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MCTC Recognizes the Service of Veteran Students Like Tim Moore

Posted on: November 11th, 2013 by insidemctc No Comments

MCTC student Tim MooreOn Veterans Day, many reflect on acts of bravery, selflessness, self-sacrifice or patriotism. If you talk to Tim Moore, he might tell you about the quieter, less visible experiences a veteran has: Transition. Culture shock. Self-exploration. The depths of depression followed by the joy of community support.

Tim joined the National Guard in 1983 after graduating from the University of Massachusetts and working for a time in a community service agency. Over the next 30 years he served with the Guard in four different states, and served several years’ active duty as a medical lab technician in the U.S. and Germany.

“In 2005, while working with the Guard in Minnesota, I was in charge of medically clearing 4,500 soldiers for deployment to Iraq,” said Tim. “When I finished, they cleared me to go to Iraq too.” Tim spent his 50th birthday in Camp Shelby, Miss. undergoing hot-weather training. “Shortly after that, I went to sleep in a big iron bird. When I woke up, I was in Iraq.”

Recounting his experience in Iraq during a time of war, Tim is measured, fair and somewhat removed. “It was a positive experience,” said Tim. “I learned a great deal and met a lot of good people. I saw some of the horrors of war, and was injured.” Tim returned to the States for medical treatment, and upon re-joining civilian life, discovered some aspects of his pre-war life simply didn’t make sense to him. “I was hyper-sensitive to sound. I was hyper-vigilant. I didn’t trust anybody, and I couldn’t go near large crowds. I had all the signs and symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, but I didn’t know what was going on. I didn’t have anybody around me who I trusted enough to tell this to. I felt so out of place—you’re not going to believe this—I wanted to go back.”

“You leave whole, and some of us come back in pieces,” Tim said. “Everyone else stays the same, but you don’t.”

Tim’s father passed away shortly after he returned from Iraq, and Tim became withdrawn. He struggled for many months and fell into depression. After a time, Tim found his way to a veteran’s home in St. Cloud, Minn., where he decided furthering his education would be his next step. He heard good things about MCTC’s Veteran’s Upward Bound (VUB) program, so he investigated.

“When I visited, I met the staff at VUB, and that was the beginning,” said Tim. “For the next three semesters that I was with VUB at MCTC, they were always encouraging. They never judged me—just encouraged me to ask questions of myself.”

Tim found he had a penchant for math. “When I started with VUB, I was at a crossroads with math. I worked with one of the math instructors at MCTC, Ursula Walsh. She encouraged me to focus more, and helped me clear my head.”

In the spring of 2013, Tim worked with VUB advisors to apply for graduate school, and hit a bump in the road. “I found out I had an outstanding loan—from the year 1900,” said Tim. “With help from a VUB advisor, Russell, I learned when the University of Massachusetts switched to a computerized system in the mid-80s something went wrong in my file. It took two months to sort it out, but after that I was able to apply to grad school.”

Tim spoke at an anniversary celebration for MCTC’s TRIO programs recently. Veteran’s Upward Bound, one of five TRIO programs at the College, celebrated 40 years with MCTC, and Tim shared his story with a rapt audience of around 100 attendees. “The strongest thing I ever did,” Tim said at the anniversary celebration, “was learn how to ask for help.” Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison joined the celebration by way of pre-recorded video, and Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak proclaimed Oct. 15, 2013 to be TRIO Day in the city of Minneapolis.

This fall, Tim began graduate school at Hamline University in St. Paul. His goal? To become a math teacher.

“It’s not enough to have a fire,” said Tim. “You have to have focus. Veteran’s Upward Bound helped me find my focus.”

Student Receives TRiO Leadership Award

Posted on: November 7th, 2011 by insidemctc 5 Comments

Rahel Haile, a TRiO Starting Point student, received the TRiO Leadership Award at the MAEOPP Adult Student Leadership Conference on Oct. 29.

She was recognized for her exemplary leadership in academics, school and the community. Haile has been a Starting Point peer mentor for three years and has provided many new students and nursing students wonderful, calming advice and plenty of encouragement. She has helped to develop and improve our mentoring program to help mentors connect with students in more ways. Ms. Haile will graduate this fall from MCTC with an Associate in Science degree in nursing.

TRIO announces funding for Starting Point and two new Student Support Services programs at MCTC

Posted on: August 31st, 2010 by insidemctc No Comments

Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC) received funding from the U.S. Department of Education for three TRIO programs – Starting Point and two new Student Support Services programs.

MCTC’s Starting Point program will continue to be funded for the next five years. Since 1980, Starting Point has served eligible first-generation, low-income students by providing tutoring and supplemental instruction; academic, career and financial aid advising; exposure to careers, cultural events and academic programs not usually available to disadvantaged students; and a range of other programs designed to increase the college retention, transfer and graduation rates of program participants. (more…)

Janet M. Tauer Elected President of the Mid-America Association of Educational Program Personnel

Posted on: August 10th, 2010 by insidemctc 20 Comments

Janet M. Tauer, director of the Educational Opportunity Center at MCTC, has been voted President-Elect of the regional Mid-America Association of Educational Opportunity Program Personnel (MAEOPP). Established in 1975, MAEOPP advocates for low income, first generation, and disabled students, who are the least likely to enroll in and obtain a college degree.

MAEOPP is a non-profit consortium professionally representing colleges, universities, and agencies that host federal TRiO programs and similar educational opportunity programs in the Midwest. MAEOPP is a member organization of the internationally recognized Council for Opportunity in Education (COE). As president-elect and president, Janet will serve on the board of directors of COE. Janet will take office in November at the regional conference in Indiana.

Janet is in her 28th year leading, advocating and working with TRiO students with the MCTC Educational Opportunity Center, and in developing community relationships, and establishing sites, partnerships and collaborations on events.

Janet believes the need to advance the concerns of low income, first generation youth and adults has never been more essential. Rising costs of education, coupled with increases in numbers of people in poverty along with flagging government commitment, support and funding create a dire situation. She believes collaboration with similar college access programs and engagement with local foundations, higher education coalitions and businesses will increase our effectiveness and our capability to serve more students in need.

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