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MPS Students Earn MCTC Graphic and Web Design Credits, Take in Portfolio Show

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

MPS students visiting MCTCHundreds of Minneapolis Public School (MPS) students visited Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC) this week as part of a collaborative teaching partnership between MCTC’s Graphic and Web Design program and MPS schools. Thanks to the hard work of MCTC Graphic and Web Design instructor Bill Hendricks, for the last several years MPS students have had the option to enroll in a number of one-credit courses designed by Bill and taught by MPS teachers. Students who complete these 16-hour modules are eligible for MCTC course credit, and may complete up to five modules during their high school career.

After the first year of the program, 75 MPS students earned 100 MCTC credits through this partnership. This year, over 200 students received 286 credits at the ceremony held at MCTC. The College was full of visiting high school students attending the renowned Graphic Design portfolio show, touring Graphic and Web Design classroom space, hearing from Admissions advisors and attending an award ceremony.

“It’s invigorating to see Minneapolis Public School students interacting with graduating MCTC Graphic and Web Design students,” said Jess Niebuhr, dean of Media and Technology. “The high school students already have so much experience, the experience at MCTC is very meaningful to them.”

“The talent I see among MPS students is impressive,” said Hendricks. “The one-credit modules are designed to give them valuable college-level experience and entice them to continue their studies. The partnership between MCTC and MPS demonstrates our commitment to the community.”

To learn more about MCTC’s Graphic and Web Design programs emphasizing Print, Web and Interactive Media programs, click here. For a photo album, click here.

MCTC DECA Students are U.S. Champions in Washington D.C.

Posted on: May 5th, 2014 by insidemctc No Comments

MCTC Deca studentsStudents of the Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC) business club, DECA, participated last week in the International Career Development Conference (ICDC) in Washington, D.C. The team took second place of 41—second only to a Canadian team—in the Entrepreneurship Challenge competition, securing $1,000 in prize money along with significant bragging rights. The team also advanced to the second round of the Project Management Competition. Competing teams, mostly from four-year universities, came from across the country.

Competition in the conference is intense. The various challenges offer anywhere from 30 minutes to 48 hours to prepare and present a solution to a real-world problem. Participants in these challenges were required to both think on their feet and work through the night preparing proposals. The team’s advisor, Jason Cussler, believes in a hands-off approach. “DECA is supposed to be a student-driven organization. To be honest, I don’t want to mess things up. This group had a relentless work ethic, business savvy and a very real competitive spirit. They wanted to win.”

MnSCU Names MCTC Instructor “Educator of the Year”

Posted on: April 24th, 2014 by insidemctc No Comments

Cheryl Neudauer, MnSCU Educator of the YearCheryl Neudauer, Biology instructor at Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC), was presented with one of the highest educational honors in the state this week: Cheryl was named one of only four Educators of the Year, the highest honor granted by the state-wide Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system (MnSCU).

Cheryl 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. “She has created a significant college ‘footprint,’” said MCTC President Phil Davis. “It is hard to imagine a faculty member who has had a greater impact.”
The MnSCU Board of Trustees bestows the Educator of the Year award to acknowledge and reward exceptional professional accomplishment and to encourage ongoing excellence in teaching. The winners were selected from 30 faculty members named Outstanding Educators by the presidents of their respective institutions based on nominations by students, faculty peers or staff. Three MCTC instructors were nominated Outstanding Educators in 2014.

Photo: Cheryl Neudauer (center) works with students in her classroom.

MCTC All-State Academic Team Members Recognized

Posted on: April 18th, 2014 by insidemctc No Comments

Two students from Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC) were named to the All-State Community College Academic Team this month. The All-State Academic Team is an opportunity to recognize two-year college students for their leadership, academic achievements and community college service. Heidi Anderson-Ferdinand, History, and Anthony Andres, Addiction Counseling, joined a handful of students from other Minnesota community colleges at the recent recognition ceremony of academic success and community service.

