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29
Jan
0

Remember When? A new initiative: Online Courses

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It was just over 10 years ago, when faculty met in 2002 to develop online courses for the college's “LearnOn” initiative during a summer planning session.

Computer Careers instruc2002 OnlineTraining SCCtor, Peter Johnson, said, “We didn’t have a crystal ball, but we did know what an impact on-line learning would have. After [SCC Instructional Technology & Curriculum Specialist] Lynne Groves taught me the basics of putting together an online course, what we now call Instructional Design, I knew that I had to convert all my courses to this format. Its official title might have been “LearnOn” but we called it the “Online Bootcamp”. The concepts and techniques I learned that summer still form the basis of all my courses today.”

The “Online Bootcamp” group was right in their predictions that online learning was here to stay. This school year more than 2,300 students have enrolled in at least one course with an online delivery component.

29
Jan
0

Online Auction Approaching

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to benefit SCC student scholarship program 

The fifth annual South Central College Foundation online auction will kick off on February 20th!

Plans are underway to ensure, the 2015 auction contains 150+ items ranging from restaurant gift cards to weekend getaways and more. Since the auction’s inception more than $50,000 has been raised to benefit students attending SCC.

Bids will be accepted through March 4, 2015.

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29
Jan
0

7th Annual Ag Symposium: February 12, 2015

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Today’s agricultural producers are adapting to a landscape that is constantly changing. They are expected to be economists, commodity specialists, financiers, brokers, mechanics, transportation logisticians, managers, and more. South Central College’s Foundation is providing a one-day professional development opportunity to assist area farm families with keeping a finger on the pulse of their dynamic industry.

South Central College Foundation is proud to announce the seventh annual New Tools for New Rules Agricultural Symposium. This regional professional development opportunity is designed for all agricultural producers. New Tools brings world-class speakers to the campus of South Central College for a day of cutting-edge presentations and discussion.

Click here to learn more about the speakers, schedule, and how to purchase tickets!

29
Jan
0

Call for Nominations: Distinguished Alumni

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It is time to call for your nominations of the SCC Distinguished Alumni of the Year, 

All of our alumni are amazing; however, we need your help in identify those graduates of South Central College who continue to go above and beyond in their profession and community. 

More information can be found online about the nomination process.  Please consider nominating someone today: the deadline is March 1st.

Honorees will join an elite group of past award recipients and their success story will be featured in short video at the spring commencement ceremony to motivate new graduates to find their successes.

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29
Jan
0

Mechatronics Program Expanded

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Here, There, Everywhere!

Mechatronics training available anywhere in the country with “iMEC”

Since 2009, South Central College (SCC) has offered a Mechatronics Engineering Technology program at its North Mankato campus. Thanks to a new program, the same comprehensive instruction and hands-on experience that students get on campus is now available anywhere in the country. 

Through the college’s innovative Internet Mechatronics Education Curriculum (iMEC), participants take online classes taught by SCC Mechatronics instructors, while gaining hands-on experience with their own mechatronics lab kit, simulations and access to South Central College’s remote education automation lab. In the process they can earn an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree just like their on-campus peers. 

The field of mechatronics combines mechanical systems (mecha) with electronics (tronics), as well as fluid power, automation and robotics. Today’s high-tech manufacturing environment requires individuals with this unique combination of skills who can install and maintain a wide variety of computer-controlled systems, machinery and equipment. 

“We created iMEC for the same reason we established our original mechatronics program in 2009. Manufacturers told us they had a serious need for employees with this particular expertise, and since then, the demand for trained mechatronics technicians has only increased,” explains SCC mechatronics instructor Doug Laven. “This training is now available to anybody anywhere. Businesses can offer it to their employees at their worksite and anyone can access it from their own home if they want.” 

This distance learning option is supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation. Applications are being accepted. For more information about iMEC, visit www.southcentral.edu/iMEC.  

 

29
Jan
0

SCC students win big in DECA Idea Challenge 2014

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More than 6,000 students from around the globe entered DECA Idea Challenge 2014, six teams were selected as finalists, and this week a South Central College team was named the Global Winner. The championship team known as “Delivering the News” is made up of SCC marketing management students Jake Ward and Landon Brown, as well as friend and Minnesota State University, Mankato teaching/music student Laken Fennern.

The annual DECA Idea Challenge gives students throughout the world a week to come up with an invention related to a particular item and pitch it in a creative one- to three-minute video. For 2014, that item was Newspaper, with teams being asked to come up with a new use that creates value while being feasible and sustainable.

Watch their winning video submission to see their big idea (Eco-Foam).

