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Budjac column: Turning the page in the story of life

1:59 PM, Jun. 3, 2013  |  Comments
Sue Budjac
Sue Budjac
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First and foremost, I am proud to recognize the accomplishments of Mid-State Technical College graduates this spring. Each of our more than 400 graduates overcomes barriers and devotes tremendous energy to achieve this moment. Here is one of their stories.

In December 2010, the company Dawn served for a little more than 26 years announced that it was closing its doors. She started working for them when she was 19 years old and planned to work there her whole life.

Following the closure of the 100-year-old company, Dawn, now a 46-year-old with only a high school education, was stunned and not at all sure what to do.

She ruled out a four-year college because she needed to earn a degree and return to the workforce as soon as possible. Ultimately, Dawn turned to Mid-State Technical College. Low tuition, location options, available curriculum, enthusiasm of instructors and a comfortable feel sold her on MSTC.

Just learning how to be a student again was an experience, but Dawn tells us she enjoyed her time here and the IT Network Specialist career path she decided to pursue.

Dawn's story shares many characteristics with success stories of other MSTC students and graduates.

? MSTC students need to get into the workforce quickly. At MSTC, we work closely with Wisconsin industry leaders to ensure our classes and programs produce the skills and knowledge employers desire in the people they hire. We have been doing this for 99 years and it is why on average, 85 percent of MSTC's graduates have a job within six months of graduation, 76 percent in their field of choice.

? The cost of higher education is a significant factor. About 80 percent of MSTC students receive financial assistance. Technical college tuition is more affordable than most community colleges and universities ($122.20 per credit). Technical college students also graduate faster and as a result save money on student loans and start earning a pay check sooner. Associate degree graduates earn nearly $400,000 more during a 40-year career than high school graduates.

Each year, nearly 9,000 full- and part-time students enroll in one of our more than 100 career programs and certificates at our four college locations in Adams, Marshfield, Stevens Point and Wisconsin Rapids.

Thomas Jefferson once said, "If you want something you've never had, you must be willing to do something you've never done."

If you are thinking about improving your skills for your current career or training for a new career, an investment of a little time may be the key to unlocking your new future. Our new student specialists are available to discuss your interests and challenges. Together, you will find ways to overcome your unique challenges and explore the MSTC programs and certificates that are right for you. Call MSTC at 888-575-MSTC, visit www.mstc.edu, or stop by the MSTC location nearest you.

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