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Shark Industries makes $80,000 welding equipment donation to MSC Southeast

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Friday the 13th is a lucky day for MSC Southeast as Shark Industries makes $80,000 welding equipment donation

Shark Industries LogoNext time the phone rings as you're leaving the office for the day, turn around and answer it. Even if it's Friday the thirteenth.

That's what MSC Southeast Dean of Trade and Technology Travis Thul did late on a Friday afternoon in January. He was on his way out the door for a three-week trip away from the college when the phone rang. "I almost didn't answer, but for some reason I felt like I should get it," he says.

It was lucky that he did. When he picked up the phone, Paul Reschke of Shark Industries out of Rockford, MN, was on the other end of the line. He said he had eight full sized pallets of brand new welding equipment available for donation.

"Mr. Reschke told me that he had been trying to give this material away to other colleges, but everyone else had failed to pick up the phone or wanted them to go through the donation piece by piece and only take the parts they wanted," explains Travis. "I checked in very quickly with our Welding Technology Program lead instructor, Casey Mann, who told me whatever happens, just take it all!"

It was indeed a lucky day for Minnesota State College Southeast as Shark Industries made a donation of $80,000 worth of welding supplies and equipment to the college. 

"We were looking for someone who could benefit from being able to use these materials, and we thought -- who could benefit more than a local college that teaches welding? This is in turn beneficial for both industry and the community," says Paul Reschke. "So we were delighted when Minnesota State College Southeast not only accepted the donation, but also made immediate arrangements to come pick it up themselves."

Casey Mann and Truck Driving instructor Tom Gierok came in on their next day off, January 20, and drove one of the college's semi trailer trucks to Rockford. "They were expecting us and were really helpful. They had us loaded up in 10 minutes," according to Casey. 

Shark Industries - LogoIt took about two weeks to sort everything out -- including Saturdays. "It was like Christmas around here," says Casey. "Every time we opened up a pallet it was something totally new."

The donated items were immediately distributed among the Auto Body Collision Technology, Automotive Technology, CNC Machine Tool, Industrial Technology, and Welding Technology programs in both Winona and Red Wing. Even the college's maintenance department benefited from the donation.

"We received a lot of welding rods, a lot of consumables for welding. Helmets, gloves, safety glasses, face shields, goggles -- we'll be using that stuff for years," notes Casey. "We were able to share some of the donated items with area high schools, too."

Just as an example, the welding program might spend $1000 to $1500 a semester on welding rods. Saving that money can make a big impact on the program. "Now if I need something, that money's available, but if I don't need it, the money goes back into balancing the college's budget," Casey states.

"Donating these items to someone who can put them to good use is just the right thing to do. But having the college come pick it up themselves was incredible -- it won't be forgotten next time we have excess inventory like this," says Paul Reschke.

"We are just overwhelmed by the generosity of Shark Industries in making this gift to Minnesota State College Southeast, and we hope we can make this a long-term partnership," says Travis Thul. "I still can't believe how lucky it was that I picked up that phone call!"

MSCS, UL offering Knowledge Solutions training in April 2017

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Contact: Katryn Conlin, Communications Director
651-385-6364, kconlin@southeastmn.edu

For Immediate Release

MSC Southeast collaborating with UL to offer "Knowledge Solutions" curriculum 

Red Wing, MN (February 1, 2017) -- Minnesota State College Southeast and UL are proud to announce a pilot program to bring UL Knowledge Solutions curriculum to the college's campus in the historic town of Red Wing, Minnesota.

UL is the global leader in developing technical expertise that covers hundreds of industries and thousands of products with demanding regulatory and performance requirements. UL Knowledge Solutions provides the educational resources needed to develop, manufacture, install and deploy safer products throughout the global marketplace.

