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What's Happening - January 16 to 22

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What's Happening is a weekly resource guide for free or low cost activities, events, music, museum experiences, lectures and cultural web links for MSC Southeast students, faculty and staff. To submit items for What's Happening, email David Echelard,

This week is starting off a little late because of the Dr. Martin Luther King Day Holiday followed by a campus weather-related closure on Tuesday. We do have some weekend events to highlight as well as items that reoccur every week. Next week we should be back to a regular What's Happening calendar.


Friday January 20

32º Freeze/Thaw (Gallery Show) Opening Reception 
Red Wing Arts Association Depot Gallery 418 Levee Street Red Wing, 6:00
You just can't forecast Minnesota's winters. This exhibit takes both a serious and playful approach to winter's unpredictability.

Saturday January 21

Sheldon Theatre Presents: Gulliver's Travels by Missoula Children's Theater 
The Sheldon Theatre 443 West 3rd Street Red Wing 3:00 & 5:30 performancea
In partnership with Goodhue 4H Working with professional teaching artists, Goodhue County 4H youth recount Gulliver's Travels. With his ship wrecked and his trusty computer on the fritz, brave explorer Gulliver finds himself lost in space in a sci-fi spin on a timeless s that is out-of-this world! 

Old School Variety Show @ the Pumphouse
The Pump House 119 King Street  La Crosse, WI
Every show is brand new and never rehearsed. Each and every show takes on its own natural rhythm dictated by the invited performers. The show is as fresh to the entertainers on stage as it is to the audience. 

Saint Mary's University presents: The Second City
SMU Performance center Winona 7:30
Chicago's legendary sketch and improv comedy theater returns to the Page Theatre with "The Best of The Second City."

Winter Formal with the River City Ballroom Dancers
Winona Athletic club 773 E 5th St 7:00
An evening of elegant Ballroom Dancing.

Sunday January 22

Luther College Nordic Choir
First Lutheran Church 410 Main St Onalaska, WI
The concert performance by the 72-member Nordic Choir is open to the public.
This concert is a part of Nordic Choir's 2017 Midwest Tour. The program will include selections from the following: "Jubilate Deo" by Benjamin Britten, "The Road Home" by the late Stephen Paulus, and "Always Singing" by Dale Warland, as well as hymn arrangements, spirituals, and the traditional Nordic Choir closing piece, "O Lord God" by Pavel Chesnokov. 


Options every week

"Livewell: volunteer opportunities hub & links for Winona

Winona INDOOR Farmers Market 
East End Rec Center, 210 Zumbro St, Winona 9:00-12:00 (Select dates)
32 Vendors Offering Locally Grown Food

Rochester's Saturday Winter Farmer market Hours and Location 

Free Student Tuesdays at the Marine Art Museum
10:00 - 5:00   800 Riverview Drive Winona  

Cannon Valley Trail
The Cannon Valley Trail is a 19.7 mile long trail that runs through diverse and spectacular scenery on a former Chicago Great Western Railroad line connecting the cities of Cannon Falls, Welch and Red Wing in beautiful southeastern Minnesota.  A ski pass is required for cross country skiing.

Live Music at the Trempealeau Hotel  Trempealeau WI
Check out website for musical events

Acoustic Café Winona
Calendar of music entertainment

International Owl Center Houston MN
Educational visits and late night owl prowl opportunities!

Paul Watkins Art Gallery, Winona State University
Open 8:00 am - 4:00 pm daily

Lanesboro, MN
Art gallery, Commonweal Theatre and art events in a beautiful region -- an excuse for a road trip!

Rochester Art Center - Free Thursdays
40 Civic Center Dr SE, Rochester, MN 55904

National Eagle Center
50, Pembroke Ave,  Wabasha MN
Educational Nature, eagle watching and fun place to visit with friends and family. 

The Polish Cultural Institute and Museum
102 Liberty St., Winona
Winona's Kashubian Polish traditions through events and other initiatives.

The Winona County Historical Society

Goodhue County Historical Society
1166 Oak Street,  Red Wing

Red Wing Arts Association
418 Levee Street Red Wing
Ongoing exhibitions in gallery as well as summer concert series.


Apply now for Spring Semester 2017

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Apply today - Register January 5 & 6 for Spring Semester

Spring Semester 2017Apply now to start college in Spring semester. Classes in Red Wing, Winona, and online begin on January 9!

New student registration will take place on Thursday, January 5 in Red Wing and on Friday, January 6 in Winona.


