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New Student Registration August 21 in Red Wing, 22 in Winona

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 Students getting ready for Fall Semester

Getting ready for Fall Semester - Complete your application now so you'll be ready to register!

As you’re making your plans for college this year, we want to be sure Minnesota State College Southeast is at the top of your list.

  • Valuable: Our instructors are passionate about teaching; our campuses offer state-of-the-art facilities and labs.
  • Affordable: Our per-credit tuition rate is among the lowest in the state of Minnesota, plus financial aid and scholarships are available.
  • Personal: With an average student to faculty ratio of 15:1, your instructors will know you by name and give you the personal attention you need to succeed.
  • Transferable: Our Associate of Arts degree and Transfer Pathways degrees will transfer to any university in the Minnesota State system. Start college here, then transfer to finish your baccalaureate.

Complete your online application now so you'll be ready to register for Fall classes. Registration is on Tuesday, August 21 in Red Wing and Wednesday, August 22 in Winona.


Questions? An admissions advisor is ready to help. Contact information is below. Thank you for your interest in Minnesota State College Southeast!

The MSC Southeast Admissions Team 


Laura Thomas 2018
Laura Thomas
Red Wing Admissions

Chris Cook
Chris Cook
Winona Admissions

Info Night @ MSC Southeast - Red Wing campus on August 1

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MSC Southeast Red Wing campus hosting an evening Info Night on August 1 – all are welcome!

Minnesota State College Southeast in Red Wing invites everyone to Info Night on Wednesday, August 1 from 5:30 – 6:30 pm. Get to know the dedicated, friendly, student-centered people of Red Wing's 2-year community and technical college and let us know how we can help you!

MSC Southeast Info Night - Red Wing Campus
Wednesday, August 1, 2018
5:30 p.m.- 6:30 p.m.
Red Wing Student Commons
308 Pioneer Road, Red Wing

"It's about bringing people to campus at a time of day that might be more convenient for them, so they can stop by right after work and see what's happening at MSC Southeast," said Tammy Vondrasek, the college's director of enrollment services. "You can meet with our instructors and staff one-on-one and see how what we do can fit your needs."

At the Red Wing Campus Info Night, you can:

  • Get your questions answered about how to apply for college and register for classes
  • Meet college instructors and learn about programs such as:
    • Criminal Justice
    • Early Childhood Education
    • Liberal Arts & Sciences
    • Transfer Pathways
  • Tour campus classrooms and labs, including Nursing, Musical Instrument Repair, and the Learning Resource Center
  • Find out more about Financial Aid and MSC Southeast Foundation scholarships
  • Learn how high school students can earn college credit for free through PSEO 
  • Talk with Workforce Development and Continuing Education about education/training options
  • Visit the College Bookstore
  • And more!

Light refreshments will be provided. Expect drawings for a variety of fun door prizes, too. Best of all, if you meet with admissions staff and apply for entry into the college, we’ll waive the $20 application fee!

"The Info Night is an opportunity to engage with our entire team," Tammy Vondrasek added. "We want to know how we can support you in meeting your goals. We're here to meet you where you are and help you get to where you want to be."

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.

Winona Open House July 26, 4:30 - 6:30 pm

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You're Invited! MSC Southeast Winona campus hosting an evening Open House on July 26

Winona Open House 2018Minnesota State College Southeast in Winona invites everyone to an Open House on Thursday, July 26, 2018 from 4:30 to 6:30 pm. Get to know the dedicated, friendly, student-centered people of Winona's only two-year college and let us know how we can help you!

"MSC Southeast wants to share opportunities available to the community," says Medical Support Careers Instructor Patty Watson. "Our faculty will explain their programs and classes, discuss taking college classes while in high school, and encourage life-long learning."

MSC Southeast Open House - Winona campus
Thursday, July 26, 2018 from 4:30 to 6:30 pm
Minnesota State College Southeast - Winona campus
1250 Homer Road, Winona

"It's about bringing people to campus at a time of day that might be more convenient for them, so they can stop by right after work and see what's happening at MSC Southeast," said Tammy Vondrasek, the college's director of enrollment services. "You can meet with our instructors and staff one-on-one and see how what we do can fit your needs."

At the Winona Campus Open House, people can:

  • Meet with instructors in various business, trades, technology, and liberal arts programs
  • Tour campus classrooms and labs, including Welding, Cosmetology, and the Transportation Center
  • Visit the college Bookstore and Learning Resource Center
  • Talk with Workforce Development and Continuing Education about education/training options
  • Learn about financial aid and MSC Southeast Foundation scholarships

Light refreshments will be provided -- help yourself to hot dogs, cookies, and popcorn. Expect drawings for a variety of fun prizes, too. Best of all, if you meet with admissions staff and apply for entry into the college, we’ll waive the $20 application fee!

