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65 Workforce Development Scholarships available for 2020-2021

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20-21 Workforce Development Scholarships65 MSC Southeast students will receive $2500 Workforce Development Scholarships in 2020-2021

Deadline to apply is May 1, 2020

From a trickle...to a torrent...to a cascade! What started as 16 Workforce Development Scholarships in 2018 grew to 35 scholarships 2019. But the surge of support didn't stop there.

This year, $132,500 has been allocated by the Minnesota state legislature for Workforce Development Scholarships at Minnesota State College Southeast. Combined with $30,000 provided by Minnesota State College Southeast Foundation, a total of SIXTY FIVE students will receive $2500 scholarships for the 2020-2021 school year!

"This will make an incredible impact on students who need help paying for college-level education in career areas that are in high demand in the Southeast region of Minnesota," said MSC Southeast Interim President Larry Lundblad. 

Most Minnesota students who will major in these career areas will be eligible for Workforce Development Scholarships:

  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Sustainable Food and Farming
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Health Care Services 
  • Information Technology
  • Transportation Careers

The deadline to apply for Workforce Development Scholarships is May 1, 2020. Go to www.southeastmn.edu/wfs for the most current information, a list of all eligible majors, and to download the application form. 

Additional scholarships available

In addition to Workforce Development Scholarships, MSC Southeast Foundation offers scholarships to students enrolled in any program at the college. The deadline to apply for Foundation scholarships is June 1, 2020. 

"Students who are eligible for Workforce Development Scholarships can also apply for MSC Southeast Foundation scholarships and should apply for both," recommended Casie Johnson, Associate Director of MSC Southeast Foundation.

For more information, go to www.southeastmn.edu/scholarships.

MSC Southeast Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

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See also: Covid-19 Student FAQ Page

Update 3/29/2020: Face-to-face instruction is suspended for 2 additional weeks; online instruction will start Monday 3/30

UPDATE: As of 3/29/2020, per the Minnesota Higher Education Commissioner, face-to-face instruction is suspended for 2 additional weeks, through April 10, 2020. Online and off-campus instruction will resume Monday 3/30, as planned. More information to follow via e-mail Monday, 3/30/2020. Students, please check your college email for updates.

Please monitor our website at http://southeastmn.edu/COVID19 for updates. 


Minnesota State College Southeast is continuing to monitor the developing situation related to COVID-19 and is committed to taking steps necessary to safeguard the health, safety, and welfare of our faculty, staff, and students. At the same time, we are striving to enable students to complete the spring semester and progress toward their educational goals.  

Minnesota Governor's Stay at Home Order

March 25, 2020 Chancellor Letter to Students re: Governor's "Stay At Home" Order
March 25, 2020 Chancellor Letter to Faculty and Staff re: Governor's "Stay At Home" Order

Academic Concerns (updated 3/29/2020)

Spring Break (March 9-13) was extended by two weeks, through March 29. Online classes and off-campus instruction will resume on Monday, March 30. As of Sunday, March 29, face-to-face course delivery has been suspended for an additional two weeks, through April 10, 2020.

  • While classes were suspended during this break, academic leaders and faculty have been reviewing the most viable means for course delivery to fulfill course obligations/expectations.
  • Students were contacted by MSC Southeast and their instructors for specific details on their course delivery methods. 
  • No instruction or assignment deadlines took place during the extended Spring Break. 
  • Please keep an eye on your college email and D2L Brightspace for communications from your instructors.

Health Concerns

Due to the fast development of the COVID-19 outbreak, all of us need to take all necessary precautions regardless of confirmed cases in any particular area.  Protect yourselves and others by:

  • Washing your hands often with soap and water; covering your cough and sneeze; avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.  
  • Practicing self-care by eating a healthy diet and taking time to rest
  • Frequently cleaning all commonly touched surfaces
  • Avoiding large gatherings - observe governors' Stay at Home orders
  • Staying home if you are sick 

If you feel ill, please contact your healthcare provider or local medical services before visiting in person or going to the hospital emergency room. For more specific information, please review the detailed CDC guidelines: What to Do if You Are Sick

Campus Access

Effective 3/25/2020, Minnesota State College Southeast is not open to visitors who are not students, faculty, or staff. MSC Southeast students, faculty, and staff are welcome on campus to access necessary support services, the Learning Resource Center, The Pantry, and wi-fi access. The Red Wing MakerSpace is closed.

Since many employees are working remotely, the college has expanded means to deliver Student Services by email, telephone, and Zoom video conferences. See the Student FAQ for more information.

  • Bookstore hours may be limited. Check the Bookstore page for current information.
  • Food service has been suspended on the Red Wing and Winona Campus.

We are implementing telework for all employees where feasible while still maintaining and making available the services needed by students, faculty, and staff. For those who are on campus, we are practicing social distancing as recommended by the CDC and using alternative meeting methods. 


At the direction of Minnesota State, all gatherings and events totaling more than 50 attendees have been cancelled this spring, including the following: 

Updated 3/19/2020 — The following events scheduled for Spring 2020 have been cancelled:

Date Location Event
March 19, 2020 Winona Scholarship & PTK Banquet
March 23, 2020 Winona Regenerative Agriculture Talk
March 24, 2020 Winona Transportation Career Night
March 27, 2020 RW & W Career Exploration Day
March 30, 2020 Winona Regenerative Agriculture Talk
March 31, 2020 Red Wing Scholarship & PTK Banquet
April 2, 2020 Red Wing Spring Open House
April 3, 2020 Red Wing Red Wing Chamber of Commerce AM Expresso
April 3, 2020 Red Wing Strings, Winds & Brass
April 9, 2020 Winona Spring Open House
April 23, 2020 Red Wing Women's Leadership Event (postponed)
May 13, 2020 Red Wing Student Guitar Show
May 14, 2020 Red Wing Practical Nursing Pinning Ceremony
May 14, 2020 Red Wing Commencement Ceremony
May 15, 2020 Winona Practical Nursing Pinning Ceremony
May 15, 2020 Winona Commencement Ceremony
June 4, 2020 Red Wing Community Connections Golf Tournament

Travel Concerns

All out-of-state business-related travel for students, faculty and staff has been suspended effective Monday, March 16. (International college-related travel was suspended on February 28, 2020.)

