Mid-State Technical College is
aiming to finish construction on their
new downtown location by mid-
March and hopes to begin holding
classes there in the summer session
One of the benefits of moving
to the new building will be having
substantially more space.
The downtown location offers
close to 20,000 square feet more than
they have at their current location.
The extra room will allow the
school to expand their student body.
“We don’t think it’s wise to move
mid semester, so we won’t be startingclasses in the new building until
summer,” said Steve Smith, campus
dean of Mid-State.
Many changes have been made to
the mall in preparation for the school.
One change included installing
large windows that will let in a lot of natural light.
“This building has served us well and I think the new space will be
very nice for students,” Smith said. “I
think Stevens Point will look at this
building and be proud.”
Mid-State is currently located
on Michigan Avenue, but the
building is no longer large enough to
accommodate their growing student
“We’ve outgrown this campus, its
smaller and smaller everyday,” said
Christy Villarreal, vice president ofStudent Senate and Student Activities.
“This will give us a chance to grow in
enrollment and overall.”
Some classes, like early childhood
education, will be moved from the
Wisconsin Rapids location to Stevens
Point in the fall of 2014.
Other departments, such as
the health program, will soon be
“I think it will be more
convenient for college students,
a lot more spacious and open up
more opportunities for classes,” said
Jennifer Lewis, a Mid-State student
studying for her GED.
Many also hope that the relocation
will help bring more commerce into
the downtown area.
With the 2,800 people going to
school at Mid-State Technical Collegein Stevens Point each year, the
downtown stores and eateries should
see much more business.
“It was part of a re-development
effort of the downtown area. It was
a way that we are able to secure
a tenant or an organization, that
would create a high foot traffic, and
spark other economic development,”
said Michael Ostrowski, director of
“I think it’s great, as a resident I
think this is what Stevens Point needs
downtown,” Villarreal said.
Mid-State will be holding a
sentential celebration and a public
open house on June 4 along with
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