The Stevens Point campus of Mid-State Technical College. (Metro Wire photo)

Mid-State announces new Early Childhood Professional program

Metro Wire Staff

Mid-State Technical College is now accepting applications for its new Early Childhood Professional technical diploma, designed to prepare individuals for work in various settings.

The program is 27 credits and emphasizes learning music, movement, art, and social studies to support children, guided by the Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards. These credits can be seamlessly transferred into Mid-State’s Early Childhood Education associate degree.

Jill Przekurat, an instructor in Mid-State’s Early Childhood Education program, highlighted the program’s importance, stating, “We recognize the urgent need for skilled workers in the field of early care and education. The Early Childhood Professional technical diploma offers an additional pathway for us to help fill this need.”

Students in the program will gain practical experience through fieldwork in area childcare centers, complemented by academic coursework.

April Niemi, vice president of Early Childhood Development at CAP Services, Inc., praised the program, saying, “Adding an additional learning opportunity for future educators to receive a degree from a higher-level institute brings great joy to me personally and professionally. This new program is an action step that will support communities in working through the childcare crisis by increasing the probability of attracting and retaining qualified staff in the early childhood field. In turn this will enhance the services provided to children and families.”

To learn more about Mid-State’s Early Childhood Professional program and apply, visit mstc.edu/programs.