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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!
14
Apr
0

Architectural Drafting and Design: Cutting Edge Program, Real World Skills

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Students who have a passion for design, drawing and detailing commercial buildings will do well with an Architectural Drafting and Design degree from South Central College. This hands-on learning gives students the opportunity to apply real-world skills with the latest technology, putting them in high demand in today’s professional work force.

Architectural Drafting and Design prepares students for application of basic building engineering principles and technical skills in support of architects, engineers and planners engaged in designing and developing commercial buildings.

Instruction includes commercial design, 3D modeling and drafting in the following areas: architectural, mechanical, electrical, plumbing and structural. Graduates will be prepped for nationally recognized "Green" certification(s) LEED Green Associate.

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14
Apr
0

Mankato Technical Institute Became Mankato Technical College

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On August 1, 1989 officially the name changed for all of the state’s post-secondary vocational schools from Minnesota’s technical institutes to technical colleges.

The college unveiled its new sign at a ceremony recognizing the name change. “The name change is a positive step in student’s eyes,” said Monica Pinske, President of the Mankato Technical College Student Senate. “The name ‘institute’ always had negative overtones.” At the ceremony it was stated the main reason for the name change is to “enhance the competitiveness of our graduates,” said Joe Graba, Director of Vocational Education. “Without this change, our graduates are at a disadvantage when going into the job market with an ‘institution’ diploma instead of a ‘college’ diploma.”

Those in front of the sign are Joe Graba, Director of Vocational Education; Monica Pinske, Student Senate President; Representative Sal Frederick and President John Votca.

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14
Apr
0

Congratulations Todd Huxford!

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Todd Huxford, SCC Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning/Refrigeration (HVAC) instructor and SCC Alumnus, was recently selected as the Minnesota SkillsUSA Post-Secondary Advisor of the Year. He was awarded this distinguished honor at the MN SkillsUSA State Competition awards ceremony event held on March 30th.

As a SkillsUSA advisor for SCC, Huxford serves students of this institution, but has also made significant contributions to the success of SkillsUSA at the state and national level. He has been an advisor for the past 24 years.

Huxford believes the SkillsUSA program is invaluable in helping position SCC students for future success. In addition to the guidance he provides these students as an advisor, his national involvement also helps him create valuable relationships with industry partners. “Through SkillsUSA I have had the opportunity to work alongside industry leaders from whom we have gained knowledge and resources, as well as key contacts for employing our students,” said Huxford.

SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, instructors and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce, while helping each student excel. South Central College is one of 29 Minnesota community and technical colleges participating in SkillsUSA.

03
Apr
0

SCC Sales and Marketing Graduate Finds Her Niche in the Beverage Industry

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Bonnie Barrer has come a long way since she graduated from Mankato Area Vocational Technical Institute, now known as South Central College, in 1981.  She has spent more than twenty-seven years working in the beverage industry, beginning in frontline sales and working her way through account management, sales management and General Manager roles to her current position as Director of Sales and Marketing at Gillette Pepsi.  As Director, Barrer is responsible for all aspects of the sales and marketing functions within Gillette Pepsi locations including La Crosse, WI, Rochester and Mankato, MN and Decorah, IA.

Barrer is a strong proponent of the value of education.  “I knew that I’d need to further my education after high school to have a career,” she said. “I was very fortunate that it started me on a path in business.”   Barrer said she used what she learned in college to advance in the positions that she held.   In addition to academics, she said she gained valuable organizational and interpersonal skills while attending college.

Barrer said she was drawn to SCC because of its size and affordability.  “It was affordable for me at the time.  I was paying for my own college.  I also liked that I could work in my field of study while attending classes.  This allowed me to apply what I was learning and earn money to cover expenses,” she said.  Barrer said she graduated from a small high school, and found it easy to transition to SCC because she found similarities.  “One size doesn’t fit all,” she said, adding that being on a 20,000-student campus isn’t right for everyone.  She said for some people, SCC is just not as overwhelming as a large university, and it has so much to offer.

When asked how SCC has changed since she attended, Barrer said the two-year transferable Associate in Arts degree was a very important addition, giving SCC students the availability to start working toward a four-year degree.  In fact, SCC’s enrollment grew steadily after the Associate in Arts degree was added as an option for students.

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17
Mar
0

Supporting Our Veterans

Posted on in Campus News
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
06
Mar
0

Learn Spanish on Your Schedule

Posted on in Alumni News

Back in December, we shared some tips on writing a resumé (http://www.southcentral.edu/alumni_network_news/resumetips-provide-your-best-tips-to-students-in-the-comment-section.html).

It is important, especially in today’s economy and job market, to have talents that add value to your resumé and make it stand out. Spanish speakers are becoming more in demand in a variety of industries and job positions.

Learning Spanish can have numerous benefits, sometimes leading to special assignments and pay raises. It can help with getting a job or progressing a career.

