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MnSCU Names MCTC Instructor “Educator of the Year”

Posted on: April 24th, 2014 by insidemctc No Comments

Cheryl Neudauer, MnSCU Educator of the YearCheryl Neudauer, Biology instructor at Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC), was presented with one of the highest educational honors in the state this week: Cheryl was named one of only four Educators of the Year, the highest honor granted by the state-wide Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system (MnSCU).

Cheryl Neudauer came to MCTC in 2003 as an adjunct Biology instructor, and 10 years later teaches both Physiology and Pathophysiology. Cheryl utilizes a “flipped-classroom model” in her classes: students work in groups to tackle the majority of their tasks, and Cheryl steps in to clarify difficult concepts. “These days, students can get almost any information online,” Cheryl said. “I’m trying to show students how they can think critically and utilize the resources they have.” After a few years of teaching, Cheryl turned her lectures and notes into a course outline with exercises and diagrams. “It’s very affordable, and saves my students almost $500 in textbook fees. They can take another three-credit class for that amount, and now they’re focusing on what’s important.”

Among her many accomplishments prior to coming to MCTC, Cheryl taught at a community college in Virginia, performed post-doctoral cancer research and attended graduate school at both the University of Minnesota and the Mayo Clinic in Rochester. “She has created a significant college ‘footprint,’” said MCTC President Phil Davis. “It is hard to imagine a faculty member who has had a greater impact.”
The MnSCU Board of Trustees bestows the Educator of the Year award to acknowledge and reward exceptional professional accomplishment and to encourage ongoing excellence in teaching. The winners were selected from 30 faculty members named Outstanding Educators by the presidents of their respective institutions based on nominations by students, faculty peers or staff. Three MCTC instructors were nominated Outstanding Educators in 2014.

Photo: Cheryl Neudauer (center) works with students in her classroom.

MCTC Instructors Named MnSCU Outstanding Educators

Posted on: April 16th, 2014 by insidemctc No Comments

Three Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC) faculty members have been honored with the 2014 Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) Outstanding Educator award. Bayla McDougal (Addiction Counseling), Cheryl Neudauer (Biology) and Greg Skudlarek (HVACR) were nominated from the College community, tasked with compiling an extensive portfolio of their professional work and awarded the distinguished honor earlier this month.

About the Faculty

MnSCU Outstanding Educator 2014When Bayla McDougal started classes at MCTC in 1983, she was a single mother, on welfare and newly in recovery from drugs and alcohol. After 22 years working in the field of addiction counseling, she came back to MCTC as a faculty member in the same program. This fall she will celebrate her 10th year at the College. “I love this place,” she said. “My classrooms are made up of people age 18 to 65,” said Bayla. “Anywhere from 60 to 70 percent of the Addiction Counseling students are in recovery from alcohol or drug use. They are students who already have bachelor’s and master’s degrees, students in school for the first time and students who didn’t think finishing school was an option.” Bayla will take a sabbatical next year to begin work on a book about mindfulness in the classroom. She has been collecting data for this project for 10 years.

 

Neudauer-Outstanding-Educator-2014-200-2Cheryl Neudauer came to MCTC in 2003 as an adjunct Biology instructor, and 10 years later teaches both Physiology and Pathophysiology. Cheryl utilizes a “flipped-classroom model” in her classes: students work in groups to tackle the majority of their tasks, and Cheryl steps in to clarify difficult concepts. “These days, students can get almost any information online,” Cheryl said. “I’m trying to show students how they can think critically and utilize the resources they have.” After a few years of teaching, Cheryl turned her lectures and notes into a course outline with exercises and diagrams. “It’s very affordable, and saves my students almost $500 in textbook fees. They can take another three-credit class for that amount, and now they’re focusing on what’s important.” Among her many accomplishments prior to coming to MCTC, Cheryl taught at a community college in Virginia, performed post-doctoral cancer research and attended graduate school at both the University of Minnesota and the Mayo Clinic in Rochester.

