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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 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.

UNITE’s Night of Music and Poetry

Posted on: October 9th, 2015 by marketingworkstudy No Comments

Scatter Their Own, Scotti Clifford and Juliana Brown Eyes

On Tuesday, Nov. 17, the MCTC Native American student club UNITE is hosting its yearly event, Night of Poetry and Music. Join students in the Whitney Fine Arts Theater from 6–8 p.m. to see and listen to poetry and music from a Native perspective.

Performing will be Scatter Their Own, an alternative rock duo from the Oglala Lakota nation in Pine Ridge, South Dakota who write songs about mother earth, social justice and Native American culture. Also performing is Mitch Walking Elk, singer, songwriter recording artist originally from Oklahoma, Austin Owen, hip hop recording artist from Prairie Island Dakota nation, and Anthony Ceballos, writer, poet, MCTC graduate and graduate of Hamline University.

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.