Winona Post: Southeast Community College ahead?
by CHRIS ROGERS
Southeast Community College ahead?
For now, Minnesota State College - Southeast Technical is still known as Southeast Tech, but this school's leaders recently proposed an expansion of its mission and programming that might make a name like "Southeast Community College" more appropriate.
School leaders are considering just such a name change, and they plan to launch a new academic program that would make it easier for students to transfer to four-year universities and would, they hope, attract students who are currently picking community colleges in Rochester and La Crosse over Southeast Tech's Winona and Red Wing campuses.
College is supposed to be challenging, but for students trying to transfer credits they earned at one school to another school, navigating what transfers where, for how many credits, and whether transferred courses will actually count toward a major can be particularly complex and frustrating.
Take Winona State University and Southeast Tech's accounting program. Southeast Tech students complete 60 credits to earn an associate's degree in accounting at Southeast Tech. If they want to go on to get a bachelor's degree in accounting at WSU, only six of those 60 credits will transfer, whereas WSU accepts 57 credits from accounting students of Rochester Community and Technical College, according to Southeast Tech President Dorothy Duran.