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.

APRIL

De-Escalation, Situational Awareness, and Proactive Crisis Response in Today’s World

Whether you’re at home, going to school, working at a job, attending church, enjoying your time off, or anything in between, this workshop will give you tools to better deal with safety and security issues such as workplace violence, disorderly subjects, people with alcohol or controlled substance problems, active threats, and a multitude of other potential crisis situations. Being situationally aware and de-escalating a troubling predicament are topics explored in an effort to be better prepared to handle potential crises before they start, or as soon as possible after they begin. Some of the other discussion topics include active listening, paying attention to what’s important, having a proactive and “survivor” mindset, response options, awareness of things that could be used as defensive and offensive weapons, and thinking “outside of the box.”

Wednesday, April 29
1:00 – 4:30 p.m.  • Wisconsin Rapids Campus
Class #: 26913 • Course Fee: $19

Thursday, April 30
8:00 a.m. - Noon • Stevens Point Campus
Class #: 26914 • Course Fee: $19

MAY

Finding Your Family Roots

Through this course, learners will explore the basics of genealogy research and legacy preservation. Topics will include evaluating the legitimacy of online and handwritten resources, interview techniques, archiving of photos and documents, and gravestone preservation. This course will give participants confidence with oral and written communications as well as digital research methods to map out their family history. Most classes held in the evenings, but one Saturday class is included for participants to practice headstone cleaning techniques in a local cemetery. 

Tuesdays, May 5 – 19 • 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Stevens Point Campus 

Saturday, May 16 • 9:00 a.m. – Noon
TBD Local Cemetery

Class #: 27610 • Course Fee: $59

Group Fitness Exploration

Come for fun and engaging exercise that supports a healthy life! Identify your personal health goals and discover exciting new ways to incorporate physical fitness in your daily life. Add dynamic movement to feel more energized. Participants of all ages and abilities are welcome. No experience necessary. Adaptations will be offered to meet the needs of most fitness levels.

Tuesday, May 5
Noon – 12:45 p.m. • Stevens Point Campus
Class # is different each week • Course Fee: $5
May 5 • Class #: 27505

Workout Wednesdays

Need some help getting over the work-week hump? Interested in adding a little spice to your workout routine? Want a new exercise challenge with a side of pizzazz? Look no further! Join us any Wednesday as your schedule allows to enjoy an individualized, spunky, and rejuvenating mid-week blues buster!  

Wednesdays, May 6 – May 20
Noon – 12:45 p.m. • Wisconsin Rapids Fitness Center
Class # is different each week • Course Fee: $5
May 6 • Class #: 26889
May 13 • Class #: 26890
May 20 • Class #: 26891

Wooden Herb Planter and Herb Plants

In this class you will practice safe use of hand and power tools as you construct two portable herb planters—one to keep and one that you could give as a gift. Most of the construction techniques will involve use of a scroll saw, miter saw, and hand assembly of components. In addition, to fill your planter, you will transplant started plants and learn about strategies for growing herbs in indoor containers. The class will also discuss ideal soil and water conditions for various herbs, maintenance during the plant lifecycle, how to recognize common diseases affecting herbs, ideal growing conditions for herbs outdoors, harvesting, drying and storing herbs, and cooking strategies for herbs.  

Tuesday and Thursday, May 5 and 7
6:00 – 9:00 p.m. • Port Edwards High School - John Edwards High School
801 2nd St., Port Edwards, WI 54469
Class #: 27616 • Course Fee: $54

Tuesday and Thursday, June 16 and 18
6:00 – 9:00 p.m. • Stevens Point Campus
Class #: 40728 • Course Fee: $54

Saturday, June 20
8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. • Adams Campus
Class #: 40729 • Course Fee: $54

Tuesday and Thursday, August 18 and 20
6:00 – 9:00 p.m. • Marshfield Campus
Class #: 40730 • Course Fee: $54

Paper Quilling – Intro

From rolling coils of paper to creating shapes from strips of different colors, paper quilling is seeing a resurgence in popularity. This is a relaxing art form, and the beauty of the art is always expanding! Learn about basic quilling methods to create two sample designs as well as a personalized piece. Our instructor will show you how to use coiled papers to create your designs, giving them dimension and allowing your creativity to flourish! Everything you need to quill is included in the cost of this class, so all you need to bring is yourself—and maybe a friend!

