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College Knowledge Month: How well do you know Southeast Tech?

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How well do YOU know Southeast Technical? Take this easy test and see. You might be surprised by the results - and you might even qualify for a $20 reward!

1. How many campuses does Southeast Technical have?

a. 2 - Red Wing and Winona
b. 3 - Red Wing, Rochester and Winona
c. 1 - Red Wing

2. What percent of students who graduate find employment in their chosen career field?

a. 60%
b. 82%
c. 95%

3. How much money does Southeast Technical Foundation give in scholarships every year?

a. $60,000
b. $100,000
c. $130,000

4. What percent of students receive some form of financial aid?

a. 27%
b. 72%
c. 99%

5. What is the average student to teacher ratio?

a. 20:1
b. 18:1
c. 15:1

6. How many degree, diploma, and certificate options does Southeast Technical offer?

a. More than 30
b. More than 50
c. More than 90

7. How can you save $20?


  1. (A) We have 2 campuses - located in the beautiful Mississippi river towns of Red Wing and Winona.
  2. (C) 95% of our graduates find employment in their chosen field! This figure is based on our most recent Graduate Tracking Report (download PDF)
  3. (C) $130,000! Southeast Technical Foundation scholarships benefit more than 100 students every year. 
  4. (B) 72% of our students receive financial aid in the form of loans, grants, scholarships, and work-study.
  5. (C) 15:1 - Our classrooms are small and offer the kind of personal attention that helps our students thrive. That's just one of the reasons students choose Southeast Technical. 
  6. (C) Southeast Technical offers more than 90 Associate of Science degree, Associate of Applied Science degree, diploma, and certificate choices in 30+ programs.
  7. You can save $20 during College Knowledge month: Apply between October 26-30 and we'll waive the $20 application fee!



1-3 Correct - Fair: Get to know us better! Contact us to set up a tour with an admissions advisor.

4-6 Correct - Very Good: You already know many of the reasons why Southeast Technical is such a great option for beginning or continuing your college education.

7 Correct - Perfect!  Now all you need to do is apply during Free Application Week, October 26-30 and save $20! Learn more about applying here.

What's Happening: Sept. 28 - Oct. 4

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What's Happening 2015-2016

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 Chris Stout, cstout@southeastmn.edu.


  • Anxiety Management Seminars
    Time: 2:00 PM - 2:50 PM
    WSU- Integrated Wellness Complex, 175 Mark St. Winona, MN 55987 
    Room: 222
    Event Description: WSU's Counseling and Wellness Services will host Anxiety Management Seminars. This four-part series focus on helping students learn more about anxiety and stress. 
    Contact Information: Eunie Alsaker, Email: ealsaker@winona.edu
    More Information: http://tinyurl.com/plom8x5



  • Health Hut - "I Got 99 Problems, but Debt Ain't One"
    Time: 11 am to 12 noon
    Where: Winona State University - Integrated Wellness Complex, 175 Mark St. 
    Winona, MN 55987, Room 138
    Student Health and Wellness Advocates will host "I Got 99 Problems, but Debt Ain't One."
    More Information: http://tinyurl.com/otwfaed

  • Introduction to Microsoft Publisher 
    Date: September 28, 2015 - September 30, 2015
    Time: 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    Where: Red Wing Public Library, 225 East Ave, Red Wing, MN 55066
    Event Description: iPad for Beginners (4 parts), Admission Free
    |More Information: http://tinyurl.com/nhfa3zj

  • Mission to Gaza: A Surgeon's Journey
    When: 7 p.m. 
    Where: Ward Room, Cartwright Center, 1725 State St, La Crosse, WI 54601
    With Dr. Ahmad Nassr, an associate professor of orthopedics at Mayo Clinic in Rochester.
    Nassr has been involved as a visiting surgeon working with the Palestinian Children's relief fund (PCRF) since 2011. Dr. Nassr has been on six surgical mission trips to care for underserved children in the Gaza Strip and West Bank in the Palestinian occupied territories. He will discuss the details of these trips and the current medical situation in Gaza. (HUMA2535 Approved Diversity Event) 
    More Information: http://tinyurl.com/o2cuveo

