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.


Criminal Justice Instructor Development Course

This is the prerequisite course for anyone wishing to become certified as a WI DOJ Training and Standards-level instructor. This course prepares criminal justice instructor candidates to create effective environments to support learners. Competencies include planning and managing learning, training and evaluation methods, and delivering teaching scenarios. This curriculum is endorsed by the Law Enforcement Standards Board (LESB) and required of instructors seeking LESB certification. Corequisite: Criminal Justice Development Course – Parts 1 and 2. (This is one complete course but must be registered for as parts 1 and 2 concurrently.)

Tuesday – Friday, January 12 – January 15
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. • Wisconsin Rapids Campus
Class #: 25270 and 25271 • Total Fee: $250
Instructor: James Schuessler

In-person - All participants will be required to wear a face mask and comply with Mid-State safety protocols.

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.

Monday and Tuesday, January 18 – January 19
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. • Online Live
Class #: 25384 • Course Fee: $79
Instructor:  Bob Smith

Stand Up Speak Up – Communication Skills Brush 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 and improve our nonverbal communication skills and listening skills, all to help us to communicate more effectively.

Wednesday, January 27
9:00 a.m. – Noon • Online Live
Class #: 25275 • Course Fee: $25
Instructor: Charles Manthey

Sand Valley Culinary Training

Mid-State Technical College and Sand Valley are partnering to bring a second session of our FREE culinary program to central Wisconsin. The program consists of Mid-State culinary courses delivered in Sand Valley’s culinary kitchen. This program’s curriculum has been designed as an entrance into a culinary career.

Anyone who is interested in this opportunity should visit for more information.

January 28 – April 1 • In Person

Professional Skills for Success

The world of business is constantly changing. In this course, students will explore the evolving nature of the modern business enterprise and discuss influences and trends related to competition, globalization, quality, and advanced technology. Employees will recognize the value of personal accountability, flexibility, and innovation in the business workplace and develop foundational skills in productivity, problem solving, team effectiveness, and adaptability. 

Thursdays, January 28 – April 1
9:00 a.m. - Noon • Online Live
Class #: 25998 • Course Fee: $395


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.

Monday and Wednesday, February 1 – February 3
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. • Online Live
Class #: 25387 • Course Fee: $99
Instructor:  Bob Smith

SHRM Prep Course

In today’s changing HR landscape, it’s becoming more important than ever that you not only have strong HR knowledge and skills but are also able to be a strategic business thinker, capable of tackling any issue thrown your way. Become the most qualified and valuable HR professional you can be with Mid-State Technical College's SHRM Certification Preparation Course. With the SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP®) and SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP®), you’ll have the answers AND know what to do on the job.

Tuesdays, February 23 – May 18 
6:00 – 9:00 p.m. • Online Live
Class #: 25699 • Course Fee: $1,290 (Includes SHRM Learning System*)
*If you already have access to the SHRM Learning System, contact for registration.


Clinical Autopsy

Compare normal and abnormal anatomy as you watch a recorded autopsy procedure narrated by a pathology resident (or physician in training), from The Ohio State University. Participants will explore various body systems and have an opportunity to use information and evidence provided to try to determine a cause of death. This is also a unique opportunity to explore health care careers. PLEASE NOTE: This session will include footage of an actual autopsy performed on a human body. This content may not be suitable for young children.     

Friday,     March 5
12:30 – 2:00 p.m. • Online Live
Class #: 26063 • Course Fee: $12.75
Cougar Paw Icon Continuing Education Cougar Kit


From the Surgical Suite – Total Knee Replacement

Get a surgeon’s-eye view of a total knee replacement, live from the operating room at Mount Carmel Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. You will learn about knee anatomy and potential effects of arthritis. Participants will have an opportunity to interact with the orthopedic surgeon and the entire operating room team.  This is a great opportunity to explore medical careers or review anatomy of the human body. PLEASE NOTE: This is not a simulation and the content will involve viewing an actual surgery on a living, human patient. This content may not be suitable for young children. 

Friday, April 16
9:45 – 11:15 a.m. • Online Live
Class #: 26062 • Course Fee: $16.75
Cougar Paw Icon Continuing Education Cougar Kit


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

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