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Truck driving instructors drive to KY to pick up $460,000 in-kind donation

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Quick trip to Kentucky yields $460,000 in-kind donation through cooperation with Lockheed Martin

Use of supplemental semi-trailers provided by Rihm Leasing made trip possible

Tom Gierok and Casey Mann On Sunday, April 8, Truck Driving instructors Mike Swanson and Tom Gierok drove 680 miles to Lexington, KY in two semi-trailer trucks. On Monday morning, the trucks were loaded up with materials donated by Lockheed Martin via the Department of Defense, and driven all the way back to Winona in one day!

One truck seemed to be mostly empty... except for thousands of pounds of metal in pallets on the floor. "Actually, this truck is full by weight," said Tom Gierok.

Welding instructor Casey Mann has big plans for some of aluminum and other metals. "Some of the metal will be used on campus to build projects. We need tables, and our students will be working on a trailer that auto body and auto technology can use for hauling cars around." 

As Casey Mann pointed out, "New aluminum is worth two dollars a pound, and these pallets weigh 10,000 to 11,000 pounds each. That's means each pallet is worth $20,000, easily!"

"We will use metal in this truck across the vocational technical programs," said Travis Thul, Dean of Trade and Technology. "The other truck is full of fasteners and components that we can use in everything from Construction Technology to CNC Machine Tool. Anything we don't use, we can share with our partner high schools."

Tom Gierok, Tim Carroll, Travis Thul, and Casey MannSpecial thanks goes out to Rihm Leasing, the company which provided two supplemental semi-trailers that allowed the haul to take place.

"It makes sense that we would partner with an institution that does truck driver training," said Tim Carroll, Director of Business Development, Rental Fleet Operations, of Rihm Leasing. "We are a leasing company, so we don't hire truck drivers, but without qualified truck drivers there would be no demand for our product."

Travis said that Lockheed Martin is always trying to find good uses for decommissioned materials. "They are willing to help transfer incredibly valuable materials, but there are very few organizations that have the resources to go pick it up! That's where our heroes, Mike and Tom, come in, as well as Rihm Leasing. We are extremely fortunate to be able to take advantage of donations like this."



Above: Tom Gierok and Casey Mann show off a truck full of aluminum and other metals.
Below: Tom Gierok, Tim Carroll, Travis Thul, and Casey Mann pose between the trucks that made the cross country trip to Lexington, KY.

Strings, Winds & Brass April 7 at The Sheldon

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At Strings, Winds & Brass, MSC Southeast students and friends share their talents with the Red Wing community

Strings, Winds & brass 2018

The annual Strings, Winds & Brass variety showcase is an opportunity for Minnesota State College Southeast students and friends to share their amazing talents with the Red Wing community.  

Every year it's a different experience. This year the concert ranges from classical to classic rock, old-time fiddle to jump-roping clog dancer, and singer-songwriter to second line jazz band --- with all kinds of exciting music along the way!

And it's not just about entertainment. The performers are "paying it forward," as proceeds from the variety show are directed into Minnesota State College Southeast Foundation scholarship funds which will benefit future students.

Strings, Winds & Brass
Saturday, April 7, 2018 at 7:30 pm
The Sheldon Theatre, 443 West 3rd Street, Red Wing, MN
Tickets: MSC Southeast bookstore, www.sheldontheatre.org, or 800-899-5759 

The college's signature band instrument repair, violin repair, and guitar repair & building programs draw students from across the United States and around the world, many with advanced music degrees and professional performance experience. 

This year, Strings, Winds & Brass will feature the talents of more than 30 performers from  as far afield as Canada, China, Taiwan and the states of Iowa, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, North Dakota, Nebraska, New York, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Wisconsin!

The Strings, Winds & Brass concert line-up includes:

  • Hannah Peichel -- singer-songwriter
  • Spencer Connell & His Dixieland Swingers -- old-time string band
  • Adam Trostle -- Clog dance/jump rope
  • Liz & Zoe -- Clarinet & Flute
  • Antonio Limon -- Pop vocalist with piano
  • Economy -- Woodwind quintet
  • Carrie Maynard-Allen -- poet
  • Fish House Punch -- Classic rock band
  • Shagawa Shorty -- Blues guitar & vocals
  • Christopher Lichtler -- Trumpet soloist
  • Flute Loops -- Flute quartet
  • Hey You Two -- Vocal duet with guitar
  • Brass Scrap Jamboree -- Brass sextet
  • Repetition of the Dixie Dream -- "Second line" traditional jazz band

Advance tickets are $15.00 adults, $5.00 students. For tickets, call The Sheldon (651-388-8700, toll free 800-899-5759), visit the box office, or go to www.sheldontheatre.org. Advance tickets are also available at the MSC Southeast bookstore. Seats are general admission; doors open at 7 pm day of show.

Administrative Support Careers announces new Business Software certificate

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Business Software Certificate

New 16-credit Business Software certificate designed for business and office professionals

The Administrative Support Careers Department is excited to announce a new certificate in Business Software!

This 16-credit certificate is rich in technical courses including Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Publisher, Access, and Excel, plus a technical elective of choice. This is a great option to become proficient in Microsoft Office (often a requirement in job postings) for current students in other business-related courses, working adults looking to improve their computer software skillset, or those in transition to an office-related career.

Courses in this program are offered spring and fall semester, and the certificate can be completed entirely online making it a convenient option for those already in the workforce. There are no general education requirements to earn the certificate.

The Business Software Certificate is a great addition to the Administrative Support Careers Department offerings, which include the most popular choice of Administrative Assistant AAS degree, as well as the Office Specialist Diploma and Office Assistant Certificate.

More information:
Business Software

Apply now!


MSCS DECA students headed to national competition in April

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2018 DECA students at State

MSC Southeast DECA chapter qualifies for nationals in Washington, DC April 11-14 

In February, the Minnesota State College Southeast chapter of DECA recently participated in the State Career Development Conference (SCDC) in Minnetonka, MN. 8 of our students successfully qualified to go on nationals in Washington, DC April 11-14, 2018!

DECA is an organization that prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality, sales, and management. Participation in DECA is an excellent way to improve personal growth, network, and bridge the gap between school and the real world.

At the state conference in February, 10 MSC Southeast DECA students competed successfully in various single and team events in a wide variety of categories. The students were: Tristan Drazkowski, Olivia Flynn, Al Garcia, Jacob Hirschi, Averi Hunter, Samantha Johnson, Elijah Reusgen, Joe Ryan, Lizzy Wolfe, and Ian Zimmerman.

8 students were named finalists in the following categories:

  • Professional Sales: Jacob Hirschi, Tristan Drazkowski, Ian Zimmerman, Samantha Johnson, Olivia Flynn
  • Business to Business Marketing: Al Garcia & Elijah Ruesgen (Team), Tristan Drazkowski & Ian Zimmerman (Team)
  • Event Planning: Samantha Johnson & Joe Ryan (Team)


"Everybody did a great job! We all participated in multiple events and 8 students qualified to go on to the International Career Development Conference in Washington, DC in April, which is an amazing achievement," said Samantha Johnson, 2018 president of the MSC Southeast DECA chapter. "Now we're fundraising so we can all make the trip to Washington."

Help DECA raise funds for trip

Through April 7, the MSCS Chapter is working with ChaChi's Mexican Grill in Winona on a Tamales Fundraiser. Order your tamales during the week and pick them up on Saturday. Call 507-458-4403 for more information or to place an order!

Samantha Johnson said, "The DECA Chapter would like to thank Minnesota State College Southeast, the city of Winona, and our advisors, Terry Green and James Elvidge, for allowing us to be 'Limitless!' in our journey to success."

MSC Southeast hosting Transportation Career Night on March 27

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Transportation Career Night - image 2018

Minnesota State College Southeast hosting Transportation Career Night on March 27

MSC Southeast Transportation Career Night 
Tuesday, March 27, 2018 from 6:00 – 7:30 pm
Norris P. Abts Transportation Center
MSC Southeast, Winona Campus
1250 Homer Road, Winona

You're invited to  visit the Norris P. Abts Transportation Center at our Winona campus for the fourth annual Transportation Career Night, on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. 

The event is designed for students, job seekers, and anyone with an interest in cars and trucks. Register in advance at www.southeastmn.edu/event to be entered in a drawing for a Matco Tools 1/2" Drive Impact -- a $480 value!  Winner must register in advance and be present to win.



Four college programs will be represented at the event: AutoBody Collision Technology, AutomotiveTechnology, Diesel Maintenance, and TruckDriving. These programs offer certificates, diplomas, and degrees that can lead directly to high-paying, high growth occupations.

Industry representatives will be on hand to discuss opportunities in these high-demand job market. You can also meet with college staff to talk about admissions and financial aid.

"We want to give future students a realistic idea of what transportation careers can offer," says Auto Body Collision Technology instructor Tom Brandt. "Students, their families and anyone interested in exploring this field are all welcome."

Transportation Career Night 2018

 What to expect at Transportation Career Night: 

  • Meet industry representatives and talk to truck driving company recruiters
  • Tour our state-of-the-art facilities
  • Try hands-on activities like spray booth painting
  • See a variety of automotive vehicles and technologies on display
  • Save $20 – no fee to apply for admission at Career Night!
  • College student services and financial aid information available

Construction Tech: Carpentry program moving forward

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Construction Tech student

Construction Technology: MSC Southeast carpentry program moves forward with emphasis on new technologies, sustainability

This fall, the MSC Southeast is launching a new two-year Construction Technology A.A.S. degree, merging modern carpentry training with sustainable building practices.  

The program emphasizes the most up-to-date technologies, sustainability, and energy efficiency in residential and commercial projects. Construction Technology students will gain experience with the tools, materials, methods, and standard practices of the trade, plus planning, designing, estimating, and blueprint reading. 

Jonathan PowellJonathan Powell is the lead instructor in Construction Technology. He brings over 15 years of experience in residential, commercial, and industrial construction trades to his faculty role at MSC Southeast.  "In today's tight employment market, contractors are under so much pressure they don't have the time or resources to train in new employees on the job," he said. "A technical college program like ours can bring students up to speed before they start work."

MSC Southeast is partnering with Habitat for Humanity Winona-Fillmore Counties and the City of Winona to help address the need for entry level, affordable homes. This will involve construction of one or two houses per year and helping renovate many others.  In doing these projects students can learn all aspects of building a house in a smaller scale. 

In fact, if the weather is too rough to work outside, students can tackle building a tiny house right inside of the Construction Lab at MSC Southeast!

A grant from Clean Energy Resource Teams will help the college integrate environmentally friendly building techniques into the new curriculum. Funded by the grant, the college will work with Building Performance Institute (BPI) Air Leakage Control (ALC) to include installer training in its curriculum. Local contractors will also receive ALC training through the grant.

"This program will help build out Winona's workforce housing market as well as help mitigate the ongoing shortage of tradesmen and tradeswomen," according to Travis Thul, MSC Southeast Dean of Trade and Technology. "We are here to train tomorrow's trades professionals on state-of-the-art building techniques."

Jonathan Powell emphasized that construction is not just a job -- it's a profession. "Most students have no idea how much money they can make and how quickly they can move up in their careers. As educators, we need to keep our programs new and fresh, keep up with evolving technology and trends, and get students engaged in construction programs like ours," he said.

Apply now to start in the program this fall! For more information,  see the Construction Technology page or call MSCS Admissions at 877-853-8324.

Welcome Interim President Larry Lundblad!

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MSC Southeast welcomes Interim President Larry Lundblad

Minnesota State College Southeast "rolled out the red carpet" last week to welcome Interim President Larry Lundblad to campus. He visited the Red Wing campus on January 31 and the Winona campus on February 1. Open forums were held in both locations, which were well attended by students, faculty, staff, and community members.

Devinder Malhotra, Interim Chancellor of Minnesota State, graciously introduced Interim President Lundblad. He expressed his confidence that Larry Lundblad has the background and personal management style to help MSC Southeast meet its current challenges and create a stronger institution. 

Larry shared some of his background with the audience, noting that his career started at the local area vocational-technical institute level. He has worked in the Minnesota State system of colleges and universities for 38 years. Most recently he served as president of Central Lakes College for 10 years, which has campuses in Staples and Brainerd.

"I'm looking forward to the opportunity to work with students, faculty, staff and administration and engaging with the communities we serve," he said. "I have already had conversations with several of the regional legislators and I am encouraged by their commitment to the college."

He also mentioned that he plans to spend time at both the Red Wing and the Winona campus. "I have served in multiple-campus institutions since 1992 and know the importance of constantly working to promote a one-college culture. I will work in both communities and throughout the Southeast region." 

Welcome Interim President Larry Lundblad!


MSC Southeast announces Fall 2017 President's List

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Minnesota State College Southeast announces Fall 2017 President's List

Minnesota State College Southeast in Red Wing and Winona, Minnesota, is proud to announce the President's List for Fall Semester 2017.

247 students were named to the Fall 2017 President's List. MSC Southeast attracts students from all over the United States -- students from nearby Minnesota and Wisconsin, plus Arkansas, California, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, North Carolina, North Dakota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, and Wyoming were honored on the President's List. 

Besides the U.S., MSC Southeast students from Canada, Germany, and China earned this prestigious recognition.

To be eligible for the President's List, students must complete a minimum of 12 credits at MSC Southeast during an academic term and achieve a GPA of 3.5 or above.

View the President's List

New $2500 Workforce Development Scholarships offered in Fall 2018

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MSC Southeast offering sixteen $2500 scholarships in 2018-2019 through Minnesota Workforce Development program

Employers in our region are asking for skilled, well-educated employees in Manufacturing, Health Care, and Information Technology. A new scholarship program has been developed to encourage students get a college education in these fields.

Thanks to Minnesota  Workforce Development Scholarship program, Minnesota State College Southeast will be able to award sixteen (16) $2500 scholarships to qualifying students who are starting college in Fall 2018. The deadline for to apply for the scholarship is March 1, 2018. (SEE APPLICATION PAGE)

These scholarships are targeted to new students entering the college in high growth, high demand careers. Examples of such programs at MSC Southeast include Industrial Technology, Practical Nursing, and Cyber & Information Security. (For a complete list, see below.)

