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Class Cancellations for Thursday 10.23.14

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Angel Mytas has cancelled her classes for Thursday, Oct 23, 2014.  Students should check D2L.

KNOWvember Open Houses - 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.


  • 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? 


We are kicking off the month with Open Houses on both campuses. We will have refreshments, door prizes, building tours, and fun activities for children. Faculty and staff will be on hand to answer questions, show off our programs, and assist with Spring and Fall 2015 applications. We will even waive the $20 application fee that day! Check back as we add more activities to the list for our Open Houses on November 1. Plus - the month of KNOWvember continues on with even more activities. See the schedule below.   


Saturday, November 1
9 am – Noon

Winona Open House

  • Win cash door prizes
  • Visit program areas
  • Fun activities for kids
  • Refreshments
  • Original multi-media films 
  • Application fee waived at the event... and more!


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
Noon to 1 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

  • Win cash door prizes 
  • Visit program areas 
  • Fun activities for kids
  • Refreshments 
  • Live music 
  • Application fee waived at the event... and more!


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



What's Happening: Week of October 20 - 26

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What's Happening October 20-26

All events are free, unless otherwise noted. If you know of events that might be of interest, please email Chris Stout,


Heath Hyche
Heath Hyche will perform on Oct. 25 at WSU.


Healthy Monday          
Time: 7:00
Where: WSU, Integrated Wellness Center, 175 Mark St. Winona, MN 55987 Room: 138
WSU Health and Wellness Services will host "Alcohol Facts on Tap," as part of Healthy Monday. Student advocates will offer opportunities to get questions answered about alcohol and your life.
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Saint Mary’s Panel Discussion About Elections 
Time: 5 p.m.
Where:  Salvi Lecture Hall, 3rd floor, Saint Mary’s Hal,l St. Mary’s University, 700 Terrace Heights, Winona, MN 55987
The public is invited to a panel discussion about the importance of elections and how the election process works. Panel members include Jeff Narabrook, voter outreach director for the Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State; Scott McMahon, Schools of Graduate and Professional Programs associate vice president for external relations at Saint Mary’s; and Dr. David Lynch, department chair and professor of social science at Saint Mary’s.
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Upper Hiawatha Valley Audubon Chapter Guest Speaker: Birding Expert Sharon Stitler
Time: 7 pm
Red Wing Izaak Walton League, 1010 East 5th Street, Red Wing
Park ranger and nationally recognized birding expert Sharon Stitler will speak on “Today’s Offiice,” featuring the various jobs she has experienced in the birding realm including the rigorous requirements to become certified to conduct aerial bird surveys.
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Self Resilience & Mental Health Class
Time: 7:00          
Where: WSU- Winona State University - Somsen Hall, 175 Mark St. Winona, MN 55987
Room: Harriet Johnson Auditorium
WSU will hold a discussion on Self Reliance and Mental Health as part of this years University Theme. Sally Spencer, Executive Director of the Cason J. Spencer Foundation Mental Health Advocacy Group, will discuss "Suicide Prevention."
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UM-Rochester Connects Professional Lecture series:  Bioethics 
Subject: Shades of Grey: Ethics and Controversies in Brain Death 
Dr. Jennifer Needle, Assistant Professor, Center for Bioethics and Department of Pediatrics, University of Minnesota Medical School 
Time: 7:00 pm
Where: University of MN, Rochester, room 417, 4th floor of University Square, 111 S Broadway, Rochester, MN 55904
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Minnesota Marine Art Museum – Free Tuesday 
All Day, every Tuesday: Free Admission for Students with I.D.
800 Riverview Drive, Winona
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Lecture - Kaying Yang  
Time: 7:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Location:  University of Wisconsin - Cartwright Center University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, La Crosse, WI 54601
Yang speaks about immigration and gender equity issues. After 40 years of Hmong culture in the USA, Yang is an advocate for empowering Hmong women and building healthier communities. She was recruited by the International Organization of Migration in Thailand to help 15,000 Hmong refugees resettle in the US, Canada, Australia, and the Netherlands. Her story is remarkable and her passion for gender equity in our world gives us all hope for the future.
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McKnight Ceramic Artists Exhibition  
Winona State University - Watkins Hall, 175 Mark St. Winona, MN 55987
Room: Paul Watkins Gallery
The WSU Art Department will hold the McKnight Ceramic Artists Exhibition that will display work by those who received the McKnight Award in Ceramics for 2014.
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Heath Hyche thumbnailHeath Hyche Comedy Show 
Where: WSU- Winona State University - Somsen Hall, 175 Mark St. Winona, MN 55987
Room: Harriet Johnson Auditorium
WSU will host Heath Hyche as he puts on a comedy show as part of Homecoming Week.
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Film Series on Money, Part II: "Promises Unleashed"
Time: 7PM
Where: Fair Trade Books, Red Wing
Film and discussion, part 2 of a 3 part series.
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Free Thursdays: Rochester Art Center 
10 am – 9 pm
40 Civic Center Dr SE, Rochester, MN 55904
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Ansel Adams Talk
Time: 1:05 PM
Where: WSU Performing Arts Center, 175 Mark St. Winona, MN 55987, Vivian Fusillo Theatre
WSU will host Michael Adams, son of photographer Ansel Adams. He will provide a son's perspective on his father's life, career and passions.
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Fall Fest— Red Wing YMCA Events
Time: 6:30-8:30PM
Location: YMCA Main & Broadway, Red Wing, MN 55066
Join the YMCA for carnival games, arts & crafts, creepy games, inflatable castle as well as other activities. Open to the community. Halloween costumes are encouraged. Cost: $5/person, $20 maximum/family (pay at door).
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Exhibit: "Seeing Christ in the Darkness" The Prints of Georges Rouault
Where: St. Mary’s University, 700 Terrace Heights, Winona, MN 55987, Toner Student Center
A collection of the world-class prints of one of the most important printmakers of the 20th century, Georges Rouault, will be on display Oct. 16 through Nov. 16 at Saint Mary’s University.
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Exhibit: The Art of Dick Brewer and Al Wadzinski
Gallery Hours: Monday - Thursday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Anderson Center, 163 Tower View Dr, Red Wing, MN 55066
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Winona Volunteer Services - 25 Cent Sale day at the Clothes Shop 
Where: 416 East 2nd Street, Winona, MN 55987
Description: Every month, on the 25th day of the month, everything in The Clothes Shop will see for twenty-five cents! Come down and stock up on items for only 25 cents.
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Run Boy Run       
Date: Saturday, October 25  
Time: 7pm
Where: Sheldon Theatre, 443 West 3rd St, Red Wing, MN
Existing comfortably in the tension between tradition and the musical frontier, Run Boy Run’s all-acoustic format blends bluegrass, folk and the old timey American vernacular with touches of classical and jazz. Their music is rooted in the traditional music of the Appalachian South, but is also definitively present in the 21st century.
This is a paid event. To volunteer and earn a free admission for this event please contact Karen Renshaw 651-388-8703 or by Thursday, October 23.
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Trunk or Treat Sponsored by Downtown Main Street 
Date: October 25, 2014 Time: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Event Description Trunk or Treat will be held on October 25 from 3-5PM. Third and Bush streets will be closed for this event for the safety of all the kids who will be "trunk or treating."                
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PopUp Art Gallery in Downtown Red Wing 
417 Main Street, Red Wing
Open Saturdays 11 am-5 pm from October 18 to November 22.
This art gallery is only open from October 3 to December 21. The purpose is to replace vacancy with attention – to change a vacant storefront to a living art space. 25+ artists are displaying work  

