Mid-State Connect Winter 2017 Issue

employer spotlights THE RIGHT TEAM FOR WORLD-CLASS HEALTH CARE Marshfield Clinic Health System, Marshfield, WI

Mid-State Technical College and Marshfield Clinic Health System (MCHS), now with its Marshfield Medical Center, have had a very close, robust partnership for decades, and the future looks bright to grow even more.

Through our partnership, training a pipeline of learners and enhancing workforce development in our area is a top priority. The relationship offers students education and employment opportunities that rival those in bigger cities. And, as Wisconsin’s population ages, there will be more need for students pursuing health care careers and choosing to live and work in their home communities.

Marshfield Clinic’s Division of Education works closely with Mid-State’s Marshfield, Wisconsin Rapids, and Stevens Point campuses to coordinate clinical experiences for Central Service Technician, Health & Wellness Promotion, Health Information Management, Medical Assistant, Nursing, Phlebotomy Technician, Respiratory Therapist, and Surgical Technologist. This includes classroom space in the Marshfield Medical Center, adjunct faculty, and committee stewardship. Health care requires many skilled people across disciplines to provide capable teams. Besides physicians and nurses serving patients, health care teams also require those with knowledge in business and finance/accounting, information technology like computer support and software development, administration, health information management, pharmacy, and other disciplines, too.

Providing state-of-the-art, highest-quality health care requires a great team. The MCHS and Mid-State partnership is just the team to help make that happen for years to come.

A FRUITFUL PARTNERSHIP Skyward, Inc., Stevens Point, WI Strong industry partnerships are the key to ensuring our students are exposed to the most current training and technology, and Skyward, Inc., has proven to be an especially involved and effective partner.

Skyward is an industry-leading K–12 software provider headquartered in Stevens Point, Wisconsin. This school year alone, the company awarded five scholarships to Mid-State IT students (40 total since 2002). As an active member of both of our IT program advisory committees, Skyward wrote a letter of recommendation for our new IT Security Specialist program that contributed to its approval, and their input has been crucial to the development of new courses for the IT Software Developer program redesign. Skyward has also been deeply involved in the development stages of the new IT Software Developer Apprenticeship. There are many more examples of how Skyward has and continues to partner with Mid-State, including the Fast Forward grant (resulting in several placements of Mid-State students at Skyward), a Central Wisconsin Information Technology Alliance (CWITA) mentorship program, and internships at Skyward for our Accounting students.

It’s amazing the impact one dedicated partner can have on our students, and we are proud and honored to work so closely with Skyward!


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