Returning from Spring Break: The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated their Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Travel Information. Most countries in Europe have now been designated along with China, Iran, and South Korea at Level 3 (Warning, Avoid Nonessential Travel). The rest of the world, including the United States, has now been designated at Level 2 (Practice Enhanced Precautions) as a Global Outbreak Notice. (Updated 3/16/20)

Effective immediately:

Level 3: All travelers who are returning from a Level 3 country must stay home for 14 days after returning from travel, monitor their health, and practice social distancing.  The full guidance from the CDC is located at https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/warning/coronavirus-europe

Level 2: Travelers returning from other countries or from domestic travel need to monitor their health and limit interactions with others for 14 days after returning from travel.  Travelers who are sick with fever, cough, or have trouble breathing should stay home and call ahead before seeking medical care.  The full guidance from the CDC is located at https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/alert/coronavirus-global

If you are a student who needs to self-quarantine or stay home to monitor your health after traveling, please notify Josiah Litant, Dean of Students (josiah.litant@southeastmn.edu, 507-453-1420).

If you are faculty or staff member who needs to self-quarantine or stay home to monitor your health after traveling, please notify Chad Dull (faculty) or Maryellen Kanz (staff).

General/National Guidance and Information

Refer to the CDC website for the most current and accurate information:
Centers for Disease Control Guidance and Information

Minnesota State-Specific Guidance and Information

Please visit Minnesota State Coronavirus Disease 2019 Information for updates. 

See also: Covid-19 Student FAQ Page

Cancelled: TRANSPORTATION CAREER NIGHT on March 24 in Winona

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CANCELLED: TRANSPORTATION CAREER NIGHT on March 24 at Minnesota State College Southeast in Winona

CANCELLED: Transportation Career Night
Tuesday, March 24, 2020
6:00-7:30 PM
Transportation Center, MSC Southeast Winona Campus
1250 Homer Road, Winona, MN

Updated 3/16/2020 - Spring Break extended an additional week through March 29; Transportation Career Night has been cancelled.

Transportation Career Night is coming up on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 from 6 to 7:30 pm at Minnesota State College Southeast's Winona campus, 1250 Homer Road, Winona, MN. Prospective students and their families, job hunters, or anyone interested in learning more about the college's transportation programs are all welcome to attend. Admission is free and open to the public.

Five college programs will be represented: Auto Body Collision Technology; Automotive and Light Duty Diesel Technology; Heavy Diesel Maintenance; Transportation Management; and Truck Driving. All majors within these programs lead directly to high growth, high demand careers.

Labs in the college's state-of-the-art facilities will be open for tours, and hands-on activities have been designed to give people an opportunity to explore the programs. A number of local business and industry representatives will be available to discuss opportunities in these high-demand job markets.

"We want to give future students a realistic idea of what transportation careers can offer. Current students and industry representatives will be on hand to talk about their experiences with our programs and job openings  in the transportation sector," said Dawn Lubahn, Interim Dean of Trade and Technology. "Plus it's a great chance to meet our faculty, who are all experts in their fields and enthusiastic about teaching the next generation."

Transportation Career Night Highlights: 

  • Meet with representatives from business and industry 
  • "Toolbox Scholarships" offered at event
  • Tour our labs and see a variety of automotive vehicles and technologies
  • Save $20 -- no fee if you apply for admission at Career Night!
  • College admissions and financial aid staff available to answer questions
  • Learn about $2500 Workforce Development Scholarships for eligible Minnesota students
  • Plus - amazing door prizes -- must be present to win!

Transportation Career Night

MSCS Creative Writing program publishes literary journal

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MSC Southeast Creative Writing program publishes first edition of literary journal, Highway 61, Revised

Special event on Feb. 28 at Fair Trade Books in Red Wing celebrated book release

Highway 61, Revised Book CoverVisit the MSC Southeast Creative Writing Facebook Page to see a photo album from the book release party!

Minnesota State College Southeast's Creative Writing Certificate faculty have been inspired by the quality of their students' work - so much so that they decided to launch a new literary journal featuring student poetry, short stories, and creative non-fiction. 

Highway 61, Revised includes works written over the past year by students enrolled in creative writing classes at the college. The 100-page journal is published in a softcover paperback edition.

The entire book is also published online at publizr.com/mscsoutheast/mscs-highway61-january-2020

Pete BeurskensEnglish instructor Pete Beurskens served as the editor of the publication, which highlights writing by his own students as well as students of MSC Southeast English instructors Mike Larson and Dan Bernstrom. 

Pete said the instructors have been surprised and pleased with the quality of the work the students have produced in the online Creative Writing Certificate program. 

"Really, I think it is better in many respects than much of the work we published when I worked on university literary magazines. When I read a student piece and think, 'I wish I had written that line,' that's a good sign," he said. "In any case, I would simply invite people to read Highway 61, Revised and judge the quality for themselves!"

There are 37 different works in the book, by a total of 14 authors, ranging from nontraditional students age 60 and above to PSEO (current high school) students. "We have folks who already have a degree or two, and ones just starting their educational journey; those who have already published, and those who have never even tried their hand at creative writing."

Pete added that balancing the journal's content as to theme, tone, style, genre, and subject matter was a challenge. "In the end, I think there is something for every reader: poetry, fiction, literary essays; nature, work, travel, philosophy, spirituality, adventure, relationships --even leopard geckos! Highway 61, Revised is the kind of publication you can pick up and dip into many times and encounter something new and delightful or thoughtful or inspiring."

Highway 61, Revised is available for sale in Minnesota State College Southeast's bookstores in Red Wing and Winona and at Fair Trade Books in Red Wing.

Photo above: Pete Beurskens

View Highway 61, Revised as a flip book below, or view the file at full scale online at publizr.com

Lockdown issued and cleared at MSC Southeast, Winona on Feb. 3

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Lockdown issued and cleared at Minnesota State College Southeast in Winona on Monday afternoon

A lockdown of the Minnesota State College Southeast Winona campus was issued on Monday afternoon, February 3, 2020 at 2:15 pm due to a credible threat against members of the campus community.

The Winona Police Department was called to campus to investigate. After their investigation, an All-Clear was issued at 3:27 pm. 

