A partnership between Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC) and Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) is giving 115 high school students a leg up on their academic careers.
The new college summer academy, funded by MPS, offers three levels of reading and writing classes on the MCTC campus to students from MPS high schools who speak English as a second or other language. “This academy accelerates the graduation rates for ELL students,” said Elia Bruggeman, deputy education officer for MPS. “They’re incredibly intelligent students who are simply behind in classes because they’re in need of access to English education.”
Taught by MCTC instructors, the courses offer current and recently graduated high school students structure and curriculum over the summer months to ensure they begin the subsequent academic year with extra English instruction.
“The program accelerates not only high school students, but students going into college as well,” said Kristy Snyder, MCTC dean of Academic Foundations. “After the program, students arrive ready to access college English classes. It’s transforming how we think of ELL instruction.”
Washburn High School student Nathaly Carchi stepped out of her class with MCTC ESOL Instructor Jeff Hoover to speak to Univision about her experience in the program. “I have one year left of high school,” she said. “This summer I’m going to school and interning with Mortenson Construction through the STEP-UP program.”
“College isn’t just for students who start out at a higher level; it really is for everyone,” said Snyder. “With programs like these students visualize themselves at college. It helps them launch their future.”
Photo: MPS Deputy Education Officer Elia Bruggeman and MCTC Interim President Avelino Mills-Novoa speak about the summer academy with Univision.
Rep. Karen Clark and David Zander
Following the conclusion of the 2015 Minnesota state legislative session, Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC) was honored to celebrate the passage of a higher education bill awarding $70,000 to MCTC, Century College and two yet-to-be-determined MnSCU colleges for the implementation of the Kathleen McCullough Zander Success in Nursing Program.
Kathleen (Kathy) McCullough Zander, late MCTC Nursing instructor, developed a 16-unit curriculum to mentor and tutor foreign-born Nursing students. The legislative funding follows the recent announcement of a strengthened Nursing articulation agreement with Augsburg College, as well as a recent remodel and launch of expanded, state-of-the-art Nursing classroom space.
“I am a nurse and a survivor of cancer myself,” said Minnesota Rep. Karen Clark, who helped author and advocate for the legislation. “This legislation was an act of love, and will leave an incredible legacy.”
Friends and family of Kathy and her husband David, as well as many MCTC Nursing faculty, gathered to celebrate the gift on June 24, Kathy’s birthday.
“This legislation is very timely,” said MCTC Interim President Avelino Mills-Novoa. “At our Nursing pinning ceremony this spring, we determined that 60 percent of the graduating class was foreign-born. The very program that you worked so hard for is one that has been deeply impactful for the MCTC community.”
Kathy is survived by her husband David Zander, who advocated most passionately for the passage of the legislation. “For me this is just a small first step in what needs to be done,” he said.
Tuition at MCTC for the 2015-2016 academic year will remain frozen for the third year. The Board of Trustees of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) recently approved its budget and tuition rates that include a freeze for all two-year colleges.
“Next academic year and the academic year after, by any measure our colleges and universities will continue to be the highest value, most affordable higher education option in Minnesota,” said Steven Rosenstone, chancellor of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities.
According to a press release from MnSCU, the freeze was made possible by the $100 million in state-funded tuition relief for MnSCU institutions included in the Higher Education bill passed during the recent legislative session. In addition to the freeze this academic year, tuition next year will decrease by one percent due to increases to the federal Pell Grant and Minnesota state grant programs.
The application deadline for the fall 2015 semester is August 14. Click here to apply. Current students can click here to register for classes.
Four Southwest High School students concurrently enrolled in MCTC’s Introduction to Business class received top honors at the Virtual Team Challenge in April.
The Virtual Team Challenge, organized by the firm Deloitte, presents an online business simulation to participants, and the students demonstrated teamwork skills and their knowledge of business to win the competition. The team of students posted one of the highest competition scores since its inception in 2008. The United Way accepted the $500 reward for the team’s win.
“MCTC students and faculty should be proud that we are instrumental in providing high quality curriculum and instruction off campus,” said MCTC Concurrent Enrollment Outreach Coordinator Pashell Johnson. “These are future full-time MCTC students, so their success this past April is an honor for the college.”
This spring, over 200 students were concurrently enrolled in MCTC courses in seven Minneapolis high schools.
Former Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC) Nursing student and 2011 graduate Alison Cada recently received an award from the University of Calgary (UOC) Nursing faculty for his work with the Alzheimer’s Society of Calgary and two adult day programs for people living with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.
“The support provided to me by MCTC Nursing instructors and the level and quality of education I received during my time at MCTC has molded me into the nurse that I am today,” he said.
“Ali has a manner that all students can learn from and appreciate. He is calm, patient, adaptable, and always willing to listen to new ideas,” said UOC Nursing instructor Christine Foran. “He treats everyone equitably and with a genuine desire to create a lasting experience for each person he has contact with.”
Ali’s face is familiar to many. See his photos in this MCTC Nursing photo album!