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MCTC Health and Wellness Opportunities Grow

Posted on: June 10th, 2014 by insidemctc No Comments

Focus on fitness at MCTC.Students at Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC) have seen an overall increase in health and wellness in the last few years.

Last year nearly 5,000 students at four two-year colleges completed a college student health survey, identifying trends when compared to data from previous health surveys in 2011 and 2009. The 2013 survey results indicated the number of uninsured students at MCTC has dropped from 28.3 percent in 2011 to 24 percent in 2013. This is likely due in part to outreach efforts by the state-funded insurance initiative MNsure combined with recent health and wellness opportunities for MCTC students.

In 2012, MCTC opened its student-centered health clinic on campus. Boynton Health Service provides quality healthcare services—including treatment for illnesses and injuries, lab and x-ray testing, routine medical exams and mental health services—by medical professionals on campus to all enrolled MCTC students. “I often hear patients say it is so convenient to get their care right here on campus, between their classes,” said Jenny Swanson, Boynton Health Service clinic manager. “Our primary care providers also host monthly health talks in the common spaces on campus in order to reach out to the greater MCTC population on a variety of health topics.” Insurance is not required by students who use Boynton, and students without insurance are not turned away.
The College has also invested in fitness programs, intramural activities, a fitness center and motivational exercise programs for students. More than 800 students utilized the MCTC weight room and gym facilities during the 2013–2014 academic year. “Our numbers have increased every semester since we started,” said Drew Rongere, campus recreation and wellness coordinator. “Even during finals week we had people in the weight room and the gym. Some students love working out now that they see what they can do.” In the 2013 college student health survey, more than half (54.7 percent) of MCTC students report engaging in moderate to high physical activity levels.

“What’s even better than the physical accomplishments is the connections and friendships students make,” said Drew. “It’s good for their mental health as well as their physical health.” Drew is working with MCTC’s diversity director Dr. Whitney Harris to address mental and physical health disparities among students.

The 2013 health survey also revealed telling data about the physical, mental and sexual health of the MCTC student body. The survey showed 22.7 percent of students reported the death of someone close to them as being a major mental health stress, up from 20.3 percent in 2011. The survey also showed that students are using the new Boynton facilities to seek testing and treatment of sexually transmitted infections as well as for routine physical checkups, immunizations and treatment of minor injuries.

Both Boynton and the campus fitness center will be open during the 2014 summer session.

It’s Showtime! MCTC Hosts Collage of Spring Shows, Events and Performances

Posted on: March 21st, 2014 by insidemctc No Comments

MCTC Spring ShowsFrom fashion and fine arts to welding, this spring MCTC students, faculty, staff and community will demonstrate their skills in a collage of shows, events and performances.

In celebration of MCTC’s Centennial year, each event is held in recognition of the long history MCTC and its predecessor colleges have in Minneapolis. With roots dating back to 1914 when founder Elizabeth Fish established the Vocational School for Girls, MCTC is proud of its thousands of students, employees, alumni and supporters. This spring, we celebrate how far we’ve come in the last 100 years. It’s showtime!

Events this spring include the tenth annual Sustainability Fair; our Open House, STEM Fair and Skills Rodeo; the Theater department’s spring play Top Girls; a health fair; student and faculty concerts and recitals; and, of course, our award-winning portfolio shows in Apparel, Graphic arts and Photography and Digital Imaging. A comprehensive calendar of events with links for more information can be found here.

Serving students through our student health clinic

Posted on: September 5th, 2012 by insidemctc No Comments

student health clinic workersResponding to the individualized needs of the campus community, MCTC’s student health clinic provides a confidential and intimate setting for students to access preventative, primary care and mental health services. Open five days a week this fall, the clinic is located in MCTC’s new and vibrant Helland Center where it’s easily accessible by all students.

“The students we’re serving are representative of the rich diversity at the College,” said Jenny Swanson, RN, clinic manager. “We understand the comprehensive pressures students are facing, whether related to their general physical and mental health, economic or educational challenges, or other pressures life can bring. Our goal is to be present with the students, establish strong relationships and meet their health care needs.”

When human services student Amy Bartholomew arrived at the clinic, she was having difficulty breathing due to severe asthma symptoms. “Despite my not having health insurance and the clinics busy schedule, they rushed me in and I was treated immediately,” said Amy.  “The clinic team was caring, empathetic and generally concerned for my well-being. “ Following Amy’s visit, clinic staff contacted her to follow-up, going above and beyond traditional health care services. The clinic strives to be known for this type of care.

Most health care services offered are available at no out-of-pocket cost to enrolled students. MCTC tuition includes a small health service fee, which pays for the on-campus health care services. Insurance is not required, but is accepted if available, to help sustain the clinic. “Traditional services including routine preventative medical exams; acute care for minor injuries and common illnesses; testing; vaccines and mental health evaluation and referral are among the many services provided free at the clinic,” said Jenny.

“We’re excited to have the health clinic on campus,” said Tara Martinez, director of Student Life at MCTC. “The clinic is an outstanding example of our student senate and student body working together with the College to hear student needs and spearhead an initiative that brought the clinic to MCTC.”

WELLfest: Health is Universal

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

April 6
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Cafeteria

Presented by the Health and Physical Education Department, the student group Wellness Advocates for You (W.A.Y.) and Boynton Health Services at MCTC.

Check out the video MCTC student Whitney Chase made about quitting smoking. She will also perform at WELLfest.

This is a free neighborhood event for MCTC students, staff, faculty and neighbors.

Visit with health professionals from more than 60 agencies. Resources will be available from environmental health agencies and social justice agencies. Get blood pressure readings, HIV testing, glucose and cholesterol screening, mainstream and alternative health information, therapeutic massage and Boynton Health Services information.

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WELLfest 2011