"MSC Southeast is excited and honored to collaborate with such a prestigious organization as UL," says Dr. Dorothy Duran, President of Minnesota State College Southeast. "Their Knowledge Solutions training will help provide education opportunities to our industrial communities and our state. This collaboration also falls in line with our goal to pursue new technical training, coursework, and programming opportunities to meet the needs of today's workforce. "

This pilot program will begin with a two-day course: 

Course Title: Industrial Control Panels UL 508A and Short-Circuit Current Ratings & UL 698A 3rd Edition, Industrial Control Panels Relating to Hazardous (Classified) Locations
Length: (Two Days) April 25, 2017 - 8 am to 5 pm; April 26, 8 am to 5pm
Location: Minnesota State College Southeast, 308 Pioneer Road, Red Wing, MN 55066
Cost: 15% discount if registered using MSC Southeast exclusive code MSCSTRAINING
Includes: Catered breakfast & lunch

This initiative is intended to bring UL's subject matter expertise locally to all manufacturers, industry, and technical professionals near MSC Southeast. Located only an hour southeast of the Twin Cities, Red Wing is easily accessed from Minneapolis-St. Paul, Rochester, the Eau Claire/Chippewa Valley region, and the La Crosse area.

"For those looking to spend more time in historic and beautiful Red Wing, discounts will be made available at participating hotels," says Travis Thul, MSC Southeast Dean of Trade and Technology. "Limited seating will also be offered at the Winona campus for those interested in taking this course through a remote interactive simulcast at no additional fee. Commuting to our campuses will provide less cost, travel time, and traffic congestion compared to training sessions held in metropolitan cities." 

In the future, the college plans to expand its UL curriculum in additional competencies and offer courses on both the Winona and the Red Wing campuses.

For more specific information about the course or to enroll, go to: ulknowledgesolutions.com   

Use exclusive discount code MSCSTRAINING at the time of registration to save 15% off of the list price.   

For more information contact Calli Ekblad, Director of Business Relations (cekblad@southeastmn.edu, 651-385-6320), or visit www.southeastmn.edu/training.  


About Minnesota State College Southeast

Minnesota State College Southeast is a two-year technical and community college that prepares students for a lifetime of learning by providing education for employment, skill enhancement, retraining, and transfer, to meet the needs of students and the community. The Winona campus opened in 1949, merging with the Red Wing campus in 1992 and updating its name to Minnesota State College Southeast in 2016 with the change of mission to offer both technical training and the associate of arts degree. Minnesota State College Southeast is a member of Minnesota State. For more information, visit www.southeastmn.edu.

SMA Musical Swap Meet on Sat. Feb 11 in Red Wing

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2017 Swap Meet PosterMSCS Red Wing Student Music Association presents 5th Annual Musical Swap Meet Feb. 11

For the fifth year running, the Minnesota State College Southeast Student Music Association (SMA) is hosting a Musical Swap Meet on the Red Wing Campus. The Musical Swap Meet is a place for vendors to display, sell, and trade new and used musical instruments, accessories, tools, and supplies. Both individuals and music stores are represented at the Swap Meet. The event is free and open to the public. 

Musical Swap Meet
Saturday, February 11, 2017
10 am to 3 pm
Minnesota State College Southeast, Red Wing Campus
308 Pioneer Road, Red Wing, MN

MSC Southeast's signature musical instrument repair programs draw students from across the country to study violin repair, band instrument repair, and guitar repair & building. This year's Musical Swap Meet coincides with the regional NAPBIRT (National Association of Professional Band Instrument Repair Technicians) clinic, which will bring experts in band instrument repair to the Red Wing campus.

New this year, 2017 SMA President Izzy Salinas says, is a bake sale. "We will have baked goodies on sale throughout the day, and we'll be accepting free will donations to the Student Music Association," she says. "Proceeds help cover travel expenses for our students to take field trips to museums, conferences, and companies that deal in instrument building and repair."

Vendors who would like to participate may request a table by email to isabsalinas18@gmail.com. The deadline to reserve space at the Musical Swap Meet is February 8, 2017.

We hope to see you at the Musical Swap Meet!

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