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MCTC Grad Wins Green Line Poster Contest

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

Genesia Williams, MCTC alumWhen Genesia Williams heard about the METRO Green Line Opening Day Poster Contest, she knew immediately that she had to enter. A graduate of the Minneapolis Community & Technical College’s graphic design and print program, Williams wanted to gauge how others responded to her work, and saw the contest as an ideal opportunity.

“It was an easy and efficient way to test my skill set, to make sure I could tackle something of this size,” said Williams, who lives in Minneapolis and is a frequent transit user. “I just thought, ‘Why not give it a go? Why not try it?’”

Turns out people responded quite favorably.

On Thursday, Williams’ design – a vibrant green featuring an abstract collage of light-rail vehicles – was revealed as the contest’s winning entry. The contest drew 47 entries that were narrowed down to five finalists by a group of community members from neighborhoods along the Green Line and then put up for a public, online vote in May.

To recognize her efforts, Metro Transit General Manager Brian Lamb presented Williams, 27, with a $500 check and a Go-To Card good for a year’s worth of bus and train rides outside the Green Line’s Operations and Maintenance Facility in Lowertown St. Paul. She will also receive a framed copy of the poster.

More importantly to Williams, her work will be seen by tens of thousands of people who attend the Green Line’s grand opening. Postcard-sized copies of the poster will be distributed at stations and a limited number of larger copies will be available on Metro Transit’s store beginning Saturday.

Surrounded by her family, Williams said she was elated to have a part in the history-making opening and that the poster “resonated with the people that the work was there to serve.”

“I’m so excited I can’t even contain it,” she said.

(Republished from the Metro Transit blog.)

Dr. Avelino Mills-Novoa Named Interim President of MCTC

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

Dr. Avelino Mills-NovoaThe Board of Trustees of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) named Avelino Mills-Novoa to serve as the interim president for Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC).

“Dr. Mills-Novoa understands the challenges and opportunities that MCTC faces and I deeply appreciate his willingness to serve as interim president,” said Chancellor Steven Rosenstone. “He will work collaboratively with students, faculty, staff, and community leaders to address the college’s challenges and position MCTC in the search for its next president.”

Mills-Novoa is vice president of Student Affairs at MCTC and professor emeritus of Community Psychology at St. Cloud State University. He served as assistant dean and director of student services for the General College, as interim Dean of Undergraduate Studies, and as interim associate vice president in multicultural and academic affairs at the University of Minnesota. He has devoted his career in higher education to working toward educational equity and social justice for multicultural populations, including access and opportunity for persons who are socially and economically underrepresented in higher education; gender equity; gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender (GLBT) rights and opportunity; and access and opportunity for people living with disabilities. A first-generation college graduate, he holds a bachelor’s in Latin American studies, and a masters and a doctorate in educational psychology from the University of Minnesota.

Mills-Novoa succeeds Phil Davis who has served as president since 1998 and was recently appointed the associate vice chancellor serving as the managing director of the MnSCU Campus Service Cooperative.

MCTC Receives “Merit Award” for Fine Arts Plaza

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

MCTC Fine Arts PlazaThis spring, the Minnesota chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA-MN) awarded Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC) the Merit Award for its Fine Arts Plaza. This award recognizes excellence in design, attention to detail, emphasis on sustainability and other factors. MCTC celebrated the completion of its plaza overhaul last year with a kickoff celebration among students, faculty, staff, neighbors and community partners. Click here for an album of before-and-after photographs of the outdoor plaza.

“MCTC is committed to storm water management and the greening of the campus,” said MCTC Director of Facilities Roger Broz. “Both benefit the MCTC campus community and City of Minneapolis. It is great to be recognized for our efforts.”

The College has made efforts to institute sustainable practices throughout its campus. MCTC was awarded the Downtown Improvement District Greening Award in 2012 and 2013 for its commitment to urban green spaces. The recent outdoor plaza redesign incorporated multiple rain gardens in order to address stormwater runoff. Members of the College Urban Farm Collective club advocated for and are now planting an urban garden in a formerly unused corner lot of the College campus.

