Don Hermanson, Instructor
Don Hermanson has been a part of the South Central College Agribusiness staff since 1996. Prior to teaching at the college, Don taught high school agriculture for 16 years. Don holds a Master of Education Degree from the University of Minnesota, a Bachelor of Science Degree from University of Wisconsin-River Falls, and an Associative Arts Degree from Golden Valley Lutheran College.
Don’s teaching responsibilities are in the agronomy and soils areas with classes such as Agronomy I and II, Advanced Agronomy, Agronomy Lab and Soils I and II.
Don and his wife Rhonda live in rural Nicollet County and have three adult children.
Pete Neigebauer, Instructor
Pete Neigebauer has been a part of the South Central Agribusiness staff since 1989. Prior to teaching at the College, Pete taught high school agriculture and adult farm management for eleven years. He holds a Masters of Education Administration from Minnesota State University, Mankato and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Minnesota.
Pete’s teaching responsibilities include courses in Farm Business Planning and Analysis, Agribusiness Financial Management, Agricultural Equipment, as well as a variety of Swine Production courses.
Pete has traveled extensively internationally working with several agricultural groups such as Cochran Fellows, CHF and Land O Lakes International, and Minnesota Department of agriculture. He has consulted with individuals from 20 different countries related to various production agriculture systems. Pete and his family live on a small farm near New Ulm, Minnesota
Denise Reeser, Instructor
Denise Reeser has been a part of the South Central Agribusiness staff since 2014. Prior to that she taught for 18 years at Brainerd High School and at the Brainerd High School Farm. Denise holds a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Education from the University of Minnesota. She credits her upbringing on the family farm, and enthusiasm for 4-H and FFA, as some of the reasons she enjoys teaching Agribusiness students. Her teaching responsibilities include courses such as Livestock Production, Dairy Production, Beef Production, Forages, Nutrition, Farm Business Planning and Analysis, Agribusiness Financial Management and Welding. Denise and her husband, Mike, reside in rural Le Sueur County with their 3 daughters.
Megan Roberts, Instructor
Megan Roberts has a great passion for agriculture and enjoys working with students that desire to work in the agribusiness industry. Megan has a master's degree from the University of Minnesota's Humphrey School of Public Affairs where she focused her studies on agricultural policy. Megan's bachelor's degree, also from the University of Minnesota, was in Applied Plant Sciences with minors in Applied Economics, Sustainable Agriculture, and International Agricultural Focus. Previously, she worked as a communications coordinator for a local farmer's cooperative and has participated in a wide variety of other agricultural experiences including numerous summer internships and a month long professional agricultural exchange in the Loire Valley of France. Her love of agriculture started early as a proud farmer's daughter, learning at a young age the great responsibility farmers have to care for their animals and land. She currently lives on a farm east of Madelia with her husband, a full-time hog and crop farmer.
Craig Smith, Instructor
Bruce White, Instructor
Bruce joined the SCC staff in 1997. Prior to joining the SCC staff Bruce taught both high school agriculture and adult farm management. Bruce also has previous experience as a Farm Credit Loan Officer, as an agronomist, and in production agriculture. A graduate of the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Science Degree and an Associate of Arts Degree from Worthington Community College, Bruce is also an alumnus of South Central College.
Bruce enjoys teaching students in the Service Technician Program in the areas of hydraulics, power trains and diesel injection. Bruce and his wife live in rural Sibley County near Bernadotte. They enjoy three adult children and their grandchildren.
Jim Zwaschka, Instructor
Jim is an agribusiness service technician instructor at South Central College. Jim is an alumni of the Service Technician program here at South Central College and previously was employed with Arnold’s Implement in Mankato for over two decades. In addition to teaching in the service technician area, Jim has extensive experience teaching in the Fire Training Program through Center of Business of Industry at South Central College. Jim’s goals are to raise the bar for student performance, and help them develop all the skills they need to succeed. He places an emphasis on hands-on and experiential learning as many important life skills are learned in the classroom. He resides in North Mankato with his wife and two daughters.
Brad J. Schloesser, Dean of Southern Minnesota Center of Agriculture
Brad Schloesser is the Dean of Agriculture for the Southern Minnesota Center of Agriculture. The Center of Agriculture is a collaborative effort and a new commitment to agricultural excellence in Minnesota. Prior to accepting the role as Dean of Agriculture in 2013, he served as a faculty member on the South Central College, (SCC) Agribusiness Team, teaching post-secondary agribusiness courses and advising students in the Post Secondary Agriculture Student (PAS) Organization. Before teaching at the post-secondary level he taught high school agri-science in two communities in southern Minnesota, concurrently serving as FFA advisor to student members.
Recently, Brad provided national leadership as Program Manager for the Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE). The curriculum, created as a special project of The National Council for Agricultural Education, is continually improving. He serves as State Leader for CASE on the National CASE Advisory Committee and has hosted CASE Institutes at SCC for teachers attracted from across the nation. Brad has served as the President of the National Council for Agricultural Education which provides leadership for excellence in agricultural education at the middle and high school levels as well as encompassing post secondary and adult agricultural education in agriculture, food, and natural resources. Brad continues to be a lifelong learner, promoting agriculture and supporting the industry.
Brad and wife LuAnn have two adult daughters that are both productively employed in the agriculture industry. Four grandchildren bring much joy to their family. Growing grapes, tending a sheep flock and managing health and a happy home life are some of the many blessings Brad keeps as life priorities. He knows where each day’s gifts originate and concentrates time on faith building. The family resides in Saint Peter, MN.
Shelly Kitzberger, Administrative Assistant
Shelly Kitzberger is the administrative assistant for the Southern Minnesota Center of Agriculture. She graduated from South Central College with an AAS Degree in Office Technology. Shelly grew up on a farm in the rural New Ulm area, where her family continues to raise hogs and cattle. She was active in both 4-H and FFA growing up. Shelly enjoys spending time with her husband, family and friends and enjoys playing volleyball.