South Central College Names New Dean of Workforce Education and Training

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.”


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