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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.

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.

 

Neudauer-Outstanding-Educator-2014-200-2Cheryl 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 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.