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Green Dot Day Advocates Community Violence Prevention on May 1

Posted on: April 17th, 2014 by insidemctc No Comments

Green Dot Day 2014 Take a stand against violence! Join members of the Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC) and Loring Park communities to recognize and advocate against power-based personal violence on Green Dot Day!

A “green dot” is an individual commitment to counteracting “red dots,” or moments when words, choices or actions contribute to or tolerate power-based personal violence. Any intervention that reduces the likelihood of violence is a green dot.

On May 1, MCTC faculty, staff and students, Minneapolis MAD DADS, KMOJ and other local organizations will rally against violence with a day of discussions, displays, rousing celebration and a unity march through the park. Everyone is invited! For updates from the event planners, visit Green Dot Day on Facebook.

MCTC Instructors Named MnSCU Outstanding Educators

Posted on: April 16th, 2014 by insidemctc No Comments

Three Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC) faculty members have been honored with the 2014 Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) Outstanding Educator award. Bayla McDougal (Addiction Counseling), Cheryl Neudauer (Biology) and Greg Skudlarek (HVACR) were nominated from the College community, tasked with compiling an extensive portfolio of their professional work and awarded the distinguished honor earlier this month.

About the Faculty

MnSCU Outstanding Educator 2014When Bayla McDougal started classes at MCTC in 1983, she was a single mother, on welfare and newly in recovery from drugs and alcohol. After 22 years working in the field of addiction counseling, she came back to MCTC as a faculty member in the same program. This fall she will celebrate her 10th year at the College. “I love this place,” she said. “My classrooms are made up of people age 18 to 65,” said Bayla. “Anywhere from 60 to 70 percent of the Addiction Counseling students are in recovery from alcohol or drug use. They are students who already have bachelor’s and master’s degrees, students in school for the first time and students who didn’t think finishing school was an option.” Bayla will take a sabbatical next year to begin work on a book about mindfulness in the classroom. She has been collecting data for this project for 10 years.

 

MnSCU outstanding educator 2014Cheryl Neudauer came to MCTC in 2003 as an adjunct Biology instructor, and 10 years later teaches both Physiology and Pathophysiology. Cheryl utilizes a “flipped-classroom model” in her classes: students work in groups to tackle the majority of their tasks, and Cheryl steps in to clarify difficult concepts. “These days, students can get almost any information online,” Cheryl said. “I’m trying to show students how they can think critically and utilize the resources they have.” After a few years of teaching, Cheryl turned her lectures and notes into a course outline with exercises and diagrams. “It’s very affordable, and saves my students almost $500 in textbook fees. They can take another three-credit class for that amount, and now they’re focusing on what’s important.” Among her many accomplishments prior to coming to MCTC, Cheryl taught at a community college in Virginia, performed post-doctoral cancer research and attended graduate school at both the University of Minnesota and the Mayo Clinic in Rochester.

 

MnSCU outstanding educator 2014Greg Skudlarek was cool before it was cool. He began working for his father’s refrigeration business at age 14, and began his skills education at one of MCTC’s sister schools: Alexandria Technical and Community College. Commuting to Minneapolis from Alexandria, Greg started his tenure with the College in 1989 when the program was called Refrigeration and Air Conditioning, and was part of the Construction Electricity program along with Major Appliance Repair. In 1996 the program was officially recognized as a standalone program and re-named Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVACR) and has become one of the top HVACR programs in Minnesota. “We’re drawing high-quality students to our program,” said Greg. “I have a student who drives from Cannon Falls to come here. He could have gone to Rochester or Redwing, or any of the other metro schools, but he chose to come here.” MCTC’s HVACR program is one of the most diverse in Minnesota, and has earned a reputation in the industry of graduating top-quality students. Greg strives to stay current with HVACR industry changes by attending training seminars, and operates a residential HVAC company in his Alexandria home during the summer.