South Central College is offering classes that will help you learn Spanish quickly and conveniently on your own time schedule.

These selfpaced, online Spanish courses are designed for specific occupations to help maximize your learning experience, including Banking, Health Care, Law Enforcement and Manufacturing. Click here to check out available Spanish classes! 

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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31
Jan
0

Want a Unique Experience

Posted on in Alumni News

 

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Check out the SCC online auction and bid now on a plane ride donated by Dave Bates.  He owns a 1941 Stearman biplane that flies out of the Faribault airport.  His son, David, will be your pilot if you are the winning bidder, and he is an SCC alum!  He graduated in 2011 with an Associate in Arts degree.  He’s a commercial pilot and will take someone on the ride of a lifetime!  www.biddingforgood.com/scc

30
Jan
0

Welding is Back at SCC

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Welding is a critical skill in demand. It remains and will continue to be a productive, cost-effective manufacturing method. Advanced technology is creating more uses for welding in the workplace and expanding employment opportunities. Businesses across south central Minnesota are in need of welders and are hiring.  

The welding program at South Central College is designed to help students quickly develop technical knowledge and hands-on skills for a high-demand job. Students have the option to complete the 16-credit program or take any individual classes to upgrade their skills in various processes. Customized training is also available on either campus or onsite to meet businesses’ needs or schedules. 

The 16-credit Certificate in Welding will prepare participants for the American Welding Society (AWS) certification. The program is designed to offer courses at times students can attend and still maintain employment. This semester, courses are conveniently offered in the evenings. 

South Central College’s Center for Business & Industry can design welding courses to meet the particular needs of your company. They develop individualized courses based on specific objectives; the content and delivery varies from company to company. Whether your goal is to reduce downtime through welding maintenance, avoid rework, or reduce scrap and waste, the Center for Business & Industry can design the custom welding program that works for you.

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30
Jan
0

South Central College Hosts Ag Symposium - Wednesday, February 19, 2014

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Experts to share the latest trends with area agribusiness producers

Today’s agricultural producers are adapting to a landscape that is constantly changing. They are expected to be economists, commodity specialists, financiers, brokers, mechanics, transportation logisticians, managers, and more. South Central College’s Foundation is providing a one-day professional development opportunity to assist area farm families with keeping a finger on the pulse of their dynamic industry.

South Central College Foundation is proud to announce the sixth annual New Tools for New Rules Agricultural Symposium. This regional professional development opportunity is designed for all agricultural producers. New Tools brings world-class speakers to the campus of South Central College for a day of cutting-edge presentations and discussion. The event is scheduled for Wednesday, February 19, 2014, from 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM in the John Votca Conference Center.

Scheduled to appear are Dr. Michael Boehlje and Dr. David Kohl. Both are experts in their respective field and will introduce conference attendees to the ‘new rules’ facing 21st century ag producers. They will also be providing attendees with “new tools” to address these challenges, making them more productive and profitable farm managers.

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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.


30
Jan
0

SCC Path Brings Rewards for Legal Administrative Assistant Alum

Posted on in Alumni News

Fischer“It is so satisfying to see students start college and really take advantage of everything that is offered to them. Shari Fischer is an example of a student who did just that. She expanded her horizons allowing herself to believe that she could do more with her life, and she did. We are proud to count Shari as a South Central College – Legal Administrative Assistant alum!” 

 -Lynda Ernst, Legal Administrative Assistant Instructor at South Central College.

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Shari Peterson Fischer was raised on a farm near Morgan, Minnesota, where she learned the value of hard work and the importance of helping fellow neighbors and friends in need.

Ms. Fischer has been employed by The Legal Professionals PA since 1997 and is now an associate attorney. Ms. Fischer has a growing practice focused in estate planning and has extensive experience in diverse probate matters. She also counsels clients in the areas of farm, commercial and residential real estate, business law, and family law. 

Starting her education at South Central College, Shari received high honors in completing the Legal Administrative Assistant program. Continuing her education, she received her Bachelor of Science degree, summa cum laude, from Minnesota State University, Mankato, with a major in Political Science and a minor in Business Law. Ms. Fischer received her Juris Doctor degree, magna cum laude, from William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, graduating in the top ten percent of her class. While in law school, Ms. Fischer was named to the Dean's List, won the CALI Award in International Negotiation, and was a recipient of several academic scholarships.

When asked about her experience at SCC, Fischer said, “I thoroughly enjoyed my experience at SCC. I left SCC at just 20 years of age, but with the tools and knowledge necessary to ‘hit the ground running’ when I began my first position as a Legal Assistant only days after graduating. I commend Lynda Ernst for the strong legal program at SCC. She ensured we students were well prepared to begin our careers and also instilled in us the importance of maintaining a sense of professionalism throughout our lives. These are skills I have carried forward in life, especially now as an attorney.”