The Winona campus will be closed for the remainder of today (Monday, February 3, 2020) and classes after 3:00 pm are cancelled for both the Red Wing and Winona campuses.

"The safety and security of our college community is our most important priority. If you ever become concerned about a threat to the college, call 911," said Interim President Larry Lundblad.

Both the Winona and Red Wing campuses will be open on Tuesday, February 4, and classes will resume as scheduled.


Leah Schnaith named college's Outstanding Educator of the Year

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Chemistry instructor Leah Schnaith named MSC Southeast's 2019-2020 Outstanding Educator of the Year

Dr. Leah SchnaithMinnesota State College Southeast is proud to announce the selection of chemistry instructor Dr. Leah Schnaith as the college's Outstanding Educator of the Year.

"Dr. Schnaith is a passionate educator who strives on a daily basis to help her students be successful. Her commitment to education and outstanding work ethic have earned her the respect, admiration, and genuine affection of her students," said Interim President Larry Lundblad. "She embodies the qualities of a brilliant educator who puts her students first and endeavors to see them master the material and achieve their goals."

Leah Schnaith earned a B.A. in Chemistry from St. Olaf College and a Ph.D. in Chemistry (emphasis Bioinorganic) from the University of Minnesota. She is a member of the Two-Year College Chemistry Consortium (2YC3) and the American Chemical Society. 

Prior to joining the faculty of MSC Southeast in 2006, she worked in conjunction with the Red Wing School District to provide enrichment for gifted and talented students (Spectrum and Math Masters), tutored students at the high school and middle school level, and was a chemistry teaching assistant at the University of Minnesota.

Leah currently teaches Fundamentals of Chemistry, Environmental Chemistry, Introduction to Forensic Science, Principles of Chemistry, and General, Organic & Biochemistry at the college, commuting between the Red Wing and Winona campuses and teaching online.

Nominated by five different students

Leah Schnaith was nominated for the Outstanding Educator award by five different students. One student wrote, "Leah is an absolute angel. She has gone out of her way to stay late with me and other students to make sure that we are able to get the help we need to pass."

In nominating Leah, a nursing student commented, "She is always willing to help students when they need it and available to us with a smile. She is a really considerate, kind person. She knows how to teach with her genuine desire to help us succeed." 

Still another student stated, "She pushes the budget to the max, tries to make labs that are both fun and creative with limited supplies, and she is always available for questions about the content."

"I want to thank my students, who took time out of their busy schedules to nominate me. When you consider all of the outstanding educators at MSC Southeast, I am truly honored to represent the college for this award," Leah Schnaith said.

Having been named the college's Outstanding Educator of the Year, Leah Schnaith will be among those recognized at a statewide awards banquet in April 2020. At that time, the Minnesota State Board of Trustees will announce its awards for Excellence in Teaching and the state-wide Educators of the Year.

"The entire college community is proud to have Dr. Leah Schnaith represent Minnesota State College Southeast as 2019-2020 Outstanding Educator," said Larry Lundblad.

Michael Kroening, MSCS Chief Financial Officer, Recognized for Outstanding Service

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Michael Kroening, MSC Southeast Chief Financial Officer, Recognized for Outstanding Service at the Minnesota State 2019 CFO Annual Conference

Mike KroeningMichael Kroening, Minnesota State College Southeast Chief Financial Officer, was one of five Minnesota State employees who were recognized for outstanding work at the 2019 CFO Annual Conference held at the Minnesota State system office in St. Paul.

Individuals who were recognized with the Outstanding Services Award include:

  • Jean Hollaar, Minnesota State University Moorhead
  • Deb Kerkaert, Southwest Minnesota State University
  • Michael Kroening, Minnesota State College Southeast
  • Jodi Landgaard, Minnesota West Community and Technical College
  • Karen Lester, Minnesota State University Moorhead

The Outstanding Services Award recognizes individuals and/or teams that provide outstanding services to colleges and universities in the Minnesota State system. Bill Maki, Interim Vice Chancellor for Finance and Facilities of Minnesota State, said, "These honorees are shining examples of individuals that not only lead the financial operations of their institutions, but also provide guidance to their colleagues in what is in the best of interests of student success and in the financial sustainability of their college or university." 

"Mike Kroening is an exceptional CFO who provides outstanding service both to the college and to the Minnesota State system, where he serves on various committees and mentors new chief financial officers," said Larry Lundblad, MSC Southeast Interim President. "Under his leadership as Vice President of Finance and Administration, the college's finance and facilities departments do stellar work. Our faculty, staff, students, and administrators all join me in congratulating Mike on his receipt of the Outstanding Service Award -- it is well deserved!"


Student returns to college on November 19 - as a teacher

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 Keiko Tsuda gives a BIR clinic in 2019

International student returns to MSC Southeast in Red Wing to give band instrument repair clinic

Keiko Tsuda came back to school on November 19 -- but this time it was to teach, not to study.

Originally from Japan, Keiko (pronounced Kay-Koh) studied saxophone performance at Senzoku Gakuen College of Music near Tokyo and lived in Australia before coming all the way to Red Wing, Minnesota to master the craft of band instrument repair (BIR). 

This week she returned to MSC Southeast to give a clinic on key concepts that can help repair technicians work more efficiently and effectively. She demonstrated tools, tips and tricks, and specific techniques for a very attentive group of BIR students in the woodwind lab.

Keiko TsudaJust two and a half years ago, Keiko was a student herself! She had been working in different industries for nearly 20 years in Japan and Australia. "Finally, I decided to follow my passion, but there is no band instrument repair school in Australia. I visited repair shops in Sydney, but they don't do apprenticeships, so there was no opportunity there," she said.

However, she got a tip there that would change the course of her life. "A technician in Sydney told me that there is one of the best repair school in Red Wing, Minnesota, USA. I asked myself -- I already migrated from Japan to Australia, do I need to go overseas again? But I didn't have any family there, or a mortgage, so I decided to do it!"

Coming back to college to speak to the class of 2020, Keiko shared some of the expertise she has gained since she graduated. She demonstrated a number of tools and emphasized how important it is to use them efficiently and safely.

Buy your last tool first

Her first piece of advice was to invest in top-quality tools from the beginning. "Buy your last tool first," she said. "It will save money in the long term over buying cheap tools and upgrading, and it will save a lot of frustration."

