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30
Sep
0

How do I transfer my credits from SCC?

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Looking to continue your education at a Minnesota state college or university? Since South Central College is part of the MnSCU system, we work together with Minnesota state colleges and universities to make transferring easier by offering the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum, a set of courses that will transfer to any Minnesota state college or university.

In fact a special website has been established just to assist you in making your transfer a success. Visit www.mntransfer.org to find great tips and plan the next step in your education.

One of the suggested tips includes speaking with a transfer specialist if you have any questions or concerns (SCC's transfer coordinator can assist you with your questions involving college transfer. Call 507-389-7394.)

26
Sep
0

Trees Planted at SCC in Memoriam

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Memoriam Gathering at SCCMemoriam at SCCPlanting Trees in MemoriamStaff, faculty, students and retirees of South Central College gathered to remember three great individuals yesterday. Three new Maple trees were planted on the front lawn of the North Mankato Campus in memory of:

  • Ann (Splinter) Anderson Marketing & Public Relations Director honoring 23 years of dedicated service to South Central College.

  • Doug Yentsch Accounting Instructor honoring 14 years of dedicated service to South Central College.

  • Mary Heminover English Instructor honoring 30 years of dedicated service to South Central College.
23
Sep
0

Alumni Featured in National Ag Publication

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National Hog Farmer Magazine has featured the Professional Swine Manager Program as well as SCC Alumni in their September 2014 issue. Check it out here: http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f165d239#/f165d239/16

The article on the Professional Swine Managers Program, taught by Pete Neigebauer, is on page 16. A current student in the program, Ben Clark, is featured on page 20 as well as graduates of the Agribusiness Department, twins Chelsey and Lindsey Nelson from Hanska, on page 21.
11
Sep
0

Financial assistance options to help you go back to school

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College is a sizable financial investment and you may think it is impossible for you or a significant other to go back and get a new degree or hence previous education. Or perhaps you are struggling to afford the college education of your children. These are very real concerns of many and it can mean that dreams are delayed or possibly never achieved. The financial aid staff at South Central College wants to assist you in achieving your educational goals. Don’t let finances be the reason you cannot fulfill these dreams.

The mission of the South Central College Financial Aid Office is to assist students in securing funding to facilitate the achievements of their career objectives. The financial aid staff at South Central College has over 50 years of financial aid experience. As rules and regulations change, these individuals continually train to have the information and knowledge needed to provide you with the information you need. View our Financial Aid Handbook here. 

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23
Jul
0

South Central College Spans Multiple Decades

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The rich history of South Central College spans many decades… starting when the local school district began offering agricultural and industrial arts courses to high school students and community members in 1946.  Alumni from the early days of the learning institution that has evolved into today’s South Central College experienced the following fads of the Fifties…

Poodle Skirts:  Full skirts that normally fell just below the knee, embellished with an appliqued Poodle. Youth from the era might have worn this type of skirt to a… 

Sock Hop:  These school-sponsored dances were often held in gymnasiums.  Teens willingly removed their shoes to protect the gymnasium floor.  At the Sock Hop, these students might have experienced another fad of the times…

The Twist:  A dance made famous by Chubby Checker.  On other evenings, they might have enjoyed…

Drive-In Theatres, which successfully combined the movie craze and the automobile craze.  If they wanted to see a movie indoors…

3-D Movies were very popular, including Creature from the Black Lagoon.

Alumni from any time in SCC’s history are certain to have fond memories.  What decade did you attend SCC? Please share your memories by commenting...

11
Jul
0

Automated Manufacturing Team takes Silver at National SkillsUSA Competition

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13
May
0

Students Tell a Great Story

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Jeremiah Kuehne - Distinguished Student of the Year

SCC has so many amazing students! Just a couple weeks ago, SCC celebrated the Spirit of Achievement, and we were wowed by a video created by our fantastic students (and their instructors) in our Multimedia Technology program. Here is a link to the SCC video featuring students, alumni, and faculty (it's only 3 ½ minutes).

