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Earth Day Global Conversations

Posted on: April 16th, 2015 by insidemctc No Comments

earthJoin the MCTC Faculty Sustainability Committee on Earth Day, Wednesday, April 22 for an opportunity to discuss challenges facing global sustainability with students conversing live from China, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Mexico, Denmark, Japan, Montenegro and Colombia.

At the heart of all major global challenges (food, water, air, energy, resources, poverty and so on) is the environment and climate change. No one country alone can save our planet from our modern world, which is why global communication and relationship-building are essential.

At this event, participants will have real-time conversations with students around the world using live video chat technology. This is an opportunity to hear from global residents what climate change challenges they see their locale experiencing, and an opportunity for participants to share the challenges they see. Click here for further description of this event and here for a schedule of conversation sessions with different countries.

How to Register

To register for this event, please fill out this form on Eventbrite and then follow these steps:

  • Choose a country of interest and a time slot that fit your schedule on Wednesday, April 22
  • See the list of questions that will be used to guide the conversations for each session
  • Create a bio for yourself here to share with the other participants

Please contact Diane Pearson with any questions at

3M Product Developer to Visit MCTC April 17

Posted on: April 14th, 2015 by insidemctc No Comments

Dr. Bridgette ShannonThe Bridge to Baccalaureate program—a partnership between the University of Minnesota and three MnSCU schools: MCTC, Century College and Saint Paul College—will bring 3M representative Bridgette Shannon, Ph.D., to campus on Friday, April 17 from noon–1 p.m. in T.3850. Bridgette works as product development specialist for the 3M abrasive systems division.

Bridge to Baccalaureate aims to reach out to two-year students who may be considering STEM, who are taking certificate courses or are enrolled in developmental courses. The program supports minority community college students aspiring to transfer to the U of M to complete bachelor’s degrees in STEM majors. Click here for a flier.

About Bridgette Shannon

Dr. Bridgette Shannon is a native of Little Rock, Ark. She received her B.S. from Henderson State University in 2002, and her Ph.D. from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville in 2007. She studied inorganic chemistry and has industry experiences in cosmetics, semiconductors, and environmental technology businesses. Currently, Dr. Shannon is a product developer in 3M’s Abrasive Systems Division supporting the development and growth of various products.

MCTC’s Spring Associate of Fine Arts Portfolio Show

Posted on: April 7th, 2015 by insidemctc No Comments
Fine Arts exhibit

One of the works showcased in the fall 2012 AFA exhibit.

This spring, MCTC students receiving their Associate of Fine Arts (AFA) degrees will showcase their work to both the College and the general public in two runs of the show. Stop by to take in this impressive artwork either on the MCTC campus or at the Fallout Arts Initiative!

  • April 17–May 1: AFA Portfolio Show, MCTC T Building and and Whitney Fine Arts Building
  • April 21: 1:30 p.m. reception and artist talks—AFA candidates discuss their artwork, H.1002
  • May 1—May 29: AFA Portfolio Show, Fallout Arts Initiative, 2609 Stevens Ave S., Minneapolis 55408
  • May 8: 7–9 p.m. AFA Portfolio Show Opening Reception, Fallout Arts Initiative

This group exhibition includes work by these MCTC students:

  • Jannat Day
  • Daniel DeVargas
  • Ben Hambro
  • Anne Hurd
  • Crystal Johnson
  • Jacki Mulloy
  • Becca Peterson
  • Kiwi Pies
  • Alex Richter
  • Ashley Wiermaa

MCTC to Host 11th Annual Sustainability Fair April 15

Posted on: March 31st, 2015 by insidemctc No Comments
Sustainability Fair

Photo from the 2013 Sustainability Fair.

The Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC) Three-Legged Frog Environmental Club and MCTC Faculty Sustainability Committee invite the MCTC community to attend the 11th Annual Sustainability Fair. The fair, titled “Act Now for the Future,” will host a variety of community environmental organizations, speakers and student clubs to share their expertise, commitment and enthusiasm to inspire greater awareness and action on current environmental issues.

  • Wednesday, April 15
  • 10:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
  • T Skyway

The fair will offer educational opportunities on climate change, water conservation, sustainable food, recycling and composting, biodiversity preservation, sustainable transportation and sustainable energy—including solar energy systems. Participants will learn ways to reduce their environmental footprint, and have opportunities to get involved and take action on a variety of environmental issues. They will also learn about options for environmental internships.

The University of Minnesota Raptor Center will return for the fifth year, presenting live raptors, including a bald eagle.

More than 20 environmental and student organizations will be tabling at the fair. The event will provide attendees free pizza with organic ingredients and sodas from a local co-op. There will also be prize drawings, including two free year-long Minnesota State Parks passes.

Spirit and Soul: A Celebration of Black Performance Styles

Posted on: March 31st, 2015 by marketingworkstudy No Comments

Spirit and Soul photoThe Basilica of Saint Mary and Minneapolis Community and Technical College present Spirit and Soul, A Celebration of Black Performance Styles. This evening of dance, song, and poetry will bring to you performance styles of the Caribbean, West Africa, Brazil, and the United States. The night will be a festive exploration of how elements of African musical traditions transformed, or blended, with European music, catalyzing new forms of expression from capoeira to rock and roll.

When: Friday April 17, 7–9 p.m.

Where: Basilica of Saint Mary
1600 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55403

This event is FREE and open to the public! Parking is also free in the MCTC ramp. For more information, contact Sandy Jacobson at or 612-659-6316.

Artwork for this event was created by MCTC student Edward Johnson, featured in this fall 2014 City College News story.