SCC Alumni Network News
News and events that make us proud to be members of the SCC community.
The Center for Business and Industry (CBI) offers a convenient and flexible way to get started now on the education and skill development you seek. CBI partners with local Workforce Centers, and together we help get you get the job-related education and training you need.
• Update your skills
• Discover a new talent
• Start down a career path that connects with employers’ needs
• Earn an occupational certification or recertification
Learn more about how SCC can help: http://cbi.southcentral.edu/index.php/dislocated-worker.html
As the end of the fall semester draws to a close, SCC erupts with winter fun and holiday cheer! Check out these photos from past celebrations and sights.
As the end of the fall semester draws to a close, SCC erupts with winter fun and holiday cheer!
It was 1983 and everything was “big”. Big Hair, big bows and so much more. For more than a decade South Central sales and marketing staff (our very own Roberta Moorhouse) and students hosted an annual fashion show as part of a larger open house event on campus. Students borrowed the latest in clothing from local business such as the Lorraine Shop and Matt J. Graif.
We found a few photos and fond memories, please post any other "Big Show" or other SCC Fashion show photos you may have. Do you know who some of these students are? We'd love to hear who they are and what they are up to these days (post your comments - this will be fun!)
One of the most valuable gifts you can give is the gift of an education. We would like for you to consider a gift to South Central College that can be used with other gifts to make a big difference for our current and future students.
In the coming days, many worthy organizations will promote GiveMN.org and Give to the Max Day on November 13th. While we accept gifts every day to support students, if you are moved to give back on Thursday, November 13th we hope you will consider supporting us.
As you read more (below), please consider a donation to either the North Mankato or Faribault Campus Foundation.
Meet “Sarah”. Sarah had a beautiful baby girl and a new husband. Sarah had the opportunity to stay home with her baby girl every day until one day she will not forget: the day she lost her husband in a horrible accident. Their lives were forever changed. Sarah needed a new future and she found her new path at South Central College. She almost gave up many times…. Sarah received a scholarship. It didn’t cover all of her expenses; however, it made a difference and gave her the extra encouragement that this community believed in her.
Meet “Maria”. She grew up in our backyard. She was involved in some activities, and she was a great high school student. Maria wants to be an accountant. Her parents both work, but the reality is that there isn’t anything left over from their paychecks, let alone $6,000 in tuition. Maria and her family are excited about the smaller class sizes at SCC, lower costs of tuition and the opportunity to learn a skill (her mom also likes that the school isn’t “too far” from home). Maria will be the first in her family to go to college, and she is a scholarship recipient this fall.
Meet “Al”. Al has had a variety of careers in his 20+ years since high school, even running his own company along the way. Becoming a parent was not the only thing that changed in Al’s life; he was forced to find a new occupation when his employer downsized. He wanted to keep raising his family in Mankato. Al heard about the Mechatronics program at SCC and enrolled. The SCC Foundation Scholarship Selection Committee invested in Al by providing him a scholarship. Al is currently working in his field in our community. We are proud to call him a graduate.
Sarah, Cassie or Al could be any of the more than 5,000 students at SCC, who each have a unique story and hope for the future! We are asking you to join us in providing a little extra encouragement for SCC students; however, our need is not just in scholarships it is also in providing training for all of our students on state-of-the-art equipment in updated laboratories/classrooms.
As you would anticipate the need is greater than we can provide, but every gift makes a significant difference.
We would love to hear from you directly as well. For more information about the SCC Foundation call us at 507-389-7342.
• For students and alumni, please attend the Job Fair to visit with employers about job opportunities and be prepared to complete an application and/or interview for open positions.
Weekly job announcements, the job board, and career fairs are only a sampling of what SCC’s Career Center can continue to do for our alumni.
Traveling would put me in debt. I’m too busy. It’s so far away; I would miss my family. I don’t know the language or the culture— everything would be so…foreign. And that scares me.
It is kind of scary, isn’t it? The idea of leaving the comfort of our home, our friends, our country, even if just for a few weeks, is unnerving. When presented with the opportunity to travel to South Africa, the butterflies I felt were equal parts excitement and fear. And the fear almost won. But then I realized this; it would be far more terrifying to grow old and feel as though I had never experienced anything remarkable. To look back on my life and wish I had stepped away from the familiar…to regret never having witnessed other ways of being…to only know a single story; now that is terrifying.
