Continuing Education Professional Development and Certification Classes

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.).

We typically offer a selection of courses such as:

  • Excel Fundamentals
  • Excel Beyond the Basics
  • ServSafe Manager In-Person Review & Exam
  • Isometric Drawing for Construction Trades
  • De-escalation and Situational Awareness
  • Communication Skills Brush Up
  • First Aid and CPR
  • Improvisation Workshop
  • Nutrient Management Planning
  • Summer Manufacturing Camps for Youth

We also offer partnerships to help you deliver educational conferences and workshops.

Courses that include a hands-on item or some provided materials are marked with a Cougar Kit icon (in honor of Grit, Mid-State’s Cougar mascot). When you see the Cougar Paw Icon, this indicates that a Continuing Education Cougar Kit is available for the class. Arrangements will be made for curbside pickup of your Cougar Kit, or we may be able to send it by mail.

April

Excel Fundamentals

Many jobs require basic Excel skills. These fundamental skills include familiarity with Excel ribbons, user interface and workbooks, entering and formatting data, calculations by using formulas, highlighting data that meets certain conditions, creating simple reports and charts, and understanding the importance of keyboard shortcuts and productivity tricks. This class will jump start or refresh your knowledge of Excel to help you work smarter, not harder.

Thursdays, April 8 – April 15
1:00 – 4:00 p.m. • Online Live
Class #: 27264 • Course Fee: $79
Instructor: Sara Reimann

Excel Beyond the Basics

Take your Excel skills to a higher level. Work with tables and charts. Format workbooks to make them more readable. Improve analysis using goal seek and solver. Start using or improve your use of functions such as IF, ROUND, VLOOKUP, AND, OR, MATCH, INDEX, and others. Utilize nested functions to start on the road to becoming a power user. Extra time and attention will be spent on pivot tables. For the current user of Excel who wants to make the most of this exciting and powerful application.

Thursdays, April 22 – April 29
1:00 – 3:00 p.m. • Online Live
Class #: 27265 • Course Fee: $99
Instructor: Sara Reimann

Lean Fundamentals for Service Professional Workshop

Designed for service professionals, this workshop places students within a role in a hypothetical company experiencing operational trouble in more than a few areas. Together we will go through the process of identifying and scoping an improvement project, visualizing the end-to-end workflow, and implementing improvements targeted at streamlining the process.

Thursday, April 29
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. • Online Live 
Course Fee: $390

Instructor: Christopher Spranger

Christopher SprangerChristopher Spranger is the founder and CEO of Spranger Business Solutions, a firm that helps businesses apply Lean Six Sigma to save time and money. He is an American Society for Quality (ASQ) Certified Six Sigma Master Black Belt (#72) with more than 15 years of experience improving manufacturing, health care, service, government organizations. He earned a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering from the University of Wisconsin–Platteville and an MBA in finance and management from the University of Wisconsin–Whitewater. He has implemented and maintained improvement programs for numerous organizations across various industries—generating millions of dollars in accumulated savings as well as huge improvements in quality, lead time, and customer satisfaction.

To register please contact:
Craig Bernstein (715.442.5364)

May

CDL Pre-Trip Inspection Review

In this course students will walk through all parts of the pre-trip vehicle inspection required to obtain a commercial driver license in the State of Wisconsin. The commercial driver vehicle inspection test requires the driver to point out vehicle components and explain what you are checking and why to the examiner, including an under-the-hood engine compartment inspection. This course will help inspire confidence that you know both what you are checking and why it’s significant to the safe operation of the vehicle.

Saturday, May 1
8:00 a.m.  – 6:00 p.m. • In Person
Class #: 26238 • Course Fee: $59
Instructor: Scott Engel

ServSafe Manager In-Person Review & Exam

Food safety certification and recertification, developed by food service industry experts, that meets Wisconsin state law for Certified Food Managers (CFM). This class covers critical principles including personal hygiene, cross contamination, time and temperature, receiving and storage, food safety management systems, and training hourly employees. Participants in this class are expected to read the course text before attending the class. The in-person review is designed to ensure that you have the knowledge necessary to pass the exam. When you register for this class, you will receive a textbook with testing code. The test MUST be attempted in the physical presence of a proctor, which you will have the opportunity to do after the review class. Effective January 1, 2015, the process for Wisconsin Food Manager’s (CFM) renewal/recertification is the same as initial certification, and an exam is required every five years.

Monday, May 10
8:00 a.m.  – 5:00 p.m. • Wisconsin Rapids Campus
Class #: 27424 • Course Fee: $175, includes test voucher and text
Instructor: Paul Kennedy

De-escalation of People in Crisis for Law Enforcement

This course will discuss and explain how to handle people in crisis using communication techniques and when necessary use of force, using only the amount of force necessary to control the individual. The course will discuss ground stabilization of subjects and stress the importance of position and monitoring of subjects. This course will also include low-level scenario training to reinforce the concepts taught. The course will also include an update of professional communication skills from DOJ.

Friday, May 14
8:00 a.m.  – 5:00 p.m. • Wisconsin Rapids Campus 
Class #: 27411 • Course Fee: $79
Instructor: James Schuessler

June

DOJ LESB Instructor – Training, Professional Communication Skills

This course prepares Wisconsin Law Enforcement Standards Board (LESB) certified officers to effectively administer and teach the Professional Communication Skills (PCS) training program. This course emphasizes teaching and learning techniques that promote active learning, support learners with a variety of learning preferences and needs, and generate continuous improvement in teaching and learning. The goal of this program is to prepare certified officers who are proficient in using PCS techniques to deliver LESB-approved PCS curriculum.

Prerequisites: Must have completed the 32-hour CJ-IDC course before attending, AND be a currently-certified LESB instructor. Must be a certified officer with at least 3 years’ experience. Must pass any skills evaluation conducted at the beginning of this course.

Monday – Wednesday, June 7 – June 9
8:00 a.m.  – 5:00 p.m. • Wisconsin Rapids Campus
Class #: 40769 • Course Fee: $200
Instructor: James Schuessler

DOJ LESB Instructor Training – Vehicle Contacts

This course prepares Wisconsin Law Enforcement Standards Board (LESB) certified officers to effectively administer and teach the Vehicle Contacts training program. This course emphasizes teaching and learning techniques that promote active learning, support learners with a variety of learning preferences and needs, and generate continuous improvement in teaching and learning. The goal of this program is to prepare certified officers who are proficient in making vehicle contacts to deliver LESB-approved vehicle contact curriculum.

Prerequisites: Must have completed the 32-hour CJ-IDC course before attending and be a currently certified LESB instructor. Must be a certified officer with at least three years’ experience. Must pass any skills evaluation conducted at the beginning of this course.

Thursday and Friday, June 10 and June 11
8:00 a.m.  – 5:00 p.m. • Wisconsin Rapids Campus
Class #: 40767 • Course Fee: $169
Instructor: James Schuessler


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