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College in process to offer Associate of Arts degree

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College in process to offer Associate of Arts degree, change mission scope... and consider name change

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Southeast Technical has submitted an application to the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system to offer the Associate of Arts (A.A.) degree. This would expand the college's mission beyond technical education and allow students to complete a transferable 2-year degree.

The college is opening its doors for Community Open Forums in Winona (Feb. 22, 6-8 pm) and Red Wing (Feb 23, 6-8 pm) to gather public feedback and ideas. You are invited to join us!

Is there a name change in our future?

Because of the proposed change in our mission, we will need to adapt or change our name to recognize that we will be more than a technical college -- we will become a community and technical college.

We are seeking your ideas for a new name and encourage you to submit your suggestions using this online form: www.southeastmn.edu/name.


"Southeast Technical belongs to the Winona and Red Wing communities -- indeed to the entire region -- and we treasure the role we play serving your educational needs," says President Dr. Dorothy Duran. "For that reason, as the administration, faculty, and staff work towards expanding our programming and updating our mission, we are seeking public suggestions for a new name for the college."

The new name could be an adaptation of the current name, or it could be something entirely new. Once all suggestions are collected on February 10, a committee of college stakeholders will evaluate possible names and make recommendations to the college administration.

A decision on the college's application to offer the Associate of Arts degree is expected to be made this spring; if approved, the degree option would become available to students as soon as fall 2016 and a change to the college name could be implemented within the same time frame.

Winona hosting Why Treaties Matter exhibit Feb 1-19

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Southeast Technical will host traveling “Why Treaties Matter” exhibit on the Winona campus February 1-19

Why Treaties Matter: Self-Government in the Dakota and Ojibwe Nations

Why Treaties MatterA traveling exhibit presented by the Minnesota Indian Affairs Council, the Minnesota Humanities Center and the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian
February 1-19, 2016
Weekdays (closed Feb. 12 & 15)
Minnesota State College - Southeast Technical
Main Lobby, Winona campus
1250 Homer Road, Winona, MN

Why Treaties Matter: Self-Government in the Dakota and Ojibwe Nations is a traveling exhibition that explores the Native nations in Minnesota and their history of treaty making with the United States. The exhibit will open on February 1, 2016 at Minnesota State College – Southeast Technical’s Winona campus, where it will be on view in the Main Lobby through February 19.

The exhibition includes 20 free standing banners with evocative text, maps, and photographs from historical archives and contemporary settings. A large touchscreen display is available with a selection of related videos. This exhibit reveals how Dakota and Ojibwe treaties with the U.S. government affected the lands and lifeways of the Indigenous peoples of the place we now call Minnesota, and explains why these binding agreements between nations still matter today.

“We are very proud to host this exhibition at our campus,” says Southeast Technical President Dr. Dorothy Duran. “This is an opportunity to share important history and cultural information so that we may all better understand the circumstances surrounding Minnesota land, its use, and the land’s Indigenous peoples today. It’s an impressive exhibit and I would urge people to take the time to view it.”

Southeast Technical’s Winona campus Main Lobby is open on weekdays throughout February (campus closed on Friday, Feb. 12 and Monday, Feb. 15). For more information about the project, visit www.mnhum.org/treaties.

Why Treaties Matter is a collaboration of the Minnesota Indian Affairs Council, the Minnesota Humanities Center and the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian. This exhibition was developed with money from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund that was created with a vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008 and The Patrick and Aimee Butler Family Foundation. This tour is made possible by a partnership with Minnesota State Colleges and Universities.

Med Support Careers Spotlight: Jacki Swagger

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Medical Support Careers Alumni Spotlight: Jacki Swagger

Jacki SwaggerAttending college is rewarding, yet challenging; time consuming, yet worthwhile. It's also a commitment, and for some, the time isn't right until much later in life.

Health Unit Coordinator graduate Jacki Swagger felt she was too old to go back to school. As a mom of 4 grown children she had helped them with their education, putting hers on hold. Working in direct sales for 15 years, she felt an inner desire to give back by working in the health care field. 

