- Collaborative culture
- Customer-focused service design
- Intentional agility
- Integrity. We carry out our work with high levels of responsibility, accountability, and ethics.
- Excellence. We are forward-thinking, competent, efficient, and effective.
- Relationships. We facilitate collaboration with respect and passion to serve.
Who we are and what we do.
The Southeast Service Cooperative (SSC, ISD #921) is a public, non-profit agency started through Minnesota statutory authorization in July 1976. We serve over 80 public and private school districts, cities, counties, and other organizations in the 11-county southeast region of Minnesota. Member institutions enroll almost 82,000 preK-12 students and employ 17,500 employees. Student enrollment in school districts ranges in size from 100 to almost 18,000.
Our Board of Directors, comprised of 10 individuals elected by member organizations, works with our staff and advisory committees to strategically vision, develop, and deliver cooperative services. Operations and programs are funded with membership fees, service fees, administrative fees to contracted vendors, and grants and scholarships.
SSC’s workforce of 25 staff and corps of independent consultants deliver administrative services such as facilities management, volume purchasing, health insurance pool management, and the Wood Lake Meeting Center. Educational programming includes professional development, a multi-partner mobile science lab, student enrichment programming, and the Southeast/Metro Regional Center of Excellence with the MN Department of Education. SSC collaborates with eight other MN Service Cooperatives to support education, local government and non-profits statewide in these and other program areas.
SSC is recognized for its workplace flexibility practices and its productive culture. We are an award winning regional service agency with sound track record of superior service, financial stability, and innovative thinking.
Minnesota Service Cooperatives
The Minnesota Service Cooperatives is a Joint Powers organization comprised of seven Service Cooperatives. The MSC performs planning on a regional basis and assists in meeting specific needs of clients in participating governmental units which could be better provided by a Service Cooperative than by members themselves. Coordinated services include professional development, cooperative purchasing, insurance programs, student academic challenge programs, technology services, administrative services, and other programs offered on a statewide basis.
The Association of Educational Service Agencies (AESA)
AESA is a professional organization serving over 550+ education service agencies (ESAs) in 44 states. The mission of AESA is to support and strengthen regional educational service agencies. There are more than 550+ service agencies in the U.S. with over 100,000 employees in 44 states. AESA is in the position to reach well over 80% of the public school districts, over 83% of the private schools, over 80% certified teachers, and more than 80% non-certified school employees, and well over 80% public and private school students.