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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.

MCTC Receives Accolades from MN Women’s Press

Posted on: June 2nd, 2015 by insidemctc 1 Comment

In the May edition of the Minnesota Women’s Press, the publication’s annual What Women Want issue paid homage to several of MCTC’s initiatives which have gone beyond the status quo in providing women access to education:

  • Favorite summer camps for kids (MCTC Career Exploration Camps)
  • Honorable mention: Favorite place to continue your career education
  • Honorable mention: Favorite leadership development/opportunity to increase personal power

MCTC is honored to receive recognition from the Minnesota Women’s Press, and has been recognized in previous years for being a great place for women to get a trade education (2010).

College Visited by U.S. Sec. of Labor Thomas E. Perez

Posted on: May 28th, 2015 by insidemctc No Comments

Secretary PerezMinneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC) was honored to host U.S. Department of Labor Secretary Thomas Perez this week for a roundtable discussion with some of the Twin Cities leaders in business, education and technical careers in light of a nationwide push for tuition relief programs for community colleges.

During the event, co-hosted by Scholarship America with discussion moderation by their CEO Lauren Segal, Secretary Perez was joined by Congressman Keith Ellison, Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges, former mayor R.T. Rybak, Sen. Terri Bonoff, Rep. Frank Hornstein and other business and community leaders for an hour-long roundtable held at MCTC. Speakers discussed the need for community and technical college tuition relief in line with President Barack Obama’s proposed America’s College Promise. “The President’s ‘America’s College Promise’ is about making higher education accessible to everyone,” said Secretary Perez. “Our discussion today is about a movement. We want to create a movement to make sure this is a nation in which everybody gets the education they need for their job, whether it’s a job as a CNC machinist at Graco or a job in IT.”

The Secretary’s visit comes at the closure of the Minnesota legislative session, in which a proposal to fund a state-level tuition relief program for community and technical colleges passed with $100 million in biennium funding. Sen. LeRoy Stumpf, the Minnesota legislator who introduced the legislation, shared his inspiration for the proposal with roundtable attendees. “Minnesotans love education,” he said. “Education is the tool with which we’ve been able to keep the state’s economy going.”

MCTC and partners Saint Paul College and Metropolitan State University lead the way in statewide tuition relief programs, boasting several programs including one of the state’s first Power of YOU programs offering free tuition to qualifying first-generation high school students, a partnership with Hennepin County, and the fledgling Destination Diploma to Degree (D3) program. “We’re looking at career pathways from high school to postsecondary institutions,” said Sarah Caruso, president and CEO of the Greater Twin Cities United Way.

“Partnerships like D3 incorporate an understanding of the depth and complexity young people face as they consider college.” The D3 program places qualifying students from alternative high schools in relevant college classes, and recently received support from the United Way to grow its program beyond its initial launch.

“We are making college relevant for high schoolers,” said Pam Costain, president and CEO of AchieveMpls. “Minnesota is a national leader in youth employment and internships, making college relevant for high schoolers. I’m intrigued by the movement-building approach of the Secretary. It would require all of us in the room to collaborate with each other.”

“I think we’re making a mistake by assuming grade 12 is an end point,” said MCTC Interim President Avelino Mills-Novoa. “We should shift our mindset so that instead of K-12, P-14 is the base level of education we expect. If we don’t prepare young people to step into jobs, we’ll all suffer.”

See photos from the roundtable and press conference on Flickr. Coverage of Sec. Perez’s visit was also published in the Twin Cities Pioneer Press, Minneapolis Star Tribune and the Downtown Journal.

Photo: Congressman Keith Ellison, Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges and U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez