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MnSCU Offers an Alternative to High Tuition

Posted on: October 27th, 2015 by marketingworkstudy No Comments

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This article originally appeared in the Sunday, Oct. 25, 2015 edition of the Star Tribune

An Oct. 18 article (“Private colleges try to soften $50-60K ‘sticker shock’  ”) reports that the most expensive college in the state now tops $60,000 per year and that four other private colleges are close behind.

Even if financial aid reduced the cost by 50 percent — as many private colleges say is possible — we’re still talking about an undergraduate degree that costs $100,000 or more.

What the article doesn’t mention is that there is a much more affordable way to get an exceptional education in just about any area of study — 555 different programs, to be exact — in a wide range of liberal arts and technical fields.

As its name implies, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities is a system of seven universities and 24 community and technical colleges throughout the state. The average cost of tuition is $5,399 per year at the colleges and $7,999 per year at the universities — and that is before financial aid is applied. Students who come from families with less than $20,000 in annual income pay only $525 in tuition per year at our colleges and $841 per year at our universities, while families with annual income of less than $40,000 pay $1,097 per year at our colleges and $1,409 at our universities. At these rates, a quality education is accessible to anyone who has a dream of a better future.

Outstanding higher education doesn’t have to cost $60,000 a year. We encourage students and their families to explore all their higher-education options, including the high-quality, more-affordable options available on the campuses of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities.

Devinder Malhotra, president of Metropolitan State University and Avelino Mill-Novoa, president of Minneapolis Community and Technical College

 

MCTC Global Studies Department Presents a Discussion Forum on Syria Oct. 29

Posted on: October 26th, 2015 by marketingworkstudy No Comments

The MCTC Global Studies department, in support of the Muslim Student Association student club, is sponsoring a forum on Syria on Thursday, Oct. 29 from noon–1:30 p.m. in L.3100. This forum is a safe place for interested individuals to hear from Syrian students or people who have lived in or have some expertise in the region. The forum will include faculty and student speakers and plenty of time for questions and answers from the audience.

For more information, contact MCTC Philosophy Instructor Matthew Palombo at matthew.palombo@minneapolis.edu.

Pearl Christenson DREAM Memorial Fund

Posted on: October 26th, 2015 by marketingworkstudy No Comments

Pearl-Christenson-200Pearl Christenson was the child of Norwegian immigrants and lived the American dream of opportunity. Together with her husband Jerry, she raised a family of six children with the fundamental belief that access to education is the key to success for all who call America home, including immigrants.

Pearl was an early and consistent supporter of Power of YOU, a program which covers the cost of attending Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC) or St. Paul College for two years for Minneapolis, St. Paul, and inner suburban high school graduates. She also understood the critical challenges facing our new immigrants, knowing that 24% of students now in Minneapolis public schools are immigrants and refugees. She was amazed to learn that 60% of the 2015 nursing graduates from MCTC were born outside the U.S. Additionally, she cared deeply for students who have come to the U.S. as children but have “undocumented” status, which poses great barriers to pursuing college and the American dream. She was fascinated with MCTC’s effort to provide special scholarships for these undocumented DREAMers.

This year, MCTC is piloting scholarship support for a special cohort of seventeen Power of YOU students who are otherwise ineligible for governmental aid because of their undocumented status. The Christenson family can think of no greater way to honor Pearl and her life of commitment to education and opportunity. You can learn how to contribute your support to the Pearl Christenson DREAM Memorial Fund by clicking https://give.minneapolis.edu. All of us who love Pearl thank you.

See Pearl’s obituary here. She passed away in October, 2015.

Theater Arts Instructor Michael Kissin Slows his Role…but Not by Much

Posted on: October 26th, 2015 by marketingworkstudy No Comments
MCTC Theater Arts Instructor, Michael Kissin Photo Courtesy of Aaron Lavinsky, Star Tribune

MCTC Theater Arts Instructor Michael Kissin
Photo Courtesy of Aaron Lavinsky, Star Tribune

Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC) Theater Arts Instructor Michael Kissin was featured in a recent article in the Star Tribune for his role in the play The Twenty-Seventh Man currently running at the Minnesota Jewish Theater Company. Michael Kissin is an actor, director and musician in addition to his teaching role at MCTC, and has been a company member at the Mixed Blood Theatre for over 20 years. Michael has directed plays including Talley’s Folly, Goats, My Mother’s Lesbian Jewish Wiccan Wedding and Stars of David, and starred in the one-man show Boychik.

The original story is posted below.

Michael Kissin feels connection to MJTC’s ‘The Twenty-Seventh Man’

Twin Cities stage vet Michael Kissin honors his Jewish roots in a play about Stalin’s purge of Yiddish writers.

Human Rights and Culture Presentations Held in November

Posted on: October 23rd, 2015 by marketingworkstudy No Comments

The MCTC World Languages department, in conjunction with Student Life, is pleased to announce the fall 2015 Human Rights and Culture Presentations that will be held at the MCTC campus during the month of November.

Sponsored by the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program at the University of Minnesota’s Law School, presentations will be given by six distinguished Humphrey fellows who will be spending the 2015-2016 academic year at the University of Minnesota Law School, pursuing studies and professional development work in the areas of human rights, law, human trafficking and law enforcement.

The presentations will be held on successive Thursdays in November, beginning on November 5 and will run successively for three weeks, culminating with the last set of presentations on November 19. The presentations will be held in the Helland Center Multi-purpose Room (H.1002) from 12:15 p.m.–1:30 p.m. Light refreshments and snacks will be provided at all three of the presentations.

The list of the presentations on our MCTC campus is as follows:

November 5, 2015

  • Human Rights and Culture in The Philippines & Haiti
  • 12:15 p.m.–1:30 p.m., H.1002
  • Presenters: Amelia Lourdes Mendoza (The Philippines) & Nidson Augustin (Haiti)

November 12, 2015

  • Human Rights and Culture in Burma (Myanmar) & Yemen
  • 12:15 p.m.–1:30 p.m., H.1002
  • Presenters: Ja Aung Lu (Burma – Myanmar) & Fadia Thabet (Yemen)

November 19, 2015

  • Human Rights and Culture in Nigeria & Egypt
  • 12:15 p.m.–1:30 p.m., H.1002
  • Presenters: Abosede Oyeleye (Nigeria) & Wesam Ibrahim (Egypt)

Everyone is invited to hear these speakers discuss topics of human rights and culture. The speakers have a wide variety of professional experience in the topics that pertain to human rights and culture.