What's new at MSC Southeast? We have several exciting new options for our students:

Liberal Arts and SciencesAssociate of Arts degree in Liberal Arts & Sciences
Guaranteed transfer to any Minnesota State University with minimum 2.0 GPA (2.4 GPA for transfer to WSU)



Practical NursingACEN-accredited Practical Nursing diploma
Calling all Nursing Assistants -- this is your chance to improve your career options and earning power



WeldingWelding Certificate on Red Wing campus
Our newly renovated welding lab will open for college credit training Spring semester 2017


Apply today. It's a simple 4-step process:

Step 1: Apply 
Step 2: Test 
Step 3: Submit Documents 
Step 4: Register

Registration for Spring Semester will be on Thursday, January 5 (Red Wing) and Friday, January 6 (Winona). Get your application done now so you can register before Spring classes begin!

For all the details, see Future Students.

MSC Southeast to offer welding certificate on Red Wing campus

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Red Wing Welding Lab

MSC Southeast to offer new one-semester, college-credit welding certificate on Red Wing campus

Check the local help wanted ads for welding jobs and you'll see that this is an area of very high demand. That's why Minnesota State College Southeast has expanded its welding program to include a new one-semester, college-level certificate option on the Red Wing campus.

MSC Southeast has recently opened a newly-renovated welding lab in Red Wing, which is fully equipped with workstations to teach a variety of basic welding processes. The Welding Technology certificate includes hands-on training in stick, MIG and TIG welding as well as lecture coursework in safety, theory, and blueprint reading.

"The welding certificate on the Red Wing campus is an excellent introductory credential for a career in welding. It also offers the potential to transfer into our more rigorous diploma program at our Winona Campus," according to Travis Thul, MSC Southeast Dean of Trade and Technology. "Furthermore, we are working with Dakota County Technical College in Rosemount to allow transfer into their diploma program. This will give our students multiple options to continue their education or to enter industry after one semester of training."

As part of the certificate, students will be required to participate in an on-the-job internship to demonstrate professionalism and proficiency in the workplace.

"Our goal is to be responsive to the needs of business and industry throughout the Red Wing community," says Dr. Dorothy Duran, President of Minnesota State College Southeast. "The new welding certificate is the beginning of up-and-coming technical programs on the Red Wing campus." 

The welding certificate on the Red Wing campus will become available for the first time starting in Spring semester, which begins on Monday, January 9, 2017. 

Apply now for admission to the college! New Student Registration will take place on Friday, December 2, 2016 and Thursday, January 5, 2017. To apply for admission, go to:

More information about MSC Welding Technology program
More information about applying for admission


Southeast Cosmetology Academy greets cancer patient with Hello Gorgeous!

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"Hello Gorgeous!" greets surprised client at Southeast Cosmetology Academy

Hello Gorgeous 1Little did she know, an unexpected day of pampering awaited Ginnee Siegel when she checked in for her facial appointment at the Minnesota State College Southeast Cosmetology Academy in Winona on Thursday, October 27. 

As she entered the salon, the gathered students and instructors greeted her with a unison chorus of "Hello Gorgeous!" Cameras flashed, newspaper reporters took notes, and countless smartphones were raised to document the moment. Ginnee's first reaction was to look behind her and see if they were looking for someone else. No, they weren't! 

Cosmetology instructor Jodi Heim had nominated Ginnee to be treated to the "Hello Gorgeous!" red carpet experience. Hello Gorgeous! is a non-profit organization that provides complimentary, professional makeovers and cosmetic education to women battling all cancers. 

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Jodi Heim's former salon in St. Charles was a Hello Gorgeous! affiliate. Minnesota State College Southeast is the first college in the country to become an affiliate, and Ginnee was selected to be the first guest in what is hoped to become a monthly offering.

A native of Winona, Ginnee now lives in the Chicago area, where she taught children with behavioral issues for most of her career. When she was diagnosed with breast cancer earlier this year, she returned to Winona for treatment at Mayo Clinic in Rochester. Her niece Gina Glasspoole was in on the surprise and helped Jodi coordinate Ginnee's schedule so that she would arrive on time and be free all afternoon. 

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"My niece told me they had called her with two free facials and offered me one of them. I almost didn't make it because I had to see the doctor in the morning," said Ginnee, who was convinced to come in for the appointment anyway. 

"The look on her face when she walked in was priceless," student Tina Daffinson told the Winona Daily News. "It takes a lot of positive thinking to try and stay strong, be positive, and surround yourself with positive people."

