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Tour the Carpentry Program's project house on May 31

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Bringing blueprints to reality: Southeast Technical Carpentry Program announces Open House

2015 Carpentry House - backOPEN HOUSE
Sunday, May 31, 2015
12 noon to 3 pm
25386 County Road 7
Winona (Pickwick), Minnesota
(About one mile south of Pickwick Mill)
All are welcome!

Southeast Technical's Carpentry Program students and their instructor, Ralph Roemer, have worked for the whole school year to bring blueprints to reality, building a single-family home about one mile south of Pickwick Mill on County Road 7, southeast of Winona. They will celebrate with an Open House on Sunday, May 31 (noon-3 pm).

The new single-story home features a walkout basement, four bedrooms and three full bathrooms. There is a two car garage on the front side of the house as well as a tuck-under single garage/workroom on the lower level. 

Upstairs, the open floor plan features vaulted ceilings and a panoramic view over Big Trout Creek through large windows set in angled walls that extend toward the valley. Through the kitchen, a doorway leads out onto a deck that again takes advantage of the view.

2015 Carpentry House - lower levelThe full walk-out lower level features another bedroom and full bath, a spacious den, large windows that let in plenty of light, and expansive views of the valley. 

As in previous years, a special feature of the home is custom cabinetry built by the students built according to the design specifications provided by the owner for the kitchen and bathrooms. The students build the cabinets from "scratch" and finish them in the carpentry lab at the college before installing them in the home.

Consider building a project house in 2016

Homeowners can expect to save a substantial amount of money on the cost of carpentry labor by working with Southeast Technical to build a new home. The college is seeking a prospective home owner to build a project house in the 2016-2017 school year. 

"We already have plans on deck for this next academic year, but it's not too early to start planning to build a home starting in September 2016," says Ron Sellnau. "Interested parties should contact the college as soon as possible to see if working with our carpentry program might be a good fit for them. Call the college at 507-453-2700 and ask to leave a message for Ralph Roemer."

2015 Carpentry House - outsideBright future for carpentry program grads

Southeast Technical's Carpentry Program graduates can look forward to an improving job market as the construction industry continues to rebound. A 2014 study ranked carpentry among the top 10 high growth, high pay occupations in Minnesota through 2022. Carpentry was listed at #4 in Minnesota with a median salary of $45,881.14. Carpentry was ranked as the #1 high growth, high paying occupation in Wisconsin with a median salary of $42,350.

Southeast Technical offers diploma and associate degree programs in carpentry, and also provides certificate programs for carpenters who are seeking additional training. To learn more, visit the Carpentry Program page.

Golf tournament builds community connections on May 21

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10th Annual Community Connections Golf Tournament 

Thursday, May 21, 2015, 11 am to 4 pm
Mount Frontenac Golf Course - Frontenac, MN

2015 golf tournament brochure - red wingThe Southeast Technical College Foundation invites you to connect with us and the community for a great day of golf and fun activities. If golf isn't your game, join us for the dinner and silent/live auctions where you'll have the opportunity to financially support the college in a variety of ways!

The tournament will be a four person scramble. Either sign up as a foursome, or we can pair you up with another group. Registration begins at 10 am with a noon shot-gun start. Prizes, pin events, games and a hole-in-one contest as well as other events give everyone the chance to win!

Download a brochure/registration form now 

Register online now 

For more information, please contact Casie Johnson at 507-453-2663 or cjohnson@southeastmn.edu. Proceeds from the event help support Southeast Technical students in need through scholarships and programmatic initiatives.

Outstanding Alumni Awards presented at graduation ceremonies

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2015 Outstanding Alumni Awards presented at graduation ceremonies in Winona and Red Wing

Southeast Technical Foundation is proud to announce the 2015 Outstanding Alumni Awards, which were presented at commencement ceremonies in Winona and Red Wing this week. Joe Garteski of Winona and Gary Bartig of Minneapolis were honored.

Joe Garteski, Winona campus

Joe GarteskiOn Tuesday, May 12, Joe Garteski was honored as 2015's Outstanding Alumnus at the Winona graduation ceremony. A 1999 Machine Tool and Die graduate, Joe has worked for Fastenal his entire career. He has advanced through a variety of operations and outsides sales position to his current position, Manufacturing Operations Manager at Fastenal's Winona precision machining plant, the company's largest manufacturing facility, where he is responsible for a 100,000 square foot facility, 140-plus machinists and support employees, and approximately $80 million in product revenue.

"Joe continues to work with our college as Fastenal not only donates equipment to the college but also offers tuition assistance to students in the CNC Precision Machining Technology program. He has also served on the program's advisory council. We are thankful to Joe for his continued involvement with Southeast Technical and proud of his success as one of our 2015 Outstanding Alumni Award recipients," said Southeast Technical Foundation Director Chris Schabow when presenting the award. Read the full profile


Gary Bartig, Red Wing campus

Gary BartigOn Wednesday, May 13, Gary Bartig was presented with the 2015 Outstanding Alumnus award at the Red Wing graduation ceremony. A 1992 graduate of the Violin Repair program, Gary has gone one to start his own business, G. Edward Lutherie (www.gelbass.com) designing, manufacturing and distributing musical instruments including the Eminence -- a unique portable, upright, acoustic string bass --  and the London5 and Dahlia5 violins, 5-string instruments that are especially designed to cover both the range of a viola and a violin. 

