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MCTC Interim President Calls on Community to Support Muslim Students

Posted on: November 16th, 2015 by marketingworkstudy No Comments

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The ISIS led terrorist attacks in Beirut, Baghdad, and Paris over the same twenty-four hour period last week leave me with deep feelings of sadness for the individuals who lost their lives and worry about those whose lives yet hang in the balance. Here at home, I am concerned that members of our Muslim community may become misguided targets for suspicion and retribution.

While none of us here is directly to blame for the terrible events unfolding in France, Lebanon and Iraq, how we respond to these events as they play out will define us as a community. Each of us needs to be thoughtful about how we choose to respond.

I urge you to keep the many victims of the attacks in Beirut, Baghdad and Paris in your thoughts and spiritual observances while reaching out to one another in support. Engage one another in conversation, console one another, and reach out to our Muslim brothers and sisters. Together, as one community, we will navigate through these difficult times.

In Peace,

Avelino Mills-Novoa
Interim President
Minneapolis Community and Technical College

MnSCU Offers an Alternative to High Tuition

Posted on: October 27th, 2015 by marketingworkstudy No Comments

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This article originally appeared in the Sunday, Oct. 25, 2015 edition of the Star Tribune

An Oct. 18 article (“Private colleges try to soften $50-60K ‘sticker shock’  ”) reports that the most expensive college in the state now tops $60,000 per year and that four other private colleges are close behind.

Even if financial aid reduced the cost by 50 percent — as many private colleges say is possible — we’re still talking about an undergraduate degree that costs $100,000 or more.

What the article doesn’t mention is that there is a much more affordable way to get an exceptional education in just about any area of study — 555 different programs, to be exact — in a wide range of liberal arts and technical fields.

As its name implies, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities is a system of seven universities and 24 community and technical colleges throughout the state. The average cost of tuition is $5,399 per year at the colleges and $7,999 per year at the universities — and that is before financial aid is applied. Students who come from families with less than $20,000 in annual income pay only $525 in tuition per year at our colleges and $841 per year at our universities, while families with annual income of less than $40,000 pay $1,097 per year at our colleges and $1,409 at our universities. At these rates, a quality education is accessible to anyone who has a dream of a better future.

Outstanding higher education doesn’t have to cost $60,000 a year. We encourage students and their families to explore all their higher-education options, including the high-quality, more-affordable options available on the campuses of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities.

Devinder Malhotra, president of Metropolitan State University and Avelino Mill-Novoa, president of Minneapolis Community and Technical College

 

MCTC Interim President and Vice President “Sleep Out” with YouthLink

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

YouthLink sleep outAs the night sky darkened under a rare “super blood moon,” MCTC Interim President Avelino Mills-Novoa and Alberto Day, YouthLink ambassador and MCTC student on hiatus, took this photo (right) at YouthLink’s Night of Hope event September 27.

MCTC Interim Vice President of Student Affairs Patrick Troup and Avelino talked with Alberto at the event, encouraging him to finish his associate degree. Alberto has a dream of finishing his Bachelor of Arts in Social Work at the University of Minnesota – Morris and continuing on to become a social worker.

Interim President Avelino Mills-novoa would like to thank you to those everyone who generously donated to support YouthLink and its mission – donations totaled $2,500! It is not too late if you want to make a contribution. Please go to http://www.youthlinkmn.org/night-of-hope-participants/ and scroll down to MCTC Team, click on the team, and make a contribution supporting YouthLink’s work on behalf of homeless youth. The webpage will be up through next week. Thank You!

MCTC President and Student Attend Obama’s Town Hall

Posted on: June 30th, 2014 by insidemctc No Comments

MCTC President Avelino Mills-Novoa and student Michael ElliottMCTC Interim President-Elect Dr. Avelino Mills-Novoa and MCTC student Michael Elliott attended an invitation-only town hall meeting with President Barack Obama held at Minnehaha Falls today.

“I’m grateful I was given the chance to hear President Obama talk about the economy and middle-class Americans,” said Elliott. “I’ve been middle class my whole life. I was raised by a single mom, so when I see wage inequality, I know that’s directly hurting kids who grew up like me.” Elliott, who was born in California and grew up in North Minneapolis, is pursuing his A.A. in Liberal Arts at MCTC. “I’m interested in Information Technology, because there is still a digital divide in my community,” he said.

Elliott is a non-traditional student in his 40s who returned to college after raising a family. “Life took me away from college in my early 20s,” said Elliott. “I held jobs between now and then, but never a career. Now my son is 22 and finishing college himself, and I decided to go back to school to create professional credibility.”MCTC President Avelino Mills-Novoa and student Michael Elliott

Mills-Novoa and Elliott were among only 300 people to receive an invitation to Obama’s town hall meeting. “I’m here because my story isn’t any different from the students at MCTC,” said Mills-Novoa. “I’m an immigrant and a person of color, and education changed my life.”

Obama’s stop at Minnehaha Falls took place almost exactly 50 years after former President Lyndon B. Johnson visited the Falls on June 27, 1964.

Images: MCTC president-elect Avelino Mills-Novoa and student Michael Elliott. The two snapped a selfie at the event (lower).

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.