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Veterans Day: Serving those who have served

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Veterans Day: Serving those who have served

Veterans Day Flag CeremonyThe college will be closed on Monday, November 12, in honor of Veterans Day.

November has been declared National Veterans and Military Families Month. Please take time this month to think about how the brave men and women of our Armed Forces have sacrificed to ensure our country's freedom.

At Minnesota State College Southeast, we want to share our commitment to Veterans, Service Members, and their families. We strive to provide the very best customer support and consideration as they pursue their educational aspirations with our college. We take the extra time to evaluate and convert their military experiences and training into college credits. We have experienced staff to assist them in completing educational benefit paperwork and locating funding sources. 

Several of our staff and faculty members are currently serving in the military, and the college has made accommodations to allow them to complete important tours of duty. Recently our Dean of Trade and Technology served in operations to support the victims of Hurricanes Maria and Florence.

Minnesota State College Southeast has been named a Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Company. On both our Winona and Red Wing campuses, we have built welcoming Veterans Lounges, providing veterans an opportunity to relax, study, and grab a snack or a cup of coffee, but most importantly, share camaraderie with other service members. (Special thanks to the community members who help us keep these lounges stocked.)

Veterans, Service Members, and Families, thank you for all you have done for our country. We hope we can be of service to you.

MSC Southeast in top 25 Most Affordable online colleges

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At #20, Minnesota State College Southeast named to list of top 25 Most Affordable Online Associate Degrees

Top 20 Most Affordable Online Associate Degree BadgeWe have exciting news to announce! SR Education Group, a leading education research publisher founded in 2004, has just unveiled their 2019 rankings on GuidetoOnlineSchools.com. Ranked at #20, Minnesota State College Southeast made the list of the top 25 Most Affordable Online Associate Degrees

"The 2019 Most Affordable Online Colleges rankings represent online schools across the nation that are committed to providing affordable, economical options for students. Every year, we manually research the tuition rates of every accredited college offering fully online degrees in order to determine and rank the most affordable options," according to Nicole Hopler, SR Education Group.

Online Associate of Applied Science (AAS) and Associate of Science (AS) degrees are available at MSC Southeast in several programs, including:

"At Minnesota State College Southeast, we truly value keeping education affordable while maintaining our high standards," said Jo Poncelet, the college's Dean of Academics. "We are proud to have distance learning students from all across America, and indeed, from around the world."

SR Education Group Methodology:
To be considered for these subject rankings, schools must to be regionally accredited and offer at least one fully online degree. All tuition numbers are manually collected and verified. Figures are accurate at the time of publication; please check with the institution for current tuition rates. Program data including available degrees, tuition rates, and details about program coursework were collected in July 2018 from official school websites, reflecting data for the 2018-2019 school year. Acceptance rates, programmatic accreditation, and profit status of schools were collected from official websites of the accreditation agencies or from the National Center for Education Statistics.

November Open Houses in Red Wing and Winona

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MSC Southeast announces Open Houses in Winona on November 1 and Red Wing on November 8

Events designed to welcome the public to the college, help veterans learn more about education benefits

November Open HouseIn November, Minnesota State College Southeast will hold Open Houses on both campuses. The doors will be open for students to visit one-on-one with faculty and staff, explore the campus and program areas, and learn more about the benefits of attending the college.

MSC Southeast Winona Open House
Thursday, November 1, 2018 -- 4 to 6 pm
1250 Homer Road, Winona

MSC Southeast Red Wing Open House
Thursday, November 8, 2018 -- 4 to 6 pm
308 Pioneer Road, Red Wing

"MSC Southeast has so much to offer with a wide range of career, technical, and transfer programs. We want all students and their families to feel welcome to stop by the campus and learn more about the college," said Tammy Vondrasek, Director of Enrollment Services. "Plus, in recognition of  November as National Veterans and Military Families Month, we will have a focus on higher education benefits available to veterans, service members, and their families."

Beyond the Yellow Ribbon of Hiawatha ValleyMSC Southeast is a Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Company and has been named a Military Friendly college by Victory Media. Dedicated college staff will be available at the Open Houses to explain how state and federal tuition reimbursement, VA benefits, the GI bill, and credit for military experience can help military families afford college.

"Many veterans are not aware of how their benefits can be used by family members, and how recent changes in benefits can help them reach their goals," noted Lieutenant Commander Greg Cady, an instructor at MSC Southeast who will attend the Open Houses in Winona and Red Wing. 

"For example, the Educational Assistance Act of 2017, also known as the 'Forever GI Bill,' enacts several positive changes to GI education benefits. We encourage all veterans, service members and their families to come to our Open House so we can help them achieve their educational dreams!" he continued.

Refreshments will be served and visitors can enter drawings for fun door prizes. The college will waive the $20 application fee for anyone who meets with student services staff and applies for admission at the event.

"We are excited to invite everyone to MSC Southeast for a fun and informative event," said Tammy Vondrasek. "We hope you see you at one of our November Open Houses!"

New Bicycle Design & Fabrication program in Red Wing

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A bicycle built for you - in new Bicycle Design & Fabrication program

 If you love cycling, technology, and the prospects for a great career, then the nation's first 2-year college degree in Bicycle Design & Fabrication is for you!

