Free Training for Adults


FastTRAC “Pathways to Manufacturing Careers” Course will prepare you for a career in Computer Integrated Machining

Gain the confidence necessary for college and employment success! Brush up your reading, math and computer skills while exploring manufacturing careers available in the region.

Participants will make connections at SCC, area Workforce Centers and in the manufacturing industry as they develop a plan for their future in this FREE preparation course.

Eligibility Criteria

You may qualify if you:
  • Will be at least 18 years old by the completion of this course
  • Are not enrolled in high school
  • Are legally eligible to work in the U.S.
  • Are unemployed or underemployed
  • (part-time or low-wage incomes)
  • Are not feeling academically prepared for college (eligibility is determined by the Test of Adult Basic Education)
  • Have a HS Diploma or GED complete or will complete by December 20, 2012


To participate, students must:
  • Call us to complete an interview process
  • Be physically able to perform manufacturing work (career requires heavy lifting & standing for 8-12 hour shifts)
  • Commit to attending every class and about 6 hours of homework per week

Time & Location: November 19—December 21, 2012

Pathways classes to be held in convenient locations!

  • Morning classes held in Blue Earth: 9-noon Mon/Wed/Fri
  • Afternoon classes held in Le Sueur: 2-5 p.m. Mon/Wed/Fri
  • Evening classes held in Mankato or New Ulm: 6-9 p.m. Mon/Tue/Thurs

Those participants who demonstrate success in Pathways to Manufacturing Careers may qualify for grant funding to assist with two courses (6 credits) of the Computer Integrated Machining Certificate in Spring, 2013.

To register, contact:

  • Mankato/New Ulm Area (507) 345-5222
  • Le Sueur Area (507) 665-4626
  • Blue Earth Area (507) 526-3172

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SCC's Certified Nurse Educators: Candy Mortenson-Klimpel, Annette Benson, and Cathy Sandmann

For nurse educators, the National League for Nursing or NLN is dedicated to excellence in nursing education and is the preferred membership organization for nurse faculty and leaders in nursing education.

Certification in any field is a mark of professionalism. The NLN supports a relatively new certification program (first examinations began in 2005) called the Certified Nurse Educator (CNE). This certification is a means for nursing faculty to demonstrate their knowledge about nursing education and expertise in the educator role. The examination assesses the teacher's knowledge about learning, curriculum develoment, teaching methods, assessment and evulation, academinic institutions, and quality improvement. It serves as a means to recognize advanced knowledge, expertise, and competencies.

NLN statistics report that of all the CNEs, 70.8 % hold master’s degrees and the remainder are doctorally prepared. Of the master's degree CNEs, 39.8 % teach in ADN programs. SCC Nursing Division has 30 % faculty certified.

The SCC Nursing Division is proud to recognize faculty who have achieved the distinction of certification as certified nurse educators.

  • Annette Benson (certified August 2008)
  • Candence "Candy" Mortenson-Klimpel (certified August 2012)
  • Cathy Sandmann (certified August 2012)