We also celebrated the achievements of students.

Specifically, we named the 2014 SCC Distinguished Student of the year, Jeremiah Kuehne. Technically, Jeremiah is a 2013 SCC alum with an Associate in Arts degree. Jeremiah graduated with that degree two weeks prior to his high school graduation as he began attending SCC in his junior year of high school. Jeremiah returned to SCC to enhance his education and acquire a technical skillset through the Multimedia Technology program to pursue his dream of being a filmmaker. Jeremiah has been a leader and true friend among his fellow SCC students. He inspires others to do the best work they can in and out of the classroom. His enthusiasm is infectious, and he has tremendous energy. Additionally, he is heavily involved in church service projects and activities in the Faribault community. Jeremiah was presented the Starfish Award in honor his achievements. Welcome to the Alumni Network, Jeremiah!

Our other Distinguished Student of the Year finalists were:

  • Martina AkemMartina Akem – Martina is the first female child from her village in Cameroon to go to school. Exiled to the USA, Martina decided to pursue marketable skills and chose to study to be a Medical Lab Technician. Martina works in a group home and is a valued member of the library staff on the Faribault Campus. She and her husband are raising 4 school-age children with the same value of education and work ethics.

 

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12
May
0

Hold your next event at SCC!

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Last Friday, May 9th, Greater Mankato Growth held Leadercast, a one-day leadership conference event broadcast live from Atlanta, Georgia, at South Central College’s Conference Center at the North Mankato campus. Both the North Mankato and Faribault facilities provide an ideal atmosphere to host community-related events. Various room sizes and seating layouts are available to fit many groups and events. In addition to our state-of-the-art, user friendly, audiovisual components, we also offer full-service meeting support including team building programs, strategic planning assistance and meeting facilitation. Catering is also an option for your special event with china and linen rentals available. Click here for more information on room scheduling and catering: http://roomscheduling.southcentral.edu/. Or contact the Scheduling Office at 507-389-7370 and the Catering Services at 507-389-7279.

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14
Apr
0

Graphic Communications Students Show Off Their Work!

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Students in SCC’s Graphic Communications program will put their work on display for the program’s annual spring portfolio. Students, faculty, industry professionals, as well as friends and families are invited to attend the event.

Led by instructors Gale Bigbee and Kevin McLaughlin, students display a variety of work from creative movie posters to label designs, brochures and more. Fifteen students have work for public review.

Click here for show details and to preview the portfolios!
14
Apr
0

Architectural Drafting and Design: Cutting Edge Program, Real World Skills

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Students who have a passion for design, drawing and detailing commercial buildings will do well with an Architectural Drafting and Design degree from South Central College. This hands-on learning gives students the opportunity to apply real-world skills with the latest technology, putting them in high demand in today’s professional work force.

Architectural Drafting and Design prepares students for application of basic building engineering principles and technical skills in support of architects, engineers and planners engaged in designing and developing commercial buildings.

Instruction includes commercial design, 3D modeling and drafting in the following areas: architectural, mechanical, electrical, plumbing and structural. Graduates will be prepped for nationally recognized "Green" certification(s) LEED Green Associate.

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14
Apr
0

Mankato Technical Institute Became Mankato Technical College

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On August 1, 1989 officially the name changed for all of the state’s post-secondary vocational schools from Minnesota’s technical institutes to technical colleges.

The college unveiled its new sign at a ceremony recognizing the name change. “The name change is a positive step in student’s eyes,” said Monica Pinske, President of the Mankato Technical College Student Senate. “The name ‘institute’ always had negative overtones.” At the ceremony it was stated the main reason for the name change is to “enhance the competitiveness of our graduates,” said Joe Graba, Director of Vocational Education. “Without this change, our graduates are at a disadvantage when going into the job market with an ‘institution’ diploma instead of a ‘college’ diploma.”