This brand new Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree is based at MSC Southeast’s Red Wing campus. Interest is high in the program is already high, and several regional and national publications have already reported on it: 

Bike in woodsExperts from several leading bicycle-related companies -- including Erik's Bike Shop, HED Cycling Products, Quality Bicycle Products, and Trek Bicycle Corporation -- are serving on an advisory committee working with the college to develop the curriculum.

Students in the program will study the history and theory of bike design and take a course in physics as applied to the operation of bicycles. They will complete coursework on carbon fiber and composites, the mechanics of various bike components, CAD Drafting, 3D prototyping, and industrial testing while gaining hands-on skills in welding and CNC machining.

Perhaps most exciting, in a second-year capstone project, the students will demonstrate the skills required to conceive and build a cycle frame or component of their own design.

"Students can start general education classes this Spring semester, which begins in January 2019; laboratories will open in Fall semester," according to MSC Southeast Dean of Trade and Technology, Travis Thul. "Seats in the program are limited to space available, so the time to apply for admission is now."

In addition to preparing students for careers in the bicycle industry, the skills mastered in this degree can be transferred to any industry involving fabrication, manufacturing, and engineering technology.

"The Bicycle Design and Fabrication curriculum is based on the most current technologies used in the bicycle industry, influenced directly by industry experts," said Greg Alexander, Director of Composite Engineering at HED Cycling. "These skills are beneficial across multiple industries, but students will get to learn them through highly interesting content."

Luke Strauss, Engineering Manager at Quality Bicycle Products, says that having a degree in this area would be a benefit to potential employees at his company or in the bike industry generally.  "As we continue to build and grow our design and prototyping capabilities, it will be great to have a growing pool of students to hire from for internships and careers."

In addition to the opportunity to study bike design and building, students who move to Red Wing for the program will find it a cycling lovers' paradise. This historic town is located on the Mississippi River about 60 miles southeast of Minneapolis-St. Paul. Cyclists can ride scenic bluff roads throughout southeast Minnesota, glide along the Cannon Valley Trail, or take on a challenging mountain bike loop in Red Wing's Memorial Park. 

For MSC Southeast students, the program will combine cycling, high technology, hands-on skills, and the prospects for a challenging career.

"Developing design and fabrication skills through a medium like the bicycle is such a cool idea!  You'll never look at a bike the same way again once you know how it's made," commented Greg Alexander. 



Free Application Week October 22-26

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MSC Southeast offers Free App Week to celebrate College Knowledge Month

Application Fee will be waived October 22-26, 2018

October is College Knowledge Month, and in honor of the occasion, students applying to Minnesota State College Southeast can skip the $20 application fee the week of October 22-26.

"Fall is a great time to explore your college options! If you're getting ready to start college in 2019, now is the time to submit your application, because you'll save the $20 fee during Free App Week," said Tammy Vondrasek, MSC Southeast Director of Enrollment.

During Free Application Week, colleges and universities throughout the Minnesota State system are waiving the standard fee for applying. "Minnesota State offers powerful educational opportunities to anyone hoping to build a brighter future," said Devinder Malhotra, chancellor of Minnesota State. "These are key first steps on a path to outstanding programs that prepare our students for a career and for lifelong learning."

To apply for admission to Minnesota State College Southeast, go to www.southeastmn.edu/apply and fill out the online application form.

Did you know?

Test your College Knowledge! Here are a few key facts about Minnesota State College Southeast:
  • MSC Southeast has launched 13 new programs in the past year alone!
  • Our students' average age is 26
  • We have enrolled students from over 30 different countries
  • Tuition for residents and non-residents is the same
  • Over 24,000 MSC Southeast alumni live in every state and around the world
  • Best of all -- our programs average 95% job placement!

Winona campus Boy Scouts Merit Badge Fair on Sept. 29 a success

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Almost 300 Boy Scouts, volunteers leave no trace at MSC Southeast following Merit Badge Fair

Scouts Flag Ceremony 2018When students and staff came to school on Monday, October 1, it was business as usual at the Minnesota State College Southeast Winona campus. If you hadn't been there on Saturday, you would never have guessed that 235 Scouts plus 50 adult volunteers had invaded the campus on Saturday, September 29!

On September 29, Boy Scouts came to MSC Southeast from all over Southeast Minnesota -- from as far away as Rochester and Red Wing as well as nearby Wisconsin towns. 

They were there to attend the Sugar Loaf Boy Scout Merit Badge Fair. This is the fourth year running the Minnesota State College Southeast has hosted the event.

Roger Holland and Scouts 2018Merit badges are awards based on a specific area of hands-on experience and study. The purpose of the merit badge program is to allow Scouts to examine subjects to determine if they would like to further pursue them as a career or vocation. 

The current requirements for Eagle Scout, the highest rank in Boy Scouting, involve earning at least 21 merit badges.

300 Merit Badges Achieved

At this year's Merit Badge Fair, 24 different merit badge classes were offered, and by the end of the day, 300 badges had been achieved!

