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MSCS Ready for Fall Semester

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Minnesota State College Southeast planning for a safe return to campus when Fall Semester begins on August 24

Larry Lundblad - wearing face maskWith Fall Semester starting soon, Minnesota State College Southeast has released its COVID-19 Preparedness Plan, laying out the college's plans for a safe opening of the Red Wing and Winona campuses on August 24. (Download COVID-19 Preparedness Plan PDF)

"We want to provide a safe environment for our students, faculty, staff, and visitors. We can accomplish this by reducing the number of individuals on our campuses, adhering to self-monitoring protocols, wearing masks, maintaining safe distancing, practicing good hand hygiene, and staying at home when feeling ill as outlined in the COVID-19 Preparedness Plan," said Interim President Larry Lundblad (pictured at right). "It is up to all of us to follow the guidelines."

Students can apply for admission, register for classes, and attend college this fall with confidence that they can continue to achieve their educational goals in a safe environment. For more information on applying for admission, go to www.southeastmn.edu/apply.

"We are looking forward to the fall, when we will have a mix of in-person classes for hands-on learning, hybrid courses, and online instruction. Faculty are busy planning for fall to ensure that you are able to continue your education at MSC Southeast without interruption," said Josiah Litant, Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students.

The MSC Southeast COVID-19 Preparedness Plan calls for students, employees, and campus visitors to:

  • Self-screen for symptoms of the disease before entering buildings
  • Observe proper handwashing and respiratory etiquette
  • Wear face masks or cloth face coverings inside campus buildings
  • Maintain physical distancing of 6 feet or more 

Classes and programs that require hands-on learning experiences will be taught on campus, with measures in place to assure physical distancing and enhanced cleaning and disinfectant routines. In addition, to reduce the number of people on campus, many general education and theory classes will be available online or in a hybrid format.

Every academic program that requires instruction on campus has developed its own specific return-to-campus plan. For example, in the Auto Body Collision Technology program, each auto body welding student will be assigned their own welding booth and related equipment. They will be the only one to use that station for the length of the term.

Given the evolving nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, the plan is subject to revision. The college's Emergency Response Team will meet regularly to make updates as needed following direction from Minnesota State, the Office of Higher Education, the Minnesota Department of Health, and the CDC.

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In the video below - see how our band instrument instructors learned how to weld this summer so they could build 9 vise stands, which will help them safely spread out students in the shops this fall.

$325,000 Minnesota Jobs Skills Partnership grant will support new Advanced Mechatronics Certificate

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MSC Southeast and six Winona manufacturers awarded $325,000 Minnesota Jobs Skills Partnership grant to develop Advanced Mechatronics Certificate

Andy George, Mechatronics InstructorSupported by a $325,000 Minnesota Jobs Skills Partnership (MJSP) grant, Minnesota State College Southeast will collaborate with six Winona-based companies -- Acuity Brands Lighting, Bay State Milling, Behrens Manufacturing, Miller Ingenuity, RiverSide Electronics, and Thern Inc. -- to develop a new Advanced Mechatronics Certificate over the next three years.

The new and innovative 22-credit Advanced Mechatronics Certificate will provide employees advanced Mechatronics training that is currently unavailable in southeast Minnesota. The businesses involved in the grant are committed to participating in the design and development of the curriculum as well as enrolling their employees in the training.

"The strong relationship between Minnesota State College Southeast and our business partners will help provide the skilled workers they need, plus help the college add a much-needed advanced technology certificate program that will continue to serve the region after the grant is complete," said Larry Lundblad, MSC Southeast Interim President.

Training in Mechatronics spans electronics, mechanics, hydraulics, and motors. Mechatronics technicians work with industrial electricians, engineers, and technical support staff to ensure that production processes and equipment can be expanded and sustained in a wide range of industries.

The Advanced Mechatronics Certificate will include coursework focused on advanced PLC (programmable logic controller) programming, integrated industrial systems, motors and drives, and process control systems.

"Manufacturing technology continues to change and evolve," according to Chad Dull, MSC Southeast Vice President of Academics. "As the relevance and rigor of the courses are shared with area companies, the sustained utilization of this program for employee training is assured."

Minnesota State College Southeast has successfully worked with Minnesota Job Skills Partnership over the past 30 years and has administered training grants in partnership with over 60 companies.  Through a prior MJSP grant, the college developed a 19-credit Introductory Mechatronics Certificate and discovered the need for more advanced coursework.  

"The Advanced Mechatronic Certificate will include competencies needed in today's environment and into the future. This training will give employees additional skills and the opportunity to access a higher pay scale within their organizations," said Larry Lundblad. "As area manufacturers purchase and install upgraded equipment, they will need well-trained technicians to maintain that equipment." 

PHOTO CAPTION: MSC Southeast instructor Andy George will provide Advanced Mechatronics training to the college’s Winona area business partners through a Minnesota Jobs Skills Partnership grant.


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