CIM Students create feature for Children's Museum

South Central College Students create Ball Course for Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota

 Whimsical educational feature installed and ready for play on Thursday, January 7


(January 6, 2015) - South Central College (SCC) and the Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota have teamed up to develop a special “Ball Course” that will teach children about science and engineering as they play. The Ball Course, which was manufactured by SCC’s Computer Integrated Machining (CIM) students, will be an integral component of the museum’s two-level Makers Space beginning January 7.

The CIM students, under the leadership of instructor Jon Morgan, took on the semester-long project this past fall, taking the Ball Course through all the stages of manufacturing process, from prototype design through fabrication. Along the way they continued to test and improve upon the design to ensure the Ball Course would be fun, educational and able to withstand the rigors of children’s play.

The final product exceeded even the Children’s Museum’s expectations. Deb Johnson, Education and Exhibit Director said, “I can’t wait to see children’s eye light up when they play with the ball course. It is well built and will surprise children – how often do you get to see a steel ball floating and rolling in space? I hope children and parents will appreciate the design intent and care that went into manufacturing this high quality museum exhibit component!”

The Ball Course provides children with the hands-on experience of moving a ball through a maze by turning dials and pushing buttons, which generate unexpected actions and sounds.     

“This has been a tremendously rewarding project for our students, who take pride not only in the superior product they produced, but also their ability to use their skills to contribute to the community in this special way,” said Morgan.

About South Central College

South Central College 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 Computer Integrated Machining, the college’s Advanced Manufacturing programs include Mechatronics and Welding. South Central College also offers programs in Agribusiness, Building and Design, Transportation, Business, Allied Health and Nursing, Human Services, Arts and Communications and Liberal Arts and Sciences.

About the Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota

The Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota’s vision is to be the catalyst for building a stronger, more vibrant community around play so that all children in our region share in a bright future of opportunity and well-being. The museum opened its doors to its permanent museum in May of 2015 and has had over 65,000 visitors to date.

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College Ready – Bridge to College Success

College Ready PhotoAre you thinking about starting college? Get your college experience off on the right foot. Apply for the College Ready-Bridge to College Success Program!

Application Dealine: March 10, 2014
Spring 2014 Program:
March 17 - May 8, 2014

College Ready – Bridge to College Success Program is for anyone who wants to build a strong foundation before starting college.  South Central College (SCC) and Adult Basic Education (ABE) are partnering with the Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation to provide academic programming for prospective college students who are committed to improving their Accuplacer scores in Reading, English, and Mathematics. Students will be required to participate on the SCC campus for a minimum of two days per week with flexible scheduling options. Activities will include  computer-based modular college readiness coursework, First Year Experience programming, student success seminars, and a meal!

More information on the program is available on our pdf  Bridge to College Success brochure 854.23 Kb

By improving your Accuplacer scores, you may be able to test out of one or more college readiness courses - a savings of time and money. Students who have particpated in this projgram have saved more than $25,000 in tuition!

All programing is FREE!

How Do You Qualify?

To be accepted into this program, you must have a high school diploma or GED (or be very close to finishing) and have an Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score under 78 and/or and Arithmetic score under 56 or an elementary algebra score under 76, and you must meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Household income is below 150% of the federal poverty line; OR
  • Person of color; OR
  • First generation student;

To complete an application, pdf dowload an application or contact one of the following program representatives:

Amy Miller
(South Central College)

Yesica Louis
(Adult Basic Education: Faribault)

Karen Wolters
(Adult Basic Education: Mankato)
507-345-5222 ext.3054

*We will consider applicants who are close to obtaining their GED. Please speak with one of the program representatives listed above.

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DECA Students Compete at Internationally

South Central College Collegiate DECA Students Compete at International Competition

(May 4, 2015) - Eighteen South Central College Business, Culinary and Marketing students competed at the DECA International Career Development Conference April 18 – 21 in Orlando, FL, after qualifying at their state competition in February. In addition to testing their competition skills, the conference gave the students an opportunity to network with people from around the world and enhance their professional portfolio. The South Central College Collegiate DECA Chapter also received the “Leadership Passport Presidential Award” for community involvement throughout the year. Advisors for the chapter are South Central College instructors Michael Broughten and Roberta Moorhouse.

