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MCTC Student Support Center Recognizes Domestic Violence Awareness Month with Events

Posted on: September 29th, 2015 by insidemctc No Comments

MCTC studentsIn recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the MCTC Student Support Center is engaging with the college and local community to present these events. All faculty, staff, students and community members are invited to attend and participate!

  • Monday, Oct. 5: Domestic Violence Unity Day and kickoff of cell phone drive for domestic violence shelters
    • MCTC community members who have old cell phones can donate them! Donated cell phones will be distributed to domestic violence shelters. In addition, Verizon will make a donation in the name of the college that receives the most donations for this event. The drive runs through Friday, Oct. 30. Donations can be made on Oct. 5 in the T Skyway, and in T.2300 for the remainder of the month
    • Wear purple, the color of domestic violence awareness, on this day—or pick up your purple pin to show your support for domestic violence awareness!
    • This event is sponsored by MCTC Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities as well as the Compliance department.
    • This event is co-sponsored by Verizon Wireless, on behalf of MCTC and a select number of other colleges, in support of domestic violence awareness. Verizon will be tabling on this day and raffling products like tablets
  • Tuesday, Oct. 20: Mental Health Awareness Day
    • 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m.: Mental Health Fair, T Skyway
    • 1:30–2:30 p.m.: NAMI speaker session—Insights: Confronting and Challenging the Stigma of Mental Illness. Refreshments will be available. L.3100
    • 2:40–4 p.m.: Depression screening, Disability Services suite, T.2400
      • Not concerned about depression? This is an opportunity to learn more about tools that may relate to future work or personal interactions. There is also an opportunity for students to assist with scoring or other related activities
  • Wednesday, Oct. 21: Bullying Prevention Awareness Day
    • Wear orange, the color of bullying awareness, on this day— or pick up an orange pin in T.2300 to show your support for bullying prevention awareness!
  • Tuesday, Oct. 27: Domestic Violence Awareness and Bullying Resource Fair
    • 11:30m.–1:30 p.m: Tabling. Local agencies related to domestic violence and/or bullying will be tabling to share information, education and aid available to those in the MCTC community. T Skyway
    • 1:30–3 p.m.: Domestic violence panel. The panel will address the effects of domestic violence on individuals, families and the community as well as provide an opportunity to share personal experiences and stories. L.3100
    • This event is sponsored by the Office of Student Rights & Responsibilities and the Compliance department


MCTC Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Committee Kicks off “Veterans Voices Month” Oct. 1

Posted on: September 15th, 2015 by insidemctc No Comments

Beyond the Yellow RibbonYou are invited to the MCTC Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Meet & Greet and Veterans Voices Month kickoff event Thursday, Oct. 1 from 11 a.m.–1 p.m. in H.1002. This is a kick-off event for a series of MCTC’s Beyond the Yellow Ribbon events through Veterans Day in November to recognize and support our veterans, military service members, and their families.

MCTC students, staff and faculty are all invited, and several community partners are expected to be in attendance as well! Light refreshments will be served and there will be a brief program at noon. Thank you in advance for your support!

2015 MCTC Graduation Ceremony

Posted on: May 8th, 2015 by insidemctc No Comments
MCTC grads

Etonam “Fanny” Okaikue-Woodi and Louis Fobb, 2013 MCTC graduates.

Please join Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC) in recognizing the outstanding achievements of our graduating students on Thursday, May 21 at 7 p.m. at the Minneapolis Convention Center Auditorium.

The spring 2015 graduation ceremony will honor graduates from the summer of 2014, fall of 2014, spring of 2015 and summer of 2015, and will feature WCCO Reporter Reg Chapman as emcee for the event, MnSCU Trustee Louise Sundin and special guest Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison as the graduation speaker. A student from the graduating class will deliver a commencement address as well.

The graduation ceremony and related events are sponsored by MCTC Student Life.

Arrival time and tickets

The auditorium doors will open at 6 p.m. Space is limited and you will need a ticket to attend this event. Each graduate will pick up a limited number of tickets and are responsible for ensuring you have a ticket to attend the Ceremony. If we have any additional tickets after graduates pick up their tickets, we will distribute them outside of the Auditorium on a first-come, first-distributed basis.


The cost of parking at most ramps near the convention center is approximately $10. You could also park in the MCTC parking ramp for $5 (or $2.50 with a prepaid parking card) and walk; the convention center is less than a half mile from the MCTC campus.

Accommodations for people with disabilities

If you will require accommodation to make it possible to attend the Graduation Ceremony (such as wheelchair access, special seating, or a sign language interpreter), or if you need the program in an alternative format please contact the Disability Services Office at 612-659-6730.

Graduation photos

Family and guests are welcome to take photos with graduates in the lobby before or after commencement. You may also take some photos or video from your seat inside the auditorium.

GradImages® will photograph graduates receiving their diploma covers during the ceremony. Proofs will be mailed to graduates within the two weeks following the Ceremony, at which time the graduate can purchase prints.

Cell phones and electronics

In order for all guests to enjoy Commencement without distraction, we ask that you turn off the ringers and sounds on your cell phones and other electronics during the Graduation Ceremony. We appreciate your thoughtfulness in this matter.

Current students

You can find information about preparing for graduation on the MCTC Intranet:

Envisioning the Ends: A Concert, Celebration, Community Activation

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

Sound-Arts-concertThe MCTC Sound Society student club, in collaboration with MCTC Student Life and local and national activist organizations, are excited to present Envisioning the Ends, a free celebration, concert and community activation event that will be held in Loring Park on Thursday, May 7. The concert will feature some of the area’s finest bands of young performers coming together for the purpose of envisioning the ends of all ongoing American civil wars and violent conflicts between American communities. This concert is about peace, hope, and not being afraid to stand up for them.

Music runs from 2:30–8:30 p.m., and the concert is free. Please share this with your communities!

Performances include:

  • Chastity Brown
  • PaviElle
  • Treading North
  • Haiku (from Ferguson, MO)
  • Lucien Parker
  • One False Move
  • and more!

Event emcees and hosts will be Joe Horton and Crescent Moon of Mixed Blood Majority

This event is taking place with the participation of:

  • 15 Now MN
  • MN Norml
  • Youth for Social Justice
  • Green Dot Anti-Violence
  • Citizens for a Loring Park Community
  • and many more!

MCTC Student African American Sisterhood (SAAS) Presents Women’s Health Fair

Posted on: April 17th, 2015 by insidemctc No Comments

SAASMCTC Student African American Sisterhood (SAAS) presents its Women’s Health Fair on Thursday, April 23 from noon–4 p.m. in L.3100. Join us as we share tips on how to live life, take care of your body and relieve stress!

Participating clubs and resources include the MCTC Yoga Club and North Point Health and Wellness Center.

Guest speakers include:

  • Akhmiri Sekhr-Ra, administrative director and health systems navigator of the Cultural Wellness Center presenting “Loving Yourself”
  • Brianne A. Hill, MSW MFA, presenting “Mental Health”