She also suggested color-coding matched sets of tools to make it easier to pick up the correct size on the first try, not digging through various sizes over and over every time you use them. "Saving a half-second on a particular action may not seem like much, but when you think of how many times you might do that action at your work bench every day, it matters," she told them.

Keiko recommended buying tools that are ergonomically designed. "With ergonomic tools, you can reduce the chances of injury," she said. "For example, we use screw drivers every day and we will turn screws for next 50 years, so if the tools are ergonomic, it will make a big difference in your career."

Even though she's only been working for a couple of years, BIR instructor John Huth said, "Her confidence and skills were on display as she succinctly and thoroughly explained what she does and why."

Immediately after graduating, Keiko found employment at Tim's Music in Sacramento, California, under the mentorship of Master Technician Scott Mandeville.

Learning new things every day

"I want to continue learn the craft of Band Instrument Repair in the U.S. as my home country does not have the opportunity to learn from masters of this field. The United States is leading this industry," she noted.

"Mastering band instrument repair is not an easy journey, it takes time. The Band Instrument Repair Program at MSC Southeast gets you started, but after that, you have to learn more, improve your skills and develop your own techniques by applying the concepts you have already learned. I am excited to be learning new things every day."


Veterans Day event held at Red Wing High School

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Red Wing community organizations will join forces to commemorate Veterans Day on Friday, November 8, 2019

Patriot BrassCeremony at Red Wing High School will focus on the repatriation of Corporal Gudmund Christopher Johnson, Jr., who had been missing since the Korean War

Download a Poster (PDF)

More than 70 years ago, Gudmund Christopher ("Sonny") Johnson, Jr. left his home in Red Wing to enlist in the U.S. Army. This November, he will finally return home to be laid to rest in the family plot at St. John's Cemetery.

In 1950, during the Korean War, Johnson was captured by Chinese forces. Sadly, he died in a prison camp, and though his remains were returned to the United States under "Operation Glory" at the end of the Korean conflict, they were not identified until August 2019. Only through family DNA samples was the mystery solved.

On the morning of Friday, November 8 (9:30 am), Red Wing High School, Hiawatha Valley Family--Beyond the Yellow Ribbon, Red Wing American Legion Post #54, and Minnesota State College Southeast will co-sponsor a Veterans Day Commemoration at Red Wing High School honoring all veterans and especially Corporal Gudmund Johnson, Jr. 

Everyone is welcome to attend, and all service members, veterans, and their families are invited to sit in a reserved section of seats on the floor of the Sonju Gymnasium. 

Friday, November 8, 2019
9:30-10:30 am (please be seated by 9:20 am)
Sonju Gymnasium, Red Wing High School (Enter through Door 36, District Office)
2451 Eagle Ridge Dr, Red Wing, MN   
Social Hour to follow for Veterans, Service Members, and their Guests

Lance Garrick and veteransSergeant First Class (US Army Ret) Lance Garrick, President of Hiawatha Valley Family--Beyond the Yellow Ribbon, and Renee Garrick will make a presentation on the repatriation of Cpl. Gudmund Johnson, Jr.

"This will be a very special opportunity for our local community to welcome home one of its own from the Korean War," said Lance Garrick. "We will pay tribute to the sacrifice of Gudmund Johnson, Jr. and honor his remaining family at the third annual Veteran's Day Commemoration."

Red Wing High School Band, a cappella choral ensemble Ovation, and Minnesota State College Southeast Patriot Brass will provide live music for the special event. 

Veterans, service members, families, and caregivers are invited to stay for a Social Hour after the Veterans Day Commemoration. Marine Corps Vietnam Combat Veteran Lieutenant Colonel Richard Johnson will "saber cut" a cake  and coffee will be served.

The funeral service for Cpl. Johnson will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, November 9 at the Mahn Family Funeral Home in Red Wing with visitation one hour prior to the service. Burial will be at St. John's Cemetery with full military honors. The funeral is open to veterans and their families.


4 new short-term health care career programs start in February

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Jump start a health care career with short-term, intensive training at MSC Southeast

Medical Assistant, EKG Tech, IV Therapist, Pharmacy Tech programs can be completed in weeks, not months

Medical Career TrainingMinnesota State College Southeast's Continuing Education department is now offering several new options which can jump start a health care career in a matter of weeks! Registration is open now for four new programs, which start in February 2020.

If you are eager to get to work, these short-term, non-credit programs may be the perfect way for you to begin a career in health care as quickly as possible. Classes are intensive, with lecture and hands-on components, and are available at both our Red Wing and Winona campuses.

  • Clinical Medical Assistant Program (140 Hours, starts Feb. 18, 2020) Red Wing | Winona 
    The Clinical Medical Assistant Program will prepare you to launch an exciting, challenging, and rewarding career in healthcare! Learn how to assist physicians by performing functions related to the clinical responsibilities of a medical office. Instruction includes preparing patients for examination and treatment, routine laboratory procedures, diagnostic testing, technical aspects of phlebotomy, and the cardiac life cycle. This program meets the necessary requirements to take the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) national examination. (140 Contact Hours plus 160 hour Clinical Externship)
  • EKG Technician Program (50 hours, starts Feb. 24, 2020) Red Wing | Winona
    The EKG Technician Program prepares students to function as EKG Technicians and to take the ASPT -- Electrocardiograph (EKG) Technician exam and other national certification exams. Learn the anatomy and physiology of the heart, medical disease processes, medical terminology, medical ethics, legal aspects of patient contact, electrocardiography, and stress testing. You will practice with EKG equipment and perform hands-on labs, including function and proper use of the EKG machine, the normal anatomy of the chest wall for proper lead placement, 12-lead placement, and other clinical practices. 
  • Intravenous (IV) Therapy Program (50 hours, starts Feb. 18, 2020) Red Wing | Winona 
    In the Intravenous (IV) Therapy Program, students will receive instruction on performing IV therapy with a focus on anatomy and physiology, asepsis, equipment and supplies, review of drug calculations, pharmacology as it relates to IV therapy, and the practice of starting and running an IV. This course is appropriate for Phlebotomist, RNs, LPNs and other caregivers looking to enhance and or refresh their IV Therapy skills. (There is no clinical externship or national certification objective included with this program.)
  • Pharmacy Technician Program  (50 hours, starts Feb. 25, 2020) Red Wing | Winona 
    The Pharmacy Technician Program will prepare you to work as a pharmacy technician in a retail or other pharmacy setting and to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board's PTCB exam. Learn pharmacy medical terminology, pharmacy calculations and measurements, reading and interpreting prescriptions, defining drugs by generic and brand names, and more. Through classroom lecture and hands-on labs, students will review dosage calculations, drug classifications, the "top 200 drugs," the handling of sterile products, dispensing of prescriptions, inventory control, and billing and reimbursement.