Students were allowed to compete in only one event that was predetermined by their state competition. South Central College (SCC) students competed in the following events:

Culinary Management Institute (13 total teams of three competed, including 3 teams from SCC)
Ali Gartner (from Minnesota Lake), Megan Schauer (from Mankato), Zach Janssen (from Mankato)
Tiela Hillyer (from Mankato), Cheyenne Narber (from St. James), Peter Dumas (from Owatonna)
Ashley Weeres (from Dayton), Sydney Tyley (from Crystal) and Cody Melcher (from Wells)                                                              

Marketing Management Individual Case Problem (65 total individuals competed)
Cole Reinarts (from New Ulm)

Restaurant and Food Service Management Business Simulation (58 total individuals competed)
Lacey Hassing (from Wells)

Retail Management Business Simulation (57 individuals competed)
Josh Dittrich (from New Ulm)

Business Ethics Team Case (36 teams of two competed)
Kristine McCreary (from Faribault) and Ben Sears (from North Mankato)
Event finalists in the first round of 12 top teams and competed in round two

Sports and Entertainment Marketing – Team Case (47 teams of two competed, including 2 from SCC)
Team 1: Nathan Qualley (from Nicollet) and Mason Hjelmeland (from Cokato)
Team 2: Landon Brown (from Mankato) and Jacob Ward (from Mankato)
Event finalists in the first round of 12 top teams and placed in the top 10 in the final round

Entrepreneurship Challenge Event (52 teams of two registered at the conference for an Extra Chance to compete)
Landon Brown (from Mankato) and Jacob Ward (from Mankato)
Placed second in the nation to win a $1,000 award

Jacob and Landon were previously recognized for winning the Global 2014 DECA Idea Challenge in January

Approximately 1,200 students from the US, Canada and China attended the international conference. Collegiate DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in colleges around the globe.

Collegiate DECA Students Shine at State Competition


South Central College’s Collegiate DECA chapter competed at their state Career Development Conference February 16 - 17. Collegiate DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in colleges around the globe.

At the event, South Central College students Haley Parker from St. Peter and Cody Melcher from Wells received the Student Service Award for their contribution to the chapter.

Students from across the state also competed in both team and individual events. The following students from South Central College placed in the Top 8, with several 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners. These students are competing at the International Career Development Conference this week in Washington, DC:

Advertising Campaign (individual event):
Jennifer Epper (from St. Peter)  - 1st Place

Business Ethics (team event):                                 
Ben Sears (from Mankato) and Josh Dittrich (from North Mankato)  - 1st Place
Josh Botten (from Hanska) and Logan Silker (from Eagle Lake) - Top 8

Business to Business Marketing (team event):                            
Laura Becker (from Mankato) and Haley Parker (from St. Peter) - 3rd Place

Culinary Management (team event):                     
Olivia Benson (from Waterville), Jose Carreon (from St. James), Taylor Fleischman (from St. Paul) - 1st Place
Garrett Kopka (from Kasota), Michael Mallari (from St. Peter), Trevy Weingartz (from St. Peter) - 2nd Place
Zachary David (from Le Center), Leandra Buckmire, Tina Williams (from North Mankato) - 3rd Place

Event Planning (team event):                                 
Jennifer Epper (from St. Peter) and Esther Ogwang (from New Prague) - 2nd Place

Fashion Merchandising (individual event):
Esther Ogwang (from New Prague) - Top 8

Human Resources Management (individual event):        
Nathan Qualley (from Nicollet) -  2nd Place
Ross Hoseck (from Mankato) - 3rd Place

Professional Sales (individual event):                    
Cody Meyer (from Belle Plaine) - 3rd Place

Restaurant Management
Ross Hoseck (from Mankato) - Top 8                                            

Retail Management (individual event):                 
Josh Dittrich (from North Mankato) - Top 8

Sales Management Meeting (individual event):   
Aaron Voeltz (from Mankato) - 2nd Place
Jennifer Berg (from Mankato) - 3rd Place

Sports and Entertainment Marketing (team event)
Cody Meyer (from Belle Plaine) and Aaron Voeltz (from Mankato) - 2nd Place
Logan Weis (from Westbrook) and Ryan Busch (from New Ulm) - Top 8

Travel and Tourism (individual event)                
Nathan Enter (from Nicollet) - Top 8

DECA Students DC Bound to Compete Internationaly

South Central College (SCC) is sending 16 students to compete at the Collegiate DECA International Career Development Conference in Washington, DC on April 23 to 26.  Collegiate DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in colleges around the globe.

The following SCC students competing in DC come from the college’s  Business Management, Marketing Management and Culinary programs.  They placed at the State Development Conference in February to be eligible to compete at the International Conference.


Business Ethics Teams:
Ashley Ahlers and Joshua Dittrich
Nate Kinowski and Ashley Kruger

Culinary Institute Participants:
Joy Boertje, Peter Dumas, Crystal Foss, Donna Hegwood,
Mary Peters, Ashley Schreiner, Ashley Weeres

Marketing Management Individual Event:
Clay Peterson

Restaurant Management Individual Event:
Lacey Hassing, Scott Reasor

Sports and Entertainment Marketing Team:
Landon Brown and Jacob Ward

South Central College marketing instructor Roberta Moorhouse and culinary instructor Michael Broughten will be traveling with the students.


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.