Nigerian author Chimamanda Adichie says, “The single story creates stereotypes, and the problem with stereotypes is not that they are untrue, but that they are incomplete. They make one story become the only story.” If we are exposed solely to one idea, one way of thinking, how will we ever find diversity if we do not seek it? If we do not open ourselves to the
wide world, the whole world, if we never put ourselves in an unfamiliar place with unfamiliar people, how will we know the many truths that exist? How will we ever realize the beauty and complexity of humanity?
While in South Africa we visited Tsiba Eden campus, a two-year college not unlike SCC. We were able to spend a few days getting to know students there. If there were such a thing as a crash-course in interacting with other cultures, this would be it. And we jumped in up to our necks. They showed us life on their campus. We gardened with them, cooked with them, ate with them, and cleaned with them. We talked and laughed and danced and played games… and cried when we left them. We made friends for life.
We also visited Drakenstein, the institution from which Nelson Mandela was released after his 27 year imprisonment. We sat at the table where he and former President De Klerk negotiated what was essentially the end of apartheid.
There are moments that stick with us our whole lives—moments when the gravity is palpable in the air and the humility rocks us to the core, and we know that we are exactly where we should be. This was one.
And of course, when in South Africa, one must go on safari, visit the Indian Ocean, ride an ostrich, see Table Mountain, shop on the pier, and attend a Bob Marley tribute. No worries; we didn’t leave any of this out.
Some were even brave enough to jump from Bloukran’s Bridge, the tallest bungee in the world. These may fall under the category of “tourist activities”, but they make for some amazing stories as well!
Our souls thrive on stories; on tales that move us and change the way we think.
We need to experience life firsthand to make stories of our own. We can spread diversity by passing these stories on. We can contribute to the enlightenment of our fellow man. We can show them that every window in every house in every country of the world has its own story. We can be a part of something bigger than us. And isn’t that kind of what it’s all about?
Please visit the following film recording the SCC student trip to South Africa.
Kandi’s trip was organized and led by SCC Instructor Becky Davis, who plans a second class for spring semester of 2015. For more information about this class or to register please contact Student Affairs at 507-389-7200.
About the Author: This story was written by Kandice (Kandi) Heenan a 2014 graduate of South Central College. Kandi is currently pursuing her BA at Minnesota State University, Mankato.
Joe Volk started out like many students at South Central College. He graduated from high school in Morristown and enrolled in a technical program, started working in industry while going to school, and continued to work with some advancement opportunities and some job changes as the economy shifted. Now he’s back at South Central College trying to do for students what Dean Odette, his Welding instructor in 1990-1991, did for him.
Joe started working at SCC well before any students were on campus to develop the curriculum. “I’m trying to give students a skill set to learn welding processes and establish a foundation for moving up to team leader, supervisor or engineering positions. Advancing from welder to operator or another position within a company is not to be feared. I did it and they can do it,” Joe stated.
The 16 credit certificate program that Joe teaches includes Blueprint Reading, OSHA general industry safety and welding safety, Shielded Metal Arc Welding, Gas Metal Arc Welding, Gas Tungsten Arc Welding and Oxy-Fuel Welding & Cutting. It’s a new, one-semester program on the Faribault campus of South Central College.
In 2007 Joe enrolled at Riverland Community College and earned an Associate degree in Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice, but the opportunity to teach came along before a job in law enforcement, and he’s thrilled to return to Faribault to teach. Joe stated, “I noticed right away that some people who were working here when I was going to school are still here, but there are also people who were going to school here when I was, who also work here.”
Since starting at SCC Joe has received training from the American Welding Society for certification as a welding inspector and has participated in Lincoln Electric’s Welding Educator Workshop.
SCC’s Welding Certificate program is helping to fill the regional need for trained welders. Joe remembers when a ripple went through the industry with the introduction of robots to weld parts; “Weld shops have robotics but they can’t do it all. Some welding has to be done by hand and it will always be that way.”
Joe commented that the changes in the building are obvious with the construction project that just finished, and while the welding lab was moved in the early phase of the $13.3 million expansion project, the dedication to maintaining the lab is evident. It is a top-notch lab with new equipment and new lighting. SCC’s commitment to investing in its technical programs is evident in this space.
When asked what advice he’d give to new students about finding success he remarked, “Success is a recipe, it’s a combination of skills, drive, luck, persistence and opportunity.” He’s happy to be here to help students develop their skills as welders.
South Central College in Faribault draws most of its students from a 30-mile radius of the campus – Joe’s family included. His sister and two nieces attended SCC for nursing, accounting and administrative assistant, and two of his sons are currently attending. “This is a great place to be,” Joe said, “helping students learn to weld is my job, but everybody at SCC has helped me get my feet on the ground and learn the ropes around here. I couldn’t do it without them.”
Story submitted by Shelly Rockman, Faribault Foundation Executive Director
SAVOR: THE ULTIMATE WINING & DINING EXPERIENCE
A fundraiser for South Central College Culinary Arts program.
Please join us for an evening at Chankaska Creek Ranch & Winery to benefit the South Central College Culinary Arts program. Gourmet food will be paired with an array of handcrafted Chankaska wines for you to savor.
The expertise of renowned chefs Michael Broughten and James Hanson will be complemented by the skills of up‑and‑coming chefs in SCC’s Culinary Arts program to provide our guests with an unforgettable dining experience.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2014
6:00 PM UNVEILING • 7:00 PM DESSERT AUCTION
Brian Klosa, Communication Instructor & Speech Team Director at South Central College shared the following update with staff and faculty about the success of the speech team:
This past weekend the SCC speech team competed in two tournaments in one weekend. On Saturday we were at MSU to compete in the Larry Schnoor Invitational and then on Sunday we were at Gustavus to compete in the Bill Robertz Invitational. Both of these tournaments were well attended and in fact a total of eight out of the top 20 teams in the nation last year were in attendance. It was a bloodbath but we did quite well.
On Saturday at MSU, Hailey Woolverton finished in 4th place in Prose Interpretation. On Sunday at Gustavus Hailey finished in 4th place again in Prose and then she also finished in 3rd place in Drama Interpretation. I am very proud of Hailey and for my novices that competed and survived these seriously competitive tournaments and still want to compete again!
Do you have a few credits to complete before you obtain your degree? Did you always intend to take an extra class and just didn't find the time?
Now is your chance!
The registration windows for Spring Semester 2015 is open for all returning students.
You will need to log in through your student eServices account to complete the registration process. Please click on this link for step by step instructions: http://southcentral.edu/media/sccdownloads/registration/Registration%20Instructions.pdf
You can also check when your registration window opens by clicking the “Registration Window” link from the “Courses and Registration” menu.
We look forward to having you continue as an SCC student for Spring Semester 2015!
Staying relevant requires the most up-to-date training be convenient for our industry partners. Recently, the first mobile aircraft crash simulator in the Upper Midwest was donated to SCC so the Center for Business and Industry (CBI) can offer enhanced emergency response training anywhere. Annually, SCC provides training for more than 3,000 emergency responders.
Click here to learn more! (link: http://myemail.constantcontact.com/Schedule-Your-Aircraft-Crash-Simulator-Event-Today-.html?soid=1112147084960&aid=Fiv1LnYimfA)
On Thursday, October 2, South Central College celebrated the expansion of its Faribault campus.
An impressive number of community and college members showed up to support 50 years of SCC in Faribault. Event included the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, a tour of the campus and refreshments.
Check out the article on the event in the Faribault Daily News. (link: http://www.southernminn.com/faribault_daily_news/article_2cadc602-3487-5117-8221-b359224faff1.html)
Below are some photos of the event. Find more photos here: http://southcentralcollege.smugmug.com/Other/Faribault-Grand-Opening-10214/.
South Central College has been selected to receive a $15 million U.S. Department of Labor TAACCCT grant for advanced manufacturing education. SCC applied for the grant on behalf of the Minnesota Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (MNAMP), a state-wide MnSCU consortium of 12 colleges, as well as the 360° Manufacturing and Applied Engineering ATE Regional Center of Excellence at Bemidji State. The Minnesota Center for Engineering & Manufacturing Excellence at Minnesota State Mankato will also play a primary role in the project.
