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LIVING BLUE BOOK - Southeast Technical Institute

LIVING BLUE BOOKSTUDENTORIENTATIONGUIDE2012-2013


welcome!Welcome to Southeast Tech! We’re glad you’re here!We know it takes more than classroom experiencesand training to finish your degree. It takes the supportof family, friends, instructors, and many others.Whether you are in need of academic or personalcounseling services, registration, course or programinformation, resource materials, tutoring assistance,job placement, childcare, books and supplies, orspecial accommodations, we are here to help you.On the next page of this booklet is a list of theseresources and how to contact the people whocan give you the assistance you need. Please takeadvantage of these opportunities.Jim RokusekDirector of StudentsIn addition, we want you to know that the staff inthe Student Success Center is here to assist youin achieving your educational goals as well. Weencourage you to make the most of the serviceswe provide.Your success at Southeast Tech is very importantto us! We want you to know that we are here tosupport you in whatever ways we can.Thanks for choosing Southeast Tech – have agreat year!Sincerely,Jim RokusekDirector of Studentstable ofcontentsWelcome...........................................................2New Student Checklist.....................................3Telephone Directory.........................................3Financial Aid......................................................4Business Office...................................................5STI Housing.........................................................5Immunizations...................................................5Career Center...................................................5Campus Laptops..............................................6STI Bookstore......................................................6Campus Library.................................................7Scholarships.......................................................7Support Services...............................................8Campus Safety.................................................9Academic Credits..........................................10Student Life......................................................12Campus Map..................................................14Career Center Registration...........................152


new student checklistTo apply for federal financial aid (Pell, SEOG, AC Grants, Stafford loans or workstudy), students need tocomplete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) at www.fafsa.ed.gov. The FAFSA must becompleted each year after Federal Income Taxes are completed. Southeast Technical Institute’s schoolcode is 008285.Southeast Tech offers on-site child care: The Scarbrough Center (605.367.8444). The Volunteer andInformation Center (605.334.6646) can also provide a list of local providers. Students are responsible forlocating a backup provider in case their provider has an emergency or is ill.If you are receiving funds from TANF, WIA, BIA, Voc Rehab, or the military, contact your caseworker andinform them of your plans. Meet with our Nontraditional Student Advisor if you are unsure if one of theseprograms may benefit you.On-campus housing is available through Southeast Tech. Rental guides for off-campus housing are alsoavailable in the Student Success Center and in the Admissions Office.Be sure to have reliable transportation. Bus schedules for city transportation are available at Southeast Tech.Finally, we understand that some individuals are overwhelmed by new situations. Please be aware that ifyou need help at Southeast Tech, the Student Success Center staff is available to assist you.telephonedirectoryResource Contact Phone NumberAdmissions Specialist - Business....................................Verlainne Hayunga............................................ 367.4455Admissions Specialist - Business/CIS/Electronics.........Betsy Homan....................................................... 367.4452Admissions Specialist - Automotive/Industrial.............Scott Dorman..................................................... 367.4458Admissions Specialist - Health.......................................Mandy Hagen.................................................... 367.4236Admissions Specialist - Health.......................................Nancy Munson................................................... 367.4456Bookstore........................................................................Megan Ulmer...................................................... 367.4448Childcare Facilities........................................................Tami Skorczewski................................................. 367.8444Director of Students.......................................................Jim Rokusek......................................................... 367.6109Disability Services...........................................................Steve Herr............................................................ 367.4450Financial Aid/Scholarships............................................Lynette Grabowska............................................ 367.7867Housing Manager..........................................................Andrew VanZanten............................................ 367.5758Career Center................................................................Denise Heidebrink.............................................. 367.4819Library..............................................................................Phyllis Kuno.......................................................... 367.4449Nontraditional Student Advisor....................................DiAnn Kothe........................................................ 367.6110Personal Counselor........................................................Nicole McMillin................................................... 367.4821Registrar Officer.............................................................Kristie Vortherms.................................................. 367.5688Security Officer...............................................................John Norberg/Terry Persing...............367.4847/941.9003Student Activities/Organizations..................................DiAnn Kothe........................................................ 367.6110Student Success Advisor...............................................Elizabeth Harder................................................. 367.5835Student Success Advisor...............................................Jacque Danielson.............................................. 367.6115Student Success Advisor...............................................Mark Patterson.................................................... 367.5868Student Success Advisor...............................................LaDonna Zelmer................................................. 367.5797Tutoring............................................................................Tami Kerfeld........................................................ 367.56913