Minnesota State College Southeast college instructors volunteered their time to spend the day working with the Scouts on badges in Automotive Maintenance, Chemistry, CAD Drafting, Electronics/Electricity, Salesmanship, Truck Driving, and Welding.

David Echelard and Kelly Kluver

"It was a wild day, but it was really successful," said David Echelard (MSCS faculty), who helped organize the event along with Kelly Kluver (MSCS maintenance department). "It was amazing to see such great turnout for the event on our campus."

Kelly Kluver noted that there was a lot of community support for the event. "We appreciate assistance from Winona Chrysler, PlastiComp, Fastenal, Steak Shop Catering and many others organizations in the community for helping make the Merit Badge Fair a success."

"This is a great way to connect the college with the area and do some volunteering for a very worthy cause," stated Larry Lundblad, interim president on Minnesota State College Southeast.

Top - Opening Flag Ceremony
Middle - Roger Holland works with Scouts on CNC Machine Tool
Bottom - David Echelard and Kelly Kluver

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Construction Tech Students working on-site in Winona

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Boots are on the ground this fall with the debut of MSC Southeast's partnership with Habitat for Humanity in WinonaMSC Construction Technology Students

With the launch of the new Construction Technology program at Minnesota State College Southeast, Winona college students are getting hands-on experience on a large-scale commercial project -- and it's for a good cause.

Mornings are spent in the classroom learning at the college, but afternoons you can find them working at the Habitat for Humanity Winona-Fillmore Counties job site renovating the future 8400 square foot ReStore and constructing a 1500 square foot addition to the building from the ground up. 

The completed project will unite Habitat's office operations, increase ReStore retail space, and add storage for construction materials on one central site. 

MSC Southeast students are currently at work most afternoons from 12:30-3:00 pm. Even though it's only their third week in college, they've already poured footings and foundations for the new Donation Dropoff and Processing Center. Currently backfilling is under way to prepare for the concrete floor. 

"Three weeks ago, most of these students didn't know what a footing was," says their instructor, Jonathan Powell. "Now they not only know what it is, they know how to pour one."

Amanda Hedlund is the executive director of Habitat for Humanity Winona-Fillmore Counties. She anticipates that the project will increase the organization's ReStore sales by more than $200,000 annually. "It's not just a short-term benefit. This partnership with Minnesota State College Southeast provides us with a ReStore expansion that will help us build and repair homes for decades to come." 

Follow the college's Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts for updates to this story as the year goes on!

Dahl Automotive Gives Back

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Dahl Automotive gives back to the community

Company donates GMC 2500 Duramax Diesel to Automotive / Light Duty Diesel Tech program

Andrew Dahl and daughter Katherine

This semester, students in the Automotive and Light Duty Diesel Technology program will gain hands-on experience with diesel technology, thanks to a generous gift from Dahl Automotive.

Andrew Dahl, President of Dahl Automotive, and his daughter Katherine came to the Winona campus in August to turn over the keys to the GMC 2500 Duramax Diesel, valued at $21,500.

"One of our core values is giving back to the communities we serve. Being able to partner with the college in this way, to be able to donate the vehicle, is a benefit for the students," Andrew said. "And we feel it's also a benefit to us in that someday some of the students will come to work for us and join our team."

Instructor Josh Jacobsen explained that with the vehicle from Dahl Automotive, the college can train students on today's light duty diesel technology and the vehicles they will be working on at the dealerships after graduation.

"Diesels have completely different engines, different fuel systems, they're much heavier duty. It takes a whole different set of skills to work on them," he said. "We are very lucky and grateful that Dahl Automotive made this donation."

Good jobs await graduates of MSC Southeast's Automotive and Light Duty Diesel Technology diploma program. Both Vinnie Pontius, Director of Operations at Dahl Auto Plaza in Winona, and Andrew Dahl mentioned that currently the job market is very tight, and it's not easy finding well-qualified employees.

"What a lot of people don't understand is that a career in automotive is a good career. You can earn a very good living for your family, make very good money," Andrew Dahl pointed out. "When I talk to our technicians about why they love what they do, they say it's because they love the challenge: The satisfaction of diagnosing a vehicle, figuring it out, being able to fix it properly, and getting it back on the road again brings a lot of satisfaction."

Thanks this gift from Dahl Automotive, MSC Southeast automotive technology students will be getting their careers on the road with an even broader range of experience -- ready to work on light duty diesel engines.


Graduating from college before getting a HS diploma

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Spencer Speltz: Earning a college degree before his high school diploma

Spencer Speltz

PSEO is a great way for high school students to get a head start on college. Just ask Spencer Speltz! 

In May, he crossed the stage at MSC Southeast's graduation ceremony and received a degree in Business Management with high honors. Then in June, he graduated from from Lewiston-Alutura High School.

PSEO coursework allowed Spencer to earn college credit at no cost for tuition, fees, or books. 

Spencer's family is a model of commitment to Minnesota State College Southeast. Both of his parents have degrees from the college. His father studied CAD and runs his own pattern shop; his mother studied medical support careers and works at Mayo Clinic in Rochester. 

