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MCTC Celebrates Veterans

Posted on: November 4th, 2014 by marketingworkstudy No Comments

Veterans-200As Veterans Day approaches, MCTC looks back at its history of veteran support. From TRIO to student clubs to Beyond the Yellow Ribbon initiatives, the College has learned from past successes and continues to implement new, innovative programs to welcome and support veterans on campus, including several activities planned for Nov. 6.

Veterans Upward Bound

Veterans have been attending MCTC since the College was a vocational school and veterans returning from the war were looking for work.

Veterans Upward Bound (VUB), which celebrated its 40th anniversary at the College last year, is one of MCTC’s most comprehensive veteran services. The federally funded TRIO program provides short-term remedial courses for veterans to help them transition into postsecondary education. The courses, textbooks, financial aid counseling, one-on-one tutoring and all other services are free.

Former TRIO Director and Vietnam veteran Jon Westby was honored to participate in VUB’s 40th anniversary celebration last year. Westby’s history with TRIO at MCTC goes back a long time: He was the first director of VUB in 1974, and he led a national fight to keep the program alive in the late 70s, when former President Regan nearly eliminated TRIO and other veteran support programs.

“Being with other veterans helped me get back into society after the war,” he said. “It cleansed demons that we all have.”

VUB’s current Program Director Craig Asche became inspired to work with veterans after the events of Sept. 11, 2001. He was a gradeschool teacher at the time and would see what the veteran parents of his students were like before and after their time in Iraq.

“Everyone I meet is someone in process,” he said. “I like to be part of that process of helping others find services and making connections.”

Welcome Center

Veterans have a place to meet on campus for camaraderie and support and to talk with other students in the Veterans Welcome Center. “This is a place where veteran students can relax, socialize and do homework,” said Asche. “It’s staffed by student veterans. There are computers and information available. It’s also a meeting room for the MCTC chapter of the Student Veterans of America.”

Beyond the Yellow Ribbon

In addition to the College’s existing services and resources for veterans, MCTC is taking steps to become a state-recognized Beyond the Yellow Ribboncampus. Beyond the Yellow Ribbon (BTYR) is a statewide program that works to connect past and future veterans with community support and resources. With encouragement from Gov. Mark Dayton, a committee of MCTC employees and students are working to bring BYTR to the College.

MCTC Political Science Instructor and U.S. Army veteran Miki Huntington sits on the committee and believes support is crucial for veterans.

“We want MCTC to be a one-stop shop for veterans and their families,” she said.

The committee has a number of plans in place to bring awareness to the community. This winter, MCTC will host the exhibit Always Lost: A Meditation on War—a traveling exhibit featuring photos, interviews and poems of deceased veterans. The exhibit will be on display in the Helland Center Dec. 15, 2014—Jan. 26, 2015.

“I hope in all these efforts that we can give back to all of those who have served for us,” said MCTC Student Life Director Tara Martinez.

MCTC Liberal Arts student Tim Ireland is the president of the College’s Student Veteran Association (SVA) chapter and is very active in organizing veteran-centered events and initiatives like BTYR at MCTC.

“I put everything into what I do and my post-service work is just as important as when I was in uniform,” he said.

Military Friendly School

MCTC was named a military friendly school for the fourth time this year. The honor, given by Victory Media, recognizes an institution’s military culture, flexibility, support services and financial assistance for veterans.

Veterans Day Recognition Events Nov. 3-7

This fall, MCTC planted a tree in its outdoor plaza in honor of Veterans Day (pictured, right) and the many veteran-supportive initiatives underway at the College. In addition, the community is invited to the MCTC Veterans Day recognition event “Honoring All Who Served” on Thursday, Nov. 6 from noon–1:30 p.m. The following events will take place:

  • Noon—Flag raising and veterans tree dedication ceremony featuring the MCTC Choir and Public Safety Color Guard (outdoor plaza flagpole)
  • 12:15–1:30 p.m.—Veterans Day Recognition Program (H.1002)

The MCTC community is also invited to visit the “Remember a Vet” display in the Hennepin Ave. Skyway from Nov. 3–7.

Into the Future

Asche, an MCTC Veteran Certifying Official and other individuals are available to assist veterans in the enrollment process and to provide guidance in the veterans benefit application process. As MCTC heads into the future and welcomes veterans at every point, the College strives to remain flexible and relevant for its entire community.

Discover 12 Ways MCTC Can Work for YOU

Posted on: September 15th, 2014 by insidemctc No Comments

MCTC Works Oct 2014

Discover 12 ways MCTC can work for you

Register now for the October open house!

