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.
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.
Thursdays, July 11 and 18
5:00 – 9:00 p.m. • Wisconsin Rapids Campus
Class #: 41484 • Course Fee: $75
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
Care and Culture of Succulents
Succulents brighten up any room or patio with their fresh, exotic look. With just a little bit of care, succulents are easy to tend and provide a variety of colors and textures. In this class you will learn about characteristics of succulents as well as how to provide ideal growing conditions. Use your newfound knowledge to create a beautiful small container of succulents to take home.
Wednesday, July 17
5:30 – 7:30 p.m. • Marshfield Campus
Class #: 41736 • Course Fee: $36
Friday, July 19
1:00 – 3:00 p.m. • Adams Campus
Class #: 41737 • Course Fee: $36
Friday, July 19
5:30 – 7:30 p.m. • Altenburg’s Farm
Class # 41744 • Course Fee: $36
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, July 24
6:00 – 8:00 p.m. • Marshfield Campus
Class #: 41724 • Course Fee: $20
Thursday, July 25
10:00 a.m. – Noon • Altenburg’s Farm
Class #: 41748 • Course Fee: $20
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
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 class students will learn how to cut down a tenderloin steak, season it, grill it, and prepare accompaniments to prepare an awesome meal that will impress friends and family. Allergen Disclaimer*
Wednesday, July 31
6:00 – 9:00 p.m. • Marshfield Campus
Class #: 41719 • Course Fee: $34
Summer Manufacturing Camp
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 or 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, August 5 – 8
9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (Drop-off available between 7:30 and 9:00 a.m. • Marshfield Campus
$59 per student, with lunch included. (Scholarships are available.)
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
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, August 12 and 19
5:00 – 8:00 p.m. • Marshfield Campus
Class #: 65080 • Course Fee: $40
Wednesdays, August 14 and 21
5:00 – 8:00 p.m. • Wisconsin Rapids Campus
Class #: 65063 • Course Fee: $40
Multi-Cooker Essentials – Mexican Fiesta
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! Menu will be: fajitas, Mexican rice, refried beans, chocolate lava cakes. Allergen Disclaimer*
Tuesday, August 20
6:00 – 8:00 p.m. • Adams Community Center
Class #: 65108 • Course Fee: $18
Thursday, August 22
6:00 – 8:00 p.m. • Wisconsin Rapids Campus
Class #: 65107 • Course Fee: $18
Youth Transition Conference
Save the date! Youth Transition Conference gives students opportunities to learn more about employment, post-secondary education, social and independent living skills, self-advocacy, and more. Participants will meet service providers, role models, and other youth with similar needs.
Friday, November 8
9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. • Wisconsin Rapids Campus
*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.