"Gary Bartig learned the art of lutherie here at Southeast Technical, but has gone on to expand his career by becoming an inventor, a patent holder, and an entrepreneur. His musical instruments are played in bluegrass, country, Celtic, folk, rock, and even classical music settings on stages around the world, making an international impact on music today," said Chris Schabow at the graduation ceremony in Red Wing. "Southeast Technical is justifiably proud of Gary Bartig and his accomplishments in the world of music, and we are happy to name him one of this year's Outstanding Alumni Award recipients." Read the full profile

Southeast Tech student takes 1st place at international DECA competition

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Southeast Technical student James Elvidge takes first place in competition at DECA International Career Development Conference

Instructor Terry Greene honored for 25 years of service

Austin Lubinski and James Elvidge
Austin Lubinski and James Elvidge attended the 2015 DECA Collegiate Conference.

From April 17-24, Southeast Technical's DECA team attended the International Career Development Conference in Orlando, FL. While everyone in the Winona chapter qualified to participate, not everyone was able to make the trip. The team was represented by James Elvidge and Austin Lubinski, along with their mentor and coach, Retail and Sales Management instructor Terry Greene.

The conference opening ceremony took place on Sunday evening and featured a keynote speaker from a Disney professional. "There were about 3,000 people in the event center ballroom for the ceremony. The speaker was very motivational and I took tons of notes," James says. 

"It gave us a great feeling and was very exciting. The DECA spirit was in the air with great lights, music, smoke - even confetti!" says Austin.

On Monday, the competition part of the conference began. Austin's category was Restaurant Manager; about 100 people competed in this area. "The competition begins with a 100-question test going over food and retail options. Next you get 30 minutes to look over a restaurant scenario. Then you get 10 minutes to explain to a judge how you would increase performance indicators for your scenario - for example, improving return on investment and increasing customer satisfaction."

As a food professional at Hy-Vee, Austin was very confident in his presentation, but he did not advance to finals. "I was really OK with that. I gave it 110% and I was excited about the experience and the opportunity to grow." 

James Elvidge
James Elvidge competed in Sales Manager Meeting.

James's category was Sales Manager Meeting. Last year he had come in at second place in this category, and this year he set a goal to win it. With about 75 internationally-qualified people in the group, this was an ambitious target indeed! He made it through the first round and progressed to the second round, which took place on Tuesday morning.

"We were given a case scenario and had 30 minutes to prepare. The scenario was being the sales manager for an oil distribution company that is moving its moving efforts from retail to a business-to-business format. As soon as I looked at the case scenario, my face just lit up because I have already been working in the automotive industry and I understood exactly what to do!" James exclaims.

In the Sales Manager Meeting competition, the student has to play the role of a sales manager. The judges play the role of the sales team. "You get 15 minutes to explain you game plan to them - the new sales training process, the compensation plan, organizing and addressing territories, forecasting market potential," James explains. "You have to establish rapport with your team and answer their questions. I didn't feel rushed at all - but I used up the entire time and ended with 20 seconds to spare."

The awards ceremony took place that evening. Along with about 15 others, James was called up to the stage for the Sales Manager Meeting category. All 15 finalists were introduced and given a medal, and then the top three places were announced.

Terry Greene
Instructor Terry Greene was honored for 25 years of service to DECA at the international conference.

"When I was called onto the stage Austin and Terry Greene ran up to the front so they could see what was going to happen. When I heard the announcer say, 'In first place... from Minnesota State College Southeast...' I was so excited I didn't even wait for them to say my name - I rushed up to get the award. I felt an awesome sense of validation and accomplishment. What a great way to end my DECA career and transition into my new career!" 

James is graduating this year and has already been advanced to a Sales and Leasing Consultant position at Dahl Toyota in Winona. Austin will continue at Southeast Technical and serve as the Winona campus DECA chapter president for Fall semester. Both credit Terry Green for building a close, competitive DECA chapter, who was honored for 25 years of service to DECA at the International Career Development Conference.

"Terry Greene has a great ability to challenge us. We've appreciated his leadership and management style, the way he can relate to students," said Austin.

"He is a true mentor and the type of professor you would call a friend," says James. "Southeast Technical is really lucky to have Terry Greene as an instructor."

New Cyber Security program combines network administration, criminal justice

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Southeast Technical offers new online Cyber and Information Security program combining network administration, criminal justice

Apply and register now to begin the program in Fall 2015

Cyber and Information Security - 2015It seems like every day a new corporate data breach or computer crime makes headline news. Responding to an ever-increasing need for experts in the field of cyber security, Southeast Technical has just launched a new program combining studies in both Network Administration & Technology and Criminal Justice. 