Heidi Anderson-Ferdinand

Heidi, All-State Academic Team memberWhen she entered MCTC, Heidi thought she’d be pursuing Library Information Technology. In the midst of coursework she enrolled in an archival class and visited three local archives. “At the University of Minnesota’s Andersen Library archives, I walked through the climate-controlled caverns 80 feet below ground between rows of shelves reaching two stories high, and the weight of history surrounded me,” said Heidi. “I realized archives are the perfect blend of archaeology, history and the printed page, encapsulating the past for us to discover.” At that point Heidi changed her academic emphasis to History, and plans to continue with a master’s degree in Archival Science. “Starting college at 50 shouldn’t be seen as intimidating,” she said. “Entering college later in life gave me a chance to explore and grow and be involved in a wider world. It’s never too late for an adventure.” During her time at MCTC, Heidi also had the opportunity to represent the Minnesota State College Student Association at their Washington, D.C. summit.

Anthony Andres

Anthony, All-State Academic Team memberPreviously skilled as a welder and metal worker, Anthony Andres holds an Associate in Science degree in Welding Technology. Believing that his professional direction should reflect his life direction, Anthony decided to pursue a career path in Addiction Counseling. At the age of 32 with six years of sobriety, Anthony feels confident about his new goals. While at MCTC, Anthony served as both senior officer and president of the Alpha Epsilon Sigma chapter of Phi Theta Kappa. After graduating this spring, he plans to transfer to Metropolitan State University where he will work toward an alcohol and drug counselor license. “The work I’m doing in the recovery community is what currently defines me the most,” said Anthony, who helped develop a 12-step addiction recovery program based on empowerment and asset of character called 12after12. Anthony spoke about this program at Minnesober Recovery Convention last fall, and has been contacted by two local treatment centers that wish to use the program in their clinical setting. Anthony is gathering ideas for a book on his 12after12 program, and building support from people on social media sites and the wider recovery community. Read more about Anthony and the College’s annual Operation Recovery event in an article by MCTC’s student newspaper, City College News.

 

The All-State Academic Team was introduced 20 years ago to honor and recognize two-year college students for their leadership, academic achievements and community college service. These teams offer scholarships and scholastic recognition to Phi Theta Kappa members. Minnesota’s public community and technical college are proud to be a part of a tradition that showcases the high achievements of students who are committed to success in the classroom and service to their communities. By recognizing these students, Minnesota demonstrates a commitment to scholarship and community service as essential objectives in the state’s public community and technical colleges.

Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for two-year colleges, symbolizes excellence in higher education and a commitment to students. It has recognized and encouraged scholarship among two-year college students for more than 80 years, providing stimulation and enrichment while promoting the academic integrity of the associate degree program. For these reasons, the American Association of Community Colleges has designated Phi Theta Kappa the official honor society for two-year colleges.

MCTC Science Division Recognition Event April 30

Posted on: April 18th, 2014 by insidemctc No Comments
MCTC Science students.

MCTC Science students at the 2013 recognition event.

Please join the talented Science students, faculty, tutors and friends at Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC) as they showcase their hard work and accomplishments at the 4th annual Science Department Student Recognition Event Wednesday, April 30 from 2:30–6 p.m on the Science Center 3rd floor!

  • 2:30–4:15 p.m.—Student project display and poster sessions; meet & mingle
  • 4:15–6 p.m.—Award ceremony and music

Special honorees include:

  • Students graduating with an A.S. degree in the sciences
  • Science students transferring from MCTC to another institution
  • Science tutors
  • Work-study students in science labs
  • Student officers, project leaders of the STEM Career and Internship Club, Engineering Club, Science Club, Urban Farm Collective and Three-Legged Frog Club
  • Students who have participated in research projects or obtained summer research fellowships or internships
  • S-STEM, North Star STEM, MM-STEM and PDL-BioPharma scholarship recipients
  • Students with other special achievements

All Science and Engineering students, faculty and friends are invited! Showcase your accomplishments and celebrate your success with family and friends! The Science division is proud of all its students.