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Estefanía: A Confident Leader

Posted on: August 26th, 2014 by marketingworkstudy No Comments

Estefania HeadshotEstefanía Navarro was hit by culture shock when she came to the U.S. in 2005 and realized Americans didn’t like the Disney Channel show Lizzie McGuire as much as she thought they did. Born in Morelos, Mexico, the MCTC student had learned all she knew about the U.S. from television and movies.

Estefanía came to the U.S. with her single mother and younger brother. Her mother, who had lived and worked in the country previously, left Mexico for better job opportunities. Despite having taken English classes at a private school in Morelos and attending a mostly Latino middle school in South Minneapolis, the transition was still difficult. 

“I was lucky to have gone to a private school in Mexico,” she said. “I had very strict teachers who shaped me into who I am today.”

In 2007, Estefanía began attending Camp Sunrise, a free YouthCARE program that hosts urban youth at a camp in Rush City, Minn. every summer and teaches them the importance of the environment and working together. At the camp she learned the importance of working with others efficiently and how to be a proper leader. She was also struck by the diversity of her fellow campers.

“Seeing all these people with different backgrounds in the same place was amazing,” she said. 

Estefanía continued attending the camp through middle and high school, eventually becoming a junior counselor and then a full-fledged counselor. She enjoys establishing connections and getting to know the campers she oversees. She remembers herself as a shy and quiet teenager who lacked confidence when she first attended the camp. Over the years, her confidence has grown and she is now helping others who were like her.

Estefanía first walked the skyways of MCTC as a middle school student when the College was hosting a Latino-related conference and, later as a Jump Startstudent. The diversity of the campus community stood out and reminded her of Camp Sunrise. 

Estefanía was one of three Latino students to graduate with honors at her high school. Proud as she was, she felt like she had lost some of her culture since arriving in the U.S.

“I felt like I was losing a part of myself,” she said.

When she started attending MCTC, she heard about culture-related student clubs through Student Life. A representative from the Xicanos Latinos United (XLU) club encouraged her to attend one of their meetings. She felt like the club might help her regain some of her culture. After one meeting, she was sold.

“XLU is the family I didn’t have growing up,” she said.

Estefanía not only made friends in the club, but she’s also learned more about Mexican culture.

She experienced one of her proudest moments with the club when she organized a culture fashion show. She worked with more than 10 students from XLU and other Student Life culture-related clubs to model native clothing for their peers. The diversity and community she saw in the fashion show reminded her of why she came to MCTC. 

“We made friends with other students that we normally wouldn’t talk to,” she said.

In addition to her club involvement, Estefanía attended Student Senate meetings during her first year at MCTC. The more meetings she attended, the more intrigued she became by the passion she saw in the students participating. She wanted to be a part of that so she became a senator. As a senator, she wanted to make a change but she needed “a little more push.” In order to do that, she ran and became the director of diversity on the Student Senate’s Board of Directors.

“I really appreciate MCTC’s diversity, and I wanted to do something to help out and represent the minority community,” she said.

When a new election period came along, Estefanía had the option of running for director of diversity again or running for another position. She remembered her lessons from Camp Sunrise, and decided to take on more of a leadership position. 

“I knew the next president would need a strong vice president and I felt like I was the right person for it,” she said. “It felt like the natural thing to do.”

Student Senate inspired Estefanía to get involved with politics outside of MCTC. She stays up to date on political news and watches political documentaries. Her involvement with Camp Sunrise and Student Senate has also sparked a career interest in either education or politics.

“Closing in on the achievement gap is a passion of mine,” she said. “We need to keep students engaged and education is key for a brighter future no matter what your ethnicity or nationality.”

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.

