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MCTC and Augsburg Announce Auggie Plan

Posted on: June 8th, 2015 by marketingworkstudy No Comments
MCTC and Augsburg alum David Johnson, Augsburg Dean of Arts and Sciences Amy Gort, MCTC Vice President of Academic Affairs Gail O'Kane

MCTC and Augsburg alum David Johnson, Augsburg Dean of Arts and Sciences Amy Gort, MCTC Vice President of Academic Affairs Gail O’Kane

Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC) and Augsburg College announced on May 29 the Auggie Plan—a guaranteed transfer opportunity for qualifying students who complete their first two years at MCTC. A launch event was held at MCTC with education Commissioners Brenda CasselliusLarry Pogemiller, and several other higher education and K-12 administrators, leaders and partners.

Following a defined pathway, eligible students can earn a two-year associate’s degree from MCTC and seamlessly transfer to Augsburg College to finish their bachelor’s degree. Through the Auggie Plan, students who complete 60 credits at MCTC with a 2.75 GPA or better are guaranteed admission to Augsburg College. They may also be eligible for merit scholarships based on previous college coursework.

Because students on the Auggie Plan enter Augsburg at the junior level, many will qualify for scholarships—making it possible to earn a four-year private college degree with needs-based grants, manageable student loans, and no out-of pocket costs for tuition.

“We are pleased to partner with Augsburg College on an affordable pathway that allows our students to transfer easily to a four-year college to earn their bachelor’s degree,” said MCTC Interim President Avelino Mills-Novoa. “Many of our students are drawn to Augsburg’s excellent liberal arts tradition. This partnership makes that dream more accessible. Augsburg has been a great partner in providing nursing education. It is a great pleasure to extend our partnership to more of our students.”

“We recognize that intellectually talented students of ability come from all walks of life,” said Augsburg College President Paul C. Pribbenow. “Every higher education institution must heed the call to educate students of ability. It is through this call that our colleges and universities can secure economic prosperity not only for students, but for our state and nation. We are honored to collaborate with MCTC to support students in their journey of vocational discernment and pursuit of careers.”

Coverage of the event was also published by Minnesota Public Radio.

About Minneapolis Community and Technical College
Minneapolis Community and Technical College is a member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System, and offers students more than 120 liberal arts, career and technical programs designed to prepare them for good jobs in high-demand professions or transfer to a four‐year college or university. Located in the heart of downtown Minneapolis, MCTC enrolls around 12,000 students annually in credit and non-credit programs.

About Augsburg College
Augsburg College is set in a vibrant neighborhood at the heart of the Twin Cities, and offers more than 50 undergraduate majors and nine graduate degrees to more than 3,500 students of diverse backgrounds. Augsburg College educates students to be informed citizens, thoughtful stewards, critical thinkers, and responsible leaders. The Augsburg experience is supported by an engaged community committed to intentional diversity in its life and work. An Augsburg education is defined by excellence in the liberal arts and professional studies, guided by the faith and values of the Lutheran church, and shaped by its urban and global settings.

Future Teacher Conference to Recruit Workforce Representative of Student Body

Posted on: February 3rd, 2015 by insidemctc No Comments

Early Childhood Education student at MCTCMinneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC), in collaboration with Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS), is pleased to host the Future Teacher Conference on the MCTC campus on Saturday, March 7 from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. The conference is free and open to MPS students, employees and parents who are interested in becoming teachers.

This partnership is part of a larger project bringing together Augsburg College, Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS), Saint Paul Public Schools and MCTC to recruit future teachers—particularly teachers of color—to teacher education programs like MCTC’s, in order to facilitate a gateway into the teaching profession and ensure the future workforce is diverse and representative of the student body. Recently, MCTC and these partners received a Bush Foundation scholarship to build educational infrastructure to intentionally recruit teacher candidates of color, improve their clinical experiences while training and support their smooth transition into a teaching career.

The conference provides an opportunity for individuals interested in pursuing teaching to explore their degree options. The event will feature information sessions, lunch and a keynote speaker. Sessions will cover topics including daily classroom experiences of an MPS teacher, how to select an institution of higher education to pursue teaching, educational philosophies, resume building, funding schooling and how to select a licensure area.

Interested in attending the Future Teacher Conference? Register by Feb. 20 by clicking here. Lunch is included.

Photo: An MCTC student in the Early Childhood Education program.

MCTC, Augsburg & Others to Diversify Teacher Workforce

Posted on: December 23rd, 2014 by marketingworkstudy No Comments

Bush_GrantSTORYMinneapolis Community and Technical College will collaborate with Augsburg College, Minneapolis Public Schools and Saint Paul Public Schools to utilize funds from a recent Bush Foundation grant to build educational infrastructure that intentionally recruits teacher candidates of color, improves their clinical experiences while training, and supports their smooth transition into a teaching career.

“Currently, about 97 percent of teachers in Minnesota are white,” said Kristy Snyder, dean of Academic Foundations. “MCTC has a strong record of engaging future teachers of color in our culturally competent teacher education program to prepare them for their future classrooms. Around 60 percent of students in MCTC’s educational programs are students of color. This grant encourages creative ways to recruit and retain teacher candidates of color, and because of that, Augsburg reached out to us to collaborate with them.”

This effort to recruit and support teacher candidates of color comes amidst the climate of teacher shortages in areas like special education and ESOL, and also in light of a large portion of the state teacher population approaching retirement age. The grant will strengthen the existing connection between MCTC’s two-year program and transfer opportunities to Augsburg while providing supplementary support to candidates to ensure their success as new teachers.

“The program at MCTC is very focused on cultural competency,” said Snyder. “For this reason, we currently attract many teacher candidates of color. By strengthening our articulation agreement with Augsburg, we strengthen the incentive for candidates to complete MCTC’s program, transfer and be placed.”

“Our greater goal is to utilize our community resources to close the state’s achievement gap,” said Snyder. “This is the perfect opportunity to make use of the talent and experience in our own communities.”

MCTC will host a Future Teacher Conference on March 7 for individuals interested in learning more about MCTC’s educational programs. Registration will be available soon on the Minneapolis Public Schools website.