While the scholarships are intended to recruit new high school grads, "non-traditional" students, such as adults re-entering the workforce or changing careers, are also eligible for the scholarships.

How to apply

Prospective students must apply online for admission to MSC Southeast with a fall start in one of the career program areas listed below. Then they must fill out and submit an application form for the scholarship by the March 1 deadline. To download the application form, go to www.southeastmn.edu/scholarships .

  • Students must be enrolled for at least 9 credits per semester.
  • Can be used for a degree, diploma or certificate (minimum 18 credits)
  • Must maintain a cumulative 2.0 GPA.
  • Funds will be distributed in two installments of $1250 in Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 semesters. 

The deadline to apply is March 1, 2018. Scholarship awards will be announced on March 30, 2018.

Eligible Programs


  • CNC Machine Tool
  • Industrial Technology
  • Welding 

Health Care

  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Laboratory Technician
  • Medical Support Careers
  • Nursing

Information Technology

  • Cyber and Information Technology
  • Network Administration and Technology
  • Software Development and Support

MSC Southeast welcomes first cohort of RN-BSN students

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MSC Southeast Red Wing campus welcomes first cohort of RN-BSN students

RN-BSN Completion Program 1

For associate degree nurses -- also known as registered nurses -- earning a bachelor of science degree in nursing can become the pathway to a more challenging career with increased responsibilities and rewards.

Winona State University has developed a successful RN to BSN completion program, which has just expanded to include the Red Wing area. The first group of students came to the MSC Southeast Red Wing campus on January 9, 2018 for orientation.

Jennifer Timm, Assistant Professor at Winona State University and Co-Coordinator of the RN-BSN program, was on campus Tuesday to meet with 28 new students who are starting in the program.

"This is our very first cohort in Red Wing. Our home base is Rochester and we have a satellite campus in La Crescent. Now we have a northern campus here in Red Wing," she says. "The majority of the students who come to the RN-BS program are already working, so now they're coming back to school to achieve the baccalaureate."

According to Jennifer, the new cohort ranges from students who are a year or two out of their associate degree program to nurses who are coming back with close to 10 years in the field. Several of the students are graduates of Minnesota State College Southeast.

In the RN-BS Completion program, hybrid/blended classes combine online study with classroom/lab study at the Red Wing campus. Although the face-to-face component of the coursework takes place at MSC Southeast, enrollment in the program is managed through Winona State University and classes are taught by WSU faculty. 

RN-BSN Completion Program 2

Jennifer stresses the importance of offering the RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing throughout Southeast Minnesota. "Rural areas have a very difficult time getting nurses at any level of education. The Institute of Medicine recommends and encourages that 80% of our nurses be educated to the baccalaureate degree. That's why RN-BS completion programs in rural settings are so important."

"We are very excited to see our partnership with Winona State University to offer a bachelor's completion program getting off the ground!" says Dr. Leslie Bleskachek, MSC Southeast Vice President of Academic Affairs and Student Services. "We hope this will be the first step in many future collaborations."

For more information about the RN-BS completion program or to apply for admission, email RN-BSCompletion@winona.edu or call 507-285-7349 (800-366-5418, extension 7349).

Cyber & Information Security program ranked #1

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MSC Southeast's Cyber & Information Security program ranked #1 nationwide by GreatValueColleges.com

Great Value CollegesMinnesota State College Southeast's Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree in Cyber and Information Security is a unique program incorporating networking, cyber security, forensics, and criminal justice, designed to prepare students for employment in a very high demand profession.

GreatValueColleges.com recently announced its 2018 rankings, naming Cyber and Information Security at MSC Southeast the #1 program in the nation. According to the greatvaluecolleges.com website, "An associate degree in network security can be a great foot in the door to an IT career or the budget-minded beginnings of a bachelor's degree in the tech industry."

The site bases its rankings on:

  •  Tuition value (ten points)
  • Relevancy of the curriculum to the demands of the field (ten points)
  • Low student to faculty ratio (ten points)
  • In case of a tie on points, schools are ranked in order of decreasing tuition.

On this scale, MSC Southeast scored 26 points. Other colleges in the "Top Ten" are: 

  • University of Phoenix, AZ (#10, 20 points)
  • Lake Superior College, MN (#7, 22.5 points)
  • Guilford Technical Community College, NC (#4, 24.5 points)
  • Central Texas College in Killeen, TX (#2, 26 points)

The #2 college, Central Texas College in Killeen, TX, was awarded 26 points, but its annual per-credit tuition ($6420) was higher than MSC Southeast ($5590) by more than $800.

