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MCTC’s 2014 Career Exploration Camps for Teens

Posted on: April 29th, 2014 by insidemctc No Comments

MCTC summer career exploration campsMCTC invites local teenagers to learn about MCTC’s educational programs—and the careers they prepare you for—in our hands-on Career Exploration Camps! Participating students will spend a week dabbling in their choice of Architectural Technology, Culinary Arts, Photography, Graphic Design, Web Design, Welding and more.

Taught by MCTC faculty and students, Career Exploration Camps are held in our college classrooms and labs, featuring the latest technology. It’s an opportunity to get a taste of college life and a potential career, while learning new skills and having fun!

All camps meet from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Lunch is included. On Friday afternoon, we’ll have a completion celebration where participants can show off the projects they worked on during the week, receive their certificate of completion and learn how to continue their education and career pursuits. Friends and family are invited to join the celebration!

Some scholarships are available, so encourage your friends to enroll their teens now! Click here for more information on the camps, as well as registration details.

Green Dot Day Advocates Community Violence Prevention on May 1

Posted on: April 17th, 2014 by insidemctc No Comments

Green Dot Day 2014 Take a stand against violence! Join members of the Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC) and Loring Park communities to recognize and advocate against power-based personal violence on Green Dot Day!

A “green dot” is an individual commitment to counteracting “red dots,” or moments when words, choices or actions contribute to or tolerate power-based personal violence. Any intervention that reduces the likelihood of violence is a green dot.

On May 1, MCTC faculty, staff and students, Minneapolis MAD DADS, KMOJ and other local organizations will rally against violence with a day of discussions, displays, rousing celebration and a unity march through the park. Everyone is invited! For updates from the event planners, visit Green Dot Day on Facebook.

MCTC Open House, STEM Fair and Skills Rodeo April 8

Posted on: April 3rd, 2014 by insidemctc No Comments

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You are invited to join us for three amazing events at MCTC on April 8! Activities start at 10 a.m. and wrap up at 7 p.m. There’s something for everyone at MCTC on this action-packed day!

  • Open House, 57 p.m., T Plaza and 2nd floor
  • STEM Fair, 10 a.m.7 p.m., T Plaza
  • Skills Rodeo, 57 p.m., T Skyway

Open House, 5–7 p.m., T Plaza and 2nd floor
Whether exploring what the College has to offer, choosing your major or finding clubs that spark your interest, the Open House is for you! Invite your friends and family, stay for the other exciting events and be sure to pre-register! More information and registration are available here.

STEM Fair, 10 a.m.–7 p.m., T Plaza
Celebrate Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) programs, clubs and activities! At the STEM Fair you can:

  • Light your way through a cave lined with prehistoric cave paintings from across the world
  • Explore the Exploradome and its two distinct programs: a tour across the universe and a trip through the heart
  • Meet MCTC Engineering students and learn about their projects with a high altitude balloon, helicopters, a flight simulator and a drone
  • See MCTC student research projects previously highlighted at the state Capitol
  • Explore Biotechnology and other science demonstrations, hands-on activities and a human evolution display
  • Attend a presentation by Princeton University Molecular Biology professor Dr. Bonnie Bassler about how bacteria talk to one another
  • Watch the work of flesh-eating beetles, learn about animal decomposition and familiarize yourself with the flora of Loring Park
  • Learn more about MCTC’s STEM programs and student clubs!

Skills Rodeo, 57 p.m., T Skyway
Students from five career and technical programs will compete against one another in a chance to demonstrate their skills and vie for $2,500 in scholarships!

  • Photography: PHDI (Photography and Digital Imaging) participants will be asked to photograph portraits in front of a bright window. Students will have to balance studio lights with background light in order to create a mixed-light portrait.
  • Sound Arts: Sound Arts students will compete in a 10-minute sound frequency identification accuracy test involving music, frequency bands and filtering.
  • Barbering: Two Barbering students will compete by demonstrating their skills on live models in barber chairs, creating specific and specialized haircuts based on Minnesota State Barber Licensing exams. They will also present the logos they created for their proposed barber or hair salon business plans.
  • Culinary Arts: Culinary Arts student chefs will compete by creating the same dish which will be judged by a panel. The student with the highest score wins the scholarship, and the audience will be able to judge for themselves and eat the work of the competitors!
  • WeldingWelding students will compete at stations in the T Building welding labs to create specific challenging and sculptural welding projects within a limited time frame. A live video feed of the competition will be streamed to the T Skyway.

DJ music will be provided by students in The Sound Society student club.