She started as a Certified Nursing Assistant, then decided to give Southeast Technical a try in the Medical Support Careers program, earning the Health Unit Coordinator certificate.

"Southeast Technical helped me realize I could achieve my goal. I knew I did the right thing when I got my first A-.  At that point I knew I could do, and make the change for the better," she says.

After a year and a half at Southeast Technical taking classes both online and on campus, Jacki was hired as a Health Unit Coordinator at St. Mary's Hospital (Rochester), in the Cardiac Surgery Intensive Care Unit. No two days are alike and Jacki has the opportunity to work with over 150 nurses and physicians.

"I am unique, but then again not really, because I think anyone could do this with the right advisors and a supportive family. Which I had both!"

Learn more about Medical Support Careers programs 

Visit the Medical Support Careers Facebook page

Fall 2015 President's List Announced

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Fall 2015 President's List Announced

Minnesota State College – Southeast Technical is pleased to announce the President’s List for Fall semester 2015. To be eligible for this honor, students must complete a minimum of 12 credits at Southeast Technical during an academic term and achieve a GPA of 3.5 or above. Congratulations to the 263 students from Minnesota and Wisconsin -- as well as from Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Texas -- who were named to the Fall President’s List. Their dedication and hard work is a credit to the college!

See the Fall 2015 President's List list here

Isaiah Reidel nominated to All-USA Academic Team

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Isaiah Reidel nominated to 2016 All-USA Community College Academic Team

Isaiah ReidelMinnesota State College - Southeast Technical is proud to announce that Isaiah Reidel, a Winona campus student, has been nominated to the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) honor society's All-USA Community College Academic Team.

The nomination recognizes high achieving 2-year college students who demonstrate academic excellence and intellectual rigor combined with leadership and service that extends their education beyond the classroom to benefit society.

PTK advisor Christopher Stout nominated Isaiah for the honor. "Isaiah is definitely one of the best students we have on campus. He’s a hard worker and demonstrates exceptional determination and commitment," he says. "We appreciate how he sees everything all the way through to completion."

This year Isaiah is working on a PTK Honors in Action research project. Honors in Action is a process that provides opportunities to apply learning and practice real-world problem-solving by developing an in-depth, action-oriented project.

"Through this project Isaiah will strengthen both his leadership skills and research abilities," according to Christopher Stout.

PTK will announce the 20 finalists for the All-USA Academic Team in April 2016. Winners receive a $5,000 scholarship and are featured in USA Today. 

A small push, a big chance, a stroke of luck

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For Southeast Tech alum Adam Ewing, Phi Theta Kappa honors paved the way to 4-year college success

Adam EwingAdam Ewing was given a small push, took a big chance, and had a stroke of luck. Before coming to Southeast Technical in 2014, he was working odd jobs while living in his home town of Buffalo City, WI. He had graduated from high school ten years previously, but put off continuing his education. Then his grandmother gave him the little push he needed to start doing more, and he made up his mind to go to college. 

Southeast Technical was a good fit for Adam as it was local and affordable. What he didn't know when he turned in his application was that Southeast Technical would lead him to a 4-year university in Shawnee, Oklahoma, some 900 miles away from home.

While attending Southeast Technical, Adam began taking general education classes with the intent to transfer. He soon excelled in his studies and was invited to become a member of the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) honor society. Membership in PTK requires a 3.5 or higher grade point average and completion of at least 12 credits. 

Adam stood out to his instructors as an honest, kind and hard-working classmate and student. History instructor Chris Stout nominated Adam for the All-USA Community College Academic Team. This is a PTK honor that recognizes high achieving two-year college students who demonstrate academic excellence and intellectual rigor combined with leadership and service.

"Adam was always a serious student, the kind of student that you want to have. He would participate in class, ask questions, stay late. Coming back to college as an adult, he took the opportunity to get an education seriously," remembers Chris Stout. 

A big chance, a stroke of luck

Encouraged by the honor, Adam took a big chance. He applied for admission to a highly-rated, private liberal arts school, Oklahoma Baptist University (OBU). "The award helped me receive a scholarship to attend OBU. It got people to notice that I was a good student. It opened up so many doors for me." Adam said. "I wasn't sure I wanted to go so far away from home, but I'm grateful that my instructor, Chris Stout, gave me the final push to take a chance at the opportunity."

