North Mankato, Minnesota – Don Hermanson, agribusiness instructor at South Central College, graduated from the Connecting Nicollet County Leadership Program yesterday evening. Hermanson, has been an agribusiness instructor at South Central for 18 years. Hermanson’s family is also part of Hermanson Harvest, a family owned vegetable farm, in Nicollet.
A reception was held at the Nicollet County Fairgrounds in Johnson Hall, honoring all 2013-2014 participants. Participants commit to the yearlong program which provides leadership training on a variety of topics to address the changing needs and challenges in Nicollet County. Participants get to visit each community in Nicollet County throughout their program to learn more about the services and businesses available throughout the county, as well as build a network of community members, sharpen their communication and conflict-management skills as well as gain an in-depth knowledge of their own personal leadership style.
The Southern Minnesota Center of Agriculture, a public-private partnership, is focused on expanding the footprint of services to producers, agribusinesses and agriculture lenders throughout Southern Minnesota. South Central College serves as the lead institution for the Center and partnered is Minnesota West Technical and Community College within the MnSCU system. A variety of services focused on program development and research, professional preparation, domestic and international marketing opportunities, and partnership development are offered.