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13
May
0

Students Tell a Great Story

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Jeremiah Kuehne - Distinguished Student of the Year

SCC has so many amazing students! Just a couple weeks ago, SCC celebrated the Spirit of Achievement, and we were wowed by a video created by our fantastic students (and their instructors) in our Multimedia Technology program. Here is a link to the SCC video featuring students, alumni, and faculty (it's only 3 ½ minutes).

We also celebrated the achievements of students.

Specifically, we named the 2014 SCC Distinguished Student of the year, Jeremiah Kuehne. Technically, Jeremiah is a 2013 SCC alum with an Associate in Arts degree. Jeremiah graduated with that degree two weeks prior to his high school graduation as he began attending SCC in his junior year of high school. Jeremiah returned to SCC to enhance his education and acquire a technical skillset through the Multimedia Technology program to pursue his dream of being a filmmaker. Jeremiah has been a leader and true friend among his fellow SCC students. He inspires others to do the best work they can in and out of the classroom. His enthusiasm is infectious, and he has tremendous energy. Additionally, he is heavily involved in church service projects and activities in the Faribault community. Jeremiah was presented the Starfish Award in honor his achievements. Welcome to the Alumni Network, Jeremiah!

Our other Distinguished Student of the Year finalists were:

  • Martina AkemMartina Akem – Martina is the first female child from her village in Cameroon to go to school. Exiled to the USA, Martina decided to pursue marketable skills and chose to study to be a Medical Lab Technician. Martina works in a group home and is a valued member of the library staff on the Faribault Campus. She and her husband are raising 4 school-age children with the same value of education and work ethics.

 

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12
May
0

Hold your next event at SCC!

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Last Friday, May 9th, Greater Mankato Growth held Leadercast, a one-day leadership conference event broadcast live from Atlanta, Georgia, at South Central College’s Conference Center at the North Mankato campus. Both the North Mankato and Faribault facilities provide an ideal atmosphere to host community-related events. Various room sizes and seating layouts are available to fit many groups and events. In addition to our state-of-the-art, user friendly, audiovisual components, we also offer full-service meeting support including team building programs, strategic planning assistance and meeting facilitation. Catering is also an option for your special event with china and linen rentals available. Click here for more information on room scheduling and catering: http://roomscheduling.southcentral.edu/. Or contact the Scheduling Office at 507-389-7370 and the Catering Services at 507-389-7279.

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14
Apr
0

Graphic Communications Students Show Off Their Work!

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Students in SCC’s Graphic Communications program will put their work on display for the program’s annual spring portfolio. Students, faculty, industry professionals, as well as friends and families are invited to attend the event.

Led by instructors Gale Bigbee and Kevin McLaughlin, students display a variety of work from creative movie posters to label designs, brochures and more. Fifteen students have work for public review.

Click here for show details and to preview the portfolios!
17
Mar
0

Supporting Our Veterans

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Are you a veteran? Do you have questions about programs available to you and other resources? SCC is committed to making your transition from military to college as smooth as possible, and we strive to give you first-class service and support. Visit our website for more information: http://southcentral.edu/veterans/index.html
28
Feb
0

SCC Wins at Collegiate DECA event

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The Collegiate DECA State Career Development Conference was held February 25 and 26 at the Verizon Wireless Center in Mankato.  28 students from the Marketing, Business and Culinary programs at South Central College competed for a chance to attend the International Conference to be held in April in Washington D.C.  They competed in a multitude of events, including Sports and Entertainment Marketing, Business Ethics, Retail and Restaurant Management, Marketing Management and Culinary Arts.  Joy Boertje, a Culinary Graduate and current Business Management student, was elected to the State Leadership Team as the Southern Region Vice President for the 2014-15 school year.

Here are the event listings.  If you have any of these students in class or see them on campus, please congratulate them for their accomplishments!

Advertising Campaign:  Alex Birr, 4th

Business to Business Marketing:  Ashley Kruger and Amy Nicolai 4th

Theresia Lueck and Sarah Manthey Top 8

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30
Jan
0

South Central College Foundation Online Auction January 28th - February 5th!

