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Radiography program attains JRCERT accreditation

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Congratulations to Southeast Technical's Radiography program for attaining JRCERT accreditation

Radiogrpahy JRCERTWhat is the JRCERT and why does it mean so much to the Radiography program? 

JRCERT stands for the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology, the most prestigious national programmatic accreditor recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and Council for Higher Education Accreditation. 

Radiography instructor Patty Hiddinga was thrilled when the JRCERT announced this fall that the college's radiography program has been awarded an 8-year term of accreditation, the highest award that a program can get.

"Getting the credential was quite a process. In order to become accredited we had to do a self-study by meeting six standards which include 53 separate objectives," she explains. "The standards range from 'Integrity' - making sure that we follow fair and equitable academic practices - to 'Resources' - ensuring that we have sufficient resources to support the quality and effectiveness of the educational process." 

The other four standards are in Curriculum and Academic Practices; Health and Safety; Assessment; and Institutional/Programmatic Data.

After the college submits the self-study, the JRCERT representatives visit the campus to verify that the assessments are accurate. "Last May they came for two days and interviewed all of our students, clinical sites, staff, and administrators," Patty says. It is quite an intense process. Getting the accreditation ensures students that the education they receive during the program meets the gold standard in the medical industry. 

The site visit findings were submitted to the JRCERT Board, which voted on September 9 to grant the accreditation.

"We were awarded a program capacity increase and can now take 28 students; we have 15 excellent clinical sites in southeast Minnesota, southeast Wisconsin and in Iowa. Radiography is a rewarding field and an excellent career. For students, the return on investment is huge. Entry level wages start at more than $20 an hour and the need for radiographers will increase 22% in the next 4 years" Patty concludes.

For more information, visit the Southeast Technical Radiography program page.

Winona DECA students active with fundraiser, blood drive

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Winona DECA students active with Chicken-Q fundraiser, American Red Cross blood drive

DECA Chicken-Q FundraiserOn November 1, the Southeast Technical - Winona student chapter of DECA held a successful "Chicken-Q" fundraiser at the VFW in Winona. More than 200 meals were served, and 20 meals were donated to the Salvation Army in La Crosse.

DECA President Austin Lubinski says that the purpose of the fundraiser was to offset future chapter expenses, especially travel costs to state and national DECA competitions. "We had a lot of help with this event. AMVETS helped with cooking chicken, and I’d like to give a shout-out to Steak Shop Catering and Food Service," he said.

DECA Blood Drive 2014DECA also arranged a blood drive in on the Winona campus on November 18.

DECA member James Elvidge reported: "We were able to save 123 lives with our blood drive. That's 41 pints of blood donated - each pint can save 3 lives. DECA members, sales and marketing students, and Student Senators helped out and gave blood. Thank you to Southeast Technical for hosting our blood drive every year and to the maintenance staff who always handle moving and set up of all the furniture."

James added, "The American Red Cross sent a great team to this event! They showed appreciation and gave thanks to all of us."

What's Happening: Nov 17 to Nov 23

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 What's Happening Headline
 All events are free, unless otherwise noted. If you know of events that might be of interest, please email Chris Stout, cstout@southeastmn.edu.

What’s Happening is taking a break for Thanksgiving week – November 24-30 – but look for us to be back up and running in December.


PTK Coat, Mitten, Hat, Blanket Drives in Winona and Red Wing 
PTK chapters on both the Red Wing and Winona campuses are collecting new and gently used coats, blankets, hats, scarves and gloves for local charities. Donate in Red Wing November 17-21 in the Student Commons. Donate in Winona Nov. 17-24 on campus and at Paperbacks & Pieces on Main Street. 

Native American Heritage Month - Winona LaDuke
Time: 7:00
Where: Winona State University - Kryzsko Commons, 175 West Mark Street, Winona, MN 55987 Room: East Hall
In honor of Native American Heritage Month, WSU will host Winona LaDuke for "The Next
Energy Economy: Grassroots Strategies to Mitigate Global Climate Change & How We Move Ahead."
More Information: http://tinyurl.com/ngabm9v

International Education Week: Ten Thousand Village Fair Trade Sale
Time: 11/17 & 11/18, 10:00 AM  - 6:00 PM
Where: Winona State University - Kryzsko Commons, 175 West Mark Street, Winona, MN 55987
WSU will host the Ten Thousand Village Fair Trade Sale as part of International Education Week. The event will offer handcrafted gifts, jewelry, personal accessories, home decor, sculptures, textiles and other items from around the world.  The purchases help give income to developing countries to give them opportunities to earn income. 90% of final sales return to 10,000 villages and artisans. Cash or check only.
More Information: http://tinyurl.com/l6qcl6u

Healthy Monday – Sleep Habits
Time: 7:00
Where: WSU, Integrated Wellness Center, 175 Mark St. Winona, MN 55987 Room: 138
WSU Health and Wellness Services will hold "Don't be a Zombie: Sleep tips" as part of Healthy Monday. The event will offer information on how to get more out of sleep and how it can improve your life.
More Information: http://tinyurl.com/ogbzbwa


American Red Cross Blood Drive
9 am to 3 pm, Winona Campus Front Lobby
Sponsored by DECA and Retail & Sales Management Students
Pre-register at the Front Desk or in the Student Commons          

Red Wing Evening Hours for Admissions, Student Services and Financial Aid
4:30 to 6:30 pm 

Frank Meeink (Recovering Skinhead)
Time: 7:30 – 9:00
Location:  University of Wisconsin - Cartwright Center University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, La Crosse, WI 54601. 
This recovering skinhead tells his story about how he became one of the most notorious skinhead gang leaders of the East Coast. Only a trip to prison could change him. After questioning his hatred, he decided to make a huge change. He is now part of a hate prevention program called Harmony Through Hockey and is developing more. Tickets: Student-$3, Public-$5 *Prices double day of show
More Information: http://tinyurl.com/o9budr8

Grief Support Workshop
Time: 4:00 – 5:-30              
Where: WSU, Integrated Wellness Center, 175 Mark St. Winona, MN 55987 Room: 222
WSU Counseling and Wellness Services will offer a support group to students who have lost a loved one. The group provides information about the grief process and offers opportunities to share in a small group setting.
More Information: http://tinyurl.com/kt5qgdd

String Ensemble
Time: 7:30
Winona State University - Performing Arts Center, 175 West Mark Street, Winona, MN 55987
Room: Recital Hall
The WSU Music Department will hold a concert featuring the String Ensemble, directed by Paul Vance.
More Information: http://tinyurl.com/pnp7wll

Minnesota Marine Art Museum – Free Tuesday
All Day, every Tuesday: Free Admission for Students with I.D.
800 Riverview Drive, Winona
More Information: https://www.mmam.org/Visit/Hours-and-Admission



What's Race Got to Do With It Part II
Time: 7:00
Winona State University - Stark Hall, 175 Mark St. Winona, MN 55987, Room: 120
Mary Jo Klinker and Chuck Ripley, professors at WSU, will facilitate the student panel on "What's Race Got to Do With It Part II: Media Depictions of Race and Gender and Their Impact on You." 
More Information: http://tinyurl.com/nxkkv4o

 Wellness Wednesday – Unpacking Privilege
Where: WSU, Integrated Wellness Center, 175 Mark St. Winona, MN 55987 Room: 138
WSU Health and Wellness Services will host "Unpacking Privilege" as part of Wellness Wednesday. High School Counselor Matt Horel will focus on identifying privilege and what privilege means to you.
More Information: http://tinyurl.com/mmnarlt

Lunch & Learn - "A Simple Course in City Government"
When : Noon  - 1:00
Where: Pier 55 (Red Wing Area Senior Center), 240 Harrison Street, Suite 2 Red Wing, MN 55066
Have you ever wondered how things happen in our City? Who decides what amenities our city will offer? This is your chance to really understand how city government works and how you can get involved. Reservations are required by calling the Chamber office at 651-388-4719 or email frontdesk@redwingchamber.com.
More Information: http://tinyurl.com/km6crw3

