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Jan
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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
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Call for Nominations: Distinguished Alumni

Posted on in Alumni News

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

Posted on in Department Highlights

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
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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).

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Jan
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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/

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