  • UM-Rochester Connects Professional Lecture series: Natural-born Economy
    NRRI's Role in Balancing Minnesota's Resources, Economies and Communities

    Dr. Rolf T. Weberg, Director, Natural Resources Research Institute, University of Minnesota Duluth
    Where: University of MN, Rochester, room 417, 4th floor of University Square, 111 S Broadway, Rochester, MN 55904
    When: 7:00pm - 8:30pm
    Where: 111 South Broadway, Rochester, MN, United States, UMR Rm 417
    Minnesota's economy is tied closely to the environment. With millions of acres of forests, state parks, and lakes, Minnesotans have to pay attention to the environment. Dr. Rolf Weberg, will explore this important relationship and explain how the NRRI is helping businesses become more sustainable and also more profitable. More information: http://tinyurl.com/lvpkxoy 

  • OERC Open Climbs
    Time: 4:00 PM
    Where: Sugar Loaf
    Event Description: WSU's Outdoor Education & Recreation Center will host open climbing opportunities at Sugar Loaf this fall. 
    More Information: http://tinyurl.com/qcyswcq
    Email: oerc@winona.edu

  • National Association for Music Education (NAfME) Faculty Recital
    Time: 7:30 PM
    Where: WSU Performing Arts Center, 175 West Mark Street, Winona, MN 55987
    Room: Recital Hall
    Event Description: The Winona State University Department of Music will present a faculty recital. The faculty recital will feature solo and chamber works performed by members of the music faculty at WSU. Tickets are $10 for adults, $6 for WSU students and seniors 60 years and older. 
    More Information: http://tinyurl.com/oh7ow7q


  • Wellness Wednesday - "Cute or Creepy"
    Time: 3:00 pm
    Where: WSU, Integrated Wellness Center, 175 Mark St. Winona, MN 55987 
    Room: 138
    WSU Health and Wellness will host "Cute or Creepy" as part of Wellness Wednesdays. This event is also presented by the Re-Initiative. 
    More Information: http://tinyurl.com/qxq99w3

  • CLASP Series: Robert Howman
    Time: 7:00 PM
    Where: WSU - Stark Hall, 175 West Mark Street Winona, MN 55987 Room: 103
    Winona State University will host "Assets vs. Deficits" with Robert Howman as part of the 2015 CLASP Lecture Series. 
    More Information: http://tinyurl.com/nhbl23s


  • Hispanic Heritage Month 2015 Honoring Latina, Hispanic and Latin American Women
    When: 5 p.m. 
    Where: Port O'Call, Cartwright Center, 1725 State St, La Crosse, WI 54601
    Event Description: "Wellbeing, Success, and Cultural Identity among Latina Adolescents" A research presentation and discussion by Dr. Hilda Lloréns (University of Rhode Island). Free and open to the public (HUMA2535 Approved Diversity Event)
    More Information: http://tinyurl.com/oy9xp77
  • OERC Open Paddles
    Time: 4:00 PM
    Where: Prairie Island, Winona, MN 55987
    Event Description: WSU's Outdoor Education & Recreation Center will be hosting open paddling opportunities Thursdays this fall. This event will run until the end of October depending on water temperature.  Contact Information: Email: oerc@winona.edu
    More Information: http://tinyurl.com/ohdyx2g


  • Robin Spielberg, Another Time Another Place 
    Where: Sheldon Theatre, 443 West 3rd Street, Red Wing, MN 55066
    Event Description: Robin Spielberg is one of America's most beloved pianist/composers. With an impressive tour schedule and hundreds of thousands of recordings sold, this Steinway Artist has been winning the hearts of listeners around the world with her compelling melodies and sensitive piano technique since debuting her first recording of original solos for piano, Heal of the Hand. Cost: Advanced Tickets: $12.50 - $11.50* Day of Show (add $3 per ticket): $15.50 - $14.50*
    More Information: http://www.sheldontheatre.org/events/mctrapunzel

