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MCTC Grad Wins Green Line Poster Contest

Posted on: June 18th, 2014 by insidemctc No Comments

Genesia Williams, MCTC alumWhen Genesia Williams heard about the METRO Green Line Opening Day Poster Contest, she knew immediately that she had to enter. A graduate of the Minneapolis Community & Technical College’s graphic design and print program, Williams wanted to gauge how others responded to her work, and saw the contest as an ideal opportunity.

“It was an easy and efficient way to test my skill set, to make sure I could tackle something of this size,” said Williams, who lives in Minneapolis and is a frequent transit user. “I just thought, ‘Why not give it a go? Why not try it?’”

Turns out people responded quite favorably.

On Thursday, Williams’ design – a vibrant green featuring an abstract collage of light-rail vehicles – was revealed as the contest’s winning entry. The contest drew 47 entries that were narrowed down to five finalists by a group of community members from neighborhoods along the Green Line and then put up for a public, online vote in May.

To recognize her efforts, Metro Transit General Manager Brian Lamb presented Williams, 27, with a $500 check and a Go-To Card good for a year’s worth of bus and train rides outside the Green Line’s Operations and Maintenance Facility in Lowertown St. Paul. She will also receive a framed copy of the poster.

More importantly to Williams, her work will be seen by tens of thousands of people who attend the Green Line’s grand opening. Postcard-sized copies of the poster will be distributed at stations and a limited number of larger copies will be available on Metro Transit’s store beginning Saturday.

Surrounded by her family, Williams said she was elated to have a part in the history-making opening and that the poster “resonated with the people that the work was there to serve.”

“I’m so excited I can’t even contain it,” she said.

(Republished from the Metro Transit blog.)

Best of Show Peer-to-Peer Award Winners from the MCTC Design Portfolio Show

Posted on: May 20th, 2014 by insidemctc No Comments

MCTC Design portfolio show peer award winners.“&,” the 2014 Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC) Design Portfolio theme, is a collaboration of designers and creative problem-solvers. It is the continuation of a journey to the perfect solution, as well as the pursuit to always improve and dig deeper.

But the students of this year’s MCTC graphic and web design portfolio class have singled out a few of their peers for their exceptional design work in their culminating “&” design show.

Maria Sanchez (GRPH), Jeffrey Smith (WEBI), Tianna Hatch (GRPH/WEBI) (pictured, right) were awarded this year’s Best of Show Peer-to-Peer Portfolio Contest by their classmates.

Six students from each award area were also given Honorable Mention awards: Jacquelyn Kilmer and Hellen Gaudence (GRPH); Alex Oskie and Will Thoraldson (WEBI); and Lucie Skjefte and Lise Chapman (GRPH/WEBI). They were all the winners.

Portfolio students choose award recipients via written vote/peer review. The first place winners each are given full Adobe Creative Suite software. This award is funded by Graphic and Web Design alum Manuel Castellanos Raboso and Graphic and Web Design instructor Jake Jacobson.

In the voting process, each portfolio student was given the opportunity to award three votes to their peers covering several evaluative areas:

  • Overall creative presentation of the portfolio
  • Overall creativity, focus and uniqueness portfolio
  • Overall continuity in presentation of portfolio
  • Overall leadership and team/class participation of “&”
  • Overall design principles presented in the portfolio
  • Overall body of creative work

Overall representation of the ideals of the creative design industry and their “&” 2014 stated mission

MPS Students Earn MCTC Graphic and Web Design Credits, Take in Portfolio Show

Posted on: May 8th, 2014 by insidemctc No Comments

MPS students visiting MCTCHundreds of Minneapolis Public School (MPS) students visited Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC) this week as part of a collaborative teaching partnership between MCTC’s Graphic and Web Design program and MPS schools. Thanks to the hard work of MCTC Graphic and Web Design instructor Bill Hendricks, for the last several years MPS students have had the option to enroll in a number of one-credit courses designed by Bill and taught by MPS teachers. Students who complete these 16-hour modules are eligible for MCTC course credit, and may complete up to five modules during their high school career.

After the first year of the program, 75 MPS students earned 100 MCTC credits through this partnership. This year, over 200 students received 286 credits at the ceremony held at MCTC. The College was full of visiting high school students attending the renowned Graphic Design portfolio show, touring Graphic and Web Design classroom space, hearing from Admissions advisors and attending an award ceremony.

