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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.

Serving students through our student health clinic

Posted on: September 5th, 2012 by insidemctc No Comments

student health clinic workersResponding to the individualized needs of the campus community, MCTC’s student health clinic provides a confidential and intimate setting for students to access preventative, primary care and mental health services. Open five days a week this fall, the clinic is located in MCTC’s new and vibrant Helland Center where it’s easily accessible by all students.

“The students we’re serving are representative of the rich diversity at the College,” said Jenny Swanson, RN, clinic manager. “We understand the comprehensive pressures students are facing, whether related to their general physical and mental health, economic or educational challenges, or other pressures life can bring. Our goal is to be present with the students, establish strong relationships and meet their health care needs.”

When human services student Amy Bartholomew arrived at the clinic, she was having difficulty breathing due to severe asthma symptoms. “Despite my not having health insurance and the clinics busy schedule, they rushed me in and I was treated immediately,” said Amy.  “The clinic team was caring, empathetic and generally concerned for my well-being. “ Following Amy’s visit, clinic staff contacted her to follow-up, going above and beyond traditional health care services. The clinic strives to be known for this type of care.

Most health care services offered are available at no out-of-pocket cost to enrolled students. MCTC tuition includes a small health service fee, which pays for the on-campus health care services. Insurance is not required, but is accepted if available, to help sustain the clinic. “Traditional services including routine preventative medical exams; acute care for minor injuries and common illnesses; testing; vaccines and mental health evaluation and referral are among the many services provided free at the clinic,” said Jenny.

“We’re excited to have the health clinic on campus,” said Tara Martinez, director of Student Life at MCTC. “The clinic is an outstanding example of our student senate and student body working together with the College to hear student needs and spearhead an initiative that brought the clinic to MCTC.”