Continuing Education Enrichment Classes

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.

MAY

The Learning Kitchen – Midwestern Cuisine

Enjoy cooking? Wish you were better at it? Mid-State Technical College Learning Kitchen courses are for you! Learn proper knife skills, how to prepare to cook, and correct cooking techniques while exploring a variety of unique cuisines. Class menus and topics vary each week but will include both chef demonstrations and hands-on practical skills for students, as well as written copies of recipes for you to recreate the meals at home! Prerequisite: A sense of adventures and an appetite! In this Midwestern Cuisine class you will learn to make use of local ingredients to prepare some family favorites. Allergen Disclaimer*

Thursday, May 23
6:00 – 9:00 p.m. • Wisconsin Rapids ODC
Class #: 41469 • Course Fee: $34

The Learning Kitchen – Commander’s Kitchen

Enjoy cooking? Wish you were better at it? Mid-State Technical College Learning Kitchen courses are for you! Learn proper knife skills, how to prepare to cook, and correct cooking techniques while exploring a variety of unique cuisines. Class menus and topics vary each week but will include both chef demonstrations and hands-on practical skills for students, as well as written copies of recipes for you to recreate the meals at home! Prerequisite: A sense of adventures and an appetite! This evening features Commander's Kitchen Taste of New Orleans: Come and recreate menu items from this iconic New Orleans restaurant which featured menu items of past executive chefs, including Paul Prudhomme and Emeril Lagasse. Allergen Disclaimer*

Thursday, May 30
6:00 – 9:00 p.m. • Adams Community Center
Class #: 41471 • Course Fee: $34

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

More information about Speaker Series

JUNE

Basic Rider Course – Motorcycle/Scooters

This is an organized 16-hour long program for beginning and experienced motorcyclists who want to operate their motorcycles safely and efficiently. Classroom (6 hours) and "hands-on" range riding experiences (10 hours) are conducted by experienced and certified rider coaches who have been trained by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation. Motorcycles are supplied by local dealerships. Upon successful completion of the Basic Rider Course, you will receive a waiver for the Motorcycle Skills Test for Class M (motorcycle) operator's license. LESS THAN 30 DAYS PRIOR TO THIS CLASS: Complete the MANDATORY Motorcycle Safety Foundation eCourse at https://msf-usa.org/eCourse.aspx. Fee: $19.99 (payable online). Additional info at mstc.edu/motorcycle
Course Fee: $284.35

Saturday and Sunday, June 1 – 2
7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. • Wisconsin Rapids Campus
Class #: 40796 (Motorcycle) / Class #: 40797 (Scooter) 

Saturday and Sunday, June 15 – 16
7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. • Wisconsin Rapids Campus
Class #: 40798 (Motorcycle) / Class #: 40799 (Scooter) 

Saturday and Sunday, June 22 – 23
7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. • Wisconsin Rapids Campus
Class #: 40801 (Motorcycle) / Class #: 40802 (Scooter) 

Saturday and Sunday, Jun 29 – 30
7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. • Wisconsin Rapids Campus
Class #: 40803 (Motorcycle) / Class #: 40804 (Scooter) 

Saturday and Sunday, July 13 – 14
7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. • Wisconsin Rapids Campus
Class #: 40805 (Motorcycle) / Class #: 40806 (Scooter) 

Saturday and Sunday, July 27 – 28
7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. • Wisconsin Rapids Campus
Class #: 40807 (Motorcycle) / Class #: 40808 (Scooter) 

The Learning Kitchen – King of the Grill

Enjoy cooking? Wish you were better at it? Mid-State Technical College Learning Kitchen courses are for you! Learn proper knife skills, how to prepare to cook, and correct cooking techniques while exploring a variety of unique cuisines. Class menus and topics vary each week but will include both chef demonstrations and hands-on practical skills for students, as well as written copies of recipes for you to recreate the meals at home! Prerequisite: A sense of adventures and an appetite!  In this grilling focused class you will learn how to cut down a tenderloin steak, season it, grill it, and prepare accompaniments to be able to serve an awesome meal that will impress friends and family. Allergen Disclaimer*

Monday, June 3
6:00 – 9:00 p.m. • Wisconsin Rapids Campus
Class #: 41472 • Course Fee: $34

Landscape Plant Identification and Use

Learn to identify and appreciate woody trees/shrubs and herbaceous plants commonly used in residential and commercial landscapes in Wisconsin. Students will explore key identifying characteristics as well as best uses of different plants in the landscape. This class will be held outside, so dress for the weather. We will have some field trips to locations outside of the city. This class is offered in a three-week format, or a longer eight-week version.

Mondays, June 3 – 17
5:00 – 8:00 p.m. • Wisconsin Rapids Campus or Adams Campus 
Class #: 41393 (Wisconsin Rapids) or 41394 (Adams)• Course Fee: $ 45 / 62+ Fee: $10.87

Mondays, June 3 – July 29
5:00 – 8:00 p.m. • Wisconsin Rapids Campus or Adams Campus
Class #: 41391 (Wisconsin Rapids) or 41392 (Adams) • Course Fee: $90.30 / 62+ Fee: $8.40

Wednesdays, June 5 – 19
5:00 – 8:00 p.m. • Marshfield Campus or Stevens Point Campus
Class #: 41400 (Marshfield) or 41399 (Stevens Point) • Course Fee: $45 / 62+ Fee: 10.87

Wednesdays, June 5 – July 31
5:00 – 8:00 p.m. • Marshfield Campus or Stevens Point Campus
Class # 41398 (Marshfield) or 41397 (Stevens Point) • Course Fee: $90.30 / 62+ Fee: $8.40

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 mean 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.

Wednesday, June 5
5:30 – 7:30 p.m. • Marshfield Campus
Class #: 41481 • Course Fee: $20

The Learning Kitchen – Floribbean Cuisine

Enjoy cooking? Wish you were better at it? Mid-State Technical College Learning Kitchen courses are for you! Learn proper knife skills, how to prepare to cook, and correct cooking techniques while exploring a variety of unique cuisines. Class menus and topics vary each week but will include both chef demonstrations and hands-on practical skills for students, as well as written copies of recipes for you to recreate the meals at home! Prerequisite: A sense of adventures and an appetite! In this unique southern-fusion-style class, you will prepare Pan-Seared Crab Cakes with Key Lime Aioli, Jerk Chicken, Island Slaw with Mango, and Strawberry Shortcake. Allergen Disclaimer*

Monday, June 10
6:00 – 9:00 p.m. • Adams Community Center
Class #: 41473 • Course Fee: $34

Multi-Cooker Essentials

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, a pressure cooker, a rice cooker, a 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! Allergen Disclaimer*

Tuesday, June 11
6:00 – 8:00 p.m. • Stevens Point Campus
Class #: 41485 • Course Fee: $18

Thursday, June 13
6:00 – 8:00 p.m. • Marshfield Campus
Class # 41486 • Course Fee: $18

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, June 11 – July 30 (Class will not meet July 2 or July 9)
1:00 – 3:30 p.m. • Adams Campus
Class #: 41487 • Course Fee: $35

College Camp

Students entering 6th, 7th, and 8th grade next fall are invited to join Mid-State Technical College for a day filled with hands-on exploration of career interests. This full-day event will give students the opportunity to explore four exciting Mid-State programs! Our guests at College Camp always have tons of fun getting to know how it feels to be a college student while trying their hand at the skills needed in today’s workforce.

Wednesday, June 12
9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. • Wisconsin Rapids Campus
Class #: 41479 • Course Fee: $40

The Learning Kitchen – BBQ

Enjoy cooking? Wish you were better at it? Mid-State Technical College Learning Kitchen courses are for you! Learn proper knife skills, how to prepare to cook, and correct cooking techniques while exploring a variety of unique cuisines. Class menus and topics vary each week but will include both chef demonstrations and hands-on practical skills for students, as well as written copies of recipes for you to recreate the meals at home! Prerequisite: A sense of adventures and an appetite! In this class we will be using charcoal grills and will discuss Texas and Kansas Style BBQ; learn how to smoke pork butt; and prepare beans, cornbread, and other treats over the open flame. Allergen Disclaimer*

