Suzanne NordblomBy Suzanne L. Nordblom, Dean of Engineering and Construction Technology

Project Lead the Way Grants Announced

The Mechatronics Technology Education Center (MTEC) at South Central College is proud to announce that $18,489 in grants was recently awarded to support the following area middle and high schools:

Gibbon/Fairfax/Winthrop (GFW)
$3990 Equipment – Autodesk Inventor Software
Northland Community School – Remer $2500 Equipment – 2 Fischertechnik kits
Mankato Public Schools-East & West Total: $4000
  $1850 Equipment – Solar and Fuel Cells
  $2150 Summer Institute Training
United South Central – Wells Total: $3999
  $1099 Equipment – Hydrogen Fuel Cell
  $2900 Summer Institute Training
Northfield High School Total: $ $4000
  $1500 Equipment – Laptop
  $2500 Summer Institute Training

These area school districts submitted a Request for Proposal (RFP) to South Central College for the equipment and training needed to support their school’s Project Lead the Way program. These grants were made possible through funding from a Department of Labor Community-Based Job Skills Training Grant and from funding provided by the Minnesota Center for Engineering and Manufacturing Excellence (MnCEME).

“South Central College is an avid supporter of the Project Lead the Way program. We are thrilled to be working directly with our area schools to provide this special assistance with needed equipment and training.  This partnership provides undeniable benefits for students and hopefully will assist in broadening the scope of their educational pathways,” stated SCC’s Dean of Engineering and Construction Technology, Dr. Suzanne Nordblom.

The Mechatronics Technology major at South Central College began in the fall of 2009, and is part of the education and training provided through the growing Mechatronics Technology Education Center on the North Mankato Campus of South Central College.

Delta Epsilon Chi State Career Development Conference Update

The State DEX Conference was held on February 23 to the 25th in Mankato at the Verizon Wireless Center.  The conference made the front page of the Free Press on Thursday, the 25th.  South Central College had 44 students in attendance from the Marketing Management, Business Management and Culinary Programs at SCC.  A special thanks to you from SCC who helped with the judging during the conference!

There were twenty-three finalists in the various Marketing and Business Events.  17 Culinary students competed in just one round of competition that was held on the North Mankato Campus, thanks to the guidance and help of Jim Hanson, Culinary Instructor.   DEX Advisor, Roberta Moorhouse assisted in preparing students and in the organization of the State-wide conference.

Student Awards Went To:
Fashion Merchandising and Marketing: Jody Becker 1st Place
Financial Services: Lyle Fredericks finalist
Hospitality: Justin Kratzke, 2nd place and Tom Polich, Finalist
Restaurant and Food Service Management: Jamison Burgess, finalist
Business Ethics: Justin Kratzke and Jamison Burgess, 1st Place
  Nicole Hilger and Lexy Fritz Finalists
Business-to-Business Marketing: Lyle Fredericks and Joshua Rohlfing Finalists
  Jerad Willford and Andy Manning Finalists
Marketing Management: Brady Smith 4th Place
Sales Management Meeting: Mike Miller, finalist
Sports and Entertainment Marketing: Mike Miller and Matt Sultze, Finalists
  Ruben Jones and Martin Olson, Finalists
Entrepreneurship: Jody Becker, Finalist
Sales Representative 1st Year: Joshua Rohlfing, Finalist
Sales Representative 2nd Year: Andy Manning, Finalist
Web Site Design: Martin Olson, 2nd Place
Culinary Management Institute: Clara Hanson and Dan Johnson, 2nd place

Numerous students in Culinary qualified for national competition. The International Career Development Conference is being held in Louisville Kentucky April 16th to the 21st.  Students will be traveling by bus, to the conference to save costs, with their advisors Roberta Moorhouse and Jim Hanson.  Please wish all the conference attendees the best of luck in their respective events at the 2010 Delta Epsilon Chi International Career Development Conference!