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Denisse Linares: On a Path to Success

Posted on: August 14th, 2015 by insidemctc No Comments

Denisse, MCTC gradWhen Denisse Linares visited MCTC this summer to interview Interim President Avelino Mills-Novoa, Deputy Education Officer for Minneapolis Public Schools Elia Bruggeman and several high school students for a story on Univision, she walked around like she knew the place. Because she did know the place—quite well.

Denisse began attending MCTC in 2006, when she dove into English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classes. After several semesters, she transitioned to the Human Services program, and in the meantime served as activities coordinator for the Xicanos Latinos Unidos student club. “I was in school for a long time—first part time, then full time.”

Going to college in Minneapolis wasn’t at the top of her to-do list when Denisse was graduating high school. “My plan was to go back to Mexico,” she shared. Having moved to Minnesota when she was 12 years old, Denisse had strong ties to her family members who stayed behind, and thought for some time she could begin her adult life in the country where her parents started theirs.

But encouraged by a high school counselor, she stopped by an open house at MCTC. Liking what she saw, Denisse submitted an application. And then took the Accuplacer. And finally decided to take a leap—and stay on her path in Minnesota.

“It was a tough decision. At 18 years old, it was a very scary decision,” she said. “MCTC was so helpful when I didn’t know what to do next.”

After committing to staying in the Twin Cities, Denisse flourished. With a strong start in ESOL classes, campus involvement, a major that inspired her and compassionate instructors, she received her Associate in Arts degree in Human Services in 2011. Denisse went on and transferred to Augsburg College where she studied business management, and landed a job as an account executive with Univision.

“Deep inside I think I knew I needed to stay here, even though going back to Mexico would have been easier,” she said. “I would tell someone in my position to continue their education, and to find resources to help them. There are so many more resources now than when I was making my decision: there are scholarships, paid internships and the opportunity to go to school part-time and work in their field.”

After her interviews, Denisse had to leave in a hurry. “The Gold Cup is going on right now,” she explained. “Everyone wants to run advertisements with Univision. It’s a busy time of the year.”

Descubriendo Oportunidades en MCTC

Posted on: March 9th, 2015 by insidemctc No Comments

Sheila, MCTC student“MCTC is like a family to me, and it provides an opportunity for change and growth.” —Sheila, vice president of MCTC’s Xicanos Latinos Unidos student club (pictured, right)

Parents, future students and working adults are invited to discover the MCTC campus and community on Saturday, March 21 from 8:15 a.m.–3 p.m!

Register now

On this day, you can:

  • Meet with faculty, staff, students and alumni
  • Learn how to get started and finance your education
  • Tour our beautiful downtown campus
  • Learn about careers and transfer options
  • Apply to the college for FREE—we’re waiving the $20 application fee!
  • Be entered in a drawing to win a $500 scholarship from the MCTC Foundation

We hope you can bring a friend and join us for this great event! Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP by March 19. Click here to register now!

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Discover 12 Ways MCTC Can Work for YOU

Posted on: September 15th, 2014 by insidemctc No Comments

MCTC Works Oct 2014

Discover 12 ways MCTC can work for you

Register now for the October open house!

  1. Make more money
  2. Find jobs and network with employers who hire our graduates
  3. Save thousands of dollars
  4. Transfer easily to Metropolitan State, the University of Minnesota or other colleges of your choice
  5. Choose from more than 130 programs
  6. Connect with a diverse student body
  7. Learn from award-winning faculty
  8. Get involved and make a difference
  9. Stand out–seven MCTC students named to the Phi Theta Kappa All-USA Community College Academic Team
  10. Be successful–our alumni have made significant contributions throughout their careers and in their communities
  11. Give us a try–attend one of our hands-on career exploration summer camps (ages 13-18)
  12. Visit us on campus or in your community to learn how MCTC can work for you!

Visit Us at Our Open House

Date: Tuesday, October 21
Time: 5–7 p.m.
Location: Minneapolis Community and Technical College, T Building
1501 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis (free parking in the MCTC ramp)

Register now!