Monday, June 17
6:00 – 9:00 p.m. • Wisconsin Rapids Campus
Class #: 41475 • Course Fee: $34

Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs

This four-day camp style experience is designed to introduce students to the world of manufacturing through hands-on projects made in learning labs that emulate industry shop facilities, presentations by industry professionals regarding careers and training, and site visits to manufacturing facilities. The primary age group that this class will serve is youth entering 9th and 10th grades, but parents should feel free to complete the interest form (www.surveymonkey.com/r/NBTJ2019) for any middle and high-school youth who would like to attend. This event will provide an opportunity for youth to get hands-on experience with CAD design, 3D printing, welding, soldering, concrete casting, and more. A morning snack and lunch are provided each day; pre-camp activities start at 7:30 a.m. The final day of camp includes a field trip by bus to three local manufacturing facilities as well as a parent showcase at the end of the day. Scholarships are available for a limited number of students; please fill out the interest form for more information. 

Monday-Thursday, June 17 – 20
9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (Drop-off available between 7:30 and 9:00 a.m. • Wisconsin Rapids Campus
$59 per student, with lunch included. (Scholarships are available.)

Geocaching

Geocaching is a modern-day scavenger hunt going on all over the world. There are millions of geocaches hidden, including some in places you have probably visited frequently but had no idea were there. In this class, you will learn the basic principles of satellite navigation and use a handheld GPS/GNSS receiver to navigate to locations marked by other users. These secret stashes are sometimes single points and sometimes multiple locations found by solving puzzles. The class includes using internet references and a field trip to find local geocaches. You may bring your own receiver or use one provided for use in the class. The second night of class will be a field trip by bus around the local area to find geocaches. Register with friends or family and save! Class is $40 for the first person, $35 for the second, $30 for the third, and $25 for the fourth. Must register as a group!

Mondays, June 24 and July 8
5:00 – 8:00 p.m. • Stevens Point Campus
Class #: 41444 • Course Fee: $40

Tuesdays, June 25 and July 9
5:00 – 8:00 p.m. • Adams Campus
Class #: 41451 • Course Fee: $40

The Learning Kitchen – Build a Better Burger

Enjoy cooking? Wish you were better at it? Mid-State Technical College Learning Kitchen courses are for you! Learn proper knife skills, how to prepare to cook, and correct cooking techniques while exploring a variety of unique cuisines. Class menus and topics vary each week but will include both chef demonstrations and hands-on practical skills for students, as well as written copies of recipes for you to recreate the meals at home! Prerequisite: A sense of adventures and an appetite! In this class we will explore creative twists on how to prepare burgers and brats on the grill. Students will  prepare Three Herbed Aioli, Fresh Turkey Burgers with Cranberry Chutney, and the Juicy Lucy stuffed burger. Allergen Disclaimer*

Monday June 24
6:00 – 9:00 p.m. • Wisconsin Rapids Campus
Class #: 41476 • Course Fee: $34

Baking Series – Baking with Seasonal Fruit

In this class students will prepare three types of cheesecakes in three different styles. They will learn classic baking techniques such as using a bain-marie and blind baking. They will also prepare fresh fruit into coulis, jam, gel, and garnish for the cheesecakes. This class is designed to give a solid baking base to new and seasoned bakers. Allergen Disclaimer

Thursday, June 27
6:00 – 9:00 p.m. • Wisconsin Rapids ODC
Class #: 41465 • Course Fee: $35

Summer Cookout – Summer Treats

This class is perfect for kids and adults alike who want to learn how to craft simple summertime treats to be enjoyed by the whole family. Treats will include Chocolate Dipped Oreos, Ice Cream, and Fresh Fruit Salad. The chef will demonstrate a simple watermelon carving, suitable for your picnic fun! Allergen Disclaimer

Monday, July 8
10:00 a.m. – Noon • Wisconsin Rapids Campus
Class #: 41441 • Course Fee: $15

Metal Garden Sculpture

This two-session experience will expose you to the basics of welding and teach important shop safety principles that will enable to you design and create a piece of artwork for your landscaping or garden. You will create an instructor-led project during the first session and get ideas for a personal project that you will make during the second session. The instructor will provide examples of decorative metal sculpture pieces created from everyday steel “junk” like old wrenches, ratchets, shovels and sawblades. During the first session some time will be spent looking through College-provided scrap metal, discussing design possibilities, and thinking about additional scrap or items that you will need to bring to the second session of class. The second session will provide opportunity for students to receive assistance in creating a unique piece of metal sculpture. Fee includes safety glasses and use of personal protective equipment.

