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Maxine Nathanson, MCTC Foundation Board Member and Advocate for Community and Technical College Education, Passes Away

Posted on: September 14th, 2011 by insidemctc No Comments

Maxine Nathanson, long-time board member of the Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC) Foundation, passed away Sunday, Sept. 11 at age 89. Nathanson played an important role in advocating for educational access for Minneapolis youth and adults over a period spanning six decades. Read more…

3rd Annual Power of Giving Fundraising Luncheon

Posted on: May 23rd, 2011 by insidemctc 2 Comments

Power of Giving 2011On May 19, the Minneapolis Community and Technical College Foundation held its 3rd Annual Power of Giving Fundraising Luncheon. The event was a tremendous success! Nearly 300 people attended and the Foundation raised $75,000 for scholarships, programs and emergency grants. The outpouring of support by individuals and businesses  was outstanding.

All-USA Academic Team members

All-USA Academic Team members Geoff Dittberner, Aaron Spiegel and DJ Sule with Raul Ramos (Chancellor's Office) and MCTC President Phil Davis.

At the event, we took the opportunity to recognize MCTC’s All-USA Academic Team award recipients. The All-USA Academic Team award is one of the most prestigious honors provided to community and technical college students nationally. Only 20 students are selected each year nation-wide. MCTC has had five students who have been named to the All-USA Academic Team.

As much as we wanted to communicate to our audience the need for support, we also wanted show them that MCTC is a place where students can receive a high quality education.

Guests also heard several touching stories of MCTC students who benefited from strangers stepping up to lend their support through financial contributions. That support makes all the difference.

Many people commented after the event on how impressed they were with MCTC and its students. We are grateful for the support and thrilled to have many new friends. We could not have accomplished what we did at this event without the generosity of so many.

A special thanks to our sponsors for making this event possible.

Career Ready Scholarship Winners

Posted on: December 14th, 2010 by insidemctc No Comments

This past summer the MCTC’s Foundation and Career Services were approached by an alumnus with a check for $500 and a great idea to help prepare students professionally. The thought was to offer a  $500 scholarship to students who participated in professional development learning opportunities. The Foundation agreed to help with the creation of a scholarship contest focused on professional development and also matched the $500 scholarship making it possible to have two winners.

To qualify for entry into the contest students needed to be in good academic standing. Students were required to participate in two workshops – resume writing and interview skill building. Those who completed the workshops provided by MCTC’s Career Services then needed to submit the resume they completed in the resume writing workshop. The resumes were reviewed by the Career Ready Scholarship Review Committee to determine who would make it to the final round. The final round was a networking session followed by mock interviews with the Review Committee members. The scholarship process proved to be a rigorous one but it truly paid off for all students who participated.

Twelve students made it to the final round. Many of them commented that they had learned so much through the process and felt much more prepared professionally. One student said, “Scholarship or no scholarship I already feel like I have won.” This sentiment was shared among all of the participants.

Giovanna Nido

Ritty Samreth

Each of the 12 students was interviewed three times. It was apparent that the interview skill building workshop really prepared them for this step. When the interviews concluded the committee members convened to determine the two scholarship recipients. After thoughtful consideration the committee chose two students whose resumes and interviews stood out among the rest: Ritty Samreth, whose career goal is to be an actuary and Giovanna Nido, who is studying photography and dreams of having her own photography business one day.

These two students truly earned the scholarship. They are grateful for all that they learned and for the money to help further their education. Giovanna says, “Each step of the process was both well defined and

invaluable. It taught me the proper way to prepare a resume and for a job interview. I want to thank everyone for giving me the opportunity to compete for this scholarship and look forward to reinvesting it into my education.”

Like Giovanna, Ritty feels much more prepared professionally, “I feel the scholarship was a bonus. The information and insights acquired during this process are invaluable. I’ve acquired an advantage. I’ve increased the probability of greater opportunities and ultimately a better future.”