Sue Budjac: MSTC turns 100 years old in 2013-14

12:15 PM, Jul. 1, 2013  |  Comments
Sue Budjac
Sue Budjac
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Warm summer days and the presence of students heading to summer classes remind me that a new academic year is right around the corner. Yet this fall semester will be a little different. While every year is important, this one has special meaning because Mid-State Technical College celebrates its centennial in 2013-14.

MSTC's Centennial Celebration is an opportunity to honor and treasure our past and celebrate our exciting future. I can't imagine commemorating this milestone without our former and current students, retirees and current employees, board members, and many business and community partners. MSTC's 100th birthday illustrates the value and significance of the training and services that MSTC provides to central Wisconsin.

Each of MSTC's four locations will host a centennial celebration during the upcoming academic year. These free events offer fascinating, interactive, hands-on demonstrations and display new learning technologies and facilities. Wisconsin Rapids Campus will lead off the festivities on Oct. 10 with a program showcase for middle and high school students/staff in the morning and a variety of afternoon and early evening activities for members of the community.

Marshfield Campus and Adams County Center will host similar events on Oct. 22 and Nov. 5, respectively. Stevens Point will close out the festivities in the new year with the grand opening of the new Stevens Point Campus (1001 Centerpoint Drive), tentatively scheduled for Jan. 30. Bookmark to learn more about MSTC's Centennial Celebration as details become available.

Future students will have many opportunities to explore MSTC's -plus career programs and certificates to determine which one right for them. Former students also can reconnect through MSTC's new alumni association; visit to sign up!

You are also invited to attend this summer's Centennial Bike Ride & Walk Event on Sept. 14. This event includes 100K, 50K, and 10K biking routes and a 10K walk option, with all routes beginning and ending at MSTC's Wisconsin Rapids Campus. The cost is $25 per person and proceeds benefit student scholarships/grants and college educational programs. Contact the MSTC Foundation Office at 715-422-5322 or visit for additional information and registration.

As I pause to reflect on 99 years of MSTC education and job training, I am humbled by the quantity and quality of talent that has passed through our hallways over the years. A century of experience has refined our ability to maintain a vibrant selection of programs and respond quickly to changing employer needs. This is a key reason why 85 percent of MSTC graduates are employed within six months of graduation and 95 percent of employers believe an MSTC education meets or exceeds their expectations.

If you are seeking a new job or career and want to get back into the workforce quickly, consider an affordable education 100 years in the making. Call Mid-State Technical College at 1-888-575-MSTC, visit, or stop by the MSTC location nearest you. The fall semester begins Aug. 19.

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