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11
Dec
0

Fabulous relationships

Posted on in Campus News

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!

15
Nov
0

Class of 1947

Posted on in Remember When?

Another semester is quickly coming to an end at South Central College, and that means more trained graduates will be entering the workforce. However, the first graduating class from Mankato Vocational School was in 1947 (pictured).

 

The Kline Garage in downtown Mankato was the first site for the vocational school that offered programs in electrical careers, machine tool and auto mechanics.

The Mankato Vocational School, governed by the Mankato School District, was founded in 1946 as the first public post-secondary vocational-technical school in Minnesota.

Do you recognize any graduates in this photo?

15
Nov
0

SCC Black Squirrels: Taking Leadership Opportunities to a New Level

Posted on in Department Highlights

What has two beady eyes, a fuzzy black tail and is often seen climbing trees on campus? Here is a hint: SCC has survived without an official mascot – until recently!

The SCC Student Senates on the Faribault and North Mankato Campuses voted unanimously to name the black squirrel as the mascot of SCC. Seeking the input of students in the look of our mascot’s logo, a contest was held for its creation. Congratulations to Taylor Huber, a 2012 SCC Graphic Communications graduate for creating our new design.

Student Senate is only one of the more than 25 diverse student organizations to participate across both campuses. These organizations provide additional opportunities to SCC students for learning, involvement, leadership, community building, and creative expression.

When you were on campus, did you participate in a student organization? What advice would you have for current students in regards to getting involved?

15
Nov
0

A Thanksgiving Recipe Not to Miss

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Chef Michael Broughten shared one of his favorite recipes from his early days at SCC, with his own special variations…

Pumpkin Bread Pudding with Dried Cherries

(Makes about 12 servings)

 

Classic Recipe

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08
Nov
0

KTOE features the Alumni Network

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Check out the interview with Tami Reuter on KTOE! Tami, Mankato Foundation Executive Director, spoke about the SCC Alumni Network, how to get involved, and all of the opportunities it offers. http://www.mixcloud.com/KTOE/sccs-tami-reuter-interview/.

You can stay connected to us through a variety of ways: Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/SouthCentralCollegeFoundation), Linkedin Group (http://www.linkedin.com/groups/South-Central-College-Alumni-Network-5088222/about), and enewsletter sign-up form (http://eepurl.com/zTWsf)

Let us know what you are looking for as a member of the Alumni Network! Leave a comment on ideas, events, or information you would like to be involved in or know about.

 


23
Oct
0

Keith Stover to be Awarded President Emeritus Status by MnSCU

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After 14 years of outstanding leadership at SCC, recently retired South Central College president, Keith Stover, will be awarded Emeritus Status by MnSCU board of trustees today (October 23, 2013) at the MnSCU board meeting in St. Paul, MN.

Keith Stover served as the President of South Central College (SCC) from 1999 until his retirement in June of 2013. President Stover is a native of Rapid City, South Dakota and received his Master of Science degree in Educational Administration from South Dakota State University and his Bachelor’s degree in Education from Black Hills State University. President Stover began his career as a teacher/coach and has devoted his entire 41-year career to education. His previous tenure includes serving as the Director of Huron Vocational School (Huron, S.D.) and as President of Flint Hills Technical College (Emporia, Kansas).

15
Oct
1

Internships provide valuable opportunities for students

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Students will pre-registering for Spring Semester beginning Oct. 21-25th and they are looking for internship

opportunities and finalizing their schedules.

Internships provide students numerous benefits: They gain experience, develop skills, make connections, strengthen their resumes’, learn about a field, and confirm their interest and abilities. Intern hours required are 48 hours = 1 internship credit per semester.  The intern will conform to the rules and regulations of the internship site and work with instructor to ensure internship requirements are met.

Businesses can contact Candy Laven, Placement Center Coordinator at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 507-389-7225 to learn more about student internships opportunities.

Employers have the opportunity through college internships to train students for jobs in their industry, help them apply knowledge and skills in their field of study to a real work environment, and increase the qualified workforce and gain support from the community.

Student internships are an excellent way to find new team members to help grow your business and accomplish future objectives while taking advantage of low labor costs and resources.  According to statistics from the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), more than half of internship students are offered full-time positions and over 80% of students accept the offer.

15
Oct
2

SCC Speech Team Season is showing great promise

Posted on in Department Highlights

Hard to believe we are already approaching the middle of October. But with the turning leaves and cooler weather means the start of the speech team season. On Saturday October 5, the SCC Speech team took a short hop up to Gustavus to compete in the first ever "Great Minnesota State Together" tournament.

Our small team achieved 3rd place at the tournament (SCC doesn’t receive many team awards simply based on our size, so this was a huge surprise).
11
Oct
0

SCC Alum Returns to His Roots

Posted on in Alumni News

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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

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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!

Posted on in Campus News

SCC Scholarship Recipients

 

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...