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Summer Classes Assist ELL Students in MPS

Posted on: June 25th, 2015 by insidemctc No Comments

Elia Bruggeman and Avelino Mills-NovoaA 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.

Minnesota Legislation Funds Nursing Support

Posted on: June 25th, 2015 by marketingworkstudy No Comments
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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.

Business Students Win Competition

Posted on: June 11th, 2015 by marketingworkstudy No Comments

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 MCTC Student Receives Nursing Award in Canada

Posted on: June 8th, 2015 by marketingworkstudy 1 Comment

Ali CadenFormer 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!

MCTC and Augsburg Announce Auggie Plan

Posted on: June 8th, 2015 by marketingworkstudy No Comments
MCTC and Augsburg alum David Johnson, Augsburg Dean of Arts and Sciences Amy Gort, MCTC Vice President of Academic Affairs Gail O'Kane

MCTC and Augsburg alum David Johnson, Augsburg Dean of Arts and Sciences Amy Gort, MCTC Vice President of Academic Affairs Gail O’Kane

Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC) and Augsburg College announced on May 29 the Auggie Plan—a guaranteed transfer opportunity for qualifying students who complete their first two years at MCTC. A launch event was held at MCTC with education Commissioners Brenda CasselliusLarry Pogemiller, and several other higher education and K-12 administrators, leaders and partners.

Following a defined pathway, eligible students can earn a two-year associate’s degree from MCTC and seamlessly transfer to Augsburg College to finish their bachelor’s degree. Through the Auggie Plan, students who complete 60 credits at MCTC with a 2.75 GPA or better are guaranteed admission to Augsburg College. They may also be eligible for merit scholarships based on previous college coursework.

Because students on the Auggie Plan enter Augsburg at the junior level, many will qualify for scholarships—making it possible to earn a four-year private college degree with needs-based grants, manageable student loans, and no out-of pocket costs for tuition.

“We are pleased to partner with Augsburg College on an affordable pathway that allows our students to transfer easily to a four-year college to earn their bachelor’s degree,” said MCTC Interim President Avelino Mills-Novoa. “Many of our students are drawn to Augsburg’s excellent liberal arts tradition. This partnership makes that dream more accessible. Augsburg has been a great partner in providing nursing education. It is a great pleasure to extend our partnership to more of our students.”

“We recognize that intellectually talented students of ability come from all walks of life,” said Augsburg College President Paul C. Pribbenow. “Every higher education institution must heed the call to educate students of ability. It is through this call that our colleges and universities can secure economic prosperity not only for students, but for our state and nation. We are honored to collaborate with MCTC to support students in their journey of vocational discernment and pursuit of careers.”

Coverage of the event was also published by Minnesota Public Radio.

About Minneapolis Community and Technical College
Minneapolis Community and Technical College is a member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System, and offers students more than 120 liberal arts, career and technical programs designed to prepare them for good jobs in high-demand professions or transfer to a four‐year college or university. Located in the heart of downtown Minneapolis, MCTC enrolls around 12,000 students annually in credit and non-credit programs.

About Augsburg College
Augsburg College is set in a vibrant neighborhood at the heart of the Twin Cities, and offers more than 50 undergraduate majors and nine graduate degrees to more than 3,500 students of diverse backgrounds. Augsburg College educates students to be informed citizens, thoughtful stewards, critical thinkers, and responsible leaders. The Augsburg experience is supported by an engaged community committed to intentional diversity in its life and work. An Augsburg education is defined by excellence in the liberal arts and professional studies, guided by the faith and values of the Lutheran church, and shaped by its urban and global settings.