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Truck driving program offered in summer for the first time ever

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Southeast Technical offers truck driving certification course for the first time in summer

Truck DrivingFor the first time ever, Minnesota State College - Southeast Technical will offer its Class "A" CDL Truck Driving certification program in Winona during the summer term. Registration for the course will be available one week earlier than the college's normal May registration period.   

New student orientation and registration will be on Friday, May 9, and classes run from May 19 to July 10. It is important to apply immediately if you want to enroll for the program! 

 The 8-week  Truck Driving program combines classroom and behind-the-wheel training to prepare drivers for any situation they may face when on the road. Students must also register for and complete a paid internship as part of the program in order to receive their certificate. After successfully completing the program, students obtain a Class A commercial driver's license and are qualified to drive tractor-trailer combination vehicles. 

Class size is limited and students who are considering enrolling should be aware of the timeline. It is important to start the college application process early, because all steps must be completed one full week prior to registration. (An additional registration date will be offered on May 16 if space is still available.)

The application process involves:  

  • applying online ($20 application fee)  
  • submitting high school and college transcripts 
  • taking the placement exam (Accuplacer) 
  • applying for financial aid or setting up payment plan.  

In addition, students who are admitted to the truck driving program must obtain a valid Class "A" CDL permit prior to the first day of class.   

Demand is extremely high for skilled truck drivers; in fact, many trucking companies start recruiting qualified students as soon as they are enrolled at Southeast Technical and offer tuition reimbursement as a benefit.  

The Southeast Technical Truck Driving Program's philosophy is described in its motto:  "We have an obligation to ourselves, our students, our community and to other highway users to train the safest, most courteous drivers on the highway today. This is not an obligation we take lightly." 

For more information and to apply, visit or call 877-853-8324. 

Jim Johnson named College President of the Year by statewide student association

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Jim Johnson named "College President of the Year" by statewide student association

Jim Johnson 3We are thrilled to announce that Southeast Technical President Jim Johnson has been named the 2013-2014 "College President of the Year" by the Minnesota State College Student Association (MSCSA) at their Annual Awards Dinner. The ceremony took place Saturday night (April 12) at their Spring General Assembly in Breezy Point.

The "College President of the Year" honor is given to one college president annually by MSCSA. Johnson was nominated for the award by current and former students from Southeast Technical and was selected by the MSCSA statewide student leadership to receive the honor. 

In one of many letters of recognition submitted to MSCSA in support of Johnson's nomination, past Southeast Technical Winona Student Senate President Jenna Lubinski said that she was nominating President Johnson because, "His open door policy, approachability, and open mindedness have always made the students on these campuses feel like they are a priority and that they have a leader who genuinely cares about their wellbeing and success." 

"This award is very humbling and unexpected. I am honored to accept it on behalf of the faculty, staff and students of Southeast Technical. No president could succeed without their hard work and the positive relationships between them," said Jim Johnson, adding, "I will treasure this honor for the rest of my life." 

In 1981, Jim Johnson joined the staff of Southeast Technical (then known as Winona Technical Institute). He has remained in administration at the college over the last 33 years, growing through the positions of Trade and Industry Coordinator, Adult Extension Director, Associate Director, Vice President/CEO, and his current position of college president since 1995. Last fall, Johnson announced his retirement from the college effective June 30, 2014; he will be succeeded by Dr. Dorothy Duran in July. 

Photo by Chris Dang, Courtesy Minnesota State College Student Association

DECA chapter headed for nationals in Washington DC

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Southeast Technical DECA chapter shines at MN state conference, headed for nationals in Washington, DC

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The Minnesota State College - Southeast Technical chapter of DECA was privileged to participate in the State Career Development Conference (SCDC) on February 25-26, 2014 in Mankato, MN. DECA is an organization that prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality, sales, and management.

DECA is open to all Southeast Technical and Winona State University students and provides great opportunities to improve personal growth, network with others participants, and bridge the gap between school and the real world.  

