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Red Wing BIR Program Regional Clinic Held in February

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 Guest CliniciansSubmitted by: John Huth, Instructor, Band Instrument Repair

Red Wing’s facilities provided a great environment for hands-on learning at the recent NAPBIRT (National Association of Professional Band Instrument Repair Technicians) regional clinic.  This is our fourth year doing hands-on clinics and we are very pleased with this successful day.

Twenty-nine technicians participated, with Cindy Budd (oboe crack and tone hole repair), Bill Eckstrom (guitar set up and troubleshooting), and Ken Skitch and Jim Thomas (electroplating in the shop) serving as our guest clinicians.  Attendees selected two of three sessions to attend.  Students from the BIR (Band Instrument Repair) program at Red Wing attended Bill Eckstrom’s morning session as well. (See Photo Guest Clinicians, Ken Skitch and Jim Thomas)

What never grows old is seeing technicians of all ages engaged in discussions, sharing information, challenging one another, and trying new tools and techniques with courage and conviction.  If people had big egos, they left them in their cars for the day.  The learning was intense, the information free flowing, and the conversations indicative of everyone’s dedication and a desire to learn.  Our students witnessed NAPBIRT at its best. 

Special recognition goes to our clinicians:  Cindy, Bill, Ken and Jim who loaded their vehicles full, travelled significant distances to teach their peers, and gave it their all through two days of intense teaching.  We also want to thank Karl Pratt and Jim Thomas for making lunch.  Their generosity helped us all feel at home and kept us onsite for more discussion. 

A great day at Red Wing! 

 

I Count - Census Data Important for all of us

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Secretary of State Mark Ritchie

Secretary of State Mark Ritchie visited Winona and the campus of Minnesota State College-Southeast Technical on Monday, March 8 to discuss the significance of the 2010 Census. Ritche explained that census data is vital to many support systems that are integral to Minnesota’s future and Winona County is a model of higher than average participation. In a press conference at the Winona county government center, Ritche (as quoted in the Winona Daily News) stated that “If every county is doing what Winona county is doing, it makes me very excited. Winona is setting a very high standard.”  The census materials are scheduled to be sent out next week, with  our state government, along with Chancellor McCormick of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system strongly encouraging our participation in an effort to compile accurate and complete data.  Promotional efforts for the “I Count” campaign will be ongoing on our campuses, with special information available at the upcoming Student Senate sponsored “Spring Fling” on the Winona campus – watch for date/time of event to be posted soon. Read more in the Winona Daily News online. Learn more about the US census and the importance of being counted.