Travis Thul, MSC Southeast's Dean of Trade and Technology, says "Our Cyber Security team members, including military, academic, and private sector professionals, have worked tirelessly to develop this state-of-the-art program. We are so very proud of the quality degree they've built!"

*Tuition, enrollment, and faculty-to- student ratio numbers are drawn from the National Center for Education Statistics, a US government agency.

Travis Thul - KTTC TV Interview

See the interview with Travis Thul on KTTC-TV: A Winona College's Cyber & Information Security program ranked #1 nationwide

Winter Break Hours 2017-2018

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Winter Break Hours 2017-2018

  • No classes December 18, 2017 - January 5, 2018
  • Offices open December 18-22, 2017
  • Offices and campus buildings CLOSED December 25, 2017 - January 1, 2018
  • Offices open January 2-5, 2018
  • Registration in Winona January 4; Red Wing January 5
  • Spring Semester begins on Monday, January 8!


Band Instrument Repair restores collection plates

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Bringing back the shine just in time for the holidays

Alice FitschenWhen Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Red Wing needed to have their collection plates restored to their original glory, they asked Minnesota State College Southeast's Band Instrument Repair program if they could take the project on. 

"We don't normally restore brass objects, since we work with musical instruments," says John Huth. "But we saw this as a special case. It's a way to give back to Red Wing community, and we do have the equipment and expertise to do this type of work."

The church dropped off four round brass collection plates at the college in early November. Over the years the brass had tarnished and was pitted in places. 

"The collection plates probably date back from the 1950s when the church was built," according to Alice Fitschen, a member of the congregation. The church didn't want to replace the plates with new ones because of their historical significance.

The first step involved cleaning the badly oxidized brass with a strong chemical bath. Next, the brass was polished on a buffing lathe with a succession of polishing compounds to remove the grime, and then buffed to the original metal glory. Once the gloss was restored, the plates were taken to the spray booth for a coating of lacquer.

Both students and instructors in the Band Instrument Repair program worked on the restoration project. Alice stopped by the college to pick up two of the plates in early December and couldn't have been more pleased!

 From this ...
Brass plate before restoration
to this! 
 Restore plates

Plates after chemical bath
Plate after cleaning   

Buffing the plates
 Buffing brass plate   

Alice Fitschen and John Huth
Alice and John - brass plates    


Apply now for admission to MSC Southeast

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Spring Green PlantApply now for admission to MSC Southeast

Spring semester is coming up sooner than you think! Classes will begin on January 8, 2018.

Are you a new student?

  1. APPLY as soon as possible! Once you've filled out the form and paid the $20 application fee, your next step is to...
  2. TEST - Take the Accuplacer placement test and...
  3. SUBMIT DOCUMENTS - We'll also need your previous transcripts and other documents.
  4. REGISTER - You'll be invited to join us for New Student Registration. Meet with your advisor, learn about college life, and get ready for SPRING!

New Student Registration Dates/Times


Red Wing:

  • Tuesday, November 28 at 8:00 am
  • Tuesday, November 28 at 1:00 pm
  • Friday, January 5 at 8:00 am


  • Wednesday, November 29 at 8:00 am
  • Wednesday, November 29 at 1:00 pm
  • Thursday, January 4 at 8:00 am


Are you continuing from Fall semester?

If you haven't registered yet... WE WANT YOU BACK!

  1. If you haven't done so, meet with your advisor ASAP and get your access code.
  2. Register for your Spring classes online.
  3. Tuition is due on December 14 - but you don't have to pay it all at once. See "Minimum Payment Criteria" for more information.

Advance registration for Current Students open now

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Spring Semester 2018 Advance Registration for Current Students begins October 30, 2017

Schedules for Spring Semester 2018 and Summer Session 2018 are now available on the college website.  All students must schedule an appointment to meet with their advisor for an advising session for Spring Semester.  At this session, students will review their Degree Audit Report (DARS) with their advisor and receive their unique Registration Access Code, if applicable, for Spring Semester registration. This Degree Audit Report will assist students in tracking progress in their declared major at MSC Southeast. (Note: Summer Session 2018 Pre-Registration begins on January 29, 2018.)

Current students have the advantage of being able to register before new students; register NOW to secure your classes!

Students can access their student account by going to www.southeastmn.edu eServices and clicking on Red Wing or Winona Campus login.

What if I forgot my StarID or Password?

  • Click on Need Login Help? to retrieve helpful information.

Who is my advisor?

  • Go to Grades and Transcripts from left hand menu, Interactive Degree Audit Report (DARS).  Your advisor will be listed on the DARS report. Your Registration Access Code is not available on this report. You must meet with your advisor to receive this code if applicable.

When do I register?