Wednesdays, May 6 – 20
9:00 – 11:30 a.m. • Stevens Point Campus 
Class #: 27547 • Course Fee: $42

Tuesdays, June 9 – 23
5:30 – 8:30 p.m. • Adams Campus 
Class #: 40738 • Course Fee: $42

Sheepshead for Beginners

Whether you play “Jack of Diamonds” partner or “Call an Ace,” Sheepshead card game can be found at many family gatherings throughout Wisconsin. This first session of this course will teach you the basics of Sheepshead, including the rules of the game, game-specific terminology (don’t be a “Maurer” and you better “schmear” to get “Schneider”) as well as common strategy. In the second night, we will explore strategies for picking and leading, as well as look at common variants, such as leaster and cracking.

Wednesdays, May 6 and 13
6:00 – 8:00 p.m. • Wisconsin Rapids Campus 
Class #: 27654 • Course Fee: $19

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. 

Thursdays, May 14 and 21
5:30 – 8:30 p.m. • Marshfield Campus 
Class #: 27486 • Course Fee: $25

JUNE

Write Your Life Story

If you have always wanted to write about your life but didn’t know how to begin, this is the class for you! In Write Your Life Story, you will work in a supportive atmosphere to develop an approach for your memoir or essays. Each week, you will join writers looking for inspiration, motivation, and practical tips on how to develop a manuscript.  Plumb the depths of your memory and experiences to bring up the most significant events in your life, then work on narration, description, setting, and dialog for optimum impact. Brainstorming, planning, writing, and sharing will keep you motivated and productive. Use published pieces as models, and get feedback from an experienced instructor. The sixth class period will be used for a group reading.

Mondays, June 1 – July 6
6:00 – 8:00 p.m. • Marshfield Campus 
Class #: 40737 • Course Fee: $75

Acrylic Pour Painting

Acrylic pour painting combines colors into abstract cell-like patterns on the canvas to create unique artwork without the use of paintbrushes or pallet knives. Students will learn how to mix color, use pouring medium, the importance of consistency, and how colors interact. Different pouring techniques will be demonstrated. Students will choose which style they would like to do for their personal project. At the end of class, each student will have their own one-of-a-kind finished work of art to enjoy. It takes several days for the paint to dry, so pieces will need to remain on campus for a few days. This three-hour class is great for beginners and anyone interested in trying a new painting technique; basic materials will be provided.

Friday, June 5
9:00 a.m. – Noon • Adams Campus
Class #: 40739 • Course Fee: $39

Wednesday, June 24
5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. • Wisconsin Rapids Campus
Class #: 40722 • Course Fee: $39

The Learning Kitchen – Build a Better Burger

Enjoy cooking? Wish you were better at it? Mid-State Technical Learning Kitchen courses are for you! Learn proper knife skills, how to prepare to cook, correct cooking techniques and explore 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 prepare a barrel-style charcoal grill for our Burger Flight. Burgers in the course will include the famous stuffed burger the Juicy Lucy, Ground Chicken Burger with Wisconsin Cranberry Chutney, and a Spicy Three-Pepper, Triple-Stacked Burger on Brioche Roll. We will also prepare homemade French-fried potatoes.

Tuesday, June 30
6:00 – 9:00 p.m. • Opportunity Development Centers, Inc.
1191 Huntington Ave, Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54494
Class #: 40718 • Course Fee: $34

JULY

Salad Sensations

From the garden to the plate! Are you tired of limp lettuce and soggy spinach? Salads made with nutrient-rich, fresh, seasonal vegetables and accented with freshly made dressings and toppings can be an easy, healthy, and delicious part of your everyday diet. Spend the evening learning to prepare unique salads that will be a hit with your friends and family on these warm summer nights, including Jamaican Jerk Chicken Salad with Mango Vinaigrette, Seafood Salad with Fresh Spring Greens and Grilled Lemon Dressing, and Chardonnay Poached Chicken Supremes on Fresh Herb Salad.

Monday, July 13
6:00 – 9:00 p.m. • Opportunity Development Centers, Inc.
1191 Huntington Ave, Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54494
Class #: 40719 • Course Fee: $30

The Learning Kitchen – Meat and Potatoes

Enjoy cooking? Wish you were better at it? Mid-State Technical Learning Kitchen courses are for you! Learn proper knife skills, how to prepare to cook, correct cooking techniques and explore 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! Tonight's special will include Reverse Seared Ribeye with Herbed Yukon Gold Potato Rosti, Asian-Spiced Glazed Bacon Skewers, and Buffalo Fried Chicken Breast Sandwiches with Tater Tot Poutine.

Monday, July 20
6:00 – 9:00 p.m. • Adams Community Center
1109 E North St, Adams, WI 53910
Class #: 40721 • Course Fee: $34


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