2016 Scrubs Camp

South Central College participating in local Education and Industry Partnership hosting SCRUBS Camp

Students to learn about Healthcare Careers at SCC’s North Mankato Campus June 15

Approximately 60 area students entering grades 9 - 12 will be at South Central College Wednesday, June 15 to experience first-hand what it’s like to work as a medical assistant, medical lab technician, phlebotomy technician, nurse, paramedic and EMT.

The students will be at South Central College from 9 am – 1 pm Wednesday, as part of a three day SCRUBS Camp running from June 13- 15, designed to expose student to healthcare careers.

SCRUBS Camp is a partnership between HealthForce Minnesota, Minnesota State University, Mankato, Mankato Public Schools, South Central College, Rasmussen College, MNCEME (Minnesota College of Engineering and Manufacturing Excellence), Mayo Clinic Health System, Mankato Clinic and South Central Workforce Council.
Campers experience a variety of interactive activities and special field trips to get them excited about careers in this field.

Sessions are led by healthcare professionals and/or faculty from several area colleges and universities. Students will tour Mayo Clinic Health System, Mankato Clinic, South Central College, Rasmussen College, and Minnesota State University, Mankato as part of their three-day experience.

600+ Firefighters at SCC

600+ Firefighters Participating in Fire School put on by SCC Center for Business and Industry


(March 3, 2016) - More than 600 firefighters from across the region will be at South Central College’s North Mankato campus March 5 and 6 for the Minnesota State Fire/EMS/Rescue School and Expo. The long-standing event is hosted annually by the Fire and Rescue Department of South Central College’s Center for Business and Industry (CBI), 1920 Lee Boulevard, North Mankato.  

“We would not be able to plan and put on an event of this caliber each year without the 60 instructors from around the region, 20 vendors and CBI staff who work together to make it possible,” said Bobby Scheidt, CBI Fire and Rescue Consultant. “We are also fortunate to have significant manpower and equipment furnished by many area fire departments to support the training.”

The event includes 50 different trainings, with many incorporating hands-on exercises held on the campus and other nearby locations. Some of these hands-on simulation trainings include: Active Shooter and Response, Grain Bin Rescue, House Burn, LP Gas Emergency Handling, Aircraft Crash Response, Automobile Extrication, Bus and Heavy Truck Rescue, Water Rescue, Rope Rescue and Ethanol Fire Fighting

The Center for Business and Industry at South Central College provides education, training and consulting to help businesses and organizations improve performance and productivity. More than 15,000 professionals receive training through CBI annually.



Ag Symposium Bonus Event April 1

No Fooling! More well-known Ag Economists to speak at South Central College Ag Symposium


(March 15, 2016) - Check your calendar…April 1 is quickly approaching and so is a special bonus session of the 2016 Ag Symposium at South Central College. 

Traditionally, the annual Ag Symposium at South Central College is a one-day event; however, this year students and guests are welcome to experience an additional half-day of learning with a bonus session on Friday, April 1. 

New this year, the bonus session will include some popular returning keynote speakers from past years: economist, Robert Craven and perennial favorite, Dr. David Kohl, as they guide participants to position for success and learn from the trends in farming operations.  A brief bio of each speaker follows.

 “One way producers stay on top of the changing rules is to attend national conferences where the greatest minds in 21st century agriculture share their wisdom and insight,” said Brad Schloesser, SCC Dean of Agriculture. “South Central College has attracted big names in agriculture to our stage, which is a unique local opportunity for area producers and our students to share.”

Now in its eighth year, the Ag Symposium is a professional development opportunity open to all who want to engage in cutting-edge presentations and discussions.  The bonus session is scheduled with check-in beginning at 8:00 a.m., and the program to follow, running from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.  South Central College, located at 1920 Lee Boulevard in North Mankato, MN will host all activities in its John A. Votca Conference Center.   

Cost for the half-day symposium is $99. All proceeds support SCC’s scholarship program.

For more information, contact Tami Reuter at 507-389-7342. For tickets, visit and click on the registration link or call 507-389-7203.

Guests who attended the February 9th event are automatically registered for the April 1 bonus session, which was included in their initial ticket purchase. The February 9th event featured an impressive line-up of speakers including animal handling expert Dr. Temple Grandin, ag advocate Laura Daniels, ag expert Moe Russell, and futurist Dr. Lowell Catlett.

In addition to CHS, event sponsors include CFS, AgStar Financial Services, Crystal Valley, Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council, Radio Mankato, Christiansen Farms, CliftonLarsonAllen, Dupont Pioneer, ISG,   Blethen Gage & Krause, Enlist, Minnesota Pork Board, MinnStar Bank, Mosaic, Cargill, Protein Sources, Minnesota Corn Growers, Snell, Wakefield Pork, UFC, and United Prairie Bank.

Speaker Bios:

Dr. David Kohl
Dr. David Kohl received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Agricultural Economics from Cornell University. Dr. Kohl has travelled over 6 million miles throughout his professional career. He has conducted more than 5,000 workshops and seminars for agricultural groups such as bankers, Farm Credit, FSA, and regulators, as well as producer and agribusiness groups. He has published four books and over 500 articles on financial and business-related topics in journals, extension, and other popular publications. Kohl regularly writes for Farm Journal, Top Producer, Ag Lender, and Soybean Digest.

