Minnesota State College Southeast

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Minnesota State College Southeast is a technical and community college with campuses in Red Wing and Winona, Minnesota, which were originally two separate vocational institutes. It is part of the Minnesota State colleges and universities system. The Red Wing campus is nationally renowned for its string instrument and brass instrument repair programs. There are only a few colleges in the nation which offer these programs. The United States Marine Corps and US Navy send their band instrument repair techs to the school.

The Winona campus was founded in 1949 as the Winona Area Vocational-Technical School. The current campus was opened in Winona in 1967. In 1971, the Red Wing Area Vocational-Technical Institute, was founded, opening doors to its new campus in 1973. The colleges merged under the Minnesota Technical College System in 1992.

In 2016, the college was granted a mission change to become a community and technical college, offering the associate of arts degree as well as technical programs.[1] At that time the college changed its name to Minnesota State College Southeast.[2]

Minnesota State College Southeast is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.[3]

College History[edit]


Winona Area Vocational-Technical School, the second public vocational-technical school in the State of Minnesota, is founded in Winona.


The name is changed to Winona Area Technical School.


The building at 1250 Homer Road in Winona is funded. In the fall of 1967, the Homer Road facility opens its doors to students.


The Winona facility is expanded and its capacity doubled.

Winona campus name changes to Winona Area Technical Institute.

Red Wing becomes the 34th and final community in Minnesota to be awarded an Area Vocational Technical Institute.


Red Wing Area Vocational Technical Institute facility at 308 Pioneer Road opens its doors to students.


Red Wing campus name changes to Red Wing Technical Institute.


The Minnesota Technical Institute System, which includes both the Red Wing and Winona schools, becomes the Minnesota Technical College System.

Winona campus changes its name to Winona Technical College. Red Wing changes its name to Red Wing Technical College.


Red Wing Technical College and Winona Technical College merge, becoming Red Wing/Winona Technical College. Cliff Korkowski becomes the first president of the combined colleges.

A new 73,000 square-foot Aviation Training Center opens in Winona.


Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) is created as the state's Technical College System, the State University System, and the Community College System are combined under a single governing board.

Red Wing/Winona Technical College receives accreditation from the North Central Association.


Red Wing/Winona Technical College changes its name to Minnesota State College – Southeast Technical.


The College is granted a 10-year re-accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association.


Southeast Technical becomes the second college in the Minnesota State system to be awarded distance accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission, allowing the institution to offer certificates, diplomas and degrees online.


A $4.3 million, 39,500 square foot renovation of Homer Road campus in Winona begins.


A $5.1 million, 36,400 square foot renovation of Red Wing campus begins.


The college is granted a 7-year re-accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association.


The Winona Airport campus building is sold to leverage new construction on the Homer road campus.


Norris P. Abts Transportation Center, a 25,000-square-foot addition to the Winona Campus, is constructed.

A partnership agreement with Quzhou College of Technology in China is signed.


Radiography program attains Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JCERT) accreditation


Medical Laboratory Technician program receives National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Services (NAACLS) accreditation through 2020.


Practical Nursing program receives accreditation from Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)

College changes mission to become a comprehensive technical and community college, offering the Associate of Arts degree in Liberal Arts & Sciences.

Name is changed to: Minnesota State College Southeast.Coordinates: 44°32′08″N 92°31′29″W / 44.5355233°N 92.5246339°W / 44.5355233; -92.5246339[4]


1949-1955: John Fuhlbruegge, President, Winona Area Vocational-Technical School

1955-1970: Thomas Raine, President, Winona Area Vocational-Technical School

1970-1988: William Hemsey, President, Winona Area Technical School.

1972-1985: Edward Dunn, President, Red Wing Area Vocational-Technical Institute.

1985-1987: Harold Hoghaug, President, Red Wing Area Vocational-Technical Institute.

1987-1992: Ed Dunn returns as president of Red Wing Technical College.

1988-1995: Cliff Korkowski, President, Winona Technical College (1992: Red Wing/Winona Technical College).

1995: Jim Johnson, President, Red Wing/Winona Technical College (1996: Minnesota State College – Southeast Technical)

2014–present: Dr. Dorothy Duran, President, Minnesota State College – Southeast Technical (2016: Minnesota State College Southeast)

Name Changes[edit]

1949: Winona Area Vocational-Technical School

1965: Winona Area Technical School

1972: Winona Area Technical Institute

1971: Red Wing Area Vocational Technical Institute

1987: Red Wing Area Technical Institute

1987: Winona Technical Institute

1989: Winona Technical College

1989: Red Wing Technical College

1992: Merge: Red Wing/Winona Technical College

1999: Minnesota State College – Southeast Technical

2016: Minnesota State College Southeast


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