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MCTC Waives Application Fee for One Week During College Knowledge Month

Posted on: September 30th, 2015 by insidemctc No Comments

MCTC campusThis October, Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC) will waive its $20 application fee for one week in celebration of College Knowledge Month.

Celebrated in October, College Knowledge Month is a statewide effort between high schools and postsecondary institutions to engage, inform and support students as they enter into the college application process. Every one of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities across the state is waiving application fees for all or part of College Knowledge Month.

Interested students can begin the application process here.

“Every day, our colleges and universities deliver the highest value, most affordable higher education option in the state of Minnesota,” said Steven Rosenstone, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities chancellor. “In keeping with this commitment, we are pleased to waive application fees as part of College Knowledge Month and look forward to partnering with high schools as they encourage students to explore the many ways higher education offers a path to a brighter future.”

Throughout the month and around the state, staff from all the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities will be volunteering at high school events to assist students with applications and sharing information about the college experience.

Application fees for qualified low-income students are always waived at all Minnesota State Colleges and Universities.\

For more information, contact any of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities.

The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities include 30 community and technical colleges and seven state universities serving more than 400,000 students. It is the fifth-largest higher education system in the United States.

MCTC Receives $350,000 in Equipment Donations

Posted on: July 6th, 2015 by marketingworkstudy No Comments

Leveraged-equipment-storyMinneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC) received nearly $350,000 in instructional equipment donations in the 2014–15 school year, and Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) will allocate an additional $350,000 through its Leveraged Equipment Donation Matching Program.

The program, launched in 2014, seeks to improve collegiate relations with local business partners. MnSCU has a history of forming industry partnerships to help benefit its students, staff and faculty.

“We are so grateful to MCTC’s partners. These donations reflect industry confidence in our faculty and students,” said Vice President of Academic Affairs Gail O’Kane. “We will continue to deliver with these partnerships.”

The following Twin Cities businesses made donations to MCTC programs during the 2014–2015 academic year:

• Air Mechanical (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration)
• Axure (Web & Interactive Media)
• Belimo(Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration)
• BIIOPAC (Biology)
• Bitzer US Inc. GA (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration)
• Dakota Supply Group (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration)
• Delta Airlines (Air Traffic Control)
• Ericksen Ellison and Associates, Inc (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration)
• Graco Inc. (CNC Machine Tool Technology)
• Harris (Business Management)
• Kurt Manufacturing (CNC Machine Tool Technology)
• Larry Yost (Apparel Technology)
• Mortenson Construction (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration)
• Nonin Medical Inc. (Polysomnographic Technology)
• NuAire Inc (Biotechnology)
• Owens Co. (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration)
• Pace Analytical (Chemistry)
• Quality Refrigeration (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration)
• South St Paul Steel Supply Co. (Welding)
• St. Cloud Hospital (Electroneurodiagnostic Technology)
• Tierney Bros (Graphic Design)
• Tom Connors (Photography & Digital Imaging)
• United Way (Physical Education)

Minnesota Legislation Funds Nursing Support

Posted on: June 25th, 2015 by marketingworkstudy No Comments

Rep. Karen Clark and David Zander

Following the conclusion of the 2015 Minnesota state legislative session, Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC) was honored to celebrate the passage of a higher education bill awarding $70,000 to MCTC, Century College and two yet-to-be-determined MnSCU colleges for the implementation of the Kathleen McCullough Zander Success in Nursing Program.

Kathleen (Kathy) McCullough Zander, late MCTC Nursing instructor, developed a 16-unit curriculum to mentor and tutor foreign-born Nursing students. The legislative funding follows the recent announcement of a strengthened Nursing articulation agreement with Augsburg College, as well as a recent remodel and launch of expanded, state-of-the-art Nursing classroom space.

“I am a nurse and a survivor of cancer myself,” said Minnesota Rep. Karen Clark, who helped author and advocate for the legislation. “This legislation was an act of love, and will leave an incredible legacy.”

Friends and family of Kathy and her husband David, as well as many MCTC Nursing faculty, gathered to celebrate the gift on June 24, Kathy’s birthday.

“This legislation is very timely,” said MCTC Interim President Avelino Mills-Novoa. “At our Nursing pinning ceremony this spring, we determined that 60 percent of the graduating class was foreign-born. The very program that you worked so hard for is one that has been deeply impactful for the MCTC community.”

Kathy is survived by her husband David Zander, who advocated most passionately for the passage of the legislation. “For me this is just a small first step in what needs to be done,” he said.

MCTC Tuition Freeze Enters Third Year

Posted on: June 22nd, 2015 by insidemctc No Comments

Tuition FreezeTuition at MCTC for the 2015-2016 academic year will remain frozen for the third year. The Board of Trustees of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) recently approved its budget and tuition rates that include a freeze for all two-year colleges.

“Next academic year and the academic year after, by any measure our colleges and universities will continue to be the highest value, most affordable higher education option in Minnesota,” said Steven Rosenstone, chancellor of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities.

According to a press release from MnSCU, the freeze was made possible by the $100 million in state-funded tuition relief for MnSCU institutions included in the Higher Education bill passed during the recent legislative session. In addition to the freeze this academic year, tuition next year will decrease by one percent due to increases to the federal Pell Grant and Minnesota state grant programs.

The application deadline for the fall 2015 semester is August 14. Click here to apply. Current students can click here to register for classes.

Campus Security Supervisor Receives MnSCU Chancellor’s Award

Posted on: April 27th, 2015 by insidemctc No Comments

daniel-200MCTC Security Supervisor Daniel Alberts has received the Chancellor’s Award for Facilities Excellence by the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) system. The award is given to those who excel in facilities management and leadership on their campuses.

Alberts was one of two employees to receive the award in the Facilities category out of the 1,200 who were eligible.

“The professionals honored through this award work tirelessly behind the scenes to make our campuses inviting, safe, and efficiently run,” MnSCU Chancellor Steven Rosenstone said. “They make each campus a place where faculty and staff can help students realize their dreams. We are grateful for all they do, day in and day out.”

Award criteria focus on innovation, collaboration and work that goes beyond routine duties. Alberts has worked with the system office to review each MnSCU campus’ annual security report as well as helping with other initiatives within the system.

“Daniel has exceptional talent in so many areas,” said Public Safety Director Curt Schmidt. “His receipt of this award only affirms his excellent work. Through this project, Daniel has cleared the path for others to achieve success.”

Photo: Daniel Alberts and his son at the 2014 MCTC Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service.