Mondays, July 8 and 15
5:00 – 9:00 p.m. • Wisconsin Rapids Campus
Class #: 41483 • Course Fee: $75

Thursdays, July 11 and 18
5:00 – 9:00 p.m. • Wisconsin Rapids Campus
Class #: 41484 • Course Fee: $75

JULY

The Learning Kitchen – Gourmet Night

Enjoy cooking? Wish you were better at it? Mid-State Technical College Learning Kitchen courses are for you! Learn proper knife skills, how to prepare to cook, and correct cooking techniques while exploring a variety of unique cuisines. Class menus and topics vary each week but will include both chef demonstrations and hands-on practical skills for students, as well as written copies of recipes for you to recreate the meals at home! Prerequisite: A sense of adventures and an appetite! Students will learn how to clean and fabricate a beef tenderloin, prepare Steak Diane, Roasted Asparagus with Hollandaise Sauce, and Tourned (this word should have an accent over the e if you can do that) Potatoes. Allergen Disclaimer*

Monday, July 8
6:00 – 9:00 p.m. • Adams Community Center
Class #: 41477 • Course Fee: $34

Summer Cookout – Outdoor Picnic

The chef will demonstrate how to prepare a simple potato salad, discuss the importance of food safety for summer, and show kids and adults how to set up a grill. Students will make their own ketchup and honey mustard. Then everyone will get to enjoy an outdoor picnic on the lawn. Allergen Disclaimer*

Monday, July 29
10:00 a.m. – Noon • Wisconsin Rapids Campus
Class #: 41442 • Course Fee: $18

The Learning Kitchen – Seafood Night

Enjoy cooking? Wish you were better at it? Mid-State Technical College Learning Kitchen courses are for you! Learn proper knife skills, how to prepare to cook, and correct cooking techniques while exploring a variety of unique cuisines. Class menus and topics vary each week but will include both chef demonstrations and hands-on practical skills for students, as well as written copies of recipes for you to recreate the meals at home! Prerequisite: A sense of adventures and an appetite! This evening will include Seafood Pasta with Lemon Cream Sauce, Crab Bruschetta, and Supper Club Shrimp Cocktail to create for a night of fun and great eating. Allergen Disclaimer*

Monday, July 29
6:00 – 9:00 p.m. • Wisconsin Rapids ODC
Class #: 41478 • Course Fee: $34

AUGUST

The Learning Kitchen – French Farmhouse Cooking

Enjoy cooking? Wish you were better at it? Mid-State Technical College Learning Kitchen courses are for you! Learn proper knife skills, how to prepare to cook, and correct cooking techniques while exploring a variety of unique cuisines. Class menus and topics vary each week but will include both chef demonstrations and hands-on practical skills for students, as well as written copies of recipes for you to recreate the meals at home! Prerequisite: A sense of adventures and an appetite! In this class, students will prepare dishes such as French onion soup and coq au vin. Students will also learn the five “mother sauces” and will explore the influences of French cuisine on other culinary regions. Allergen Disclaimer*

Monday, August 5
6:00 – 9:00 p.m. • Wisconsin Rapids ODC
Class #: 64750 • Course Fee: $34

*Allergen Disclaimer:  Menu items prepared in class may contain or come into contact with WHEAT, EGGS, PEANUTS, TREE NUTS, and MILK. It may be possible to adjust some items to eliminate certain allergens. If you have a food allergy, please talk with your instructor or call the manager of continuing education in advance of the class. Please be aware that we use rented kitchens for our cooking classes. Due to these circumstances, we are unable to guarantee that the kitchen can be completely free of allergens. 


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