  • Go to Courses and Registration from left hand menu, Registration Window.  This is determined by the number of completed credits. You will not be allowed to register before your scheduled time.  Be sure to check that you have selected the correct term and year when looking for your registration window and registering for courses.

How do I see if I have any holds to prevent me from registering?

  • Go to Courses and Registration from left hand menu, Registration Holds.  Immunization hold will not show until you attempt to register for classes.  Students who are unsure whether their immunization form was turned in should check with Student Services prior to registration.

What if I want to register for an online/hybrid course?

  • If you are enrolled in an online or hybrid course, you must login to classes the first couple of days of the semester (https://southeastmn.learn.minnstate.edu) to demonstrate your participation in the course. If you have questions, please contact your instructor.
  • Students enrolled in their first online course are also encouraged to attend a D2L Brightspace Orientation.  Sessions will be held on both the Red Wing and Winona Campus.  If you have questions with accessing your D2L Brightspace account, please contact the Information Technology Department Help Desk at 507-453-2408.

When do I have a Financial Obligation for Spring Semester and how much do I owe?

  • Go to Bills and Payment from left hand menu.  Tuition and fee charges can be viewed after registration.  Tuition payment is not required at the time of registration; however, will be due for Spring Semester on Thursday, December 14, 2017.  Students that register for a course are financially obligated for the tuition and fees associated with that course unless the course is dropped within the prescribed time frame according to college policy.  If financial arrangements have not been made by this date, you may be dropped from the registered course(s) per Minnesota State Colleges & Universities board policy 5.12.  Note:  If you have a change in plans, you are responsible to login to your account to drop your courses.  If you have a problem dropping, contact the Student Services Office as soon as possible.

When do I register if I am a Post-Secondary Options Student?

  • Continuing Post-Secondary Enrollment Options students will register starting the week of November 6.

Any further questions, feel free to contact the Student Services Office.


Guitar Repair and Building program repairs Oud

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Sofi and the Baladis - concert

Guitar Repair & Building program repairs an Oud  

"This is a very big part of why we do what we do, to be part of an important art" -- David Vincent

Broken OudTouring the United States with the Israeli band Sofi & the Baladis, musician Yaniv Taichman made a horrifying discovery the morning they left Pierre, SD. The headstock of his oud had suddenly snapped off -- a victim of the the cold, dry air in the Dakotas. Fortunately they had a backup oud, so he was able to continue performing in concerts. 

Wait a minute -- what's an oud? An ancestor of the guitar, the oud (prounounced "oohd") looks a lot like a lute, with a large bowl-back body, 11 strings, no frets, and violin-style tuners. Sofi & the Baladis play Samaritan music on the oud and other traditional instruments.

Alerted by the tour manager, Arts Midwest World Fest Project Manager Ken Carlson scrambled to find a luthier who could repair the broken instrument. He suggested that en route to their next tour residency at The Sheldon Theatre, the group could drop the instrument off for repairs about 100 miles away from Red Wing. 

At the last minute, Yaniv decided to keep his oud instead. This turned out to be a stroke of luck, since Arts Midwest and The Sheldon Theatre had arranged a lunchtime workshop at Minnesota State College Southeast early in the band's week-long Red Wing residency. 

During the Oct. 31 workshop, Yaniv got so many technical questions about the oud that he realized MSC Southeast isn't an ordinary college. Of course not -- he had stumbled upon the premier lutherie college in the United States, MSC Southeast's Guitar Repair and Building program

Yaniv explained that he was playing an oud that belonged to lead singer Sofi. He unzipped the black case that was carrying his own instrument. When he pulled it out -- in two pieces -- there was a collective gasp from the audience. "We can fix that!" somebody called out, and that's just what happened.  

Oud photosHe left the oud in the capable hands of instructor David Vincent, and that very afternoon the repair process began. "The original maker's work on this instrument is quite nice, and it appears that hot hide glue was used. Where the headstock broke off is not on the original glue line but in the wood next to it. That's a good sign that the original glue joint was well done," David commented.

Ready to rock

By the end of the week, Yaniv's oud was ready to return to the stage at the Sheldon Theatre concert on Nov. 3.  He was overjoyed to be reunited with his instrument. 

"Maestro David Vincent brought my Oud back to life," said Yaniv. "It sounds, looks and feels amazing!"

"This is a very big part of why we do what we do, to be part of an important art," David Vincent responded. "It was very special to me to hear these fabulous musicians share their culture and tradition from halfway around the world, and to feel a part of it."



Top: Sofi and the Baladis gave a workshop on traditional Samaritan music at MSC Southeast. (Katryn Conlin, photo)
Left: Yaniv Taichman showed his broken oud to the audience at the college. (Katryn Conlin, photo)
Right: Instructor David Vincent worked on the instrument. (Yaniv Taichman, photos)


Free App Week at MSC Southeast October 23-30

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"Free App Week" at MSC Southeast October 23-30

 Students - Red Wing CampusPlanning to attend college in 2018? Complete your application to Minnesota State College Southeast during the week of October 23 to October 30 and you'll save $20!

During Free Application Week, colleges and universities throughout the Minnesota State system are waiving the standard fee for applying.

"It's important to give future students the opportunity to get their application filed at no cost," says Tammy Vondrasek, MSC Southeast Director of Enrollment Services . "As part of the Minnesota State system, MSC Southeast offers an extraordinary education at an exceptional value. Free App Week is part of our commitment to keeping college affordable!"

To take advantage of Free App Week, apply online from Monday, October 24 to Monday, October 30 at www.southeastmn.edu/apply.

Save $20 anytime!

If you don't want to wait until October 23 to save $20, come to campus and meet with an admissions advisor. There's never an application fee if you fill out your application during your campus visit.

There's still time to begin college this fall!

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There's still time to begin college this fall! 

College Banners - OutdoorHere's a look at programs and courses that offer a mid-semester start.

If you think it's too late to enroll for fall classes at Minnesota State College Southeast, think again! Some programs start in the middle of October, 2017.

"We have a number of courses that start part way through the semester," says Dr. Jonathan Eichten, Associate Dean of Enrollment and Student Services. "And you can even enroll in some of our programs with a mid-semester start."

  • Everywhere you go you see job openings for Nursing Assistants, and MSC Southeast offers the necessary training for this occupation. 3-credit nursing assistant classes run frequently throughout the school year, and CNA status is a prerequisite for entering Associate Degree Nursing or Practical Nursing.

Individual courses from a number of programs also have start dates part way through the semester; see the list below. According to Jonathan, "These classes might make a good option for students who want to get a head start on coming to college full-time in January."

For more information about applying for admission or taking an individual course, please contact one of our admissions advisors:

Winona Campus: Shannon Schell, 507-453-2743 or sschell@southeastmn.edu
Red Wing Campus: Lacey Seefeldt, 651-385-6330 orlseefeldt@southeastmn.edu


Individual Classes

The classes below offer a mid-semester start date. Check with Admissions if you are interested in registering.

Administrative Support Careers
- ADMS 1424 Integrated Office Skills
- ADMS 1425 Desktop Publishing with Publisher
- ADMS 2417 Word Processing II

- COMP 1135 Spreadsheet Applications
- COMP 1140 Online Communications

- ENGL 528 Reading & Writing 
- ENGL 1025 Writing about the Short Story

Integrative Medicine and Health
- IHHA 1100 Introduction to Integrative Medicine and Health
- IHHA 1221 Spring Forest Qigong
- IHHA 1250 Creating Healing Environments

CNC Machine Tool
- MACH 2660 Advanced CAD/CAM I

- MATH 522 Pre-College Math (2 cr)
- MATH 533 Pre-College Math (3 cr)
- MATH 1015 Geometry and Trigonometry
- MATH 1020 Special Topics in Mathematics
- MATH 1025 Algebra

Medical Support Careers
- MEDS 1605 Legal & Ethical Aspects of Health Information

Retail & Sales Management
- RESL 1217 Principles of Telemarketing

Business Management
- SMGT 1214 Practical Problem Solving
- SMGT 1216 Leadership Development
- SMGT 2218 Service Management
- SMGT 2220 Management Theories and Organizational Studies

Massage Therapy
- THPY 1425 Deep Tissue Muscular Therapy
- THPY 1471 Basics of Aromatherapy
- THPY 1477 Reiki - Level 1 and 2


Note: Individual courses are not eligible for financial aid. Some courses may require prerequisites.

MSC Southeast offers new psychology, creative writing programs

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Minnesota State College Southeast expands liberal arts options by offering new programs in in psychology, creative writing

Psychology Transfer Pathway Associate of Arts degree, Creative Writing Certificate are just the beginning of new options in the Liberal Arts & Sciences

With the launch of the Associate of Arts degree in Liberal Arts & Sciences, Minnesota State College Southeast transformed itself from a technical college to a comprehensive technical and community college in 2016. Now the college has added a second A.A. degree, the 60-credit Psychology Transfer Pathway, and a new 16-credit certificate in Creative Writing.

Psychology Transfer Pathway A.A.

The Psychology Transfer Pathway option has been developed to make it easier for students to begin a four-year degree at MSC Southeast and transfer to any of the seven universities in the Minnesota State system, including Winona State University, St. Cloud State University, and Minnesota State University, Mankato.*

A student taking the new Psychology Transfer Pathway degree would complete the required first two years of general education credits and select coursework related to the major, such as Lifespan Development, Abnormal Psychology or Social Psychology.

