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11
Oct
0

SCC Alum Returns to His Roots

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Chef Michael Broughten, 1986 Alumnus of the South Central College Culinary Arts program, recently joined SCC’s faculty as Culinary Instructor, replacing Jim Hanson, who retired from full-time teaching after more than 35 years in higher education.  “I am absolutely thrilled and grateful to have the opportunity to come back to my hometown and teach in the school where my culinary career started,” said Broughten, adding that he looks forward to getting re-acclimated within the community and getting to know the chefs and restaurant owners and their needs.

Broughten said he has a passion for teaching.  “I’ve been in the industry since the mid-80’s, and I’m ready to bring the latest culinary techniques to the students of SCC.  In my life, it’s really important to make sure I have passion in whatever I do, and that’s something I instill in my students,” said Broughten, who has a vast array of experiences to share from many years in the industry.  “I have done so much within my life with different types of food, different parts of the country, different cultures, and managed many types of operations,” he said.

“My vision is to take an existing successful culinary program, take what Jim Hanson has done, and build on it, taking us forward to the next period in time,” said Broughten. “I want to make sure this program is a leader within the culinary industry and make sure our students are well-prepared when they graduate.”

Broughten said the program has changed dramatically since he graduated in the mid-eighties.  “The school has grown and changed for the better, and the program has adapted to today’s needs,” he said.  “Food is ever-changing, people are ever-changing, and people are becoming more sophisticated and educated about food.  Everybody raises the bar.”

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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.”

22
Sep
0

Dedication of Heritage Hall - December 6, 1990

Posted on in Remember When?

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On December 6, 1990, Chief Ernest Wabasha participated in a dedication ceremony in Heritage Hall, which commemorated a painting by SCC's first Commercial Art instructor, Rod Furan. “Summer of Sixty-Two” depicts a Dakota Indian hunting party on the banks of the Minnesota River during the summer of 1862.

About the Artist
Rod Furan was the first Commercial Art instructor for South Central College. He was hired in the spring of 1968, with the charge of writing the curriculum for a completely new approach to teaching Commercial Art. He began the new program that fall, and continued teaching until there was a need for his family to move to a warmer climate in April of 1979. Rod Furan is an accomplished commercial and fine artist with more than fifty years of professional experience. Today, he specializes in oil and acrylic paintings depicting the traditions of the American West. Rod’s work has been presented in shows and galleries throughout the U.S. 

A limited supply of signed and numbered prints are available at the Blue Earth County Historical Society and South Central College Bookstore. The full-color reproduction measures 18” x 24”.

15
Sep
0

New Multimedia Technology Program Generating Excitement!

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The Multimedia Technology program at South Central College is a fast-paced technology and culture-driven major. The mission of the Multimedia Technology program is to provide students with design and software foundations that will enable them to develop fundamental skills using animation, graphics, illustration, videography, photography and user interactivity. Using a project-oriented approach, the Multimedia Technology program aims to develop and nurture the required creativity, passion and industry knowledge.

Students enrolled in this program benefit from:

  • Receiving personalized attention
  • Working in current computer labs
  • Creating and designing original works using graphics, video, photography, sound and animation
  • Developing communication, management, and analytical skills
  • Being involved with real-world community projects
  • Learning design theory and interacting with the latest multimedia authoring software
  • Designing and launching their own multimedia project individually, as part of a team, and/or complete an internship within the media field
  • Producing a portfolio

South Central College’s AS degree in Multimedia Technology provides a seamless transfer of credits in a partnership with Bethany Lutheran College to work toward a Bachelor’s degree in Media Arts.

 Watch New Multimedia Technology Program Video

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

13
Sep
1

Recent SCC Alum Awarded Gold Medallion at SkillsUSA Competition!

Posted on in Alumni News

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The winners of the SkillsUSA National Championships were announced at the National Skills and Leadership Conference Awards Ceremony. Cassandra Dlugiewicz (Madelia) was awarded a Gold Medallion for Pin Design. For this category, students present their state-winning pin and artwork, describe its unique qualities, and explain how their design represents their state and why another SkillsUSA member would want to wear it.

