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Contact: Katryn Conlin, Communications Director
651-385-6364, kconlin@southeastmn.edu

For Immediate Release 

Southeast Technical opens Public Online survey to evaluate possible new names at www.southeastmn.edu/name          

Winona, MN (February 18, 2016) -- 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. 

If the application to change the mission is successful, the college would need to adapt or change its name to recognize that it will be more than a technical college - it would become a community and technical college.

Through public surveys, almost 80 unique names were put forth by students, faculty, staff, and the general public. A group including faculty, staff, students, and a professional marketing consultant narrowed the list to 5 possible names.

Public Online Survey

The public is invited to take a very brief survey to evaluate to evaluate these 5 names. The link is at: www.southeastmn.edu/name. This survey will be available until Sunday, February 21.

In addition, Southeast Technical is opening its doors for Community Open Forums in Winona  on Feb. 22 and Red Wing on Feb. 23 to gather public feedback and ideas.

Community Open Forums

Winona:

Monday, February 22, 2016 - 6-8 pm
Main Lobby, Winona Campus
1250 Homer Road, Winona, MN

Red Wing:

Tuesday, February 23, 2016 - 6-8 pm
Main Lobby, Red Wing Campus
308 Pioneer Road, Red Wing, MN

"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.

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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, visit www.southeastmn.edu.



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