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MCTC, Augsburg & Others to Diversify Teacher Workforce

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Bush_GrantSTORYMinneapolis Community and Technical College will collaborate with Augsburg College, Minneapolis Public Schools and Saint Paul Public Schools to utilize funds from a recent Bush Foundation grant to build educational infrastructure that intentionally recruits teacher candidates of color, improves their clinical experiences while training, and supports their smooth transition into a teaching career.

“Currently, about 97 percent of teachers in Minnesota are white,” said Kristy Snyder, dean of Academic Foundations. “MCTC has a strong record of engaging future teachers of color in our culturally competent teacher education program to prepare them for their future classrooms. Around 60 percent of students in MCTC’s educational programs are students of color. This grant encourages creative ways to recruit and retain teacher candidates of color, and because of that, Augsburg reached out to us to collaborate with them.”

This effort to recruit and support teacher candidates of color comes amidst the climate of teacher shortages in areas like special education and ESOL, and also in light of a large portion of the state teacher population approaching retirement age. The grant will strengthen the existing connection between MCTC’s two-year program and transfer opportunities to Augsburg while providing supplementary support to candidates to ensure their success as new teachers.

“The program at MCTC is very focused on cultural competency,” said Snyder. “For this reason, we currently attract many teacher candidates of color. By strengthening our articulation agreement with Augsburg, we strengthen the incentive for candidates to complete MCTC’s program, transfer and be placed.”

“Our greater goal is to utilize our community resources to close the state’s achievement gap,” said Snyder. “This is the perfect opportunity to make use of the talent and experience in our own communities.”

MCTC will host a Future Teacher Conference on March 7 for individuals interested in learning more about MCTC’s educational programs. Registration will be available soon on the Minneapolis Public Schools website.

MCTC City College News Wins Best of Show 2012

Posted on: February 16th, 2012 by insidemctc 1 Comment

MCTC’s student newspaper City College News won first place in the Best of Show category for two-year college newspapers at the Associated Collegiate Press (ACP) Best of the Midwest College Journalism Convention Feb. 10 – 12, 2012.

City College News Editor-in-Chief, Cassiopaea Tambolini also won a first place Editorial/Commentary award for an opinion piece in the City College News.

Congratulations to all of the staff and reporters at the City College News! Check out the excellent work they do on the City College News website!

For a full list of award winners please visit the ACP website.

About the Best of the Midwest College Journalism Convention, from the ACP website:

“The Best of the Midwest Convention is a gathering of college news journalists and advisers working with print and online media. Associated Collegiate Press prepares about 30 practical learning sessions, including general topic keynotes, problem-solving breakouts and discussion groups. Other convention activities include ACP’s Best of Show contest for general excellence, Best of the Midwest individual contests, a reception, and critiques of student news media.

With typical attendance of around 225 delegates, the ACP Best of the Midwest gathering has become an annual place to seek solutions, share success stories, discover trends and network with students and advisers from around the greater Midwest region.”

MCTC Science Center Open House Feb. 23, 2012

Posted on: February 16th, 2012 by insidemctc No Comments

Thursday, February 23, 2012, from 4 – 6 p.m.
1501 Hennepin Ave, Downtown Minneapoils, Science Building Lobby

Join MCTC’s science faculty and staff for an open house to learn more about our unique science programs.  Live music and refreshments will be provided, student science projects will be on display and tours of the science building are scheduled at 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 3 p.m., 4:30 p.m.,  and 6 p.m.

So come to Sing with Scientists, Tango with Technologists, be Entertained by Engineers, Aspire among Artists and Make Music with Mathematicians!

Please contact Laura Ackerman at (612) 659-6471 or Parke Kunkle (612) 659-6068 for more information.

MCTC’s Dr. Jesse Mason on KFAI “Truth to Tell”

Posted on: February 14th, 2012 by insidemctc No Comments

Dr. Jesse Mason, MCTC Faculty and Coordinator for MCTC’s Student African American Brotherhood/Brother 2 Brother (SAAB/B2B) was on KFAI’s “Truth to Tell” program on Monday February 13, 2012 from 9 until 10 a.m.

Please listen to the program in the KFAI archives here: http://bit.ly/AgB2LN

MCTC to Participate in Minnesota FastTrac Programs

Posted on: February 7th, 2012 by insidemctc No Comments

MCTC is pleased to announce our collaboration with Adult Basic Education and Workforce Service Providers to integrate academic preparation and career training through Minnesota’s FastTrac initiative.

Our current programs include a Pharmacy Technician Program and the Minneapolis Northside Initiative.

The Pharmacy Technician Program is designed to build a bridge to sustainable health care careers. This collaboration between MCTC, Minneapolis Adult Basic Education (ABE)  and Project for Pride in Living (PPL) will work to serve low wage and academically underprepared adults, as well as those who are under and unemployed in the Twin Cities metro area. PPL will be providing recruitment and integrated support services, MCTC will be providing curriculum and instruction and Minneapolis ABE will be integrating their support services into the Dose/Calc and Foundational Science courses. The foundational science course was designed by MCTC to help individuals prepare for the college-level science courses required for higher level health care jobs.

This program includes MCTC’s 6 credit Health Care Core/Medical Terminology/Dose/Calc courses and offers a path for participants to pursue Pharmacy Technician employment and national Pharmacy Technician certification or further their education.

For further information on the Pharmacy Technician program, please contact Loretta Anderson at Loretta.Anderson@minneapolis.edu .

The Minneapolis Northside Initiative partners include the City of Minneapolis, Emerge Community Development and Minneapolis ABE.  This program includes an intense bridge phase to provide math and reading preparation through ABE for individuals with high school diplomas or a GED that are testing below college levels. Following the bridge phase, MCTC will provide integrated instruction with ABE academic support for first year student and career program courses.  Two programs are scheduled and two more programs are in development. The two scheduled programs are Welding and Metal Fabrication beginning February 13 and running through December 2012 and Culinary Arts beginning April 2012 and running through December 2012.

For further information on the Minneapolis Northside Initiative, please contact Ashley Brown at Ashley.Brown@minneapolis.edu.