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Psychology Instructor Finds Creative Way to Support Students this Thanksgiving

Posted on: October 6th, 2015 by insidemctc No Comments
MCTC Psychology instructor Troy Dvorak

MCTC Psychology Instructor Troy Dvorak.

MCTC can’t take poverty out of a student’s life, but the College community can do something to help.

That’s the sentiment of Psychology Instructor Troy Dvorak, who is thinking ahead to Thanksgiving and to his students who may not have family to join or a Thanksgiving meal to enjoy. “While I have always enjoyed time and wonderful meals with family during the holidays, I know many of our students want for the most basic things, including food. That bothers me a lot,” he said.

Troy plans to address this reality by donating sixteen $25 Cub Foods gift cards to the MCTC Resource and Referral Center, which is part of the larger MCTC Student Support Center.

“A meal is a basic need. Being able to provide that meal is a point of pride,” said Troy. “I imagine there are more in our community who would like to see MCTC students well-fed on Thanksgiving and feeling proud about it.”

Troy is inviting MCTC faculty, staff and community members to join him in making $25 donations to the Resource and Referral Center to fund more grocery gift cards.

“There are many things I cannot change about a student’s situation,” he said. “But in the same way we endeavor to help students academically, I want to extend my caring beyond the classroom.”

All interested members of the MCTC community are invited to join Troy and the Resource and Referral Center in ensuring MCTC’s students have a full meal this Thanksgiving. All contributions toward these grocery gift cards can be delivered to the Student Support Center in T.2300.

“I am very thankful every day, and want to share that with others,” said Troy.

MCTC Waives Application Fee for One Week During College Knowledge Month

Posted on: September 30th, 2015 by insidemctc No Comments

MCTC campusThis October, Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC) will waive its $20 application fee for one week in celebration of College Knowledge Month.

Celebrated in October, College Knowledge Month is a statewide effort between high schools and postsecondary institutions to engage, inform and support students as they enter into the college application process. Every one of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities across the state is waiving application fees for all or part of College Knowledge Month.

Interested students can begin the application process here.

“Every day, our colleges and universities deliver the highest value, most affordable higher education option in the state of Minnesota,” said Steven Rosenstone, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities chancellor. “In keeping with this commitment, we are pleased to waive application fees as part of College Knowledge Month and look forward to partnering with high schools as they encourage students to explore the many ways higher education offers a path to a brighter future.”

Throughout the month and around the state, staff from all the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities will be volunteering at high school events to assist students with applications and sharing information about the college experience.

Application fees for qualified low-income students are always waived at all Minnesota State Colleges and Universities.\

For more information, contact any of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities.

The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities include 30 community and technical colleges and seven state universities serving more than 400,000 students. It is the fifth-largest higher education system in the United States.

Dept. of Ed Awards MCTC Student Support Services Grants

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

TRIO students at MCTC.Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC) was honored to recently receive three grants to continue funding TRIO Student Support Service Programs for low-income, first-generation college students and/or students with disabilities.

The U.S. Education Department recently announced the award of $270 million to 968 institutions of higher education to provide thousands of students with academic and other support services they need to succeed in college. These grants are aimed at helping increase the number of low-income college students, first-generation students and those with disabilities to successfully complete a program of study at the postsecondary level.

MCTC received three separate awards totaling more than $766,000 for five years of funding student support services for English language learners, students with disabilities, first-generation students and students with low incomes.

“I’m very excited we were awarded these funds to provide five more years of student support services based on our past success as well as future potential,” said Dr. Jennifer Brookins-King, director of MCTC TRIO Starting Point. “This is an opportunity to have 5 more years of fun working with students to see them through to success.”

Through this federal grant, funds are awarded to institutions of higher education to provide opportunities for academic advising and development, cultural and social experiences, assistance with basic college requirements and to motivate students toward the successful completion of their postsecondary education.

“Our goal is to increase the retention, graduation and transfer rates of our students and see all of them accomplish their goals,” said Dr. Brookins-King.