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Proceeds to benefit SCC student scholarship program

Let the bidding begin! South Central College Foundation third annual online auction kicked off this week on January 28! The 2014 auction contains 200 items ranging from restaurant gift cards to weekend getaways and more. Since the auction’s inception three years ago, over $35,000 has been raised to benefit students attending SCC.

 Bids will be accepted through February 5, 2014. The online catalog can be viewed by visiting www.biddingforgood.com/scc. SCC continues to accept items from donors who may be interested in contributing to the auction. 

The South Central College Foundation was created to provide support to the college and its students. With the donations raised, the Foundation provides opportunities to advance the educational pursuits of our students through scholarships and to advance SCC’s ever-expanding programming. 

 Please consider donating an item, bidding in the online auction (Jan. 28-Feb. 5, 2014) and spreading the news of our auction to your friends and family.


11
Dec
0

Fabulous relationships

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Less than six months ago, the new President of South Central College assumed her duties of leading South Central College.  During the past six months many new and exciting opportunities for students have developed and Dr. Parker was able to spend some time "listening" to the needs of our region's fabulous partners.

Just last week, Dr. Parker meet with the leadership team at Kibble Equipment, spoke with the Waseca Rotary club, viistied with Itron, toured Emerson (pictured) and finished the week by meeting with the leadership team at 3M in New Ulm.

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Thank you to all of the businesses who have hosted us in the last six months and all of them who will host us in 2014!

01
Oct
0

President Annette Parker Appointed to National Advanced Manufacturing Partnership Steering Committee

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Dr. Annette Parker, president of South Central College (Faribault and North Mankato), has been named to serve on the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership Steering Committee.  The committee was established by President Obama as part of a continuing effort to maintain U.S. leadership in the emerging technologies that will create high-quality manufacturing jobs and enhance America’s global competitiveness. Parker is one of 21 industry, academia and labor executives charged with leading the effort, including co-chairs Andrew Liveris, president, chairman, and CEO of Dow Chemical, and Rafael Reif, president of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

A September 26 White House press release and blog post by Jason Miller, Special Assistant to the President for Manufacturing Policy, announced the launch of the committee and  highlighted the importance of the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership. Links for the press release and the blog post appear below:

White House Press Release: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/09/26/president-obama-launches-advanced-manufacturing-partnership-steering-com

White House Blog Post: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2013/09/26/advanced-manufacturing-partnership-steering-committee-20-launches-move-our-manufactu

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01
Oct
0

New Dean of Workforce Education and Training

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South Central College is proud to announce that Barbara Embacher has been chosen as the college’s Dean of Workforce Education and Training.  Ms. Embacher will start employment with SCC on October 21, 2013.  In her new position as Dean of Workforce Education and Training, Barb will be responsible for implementing a newly designed comprehensive plan addressing the career and technical education and workforce development needs of students, the College, and the community.

“Barb’s past experience in both secondary and higher education, along with business development, align well with the college’s mission,” stated SCC President, Dr. Annette Parker.  “We are pleased to have someone of Barb’s caliber joining our leadership team.  Her vast knowledge and experience will be beneficial in this role as we prepare our students to compete locally in a global marketplace.”

Barb holds a B.S. in Vocational Rehabilitation/Special Education from the University of Wisconsin- Stout and a M.S. in Education-Professional Development from the University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire.  She is currently the Vice President of Greater Mankato Growth, Inc. and has been in that role since 2007.  Other experiences include School Board Member and Clerk with the St. Clair School District; Career Education Coordinator with Mankato Area Public Schools; and adjunct assistant professor at Minnesota State University, Mankato.

This is a wonderful leadership opportunity for Barb and has tremendous alignment with her previous professional experiences and passion”, stated Jonathon Zierdt, President & CEO of Greater Mankato Growth, Inc.  “Barb’s direct experience in education and her time working with our business community offers SCC a unique perspective that will be beneficial to not only the College but our businesses.”

13
Sep
0

North Mankato Campus Foundation Awards over $200,000 in Scholarships to South Central College Students!

