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M State starts academic year with new program, additional space

Photo by Rachelle Klemme Sydney Mohs, left, purchases class materials at the Chapter One bookstore counter, manned by Alyssa Lee, on Wednesday. Classes at M State - Wadena start Monday.

Individuals at M State - Wadena are starting a new academic year, celebrating 10 years of the school's association with other M State campuses and transitioning back into a normal population, now that high school students who have recently occupied the campus are moving into a new facility.

"We're still working on the space utilization and some of the configuration of readjusting to the space we have available," said Mary Devine, director of communications and marketing at M State. "We definitely had programs that consolidated that space in order to make room for the high school."

M State students shared building space with Wadena-Deer Creek High School students from fall 2010 to spring 2011, after a June 17, 2010 tornado totaled the old high school building.

Devine said the college vacated room to make space for the high school, an endeavor that involved consolidating college programs into smaller spaces. Things are now back to normal for M State.

Classes at the two-year college begin Monday, and the campus resources were busy this week as students and faculty got ready for classes to begin.

Marlo Hieb, manager of the campus bookstore Chapter One, said the store had a new feature this year to make it easier for college students to prepare for the semester.

InSite is an online textbook pre-order service that will make life a little easier for students.

With InSite, students can order books from home, schedule for books to be ready for pickup on the first day of class and have books shipped directly to them, Hieb said.

Business Manager Wayne Wolden said the InSite pre-order service will be available for the spring semester this fall.

Returning student Sydney Mohs bought her books the old-fashioned way.

Mohs said she did her generals previously, and is excited to be entering more classes for her nursing major.

"It's nice to have a focus," she said.

Devine said enrollment figures for the new academic year will not be available for a few weeks.

Later on in the academic year, Devine said, there would be a tenth anniversary celebration of the formation of M State's consortium.

The Minnesota State Community and Technical College consortium was formed in July 2003, when the two-year post-secondary campuses in Wadena, Detroit Lakes, Fergus Falls and Moorhead became one college together.

M State has 19 different programs with different degrees, Devine said, adding that there is a new virtual office professional program this year.