Please join us for any of these amazing events April 8!

Training Program Matches Educational Pathways to Hennepin County Jobs

Posted on: February 25th, 2014 by insidemctc No Comments

Photo: A view of MinneapolisIn a move that will diversify Hennepin County’s Human Services Division and bring together community partners, Hennepin County has changed its education hiring requirements for the Human Services Representative position to recommend either a two-year degree, graduation from a county-approved training program or a combination of education and experience.

In response to this change, a cross-sector collaborative including Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC), Project for Pride in Living (PPL), Minneapolis Adult Basic Education (ABE) and Hennepin County has worked together to design a county-approved Human Services Pathways training program specifically intended to educate students for a job with Hennepin County. The eight-month training program provides a curriculum of Human Services, customer service and computer courses in order to prepare individuals for the position of Human Service Representative with Hennepin County. The pilot run of the Pathways program is set to begin this March, and is recruiting 30 students. Click here for an informational flier.

The customized program was designed and will be taught through MCTC’s department of Continuing Education and Customized Training (CECT) in collaboration with Minneapolis ABE. “This has been a wonderful opportunity to collaborate with an employer and community partners to create a program that’s truly designed for what the employer wants and what students need,” said Loretta Anderson, director of continuing education at MCTC. CECT has a long history of providing customized training for Minnesota employers including the City of Minneapolis, the Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED), Caribou Coffee and the Department of Human Services.

PPL received a generous FastTRAC grant from the State of Minnesota to launch this new training program. PPL will recruit students for the Human Services Pathways program and provide supportive services intended to remove obstacles to education like childcare and transportation. PPL will also coordinate with Hennepin County to provide internship experiences for students when they near the completion of their program. “From start to finish, PPL will help students by removing obstacles to their success,” said Anderson. “It’s wonderful to have PPL as a partner—they provide a holistic approach to student success.” This is one of four short-term certificate programs PPL has created in partnership with MCTC and other partners, all with the aim of creating life-changing opportunities for low-income individuals to assemble the skills they need to get and keep a job, leading to a career.

Students who finish the training program will earn eight credits at MCTC—six of them in the College’s renowned Human Services program. “Human Services is one of MCTC’s star programs, particularly because it expertly blends work and study through internships that often result in placements,” said MCTC Associate Vice President of Workforce Development Mike Christenson. In addition to graduates of the new collaborative training program, graduates of MCTC’s Human Services program will also be eligible for the redefined Hennepin County hiring guidelines.

According to Hennepin County, human services directors recognize the need to hire from a pool of diverse individuals to reflect the clients that the county serves. Programs like the Human Services Pathways program encourage hiring from educational institutions with strong ties to diverse communities and disadvantaged neighborhoods. The County recognizes experience is valuable, especially combined with training and education.

“This move will immediately diversify the workforce of Hennepin County,” said Christenson.

Click here to learn more about MCTC’s Human Services program.

C3 Fellows Program: Opportunities in Healthcare for Twin Cities Students

Posted on: February 18th, 2014 by insidemctc No Comments

C3 Fellows Internship ProgramStudents looking for jobs in the healthcare industry will get a leg up thanks to the Central Corridor College Fellows (C3 Fellows) program. The C3 Fellows program connects students of Saint Paul College and Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC) who live within one mile of the Central Corridor green line light rail route with entry-level healthcare employment opportunities also located within one mile of the line. The partnership includes employers like Health Partners, Regions Hospital, Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare, Fairview Health Services, Healtheast Care System and more.

In addition, students who meet the C3 Fellows eligibility requirements are able to receive additional, free assistance from our partners at the Takoda Group. The Takoda Group will provide direct employment services to qualifying students. These employment services include:

  • Free assessment of strengths and challenges
  • Job readiness training, résumé, and interviewing workshops offered on both campuses
  • One-on-one assistance to students with Takoda staff
  • Customer service and additional trainings deemed important by our employer partners
  • Retention services to check in on placed fellows to ensure they are successfully balancing work, school and life in general

This new program received press coverage in the Minneapolis Star Tribune and The Line publications.

Nursing Assistant Scholarship

C3Fellows is excited to announce the creation of a nursing assistant scholarship for students pursuing a nursing assistant certificate at Minneapolis Community and Technical College and Saint Paul College. The scholarship covers tuition, books, and the Nursing Assistant Test Out for placement on the Minnesota Nursing Assistant Registry. After completing the course and passing the test, C3 Fellows will assist students in finding a nursing assistant job close to their home.

Please contact Director of Healthcare Partnerships Brian Mogren with any questions.