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North Mankato, MN - South Central College’s North Mankato Campus Foundation celebrated the success of 262 students on Friday, September 6th. These students were recognized for their academic achievements, community involvement and dedication to their programs of study. More than 500 individuals joined in the celebration of the scholarship achievement as over $200,000 in scholarships were awarded.

Scholarship funding is provided through generous contributions by individuals and businesses that support the Annual Fund Drive held each year by the North Mankato Campus Foundation.

“We are fortunate to live in a region where education has always been important, but the commitment to the scholarship program is another great example of the support that exists for our region’s dynamic future,” said Tami Reuter, Executive Director of the SCC North Mankato Campus Foundation. 

“The donor’s belief in our student’s unlimited potential and the student’s energy, enthusiasm and passion for learning coupled with relevant, engaged faculty and the committed leadership of the Foundation board makes this program possible,” said Reuter.

Here's a direct link to the gallery of each of the scholarship recipients: http://southcentralcollege.smugmug.com/Other/Scholarhip-Awards-N-Mankato/31702304_LbXZKr#!i=2748478722&k=w8hTKw2

30
Aug
0

SCC Foundation recieves donation for scholarships

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Special thanks to the Xcel Energy Foundation for their generous support of the student scholarship program at SCC.

08
Aug
0

Skills gap conversations...listening with purpose

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Dr. Annette Parker interacted with Senator Franken as he led a listening session at South Central College to discuss ways to increase the number of skilled workers.  Check out the articles from KEYC and The Mankato Free Press for more details.
12
Jul
1

Growing Need for Workers to Fill Manufacturing Jobs
By Brittany Larson, KEYC-TV News Reporter


Sen. Al Franken introduced a bill to help close the skills gap—where jobs go unfilled because businesses can't find workers with the right skill set.

Maria Borgmeier is a student at South Central College. Once she graduates she's interested in finding work with machines, drafting or programming.

Student at SCC, Maria Borgmeier says, "It's an opportunity where you can jump around and in that instance it help because you can go from working on machines to programming and help work out the glitches in between because you have experience."

Numbers from the 2011 Skills Gap Report by The Manufacturing Institute, there are about 25,000 openings in Minnesota's manufacturing sector, including factories and technical firms.

Five percent of manufacturing jobs are going unfilledbecause they can't find people with the right set of skills. The report saysas many as 600,000 jobs are going unfilled. On top of that, there's also a highdemand for nurses.

President of South Central College, Annette Parker says,"We're talking about things like mechatronics, auto mutation systems, IT,networking, robots, just really high tech stuff. And as baby boomers get olderwe want to be sure we have enough nursing occupations that are filled to wehave good care."

Data also shows that manufacturing employers paid employeesan average of $78,900 in salary and benefits in 2011.

Employees at nonmanufacturing companies were paid an averageof $66,500.

Parker says, "Young people need to understand thatthese are well paying jobs, there is a great future in these jobs and moreawareness about what are the opportunities."

Maria says, "Being able to figure things out andknowing that you figured it out and process the whole problem and come up witha solution.

Having a strong interest in problem solving and math, Maria says she knows she is in the right field and is excited to join the work force after she graduates.

http://www.keyc.tv/story/22820457/growing-need-for-workers-to-fill-manufact

Posted (online) on KEYC: Jul 11, 2013 5:58 PM CDT

11
Jul
3

Meet the New SCC President, Dr. Annette Parker!

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South Central College has had many fine leaders over the years. Keith Stover has retired after a wonderful tenure of over 40 years in education, with 14 years as SCC President. Finding a replacement for Mr. Stover was a difficult task, but this winter, the Board of Trustees of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) system appointed Dr. Annette Parker to the position of President of South Central College. Her appointment was effective July 1 of this year.   Parker has served at the Kentucky Community and Technical College (KCTC) System since 2007 as system executive director, National Center of Excellence in Advanced Automotive Manufacturing and system director, Workforce Education. Prior to KCTC, she served from 2002-2007 as department chair, Manufacturing Engineering Technologies at Lansing Community College (MI). Previously, Parker served on the faculty of Lansing Community College teaching college students, corporate employees, and dual-enrolled K-12 students.   For more news visit: http://southcentral.edu/news/