"The Open House is an opportunity to engage with our entire team," Tammy Vondrasek added. "We want to know how we can support you in meeting your goals. We're here to meet you where you are and help you get to where you want to be."

6 Transfer Pathways degrees pave way from MSC Southeast 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

Trail in State ParkWhat 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.

Truck driving instructors drive to KY to pick up $430,000 in-kind donation

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Quick trip to Kentucky yields $430,000 in-kind donation through cooperation with Lockheed Martin

Use of supplemental semi-trailers provided by Rihm Leasing made trip possible

Tom Gierok and Casey Mann On Sunday, April 8, Truck Driving instructors Mike Swanson and Tom Gierok drove 680 miles to Lexington, KY in two semi-trailer trucks. On Monday morning, the trucks were loaded up with materials donated by Lockheed Martin via the Department of Defense, and driven all the way back to Winona in one day!

One truck seemed to be mostly empty... except for thousands of pounds of metal in pallets on the floor. "Actually, this truck is full by weight," said Tom Gierok.

Welding instructor Casey Mann has big plans for some of aluminum and other metals. "Some of the metal will be used on campus to build projects. We need tables, and our students will be working on a trailer that auto body and auto technology can use for hauling cars around." 

As Casey Mann pointed out, "New aluminum is worth two dollars a pound, and these pallets weigh 10,000 to 11,000 pounds each. That's means each pallet is worth $20,000, easily!"

"We will use metal in this truck across the vocational technical programs," said Travis Thul, Dean of Trade and Technology. "The other truck is full of fasteners and components that we can use in everything from Construction Technology to CNC Machine Tool. Anything we don't use, we can share with our partner high schools."

Tom Gierok, Tim Carroll, Travis Thul, and Casey MannSpecial thanks goes out to Rihm Leasing, the company which provided two supplemental semi-trailers that allowed the haul to take place.

"It makes sense that we would partner with an institution that does truck driver training," said Tim Carroll, Director of Business Development, Rental Fleet Operations, of Rihm Leasing. "We are a leasing company, so we don't hire truck drivers, but without qualified truck drivers there would be no demand for our product."

Travis said that Lockheed Martin is always trying to find good uses for decommissioned materials. "They are willing to help transfer incredibly valuable materials, but there are very few organizations that have the resources to go pick it up! That's where our heroes, Mike and Tom, come in, as well as Rihm Leasing. We are extremely fortunate to be able to take advantage of donations like this."



Above: Tom Gierok and Casey Mann show off a truck full of aluminum and other metals.
Below: Tom Gierok, Tim Carroll, Travis Thul, and Casey Mann pose between the trucks that made the cross country trip to Lexington, KY.

Strings, Winds & Brass April 7 at The Sheldon

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At Strings, Winds & Brass, MSC Southeast students and friends share their talents with the Red Wing community

Strings, Winds & brass 2018

The annual Strings, Winds & Brass variety showcase is an opportunity for Minnesota State College Southeast students and friends to share their amazing talents with the Red Wing community.  

Every year it's a different experience. This year the concert ranges from classical to classic rock, old-time fiddle to jump-roping clog dancer, and singer-songwriter to second line jazz band --- with all kinds of exciting music along the way!

And it's not just about entertainment. The performers are "paying it forward," as proceeds from the variety show are directed into Minnesota State College Southeast Foundation scholarship funds which will benefit future students.

Strings, Winds & Brass
Saturday, April 7, 2018 at 7:30 pm
The Sheldon Theatre, 443 West 3rd Street, Red Wing, MN
Tickets: MSC Southeast bookstore, www.sheldontheatre.org, or 800-899-5759 

The college's signature band instrument repair, violin repair, and guitar repair & building programs draw students from across the United States and around the world, many with advanced music degrees and professional performance experience. 

This year, Strings, Winds & Brass will feature the talents of more than 30 performers from  as far afield as Canada, China, Taiwan and the states of Iowa, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, North Dakota, Nebraska, New York, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Wisconsin!