For more information about these programs and to register, go to www.southeastmn.edu/training or call 651-385-6320.

October is Free Application Month

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MSC Southeast offers Free App Month throughout October to celebrate College Knowledge Month

2019 StudentsApplication Fee will be waived entire month

October is College Knowledge Month, and in honor of the occasion, students applying to Minnesota State College Southeast can skip the $20 application fee when they apply any time during the month.

"Fall is a great time to explore your college options! If you're getting ready to start college in 2020, now is the time to submit your application, because you'll save the $20 fee during Free App Month," said Tammy Vondrasek, MSC Southeast Director of Admissions and Enrollment. "We encourage you to come to campus or visit our website at www.southeastmn.edu to learn more about MSC Southeast."

To apply for admission to Minnesota State College Southeast, go to www.southeastmn.edu/apply and fill out the online application form. During Free Application Month, many colleges and universities throughout the Minnesota State system are waiving the standard fee for applying. For more about the Minnesota State system, visit www.minnstate.edu/collegeknowledge.

Did you know? 

Test your College Knowledge! Here are a few key facts about Minnesota State College Southeast:

  • Our typical classes have a 15:1 student teacher ratio
  • Over a 3 year period we enrolled students from 48 states and 31 countries 
  • Tuition for residents and non-residents is the same
  • 100% of our liberal arts and sciences faculty have a master's degree or higher
  • Best of all -- our career and technical programs average 95% job placement!


Minnesota State College Southeast

Minnesota State College Southeast is a two-year technical and community college that prepares students for a lifetime of learning by providing education for employment, skill enhancement, retraining, and transfer, to meet the needs of students and the community. The Winona campus opened in 1949, merging with the Red Wing campus in 1992 and updating its name to Minnesota State College Southeast in 2016 with the change of mission to offer both technical training and the associate of arts degree. Minnesota State College Southeast is a member of Minnesota State. For more information, visit www.southeastmn.edu.

Meet Chad Dull, VP of Academics: All in for the students

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An interview with Chad Dull, Vice President of Academics: "I'm a huge believer in community and technical colleges"

Over the summer, the Minnesota State College Southeast community was delighted to welcome Chad Dull as the new Vice President of Academics. He began his new job on August 20, 2019, and we caught up with him in early September to get his perspective on his new position at MSC Southeast. 

Chad Dull - 2019

Tell us a little about your background and what brought you to Minnesota State College Southeast. 

I've been an educator for most of my career. I started out in K-12, and then moved into the technical college system in Wisconsin, first as an instructor, then as a grant coordinator, eventually 11 years as a dean. I've always had my eye across the river to MSC Southeast; I thought there was a lot of potential there to make a collective impact in the communities that it serves.

When I first visited the college, I found that there's a real feeling among the people at Southeast of "all hands on deck, all in it for the students." It's great to be here!

What do you mean when you talk about collective impact?

I'm a huge believer in community and technical colleges. I think they're the best game in town for the people who need the biggest difference made. In communities the size of Winona and Red Wing and the surrounding towns, you have opportunities for partnership. The college is deeply embedded in those communities or it should be, so you start to work with industries in town, with non-profits. And that work has a collective impact on your communities.

Another thing about our kind of college is that the students tend to be local and stay local, with some obvious exceptions -- the musical instrument repair students will probably go back to where they're from. I think that whole idea of being able to change the places that you live for your friends and neighbors is really powerful.

What is your role as VP of Academics?

I'm interested in access, support, and innovation. I think the academic leader is supposed to be facilitating and supporting the idea of "what's next" -- what's next in how we meet the educational needs of our community? At the same time, you're really teacher in chief. How do we make sure that what we are doing is excellent? How do we make sure we have the resources to allow our faculty to excel?

There's a false barrier among the departments in higher education between what Academics does, what Student Services does, even what Finance and Operations does. You can't be separated that way in this day and age. I'm grateful that my office is located within the Student Services department (at least on the Winona campus) so it's embedded in that culture of service, because you just have to work together. And because we're small enough, not only is it likely, it's almost required.

But what about all the paperwork and administrative duties?

As a college, we're the last great vehicle for social mobility. That's what our students come to us for. They might come to us to learn a particular trade or skill, but for the most part, they're really here to change their circumstances in life. 

There are things that a college has to do to make sure that we're credible, and solid, and meet the needs of the folks that are holding us accountable, including our students. So whenever I'm working on things that don't sound like a ton of fun -- like accreditation, quality checks, scheduling, curriculum -- my focus is always on how we are helping these people we care so much about change their reality. And I find meaning that way; it's important work. 

Look for Chad Dull's blog posts on LinkedIn and podcasts on Soundcloud and follow the hashtag #MSCSoutheastCares on Facebook and Twitter.

Band Instrument Repair partners with Vega to donate musical instruments

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Neglected musical instruments find new life, new purpose through MSC Southeast's Band Instrument Repair Program

Vega and Band Instrument Repair PartnershipDo you have a clarinet collecting dust in your closet? A tarnished trumpet in your basement? A squeaky saxophone stored in your attic?

A new partnership between the Band Instrument Repair (BIR) program at MSC Southeast and Vega Productions, a non-profit based in the Twin Cities, can transform those abandoned instruments into something wonderful for an aspiring young musician. 

Vega collects musical instruments from people who don't need them anymore and provides them to school programs whose families can't afford to buy or rent instruments. But many of the donated instruments need to be repaired before they can find new homes.

"We have a climate controlled storage unit full of instruments that are in need of attention before they can go out to schools for students to use. The supply exceeds our ability to get them repaired," said Vega Executive Director Caitlin Marlotte. 

