Continuing Education & Customized Training Staff

CalliEkblad_BWCalli Ekblad, Director of Business Relations, Red Wing

Calli has over 34 years of experience in the Continuing Education and Workforce Training department at Southeast Technical. She works with individuals and businesses alike in setting up continuing education classes that individuals need for upgrading, retraining, or a new position. Calli also serves as our grant coordinator and has secured over 46 grants working with local businesses to help train employees in areas that are essential in keeping the company moving forward. She is based on the Red Wing campus.

Calli completed her degree from Riverland in Supervisory Management and Quality. She has served as the co-chair of the Southeast Minnesota Training Consortium in the health care cluster for two years and was active as the leader in 4-H for over 13 years. She and her husband, Grant, have two kids and four grandchildren and enjoy spending time with them.


Katie HKatie Hardyman, Director of Business Relations, Red Wing

Katie is a Red Wing native with over 25 years of sales and marketing experience. She is based on the Red Wing campus where her main responsibility is working with area employers to develop customized training and consulting solutions for their workforce. Community outreach is also an important part of her duties, working closely with the Red Wing Area Manufactures Association, Hiawatha Valley Society for Human Resource Management, and the Red Wing Area Chamber of Commerce.

Graduating with honors, Katie received a B.S. in Business-Risk Management from St. Cloud State University. She is a proud supporter of Red Wing Athletics and is the past president of the Red Wing Booster Club. She and her husband, Doug, have two boys, both of whom are taking classes in the MnSCU system!


Jen OlsonJennifer Olson, Director of Continuing Education and Customized Training

Jen is currently serving the greater Winona area as the director of both Continuing Education and Customized Training. As a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Stout and previously serving as the Community Relations Manager at Winona Health, Jen is excited to work in the field of education and help local businesses develop training solution to strengthen both the workforce and community. Jen enjoys working on house projects and spending time outdoors with her husband and two daughters. 


NicholeSawyer_BWNicole Sawyer, Senior Assistant for Business Relations, Red Wing and Winona

Nicole has been a member of the Continuing Education and Workforce Training team at Southeast Technical since March 2008. She is an alumni of Southeast Technical from the Sales and Retail Management program. Nicole enjoys quilting with her mom, fishing with her fiance and spending time with family, friends, and their two black labs, Emma & Gunner.