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Race to Save the Planet: A Unique Learning Community

Posted on: March 16th, 2015 by insidemctc No Comments
Race to Save the Planet!

MCTC Biology Instructor Cathy Geist brings her classroom to real life in Loring Park.

Collaboration is key to solving some of the world’s most challenging issues. Race to Save the Planet is a unique learning option offered by MCTC that gives students an opportunity to collaborate and deeply engage with their instructors—and each other—while learning about issues involving our environment and planet.

This interdisciplinary block of courses offered this fall is set up as an intentional learning community in which students meet three days a week for a block of time each day and earn eight credits across two disciplines: Biology and Political Science.

The lectures, assignments and activities are integrated by the instructors to give students a holistic look at the environment from a broad range of perspectives. The coursework includes public work projects where students apply what they learn in class to actions in their own community.

“I’ve never had a class where people were so willing to open up to each other,” said Kristin Lessard, a former student who took the classes. “Before enrolling in the course, I never had any serious environmental focus, but now I’m going to major in environmental science. It’s the best class I’ve ever had!”

Students will earn credits in Race to Save the Planet that satisfy four Goal Areas of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (Goal Areas 3,5,9,10), providing a pathway to graduation/transfer.

Students Host Climate Empowerment Workshop

Posted on: March 13th, 2015 by insidemctc No Comments
Recycling

The “Bottle Buyology” exhibit, on tour at MCTC in 2012, visualizes the amount of waste that could be recycled in the state of Minnesota.

MCTC students of ecofeminism, environmental ethics and environmental literature will present a climate empowerment workshop to members of the community and members of the Future First Women’s Conference on March 28 from 9–noon in K.3360. You are invited to join these students in working for a sustainable future!

Please RSVP to AManning@futurefirst.us.