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SOAR to Success: Red Wing Sept. 22; Winona Sept. 24

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SOAR to SUCCESS and Welcome Back Picnic

SOAR - Student Opportunities and ReadinessRed Wing Campus: Monday, September 22
Winona Campus: Wednesday, September 24

Get ready to SOAR! SOAR to Success is an occasion to welcome students to campus and kick off the new school year. Between 10 am and 1 pm there will be breakout sessions to help you make the most of your college experience. Community organizations will be on campus so you can learn about resources in the area. Plus: make the most of your lunch with our free Welcome Back picnic!

SOAR stands for Student Opportunities and Readiness. The SOAR breakout sessions will help you create strategies for dealing with the excitement and stress of attending college. Whether you're a new student fresh from high school or back in college after many years away, you're sure to find a session that will benefit you this year. Sessions start every half hour and each runs about 25 minutes.

PRIZES

But wait – there’s more! Attend breakout sessions and be entered into drawing for a one of 3 one-credit tuition waivers. Visit our community partner tables and be entered into drawings for gift cards to Kwik Trip, Target, Walmart & Steak Shop.

Winona Breakout Sessions

Study Tips and Tricks: 10:00 am (room 118), 11:00 am (room 132), 12:00 pm (room 131)

Online As An Option: 10:00 am (room 209B), 11:00 am (room 136), 12:00 pm (room 209A)

The Value of Time & Using It Efficiently:  10:00 am (room 212), 11:00 am (room 212), 12:00 pm (room 208)

Getting A Job, What Do You Need?: 10:30 am (room 212), 11:30 am (room 212), 12:30 pm (room 208)

How to Be Prepared & Handle Test Taking:  10:30 am (room 209B), 11:30 am (room 136), 12:30 pm (room 209A)

Spending Money Where It Matters: 10:30 am (room 118), 1:30 pm (room 132), 12:30 pm (room 131)

WSU Health Services:  10:00 am (room 307), 11:00 am (room 307), 12:00 pm (room 218)

Red Wing Breakout Sessions

Study Tips and Tricks:  ROOM 313 - 10:00 am, 11:00 am, 12:00 pm

Online as an Option:  ROOM 108 - 10:00 am, 11:00 am, 12:00 pm

The Value of Time & Using It Efficiently:  ROOM 310 - 10:00 am, 11:00 am, 12:00 pm

Getting a Job, What Do You Need?:  ROOM 108 - 10:30 am, 11:30 am, 12:30 pm

How to Be Prepared & Handle Test Taking:  ROOM 406 - 10:30 am, 11:30 am, 12:30 pm

Don't Get Into Jeopardy with Your Financial Aid:  ROOM 310 - 10:30 am, 11:30 am, 12:30 pm

 

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 www.starid.mnscu.edu.  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 www.fafsa.gov. 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 (https://southeastmn.ims.mnscu.edu) to demonstrate your participation in the course.  Also, you must email your instructor to confirm enrollment. All instructor email addresses are FirstInitialLastName@southeastmn.edu. 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. 

Books  

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.

Tutoring

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.

Parking

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!

Golf tournaments are a hole-in-one for Southeast Technical

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Rain or shine, golf tournaments are a hole-in-one for Southeast Technical

Rainy Golf 2014 WinonaWhile we had a beautiful summer day for last May's Community Connections Golf Tournament in Red Wing, the skies opened up and poured on our Alumni & Friends tournament on August 5 in Winona. Under heavy rain, the golf course was rendered unplayable just as our golfers headed out! Nonetheless, the picnic dinner and silent auction went on as planned and people enjoyed the social time together.

Southeast Technical Foundation Director Chris Schabow reported that, "Through the generosity of our sponsors, donors, players, volunteers, and organizing committee, we raised more than $30,000 for the Foundation Scholarship fund this summer. In fact, 2014 was our best year ever, and the first year we've generated more than $30,000!"

Funds raised at the two annual golf tournaments support Southeast Technical Foundation’s Scholarship Program, which is designed to increase access and affordability to higher education. Rain or shine, a little golf goes a long way toward helping our students!

2015 tournament dates set

Red Wing Community Connections Golf Tournament and Dinner
THURSDAY, MAY 21, 2015 - NOON
Mt. Frontenac Golf Course, Frontenac 

Winona Alumni & Friends Golf Tournament
MONDAY, AUGUST 3, 2015 - 1:00pm
Cedar Valley Golf Course, Winona 

 Special thanks

We want to extend special thanks to the sponsors of the Winona Alumni & Friends Golf Tournament:

Event Sponsor
Winona National Bank

Eagle Sponsors
Miller Ingenuity
Southeast Technical
Cytec
Excel Images

Birdie Sponsors 
Peerless Industrial Group
Merchant's Bank
Steak Shop Catering
Warneke & Associates

Hole-in-One Sponsor
Dahl Chevrolet

Other Sponsors
Kish & Sons Electric

  

Par Sponsors 

Altra Federal Credit Union
Gary & Ellen Evans
Fastenal
In*Tech
Laser Product Technologies
Dan & Natalie Matejka
Modern Ready Mix
Northern Engraving
Rukavina Family Foundation
Sim Sound & Video
Volkmann's Appliance
Winona Radio
Wm. Miller Scrap Co.