 

The Outstanding Educator award is an honor bestowed upon a select number of MnSCU faculty to acknowledge and reward exceptional individual professional accomplishment and to encourage ongoing excellence. This designation by their presidents reflects the exceptional commitment that each of the nominees have demonstrated in teaching, in their continuous professional development, and in their service to students, the college and the MnSCU system.

This month, the MnSCU Board of Trustees will honor a total of 30 outstanding educators who teach at 17 colleges around the state. The board will also announce selection of its 2014 Educators of the Year—an extremely significant achievement. Click here for more information.

MCTC Instrumental Ensemble to Present Annual Spring Concert April 23

Posted on: April 16th, 2014 by insidemctc No Comments

2014 spring instrumental concert.The Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC) Music department will participate in the Spring Fine Arts Festival by presenting a concert of instrumental music. Concert participants will include students of the Jazz and Chamber Ensembles as well as invited guests from the Twin Cities music community.

The concert, directed by Yolanda Y. Williams, will feature works that represent various jazz eras, works from the canon of western art music and a string quartet arrangement of “Come Together,” popularized by the Beatles.

A reception in the Fine Arts lobby will immediately follow the concert. Light refreshments will be served, and children are not only invited, but are welcomed. Admission to this concert is free.

  • Wednesday, April 23 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Minneapolis Community and Technical College Whitney Fine Arts Theater
  • 1424 Yale Place, Minneapolis
  • Free admission.
  • For more information, contact Yolanda Y. Williams at 612-200-5398

MCTC Students Participate in SkillsUSA Minnesota Competition

Posted on: April 8th, 2014 by insidemctc No Comments

SkillsUSA 2014 ParticipantsEleven Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC) students recently competed in the SkillsUSA Minnesota leadership and skills conference. Several students won awards for their hard work and creative projects in the fields of Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVACR) and Electrical Construction. SkillsUSA is a national nonprofit organization serving teachers and high school and college students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations as well as health occupations.

“We’re fortunate our students were able to compete at actual industry sites this year,” said Greg Skudlarek, MCTC HVACR instructor. “Not only do they get real industry experience, it also makes the playing field more level for students coming from across the state.” The competition drew more than 800 career and technical education students who competed in more than 80 hands-on trade, technical and leadership contests. Students from 25 campuses of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system and 30 high schools from across Minnesota participated in the competition in Bloomington.

MCTC students have participated in the SkillsUSA competition for several years. In addition to students from the College’s HVACR and Electrical Construction programs, competing students in past years have represented the Machine Tool Technology and Welding and Metal Fabrication programs.

The 2014 national competition will take place this July in Kansas City.

Photo: MCTC students participated in the 2014 SkillsUSA state competition in Bloomington. From left to right: Stalin Ballesteros, Electrical Construction; Andrew Oliver, Electrical Construction; Dylan Mudgett, HVACR; Dave Archambault, HVACR; Alex MacDinald, HVACR.

MCTC Dakota Studies Faculty Chris Mato Nunpa to Deliver Lecture During Genocide Awareness Month

Posted on: April 7th, 2014 by insidemctc 1 Comment

Chris Mato Nunpa, MCTC instructorMinneapolis Community and Technical College Dakota Studies instructor Chris Mato Nunpa will be delivering a lecture on genocide awareness on April 16 in L.3000 from 6-8 p.m. The lecture, “Sica Tanka Kin, ‘The Great Evil’: The Genocide of the Dakota People of Minnesota,” will focus on the genocide against the Dakota people in recognition of Genocide Awareness Month in April and Minnesota’s own history. This event is sponsored by the American Indian Studies department, Dakota Studies department, Ojibwe Studies Department, Philosophy department and Global Studies department. Chris is an instructor of Dakota Studies at MCTC and a retired professor of Indigenous Nations and Dakota Studies at Southwest Minnesota State University. Click here for a flier.

This summer Chris will be presenting an academic paper by the same title, “Sica Tanka Kin, ‘The Great Evil’: The Genocide of the Dakota People of Minnesota” at the annual conference of the International Association of Genocide Scholars (IAGS) in Winnipeg.