Married to Cody Fischer since 1998, Shari and Cody make their home west of Hanska. Cody is a 1997 graduate of South Central College from the HVAC program and has owned his own HVAC business since 2002. Shari added, “As you can see, we both have truly benefited from our experiences at SCC”. Outside the office, Shari enjoys spending time at the lake with her family, friends, and her favorite English Bulldog, Elvis.

30
Jan
0

Registering for classes before online registration

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As we welcome students back to campus for the start of spring semester, we reflect on the process to register for classes. Registration now takes place online; an easier process compared to what students had to endure in the ‘80s and ‘90s.

Before the online registration process started in 1998, students had to fill out a registration form and stand in line to meet with staff who would enter classes into the computer and print out a schedule. The whole time you were in line, you kept your fingers crossed for the classes not to be filled; otherwise back to the end of the line.

 

 

24
Jan
0

Looking for ways to reconnect with SCC Again?

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In Minnesota, it seems that January is a time when we all settle in at night and "hide" from the cold.  Why not start planning some opportunities to reconnect with Alumni and Friends of SCC.  Here are a few ideas, but we are confident other opportunities are planned - will you share?

Online Auction

In just a few days, the SCC Foundation will launch an online effort to raise dollars to support students and programs at South Central College.  Your assistance in bidding, donating auction packages, and spreading the word is great appreciated.  We had winning bidders from 10 states last year - do you think we can spread the word enough to go global?

www.biddingforgood.com/SCC - Auction runs Jan. 28-Feb. 5th.

 

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08
Jan
0

Pete Neigebauer was awarded the Minnesota Farm Bureau Post-Secondary Educator of the Year Award at the 95th Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation Annual Conference.

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The Minnesota Farm Bureau recently honored Agricultural Leaders at their annual meeting.  The Post-Secondary Agricultural Educator of the Year award recognizes the educators supporting production agriculture and the important role these professionals play. This year the award was presented to Peter Neigebauer, Agribusiness Faculty member at South Central Technical College.  Neigebauer is in his 35th year of teaching agriculture. He began teaching in New Ulm and Mazeppa and for the last 23 years has been at South Central College in North Mankato. He is also advisor to the Post-Secondary Agriculture Students organization and is on the Agriculture Symposium planning committee. He takes great pride in helping young adults become productive members of their communities.

Congratulations Pete!

17
Dec
0

Resume tips - provide your best tips to students in the comment section

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In today’s competitive job market, it is important to have an excellent resumé to be noticed. While most people have an idea of how to create a resumé, few know how to write a resumé well. Here are some tips and techniques that should be consider as you write a fantastic resumé.

  • Personal Information:  Include your name, address, and contact information.  Use larger font (12-14), center and bold at top of page.
  • Body of Resume’ – use a common font style, size 10 or larger.
  • Objective:  Usually a sentence stating the type of position and environment you are seeking.
  • Work Experience:  List any work experience you have had beginning with most recent information first.  Use a bulleted format for easy reading and begin each bullet an action verb.  You may include the organization, dates of employment, description of duties and any accomplishments or you can summarize your work experience and skills omitting the organization and dates.  Remember that work experience can include an internship, apprenticeship, and clinical experience.
  • Licenses and Certifications:  List any current licenses, certifications or training.
  • Education:  List education institute and degree earned with highest degree listed first.  If you have a college degree, there is no need to list high school information.
  • Volunteer Activities, Organizations and Interests:  List any volunteer or organization work.  Be sure to include any officer positions held to illustrate leadership skills.
  • Reference Page:  List 2 or 3 professional references (no family) on a separate page.  Title the page “References” and type your name in the right side of page.  Remember to contact your references and ask for permission to use them as a reference.  Include their name, title, company, and contact information.

Additional Resources

  • The South Central College Placement Center is happy to help Alumni develop and write a great looking resume’.  For more information or to make an appointment, call Candy Laven at (507) 389-7225 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
 
  • To assist you in finding a great opportunity, another resource is the South Central College Job Bank (www.southcentral.edu/jobbank).   The South Central College Job Bank is easy to use.  Alumni can search for jobs by location, employer or job type.  Below are the login instructions:
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      1. Visit the website: www.southcentral.edu/jobbank
      2. Register as an Alumni (right side).  Click Register
      3. Complete Registration form.  If you don’t remember your Student ID, call or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 507-389-7225.  Click Submit.
      4. When the registration is complete, you will receive a Job Bank Email Verification.  Click on the link to confirm your email address.  Then Career Services Registration will email a link to create you password.

 

17
Dec
0

Visual Photography Tour

Posted on in Department Highlights

On your break today go for a visual walk of the latest photography and video work from our SCC students!

The following work is from our beginning photography and video students this fall.

PhotoArtClass   Final Soft by Sophear Ros (Art 140 Fall 2013)

ART 140 – Digital Photography

 

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11
Dec
0

Mr. Hanson's Kitchen

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A very fitting tribute to Mr. Jim Hanson, who may have retired from SCC; however, he is still putting students first!
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!