There has been much focus in Wisconsin of late on what we can do as a state to invest in our economic future. Wisconsin's technical colleges are addressing this challenge in part by upholding our reputation as higher education leaders in local responsiveness. This trait, combined with our flexibility, allows us to quickly address evolving local workforce needs.
Responsiveness is vital, as at least 54 percent of Wisconsin's jobs in the next decade will require at least a technical college degree.
As part of our continuous review process, Mid-State Technical College proactively works with a wide variety of businesses and agencies to gather the relevant data we need to evaluate our courses and programs. One of our best and most valued assets in this evaluation process is our advisory committees. More than 400 employers and employees from 225 different organizations regularly contribute their firsthand knowledge about their career field. MSTC employees use this information to enhance our offerings.
Our staff members work diligently to ensure that an MSTC technical college education reflects industry changes and that our graduates are ready for their chosen careers. In fact, MSTC has started or suspended 50 academic programs since 2005 in response to changes in local workforce needs. This constant enhancement of our program curriculum enables us to provide graduates with knowledge and skills relevant to current and future career opportunities in central Wisconsin.
Recently, MSTC added the health & wellness promotion associate degree and a medical coder technical diploma. These programs were added as a result of employer needs and feedback. Health & wellness promotion graduates work in a wide variety of organizations and are trained to design, develop and implement health and wellness-promotion activities to maximize quality of life and reduce illness and injury.
The availability of medical coder jobs is only expected to increase as the need for health care escalates in coming years. The medical coder program, part of the health informatics & information management program, prepares students to assign codes for billing, quality improvement, statistical reporting and medical research. As a medical coder, graduates use classification systems to review documents and ensure coding is accurate. Medical coder graduates work in a variety of health care settings, including hospitals, physician offices and long-term care facilities.
These two programs are just a sample of the additions and changes we have made to MSTC's program mix based on local needs. MSTC and other technical colleges are well positioned to provide meaningful programming and high-quality education. Our proven flexibility and responsiveness positively impacts employers, and that helps grow local and state economies. If you are interested in learning more about health & wellness promotion, medical coder or any our more than 100 associate degrees, technical diplomas and certificates, visit www.mstc.edu, call 888-575-MSTC or stop by an MSTC location near you.