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Graco Grant Provides MCTC with Scholarships, Equipment

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

Graco and MCTC form industry partnerships.A generous donation from Graco, Inc. will provide Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC) with three pieces of machining equipment as well as $10,000 in scholarship funds for first-generation college students.

Long-term industry partnerships with local businesses have been fostered by members of the MCTC faculty, and have enabled the College’s Machine Tool Technology program to maintain updated technology for its students. “Our connections with Graco have allowed MCTC’s program to stay relevant,” said Machine Tool Technology Instructor Kim Munson.

Funds from this grant will allow the program to acquire three pieces of equipment: the Mazak CNC machine and simulators will allow students to virtually design and test machining parts for functionality. “Students will have the opportunity to better their knowledge of machining with this equipment,” said Munson. “It’s where the industry is going.”

In addition to the equipment, Graco is providing scholarship funds for Power of YOU students enrolled at MCTC. The Power of YOU program covers the costs of tuition and fees for two years for students who have families with low incomes, are first-generation college students or identify as students of color. Read about recent scholarship winners here.

“Having access to state-of-the-art equipment will make a profound impact on Machine Tool Technology students’ abilities to enhance their education and better prepare them to join the workforce after graduation,” said Angie Wordell, operations director at Graco. Angie was responsible for establishing a summer internship program placing MCTC Machine Tool Technology students with Graco—a partnership which could lead to a path to employment for some hard-working students.
“Several of my students through the years have gone on to be hired at Graco,” said Munson. “This internship program creates a pathway that strengthens our students’ connection to industry jobs.”

Photo: Angie Wordell, Graco operations director; Kim Munson, MCTC Machine Tool Technology Instructor; Mike Christenson, MCTC associate vice president of Workforce Development.

Best of Show Peer-to-Peer Award Winners from the MCTC Design Portfolio Show

Posted on: May 20th, 2014 by insidemctc No Comments

MCTC Design portfolio show peer award winners.“&,” the 2014 Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC) Design Portfolio theme, is a collaboration of designers and creative problem-solvers. It is the continuation of a journey to the perfect solution, as well as the pursuit to always improve and dig deeper.

But the students of this year’s MCTC graphic and web design portfolio class have singled out a few of their peers for their exceptional design work in their culminating “&” design show.

Maria Sanchez (GRPH), Jeffrey Smith (WEBI), Tianna Hatch (GRPH/WEBI) (pictured, right) were awarded this year’s Best of Show Peer-to-Peer Portfolio Contest by their classmates.

Six students from each award area were also given Honorable Mention awards: Jacquelyn Kilmer and Hellen Gaudence (GRPH); Alex Oskie and Will Thoraldson (WEBI); and Lucie Skjefte and Lise Chapman (GRPH/WEBI). They were all the winners.

Portfolio students choose award recipients via written vote/peer review. The first place winners each are given full Adobe Creative Suite software. This award is funded by Graphic and Web Design alum Manuel Castellanos Raboso and Graphic and Web Design instructor Jake Jacobson.

In the voting process, each portfolio student was given the opportunity to award three votes to their peers covering several evaluative areas:

  • Overall creative presentation of the portfolio
  • Overall creativity, focus and uniqueness portfolio
  • Overall continuity in presentation of portfolio
  • Overall leadership and team/class participation of “&”
  • Overall design principles presented in the portfolio
  • Overall body of creative work

Overall representation of the ideals of the creative design industry and their “&” 2014 stated mission

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.