The Strings, Winds & Brass concert line-up includes:

  • Hannah Peichel -- singer-songwriter
  • Spencer Connell & His Dixieland Swingers -- old-time string band
  • Adam Trostle -- Clog dance/jump rope
  • Liz & Zoe -- Clarinet & Flute
  • Antonio Limon -- Pop vocalist with piano
  • Economy -- Woodwind quintet
  • Carrie Maynard-Allen -- poet
  • Fish House Punch -- Classic rock band
  • Shagawa Shorty -- Blues guitar & vocals
  • Christopher Lichtler -- Trumpet soloist
  • Flute Loops -- Flute quartet
  • Hey You Two -- Vocal duet with guitar
  • Brass Scrap Jamboree -- Brass sextet
  • Repetition of the Dixie Dream -- "Second line" traditional jazz band

Advance tickets are $15.00 adults, $5.00 students. 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 MSC Southeast bookstore. Seats are general admission; doors open at 7 pm day of show.

Administrative Support Careers announces new Business Software certificate

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Business Software Certificate

New 16-credit Business Software certificate designed for business and office professionals

The Administrative Support Careers Department is excited to announce a new certificate in Business Software!

This 16-credit certificate is rich in technical courses including Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Publisher, Access, and Excel, plus a technical elective of choice. This is a great option to become proficient in Microsoft Office (often a requirement in job postings) for current students in other business-related courses, working adults looking to improve their computer software skillset, or those in transition to an office-related career.

Courses in this program are offered spring and fall semester, and the certificate can be completed entirely online making it a convenient option for those already in the workforce. There are no general education requirements to earn the certificate.

The Business Software Certificate is a great addition to the Administrative Support Careers Department offerings, which include the most popular choice of Administrative Assistant AAS degree, as well as the Office Specialist Diploma and Office Assistant Certificate.

More information:
Business Software

Apply now!


MSCS DECA students headed to national competition in April

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2018 DECA students at State

MSC Southeast DECA chapter qualifies for nationals in Washington, DC April 11-14 

In February, the Minnesota State College Southeast chapter of DECA recently participated in the State Career Development Conference (SCDC) in Minnetonka, MN. 8 of our students successfully qualified to go on nationals in Washington, DC April 11-14, 2018!

DECA is an organization that prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality, sales, and management. Participation in DECA is an excellent way to improve personal growth, network, and bridge the gap between school and the real world.

At the state conference in February, 10 MSC Southeast DECA students competed successfully in various single and team events in a wide variety of categories. The students were: Tristan Drazkowski, Olivia Flynn, Al Garcia, Jacob Hirschi, Averi Hunter, Samantha Johnson, Elijah Reusgen, Joe Ryan, Lizzy Wolfe, and Ian Zimmerman.

8 students were named finalists in the following categories:

  • Professional Sales: Jacob Hirschi, Tristan Drazkowski, Ian Zimmerman, Samantha Johnson, Olivia Flynn
  • Business to Business Marketing: Al Garcia & Elijah Ruesgen (Team), Tristan Drazkowski & Ian Zimmerman (Team)
  • Event Planning: Samantha Johnson & Joe Ryan (Team)


"Everybody did a great job! We all participated in multiple events and 8 students qualified to go on to the International Career Development Conference in Washington, DC in April, which is an amazing achievement," said Samantha Johnson, 2018 president of the MSC Southeast DECA chapter. "Now we're fundraising so we can all make the trip to Washington."

Help DECA raise funds for trip

Through April 7, the MSCS Chapter is working with ChaChi's Mexican Grill in Winona on a Tamales Fundraiser. Order your tamales during the week and pick them up on Saturday. Call 507-458-4403 for more information or to place an order!

Samantha Johnson said, "The DECA Chapter would like to thank Minnesota State College Southeast, the city of Winona, and our advisors, Terry Green and James Elvidge, for allowing us to be 'Limitless!' in our journey to success."

MSC Southeast hosting Transportation Career Night on March 27

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Minnesota State College Southeast hosting Transportation Career Night on March 27

MSC Southeast Transportation Career Night 
Tuesday, March 27, 2018 from 6:00 – 7:30 pm
Norris P. Abts Transportation Center
MSC Southeast, Winona Campus
1250 Homer Road, Winona

You're invited to  visit the Norris P. Abts Transportation Center at our Winona campus for the fourth annual Transportation Career Night, on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. 

The event is designed for students, job seekers, and anyone with an interest in cars and trucks. Register in advance at www.southeastmn.edu/event to be entered in a drawing for a Matco Tools 1/2" Drive Impact -- a $480 value!  Winner must register in advance and be present to win.



Four college programs will be represented at the event: AutoBody Collision Technology, AutomotiveTechnology, Diesel Maintenance, and TruckDriving. These programs offer certificates, diplomas, and degrees that can lead directly to high-paying, high growth occupations.

Industry representatives will be on hand to discuss opportunities in these high-demand job market. You can also meet with college staff to talk about admissions and financial aid.