At SCDC, 11 SE Tech DECA students competed successfully in single and team events in a wide variety of categories, taking home honors in:

  • First Place, Professional Sales: James Elvidge
  • First Place, Sales Manager Meeting: James Elvidge
  • Third Place, Sales Academy: Calvin Corey, Steven Blue, Karl Feltes and Michael Servais
  • Finalist, Professional Sales: Megan Amherdt
  • Finalist, Business Ethics: Megan Amherdt and Lauren Olson
  • Finalist, Sports & Entertainment Marketing: Hannah Kock and Michael Fenske
  • Finalist, Sports & Entertainment Marketing: Karl Feltes and Michael Servais
  • Finalist, Sales Management: Steven Blue
  • Qualified for International Competition, Professional Sales: Miranda Anderson
  • Outstanding Student Service Award: James Elvidge, Joseph Loken

"Everyone excelled tremendously, both personally and competitively," said James Elvidge, president of the Southeast DECA chapter. "We had a great time and all qualified to move on to the International Career Development Conference (ICDC) from April 22-27 in Washington, D.C. We're extremely excited to represent Southeast Technical and the city of Winona."

In preparation for the trip to nationals, the DECA chapter has been getting more involved in the community and holding events to fundraise. On April 6, they volunteered at the Fools Five race in Lewistown. 

On Tuesday, April 15, they will be holding a fundraising event at Culver's in Winona from 5pm to 8 pm. 

The DECA chapter expressed its thanks to the community, the college, and Terry Greene, the chapter's advisor, for providing the opportunity to really "Make It Count!" and also recognized James Elvidge, who was elected to serve as the new DECA State President.

Pictured above (L – R): Michael Fenske, Megan Amherdt, Calvin Corey, Instructor Terry Greene, Steven Blue, Michael Servais, Karl Feltes, Joe Loken, Hannah Kock, James Elvidge, Lauren Olson, Miranda Anderson  

Julie Eckstrom named Business Professional Woman of the Year

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2014 Professional Women's Leadership Event

Julie Eckstrom, Professional Women's Leadership Event 2014 The annual  Professional Women's Leadership Event (previously known as the Business & Professional Women’s Colloquium) has become a community tradition and one of the most talked about women’s social events of the year. The 2014 event took place on April 16 and was a great success! 

The award for 2014 Business Professional Woman of the Year was given to Julie Eckstrom, First Farmers and Merchants Bank. The other nominees were Dee Whipple of Musty-Barnhart Agency, Patty Brown of the Red Wing Area Chamber of Commerce, Julie Peterson of Sargent's Nursery, Tracy Kirchner of Minnesota State College-Southeast Technical and Cyndi Smith of Edina Realty.

According to the Red Wing Republican Eagle, Julie Eckstrom joined First Farmers and Merchants Bank  in 2003 as a teller. She quickly rose to customer service representative, commercial lending assistant and business banking officer. She works alongside Brett Elford, the bank president, who said, "Our business portfolio has grown due to Julie's hard work in setting up deposit accounts, making loans, dealing with the day-to-day issues of the client and documentation preparation."

Check out our Facebook photo album for pictures from the event, including the Expo,lunch, fashion show and keynote speaker Jessica Miles.


The 2014 schedule: 

Professional Women's Leadership Event Flower Icon 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Business Expo: Over 28 businesses featured with products and services of interest to women! Check out our Facebook page for up-to-date vendors that will be in attendance. This is also a great time to network with other business and professional women!

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12:15 p.m. Luncheon Buffet & Fashion Show A scrumptious "Taste of Italy" luncheon buffet with decadent chocolate desserts will be served. A spring fashion show will entertain over the lunch hour, presenting the newest fashions which will include business and business casual wear.

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1:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Business Professional Woman of the Year Award

A special awards ceremony honoring all nominees with the presentation to the "Business Professional Woman of the Year." Nominees will receive recognition with a special gift and certificate. The winner will receive a prize package valued at over $300 compliments of Express Employment Professionals.

