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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

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.

Welcome, Chancellor Rosenstone!

Posted on: August 1st, 2011 by insidemctc No Comments

Steven RosenstonePlease join MCTC in welcoming Steven Rosenstone as the new chancellor of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, beginning August 1. Read the Office of the Chancellor’s media release.

Recent interviews and speeches:

Chancellor Rosenstone’s Biography

Steven Rosenstone has had a distinguished career in higher education beginning with his summa cum laude B.A. degree from Washington University and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California, Berkeley. He was professor of political science at Yale University until 1986 when he joined to the University of Michigan to serve as professor of political science and program director in the Center for Political Studies. He is the author of Who Votes?; Mobilization, Participation, and Democracy in America; Third Parties in America: Citizen Response to Major Party Failure; Hispanic Political Participation; Forecasting Presidential Elections; and numerous scholarly articles on elections and political participation. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Recruited to the University of Minnesota in 1996 to serve as Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, Rosenstone earned a reputation as a visionary and effective leader. Under his leadership, the college transformed the undergraduate experience; dramatically increased the quality, diversity, and success of its students; forged new partnerships with Minnesota businesses and cultural institutions; and created new, state-of-the-art facilities and interdisciplinary centers. Over the years, he led system-wide initiatives on scholarships, access to higher education, long-term financial strategy, e-education, and student success. In recognition of his service to the University of Minnesota, he was awarded the McKnight Presidential Leadership Chair in 2004 and was promoted to Vice President for Scholarly and Cultural Affairs in 2007.

Named Chancellor of Minnesota State Colleges & Universities in February 2011 by the Board of Trustees, Rosenstone began his term in August 2011. As chancellor, Rosenstone is responsible for leading the seven state universities and twenty-five community and technical colleges that serve over 400,000 students in fifty-four communities across the state.

Rosenstone serves on: the State of Minnesota Higher Education Advisory Council; the Governor’s Workforce Development Council; the Minnesota P-20 Education Partnership; the Midwestern Higher Education Compact; the Itasca Project; the Board of Directors of the Guthrie Theater; and the Governing Board for Minnesota Compass. A nationally recognized expert on the issues facing higher education, Rosenstone’s writings include: “The Idea of a University,” in The Public Research University: Serving the Public Good in New Times; and “Challenges Facing Higher Education in America: Lessons and Opportunities,” in Taking Public Universities Seriously.

Rosenstone is married to Maria Antonia Calvo, a Ph.D. in political science from Universidad Complutense (Madrid, Spain), who is an adjunct associate professor of Spanish at the University of Minnesota. They have three spectacular children – a 17-year-old son who is a high school senior; a 19-year-old daughter who studies cello in a conservatory; and a 24-year-old daughter who is in her second year of medical school in Spain.

Minnesota State Colleges and Universities to Stay Open even if State Government Shuts Down

Posted on: June 15th, 2011 by insidemctc No Comments

‪We are pleased to announce that MCTC and all state colleges and universities will stay open if the state government shuts down this summer. ‬

‪The official MnSCU news release:‬

‪June 15, 2011‬

Minnesota State Colleges and Universities to stay open even if state
government shuts down

‪The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system will remain open‬
‪this summer even if other parts of state government shut down July 1,‬
‪system officials announced today. ‬

‪Officials were notified Wednesday by Gov. Mark Dayton’s office that‬
‪the system will receive the support needed from Minnesota Management and‬
‪Budget to continue operations on July 1, even if other parts of state‬
‪government shut down. ‬

‪The governor’s petition to the state district court said that‬
‪“operations of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities will‬
‪continue based on its statutory and practical financial autonomy and its‬
‪balance carry-over authority.” ‬

‪Chancellor James H. McCormick thanked all officials who worked to‬
‪assure the system’s continued operation. “We are deeply appreciative‬
‪of the governor’s action to support uninterrupted instruction and‬
‪services at the state colleges and universities,” McCormick said.‬
‪“This is a critical time for the 67,000 students taking summer‬
‪session courses at our schools and for the tens of thousands of students‬
‪preparing to enroll in the fall term.”‬

‪The action means that Management and Budget will provide payroll and‬
‪other payment processing for the system. The higher education‬
‪appropriations bill awaits resolution with other state operating‬
‪budgets. The system already has statutory authority to use existing‬
‪tuition and other receipts in the new fiscal year that starts on July 1.‬

‪Once the agreement is reached, it is expected that layoff notices that‬
‪were sent to 6,000 Minnesota State Colleges and Universities employees‬
‪will be rescinded and salaries and benefits to employees will continue.‬

‪The system’s continued operation through the summer term will be‬
‪funded through tuition receipts and fund balances at each of the‬
‪colleges and universities. ‬

‪“Both the governor and Legislature have recognized the critical role‬
‪that higher education has in fueling the state’s economy and improving‬
‪the lives of all Minnesotans, and this will be welcome news for our‬
‪students and our campuses” said Scott Thiss, chair of the system’s‬
‪Board of Trustees. ‬

‪The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system comprises 32 state‬
‪universities and community and technical colleges serving the higher‬
‪education needs of Minnesota. The system serves about 277,000 students‬
‪per year in credit-based courses and an additional 157,000 students in‬
‪non-credit courses.‬

MCTC Honored as a “Top Innovator” for Transit Pass Program

Posted on: May 20th, 2011 by insidemctc No Comments
MCTC's Scott Erickson and Gary Westerland

MCTC's Scott Erickson, Gary Westerland

Minneapolis Community and Technical College, Minnesota State University Moorhead and the Northeast Higher Education District were honored Wednesday by the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities chair of the Board of Trustees as the top innovators of the year.

MCTC received the top innovator award for our Go-To-College Transit Pass program. Launched in December 2006, with about 400 student participants, the program seeks to reduce the number of cars driven to campus and parked in the college’s ramp. By spring 2011, more than 3,700 students – about 30 percent of the college’s student population – had purchased the $84-a-semester passes, which provide unlimited rides, 24 hours per day, seven days a week, on all Metro Transit buses and light rail. The college subsidizes the passes by providing $92 for each pass through bookstore revenues, student life fees and enrollment growth funds. The pass has created new opportunities to increase access to higher education, ease financial stress and encourage environmental awareness.

“We are honored to receive this award,” said MCTC President Phil Davis. “This innovative project, led by Director of Auxiliary Services Gary Westerland, reflects MCTC’s commitment to environmental sustainability and helps our students by offering a financially reasonable transportation option to our campus.”

This is the first time the Celebration of Innovation Awards have been conferred by Chair Scott Thiss. One state university and eight other state colleges also were recognized for innovative achievements.

“We can’t underestimate the importance of innovation in our system, particularly given current economic conditions,” said Board Chair Scott Thiss. “And though our faculty and staff have been coming up with innovative programs, services and processes for decades, we have not recognized these efforts adequately until recently.

“This award also is an opportunity to encourage innovation and risk taking in a wide variety of forms. Generating fresh solutions is part of the intellectual capital that will help our colleges and universities – and ultimately our students – maintain Minnesota’s competitive edge,” he said.

“This award is just one manifestation of the Board of Trustees’ strategic direction that supports innovation to meet current and future educational needs,” said Chancellor James H. McCormick. “We recognize innovation as an important part of the continuous improvement culture that we work to cultivate.”

The process of selecting the top innovators began with nominations by presidents of system colleges and universities. Innovation is intentionally not further defined because the award is designed to broadly recognize and appreciation innovations of all types. A screening committee narrowed the submissions to the top contenders, which were presented to the board chair, who made the final selections.

More information is available on the MnSCU news release.