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New massage therapy certificates: geriatric & hospice care

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Southeast Technical has announced two new certificate offerings in the college’s massage therapy program to prepare students to provide geriatric and hospice care.

Students will have the option of obtaining a certificate in geriatric health and wellness promotion or in holistic hospice and palliative care beginning fall 2011. The certificates are 30 credits each and can be completed on either the Winona or Red Wing campus. Learn more on the massage therapy program page.

The courses focus on alleviating the physical ailments that can be experienced as a client ages or reaches the end of life, and also on improving the spiritual and mental states that accompany life changes. These certificates are appropriate for family care providers, nurse’s aides, massage therapists, hospice employees, hospice volunteers, nurses, nursing home workers, or anyone who wants to give comfort to others. Courses qualify as continuing education hours (CEUs) for the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork as well as all massage professional organizations. They also qualify for nursing continuing education.

Massage therapy instructor Rosemary Schliep expressed excitement for the two new certificate programs. “As our population ages, the need for these services are ever increasing. What better gift can we give than to promote wellness and comfort in the last years of life? This training can benefit persons in all professions.”

SE Tech Student Abbie Dille Nominated for PTK All-MN Honor

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Minnesota State College-Southeast Technical Congratulates
All-Minnesota Academic Team member, Abbie Dille

Abbie DilleAbbie Dille, a nursing student at Minnesota State College-Southeast Technical in Red Wing, was recently selected to the 2011 All-Minnesota Academic Team, an academic honor coordinated by the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society that recognizes students within the state’s two-year technical and community college system.

Dille was first nominated to the American All-Star Academic Team by Southeast Technical faculty member Leah Schnaith, chemistry instructor and Phi Theta Kappa advisor. “I nominated Abbie because of her outstanding leadership qualities, community service involvement, as well as her academic excellence in the classroom,” Schnaith said.

Upon graduation, Dille plans to pursue a career in emergency or trauma nursing with a secondary specialty in neonatal intensive care. She has demonstrated academic and personal excellence as a nursing student and has maintained a 4.0 grade point average throughout the program. She is president of Phi Theta Kappa and Student Senate, and is a student leader on the Nursing Faculty-Student Committee and a fellow for the League of Women Voters Fellow program. “A community college is a great place to make friends with fellow students and faculty and to create a network for your future,” Dille said. “Phi Theta Kappa is about helping students become leaders in their lives and in their communities and it has been a great honor to hold presidential positions on two student-run organizations,” she added.  She is also the recipient of the Frances and Lyle Olson Memorial Nursing Scholarship distributed by the college foundation.

Dille and academic team members from other colleges attended a recognition ceremony in Eagan, MN on March 25.

Phi Theta Kappa is an international honor society for two-year colleges that symbolizes excellence in higher education and a commitment to students. Phi Theta Kappa's mission is two-fold: 1) recognize and encourage the academic achievement of two-year college students and (2) provide opportunities for individual growth and development through participation in honors, leadership, service and fellowship programming.

 

 

Cinco de Mayo

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Cinco de Mayo is celebrated on May 5th.  It commemorates the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, when a small Mexican army defeated the invading French army, which was twice its size and much better equipped. This battle came to symbolize Mexican unity and patriotism.  It also marks the last time that an army from another continent invaded the Americas.  Cinco de Mayo is not a big holiday in Mexico, and it is not Mexican Independence Day, which is celebrated on September 16. 

Cinco de Mayo is celebrated across the United States as a day to commemorate Mexican heritage and pride.  Parades, mariachi music, dancing, food and other community wide activities mark the day.    

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