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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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See and hear student-built guitars on display, in concert on May 10 in Red Wing

Student Guitar Show 2016Dozens of newly-built acoustic guitars and mandolins as well as electric guitars and basses will be 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 will give 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 you'll have 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.


What's Happening - May 2 to May 8

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What's Happening Headline

What's Happening is published each week during the school year. Please check the website for updates on Monday mornings. All events are free, unless otherwise noted. To submit items for What's Happening, email Mark Quamme, mquamme@southeastmn.edu.


  • UM-Rochester Connects Series - "Designing Landscapes for a Healthier You"
    When: 7:00pm - 8:30pm
    Where: University of MN Rochester- 4th Floor of University Square, 111 S Broadway, Rochester, MN
    Room: 417
    Presented by: Jeff Feece, Sargent's Landscaper
    Event Description: Come hear how to create outdoor spaces where you can reap the benefits of a closer relationship with nature in order to lead a healthier life.  Jeff will discuss the basics of creating outdoor spaces using natural elements which are personalized to your individual aesthetic style and activity level.  He'll share the ongoing process of transforming his .2 acre lot from turf grass to a place where he and his family can reconnect with the natural world. More Information: http://tinyurl.com/lvpkxoy  


  • Blues Jam
    When: 7:30 PM
    Where: Marie's Underground Grill & Tap House- 217 Plum Street, Red Wing, MN
    Event Information: Grab your guitar and come on down to join in or sit back and enjoy the greatest blues musicians around.  There will be a full sound system along with 3 initial players.


  • Live Music: Lewis Knudsen
    When: 7:00 PM
    Where: Trempealeau Hotel- 11332 Main Street, Trempealeau, WI
    Event Description: For the past 15 years, songwriting has been much more than a hobby, it has been a language, a personal therapy, and a full-time occupation. Knudsen's 2015 release, "The Way of Most Resistance" reflects inspirations from the genres of funk and soul while still thinking outside the box.
    More Information: http://tinyurl.com/h2wgqb5  

  • Live Piano Music
    When: 7:00 - 9:00 PM
    Where: The Port Lounge inside the St. James Hotel- 406 Main Street, Red Wing, MN
    Event Description: The very talented Ken Arneson entertains on piano in The Port Lounge from 7-9 pm every Thursday!   Come in, have a drink or a bite to eat, and enjoy the music.
    More Information: http://tinyurl.com/jeggnc9


  • Cinco De Mayo Celebration
    When: 4:00 - 7:00 PM
    Where: Red Wing YMCA- 434 Main Street, Red Wing, MN
    Event Description: You're invited to join the fun Cinco De Mayo Celebration at the Red Wing Family YMCA! No pre-registration is necessary. All proceeds support the Hispanic Outreach Program of Goodhue County. Drawings will be held for prizes at 6:30 pm.
    • Handmade tamales for sale (for take-home only).
    • 4-7pm Soccer tournament (local soccer teams)
    • 5:30-6:30pm Salsa & tortilla Class ($5 fee)
    • 5:30-6:30pm Activities for children (Gym C)
    • 4-6pm Open swim for kids (rec pool)
    • 5-5:30pm Latin inspired aquatic class (lap pool)
  • Teen Voices Project
    When: 7:00 PM
    Where: Winona Arts Center - 228 E. 5th Street, Winona, MN
    Event Description: The Teen Voices Project will present a combination publication party and reading with their new anthology Soundings. 

  • Live Music: Jeni Grouws & Chris Avey
    When: 8:00 PM
    Where: Trempealeau Hotel- 11332 Main Street, Trempealeau, WI
    Event Description: Are you ready for all your favorite folk and Americana sing-alongs? Are you ready to shake a leg to some country rock? Are you ready for some real fun? Jeni and Chris are the perfect fit. She comes from Decorah, Iowa, he's from the Quad Cities and together they turn any venue into a musical madhouse of fun.
    More Information: http://tinyurl.com/h2wgqb5  


  • Kinstone Kin-Day Family Permaculture Day & Labyrinth Celebration
    Date: Saturday, May 7
    When: 12:00 - 5:00 PM
    Where: Kinstone- S3439 Cole Bluff Lane, Fountain City, WI
    Event Description: This FREE event celebrates World Labyrinth Day and International Permaculture Day.  This event will be held rain or shine.  Come dressed for the weather and wear sturdy walking shoes.

