If there’s one thing I’ve learned here, it’s that the creatives and artisans work hard. (Remember my visit to MCAD, after all.) Student after student on this campus has told me: The instrument programs are like a full-time job. The pace is intense. (And with the semester winding up, a lot of people looked stressed Read more →
I’ve written about the band-instrument repair program, and MPR News colleague Elizabeth Baier has written about the school’s violin repair program. I thought I’d drop in on the two-year guitar repair and building program. Aaron Paul, a 30-year-old from Austin, Texas — and he came HERE for instruments? — is checking his sanding on a Read more →
Those women in the dining hall think of everything. After eating a pretty juicy chicken burger with fries, side salad and a cola ($10), I had to try a BLT on the recommendation of 23-year-old student Franziska Andonopoulos of Chicago. She tells me why: “Most BLTs have to strips of bacon lying across the sandwich Read more →
The hallmark of SE Tech in Red Wing — that’s how we’re solving the naming problem here — is its focus on musical instruments. Its programs in instrument repair and construction are among the few offered in this country, and they draw students from all over the globe. Sounds very Old World. So why here? Read more →
I’ve traveled to technical colleges before, but Minnesota State College Southeast Technical in Red Wing presents some interesting background dynamics for today’s visit. Opened in 1972, it’s the last technical college campus built in Minnesota. Yet its 66-year-old sister campus in Winona — with whom it merged in 1992 — is among the state’s oldest Read more →
Trustees of the state’s college and university system have chosen interim or permanent presidents for three of its colleges: Minnesota West Community & Technical College: Barbara McDonald (interim) Alexandria Technical & Community College: Laura Urban Minnesota State College – Southeast Technical: Dorothy Duran Below are excerpts from the MnSCU announcements. Minnesota West: [McDonald’s] appointment becomes Read more →
“We’re already hearing students asking … questions. People on waiting lists are dropping off (to go elsewhere). Even if we don’t shut down, students are making their decisions already.” — Minnesota State College-Southeast Technical college President Jim Johnson on the ripples created by news of a possible government shutdown.