  • 1960s Dance Party - Fundraiser for Goodhue County Historical Society
    October 3 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    Where: VFW Hall, Highway 58,  East 1st Street, Zumbrota MN 55992
    The dance party is a fundraiser for the Goodhue County Historical Society.  To emphasize the `theme, a lime green VW van will be parked in front of the VFW -- near the Army green tank -- so people who dress up for the event can pose for photos. Tom Hughes will serve as DJ. In addition to the Sixties music Hughes provides, Barth said people who come to the dance are encouraged to dig their favorite LPs (long-playing albums, for those who weren't around 50 years ago) or 8-track tapes out of the basement or attic and bring them. Equipment will be provided so they can be played.  Albums and tapes can be checked in and catalogued at the DJ stage. People will be able to pick them up when they're ready to leave. A small silent auction will be held.  Tickets can be purchased for $15 in advance at the Goodhue County History Center in Red Wing or that night at the VFW. The event is open to all ages.
    More Information: http://goodhuecountyhistory.org/event/1960s-dance-party/  

  • Fall Frolic 5K Run and Walk 
    When: Oct. 3, 8:00 AM
    Where: Address: 700 Terrace Heights, Winona, MN 55987
    Event Description: The public is invited to participate in the 28th Fall Frolic 5K fun run/walk at Saint Mary's University Saturday, Oct. 3. Registration will run from 8 to 9:30 a.m. in Saint Mary's Toner Student Center with the race beginning at 10 a.m. The $8 cost includes a T-shirt.
    More Information:  www.smumn.edu/fallfrolic

  • Pumpkin Carving Demonstration
    When: October 3, 2015 Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Where: Red Wing Depot Gallery, 418 Levee Rd, Red Wing, MN 55066
    Event Description Pumpkin Carving Demonstration by Master Carver Bill Habedank
    More Information: http://redwingartsassociation.org 


Every Week

  • 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
    Students - 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 theatre. 
    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
    There are no “typical” volunteers. They are men and women of all ages and from all walks of life, who volunteer for a variety of reasons – to learn, to make new friends, to share their love of history, or just to devote time to a good cause.  But one thing is constant – a desire to help preserve and interpret Goodhue County history. 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/  

Public Meeting on Oct. 13 to discuss WSU - SE Tech ball field plans

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WSU, Southeast Technical partnering to develop a baseball field on Winona Campus

google view of SE Tech Winona campusMinnesota State College - Southeast Technical and Winona State University are partnering to assess the feasibility of developing a seven-acre parcel of land on the Southeast Technical Winona campus as the new location for WSU's baseball field.

A community meeting is planned to discuss the proposal, answer questions and gather input. Please join us!

Community Meeting
Tuesday, October 13
7 pm
Main Lobby
Southeast Technical Winona Campus

"This is a great opportunity for WSU and Southeast Technical to build on the services we already share and collaborate on a community project together," said Southeast Technical President Dr. Dorothy Duran. "It's mutually beneficial for Southeast Technical to make use of our assets in exchange for services provided by WSU."

Dr. Scott R. Olson, WSU President, echoed Duran's comments. "This is a wonderful example of collaboration between two sister institutions," said Olson. "We're thinking and working together differently, and making use of valuable shared assets."

Currently the baselines at WSU's Loughrey Field do not meet NCAA standards. A new location for WSU's baseball field will allow the Warriors baseball team to host regional and national NCAA competition, attracting tourism to Winona and drawing additional income for Winona businesses. 

The partnership would reflect an expansion of the shared services already in place between WSU and Southeast Technical. WSU currently provides security, human resources, institutional research, student health services, fitness facilities, and telephone technology for Southeast Technical.

WSU will lease the land from Southeast Technical and will be responsible for design, construction and maintenance of the new baseball field. The new field will include state-of-the-art green lighting that focuses on the playing field, permanent seating for about 700 spectators, a concession stand and public restrooms. The field also will have the potential for multi-use in the future.

The open field, located on the southeast side of the campus, is currently being used by WSU's rugby teams, whose practice and competition facilities will be relocated and upgraded.

Next steps for the project include preliminary land assessments of the property, followed by a design phase in which a plan will be developed and a timeline and construction schedule identified. 

College hosted Boy Scout Merit Badge Fair on Sept. 19

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Southeast Technical hosted Merit Badge Fair for 80+ Boy Scouts on Sept. 19

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Boy Scout EmblemOn Saturday (Sept. 19), more than 80 scouts from the Boy Scouts of America Sugar Loaf District will spend the entire day on campus working on activities to earn merit badges. A number of Southeast Technical faculty and staff, led by David Echelard and Kelly Kluver, have set up the first-ever Winona Merit Badge Fair.

