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Program Brings 85 African American Male High School Students to MCTC Campus

Posted on: November 24th, 2015 by insidemctc No Comments

Twin Cities high school studentsLast week, MCTC’s College Now program (formerly known as K-12) welcomed 85 students from high schools in Apple Valley, Rosemount and Cottage Grove to campus. The law offices of Zelle Hoffman facilitated workshop sessions for these students, and the visit was coordinated by the Tazel Institute.

The Tazel Institute aims to create a vision for high school African American males who, because of this program, will be exposed to opportunities ranging from the classroom to the boardroom. While on campus, the students were given a tour by Student African American Brotherhood (SAAB) and Student African American Sisterhood (SAAS) volunteers. Guest speakers included Stanley Jackson of the Minnesota Timberwolves and attorneys Christopher Fowlkes and Lee A. Hutton III who highlighted making good choices, navigating high school and the benefits of gaining a college education. One student told event organizers that “I never met an African American male attorney in person, let alone two.”

Participating MCTC departments include College Now, the Diversity office, Power of YOU and Student Life.

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 to Host ”Race in America” Photo Exhibit With Civil Rights Leader as Guest of Honor

Posted on: January 29th, 2015 by insidemctc No Comments

Race in America photoFormer students from MCTC’s Race in America: Then and Now course collaborated to host an exhibit of photography from the summer civil rights course over years past. The exhibit, a prominent feature in this year’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service at the College, runs until Saturday, Jan. 31. A closing ceremony will take place this day from 10:30 a.m.–3 p.m. in the T Skyway, featuring a guest of honor who helped shape the civil rights movement.

The course, offered through the Higher Education Consortium of Urban Affairs (HECUA) and taught by MCTC Political Science Faculty Lena Jones, gives students the opportunity to travel to the southern United States to meet civil rights Movement leaders, visit historical civil rights sights and make connections between past and present struggles for justice and equality. MCTC is a member of the HECUA consortium and the MCTC Foundation generously awards scholarships to MCTC students taking part in the course.

The reception will feature singing, storytelling, discussions, reflections and an esteemed guest of honor: civil rights leader Hollis Watkins. Watkins has been immersed in the struggle for racial and economic justice for over 50 years. He was the first Mississippi student to become involved in 1961 in the Mississippi Voting Rights Project of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and since then, has co-founded several organizations including the Veterans of the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement and Southern Echo, an organization dedicated to providing leadership development, technical assistance, and training to grassroots organizations across the south and southwestern US.

The day’s events will take place as follows:

  • 10:30–11:00 a.m.—Reception Opens (T Skyway)
  • 11 a.m.–noon—The Civil Rights Movement Through Song: Singing and storytelling with Mr. Hollis Watkins (T Skyway)
  • 12:30–2 p.m.—Organizing and Movement Building: Past and Present: A Discussion with Mr. Hollis Watkins [Location To Be Determined]
  • 2:15–3 p.m.—Closing reflections and song with Mr. Hollis Watkins and contributors to the Race in America, Then and Now photo exhibit (T Skyway)

MCTC Students Talk Diversity at Itasca Community College

Posted on: January 27th, 2015 by insidemctc No Comments

MCTC students at ICCMembers of the MCTC African American Education Empowerment Program (AME) and MCTC Director of Diversity Whitney Harris were invited to visit Itasca Community College (ICC) earlier this month for a day of professional development.

Representatives from ICC had visited MCTC’s AME program last semester, and invited Dr. Harris and the students to speak in light of increasing enrollment of students of color at ICC.

MCTC students from the AME program delivered presentations to ICC faculty and staff and participated in panel discussions addressing teaching in diverse classrooms and managing institutional diversity.

During the panel, MCTC AME student Michael Elliot encouraged ICC faculty and staff to use the experiences each student brings to the classroom as learning opportunities.

“You have to be aware of the needs of your diversifying student population,” Elliot said.

Harris believes both the MCTC AME students and ICC faculty and staff learned from each other by having the opportunity to share their knowledge and stories.

“The students were able to integrate what they had learned at MCTC through their own experiences and teach these college employees about it,” Harris said.

MCTC AME student and tutor Jeodaun Lee described the experience as “a slice of humble pie.” “They rolled out the red carpet for us and wanted to learn,” he said.

“ICC was very receptive of what we had to offer in the realm of diversity and administrative and faculty connection to the student body,” said Elliot.

AME is expected to make a return to ICC in the spring to hold a similar conversation with students.

Photo: The MCTC delegation at Itasca Community College on a frigid January day. From left to right: Michael Elliot, Clay Bradbury, Ronnie Russell-Bey, Jeodaun Lee, Whitney Harris

MCTC Hosts “Race in America” Photo Exhibit Reception with Guest of Honor

Posted on: January 27th, 2015 by insidemctc No Comments

Race in America signFormer students from MCTC’s Race in America: Then and Now course collaborated to host an exhibit of photography from the summer civil rights course over years past. The exhibit, a prominent feature in this year’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service at the College, runs until Saturday, Jan. 31. A closing ceremony will take place this day from 10:30 a.m.–3 p.m. in the T Skyway, featuring a guest of honor who helped shape the civil rights movement.

The course, offered through the Higher Education Consortium of Urban Affairs (HECUA) and taught by MCTC Political Science Faculty Lena Jones, gives students the opportunity to travel to the southern United States to meet civil rights Movement leaders, visit historical civil rights sights and make connections between past and present struggles for justice and equality. MCTC is a member of the HECUA consortium and the MCTC Foundation generously awards scholarships to MCTC students taking part in the course.

The reception will feature singing, storytelling, discussions, reflections and an esteemed guest of honor: civil rights leader Hollis Watkins. Watkins has been immersed in the struggle for racial and economic justice for over 50 years. He was the first Mississippi student to become involved in 1961 in the Mississippi Voting Rights Project of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and since then, has co-founded several organizations including the Veterans of the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement and Southern Echo, an organization dedicated to providing leadership development, technical assistance, and training to grassroots organizations across the south and southwestern U.S.