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November Open Houses in Red Wing and Winona

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MSC Southeast announces Open Houses in Winona on November 1 and Red Wing on November 8

Events designed to welcome the public to the college, help veterans learn more about education benefits

November Open HouseIn November, Minnesota State College Southeast will hold Open Houses on both campuses. The doors will be open for students to visit one-on-one with faculty and staff, explore the campus and program areas, and learn more about the benefits of attending the college.

MSC Southeast Winona Open House
Thursday, November 1, 2018 -- 4 to 6 pm
1250 Homer Road, Winona

MSC Southeast Red Wing Open House
Thursday, November 8, 2018 -- 4 to 6 pm
308 Pioneer Road, Red Wing

"MSC Southeast has so much to offer with a wide range of career, technical, and transfer programs. We want all students and their families to feel welcome to stop by the campus and learn more about the college," said Tammy Vondrasek, Director of Enrollment Services. "Plus, in recognition of  November as National Veterans and Military Families Month, we will have a focus on higher education benefits available to veterans, service members, and their families."

Beyond the Yellow Ribbon of Hiawatha ValleyMSC Southeast is a Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Company and has been named a Military Friendly college by Victory Media. Dedicated college staff will be available at the Open Houses to explain how state and federal tuition reimbursement, VA benefits, the GI bill, and credit for military experience can help military families afford college.

"Many veterans are not aware of how their benefits can be used by family members, and how recent changes in benefits can help them reach their goals," noted Lieutenant Commander Greg Cady, an instructor at MSC Southeast who will attend the Open Houses in Winona and Red Wing. 

"For example, the Educational Assistance Act of 2017, also known as the 'Forever GI Bill,' enacts several positive changes to GI education benefits. We encourage all veterans, service members and their families to come to our Open House so we can help them achieve their educational dreams!" he continued.

Refreshments will be served and visitors can enter drawings for fun door prizes. The college will waive the $20 application fee for anyone who meets with student services staff and applies for admission at the event.

"We are excited to invite everyone to MSC Southeast for a fun and informative event," said Tammy Vondrasek. "We hope you see you at one of our November Open Houses!"

New Bicycle Design & Fabrication program in Red Wing

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A bicycle built for you - in new Bicycle Design & Fabrication program

 If you love cycling, technology, and the prospects for a great career, then the nation's first 2-year college degree in Bicycle Design & Fabrication is for you!

This brand new Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree is based at MSC Southeast’s Red Wing campus. Interest is high in the program is already high, and several regional and national publications have already reported on it: 

Bike in woodsExperts from several leading bicycle-related companies -- including Erik's Bike Shop, HED Cycling Products, Quality Bicycle Products, and Trek Bicycle Corporation -- are serving on an advisory committee working with the college to develop the curriculum.

Students in the program will study the history and theory of bike design and take a course in physics as applied to the operation of bicycles. They will complete coursework on carbon fiber and composites, the mechanics of various bike components, CAD Drafting, 3D prototyping, and industrial testing while gaining hands-on skills in welding and CNC machining.

Perhaps most exciting, in a second-year capstone project, the students will demonstrate the skills required to conceive and build a cycle frame or component of their own design.

"Students can start general education classes this Spring semester, which begins in January 2019; laboratories will open in Fall semester," according to MSC Southeast Dean of Trade and Technology, Travis Thul. "Seats in the program are limited to space available, so the time to apply for admission is now."

In addition to preparing students for careers in the bicycle industry, the skills mastered in this degree can be transferred to any industry involving fabrication, manufacturing, and engineering technology.

"The Bicycle Design and Fabrication curriculum is based on the most current technologies used in the bicycle industry, influenced directly by industry experts," said Greg Alexander, Director of Composite Engineering at HED Cycling. "These skills are beneficial across multiple industries, but students will get to learn them through highly interesting content."

Luke Strauss, Engineering Manager at Quality Bicycle Products, says that having a degree in this area would be a benefit to potential employees at his company or in the bike industry generally.  "As we continue to build and grow our design and prototyping capabilities, it will be great to have a growing pool of students to hire from for internships and careers."

