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MCTC Open House, STEM Fair and Skills Rodeo April 8

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

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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.

Images from Wing Young Huie’s Chalkboard Project

Posted on: April 6th, 2011 by insidemctc No Comments

Images from the Chalkboard Project by Wing Young Huie are now on display in the windows of MCTC’s Science Building. They will be up until Friday, April 8.

Starting in mid-April, about 250 smaller images will be on display in the Skyway from the parking lot to the T Building.

See what students at MCTC are saying about themselves!

Wing Young Huie: Chalkboard Project

Posted on: March 1st, 2011 by insidemctc 3 Comments

Learn about the Chalkboard Project from photographer Wing Young Huie and be a part of the project with students and staff at MCTC. Bring a camera.

Sponsored by the MCTC Fine Arts Department as a part of the Spring Arts Festival

March 1, 2, 7, 8, 9; 10:30 a.m. – noon
Skyway by Josephine’s Cafe, MCTC

Slide Show Presentation: How do photographs form us?
The photographs of internationally known artist Wing Young Huie have been exhibited in major museums and in epic public installations. His dynamic slide show presentation is an overview of his many photographic projects that explores the dizzying socioeconomic and cultural realities of American society.

His two most well known works are Lake Street USA (2000) and The University Avenue Project (2010), both of which transformed six miles of two major Twin Cities thoroughfares into epic photo galleries, reflecting the everyday lives of thousands of its citizens in the midst of some of the most diverse concentrations of international immigrants in the country.

Wing fosters dialogues by showing photographs from his many projects that are open to cultural interpretations, inviting participants to offer their own points of views and to consider not only how their perceptions may differ from those around them, but also how our perceptions are formed by the overwhelming media and marketing photographs we consume on a daily basis.

Chalkboard Workshop: Chalk Talk
In workshops participants engage in a “Chalk Talk” with a process that Wing used in his most recent work, The University Avenue Project, where he photographed hundreds of people in various circumstances holding chalkboards on which revealing statements are hand-written. Wing elicited responses by asking a series of questions that are not easily answered and then chose only one of the answers from each person, who then wrote their answer on a chalkboard. How would you answer these questions?

What are you? How do you think others see you? What don’t they see? What advice would you give to a stranger? What is your favorite word? Describe an incident that changed you. How have you been affected by race?

Workshop participants will pair with someone in the room they are unfamiliar with, ask each other these questions, choose each other’s answer, and write their answer down on black construction paper with white chalk. Participants then photograph their partner with their chalkboard.

MCTC’s Fight to End Hunger and Homelessness: Nov. 5 – 23, 2010

Posted on: November 4th, 2010 by insidemctc 4 Comments

Can you pick out the students facing homelessness in this picture?

MCTC Students. Photo by Kristine Heykants

The face of hunger and homelessness may look different than you think. Many MCTC students struggle with hunger and homelessness every day. Out of 1061 student survey respondents, 103 students said they were currently homeless. 163 students said they frequently could not afford a meal or groceries.

MCTC is sponsoring several activities in November to raise awareness and understanding about hunger and homelessness in our community, and to help our students in need. These activities are in recognition of National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, Nov. 14 – 20. The public is welcome to attend and participate in these activities, Nov. 5 – 23 at MCTC.

This year, Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week is the week before Thanksgiving to draw attention to the devastating problems of homelessness and hunger in America. Co-sponsored by the National Coalition for the Homeless and the National Student Campaign Against Hunger & Homelessness, events across the country, including at MCTC, promote education, action and awareness about hunger and homelessness. (more…)