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Spring semester is just around the corner - apply by Jan. 2

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Spring semester is just around the corner

Spring flowersSpring begins in January! No, there won't be flowers blooming or songbirds nesting... but Spring semester starts at Southeast Technical on Monday, January 12, 2015, fair weather or foul!

Fall semester ends on December 19. Over the holiday break, Southeast Technical offices will be open every weekday except December 25-26 and January 1-2. Our staff is available to help you with applying to college! Applications must be completed by January 2 in order to register for Spring semester.

How to Get Started at Southeast Tech

  1. Complete the online application
  2. If required, schedule and take Accuplacer Placement Exam
  3. Submit needed documents, such as transcripts
  4. Attend an Orientation and Registration session

Orientation and Registration will take place January 8 & 9; students who have completed the application process will be invited to attend.

For more information, see the Become a Student section of the website. If you haven't yet decided what program you want to take, see the Programs of Study page.

Please contact us if you have questions about applying and registering! We are here to help you with every step of the process. Call 877-853-8324 or email enrollmentservices@southeastmn.edu.

Radiography program attains JRCERT accreditation

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Congratulations to Southeast Technical's Radiography program for attaining JRCERT accreditation

Radiogrpahy JRCERTWhat is the JRCERT and why does it mean so much to the Radiography program? 

JRCERT stands for the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology, the most prestigious national programmatic accreditor recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and Council for Higher Education Accreditation. 

Radiography instructor Patty Hiddinga was thrilled when the JRCERT announced this fall that the college's radiography program has been awarded an 8-year term of accreditation, the highest award that a program can get.

"Getting the credential was quite a process. In order to become accredited we had to do a self-study by meeting six standards which include 53 separate objectives," she explains. "The standards range from 'Integrity' - making sure that we follow fair and equitable academic practices - to 'Resources' - ensuring that we have sufficient resources to support the quality and effectiveness of the educational process." 

The other four standards are in Curriculum and Academic Practices; Health and Safety; Assessment; and Institutional/Programmatic Data.

After the college submits the self-study, the JRCERT representatives visit the campus to verify that the assessments are accurate. "Last May they came for two days and interviewed all of our students, clinical sites, staff, and administrators," Patty says. It is quite an intense process. Getting the accreditation ensures students that the education they receive during the program meets the gold standard in the medical industry. 

The site visit findings were submitted to the JRCERT Board, which voted on September 9 to grant the accreditation.

"We were awarded a program capacity increase and can now take 28 students; we have 15 excellent clinical sites in southeast Minnesota, southeast Wisconsin and in Iowa. Radiography is a rewarding field and an excellent career. For students, the return on investment is huge. Entry level wages start at more than $20 an hour and the need for radiographers will increase 22% in the next 4 years" Patty concludes.

For more information, visit the Southeast Technical Radiography program page.

Winona DECA students active with fundraiser, blood drive

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Winona DECA students active with Chicken-Q fundraiser, American Red Cross blood drive

DECA Chicken-Q FundraiserOn November 1, the Southeast Technical - Winona student chapter of DECA held a successful "Chicken-Q" fundraiser at the VFW in Winona. More than 200 meals were served, and 20 meals were donated to the Salvation Army in La Crosse.

DECA President Austin Lubinski says that the purpose of the fundraiser was to offset future chapter expenses, especially travel costs to state and national DECA competitions. "We had a lot of help with this event. AMVETS helped with cooking chicken, and I’d like to give a shout-out to Steak Shop Catering and Food Service," he said.

DECA Blood Drive 2014DECA also arranged a blood drive in on the Winona campus on November 18.

DECA member James Elvidge reported: "We were able to save 123 lives with our blood drive. That's 41 pints of blood donated - each pint can save 3 lives. DECA members, sales and marketing students, and Student Senators helped out and gave blood. Thank you to Southeast Technical for hosting our blood drive every year and to the maintenance staff who always handle moving and set up of all the furniture."

James added, "The American Red Cross sent a great team to this event! They showed appreciation and gave thanks to all of us."