financial aid infoYou must be accepted into a program at SoutheastTech before the Financial Aid Office can awardfinancial aid.1. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid(FAFSA) is the form that is used to calculate yourfinancial aid eligibility. You must complete the FAFSAto apply for federal aid. Use Southeast Tech’s Title IVschool code: 008285 when completing it. There areno fees required in the application process.• You may submit your FAFSA on the web atfafsa.gov. You will need a Personal IdentificationNumber (PIN) for you and one for your parentbefore completing the FAFSA on the web. Thesemay be applied for at pin.ed.gov.• The Renewal FAFSA on the web is availablefor returning students who want to reapply forfinancial aid.2. Submit your application as soon after January1st as possible after taxes have been completedand submitted to the IRS. We strongly recommendyou use the IRS Retrieval tool, if eligible. This optioncan streamline and expedite the process of yourfinancial aid. Be aware of deadlines. Some fundsare limited and are awarded on a first-come, firstservedbasis. Plan to prepare your federal incometax early.3. You will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR) afteryou submit your FAFSA. If you have not receivedyour SAR within three weeks, check your applicationstatus at 800.433.3243. Review your SAR and ifcorrections need to be made, contact the FinancialAid Office for further instructions. If there are nocorrections to be made, keep the report for yourrecords. The report is automatically transmittedelectronically to Southeast Tech if you have listedthe Title IV school code 008285 on the FAFSA.4. Southeast Tech may need to request additionalinformation or forms. Make sure you respondpromptly to avoid delays in receiving your financialaid. At least one out of three applications isselected for review by the Department of Educationin a process called Verification. If your applicationis selected, don’t be alarmed. The process may4The Title IV school code forSoutheast Tech is 008285.require you to provide Southeast Tech with copiesof your and your parent(s) signed IRS Tax Transcripts,W-2 forms, and a verification worksheet. Comply withthe request promptly. Southeast Tech cannot awardfinancial aid until verification is complete.5. You will receive an award packet that explainsthe financial aid for which you qualify. Review youraward letter carefully and make sure you understandthe terms of the awards being offered. If you intendto take out loans, additional information will need tobe completed.6. If you accept any Direct Loans, you must completethree steps: Direct Loan Acceptance on STInet; MPN(Master Promissory Note); and Direct Loan EntranceCounseling at www.studentloans.gov.7. Financial aid funds are not dispersed in advancefor purchase of books. Therefore, STUDENTS MUSTBUDGET TO BUY BOOKS PRIOR TO THOSE DATES. Bookexpenses are calculated in educational costs. If youwill have excess financial aid after all your institutionalcosts are paid in full, you may be able to charge yourbooks purchased at the STI Bookstore. Please checkwith the Financial Aid Office to see if you qualify.8. If a student receives additional educationalassistance (i.e. scholarships, Vocational Rehabilitation,Veteran’s Benefits, WIA, etc.) it is the student’sresponsibility to notify the Financial Aid Office.Southeast Tech reserves the right to adjust financialaid based on award changes or additionalinformation received by the Financial Aid Office.Workstudy Opportunities On CampusThe Federal Work-Study Program (FWS) provideson-campus employment for students with financialneed, as defined by the Department of Education. Toqualify for FWS, students must first file the FAFSA.Jobs are posted online at southeasttech.edu andSTInet. If hired, students must complete all necessarypaperwork before beginning work. Students will needtheir Drivers’ License, Social Security card, and avoided check.Please contact the Financial Aid Office for moreinformation or if you have any questions.