The day will begin with a flag ceremony at 8:00 am. Then the scouts will break into smaller groups for half- and full-day classes.

College instructors will be on hand to teach in several trade and technical areas, including electronics, woodworking, drafting, welding, salesmanship, auto maintenance, truck transportation.

There will also be classes in crime prevention, finger printing, chemistry, music, first aid, and digital technology.

The scouts earn merit badges as they work toward achieving the highest honor in scouting - the rank of Eagle Scout.

Please join us in welcoming the Boy Scouts of America Sugar Loaf District to campus!

Please note: Saturday will also be a busy day at the college with dozens of bicyclists converging on the Winona campus for the Rotary Club's Ride The Ridges event. Open Start for any of the four routes takes place between 7 and 9 am. Please watch for bicycles and drive carefully!

Faculty invite Rep. Gene Pelowski to visit Winona campus

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Representative Gene Pelowski visits Winona campus

Rep Pelowski (1)

From left: Instructor Christopher Stout, instructor Jill Halvorson, Southeast Technical President Dr. Dorothy Duran, Representative Gene Pelowski, Southeast Technical Vice President of Academics Dr. Leslie Bleskachek

At the invitation of Southeast Technical's Minnesota State College Faculty (MSCF) Union, Representative Gene Pelowski visited the Winona campus on Thursday, September 3, 2015.  Rep. Pelowski serves as the DFL lead on the Minnesota House of Representatives Higher Education Policy and Finance committee.

Gene Pelowski (Red Shirt, Center)
From left: Instructor Christopher Stout, Representative Gene Pelowski, instructor Mike Sass

Southeast Technical history instructor Chris Stout is the legislative liaison for MSCF. "MSCF recognizes the importance of our state legislators; thus, we took the opportunity to invite Representative Gene Pelowski to the Winona campus," he said. "We wanted him to tour some of our more recently constructed facilities. We highlighted some of the new programs at Southeast Technical in the Medical Lab Tech, Welding, and Automotive areas. Our legislators' support has enabled the college to expand our program offerings and meet the needs of the Minnesota workforce."

Speaking to the group, Rep. Pelowski expressed his strong support for technical education. He suggested that funding cuts to technical and trade learning in K-12 should be restored, as technical education leads to continued growth in these fields and helps fill jobs that are in high demand, especially in the local community.

Welding Academy starting on Red Wing Campus in September

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ACCELERATED WELDING ACADEMY starting on Red Wing Campus in September

Accelerated Welding Academy OPEN HOUSES

Learn about the program and tour the newly-renovated welding labs!  

  • Wednesday, September 9, 2015, 11 am to 1 pm 
  • Thursday, September 10, 5 pm to 7 pm 
Red Wing campus, Room 503
308 Pioneer Road, Red Wing MN

Accelerated Welding Academy Group

From Left: Brent Cordes, Mississippi Welders Supply; Jesse Ross, program instructor; Katie Hardyman, Director of Business Relations, Southeast Technical; Jill Rivard, Executive Director, Hiawatha Valley Adult Basic Education; Dr. Dorothy Duran, President, Southeast Technical; Bill Hahn, Dislocated Worker Program Coordinator, Workforce Development, Inc.; Dr. Leslie Bleskachek, Vice President of Academic Affairs, Southeast Technical; Jonathan Grider, program instructor.

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Accelerated Welding Academy FlyerSoutheast Technical, in conjunction with Hiawatha Valley Adult Basic Education and Workforce Development Inc., is offering a 10-week non-credit evening course this fall designed to teach a variety of welding techniques that are in high demand by area employers.  

"We developed the program content based on direct feedback from local employers," says Katie Hardyman, Southeast Technical Director of Business Relations. "Students who successfully complete the course will be more employable or be able to move up in their current careers." 