"The Band Instrument Repair program at Red Wing has such a good reputation -- whenever I would talk about needing instrument repair, people would suggest that I reach out and partner with the college," she continued.

"As part of their training, our students completely overhaul several instruments. We have a constant need for instruments that need repair," explained BIR instructor John Maddox. "Meanwhile, Vega has a constant supply of instruments that need work!"

Packing instruments into carIn 2018-2019, BIR students repaired instruments provided by Vega. In August, Caitlin Marlotte came to campus to receive 95 clarinets, cornets, trumpets and saxophones, now in perfect working condition. They are ready to be distributed to schools through VEGA's flagship program, Instruments in the Cloud (www.instrumentsinthecloud.org).

"Vega is really doing a really great thing in that they're finding the places where these instruments will be best utilized, with schools that have the greatest need," said John Maddox. 

He believes this work is not only valuable to the schools and aspiring musicians who will receive the instruments --- it's valuable to the college student as well. 

"We talk about this partnership with our students, how what they're repairing will have a real, tangible effect on a young student who might be making music for the first time," he said. 

"One of the beauties of repair in general, and how we as repairers fit into the cycle of music making, is that we get to be a part of that journey with a musician to help them express themselves." 

Caitlin Marlotte is thrilled to have the opportunity to work with the Band Instrument Program. "Having a partnership with Minnesota State College Southeast really accelerates the impact we can make on music education," she said. 

For more information about Vega's instrument donation program, visit www.instrumentsinthecloud.org

Photo above: Vega Board Member Max Kittel, Executive Director Caitlin Marlotte, and BIR instructors John Maddox and Greg Beckwith posed with a cartload of musical instruments ready for Vega's school donation program.

Photo below: Max and Caitlin packed up two cars with all of the instruments!

Great River Guitar Show coming to Red Wing Campus Sept. 7-8

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Great River Guitar Show coming to Red Wing Campus Sept. 7-8

Great River Guitar Show LogoRed Wing may be world famous for Red Wing Shoes and Red Wing Pottery -- but the town is also known around the world for Minnesota State College Southeast's Guitar Repair and Building Program. That's why the campus will be such a great venue for the Great River Guitar Show this September!

Great River Guitar Show
Saturday, September 7 from 10 am to 5 pm
Sunday, September 8 from 11 am to 4 pm
Minnesota State College Southeast, Red Wing Campus
308 Pioneer Road, Red Wing, MN
Admission: $15 at the door

Tim Reede is the lead organizer of the event, which will draw luthiers (stringed instrument makers) from across the USA and Canada to display their work. Tim is not only a guitar builder himself, he's a graduate of MSC Southeast's program and now teaches at the college.

"Red Wing has long been the destination for weekend getaways due to the charm of the historic downtown and Mississippi River," he said. "When the Great River Guitar Show comes to town, there will be another attraction for the public to enjoy -- two days of exhibits and concerts showcasing the very best stringed instruments. There will be hand crafted acoustic and electric guitars, basses, amplifiers, banjos, mandolins, and ukuleles, from over 30 makers!"

Tim Reede Venitian archtop guitar

What's happening at the Great River Guitar Show:

  • See extraordinary hand made guitars and hear them played in showcase concerts by some of the Upper Midwest's top talent, including Jerry Kosak, Mark Kreitzer, and Mike Cramer
  • Movie screenings: "Acoustic Uprising" by Drew Roller and "Don't Get Trouble in Your Mind" by John Whitehead
  • Open acoustic music jam sessions and workshops for players
  • An exhibit of unique and historic stringed instruments
  • Door prizes provided by D'Addario
  • And much, much more!

In addition, of course, you can tour the college's Guitar Repair and Building program labs and see where our students begin their journey to becoming talented luthiers themselves.


There will a special concert at the Sheldon Theatre on Saturday evening, September 7: Masters of Guitar in Concert, featuring three world-class instrumentalists -- Pat Donohue, Tim Sparks, and Dean Magraw. Tickets for this concert are sold separately at www.sheldontheatre.org. On Sunday afternoon, roots/soul singer Annie Mack and her band will close out the show with a free concert from 5-7 pm at The Harbor Bar, just across the river from Red Wing.

Photo above: This hand-built archtop guitar by Tim Reede is just one example of the kind of instruments that will be on display at the Great River Guitar Show in September.

For more information about the Great River Guitar Show, visit greatriverguitarshow.com.

Grand Opening - Advanced Manufacturing CNC Lab in Winona

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Grand Opening - Advanced Manufacturing CNC Lab at MSC Southeast in Winona

Ribbon CuttingOn Monday, August 12, the college cut the ribbon to officially open the Advanced Manufacturing CNC Lab in Winona -- sparkling clean facilities showcasing newly-installed, state-of-the art equipment. The lab is ready to welcome students as Fall semester 2019 begins.

Winona area manufacturers, businesses, organizations and individuals have come together to support the college through the Advanced Manufacturing Infrastructure Initiative. Business leader Jerry Papenfuss signed a symbolic check for $582,000, representing the funding that has been raised so far to equip and refurbish technical lab spaces.

"Students need to train on the same kind of equipment they will be using in real world manufacturing positions," said Travis Thul, Dean of Trade and Technology. "We have brand new automated CNC lathes, CNC mills, manual processes including advanced digital readouts, and 3D printing capabilities -- not to mention a completely overhauled infrastructure within the facility itself."

In the next phase of the Advanced Manufacturing Infrastructure Initiative, the college will expand its robotics capabilities.

Donation Check"Today's industry requires a more highly skilled workforce that is able to troubleshoot, design, develop, and operate this type of equipment," Travis continued. 

"We will train our students on the mechanics, the electronics, the programming and the nuances required to be able to operate everything from an automated CNC machine tool to multi-axis automated conveyor systems. We want to be ahead of the curve on providing an environment where students can learn on the most current equipment possible."

3 New Transfer Pathways: English, Poli Sci, and Sociology

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3 new Transfer Pathways pave the way for 4-year degrees in English, Political Science, and Sociology

Transfer Pathways Logo

With the launch of 3 new Transfer Pathways at Minnesota State College Southeast, the journey to completing a four-year degree in English, Political Science, or Sociology has become easier and less expensive for students in Winona and Red Wing. 

