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MCTC Student Receives World Citizen Award and Scholarship

Posted on: October 29th, 2014 by insidemctc No Comments

MCTC student Modou Jaw, World Citizen Award and scholarship recipientMCTC Mathematics student Modou Jaw is one of only 20 Mark M. Welter World Citizen Award recipients within the Minnesota State College and Universities system.

Nominated by philosophy instructor Matthew Palombo, Student Life Director Tara Martinez and Vice President of Academic Affairs Gail O’Kane, the award recognizes students who have the qualities and characteristics of a world citizen.

“He embodies what it means to be a global citizen,” Palombo said. “He possesses the knowledge and skills needed to put complex things together.”

22-year-old Jaw grew up in Gambia and moved to Minnesota in 2009 to pursue an education. One of his goals is to bring people of different cultures and races together and unite them.

“As we see the world, there’s so much violence going on and there’s so much misunderstanding,” he said.

Jaw recently spoke at the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) Global Learning Conference in Minneapolis on global issues such as the Islamic State and Ebola. He plans to graduate from MCTC in the spring of 2015 and transfer to the University of St. Thomas or the University of Minnesota.

MCTC Open House, STEM Fair and Skills Rodeo April 8

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

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You are invited to join us for three amazing events at MCTC on April 8! Activities start at 10 a.m. and wrap up at 7 p.m. There’s something for everyone at MCTC on this action-packed day!

  • Open House, 57 p.m., T Plaza and 2nd floor
  • STEM Fair, 10 a.m.7 p.m., T Plaza
  • Skills Rodeo, 57 p.m., T Skyway

Open House, 5–7 p.m., T Plaza and 2nd floor
Whether exploring what the College has to offer, choosing your major or finding clubs that spark your interest, the Open House is for you! Invite your friends and family, stay for the other exciting events and be sure to pre-register! More information and registration are available here.


STEM Fair, 10 a.m.–7 p.m., T Plaza
Celebrate Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) programs, clubs and activities! At the STEM Fair you can:

  • Light your way through a cave lined with prehistoric cave paintings from across the world
  • Explore the Exploradome and its two distinct programs: a tour across the universe and a trip through the heart
  • Meet MCTC Engineering students and learn about their projects with a high altitude balloon, helicopters, a flight simulator and a drone
  • See MCTC student research projects previously highlighted at the state Capitol
  • Explore Biotechnology and other science demonstrations, hands-on activities and a human evolution display
  • Attend a presentation by Princeton University Molecular Biology professor Dr. Bonnie Bassler about how bacteria talk to one another
  • Watch the work of flesh-eating beetles, learn about animal decomposition and familiarize yourself with the flora of Loring Park
  • Learn more about MCTC’s STEM programs and student clubs!

Skills Rodeo, 57 p.m., T Skyway
Students from five career and technical programs will compete against one another in a chance to demonstrate their skills and vie for $2,500 in scholarships!

  • Photography: PHDI (Photography and Digital Imaging) participants will be asked to photograph portraits in front of a bright window. Students will have to balance studio lights with background light in order to create a mixed-light portrait.
  • Sound Arts: Sound Arts students will compete in a 10-minute sound frequency identification accuracy test involving music, frequency bands and filtering.
  • Barbering: Two Barbering students will compete by demonstrating their skills on live models in barber chairs, creating specific and specialized haircuts based on Minnesota State Barber Licensing exams. They will also present the logos they created for their proposed barber or hair salon business plans.
  • Culinary Arts: Culinary Arts student chefs will compete by creating the same dish which will be judged by a panel. The student with the highest score wins the scholarship, and the audience will be able to judge for themselves and eat the work of the competitors!
  • WeldingWelding students will compete at stations in the T Building welding labs to create specific challenging and sculptural welding projects within a limited time frame. A live video feed of the competition will be streamed to the T Skyway.

DJ music will be provided by students in The Sound Society student club.

Please join us for any of these amazing events April 8!

March Phonphiboun, World Citizen Award Winner

Posted on: December 5th, 2013 by insidemctc No Comments

Photo: March PhonphibounAn associate’s degree was only the beginning for March Phonphiboun.

The Mathematics and TRIO work study student began his studies at MCTC in 2010. “In high school, I wasn’t in an academic state of mind,” said March. “I barely graduated, and when I got to MCTC, my performance kept getting worse.” After seeing his first semester grades, he began asking himself some hard questions. “I had had enough. It was then my journey with self-discovery and improvement began.”