20
Jan
0

SCC Students named 2014 Global Finalists for DECA Idea Challenge

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Congratulations to South Central College Marketing Management students Landon Brown and Jake Ward who have been named as one of only six global finalists in the DECA Idea Challenge 2014. The DECA Idea Challenge gives students a week to come up with an invention related to a particular item and pitch it in a one to three minute video. For 2014, that item was Newspaper, with teams being asked to come up with a new use that creates value while being feasible and sustainable. Of the 1,700+ students entering the competition, Global Finalists were named in each of the six participating countries: Canada, South Korea, Sweden, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and United States. The DECA Idea Challenge 2014 Global Winners will be announced later this week. Check out the Eco-Foam video in the link below to see this great idea: http://www.decadirect.org/November-2014/DECA-Idea-Challenge-2014--Global-Finalists-Announced/

24
Dec
0

New Year's Resolution... Check out CBI

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The Center for Business and Industry (CBI) offers a convenient and flexible way to get started now on the education and skill development you seek. CBI partners with local Workforce Centers, and together we help get you get the job-related education and training you need.

• Update your skills
• Discover a new talent
• Start down a career path that connects with employers’ needs
• Earn an occupational certification or recertification

Learn more about how SCC can help: http://cbi.southcentral.edu/index.php/dislocated-worker.html

12
Dec
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07
Nov
1

The Big Show

Posted on in Remember When?

It was 1983 and everything was “big”. Big Hair, big bows and so much more. For more than a decade South Central sales and marketing staff (our very own Roberta Moorhouse) and students hosted an annual fashion show as part of a larger open house event on campus. Students borrowed the latest in clothing from local business such as the Lorraine Shop and Matt J. Graif. 

We found a few photos and fond memories, please post any other "Big Show" or other SCC Fashion show photos you may have.  Do you know who some of these students are?  We'd love to hear who they are and what they are up to these days (post your comments - this will be fun!)

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Click here to visit the Alumni blog for more photos from “The Big Show” as well as other shows over the years.

07
Nov
0

Give to the Max (today or any day)

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One of the most valuable gifts you can give is the gift of an education.  We would like for you to consider a gift to South Central College that can be used with other gifts to make a big difference for our current and future students.

In the coming days, many worthy organizations will promote GiveMN.org and Give to the Max Day on November 13th. While we accept gifts every day to support students, if you are moved to give back on Thursday, November 13th we hope you will consider supporting us.

As you read more (below), please consider a donation to either the North Mankato or Faribault Campus Foundation.

Meet “Sarah”.  Sarah had a beautiful baby girl and a new husband.  Sarah had the opportunity to stay home with her baby girl every day until one day she will not forget: the day she lost her husband in a horrible accident.  Their lives were forever changed.  Sarah needed a new future and she found her new path at South Central College.  She almost gave up many times….  Sarah received a scholarship.  It didn’t cover all of her expenses; however, it made a difference and gave her the extra encouragement that this community believed in her. 

Meet “Maria”.  She grew up in our backyard.  She was involved in some activities, and she was a great high school student.  Maria wants to be an accountant.  Her parents both work, but the reality is that there isn’t anything left over from their paychecks, let alone $6,000 in tuition. Maria and her family are excited about the smaller class sizes at SCC, lower costs of tuition and the opportunity to learn a skill (her mom also likes that the school isn’t “too far” from home). Maria will be the first in her family to go to college, and she is a scholarship recipient this fall.

Meet “Al”.  Al has had a variety of careers in his 20+ years since high school, even running his own company along the way.  Becoming a parent was not the only thing that changed in Al’s life; he was forced to find a new occupation when his employer downsized.  He wanted to keep raising his family in Mankato.  Al heard about the Mechatronics program at SCC and enrolled.   The SCC Foundation Scholarship Selection Committee invested in Al by providing him a scholarship.  Al is currently working in his field in our community.  We are proud to call him a graduate.

Sarah, Cassie or Al could be any of the more than 5,000 students at SCC, who each have a unique story and hope for the future!  We are asking you to join us in providing a little extra encouragement for SCC students; however, our need is not just in scholarships it is also in providing training for all of our students on state-of-the-art equipment in updated laboratories/classrooms.  

As you would anticipate the need is greater than we can provide, but every gift makes a significant difference.

We would love to hear from you directly as well.  For more information about the SCC Foundation call us at 507-389-7342.

07
Nov
0

SCC Placement Services will host Job Fair on November 19 & 20

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SCC’s Fall Job Fair will be held November 19th (Faribault Campus) & November 20th (North Mankato Campus) from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Numerous employers with full and part-time job opportunities are scheduled to be in attendance. This is a FREE event and an excellent way to meet and talk with prospective employers (parking is free in all lots on campus for the Job Fair).