"These Transfer Pathway degrees will help students build the foundation of a liberal arts education that involves critical thinking, promotes lifelong learning, and will serve them well in any profession," said Jo Poncelet, Dean of Academics at Minnesota State College Southeast. 

Transfer Pathway degrees are two-year associate degrees that transfer smoothly into related majors at any university in the Minnesota State system, such as St. Cloud State University, Bemidji State University, or Winona State University. Students complete the first two years of classes at MSC Southeast, then start their bachelor's degrees as juniors without any loss of credits.

"Students save time and money by beginning at MSC Southeast," said Dean Poncelet. "Our classes are smaller and more personal, the cost of tuition is lower, and we offer flexible online and on-campus courses."

English Transfer Pathway    Political Science Transfer Pathway    Sociology Transfer Pathway

  • English Transfer Pathway
    The English Transfer Pathway degree includes core courses in both writing and literature as well as several English electives. Students also have the option of simultaneously completing the Creative Writing Certificate while pursuing the English Pathway.
  • Political Science Transfer Pathway
    The study of political science teaches valuable analytical, communication, and research skills. Political Science Transfer Pathway students delve into systems of government, political behavior, and the election process.
  • Sociology Transfer Pathway
    Sociology is the scientific study of human social relationships, societies, and institutions. In the Sociology Transfer Pathway, students consider a wide range of human issues, including poverty, family dynamics, and the impact of social media.

Students who complete a Transfer Pathways program and are admitted to a Minnesota State university are guaranteed junior status and all 60 associate degree credits will count toward the related bachelor's degree. Students must meet special admission requirements for the major and are not guaranteed admission into the major itself. The seven universities of Minnesota State are Bemidji State University; Metropolitan State University; Minnesota State University, Mankato; Minnesota State University Moorhead; Southwest Minnesota State University; St. Cloud State University; and Winona State University

MSC Southeast now offers a total of nine different Transfer Pathways degrees. For more information, see our Transfer Pathways page. 


18 More Workforce Development Scholarships available for Fall

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18 More Minnesota State Workforce Development Scholarships available for Fall Semester

Auto Body Collision Technology StudentEmployers in our region are asking for skilled, well-educated employees in a number of high-demand sectors, including manufacturing, health care, and transportation careers. To help meet this ever-increasing need, the Minnesota state legislature allocated funding for a $1 million pilot program that initially awarded hundreds of scholarships throughout Minnesota in the 2018-2019 academic year.

The program was so successful that this spring the Minnesota Legislature and Governor Walz approved an appropriation that added $7 million to the Workforce Development Scholarship program. Funding is available to support students at the colleges and universities of Minnesota State who are pursuing programs that prepare graduates for careers in high demand sectors.  

To date, Minnesota State College Southeast awarded sixteen scholarships for students in 2018-19 and eight additional scholarships for 19-20. Now 18 more $2500 scholarships will be available to Minnesota students who are beginning college at MSC Southeast this fall!  Apply now for this competitive scholarship program. The deadline to apply is August 5, and scholarship awards will be announced on August 9, 2019.


How to apply

Prospective students must apply online for admission to MSC Southeast with a Fall 2019 start in one of the career program areas listed below. Then they must fill out and submit an application form for the scholarship. 

  • Applicants must be enrolled or have applied for admission at MSCS.
  • Applicant must be a resident of the state of Minnesota.
  • The applicant must document her/his eligibility by submitting a fully-completed scholarship application as instructed.
  • Current students may apply; must be in good standing with the college.
  • Students must be enrolled for a minimum of 9 credits per term. 
  • Student must maintain a cumulative 2.0 GPA.
  • Preference for students with demonstrated financial need
  • Primary preference will be awarded to new students, high-school seniors or recently graduated individuals, though the awards are open to all applicants.

Eligible Programs


Early Childhood Education

Health Care

Information Technology



MSCS receives $441,952 grant from National Science Foundation

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National Science Foundation awards $441,952 grant to Minnesota State College Southeast to develop advanced manufacturing education hub

Project will create pathways for high school students that lead directly to college education, career success


Prototype engineering student

Minnesota State College Southeast announces today the award of a $441,952 grant from the National Science Foundation. This grant, guaranteed for three years, will build on the success that MSC Southeast has already had in creating high school partnerships that provide college credits, credentials, and internships in advanced manufacturing to students throughout southeast Minnesota.

Through the project, entitled "Establishing a Rural Advanced Manufacturing Education Hub in the Upper Mississippi River Basin," Minnesota State College Southeast, regional K-12 schools, industry partners, and 4-year universities will collaborate to develop a high school STEM Academy Hub model in southeastern Minnesota and nearby western Wisconsin.

"This is an incredible opportunity for Minnesota State College Southeast to make an impact in our region," said Larry Lundblad, Interim President of MSC Southeast. "Hundreds of high school students will benefit from increased access to high technology education."

Regional manufacturers will serve in an advisory capacity, and companies will provide work experience opportunities for participating students. 

"Our corporate partners will benefit from a robust pathway from high school to their companies, and our communities will benefit from better integrated education and industry," said MSC Southeast Dean of Trade and Technology Travis Thul.

"The hub model will help us give students hands-on exposure and college credit before they even graduate from high school," noted Willie Lubahn, Manufacturing Trainer and Recruiter at Fastenal Manufacturing in Winona. "We need a new generation of workers with high level skills in robotics, mathematics, and computers. This will help create a pipeline from high school to industry."

To date, MSC Southeast has partnered with nearly a dozen high schools within driving distance of the Winona campus -- including Wabasha, La Crescent, Rushford, Caledonia, Winona and even into Wisconsin -- to offer students in grades 10-12 the opportunity to complete a 13-credit certificate in Prototype Engineering, which students earn concurrently with their high school diploma. 

In order to ensure that students who live beyond commuting distance to Winona have the same opportunities, MSC Southeast worked with high schools in Cannon Falls and Chatfield, MN, to develop the National Science Foundation grant, which will build out technical hubs in their communities.

"Cannon Falls is so excited to be a part of such an amazing endeavor. It has been my dream for years to bring this opportunity to our students!" said Superintendent Beth Giese.