Having just finished up his first year at OBU, Adam is succeeding in the News and Information (Journalism) program. Still maintaining a GPA above 3.0, Adam says the work has been challenging but rewarding. 

Vintage Boxing Poster
Detail: A vintage boxing poster
from brooklynfights.com.

After writing a blog for a class last semester in a topic of choice, Adam had a stroke of luck. His article was picked up by a boxing website based out of Brooklyn, New York, www.brooklynfights.com. He now writes on a regular basis for the website, gaining exposure as a sports writer on a national level. He is also the sports editor for the OBU school newspaper. 

"Thankfully I had my instructors at Southeast Technical to guide me, and with the help of my advisor at OBU my credits transferred," says Adam. "There are so many opportunities out there -- don't settle for what you already know." 

Military Accolades: Veterans Day honors given, received

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Military Accolades: College both gives and receives awards during a week honoring veterans and active service members

Veterans Lounge Ribbon Cutting
The new Veterans Lounge on the Red Wing campus was dedicated with a ribbon cutting ceremony.
Patriotic Awards
Dr. Dorothy Duran and Dean Jo Poncelet were honored with Patriotic Employer awards.
Gene Barum
Southeast Tech alum Gene Barum received a Presidential Citation from the college.

In November, Southeast Technical honored Veterans Day with ceremonies on the Red Wing and Winona campuses. Southeast Technical President Dr. Dorothy Duran shared that Veterans Day is a very special day to the faculty and staff at the college. 

"We recognize and appreciate the great sacrifice our veterans have made in order to ensure our safety and protect our freedom," she said. "We have faculty, staff, students and family members who are veterans and many who are currently on active duty. During this wartime, we feel a need to embrace these individuals for their service and do everything we can to make their time at Southeast Technical memorable."

Highlights of the two Veterans Day events were:

  • Being named an official Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Company by the State of Minnesota. Annette Brechon Kuyper, Director of Military Outreach, Minnesota Department of Military Affairs, made the proclamation and presented the official certification. "Acquiring the Beyond the Yellow Ribbon status is a huge milestone in our College’s history. It affirms a very intentional commitment to partner with our community to provide our veterans with their own space on each campus, identify resources to help them with their educational expenses, and offer a supportive community network. Our efforts are just a small way of saying thank you for so great a sacrifice for this country and showing our appreciation," said Dr. Duran.

  • Celebrating an official ribbon cutting to open the new Red Wing campus Veterans Lounge, which was made possible by Hiawatha Valley Family Beyond the Yellow Ribbon. Artwork by Art Kenyon (photographed by Chap Aiken) is a focal point in the new space. The ribbon cutting ceremony was organized by the Red Wing Area Chamber of Commerce.

Veterans Lounge Sponsors: Prairie Island Resort & Casino, Red Wing Shoe Company, Hydratight, Elks Lodge 845, Menards, Red Wing Construction and Southeast Technical.  

  • Signing a formal statement of support for the Guard and Reserve. And in a surprise announcement, both Dr. Duran and Dean of Academics Jolene Poncelet were personally recognized as "Patriotic Employers" by the Office of the Secretary of Defense Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve. They were nominated for this honor by instructor Greg Cady, who is currently on leave from his employment with the college to serve in the Navy Reserves.

  • Issuing a college Presidential Citation to Gene Barum, a Vietnam War veteran and recipient of a Purple Heart medal, who studied at Southeast Technical when he came back from Vietnam in 1971. Gene was injured twice in Vietnam, once in a mine explosion, and once in bamboo stick trap. He earned a number of awards for his service, in addition to his Purple Heart: two Bronze Stars, a National Defense Service Medal, a Vietnam Civil Action honor Medal 1st Class, among other awards. He studied auto body and mechanics at Southeast Tech, then worked in construction for 37 years and in maintenance at Winona State University for 21 years. (See a recent Winona Daily News article profiling Gene Barum.)

Photo galleries are posted on the Southeast Technical Facebook page at:

Red Wing (November 10)

Winona (November 12)