Spencer's sister graduated from associate degree nursing, is working in the field, and continuing her education toward a BSN. His other sister also participated in PSEO at MSC Southeast.

"We are graduates of Minnesota State College Southeast and know the value that community colleges offer on the staircase of life," said Spencer's mother, Carrie Speltz.

Spencer started taking PSEO classes at MSC Southeast when he was in 10th grade, beginning with a 9-credit certificate in CAD Drafting Technology

He continued to combine high school and college through his junior year, playing high school soccer, basketball, and baseball.

As a senior, Spencer realized he had enough credits to finish an associate degree, but he would have to make a sacrifice. He gave up going to high school so he could attend MSC Southeast 100% online. But he kept up with his sports and extra curricular activities -- and was even elected Prom King!

This fall,  Spencer is starting college at Viterbo University in La Crosse, WI. He plans on studying engineering with a minor in business administration.

Spencer credits several of his instructors with their willingness to add additional flexibility in the delivery method of the courses at times that allowed him to participate in high school sports.  

"This is exactly what PSEO was created for -- to give high achieving students like Spencer the opportunity to excel as high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors," said Dr. Larry Lundblad, Interim President of Minnesota State College Southeast.

Sustainable Agriculture Speaker Series in Winona this fall

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Explore Sustainable Agriculture in Winona this fall

Renowned author Mark Shepard will speak on campus on September 20

Mark ShepardUpdate: These events are FREE for students! Just present your student ID at the door.  

This fall, the Sustainable Agriculture Speaker Series at Minnesota State College Southeast will offer a chance to meet several inspiring individuals who are challenging conventional food and farming systems with alternatives that are socially, environmentally, and economically sustainable. Four exciting speakers will come to the college's Winona campus on select Thursday evenings to share their insights into this important field. 

The common thread among the speakers is a shared value system based upon community, economic security, and environmental protection. The first speaker will be Mark Shepard on September 20. He has graciously offered to come to Winona to show his support for Sustainable Agriculture at Minnesota State College Southeast.

Sustainable Agriculture Speaker Series
5-6 pm Social Hour, 6-7 pm Speaker Presentation
MSC Southeast Winona Campus
1250 Homer Road, Winona, MN
Cost: $15 per meeting; $50 for the series of all four meetings
Register online or call 507-453-2740


  • September 20 - Mark Shepard, author: Restoration Agriculture: Real World Permaculture for Farmers
  • October 25 - Jim Riddle, Blue Fruit Farm: The past, present, and future of agriculture in the Winona area
  • November 15 - Norm Erickson, Hazelnut Valley Farm LLC: Growing hazelnuts in Minnesota as a sustainable, environmentally friendly crop
  • December 13 - Bruno Borsari and Liz Micheel: Introducing the new Sustainable Agriculture program at MSC Southeast

A sought-after speaker both nationally and internationally, Mark Shepard is the renowned author of Restoration Agriculture: Real World Permaculture for Farmers. He is also the CEO of Forest Agriculture Enterprises LLC and founder of Restoration Agriculture Development, Inc. He runs New Forest Farm, a 106-acre perennial agricultural savanna considered by many to be one of the most ambitious sustainable agriculture projects in the United States. 

In addition to speaking on Thursday evening, September 20, Mark will present a workshop on local permaculture design concepts on September 21. Registration is limited for the Permaculture Workshop and the cost is separate from the Speaker Series. For more information about the workshop, please contact Liz Micheel at 507-458-4829 or emicheel@southeastmn.edu. 

Fall Semester - Starting on August 27

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Students getting ready for Fall Semester

Welcome everyone to Fall Semester 2018!

It's great to see our campuses busy with students back for the new college year. Welcome to everyone - students & faculty - who are back on campus. The Student Senates on both campuses have planned treats and activities to get Fall 2018 off to a great start!

Winona Campus

Student Senate in Winona is helping students kick off the new college year with Grab and Go Breakfast all week: Coffee, juice, pastries, muffins, yogurt and granola bars. Plus - Pizza on Thursday, August 30!

Red Wing Campus

Welcome Week Luau

Over on the Red Wing campus, the Student Senate has planned a "Welcome Week Luau" with a Hawaii theme throughout the Student Commons. 

  • August 27: Maui Monday - Grab and go breakfast 
  • August 28: Tiki Tuesday - Grab and go breakfast
  • August 29: Student Senate Snow Cones - Meet Michelle & Ashley from RW Student Senate (11:30-1)
  • August 30: Luau with Larry - Meet our Interim President, Larry Lundblad (11-1) - Free  picnic lunch for all students!
  • August 31: Hawaii with Hanisch's - Top off the week with Hanisch cookies and lawn games (11:30-1)
All week: Swing by our Selfie Station and Waterfall for photos! Post your photos to Instagram, Twitter & Facebook – Tag @MSCSoutheast #WelcomeWeek #RedWingLuau


MSCS Practical Nursing NCLEX(R) scores soar to 100% pass rate

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MSC Southeast Practical Nursing NCLEX(R) Test Results soar to 100% -- well above state, national averages

College's Practical Nursing program achieves NCLEX-PN (R) year-to-date success rate of 96.30% for 2018

Practical Nursing Program at MSC SoutheastWhen it comes to nursing education programs, success is measured by the percent of students who pass their board exams on the first try. High pass rates indicate that students will receive a quality education and be well-prepared to enter the workforce.