usiness office career centerSoutheast Tech students can now access a copy oftheir student account statements, review studentaccount balances and pay student accountbalances online. To pay online using CASHNet,follow these steps:1. Log on to STInet and go to the Students tab.2. Click on the My Student Account link (located onthe left hand side of the Students tab).3. Click the Go to CASHnet link in the upperright corner.4. Click on the Pay link next to the listeddollar amount.5. To pay a partial amount, select the Edit tab andchange the payment amount.6. To pay the full amount, select Checkout.7. Follow on-screen information to enter paymentinformation.8. An email receipt confirmation will be sent whenpayment is complete.sti housingThe STI HousingFoundation openedon-campus studentapartments in Fall 2003.The facilities house 200Southeast Tech students.For more informationon Student Housing,please contact Andy at605.367.5758.Area housing information is available in StudentSuccess Center to assist students in finding housing.For students who are new to the area, Sioux Falls mapsmay also be obtained through the Admissions office.immunizationsSoutheast Tech requires that ALL incomingstudents submit proof of two doses of the MMR(measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine. SoutheastTech recommends the Hepatitis B series andMeningitis immunization. Students entering AlliedHealth programs are required to have additionalimmunization protection. Please see the Health andHuman Services Handbook for additional information.Denise HeidebrinkCareer CenterRepresentativeWelcome toSoutheast Tech fromthe Campus CareerCenter! I’d like tointroduce you to ouroffice and let youknow that I’m hereto help you with youremployment needswhile attending andafter graduating fromSoutheast Tech.There are manyexcellent part timeand full time joblistings called into theCareer Center forSoutheast Tech students and graduates. Many ofthe part time jobs have flexible hours and schedulesto fit your particular needs. Since I am a part of theSouth Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation,I have access to listings for hundreds of local,statewide, and nationwide job openings.Whether you are seeking employment immediatelyor possibly in the future, complete the attachedregistration form and return it to the Career CenterOffice. If you are looking for work now, please CALLto set up an appointment and we can visit aboutvarious job possibilities for you. Since there are manystudents looking for work, it is important you callto set up an appointment as soon as possible toassure that a specific time is reserved for you. If youhave any questions or if I can be of any assistance,please call. I look forward to working with you!Sincerely,Denise HeidebrinkDepartment of Labor and RegulationStudent Success CenterPhone: 605.367.4819Students who would like to register withthe Career Center should fill out theregistration form on the last page of thisbooklet and submit it to the Career CenterOffice in the Student Success Center.5


campus laptopsLaptops IncludedThe demand for professionals skilled in technologyhas never been greater. Because these newdemands require certain changes in the way wedeliver your education, you will be utilizing laptoptechnology at Southeast Tech. This change inrequirements is being made due to industry’s needfor trained professionals who have strong computerskills and experience with industry-specific software.All new students entering a laptop program will berequired to purchase a Southeast Tech laptop.Laptop Benefits Include• FREE tech support• Guaranteed software compatibility• 3-year warranty, including onsite repair andcustomer support• Each laptop is customized for each student withsoftware specific to their program• Laptop may be financed with Financial Aid ifapplicableMost laptops, with the exception of GraphicCommunications and Digital Media Productionstudents, will be a Windows-based PC; however,a specific model is determined each spring priorto the Fall semester. Graphic Communicationsand Digital Media Production students will havean Apple MacBook Pro laptop provided fromSoutheast Tech. More information regarding laptopspecifications (processor speed, memory, harddrive, etc.) will be posted on the Southeast Techwebsite by May 15, 2012. Questions should bedirected to the STI IT Support Center at 605.367.4461.Software, hardware and intranet restrictions don’tallow Southeast Tech to provide software or supportfor laptops not provided by Southeast Tech. Pleasediscuss any concerns you may have with the ITSupport Center.6sti bookstoreStudent Account Charges1. Students accounts will be available one weekbefore the start of each semester and through theend of the add/drop period.2. Students with Financial Aid that exceeds theirTuition and Fee charges will be eligible to chargeto their student accounts.3. Returns will be accepted through the drop/addperiod of each semester. Refunds will be processedthrough the Business Office during the regularFinancial Aid disbursement.Textbook Purchases1. Books may be purchased with cash, check, Visa,Mastercard, or Discover.2. Payment for textbooks is due at the time of pick-up.3. Written authorization must be on file to chargeto any third party agency (VA, Voc Rehab, etc)including businesses or personal trust accounts.4. Students should have their schedule availablewhen picking up textbooks.5. Check amounts should not be written out untiltime of purchase.Textbook Returns1. Textbooks may be returned within the semesteradd/drop period (first week of class).2. Returns will not be allowed without original receipt.3. Books must be returned in original condition toreceive a full refund.4. Books purchased in shrink wrap must be returnedwith the shrink wrap intact.5. Kits, software, medical supplies and special ordersare not returnable.6. Refunds will be paid by check which can bemailed or picked up. Books charged against creditcards or third party agencies will be credited backto the credit card or third party agency.General Merchandise ReturnsAll returns for general merchandise items mustbe made within 30 days of purchase. A receipt isnecessary for all returns. Merchandise must be inoriginal condition—i.e. tags attached, unopened,unwashed, unworn, etc.


