Arts & Communication Students Triumph at State SkillsUSA


Students in South Central College’s Arts & Communications programs of Graphic Communications and Multimedia Technology received numerous awards at this year’s Minnesota SkillsUSA State Conference held March 31 - April 2. Those who took 1st Place at the State Competition will compete at the National Conference in Louisville, Kentucky June 19 - 24.

Digital Cinema Production (team category)
Abby Cherney (from Mankato) and Reva Strunk (from Janesville): 1st Place
Austin Oropeza (from St. James) and Austin Swain (from Lino Lakes): 2nd Place


Promotional Bulletin Board (team category)
Erin Bias (from Alden), Alyssa Lynch (from Waseca) and Alexis McCarthy (from LeCenter-Cleveland): 1st Place


Job Skills Open (individual category)
Eli Hastings (from Coon Rapids): 1st Place


Pin Design (individual category)
Jacob Seedenburg (from Mankato): 2nd Place
Alyssa Lynch (from Waseca): 3rd Place

Photography (individual category)
Jacob Seedenburg (from Mankato): 2nd Place


T-shirt Design (individual category)
Jacob Seedenburg (from Mankato): 3rd Place

SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry representatives, working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. SkillsUSA helps each student excel. Last year, SkillsUSA will celebrated years of developing world-class workers and responsible American citizens. Over the course of those five decades, this career and technical student organization has served nearly 12 million annual members, helping each one develop the technical skills required for a successful career and the leadership skills that facilitate success in life.

Basque Education Officials to visit South Central College

Trip includes signing of Memorandum of Understanding

(November 18, 2014) - South Central College will host officials from the Basque Government Ministry of Education, Linguistic Policy and Culture from November 19 - 21. During the visit, Basque Government Deputy Minister for Vocational Education and Training Jorge Arevalo and South Central College President Dr. Annette Parker will sign a Memorandum of Understanding to explore educational exchange opportunities. 

“The signing of this document represents an exciting first step in our discussion about potential exchange options that may provide our students, faculty and staff with exposure to our global marketplace,” said Dr. Annette Parker, President of South Central College. 

While in Minnesota, the Basque delegation will also meet with Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) officials to learn about the system’s Centers for Excellence, Charting the Future and industry partnerships. They will also tour and learn about the advanced manufacturing programs at three MnSCU colleges: Hennepin Technical, Saint Paul College and South Central College. They will also meet with leaders from South Central College and Minnesota State University, Mankato on the two institutions’ collective efforts in the area of advanced manufacturing. 

The Basque Country of Northern Spain has 2.1 million citizens, served by three universities, 120 centers of Higher Vocational Education and Training (HVET) and 9 centers for specialized higher education. The HVET system vocational schools offer diplomas with academic and professional value, as well as occupational certificates. The Basque vocational education system also benefits from the work of a dedicated innovation Center for Innovation and Vocational Education and Training (TKNIKA) that rolls out demand-led innovations through the HVET system in both public and private institutions. The Basque Country has developed a robust network of vocational education and training institutions to train workforce to fill manufacturing jobs. For more information about the Basque Country Educational System, visit  

South Central College (SCC) is a comprehensive community and technical college that is part of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System (MnSCU), with campuses in Faribault and North Mankato. SCC has more than 50 technical career and professional programs, with a variety of Certificate and Associate degree options. The college also offers a liberal arts and sciences curriculum that enables learners to earn an Associate in Arts degree from SCC before transferring to complete a Bachelor’s degree at a four-year college or university. SCC is an Affirmative Action Equal Opportunity Employer/Educator. 


Both SCC Campuses Receive STAR Status

South Central College Campuses in Faribault and North Mankato Receive STAR Status

(May 6, 2015) South Central College’s campuses in Faribault and North Mankato were named “Star Campuses” for the 2014-15 school year at the Minnesota State College Student Association (MSCSA) General Assembly in April.

The Minnesota State College Student Association (MSCSA) is an association of the Minnesota public two-year college students, which works to ensure accessible, quality, and affordable public higher education while providing students with representation, leadership development, and communication across the state. MSCSA created the Star Campus initiative to recognize the work of the organization’s most active student senates. This year 11 of the 47 two-year MnSCU institutions’ campuses were designated with Star Campus status. 

