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MCTC Alumni Night at Joe’s Garage

Posted on: August 22nd, 2011 by insidemctc No Comments

Sept. 15, 5 – 8 p.m.
Joe’s Garage

If you are an alumnus/alumna of Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC), you are invited to attend MCTC’s first Alumni Re-Connect Night.

Why should you attend?

  • Receive 25% off at Joe’s if you attend on Sept 15.
  • You will be entered to win a $50 Joe’s Garage gift certificate and MCTC prizes.
  • Re-connect with fellow alumni.
  • Learn about ways to re-connect with MCTC.

We hope to see you there. If you plan to attend, please RSVP to Marni Harper at Marni.Harper@minneapolis.edu or 612-659-6311.

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MCTC Alumna Susan Niz Releases her First Book

Posted on: July 14th, 2011 by insidemctc No Comments

Kara, Lost Book CoverIn Susan Niz’s first book, Kara, Lost, 16-year-old Kara flees the suffocation of her suburban life, trading in her home and family for a gritty, anonymous existence on the streets of Minneapolis. First-time novelist and MCTC alumna Susan Niz offers a universal story of yearning for place, acceptance and identity.

Niz attended MCTC from 1994-96 as a liberal arts major. She soon transferred to the University of Minnesota where she majored in English and minored in Spanish, graduating in 1997. She returned to the U of M to complete a Master’s in Education. She is now a writer and ESL teacher.

Susan NizNiz has begun her writing career with several recognitions, including the 2010 finalist for the Loft Mentor Series Competition in creative non-fiction for memoir series, Her Name is Guadalupe and the 2009 Editor’s Nomination for the Million Writer’s Award for Seed Words

“In Kara, Lost, Susan Niz’s wonderful eye for detail and uncanny insight bring a troubled teenager’s world to life. Kara’s fierce determination to forge her own path in life and the challenges she faces on every front ring true. So true, in fact, that at times I wanted to put down the book and go find that girl and give her a home. A masterful debut,” says Alison McGhee, a Minnesota Book Award Winner.

Transportation Security Administration and MCTC Honor Program Graduates

Posted on: June 8th, 2011 by insidemctc No Comments

On Monday, June 6, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) and Minneapolis Community and Technical College honored 49 local TSA employees who have earned a TSA Homeland Security certificate or associate degree at MCTC.

Mike McGee, dean of Academic Affairs at MCTC stated, “The MCTC/MSP program started as a pilot program among nine other colleges nationally. Based in part on the success of the MCTC program, which resulted in the largest completion rate of the nine colleges, a decision was made by Washington D.C. officials to continue to provide tuition assistance through associates degree programs for TSA officers attending MCTC.

In 2009, the TSA chose MCTC to provide a higher education curriculum for airport security officers and other TSA personnel. The first enrollees began classes on September 21, 2009.

The Groove: Spring 2011

Posted on: May 24th, 2011 by insidemctc 1 Comment

Groove Spring 2011Check out our spring 2011 edition of The Groove, MCTC’s newsletter for alumni and friends. In this issue you’ll find stories about our faculty, alumni, programs and what’s been happening on campus. Featuring:

  • Our biotechnology program: combining academia and industry
  • Astronomy faculty member Parke Kunkle
  • Alum Eric Howell and his film, Ana’s Playground
  • Much more…

Download the PDF…

25th Anniversary of the Twin Cities American Indian Graduation Banquet

Posted on: May 12th, 2011 by insidemctc 1 Comment

Twin Cities American Indian GraduationApril 29, 2011 marked the 25th anniversary of the Twin Cities American Indian Graduation Banquet. This event brings together American Indian students, their families, college officials and indigenous leaders in education from across the state to honor and acknowledge American Indian college graduates. The founders of this event believe that recognizing and celebrating the success of American Indian graduates is one of the ways that educational disparities can be addressed and inspires others to persevere and overcome the achievement gap.

This year’s event was held at the TCF Bank Stadium on the University of Minnesota campus and was attended by over 100 people. Graduates represented numerous tribes from across the country and received degrees ranging from 2-year to Doctorate degrees. The event began and closed with MCTC’s student drum group playing a traditional honor song.

This year, MCTC had the largest number of American Indian graduates in the metro area, with 20 students receiving their degrees. This is a tremendous accomplishment for the American Indian Success Program at MCTC and is testament to their commitment to fostering a supportive and culturally based learning environment where students can succeed.