South Central College is a comprehensive community and technical college that is part of the Minnesota State system, offering courses at campuses in Faribault and North Mankato as well as online.
Liberal Arts & Sciences and Transfer Programs: Students can earn a two-year Associate degree at South Central College and transfer their credits to a four-year university to pursue a Bachelor’s degree.
Technical Career and Professional Programs: There are many options that prepare students to immediately begin a rewarding career after graduating from South Central College. Program areas include Advanced Manufacturing, Agribusiness, Allied Health & Nursing, Arts & Communications, Building & Design, Business and Computer Careers, Human Services, and Transportation. The college also serves nearly 600 farm families through its Farm Business Management program and 280 businesses through its Small Business Management programs for existing farm and business owners.
Workforce Development: Continuing education and customized training are offered to businesses and professionals through South Central College’s Center for Business and Industry. Areas of expertise include Building & Construction, Business, Computers & Technology, Fire/Public Safety, Healthcare, Manufacturing, Mining and Workplace Safety (OSHA/MSHA).
South Central College Student Profile
(based on most recent FY16 data unless otherwise noted)
- Number of Students (unduplicated): 4,792
- Full Year Equivalent (FYE): 2,213
- Full-Time/Part-time: 58%/42%
- Male / Female: 51% / 47% (2% unidentified)
- Average Age: 29.6
- Traditional Age (18-24) / Returning Adult (25+): 54% / 45% (1% unidentified)
- Students of Color: 19%
- First Generation Federal Definition (Parents did not graduate from college): 59%
- First Generation MN Definition (Parents never attended college): 23%
- Low Income (Pell grant eligible): 40%
- Number of Students: 109
- Percent Receiving Financial Aid in FY15: 66%
- Dollar Amount Average Aid in FY15: $3,588
Persistence and Completion
- Fall 2015 entering full-time students who graduated, transferred or stayed to the second fall): 69%
Related Employment of Graduates
- Graduates reporting employment during the year after graduation in a job related to their program: 93%
Center for Business and Industry Student Profile
(based on most recent FY16 data)
- Number of Students (unduplicated): 10,810
- Classes: 756
- Seats: 13,731
Leading Industries Served
- Construction: 34%
- Manufacturing: 27%
- Fire/Public Safety: 22%
- Healthcare & Emergency Services: 4%
Points of Pride
Awarding $400,000 in scholarships to students each year
900+ businesses, organizations and individuals provide funding for scholarships to SCC’s Foundations.
Leading the Minnesota Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (MnAMP), a consortium of 12 Minnesota State colleges and two Centers of Excellence
In 2015, SCC received a $15 million dollar U.S. Department of Labor Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College Career Training (TAACCCT) grant for MnAMP’s “Lean Work Earn” program to help close the skills gap by implementing models for industry-recognized credentials, career pathways and apprenticeships throughout Minnesota.
Developing a model to prepare HVAC and Auto Body & Collision Technology students for industry certification
In 2016, SCC was selected as one of only 20 colleges throughout the nation to participate in “Right Signals,” a national credentialing initiative established by the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) with a grant from Lumina Foundation. Each college received $60,000 to implement the initiative.
Running the Southern Minnesota Center of Agriculture, a Minnesota State Center of Excellence that includes three Minnesota State colleges and one university
The Center’s focus is on connecting students with resources at area academic institutions, which are aligned with the needs of industry to develop and sustain a talented workforce in Agriculture-related industries.
Inventing an industry-leading distance learning technology
In 2013, SCC received a $896,261 National Science Foundation Grant to develop its Internet Mechatronics Education Curriculum (iMEC), which enables mechatronics students to gain hands-on experience at off-campus locations like their home or office. In 2016, SCC received a Minnesota Tekne Award for the product.
Helping close the achievement gap through the nationally-funded TRiO program
Through the federally funded TRiO program, SCC provides additional support services to 140 minority students each year. SCC received its second five-year $1.1 million TRiO grant from the U.S. Department of Education in 2015, based on the college’s outstanding student success rate during the previous five-year grant period.
Providing Opportunities for high school students to earn college credit
In the last year alone 221 students participated in Post-secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) and concurrent enrollment programs with SCC.
Partnering with K-12 schools on career exploration and college preparation events
Recent K-12 collaborations include SCC’s “Career Exploration Days” for high school juniors and seniors and a “Career Navigator” program at SCC for younger high school students. Combined these two programs served more than 1,500 students in FY17.
Working closely with local and national industry partners
SCC has strong relationships with businesses that provide their expertise on SCC’s industry advisory boards and make internships and apprenticeships available to students. In FY2016 companies donated $229,537 worth of equipment with $216,890 matched through Minnesota’s leveraged equipment program for a total of $446,427 in classroom and lab equipment for SCC students.