March worked hard—both in his studies and in tandem with his studies. “I had to pick up part-time jobs during college to help pay bills,” March said. “On top of studying, dealing with personal issues and working to improve myself, it was a difficult time for me.” During his time at MCTC, March fed his interests in leadership and interpersonal communications. “There are so many things you can do when you develop leadership skills. You begin to notice life working for you.” In December of 2012 March graduated with honors, receiving his associate’s degree in Liberal Arts. However, he wasn’t done learning.

March’s ideas, experiences and personal growth had given him energy and a new direction to pursue. In January 2013, March began a new course of study at MCTC: mathematics. This time, he was empowered to use his new skills and confidence to apply for a scholarship to help pay the way.

“An adviser in the TRIO Starting Point program suggested I apply for the Mark M. Welter World Citizen Award,” said March. The application called for an essay addressing how people of the world are connected to one another. “In my essay, I wrote about how world citizens aren’t so different from one another. As a team, world citizens can expand the existing pool of knowledge.” March also described his concept of a program aimed at making STEM fields approachable to non-STEM majors.

Last fall, March joined the North Star STEM Alliance and had the opportunity to attend the national conference for the Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers in Philadelphia. “Among countless things, the conference taught me the importance of networking. Communication skills can be one of the biggest assets you can have, especially when moving laterally within a company or organization.”

This will be March’s final semester here at MCTC. He will transfer to the University of Minnesota in the spring of 2014 to pursue a master’s degree in computer science. “Every day is an opportunity to learn and improve,” said March. “I like to believe that once you stop learning, you stop living. I’m getting ready for the future.”

Minneapolis Community and Technical College Announces Partnership with Boston Scientific to Launch Math and Science Initiatives for Minneapolis High School Students

Posted on: May 18th, 2011 by insidemctc No Comments

Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC) announced a partnership with Boston Scientific Corporation today as part of a multiple partner initiative to encourage more Minneapolis high school students to pursue science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers. The initiative is designed to create a pipeline of low-income students and students of color who are prepared for college-level math and science courses upon graduating from a Minneapolis charter or public high school.

Funding by Boston Scientific will provide a clear pathway for students who are interested in math, science and technology but have fallen off the college math track in middle school or high school. The initiative links the AchieveMpls Career and College Centers, the City of Minneapolis STEP-UP Summer jobs program and two successful programs at MCTC—Jump Start to College and the Power of YOU program.

“I am pleased that Boston Scientific is stepping forward as a corporate partner to help close the gap that exists in preparing students for careers in science and technology,” stated Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak. “This is what the ‘Minneapolis Promise’ is all about—working together, focusing and giving our Minneapolis students the opportunity to succeed.”

The pathway for high school students will comprise:

  • Outreach through Career and College Centers operated by AchieveMpls in each of the seven Minneapolis high schools,
  • Summer math readiness courses at MCTC that count towards high school graduation and as pre-college developmental (remedial) courses,
  • Summer internships at Boston Scientific through the City of Minneapolis STEP-UP Program,
  • Creating a Boston Scientific STEM Scholars Program as part of MCTC’s Power of YOU program for students pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering and math.

“Science and math education is a critical focus area for our outreach efforts,” said Marilee Grant, Director of Community Relations for Boston Scientific. “We are excited to launch these partnerships with MCTC, AchieveMpls and the City of Minneapolis, and look forward to seeing aspiring engineers and scientists on our corporate campus this summer.”

Boston Scientific’s first year commitment to this initiative exceeds $100,000. The goal of this program is to serve up to 100 students in its first year.

MCTC STEM Fair

Posted on: March 23rd, 2011 by insidemctc No Comments

STEM Fair FlierMarch 30
9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Cafeteria and Plaza Dining Room

Stars in the Cafeteria! Helicopters flying through hair! Trains floating through the air! Neanderthals in the Dining Room! Forensics solved the crime! Platonic solids!

The Planetarium’s ExploraDome will be at MCTC, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. in the Cafeteria. Take a 20 minute virtual tour of the universe!

The STEM Fair is a one-day showcase of scientific knowledge and its applications through technology and arts, organized by the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) disciplines and student clubs. Students and faculty will:

  • Demonstrate their projects from class rooms and student clubs
  • Display highlights of scientific discoveries
  • Demonstrate present-day and future technological applications (forensics, trains, airplanes)
  • Introduce new technologies for the classroom
  • Distribute free plants