 

MnSCU outstanding educator 2014Greg Skudlarek was cool before it was cool. He began working for his father’s refrigeration business at age 14, and began his skills education at one of MCTC’s sister schools: Alexandria Technical and Community College. Commuting to Minneapolis from Alexandria, Greg started his tenure with the College in 1989 when the program was called Refrigeration and Air Conditioning, and was part of the Construction Electricity program along with Major Appliance Repair. In 1996 the program was officially recognized as a standalone program and re-named Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVACR) and has become one of the top HVACR programs in Minnesota. “We’re drawing high-quality students to our program,” said Greg. “I have a student who drives from Cannon Falls to come here. He could have gone to Rochester or Redwing, or any of the other metro schools, but he chose to come here.” MCTC’s HVACR program is one of the most diverse in Minnesota, and has earned a reputation in the industry of graduating top-quality students. Greg strives to stay current with HVACR industry changes by attending training seminars, and operates a residential HVAC company in his Alexandria home during the summer.

 

The Outstanding Educator award is an honor bestowed upon a select number of MnSCU faculty to acknowledge and reward exceptional individual professional accomplishment and to encourage ongoing excellence. This designation by their presidents reflects the exceptional commitment that each of the nominees have demonstrated in teaching, in their continuous professional development, and in their service to students, the college and the MnSCU system.

This month, the MnSCU Board of Trustees will honor a total of 30 outstanding educators who teach at 17 colleges around the state. The board will also announce selection of its 2014 Educators of the Year—an extremely significant achievement. Click here for more information.

$3.3 Million Grant to MnSCU Means Customized Training for MCTC Community Partners

Posted on: March 14th, 2014 by insidemctc No Comments

Training at MCTC.Thirteen Minnesota state colleges have been selected to receive 18 grants totaling $3.3 million from the Minnesota Job Skills Partnership (MJSP). Businesses working as partners with these colleges will match these grants with an additional $8.1 million bringing the total impact of the awards to $11.4 million. The colleges will use these funds to develop and deliver customized training programs that meet the specific needs of each business partner. Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC) will partner with two local employers, Gedney Foods and the St. Paul Pioneer Press, utilizing more than $290,000 of these funds to develop customized training.

“Each year, our colleges and universities train over 150,000 incumbent workers through partnerships with more than 6,000 Minnesota businesses and employers,” said Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Chancellor Steven Rosenstone. “These grants and the generous matching funds from our business partners will help ensure Minnesota workers stay at the leading edge of their fields. Customized training for employees is a critical element in keeping Minnesota industries globally competitive.” The training programs developed with grant funding will be utilized by MnSCU campuses and business partners throughout the state.

In the last 12 months, MCTC has received $1.2 million in MJSP grants. With these grants, MCTC has swiftly responded to the workforce needs of employers in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area. In turn, these industry partnerships have furthered MCTC’s reputation as a preferred provider of workforce solutions through process improvement and business transformation training.

Of the total $290,000 MCTC will receive of this grant, the College will partner with two local employers to provide customized training:

  • St. Paul Pioneer Press: Nearly $50,000 will be used by MCTC’s Division of Continuing Education and Customized Training to provide a one-year business transformation training program for the Pioneer Press management team across the organization in a number of critical areas including business process improvement, financial management, project management, leadership, critical thinking and innovation. This will ensure Pioneer Press employees have the needed 21st century skills to fully deploy digital media tools for subscribers and advertisers, and increase skills, capabilities and innovation to maximize print product market share.
  • Gedney Foods: Makers of the famed Minnesota pickle, $240,000 of the grant will be used by MCTC’s Division of Continuing Education and Customized Training to provide a three-year training program focusing on workplace safety, maximizing productivity, process standardization, workforce advancement and food safety qualifications.