Winona Volunteer Services 
Volunteer Opportunities – dozens available!

United Way of Goodhue County 
Volunteer Opportunities – dozens available!
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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!

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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 Join the conversation by following @mnscu on Twitter and using the #ChartingTheFuture hashtag, or by sending feedback to

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 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.


Education to Employment: top 10 high paying, high growth jobs

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Education to employment: Southeast Technical offers training in top jobs with above-average wages

 Carpentry Program

 If you're looking for an education that can lead to a high-paying job, and you want to be sure that job will still be there for you in 10 years, Southeast Technical is here to help.

New long-range employment projections by state agencies in Minnesota and Wisconsin demonstrate that colleges like Southeast Technical are preparing the workforce of the future for most of the top 10 high-growth, high-paying occupations

As baby boomers retire and the work environment shifts, occupations like construction, truck driving, accounting and health care will see the opportunity for strong growth in the next decade. "It's no coincidence that Southeast Technical, with its focus on Education to Employment, offers training in these fields," says Dr. Dorothy Duran, president of Minnesota State College - Southeast Technical. 

Southeast Technical offers certificates, diplomas and degrees in Accounting, Carpentry,  Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Technology, HVAC, Industrial Technology, Medical Laboratory Technician, Medical Support Careers, Nursing, Radiography, Retail & Sales Management, Truck Driving, and Welding - all programs which can lead directly to almost all of the top 10 high growth, high paying occupations in both states. 

Approximately 94% of Southeast Technical graduates find work in their chosen field, and 82% of graduates remain in the region. The return on investment in a two-year college is high. A 2013 study released by the Federal Reserve Bank reported that over the course of their lifetimes, students with associate degrees made $325,000 more than those with only a high school diploma.

"Our objective is to provide programs that are integral to state and regional economic needs," says Dr. Duran. "We're here to help the economy grow, and to help our students become part of a strong economy."