Those in front of the sign are Joe Graba, Director of Vocational Education; Monica Pinske, Student Senate President; Representative Sal Frederick and President John Votca.

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14
Apr
0

Congratulations Todd Huxford!

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Todd Huxford, SCC Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning/Refrigeration (HVAC) instructor and SCC Alumnus, was recently selected as the Minnesota SkillsUSA Post-Secondary Advisor of the Year. He was awarded this distinguished honor at the MN SkillsUSA State Competition awards ceremony event held on March 30th.

As a SkillsUSA advisor for SCC, Huxford serves students of this institution, but has also made significant contributions to the success of SkillsUSA at the state and national level. He has been an advisor for the past 24 years.

Huxford believes the SkillsUSA program is invaluable in helping position SCC students for future success. In addition to the guidance he provides these students as an advisor, his national involvement also helps him create valuable relationships with industry partners. “Through SkillsUSA I have had the opportunity to work alongside industry leaders from whom we have gained knowledge and resources, as well as key contacts for employing our students,” said Huxford.

SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, instructors and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce, while helping each student excel. South Central College is one of 29 Minnesota community and technical colleges participating in SkillsUSA.

03
Apr
0

SCC Sales and Marketing Graduate Finds Her Niche in the Beverage Industry

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Bonnie Barrer has come a long way since she graduated from Mankato Area Vocational Technical Institute, now known as South Central College, in 1981.  She has spent more than twenty-seven years working in the beverage industry, beginning in frontline sales and working her way through account management, sales management and General Manager roles to her current position as Director of Sales and Marketing at Gillette Pepsi.  As Director, Barrer is responsible for all aspects of the sales and marketing functions within Gillette Pepsi locations including La Crosse, WI, Rochester and Mankato, MN and Decorah, IA.

Barrer is a strong proponent of the value of education.  “I knew that I’d need to further my education after high school to have a career,” she said. “I was very fortunate that it started me on a path in business.”   Barrer said she used what she learned in college to advance in the positions that she held.   In addition to academics, she said she gained valuable organizational and interpersonal skills while attending college.

Barrer said she was drawn to SCC because of its size and affordability.  “It was affordable for me at the time.  I was paying for my own college.  I also liked that I could work in my field of study while attending classes.  This allowed me to apply what I was learning and earn money to cover expenses,” she said.  Barrer said she graduated from a small high school, and found it easy to transition to SCC because she found similarities.  “One size doesn’t fit all,” she said, adding that being on a 20,000-student campus isn’t right for everyone.  She said for some people, SCC is just not as overwhelming as a large university, and it has so much to offer.

When asked how SCC has changed since she attended, Barrer said the two-year transferable Associate in Arts degree was a very important addition, giving SCC students the availability to start working toward a four-year degree.  In fact, SCC’s enrollment grew steadily after the Associate in Arts degree was added as an option for students.

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17
Mar
0

Supporting Our Veterans

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Are you a veteran? Do you have questions about programs available to you and other resources? SCC is committed to making your transition from military to college as smooth as possible, and we strive to give you first-class service and support. Visit our website for more information: http://southcentral.edu/veterans/index.html
06
Mar
0

Learn Spanish on Your Schedule

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Back in December, we shared some tips on writing a resumé (http://www.southcentral.edu/alumni_network_news/resumetips-provide-your-best-tips-to-students-in-the-comment-section.html).

It is important, especially in today’s economy and job market, to have talents that add value to your resumé and make it stand out. Spanish speakers are becoming more in demand in a variety of industries and job positions.

Learning Spanish can have numerous benefits, sometimes leading to special assignments and pay raises. It can help with getting a job or progressing a career.

South Central College is offering classes that will help you learn Spanish quickly and conveniently on your own time schedule.

These selfpaced, online Spanish courses are designed for specific occupations to help maximize your learning experience, including Banking, Health Care, Law Enforcement and Manufacturing. Click here to check out available Spanish classes! 

