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.
When 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.
Previously 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.