MCTC was honored to welcome a delegation of about 20 instructors and administrators from Henan University of Economics and Law this week. The visit was part of a broader trip to the University of Minnesota’s China Center for coursework. The delegates were welcomed by MCTC English instructor Wendi Chen, Physics instructor Ningsheng Huang and Nursing student Lourdmy Jean.
MCTC President Phil Davis took questions from the delegation about how American community colleges differ from four-year universities. “Students come to colleges like MCTC for a variety of reasons,” said Davis. “They come to get their associate degree, to learn career and technical trades or to take a couple classes and transfer. Community colleges are affordable options.”
MCTC employees described College processes—from admissions and advising to funding and transfer opportunities—to the audience. Delegates heard from MCTC Vice President of Academic Affairs Lois Bollman, interim Director of Institutional Research Jessica Shryack about data processes and strategic planning, Associate Vice President of Workforce Development Mike Christenson about career and technical programs, Academic Advisor Heidi Aldes about the student academic planning process and MCTC’s academic deans. Presentations were followed by a tour of the campus.
“MCTC is a global college,” said Mike Christenson. “It was a privilege to convey that to our visiting delegation of academic leaders.”