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Mid-State’s district-wide LiNK locations provide the resources needed for academic success.

We’re Here to Help

The LiNK provides services to help adult students and community members in Mid-State’s district achieve their educational and career goals. All courses are free of charge, and no appointment needed. Students must be 18.5 years of age or older to enroll. Stop by today to start on your journey to success.

The LiNK offers:
Adult Basic Education

ABE classes are designed to prepare students and community members at varying academic levels to transition into college enrollment or employment. Classes are offered in a lab-based or online format, allowing students to work at their own pace.

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Career Awareness

Career Awareness is a free, non-credit class that allows adults the freedom to explore a wide variety of careers that match their personal and professional skills, interests, and values. Students participate in “self-discovery” activities and formalized surveys to discover their interest and values. The results are matched with occupations and labor market research.

College and Program Entrance Preparation

Dedicated LiNK staff assist students who wish to improve academic skills in order to enroll in a program at a technical college or university. Students get assistance with preparing for the Accuplacer, improving study skills, and increase reading, writing, and math test results.

Computer Basics and Student Technology Assistance

Computer Basics is a free, hands-on, non-credit class that provides adults with instruction in basic computer skills. The class starts with turning the computer on and off correctly and works up to sending emails and downloading information.

LiNK staff are also available to answer questions and provide support in basic computer skills through use of the Internet, Blackboard, OneDrive, and other Mid-State learning tools. You can access various technology tools such as iPads, webcams, and digital whiteboards.

English Language Learning (ELL) Instruction

ELL classes are designed to assist individuals whose native or dominant language is other than English and who need to learn to read, write, and communicate in English.

ELL prepares students to transition to a GED/HSED program, college enrollment, or employment.

Employability Skills

Employability Skills is a free, non-credit class that assists students with the job-seeking and application process. Students will get help with writing a resume, cover letter, and thank you letter. LiNK staff will also assist students with creating a Job Center of Wisconsin account to receive additional resources during the job-seeking process.

GED®/HSED Preparation

Dedicated LiNK staff will assist students with determining and preparing for the GED/HSED program that fits the student’s academic skills, personal life, and goals. There are six options for earning a high school credential:

  • GED – Earn your test-based diploma.
  • HSED 5.05 – GED completion includes meeting the requirements in health, career awareness, and employability skills.
  • HSED 5.06 – Earn at least 22 high school credits including 4 in English, 3 in Social Studies, 3 in Math, 3 in Science, and 0.5 in Health. (Three credits of post-secondary equals 1 high school credit.)
  • HSED 5.07 – Earn 24 post-secondary credits including a credit in each subject required in high school except physical education.
  • HSED 5.08 – Present a foreign diploma or degree.
  • HSED 5.09 – Complete a state-approved program through coursework designed to provide knowledge and skills that are expected to be taught in the courses required of high school graduates.

For information about the testing process, visit the GED Test/HSED Testing website

Study Skills and Program Support

Dedicated LiNK staff are available to assist Mid-State students throughout their educational careers. Students can get assistance with basic study skills strategies, time management, and test-taking skills. Students can also brush up on basic reading, writing, and math skills needed to be successful in their program.

Library Services

Library resources are available to students and the community on each Mid-State campus. Our print books and periodicals as well as online databases and other electronic resources provide necessary sources for excellence in teaching and learning.

Ask a Librarian

The LiNK staff are available to assist students and faculty with searching and obtaining the academic resources needed for any project.

Visit Ask a Librarian to submit an online request, or visit any of our LiNK locations.

Catalog Search

Search Mid-State’s Library Catalog to view the resources available. Each library provides an array of print, non-print, and electronic academic resources.

Visit the library catalog to start your search.

Online Databases

Mid-State’s online databases allow students and community members to access articles, books, videos, journals, and more online. When searching resources from an off-campus location, a Mid-State eight-digit student ID number is needed. Visit the LiNK location nearest you if you do not have a Mid-State ID to get started.

Visit the online database to start your search.

Interlibrary Loans (ILL)

Mid-State and Lakeland University faculty, staff, and students are eligible to borrow items through ILL. ILL service provides access to materials that are not available at any Mid-State LiNK location. Mid-State uses WISCAT as our primary source for ILLs. There is no cost to use ILL. The library borrower is responsible for lost or damaged items. Delivery time varies depending on the availability of the materials and the location of the lending library. Requested items may arrive between 7-14 days after the request has been placed. The requester will be notified via email or phone.

Search for and request academic resources by clicking on the campus location where you would like to pick up your requested materials.

Borrowing Guidelines and Policies

Mid-State’s library patrons include students, faculty, staff, and adult residents in the Mid-State district. Our guidelines and policy ensure that we are meeting the needs of the community while protecting the rights and privacy of our patrons.

To learn more about our guidelines and policy, see the borrowing guidelines.

Tutoring Services

Mid-State aims to offer several approaches to tutoring to ensure that students have options that fit their learning needs including lab-based, one-one-one, group, and online. Tutoring services are no cost to currently enrolled students.

To be connected with a tutor, please submit the Tutor Request Form.

We will make every effort to provide peer tutoring; however, please be aware that we cannot guarantee we will find a tutor that meets your specific needs. Assigning a tutor may take up to three weeks.

Brainfuse

Brainfuse is an online-tutoring resource offered to current Mid-State students. Students can access Brainfuse through Blackboard under the Tools section. Brainfuse offers students live, on-demand homework help from certified tutors in a variety of college subjects. Tutors and students communicate in real time through the Brainfuse Online Classroom. Whatever a student types, draws, or shares on the screen, the tutor sees, and vice versa. All sessions are recorded for later review.

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Drop-In Tutoring

Drop-in tutoring is free to current students and is a great way to get academic assistance when you need it. Its drop-in style allows you to attend according to your schedule. Our tutors are highly qualified and have successfully completed the course.

Tutoring Schedules by Location:

Individual Tutor Sessions

Mid-State students can request a tutor for up to five hours per week for each class. The tutor coordinator will respond to tutor requests within two business days to start the process of matching the student with a tutor. This process may take up to three weeks, and it is not guaranteed that a tutor in the specific subject area will be found.

Please contact the tutor coordinator, Emily Janssen (715.422.5647), if you have any questions or concerns.

Become a Tutor

We are always looking for peer and professional tutors—current students who have done well in their courses and would like to help others achieve success. When no current student is available to help with a given course, we also seek qualified non-student tutors, especially Mid-State graduates.

If you are interested in becoming a tutor with Mid-State, please see the job posting. For more information, contact Emily Janssen (715.422.5647).

Get Started Today

Visit the LiNK nearest you to ensure your academic success at Mid-State. To receive additional information about services provided, email us or call one of our campus locations. For LiNK access hours, see Locations.