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College Resources for Parents and Family

Choosing the right college comes down to good information about today's best options, including the advantages of a technical college.

Great news for today’s high school graduates—the demand for skills gained in two-year technical degree programs is on the rise with no end in sight. And compared to a four-year degree, technical college degrees come with far less student debt.

Technical College FAQs


Helping your young family member figure out their post-high school path is just one of many important challenges you face. Explore the vast benefits of higher education and the technical college advantage, and look to us as your resource for college choice and success at Mid-State and beyond.

Why technical college?
  • It's where communities turn first. Wisconsin Technical Colleges produce graduates who fill critical positions in our communities.
  • According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, most jobs over the next decade will require the kind of occupational training provided by Wisconsin's technical colleges.
  • Great-paying careers. On average, associate degree graduates earn $5,000 a year more in salary than high school graduates!
  • Ability to start at a technical college and transfer credits to a bachelor’s degree.
How is a technical college different from a four-year college?
  • Technical colleges provide education and training for careers.
  • Mid-State instructors bring a hands-on approach to the classroom.
  • Students spend much of their time in fully equipped laboratories and simulated work environments.
  • When companies look for employees, they know that Mid-State graduates have hands-on experience before they begin the job.
  • Where many colleges have classes with up to 100 students, Mid-State’s classes generally have around 15 students.
  • Where other institutions hire instructors with formal education, Mid-State’s instructors have both formal education and real-world experience in the subjects they teach.
Why choose Mid-State?
  • Mid-State offers 60+ career programs.
  • Paying for college with little or no debt at graduation is possible thanks to affordable tuition combined with financial aid and scholarships.
  • Online and flexible learning options.
  • Hands-on learning and instructors with real-world experience.
  • Personal attention in classes with a 12:1 student-to-instructor ratio.
  • Nearly 80 percent of Mid-State students receive some kind of financial aid.
  • Dual Credit opportunities for high school students.
  • Options to transfer credits to four-year colleges.
  • Support services to help students succeed.
  • Mid-State is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.
  • Our graduates are in demand—on average, 95 percent of Mid-State graduates were employed within six months of obtaining their degree.
  • Many local employers recruit Mid-State students before they graduate.
  • Mid-State has been making futures for 100 years!

Learn about the differences between high school and college on our College Transition page.

Explore more reasons to choose Mid-State on our Why Mid-State page.

Mid-State Stats


Nearly 80% of Mid-state students recieve some form of Financial Assistance
On average, two years of college in Wisconsin costs $29,864.  Cost at Mid-state? Just $8,089
98% of graduates are satisfied or very satisfied with their education
The Mid-state median salary is about $35,097 6 months after graduation for all degree types