  • Live Music: Sara & Kenny
    Date: Saturday, May 7
    When: 9:00 PM
    Where: Trempealeau Hotel- 11332 Main Street, Trempealeau, WI
    Event Description: Sara and Kenny met in Milwaukee through a shared love of the growing improvised music scene. They immediately connected and started working on original music in April 2015. An eclectic blend of voice, nylon string and steel string guitars, Sara and Kenny embrace their wide range.
    More Information: http://tinyurl.com/h2wgqb5  


  • Trester Trolley Tours
    Mondays, 10:00 AM & 1:00 PM
    Saturdays, 1:00PM
    Where: Various Locations in Winona
    Event Description: The Trester Tolley will offer tours of downtown Winona during the week. The Trolley will depart from Perkins Restaurant (956 1/2 Mankato Avenue). Cost is $12 for adults, $5 for children, and free for children 4 & under.
    More Information: http://www.trestertrolley.com/
  • Minnesota Marine Art Museum - Free Tuesday
    All Day, every Tuesday: Free Admission for Students with I.D.
    800 Riverview Drive, Winona, MN 55987 (HUMA2535 approved art/music event)
    More Information: https://www.mmam.org/Visit/Hours-and-Admission  

  • Free Supper on Wednesdays
    Time: 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
    Where: Wesley United Methodist Church, 114 West Broadway Street, Winona, MN 55987
    Wesley United Methodist Church, at the corner of Main & Broadway in Winona, offers a free supper every Wednesday from 5:30 p.m. - 6:15 p.m. The supper is followed by Faith Formation opportunities for anyone ages 3 and up from 6:15 p.m. - 7:15 p.m. Childcare available for ages 0-2. All are invited and welcome.
    More Information: http://tinyurl.com/ovv7ylj  

  • Free Thursdays: Rochester Art Center
    10 am - 9 pm
    40 Civic Center Dr SE, Rochester, MN 55904
    (HUMA2535 approved art/music event)
    More information: http://www.rochesterartcenter.org/about/visit


  • Volunteer at The Sheldon Theatre, Red Wing
    443 West 3rd Street (at East Avenue), Red Wing, MN 55066
    Are you looking for an enjoyable way to spend evenings away from home? Want to see shows for free? Volunteer at the Sheldon and get great perks!!! * Connect with Great People * See Shows for Free * Ticket Discounts *
    Front of House volunteers: You will seat patrons, sell concessions & provide information about the theater.
    Back of House volunteers: Lighting, design, sound, and stage management. You must be 15 years old or older to volunteer back stage.
    More Information: Call 651-388-8700, http://sheldontheatre.org/news/30 

  • Volunteers Needed at the Goodhue County Historical Society
    Where: GCHS, Address: 1166 Oak Street, Red Wing, MN 55066
    Phone: (651) 388-6024
    Here are just a few of the ways that you can spend your time volunteering at GCHS: tour guide, library assistant, collections volunteer, and with programming and events.
    More Information: http://goodhuecountyhistory.org/get-involved/volunteering/   

  • Winona Volunteer Services
    Volunteer Opportunities – dozens available!

  • United Way of Goodhue County
    Volunteer Opportunities – dozens available!
    More Information: http://www.uw-gwp.org/volunteer/agency/needs/

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.

Strings, Winds & Brass at The Sheldon on April 16

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Strings, Winds & Brass 2016

Voices, guitars, violins, brass, piano and more: Strings, Winds & Brass at The Sheldon on April 16

Southeast Technical students and staff showcase their talents at The Sheldon Theatre for "Strings, Winds & Brass" variety showcase

From classical to pop, blues to bluegrass and beyond, Strings, Winds & Brass is an opportunity for the college students (and staff) of Minnesota State College - Southeast Technical in Red Wing to share their talents at the college's annual variety showcase. 

Strings, Winds & Brass
Saturday, April 16, 2016
7 pm (doors 6:30 pm, all tickets general admission)
The Sheldon Theatre, 443 West 3rd Street, Red Wing
Purchase tickets at the box office, by phone (651-388-8700, toll free 800-899-5759) or online www.sheldontheatre.org
Southeast Technical students can purchase tickets for only $5 at the college bookstore

Southeast Technical's world-renowned band, guitar, and violin repair programs attract talented musicians from across the United States. In this year's show, more than 20 performers from as far afield as Idaho, Maine, Pennsylvania, and Florida will take the stage. 

Classical selections include Samuel Barber's magnificent "Adagio for Strings," arranged for brass quintet, and Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Music of the Night" performed by lyric baritone Ethan Sherman. Violin repair instructor Lisbeth Nelson Butler will play "Ashokan Farewell," a beautiful violin melody by Molly Mason and Jay Ungar. Tenor William Jon Gerlock will sing the haunting Irish classic, "Danny Boy." 