MCTC has committed to actively incorporate sustainability and emissions reduction goals into every aspect of the institution. The College signed the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) in December 2007, and currently maintains a Climate Action Plan outlining goals for further emissions reduction, community collaboration and economic investment in sustainable suppliers.

Photo: The MCTC Fine Arts Plaza. Photo credit: Dana Wheelock.

Congressman Keith Ellison Encourages Eligible MCTC Students to Enroll in MNsure

Posted on: March 24th, 2014 by insidemctc No Comments

Keith Ellison speaks at MCTC about MNsure.On March 18, Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison visited Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC) to encourage eligible students to enroll in MNsure, the Minnesota health insurance exchange. The deadline for eligible residents to enroll in the exchange is March 31.

Rep. Ellison was joined by MNsure navigators who answered questions and assisted MCTC students in enrolling in the exchange. MCTC has a large number of students who are currently un- or under-insured and may benefit from the state exchange. All enrolled MCTC students have the option to receive basic health care services at the campus Boynton health clinic, an initiative funded by student fees.

Rep. Ellison remained at MCTC for close to two hours to speak with students. His visit was covered by several local news outlets, including Insight News. Read their full story here. For a photo gallery from the Congressman’s visit, click here.

$3.3 Million Grant to MnSCU Means Customized Training for MCTC Community Partners

Posted on: March 14th, 2014 by insidemctc No Comments

Training at MCTC.Thirteen Minnesota state colleges have been selected to receive 18 grants totaling $3.3 million from the Minnesota Job Skills Partnership (MJSP). Businesses working as partners with these colleges will match these grants with an additional $8.1 million bringing the total impact of the awards to $11.4 million. The colleges will use these funds to develop and deliver customized training programs that meet the specific needs of each business partner. Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC) will partner with two local employers, Gedney Foods and the St. Paul Pioneer Press, utilizing more than $290,000 of these funds to develop customized training.

“Each year, our colleges and universities train over 150,000 incumbent workers through partnerships with more than 6,000 Minnesota businesses and employers,” said Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Chancellor Steven Rosenstone. “These grants and the generous matching funds from our business partners will help ensure Minnesota workers stay at the leading edge of their fields. Customized training for employees is a critical element in keeping Minnesota industries globally competitive.” The training programs developed with grant funding will be utilized by MnSCU campuses and business partners throughout the state.

In the last 12 months, MCTC has received $1.2 million in MJSP grants. With these grants, MCTC has swiftly responded to the workforce needs of employers in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area. In turn, these industry partnerships have furthered MCTC’s reputation as a preferred provider of workforce solutions through process improvement and business transformation training.

Of the total $290,000 MCTC will receive of this grant, the College will partner with two local employers to provide customized training:

  • St. Paul Pioneer Press: Nearly $50,000 will be used by MCTC’s Division of Continuing Education and Customized Training to provide a one-year business transformation training program for the Pioneer Press management team across the organization in a number of critical areas including business process improvement, financial management, project management, leadership, critical thinking and innovation. This will ensure Pioneer Press employees have the needed 21st century skills to fully deploy digital media tools for subscribers and advertisers, and increase skills, capabilities and innovation to maximize print product market share.
  • Gedney Foods: Makers of the famed Minnesota pickle, $240,000 of the grant will be used by MCTC’s Division of Continuing Education and Customized Training to provide a three-year training program focusing on workplace safety, maximizing productivity, process standardization, workforce advancement and food safety qualifications.

The Minnesota Job Skills Partnership (MJSP), a program of the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, works with businesses and educational institutions to train or retrain workers, expand work opportunities, and keep high-quality jobs in the state. MJSP training grants are used to offset training-related expenses associated with meeting Minnesota’s current and future workforce needs.

The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities include 24 two-year community, technical, and comprehensive colleges and seven state universities serving more than 430,000 students. It is the fifth-largest higher education system of its kind in the United States.