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Winona Daily News, Winona Post: MSC Southeast partnership with Habitat for Humanity has exceeded expectations

Opinion column by Travis Thul, May 26, 2019

In early 2018, Minnesota State College Southeast faced a dilemma: how to partner with the community to address a workforce housing shortage while growing enrollment in mission critical trades programming. The answer was the Construction Technology program and integration of curriculum with Winona's Habitat for Humanity.

In retrospect, this partnership is intuitive and necessary to build not only homes, but a community of tradespeople, volunteers, and goodwill. However, in 2018, this reality seemed distant. It was only due to the tenacity and big thinking of HFH's leadership, combined with the vigor of college faculty, that the goals so far have exceeded all expectations. Specifically, if not for the integration of HFH’s John Corcoran into MSCS's Construction Technology program and his willingness to make HFH's worksite a functional classroom, the gains thus far would have not been captured.

Winona Daily News: https://www.winonadailynews.com/opinion/letters/travis-thul-msc-southeast-partnership-with-habitat-for-humanity-has/article_370b453b-49a1-5371-abf3-fb4782411cf9.html

Winona Post: https://www.winonapost.com/Archives/ArticleID/64520/First-year-of-construction-partnership-a-smashing-success!


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