How to Become a Millionaire
When: 6:30 – 7:30
Where: Centennial Hall, 310 16th St N, La Crosse, WI 54601
Come learn about the behaviors and characteristics of millionaires and how you can become one too.
More Information: http://tinyurl.com/mhut9tz


Winona Evening Hours for Admissions, Student Services and Financial Aid  
Thursday, November 20, 4:30 to 6:30 pm

International Music Series: Lyz Jaakola
Time: 6:00
Winona State University - Performing Arts Center, 175 Mark St. Winona, MN 55987 Room: Recital Hall
The WSU Music Department will feature the music of Lyz Jaakola as part of the International Music Series.
More Information: http://tinyurl.com/modmv82

FREE Business Consulting Through MN State College-SE Technical Red Wing
The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) wants to make sure all small businesses in Red Wing have access to free consulting. An SBDC Consultant will be in Red Wing on November 20. They are available to meet with businesses on a variety of topics including: Business Plans, Financial Analysis, Cash Flow, Marketing, and brainstorming ideas on how to grow your business. This service is FREE and they can meet with you at your business, or at SE Tech. All information is completely confidential. You can also have FREE legal advice through the LegalCORPS program (www.legalcorps.org). You can set up a 30 minute FREE consultation on any business issue. For more information, contact Katie Hardyman at Khardyman@SOUTHEASTMN.EDU or call 651-267-7706.

Free Thursdays: Rochester Art Center
10 am – 9 pm
40 Civic Center Dr SE, Rochester, MN 55904
More information: http://www.rochesterartcenter.org/about/visit/


 Professional Artist Exhibit
When: 8:00 AM to 4:00 AM, 11/17 – 12/5
Where: Winona State University - Watkins Hall, 175 West Mark Street, Winona, MN 55987
Room: Gallery
The WSU Art Department will showcase the work of professional artists Erin Goedtel and Kiera S. Norton for the student art exhibit. The exhibit includes ceramic sculptures and painting/mixed media photographic works.
More Information: http://tinyurl.com/krgqoqf

THAD Presents "Leaving Iowa"
Time: 7:30
Winona State University - Performing Arts Center, 175 Mark St. Winona, MN 55987
Room: Black Box Theatre
The WSU Department of Theatre and Dance will perform "Leaving Iowa" by Tim Clue and Spike Mantan. The performance is a family-friendly comedy about a writer who travels across Iowa.  Tickets must be purchased in advance.
More Information: http://tinyurl.com/nb96u65

Saint Mary's Red Bird Club
Time: 7:30
Where: Valencia Studio Theatre (10th and Vila streets), Winona, MN 55987
Valencia Studio Theatre will be transformed into the Red Bird Club Jazz Cabaret, showcasing the talents of Saint Mary’s University student jazz musicians. Saint Mary's University Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combo 1 will salute the classic American jazz cabarets of the 1940s and ’50s. Tickets are 10$ for adults, 5$ for seniors and students.
More Information: http://tinyurl.com/mxxosks

Parents Night Out
Time: 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: YMCA Main & Broadway, Red Wing, MN 55066
Drop your kids off at the Y and enjoy a night out (or a night in)! Kids ages 6 weeks to 10 years old will enjoy games, gym time, crafts & more! Open to the community. 15$ members, 25$ for non-members.
More Information: http://www.redwingymca.org/home.htm


PopUp Art Gallery in Downtown Red Wing
417 Main Street, Red Wing
Open Saturday Nov. 22 from 11 am-5 pm.
This art gallery is only open from October 3 to December 21. The purpose is to replace vacancy with attention – to change a vacant storefront to a living art space. 25+ artists are displaying work.

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/

Support our Students: Give to the Max on Nov. 13

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Support our Students: Give to the Max on Nov. 13

Give to the Max Day 2014It’s not complicated. The cost of attending college is going up every year. Even with tuition freezes, our students struggle to pay for getting an education. But what can we do to help?

The answer is simple: Give to the Max on November 13!