In addition to the opportunity to study bike design and building, students who move to Red Wing for the program will find it a cycling lovers' paradise. This historic town is located on the Mississippi River about 60 miles southeast of Minneapolis-St. Paul. Cyclists can ride scenic bluff roads throughout southeast Minnesota, glide along the Cannon Valley Trail, or take on a challenging mountain bike loop in Red Wing's Memorial Park. 

For MSC Southeast students, the program will combine cycling, high technology, hands-on skills, and the prospects for a challenging career.

"Developing design and fabrication skills through a medium like the bicycle is such a cool idea!  You'll never look at a bike the same way again once you know how it's made," commented Greg Alexander. 



Free Application Week October 22-26

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MSC Southeast offers Free App Week to celebrate College Knowledge Month

Application Fee will be waived October 22-26, 2018

October is College Knowledge Month, and in honor of the occasion, students applying to Minnesota State College Southeast can skip the $20 application fee the week of October 22-26.

"Fall is a great time to explore your college options! If you're getting ready to start college in 2019, now is the time to submit your application, because you'll save the $20 fee during Free App Week," said Tammy Vondrasek, MSC Southeast Director of Enrollment.

During Free Application Week, colleges and universities throughout the Minnesota State system are waiving the standard fee for applying. "Minnesota State offers powerful educational opportunities to anyone hoping to build a brighter future," said Devinder Malhotra, chancellor of Minnesota State. "These are key first steps on a path to outstanding programs that prepare our students for a career and for lifelong learning."

To apply for admission to Minnesota State College Southeast, go to www.southeastmn.edu/apply and fill out the online application form.

Did you know?

Test your College Knowledge! Here are a few key facts about Minnesota State College Southeast:
  • MSC Southeast has launched 13 new programs in the past year alone!
  • Our students' average age is 26
  • We have enrolled students from over 30 different countries
  • Tuition for residents and non-residents is the same
  • Over 24,000 MSC Southeast alumni live in every state and around the world
  • Best of all -- our programs average 95% job placement!

Winona campus Boy Scouts Merit Badge Fair on Sept. 29 a success

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Almost 300 Boy Scouts, volunteers leave no trace at MSC Southeast following Merit Badge Fair

Scouts Flag Ceremony 2018When students and staff came to school on Monday, October 1, it was business as usual at the Minnesota State College Southeast Winona campus. If you hadn't been there on Saturday, you would never have guessed that 235 Scouts plus 50 adult volunteers had invaded the campus on Saturday, September 29!

On September 29, Boy Scouts came to MSC Southeast from all over Southeast Minnesota -- from as far away as Rochester and Red Wing as well as nearby Wisconsin towns. 

They were there to attend the Sugar Loaf Boy Scout Merit Badge Fair. This is the fourth year running the Minnesota State College Southeast has hosted the event.

Roger Holland and Scouts 2018Merit badges are awards based on a specific area of hands-on experience and study. The purpose of the merit badge program is to allow Scouts to examine subjects to determine if they would like to further pursue them as a career or vocation. 

The current requirements for Eagle Scout, the highest rank in Boy Scouting, involve earning at least 21 merit badges.

300 Merit Badges Achieved

At this year's Merit Badge Fair, 24 different merit badge classes were offered, and by the end of the day, 300 badges had been achieved!

Minnesota State College Southeast college instructors volunteered their time to spend the day working with the Scouts on badges in Automotive Maintenance, Chemistry, CAD Drafting, Electronics/Electricity, Salesmanship, Truck Driving, and Welding.

David Echelard and Kelly Kluver

"It was a wild day, but it was really successful," said David Echelard (MSCS faculty), who helped organize the event along with Kelly Kluver (MSCS maintenance department). "It was amazing to see such great turnout for the event on our campus."

Kelly Kluver noted that there was a lot of community support for the event. "We appreciate assistance from Winona Chrysler, PlastiComp, Fastenal, Steak Shop Catering and many others organizations in the community for helping make the Merit Badge Fair a success."

"This is a great way to connect the college with the area and do some volunteering for a very worthy cause," stated Larry Lundblad, interim president on Minnesota State College Southeast.

Top - Opening Flag Ceremony
Middle - Roger Holland works with Scouts on CNC Machine Tool
Bottom - David Echelard and Kelly Kluver

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