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MCTC President Phil Davis Appointed Associate Vice Chancellor

Posted on: June 2nd, 2014 by insidemctc No Comments

MCTC President Phil DavisMnSCU Chancellor Steven Rosenstone announced last week that MCTC President Phil Davis has been appointed to his cabinet as associate vice chancellor and will serve as the next managing director of the Campus Service Cooperative.

In a letter to the College sent on May 27, 2014, President Davis said, “I am excited about this new chapter in my professional life; I feel good about what we have accomplished for our students and the City of Minneapolis during my tenure as president of MCTC and I am eager to continue the partnership work that I love to do. Fortunately, my new role will allow me to continue working with all of you and with my colleagues from around the state. I will be leaving the presidency in September, 2014.”

As part of the transition, an interim president will be named. Chancellor Rosenstone has released a memo calling for nominations of internal MnSCU candidates and will visit the campus to consult with students, faculty, staff and community leaders on the qualities critical to the interim president. The session will be held on Wednesday, June 4, from 3–5 pm on the MCTC campus. For those who are unable to attend, the Chancellor says, “I want to hear from all voices. Knowing that summer means that many students and faculty members may not be on campus and available to meet with me on June 4, if you are unable to join me in person, I welcome you to contact me at chancellor@so.mnscu.edu.”

Read the full letter from Chancellor Rosenstone.

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’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!