Brad Schloesser has taught agribusiness education since 1992 at the post secondary level, every year he strives to continue learning while teaching at South Central College. Brad challenges all students and staff to be "life-long learners!"
Before working with students at the Post Secondary level in the agriculture industry, Brad was a high school agri-science educator and
Brad studied agricultural education at the University of Minnesota and completed a Master of Science degree at Montana State University in animal science, with a focus on ruminant nutrition. He is a life-long learner, hasn't left school since kindergarten except for many experiences in the agribusiness and production setting.
Teaching students in marketing, economics, records management and a variety of livestock production related courses consumes a major portion of Brad's teaching schedule. Also, assisting students in the ag education track at South Central is a focus Brad maintains.
Learning about agriculture in parts of the world outside of the U.S. has been a great opportunity that has enhanced Brad’s teaching over the past decade. Exploring places like state run farms in Russia, India’s sacred cows and milk processing in ISO9001 facilities and exploring aquaculture in Honduras are but a few of the added features that is shared in a class with this
Brad and his wife live in the valley of the MN River outside of St. Peter, they have two adult children.
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, Bachelor of Science Degree from University of Wisconsin-River Falls and an Associative Arts Degree from Golden Valley Lutheran College.
Teaching responsibilities are in the agronomy and soils areas with classes such as Agronomy I and II, Advanced Agronomy, Agronomy Lab, Soils I and II.
Don and his wife Rhonda live in rural Nicollet County and have three adult children.
Pete Neigebauer has been a part of the South Central Agribusiness staff since 1989. Prior to teaching at the College , Pete taught high school vocational agriculture and adult farm management for eleven years. He holds a Masters of Education Administration from Minnesota State, Mankato and Bachelor of Science from the University of Minnesota.
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
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.
We would like to welcome new Service Tech Instructor, Jim Zwaschka. Jim is an alumnus of the Service Technician program here at SCC, and has been employed with Arnold’s Implement in Mankato for the past 21 years. For the past several years he has taught the Fire Training Program at SCC and has been a substitute instructor in the Service Tech area. It is great to have someone with Jim’s experience in the industry because he knows exactly what skills are in demand. One of Jim’s goals is to raise the bar for student performance, and help them develop all the skills they need to succeed, and not all those things are learned in the classroom. He resides in North Mankato with his wife and two daughters.
Megan Roberts has a great passion for agriculture and enjoys working with students that also share that same passion for agriculture and sincere 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 numberous 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 has been a part of the South Central Agribusiness staff since 2013. Prior to teaching at the college, Craig taught high school and middle school Industrial Technical Studies for 31 years. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Minnesota State University Mankato. Craig also farms with his wife and sone in rural North Mankato. Teaching responsibilities at South Central College are in Facility Maintenance.