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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South Central College Writing Festival

What? October 10, 2013 
North Mankato Campus: Conference Center
Faribault Campus: ITV Rooms C115 & A111B

Keynote Speaker - Bronson Lemer bronson_lemer

Bronson Lemer, author of The Last Deployment: How a Gay, Hammer-Swinging Twentysomething Survived a Year in Iraq, holds a bachelor of arts degree in mass communications and English from Minnesota State University Moorhead and a master of fine arts degree in creative writing from Minnesota State University, Mankato. He has taught composition, creative writing, and humanities courses for Turtle Mountain Community College in Belcourt, North Dakota; Minnesota State University, Mankato; and onboard a U.S. Navy ship through the Navy College Program for Afloat College Education at Central Texas College. He also taught English as a Second Language (ESL) courses in Gyeongju, South Korea and in China for Fort Hays State University (Kansas). He currently works as a writing specialist for the University of Minnesota Rochester, where he teaches writing classes, advises capstone projects, and works with faculty to integrate writing into the curriculum.

  • Keynote Speaker - Bronson Lemer


  • Session 1: How to Self-Publish
  • Session 2: Business Writing & Being Professional
  • Session 3: Creative Reading: Young Adult
  • Faculty: How to Add Writing to a Course Without Going Crazy:Writing Across the Curriculum
  • Students: Online Writing Resources
  • Creative Readings: Sakatah Student Readings
  • Lunch
  • Faculty: How to Add Writing to a Course Wihtout Going Crazy: Writing Across the Curriculum
  • Students: Tips on Doing Research
  • Creative Readings: Poetry
  • Faculty: Tips for Preventing Plagiarism
  • Students: Tips for Preventing Accidental Plagiarism
  • Creative Readings: Prose

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