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College History

Winona Area Vocational-Technical School, the second public vocational-technical school in the State of Minnesota, is founded in Winona.

John Fuhlbruegge serves as president of the school.

Thomas Raine serves as president of the school.

The name is changed to Winona Area Technical School.

The building at 1250 Homer Road in Winona is funded. In the fall of 1967, the Homer Road facility opens its doors to students.

William Hemsey serves as president of the school.

The Winona facility is expanded and its capacity doubled.
Winona campus name changes to Winona Area Technical Institute. 
Red Wing becomes the 34th and final community in Minnesota to be awarded an Area Vocational Technical Institute.

1972-1985 (and 1987-1992)
Edward Dunn serves as president of Red Wing Area Vocational-Technical Institute.

The Red Wing facility at 308 Pioneer Road opens its doors to students.

The Red Wing Energy Center is established.

Custom Training is launched.

A 25,000 square-foot student center is completed in Winona.

Harold Hoghaug serves as president of Red Wing Area Vocational-Technical Institute.

Red Wing campus name changes to Red Wing Technical College.
Ed Dunn returns as president.

Cliff Korkowski serves as president of Winona Technical College (later Red Wing/Winona Technical College).

The Minnesota Technical Institute System, which includes both the Red Wing and Winona schools, becomes the Minnesota Technical College System.
Winona campus changes its name to Winona Technical College.

Red Wing Technical College and Winona Technical College merge, becoming Red Wing/Winona Technical College. Cliff Korkowski becomes the first president of the combined colleges.
A new 73,000 square-foot Aviation Training Center opens in Winona.

Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) is created as the state's Technical College System, the State University System, and the Community College System are combined under a single governing board.
Jim Johnson becomes president of Red Wing/Winona Technical College.
Red Wing/Winona Technical College receives accreditation from the North Central Association.

Red Wing/Winona Technical College changes its name to Minnesota State College - Southeast Technical.

The College is granted a 10-year re-accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association.

Southeast Technical becomes the second college in the MnSCU system to be awarded distance accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission, allowing the institution to offer certificates, diplomas and degrees online.

The Higher Learning Commission approves an A.A.S (Associate in Applied Science) degree in Industrial Distribution for Fastenal employees.

A $4.3 million, 39,500 square foot renovation of Homer Road campus in Winona begins.

A $5.1 million, 36,400 square foot renovation of Red Wing campus begins.

Southeast Technical and Winona State University collaborate to offer an A.A. degree.

14001 ISO Environmental Certification is approved.

The college is granted a 7-year re-accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association.

The Winona Airport campus building is sold to leverage new construction on the Homer road campus.

A 25,000-square-foot addition includes state-of-the-art paint booths and automotive technology shop.
A partnership agreement with Quzhou College of Technology in China is signed.

The Norris P. Abts Transportation Center is dedicated.

James Johnson retires. Dr. Dorothy Duran becomes the 8th president of the college.
Changing Times: Becoming Southeast Technical, an 84-page history of the college, is published (see below).

Early Childhood Resource Center opens on Red Wing campus.
Medical Laboratory Technician receives National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Services (NAACLS) accreditation through 2020.
MLT Program moves to newly renovated space on Winona main campus.
College named a "Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Company."

Practical Nursing program receives accreditation from Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) 
College changes mission to become a comprehensive technical and community college, offering the Associate of Arts degree in Liberal Arts & Sciences.
Name is changed to: Minnesota State College Southeast.


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