C3 Fellows Offers Students Opportunities in Healthcare in Collaboration with Central Corridor Light Rail

Posted on: December 16th, 2013 by insidemctc No Comments

C3 Fellows Internship ProgramStudents looking for jobs in the healthcare industry will get a leg up thanks to the Central Corridor College Fellows (C3 Fellows) program. The C3 Fellows program connects students of Saint Paul College and Minneapolis Community and Technical College who live within one mile of the Central Corridor green line light rail route with entry-level healthcare employment opportunities also located within one mile of the line. The partnership includes employers like Health Partners, Regions Hospital, Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare, Fairview Health Services, Healtheast Care System and more. Visit www.c3fellows.org to learn about qualifications, view program benefits and apply online for this exciting partnership program.

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C3 Fellows will also be hosting open houses at MCTC and Saint Paul College. Visit with C3 Fellows’ staff, learn about job opportunities and enjoy free refreshments:

  • Tuesday, Dec. 17, 3–5 p.m., Minneapolis Community & Technical College, room K.3340
  • Wednesday, Dec. 18, 3–5 p.m., Saint Paul College, room 3320

Please contact Director of Healthcare Partnerships Brian Mogren with any questions.

State Budget Allows for Two-Year Tuition Freeze

Posted on: July 24th, 2013 by insidemctc No Comments

Photo: MCTC put tuition on ice.Amidst concerns of the growing cost of college and mounting student debt, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) is freezing tuition at each of its 31 campuses for two fiscal years. As a result, Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC) tuition will remain at its current levels for the next two years.

The two-year tuition freeze was made possible by a $78 million appropriation by the state legislature during the 2013 session. In addition to the tuition freeze, changes in the state grant program will ensure grants for approximately 7,700 MnSCU college students in the 2013-14 academic year. The largest increases in the numbers of state grant recipients are projected to occur among part-time students. “With this budget, we remain the state’s highest value and most affordable higher education option by significant margins,” said MnSCU Chancellor Steven Rosenstone.

Many students opt to begin their higher education careers at a community or technical college and later transfer to four-year universities, saving tens of thousands of dollars on tuition in the process. The MnSCU tuition freeze ensures transfer students will continue to see this degree of savings for the next two years. In addition to these guaranteed savings, MCTC offers need- and merit-based grants and scholarships to qualifying students.

“The state support is a wonderful benefit to our students,” said Scott Erickson, vice president of finance and operations at MCTC. “This tuition freeze will help our students better plan to cover the cost of education, knowing our rates will not increase for the next two years.”

“Affordable tuition, together with grants to address unmet financial need, will help open the door to educational opportunity for students from all backgrounds,” said Chancellor Rosenstone.

The application deadline for the fall semester is August 9. Click here to apply.

Photo: MCTC tuition compared with other colleges.

MCTC’s 2013 Method Portfolio Best of Show Peer-to-Peer Award Winners

Posted on: May 20th, 2013 by insidemctc No Comments
MCTC's Method portfolio student Peer-to-Peer award winners

From left to right, 2013 Method portfolio best of show winners Brenda Y. Ngo, Ryan Hoffman and Linsey Peterson.

They are all winners.

But the students of this year’s MCTC graphic and web design portfolio class have singled a few students out for exceptional work in their culminating Method design show.

Linsey Peterson, Ryan Hoffman and Brenda Ngo were awarded first, second and third place in the Best of Show Peer-to-Peer Portfolio Contest. Three students, Clare O’Neill, Claire Bailey and Victoria Dibble, tied for an Honorable Mention award. Award recipients are chosen via vote by portfolio students themselves. First, second and third place winners are given degrees of Adobe Creative Suite software. This award is funded by Graphic and Web Design alum Manuel Castellanos Raboso and Graphic Design instructor Jake Jacobson.

In the voting process, each portfolio student was given the opportunity to award three votes to their peers covering several evaluative areas:

  • Overall creative presentation of the portfolio
  • Overall creativity, focus, and uniqueness portfolio
  • Overall continuity in presentation of portfolio
  • Overall leadership and team/class participation of Method 2013
  • Overall design principles presented in the portfolio
  • Overall body of creative work
  • Overall representation of the ideals of the creative design industry and their Method 2013 stated mission

Read more about the Graphic Design program at MCTC here.