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09
May
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South Central College Night with the MoonDogs

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Take Me Out to the Ballgame!

Calling all Alumni and friends to join us at the home opener of the Mankato MoonDogs! 

The opening game of the 2016 season starts on Friday, June 3 at 7:05 p.m.  The Mankato MoonDogs will take on the Rochester Honkers at Franklin Rogers Park. 

Check back in mid-May for ticket ordering information.

09
May
0

Order your SCC Alumni Apparel

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Orders will only be available for a limited time.  All orders must be placed by May 20.  Order online at: http://www.mybstarkstore.com/sccalumni

09
May
0

Alumni of the Year

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2016 South Central College Outstanding Alumni Named

Faribault Campus Honoree Brad Breyer and North Mankato Campus Honoree Julie Nelson

(April 19, 2016) -Two southern Minnesota natives have been named the 2016 Outstanding Alumni for South Central College (SCC). The recipient of the Faribault Campus Outstanding Alumni Award is Brad Breyer, Market President for Home Federal Savings Bank based in Albert Lea. The North Mankato Campus Outstanding Alumni honoree is Julie Nelson, the Associate Regional Director of the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Minnesota State University.  Both will be honored at South Central College’s Graduation Ceremony on Thursday, May 12 at 5:00 p.m.

BradB2016Brad Breyer graduated from Faribault Area Vocational Technical Institute, now South Central College, in 1978. He graduated from the Accounting program and remembers with pride that he had his first job lined up in the Rice County Auditor’s office before he graduated.  Brad’s understanding of financials, learned while he was at SCC, has contributed to his success in banking.  Brad worked his way through the banking world starting as a credit analyst for the southern portion of Minnesota at Norwest Bank, using that experience to become a commercial and agricultural lender with a few local banks. He credits his schooling with making that all possible. Brad has served on the Accounting Advisory Committee at South Central College for many years and has served as a volunteer for many organizations in the Owatonna, Faribault and Albert Lea communities. Brad lives in Owatonna and in his free time, he enjoys camping, running (he has completed several half marathons) and spending time with his wife, Brenda, three daughters and their families, including eight grandchildren. 

JN2016Julie Nelson graduated from South Central College when it was called Mankato Area Vocational Technical Institute in 1976. She studied Office Technology (then known as Secretarial).  To this day, Nelson is still a voracious learner and realizes the importance of continual professional development. Nelson stands out among her peers in the Minnesota SBDC Network, and her excellence has not gone unnoticed.  In 2014, she was named State Star, which recognizes an SBDC top performer who embodies a strong commitment to small businesses. Nelson is an active volunteer on South Central College’s Small Business Advisory Council and a member of Mankato BPW (Business and Professional Women), in addition to many other professional and community associations.  “Blessed with a passion and a dedication that inspires those with whom she works, Julie’s professional savvy has improved our area’s economy and its quality of life.  For the myriad of qualities it takes to work effectively in small business and economic development, as well as volunteer endeavors, Julie is truly worthy of this award,” said Michael Nolan, former SBDC Director.  Julie and her husband, Gene, who is also a graduate of SCC, reside in Mankato, MN.  Nelson said, “I have been blessed with steady advancement and some professional recognition, but most of all, I love my work.  I also strongly believe in contributing to my community and other causes through volunteering. SCC is one thread in the tapestry that is me.”

09
May
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Truck Driving Program in North Mankato beginning in June

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Truck driving1South Central College (SCC) and Riverland Community College (Riverland) announced a partnership March 25, 2016 to bring a Truck Driving program to SCC’s North Mankato Campus.

The 16-week 22-credit college certificate program will prepare students to earn their Class A Commercial Driver’s License with hazmat, tanker, doubles, triples and passenger endorsements upon completion.  As a for-credit program they also receive a college certificate at the highest value possible.  Students also develop skills and experience during paid internships with area motor carriers who in many cases also become prospective employers.

Dr. Annette Parker, President of South Central College said, “We recognized there was a serious need for a truck driving program in our region, and rather than reinvent the wheel, we partnered with a fellow institution who had already been successfully offering the program.”

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Commercial truck drivers in high demand throughout Minnesota. Long distance truck drivers make an average $30,000 - $35,000 salary in their first year and more than $40,000 the second year.

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26
Feb
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Accidents with Educational Purpose

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Proceeds of Snell vehicle to benefit SCC student scholarship program

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North Mankato, MN – Accidents happen; however, this accident had a purpose! 

The accident occurred when a 2007 Pontiac G6 was in a front-end collision. Thankfully, there were no serious injuries, but the vehicle had a lot of damage.  Accident, indeed.

Fortunately, this car crash created an opportunity for 26 Auto Body and Collison Technology students at South Central College.  Snell Motors purchased the Pontiac from its owner, and has arranged for SCC to use it as a project car.  Snell Motors plans to ultimately sell the restored vehicle and donate the proceeds to SCC’s scholarship program; they also donated the parts necessary to restore the vehicle.

Josh Blickem, a graduate of SCC, is the Collision Center Manager at Snell Motors and is an advocate for future technicians. Blickem was one of the first Snell Motors employees to see the 2007 Pontiac G6 and its potential. “To the current owner, it was time for a new car; however, I saw a project that had many technical components that would make a great class project at SCC,” he said.  

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