Fee: $29.63 / 62+ Fee: $9.50

Thursday, March 22
9:05 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. • Stevens Point Campus
Class #: 22036 • Course Fee: $29.63 / 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, November 1
6:00 - 8:00 p.m. • Wisconsin Rapids Campus
Class #: 63203 • Course Fee: $16.21 / 62+ Fee: $9.50

Thursday, November 8
9:00 - 11:00 a.m. • Stevens Point Campus
Class #: 63204 • Course Fee: $16.21 / 62+ Fee: $9.50

Wednesday, December 12
6:00 - 8:00 p.m. • Marshfield Campus
Class #: 63206 • Course Fee: $16.21 / 62+ Fee: $9.50

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