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Your Town Marshfield: Mid-State Marshfield Campus celebrates 100 years

The school serves over 1,300 students per year and offers more than 20 programs that can be completed at the campus.
Updated: Jun. 4, 2021 at 4:00 PM CDT
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WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAW) - A lot can change in 100 years, including jobs in the workforce. Mid-State at Marshfield prides itself on the ability to provide a variety of high in-demand career fields matching local workforce needs. This year, the campus is celebrating 100 years of history.

Mid-State put down roots in Marshfield in 1920 but didn’t move into its current location until 1991. Upon its establishment, the school only offered one full-time medical assistant program. According to Mid-State’s Marshfield Campus Dean Alex Lendved, the school now is serving more than 1,300 students per year and offers over 20 programs that can be completed at the campus. They include agriculture, nursing, and stainless steel welding.

“We continue to expand those offerings, not only academically programming, but the general education courses for non-degree seeking students as well as continuing education and professional development,” Lendved said.

Bill Rosandick is the director of clinical education. Being a graduate of Mid-State himself, he knows students want real-world skills. Due to the partnerships between the school and medical institutions, a lot of graduating students accept jobs in central Wisconsin.

“We work with the Marshfield Clinic, we work with Aspirus, we work with Ascension, and they’ve all been very supportive of our students. We try to fill up the local needs first. A few years ago, it was Stevens Point and Medford. Last year it was Wausau.” Rosandick went on to say, “Right now our students, we have 13 graduates. And I think nine of them have jobs already.”

While the pandemic was challenging, it didn’t stop the school from educating the next generation of professionals. Monica Sojka is a recent respiratory therapy graduate. She admits, at first it was scary. “It scared me at first and then I realized this is why I chose the path I did. For moments like this. I want to be there helping,” explained Sojka.

2020 was also a year of celebration for Mid-State at Marshfield. To mark 100 years, the school held community coffee dates where students and staff shared coffee with community members at local shops. The community-wide Activity Challenge was also a hit. Lendved said more than 200 people logged about 10,000 miles in the month of May.

For June, the school collaborated with Marshfield restaurant Melody Gardens to create a 100 Year Celebration ice cream flavor. According to Lendved, not only was it developed by a graduate of Mid-State but the cranberries were locally sourced within the district.

“We are thankful to be in the Marshfield Community. And the 100-year celebration has been an opportunity to share our pride, and history and to celebrate with the community members that we value so much,” said Lendved.

While supplies last, the public can sample Mid-State’s “cranberry cheesecake swirl” at the June Dairy Fest reverse parade Saturday.

According to Mid-State’s website, community members are encouraged to participate in the celebration by sharing their experience with Mid-State in Marshfield using the hashtag #ExperienceMidState, and tagging Mid-State on Facebook @MidStateTech and Twitter @FollowMSTC

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