This two-year Associate of Applied Science in Cyber and Information Security degree is offered 100% online. It is designed to be appropriate for law enforcement professionals seeking expertise in this growing field as well as for network administrators who need to sharpen their data protection strategies. 

"Our program is unique in that our students will not only acquire proactive skills in protecting and securing private network digital information, they will learn how to apply criminal justice methods in response to cyber and information security compromises," according to Dr. Leslie Bleskachek, Southeast Technical's vice president of academic affairs.

A good example is when a computer workstation is used for criminal purposes by an employee. Can the company's network administrator confiscate the computer and send it to another location to be analyzed? 

"By doing so, the company may have compromised the chain of evidence," says Criminal Justice Instructor Greg Cady. "When a crime may have been committed, a network administrator needs to understand the laws of evidence and be prepared to testify in court."

Data breaches have become all too commonplace in retail, healthcare and other industries, and companies are stepping up efforts to harden their systems against attack. For example, a recent study released by Ponemon Institute revealed that criminal attacks on healthcare companies are up 125% over the last five years. Cyber attacks and physical criminal activity now have officially surpassed insider negligence as the main cause of a data breach in healthcare organizations 

"Our program teaches how to manage and secure data on private and corporate networks and devices. Administrators must be able to evaluate, identify and implement appropriate security standards and policies," according to Network Administration & Technology instructor Stephen Rudnik. "Cyber security is a matter of prevention as well as mitigation."

Scott McNurlin is the sheriff of Goodhue County in southeastern Minnesota. As he explains, "This emerging field of study has become vitally important to law enforcement and the criminal justice system. In today's world almost every crime is committed with the aid of some type of electronic device, whether that be a cell phone, iPad, laptop, or desktop computer. That electronically embedded evidence is vital to our investigations and getting at it takes a specialized expertise."  

For more information about studying at Southeast Technical, contact the college at 877-853-8324 or visit the  Cyber Information and Security program page. To apply now, go to www.southeastmn.edu/become_a_student.

Radiography Club students raise money at Relay for Life

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Radiography Relay for Life

Radiography Relay for LifeStudents raise more than $1000 for fight against cancer

On April 24, the Southeast Technical Radiography Club participated in the American Cancer Society Relay for Life, held on the campus of Winona State University. We are happy to announce that the event raised $30,844.29, and the club raised $1,160.31, placing 15th of 32 teams! 

Not only did the team exceed its fundraising goal, one of the team members, Nathan Meschefske, even donated his hair during the event as part of Pantene Beautiful Lengths, which makes wigs for people who have lost their hair during treatment for cancer.

Britni Schraufnagel was in charge of gathering items for the team's raffle basket, which was themed "Coffee Lovers." Starbucks, Gloria Jeans, Caribou, HyVee, and Blue Herron donated coffee and gift cards for the basket, which was sold in the event's silent auction. The Radiography Club also sold hot dogs, water, and candy bars. Kwik Trip donated the hot dog buns and water. 

"This is the first time that a club from Southeast Tech ever participated in this event and Jessica Hemenway, the coordinator of Relay For Life, was extremely grateful. Next year she hopes to get more of our students involved!" said Team Captain Breanne Schraufnagel. 

"We've helped to make a positive difference in the fight against cancer. I'm proud of what we did!" added Nathan Meschefske.

Students on deck to graduate May 12 & May 13

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Graduation Ceremonies in Winona May 12 and Red Wing May 13, 2015

Graduation 2014It’s on everyone’s minds this time of year: Graduation!

Southeast Technical is proud to announce our upcoming graduation ceremonies, which will honor students who are completing their programs of study this Spring and Summer semesters.

Winona Campus
Tuesday, May 12, 2015, 7:00 p.m.
Winona State University
 Memorial Hall

Corner of Johnson & King Streets

Winona, Minnesota 
Note:  Students will meet at Winona State University, Memorial Hall – Talbot Gym at 6:15 p.m.   

Red Wing Campus

Wednesday, May 13, 2015, 7:00 p.m.
Red Wing High School

Larry Sonju Gymnasium

2451 Eagle Ridge Drive

Red Wing, Minnesota
Note:  Students will meet at Red Wing High School, Commons Area at 6:15 p.m.    

Attention Red Wing & Winona Campus Nursing Students:
All nursing students should report to the gymnasiums (Red Wing High School & WSU Memorial Hall) for group photos by 5:45 p.m. Please be prompt.

 A reception with punch and cookies will be held for graduates, families and friends immediately following the ceremony.


Cap and Gown Pick Up

Winona Campus
Student Center:  Bookstore Entrance
Wednesday, April 29: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Thursday, April 30: 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Friday, May 1: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Red Wing Campus

Bookstore, Monday, April 27 through Tuesday, May 5, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


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