Accelerated Welding Academy 

  • Monday, September 28, 2015 to Thursday, December 17, 2015  
  • No class on Veterans Day, 11/9 or Thanksgiving week. 
  • Up to 4 nights a week (Monday-Thursday), 5 to 9 pm 
  • Southeast Technical Red Wing Campus
  • Class size is limited and people are urged to apply early. For more information about the Accelerated Welding Academy and to apply, contact Jill Rivard at 651-385-4565 (jkrivard@rwps.org).

OPEN HOUSE: Learn about the program and tour the newly-renovated welding labs! 

  • Wednesday, September 9, 2015, 11 am to 1 pm 
  • Thursday, September 10, 5 pm to 7 pm 

Course Details

  • Monday evenings: All students in the program will take Monday evening classroom sessions, which cover manufacturing math, welding safety, blueprint reading, and soft skills. 
On the remaining week nights, students have the option to take one, two or all three welding processes:
  • Tuesday evenings: GMAW MIG - (Gas Metal Arc Welding)
    Metal Inert Gas (MIG) welding is the most widely used and perhaps the most easily mastered type of welding for industry and home use. The GMAW process is suitable for fusing mild steel.   
  • Wednesday evenings: FCAW (Flux Cored Arc Welding)
    Flux-cored arc welding (FCAW) is a semi-automatic or automatic arc welding process. It is widely used in construction because of its high welding speed and portability. 
  • Thursday evenings: GTAW TIG (Gas Tungsten Arc Welding)
    Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG) welding is comparable to oxy acetylene gas welding and requires more expertise from the operator. It is employed for carrying out high-quality work when a superior standard of finish is needed without making use of excessive clean up by sanding or grinding.

  • All of the students will also be introduced to both oxy-fuel and plasma arc cutting processes.

"Students can decide which processes they want to learn and can structure their time in the program around other family and work commitments. Attendance is critical as the program is intensive and fast-paced," says Katie Hardyman.

Program Cost:

  • $1500 for one welding process
  • $2500 for two processes
  • $3500 for all three processes
  • Note: Students who meet certain economic or demographic criteria may qualify for grant-based funding to support the cost of participating the Accelerated Welding Academy. 

"Any adults who face multiple barriers to employment -- such as long-term unemployed, low-income,  or those needing better language or math skills -- are especially urged to check with us about qualifying for Minnesota Pathways to Prosperity grant funding," according to Hiawatha Valley Adult Basic Education Director Jill Rivard. "Grant funding is also targeted to meet the needs of veterans."

For more information about the Accelerated Welding Academy and to apply, contact Jill Rivard at 651-385-4565 (jkrivard@rwps.org).

WELCOME WEEK 2015 - special events planned every day of the first week of school

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Welcome Week 2015
Welcome Week 2015

Welcome to Southeast Technical - we're very happy you're here! Join in the fun during our welcome activities the first couple weeks of the semester. Look out for free food and prizes plus many opportunities to meet fellow students and get to know the college.



  • Muffin Monday: 7-9 am - Free Breakfast, commons
  • Free Popcorn: 11 am-1 pm - Rec Room, commons


  • Breakfast of Champions: 7-9 am - Free Breakfast, commons
  • Cookies and Conversation with President Duran: 11 am-1 pm - commons


  • Learning Resource Center Open House: All day - LRC


  • Ice Cream Social: 3-5 pm - commons
  • Student Senate Information Table: 12-1 pm - commons


  • Fear Factor: All day - commons


  • First Student Senate Meeting: Thursday, September 3, 1-2 pm
  • Welcome Back Picnic & SOAR Day: Wednesday, September 16, 10 am-1 pm





  • Muffin Monday: 7-9 am - Free Breakfast, commons


  • Breakfast of Champions: 7-9 am - Free Breakfast, commons
  • GPS Center Open House: All day - GPS Center (room 313)
  • Learning Resource Center Open House: All day - LRC


  • Ice Cream Social: 3-5 pm - commons 


  • Cookies and Conversation with President Duran: 11 am-1 pm - commons 


  • Fear Factor: All day - commons
  • Open Mic: 11:30 am-1 pm - commons 


  • Red Wing's Ultimate Happy Hour: Tuesday, September 1, 3-5 pm 
  • First Student Senate Meeting: Tuesday, September 1, 12-1 pm
  • Welcome Back Picnic & SOAR Day: Tuesday, September 15, 10 am-1 pm