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Mid-State Technical College debuts new Stevens Point campus

A central Wisconsin college unveiled a brand new campus Wednesday while celebrating its 100th anniversary.

Leaders at Mid-State Technical College say they're excited the new location is in the heart of downtown Stevens Point.

During the ribbon-cutting ceremony, campus leaders say their move to the transformed former CenterPoint Mall gives the school more space to work with.

"[We had] no place to do anything new, parking was a challenge, students didn't have a quiet place for study, so we really began to look around at some of those options," said Steve Smith, the dean of MSTC's Stevens Point campus.

Both current students and recent graduates have already noticed a difference.

"It is awesome," said student Nicole Henrichs. "It is super nice. It's way nicer than the other building and it's really big and roomy."

Campus ambassador Jesse Rabehl agreed.

"I love it," he said. "This is an absolutely fantastic campus. It's going to do so much for Mid-State and it really refreshes everything around here."

City leaders say the new downtown location will bring a new energy, and new developments, to the area.

"All historic rehabs, the winery that's about to come and certainly the great construction opportunities across the street," said Andrew Halverson, the mayor of Stevens Point. "The 150 new jobs that are here with Great Lakes Higher Education."

It's the exact way Mid-State leaders say they want to kick off their next century.

"It's going to be here a long time," Smith said. "We're going to be the anchor for the downtown of Stevens Point for many years to come."

Smith says funding for this project came from the City of Stevens Point and the college itself. He says there won't be any tuition increases for students.
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