Minnesota State College Southeast Dean of Health Jennifer Eccles is pleased to announce that the college's Practical Nursing  program achieved a NCLEX-PN (R) first time success rate of 100% for the second quarter of 2018. Out of 15 students who sat for the exam, 15 passed on their first attempt. The program's 2018 year-to-date success rate is 96.30%.

"Our practical nursing graduates are a real credit to MSC Southeast," reports Jennifer Eccles. "I also commend the faculty and staff who have played such a large role in educating and supporting them. They put their heart into this work, and it shows."

First time pass rates have been steadily rising in the past year; both the second quarter and year-to-date rates are well above state and national averages for similar programs. 

Fall 2018 Start in Red Wing may still be still possible

The Practical Nursing program is already filled on the Winona campus for Fall 2018, but it may still be possible for qualified students to enroll in Practical Nursing at the college's Red Wing campus. Prospective nursing students are encouraged to complete the application process immediately. Contact Admission Representative Laura Thomas at 651-385-6330 or Laura.Thomas@southeastmn.edu for assistance.

The Practical Nursing major is 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 within the scope of practice of a Practical Nurse. This challenging 2-semester program requires students to demonstrate competence in classroom theory, laboratory experiences, simulated events, and supervised clinical rotations. 

MSC Southeast's Practical Nursing program is accredited by ACEN (Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing) and is in good standing with the Minnesota Board of Nursing.

For more information, visit www.southeastmn.edu > programs of study > nursing.

6 Transfer Pathways pave way from MSCS to 4-year degree

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Six New Transfer Pathways degrees pave the way from Minnesota State College Southeast to 4-year university degree

UniversityWhat are your long-term goals in higher education? If you plan on a career in business, accounting, or working with people, you may already have a college major in mind. Or perhaps you're curious about history or have a passion for physical fitness. Beginning with a Transfer Pathway degree at Minnesota State College Southeast can set you on a smooth route toward getting a 4-year bachelor's degree in any of these areas.

MSC Southeast now offers six different Transfer Pathways degrees, which are designed for students to begin with a specific degree at MSC Southeast and then transfer to a related major at a Minnesota State university.  These degrees cover all or most of the general education credits that are required in the first two years of college, plus additional credits that apply specifically to the major students want to pursue. 

The college's new Transfer Pathways degrees are: Accounting Transfer Pathway, Business Transfer Pathway, Exercise Science Transfer PathwayHistory Transfer Pathway, Pre-Social Work Transfer Pathway, and Psychology Transfer Pathway.

Transfer Pathways degrees will transfer directly to related programs at the seven Minnesota State universities: Bemidji State University, Metropolitan State University, Minnesota State University, Mankato, Minnesota State University Moorhead, Southwest Minnesota State University, St. Cloud State University, and Winona State University.

MSC Southeast Dean of Academics Jo Poncelet is enthusiastic about the new opportunities students will enjoy. "Our students will find it much easier to transfer and continue their studies at one of the great universities of Minnesota State. They will be able to begin working on a college major while they're enrolled here."

Why enroll in a Transfer Pathway degree? 

For most people, it's a matter of saving time and money. 

  • High school students taking PSEO can get a jump start on a 4-year degree.
  • Local students can commute to MSC Southeast from home, saving on living expenses.
  • All credits transfer --- no losing credits or taking extra courses.
  • Tuition at MSC Southeast is only $167.29 per semester credit, much less than at a four-year university or private college.

Jo Poncelet noted that, "Students can expect the same high quality of instruction from our faculty, and they can save thousands of dollars on their education by beginning with a Transfer Pathways degree from MSC Southeast."

If a student completes a Transfer Pathway degree program at a Minnesota State college and is admitted to any of the 7 Minnesota State universities, the student will be guaranteed junior status and given assurance that all 60 college credits will count toward the related bachelor's degree. Students must still meet any special admission requirement for the major and are not guaranteed admission into the major itself.

More about Transfer Pathways at Minnesota State 

MSC Southeast announces Spring 2018 President's List

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MSC Southeast announces Spring 2018 President's List 

Minnesota State College Southeast in Red Wing and Winona, Minnesota, is proud to announce the President's List for Spring Semester 2018.

221 students were named to the Spring 2018 President's List. Students on the list come from Minnesota (147) and nearby Wisconsin (28) as well as several  foreign countries: Canada, Germany, Kenya and the Republic of Korea. MSC Southeast attracts students from all over the United States -- students from Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Vermont, and Wyoming earned this prestigious recognition.

To be eligible for the President's List, students must complete a minimum of 12 credits at MSC Southeast during an academic term and achieve a GPA of 3.5 or above.

To see the list, visit the President's List page.

