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New Associate of Arts degree designed to help students begin 4-year degree

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New Associate of Arts degree designed to help students begin 4-year degree 

Liberal Arts Students at Minnesota State College - SoutheastWe are excited to offer a new program: Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts and Sciences! This degree is designed to provide a well-rounded education with a range of coursework in the arts, humanities, mathematics, and sciences. By earning an Associate of Arts degree at Minnesota State College Southeast, you will gain a credential you can take with you to transfer into any Minnesota State four-year institution as a junior in college.

The study of liberal arts and sciences isn't just about memorizing facts - it's learning how to learn, so you will be prepared to adapt to an ever-changing world. You are not training for a specific job, but gaining the communications and reasoning skills that will enhance your career opportunities in any area you might pursue in the future.

Workforce readiness

There is an increasing national need for all working-age adults to possess at least two years of higher education. Our region's workforce communities have indicated that they are seeking "well-rounded" individuals who possess strong critical thinking, problem solving, and communications skills. With an Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts and Sciences you will be better qualified to pursue your career options.

Students can finish an Associate of Arts degree within four semesters at the college. All essential courses are offered every semester and the college offers evening classes, online classes and hybrid classes. A full array of Liberal Arts and Sciences courses are available at both the Red Wing and Winona campuses.

Program Highlights

  • Build skills and knowledge that will remain relevant today, tomorrow, and beyond
  • Gain high-demand critical thinking, analytical, and communication skills
  • Meet general education requirements needed for transfer
  • Choose electives that are appropriate for your planned transfer program
  • Small class sizes and dedicated faculty

For more information about the new Associate of Arts degree option, visit with an admissions advisor - call 877-853-8324 (Winona) or 800-657-4849 (Red Wing) to schedule an appointment.

 

Real World Experience: Southeast Technical Carpentry Program announces Open House of Student Built Home

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2016 Carpentry House

Real World Experience: Southeast Technical Carpentry Program announces Open House

 

Southeast Technical's Carpentry Program students and their instructor, Ralph Roemer, have worked for the whole school year to bring blueprints to reality, building a single-family home off County Road 15, on Homer Valley Road. They will celebrate with an Open House on Saturday, June 18 (10 am - 1 pm).

 
The new 1600 square foot, single-story home, is tucked into the hillside of Homer Valley. It features 2 bedrooms and three bathrooms.

 
As in previous years, a special feature of the home is custom cabinetry built by the students to design specifications provided by the owner for the kitchen and bathrooms. The students build the cabinets from "scratch" and finish them in the carpentry lab at the college before installing them in the home.
Homeowners can expect to save a substantial amount of money on the cost of carpentry labor by working with Southeast Technical to build a new home. The college is seeking a prospective home owner to build a project house in the 2017-2018 school year.

 
Plans are set for the next home construction to start this fall, but it's not too early to start planning to build a home starting in September 2017. Interested parties should contact the college as soon as possible to see if working with our carpentry program might be a good fit for them. Call the college at 507-453-2700 and ask to leave a message for Ralph Roemer.

 
Southeast Technical's Carpentry Program graduates can look forward to an improving job market as the construction industry continues to rebound. A 2014 study ranked carpentry among the top 10 high growth, high pay occupations in Minnesota through 2022. Carpentry was listed at #4 in Minnesota with a median salary of $45,881.14. Carpentry was ranked as the #1 high growth, high paying occupation in Wisconsin with a median salary of $42,350.

 
Southeast Technical offers diploma and associate degree programs in carpentry, and also provides certificate programs for carpenters who are seeking additional training. To learn more, visit the Carpentry program page at www.southeastmn.edu.

Tuition set to decrease at Minnesota State College - Southeast Technical in 16-17

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Tuition set to decrease at Minnesota State College - Southeast Technical in 16-17

Student, Winona campus 2016The saying goes that "what goes up, must come down." But most prices seem to go up, up, up! 

That's not the case with the cost of tuition at Southeast Technical. For the past four years, tuition has been frozen at $167.31 per credit. But this year tuition is actually going down to $165.64 per credit. 

The good news gets even better once the effect of financial aid is factored in. Changes to the Minnesota State Grant Program that take effect this year are projected to benefit students at state colleges as well as state universities so that all students who benefit from the State Grant will see a decrease in net tuition. 

For MnSCU students receiving state and Pell grants, the estimated average annual tuition cost for attending a state 2-year college full-time is $894. 

Also new this year is the MnSCU Two-Year Occupational Grant Pilot Program. Through this program, tuition and fees are FREE to qualifying Minnesota high school graduates who enroll in career and technical programs at Southeast Technical for the 2016-17 and 2017-18 academic years (up to 72 credits). This grant money is limited and funds will be distributed on a first-come, first served basis according to the date of application.

