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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.

MCTC to Partner with MnSCU Schools to Offer Developmental Ed Summit

Posted on: April 21st, 2015 by insidemctc No Comments

MnSCU Academic and Student Affairs (ASA) has awarded a $10,000 grant for MCTC, in partnership with other MnSCU schools, to host a day-long summit this fall on developmental education best practices.

This winter, MnSCU ASA invited all MnSCU institutions to submit proposals to receive a grant of up to $10,000 per proposal for regional educational summits for developmental education. Three grants were awarded.

Normandale Community College, in collaboration with Century College, Dakota County Technical College, Inver Hills Community College and MCTC, will host a day-long summit on developmental education focused on highlighting best practices both nationally and locally. The summit, with support of the institutional partnerships, will be action-oriented with a significant portion of the day dedicated to providing each implementation team with a planning session facilitated by compression planning facilitators. Teams will then identify key issues they wish to address at their institutions and will develop detailed communication and action plans tailored to their college’s needs. The summit will include a keynote presentation from Dr. Hunter Boylen and provide each institution time to share best practices.

This summit will be held in early fall 2015. Contact Julie Guelich at for more information. Click here for the MnSCU press release.

MCTC Part of Federal TAACCCT Grant Award

Posted on: October 2nd, 2014 by insidemctc No Comments

MCTC Machine Tool Technology studentMCTC and a dozen other institutions were awarded a $15 million grant from the Department of Labor’s Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grant program. The grant was awarded to the Minnesota Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (MNAMP), a collection of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) colleges.

Vice President Joe Biden recently announced $450 million in grants to colleges and universities around the country for the development and expansion of innovative training programs in partnership with local employers. The grants are part of a four-year, nearly $2 billion national initiative to expand targeted training programs for unemployed workers, especially those impacted by foreign trade.

“Minnesota’s greatest economic strength has always been our highly-skilled workforce,” said Governor Mark Dayton. “This initiative will help train hundreds of Minnesotans for good jobs in high-demand industries. It is the new initiative we need to build on the momentum of our state’s growing economy.”

MCTC will use its portion of the grant—totaling over $1 million—to:

  • Create seamless career pathways that offer industry-recognized credentials in advanced manufacturing
  • Create and update educational programs in advanced manufacturing to match employer needs and industry-recognized credentials
  • Develop long-term, collaborative partnerships with employers in advanced manufacturing
  • Improve enrollment, retention and completion within these programs and job placement of participants in advanced manufacturing programs, including participants from underrepresented groups

“This grant provides a strategic resource for MCTC to enhance and grow long-term, collaborative partnerships with employers in advanced manufacturing,” said Reede Webster, dean of External Relations and Workforce Development.

Grant from Great Lakes Will Help Students Stay on Track

Posted on: August 5th, 2014 by insidemctc No Comments

MCTC campus lifeMinneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC) is one of four schools within Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) which have been awarded a total of $988,408 by the Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation as part of its flagship College Ready and College Success grants. The funds will be used to improve graduation rates for students who have the most to gain from higher education: those from low income households, students of color and students who are first in their families to attend college.

MCTC will use its $179,962 College Success Grant to launch an “early warning” navigator program to provide early and more individualized intervention for Pell-eligible, first-year students grappling with academic performance or attendance issues. Faculty and staff will work together to assess and address students’ needs in math, English and introductory business classes. The College received $179,962 to launch the program.

“Our state colleges and universities are a place of hope and opportunity for all Minnesotans,” said Steven Rosenstone, MnSCU chancellor. “We share Great Lakes’ commitment to increasing college completion among students facing the greatest challenges. The College Ready and College Success grants will make an enormous difference in our ability to help students succeed.”

“We are called to action by the mounting evidence that too many students enroll in college underprepared academically, and too many leave before earning the degree, diploma, or certificate they set out to earn,” said Richard D. George, president and chief executive officer of Great Lakes. “We fund programs that understand the root cause of what holds students back and take bold steps to overcome these obstacles.”

Through community investments, Great Lakes leads initiatives and funds programs to help students from traditionally underserved backgrounds start and complete a two- or four-year degree or other credential. Since 2006, Great Lakes has committed in excess of $100 million in funding to programs that share these goals. For additional information, visit

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.