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Research is Booming at Community Colleges, and MCTC is No Exception

Posted on: March 5th, 2014 by insidemctc No Comments
MCTC students at the capitol present their research. Pictured: Minnesota Sen. Scott Dibble and Instructor Rekha Ganaganur.

MCTC students presented their research at an event in the Capitol rotunda. From left to right: MCTC Biotechnology student Felix Meyer, Minnesota Senator Scott Dibble, MCTC Biotechnology student Kendra Prum and MCTC Chemistry and Biotechnology instructor Rekha Ganaganur.

Last week science students from community colleges around Minnesota gathered in the Capitol rotunda and presented the findings of research projects they’d participated in. Students from MCTC’s Biotechnology program and STEM Internship Club presented both individual and group research on topics including DNA barcoding, comparative analysis of essential oils and metal-resistant bacteria and its application in bioremediation. Students were accompanied by MCTC faculty mentors Rekha Ganaganur (Chemistry and Biotechnology) and Renu Kumar (Biology). Click here to read more about the growth of research in two-year colleges.

MCTC Science Center Open House Feb. 23, 2012

Posted on: February 16th, 2012 by insidemctc No Comments

Thursday, February 23, 2012, from 4 – 6 p.m.
1501 Hennepin Ave, Downtown Minneapoils, Science Building Lobby

Join MCTC’s science faculty and staff for an open house to learn more about our unique science programs.  Live music and refreshments will be provided, student science projects will be on display and tours of the science building are scheduled at 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 3 p.m., 4:30 p.m.,  and 6 p.m.

So come to Sing with Scientists, Tango with Technologists, be Entertained by Engineers, Aspire among Artists and Make Music with Mathematicians!

Please contact Laura Ackerman at (612) 659-6471 or Parke Kunkle (612) 659-6068 for more information.

Minneapolis Community and Technical College Announces Partnership with Boston Scientific to Launch Math and Science Initiatives for Minneapolis High School Students

Posted on: May 18th, 2011 by insidemctc No Comments

Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC) announced a partnership with Boston Scientific Corporation today as part of a multiple partner initiative to encourage more Minneapolis high school students to pursue science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers. The initiative is designed to create a pipeline of low-income students and students of color who are prepared for college-level math and science courses upon graduating from a Minneapolis charter or public high school.

Funding by Boston Scientific will provide a clear pathway for students who are interested in math, science and technology but have fallen off the college math track in middle school or high school. The initiative links the AchieveMpls Career and College Centers, the City of Minneapolis STEP-UP Summer jobs program and two successful programs at MCTC—Jump Start to College and the Power of YOU program.

“I am pleased that Boston Scientific is stepping forward as a corporate partner to help close the gap that exists in preparing students for careers in science and technology,” stated Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak. “This is what the ‘Minneapolis Promise’ is all about—working together, focusing and giving our Minneapolis students the opportunity to succeed.”

The pathway for high school students will comprise:

  • Outreach through Career and College Centers operated by AchieveMpls in each of the seven Minneapolis high schools,
  • Summer math readiness courses at MCTC that count towards high school graduation and as pre-college developmental (remedial) courses,
  • Summer internships at Boston Scientific through the City of Minneapolis STEP-UP Program,
  • Creating a Boston Scientific STEM Scholars Program as part of MCTC’s Power of YOU program for students pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering and math.

“Science and math education is a critical focus area for our outreach efforts,” said Marilee Grant, Director of Community Relations for Boston Scientific. “We are excited to launch these partnerships with MCTC, AchieveMpls and the City of Minneapolis, and look forward to seeing aspiring engineers and scientists on our corporate campus this summer.”

Boston Scientific’s first year commitment to this initiative exceeds $100,000. The goal of this program is to serve up to 100 students in its first year.


Posted on: March 23rd, 2011 by insidemctc No Comments

STEM Fair FlierMarch 30
9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Cafeteria and Plaza Dining Room

Stars in the Cafeteria! Helicopters flying through hair! Trains floating through the air! Neanderthals in the Dining Room! Forensics solved the crime! Platonic solids!

The Planetarium’s ExploraDome will be at MCTC, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. in the Cafeteria. Take a 20 minute virtual tour of the universe!

The STEM Fair is a one-day showcase of scientific knowledge and its applications through technology and arts, organized by the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) disciplines and student clubs. Students and faculty will:

  • Demonstrate their projects from class rooms and student clubs
  • Display highlights of scientific discoveries
  • Demonstrate present-day and future technological applications (forensics, trains, airplanes)
  • Introduce new technologies for the classroom
  • Distribute free plants