The Two-Year Occupational Grant covers actual tuition and general fees remaining after Pell Grant and the Minnesota State Grant have been applied to the student's account. Families with an adjusted gross income of up to $90,000 are eligible for this grant, so it is designed to make a college education more affordable for middle-income families.

"Our state colleges and universities remain the lowest cost, highest value option in higher education in Minnesota," says Steven Rosenstone, chancellor of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities. "Affordability and accessibility ensure that our colleges and universities can be places of hope and opportunity for all Minnesotans."

  

Ryan Kilbride, Jeremy Miller named Outstanding Alumni

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Ryan Kilbride, Jeremy Miller named 2016 Outstanding Alumni Awards winners

Southeast Technical honored two alumni for outstanding achievement in their careers. By coincidence both graduated from the college's accounting program: Ryan Kilbride (Red Wing, 2009) and Senator Jeremy Miller (Winona, 2004).

Ryan KilbrideRyan Kilbride was named the Outstanding Alumni of the Year Awards winner for the Red Wing campus at the college's spring Commencement Ceremony in Red Wing on May 10. Ryan graduated in May 2009 with an Associate in Applied Science degree in Accounting, earning a 3.72 GPA.

Ryan started his own business, Kilbride Tax LLC, in 2007. He then worked in accounting at Stencil Cutting and Supply in Red Wing and Consolidated Precision Products in Bloomington. He is now a Tax and Business Manager at Haworth & Co. Ltd in West St. Paul, where he supervises a staff of five.

Senator Jeremy Miller and Dr. Dorothy DuranOn Wednesday, May 11, Minnesota State College - Southeast Technical Class of 2016 honored Senator Jeremy Miller as Outstanding Alumni Awards winner, Winona Campus.

A 2004 graduate, Jeremy Miller earned an Associate in Applied Science degree in Accounting from the Winona campus. He is Chief Financial Officer for Wm. Miller Scrap Iron & Metal Co., where his responsibilities include accounting, business development, marketing, human resources, and domestic and global sales.  

Jeremy is also serving his second term as a member of the Minnesota Senate. He represents Minnesota's 28th District, which includes Fillmore, Houston, and Winona counties. As the ranking member on the Senate Higher Education & Workforce Development Committee, Jeremy has fought for higher education funding and bonding bills that support capital projects in our community. 

Congratulations to both of our award winners!

 

Graduation ceremonies announced for May 10 (Red Wing) and 11 (Winona)

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2016 Southeast Technical commencement ceremonies set for May 10 in Red Wing and May 11 in Winona

Graduation students 2015

As the 2016 school year draws to a close, Minnesota State College - Southeast Technical is pleased to announce commencement ceremonies for the Red Wing and Winona campuses. All are welcome to celebrate with the college as the class of 2016 graduates. There will be two ceremonies:

Red Wing Campus Commencement Ceremony
Tuesday, May 10, 2016 - 7:00 p.m.
Red Wing High School
Larry Sonju Gymnasium
2451 Eagle Ridge Drive
Red Wing, Minnesota
Note: Road construction in downtown Red Wing may affect access to Hwy 58. Please follow construction signage from Highway 61 to Hwy 58 south or use Truck Detour route.

Winona Campus Commencement Ceremony
Wednesday, May 11, 2016 - 7:00 p.m.
Winona State University
Memorial Hall
Corner of Johnson & King Streets
Winona, Minnesota
Note: The Winona ceremony will be televised live by HBC Channel 25.

A reception with punch and cookies will be held for graduates, families, and friends immediately following the ceremonies.

Student Guitars on display, in concert on May 10 in Red Wing

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Student Guitar Show gains interest of regional newspaper, TV 

Newspaper and TV reporters came to the Red Wing campus on May 10 to cover the Student Guitar Show. Here are links to TV, newspaper, and social media coverage. Congratulations to our students for building some phenomenal guitars!

 
KTTC-TV, Rochester: “Professional Guitarists play guitars created by Red Wing college students”

Rochester Post-Bulletin story: Pickers strum new instruments at SE Technical in Red Wing

Rochester Post-Bulletin Slide Show (10 additional photos)

Rochester Post Bulletin Video

Southeast Technical Facebook page photo set (you have to be on FB and be logged in to view)


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Student Guitar Show 2016Dozens of newly-built acoustic guitars and mandolins as well as electric guitars and basses were on display at Minnesota State College - Southeast Technical on Tuesday, May 10 from 12 noon to 2:30 pm on the Red Wing campus.

Chris Silver, Phil Heywood and Mike Cramer gave concerts featuring the finished acoustic instruments, giving students the exciting opportunity to hear their guitars played by professional guitarists for the very first time on stage.

