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Michael Rosenberg Gets Involved, Receives Two Degrees

Posted on: May 13th, 2014 by insidemctc No Comments

Michael Rosenberg, graduating MCTC studentCreative, Committed, Confident—Michael Inspires and Succeeds

Michael Rosenberg is accomplishing a unique feat: He will graduate from two colleges with two degrees in the same year.

Originally from Memphis, Michael lived a lifetime even before deciding to pursue his education: As a child, he heard Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. deliver his last public speech prior to being assassinated. As an adult, Michael spent three years as an Americorps VISTA, worked with AVID students to tutor fourth graders and served in the U.S. military. In 2006, he decided it was time for a change.

Having visited family members in Minnesota, it seemed like a natural place to start the next chapter of his life. “I was so committed to making the move, I didn’t even have a place to live at first. For the first three weeks after I moved to Minnesota, I slept in my car at a rest stop. However, I was determined to make it work.”

When he found housing in downtown Minneapolis, a neighbor suggested MCTC for its convenient location down the block. Michael looked into the Nursing program and decided to take the leap. “I hadn’t been to school in 35 years, and I had no idea if I would be accepted by the younger students on campus,” said Michael.

While completing the requirements he needed to become a certified nursing assistant, he also took care of his general education courses and got involved in student life. He joined Veterans Upward Bound, became the founding president of the MCTC Student Veterans of America club (SVA) and later, while attending the regional SVA conference, was named State Director of SVA. Michael also worked with MCTC faculty to bring renowned Dr. Tyrone Bledsoe, founder of the national chapter of Student African American Brotherhood (SAAB) to campus, which inspired Michael to work with others to found MCTC’s own SAAB chapter. “When we formed SAAB, there was a critical need to look at the challenges facing African American men and men of color in higher education,” said Michael.

Michael excelled in his classes in addition to remaining thoroughly involved in student clubs and groups, but a period of tragedy set him back: his family experienced four deaths within a short period of time, and Michael temporarily relocated to his home city of Memphis to settle matters. “I needed to be by my family,” said Michael. “We needed to be strong. My family always said if anyone was going to succeed, it would be me.” Michael remained in Memphis for several months, though continued his studies at a local community college.

When he returned to Minneapolis, Michael picked up his studies at Metropolitan State University, aiming for his four-year degree. He completed four semesters with near-perfect grades, landing on the Dean’s List each semester. Graduation was in sight, but one hurdle held him back.

“I had great grades, an internship at Project for Pride in Living doing exactly what I want to do and all I needed was one last math course,” said Michael. “Math is not my strong point.”

He came back to MCTC because the College offers a satisfactory Logic course. “From the very beginning my instructor, Dr. Lisa Bergin, told everyone in the class ‘you can get to this.’ It has been tough. I kept thinking I couldn’t do it, I couldn’t get to it.”

Michael’s Logic instructor worked with him to find his path to success. “It’s been a long haul this semester, but my instructor worked with me the whole way. Now my last final is coming up, and my instructor told me she hopes she gets to meet my family at the graduation ceremony.”

Michael will be attending two graduation ceremonies this year—he will receive his associate of arts (A.A.) degree at MCTC’s graduation ceremony in May 2014, and his bachelor’s degree at the Metro State ceremony in December.

“These two degrees showed me I could do anything,” said Michael. “I found I could communicate with my 18-year old classmates. I learned I can bounce back, because not everything’s going to be hunky-dory. I learned to stay involved. If it wasn’t for being involved in SVA and SAAB, I probably would have fallen off and given up. But instead, I developed a sense of pride.”

“I’m getting two degrees in one year. Who does that? People ask me how I found the time to do everything I did. I made time, and it’s paying off. MCTC makes it easy for you to be a part of their family.”

Michael would like to thank MCTC Logic instructor Dr. Lisa Bergin, Sociology instructor Dr. Catherine Miller, Dean of Arts and Humanities Derrick Lindstrom and Veterans Upward Bound Director Joy Wise. “Without these remarkable instructors and mentors keeping me focused I would be just another statistic.”

AME Annual Banquet to be Held March 21

Posted on: March 4th, 2014 by insidemctc No Comments

MCTC AME programYou are invited to the African American Education Empowerment Program’s (AME) annual Black History Month Banquet held at MCTC. The banquet is an opportunity to recognize the success of AME and MCTC students, the MCTC community and the greater Twin Cities community. The banquet will take place on Friday, March 21 from 7–8:30 p.m. with check-in and networking beginning at 6:30 p.m.

The keynote speaker for this event will be Dr. Timothy Childs, president of TLC Precision Wafer Technology and head of the TLC Foundation. Dr. Childs was recommended by Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton to meet with President Barack Obama to discuss the topic of innovative technologies and his involvement with “at risk” students from North Minneapolis in 2011. Read more here.

The banquet is free and open to the MCTC and greater Twin Cities community. It will also feature music led by AME students and a “soul food” meal.

For more information about the banquet, or to RSVP to attend, please email AME@minneapolis.edu no later than Monday, March 17. 

About AME
The African American Education Empowerment Program (AME) consists of four distinct programs to create opportunities for the educational success of students of color who are attending Minneapolis Community and Technical College (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. Learn more here.

About TLC Wafer Technology
TLC Precision Wafer Technology is a leader in providing quality reliable and innovative high performance millimeter-wave products to customers in the millimeter-wave and high-speed photonic industries. This includes military and commercial telecommunications, security and automotive electronic and other applications. http://www.tlcprecision.com/

About the TLC Foundation
TLC Education Foundation has evolved over the last 10 years into an organization that helps “at-risk” students and families to develop academic confidence, to understanding the importance of education and to develop and implement paths to move college aspirations into reality. http://tlceducationfoundation.org/

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.

MCTC’s Dr. Jesse Mason on KFAI “Truth to Tell”

Posted on: February 14th, 2012 by insidemctc No Comments

Dr. Jesse Mason, MCTC Faculty and Coordinator for MCTC’s Student African American Brotherhood/Brother 2 Brother (SAAB/B2B) was on KFAI’s “Truth to Tell” program on Monday February 13, 2012 from 9 until 10 a.m.

Please listen to the program in the KFAI archives here: http://bit.ly/AgB2LN

Black Men in America: A Real Conversation

Posted on: October 20th, 2011 by insidemctc 4 Comments

Thursday, Oct. 27, 2011, 4:30–6 p.m.
K Building, Room K.3360

Student African American Brotherhood/Brother2Brother (SAAB/B2B) present “Black Men in America: A Real Conversation.”

This panel discussion will feature:Student African American Brotherhood

  • Alex Pate, associate professor of African-American and African studies at the University of Minnesota
  • E.G. Bailey, Liberian-born actor, spoken word artist, filmmaker, playwright and producer
  • Lennie Chism, entrepreneurial activist and creator of the Black Pages
  • Brandon Royce-Diop, a student in the Masters of Education and Teaching Licensure Program at the University of St. Thomas and policy fellow and the 2011 Advocacy Fellow with Minnesota Minority Education Partnership bringing critical support to the African American Males in Education Advisory

This event is open to everyone. For more information: b2b@minneapolis.edu or 612-659-6000 ext. 4287