Dlugiewicz graduated this spring from SCC with an A.A.S. in Graphic Communications. When asked about her first place finish, Dlugiewicz said, “Since this was my first year in SkillsUSA, the whole week was different from anything I'd experienced before. I was nervous going in, but I came out proud of what I accomplished. Winning a gold medallion in a national competition completely validated my career and education choices. I had the best instructors at SCC. My success is just as much theirs as it is mine.”

12
Sep
0

South Central College Agribusiness Program prepares students for ag careers

Posted on in Department Highlights
MN Farm Guide

September 05, 2013
• By ANDREA JOHNSON

MANKATO, Minn. – While some career opportunities come and go, the need for employees in agriculture has remained strong for decades.

Enrolling in the Agribusiness Program at South Central College, Mankato, is one way to enter the field.

Located at the North Mankato Campus, the Agribusiness Program includes six pathways.

These include:

• Agribusiness Production – The 72-credit Associate of Applied Science Degree allows students to study plant and animal production.

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30
Aug
0

Nursing Scholarship Recipeints

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Earning an SCC Scholarship is a great honor... all of the SCC students scholarship recipients will be honored on September 6 at reception (sponsored by MN Soybean Research and Promotion Council).  However, a few of our Nursing students were honored early so they could participate in valuable clinical time to advance their career.

Did you receive an SCC scholarship?  What did it mean to you?

 

12
Aug
0

2013 STEM Girls camp

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This year’s STEM Girls focused on Architecture and Construction. The morning session featured a discussion with an Architect to talk about the architectural design process and the top five tallest buildings in the world. Participants built a Lego’s model of the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa, and designed their own home. In the afternoon session, student met a carpenter and concentrated on the construction process that included the construction of a full size 8’ x 12’ wall system. Check out more photos at: http://southcentralcollege.smugmug.com/Other/GIRLS-STEM-2013/30205400_F9fwQM

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.
29
Jul
5

Culinary Arts - Good-bye, but not forgotten

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After more than 35 years in higher education, hundreds of graduates, thousands of cups of flour, and millions of dirty dishes washed, Jim Hanson will be retiring as the SCC Culinary Arts Instructor at the end of the week.  What is your favorite Mr. Hanson story or recipe?  We have a few of his favorites to share as well...

29
Jul
2

What's in a name?

Posted on in Remember When?
Did you know...South Central College used to hail by many different names... Can you remember what they all were? What was it called when you were in school?
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/    

11
Jul
0

June 1994

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In 1994, comedian and actor Jerry Lewis came to “South Central Technical College” to address graduating seniors. Lewis was invited to speak by then “SCTC” President and longtime Lewis friend Dr. Ken Mills. Mills, who passed away in 2009, also bestowed an honorary degree on Lewis at the event. Lewis continues to work and make public appearances at the age of 87.   Photo Source: Lakeland Ledger

09
Jul
0

Expanded Lab Spaces Enhance Student Learning Opportunities!

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New and expanded lab spaces on campus, such as our Pharmacy Tech laboratory, provide the hands-on learning opportunities that students need to succeed in our expanded health care programs.  As a result of SCC’s expanded learning opportunities, our graduates will be better-prepared to be employed in the growing health care sector, and they will benefit by qualifying for higher-wage positions.  Please schedule a visit to campus to see the new lab spaces made possible by generous grant funding from the U.S. Department of Labor.

18
Jun
0

Welcome to the SCC Alumni Network Blog!

Posted on in Alumni News

We’re glad you made it here.  The South Central College alumni community is a special group of people, and the time is right to provide a place where alumni, SCC friends, business associates, faculty and others can come together and share information, ideas and other items of interest.  What better place than a dedicated blog!

Now that you’re connected, we invite and encourage you to share your thoughts and provide feedback.  We’d also love to see others that you may know connect with the SCC Alumni Network, so spread the word!  Check in from time to time and see what’s new.  We’ll do our best to keep everyone up to date with the latest information about happenings at SCC.  Let us know what’s happening with you!