2014 Winona Golf Tournament Sponsors  
 

Welcome Dr. Dorothy Duran - Our new president!

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Dr. Dorothy Duran on "valuing people, acknowledging success, respecting your team, and creating a vision"

Dorothy Duran meets with public at event in MarchIn March, the Board of Trustees of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities appointed Dr. Dorothy Duran as president-elect of Minnesota State College - Southeast Technical. "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 Technical."

Dr. Duran was the vice president for academic affairs at Iowa Western Community College in Council Bluffs from 2006-2014. 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. 

"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," she said. 

A native of New Mexico, Dr. Duran grew up in Albuquerque. In tenth grade, she was seriously injured trying out for a soccer tournament. She was in and out of the hospital for the next two years and didn't return to finish high school. Instead she passed the GED test. 

When she was 18, she accompanied a friend who was enrolling at the University of New Mexico. She recalled, "I felt intimidated and unworthy to even go through the door, so he went in without me. After he registered he came back out and finally coaxed me in to sign up for classes myself. One person's belief in me made the difference." Four years later she graduated from college with a major in English and minor in sociology. 

She went on to earn a master's degree in educational foundations from the University of New Mexico. As a Kellogg Fellow, she earned her Ph.D. in 1988 at the University of Texas-Austin's Community College Leadership Program, one of the nation's top programs for developing key college administrators.  

"I've been blessed and I want to pay it forward," Dr. Duran said. "I've gone from GED to Ph.D. I want to help people develop the grit, determination, and resilience that have seen me through to where I am now."

On July 1, 2014, Dr. Dorothy Duran will become the college's eighth president. She stated, "I am very excited to come to Minnesota State College - Southeast Technical. Jim Johnson has put the college in a great place by sharing the same qualities that I feel a leader has to have: valuing people, acknowledging success, respecting your team, and creating a vision. Every time I have had the opportunity to visit the college I have been delighted by the happiness, focus, and genuinely positive atmosphere found at Southeast Technical." 

We are very happy to welcome Dr. Duran to Southeast Technical!


Tuition is FROZEN for 2014-2015 Academic Year

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Tuition is FROZEN for 2014-2015 Academic Year

MnSCU tuition approximately 1/2 to 1/5 the cost of alternatives


Great news for Southeast Technical students! 

Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) has announced that tuition will remain frozen in the 2014-15 academic year. Under the freeze, undergraduate tuition rates for 2014-15 academic year will remain at the 2012-13 academic year levels. 

"The benefits of freezing undergraduate tuition for the second year in a row continue to make MnSCU colleges and universities the lowest cost, highest value higher education option in the state of Minnesota," said Steven Rosenstone, MnSCU chancellor.

Affordability received a significant boost during the 2013 session when the Legislature and Governor Dayton improved access to the state grant program, including expanded access for working part-time students with financial need. This improvement benefited about 7,700 MnSCU college students in the 2013-14 academic year. 

Chancellor Rosenstone said, "The combination of the tuition freeze and the changes to the state grant program will, on average, actually lower the cost of tuition for MnSCU students receiving a state grant in the 2014-15 academic year."

Tuition rates at MnSCU colleges and universities are dramatically lower than the alternatives. "Tuition at the seven MnSCU state universities is nearly 1/2 that of the University of Minnesota, and 1/5 the cost of private colleges and universities," said Chancellor Rosenstone. "Tuition at our 24 colleges is less than 1/3 the cost of private trade schools. These differences save students tens of thousands of dollars and leave students with dramatically less debt upon graduation."

 College Expense Chart 2014 
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President Johnson speaks at Quzhou College graduation ceremony via Skype

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Southeast Technical President Jim Johnson speaks at Quzhou College of Technology's Mechanical Engineering Graduation Ceremony via Skype

Johnson gives graduation speech to Quzhou students via Skype

High technology was highly effective on Thursday evening, June 12, when Southeast Technical President Jim Johnson gave a speech via Skype to the graduating Mechanical Engineering class at Quzhou College of Technology in China. Speaking at about 9:00 pm in the evening from the Winona campus, the students heard the address at their 10:00 am ceremony - a 13 hour time difference.

Jim Johnson said he was "honored and humbled" to have been asked to give the address. "The online connection was a success, and the speech went very well," he added.

Translation services in China were provided by Quzhou College's English professor Wang Pei Hui, who visited the Southeast Technical community for two months in fall 2013. In Minnesota, technical and linguistic help was available from Southeast Technical's IT specialist Tao T. Peng, a native Chinese speaker and expert on intra-campus communications.

Southeast Technical automotive program instructors Niel Christensen and Tom Brandt were in Quzhou, concluding a two week faculty exchange, and attended the ceremony in China.

Jim Johnson's speech touched on the partnership between Quzhou College of Technology and Southeast Technical. "One of the major goals of this developing relationship is to gain a better understanding of each of our respective cultures through faculty, staff and student interactions.  This cultural understanding is an absolutely necessary skill set for all of us working in this vast global environment."

Future faculty exchanges are planned for fall 2014, with several Quzhou instructors visiting Southeast Technical for a number of weeks, and student exchanges beginning in spring and summer 2015.

"Words cannot express how much we have appreciated the generosity shown by students, staff and faculty of Quzhou College of Technology towards myself, our visiting scholars and others over the last few years," said Jim Johnson.

Download the full text of the commencement address (PDF)