HoursMonday–Thursday7:30 am – 5:00 pmFriday7:30 am – 4:00 pm(Hours may be adjusted when school is not insession)Contact InformationVisit us online at: bookstore.southeasttech.come-mail: bookstore@southeasttech.eduphone: 605.367.4448Please note: During the beginning of the semester,we suggest you stop in or use the website fortextbook information. When there are lines at thecheckouts, we are unable to take immediaterequests for textbook information.campus libraryHoursSoutheast Tech hasa full-service librarylocated in the StudentSuccess Center whichoffers the followingservices to students:Monday–Thursday7:00 am to 8:30 pmFriday7:00 am to 4:00 pmSaturday10:00 am to 2:00 pm(closed on holiday weekends and during studentbreaks)Library Features:• Book Check Out For 1 month• Periodical Check Out For 2 weeks• Computer Lab Area• STI library accessible through Internet atwww.sdln.net• Full-text periodical databases• Nationwide job search capabilities• Argus Leader newspaper index• Access to all Sioux Falls Libraries through SouthDakota Library Network• Great selection of program-related materials• Periodical selection which supports all programareas of instructionapply forscholarships!The Southeast Tech Foundation awards over $120,000in scholarships to our students. Individual awardsrange from $500 to $2,000 and it’s easy to qualify.There are many types of scholarships available toSoutheast Tech students based on criteria includingacademic achievement, financial need, programarea, community involvement and participation instudent activities.Southeast Tech Scholarship Applications areavailable online at scholarship.southeasttech.edufrom October through March annually. Students willbe considered for all Southeast Tech FoundationScholarships for which they are eligible with onesimple application and reference form submission.Recipients are notified of their awards by May. Fundsare placed directly into the students’ Business Officeaccounts the following fall. Please contact theSoutheast Tech Foundation Office at 605.367.7464with questions.Thousands of dollars in scholarshipswill be available for Fall of 2012. Don’t missyour opportunity. The process is easyand the rewards are great! Apply onlineat scholarship.southeasttech.edu.7


support servicesCounselingSoutheast Tech offers free professional counselingservices to meet the different needs of studentson campus. Personal counseling is available whenlife’s issues get in the way of academic success.Counseling services are located in the StudentSuccess Center of the Mickelson Building.Nontraditional Student ServicesSoutheast Tech offers special supportive services fora wide variety of nontraditional students: individualsin training programs that are nontraditional for theirgender, single parents, displaced homemakers,dislocated workers, students not coming directlyout of high school, or those who are unsure of theircareer interests and abilities. Individual, personal,and academic counseling are designed to helpthese students adjust to the transitions associatedwith returning to school.Scarbrough Center Child Care FacilitySoutheast Tech has astate licensed childcarefacility on campusto assist parents infinding affordable childcare while attendingclasses. Enrollmentat the ScarbroughCenter is limited, soearly child registrationfor a semester isencouraged. Onlychildren of Southeaststudents and staff areeligible to attend theScarbrough Center.The Scarbrough Center provides care andeducation to children ages 4 weeks to 10 years.The center provides a hands-on, inclusive, childsizeenvironment that promotes a child’s social,emotional, cognitive and physical development.As part of their preschool program, the ScarbroughCenter has a partnership with Head Start forthose families that qualify underneath theHead Start guidelines.The Scarbrough Center has an open-door policythat allows parents to visit at any time. Parents arealso encouraged to be part of this program throughdaily contact, meal times, special events, field trips,individual planning for their child, and conferences.The center is staffed with well-educated andtrained individuals that follow developmentallyappropriate practices.Students who would like to enroll their children inthe Scarbrough Center should contact the Centerdirectly at 367.8444.Student SupportSoutheast provides free learning assistance toqualifying full and part time students and helpsthem enter and complete courses in their respectiveprograms. A Disability Services Coordinatordevelops and implements activities and servicesfor Southeast students with special needs. Theseservices include adaptive assistance for the deaf,physically impaired, and learning disabled students.Southeast provides students with a comprehensivesupport program in these skill areas:• Assessment of basic academic skills, careeraptitudes and interests• Interpretation of test results by skilled careercounselors, admission specialists, andfaculty advisors• A variety of preparatory courses in reading,mathematics, writing, keyboarding, andstudy skills• Peer tutoring for enrolled students in basic skillsand career technical courses• Instruction in English as a Second Language forqualifying students• Assistance with job placement• Assistance with GED preparation through theLearning Center located in the Mickelson Center8


