COVID Information and Resources - Updated 5.25.2021
Relax, Learn, and Connect in the LiNK
Mid-State’s district-wide LiNK locations provide the resources needed for academic success.
We’re Here to Help
Mid-State campuses are currently open a limited number of hours due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In an effort to continue providing you with the resources you need to succeed, we have adjusted quickly to move our LiNK services to a virtual/online format and small group in-person meetings.
There are no admission requirements, tuition costs, or fees for LiNK classes. You decide when to begin and develop your personal schedule. Work at your own pace to reach your goals. Individuals may enroll throughout the year.
LiNK Hours (May 24 - August 19, Closed July 5 - July 11)
Mondays and Wednesdays: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (staffed by students)
Thursdays: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (staffed by an instructor)
Marshfield, Stevens Point, and Wisconsin Rapids Campuses
Monday – Thursday: 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
- Virtual Support 8:00 – 11:00 a.m.
- In-Person Support 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Virtual Support by Appointment Only
Monday - Thursday: 8:00 - 11:00 a.m.
The LiNK offers:
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.
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. To enroll, please contact the LiNK. You must be 18 years of age or older to participate unless special permission is obtained. Special accommodations can be made for students with disabilities.
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.
College Plus GED®/HSED Program
The College Plus program offers an opportunity for students without a high school credential to earn both a college credential (technical diploma or associate degree) and a high school equivalency diploma (GED/HSED) at the same time.
Who Is Eligible for College Plus?
The College Plus program is for adult students (18.5 years and older) who:
- Do not have a high school credential, or did not graduate from an accredited high school.
- Want to enroll in an eligible Mid-State Technical College program and want to apply for financial aid.
- Can demonstrate college readiness by passing the TFO Accuplacer Assessment or completing six college credits.
What Is the TFO Accuplacer Assessment?
The TFO Accuplacer assessment is a test of basic reading comprehension, writing, and math skills. The federal government requires that all students who do not have a high school diploma or GED must demonstrate passing scores on this assessment before they are eligible to receive Title IV financial aid.
What Is the First Step?
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 classes can help prepare for the US Citizenship exam.
ELL prepares students to transition to a GED/HSED program, college enrollment, or employment.
All ELL students receive Burlington English access online to use at home, at the college, or any place with internet access. There are no admission requirements, tuition costs, or fees. Contact the LiNK to register by calling 715.422.5470 or by email at LiNK@mstc.edu.
Spring 2021 Class Schedule
Tuesdays 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Tuesdays and Thursdays 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Tuesdays and Thursdays 8:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Online Career Awareness Course
Thursdays 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.
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.
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
Tutoring and Program Support
Have a problem with a paper for class? Don’t understand the assignment? Need some additional help with math? The LiNK is here for you. Students can get assistance with general academic tasks, instruction in note-taking, summarizing, reference skills, and time management. Students can also brush up on basic reading, writing, and math skills needed to be successful in their program.
Mid-State offers several approaches to tutoring to ensure that students have options that fit their learning needs. We offer tutor labs, peer tutoring, and small tutor groups. Tutoring services are no cost to currently registered students. To arrange tutoring, visit the LiNK at your location.
If you have a special tutoring request, please complete the Tutor Request Form.
Another online-tutoring resource available to students during this time is Brainfuse. Students can access Brainfuse through the link provided or Blackboard. 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.
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.
Library Services Quick Guides
These guides will help you get started and properly site the sources you use in your research. Visit any of the LiNK locations for additional support in finding and documenting your sources.
Ask the LiNK Staff
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.
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.
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 in 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 that 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.
Get Started Today
Visit the LiNK online to ensure your academic success at Mid-State. To receive additional information about services provided, email LiNK@mstc.edu.