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Graduation Pictures are Available!

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Graduation Pictures are Available!

You can view the graduation pictures on the Jolesch Photography Web site.

 Graduation 2010 Red Wing   Graduation 2010 Winona

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Michael Haney Receives Presidential Citation Award from Southeast Tech College President James Johnson

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Mike HaneyMr. Michael C. Haney, Job Service Regional Manager-Southeast Minnesota, Minnesota WorkForce Center, received the Presidential Citation award from Minnesota State College-Southeast Technical President Jim Johnson, at commencement ceremonies held Thursday, May 13. The Citation Award, not given annually, is a discretionary honor bestowed by the President of the college acknowledging a group or individual who has offered significant support to the college through their connections and efforts within the community. Recipients of the award are deemed a “friend of the college for life” and  are valued for their continued efforts to build and sustain relationships on behalf of the college.

President Jim Johnson says “Mike has been a valued partner in Southeast Technical’s fulfillment of our mission of “workforce education” and the Winona Workforce Center under his leadership has been one of the critical pieces in our ability to fulfill that mission. He and his staff have become a valued partner in this college’s growth over the last 10 years, enabling us to double in size and supply this region with an educated and productive workforce.” Haney says “I am proud to accept the honor on behalf of the partnership, it is an example of the relationship we have between the WorkForce Center staff and faculty and staff at Southeast Technical. It is exactly what we need to rebuild the economy in Minnesota.”

The WorkForce Center and Technical College dynamic has received attention throughout the region and even nationally, as a model and example of workforce/education partnerships.


(Photo Cap: Mike Haney, Job Service Regional Manager-Southeast MN (left) is given the Presidential Citation Award by Southeast Technical President James Johnson)


Congratulatons to the following Nursing Faculty

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Karen Fettig and Susan Priem presented at the MNSCU IT Conference 2010 in Brainerd, MN April 26-28, 2010 on “Using the Academic Electronic Medical Record System in Nursing Simulation”.  They presented on electronic medical record training for nursing students, which is imperative to include in nursing curriculum.  Knowledge of this concept will help employees facing state and federal mandates to have electronic medical records in their use in health care.  The EMR is paired with the simulation clinical and has been well received by the students.  This program was a partnership of the Office of the Chancellor’s office and the Health Education Industry Partnership.  They will be presenting again in Duluth during the Academic EMR conference.



Katie Maschka graduated with her BSN from Moorhead and is starting her Master’s Program

Karen Fettig graduated with her MSN from Bethel College

 Maura Boesch graduated from Minnesota State Colleges Consortium, Doctorate of Nursing Practice Program.  Her graduating institution was WSU.


Rich Wantoch Recognized as 2010 Outstanding Alum

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Rich WantockSoutheast Technical is honored to have Mr. Rich Wantoch as the recipient of our 2010 Outstanding Alumni Award.  Rich is a visionary who built a number of successful career avenues upon graduating from our Electronics program in 1965. As a student in the Electronics program, his interest in data and systems management was right on target with the dawn of the computer age, positioning him in the right place at the right time.  Blending his education as a business major at WSU and technical skills from Winona Votech proved to be a very successful combination as evidenced by his tremendous career.

After graduation and newly married, Rich landed his first professional job as a Customer Engineer with Control Data in Minneapolis, Minn. In this position he learned how to work on and repair computers, putting his newly acquired skills right into action.  His logical side and keen perception were undoubtedly the combination that helped open the door to a field everyone was talking about “the computer age.” Unfortunately things changed abruptly shortly after Rich started with Control Data and the company lost a large government contract and subsequently needed to lay off hundreds of employees, Rich was among them.

Rich decided to use his circle of friends and headed straight for Watkins where he worked part time while in the Electronics program. He started in the sales department training representatives how to sell door-to-door. Later he became a Product Manager,  where he worked from the late sixties into the early seventies.  While at Watkins, Rich was able to strengthen his skills, learn more about the business and develop a better understanding of the skills he needed to continue growing his career. In 1973, an East coast business supplier offered Rich a Marketing/Sales position and  he moved his family  to the East Coast to take on different challenges.  The next several years were spent out East and traveling internationally to guide several large companies through some difficult financial times. He worked for major corporations, including Sarah Coventry (C.H. Stuart), Coppercraft Guild (Dart Industries) and Royal Crest Jewelry. He served these companies in a variety of capacities including Vice President, Sales Manager and Design Manager.  His forte appeared to be in “marketing makeovers” and he was good at it.

Eventually, the Midwest was calling him back and he returned to Winona where he joined the executive ranks at Watkins in 1980. Rich, who now had plenty of experience with re-engineering companies, brought his marketing skills and logical thought processes to work again and helped turnaround the Watkins Company which had struggled since bankruptcy in 1978. Within a few short years, he rose to become the company’s President, a position he held until 1992 when he left to serve on a number of boards and pursue other successful ventures including that as President of the Fuller Brush Company. If there are multiple messages Rich would want to share, one would be about the value of networking and the openness to re-invent oneself by using your natural gifts. He points out, we all have a “circle” of friends and this is a key to success whether you’re selling a commodity, or selling yourself. This was a philosophy he bought into early. He is no stranger to feeling the stresses of corporate layoffs, he’s walked the walk, and always remained optimistic. Little did he know the impressions he had made back when he was a part-time employee at Watkins would  lead to a greater opportunity later in life in fact moved him from part-time mailroom clerk to President of the Watkins company.