campus safety tipsProtect Yourself Against Identity TheftUnfortunately ID theft is becoming an issue oncollege campuses across this country. Employersnow routinely check credit reports, and anundetected identity theft during the college yearscan do great harm to your credit.While nothing is fool-proof, you can reduce yourchances of becoming a victim just by being awareand more careful. Here are some suggestions:• Guard your mail• Use US Postal mailbox for outgoing mail• Opt out of pre-approved credit card offers• Deep-six the junk mail• Limit your number of credit or debit cards• Find a safe place for valuables• Keep financial papers private• If SSN is on Drivers License, have it changed• Get your credit report regularly. You can get aFREE credit report at annualcreditreport.com. Thisis the ONLY approved website where you canget credit reports from the three credit reportingcompanies: Equifax, Experian and TransUnion• When you’re out, keep your purse or wallet close• Safeguard your computer• Be cautious with public computers• Be smart about sharing personal info on the web• Look for security when you buy online• Protect your PIN• Shred financial/credit papers when possible• DO NOT list your physical mailing address or yourphone number on social networking websitesIf you think you have been a victim of identity theft,please contact Campus Security as soon as possible.Laptop Security TipsDo not leave your laptop unattended, even to goto the bathroom. If you must leave your laptop,‘lock’ your system to avoid allowing access tostrangers. Placing identifying stickers on your laptopand power cord is also a good idea. A stolen laptopis a criminal offense and must be reported to the ITSupport Center immediately! The IT Support Centerwill provide serial numbers to the appropriate lawenforcement agencies. You will be required tocomplete a theft report with the police departmentand will be responsible for the remaining paymentson your lease agreement.Southeast Tech highly recommends that you insureyour laptop against damage, loss, or theft, which canusually be done through a rider on a homeowner’s orrenter’s insurance policy.On-Campus SecurityIn an attempt to provide an excellent learningenvironment, Southeast Tech provides for oncampussecurity to maintain our excellent safetyand security levels for our students, staff, and visitors.Three fully certified law enforcement officers are onduty, on campus. One of these officers is stationedin the student apartments during night hours. Thisofficer works closely with the Housing Manager andAssistant Manager to provide a safe, peaceful livingenvironment in which students can study and grow.This officer may be contacted at 605.941.9003.Tips for Safe Apartment Living• Only admit your own visitors to the residence halls• Make sure outside doors of residence halls shutsecurely behind you• Do not loan your room key to anyone• Always lock your apartment room• Be sure to lock your doors at night• Never open the door for someone you don’t know• Always lock your car• Place valuables out of view• Have your keys in hand before you go to your car• Check your backseat before entering your carTips for Personal Safety• If possible, never walk alone at night• Be alert to your surroundings and walk withconfidence• Walk where sidewalks are well lit and well traveled• Trust your gut. If you feel like someone is followingyou, go to a well populated place and call Security• Do not wear a headset when walking on campus• Program Campus Security’s phone number intoyour cell phone: 605.941.9003Campus Security is more than happy to provideescort to anyone who requests it, whenever possible.9


you deserve some creditTransfer of Credits to Southeast TechSoutheast Tech will accept credits from any postsecondary institution accredited by one of themajor regional accrediting associations, e.g.,The Higher Learning Commission, North CentralAssociation.Acceptance of transfer credits is contingent uponthe student having completed the course orcourses with a grade of “C” or better, and that inthe judgment of the registrar, the course credit andcontent is similar to that contained in the Southeastcourse for which advanced standing by transfer isbeing requested. Granting of such credit is entirelyat the discretion of the registrar and departmentfaculty members.Prospective applicants wishing advanced standingby transfer credit should request an evaluation oftheir official transcript(s) of courses taken at theirprevious school(s). This request should be made atthe time of application for admission. The studentwill be notified of credits granted. Transferred creditsare not used in determining grade point average orcredit loads for financial aid. The maximum numberof credits granted for any course cannot exceedthe Southeast credit standard for a similar course.Credit may be allowed toward an Associate inApplied Science Degree or Vocational Diploma.In some cases, credit may be granted formilitary service school courses. Students mustsubmit documents containing specific creditrecommendations from their service school trainingat the time of admission.Credit By ExaminationA person maybe eligible toreceive credit byexamination forSoutheast Techcourses. Theseexaminationsmay be oral,written, or a combination of both. In addition tothe exam, a skill demonstration may be required.Persons who wish to obtain credit through a formalSoutheast exam may obtain information from a10Student Success Center advisor. These credits arenot used in determining grade point average orcredit loads for financial aid.College Level Examination ProgramCredit will be granted for passing the College LevelExamination Program (CLEP) exams, either theGeneral Exams or the Subject Exams. Credits maybe used for appropriate required courses or electivecredits in either Associate in Applied ScienceDegree or Vocational Diploma programs. Gradesare not recorded when an exam is passed, and donot count toward financial aid credit loads.A person who wishes to obtain credit through CLEPexams should discuss the situation with a SoutheastStudent Success Center advisor.Transfer of Credits Between ProgramsCourses are transferable from one program toanother with Associate Degree courses generallytransferable to other Associate Degree programs orto Vocational Diploma programs, and VocationalDiploma courses transferable to other VocationalDiploma programs. Students considering such a credittransfer should consult a Student Success advisor todetermine which credits will or will not transfer.Add/Drop Course First WeekOccasionally, students wish to change classes ordiscontinue a course. Students are able to addand drop classes via the STInet. Students addinga course after the first week of school must obtainpermission from the new instructor and fill out theform above. Students dropping a course afterthe add/drop period receive no refund for thedropped course. (See Terminating Enrollment forrefunds associated with termination of enrollment.)Students who discontinue a course without followingofficial procedures may receive a grade of “F.” Nowithdrawal will be permitted during the last fourweeks of the semester (two weeks in summer).High School Articulation AgreementsSoutheast Tech has articulation agreements withseveral high schools. Articulation agreementsmake it possible for students to receive credit forSoutheast Tech courses, if they have successfullycompleted certain high school course work. Credit


is awarded based on the competencies the studenthas mastered in high school courses, academicperformance, portfolio review, or the results of awritten examination or skill test. Southeast Tech’sstaff will make every effort to inform students aboutarticulation agreements; however, it is the student’sresponsibility to request advanced standing credit.Contact Anna Fischer at 367.5467 or anna.fischer@southeasttech.edu with any questions.• All students enrolled under the articulationagreement shall meet the admissions standardsas established by the post- secondary institute forthat particular program.• The student must have completed the highschool course within the last three years.• For a student to articulate courses after the threeyear time limit, an assessment of skill mastery willbe required.• A minimum of “B” average (3.0) in the course(s)to be articulated is required.• No grade will be assigned for articulated credit.These courses will not be counted in determiningthe student’s post-secondary grade point average.• Credits articulated will count toward the totalnumber needed for graduation from the program.• Tuition is not charged for articulated credits.• Articulation agreements will be reviewed on anannual basis as well as during the program reviewcycle at the post-secondary level.• Articulated courses may be honored by all SouthDakota technical institutes for those course(s) thathave common numbers and titles.• All articulation agreements between secondaryschools and the technical institutes reflectonly the transferability of credit betweenthese agencies and not necessarily with stateuniversities. Transferable general educationcourses must meet CLEP, dual credit or advancedplacement requirements in order to bearticulated to the technical institutes.Student Success CenterThe first year at Southeast Tech is filled with manyopportunities and choices. The Student SuccessCenter can guide students in making theiracademic journey a success! Also known as the“one stop shop,” the Student Success Center ishome to several programs and services that arethere to assist students in their transistion to postsecondaryeducation. Services include advising,counseling, disability and tutoring services, jobplacement, library services, student governmentand student activities and more!Student Success AdvisorsAll Southeast Tech students are assigned a StudentSuccess Advisor. The Student Success Advisor helpsstudents navigate institutional as well as personalconcerns. Student Success Advisors encourageand support students in completing their coursesand program(s) at Southeast Tech.Student Success SeminarAll new students are required to complete aStudent Success Seminar course. The coursedevelops academic success skills (note-taking,reading, study skills, etc.), assists students inconnecting with other students on campus,and instructs students on what Southeast Techservices are available to them. The course alsocovers important life and employability skills (timemanagement, communication skills, financialresponsibility, etc.). In addition, the Student SuccessSeminar course shows students how to accessrequired processes and institutional informationon the STInet student site. Lastly, Southeast Techpolicies are covered in the course.Note: Students who have successfully completed aminimum of 9 post-secondary credits with a 2.0 orhigher GPA at another college or university are notrequired to take the Student Success Seminar.Advanced Placement (AP) CoursesStudents who earn a grade of 3, 4 or 5 on an APexam may be eligible for credit. Students mustcomplete the AP exam in order to receive credit.Contact the Admissions office for additionalinformation.Terminating EnrollmentStudents who wish to discontinue attendingSoutheast Tech must file a Termination Form withthe Student Success Center and meet with anacademic advisor. Students are also advisedto meet with personnel from the Business Officeand Financial Aid prior to terminating enrollment.Refunds on tuition vary, based on the date thestudent submits a termination form. If a studentleaves Southeast Tech, it’s important to file theTermination Form with the Student Success Center inorder to receive the maximum refund allowed.11


