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Mid-State Technical College turns 100 years old

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Mid-State Technical College is celebrating its 100th year anniversary.

The college opened the same year Woodrow Wilson was president, Henry Ford created his first assembly line, and gas was just $0.10 per gallon.

"Mid-State was created 100 years ago in response to workforce and economic demands in central Wisconsin," said Sue Budjac, Mid-State Technical College President.

In 1913, school officials say the college opened as the Wood County Training School.

The goal of the school was to provide skills for two booming industries in the early 1900's -- fur farming and cranberry farming.

Now Mid-State offers many more programs for its students.

"Today we have over 100 certificates, technical diplomas and associate degrees," added Budjac.

Around 9,000 students attend classes across four campuses each year.

Mid-State leaders say they're proud of the hands-on style of teaching used at the school.

Teachers showed Newsline 9 an example of that in the criminal justice corrections program.

Students there were being trained on how to properly use a taser gun.

History items were on display throughout the school Thrusday.

One item in particular caught Debbie Hafermann's eye.

"This morning I was walking by and I spotted the typewriter, then I thought oh my gosh that's my old typewriter," said Hafermann, an office assistant at Mid-State.

Haferman says it's the typewriter she used when she started at the school since 1981.

Coincidentally there was also a picture on top of the typewriter that Hafermann noticed as well.

"It's actually a picture of my mother from 1979," Hafermann said.

Other students graduating this year say the centennial celebration adds to the excitement.

"It's amazing to know that I'm going to be the one graduating in the 100th year of the school," said student Suzana Alimi.

The college's centennial celebration continues later this month at its Marshfield campus on October 22nd.

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