“Our South Central College staff and faculty, along with our MnSCU partner institutions, have worked diligently to create momentum in capitalizing on this national movement toward workforce education opportunities for our students and employers in Minnesota,” said Dr. Annette Parker, President of South Central College.
The grant project focuses on the fields of mechatronics, machining and welding. Participants will be able to earn stackable, portable industry-recognized credentials (certificates, diplomas, degrees), while simultaneously working in the industry. They will also be able to enter academic programs at multiple points based on assessment results that match individual skills.
Click here for more details! (link: http://www.southcentral.edu/news-releases/15-million-grant-awarded-to-mn-advanced-manufacturing-partnership-led-by-south-central-college.html)
The Iny Asian Dance Theater, led by internationally renowned Hmong artist Iny Mai Vang, will perform a 90-minute dance drama with 40 of their dancers the evening of Oct. 9th as part of the Global Connections Conference at South Central College. The group, based out of the Twin Cities, specializes in Asian dance and storytelling using Hmong, Chinese, Mongolian, Thai and Bollywood dance styles. The goal of the Iny Asian Dance Theater is to broaden the public’s appreciation of Asian dances through teaching and performance.
Thursday, October 9, 2014 @ 7:30 P.M. in the SCC Conference Center.
Advance tickets are available in the SCC Bookstore or at the door.
Students - $5.00
Non-Students - $8.00
Click here for more details. (link: http://www.southcentral.edu/global-connections/global-connections-conference.html)
Looking to continue your education at a Minnesota state college or university? Since South Central College is part of the MnSCU system, we work together with Minnesota state colleges and universities to make transferring easier by offering the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum, a set of courses that will transfer to any Minnesota state college or university.
In fact a special website has been established just to assist you in making your transfer a success. Visit www.mntransfer.org to find great tips and plan the next step in your education.
One of the suggested tips includes speaking with a transfer specialist if you have any questions or concerns (SCC's transfer coordinator can assist you with your questions involving college transfer. Call 507-389-7394.)
Staff, faculty, students and retirees of South Central College gathered to remember three great individuals yesterday. Three new Maple trees were planted on the front lawn of the North Mankato Campus in memory of:
- Ann (Splinter) Anderson Marketing & Public Relations Director honoring 23 years of dedicated service to South Central College.
- Doug Yentsch Accounting Instructor honoring 14 years of dedicated service to South Central College.
- Mary Heminover English Instructor honoring 30 years of dedicated service to South Central College.
The article on the Professional Swine Managers Program, taught by Pete Neigebauer, is on page 16. A current student in the program, Ben Clark, is featured on page 20 as well as graduates of the Agribusiness Department, twins Chelsey and Lindsey Nelson from Hanska, on page 21.
College is a sizable financial investment and you may think it is impossible for you or a significant other to go back and get a new degree or hence previous education. Or perhaps you are struggling to afford the college education of your children. These are very real concerns of many and it can mean that dreams are delayed or possibly never achieved. The financial aid staff at South Central College wants to assist you in achieving your educational goals. Don’t let finances be the reason you cannot fulfill these dreams.
The mission of the South Central College Financial Aid Office is to assist students in securing funding to facilitate the achievements of their career objectives. The financial aid staff at South Central College has over 50 years of financial aid experience. As rules and regulations change, these individuals continually train to have the information and knowledge needed to provide you with the information you need. View our Financial Aid Handbook here.
The rich history of South Central College spans many decades… starting when the local school district began offering agricultural and industrial arts courses to high school students and community members in 1946. Alumni from the early days of the learning institution that has evolved into today’s South Central College experienced the following fads of the Fifties…
Poodle Skirts: Full skirts that normally fell just below the knee, embellished with an appliqued Poodle. Youth from the era might have worn this type of skirt to a…
Sock Hop: These school-sponsored dances were often held in gymnasiums. Teens willingly removed their shoes to protect the gymnasium floor. At the Sock Hop, these students might have experienced another fad of the times…
The Twist: A dance made famous by Chubby Checker. On other evenings, they might have enjoyed…
Drive-In Theatres, which successfully combined the movie craze and the automobile craze. If they wanted to see a movie indoors…
3-D Movies were very popular, including Creature from the Black Lagoon.
Alumni from any time in SCC’s history are certain to have fond memories. What decade did you attend SCC? Please share your memories by commenting...