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12
Aug
0

2013 STEM Girls camp

Posted on in Department Highlights

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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

Posted on in Campus News
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

Posted on in Department Highlights

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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!

Posted on in Campus News

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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

Posted on in Remember When?

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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!

Posted on in Department Highlights

 

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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!