STUDENT GUITAR SHOW
Minnesota State College - Southeast Technical
Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Noon to 2:30 pm
Red Wing campus, 308 Pioneer Road
Red Wing, MN

As the 2016 school year comes to a close, students in the lutherie programs at the college are finishing a year's worth of work building an array of beautiful new instruments:

  • In the first year Guitar Repair and Building program, all students build a flattop steel string guitar. They also have the option to build an electric guitar or bass. First year students have built more than 20 acoustic and 15 electric guitars/basses. 

  • In the second year Guitar Development and Production program, students build at least one arched instrument - such as an archtop guitar or a mandolin - as well as acoustic and electric instruments of their own design. Second year students have built approximately 15 acoustic guitars, 8 archtop guitars, 7 mandolins, and 5 electric guitars/basses. Many of these instruments feature complex finishing techniques and inlay work. 

In addition, students in the Violin Repair program have the option to build a violin; some of their instruments may be on display as well.

Not only are the instruments beautiful, they sound fantastic, and we had the opportunity to hear them played by some of the region's best guitarists:

About the Musicians

Mike Cramer
Guitarist Mike Cramer is a music major from the University of Northern Iowa. His award-winning flatpicking technique has earned him championship titles in both the Minnesota State Fair Flatpicking Competition and Wisconsin's Upper-Midwest Flatpicking Contest. A fluid and powerful guitarist, Mike is as comfortable playing jazz standards as he is playing Bill Monroe instrumentals. He currently plays guitar in The Good Intentions with Chris Silver.

Phil Heywood
Fingerstyle guitarist Phil Heywood has been based in Minneapolis-St. Paul since the mid-1980s, performing locally and regionally while also establishing himself in the greater guitar and acoustic music world. In 1986 he won the National Fingerpicking Championship, and followed up in 1987 by winning the American Fingerstyle Guitar Festival Competition. He plays with a bluesy swing and tone, lyricism, and groove.

Chris Silver
A veteran of Stoney Lonesome, Tangled Roots, and the Kate Mackenzie Band, Chris Silver now plays with The Good Intentions. He is an award-winning flatpicking guitarist and an accomplished fiddle and mandolin player. Chris is featured on many recordings that showcase his ability as a guitarist, stretching beyond the boundaries of traditional bluegrass into jazz, blues, roots, and global music.

 

Celebrate Practical Nursing ACEN Accreditation!

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Celebrate Practical Nursing Accreditation with Southeast Technical!

Southeast Technical's Practical Nursing program receives ACEN accreditation, celebrations planned for April 25 in Red Wing and April 26 in Winona

Nursing Students - 2016Minnesota State College - Southeast Technical is proud to announce that the college's Practical Nursing program has achieved accreditation from the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). In a letter dated March 30, 2016, ACEN provided formal notification of the accreditation, which is awarded for a period of five years. 

"This accreditation is a tremendous accomplishment for the college and an important benefit for our current and future Practical Nursing students," says Dr. Dorothy Duran, President of Southeast Technical. "For this reason, we are holding celebrations on both campuses, and everyone is invited to join us!"

  • Red Wing Campus Practical Nursing Program Open House
    Monday, April 25, 2016
    2 to 4 pm
    Main Lobby, 308 Pioneer Road
    Red Wing, MN
  • Winona Campus Practical Nursing Program Open House
    Tuesday, April 26, 2016
    2 to 4 pm
    Main Lobby, 1250 Homer Road
    Winona, MN

At both celebrations, enjoy the opportunity to:

  • Meet and mingle with college students, faculty, administration and staff
  • Enjoy refreshments including cake and fruit punch
  • Tour campus Labs and Simulation Centers
  • Learn more about Practical Nursing at Southeast Technical

ACEN accreditation recognizes educational institutions or programs that have been found to meet or exceed standards and criteria for educational quality.  ACEN accreditation is one of many facets that signify the quality of a Practical Nursing education at Southeast Technical: 

"ACEN Accreditation is the 'gold standard' of Practical Nursing programs," says Dr. Rita Berthelsen, Dean of Nursing and Allied Health. "A degree from an ACEN accredited college can make students more competitive in the job market. Employers prefer to hire accredited practitioners because they are trained under nationally established standards for nursing education."

Practical Nursing at Southeast Technical is a 36-credit diploma designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to provide direct nursing care to patients in hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, home and community-based settings. This challenging program requires students to demonstrate competence in classroom theory, laboratory experiences, simulated events, and supervised clinical rotations. Graduates are eligible to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination(NCLEX-PN) to become LPNs. Applications are being accepted now for a Fall 2016 start in the program. 

For more information about studying nursing at Southeast Technical, see the Nursing program page.