  • For students and alumni, please attend the Job Fair to visit with employers about job opportunities and be prepared to complete an application and/or interview for open positions.
  • If you have job opportunities available for alumni and students, please contact Candy Laven at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 507-389-7225 to learn more.

Weekly job announcements, the job board, and career fairs are only a sampling of what SCC’s Career Center can continue to do for our alumni.

07
Nov
0

Trip to South Africa Changes a Life

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Traveling would put me in debt. I’m too busy. It’s so far away; I would miss my family. I don’t know the language or the culture— everything would be so…foreign. And that scares me.

It is kind of scary, isn’t it? The idea of leaving the comfort of our home, our friends, our country, even if just for a few weeks, is unnerving. When presented with the opportunity to travel to South Africa, the butterflies I felt were equal parts excitement and fear. And the fear almost won. But then I realized this; it would be far more terrifying to grow old and feel as though I had never experienced anything remarkable. To look back on my life and wish I had stepped away from the familiar…to regret never having witnessed other ways of being…to only know a single story; now that is terrifying.

Nigerian author Chimamanda Adichie says, “The single story creates stereotypes, and the problem with stereotypes is not that they are untrue, but that they are incomplete. They make one story become the only story.” If we are exposed solely to one idea, one way of thinking, how will we ever find diversity if we do not seek it? If we do not open ourselves to the

wide world, the whole world, if we never put ourselves in an unfamiliar place with unfamiliar people, how will we know the many truths that exist? How will we ever realize the beauty and complexity of humanity?

While in South Africa we visited Tsiba Eden campus, a two-year college not unlike SCC. We were able to spend a few days getting to know students there. If there were such a thing as a crash-course in interacting with other cultures, this would be it. And we jumped in up to our necks. They showed us life on their campus. We gardened with them, cooked with them, ate with them, and cleaned with them. We talked and laughed and danced and played games… and cried when we left them. We made friends for life.

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07
Nov
0

Returning to SCC to Develop & Teach a New Welding Certificate Program

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Joe Volk started out like many students at South Central College. He graduated from high school in Morristown and enrolled in a technical program, started working in industry while going to school, and continued to work with some advancement opportunities and some job changes as the economy shifted. Now he’s back at South Central College trying to do for students what Dean Odette, his Welding instructor in 1990-1991, did for him.

Joe started working at SCC well before any students were on campus to develop the curriculum. “I’m trying to give students a skill set to learn welding processes and establish a foundation for moving up to team leader, supervisor or engineering positions. Advancing from welder to operator or another position within a company is not to be feared. I did it and they can do it,” Joe stated.

The 16 credit certificate program that Joe teaches includes Blueprint Reading, OSHA general industry safety and welding safety, Shielded Metal Arc Welding, Gas Metal Arc Welding, Gas Tungsten Arc Welding and Oxy-Fuel Welding & Cutting. It’s a new, one-semester program on the Faribault campus of South Central College.

In 2007 Joe enrolled at Riverland Community College and earned an Associate degree in Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice, but the opportunity to teach came along before a job in law enforcement, and he’s thrilled to return to Faribault to teach. Joe stated, “I noticed right away that some people who were working here when I was going to school are still here, but there are also people who were going to school here when I was, who also work here.”

Since starting at SCC Joe has received training from the American Welding Society for certification as a welding inspector and has participated in Lincoln Electric’s Welding Educator Workshop.

SCC’s Welding Certificate program is helping to fill the regional need for trained welders. Joe remembers when a ripple went through the industry with the introduction of robots to weld parts; “Weld shops have robotics but they can’t do it all. Some welding has to be done by hand and it will always be that way.”

Joe commented that the changes in the building are obvious with the construction project that just finished, and while the welding lab was moved in the early phase of the $13.3 million expansion project, the dedication to maintaining the lab is evident. It is a top-notch lab with new equipment and new lighting. SCC’s commitment to investing in its technical programs is evident in this space.

When asked what advice he’d give to new students about finding success he remarked, “Success is a recipe, it’s a combination of skills, drive, luck, persistence and opportunity.” He’s happy to be here to help students develop their skills as welders.

South Central College in Faribault draws most of its students from a 30-mile radius of the campus – Joe’s family included. His sister and two nieces attended SCC for nursing, accounting and administrative assistant, and two of his sons are currently attending. “This is a great place to be,” Joe said, “helping students learn to weld is my job, but everybody at SCC has helped me get my feet on the ground and learn the ropes around here. I couldn’t do it without them.”  

