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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

New $2500 Workforce Development Scholarships offered in Fall 2018

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MSC Southeast offering sixteen $2500 scholarships in 2018-2019 through Minnesota Workforce Development program

Employers in our region are asking for skilled, well-educated employees in Manufacturing, Health Care, and Information Technology. A new scholarship program has been developed to encourage students get a college education in these fields.

Thanks to Minnesota  Workforce Development Scholarship program, Minnesota State College Southeast will be able to award sixteen (16) $2500 scholarships to qualifying students who are starting college in Fall 2018. The deadline for to apply for the scholarship is March 1, 2018. (SEE APPLICATION PAGE)

These scholarships are targeted to new students entering the college in high growth, high demand careers. Examples of such programs at MSC Southeast include Industrial Technology, Practical Nursing, and Cyber & Information Security. (For a complete list, see below.)

While the scholarships are intended to recruit new high school grads, "non-traditional" students, such as adults re-entering the workforce or changing careers, are also eligible for the scholarships.

How to apply

Prospective students must apply online for admission to MSC Southeast with a fall start in one of the career program areas listed below. Then they must fill out and submit an application form for the scholarship by the March 1 deadline. To download the application form, go to www.southeastmn.edu/scholarships .

  • Students must be enrolled for at least 9 credits per semester.
  • Can be used for a degree, diploma or certificate (minimum 18 credits)
  • Must maintain a cumulative 2.0 GPA.
  • Funds will be distributed in two installments of $1250 in Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 semesters. 

The deadline to apply is March 1, 2018. Scholarship awards will be announced on March 30, 2018.

Eligible Programs


  • CNC Machine Tool
  • Industrial Technology
  • Welding 

Health Care

  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Laboratory Technician
  • Medical Support Careers
  • Nursing

Information Technology

  • Cyber and Information Technology
  • Network Administration and Technology
  • Software Development and Support

MSC Southeast welcomes first cohort of RN-BSN students

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MSC Southeast Red Wing campus welcomes first cohort of RN-BSN students

RN-BSN Completion Program 1

For associate degree nurses -- also known as registered nurses -- earning a bachelor of science degree in nursing can become the pathway to a more challenging career with increased responsibilities and rewards.

Winona State University has developed a successful RN to BSN completion program, which has just expanded to include the Red Wing area. The first group of students came to the MSC Southeast Red Wing campus on January 9, 2018 for orientation.

Jennifer Timm, Assistant Professor at Winona State University and Co-Coordinator of the RN-BSN program, was on campus Tuesday to meet with 28 new students who are starting in the program.

"This is our very first cohort in Red Wing. Our home base is Rochester and we have a satellite campus in La Crescent. Now we have a northern campus here in Red Wing," she says. "The majority of the students who come to the RN-BS program are already working, so now they're coming back to school to achieve the baccalaureate."

According to Jennifer, the new cohort ranges from students who are a year or two out of their associate degree program to nurses who are coming back with close to 10 years in the field. Several of the students are graduates of Minnesota State College Southeast.

In the RN-BS Completion program, hybrid/blended classes combine online study with classroom/lab study at the Red Wing campus. Although the face-to-face component of the coursework takes place at MSC Southeast, enrollment in the program is managed through Winona State University and classes are taught by WSU faculty. 

RN-BSN Completion Program 2

Jennifer stresses the importance of offering the RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing throughout Southeast Minnesota. "Rural areas have a very difficult time getting nurses at any level of education. The Institute of Medicine recommends and encourages that 80% of our nurses be educated to the baccalaureate degree. That's why RN-BS completion programs in rural settings are so important."

"We are very excited to see our partnership with Winona State University to offer a bachelor's completion program getting off the ground!" says Dr. Leslie Bleskachek, MSC Southeast Vice President of Academic Affairs and Student Services. "We hope this will be the first step in many future collaborations."

For more information about the RN-BS completion program or to apply for admission, email RN-BSCompletion@winona.edu or call 507-285-7349 (800-366-5418, extension 7349).

Cyber & Information Security program ranked #1

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MSC Southeast's Cyber & Information Security program ranked #1 nationwide by GreatValueColleges.com

Great Value CollegesMinnesota State College Southeast's Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree in Cyber and Information Security is a unique program incorporating networking, cyber security, forensics, and criminal justice, designed to prepare students for employment in a very high demand profession.

GreatValueColleges.com recently announced its 2018 rankings, naming Cyber and Information Security at MSC Southeast the #1 program in the nation. According to the greatvaluecolleges.com website, "An associate degree in network security can be a great foot in the door to an IT career or the budget-minded beginnings of a bachelor's degree in the tech industry."

The site bases its rankings on:

  •  Tuition value (ten points)
  • Relevancy of the curriculum to the demands of the field (ten points)
  • Low student to faculty ratio (ten points)
  • In case of a tie on points, schools are ranked in order of decreasing tuition.

On this scale, MSC Southeast scored 26 points. Other colleges in the "Top Ten" are: 

  • University of Phoenix, AZ (#10, 20 points)
  • Lake Superior College, MN (#7, 22.5 points)
  • Guilford Technical Community College, NC (#4, 24.5 points)
  • Central Texas College in Killeen, TX (#2, 26 points)

The #2 college, Central Texas College in Killeen, TX, was awarded 26 points, but its annual per-credit tuition ($6420) was higher than MSC Southeast ($5590) by more than $800.

Travis Thul, MSC Southeast's Dean of Trade and Technology, says "Our Cyber Security team members, including military, academic, and private sector professionals, have worked tirelessly to develop this state-of-the-art program. We are so very proud of the quality degree they've built!"

*Tuition, enrollment, and faculty-to- student ratio numbers are drawn from the National Center for Education Statistics, a US government agency.

Travis Thul - KTTC TV Interview

See the interview with Travis Thul on KTTC-TV: A Winona College's Cyber & Information Security program ranked #1 nationwide

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