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09
May
0

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
0

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
0

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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17
Dec
0

South Central Kitchen, KTV and Successful SCC Graduate profiled.

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Check out the following Free Press Article to learn more about this amazing opportunity featuring the Culinary and Multimedia talents:

http://www.mankatofreepress.com/news/things-are-cooking-at-reinvigorated-public-access-station/article_3d7bf2d2-a0f9-11e5-99f0-a7d2d08ae9d4.html

12
Nov
0

2015 Job Fairs at South Central College

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South Central College (SCC) will hold Job Fairs on each of its campuses, with SCC students, alumni and the general public invited to attend.

On Tuesday, November 17, SCC’s Faribault Campus will host a Job Fair with approximately 20 employers from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. The campus is located at 1225 Third St. SW in Faribault.

On Wednesday, November 18, SCC’s North Mankato Campus will host a Job Fair with more than 50 employers from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. The campus is located at 1920 Lee Blvd. in North Mankato.  

12
Nov
0

SCC Students Use Their New Talents to Give Back

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They have come to learn a skill and start a career.  However, as students they are also learning the importance of giving back and using their newfound talents to help others.

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This fall the Computer Integrated Machining students are rebuilding an exhibit for the Southern Minnesota Children’s Museum.  It must be durable to withstand all the attention it will be given by the youth in our region.  Watch for its return to the museum with new, durable features.

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The Auto Body students have a big project as they work with Snell Collision Center to return a 2007 Pontiac G6 to pre-accident condition.  Stay tuned for more updates on the students' work on the vehicle, as well as how this vehicle will make a big difference for someone in need.

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12
Nov
0

Remember When? MTI Expansion

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image009It was 27 years ago that the Business, Nursing, Accounting, and Sales, Marketing and Management students and faculty moved from lower North Mankato to the current North Mankato Campus of South Central College. In addition to classroom space, building improvements also provided for a 400-seat Conference Center, an Auto Body Shop, library, student lounge and an expanded Cafeteria and Bookstore.

Prior to moving the 1,100 students to the North Mankato “hilltop”, classes for Mankato Technical Institute (now known as South Central College) were held in the school district’s Wheeler Campus Building, which we currently know as Garfield Elementary.

12
Nov
0

Students First... Awards Follow

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It’s always about the students, but this month South Central College faculty, staff and volunteers will be recognized by two different organizations for their innovative approach to student learning.

First, on November 17th, the South Central College Ag Symposium will be recognized with the Brian Fazio Business Education Partnership Award.  Presented by Greater Mankato Growth, Inc., at the Greater Mankato Business Awards & Hall of Fame, the award recognizes partnerships that enhance education and business in Greater Mankato. SCC’s Ag Symposium is a unique one-day event that integrates national speakers, regional industry leaders and current students for a full day of learning about the new tools and new rules in agriculture today.

Second, the Minnesota High Tech Association (MHTA) has named South Central College as a finalist in the Education Technology Award category for the 2015 Tekne Awards, which will be held on November 18. The Tekne Awards annually recognize Minnesota’s best and brightest technology users and developers in innovation, development, education, commercialization and management. SCC was nominated for its “iMEC” distance learning model, which gives students access to the college’s Mechatronics program anytime, anywhere.

12
Nov
0

Give to the Max Day, November 12

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One of the most valuable gifts you can give is the gift of an education. We would like you to consider a gift to South Central College that can be combined with other gifts to make a big difference for our current and future students.

We would be pleased to combine the gifts received from SCC alumni to grow the Alumni Scholarship fund.  Eligible recipients for these scholarships include SCC alumni and their immediate family members.

In the coming days, many worthy organizations will promote GiveMN.org and Give to the Max Day to be held November 12th.  While we accept gifts every day to support students, if you are moved to give back on Thursday, November 12th, we hope you will consider supporting us.

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13
Jul
0

Carpentry Program Returning to the Faribault Campus this Fall

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Beginning in Fall Semester 2015, college students in South Central Minnesota will again have the opportunity to study Carpentry at South Central College Faribault Campus. The return of the program will help to meet workforce demands of area businesses and provide outstanding employment opportunities for students and graduates.

