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

Mid-State offers new Construction Trades technical diploma

By Patrick Lynn

Mid-State Technical College will launch a new Construction Trades technical diploma program next spring at its Wisconsin Rapids campus.

Classes start Jan. 2 and meet for 12 weeks on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.

According to a news release from MSTC, the Construction Trades technical diploma was developed with input from local employers to provide the foundation knowledge and experience to get started in the construction, carpentry, plumbing, electrical and pipefitting fields.

“Through exposure to multiple fields and industries, graduates are prepared to enter the trade they choose. Coursework also counts toward Unpaid Related Instruction (URI) or ‘night school’ for those entering into an apprenticeship program,” the release reads in part.

Ron Zillmer, Mid-State’s dean of Transportation, Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Construction, said the program is the result of the school’s work with local employers to create a diploma that would give students introductory exposure to all areas of the construction trades before choosing a specialty.

“It really is a win-win for both students and industry, because employers can be confident that graduates of this program will have a well-rounded introduction to job site safety, along with basic skills in all aspects of the construction trades,” he said.

For more information, visit mstc.edu/programs or call 888-575-6782 and ask to speak to an advisor.