Story submitted by Shelly Rockman, Faribault Foundation Executive Director

06
Nov
0

Gourmet Foods and Wine Fundraiser! Thursday, November 13th

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SAVOR: THE ULTIMATE WINING & DINING EXPERIENCE

A fundraiser for South Central College Culinary Arts program.

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Please join us for an evening at Chankaska Creek Ranch & Winery to benefit the South Central College Culinary Arts program. Gourmet food will be paired with an array of handcrafted Chankaska wines for you to savor.
The expertise of renowned chefs Michael Broughten and James Hanson will be complemented by the skills of up‑and‑coming chefs in SCC’s Culinary Arts program to provide our guests with an unforgettable dining experience.


THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2014
6:00 PM UNVEILING • 7:00 PM DESSERT AUCTION

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20
Oct
0

Speech Team Successes

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Brian Klosa, Communication Instructor & Speech Team Director at South Central College shared the following update with staff and faculty about the success of the speech team:

This past weekend the SCC speech team competed in two tournaments in one weekend. On Saturday we were at MSU to compete in the Larry Schnoor Invitational and then on Sunday we were at Gustavus to compete in the Bill Robertz Invitational. Both of these tournaments were well attended and in fact a total of eight out of the top 20 teams in the nation last year were in attendance. It was a bloodbath but we did quite well.

On Saturday at MSU, Hailey Woolverton finished in 4th place in Prose Interpretation. On Sunday at Gustavus Hailey finished in 4th place again in Prose and then she also finished in 3rd place in Drama Interpretation. I am very proud of Hailey and for my novices that competed and survived these seriously competitive tournaments and still want to compete again!

20
Oct
0

Finish your degree - take an extra class - register for Spring Classes

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Do you have a few credits to complete before you obtain your degree?  Did you always intend to take an extra class and just didn't find the time?

Now is your chance!

The registration windows for Spring Semester 2015 is open for all returning students.

You will need to log in through your student eServices account to complete the registration process.  Please click on this link for step by step instructions:  http://southcentral.edu/media/sccdownloads/registration/Registration%20Instructions.pdf 

You can also check when your registration window opens by clicking the “Registration Window” link from the “Courses and Registration” menu.

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08
Oct
0

Center for Business & Industry: Expanded Emergency Responder Training

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Staying relevant requires the most up-to-date training be convenient for our industry partners. Recently, the first mobile aircraft crash simulator in the Upper Midwest was donated to SCC so the Center for Business and Industry (CBI) can offer enhanced emergency response training anywhere. Annually, SCC provides training for more than 3,000 emergency responders.


Click here to learn more! (link: http://myemail.constantcontact.com/Schedule-Your-Aircraft-Crash-Simulator-Event-Today-.html?soid=1112147084960&aid=Fiv1LnYimfA)

08
Oct
0

Faribault Campus Expansion Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening

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On Thursday, October 2, South Central College celebrated the expansion of its Faribault campus.

An impressive number of community and college members showed up to support 50 years of SCC in Faribault. Event included the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, a tour of the campus and refreshments.

Check out the article on the event in the Faribault Daily News. (link: http://www.southernminn.com/faribault_daily_news/article_2cadc602-3487-5117-8221-b359224faff1.html)

Below are some photos of the event. Find more photos here: http://southcentralcollege.smugmug.com/Other/Faribault-Grand-Opening-10214/.

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08
Oct
0

South Central College awarded $15 Million Grant!

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South Central College has been selected to receive a $15 million U.S. Department of Labor TAACCCT grant for advanced manufacturing education. SCC applied for the grant on behalf of the Minnesota Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (MNAMP), a state-wide MnSCU consortium of 12 colleges, as well as the 360° Manufacturing and Applied Engineering ATE Regional Center of Excellence at Bemidji State. The Minnesota Center for Engineering & Manufacturing Excellence at Minnesota State Mankato will also play a primary role in the project.


“Our South Central College staff and faculty, along with our MnSCU partner institutions, have worked diligently to create momentum in capitalizing on this national movement toward workforce education opportunities for our students and employers in Minnesota,” said Dr. Annette Parker, President of South Central College.

The grant project focuses on the fields of mechatronics, machining and welding. Participants will be able to earn stackable, portable industry-recognized credentials (certificates, diplomas, degrees), while simultaneously working in the industry. They will also be able to enter academic programs at multiple points based on assessment results that match individual skills.


Click here for more details! (link: http://www.southcentral.edu/news-releases/15-million-grant-awarded-to-mn-advanced-manufacturing-partnership-led-by-south-central-college.html)

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