Software Support and Development named #1 in nation

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GreatValueColleges.net awards #1 Nationwide ranking to MSC Southeast Software Development & Support program

Software Development & SupportGreatValueColleges.net has announced its rankings for the top 10 colleges for an online Associate Degree in Computer Engineering/Computer Information Science, naming Minnesota State College Southeast's Associate of Applied Science degree in Software & Web Development the #1 online program in the nation.

The website organizes its annual list of the Top 10 great value colleges to help prospective students find the programs that best that fit their interests and budget.  Rankings* are based on:

  1. Tuition value (ten points)
  2. Relevancy of the curriculum to the demands of the field (ten points)
  3. Low student to faculty ratio (ten points)
  4. In case of a tie on points, schools are ranked in order of decreasing tuition.

Minnesota State College Southeast's program was ranked ahead of Central Lakes College, Brainerd, MN (#2), Thomas Edison State University, Trenton, NJ (#5), Community College of Allegheny County, Pittsburgh, PA (#6), and University of Toledo, OH (#10).

At Minnesota State College Southeast, Software Development & Support students learn computer programming, web development, and information technology support using a hands-on approach. A rich online application environment, instructor developed recordings, and computer programming demonstrations make learning convenient for online learners. 

"Our courses provide the best value not just in terms of cost, but also in the quality of instruction. All of the lessons and exercises are designed to move students through the process of becoming software developers," according to Mark Swanson, Software Development and Support instructor. "Students learn a wide variety of skills ranging from broad concepts down to the details of coding for different environments. Our students also use hands-on learning and cutting edge tools to create a production-level system of their own design."

The 60-credit Associate of Applied Science in Software & Web Development includes 16 credits of general education requirements and 44 credits of technical requirements.

This is the second time MSC Southeast has been recognized by GreatValueColleges.net. In January, the college's Cyber and Information Security program was ranked #1 nationwide by the website.

"We take great pride in maintaining the highest standards for our programs and ensuring that curriculum is constantly revised to reflect the ever-changing technology landscape," says MSC Southeast Dean of Trade and Technology Travis Thul. "This #1 designation is truly an honor and we look forward to continuing to strive towards excellence."  

*Tuition, enrollment, and faculty-to- student ratio numbers are drawn from the National Center for Education Statistics, a US government agency. 

16 Students get Workforce Development Scholarships

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Workforce Development Scholarships - 2018
From left: Interim President Larry Lundblad, new nursing student Trisha Woodcock, Rep. Barb Haley, RWHS Principal Todd Herber.

16 MSC Southeast students will be ready to launch high demand careers with the help of new Workforce Development Scholarships

This spring, 16 Minnesota State College Southeast students got the great news that they are being awarded $2500 scholarships through the Workforce Development Scholarship program. The scholarships are designed to help them launch a career in a high-demand occupation in Minnesota.

The Workforce Development Scholarships were initially funded by the 2017 Minnesota Legislature. Representative Barb Haley of Red Wing (District 21A) was instrumental in making the scholarships possible.

"I am pleased to have authored the bill to create the Workforce Development Scholarships that the legislature funded last session. These opportunities are critical to addressing our workforce shortages by providing more students a pathway into high demand fields," said Representative Haley.

The 16 students will major in CNC Machine Tool, Cyber & Information Security, Medical Laboratory Technician, Network Administration & Technology, Nursing, Software Development & Support, and Welding Technology.

The Minnesota Precision Manufacturing Association contributed an additional $2,000 towards workforce scholarships. Four students -- all majoring in Welding Technology -- were awarded an additional $500 scholarship.

This fall, Welding Technology instructor Casey Mann will be welcoming seven new students who have been awarded scholarships.

"The Workforce Development Scholarships are a good way to get students to come to college and help them pay their way once they're here," Casey Mann said. "When they enter the workforce, they'll be highly-skilled and highly-trained, plus as college grads, they will have additional math and English skills. They will be well-positioned to become valuable employees."

Alissa Heide will start in the Welding Technology program this fall. "I was in Ag Mechanics in FFA, and welding was one of the categories we had to do," she said. "I would come in before school every day and practice welding. I really liked it, and it felt like I was naturally good at it."

To save money, Alissa will commute 45 miles from home and work part-time during college. She noted, "The Workforce Development Scholarship will really help with keeping the cost of college down."

$2500 Workforce Development Scholarship Awards will be made to:

  • Roberta Callahan, Zumbrota: Medical Laboratory Technician
  • Joshua Doust, Duluth: Welding Technology
  • Paige Fahnel, Wabasha: Nursing
  • Joshua Hansen, Elgin: CNC Machine Tool
  • Alissa Heide,* Fountain: Welding Technology 
  • Matthew Johnson,* Winona: Welding Technology 
  • Pierce Lind,* Peterson: Welding Technology 
  • Brendan Marcotte, Winona: Network Administration & Technology
  • Reginia Meyer, Houston: Nursing
  • Nickolas Meyer, Welch: Welding Technology 
  • Angel Najera, Winona: Software Development & Support
  • Logan Sammon,* Red Wing: Welding Technology 
  • Martin Sanchez, Winona: Welding Technology
  • Michelle Waller, Red Wing: Cyber & Information Security
  • Trisha Woodcock, Red Wing: Medical Laboratory Technician
  • Rainy Yangtz, Winona: CNC Machine Tool

 *Awarded additional $500 scholarship from the Minnesota Precision Manufacturing Association.