The variety continues with rock, blues, and folk guitar performances; the pop song "Say Something" interpreted by a vocal duet with piano and string bass; and a rollicking bluegrass group, The Sodbusters. This year's featured performers are:

Carrie Allen, poet
Michael Livingston, tuba; Joseph Rach, piano
Kyle Nelson, guitar
Blind Leading (Daniel Bernstrom, piano, vocals; Katryn Conlin, vocals; John Potts, string bass)
Billy J. Kezar, guitar and voice
Ethan Sherman, lyric baritone (with the Eagle Swoops Quintet)
Machine Delilah (Loui Miller and Jairus Paulus, guitars and voice)
Hoover/Potts Blues Implosion (Gregg Hoover, guitar; John Potts, electric bass)
William Jon Gerlock, voice and violin; Sherry Gerlock, piano
Eagle Swoops Quintet (Steven Clark, trumpet; Brian DeGayner, horn; Andrew Fridsma, trombone; Michael Livingston, tuba; Yue Xiong, trumpet)
Lisbeth Nelson Butler, violin
The Sod Busters (Ron Stafford, guitar; Phil Nusbaum, banjo; John Potts, string bass)

Ticket Information:
Advance tickets are $14.50 adults, $8.50 students. Tickets are an additional $3 if purchased day of show.
For tickets, call The Sheldon (651-388-8700, toll free 800-899-5759), visit the box office, or go to www.sheldontheatre.org.
Advance tickets are also available at the Southeast Technical bookstore (Southeast Tech students, only $5).
All tickets are general admission; doors open at 6:30 day of show. 

Transportation Career Night on March 29, 2016

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Learn about Transportation Programs at Career Night on March 29

Check out a modern semi-tractor inside and out, see the working parts of automobiles, and experience automotive paint spraying first hand -- these are just a few of the activities that will be available to the public when Southeast Technical's Transportation Programs open their doors for a career night.

Transportation Programs Career Night
Tuesday March 29, 2016
6:30 to 8:30 pm. 
Minnesota State College - Southeast Technical, Winona campus
Norris P. Abts Transportation Center
1250 Homer Road, Winona, MN
Free and open to the public - all ages welcome!

Auto Body spray booth

Four college programs will be represented at the event: Auto Body Collision Technology, Automotive Technology, Diesel Maintenance Technician, and Truck Driving. These programs offer certificates, diplomas, and degrees that can lead directly to high-paying, high growth occupations.

"Career Night is much more than an open house where you can tour our state-of-the-art facilities ," says Auto Body Collision Technology instructor Tom Brandt. "There will be industry representatives from all the transportation programs to talk with about career options and opportunities in these high-demand job markets. They will also be able to give current and future students a realistic idea of what transportation careers are like in the workforce."

College student services staff will also be available to assist students in applying to Southeast Technical and the regular $20 application fee will be waived at Transportation Programs Career Night. 

Financial aid representatives will be on hand to explain options for paying for college, especially the new Minnesota State Occupational Grant Program, which may make up to two years of tech college available tuition-free to qualifying students now in the high school class of 2016.

Learn more about all of Southeast Technical's Transportation Programs, and meet with their instructors, at Transportation Programs Career Night on March 29!

Opportunities Abound for Administrative Support Graduates

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An Abundance of Opportunities for Administrative Support Graduates 

Heather StueveEarning an A.A.S. in the Administrative Assistant program at Southeast Technical can open up the opportunity for a variety of job opportunities.

Heather Stueve, a graduate of the program, works as a Public Occupancy Specialist with the Winona Housing and Redevelopment Authority. No two days are the same and the daily rewards outweigh the challenges.

"My typical work day includes scheduling appointments, meeting with tenants, entering rent payments, housekeeping inspections, sending out verification requests, working with Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to meet regulations… I don't know what each day will bring -- but that is what keeps me on my toes." Heather states.

School didn’t come easy to Heather until she attended Southeast Technical. With the help of her instructors, she gained the writing and computer skills she needed to succeed in her job, and developed the confidence she needed to succeed in the career she chose.

"The time went by so fast. I had felt like I just started my schooling and then the next moment I was walking across the stage at graduation, receiving my degree," Heather reports --  with well-deserved sense of accomplishment.

More about Administrative Support Careers at Southeast Technical

Job Outlook

The employment outlook for Administrative Assistants is expected to see a 12% growth from 2012-2022, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Resources are tight and employers are looking for detail-oriented, tech-savvy administrative support personnel to manage both complex projects and day-to-day office needs.  As of September of 2015, there over 900 job openings for Customer Service Representative alone in Southeast Minnesota. (Bill Blazer, Economic Summit, 9/2015).