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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.


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