Ginnee has been a client of the cosmetology salon for at least 25 years. "I love coming here," she said. "It's really enjoyable and it's nice being around young people. People have always been considerate and helpful -- and it's good quality work." 

First up was a facial, followed by a manicure and pedicure. While enjoying a lunch donated by the Steak Shoppe, Ginnee viewed three outfits selected especially for her from Maurices. After lunch, she tried them on and chose her favorite pieces -- a new jacket, blouse, jeans, necklace and boots -- all of which she wore home at the end of the day.

After lunch, instructor Jodi Heim styled Ginnee's auburn wig and a second wig, which was another gift for her to take home. As Jodi expertly clipped and sprayed them, it was hard to remember they weren't Ginnee's natural hair. The final step in her day of pampering was a professional makeup application. 

More than a makeover

Hello Gorgeous 3The Hello Gorgeous! experience isn't about a beauty makeover in the traditional sense. It's more about caring for women who are facing tough challenges and giving them a "day off" to be pampered. And it can be an learning experience, too.

"It gives us an opportunity to teach [cancer patients] how to apply eyebrows if they don't have any, how to make it look like they have lashes when they don't, or how to work with a wig," Jodi Heim told a reporter from the Winona Post. "It's also an opportunity for us to educate them on questions that they might be afraid to ask otherwise."

After getting her photo taken with the students, Ginnee was escorted to her car by students who were only too happy to help her carry her gifts, which included a wealth of beauty supplies donated by L'Oreal, Redken, Pureology and Mary Kay as well as flowers and chocolates presented by the students. 

"It's been awesome! I've never had anything like this happen before," Ginnee exclaimed. "I'll remember this forever. I feel very special supported, cared for, and loved." 

She plans to come back again soon. "We'll see you again -- maybe with a few less photographers next time!"



Free Chair Massages at MSC Southeast in Winona

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Free Chair Massages at MSC Southeast in Winona -- Open to the public

Massage TherapistThe Massage Therapist program at Minnesota State College Southeast in Winona is offering FREE chair massages this fall! The public is welcome to stop by for a chair massage; no appointment is necessary. Free parking is available directly in front of the Winona campus main entrance.

Dates are:

  • Wednesday, October 26
  • Wednesday, November 2
  • Wednesday, November 30
  • Wednesday, December 14
Time: 2:00 to 3:45 pm
Location: Main Lobby, Minnesota State College Southeast Winona campus
1250 Homer Road, Winona, MN

"This is a great opportunity to try out a chair massage and receive multiple benefits," says Debi Niebuhr, a Massage Therapist program instructor. "Our students also benefit from meeting the public and being able to practice on a variety of people."

The Massage Therapist program offers certificate, diploma and associate degree options for students. For more information, visit

Free App Week at MSC Southeast Coming Up

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"Free App Week" at MSC Southeast October 24-31

Free Application Week 2017Planning to attend college in 2017? Complete your application to Minnesota State College Southeast during the week of October 24 to 31 and you'll save $20!

During Free Application Week, colleges and universities throughout the Minnesota State system are waiving the standard fee for applying.

"It's important to give future students the opportunity to get their application filed at no cost," says Gale Lanning, MSC Southeast Director of Admissions. "As part of the Minnesota State system, MSC Southeast offers an extraordinary education at an exceptional value. Free App Week is part of our commitment to keeping college affordable!"

To take advantage of Free App Week, apply online from Monday, October 24 to Monday, October 31 at

Red Wing campus opening applied engineering lab, hosting Maker Space

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MSC Southeast planning to open new applied engineering lab, host Red Wing Maker Space

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Dean of Trade and Technology Travis Thul tours the applied engineering lab at MSC Southeast in Red Wing -- before the installation of a donated CNC machine.

Note: The new Applied Engineering Lab will be open for public tours during Manufacturing Week in Red Wing on October 19 and 20 from 1 to 2 pm. RSVP to the Red Wing Chamber of Commerce at 651-388-4719 or if you would like to attend.

In addition to a new name, new mission, and new vision, Minnesota State College Southeast is in the process of developing a new way to use some of its industrial arts and technology resources, including both equipment and lab space.

The college is exploring a partnership with Red Wing Ignite, Red Wing Makers, and the Southeast Perkins IV High Schools Consortium to leverage those resources towards opening a community applied engineering laboratory on the Red Wing campus, to be known as The Maker Space @ MSC Southeast.