Through the National Science Foundation grant:

  • MSC Southeast will facilitate collegiate education, credits, and laboratory capabilities so that more students can participate in advanced manufacturing and STEM curriculum.
  • Four modules of study will be developed: Design Fundamentals, CAD-CAM, Machining, and CNC Programming.
  • All partner high school faculty members will have access to dedicated professional development, training, and networking opportunities.
  • The college will coordinate training for technical educators throughout southeastern Minnesota and western Wisconsin, including opportunities to connect with area industry.
  • Winona State University and MSC Southeast will partner to build transfer agreements so that students can earn associate of applied science degrees at MSC Southeast and then transfer into directly related programs at WSU as college juniors.

"A smooth pathway like this allows students to set a long-term vision while gaining world class credentials along the way," said Travis Thul. "After high school, students can choose to enter the workforce, continue their educations, or split the difference and work while going to college."

When the National Science Foundation grant is complete, the intent will be to ensure that every high school student in southeastern Minnesota has access to a high technology career path.

"By starting early, students will save money on getting a higher education and have increased access to high-demand careers," said Travis Thul. "Our college vision is to enrich lives and communities by being the best. This is only the beginning as we continue to build the most robust campus of advanced technology in the state."

3 music repair program instructors receive Outstanding Alumni Awards

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Three college instructors honored with 2019 Minnesota State College Southeast Outstanding Alumni - Red Wing Awards

Three Alumni Awards

Three instructors in the world-renowned musical instrument repair and building programs at Minnesota State College Southeast were honored with Outstanding Alumni - Red Wing Awards at the commencement ceremony held in Red Wing on May 15.

"In the many years of the musical instrument repair programs hundreds of students have graduated, but tonight we are here to honor three of these graduates with Outstanding Alumni Awards -- three whose accomplishments and expertise led to their returning to Minnesota State College Southeast as instructors," said Interim President Larry Lundblad in presenting the awards.

The college made awards to Greg Beckwith (Class of 1992, Band Instrument Repair), Brian Boedigheimer (Class of 1994, Guitar Repair and Building), and Steve Rossow (Class of 2001, Guitar Repair & Building and 2002, Violin Repair).

"All three of these individuals have presented at national workshops and seminars, been featured in national publications and websites, and are active in national organizations," Larry Lundblad added. "We are very proud of their accomplishments and happy to recognize each of them with the Outstanding Alumni - Red Wing Award."

  • Band Instrument Repair program instructor Greg Beckwith graduated from MSC Southeast in 1992 and returned to the college as a full time teacher in 2003. Greg is a member of the National Association of Band Instrument Repair Technicians and has presented at their regional and national conferences. He has also given presentations at The Midwest Clinic's International Band and Orchestra Conferences, Minnesota Music Educators Association conferences, and International Horn Society symposiums. Greg and his family have shown their devotion to the college by setting up an endowed scholarship fund with the Minnesota State College Southeast Foundation, in honor of his father, Gene Beckwith. 

  • In 1994, guitar program instructor Brian Boedigheimer received his Guitar Repair & Building diploma from Minnesota State College Southeast. After graduating, he provided repair services in area music stores and built guitars with the Benedict Guitar Company. He started teaching electric guitar building at MSC Southeast on an adjunct basis in the year 2000. In 2003, Brian attended the Wood Finishing Technology Program at Dakota County Technical College, which led to his becoming an expert instructor in in specialized guitar finishing techniques. In 2005, Brian returned to Southeast as a full time instructor.

  • Steve Rossow earned diplomas from the Guitar Repair & Building in 2001 and Violin Repair in 2002. After graduation, he apprenticed with John Waddle in Saint Paul, under whom he studied violin making and restoration. He also set up his own shop, building, restoring, and repairing fine violins and building guitars and mandolins. Returning to MSC Southeast as a full-time instructor in 2010, Steve developed coursework for incorporating CNC work into guitar making and taught advanced acoustic guitar construction and computer-aided drafting. In the past year, Steve has transitioned to a role as the lead instructor in Violin Repair and is designing a new curriculum for Violin Making.

Photo above, from left: Interim President Larry Lundblad presented awards to Greg Beckwith, Brian Boedigheimer, and Steve Rossow.


Daniel Matejka receives Outstanding Alumni - Winona Award

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Minnesota State College Southeast honors Daniel Matejka with 2019 Outstanding Alumni - Winona Award

Daniel MatejkaSince graduating from Minnesota State College Southeast's Accounting program in 1984, Daniel Matejka has advanced in his career to a leadership role as Goodview's City Administrator and has become a valued supporter of the college.

On Tuesday, May 14, 2019, he was honored with the "Outstanding Alumni of the Year - Winona" award at the MSC Southeast graduation ceremony in Winona. The award recognizes outstanding personal and professional achievement and service to others.

After graduating from Southeast in 1984, Dan began his career in accounting for the Winona Area Public School District.  Then in 1999, he became the Business Manager at the La Crescent - Hokah school district.  

In 2006, Dan accepted the City Administrator position in Goodview. "He is an extraordinary leader for the City of Goodview and has built great relationships with his staff and everyone he works with on any given day," said Casie Johnson in nominating Dan Matejka for the award. "He is respected and admired as a leader of the community by all." 

Dan recognizes the importance of the mission of the college and continues to support it in a variety of ways.  He served on the Minnesota State College Foundation Board from 2007 - 2013, the last three of those years as board president. He has volunteered on the Foundation Golf Tournament Committee for several years and is instrumental in its continuing success.

Dan and his wife, Natalie, support the Minnesota State College Southeast Foundation with their time and talents and as generous donors. They are members of the Foundation's Legacy Circle, which is a group of donors who have included the college in their future estate plans.

In addition to his service to the college, Dan is very active in the wider Winona community. He is currently the board president of Project Fine, and he has served on the boards of Winona Volunteer Services, the Winona State University Warrior Club, and Goodview Trinity Lutheran Church. He is active as a basketball and baseball official and coached the Winona VFW Baseball Team from 1986-1999.

"On behalf of the entire college community, I am delighted to congratulate Dan Matejka for receiving the 2019 Outstanding Alumni - Winona Award," said MSC Southeast Interim President Larry Lundblad. "This is an honor well deserved."

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