As a Southeast Technical graduate he understands the value of education and the doors it can open. He also believes in leading by example and the value of being first a mentee and then a mentor in life. In addition to bringing leadership into his professional life, Rich also sets an example through his generous gifts of time, talent, and treasure to a variety of organizations in the Winona Community.  Early on he served as a Winona Jaycee and was active in the Winona community in a variety of different roles at St. Stanislaus Church, Cotter High School, he also raised awareness for community organizations like the Buddy Club, American Cancer Society, YMCA, Special Olympics and more. He served the City as a Board of Adjustments member and National Direct Selling Trade Association as a Board member. He even co-owned a Winona business.

His advice to graduates, “be confident and always remember you are a marvelous work in progress and that it is not where you start … but where you finish that counts!”



Dan Mjolsness Receives Presidential Citation Award

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DanMjolsnessMr. Dan Mjolsness, Superintendent of the Red Wing School District (Retired) received the Presidential Citation award from Minnesota State College-Southeast Technical President Jim Johnson, at commencement ceremonies held Thursday, May 13. The Citation Award, not given annually, is an discretionary honor bestowed by the President of the college acknowledging a group or individual who has offered significant support to the college through their connections and efforts within the community. Recipients of the award are deemed a “friend of the college for life” and are valued for their continued efforts to build and sustain relationships on behalf of the college.

According to President Johnson, “Dan has been engaged in a guiding relationship for over 37 years with this college and was instrumental in its being built. Dan understands this college and embraces its mission of “workforce education”….To put it simply this college would not have been founded without this man’s vision, dedication to education at all levels and leadership.”


Brian Boedigheimer has Instruments Critiqued in Vintage Guitar Magazine

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Vintage GuitarGuitar Repair & Building Program Instructor, Brian Boedigheimer recently had 2 of his guitars critiqued in Vintage Guitar Magazine (May 2010, Vol. 24, No. 7).  Both guitars garnered glowing reviews, written by Sean O’ Bryan Smith at Vintage Guitar magazine. Smith said “Brian uses a classic luthier mentality - using no computerized procedures or pre-made necks, two shining examples of his dedication are the BB-1 Deluxe and BB-1 Boutique.”  Brian a graduate of the Southeast Technical Guitar program himself and instructor since 2000, has provided repair services for several music stores and built instruments at the Benedict Guitar Company.  At his own shop Brian works on new designs, builds his own instruments and also does repair work. Visit Brian’s website to learn more about his guitar building business and check out Vintage Guitar.com to  follow the latest information on vintage guitars.


Greg Beckwith Performs with Music St. Croix

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Greg BeckwithGreg Beckwith, Band Instrument Repair Instructor at Minnesota State College-Southeast Technical is sharing his musical talents as a performer with a Chamber Orchestra in Stillwater Minnesota.  “Music St. Croix,” plays three to four concerts a year in the historic Stillwater Courthouse. Greg plays the French Horn along with 10 – 12 members, talented string, woodwind and brass performers.  According to Greg, “We are all are friends and music professionals from the area and have no “installed” conductor, so play is self-directed.”  The group arranges their own music and has established a nice local following. Stillwater is famous for attracting tourists, wedding parties, artists and those who appreciate the arts alike. Find out a little bit more about Greg’s musical life outside of the college and the performing arts by visiting Music St. Croix.  Looking for a great summer getaway, see what Stillwater has to offer.


Kerri Schmidt Receives MAFAA New Professional Award

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Kerri SKerri Schmidt, a Financial Aid Assistant for Minnesota State College-Southeast Technical, was recognized May 6, at the Minnesota Association of Financial Aid Administrators (MAFAA) Conference,  held in Brainerd, Minnesota, where she received the Minnesota Outstanding New Professional Award during Thursday night’s banquet.  This award is presented to a new professional who has made significant contributions to their institution, the financial aid profession, and MAFAA. Kerri also received the MAFAA Executive Council Award for her work on the Leadership Committee this past year.  The Minnesota Association of Financial Aid Administrators (MAFAA) is an association of professionals committed to the principle that no one should be denied access to higher education for financial reasons.



Mohamed Elhindi Receives Doctorate

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MElhindiMohamed Elhindi, has been awarded a Doctorate in Information Systems from Nova Southeastern University.  Elhindi currently serves as the Chief Information Officer at Minnesota State College-Southeast Technical with college-wide responsibilities in Red Wing and Winona.  He has been with Southeast Technical overseeing the Information Systems office since 1999.  Prior employment experience includes positions held in the Information Technology field with Winona State University, Medtronic and Mayo Health Systems.

                Elhindi’s Doctoral dissertation focused on Design and Implementation of Identity Management Systems. His final presentation was held at Nova Southeastern University Fort Lauderdale-Davie FL, before the faculty of Graduate School of Computer and Information Sciences  in April 2010.  

Elhindi moved to the United States from Khartoum, Sudan in 1989. He holds a bachelor of science in Management of Information Systems from Winona State University and a master of science in Telecommunications from St. Mary’s University of MN.

He is actively involved with  Project Fine, United Way,  IEEE Communications Society , Association for Computing Machinery, International Association for Computer Information “I am grateful for the support I received from my family and friends and for the guidance and leadership I received from my employer, Southeast Technical, over the course of this journey, without their faith in my commitment, this would not have been possible,” he said.  Elhindi, his wife Carol and three children live in Winona.


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