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Our Voices: Vikas Narula, Fostering Business Skills

Posted on: July 20th, 2015 by insidemctc No Comments

Vikas Narula, MCTCVikas Narula couldn’t believe his dream of becoming a college instructor was finally coming true when MCTC offered him a position to teach a Small Business Management course last fall.

The entrepreneurial founder of the software and services business Keyhubs started his career with a love of math. His interest led him to the field of computer science, and eventually business school. Originally from Canada, Vikas didn’t see himself as a business owner until the moment he realized he could use business as a way to make people’s lives better.

“Business can be a powerful engine for improving society,” he said. “If you go into it with that intention, you can prosper and help others prosper.”

Vikas quickly learned the value of using contemporary technology to reach his audience, and began blogging about business, entrepreneurship, and eventually the intersection of his personal interests with his business model. His passion, amplified by the far reach of technology, was noticed by an MCTC instructor who encouraged him to pursue a teaching position at the College.

From day one in the classroom, Vikas’ business philosophies chartered his stories and lessons. He instantly connected with his class.

“I felt welcome immediately,” he said. “My course seemed to flow right from me, and the students met me with equal passion and interest. I felt like I was right at home in the incredibly diverse classroom on an incredibly diverse campus.”

Vikas told his students that whatever their background—whether they have business experience or are fresh from high school—they are capable of creating something original in the world of business. The rapport he builds with his students helps them envision all sorts of entrepreneurial ideas.

“Getting to know the students on a personal level and getting to see their eyes widen when they realize they could pursue their dream is truly special,” he said.

Vikas will teach the Small Business Management course again this fall, and is prepared for a semester of connecting, building and imagining with his students.

“Having the opportunity to teach at MCTC has been a blessing,” he said.

MCTC Science Center Open House Feb. 23, 2012

Posted on: February 16th, 2012 by insidemctc No Comments

Thursday, February 23, 2012, from 4 – 6 p.m.
1501 Hennepin Ave, Downtown Minneapoils, Science Building Lobby

Join MCTC’s science faculty and staff for an open house to learn more about our unique science programs.  Live music and refreshments will be provided, student science projects will be on display and tours of the science building are scheduled at 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 3 p.m., 4:30 p.m.,  and 6 p.m.

So come to Sing with Scientists, Tango with Technologists, be Entertained by Engineers, Aspire among Artists and Make Music with Mathematicians!

Please contact Laura Ackerman at (612) 659-6471 or Parke Kunkle (612) 659-6068 for more information.

MCTC’s Dr. Jesse Mason on KFAI “Truth to Tell”

Posted on: February 14th, 2012 by insidemctc No Comments

Dr. Jesse Mason, MCTC Faculty and Coordinator for MCTC’s Student African American Brotherhood/Brother 2 Brother (SAAB/B2B) was on KFAI’s “Truth to Tell” program on Monday February 13, 2012 from 9 until 10 a.m.

Please listen to the program in the KFAI archives here: http://bit.ly/AgB2LN

The Groove: Spring 2011

Posted on: May 24th, 2011 by insidemctc 1 Comment

Groove Spring 2011Check out our spring 2011 edition of The Groove, MCTC’s newsletter for alumni and friends. In this issue you’ll find stories about our faculty, alumni, programs and what’s been happening on campus. Featuring:

  • Our biotechnology program: combining academia and industry
  • Astronomy faculty member Parke Kunkle
  • Alum Eric Howell and his film, Ana’s Playground
  • Much more…

Download the PDF…

Kathleen DeVore Sheerin Recognized as 2011 Outstanding Educator

Posted on: March 30th, 2011 by insidemctc 10 Comments

Kathleen DevoreCongratulations to Kathleen DeVore Sheerin, English Instructor at MCTC, who was recognized as one of the 33 faculty designated by MnSCU presidents as “Outstanding Educators.” These faculty were nominated for the Board of Trustees 2010-2011 Educator of the Year Award for Excellence in Teaching. All Outstanding Educators will be recognized, and the Educator of the Year awards will be announced on April 20.