MCTC Open House, STEM Fair and Skills Rodeo April 8

Posted on: April 3rd, 2014 by insidemctc No Comments

Open House banner

You are invited to join us for three amazing events at MCTC on April 8! Activities start at 10 a.m. and wrap up at 7 p.m. There’s something for everyone at MCTC on this action-packed day!

  • Open House, 57 p.m., T Plaza and 2nd floor
  • STEM Fair, 10 a.m.7 p.m., T Plaza
  • Skills Rodeo, 57 p.m., T Skyway

Open House, 5–7 p.m., T Plaza and 2nd floor
Whether exploring what the College has to offer, choosing your major or finding clubs that spark your interest, the Open House is for you! Invite your friends and family, stay for the other exciting events and be sure to pre-register! More information and registration are available here.


STEM Fair, 10 a.m.–7 p.m., T Plaza
Celebrate Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) programs, clubs and activities! At the STEM Fair you can:

  • Light your way through a cave lined with prehistoric cave paintings from across the world
  • Explore the Exploradome and its two distinct programs: a tour across the universe and a trip through the heart
  • Meet MCTC Engineering students and learn about their projects with a high altitude balloon, helicopters, a flight simulator and a drone
  • See MCTC student research projects previously highlighted at the state Capitol
  • Explore Biotechnology and other science demonstrations, hands-on activities and a human evolution display
  • Attend a presentation by Princeton University Molecular Biology professor Dr. Bonnie Bassler about how bacteria talk to one another
  • Watch the work of flesh-eating beetles, learn about animal decomposition and familiarize yourself with the flora of Loring Park
  • Learn more about MCTC’s STEM programs and student clubs!

Skills Rodeo, 57 p.m., T Skyway
Students from five career and technical programs will compete against one another in a chance to demonstrate their skills and vie for $2,500 in scholarships!

  • Photography: PHDI (Photography and Digital Imaging) participants will be asked to photograph portraits in front of a bright window. Students will have to balance studio lights with background light in order to create a mixed-light portrait.
  • Sound Arts: Sound Arts students will compete in a 10-minute sound frequency identification accuracy test involving music, frequency bands and filtering.
  • Barbering: Two Barbering students will compete by demonstrating their skills on live models in barber chairs, creating specific and specialized haircuts based on Minnesota State Barber Licensing exams. They will also present the logos they created for their proposed barber or hair salon business plans.
  • Culinary Arts: Culinary Arts student chefs will compete by creating the same dish which will be judged by a panel. The student with the highest score wins the scholarship, and the audience will be able to judge for themselves and eat the work of the competitors!
  • WeldingWelding students will compete at stations in the T Building welding labs to create specific challenging and sculptural welding projects within a limited time frame. A live video feed of the competition will be streamed to the T Skyway.

DJ music will be provided by students in The Sound Society student club.

Please join us for any of these amazing events April 8!

It’s Showtime! MCTC Hosts Collage of Spring Shows, Events and Performances

Posted on: March 21st, 2014 by insidemctc No Comments

MCTC Spring ShowsFrom fashion and fine arts to welding, this spring MCTC students, faculty, staff and community will demonstrate their skills in a collage of shows, events and performances.

In celebration of MCTC’s Centennial year, each event is held in recognition of the long history MCTC and its predecessor colleges have in Minneapolis. With roots dating back to 1914 when founder Elizabeth Fish established the Vocational School for Girls, MCTC is proud of its thousands of students, employees, alumni and supporters. This spring, we celebrate how far we’ve come in the last 100 years. It’s showtime!

Events this spring include the tenth annual Sustainability Fair; our Open House, STEM Fair and Skills Rodeo; the Theater department’s spring play Top Girls; a health fair; student and faculty concerts and recitals; and, of course, our award-winning portfolio shows in Apparel, Graphic arts and Photography and Digital Imaging. A comprehensive calendar of events with links for more information can be found here.