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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.

Denisse Linares: On a Path to Success

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

Denisse, MCTC gradWhen Denisse Linares visited MCTC this summer to interview Interim President Avelino Mills-Novoa, Deputy Education Officer for Minneapolis Public Schools Elia Bruggeman and several high school students for a story on Univision, she walked around like she knew the place. Because she did know the place—quite well.

Denisse began attending MCTC in 2006, when she dove into English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classes. After several semesters, she transitioned to the Human Services program, and in the meantime served as activities coordinator for the Xicanos Latinos Unidos student club. “I was in school for a long time—first part time, then full time.”

Going to college in Minneapolis wasn’t at the top of her to-do list when Denisse was graduating high school. “My plan was to go back to Mexico,” she shared. Having moved to Minnesota when she was 12 years old, Denisse had strong ties to her family members who stayed behind, and thought for some time she could begin her adult life in the country where her parents started theirs.

But encouraged by a high school counselor, she stopped by an open house at MCTC. Liking what she saw, Denisse submitted an application. And then took the Accuplacer. And finally decided to take a leap—and stay on her path in Minnesota.

“It was a tough decision. At 18 years old, it was a very scary decision,” she said. “MCTC was so helpful when I didn’t know what to do next.”

After committing to staying in the Twin Cities, Denisse flourished. With a strong start in ESOL classes, campus involvement, a major that inspired her and compassionate instructors, she received her Associate in Arts degree in Human Services in 2011. Denisse went on and transferred to Augsburg College where she studied business management, and landed a job as an account executive with Univision.

“Deep inside I think I knew I needed to stay here, even though going back to Mexico would have been easier,” she said. “I would tell someone in my position to continue their education, and to find resources to help them. There are so many more resources now than when I was making my decision: there are scholarships, paid internships and the opportunity to go to school part-time and work in their field.”

After her interviews, Denisse had to leave in a hurry. “The Gold Cup is going on right now,” she explained. “Everyone wants to run advertisements with Univision. It’s a busy time of the year.”

MCTC Student Receives Full-Ride Transfer Scholarship

Posted on: July 20th, 2015 by insidemctc No Comments

Jack Kent Cooke scholarship logoMCTC Liberal Arts student Sara Osman was one of 90 students nationwide selected from 2,000 applicants to receive a full Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation.

The scholarship provides up to $40,000 a year for up to three years of undergraduate studies. It’s designated for community college sophomores who demonstrate financial need. The foundation has awarded $130 million in scholarships to 1,900 students since 2000.

Osman will transfer to the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities this fall to study global and African American studies.

“I feel blessed,” she said. “I’m ready for the next chapter to start.”

“She’s very special and is the kind of person who says ‘I’m never going to get it until I try,’” said Political Science Instructor Miki Huntington, who wrote Osman a letter of recommendation for her application.

Osman served as president of the MCTC Muslim Student Association and completed the Race in America: Then and Now class. She plans to use the skills she learned to eventually go to law school and teach English abroad.

“I want to help people wherever my talents are needed,” she said.

MCTC and Augsburg Announce Auggie Plan

Posted on: June 8th, 2015 by marketingworkstudy No Comments
MCTC and Augsburg alum David Johnson, Augsburg Dean of Arts and Sciences Amy Gort, MCTC Vice President of Academic Affairs Gail O'Kane

MCTC and Augsburg alum David Johnson, Augsburg Dean of Arts and Sciences Amy Gort, MCTC Vice President of Academic Affairs Gail O’Kane

Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC) and Augsburg College announced on May 29 the Auggie Plan—a guaranteed transfer opportunity for qualifying students who complete their first two years at MCTC. A launch event was held at MCTC with education Commissioners Brenda CasselliusLarry Pogemiller, and several other higher education and K-12 administrators, leaders and partners.

Following a defined pathway, eligible students can earn a two-year associate’s degree from MCTC and seamlessly transfer to Augsburg College to finish their bachelor’s degree. Through the Auggie Plan, students who complete 60 credits at MCTC with a 2.75 GPA or better are guaranteed admission to Augsburg College. They may also be eligible for merit scholarships based on previous college coursework.

Because students on the Auggie Plan enter Augsburg at the junior level, many will qualify for scholarships—making it possible to earn a four-year private college degree with needs-based grants, manageable student loans, and no out-of pocket costs for tuition.

“We are pleased to partner with Augsburg College on an affordable pathway that allows our students to transfer easily to a four-year college to earn their bachelor’s degree,” said MCTC Interim President Avelino Mills-Novoa. “Many of our students are drawn to Augsburg’s excellent liberal arts tradition. This partnership makes that dream more accessible. Augsburg has been a great partner in providing nursing education. It is a great pleasure to extend our partnership to more of our students.”

“We recognize that intellectually talented students of ability come from all walks of life,” said Augsburg College President Paul C. Pribbenow. “Every higher education institution must heed the call to educate students of ability. It is through this call that our colleges and universities can secure economic prosperity not only for students, but for our state and nation. We are honored to collaborate with MCTC to support students in their journey of vocational discernment and pursuit of careers.”

Coverage of the event was also published by Minnesota Public Radio.

About Minneapolis Community and Technical College
Minneapolis Community and Technical College is a member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System, and offers students more than 120 liberal arts, career and technical programs designed to prepare them for good jobs in high-demand professions or transfer to a four‐year college or university. Located in the heart of downtown Minneapolis, MCTC enrolls around 12,000 students annually in credit and non-credit programs.

About Augsburg College
Augsburg College is set in a vibrant neighborhood at the heart of the Twin Cities, and offers more than 50 undergraduate majors and nine graduate degrees to more than 3,500 students of diverse backgrounds. Augsburg College educates students to be informed citizens, thoughtful stewards, critical thinkers, and responsible leaders. The Augsburg experience is supported by an engaged community committed to intentional diversity in its life and work. An Augsburg education is defined by excellence in the liberal arts and professional studies, guided by the faith and values of the Lutheran church, and shaped by its urban and global settings.