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Governor Dayton’s Biennial Budget Recommendation

Posted on: March 17th, 2015 by insidemctc No Comments
MN Gov. Mark Dayton

Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton addresses an audience at the grand opening of MCTC’s new nursing facilities. Oct. 3, 2013.

Today, Governor Dayton announced his recommendation that Minnesota State Colleges and Universities receive $142 million in this biennium.  If enacted by the legislature, this means that the state will continue to invest in a core public service providing Minnesotans access to high quality affordable education throughout the state.

We deeply appreciate the Governor’s leadership and his continued support of the critical role that higher education plays in ensuring prosperity for all Minnesotans.

The funding Governor Dayton has recommended will help our colleges and universities protect the programs that prepare our graduates to meet the needs of communities across the state and protect access to higher education by holding down tuition.

I am grateful to all who stand behind our funding proposal, including all five of our bargaining units, both student associations, all 30 presidents, and especially our Board of Trustees, who have been so instrumental in discussions with the Governor and the legislature.

I look forward to the discussions that will unfold over the remaining weeks of the session.

Steven Rosenstone
Chancellor
Minnesota State Colleges and Universities

Contact: Doug Anderson, doug.anderson@so.mnscu.edu, 651-201-1426

MCTC Trains Skilled Workers

Posted on: October 26th, 2011 by insidemctc No Comments

While seven percent of Minnesotans are out of work, many Minnesota businesses are having a hard time finding qualified workers. On Tuesday, Oct. 25, Gov. Mark Dayton convened a day-long jobs summit to discuss this employment gap.

The Star Tribune covered the event in a front-page feature, “Closing skill gap key to solving job crisis.” Todd Mills, a machine tool technology student at Minneapolis Community and Technical College, is shown adjusting the settings of a metal lathe in the article. (Todd is featured again in “Advanced manufacturing: Help Wanted.”)

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Cecil Porter, machine tool technology student at MCTC

In a related opinion piece, “Got the people, but not the skills,” Cecil Porter, another machine tool technology student, is shown using a vertical mill machine to make a dovetail cut out of a piece of steel.

MCTC’s career and technical programs, including Machine Tool Technology and others, are helping to bridge the gap in the workforce by training future workers for jobs in manufacturing and construction.

Faculty in our HVAC, Welding and Metal Fabrication, Machine Tool Technology and Construction Electricity programs are providing technical knowledge and hands-on skills to students — critical for gaining employment with many companies, including manufacturers and production facilities throughout Minnesota. Kim Munson, MCTC’s machine tool technology instructor, boasts a 100% job placement rate of his students.

Find out more about our manufacturing and construction programs: