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Southeast Technical launches Diesel Maintenance program

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Southeast Technical launches Diesel Maintenance program

In September 2013, Southeast Technical was awarded a Department of Labor grant to establish a Diesel Maintenance Technician program, and classes are already beginning in 2014. To earn the 56-credit diploma, students will start with the Automotive Undercar Specialist certificate, followed by two semesters of diesel mechanics, focusing on repair and maintenance of commercial trucks.

Previous graduates from an automotive technology program may receive advanced standing credit toward the completion of the diploma. In addition, returning veterans who have military training and hands-on experience in the field may be eligible for credit for prior learning.

Bob Leifeld, Southeast Technical’s Dean of Trade and Technology, is excited to get the new program up and running on the Winona campus. "Diesel Maintenance will be housed in our new state-of-the-art facility, the Norris P. Abts Transportation Center. The entire program is geared around the needs of working students. Most diesel courses will be offered in hybrid format, which combines online lectures with hands-on instruction on campus," he says.

The required general education courses are available online or offered in the 2-4 pm time frame if you prefer face-to-face classes, while the core diesel maintenance courses will take place from 4-9 pm, four days a week.

Graduates of the program will be able to apply their technical knowledge and skills to maintain, service, and repair commercial vehicles such as semi-trailer trucks and buses as well as stationary diesel engines in power units and related equipment.

"According to state data, job and income potential are very good in the Diesel Maintenance field," concludes Bob Leifeld.

Spring 2014 deadlines to apply, register coming up in January

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Spring 2014 Application/Registration deadlines coming up!

Today’s workforce requires skill and confidence to succeed. Minnesota State College – Southeast Technical can help prepare you for your future.

With more than 90 diverse programs and campuses in Red Wing and Winona, Southeast Technical can help you launch a career in business, industry or healthcare.

There is still room for you, but the deadline to apply and register for Spring Semester is coming soon!

  • You must complete your FULL application process by January 2, 2014 in order to register for spring semester classes.  
    • Complete and submit online application
    • Pay $20 application fee
    • Submit high school transcript or GED certificate
    • Send official transcripts from colleges you have previously attended
    • Schedule and take Accuplacer Placement Exam
    • Complete financial aid and/or payment plan
     
  • Registration takes place in Winona on Thursday, January 9 and in Red Wing on Friday, January 10; beginning at 8 am on both days.
  • Additionally, registration/orientation will be held on Monday, January 13 in Winona at 10 am and 1:30 pm and in Red Wing at 10 am and 1 pm.

Begin the application process to Southeast Technical online today!