"We want to give future students a realistic idea of what transportation careers can offer," says Auto Body Collision Technology instructor Tom Brandt. "Students, their families and anyone interested in exploring this field are all welcome."

Transportation Career Night 2018

 What to expect at Transportation Career Night: 

  • Meet industry representatives and talk to truck driving company recruiters
  • Tour our state-of-the-art facilities
  • Try hands-on activities like spray booth painting
  • See a variety of automotive vehicles and technologies on display
  • Save $20 – no fee to apply for admission at Career Night!
  • College student services and financial aid information available

Construction Tech: Carpentry program moving forward

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Construction Technology: MSC Southeast carpentry program moves forward with emphasis on new technologies, sustainability

This fall, the MSC Southeast is launching a new two-year Construction Technology A.A.S. degree, merging modern carpentry training with sustainable building practices.  

The program emphasizes the most up-to-date technologies, sustainability, and energy efficiency in residential and commercial projects. Construction Technology students will gain experience with the tools, materials, methods, and standard practices of the trade, plus planning, designing, estimating, and blueprint reading. 

Jonathan PowellJonathan Powell is the lead instructor in Construction Technology. He brings over 15 years of experience in residential, commercial, and industrial construction trades to his faculty role at MSC Southeast.  "In today's tight employment market, contractors are under so much pressure they don't have the time or resources to train in new employees on the job," he said. "A technical college program like ours can bring students up to speed before they start work."

MSC Southeast is partnering with Habitat for Humanity Winona-Fillmore Counties and the City of Winona to help address the need for entry level, affordable homes. This will involve construction of one or two houses per year and helping renovate many others.  In doing these projects students can learn all aspects of building a house in a smaller scale. 

In fact, if the weather is too rough to work outside, students can tackle building a tiny house right inside of the Construction Lab at MSC Southeast!

A grant from Clean Energy Resource Teams will help the college integrate environmentally friendly building techniques into the new curriculum. Funded by the grant, the college will work with Building Performance Institute (BPI) Air Leakage Control (ALC) to include installer training in its curriculum. Local contractors will also receive ALC training through the grant.

"This program will help build out Winona's workforce housing market as well as help mitigate the ongoing shortage of tradesmen and tradeswomen," according to Travis Thul, MSC Southeast Dean of Trade and Technology. "We are here to train tomorrow's trades professionals on state-of-the-art building techniques."

Jonathan Powell emphasized that construction is not just a job -- it's a profession. "Most students have no idea how much money they can make and how quickly they can move up in their careers. As educators, we need to keep our programs new and fresh, keep up with evolving technology and trends, and get students engaged in construction programs like ours," he said.

Apply now to start in the program this fall! For more information,  see the Construction Technology page or call MSCS Admissions at 877-853-8324.

Welcome Interim President Larry Lundblad!

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MSC Southeast welcomes Interim President Larry Lundblad

Minnesota State College Southeast "rolled out the red carpet" last week to welcome Interim President Larry Lundblad to campus. He visited the Red Wing campus on January 31 and the Winona campus on February 1. Open forums were held in both locations, which were well attended by students, faculty, staff, and community members.

Devinder Malhotra, Interim Chancellor of Minnesota State, graciously introduced Interim President Lundblad. He expressed his confidence that Larry Lundblad has the background and personal management style to help MSC Southeast meet its current challenges and create a stronger institution. 

Larry shared some of his background with the audience, noting that his career started at the local area vocational-technical institute level. He has worked in the Minnesota State system of colleges and universities for 38 years. Most recently he served as president of Central Lakes College for 10 years, which has campuses in Staples and Brainerd.

"I'm looking forward to the opportunity to work with students, faculty, staff and administration and engaging with the communities we serve," he said. "I have already had conversations with several of the regional legislators and I am encouraged by their commitment to the college."

He also mentioned that he plans to spend time at both the Red Wing and the Winona campus. "I have served in multiple-campus institutions since 1992 and know the importance of constantly working to promote a one-college culture. I will work in both communities and throughout the Southeast region." 

Welcome Interim President Larry Lundblad!


MSC Southeast announces Fall 2017 President's List

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Minnesota State College Southeast announces Fall 2017 President's List

Minnesota State College Southeast in Red Wing and Winona, Minnesota, is proud to announce the President's List for Fall Semester 2017.

247 students were named to the Fall 2017 President's List. MSC Southeast attracts students from all over the United States -- students from nearby Minnesota and Wisconsin, plus Arkansas, California, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, North Carolina, North Dakota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, and Wyoming were honored on the President's List. 

Besides the U.S., MSC Southeast students from Canada, Germany, and China 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.

View the President's List

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