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SCC Students Return from South Africa

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A group of South Central College students recently returned from their trip to South Africa. Share their journey in these photos and the following post-trip reflections from SCC English & humanities instructor Becky Davis....

The 2015 South Central College student trip to South Africa has come to an end. At least, the students and I have returned to Minnesota. An experience like we had doesn't really end. I think I can safely say that each and every one of us feels as if we made a journey though South Africa. This was far more than a sight-seeing trip, and certainly not just a vacation. We lived in Africa. We were immersed in the culture, we met people, and we experienced South African life. (And no, thank you for asking, none of us got mauled by lions).

We barely unloaded our luggage before we plunged right into Soweto (Southwest Townships of Johannesburg) with a bike tour, including bouncing through township dirt roads over ruts and rocks, and through standing water (and whatever else was in the streets). We stopped at Nelson and Winnie Mandela’s former house, and at the Hektor Pietersen Museum, the site of the Soweto Uprising and Massacre of school children who were protesting being taught in Afrikaans. We sipped home-brewed beer from a calabash gourd in a shebeen. I'd call that cultural immersion before sundown on our first day.

That set the tone for the entire trip. We saw heart-breaking beauty and heart-wrenching poverty. We met beautiful, open-hearted people. We fell in love with South Africa.

This was not an easy trip. The pace was fast, and our emotional roller coaster was intense. We went...from an impoverished township where all shops and beauty salons were housed in shipping containers, to a township preschool bubbling with hope and music, to a lion reserve, to a safari, to a self-sustaining artist colony in a township, to two vibrant backpacker hostels on the coast, to a drumming circle where we sat alongside South African college students who grew up in poverty and welcomed us as new and dear friends, to Mandela's home village, to Steve Biko's grave, to a penguin colony, to the southern point of Africa where we stood with one foot in each of the Indian and Atlantic Oceans, to the spectacular view from Table Mountain above Cape Town, to the prison on Robben Island where Mandela was held for eighteen of his twenty-seven-year incarceration. This we did our last afternoon in South Africa, and it was truly a finale in every way. Suffice it to say that each of us is changed from living for two weeks immersed in South Africa.

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Nursing Alum selected 2015 MHA Cargiver of the Year

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SCC Nursing Alumnus, Ed Wurtzberger, has been selected as the 2015 MHA Caregiver of the Year from New Ulm Medical Center. Ed graduated from SCC's PN program in 2008 and RN program in 2009.

Check out the Alumni Network Facebook page to see for yourself how amazing Ed is:

Congratulations Ed!



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SCC Students Dominate at State Conference

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Students from the South Central College (SCC) North Mankato and Faribault chapters of Business Professionals of America (BPA) attended the 2015 State Leadership Conference in Alexandria, MN, February 19 - 21. Delegates from across the state participated in general sessions and competitive events, with a majority of the SCC students attending receiving one or more awards.

Fun fact: 24 SCC students qualified for national competition!

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Remember When? A new initiative: Online Courses

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It was just over 10 years ago, when faculty met in 2002 to develop online courses for the college's “LearnOn” initiative during a summer planning session.

Computer Careers instruc2002 OnlineTraining SCCtor, Peter Johnson, said, “We didn’t have a crystal ball, but we did know what an impact on-line learning would have. After [SCC Instructional Technology & Curriculum Specialist] Lynne Groves taught me the basics of putting together an online course, what we now call Instructional Design, I knew that I had to convert all my courses to this format. Its official title might have been “LearnOn” but we called it the “Online Bootcamp”. The concepts and techniques I learned that summer still form the basis of all my courses today.”

The “Online Bootcamp” group was right in their predictions that online learning was here to stay. This school year more than 2,300 students have enrolled in at least one course with an online delivery component.


Call for Nominations: Distinguished Alumni

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It is time to call for your nominations of the SCC Distinguished Alumni of the Year, 

All of our alumni are amazing; however, we need your help in identify those graduates of South Central College who continue to go above and beyond in their profession and community. 

More information can be found online about the nomination process.  Please consider nominating someone today: the deadline is March 1st.

Honorees will join an elite group of past award recipients and their success story will be featured in short video at the spring commencement ceremony to motivate new graduates to find their successes.