Top 10 high growth, high pay occupations in Minnesota through 2022; median annual salary 2014

1. Cement Masons and Concrete Finishers: $ 42,400.09 
2. Medical Secretaries: $ 38,781.56 
3. Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians: $ 44,303.02 
4. Carpenters: $ 45,881.14 
5. Physical Therapists: $ 78,215.72 
6. Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists: $ 62,931.20 
7. Radiologic Technologists: $ 61,330.19 
8. Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters: $ 66,565.10 
9. Cost Estimators: $ 59,787.66 
10. Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses: $ 41,551.15

Source: Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development Employment Projections 


Top 10 high growth, high pay occupations in Wisconsin through 2020; median annual salary 2014

1. Carpenters: $42,350
2. Medical secretaries: $31,970
3. Sale reps: $56,900
4. Bookkeeping, accounting, auditing clerks: $34,500
5. Registered nurses: $63,260
6. Market research analysts, specialists:$50,730
7. Customer service reps: $32,420
8. Construction laborers: $36,260
9. Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers: $39,120
10. Elementary school teachers: $57,470

Source: Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development, La Crosse Tribune ("Labor: The Next 10 Years")  

Important information for registered students starting in Fall 2014

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Student OutsideThank you for choosing Minnesota State College - Southeast Technical!

We are looking forward to having you as a student. Fall Semester is fast approaching with classes beginning the week of August 25 through August 29, 2014. Make sure you are ready by reading through the important fall start information below.

Note: If your plans have changed, please use your StarID and password to drop your courses prior to the deadline date to avoid tuition and fee charges. If you have not claimed your StarID or forgot your password, visit  If you are unable to drop, please contact us as soon as possible.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and fees for Fall Semester are due on Monday, August 4, 2014. If you add courses after this date, tuition and fees are due at the time of registration. Failure to make payment at that time may result in the dropping of your courses. 

Financial Aid

Financial Aid applications can still be processed by the Financial Aid Office for Fall Semester; however, there may be a delay in your disbursement. FAFSA applications must be processed within 30 calendar days of the semester start date for State Grant consideration. If you have not yet applied for financial aid, you can do so at Contact the Financial Aid Office if you have any questions.

Student Schedule

Because of possible room changes, we recommend that you print a new student schedule prior to your first day of classes and bring it with you when you begin the Fall Semester. Go to the Southeast Technical Student Login page to view your schedule. Use your StarId and password to log in.

Be sure to review where your classes will meet, including which campus and building.  

Online/Hybrid Courses

If you are enrolled in an online or hybrid class, you must login to class the first couple of days of the semester ( to demonstrate your participation in the course.  Also, you must email your instructor to confirm enrollment. All instructor email addresses are Online/Hybrid courses may require a proctored exam. If you have questions, please contact your instructor. 

Students enrolled in their first online course are also encouraged to attend a Desire2Learn (D2L) Orientation. Sessions will be held on both the Red Wing and Winona Campus. If you have questions with accessing your D2L account, please contact the Information Technology Department Help Desk at 507-453-2408.

D2L Orientation Sessions

Red Wing Campus: Tues, August 19 11:30 am - 12:30 pm Room 101  
Winona Campus: Wed, August 20, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm  Room 201

Student I.D. Photo

If you haven't had your Student I.D. Photo taken, the Photo I.D. schedule will be posted on the college website homepage under News and Events after August 11. A notice will also be sent to your student email. You must bring in a current student schedule to the Bookstore and pay $5.00 in order to have your I.D. taken. You may use your I.D. at Winona State University and Mayo Clinic Health Systems in Red Wing. In addition, there are discounts at many of the establishments in Red Wing and Winona. 


We encourage you to purchase your books prior to the start of classes.  Estimated book prices are posted on the Bookstore textbook page (Quick Links > Bookstore > Textbooks). Books will be available for purchase in the college bookstores and online starting August 11. 

PLEASE NOTE: Students who are eligible to charge their books against their financial aid or other agency funding MUST show a valid college issued ID at the time of check out. Remember, your financial aid needs to be complete before you can use it to charge your books. Online students should place their orders early enough that books can be shipped in time for the start of classes.

Student Email

Be sure to check your student email on a regular basis while attending Southeast Technical for important college messages. Student email is considered our main form of communication for important dates and information regarding registration, drop dates, financial aid, etc. If you have questions concerning your student email account, please contact the Information Technology Department Help Desk at 507-453-2408.


The Learning Resource Center encourages students to use the tutoring services that are available free of charge. Southeast Technical also has access to Smarthinking, an online tutoring service that is free to all students. Look for access to Smarthinking within your D2L (Desire to Learn) courses.

Disability Accommodations

Students who have a documented disability and wish to have accommodations made for their disability should make an appointment with Disability Services.


Please remember to park in areas designated for students. Do not park in Visitor or Reserved parking areas or you will be ticketed and/or towed.

Tool Day

Winona Campus - Wednesday, August 27 is scheduled for those required to purchase tools for their program. Vendors will be available in the Transportation Building.
Red Wing Campus - Students should contact their program instructors about tool purchases.


We look forward to seeing you at Southeast Technical!