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MCTC Recognized for Design Group

Posted on: April 27th, 2015 by insidemctc No Comments

MeetupThe MCTC Web Design department is making waves in local and national technology circles.

Host to the Minnesota Web Design Meetup group, a representative from the group, Keten Kakkad, was invited to the White House for its first national technology meetup on April 17. The web design group was one of 35 groups of its kind from the country to be represented at the event.

“It’s our collective success that was recognized and I am honored to be in company of such distinguished individuals at MCTC,” Kakkad said. “None of this would have been possible without a lot of hard work by many over the last three years.”

Kakkad is a designer, community partner of MCTC’s Web Design department, entrepreneur and organizer of the Minnesota Web Design group. The meetup group has been meeting at MCTC for several years and has nearly 1,000 members consisting of MCTC students, faculty and community members. The group has provided students the opportunity to network and showcase their work to potential employers.

“This was wonderful news for Keten, but also for MCTC for allowing our department the space to host these monthly meetings that our students and community have found so beneficial in building their careers,” MCTC Graphic and Web Design Instructor Bill Hendricks said.

The White House event was meant to recognize local community organizing and connecting those who share the same passions. The Meetup representatives also engaged in discussion on how to better technological competency in the community.

Photo: Co-organizers Of Minnesota Web Design Meetup and community partners: David Vinge, Director of Interactive Services at BI WORLDWIDE, Bill Hendricks, faculty coordinator and faculty member of Graphic and Web Design, Ketan Kakkad, Director and owner of Adaptive Portal, and Carl Namyst, faculty member Graphic and Web Design

MCTC Art Instructor Greg Rose Named “Made Here” Resident Artist

Posted on: April 7th, 2015 by insidemctc No Comments
Greg Rose, MCTC Art instructor

Greg Rose, MCTC Art instructor.

This week, MCTC Art Instructor Greg Rose was named a Made Here resident artist for the 730 Hennepin Avenue City Lofts Building.

Made Here is an initiative of the Hennepin Theater Trust which creates art in vacant or underutilized space along the City’s entertainment corridor. “MCTC has been hailed as a leader in revitalizing Hennepin Avenue by city officials and the American Institute of Architects,” said MCTC Associate Vice President of Strategic Partnerships Mike Christenson. “This campus recognizes the remarkable progress and inspiration brought by the Historic Theater Trust, Made Here, and its artistic teams. We are honored to have Greg Rose working with our students every day and pleased to partner with Hennepin Avenue leaders.

Made Here launched in 2013 with visual displays in vacant storefronts and commercial spaces. Today, it infuses a variety of public spaces with art and art-inspired experiences from pop-up parks to live performances to rotating exhibits to fence wraps around construction sites. Read more about the recently awarded artists.

 

MCTC English Instructor Shannon Gibney Receives McKnight Artist Fellowship

Posted on: March 27th, 2015 by insidemctc No Comments

English Instructor Shannon GibneyMCTC English Instructor Shannon Gibney is one of four local writers to receive the Loft Literary Center’s $25,000 award for their excellence in creative prose writing.

The McKnight Artist Fellowships for Writers are supported by the McKnight Foundation in Minneapolis. In order to qualify for the award, writers must have published a creative prose work or had their work published in literary magazines.

“I am so thankful to the Loft, the McKnight Foundation, and our amazing community here, which makes so much possible for us creatively,” said Gibney.

Gibney’s works have been featured in a variety of publications and anthologies including Parenting as Adoptees and The Black Imagination: The Science Fiction, Futurism, and the Speculative. This fall she is slated to publish a young adult novel, and she is currently working on a novel about African American colonization of Liberia in the 19th century.

“I hope to glean as much time and productivity as possible from the grant, and then pass on its fruits and make space for whoever’s next,” she said.

“It is an absolute joy and continual learning experience to work with a professional whose creative work directly intersects with her work as a MCTC faculty, colleague, and her work providing greater service to the communities that we serve here,” said MCTC English Instructor and Faculty Coordinator Taiyon Coleman.

Gibney is on sabbatical this year and will return to teaching in fall 2015.

MCTC Students Participate in, Volunteer for AWS Welding Competition

Posted on: March 11th, 2015 by insidemctc No Comments
Welding at MCTC

MCTC Welding Instructor Todd Bridigum works with a student.

MCTC was host to the “Behind the Mask” welding competition sponsored by the American Welding Society on Feb. 26. During the event, around 100 welding students from across Minnesota and Wisconsin competed in categories including gas metal arc welding, shielded metal arc welding, gas tungsten arc welding and oxy-acetylene cutting.

In addition to participating in the competition, MCTC welding students managed traffic flow, set up booths with prints and materials, supervised the contestants and timed each competition.

MCTC Welding Instructor Todd Bridigum reports that the event was a big success. “This was the third time MCTC has hosted Behind the Mask,” he said. “A lot of work goes into an event like this.”

The American Welding Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of welding.  The Northwest section of the AWS uses part of the money earned during this event to pay for scholarships for students in various welding programs across the state, including MCTC.

Apparel Technologies Program Partners with Target

Posted on: March 6th, 2015 by insidemctc No Comments

Apparel Technologies studentTechnical designers from locally based retailer Target saw firsthand how product designs come to life during a workshop with Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC) Apparel Technologies students.

The Apparel Technologies department invited Target technical designers into the College’s state-of-the-art sewing lab to observe students simulating a garment factory’s “progressive bundling system.” According to MCTC Apparel Technologies instructor Vicki Johnson, the two-day workshop allowed employees to all aspects of apparel manufacturing from the first sample patter to a completed production run.

“It was a great learning opportunity for everyone to see how involved the manufacturing process can be during production,” Johnson said.

Throughout the workshop, students and Target employees were assigned roles of sewing, pressing and finishing pairs of shorts. Target industry experts judged teams based on the quality and quantity of the finished product and the results of a quality assurance inspection.

Apparel Technologies student Kelsey Nelsen called the workshop an invaluable experience.

“It was incredibly informative for us,” she said. “It was a great opportunity to gain insight into the mass production of apparel and the roles in the field of technical design.”

Amanda Jenson graduated from the Apparel Technologies program in 2012 and was one of the Target employees in attendance at the workshop.

“It gave me a better understanding of all the steps it takes to produce a garment at the factory level,” she said.

The success of this workshop and the commitment of MCTC’s faculty indicate future partnership opportunities between Target and the MCTC program. “Our program has a great reputation in the apparel industry and has the largest industrial sewing lab in the 5 state area,” said Johnson. “This workshop marks the beginning of a collaboration that will benefit our students and our program in the future.”