"We have an opportunity to offer our community a whole new way to connect with the college," says MSC Southeast President Dr. Dorothy Duran. "By hosting a Maker Space, we can open our doors to local hobbyists, entrepreneurs, industry, artists, high school students, and our own college students who would like to have access to a range of engineering and manufacturing resources." 

Students assemble equipment
Work study students and faculty members join forces to help install new equipment in the Applied Engineering Lab.

The joint venture is in the conceptual phase of development, but a newly re-furbished 2000 square foot lab is already beginning to fill up with equipment. This includes, but isn't limited to, a CNC machine donated by Lockheed Martin and the Department of Defense (valued new at $91,000), a row of CAD/engineering computer workstations, a 3D printer, and power woodworking tools.

"In addition to the equipment we have already acquired, we want to focus on getting laser cutters, water jets, milling capabilities, 3D scanners, and additional 3D printers," says Travis Thul, MSC Southeast Dean of Trade and Technology. "We are still building the space and installing equipment, and there are a lot of logistics to work through."

"Red Wing Makers are excited to find a home at MSC Southeast. This space will foster educational growth and the exchange of ideas and techniques," comments Beau Brewer, a representative of Red Wing Makers. "We can expect outstanding, creative projects to emerge from this commonwealth of skills and ideas."

Brian Cashman, Southeast Perkins IV Consortium - Secondary Grant Coordinator, adds, "Southeast Minnesota has a legacy of business and industry innovation, strong high school and community connections, and a fantastic resource in Minnesota State College Southeast. On behalf of the 22 local school districts represented by the Southeast Perkins Consortium, I am excited to be involved in this partnership."

College lab by day, Maker Space evenings and weekends

During regular school hours the lab and equipment would be used to offer for-credit college classes in CNC, welding, and other applied engineering careers. Plans call for the Maker Space to be available to the community evenings, weekends, and weekdays during non-instructional hours.

"Maker Spaces are vital to growing local economies. They provide needed tools and resources to help entrepreneurs turn their ideas into viable products," comments Neela Mollgaard, Executive Director of Red Wing Ignite. "The Red Wing area is very fortunate that Minnesota State College Southeast is forward thinking. Together, the community will make this collaborative initiative a reality!"

"One of our highest priorities in Red Wing this year is to create more technology training programs to meet the area's workforce needs," Dr. Dorothy Duran concludes. "We hope that creating The Maker Space @ MSC Southeast will be the beginning of many new initiatives."

MSC Southeast welcomes members of visiting delegation from Mexico

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Minnesota State College Southeast welcomes members of visiting delegation from Mexico

Invited by Governor Mark Dayton, a large delegation of business, higher education and government leaders from Mexico is visiting Minnesota from October 3-7, 2016. Two of the delegates, both directors in the education system in the state of Baja California, toured Minnesota State College Southeast with President Dr. Dorothy Duran on Wednesday, October 6. 

Héctor Rivera Valenzuela, Subsecretario de Educación Media, Superior; Superior, e Investigatión y Posgrado (Under Secretary of Secondary and Post-Secondary Education) and Luis Armondo Portillo Apodaca, Director de Evaluación Educativa (Director of Education Evaluation) toured the Red Wing campus, taking special interest in the college's unique band, violin, and guitar repair programs. 

After visiting Red Wing, the delegates traveled on to tour the MSC Southeast Winona campus, visiting several labs with Dean of Trade and Technology Travis Thul, including biomedical equipment technology, carpentry, electronics technology, and welding.

The purpose of the delegation's visit is to explore future collaborations between Mexico and Minnesota, especially educational exchanges between their colleges in Mexico and Minnesota State colleges and universities. 

Duran, Portillo, Riviera

From left: President Dr. Dorothy Duran, Luis Portillo, and Héctor Rivera 


Portillo and Beckwith

Luis  Portillo  and Band Instrument Repair (BIR) instructor Greg Beckwith


Delegation from Mexico
From left: Luis  Portillo, Greg Beckwith, Héctor Rivera, Dr. Dorothy Duran, and BIR Instructor John Huth 

MSC Southeast is helping students affected by ITT closure

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Concerned student

MSC Southeast taking steps to help students affected by for-profit college closures

With the closing of several national and regional for-profit colleges, thousands of students have been left wondering how they can complete their educational programs and take care of past student loans. 

Minnesota State College Southeast is already hearing from students who are affected by such closures, and the Student Services department is taking steps to be ready to help these students.

"We will make it as easy as possible for these students to transfer to MSC Southeast," says Director of Admissions Gale Lanning. "They will follow the same pathway as any student transferring to the college, plus we are dedicating staff to answering their questions about the process and making a smooth transition." 

  • For questions about financial aid, contact Pamela Zimmerman, (507-453-2710 or 877-853-8324). Students who are applying for financial aid should fill out the FAFSA and enter the MSC Southeast Financial Aid Code, 002393.  

  • For questions about transferring credits, contact the college's transfer specialists:  
  • Transfer review: Students may need to submit a course outline or course syllabus for transfer review. 

Helpful Resources

Department of Education


Transferring from to MSC Southeast

Transfer students follow these 4 steps to be admitted to MSC Southeast: 

1. APPLY: Complete and submit an online application (we will waive the $20 application fee)

2. TEST: Schedule and take the Accuplacer Placement Exam (check to see if you are exempt)  

3. SUBMIT DOCUMENTS: Submit official copies of your previous college transcripts:

Holly Daley, Red Wing campus  
308 Pioneer Rd
Red Wing, MN  55066 

Julie Haedtke, Winona campus  
1250 Homer Rd
Winona, MN  55987 


  • If you will attend a program at our Red Wing or Winona campus, you will attend Registration on campus before classes start. 
  • If you are an online student, please contact Sarah Gatzlaff,, 507-453-2730, for online orientation/registration information. 

91-year-old student takes on Truck Driving at MSC Southeast

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Louise Spencer Story - 1

Honk if you're 91!

Truck drivin' woman Louise Spencer becomes a media sensation when she takes a lesson with instructor Tom Gierok at MSC Southeast

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Just a few days before her 92nd birthday, Louise Spencer ticked off one of her "bucket list" items: driving an 18-wheel tractor-trailer truck.

Louise, who lives at Chandler Place in the Twin Cities, had always dreamed of getting behind the wheel of a big rig. Her late husband was an over-the-road trucker for 30 years, but she had never driven one herself -- though she secretly wished she could. 

When Webb Weiman heard about her dream, he knew he could help make it come true. His California based non-profit, JUMP!, helps seniors achieve what's left on their bucket lists and inspires them to reach for their dreams.

Webb's first challenge was to track down a truck and someone who could teach Louise how to drive it. He lucked out on his first call.  MSC Southeast truck driving instructor Tom Gierok's immediate response was "Let's do it!"

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Tom Gierok, Louise Spencer, and Webb Weiman

With the day set for Friday, September 2, Tom needed to find a truck with an automatic transmission.  He turned to one of his past students, John Brom of Riverland Trucking, who donated the use of a truck for the day. It was hooked up to MSC Southeast's signature tractor-trailer, which sports colorful college program graphics.

When Louise arrived at the college on Friday afternoon, she was besieged by news crews. TV stations from La Crosse (News 8000), Rochester (ABC 6 News), and the Twin Cities (KARE-11) made the trek to Winona, along with newspapers from Winona and Rochester. 

Louise handled the media attention like a seasoned professional, patiently answering questions through several interviews. Then the big moment came. She was surrounded by cameras of all sorts -- TV cameras, still cameras, iPhones, and a host of go-pro cameras -- as she rolled her walker across the pavement to board the truck. 

There she found a surprise arranged by Tom Gierok. On the driver's side door, he had attached a decal with "Louise" spelled out in pink script. 

Once on board, Tom showed her the various controls of the truck. Without hesitation, she started up the truck, then took it for a circuit around the Norris P. Abts Transportation Center's large parking lot. Louise appeared completely confident as she drove off to the college's 27-acre truck driving range, with photographers, reporters, and college staff chasing behind on foot and by car.

"She's pretty gutsy," Wanda McCarra, one of Spencer's daughters told Chris Rogers from the Winona Post. "Everybody sees her as this sweet old lady, but she's a firecracker. She's got a very gentle appearance, but she's pretty determined." 

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After the drive was over, Louise and Tom returned to their starting point. There they found a row of MSC Southeast staff members holding up letters reading "H-O-N-K  I-F  Y-O-U-'-R-E  9-1-!" Louise obliged with a final blast of the horn.

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Dr. Duran presents Louise with an honorary certificate of completion.

As Louise climbed down from the truck, MSCS President Dr. Dorothy Duran presented her with an honorary certificate of completion. Webb Weiman had arranged a "Keep on Truckin' " birthday cake for the occasion and all gathered to sing "Happy Birthday."

"I feel like I'm going to wake up tomorrow, and it's a dream," she told Kyle Farris from the Winona Daily News. "But there's no way I could have dreamed this." 