"We are all concerned about the current workforce crisis. The Workforce Development Scholarships are a way of encouraging prospective students to prepare for careers in technical fields. Graduates will find amazing opportunities await them in these high skill, high demand areas," said MSC Southeast Interim President Larry Lundblad, adding, "The college is in the process of identifying employers who might provide matching funds for additional scholarships."

The Workforce Development Scholarships are available to students who will be entering any Minnesota State two-year college to earn an associate degree, diploma, or certificate in high-demand sectors of Minnesota's economy. Programs that qualify for the scholarships are in advanced manufacturing, agriculture, health care services, and information technology.

Jay Dureske honored with 2018 Outstanding Alumni Award - Winona

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 Minnesota State College Southeast honors Jay Dureske with 2018 Outstanding Alumni Award - Winona

Jay Dureske and Larry LundbladSince graduating from the Electronics Technology program in 1992, Jay Dureske has advanced in his career to a leadership role as an Engineering Supervisor at Benchmark Electronics and has become a valued supporter of Minnesota State College Southeast.

On Wednesday, May 9, he was honored with the "Outstanding Alumni of the Year" award at the college's Winona campus graduation ceremony. The award recognizes outstanding personal and professional achievement and service to others.

"In my 35 years here, I have never seen a single community member do so much for our college behind the scenes," said Electronics Technology instructor Mike Wadewitz in nominating Jay Dureske for the award. "He has always graciously volunteered his time when working with current and future students."

Jay served in the Armed Forces Reserves for twelve years -- six years in the Marines and six years in the Army. While enrolled at MSC Southeast, he was called up and served in Desert Storm. Despite the interruption to his education, he returned to college and graduated from the Electronics Technology program. "He was a great student," remembered Mike Wadewitz.

Benchmark's Winona facility manufactures supercomputing, aerospace, and medical components. Jay began his career at Benchmark in 2005 as a bench technician, and then moved into a supervisory/leadership role in 2008. He credits his education at MSC Southeast for setting him on the right path.

"The instructors do a really a good job at setting us up with a base of knowledge and giving us the resources to learn more going forward," Jay said, noting that, "The technology I learned back in 1992 is long gone. The industry is continually evolving so you have to ready to learn to keep up with it."

In a similar vein, Jay has helped arrange internships for MSC Southeast instructors to come to Benchmark and keep up with the latest technologies. "These opportunities have helped the college maintain a very well-known and highly respected Electronics Technology program," said Mike Wadewitz.

Jay's connections to MSC Southeast remain strong. He refers employees to the college for additional training and brings first year electronics students to Benchmark for tours. He also comes to campus to present at high school and college career fairs. "I believe Benchmark's partnership with the college is vital for us to be able to fill our new employee pipeline," he said.

In addition to his service to the college, Jay is very active in the Winona community. He has been involved in the EMS field for more than 20 years, volunteered on several community outreach mission trips, and serves as Chairperson and Head Cook for a weekly free community meal at Central Lutheran Church.

"On behalf of the entire college community, I am happy to congratulate Jay Dureske for receiving the 2018 Outstanding Alumni - Winona Award," said Interim President Larry Lundblad. "This is an honor well deserved."

Mike Corrigan honored with Outstanding Alumni Award - Red Wing

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Mike Corrigan, Band Instrument Repair graduate, honored with 2018 MSC Southeast Outstanding Alumni Award - Red Wing

Mike Corrigan and Larry LundbladMike Corrigan of Overland Park, Kansas, received the 2018 Outstanding Alumni Award at Minnesota State College Southeast's graduation ceremony in Red Wing on May 8. He was nominated for the award by all three of the college's Band Instrument Repair Instructors -- Greg Beckwith, John Huth, and Lucas Pemberton.

A graduate of Band Instrument Repair (BIR) in 2000, Mike has since gone on to found several successful business ventures, most notably Best American Craftsman (B.A.C.), a company manufacturing musical instruments in Kansas City. B.A.C. makes individually crafted custom brass instruments for top players. The company also designs and markets high quality instruments for professional musicians, students, and marching bands.

To date, over 100 instruments have been made by hand at B.A.C. in Kansas City. These instruments have been played by professionals the world over and seen on television with top musical groups including Wynton Marsalis' Jazz at Lincoln Center, Trombone Shorty, Bruno Mars, Kool and the Gang, Justin Timberlake, Taylor Swift, John Legend, and many, many more.

"When I started seeing my horns being played on the Grammy Awards and the Oscars, I started thinking, 'I may not be on stage performing with these guys, but part of me is,' " he recently told a newspaper reporter.

"Mike continues to push both repair and instrument manufacturing forward by applying his understanding of historic instrument making techniques to modern day instruments," said BIR instructor John Huth in nominating Mike Corrigan. "His designs and resulting instruments are making B.A.C. a familiar name in music circles."

