Contact: Katryn Conlin, Communications Director
invited to Open Forums to discuss proposed Associate of Arts degree, change of
mission, and possibility of new name at Minnesota State College - Southeast
Winona, MN (February 5, 2016)
February 22, 2016
Lobby, Winona Campus
Homer Road, Winona, MN
February 23, 2016
Lobby, Red Wing Campus
Pioneer Road, Red Wing, MN
-- Minnesota State College - Southeast Technical has submitted an application to the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system to offer the Associate of Arts (A.A.) degree. This would expand the college's mission beyond technical education and allow students to complete a transferable 2-year degree.
With an expanded mission comes a dual purpose, as Southeast Technical would become a fully comprehensive 2-year college. For this reason the college is considering options to change its name to communicate the expanded mission.
The college is opening its doors for Community Open Forums in Winona (Feb. 22, 6-8 pm) and Red Wing (Feb 23, 6-8 pm) to gather public feedback and ideas. Also, to seek ideas for a possible new name, the college has an online form available at www.southeastmn.edu/name.
"We are very excited about the opportunity to better serve the region's students. We want to include the entire community in the discussion about changing our mission and our name," says President Dr. Dorothy Duran. "We value public insight into the entire process."
A decision on the college's application to offer the Associate of Arts degree is expected to be made this spring; if approved, the degree option would become available to students as soon as fall 2016.
About Minnesota State
College – Southeast Technical
Southeast Technical is a
two-year institution that provides its students with the knowledge, skills, and
attitudes they will need for a lifetime of learning. With more than 30 programs
of study and 90 degree, diploma, and certificate options, many students are
prepared to launch a career in a technical or trade field as soon as they
graduate. Others begin the pathway to a four-year bachelor’s degree by earning
transferable college credits in liberal arts and sciences. The Winona campus
opened in 1949, merging with the Red Wing campus in 1992 and becoming Minnesota
State College – Southeast Technical in 1999. Southeast Technical is a member of
the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system. For more information,