  1. Make more money
  2. Find jobs and network with employers who hire our graduates
  3. Save thousands of dollars
  4. Transfer easily to Metropolitan State, the University of Minnesota or other colleges of your choice
  5. Choose from more than 130 programs
  6. Connect with a diverse student body
  7. Learn from award-winning faculty
  8. Get involved and make a difference
  9. Stand out–seven MCTC students named to the Phi Theta Kappa All-USA Community College Academic Team
  10. Be successful–our alumni have made significant contributions throughout their careers and in their communities
  11. Give us a try–attend one of our hands-on career exploration summer camps (ages 13-18)
  12. Visit us on campus or in your community to learn how MCTC can work for you!

Visit Us at Our Open House

Date: Tuesday, October 21
Time: 5–7 p.m.
Location: Minneapolis Community and Technical College, T Building
1501 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis (free parking in the MCTC ramp)

Register now!

5th Annual “Operation Recovery” Addresses the Stigma of Drug and Alcohol Recovery

Posted on: September 9th, 2014 by insidemctc No Comments
Operation Recovery logo

What’s in YOUR medicine cabinet?

In recognition of National Recovery Month, the MCTC Addiction Counseling program and student club are hosting the fifth annual Operation Recovery Sept. 18, 10 a.m.–3 p.m. on the MCTC outdoor plaza.

Event organizers invite everyone from the community to attend the event in an effort to overcome stigma affiliated with drug and alcohol recovery. Last year, the event drew 1,200 students and community members and provided education, guidance and celebration from members of MCTC’s Addiction Counseling program, its students, local treatment centers, 12 Step programs and other local health programs. The event raised funds for Students Against Hunger and Homelessness, an MCTC student club which provides support for students experiencing homelessness.

This year’s event is marked by the recent passage of Steve’s Law during the 2014 legislative session. The law provides immunity to individuals who contact police to report a drug overdose, and allows first responders to carry Narcan, a drug designed to prevent death from opiate overdose. Key players in the law’s introduction and success will be at Operation Recovery, including Hennepin County Sheriff Richard Stanek, State Senator Chris Eaton who introduced the law and Lexi Reed Holtum from the Steve Rummler Hope Foundation, for whom Steve’s Law is named.

This year’s event will include:

  • 30+ community programs providing information on addiction, recovery and related resources
  • Speakers including Hennepin County Sheriff Richard Stanek, State Senator Chris Eaton and Lexi Reed Holtum from the Steve Rummler Hope Foundation
  • Free obstacle course
  • Raffle for great prizes
  • Cake walk and gift card giveaways
  • Free popcorn and cotton candy

To read about one of MCTC’s Addiction Counseling alumni and the success he experienced while in the program, click here. For a closer look at some of the events that took place at last year’s event, take a look at MCTC’s Facebook album!

Chancellor Rosenstone to Visit MCTC June 4

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

Chancellor Steven Rosenstone will visit MCTC to discuss the presidential transition with students, faculty, staff and community leaders. The chancellor would like to hear from you about the qualities critical to the success of the interim president and the continued success of MCTC.

Presidential Transition Open Forums with Chancellor Rosenstone
Wednesday, June 4
Minneapolis Community and Technical College
Helland Center Multi-purpose Room (H.1002)

3–3:30 p.m.     Students
3:30–4 p.m.     Staff
4–4:30 p.m.     Faculty
4:30–5 p.m.     External Community

If you are unable to attend this session, the Chancellor welcomes comments to be sent to him at chancellor@so.mnscu.edu.

Read the full letter from Chancellor Rosenstone.

MCTC Science Division Recognition Event April 30

Posted on: April 18th, 2014 by insidemctc No Comments
MCTC Science students.

MCTC Science students at the 2013 recognition event.

Please join the talented Science students, faculty, tutors and friends at Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC) as they showcase their hard work and accomplishments at the 4th annual Science Department Student Recognition Event Wednesday, April 30 from 2:30–6 p.m on the Science Center 3rd floor!

  • 2:30–4:15 p.m.—Student project display and poster sessions; meet & mingle
  • 4:15–6 p.m.—Award ceremony and music

Special honorees include:

  • Students graduating with an A.S. degree in the sciences
  • Science students transferring from MCTC to another institution
  • Science tutors
  • Work-study students in science labs
  • Student officers, project leaders of the STEM Career and Internship Club, Engineering Club, Science Club, Urban Farm Collective and Three-Legged Frog Club
  • Students who have participated in research projects or obtained summer research fellowships or internships
  • S-STEM, North Star STEM, MM-STEM and PDL-BioPharma scholarship recipients
  • Students with other special achievements

All Science and Engineering students, faculty and friends are invited! Showcase your accomplishments and celebrate your success with family and friends! The Science division is proud of all its students.