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Southeast Community College
One of Lincoln’s Best Kept Secrets
By Kit Boesch
Do you ever feel sort of stuck, and you’re not sure why? You have a great family. You live in a nice house. You have two cars that run most of the time. Your “better half” has a fantastic job. Yet, you feel like something might be missing. You feel like you’re just rolling along, not really being challenged. Have you ever thought of going back to school?
To those of us who haven’t been to school in a while, the thought of going back can be daunting. How much time and money will it take? Who will take care of the kids while I’m in class? Speaking of kids, will I be surrounded by teenagers? The educators at Southeast Community College (SCC) can help you answer these questions and more. They can help you find a course of study that will bring you the challenges you seek. You might also get a boost in your career or get trained in a new career altogether!
Today, nearly 10,000 students navigate numerous different pathways to successful careers through SCC. Like you, these students have the opportunity to work with an academic advisor who can make suggestions about avenues of study or help create a unique path.
SCC can also help with the financial side of returning to school. In addition to many scholarship programs, they offer an affordable childcare program for children aged 6 months to 6 years. Parking is free at the 84th Street location. If you are a veteran, check out SCC’s Veteran’s Center, which offers support as well as space for studying and holding meetings.
For many adults, the biggest obstacle to going back to school is time. After all, we only have from morning until night to fit in children, work, errands, dinner, laundry, and yard work…not to mention time with your spouse, coffee with a friend, and five other things I forgot to list. The good news is that SCC can provide a very flexible schedule, including evening classes. While continuing with the many responsibilities you already have, SCC can help you fit in additional education in over 60 program areas. We are looking for ways to increase female enrollment in these areas.
SCC can also open doors to continuing your education at a four-year institution. Whether you already have credits to transfer or even a finished degree, you can transfer your SCC credits to many four-year schools. “The SCC system has now adopted semesters rather than quarters, matching most four-year institutions,” explains Stu Osterthun, Administrative Director of Public Information and Marketing at SCC. This makes it even easier to get a head start on a bachelor’s degree.
If you’re interested in learning but not heading toward a degree, check out some of SCC’s personal interest classes. Learn a new language or how to make a stunning floral centerpiece. Expand your scrapbooking skills or take part in a puzzle tournament. Improve your financial savvy or your gardening expertise. Brush up on your photography skills, whether you’re a beginner or already a skilled photographer.
If you’re a person who loves to cook, throw parties, bake pastries, and entertain, you will love the new Culinary/Hospitality program at SCC. Inside the Great Plains Culinary Institute, students learn the professional side of hospitality, making use of both the demonstration lab and the pastry lab. To get hands-on experience in service, students serve lunch to the public, Monday through Thursday, and serve dinner on certain Wednesday evenings. Having eaten there myself, I can vouch for the outstanding food as well as the excellent service. The instructors clearly know their stuff, and they know how to impart that expertise on to their students!
If you’re feeling like you’re stuck in a rut and are looking for a new challenge, there are many things you can do to kick yourself back into high gear. If you’re ready to learn something new, go to southeast.edu and browse the course listings. When you’re ready, head over to 84th and O Streets or the Education Square location downtown at 8900 O St., walk under the copper arches toward the information desk, and ask to see an academic advisor. In the words of the great Mark Twain: “The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” Get started today at Southeast Community College!
For more information, call 402-471-3333. SCC also has campuses in Beatrice and Milford, and they have Learning Centers in several other Nebraska cities. Visit southeast.edu to learn more.
Stu Osterthun, Administrative
Director of Public Information and Marketing