Support our Students: Give to the Max on Nov. 13

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Support our Students: Give to the Max on Nov. 13

Give to the Max Day 2014It’s not complicated. The cost of attending college is going up every year. Even with tuition freezes, our students struggle to pay for getting an education. But what can we do to help?

The answer is simple: Give to the Max on November 13!

Donations to Southeast Technical Foundation directly help our students by providing scholarships, so they can pay for tuition, books, fees, and the other expenses they incur as they strive to improve their lives through education. These scholarships reduce our graduates' student debt and help them as they move into the future.

This year, Southeast Technical is actively participating in Give to the Max Day on Thursday, November 13. Join thousands of Minnesotans as we ignite generosity and raise millions of dollars for nonprofits and schools across the state. Make a donation to Southeast Technical Foundation on November 13 and be part of Minnesota's annual day of giving! 

Donations made on Give to the Max Day will:

  • help us earn a matching gift of $2500
  • give us a chance to win one of the $1,000 prizes that will be awarded to participating non-profit organizations on Give to the Max Day
  •  enter Southeast Technical Foundation to win the "Golden Ticket," a $10,000 prize! 
You don't have to wait until November 13 - you can set up your donation right now to be counted next Thursday. Please go to givemn.org now to make a donation and help us make our $2500 goal.


Red Wing Gives

Southeast Technical Foundation is one of more than 25 organizations in Red Wing that are celebrating Give to the Max Day with "Red Wing Gives." Giving stations will be set up all day at the YMCA, The Sheldon Theatre, and Pier 55 Senior Center where you can drop off a check or make an online donation. Red Wing will be painting the town green -- watch for green everywhere on November 13. Even Bob the Duck will be going green for Give to the Max Day


November is the month to get to KNOW Southeast Tech

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Get to Know Southeast Technical! KNOWvember

KNOWvember is coming - get to KNOW Southeast Technical!

This year, November will become "KNOW-vember" at Minnesota State College - Southeast Technical as we open our doors with several events and opportunities to discover the college. Southeast Technical is an accredited college with very affordable tuition. You don't have to travel far to find the opportunity to begin college or complete a diploma, certificate or associate degree program. Please come visit us during KNOWvember - it's a great month!


  • We offer the opportunity for high school students to get a jump start by taking college courses?
  • Many of our classes are offered online?
  • Almost 100% of our graduates find careers in their field?
  • We are an accredited college with transfer opportunities to other colleges and universities? 

Highlights at the end of the month:

Red Wing Evening Hours for Admissions, Student Services and Financial Aid
Tuesday, November 18, 4:30 to 6:30 pm 

Winona Evening Hours for Admissions, Student Services and Financial Aid
Thursday, November 20, 4:30 to 6:30 pm


Saturday, November 1
9 am – Noon

Winona Open House


Monday, November 3
1 to 3 pm

Cosmetology Open House


Wednesday, November 5
Trade and Technology Day
For high school juniors and seniors
Call 507-453-2700 to register in advance


Thursday, November 6
11:45 am to 12:45 pm

Veterans Day Celebration
Winona Student Commons


Thursday, November 13
Give to the Max Day
give online


Thursday, November 20
4:30 to 6:30 pm

Evening Hours for Admissions, Student Services and Financial Aid



Saturday, November 1
1 pm to 4 pm

Red Wing Campus Open House   


Tuesday, November 4
10 am to 1 pm

Charting the Future Gallery Walk
Red Wing Campus, Room 318


Friday, November 7
Noon to 1 pm

Veterans Day Celebration
Red Wing Campus Student Commons


Thursday, November 13
Give to the Max Day
Red Wing YMCA and
give online


Tuesday, November 18
4:30 to 6:30 pm

Evening Hours for Admissions, Student Services and Financial Aid


Wednesday, November 19
Trade, Tech, Business, and Health Day
For high school juniors and seniors
Call 651-385-6300 to register in advance



Charting the Future Gallery Walk comes to Red Wing campus Nov. 4

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Walk through, learn about, and respond to "Charting the Future" at our Red Wing Gallery Walk

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MnSCU Charting the Future Gallery Walk

Tuesday, November 4, 2014, 10 am to 1 pm
Minnesota State College - Southeast Technical
Red Wing Campus, Room 318
308 Pioneer Road, Red Wing, MN
Students, faculty, staff, and the community at large are invited to attend and participate!

