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AME Annual Banquet to be Held March 21

Posted on: March 4th, 2014 by insidemctc No Comments

MCTC AME programYou are invited to the African American Education Empowerment Program’s (AME) annual Black History Month Banquet held at MCTC. The banquet is an opportunity to recognize the success of AME and MCTC students, the MCTC community and the greater Twin Cities community. The banquet will take place on Friday, March 21 from 7–8:30 p.m. with check-in and networking beginning at 6:30 p.m.

The keynote speaker for this event will be Dr. Timothy Childs, president of TLC Precision Wafer Technology and head of the TLC Foundation. Dr. Childs was recommended by Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton to meet with President Barack Obama to discuss the topic of innovative technologies and his involvement with “at risk” students from North Minneapolis in 2011. Read more here.

The banquet is free and open to the MCTC and greater Twin Cities community. It will also feature music led by AME students and a “soul food” meal.

For more information about the banquet, or to RSVP to attend, please email AME@minneapolis.edu no later than Monday, March 17. 

About AME
The African American Education Empowerment Program (AME) consists of four distinct programs to create opportunities for the educational success of students of color who are attending Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC). Each AME program contributes to the retention, graduation and personal growth of students and empowers them to develop leadership skills through their education, mentoring opportunities and involvement in the college community, society, nation and world. Learn more here.

About TLC Wafer Technology
TLC Precision Wafer Technology is a leader in providing quality reliable and innovative high performance millimeter-wave products to customers in the millimeter-wave and high-speed photonic industries. This includes military and commercial telecommunications, security and automotive electronic and other applications. http://www.tlcprecision.com/

About the TLC Foundation
TLC Education Foundation has evolved over the last 10 years into an organization that helps “at-risk” students and families to develop academic confidence, to understanding the importance of education and to develop and implement paths to move college aspirations into reality. http://tlceducationfoundation.org/

MCTC Celebrates Black History Month with College, Community Partnerships

Posted on: February 10th, 2014 by insidemctc No Comments

Spirit and Soul exhibitIn celebrating community, teaching history and heading into the future, MCTC joins its partners throughout the community in celebrating Black History Month. Black History Month is designated for the remembrance of important people and events in the history of the African diaspora. MCTC takes great pride in the study of African diaspora. The College, in conjunction with its African American Education Empowerment Program (AME) and the Basilica of St. Mary, takes special note of black history with celebratory events and activities throughout the month. View our Black History Month page for a full list of events happening in February.

AME has been creating opportunities for the educational success of students of color who are attending MCTC since 2011. Each of four distinct AME programs contributes to the retention, graduation and personal growth of students and empowers them to develop leadership skills through education, mentoring opportunities and involvement in the college community, society, nation and world. Black History Month provides students the opportunity to design creative ways to gather their peers and celebrate. AME is hosting multiple events this month, and culminating their celebrations with their annual celebration banquet and community shoe donation distribution. Click here for a full list of events.

The Basilica of St. Mary has been MCTC’s neighbor for the 35+ years MCTC has inhabited its current location on Hennepin Ave. and Loring Park. As long-standing partners in community service, MCTC and the Basilica are partnering this year to host Black History Month events including an art exhibit showcasing the work of MCTC students, and a celebratory concert. Click here for a full list of events.

Recognizing the myriad interests of its diverse population of students, MCTC recently introduced an Associate in Arts with Emphasis in African Diaspora Studies program. In this innovative program, students analyze the history, politics and cultures of African people globally and locally. Students explore the experiences of the descendants of the Transatlantic Slave Trade, recent immigrants from Africa to the U.S. and Europe, and many other aspects of African diasporic lives around the globe. It’s an exciting addition to the more than 130 programs of study at MCTC.

Part of the African Diaspora Studies program is a summer field-study course, “Race in America: Then and Now.” The six-credit field study course is done in partnership with the Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs and takes place in June each year. Students explore the philosophy, practice and historical implications of the U.S. Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s and how these past struggles are inextricably linked to current struggles around race, class and inequality. The course is based at Jackson State University in Jackson, Miss. and includes multi-day field trips to sites in Alabama, Tennessee and Louisiana.

We invite you to explore black history with us at MCTC!

MCTC and the Basilica of St. Mary Honor Black History Month

Posted on: February 3rd, 2014 by insidemctc No Comments

Spirit and Soul exhibitMinneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC) is honored to announce its partnership with the Basilica of St. Mary in celebrating Black History Month. The Basilica is hosting Spirit and Soul: The Culture of Balance, Rhythm and Texture. This exhibit showcases artwork from many MCTC students, and runs through Feb. 23.

An opening reception will be held Thursday, Feb. 6 at 5 p.m. in the Lower Oval Gallery of the Basilica. In addition, the Basilica will host a concert in honor of the exhibit and Black History Month on Friday, Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. Please note, this event has been cancelled due to inclement weather across the state.

MCTC Celebrates Black History Month With Spirit and Soul

Posted on: January 25th, 2012 by insidemctc No Comments

On February 17, 2012, from 7-8:15 p.m., MCTC, in partnership with the Basilica of Saint Mary, will be celebrating Black History Month with Spirit and Soul, a celebration to honor the achievements made by students of African descent.

The main event, held in the Basilica Sanctuary, will include spoken word, music and dance performances. Performers will include Jerry Steele from the Lundstrup Center for Performing Arts, Papa Diop, the MCTC Jazz Ensemble and Cedar Riverside Art Zone for Youth. There is no reservation required for the main event at 7 p.m., and free parking will be available in the MCTC Parking Ramp, next to the Basilica.

A dessert reception will follow the main event in the Basilica Teresa of Calcutta Hall in the lower level of the undercroft. Reservations for the dessert reception must be made by February 14, 2012. For more information about the event, or to reserve your space for the dessert reception, please visit the Spirit and Soul website at www.minneapolis.edu/BHM.

Spirit and Soul is generously sponsored by the MCTC Foundation and WCCO News.

Other events held on campus in February during Black History Month include:

  • The kick-off of MCTC’s Student African American Brotherhood (SAAB), the first chapter of this national organization in the State of Minnesota! Details are available on the MCTC website by clicking here.
  • Student Life Presents: Black History Month Resource Fair, February 14 & 16, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Helland Student Center 2nd Floor
  • Student Life Presents: Black History Month Trivia!, 12 – 1 p.m., Helland Student Center 2nd Floor