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Program Brings 85 African American Male High School Students to MCTC Campus

Posted on: November 24th, 2015 by insidemctc No Comments

Twin Cities high school studentsLast week, MCTC’s College Now program (formerly known as K-12) welcomed 85 students from high schools in Apple Valley, Rosemount and Cottage Grove to campus. The law offices of Zelle Hoffman facilitated workshop sessions for these students, and the visit was coordinated by the Tazel Institute.

The Tazel Institute aims to create a vision for high school African American males who, because of this program, will be exposed to opportunities ranging from the classroom to the boardroom. While on campus, the students were given a tour by Student African American Brotherhood (SAAB) and Student African American Sisterhood (SAAS) volunteers. Guest speakers included Stanley Jackson of the Minnesota Timberwolves and attorneys Christopher Fowlkes and Lee A. Hutton III who highlighted making good choices, navigating high school and the benefits of gaining a college education. One student told event organizers that “I never met an African American male attorney in person, let alone two.”

Participating MCTC departments include College Now, the Diversity office, Power of YOU and Student Life.

MPS Summer College Academy Graduates 1st Class of EL Students from MCTC

Posted on: August 31st, 2015 by insidemctc No Comments
MPS English learner students at MCTC.

MCTC Interim President Avelino Mills-Novoa addressed the graduating Summer College Academy class.

On July 30, Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC) celebrated 117 English Learner (EL) students graduating from Summer College Academy classes.

As immigrants and first-generation Americans, EL students often must overcome tremendous adversity to pursue higher education and find jobs. A partnership between MCTC and Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS), the Summer College Academy provides academic guidance and direction at a critical juncture in EL students’ academic journeys.

High school students and recent EL graduates participating in the program receive the opportunity to experience college-level language instruction, earn an English credit, and prepare for higher education. In addition, the program’s classes help teach students to utilize their unique backgrounds and multilingualism as strengths critical to their success.

The goal of the Summer College Academy is to accelerate the graduation rate for EL students while reducing or eliminating the need for remedial classes when an EL student starts college.

Under the direction of MPS Deputy Education Officer Elia Dimayuga-Bruggeman and with the support of MCTC instructors, the 117 EL students received three levels of reading and writing classes on the MCTC campus over the course of eight weeks this summer.

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Ms. Dimayuga-Bruggeman expressed excitement about the collaborative nature of the program. “By working together, we can move beyond individual efforts and unleash the power of collaboration that will help ensure Minneapolis English Learners can go to college and be prepared for successful futures,” she said. “The partnership between MPS and MCTC to provide our English Learners college-level courses through the Summer College Academy will advance our students on their journey toward high school graduation and place them in a pathway to college and career readiness.”

The program culminated in a Family Celebration and Career Fair, where families and students were provided with information on how to access college as well as different careers that lead to family-sustaining jobs. Participating schools included Wellstone International High School, Edison High School, Henry High School, South High School, Southwest High School, Washburn High School, Roosevelt High School, and Heritage Academy of Science and Technology.

MnSCU and MCTC Waive Application Fee for High Schoolers Oct. 27–31

Posted on: October 6th, 2014 by insidemctc No Comments

High school students.For a limited time, college and university application fees will be waived throughout the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system (MnSCU) in recognition of College Knowledge Month, a statewide effort to provide every interested person—especially underrepresented individuals—with the opportunity to apply to college. Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC) will participate in this initiative, waiving application fees for the week of October 27–31.

“Our colleges and universities are committed to making sure every Minnesotan has access to an extraordinary education,” said Steven Rosenstone, MnSCU chancellor. “College Knowledge Month is a wonderful opportunity for us to encourage more people to apply for college. It gives our colleges and universities an opportunity to show students who might otherwise think college is beyond their reach that resources are available to help them pay for higher education and complete their degree.”

College Knowledge Month encourages high schools and post-secondary institutions to collaborate to engage, inform and support students as they enter into the college application process. The month-long event ends with a week of waived application fees for any interested individuals. Application fees for qualified low-income students are always waived at all MnSCU colleges and universities.

“We are delighted to offer the application fee waiver as a way to further encourage future students to visit our campus and begin planning their transition to college,” said Laura Fedock, dean of Enrollment Management.

For a complete list of participating colleges and universities, visit the MnSCU website here. To apply to MCTC, click here.