Donations to Southeast Technical Foundation directly help our students by providing scholarships, so they can pay for tuition, books, fees, and the other expenses they incur as they strive to improve their lives through education. These scholarships reduce our graduates' student debt and help them as they move into the future.

This year, Southeast Technical is actively participating in Give to the Max Day on Thursday, November 13. Join thousands of Minnesotans as we ignite generosity and raise millions of dollars for nonprofits and schools across the state. Make a donation to Southeast Technical Foundation on November 13 and be part of Minnesota's annual day of giving! 

Donations made on Give to the Max Day will:

  • help us earn a matching gift of $2500
  • give us a chance to win one of the $1,000 prizes that will be awarded to participating non-profit organizations on Give to the Max Day
  •  enter Southeast Technical Foundation to win the "Golden Ticket," a $10,000 prize! 
You don't have to wait until November 13 - you can set up your donation right now to be counted next Thursday. Please go to givemn.org now to make a donation and help us make our $2500 goal.


Red Wing Gives

Southeast Technical Foundation is one of more than 25 organizations in Red Wing that are celebrating Give to the Max Day with "Red Wing Gives." Giving stations will be set up all day at the YMCA, The Sheldon Theatre, and Pier 55 Senior Center where you can drop off a check or make an online donation. Red Wing will be painting the town green -- watch for green everywhere on November 13. Even Bob the Duck will be going green for Give to the Max Day


November is the month to get to KNOW Southeast Tech

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Get to Know Southeast Technical! KNOWvember

KNOWvember is coming - get to KNOW Southeast Technical!

This year, November will become "KNOW-vember" at Minnesota State College - Southeast Technical as we open our doors with several events and opportunities to discover the college. Southeast Technical is an accredited college with very affordable tuition. You don't have to travel far to find the opportunity to begin college or complete a diploma, certificate or associate degree program. Please come visit us during KNOWvember - it's a great month!


  • We offer the opportunity for high school students to get a jump start by taking college courses?
  • Many of our classes are offered online?
  • Almost 100% of our graduates find careers in their field?
  • We are an accredited college with transfer opportunities to other colleges and universities? 

Highlights at the end of the month:

Red Wing Evening Hours for Admissions, Student Services and Financial Aid
Tuesday, November 18, 4:30 to 6:30 pm 

Winona Evening Hours for Admissions, Student Services and Financial Aid
Thursday, November 20, 4:30 to 6:30 pm


Saturday, November 1
9 am – Noon

Winona Open House


Monday, November 3
1 to 3 pm

Cosmetology Open House


Wednesday, November 5
Trade and Technology Day
For high school juniors and seniors
Call 507-453-2700 to register in advance


Thursday, November 6
11:45 am to 12:45 pm

Veterans Day Celebration
Winona Student Commons


Thursday, November 13
Give to the Max Day
give online


Thursday, November 20
4:30 to 6:30 pm

Evening Hours for Admissions, Student Services and Financial Aid



Saturday, November 1
1 pm to 4 pm

Red Wing Campus Open House   


Tuesday, November 4
10 am to 1 pm

Charting the Future Gallery Walk
Red Wing Campus, Room 318


Friday, November 7
Noon to 1 pm

Veterans Day Celebration
Red Wing Campus Student Commons


Thursday, November 13
Give to the Max Day
Red Wing YMCA and
give online


Tuesday, November 18
4:30 to 6:30 pm

Evening Hours for Admissions, Student Services and Financial Aid


Wednesday, November 19
Trade, Tech, Business, and Health Day
For high school juniors and seniors
Call 651-385-6300 to register in advance



Charting the Future Gallery Walk comes to Red Wing campus Nov. 4

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Walk through, learn about, and respond to "Charting the Future" at our Red Wing Gallery Walk

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MnSCU Charting the Future Gallery Walk

Tuesday, November 4, 2014, 10 am to 1 pm
Minnesota State College - Southeast Technical
Red Wing Campus, Room 318
308 Pioneer Road, Red Wing, MN
Students, faculty, staff, and the community at large are invited to attend and participate!

