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MCTC to Participate in Minnesota FastTrac Programs

Posted on: February 7th, 2012 by insidemctc No Comments

MCTC is pleased to announce our collaboration with Adult Basic Education and Workforce Service Providers to integrate academic preparation and career training through Minnesota’s FastTrac initiative.

Our current programs include a Pharmacy Technician Program and the Minneapolis Northside Initiative.

The Pharmacy Technician Program is designed to build a bridge to sustainable health care careers. This collaboration between MCTC, Minneapolis Adult Basic Education (ABE)  and Project for Pride in Living (PPL) will work to serve low wage and academically underprepared adults, as well as those who are under and unemployed in the Twin Cities metro area. PPL will be providing recruitment and integrated support services, MCTC will be providing curriculum and instruction and Minneapolis ABE will be integrating their support services into the Dose/Calc and Foundational Science courses. The foundational science course was designed by MCTC to help individuals prepare for the college-level science courses required for higher level health care jobs.

This program includes MCTC’s 6 credit Health Care Core/Medical Terminology/Dose/Calc courses and offers a path for participants to pursue Pharmacy Technician employment and national Pharmacy Technician certification or further their education.

For further information on the Pharmacy Technician program, please contact Loretta Anderson at Loretta.Anderson@minneapolis.edu .

The Minneapolis Northside Initiative partners include the City of Minneapolis, Emerge Community Development and Minneapolis ABE.  This program includes an intense bridge phase to provide math and reading preparation through ABE for individuals with high school diplomas or a GED that are testing below college levels. Following the bridge phase, MCTC will provide integrated instruction with ABE academic support for first year student and career program courses.  Two programs are scheduled and two more programs are in development. The two scheduled programs are Welding and Metal Fabrication beginning February 13 and running through December 2012 and Culinary Arts beginning April 2012 and running through December 2012.

For further information on the Minneapolis Northside Initiative, please contact Ashley Brown at Ashley.Brown@minneapolis.edu.

MCTC Trains Skilled Workers

Posted on: October 26th, 2011 by insidemctc No Comments

While seven percent of Minnesotans are out of work, many Minnesota businesses are having a hard time finding qualified workers. On Tuesday, Oct. 25, Gov. Mark Dayton convened a day-long jobs summit to discuss this employment gap.

The Star Tribune covered the event in a front-page feature, “Closing skill gap key to solving job crisis.” Todd Mills, a machine tool technology student at Minneapolis Community and Technical College, is shown adjusting the settings of a metal lathe in the article. (Todd is featured again in “Advanced manufacturing: Help Wanted.”)

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Cecil Porter, machine tool technology student at MCTC

In a related opinion piece, “Got the people, but not the skills,” Cecil Porter, another machine tool technology student, is shown using a vertical mill machine to make a dovetail cut out of a piece of steel.

MCTC’s career and technical programs, including Machine Tool Technology and others, are helping to bridge the gap in the workforce by training future workers for jobs in manufacturing and construction.

Faculty in our HVAC, Welding and Metal Fabrication, Machine Tool Technology and Construction Electricity programs are providing technical knowledge and hands-on skills to students — critical for gaining employment with many companies, including manufacturers and production facilities throughout Minnesota. Kim Munson, MCTC’s machine tool technology instructor, boasts a 100% job placement rate of his students.

Find out more about our manufacturing and construction programs:

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