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 2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.  
Keynote Speaker Jessica Miles: "Finding the Balance Between Work and Play" 

Jessica Miles As a busy mom to three children, all under the age of four, and as a working professional with a high-demand job as a television anchor and reporter, Jessica Miles is always striving to find the balance between work and "life." Balance in her professional career in a high-stress industry, and balance at home dealing with challenging family dynamics. It’s a constant work in progress. Hear her tips on how to succeed at both, gleaned from the thousands of interviews she has done with high-profile politicians, to business executives, and stay at home moms. Her inside advice on how to make it all work is motivating and inspiring.

Dr. Dorothy Duran appointed president of Southeast Technical

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Dr. Dorothy Duran appointed president of Southeast Technical 

Dorothy DuranThe Board of Trustees of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities has appointed Dr. Dorothy Duran as president of Minnesota State College - Southeast Technical.  Her appointment becomes effective July 1, 2014.

"Dr. Duran is committed to excellence and student success," said Steven Rosenstone, chancellor of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities. "She has a track record of fostering a culture of trust and collaboration and will be a generous partner with business, industry, the public schools and the communities the college serves.  She will be a strong, decisive and effective leader for Southeast Tech."

Dr. Duran has served as vice president for academic affairs at Iowa Western Community College since 2006. Previously, she served at Northern New Mexico College as dean/director of the El Rito campus from 1998 to 2006, and at Albuquerque Technical Vocational Institute from 1988 to 1996. She holds a bachelor's degree in English and sociology and a master's degree in educational foundations from the University of New Mexico and a doctorate in education administration from the University of Texas at Austin. 

Dr. Duran said, "I am tremendously honored to be named president of this outstanding college. I look forward to working with faculty, staff, students, and the Winona and Red Wing communities to build upon the college's 65-year record of innovation and collaboration, and to lead Southeast Tech to new levels of excellence."

With campuses in Red Wing and Winona, Southeast Technical provides "Education for Employment," which reflects its rich history of providing excellence in technical training and the liberal arts.  Students select from over 90 programs in six major fields: business, office, and information technology careers; health and human services; liberal arts and sciences; musical instrument and creative arts careers; sales and management; technical careers; trade and industrial careers.  Job placement rates for graduates have averaged over 94% for the last five years.

Dr. Duran succeeds Jim Johnson, who has served as president of Southeast Technical since 1995 and has announced his intention to retire.


Get Ready to Graduate - FAQs

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Graduating this year? Here are the basics.

Graduation PhotoGraduation and commencement are two separate events. Graduation is the process by which Southeast Technical officially confers a degree to a learner. Commencement, on the other hand, is the ceremony which publicly recognizes those learners who have graduated or will soon graduate. If you will be graduating soon, please view Graduation Frequently Asked Questions.

The Application for Graduation form is available at both campus reception areas. You need to pick up the form in person because each form has a unique ID code on it. The deadline for submitting the Application for Graduation this year is Friday, March 7th

We want to remind all students to complete the process of applying for Graduation.  You need to complete the Application for Graduation Form whether you will participate in the ceremony or not. 


The commencement ceremony is a celebration of your graduation. To participate in a commencement ceremony, you must have graduated or be certified for graduation. Participation in commencement does not imply or assure degree conferral. Degrees are conferred when all requirements have been met. 

Southeast Technical College has only one graduation ceremony per year.  Students who will be completing program requirements Spring Semester 2014 (May 14), Summer Session 2014 (August 8) and Fall Semester 2014 (December 19) should apply at this time. 

Red Wing Graduation 
Tuesday, May 13, 2014, 7:00 p.m.
Red Wing High School  

Winona Graduation
Wednesday, May 14, 2014, 7:00 p.m.
Winona State University  

Read more about the whole process on the Graduation page and the Graduation 2014 FAQ page. If you have any questions, please contact the Student Services Office.   

Fall 2013 President's List Announced

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Fall 2013 President's List Announced

Congratulations to the 305 dedicated, hard-working and talented Southeast Technical students who made the Fall 2013 President's List! To earn this honor, a student must complete a minimum of 12 credits and earn a GPA of 3.5 or higher. 

Please view the complete list at: President's List