More information: southeastmn.edu/CTF 

Southeast Technical will host a Charting the Future (CTF) Gallery Walk on Tuesday, November 4, 2014, from 10 am to 1 pm in Room 318 on the Red Wing Campus. Charting the Future for a Prosperous Minnesota is a collaborative process designed by Minnesota State Colleges and Universities to develop specific actions to better serve its 435,000 students, strengthen its colleges and universities, and protect its unique character and autonomy.   

The open-house style event is designed to provide students, faculty, staff, and community members the opportunity to react to the concepts and themes proposed by four Charting the Future implementation teams: Student Success, Diversity, Comprehensive Workplace Solutions, and System Incentives & Rewards. Everyone is welcome to attend; representatives will be on hand to answer questions and encourage feedback.

"Gallery Walk" is a term used in education circles to describe a teaching method that gets students out of their seats and moving as they learn about, and respond to, the topic they are studying. In the Charting the Future Gallery Walk, posters prepared by the four implementation teams will be presented in a gallery layout. Visitors can walk through the gallery, ask questions, and provide immediate feedback.

Please mark your calendar and plan to stop by on November 4 to experience the Charting the Future Gallery Walk at Southeast Technical. To learn more about Charting the Future, visit the Charting the Future blog or southeastmn.edu/CTF. Join the conversation by following @mnscu on Twitter and using the #ChartingTheFuture hashtag, or by sending feedback to MyIdeas@so.mnscu.edu

Southeast Technical named to 2015 Military Friendly Schools list

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Minnesota State College - Southeast Technical named to 2015 Military Friendly Schools list

 Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Scholarship Donation - 2014
Beyond the Yellow Ribbon of Hiawatha Valley presented a check for $2000 to Southeast Technical Foundation on September 25, 2014, to be used for Red Wing veterans scholarships. 

We are excited to announce that our college has been designated a 2015 Military Friendly(R) School by Victory Media, the leader in successfully connecting the military and civilian worlds. Now in its sixth year, the Military Friendly Schools designation and list by Victory Media is the premier, trusted resource for post-military success. Military Friendly provides service members transparent, data-driven ratings about post-military education and career opportunities. 

The Military Friendly(R) Schools designation is awarded to the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace military students, and to dedicate resources to ensure their success in the classroom and after graduation. 

"Southeast Technical aspires to be the 'safe landing' place when our veterans transition back to civilian life and come to school.  We want our veterans to know that we are here to support them every step of the way on their educational journey," said President Dorothy Duran. 

The college has planned two informal Veterans Breakfasts this fall. Southeast Technical student veterans are invited to join Dr. Duran, Veterans Assistance Coordinator Mark Larsen, Criminal Justice Instructor Greg Cady, Student Services Vice President Nate Emerson, and VA Certifying Official Pamela Zimmerman at one of breakfasts planned for Winona on October 7 and Red Wing on October 8. 

"At these breakfasts, my hope is to share the services available to our veterans and learn how we can best support them as they continue their education," said Dr. Duran. 

  • If you are a student-veteran and would like to attend one of the Veterans Breakfasts, please contact Casie Johnson (507-453-2663 or cjohnson@southeastmn.edu) by October 3 for more information and to RSVP. 


Beyond the Yellow Ribbon LogoMark Larsen, Veterans Assistance Coordinator for the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs, stated, "Southeast Technical is exemplary in the level of effort they put forward to make veterans welcome. As a vet myself I honestly think any veteran would feel fully supported and at home at Southeast Technical."

It has been a good week for veterans at Southeast Technical! In addition to the Military Friendly Schools (R) designation and the invitation to attend a Veterans Breakfast, Beyond the Yellow Ribbon of Hiawatha Valley made a presentation of $2000 to Southeast Technical Foundation on September 25, to be used expressly for support of Red Wing campus student-veterans. A $1000 scholarship is now available for Spring term, 2015, and $1000 will be awarded for Fall 2015. For more information about applying for a scholarship, see the Southeast Technical Foundation scholarships page.