South Central College is gearing up for the fall semester, and there’s a lot going on at the community college campuses in North Mankato and Faribault.

Among them, according to President Dr. Annette Parker, is the addition of two new Transfer Pathway degrees, which directly link programs at SCC to related programs at the seven universities of the Minnesota State system.

She said they include, “Pre-social work and communication studies. Those are part of the Minnesota State Transfer Pathway degrees that we’ve been working as a state system to ensure that more students can transfer from our two-year colleges to our four-year universities.”

SCC introduced its first transfer degree last year, in Business.

South Central College President Dr. Annette Parker.

SCC’s Faribault Campus Foundation and North Mankato Campus Foundation are also providing the scholarships to new eligible students starting in one of the college’s three Advanced Manufacturing programs. Parker said the foundations, “Recognize the need for a high skilled workforce based on the job demand for machine tool technology, mechatronics, and welding so they are offering scholarships to help students get into those programs and get into the jobs that are in demand.”

Funds are limited, so Parker said interested individuals should apply for the $1,000 scholarships as soon as possible. The deadline to apply for the advanced manufacturing scholarships is August 31.

Also this fall, SCC will introduce a first-of-its-kind language course at its North Mankato Campus.   Parker said “Somali Language 1” is the first such course offered at a community college in Minnesota and, “It celebrates the language by providing a basic introduction to the Somali language as well as Somali culture.”

In addition to traditional students, Parker said it’s a course that may also benefit the business community and others in the area. “It’s late afternoon, so I think it lends itself to people that are in our community that work with the people, want to be able to speak with them, to learn Somali.” The college is offering the course on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:00 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.

Somali Language 1 is for students at all levels, from those with no previous experience with the language to those who have some familiarity.

Fall semester begins on August 27.