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Congratulations to MCTC Apparel Technologies Student Erica Sorenson!

Posted on: November 2nd, 2015 by insidemctc No Comments
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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 Recognized for Design Group

Posted on: April 27th, 2015 by insidemctc 1 Comment

MeetupThe MCTC Web Design department is making waves in local and national technology circles.

Host to the Minnesota Web Design Meetup group, a representative from the group, Keten Kakkad, was invited to the White House for its first national technology meetup on April 17. The web design group was one of 35 groups of its kind from the country to be represented at the event.

“It’s our collective success that was recognized and I am honored to be in company of such distinguished individuals at MCTC,” Kakkad said. “None of this would have been possible without a lot of hard work by many over the last three years.”

Kakkad is a designer, community partner of MCTC’s Web Design department, entrepreneur and organizer of the Minnesota Web Design group. The meetup group has been meeting at MCTC for several years and has nearly 1,000 members consisting of MCTC students, faculty and community members. The group has provided students the opportunity to network and showcase their work to potential employers.

“This was wonderful news for Keten, but also for MCTC for allowing our department the space to host these monthly meetings that our students and community have found so beneficial in building their careers,” MCTC Graphic and Web Design Instructor Bill Hendricks said.

The White House event was meant to recognize local community organizing and connecting those who share the same passions. The Meetup representatives also engaged in discussion on how to better technological competency in the community.

Photo: Co-organizers Of Minnesota Web Design Meetup and community partners: David Vinge, Director of Interactive Services at BI WORLDWIDE, Bill Hendricks, faculty coordinator and faculty member of Graphic and Web Design, Ketan Kakkad, Director and owner of Adaptive Portal, and Carl Namyst, faculty member Graphic and Web Design

Apparel Technologies Program Partners with Target

Posted on: March 6th, 2015 by insidemctc No Comments

Apparel Technologies studentTechnical designers from locally based retailer Target saw firsthand how product designs come to life during a workshop with Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC) Apparel Technologies students.

The Apparel Technologies department invited Target technical designers into the College’s state-of-the-art sewing lab to observe students simulating a garment factory’s “progressive bundling system.” According to MCTC Apparel Technologies instructor Vicki Johnson, the two-day workshop allowed employees to all aspects of apparel manufacturing from the first sample patter to a completed production run.

“It was a great learning opportunity for everyone to see how involved the manufacturing process can be during production,” Johnson said.

Throughout the workshop, students and Target employees were assigned roles of sewing, pressing and finishing pairs of shorts. Target industry experts judged teams based on the quality and quantity of the finished product and the results of a quality assurance inspection.

Apparel Technologies student Kelsey Nelsen called the workshop an invaluable experience.

“It was incredibly informative for us,” she said. “It was a great opportunity to gain insight into the mass production of apparel and the roles in the field of technical design.”

Amanda Jenson graduated from the Apparel Technologies program in 2012 and was one of the Target employees in attendance at the workshop.

“It gave me a better understanding of all the steps it takes to produce a garment at the factory level,” she said.

The success of this workshop and the commitment of MCTC’s faculty indicate future partnership opportunities between Target and the MCTC program. “Our program has a great reputation in the apparel industry and has the largest industrial sewing lab in the 5 state area,” said Johnson. “This workshop marks the beginning of a collaboration that will benefit our students and our program in the future.”

Best of Show Peer-to-Peer Award Winners from the MCTC Design Portfolio Show

Posted on: May 20th, 2014 by insidemctc No Comments

MCTC Design portfolio show peer award winners.“&,” the 2014 Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC) Design Portfolio theme, is a collaboration of designers and creative problem-solvers. It is the continuation of a journey to the perfect solution, as well as the pursuit to always improve and dig deeper.

But the students of this year’s MCTC graphic and web design portfolio class have singled out a few of their peers for their exceptional design work in their culminating “&” design show.

Maria Sanchez (GRPH), Jeffrey Smith (WEBI), Tianna Hatch (GRPH/WEBI) (pictured, right) were awarded this year’s Best of Show Peer-to-Peer Portfolio Contest by their classmates.

Six students from each award area were also given Honorable Mention awards: Jacquelyn Kilmer and Hellen Gaudence (GRPH); Alex Oskie and Will Thoraldson (WEBI); and Lucie Skjefte and Lise Chapman (GRPH/WEBI). They were all the winners.

Portfolio students choose award recipients via written vote/peer review. The first place winners each are given full Adobe Creative Suite software. This award is funded by Graphic and Web Design alum Manuel Castellanos Raboso and Graphic and Web Design instructor Jake Jacobson.

In the voting process, each portfolio student was given the opportunity to award three votes to their peers covering several evaluative areas:

  • Overall creative presentation of the portfolio
  • Overall creativity, focus and uniqueness portfolio
  • Overall continuity in presentation of portfolio
  • Overall leadership and team/class participation of “&”
  • Overall design principles presented in the portfolio
  • Overall body of creative work

Overall representation of the ideals of the creative design industry and their “&” 2014 stated mission