The SCC Carpentry program is comes as a direct response to the region’s building industry needs.  SCC officials met with approximately 30 leaders from area building and design businesses to discuss how the program could best prepare students with the skills today’s employees need.  Information on this program is available at http://www.southcentral.edu/Majors-and-Programs/carpentry.html.     

“South Central College is committed to continually evolving our programs and effectively utilizing our resources to best meet the needs of our students and communities,” said Dr. Annette Parker, President of South Central College.  “This focus is core to the mission of every community and technical college, and we take that responsibility very seriously.”

01
Jul
0

Lincoln Community Center Mural

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Photo at Lincoln Community CenterSome SCC alumni and students came together the week of May 18 to install a mural at the Lincoln Community Center.

Alisa Boswell, Adult Enrichment and Marketing Coordinator for Lincoln Community Center, initiated the collaborative community project a year and a half ago. She graduated from SCC in 2008 from SCC's Administrative Assistant program (today called Office Administration & Technology) with an AAS degree.

The mural features photographs by SCC Multimedia Technology student Dan Smith and graphic design by Kendra Schleusner, who just graduated from SCC this spring with her degree in Graphic Communications. Another spring Graphic Communications graduate, Jennifer Jensen, also contributed photography to the project. SCC Graphic Communications instructor Kevin McLaughlin and Multimedia Technology instructor Wes Taylor oversaw the students' work.

Another SCC Alum, Andrew Nyberg, was an advisor for the mural’s production. He earned his Associate degree in Commercial & Technical Art from SCC in 2008. Printing and installation of the mural was done by The Visual Identity Vault with the help of SCC students and instructors.

"This project was a collaborative effort among community, industry, and the Graphic Communications and Multimedia Technology programs at SCC,” said McLaughlin. “The mural represents all the talent and hard work that went into the completion of this project. We’re all very proud of this accomplishment.”

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01
Jul
0

National Champions

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Photo Skills USA 2015 Podium Just making it to the National Competition was a tremendous feat for the 9 SkillsUSA participants from SCC who qualified to compete in Kansas City last week.
 
Three students excelled further by receiving medals at the National Competition.

The SCC Digital Cinema team of Caleb Curran and Dylan DeMarce (pictured) took the Gold, making them National Champs.

Eric Nosbisch (right) earned the Silver medal in the CNC Milling Specialist category.

Way to go SCC!

16
Jun
0

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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29
Apr
0

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: https://www.facebook.com/SouthCentralCollegeFoundation?fref=ts

Congratulations Ed!

 

 

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03
Mar
0

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!

For the complete story, check out the complete story with the link below:
http://www.southcentral.edu/News-Events/bpa-students-qualify-for-national-conference.html

29
Jan
0

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.

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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.

29
Jan
0

Online Auction Approaching

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to benefit SCC student scholarship program 

The fifth annual South Central College Foundation online auction will kick off on February 20th!

Plans are underway to ensure, the 2015 auction contains 150+ items ranging from restaurant gift cards to weekend getaways and more. Since the auction’s inception more than $50,000 has been raised to benefit students attending SCC.

Bids will be accepted through March 4, 2015.

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29
Jan
0

7th Annual Ag Symposium: February 12, 2015

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Today’s agricultural producers are adapting to a landscape that is constantly changing. They are expected to be economists, commodity specialists, financiers, brokers, mechanics, transportation logisticians, managers, and more. South Central College’s Foundation is providing a one-day professional development opportunity to assist area farm families with keeping a finger on the pulse of their dynamic industry.

South Central College Foundation is proud to announce the seventh annual New Tools for New Rules Agricultural Symposium. This regional professional development opportunity is designed for all agricultural producers. New Tools brings world-class speakers to the campus of South Central College for a day of cutting-edge presentations and discussion.

Click here to learn more about the speakers, schedule, and how to purchase tickets!

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