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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!

Princeton University Molecular Biology Professor to Speak at MCTC

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

Dr. Bonnie Bassler, Princeton UniversityThe MCTC Biotechnology program and STEM Career and Internship Club proudly present a great session with Dr. Bonnie Bassler, Professor and Chair of the Department of Molecular Biology at Princeton University. As part of the April 8 STEM Fair, Dr. Bassler’s talk will provide key insights into the mechanism by which bacteria communicate, called “quorum sensing.” Bacteria use quorum sensing to coordinate certain behaviors including antibiotic resistance.

Join Biotechnology and the STEM Career and Internship Club for “Tiny Conspiracies: Cell-to Cell Communication in Bacteria” Tuesday, April 8 from 1:30–2:30 p.m. in T.1250 (the first floor plaza by the dining room).

Dr. Bassler is a recipient of the American Philosophical Society Award, Royal Society Fellowship Award, L’Oreal-UNESCO Women in Science Award and The National Academy of Sciences Fellowship. An example of Bonnie Bassler’s work can be found as a TED talk here.

MCTC Receives $600K Grant for STEM Scholarships

Posted on: March 6th, 2014 by insidemctc No Comments

Grant from National Science Foundation Will Support Students Through Scholarships

MCTC STEM student.The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded a grant of nearly $600,000 to Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC) for support of the College’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Scholars Program (S-STEM). Under the direction of MCTC faculty members Dr. Renu Kumar and Dr. Maire Sustacek, the S-STEM program is an opportunity for students pursuing Science, Math and Computer Science degrees to secure financial support and mentoring for their studies. Beginning this spring, 36 students will be supported each semester with a scholarship of $2,500, one-on-one faculty mentoring and learning opportunities geared toward their field of interest.

Dr. Kumar, director of the grant, was informed of the award by the NSF, and shortly thereafter received congratulations from Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison. Ellison wrote “I am thrilled to hear that MCTC is paving the pathway for student success in the areas of science and technology through the S-STEM program. Your commitment to creating a more diverse and better-prepared STEM community provides opportunities for underrepresented, underserved and financially needy students to pursue their academic goals.”

The NSF funds were secured by MCTC faculty members Dr. Kumar and Dr. Sustacek (grant co-director) with the help of Faculty Coordinator Dr. Richard Pollack. Their efforts were supported by Dean of Math, Science and Social Sciences Chuck Paulson, Dean of Media, Technology and Public Service Jess Niebuhr, Vice President of Academic Affairs Lois Bollman and MCTC President Phil Davis.

The MCTC S-STEM Scholars program is uniquely positioned to serve first-generation students, low-income students and students of color. Recruitment will target students who are eligible, enrolled in STEM courses and demonstrate academic excellence. This program will provide these groups with access to an excellent STEM education, strengthening the state, national and global economy and brightening our future. MCTC’s high-quality STEM courses and faculty mentorship will engage and challenge students, creating in them a well-prepared, intellectually vigorous science and technology workforce.

“This scholarship will enable students to focus on their studies without the need for second and third jobs and provide them with the opportunity to complete their degree/transfer or successfully enter the workforce,” said Grant Directors Dr. Kumar and Dr. Sustacek. “In addition, the one-on-one mentoring support will help students achieve their learning goals.”

“MCTC’s dedication to science, education and your students makes you both a distinguished and deserving candidate to receive an award from the National Science Foundation,” Congressman Ellison wrote. “I look forward to seeing the positive impacts of MCTC’s S-STEM program in the future.”

MCTC Partners for Third Year with Boston Scientific to Launch Math and Science Initiatives for Minneapolis High School Students

Posted on: May 8th, 2013 by insidemctc No Comments

BostonSciMinneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC) announced the third sequential year of its partnership with Boston Scientific Corporation today as part of a multiple partner initiative that encourages Minneapolis high school students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The Summer Jump Start to College initiative is designed to increase the number of low-income students and students of color who are prepared for college-level math and science courses upon graduating from a Minneapolis public high school or Robbinsdale Cooper High School.

Boston Scientific’s funding provides a clear pathway for students who are interested in math, science, engineering and technology but have fallen off the college math track in middle school or high school. The initiative links Minneapolis Public Schools, Robbinsdale Cooper High School and two successful programs at MCTC: the Summer Jump Start to College and the Power of YOU program.

“The generous support of Boston Scientific helps us to address the real or perceived barriers of expectation, preparation, investment and access,” said Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak. “I am very pleased that Boston Scientific is stepping forward for a second year to work with MCTC to close the gap that exists in preparing students for careers in science and technology.”

The pathway for high school students includes:

  • Summer math, English and reading readiness courses at MCTC that count towards high school graduation and as pre-college developmental (remedial) courses
  • 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
  • Free bus transportation, textbooks and tuition

“Science and math education are critical focus areas for our outreach efforts,” said Kevin Ballinger, president of Interventional Cardiology at Boston Scientific, based in Maple Grove, Minn. “We are excited to continue this work with MCTC, and look forward to seeing aspiring engineers and scientists on our corporate campus this summer.”

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.