student lifeStudent ActivitiesCampus life wouldn’t becomplete without activities toshare with others at school.For that reason, a variety ofactivities are held on campusfor all students. Some activitiesin the past have included:Intramural volleyball, bowling andbasketball, entertainment events,and informational seminars.Student Government (SGA)Other student activities areput together by the StudentGovernment Association.SGA was originally formed asa sounding board for studentconcerns, but along the way,they also show students how tohave a little fun. SGA activitiesduring the year include Falland Spring picnics, blooddrives, and community serviceevents. Throughout the year,SGA members also participatein a wide range of campusand community activities.Representatives who serve onSGA are selected from everyprogram area. About 70 studentsserve the campus through SGA.StudentOrganizationsCampus studentorganizationsenhance theeducation offeredin classes withcompetitions, guestspeakers, tours,and other formsof learning moreabout career fields.While at SoutheastTech, plan to participate in one ormore of these organizations.American Institute of Graphic Art(AIGA)AIGA is a college-level chapterof the professional association fordesign in the US. Through AIGA,students have the opportunity tolearn more about the graphicsindustry from professionals in thefield, as well as through quarterlynewsletters, monthly meetings,and field trips. AIGA membershipis open to any student who isinterested in learning more aboutcareers in design. Go online towww.aiga.org for more details.Animation Technology Artisans (ATA)The purpose of this group isto encourage Digital Mediastudents to continue educationaldevelopment, improvementand expansion of the DigitalMedia program and professionfor the betterment of the motiongraphics and animation industry.ATA will strive to encouragecamaraderie between studentsand provide a means tointeract with local and regionalprofessionals.Association of InformationTechnology Professionals (AITP)AITP is designed for studentsplanning careers in informationsystems or related fields. AITP isdedicated to using the synergyof information technologypartnerships to provide educationand benefits to its members.The organization also works withindustry to assist in the overallpromotion and direction ofinformation technology. AITPStudent Chapter members havethe opportunity to attend monthlymeetings with professionals inthe community who work ininformation technology fields.Civil Engineering TechnologyThis organization was formed topromote the personal, ethical,educational and professionaldevelopment of the CivilEngineering students. Theseobjectives are developedthrough student organized,student developed and studentrun meetings. In addition toregular meetings, guest speakersfrom the civil engineeringcommunity are invited to speakto the group each month.Students are involved in campusdevelopment and local non-profitsurvey projects for communityenhancement. They developthings such as city and campuspark improvements, layout of ballfields, golf courses, etc.Construction ManagementThis organization was formed topromote the personal, ethical,educational and professionaldevelopment of the ConstructionManagement students. Theseobjectives are developed throughstudent organized, studentdeveloped and student runmeetings. In addition to regularmeetings, guest speakers fromthe construction community areinvited to speak to the groupeach month. One of the highestpriorities is promoting industryinvolvement.12