28
Feb
0

SCC Wins at Collegiate DECA event

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The Collegiate DECA State Career Development Conference was held February 25 and 26 at the Verizon Wireless Center in Mankato.  28 students from the Marketing, Business and Culinary programs at South Central College competed for a chance to attend the International Conference to be held in April in Washington D.C.  They competed in a multitude of events, including Sports and Entertainment Marketing, Business Ethics, Retail and Restaurant Management, Marketing Management and Culinary Arts.  Joy Boertje, a Culinary Graduate and current Business Management student, was elected to the State Leadership Team as the Southern Region Vice President for the 2014-15 school year.

Here are the event listings.  If you have any of these students in class or see them on campus, please congratulate them for their accomplishments!

Advertising Campaign:  Alex Birr, 4th

Business to Business Marketing:  Ashley Kruger and Amy Nicolai 4th

Theresia Lueck and Sarah Manthey Top 8

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31
Jan
0

Want a Unique Experience

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Check out the SCC online auction and bid now on a plane ride donated by Dave Bates.  He owns a 1941 Stearman biplane that flies out of the Faribault airport.  His son, David, will be your pilot if you are the winning bidder, and he is an SCC alum!  He graduated in 2011 with an Associate in Arts degree.  He’s a commercial pilot and will take someone on the ride of a lifetime!  www.biddingforgood.com/scc

30
Jan
0

Welding is Back at SCC

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Welding is a critical skill in demand. It remains and will continue to be a productive, cost-effective manufacturing method. Advanced technology is creating more uses for welding in the workplace and expanding employment opportunities. Businesses across south central Minnesota are in need of welders and are hiring.  

The welding program at South Central College is designed to help students quickly develop technical knowledge and hands-on skills for a high-demand job. Students have the option to complete the 16-credit program or take any individual classes to upgrade their skills in various processes. Customized training is also available on either campus or onsite to meet businesses’ needs or schedules. 

The 16-credit Certificate in Welding will prepare participants for the American Welding Society (AWS) certification. The program is designed to offer courses at times students can attend and still maintain employment. This semester, courses are conveniently offered in the evenings. 

South Central College’s Center for Business & Industry can design welding courses to meet the particular needs of your company. They develop individualized courses based on specific objectives; the content and delivery varies from company to company. Whether your goal is to reduce downtime through welding maintenance, avoid rework, or reduce scrap and waste, the Center for Business & Industry can design the custom welding program that works for you.

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30
Jan
0

South Central College Hosts Ag Symposium - Wednesday, February 19, 2014

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Experts to share the latest trends with area agribusiness producers

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 sixth 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. The event is scheduled for Wednesday, February 19, 2014, from 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM in the John Votca Conference Center.

Scheduled to appear are Dr. Michael Boehlje and Dr. David Kohl. Both are experts in their respective field and will introduce conference attendees to the ‘new rules’ facing 21st century ag producers. They will also be providing attendees with “new tools” to address these challenges, making them more productive and profitable farm managers.

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30
Jan
0

South Central College Foundation Online Auction January 28th - February 5th!

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Proceeds to benefit SCC student scholarship program

Let the bidding begin! South Central College Foundation third annual online auction kicked off this week on January 28! The 2014 auction contains 200 items ranging from restaurant gift cards to weekend getaways and more. Since the auction’s inception three years ago, over $35,000 has been raised to benefit students attending SCC.

 Bids will be accepted through February 5, 2014. The online catalog can be viewed by visiting www.biddingforgood.com/scc. SCC continues to accept items from donors who may be interested in contributing to the auction. 

The South Central College Foundation was created to provide support to the college and its students. With the donations raised, the Foundation provides opportunities to advance the educational pursuits of our students through scholarships and to advance SCC’s ever-expanding programming. 

 Please consider donating an item, bidding in the online auction (Jan. 28-Feb. 5, 2014) and spreading the news of our auction to your friends and family.