The Minnesota Job Skills Partnership (MJSP), a program of the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, works with businesses and educational institutions to train or retrain workers, expand work opportunities, and keep high-quality jobs in the state. MJSP training grants are used to offset training-related expenses associated with meeting Minnesota’s current and future workforce needs.

The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities include 24 two-year community, technical, and comprehensive colleges and seven state universities serving more than 430,000 students. It is the fifth-largest higher education system of its kind in the United States.

MCTC’s AME Wins MnSCU Diversity Award

Posted on: June 3rd, 2013 by mctc No Comments

MnSCU recognizes outstanding educational programs and services

MnSCU awards AMEThe MCTC chapter of the African American Educational Empowerment Program (AME) received a Diversity Award from Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) for Outstanding Student Organization at the recent annual joint meeting held May 30–31 at Normandale Community College. AME consists of multiple programs that create opportunities for the educational success of students of color at MCTC. Each AME program contributes to the retention, graduation and personal growth of students and empowers them to develop leadership skills through their education, mentoring opportunities and involvement in the college community, society, nation and world.

Diversity awards recognize programs and individuals for fostering a diverse faculty, staff and student body and providing quality services and support. “We take pride in providing an extraordinary education for Minnesotans from all backgrounds, and that requires diversity on campus,” said Whitney Harris, MnSCU chief diversity officer and manager of the Educational Equity Task Force at MCTC. “Our colleges and universities serve more students of color than any other provider of higher education in Minnesota, and we serve more low-income students than all of the state’s other higher education options combined. It gives me great pleasure to recognize the outstanding work being done throughout the system that allows us to fulfill this vital role.”

“It’s important to give credit for this award to the hard work of the students and peer advisors within AME,” said Dr. Jesse Mason, psychology instructor and AME program coordinator. “The students work with the programming and planning of the AME initiative, and we can thank them for this success.” AME programs include Student African American Brotherhood/Brother2Brother (SAAB/B2B), Student African American Sisterhood/Sister2Sister (SAAS), Student Success in Transition Education Program (STEP) and African American Male Parity in Educational Success (AMP). AME was nominated for the MnSCU Diversity Award by MCTC math instructor Marcella Jones.

“The MnSCU Strategic Framework calls for our colleges and universities to ensure access to an extraordinary education for all Minnesotans,” said Doug Knowlton, MnSCU vice chancellor of Academic and Student Affairs. “That requires innovation and excellence in everything we do—from the classroom throughout every service we provide for our students. Although tremendous work is going on at every one of the 31 MnSCU colleges and universities, I am especially pleased to recognize the distinguished examples being honored today.” Read the MnSCU press release here.

Student Receives MSCSA Leadership Scholarship

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

ImageMinneapolis Community and Technical College student Carlos Rodrigo Vazquez received the Fall 2012 Minnesota State College Student Association (MSCSA) Leadership Scholarship. Seven students attending Minnesota State Colleges and Universities throughout the state were awarded the merit-based scholarship as recognition of their exemplary community and campus leadership in addition to maintaining a superb GPA throughout their academic career. Each recipient will receive $650 toward his or her tuition for the fall 2012 semester.

“The MSCSA scholarship means a lot to me because it is helping me get closer to my educational goal,” Vazquez said. “I am very thankful to the donors who make this scholarship available/possible, and I know that eventually I will be one of them. I would love to give and support my community because my community gave and supported me when I needed it.”

The six additional student recipients are: Gordon Craft-Inver Hills Community College, Gabriel Hall- Southeast Technical College-Winona, Brian Liebeg- Inver Hills Community College, Jamie Medas- Anoka Ramsey Community College-Coon Rapids, Shahalo Seidmedova-Saint Cloud State University and Danielle Swanson-Southeast Technical College-Red Wing.

More information about the MSCSA Leadership Scholarship, including application materials and deadlines is available at www.mscsa.org/scholarship.

The Minnesota State College Student Association (MSCSA) represents students attending the state’s two-year technical, community and comprehensive colleges on 47 campuses advocating for more than 100,000 students across the state.