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Vote Now for This Year’s Greening Awards!

Posted on: August 14th, 2015 by insidemctc No Comments

The Minneapolis Downtown Improvement District is rewarding sustainable design and attention to the environment again!

Click here to vote now for this year’s Annual Greening and Public Realm Awards. The recent redesign of the MCTC outdoor plaza created a lush backyard for the campus that allows Loring Park’s presence to be felt here at the College. MCTC received Greening awards in 2012, 2013 and 2014.

Want to learn more about the plaza redesign, the sustainable design and the flora that are carefully tended? Come take a tour of the outdoor plaza on Opening Day, Wednesday, Aug. 19 at noon. All MCTC students, faculty, staff and members of the community are invited to learn more about the plaza redesign, campus and city sustainability efforts and plants at the tour. Questions are welcome! The tour will be rescheduled in the case of inclement weather.

Again, to vote in this year’s Annual Greening and Public Realm Awards, click here or visit http://www.minneapolisdid.com/greeningawards.

MCTC Graphic Design Instructor Receives Recognition for Work in Downtown Minneapolis

Posted on: July 7th, 2015 by insidemctc No Comments
Photo by Stephanie Glaros, published on minneapolisdid.com.

Photo by Stephanie Glaros, published on minneapolisdid.com.

MCTC Graphic Design Instructor and alum Stephanie Glaros is collaborating with the Minneapolis Downtown Improvement District (DID) and the city’s Community Planning and Economic Development (CPED) department for her unique approach to community photography and engagement. Stephanie is one of many artists collaborating with the Minneapolis Long Range Planning division to help ensure the city’s compelling downtown experience, and will be conducting outreach to downtown community members using engagement processes beyond the technological realm.

“I am proud that Stephanie not only graduated with an A.S. in Graphic Design from MCTC, but also went on to be an important faculty member of the Graphic Design program,” said Bill Hendricks, MCTC Graphic Design instructor.

From the DID website: “The goal is for Glaros to use still photography, audio and video to paint pictures of what people think and feel when they are in the downtown area. The hope from Glaros’ perspective is she’ll be able to give the average person a voice and a way to be heard.” Read the story here.

Envisioning the Ends: A Concert, Celebration, Community Activation

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

Sound-Arts-concertThe MCTC Sound Society student club, in collaboration with MCTC Student Life and local and national activist organizations, are excited to present Envisioning the Ends, a free celebration, concert and community activation event that will be held in Loring Park on Thursday, May 7. The concert will feature some of the area’s finest bands of young performers coming together for the purpose of envisioning the ends of all ongoing American civil wars and violent conflicts between American communities. This concert is about peace, hope, and not being afraid to stand up for them.

Music runs from 2:30–8:30 p.m., and the concert is free. Please share this with your communities!

Performances include:

  • Chastity Brown
  • PaviElle
  • Treading North
  • Haiku (from Ferguson, MO)
  • Lucien Parker
  • One False Move
  • and more!

Event emcees and hosts will be Joe Horton and Crescent Moon of Mixed Blood Majority

This event is taking place with the participation of:

  • 15 Now MN
  • MN Norml
  • Youth for Social Justice
  • Green Dot Anti-Violence
  • Citizens for a Loring Park Community
  • MAD DADS
  • and many more!

Green Dot Day Advocates Community Violence Prevention on May 1

Posted on: April 17th, 2014 by insidemctc No Comments

Green Dot Day 2014 Take a stand against violence! Join members of the Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC) and Loring Park communities to recognize and advocate against power-based personal violence on Green Dot Day!

A “green dot” is an individual commitment to counteracting “red dots,” or moments when words, choices or actions contribute to or tolerate power-based personal violence. Any intervention that reduces the likelihood of violence is a green dot.

On May 1, MCTC faculty, staff and students, Minneapolis MAD DADS, KMOJ and other local organizations will rally against violence with a day of discussions, displays, rousing celebration and a unity march through the park. Everyone is invited! For updates from the event planners, visit Green Dot Day on Facebook.

Learning Locally, Lucie Builds Her Skills and Her Community

Posted on: January 7th, 2014 by insidemctc No Comments

Lucie, MCTC studentThe MCTC campus was quiet during finals week before the fall semester ended. Most students had finished their exams and left campus, but Lucie Skjefte was studying late into finals week. “I have my last final on Friday, and then I’m going to take my son to see Santa,” said Lucie.

Lucie felt drawn to MCTC from a young age. “My sister attended college here before I started. Going to MCTC always seemed like the natural thing to do,” she said. One of the biggest draws to the College was United Nations of Indian Tribes for Education (UNITE), MCTC’s Native American student group, and the American Indian Success Program. “When I first started, seeing the success of UNITE students pushed me to work hard and be successful too,” said Lucie. “UNITE is there to inspire and encourage one another. It’s there for people to reach out to when they need it.” Lucie is now the president of UNITE.

Before returning to school, Lucie learned she was expecting a baby in 2009. “I knew if I was going to have a child, I’d need to make some changes.” Lucie was a single mother of a newborn, but after being offered housing by a family member, she was able to return to school at MCTC. “Having stable housing meant the world to me. It meant I could finally go back to and focus on school,” said Lucie.

“My son changed everything for me. He inspires me, and he grounds me. I always knew he’d be my rock.”

As soon as Lucie returned to school, she excelled academically. “I’ve always been one to build a foundation,” she said. “I took some great fundamental classes, and eventually determined my passion and skills intersected at Graphic Design. That’s where I excelled.” In 2011 Lucie joined the Phi Theta Kappa honors society, and this spring, she will graduate from MCTC with A.A.S degrees and certificates in both Graphic Design: Print Media and Graphic Design: Web and Interactive Media.

Lucie decided to finish her studies at MCTC and transfer. “My instructors and my advisor encouraged me to reach beyond my comfort level, and that encouragement was all I needed,” said Lucie. “I considered several out-of-state Ivy League schools, but Minneapolis has a great art community. I decided I really wanted to stay local.”

Shortly before the new year, Lucie received her acceptance letter to the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD), and a pleasant surprise. “Along with my acceptance letter I learned I’d be getting a $15,000 Presidential Merit Scholarship to MCAD.” Lucie’s ultimate goal is to teach the topics she loves and excels at. “I want to be able to give back everything I’ve learned about art and design, and to inspire my community.”