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State Budget Allows for Two-Year Tuition Freeze

Posted on: July 24th, 2013 by insidemctc No Comments

Photo: MCTC put tuition on ice.Amidst concerns of the growing cost of college and mounting student debt, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) is freezing tuition at each of its 31 campuses for two fiscal years. As a result, Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC) tuition will remain at its current levels for the next two years.

The two-year tuition freeze was made possible by a $78 million appropriation by the state legislature during the 2013 session. In addition to the tuition freeze, changes in the state grant program will ensure grants for approximately 7,700 MnSCU college students in the 2013-14 academic year. The largest increases in the numbers of state grant recipients are projected to occur among part-time students. “With this budget, we remain the state’s highest value and most affordable higher education option by significant margins,” said MnSCU Chancellor Steven Rosenstone.

Many students opt to begin their higher education careers at a community or technical college and later transfer to four-year universities, saving tens of thousands of dollars on tuition in the process. The MnSCU tuition freeze ensures transfer students will continue to see this degree of savings for the next two years. In addition to these guaranteed savings, MCTC offers need- and merit-based grants and scholarships to qualifying students.

“The state support is a wonderful benefit to our students,” said Scott Erickson, vice president of finance and operations at MCTC. “This tuition freeze will help our students better plan to cover the cost of education, knowing our rates will not increase for the next two years.”

“Affordable tuition, together with grants to address unmet financial need, will help open the door to educational opportunity for students from all backgrounds,” said Chancellor Rosenstone.

The application deadline for the fall semester is August 9. Click here to apply.

Photo: MCTC tuition compared with other colleges.

MCTC’s 2013 Method Portfolio Best of Show Peer-to-Peer Award Winners

Posted on: May 20th, 2013 by insidemctc No Comments
MCTC's Method portfolio student Peer-to-Peer award winners

From left to right, 2013 Method portfolio best of show winners Brenda Y. Ngo, Ryan Hoffman and Linsey Peterson.

They are all winners.

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

Linsey Peterson, Ryan Hoffman and Brenda Ngo were awarded first, second and third place in the Best of Show Peer-to-Peer Portfolio Contest. Three students, Clare O’Neill, Claire Bailey and Victoria Dibble, tied for an Honorable Mention award. Award recipients are chosen via vote by portfolio students themselves. First, second and third place winners are given degrees of Adobe Creative Suite software. This award is funded by Graphic and Web Design alum Manuel Castellanos Raboso and Graphic 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 Method 2013
  • Overall design principles presented in the portfolio
  • Overall body of creative work
  • Overall representation of the ideals of the creative design industry and their Method 2013 stated mission

Read more about the Graphic Design program at MCTC here.

MCTC Students Participate and Win in SkillsUSA Leadership and Skills Conference

Posted on: May 17th, 2013 by insidemctc No Comments
MCTC students and faculty.

From left to right: MCTC instructor Greg Skudlarek and students Reed Sweeney, Tom Pederson, Andy Gurskis and John Singel.

Minneapolis Community and Technical College students competed in the SkillsUSA Minnesota Leadership and Skills Conference last month, and several of them won awards for their hard work and creative projects. SkillsUSA is a national nonprofit organization serving teachers and high school and college students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations as well as health occupations. Top SkillsUSA state performers include the following MCTC students:

  • Andy Gurskis, 2nd place, HVACR
  • Reed Sweeney, 4th place and honorable mention, HVACR
  • Max Foutch, 3rd place, Industrial Motor Controls
  • Tom Hermes, 4th place and honorable mention, Industrial Motor Controls
MCTC students and faculty

From left to right: Tom Hiltner, Tom Hermans, Max Foutch, Mark Eckstein and Dean Weikle.

In July, 2012, MCTC HVACR student Chad Rubey placed fifth out of 28 college competitors in the national SkillUSA Championship. At the annual national-level SkillsUSA Championships, over 5,600 students compete in 94 occupational and leadership skill areas.

SkillsUSA programs include local, state and national competitions in which students demonstrate occupational and leadership skills.

MCTC Business Club Takes Home National Awards

Posted on: May 9th, 2013 by insidemctc No Comments

DECA national award winnersDECA, a student-led business club at Minneapolis Community and Technical College open to all majors, took second and third place at the International Career Development Conference (ICDC) in Anaheim, California this April in the Business Law and Management Institute events. In February, they had to compete at the state level to qualify for ICDC.

MCTC congratulates the College’s 2013 DECA ICDC competitors: Zachary Barthel, Ayi Doumassy, Matthew Hatle, Errol Ilbuga, Randy Jacoway, Immanuel Jones, Ian Munson and Khadija Najibi.

MCTC’s DECA club competes in business competitions around the country, builds campus life and volunteers in the local community. They welcome new members from all majors. Contact the club’s advisor Jason L. Cussler with questions at jason.cussler@minneapolis.edu.

MCTC Partners for Third Year with Boston Scientific to Launch Math and Science Initiatives for Minneapolis High School Students

Posted on: May 8th, 2013 by insidemctc No Comments

BostonSciMinneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC) announced the third sequential year of its partnership with Boston Scientific Corporation today as part of a multiple partner initiative that encourages Minneapolis high school students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The Summer Jump Start to College initiative is designed to increase the number of low-income students and students of color who are prepared for college-level math and science courses upon graduating from a Minneapolis public high school or Robbinsdale Cooper High School.

Boston Scientific’s funding provides a clear pathway for students who are interested in math, science, engineering and technology but have fallen off the college math track in middle school or high school. The initiative links Minneapolis Public Schools, Robbinsdale Cooper High School and two successful programs at MCTC: the Summer Jump Start to College and the Power of YOU program.

“The generous support of Boston Scientific helps us to address the real or perceived barriers of expectation, preparation, investment and access,” said Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak. “I am very pleased that Boston Scientific is stepping forward for a second year to work with MCTC to close the gap that exists in preparing students for careers in science and technology.”

The pathway for high school students includes:

  • Summer math, English and reading readiness courses at MCTC that count towards high school graduation and as pre-college developmental (remedial) courses
  • 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
  • Free bus transportation, textbooks and tuition

“Science and math education are critical focus areas for our outreach efforts,” said Kevin Ballinger, president of Interventional Cardiology at Boston Scientific, based in Maple Grove, Minn. “We are excited to continue this work with MCTC, and look forward to seeing aspiring engineers and scientists on our corporate campus this summer.”