Mike maintains close ties with the college. He visits MSC Southeast regularly to share his story with BIR students and recruit potential employees. He is an active member of the Band Instrument Program Advisory Committee and has presented clinics at the college through the National Association of Professional Band Instrument Repair Technicians (NAPBIRT). He has also made donations of used musical instruments to the BIR program and arranged the purchase of B.A.C. instruments at a discount.

Moreover, Mike is a tireless ambassador for the college. "He is a loud proponent of the Band Instrument Repair program in Red Wing, continually singing our praises and encouraging musicians to attend the college," John Huth said.

Beyond his connections to MSC Southeast, Mike gives back to the larger community in other ways. Following Hurricane Katrina, Mike and his staff travelled to New Orleans to help repair damaged instruments free of charge. In 2011, he received a key to the city from Mayor Mitch Landrieu for his efforts, and even spoke at the World Economic Cultural Forum for Cultural Leaders.

In Kansas City, Mike Corrigan and B.A.C. are part of the historic jazz district's revival. His commitment to the area's significant role in the development of jazz is fostering other entrepreneurs to invest in the neighborhood.

"Mike Corrigan's business success and passion for the craft of musical instrument repair and building is a credit to our college, our instructors, and our Band Instrument Repair program," said Interim President Larry Lundblad.  "We are proud to call him one of our own."

Congratulations to Mike Corrigan!

May 7 Red Wing Student Guitar Show features new guitars, mandolins & more

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Red Wing Student Guitar Show at MSC Southeast features guitars, mandolins & more built by college students on May 7

Spencer Connell and GuitarEvery year the Guitar Repair & Building students at Minnesota State College Southeast in Red Wing have the opportunity to hear their newly-built guitars and other acoustic instruments played in concert for the first time at the Student Guitar Show.

NEW THIS YEAR: This year's event will take place in the evening, on Monday, May 7, 2018 from 6 to 8 pm, making it possible for more area students and working adults to attend!

Jerry Kosak, Phil Heywood, Mike Cramer and Brian Wicklund will play the brand new acoustic instruments, giving students the thrill of hearing their instruments played on stage by expert professional musicians.


Minnesota State College Southeast, Red Wing campus
Monday, May 7, 2018
6:00 to 8:00 pm
308 Pioneer Road, Red Wing, MN
Free and open to the public

As the academic year comes to a close, students in the college's lutherie programs are completing an array of new stringed instruments:

  • First year Guitar Repair and Building program students build a flattop steel string guitar and have the option to build an electric guitar or bass. 
  • Second year Guitar Development and Production 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. Their instruments may feature complex finishing techniques and inlay work. 

Guitar InlaySpencer Connell is a first year student from Nashville, TN. He is a self-declared "Martin Nerd" and is building a dreadnought he calls a "cowboy guitar." Holding the work in progress, he says, "It's styled after an early D-18, 12 frets to the body, slotted headstock, mahogany back and sides, spruce top." We can expect a big sound from this instrument!

Mitchell Ogle is in second year guitar student and has developed a high level of skill, as shown in the inlay he designed for one of his guitars. "I decided to come to MSC Southeast from Vermont because it was the most in-depth program I could find, and I wanted to follow my guitar building passion to the greatest extent I could," he says. "My fingerboard inlays depict a progression of several different maple leaf species and an outline of the state, all cut from mother of pearl." 

About the Performers

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.

Jerry Kosak
Jerry Kosak is a formidable guitarist from St. Paul who regularly performs, composes, and teaches in all styles --- roots and blues, rock, classical, and jazz. Dedication to and study of the wider continuum of music has enabled him to develop his own unique voice as a player and composer. He is equally comfortable with an acoustic, nylon string, electric, or resonator guitar in his hands.

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 plays guitar in The Good Intentions and performs in a duo with Brian Wicklund.

Brian Wicklund
A veteran of top national bluegrass bands including Stoney Lonesome, The Barley Jacks, and Brother Mule, Brian Wicklund is an award winning musician and accomplished performer on many instruments, including mandolin. He is an expert teacher and the founder of American Fiddle Method and Fiddle Pals. He and Mike Cramer won first place in the 2017 Minnesota State Fair Americana-Roots Duet Contest, presented by the Minnesota Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Association.


Cuba Talk in Winona on Tuesday, May 1

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MSC Southeast instructors visited Cuba, giving talk about experiences on May 1

Cuban Students at desksCuba: Education and Culture

with Lynne Rabuse, Jeanne Handke, and Debi Niebuhr
Tuesday, May 1, 2018
7:00 - 8:30 pm
Room 205, Minnesota State College Southeast, Winona Campus
1250 Homer Road, Winona

Minnesota State College Southeast instructors Lynne Rabuse (Spanish) and Jeanne Handke (Massage Therapy), along with retired instructor Debi Niebuhr (Massage Therapy), recently traveled to Cuba for ten days as members of a Witness for Peace delegation.

The emphasis of the trip was culture, education, the environment, and US-Cuban relations. In a talk on May 1, Lynne, Jeanne, and Debi will share the knowledge they gained about Cuban education from their travels. The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, please contact Lynne Rabuse at lrabuse@southeastmn.edu.

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