South Central College receives Education Technology Award at 2015 Tekne Awards 

(November 20, 2015) – The Minnesota High Tech Association (MHTA) has named South Central College as the recipient of the 2015 Tekne Award in the Education Technology award category. Held November 18 at the Minneapolis Convention Center, the Tekne Awards honor companies and individuals who have played a significant role in developing new technologies that positively impact the lives and futures of people living around the world.

South Central College received the award for its “iMEC” distance learning model, which gives students access to the college’s mechatronics program anytime, anywhere. iMEC gives students the opportunity to access instructors and participate in distance classes, and at the same time experience real hands-on training using online, simulation and remote access delivery methods. The system was developed by mechatronics instructor and industry veteran Doug Laven and other mechatronics faculty and students. Laven was also responsible for establishing the college’s original mechatronics program in 2009 in partnership with members of industry.

“Doug and our other mechatronics instructors provide an excellent education to our students on our North Mankato and Faribault, Minnesota campuses,” said South Central College President Dr. Annette Parker. “Through iMEC, their expertise is now available to everyone from high school students to individuals already working in industry.”

The development of iMEC was supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation. More information on iMEC is available at

Tekne Awards were presented to 15 of Minnesota’s most influential companies and recognized innovations in education technology, energy, healthcare, software, workforce development, manufacturing, agriculture, cyber security, and information technology.  “Technology is responsible for some of the most monumental changes in society today, and Minnesota continues to contribute to these advancements,” said Margaret Anderson Kelliher, president and CEO of MHTA. “We are honored to recognize South Central College for its proven leadership and commitment to science and technology innovation in Minnesota.”

This year’s Tekne Awards ceremony was emceed by Amelia Santaniello.  A list of 2015 Tekne Award recipients and finalists is available online at


About South Central College

South Central College (SCC) is a comprehensive community and technical college that is part of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) system, with campuses in Faribault and North Mankato. In addition to mechatronics, SCC’s advanced manufacturing programs include computer integrated machining and welding. The college also offers programs in building and design, transportation, business, allied health and nursing, human services, arts and communications and liberal arts and sciences. SCC is an Affirmative Action Equal Opportunity Employer/Educator. For more information visit

About Minnesota High Tech Association (MHTA)

MHTA is an innovation and technology association united in fueling Minnesota’s prosperity. We help bring together the people of Minnesota’s technology ecosystem and lead the charge in directing technology issues to Minnesota’s state capitol. MHTA is the only membership organization that represents Minnesota’s entire technology-based economy. MHTA members include organizations of every size − involved in virtually every aspect of technology creation, production, application and education in Minnesota. Find out more online at or follow MHTA on Twitter at

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