More information: southeastmn.edu/CTF 

Southeast Technical will host a Charting the Future (CTF) Gallery Walk on Tuesday, November 4, 2014, from 10 am to 1 pm in Room 318 on the Red Wing Campus. Charting the Future for a Prosperous Minnesota is a collaborative process designed by Minnesota State Colleges and Universities to develop specific actions to better serve its 435,000 students, strengthen its colleges and universities, and protect its unique character and autonomy.   

The open-house style event is designed to provide students, faculty, staff, and community members the opportunity to react to the concepts and themes proposed by four Charting the Future implementation teams: Student Success, Diversity, Comprehensive Workplace Solutions, and System Incentives & Rewards. Everyone is welcome to attend; representatives will be on hand to answer questions and encourage feedback.

"Gallery Walk" is a term used in education circles to describe a teaching method that gets students out of their seats and moving as they learn about, and respond to, the topic they are studying. In the Charting the Future Gallery Walk, posters prepared by the four implementation teams will be presented in a gallery layout. Visitors can walk through the gallery, ask questions, and provide immediate feedback.

Please mark your calendar and plan to stop by on November 4 to experience the Charting the Future Gallery Walk at Southeast Technical. To learn more about Charting the Future, visit the Charting the Future blog or southeastmn.edu/CTF. Join the conversation by following @mnscu on Twitter and using the #ChartingTheFuture hashtag, or by sending feedback to MyIdeas@so.mnscu.edu

Southeast Technical named to 2015 Military Friendly Schools list

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Minnesota State College - Southeast Technical named to 2015 Military Friendly Schools list

 Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Scholarship Donation - 2014
Beyond the Yellow Ribbon of Hiawatha Valley presented a check for $2000 to Southeast Technical Foundation on September 25, 2014, to be used for Red Wing veterans scholarships. 

We are excited to announce that our college has been designated a 2015 Military Friendly(R) School by Victory Media, the leader in successfully connecting the military and civilian worlds. Now in its sixth year, the Military Friendly Schools designation and list by Victory Media is the premier, trusted resource for post-military success. Military Friendly provides service members transparent, data-driven ratings about post-military education and career opportunities. 

The Military Friendly(R) Schools designation is awarded to the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace military students, and to dedicate resources to ensure their success in the classroom and after graduation. 

"Southeast Technical aspires to be the 'safe landing' place when our veterans transition back to civilian life and come to school.  We want our veterans to know that we are here to support them every step of the way on their educational journey," said President Dorothy Duran. 

The college has planned two informal Veterans Breakfasts this fall. Southeast Technical student veterans are invited to join Dr. Duran, Veterans Assistance Coordinator Mark Larsen, Criminal Justice Instructor Greg Cady, Student Services Vice President Nate Emerson, and VA Certifying Official Pamela Zimmerman at one of breakfasts planned for Winona on October 7 and Red Wing on October 8. 

"At these breakfasts, my hope is to share the services available to our veterans and learn how we can best support them as they continue their education," said Dr. Duran. 

  • If you are a student-veteran and would like to attend one of the Veterans Breakfasts, please contact Casie Johnson (507-453-2663 or cjohnson@southeastmn.edu) by October 3 for more information and to RSVP. 


Beyond the Yellow Ribbon LogoMark Larsen, Veterans Assistance Coordinator for the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs, stated, "Southeast Technical is exemplary in the level of effort they put forward to make veterans welcome. As a vet myself I honestly think any veteran would feel fully supported and at home at Southeast Technical."

It has been a good week for veterans at Southeast Technical! In addition to the Military Friendly Schools (R) designation and the invitation to attend a Veterans Breakfast, Beyond the Yellow Ribbon of Hiawatha Valley made a presentation of $2000 to Southeast Technical Foundation on September 25, to be used expressly for support of Red Wing campus student-veterans. A $1000 scholarship is now available for Spring term, 2015, and $1000 will be awarded for Fall 2015. For more information about applying for a scholarship, see the Southeast Technical Foundation scholarships page.