• Larry Turba earns statewide Distinguished Alumni Award

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    December 05, 2018

    WISCONSIN RAPIDS – Mid-State Technical College alumnus and Foundation Board member Larry Turba has earned statewide recognition for his contributions to technical education and the central Wisconsin community. Turba recently received the 2018 Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Wisconsin Technical College District Boards Association on October 12 during the fall quarterly meeting of the District Boards Association in Appleton, Wisc.


    The Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes a truly outstanding Wisconsin Technical College graduate who has demonstrated accomplishments in his or her professional field, community involvement, support for the technical college system and a commitment to continuing education and lifelong learning.


    Turba, now president and CEO of Paper City Savings in Nekoosa, Wisc., started his career at the company as an accountant in 1978 with an associate degree from Mid-State. Among the achievements highlighted in his award nomination were Turba’s commitment to continuing education and his ability to move into roles of increasing responsibility that ultimately helped grow the company from just five employees to 47 across three branches. 


    Turba was also credited for his 34 years of service on both the Mid-State Technical College Board and Foundation Board as well as an impressive legacy of community service and ongoing confidence in Mid-State Technical College graduates who also got their start at Paper City Savings over the years.


    “Mid-State Technical College is pleased to join the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) in honoring Larry Turba in his selection for the Distinguished Alumni Award,” said Mid-State president, Dr. Shelly Mondeik.  “We are very grateful for Larry’s support and commitment to Mid-State and technical education and his continued community service in our district.”

    Wisconsin Technical College District Boards Association vice president Vernon Jung (third from left) presents Larry Turba with the 2018 Distinguished Alumnus Award at the organization’s fall quarterly meeting in Appleton, Oct. 12. Also pictured (from left): Mid-State Technical College president Dr. Shelly Mondeik, Mid-State Technical College Board vice chairperson Robert Beaver, District Boards Association president Carla Hedtke (Northeast Wisconsin Technical College), Mid-State Technical College Board members Richard Merdan and Betty Bruski Mallek, and District Boards Association executive director Layla Merrifield.




    About Mid-State Technical College

    Mid-State, one of 16 colleges in the Wisconsin Technical College System, offers associate degrees, technical diplomas and certificates in a variety of high-demand fields. With campuses in Marshfield, Stevens Point, and Wisconsin Rapids and a learning center in Adams, the college district serves a resident population of approximately 171,000. Mid-State’s supportive environment, state-of-the-art technology and faculty with professional experience in the fields they teach provide Mid-State graduates with real-world skills, knowledge, experience and confidence they need for an in-demand career. More than 9 in 10 Mid-State graduates are employed within six months of graduation. Visit the college’s website at mstc.edu.