A new transportation shuttle at Mid-State Technical College is making it easier for students to pursue a degree when transportation to a specific Mid-State campus to access a program presents an obstacle.
The shuttle is free to all Mid-State students thanks to a collaboration with the Wisconsin Automotive & Truck Education Association (WATEA) and funding provided by the State of Wisconsin Workforce Innovation Grant made possible through American Rescue Plan Act. The service uses vans that can carry up to 15 passengers and provides travel between the college’s Adams, Marshfield, Stevens Point, and Wisconsin Rapids campuses along five routes running daily from 5 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
“When I did the math, it was a quick decision to reserve my seat on the shuttle,” said Mid-State student Jarek Frank, who rides the shuttle every Tuesday and Thursday between Adams and Wisconsin Rapids, where he is enrolled full-time in the Automotive Technician program. “I decided to just use it when I have longer days on campus, but I will still save at least $1,000 per year on gas costs, not to mention wear and tear on my car,” he added.
The Workforce Innovation Grant Program is a collaboration between the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) and the Department of Workforce Development (DWD).
[Adapted from: New Mid-State shuttle service removes transportation barriers for students November 4, 2022 WSAW]