Then it was on to one last interview with the press. 

"I think these big trucks on the road are beautiful," she exclaimed to Rochester Post Bulletin reporter Brian Todd. "Think about it. What would we do without them? They are so important."  

Tom Gierok, who has taught thousands of students in his long career at the college, will always hold a special place in his heart for Louise. He said, "If you have a dream or a wish and you're willing to pursue it, you can do anything. I feel so fortunate to be part of this."

See more photos on our Facebook page


Special Thanks To:

John Brom, Riverland Trucking
Jim and Debbie Remlinger
Ron Regan,
Tom and Pam Gierok
Webb Weiman, Sydney Weisman, JUMP!
Lauren Meintsma, Katie Westberg, and Robyn Johnson, The Goodman Group/Chandler Place


When the teacher becomes the student

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John Huth (Center)

When the student becomes the teacher - and the teacher becomes the student

John Huth - brass bellAt a place like Minnesota State College Southeast, you expect the students to learn from their instructors. But the tables were turned last summer when Band Instrument Repair (BIR) instructor John Huth traveled to Kansas City to learn how to make brass instrument bells from his former student, Mike Corrigan.

After graduating in 2000, Mike founded two band instrument businesses in the Kansas City area:  BAC Music Center for retail and repair and B.A.C. (Best American Craftsman) for instrument manufacturing.  

"Mike imports artist and student level instruments, but he is quickly advancing as a sought-after builder of custom trombones and trumpets," says John. "He is preserving many hand-building techniques that are being lost to mass production. He has an enviable historic instrument collection and is constantly expanding his knowledge of instrument making." 

While repair technicians remove bell dents, it is unusual for a technician to make a bell from scratch; the tooling and skills are specialized to manufacturing.  Bells are made by forming a flat sheet of brass into a rough shape, joining the edges with brazing, and then final-forming the brass while it spins rapidly on a lathe.

"Just like a violin, how a brass instrument is made plays a huge role in its performance," John. "It has always been a goal for me to learn to make brass instrument bells and Mike enthusiastically agreed to work with me. Another one of our grads, Matt Simianar, also helped teach me bell making."

EngravingIn addition to Matt, Mike Corrigan currently employs Red Wing grads Eric Rempe, Kristy Filippini, Ethan Sherman, and Darrel Wilson.  John says it was great to connect with BIR grads in the workplace. "Darrel Wilson showed me the art of engraving, a skill he has developed since he started working for BAC.  His incredible work can be seen on BAC's Facebook page and website."

John is proud to note Mike's advocacy for musicians. After Hurricane Katrina, Mike equipped a van with repair tools and took it to New Orleans to repair instruments for free.  He has been back multiple times and was honored with the key to the city.  He promotes his own city, locating his business near the heart of Kansas City's historic jazz district.  And he's an active member of MSC Southeast's Band Instrument Repair Advisory Committee.

"It was so exciting for me to see the student become the teacher and the teacher become the student," John concludes. "I was so lucky to have gone to Kansas City to learn from Mike and his staff. He is as generous and kind as it gets."

MSC Southeast shows WSU school program kids the way things work

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MSC Southeast shows kids "How Things Work"

Kids on campus - 2016

Minnesota State College Southeast recently hosted WSU Children's Center Summer School Age program participants on campus as part of their "How Things Work" week. 

"The field trip allowed these children to get a glimpse into worlds that they may not know exist. In addition to being fun, it may have planted some seeds in an interest they may pursue in future years," states School Age Coordinator Karen Sullivan.

Throughout the day they were shown how a car runs, how a truck hauls, how technology is used in healthcare, and how changing the color of your hair is a science. 

Photo Caption: WSU Children's Center participants ready to report for work in the MSC Southeast Nursing Lab.

Public Comments sought before HLC visit in November

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Minnesota State College Southeast is seeking comments from the public about the College in preparation for its periodic evaluation by its regional accrediting agency. 

The College will host a visit November 7–9, 2016, with a team representing the Higher Learning Commission. 

Minnesota State College Southeast has been accredited by HLC since 1995. The team will review the institution’s ongoing ability to meet HLC’s Criteria for Accreditation.

The public is invited to submit comments regarding the college to the following address:

Public Comment on Minnesota State College Southeast

Higher Learning Commission
230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
Chicago, IL 60604-1411



The public may also submit comments on HLC’s website at

Comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of the institution or its academic programs. Comments must be in writing.

All comments must be received by October 7, 2016.

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

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)


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.

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.

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