Dakota Turf-Golf CourseSuperintendent’s Association ofAmerica (GCSAA)Students enrolled in Sports TurfManagement are destined to beemployed in the sports industryon golf courses, football fields,and other recreational playingfields. Members of GCSA willbenefit from additional exposureto professionals in the industry asthey see practical applications oftheir skills.ElectroneurodiagnosticTechnology (ENDT)The ENDT Student Orgranizationcreates the ability for anyenrolled student to become amember. Students have the abilityto increase their knowledgebase from speakers, field tripsand professional, educationalENDT events and seminars. Theorganization strives to encouragecamaraderie between studentsand provides a means tointeract with local and regionalprofessionals. The organizationreferences the American Societyof ElectroneurodiagnosticTechnoligists, Inc (ASET).Professional Landscape Network(PLANET)This is a national professionalorganization ideal for Horticulturestudents. A national seminar inLouisville and a competition/job placement fair is held on arotating basis for members ofPLANET. Participants mesh withindustry representatives whichmay lead to job or internshipplacement. On a local level,students participate in field trips,community service and teambuilding activities.SkillsUSASkillsUSA is a professional club forstudents in trade, industrial andhealth occupations. Membershipin SkillsUSA offers studentsopportunities to participate inactivities as well as to compete intheir vocational area at the local,state and national Skill Olympics.There are also competitions inspeaking, job interviewing andjob demonstration skills.Society of Electronics Technicians(ISCET) Student ChapterThe purpose of ISCET is toencourage and work towardeach member achieving therating of Associate CertifiedElectronics Technician.Participants gain additionaltechnical information andhave opportunities for ongoingtechnical training.Society of ManufacturingEngineers (SME)SME was formed to promoteinteraction between studentsin industrial programs andprofessionals in the manufacturingfields. In addition to regularmeetings, tours for membersare arranged to allow studentsto see how their training is putinto action in the real world.This also opens up networkingopportunities with engineers andemployers in the area. Throughoutthe year, members of SME remaininvolved with projects that benefitthe chapter, the campus, and thecommunity.Society of Nuclear MedicineStudent ChapterNuclear Medicine studentsare encouraged to join anorganization within the MissouriValley Chapter and the Societyof Nuclear Medicine, Inc. forthe purpose of maintaining theidentity and quality of NuclearMedicine students. It also providesthe continuing development,improvement and expansion ofnuclear medicine technology forthe betterment of health services.Southeast Tech Student HVACAssociationThe American Society of Heating,Refrigeration and Air ConditioningEngineers is an internationaltechnical society dedicatedto improving the quality of lifethrough the advancement oftechnology related to heating,refrigeration, air conditioning andventilation. The Southeast studentchapter of ASHRAE providesstudents continuing educationalopportunities, including monthlymeetings with demonstrations fromprofessionals in the HVAC field.Southeast Tech Practical NurseAssociationThis organization encouragesnursing students to join togetherin an organization for the purposeof maintaining the identity andquality of nursing students. Inaddition, it provides continuingeducational development,improvement and expansionof the Nursing programs andprofession for the betterment ofhealth services. The organizationstrives to encourage camaraderiebetween students and provides ameans to interact with local andregional professionals.Student Chapter of the SouthDakota Home Builder’sAssociation (SDHBA)The Student Chapter of SDHBAis an organization made up ofstudents studying to work in theconstruction industry in the areasof architectural, engineering,or construction technologies.Members of this organizationinteract with the SDHBA Chapterby participating in their activitiesthroughout the year. Theseactivities include things such asHabitat for Humanity, the SiouxFalls Home Show and the SiouxFalls Parade of Homes. Membersmay also receive scholarshipsfrom SDHBA.13


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career center registration formName________________________________________Social Security #__________________________________________Address_________________________________________________________________________________________________City_____________________________________________________________________________________________________State, Zip________________________________________________________________________________________________Phone Number(s)________________________________________________________________________________________Male__________________ Female________________Date of Birth______________________________________________Program of Study at Southeast Tech______________________________________________________________________List other colleges or technical schools attended__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Type of work desired_____________________________________________________________________________________If you are a military veteran, please provide the following information:Branch of Service________________________________________________________________________________________Dates: (M-D-Y)________________________________to (M-D-Y)_________________________________________________LIST 3 MOST RECENT EMPLOYERS: (Beginning with the most recent)Company Name________________________________________________________________________________________Address_________________________________________________________________________________________________Dates: (M-Y)___________________________________to (M-Y)___________________________________________________Job Description_________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Company Name________________________________________________________________________________________Address_________________________________________________________________________________________________Dates (M-Y)___________________________________to (M-Y)___________________________________________________Job Description_________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Company Name________________________________________________________________________________________Address_________________________________________________________________________________________________Dates (M-Y)___________________________________to (M-Y)___________________________________________________Job Description_________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________15


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