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MSC Southeast honors Jay Dureske with 2018 Outstanding Alumni Award - Winona

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 Minnesota State College Southeast honors Jay Dureske with 2018 Outstanding Alumni Award - Winona

Jay Dureske and Larry LundbladSince graduating from the Electronics Technology program in 1992, Jay Dureske has advanced in his career to a leadership role as an Engineering Supervisor at Benchmark Electronics and has become a valued supporter of Minnesota State College Southeast.

On Wednesday, May 9, he was honored with the "Outstanding Alumni of the Year" award at the college's Winona campus graduation ceremony. The award recognizes outstanding personal and professional achievement and service to others.

"In my 35 years here, I have never seen a single community member do so much for our college behind the scenes," said Electronics Technology instructor Mike Wadewitz in nominating Jay Dureske for the award. "He has always graciously volunteered his time when working with current and future students."

Jay served in the Armed Forces Reserves for twelve years -- six years in the Marines and six years in the Army. While enrolled at MSC Southeast, he was called up and served in Desert Storm. Despite the interruption to his education, he returned to college and graduated from the Electronics Technology program. "He was a great student," remembered Mike Wadewitz.

Benchmark's Winona facility manufactures supercomputing, aerospace, and medical components. Jay began his career at Benchmark in 2005 as a bench technician, and then moved into a supervisory/leadership role in 2008. He credits his education at MSC Southeast for setting him on the right path.

"The instructors do a really a good job at setting us up with a base of knowledge and giving us the resources to learn more going forward," Jay said, noting that, "The technology I learned back in 1992 is long gone. The industry is continually evolving so you have to ready to learn to keep up with it."

In a similar vein, Jay has helped arrange internships for MSC Southeast instructors to come to Benchmark and keep up with the latest technologies. "These opportunities have helped the college maintain a very well-known and highly respected Electronics Technology program," said Mike Wadewitz.

Jay's connections to MSC Southeast remain strong. He refers employees to the college for additional training and brings first year electronics students to Benchmark for tours. He also comes to campus to present at high school and college career fairs. "I believe Benchmark's partnership with the college is vital for us to be able to fill our new employee pipeline," he said.

In addition to his service to the college, Jay is very active in the Winona community. He has been involved in the EMS field for more than 20 years, volunteered on several community outreach mission trips, and serves as Chairperson and Head Cook for a weekly free community meal at Central Lutheran Church.

"On behalf of the entire college community, I am happy to congratulate Jay Dureske for receiving the 2018 Outstanding Alumni - Winona Award," said Interim President Larry Lundblad. "This is an honor well deserved."

Mike Corrigan honored with Outstanding Alumni Award - Red Wing

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Mike Corrigan, Band Instrument Repair graduate, honored with 2018 MSC Southeast Outstanding Alumni Award - Red Wing

Mike Corrigan and Larry LundbladMike Corrigan of Overland Park, Kansas, received the 2018 Outstanding Alumni Award at Minnesota State College Southeast's graduation ceremony in Red Wing on May 8. He was nominated for the award by all three of the college's Band Instrument Repair Instructors -- Greg Beckwith, John Huth, and Lucas Pemberton.

A graduate of Band Instrument Repair (BIR) in 2000, Mike has since gone on to found several successful business ventures, most notably Best American Craftsman (B.A.C.), a company manufacturing musical instruments in Kansas City. B.A.C. makes individually crafted custom brass instruments for top players. The company also designs and markets high quality instruments for professional musicians, students, and marching bands.

To date, over 100 instruments have been made by hand at B.A.C. in Kansas City. These instruments have been played by professionals the world over and seen on television with top musical groups including Wynton Marsalis' Jazz at Lincoln Center, Trombone Shorty, Bruno Mars, Kool and the Gang, Justin Timberlake, Taylor Swift, John Legend, and many, many more.

"When I started seeing my horns being played on the Grammy Awards and the Oscars, I started thinking, 'I may not be on stage performing with these guys, but part of me is,' " he recently told a newspaper reporter.

"Mike continues to push both repair and instrument manufacturing forward by applying his understanding of historic instrument making techniques to modern day instruments," said BIR instructor John Huth in nominating Mike Corrigan. "His designs and resulting instruments are making B.A.C. a familiar name in music circles."

Mike maintains close ties with the college. He visits MSC Southeast regularly to share his story with BIR students and recruit potential employees. He is an active member of the Band Instrument Program Advisory Committee and has presented clinics at the college through the National Association of Professional Band Instrument Repair Technicians (NAPBIRT). He has also made donations of used musical instruments to the BIR program and arranged the purchase of B.A.C. instruments at a discount.

Moreover, Mike is a tireless ambassador for the college. "He is a loud proponent of the Band Instrument Repair program in Red Wing, continually singing our praises and encouraging musicians to attend the college," John Huth said.

Beyond his connections to MSC Southeast, Mike gives back to the larger community in other ways. Following Hurricane Katrina, Mike and his staff travelled to New Orleans to help repair damaged instruments free of charge. In 2011, he received a key to the city from Mayor Mitch Landrieu for his efforts, and even spoke at the World Economic Cultural Forum for Cultural Leaders.

In Kansas City, Mike Corrigan and B.A.C. are part of the historic jazz district's revival. His commitment to the area's significant role in the development of jazz is fostering other entrepreneurs to invest in the neighborhood.

