Graduate Spotlights

Our students come from all walks of life, and each has a unique story to tell. As graduates, they are truly inspiring. Below are some of their stories. For more examples of Mid-State success, visit our Hired page. Learn more about our upcoming commencement and livestreaming on our Graduation page.

Vikram Gill
Business Management

“I wasn’t really in the market for making any new friends. I wanted to come to school, do my classwork and then leave…. Becoming involved in student life wasn’t really the plan.”
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Katrina Nuber

Katrina Nuber
Respiratory Therapist

“The instructors know your name and ask about your life. They are truly invested in you as a student, and it’s so empowering to have all these people backing you to be successful.”
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Bryce Menadue

Bryce Menadue
IT Software Developer

“What I didn’t expect was the friendships I made, the comradery between students and instructors. It’s a good time, a really good time.”
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Ashley Jaramillo
Business Management, Entrepreneurship, Human Resources, Project Management

“I am no longer afraid to take the leap and begin my own business. Success is knowing which risks to take, and how to eliminate risks.”
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Neil Hendershot

Neil Hendershot
Nursing

“The setup of the program is great. You really need all of this—the fundamentals, pharmacology, etc.—to really be a successful nurse.”
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Baylie May Disher
Marketing

“Now that I have my degree, I have so many options. I know I can really excel with my new skills, and I can’t wait to get started.”
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Shelly Aldrich

Shelly Aldrich
Business Management

“The best part was our instructor jumping out of his chair and praising us for a job well done. That was pretty cool.”
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Riley Damrow

Riley Damrow
Cosmetology

Her connections with instructors and other students have opened up doors and created lifelong friendships.
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Rachel Knapp

Rachel Knapp
Medical Assistant

“I have really awesome classmates. We are very good at motivating each other. It’s tough love—we are always pushing each other to succeed.”
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Kara Jeske

Kara Jeske
Nursing

“He looked right at me and said, ‘How bad do you want to be a nurse?’ I had to start from the bottom to get to where I am today.”
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John Young

John Young
Marketing and Business Management

“The teachers want their students to engage and make an effort to make that happen. If you, as a student, are willing to put in the effort, you’re going to get a fantastic education.”
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Jason Schiestle

Jason Schiestle
IT Network Specialist

“Your instructors are right there with you. They want you to understand and succeed. They’re not just going through the motions of teaching.”
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Ernesto Sanchez

Ernesto Sanchez
Barber Technologist

Mid-State was nothing like Ernesto expected—it was more, and it was fun.
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Erin Hess
Health & Wellness Promotion

“....next on the list is my master's degree so I can keep advancing if I want to and maybe even give back by teaching and mentoring students in this rewarding field.”
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Rehberg Family

Rehberg Family
Accounting and Business Management

“When it comes to paying for school, there is so much funding available—you just have to ask, check into it, and apply. That’s the one thing I want people to take away from our story.”
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Chong Chang

Chong Chang
Accounting and Business Management

“A favorite memory of mine is the bowling event I attended for Mid-State students. It was fun meeting other students and instructors, and even though I bowled terribly I had a great time.”
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Kelly Chojnacki

Kelly Chojnacki
Health Information Management

“I’m living proof that it is never too late to go back to school. Whether you take one class or earn a degree, there are many ways to enhance your life and experience new opportunities at Mid-State.”
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Nikki Henriksen

Nikki Henriksen
Administrative Professional and Business Management

"I’ve already accepted a full-time position as an administrative assistant for the Juneau County Zoning and Sanitation Department, starting the beginning of January after graduation. It will be amazing to be employed full-time with nice pay, benefits, and hours!"
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Wendy Surak

Wendy Surak
Early Childhood Education

"When I was a kid, I thought I had the meanest kindergarten teacher, but then I had one amazing experience with her that changed everything…. I’ve wanted to be a teacher ever since."
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Carla Byrne

Carla Byrne
Farm Operation

“Mid-State sets you up to get your foot in the door with many local businesses and helps you create lifelong friends.”
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Annie Cobb

Annie Cobb
Phlebotomy Technician

“Be confident in yourself and your abilities, and don’t be afraid to go the extra mile.”
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Kitt Covi

Kitt Covi
Office Support Specialist

“No matter what circumstances you are in, if you have the mindset that you can achieve this, you will. Just remember that anything is possible.”
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Daniel Delaney

Daniel Delaney
Civil Engineering Technology-Highway Technician

"I wish I would have done this when I graduated high school, but it is never too late in life to start a new career."
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Aja Heuss

Aja Heuss
Urban Forestry Technician

“…what you take out of your program is directly related to what you put into it.”
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September Vilmin

September Vilmin
Nursing

“Don’t sell yourself short and think that a bump in the road means you can’t keep going. Keep going even if you think there is a reason to stop.”
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Ashley Buckingham

Ashley Buckingham
Marketing

"Never cut yourself short…. I always knew I was a determined and hard-working person, but I never knew what I was capable of until I got pushed."
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Michael Quisler

Michael Quisler
IT Network Specialist

"Once I had a solid support network, my self-confidence just grew…”
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David Riddle

David Riddle
Industrial Mechanical Technician

“I got the job, and that’s when I finally realized I was going to make it.”
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Brittney Ryan
Medical Assistant

“…clinicals…that’s where I got to know real patients, take vitals, order labs, and work with different mentors—it’s where I realized I’m prepared.”
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Pa Kou Vang

Pa Kou Vang
Cosmetology

"My instructors wanted me to succeed…. They reminded me to keep going, to have faith that if I can't do something today, I will be able to tomorrow."
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