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Tuition set to decrease at Minnesota State College - Southeast Technical in 16-17

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Tuition set to decrease at Minnesota State College - Southeast Technical in 16-17

Student, Winona campus 2016The saying goes that "what goes up, must come down." But most prices seem to go up, up, up! 

That's not the case with the cost of tuition at Southeast Technical. For the past four years, tuition has been frozen at $167.31 per credit. But this year tuition is actually going down to $165.64 per credit. 

The good news gets even better once the effect of financial aid is factored in. Changes to the Minnesota State Grant Program that take effect this year are projected to benefit students at state colleges as well as state universities so that all students who benefit from the State Grant will see a decrease in net tuition. 

For MnSCU students receiving state and Pell grants, the estimated average annual tuition cost for attending a state 2-year college full-time is $894. 

Also new this year is the MnSCU Two-Year Occupational Grant Pilot Program. Through this program, tuition and fees are FREE to qualifying Minnesota high school graduates who enroll in career and technical programs at Southeast Technical for the 2016-17 and 2017-18 academic years (up to 72 credits). 

The Two-Year Occupational Grant covers actual tuition and general fees remaining after Pell Grant and the Minnesota State Grant have been applied to the student's account. Families with an adjusted gross income of up to $90,000 are eligible for this grant, so it is designed to make a college education more affordable for middle-income families.

"Our state colleges and universities remain the lowest cost, highest value option in higher education in Minnesota," says Steven Rosenstone, chancellor of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities. "Affordability and accessibility ensure that our colleges and universities can be places of hope and opportunity for all Minnesotans."


Ryan Kilbride, Jeremy Miller named Outstanding Alumni

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Ryan Kilbride, Jeremy Miller named 2016 Outstanding Alumni Awards winners

Southeast Technical honored two alumni for outstanding achievement in their careers. By coincidence both graduated from the college's accounting program: Ryan Kilbride (Red Wing, 2009) and Senator Jeremy Miller (Winona, 2004).

Ryan KilbrideRyan Kilbride was named the Outstanding Alumni of the Year Awards winner for the Red Wing campus at the college's spring Commencement Ceremony in Red Wing on May 10. Ryan graduated in May 2009 with an Associate in Applied Science degree in Accounting, earning a 3.72 GPA.

Ryan started his own business, Kilbride Tax LLC, in 2007. He then worked in accounting at Stencil Cutting and Supply in Red Wing and Consolidated Precision Products in Bloomington. He is now a Tax and Business Manager at Haworth & Co. Ltd in West St. Paul, where he supervises a staff of five.

Senator Jeremy Miller and Dr. Dorothy DuranOn Wednesday, May 11, Minnesota State College - Southeast Technical Class of 2016 honored Senator Jeremy Miller as Outstanding Alumni Awards winner, Winona Campus.

A 2004 graduate, Jeremy Miller earned an Associate in Applied Science degree in Accounting from the Winona campus. He is Chief Financial Officer for Wm. Miller Scrap Iron & Metal Co., where his responsibilities include accounting, business development, marketing, human resources, and domestic and global sales.  

Jeremy is also serving his second term as a member of the Minnesota Senate. He represents Minnesota's 28th District, which includes Fillmore, Houston, and Winona counties. As the ranking member on the Senate Higher Education & Workforce Development Committee, Jeremy has fought for higher education funding and bonding bills that support capital projects in our community. 

Congratulations to both of our award winners!


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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Student Guitar Show gains interest of regional newspaper, TV 

Newspaper and TV reporters came to the Red Wing campus on May 10 to cover the Student Guitar Show. Here are links to TV, newspaper, and social media coverage. Congratulations to our students for building some phenomenal guitars!

KTTC-TV, Rochester: “Professional Guitarists play guitars created by Red Wing college students”

Rochester Post-Bulletin story: Pickers strum new instruments at SE Technical in Red Wing

Rochester Post-Bulletin Slide Show (10 additional photos)

Rochester Post Bulletin Video

Southeast Technical Facebook page photo set (you have to be on FB and be logged in to view)


Student Guitar Show 2016Dozens of newly-built acoustic guitars and mandolins as well as electric guitars and basses were 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 gave 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 we had 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.


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!