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November 2013  •  Issue 3
SCC Alumni Network - Connecting Supporters, Colleagues, Faculty & Alumni

SCC Alum Returns to His Roots:
Meet Chef Michael Broughten, New SCC Culinary Instructor

Chef Michael BroughtenChef Michael Broughten, 1986 Alumnus of the South Central College Culinary Arts program, recently joined SCC’s faculty as Culinary Instructor, replacing Jim Hanson, who retired from full-time teaching after more than 35 years in higher education. “I am absolutely thrilled and grateful to have the opportunity to come back to my hometown and teach in the school where my culinary career started,” said Broughten, adding that he looks forward to getting re-acclimated within the community and getting to know the chefs and restaurant owners and their needs. 

Broughten said he has a passion for teaching.  “I’ve been in the industry since the mid-80’s, and I’m ready to bring the latest culinary techniques to the students of SCC. In my life, it’s really important to make sure I have passion in whatever I do, and that’s something I instill in my students,” said Broughten, who has a vast array of experiences to share from many years in the industry.  “I have done so much within my life with different types of food, different parts of the country, different cultures, and managed many types of operations,” he said.

“My vision is to take an existing successful culinary program, take what Jim Hanson has done, and build on it, taking us forward to the next period in time,” said Broughten. “I want to make sure this program is a leader within the culinary industry and make sure our students are well-prepared when they graduate.”

Broughten said the program has changed dramatically since he graduated in the mid-eighties. “The school has grown and changed for the better, and the program has adapted to today’s needs,” he said. “Food is ever-changing, people are ever-changing, and people are becoming more sophisticated and educated about food. Everybody raises the bar.”

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Additionally, you will find a Thanksgiving Recipe not to miss!

SCC Black Squirrels:
Taking Leadership Opportunities
to a New Level

What has two beady eyes, a fuzzy black tail and is often seen climbing trees on campus? Here is a hint: SCC has survived without an official mascot – until recently!

The SCC Student Senates on the Faribault and North Mankato Campuses voted unanimously to name the black squirrel as the mascot of SCC. Seeking the input of students in the look of our mascot’s logo, a contest was held for its creation. Congratulations to Taylor Huber, a 2012 SCC Graphic Communications graduate for creating our new design.

Student Senate is only one of the more than 25 diverse student organizations to participate across both campuses. These organizations provide additional opportunities to SCC students for learning, involvement, leadership, community building, and creative expression.

When you were on campus, did you participate in a student organization? What advice would you have for current students in regards to getting involved?

News & Events: 

Mark Your Calendars for the SCC Job Fair Next Week!

SCC’s Fall Job Fair will be held November 19 (Faribault Campus) and November 20, 2013 (North Mankato Campus) from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. More than 20 employers with full and part-time job opportunities are scheduled to be in attendance.

• For students and alumni, please attend the Job Fair to visit with employers about job opportunities and be prepared to complete an application and/or interview for open positions.

• If you have job opportunities available for alumni and students, please contact Candy Laven at to learn more. Weekly job announcements, the job board, and career fairs are only a sampling of what SCC’s Career Center can continue to do for our alumni.

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Class of 1947

Remember When?

Class of 1947

Another semester is quickly coming to an end at South Central College, and that means more trained graduates will be entering the workforce. However, the first graduating class from Mankato Vocational School was in 1947 (pictured).

The Kline Garage in downtown Mankato was the first site for the vocational school that offered programs in electrical careers, machine tool and auto mechanics.

The Mankato Vocational School, governed by the Mankato School District, was founded in 1946 as the first public post-secondary vocational-technical school in Minnesota.

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