This is the second year the Faribault Campus has been recognized as a Star Campus and the fourth year for the North Mankato campus.   

Bookstores and Student Senates Collect Shoes

SCC Bookstores and Student Senates Collecting Shoes

Part of National "One Day Without Shoes" Initiative


For the fifth year, the South Central College (SCC) Bookstores and  Student Senates on each of the college’s campus are teaming up to collect shoes for those in need.  New and gently used shoes may be dropped off at the Bookstores on the Faribault or North Mankato campuses Monday – Friday from 7:30 to 4:30 now through April 28.

Shoes collected in Faribault will go to Ruth’s House, and those donated in North Mankato will go to The Reach. In appreciation, the SCC bookstores are offering 10% off an item for each pair of shoes donated. Last year SCC collected 450 pairs of shoes.

SCC’s annual effort is part of the national TOMS One Day Without Shoes initiative for children’s health and education. On April 28 at 11:30 am students, faculty and staff will take a barefoot walk around each campus to raise awareness of the need for shoes for people all around the world.   


BPA Competition Success for SCC

SCC Students Achieve Honors at Business Professionals of America Leadership Conference

(May 12, 2015) - Top students from South Central College attended the Business Professionals of America (BPA) 2015 National Leadership Conference, “Imagine, Believe, Become” in Anaheim, CA, May 6, 2015 – May 10, 2015. South Central College sent students from both the Faribault and North Mankato Campus Chapters and were very successful at the conference. 

The SCC Faribault Campus BPA Chapter students brought home five Top 10 Awards: 

Administrative Support Team 5th Place: Kaelen Kurtzweil (from Faribault), Alex Miller (from Faribault), Colleen Rolling (from Faribault), Joye Stallman (from Owatonna)

Advanced Word Processing/MOS Word Core Exam 4th Place: Joye Stallman (from Owatonna)

Fundamental Desktop Publishing 4th Place:  Colleen Rolling (from Faribault)

Computer Network Technology/MTA Networking Fundamentals 9th Place: Alex Miller (from Faribault)

PC Servicing & Troubleshooting/MTA Windows OS Fundamentals 9th Place: Alex Miller (from Faribault)

The North Mankato Campus BPA Chapter brought home 13 Top 10 Awards:

Computer Security /MTA Security Fundamentals 1st Place: Nicholas Hunter (from St. Peter)

Fundamentals of Web Design/MTA HTML5 Application Developer Fundamental 3rd Place: Nicholas Hunter (from St. Peter)

Systems Administration Using Cisco 6th Place: Nicholas Braam (from New Ulm)

Information Technology Concepts 7th Place: Nicholas Hunter (from St. Peter)

Computer Security /MTA Security Fundamentals 7th Place: Nolan Zippel (from LeSueur)

JAVA Programming 10th Place: Nolan Zippel (from LeSueur)

Digital Publishing 3rd Place: Amanda Mundt (from Madison Lake)

Graphic Design Promotion 6th Place: Amanda Mundt (from Madison Lake)

Advanced College Accounting 6th Place: Lauren Farber (from Green Isle)

Web Site Design Team 4th Place: Sam Cory (from Delavan), Sam Gast (from Prior Lake, Nolan Zippel (from LeSueur)

Network Design Team 5th Place: Nicholas Braam (from New Ulm) and Trenton VanderWert (from Sherburn)

Presentation Management Team 5th Place: Katrina Voda (from Madison Lake), Teighlor Schumck (from North Mankato), Brandi Johnson (from Eagle Lake)

Video Production Team 5th Place: Nicholas Hunter (from St. Peter), Dan Smith (from North Mankato), Amanda Mundt (from Madison Lake)

Business Professionals of America is a national organization for college, high school and mid­dle school students preparing for careers in business and information technology. The organi­zation’s activities and programs complement classroom instruction by giving students practi­cal experience through application of the skills learned at school. Business Professionals of America acts as a cohesive agent in the nationwide networking of education and business and industry. BPA is contributing to the preparation of a world-class workforce through the advance­ment of leadership, citizenship, academic, and technological skills.