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.
“I never saw myself as anything other than an artist, but then I realized, oh, I am a business person!”
“I’ve had wonderful opportunities that I never even thought I would have.”
“I loved the college then and I love it now. Most of my success has been here. The instructors are phenomenal and the camaraderie of the students in the Nursing program has been amazing...”
José A. Perez
Business Management with Health Care Management Specialization, Entrepreneurship, and Human Resources
“When you have a goal, you do what you have to do to achieve it, no matter how long it takes.”
Machine Tool Technician
“At Mid-State… you're really accepted for who you are. You can be old, young, fresh out of high school, or have 30 years of experience in some work field…. They're going to take you in and still teach you the same way, and they're going to give you that knowledge that you desire to learn.”
“In high school, I never thought I would be college material, but then I was successful in the Medical Assistant program and realized college isn’t as scary as I thought it would be.”
“I wasn’t really in the market for making any new friends. I wanted to come to school, do my class work, and then leave…. Becoming involved in student life wasn’t really the plan.”
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.”
“The setup of the program is great. You really need all of this—the fundamentals, pharmacology, etc.—to really be a successful nurse.”
“The best part was our instructor jumping out of his chair and praising us for a job well done. That was pretty cool.”
“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.”
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.”
Mid-State was nothing like Ernesto expected—it was more, and it was fun.
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.”
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.”
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!"
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."
“Be confident in yourself and your abilities, and don’t be afraid to go the extra mile.”
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."
“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.”
IT Network Specialist
"Once I had a solid support network, my self-confidence just grew…”
“…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.”