Robert Craven
Robert is an Extension Economist, Farm Management and Director of the Center for Farm Financial Management. Areas of specialty include business management for farmers and credit analysis for agricultural lenders with emphasis on financial planning and analysis. His work for the Center has focused on development of FINPACK. He also has worked to develop the crop marketing programs at the Center, i.e., “Winning the Game” series of workshops. He also played a key role in the development of the National Risk Management Education Library.


650 Firefighters Participating in Fire School

Training includes hands-on vehicle extrication and structure fire exercises

Southern Minnesotans who see smoke and hear sirens originating from upper North Mankato this weekend need not panic. There will be hundreds of trained personnel available to deal with any emergency that arises. In fact, it’s training for such emergencies that is bringing firefighters to South Central College’s North Mankato campus on March 1 and 2.

The 2014 Minnesota State Fire/EMS/Rescue School and Expo will draw 650 firefighters from 168 fire departments and agencies across the state, as well as more than 100 instructors, vendors and equipment operators, making it one of the largest fire training schools in the state.

Firefighters will have access to 63 continuing education courses, with several hands-on training exercises in full gear. These include a variety of vehicle extrication, a grain bin emergency and other rescue situations all on the grounds of South Central College. There will also be controlled burns of three structures off site, where firefighters will practice the latest methods of interior fire attack and rescue operations.

The 2014 Minnesota State Fire/EMS/Rescue School and Expo is an event of the Fire and Rescue department from South Central College’s Center for Business and Industry (CBI), which provides education, training and consulting to help businesses and organizations improve performance and productivity. More than 15,000 professionals receive training through CBI annually.

 The following fire departments are furnishing manpower and equipment to help support the training: North Mankato, Mankato, Lake Crystal, St. Peter, Waterville, Henderson, Good Thunder, Nicollet, Janesville,  Eagle Lake, Sibley County Air Truck, Le Sueur, Waseca, Madison Lake, South Bend, St. Clair, Cleveland, Belle Plaine, Waseca, Kasota, Winthrop and Glencoe.


South Central College is a comprehensive community and technical college with campuses in Faribault and North Mankato, and a proud member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system. SCC is an Affirmative Action Equal Opportunity Employer/Educator.

Agribusiness Selected for National Conference

 South Central College Agribusiness Instructor and Student selected for National Conference

(May 11, 2015) A South Central College (SCC) Agribusiness instructor and student have been selected to participate in the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development Rural (OECD) Conference in Memphis, TN on May 19 – 21.  The event is hosted by the USDA Rural Development and White House Rural Council. 

Instructor Megan Roberts and student Matt Schroepfer were notified on April 9 by the Office of the Under Secretary for USDA Rural Development that their nominations to participate in the conference had been accepted. Only 24 instructors and 24 students from across the country were selected to attend the conference. “Being able to network with national and international agricultural and economic development professionals is a fantastic opportunity,” said Roberts. “I hope to use the insight and connections I gain at this prestigious conference to bring value back at the local level. I am honored to attend on behalf of South Central College.”

Roberts has been an Agribusiness Instructor at South Central College since 2012. She holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science from the University of Minnesota, where she focused her studies on agricultural policy. She is currently pursuing a doctorate with an emphasis on agricultural education.  She serves a variety of agricultural organizations, including as a Board Member at the Minnesota Agricultural Interpretive Center (Farmamerica) and as an Advisory Council Member to the Lake Crystal Wellcome Memorial High School Agricultural Department. Roberts grew up on a dairy farm in central Minnesota and now lives on a hog and crop farm near Madelia with her husband, a full-time farmer.

Schroepfer is from Sleepy Eye, MN and is active in the Post-Secondary Agriculture Student Organization at SCC, where he is currently serving as a Vice President-Treasurer. In March, he competed at the National PAS Conference, where he was part of SCC’s 1st Place National Soils Team and received the 2nd Place Individual Soils Title.  He also serves as President of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society, is a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success, and an SCC Presidential Scholar. Recently, he was asked to serve on the Youth Board of Advisors for the Minnesota Agricultural Interpretive Center (Farmamerica) and was selected to be on the Minnesota All-Academic Team this spring. In the past, he was involved in numerous high school organizations, including participating in both state and national FFA conventions. Matt plans to continue his education and pursue a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Ag Business after completing his two-year Agribusiness Production program at South Central College. 

The OECD is an international network of countries from the United States, South America, and Europe dedicated to agriculture, development, economy, education, energy, environment, finance, government, health, innovation, technology, jobs, and collaboration. By attending the OECD Conference, Roberts and Schroepfer will acquire new insight on how colleges and universities can support economic development and growth in their respective local communities.   

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. SCC is proud to be part of the Southern Minnesota Center of Agriculture, a MnSCU Center of excellence headquartered at the college’s North Mankato Campus. In addition to agriculture, SCC also offers programs in allied health and nursing, business, technical careers and liberal arts & sciences. SCC is an Affirmative Action Equal Opportunity Employer/Educator.