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Graco Grant Provides MCTC with Scholarships, Equipment

Posted on: June 24th, 2014 by insidemctc No Comments

Graco and MCTC form industry partnerships.A generous donation from Graco, Inc. will provide Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC) with three pieces of machining equipment as well as $10,000 in scholarship funds for first-generation college students.

Long-term industry partnerships with local businesses have been fostered by members of the MCTC faculty, and have enabled the College’s Machine Tool Technology program to maintain updated technology for its students. “Our connections with Graco have allowed MCTC’s program to stay relevant,” said Machine Tool Technology Instructor Kim Munson.

Funds from this grant will allow the program to acquire three pieces of equipment: the Mazak CNC machine and simulators will allow students to virtually design and test machining parts for functionality. “Students will have the opportunity to better their knowledge of machining with this equipment,” said Munson. “It’s where the industry is going.”

In addition to the equipment, Graco is providing scholarship funds for Power of YOU students enrolled at MCTC. The Power of YOU program covers the costs of tuition and fees for two years for students who have families with low incomes, are first-generation college students or identify as students of color. Read about recent scholarship winners here.

“Having access to state-of-the-art equipment will make a profound impact on Machine Tool Technology students’ abilities to enhance their education and better prepare them to join the workforce after graduation,” said Angie Wordell, operations director at Graco. Angie was responsible for establishing a summer internship program placing MCTC Machine Tool Technology students with Graco—a partnership which could lead to a path to employment for some hard-working students.
“Several of my students through the years have gone on to be hired at Graco,” said Munson. “This internship program creates a pathway that strengthens our students’ connection to industry jobs.”

Photo: Angie Wordell, Graco operations director; Kim Munson, MCTC Machine Tool Technology Instructor; Mike Christenson, MCTC associate vice president of Workforce Development.

C3 Fellows Program: Opportunities in Healthcare for Twin Cities Students

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

C3 Fellows Internship ProgramStudents looking for jobs in the healthcare industry will get a leg up thanks to the Central Corridor College Fellows (C3 Fellows) program. The C3 Fellows program connects students of Saint Paul College and Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC) who live within one mile of the Central Corridor green line light rail route with entry-level healthcare employment opportunities also located within one mile of the line. The partnership includes employers like Health Partners, Regions Hospital, Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare, Fairview Health Services, Healtheast Care System and more.

In addition, students who meet the C3 Fellows eligibility requirements are able to receive additional, free assistance from our partners at the Takoda Group. The Takoda Group will provide direct employment services to qualifying students. These employment services include:

  • Free assessment of strengths and challenges
  • Job readiness training, résumé, and interviewing workshops offered on both campuses
  • One-on-one assistance to students with Takoda staff
  • Customer service and additional trainings deemed important by our employer partners
  • Retention services to check in on placed fellows to ensure they are successfully balancing work, school and life in general

This new program received press coverage in the Minneapolis Star Tribune and The Line publications.

Nursing Assistant Scholarship

C3Fellows is excited to announce the creation of a nursing assistant scholarship for students pursuing a nursing assistant certificate at Minneapolis Community and Technical College and Saint Paul College. The scholarship covers tuition, books, and the Nursing Assistant Test Out for placement on the Minnesota Nursing Assistant Registry. After completing the course and passing the test, C3 Fellows will assist students in finding a nursing assistant job close to their home.

Please contact Director of Healthcare Partnerships Brian Mogren with any questions.

C3 Fellows Offers Students Opportunities in Healthcare in Collaboration with Central Corridor Light Rail

Posted on: December 16th, 2013 by insidemctc No Comments

C3 Fellows Internship ProgramStudents looking for jobs in the healthcare industry will get a leg up thanks to the Central Corridor College Fellows (C3 Fellows) program. The C3 Fellows program connects students of Saint Paul College and Minneapolis Community and Technical College who live within one mile of the Central Corridor green line light rail route with entry-level healthcare employment opportunities also located within one mile of the line. The partnership includes employers like Health Partners, Regions Hospital, Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare, Fairview Health Services, Healtheast Care System and more. Visit www.c3fellows.org to learn about qualifications, view program benefits and apply online for this exciting partnership program.

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C3 Fellows will also be hosting open houses at MCTC and Saint Paul College. Visit with C3 Fellows’ staff, learn about job opportunities and enjoy free refreshments:

  • Tuesday, Dec. 17, 3–5 p.m., Minneapolis Community & Technical College, room K.3340
  • Wednesday, Dec. 18, 3–5 p.m., Saint Paul College, room 3320

Please contact Director of Healthcare Partnerships Brian Mogren with any questions.