"Mike Corrigan's business success and passion for the craft of musical instrument repair and building is a credit to our college, our instructors, and our Band Instrument Repair program," said Interim President Larry Lundblad.  "We are proud to call him one of our own."

Congratulations to Mike Corrigan!


May 7 Red Wing Student Guitar Show features new guitars, mandolins & more

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Red Wing Student Guitar Show at MSC Southeast features guitars, mandolins & more built by college students on May 7

Spencer Connell and GuitarEvery year the Guitar Repair & Building students at Minnesota State College Southeast in Red Wing have the opportunity to hear their newly-built guitars and other acoustic instruments played in concert for the first time at the Student Guitar Show.

NEW THIS YEAR: This year's event will take place in the evening, on Monday, May 7, 2018 from 6 to 8 pm, making it possible for more area students and working adults to attend!

Jerry Kosak, Phil Heywood, Mike Cramer and Brian Wicklund will play the brand new acoustic instruments, giving students the thrill of hearing their instruments played on stage by expert professional musicians.

STUDENT GUITAR SHOW

Minnesota State College Southeast, Red Wing campus
Monday, May 7, 2018
6:00 to 8:00 pm
308 Pioneer Road, Red Wing, MN
Free and open to the public

As the academic year comes to a close, students in the college's lutherie programs are completing an array of new stringed instruments:

  • First year Guitar Repair and Building program students build a flattop steel string guitar and have the option to build an electric guitar or bass. 
  • Second year Guitar Development and Production students build at least one arched instrument -- such as an archtop guitar or a mandolin -- as well as acoustic and electric instruments of their own design. Their instruments may feature complex finishing techniques and inlay work. 

Guitar InlaySpencer Connell is a first year student from Nashville, TN. He is a self-declared "Martin Nerd" and is building a dreadnought he calls a "cowboy guitar." Holding the work in progress, he says, "It's styled after an early D-18, 12 frets to the body, slotted headstock, mahogany back and sides, spruce top." We can expect a big sound from this instrument!

Mitchell Ogle is in second year guitar student and has developed a high level of skill, as shown in the inlay he designed for one of his guitars. "I decided to come to MSC Southeast from Vermont because it was the most in-depth program I could find, and I wanted to follow my guitar building passion to the greatest extent I could," he says. "My fingerboard inlays depict a progression of several different maple leaf species and an outline of the state, all cut from mother of pearl." 

About the Performers

Phil Heywood
Fingerstyle guitarist Phil Heywood has been based in Minneapolis-St. Paul since the mid-1980s, performing locally and regionally while also establishing himself in the greater guitar and acoustic music world. In 1986 he won the National Fingerpicking Championship, and followed up in 1987 by winning the American Fingerstyle Guitar Festival Competition. He plays with a bluesy swing and tone, lyricism, and groove.

Jerry Kosak
Jerry Kosak is a formidable guitarist from St. Paul who regularly performs, composes, and teaches in all styles --- roots and blues, rock, classical, and jazz. Dedication to and study of the wider continuum of music has enabled him to develop his own unique voice as a player and composer. He is equally comfortable with an acoustic, nylon string, electric, or resonator guitar in his hands.

Mike Cramer
Guitarist Mike Cramer is a music major from the University of Northern Iowa. His award-winning flatpicking technique has earned him championship titles in both the Minnesota State Fair Flatpicking Competition and Wisconsin's Upper-Midwest Flatpicking Contest. A fluid and powerful guitarist, Mike is as comfortable playing jazz standards as he is playing Bill Monroe instrumentals. He plays guitar in The Good Intentions and performs in a duo with Brian Wicklund.

Brian Wicklund
A veteran of top national bluegrass bands including Stoney Lonesome, The Barley Jacks, and Brother Mule, Brian Wicklund is an award winning musician and accomplished performer on many instruments, including mandolin. He is an expert teacher and the founder of American Fiddle Method and Fiddle Pals. He and Mike Cramer won first place in the 2017 Minnesota State Fair Americana-Roots Duet Contest, presented by the Minnesota Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Association.

 

Cuba Talk in Winona on Tuesday, May 1

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MSC Southeast instructors visited Cuba, giving talk about experiences on May 1

Cuban Students at desksCuba: Education and Culture

with Lynne Rabuse, Jeanne Handke, and Debi Niebuhr
Tuesday, May 1, 2018
7:00 - 8:30 pm
Room 205, Minnesota State College Southeast, Winona Campus
1250 Homer Road, Winona
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Minnesota State College Southeast instructors Lynne Rabuse (Spanish) and Jeanne Handke (Massage Therapy), along with retired instructor Debi Niebuhr (Massage Therapy), recently traveled to Cuba for ten days as members of a Witness for Peace delegation.

The emphasis of the trip was culture, education, the environment, and US-Cuban relations. In a talk on May 1, Lynne, Jeanne, and Debi will share the knowledge they gained about Cuban education from their travels. The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, please contact Lynne Rabuse at lrabuse@southeastmn.edu.

Truck driving instructors drive to KY to pick up $430,000 in-kind donation

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Quick trip to Kentucky yields $430,000 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."

 

Photos

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

Manufacturing

  • 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
 

Winona: 

  • 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."

 

Photos

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)

 


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