Students who complete a Transfer Pathway degree are guaranteed junior status upon admission to the university, and are assured that the bachelor's degree can be completed in 60 additional credits (for 120-credit programs). Students must still meet university admission requirements, any special admission requirements for the major, and are not guaranteed admission into the major itself.

"In the near future, we anticipate adding several more specialties in the Transfer Pathway curriculum, such as History and Sociology," says Jo Poncelet, MSC Southeast Dean of Academics. "These associate of arts degrees will be a great advantage to students who are seeking a lower-cost path to completing a 4-year education. Our students receive the same rigorous college instruction from our talented, highly-qualified faculty that they would at larger institutions, but our class sizes are smaller and we are able to offer more personal attention." 

Creative Writing Certificate

Designed to attract aspiring authors, the new Creative Writing Certificate can be completed in four semesters, giving the student the time needed to develop a unique point of view and voice. Since the program is taught 100% online, it is especially manageable for working adults who have other commitments but wish to build a polished portfolio of workshopped, edited, and publishable fiction and poetry.

"At MSC Southeast, we are fortunate to have a group of instructors who are committed, published, working writers," says English faculty member Pete Beurskens, who teaches in Red Wing. "Any student who desires to learn not only the nuts and bolts of the writer's craft and the writing profession, but also wishes to be mentored towards more fully realizing his or her own talent, his her or own voice and vision, will find that encouragement here."

"We felt there was a niche not being filled, among the two-year colleges, for a creative writing concentration. There are plenty of BAs and MFAs out there in the field, but almost nothing at this level," adds Michael Larson, an instructor in the English department on the Winona campus. "So we wanted to encourage those with a love of language and a love of story to start with us and see where it might lead."

Students who are working on the Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts and Sciences degree have the option of selecting the Creative Writing Certificate coursework as electives, and graduating with both the A.A. degree and the Certificate at the same time. 

"While MSC Southeast will always be committed to our career and technical programs, we believe the expansion of our liberal arts and sciences offerings will be a tremendous advantage to students in our region," states Dr. Dorothy Duran, President of Minnesota State College Southeast.  "We are justifiably proud of our liberal arts and sciences faculty and know students in the Psychology Transfer Pathway and Creative Writing programs will receive expert, individualized instruction in a friendly, caring environment." 


*Minnesota State Universities

  • Bemidji State University
  • Metropolitan State University
  • Minnesota State University, Mankato
  • Minnesota State University Moorhead
  • Southwest Minnesota State University
  • St. Cloud State University
  • Winona State University

MSCS CAD Drafting program ranked #10 nationwide by BestColleges.com

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MSC Southeast Online CAD Drafting Technologies program ranked #10 nationwide by BestColleges.com 

Best Colleges Online SealWe are excited to announce that our Associate of Applied Science in Computer Aided Design (CAD) Drafting Technologies degree has again been ranked one of the top online CAD programs within the entire United States by BestColleges.com. Now ranked at #10, the program is celebrating its second consecutive year to be ranked in the Top 20 and its first year in the Top 10!

MSCS's CAD program has grown dramatically over the last decade, as faculty have worked to tailor the degree to today’s modern industry, while also ensuring flexible course offerings for both traditional students and working professionals. Enrollment has increased by nearly 300% since 2012, while tuition costs are among the lowest in the nation.

According to BestColleges.com, the CAD Drafting program at MSC Southeast "provides a flexible, quality, online education that students can afford. [MSCS] stands out as one of the best of the best." The rankings at BestColleges.com reflect academic quality and affordability, and are based on data hosted by the National Center for Education Statistics.

MSCS's CAD program has evolved from a degree offered only on campus to a degree which is available 100% online, enrolls students from as far afield as Bulgaria and Russia, and uses some of the most advanced online teaching tools available.

"With input from MSC Southeast administrators, faculty members, student services, IT professionals, advisory board members, and more, we have been able to develop a CAD design program that provides rigor and quality in meeting the needs of our far flung student body," says CAD instructor Jim Ziegler. "Placement in the BestColleges.com Top Ten is important, as it shows that we are doing what we set out to do."

Tyler Litscher, a mechanical designer at Thern Inc. in Winona, has recently joined the faculty at MSC Southeast. "As a former student, I am excited to see the program's prestigious recognition," he says. "I began the CAD program as a student in its first year online and am glad to see how much it has prospered since.  I believe the continued growth unequivocally demonstrates the quality of this program at Southeast.

"Working as a part time instructor for the past 20 plus years I am happy and excited for our program’s success. I hope this is the beginning of many more achievements to come," adds instructor Celeste Pronchinske.

"It is our intent to keep changing with the times in providing the excellent CAD training that has become our trademark here at Minnesota State College Southeast," Jim Ziegler concludes.

For more information, see: http://www.bestcolleges.com/features/best-online-drafting-programs/

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