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Congratulations to MCTC Apparel Technologies Student Erica Sorenson!

Posted on: November 2nd, 2015 by insidemctc No Comments

Erica Sorenson modeling her design.

Congratulations to MCTC’s very own Erica Sorenson who won first place in a student design challenge. Erica is currently a student in MCTC’s Apparel Technologies program. She recently took part in the 2015 International Educational Conference of the Association of Sewing and Design Professionals that was held recently at the Crowne Plaza hotel in Minneapolis. She also won a sewing machine, cash prize and membership to the organization. Congratulations Erica!


MCTC Receives $350,000 in Equipment Donations

Posted on: July 6th, 2015 by marketingworkstudy No Comments

Leveraged-equipment-storyMinneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC) received nearly $350,000 in instructional equipment donations in the 2014–15 school year, and Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) will allocate an additional $350,000 through its Leveraged Equipment Donation Matching Program.

The program, launched in 2014, seeks to improve collegiate relations with local business partners. MnSCU has a history of forming industry partnerships to help benefit its students, staff and faculty.

“We are so grateful to MCTC’s partners. These donations reflect industry confidence in our faculty and students,” said Vice President of Academic Affairs Gail O’Kane. “We will continue to deliver with these partnerships.”

The following Twin Cities businesses made donations to MCTC programs during the 2014–2015 academic year:

• Air Mechanical (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration)
• Axure (Web & Interactive Media)
• Belimo(Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration)
• BIIOPAC (Biology)
• Bitzer US Inc. GA (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration)
• Dakota Supply Group (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration)
• Delta Airlines (Air Traffic Control)
• Ericksen Ellison and Associates, Inc (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration)
• Graco Inc. (CNC Machine Tool Technology)
• Harris (Business Management)
• Kurt Manufacturing (CNC Machine Tool Technology)
• Larry Yost (Apparel Technology)
• Mortenson Construction (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration)
• Nonin Medical Inc. (Polysomnographic Technology)
• NuAire Inc (Biotechnology)
• Owens Co. (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration)
• Pace Analytical (Chemistry)
• Quality Refrigeration (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration)
• South St Paul Steel Supply Co. (Welding)
• St. Cloud Hospital (Electroneurodiagnostic Technology)
• Tierney Bros (Graphic Design)
• Tom Connors (Photography & Digital Imaging)
• United Way (Physical Education)

Chaos: Evolution of Fashion

Posted on: April 25th, 2011 by insidemctc 4 Comments

Chaos 2011May 2, 2011
5:30 and 7 p.m.
T Building Plaza

Nine graduating MCTC Apparel Technologies students will unveil their spring collections on the catwalk. See cutting edge designs presented New York-style with gorgeous models on the runway.

Free and open to all.

The Groove: Fall 2010

Posted on: October 20th, 2010 by insidemctc No Comments
The Groove Fall 2010

The Groove: Fall 2010

Check out the fall 2010 issue of The Groove, MCTC’s newsletter for alumni and friends. This edition features our new Community Development program, profiles of a faculty member and alumni in our Architectural Technology program and a student in our Apparel Technologies program who started her own fashion design business. Read more…

Fashion Forward: Student Designer, Inspired by Her African Heritage, Launches Her Own Business

Posted on: July 28th, 2010 by insidemctc 37 Comments

Article originally published in the Spring 2010 issue of Minnesota State, courtesy of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities.

Joyce Cooper

Joyce Cooper, apparel technologies student, with her fashions

Designing and sewing clothing have been Joyce Cooper’s passions since she was a child. So when the Liberian immigrant decided to seriously pursue fashion design, she enrolled in the Apparel Technologies program at Minneapolis Community and Technical College to hone her skills and launch her own business.

Her fashions – mostly dresses and evening wear for women – are inspired by traditional African prints, arts and her faith. She said she loves cutting out pieces of brightly colored, patterned fabrics and incorporating the shapes on top of organza, satin, lace and other solid-colored fabrics.

“Sometimes I sleep and designs come to me,” Cooper said. “I love everything about fashion – the inspiration, design, drawing, construction. But actually seeing it fit on a human figure the way I visualized it is my favorite part.”

Cooper’s style developed as she was growing up in Liberia, where her mother taught her to sew throw pillows and other small pieces. She remembers watching her mother mend and alter her clothes, and sew drapes in their home, all by hand.

Crystal Badio

Crystal Badio models a dress by Joyce

Cooper continued to design after moving to the United States in 2001, and in 2008 she decided to get formal training and become a full-time designer. Her husband, Jefferson Cooper, a childhood friend whom she married in 1998, suggested she look into the Apparel Technologies program. After reviewing the curriculum, Cooper enrolled.

Orionna Brisbois

Orionna Brisbois models a dress made by Joyce

Cooper, 37, said the tools and courses offered at the college, including industrial sewing methods and garment construction, make creating her fashions so much easier and faster than the hand-stitching methods she had first learned.

For years, her method had been to conceive an idea and immediately start sewing. In the program, she has learned about pattern making, draping, product development, manufacturing, alterations, textiles and more. She also learned to use computer-aided design called Tuka Tech that displays a garment design on a 3-D model.

She gains inspiration from her children, ages 15, 7 and 5. “They would say, ‘Wow, Mommy – that’s so cool. That’s tight!’ I didn’t even know what ‘tight’ meant,” she said. “I thought my outfit was too tight. Or, ‘Mommy, that is the bomb. How did you do that?’ So I kept sewing and sewing.”

In two months, she created 36 outfits. Several of these fashions were showcased in a January fashion show at MCTC. Cooper expects to complete her diploma in apparel technologies this summer and plans to begin studying toward a bachelor’s degree.

Joyce Cooper, center, and models from the apparel technologies program wearing Joyce's fashions

People have begun ordering custom designs from Cooper’s business, Joy4 Designs. At the college, Cooper also learned market research to better understand how to promote her clothing line. She moved her home sewing room to a studio in January and is working to add online purchasing to her website.

Her favorite piece is a green satin dress she made to wear in March at the Minnesota International Fashion Exposé, where her fashions were showcased along with several other designers’ work. The dress features an African print trimmed with gold detailing, a flowing train and short sleeves that look like wings when she extends her arms. “It’s inspired by what I believe,” she said. “The sky is my limit.”

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