“It’s invigorating to see Minneapolis Public School students interacting with graduating MCTC Graphic and Web Design students,” said Jess Niebuhr, dean of Media and Technology. “The high school students already have so much experience, the experience at MCTC is very meaningful to them.”

“The talent I see among MPS students is impressive,” said Hendricks. “The one-credit modules are designed to give them valuable college-level experience and entice them to continue their studies. The partnership between MCTC and MPS demonstrates our commitment to the community.”

To learn more about MCTC’s Graphic and Web Design programs emphasizing Print, Web and Interactive Media programs, click here. For a photo album, click here.

Emerging Designers Present an MCTC Design Portfolio Show

Posted on: April 3rd, 2014 by insidemctc No Comments

Graphic Design portfolio show logoThe Graphic and Web Design department at Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC) will be showcasing the work of graduating designers during their portfolio show held May 6 and 7.

The two-day design show gives the emerging designers an opportunity to present their best work to potential employers, clients, and fellow designers in exhibition format.

Unlike years past, the show’s identity is communicated through a single typographical character: “&.” The ampersand icon is the symbolic representation of the original title “And,” a theme highlighting the importance of adaptability in an industry of constant evolution.

Graduate Alex Oskie says “& is the culmination of two years of hard work by an extremely diverse group of multi-faceted designers.” Oskie has spent his two years looking forward to the design show while developing his skills as a web designer. “It’s our opportunity to show the industry and the professionals we admire that we’re ready to join them,” said Oskie.

Oskie is one of 40 emerging designers that will be featured this May. Admission to the event is free and refreshments will be provided. For more information, visit www.mctcdesign.com.

See a list of this and more spring events on the MCTC Centennial Celebration website.

Learning Locally, Lucie Builds Her Skills and Her Community

Posted on: January 7th, 2014 by insidemctc No Comments

Lucie, MCTC studentThe MCTC campus was quiet during finals week before the fall semester ended. Most students had finished their exams and left campus, but Lucie Skjefte was studying late into finals week. “I have my last final on Friday, and then I’m going to take my son to see Santa,” said Lucie.

Lucie felt drawn to MCTC from a young age. “My sister attended college here before I started. Going to MCTC always seemed like the natural thing to do,” she said. One of the biggest draws to the College was United Nations of Indian Tribes for Education (UNITE), MCTC’s Native American student group, and the American Indian Success Program. “When I first started, seeing the success of UNITE students pushed me to work hard and be successful too,” said Lucie. “UNITE is there to inspire and encourage one another. It’s there for people to reach out to when they need it.” Lucie is now the president of UNITE.

Before returning to school, Lucie learned she was expecting a baby in 2009. “I knew if I was going to have a child, I’d need to make some changes.” Lucie was a single mother of a newborn, but after being offered housing by a family member, she was able to return to school at MCTC. “Having stable housing meant the world to me. It meant I could finally go back to and focus on school,” said Lucie.

“My son changed everything for me. He inspires me, and he grounds me. I always knew he’d be my rock.”

As soon as Lucie returned to school, she excelled academically. “I’ve always been one to build a foundation,” she said. “I took some great fundamental classes, and eventually determined my passion and skills intersected at Graphic Design. That’s where I excelled.” In 2011 Lucie joined the Phi Theta Kappa honors society, and this spring, she will graduate from MCTC with A.A.S degrees and certificates in both Graphic Design: Print Media and Graphic Design: Web and Interactive Media.

Lucie decided to finish her studies at MCTC and transfer. “My instructors and my advisor encouraged me to reach beyond my comfort level, and that encouragement was all I needed,” said Lucie. “I considered several out-of-state Ivy League schools, but Minneapolis has a great art community. I decided I really wanted to stay local.”

Shortly before the new year, Lucie received her acceptance letter to the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD), and a pleasant surprise. “Along with my acceptance letter I learned I’d be getting a $15,000 Presidential Merit Scholarship to MCAD.” Lucie’s ultimate goal is to teach the topics she loves and excels at. “I want to be able to give back everything I’ve learned about art and design, and to inspire my community.”