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2015 Graduation photos now available for order

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Graduation photos from LifeTouch - available now!


2015 Lifetouch Graduation PhotosPhotos from both our Red Wing and Winona ceremonies are now available through LifeTouch. You can review the images and purchase photos if you'd like. Photo print packages are available, too!

To review the photos, go to: events.lifetouch.com and click on "Find Your Event."  Under Enter Search Criteria, Select Event Type: Graduations, put in State: Minnesota and then City: (Red Wing or Winona).  No other information is needed. Choose the college and year. You'll be able to use a drop down menu to find your own name.

The deadline for ordering is Tuesday, August 11, 2015. After that, a late fee will apply.

Spring 2015 President's List Announced

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President's List - Spring 2015

A student who completes a minimum of 12 credits during an academic term and achieves a GPA of 3.5 or above is named to the President's List. Congratulations to those who made this list for Spring 2015!

View the entire list here: President's List

New program for Fall 2015: Manufacturing Engineering Technology

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Manufacturing engineering technology: solving problems, adding value

Manufacturing Engineering TechnologyBringing together coursework from several disciplines, Southeast Technical has launched a new program to prepare graduates for careers in engineering technology in support of metal fabrication, plastics processing, and consumer products manufacturing.

The new 60-credit Associate of Applied Science degree in Manufacturing Engineering Technology combines coursework from industrial technology, CNC precision machining technology, computer aided design and electrical engineering. 

Drawing from the expertise of these fields, students will learn the most effective ways to use the basic factors of production - people, machines, materials, information, and energy - to make a product.

"Companies are struggling to find individuals who have a keen understanding of fundamental manufacturing principles," according to Ron Sellnau, Southeast Technical's Dean of Business, Information, and Trade and Technologies. "Our students will be ready to enter the workforce after two years of study with an associate of applied science degree. This program is practical and hands-on."

The program is also geared around meeting the needs of working adults. Students can work on the degree on a part-time basis while maintaining full-time employment in a manufacturing setting. Most classes are taught at Southeast Technical's Winona campus, but a number of the courses are offered online, adding even more flexibility.

"The job outlook in this area is good. As firms seek to reduce costs and increase productivity, they turn increasingly to manufacturing engineers to help develop more efficient processes to reduce costs, delays, and waste," states Ron Sellnau, adding, "Because their work is similar to that done in management occupations, many manufacturing engineers are promoted to management roles."

Learn more about Manufacturing Engineering Technology program

Start at Southeast Technical in Fall 2015 - apply now


Med Lab Tech: Brand new labs, brand new accreditation

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Med Lab Tech: Brand new labs, brand new accreditation

Although the Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) program is relatively new at Southeast Technical, it's set to make big strides in the coming years. 

 Rebecca Beckmann and Carol Cantlon
Instructors Rebecca Beckmann and Carol Cantlon

First of all, the program was awarded accreditation this year by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS). According to MLT instructor Carol Cantlon, a lot of behind-the-scenes work goes into achieving this status. 

"The college had to complete a complicated self-study, describing how the program met each one of 22 standards. The self-study was submitted in March 2014, and NAACLS sent two representatives to do a site visit last fall. We received the official award of accreditation in April," Carol says. "We are now accredited through April 2020."

Accreditation is so important because it assures that the students are getting the level of training they need to begin a career in this critical area of health care. Med lab techs test blood and body fluids in hospitals, doctors' offices, and diagnostic laboratories. 

"Med Lab Techs work behind the scenes — they are the CSI of the hospital," Carol explains. "They are doing the detective work that makes it possible for health care providers  — nurse practitioners, physician assistants and doctors — to accurately diagnose and treat their patients." 

Apply now for the Medical Laboratory Technical program

Room to move

Southeast Technical's Med Lab Tech program first accepted students in Fall 2012. The program was housed in the main Winona campus building for its first year, but quickly ran out of space in the single lab that was available at that time. MLT moved across campus to a separate building, Tandeski Center, for the next two years. 

"We had always planned to have a dedicated space for MLT, but it took time to get the plans approved and money allocated to build it," says Carol. 

Construction finally began this year, and the completed MLT facilities will welcome students in Fall 2015. There are two large laboratory/classroom rooms, a lab preparation room, a dark room designed for the use of fluorescent microscopy, and two offices. 

Along with fellow instructor Rebecca Beckmann, Carol shows off the beautiful new space with pride. It's early June, and furniture and equipment are being installed. "Everything is brand new! Our students have already seen the new space, and they are really excited that they will be back in the main building among the other students this fall. They are excited to be getting larger labs, too. We were pretty cramped before and it will be nice to be able to move around." 

Having two dedicated classrooms isn't a luxury — it has become a necessity. "Every single class that we teach has a lab component, and we used to share one space and juggle the schedule to fit the courses in. Now two instructors can teach different classes at the same time."

Apply now for the Medical Laboratory Technical program

The future is bright

Med Lab TechSoutheast Technical offers the two-year associate of applied science degree in medical laboratory technician. The future is bright for graduates of this program. According to the most recent Bureau of Labor statistics, 2012 national median pay was $22.99 per hour, and employment is expected to rise 22% between 2012 and 2022, much faster than for most occupations. 

For those seeking a shorter-term education pathway, the college also offers a one-semester, 9-credit certificate in phlebotomy. Phlebotomists draw blood for tests, transfusions, research, or blood donations. This certification can be helpful for any health care professional to have; it can be used for employment while in school or it may be needed as part of future employment. 

Applications for the MLT degree program are due by June 15; however the deadline may be extended based on the number of qualified applicants that are received. Students can apply for the phlebotomy certificate in either fall or spring semester.

"Either way, our graduates provide the information that healthcare providers need to diagnose their patients," Carol Cantlon says. "Doing that work accurately is critical  patients' lives are at stake." 

Apply now for the Medical Laboratory Technical program

Carpentry Program's open house busy with visitors, TV stations

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Bringing blueprints to reality: Southeast Technical Carpentry Program announces Open House


The Carpentry Program's Open House on Sunday, May 31, was busy with many visitors coming through... in fact, the cookies ran out by the end of the first hour! In addition to members of the public who toured the house, we had TV news crews from KTTC-TV in Rochester and News8000TV in La Crosse, WI. 

Here are links to 3 exciting news stories about Open House:

Winona Daily News: Southeast Tech carpentry students complete annual project house

KTTC-TV Carpentry students at Southeast Technical are proving to the public that they have learned a lot this year

News8000 TV: Local college puts emphasis on real-world learning - Students use what they've learned to build a home


2015 Carpentry House - backOPEN HOUSE
Sunday, May 31, 2015
12 noon to 3 pm
25386 County Road 7
Winona (Pickwick), Minnesota
(About one mile south of Pickwick Mill)
All are welcome!

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 about one mile south of Pickwick Mill on County Road 7, southeast of Winona. They will celebrate with an Open House on Sunday, May 31 (noon-3 pm).

The new single-story home features a walkout basement, four bedrooms and three full bathrooms. There is a two car garage on the front side of the house as well as a tuck-under single garage/workroom on the lower level. 

Upstairs, the open floor plan features vaulted ceilings and a panoramic view over Big Trout Creek through large windows set in angled walls that extend toward the valley. Through the kitchen, a doorway leads out onto a deck that again takes advantage of the view.

2015 Carpentry House - lower levelThe full walk-out lower level features another bedroom and full bath, a spacious den, large windows that let in plenty of light, and expansive views of the valley. 

As in previous years, a special feature of the home is custom cabinetry built by the students built according to the 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.

Consider building a project house in 2016

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 2016-2017 school year. 

"We already have plans on deck for this next academic year, but it's not too early to start planning to build a home starting in September 2016," says Ron Sellnau. "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."

2015 Carpentry House - outsideBright future for carpentry program grads

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.

Golf tournament builds community connections on May 21

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10th Annual Community Connections Golf Tournament 

Thursday, May 21, 2015, 11 am to 4 pm
Mount Frontenac Golf Course - Frontenac, MN

2015 golf tournament brochure - red wingThe Southeast Technical College Foundation invites you to connect with us and the community for a great day of golf and fun activities. If golf isn't your game, join us for the dinner and silent/live auctions where you'll have the opportunity to financially support the college in a variety of ways!

The tournament will be a four person scramble. Either sign up as a foursome, or we can pair you up with another group. Registration begins at 10 am with a noon shot-gun start. Prizes, pin events, games and a hole-in-one contest as well as other events give everyone the chance to win!

Download a brochure/registration form now 

Register online now 

For more information, please contact Casie Johnson at 507-453-2663 or cjohnson@southeastmn.edu. Proceeds from the event help support Southeast Technical students in need through scholarships and programmatic initiatives.

Outstanding Alumni Awards presented at graduation ceremonies

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2015 Outstanding Alumni Awards presented at graduation ceremonies in Winona and Red Wing

Southeast Technical Foundation is proud to announce the 2015 Outstanding Alumni Awards, which were presented at commencement ceremonies in Winona and Red Wing this week. Joe Garteski of Winona and Gary Bartig of Minneapolis were honored.

Joe Garteski, Winona campus

Joe GarteskiOn Tuesday, May 12, Joe Garteski was honored as 2015's Outstanding Alumnus at the Winona graduation ceremony. A 1999 Machine Tool and Die graduate, Joe has worked for Fastenal his entire career. He has advanced through a variety of operations and outsides sales position to his current position, Manufacturing Operations Manager at Fastenal's Winona precision machining plant, the company's largest manufacturing facility, where he is responsible for a 100,000 square foot facility, 140-plus machinists and support employees, and approximately $80 million in product revenue.

"Joe continues to work with our college as Fastenal not only donates equipment to the college but also offers tuition assistance to students in the CNC Precision Machining Technology program. He has also served on the program's advisory council. We are thankful to Joe for his continued involvement with Southeast Technical and proud of his success as one of our 2015 Outstanding Alumni Award recipients," said Southeast Technical Foundation Director Chris Schabow when presenting the award. Read the full profile


Gary Bartig, Red Wing campus

Gary BartigOn Wednesday, May 13, Gary Bartig was presented with the 2015 Outstanding Alumnus award at the Red Wing graduation ceremony. A 1992 graduate of the Violin Repair program, Gary has gone one to start his own business, G. Edward Lutherie (www.gelbass.com) designing, manufacturing and distributing musical instruments including the Eminence -- a unique portable, upright, acoustic string bass --  and the London5 and Dahlia5 violins, 5-string instruments that are especially designed to cover both the range of a viola and a violin. 

"Gary Bartig learned the art of lutherie here at Southeast Technical, but has gone on to expand his career by becoming an inventor, a patent holder, and an entrepreneur. His musical instruments are played in bluegrass, country, Celtic, folk, rock, and even classical music settings on stages around the world, making an international impact on music today," said Chris Schabow at the graduation ceremony in Red Wing. "Southeast Technical is justifiably proud of Gary Bartig and his accomplishments in the world of music, and we are happy to name him one of this year's Outstanding Alumni Award recipients." Read the full profile