MCTC

The MCTC News Blog

2015 MCTC Graduation Ceremony

Posted on: May 8th, 2015 by insidemctc No Comments
MCTC grads

Etonam “Fanny” Okaikue-Woodi and Louis Fobb, 2013 MCTC graduates.

Please join Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC) in recognizing the outstanding achievements of our graduating students on Thursday, May 21 at 7 p.m. at the Minneapolis Convention Center Auditorium.

The spring 2015 graduation ceremony will honor graduates from the summer of 2014, fall of 2014, spring of 2015 and summer of 2015, and will feature WCCO Reporter Reg Chapman as emcee for the event, MnSCU Trustee Louise Sundin and special guest Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison as the graduation speaker. A student from the graduating class will deliver a commencement address as well.

The graduation ceremony and related events are sponsored by MCTC Student Life.

Arrival time and tickets

The auditorium doors will open at 6 p.m. Space is limited and you will need a ticket to attend this event. Each graduate will pick up a limited number of tickets and are responsible for ensuring you have a ticket to attend the Ceremony. If we have any additional tickets after graduates pick up their tickets, we will distribute them outside of the Auditorium on a first-come, first-distributed basis.

Parking

The cost of parking at most ramps near the convention center is approximately $10. You could also park in the MCTC parking ramp for $5 (or $2.50 with a prepaid parking card) and walk; the convention center is less than a half mile from the MCTC campus.

Accommodations for people with disabilities

If you will require accommodation to make it possible to attend the Graduation Ceremony (such as wheelchair access, special seating, or a sign language interpreter), or if you need the program in an alternative format please contact the Disability Services Office at 612-659-6730.

Graduation photos

Family and guests are welcome to take photos with graduates in the lobby before or after commencement. You may also take some photos or video from your seat inside the auditorium.

GradImages® will photograph graduates receiving their diploma covers during the ceremony. Proofs will be mailed to graduates within the two weeks following the Ceremony, at which time the graduate can purchase prints.

Cell phones and electronics

In order for all guests to enjoy Commencement without distraction, we ask that you turn off the ringers and sounds on your cell phones and other electronics during the Graduation Ceremony. We appreciate your thoughtfulness in this matter.

Current students

You can find information about preparing for graduation on the MCTC Intranet:

Transportation Security Administration and MCTC Honor Program Graduates

Posted on: June 8th, 2011 by insidemctc No Comments

On Monday, June 6, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) and Minneapolis Community and Technical College honored 49 local TSA employees who have earned a TSA Homeland Security certificate or associate degree at MCTC.

Mike McGee, dean of Academic Affairs at MCTC stated, “The MCTC/MSP program started as a pilot program among nine other colleges nationally. Based in part on the success of the MCTC program, which resulted in the largest completion rate of the nine colleges, a decision was made by Washington D.C. officials to continue to provide tuition assistance through associates degree programs for TSA officers attending MCTC.

In 2009, the TSA chose MCTC to provide a higher education curriculum for airport security officers and other TSA personnel. The first enrollees began classes on September 21, 2009.

Senator Klobuchar to Speak at MCTC Commencement Ceremony about Role of Community Colleges in Global Economy on May 14

Posted on: May 12th, 2011 by insidemctc No Comments

Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC) is proud to announce that Senator Amy Klobuchar will speak at the 2011 Commencement Ceremony for MCTC graduates on May 14 at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Senator Klobuchar plans to speak about the challenge of revitalizing America’s innovative edge to compete and succeed in the global economy, and the essential role that community and technical colleges have in meeting this challenge. The ceremony begins at 11 a.m. and the Senator is expected to address graduates shortly thereafter.

Last year, President Obama announced that he wanted community colleges to help produce 8 million more graduates by 2020. MCTC is graduating approximately 400 students this year toward that goal.

MCTC students get an excellent education without taking on a lot of debt and gain skills needed in today’s workplaces. The College serves students who were the first in their family to attend college, those changing careers or looking for learn new skills to advance in their careers and students interested in earning a four-year degree.

The College partners with business and community leaders and non-profit organizations to develop innovative programs that prepare students for today’s and tomorrow’s jobs. MCTC is a strong partner with the City of Minneapolis and the Mayor’s Office on workforce development and job training initiatives designed to get people back to work. The College’s strong allied health programs in nursing, electroneurodiagnostic technology, polysomnographic technology and other emerging healthcare fields are helping the state of Minnesota remain a healthcare leader.

MCTC also works with industry leaders to produce top graduates in the trades, career programs and liberal arts fields. Ninety-nine percent of machine tool technologies graduates are placed in jobs. College prepares students for the latest jobs in biotechnology, chemistry and biology. Unique programs in computer forensics, apparel technologies, restaurant management, world languages, business, liberal arts and sciences, law enforcement and human services help meet the education and workforce challenges facing the country.

25th Anniversary of the Twin Cities American Indian Graduation Banquet

Posted on: May 12th, 2011 by insidemctc 1 Comment

Twin Cities American Indian GraduationApril 29, 2011 marked the 25th anniversary of the Twin Cities American Indian Graduation Banquet. This event brings together American Indian students, their families, college officials and indigenous leaders in education from across the state to honor and acknowledge American Indian college graduates. The founders of this event believe that recognizing and celebrating the success of American Indian graduates is one of the ways that educational disparities can be addressed and inspires others to persevere and overcome the achievement gap.

This year’s event was held at the TCF Bank Stadium on the University of Minnesota campus and was attended by over 100 people. Graduates represented numerous tribes from across the country and received degrees ranging from 2-year to Doctorate degrees. The event began and closed with MCTC’s student drum group playing a traditional honor song.

This year, MCTC had the largest number of American Indian graduates in the metro area, with 20 students receiving their degrees. This is a tremendous accomplishment for the American Indian Success Program at MCTC and is testament to their commitment to fostering a supportive and culturally based learning environment where students can succeed.

Graduation 2011

Posted on: March 29th, 2011 by insidemctc No Comments

This year’s Graduation Ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 14 at 11 a.m. in the Minneapolis Convention Center Auditorium. Find out all you need to know about the graduation ceremony in the MCTC ’11 Commencement newsletter.