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MCTC Part of Federal TAACCCT Grant Award

Posted on: October 2nd, 2014 by insidemctc No Comments

MCTC Machine Tool Technology studentMCTC and a dozen other institutions were awarded a $15 million grant from the Department of Labor’s Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grant program. The grant was awarded to the Minnesota Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (MNAMP), a collection of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) colleges.

Vice President Joe Biden recently announced $450 million in grants to colleges and universities around the country for the development and expansion of innovative training programs in partnership with local employers. The grants are part of a four-year, nearly $2 billion national initiative to expand targeted training programs for unemployed workers, especially those impacted by foreign trade.

“Minnesota’s greatest economic strength has always been our highly-skilled workforce,” said Governor Mark Dayton. “This initiative will help train hundreds of Minnesotans for good jobs in high-demand industries. It is the new initiative we need to build on the momentum of our state’s growing economy.”

MCTC will use its portion of the grant—totaling over $1 million—to:

  • Create seamless career pathways that offer industry-recognized credentials in advanced manufacturing
  • Create and update educational programs in advanced manufacturing to match employer needs and industry-recognized credentials
  • Develop long-term, collaborative partnerships with employers in advanced manufacturing
  • Improve enrollment, retention and completion within these programs and job placement of participants in advanced manufacturing programs, including participants from underrepresented groups

“This grant provides a strategic resource for MCTC to enhance and grow long-term, collaborative partnerships with employers in advanced manufacturing,” said Reede Webster, dean of External Relations and Workforce Development.

MCTC Joins Community Organizations Training Workers to Build New Vikings Stadium

Posted on: December 20th, 2013 by insidemctc No Comments

MCTC customized training.Minneapolis Community and Technical College joins Saint Paul College and dozens of community organizations to identify, organize and train a Vikings stadium construction workforce that reflects the diversity of the state of Minnesota.

MCTC joins a coalition of community partners serving as an Employee Assistance Firm to the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority. The MSFA has committed to turning this major construction project into “the people’s stadium.” According to a recent article in MinnPost, this partnership and the coalition of partners supporting the project will not only assist the MSFA in meeting its goals of achieving a workforce comprised of at least 32 percent minorities and 6 percent women, but will also put a system in place to meet the workforce needs for future construction projects in Minnesota.

MCTC’s division of Workforce Development, Continuing Education and Customized Training offers customized training services to businesses and organizations like Caribou Coffee, Cargill, Pizza Luce, Target, US Bank, Wells Fargo and more.

MCTC Students Elected Members of City of Minneapolis Urban Scholars Program

Posted on: July 2nd, 2012 by insidemctc No Comments

Two MCTC students, Ahmed Abdulle and Teneka Wise, were chosen as members of the City of Minneapolis Urban Scholars Program, a 10-week internship program that introduces college students from diverse races and ethnicities to local government and public service. Giving students exposure to government and public service will serve as a pipeline to the city’s future diverse workforce.

Eight candidates were chosen out of 106 applicants. Each individual was required to submit an application, resume, essay and college transcript, and had to be a resident of Minneapolis. Each candidate will receive a taxable stipend of $4,000 and will gain experience in a different government department.

At least 400 students are expected to apply for the program in 2013, and the City of Minneapolis hopes to place 24 scholars in 24 city departments.

View video of the Urban Scholars’ first City Council meeting attendance

Senator Klobuchar to Speak at MCTC Commencement Ceremony about Role of Community Colleges in Global Economy on May 14

Posted on: May 12th, 2011 by insidemctc No Comments

Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC) is proud to announce that Senator Amy Klobuchar will speak at the 2011 Commencement Ceremony for MCTC graduates on May 14 at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Senator Klobuchar plans to speak about the challenge of revitalizing America’s innovative edge to compete and succeed in the global economy, and the essential role that community and technical colleges have in meeting this challenge. The ceremony begins at 11 a.m. and the Senator is expected to address graduates shortly thereafter.

Last year, President Obama announced that he wanted community colleges to help produce 8 million more graduates by 2020. MCTC is graduating approximately 400 students this year toward that goal.

MCTC students get an excellent education without taking on a lot of debt and gain skills needed in today’s workplaces. The College serves students who were the first in their family to attend college, those changing careers or looking for learn new skills to advance in their careers and students interested in earning a four-year degree.

The College partners with business and community leaders and non-profit organizations to develop innovative programs that prepare students for today’s and tomorrow’s jobs. MCTC is a strong partner with the City of Minneapolis and the Mayor’s Office on workforce development and job training initiatives designed to get people back to work. The College’s strong allied health programs in nursing, electroneurodiagnostic technology, polysomnographic technology and other emerging healthcare fields are helping the state of Minnesota remain a healthcare leader.

MCTC also works with industry leaders to produce top graduates in the trades, career programs and liberal arts fields. Ninety-nine percent of machine tool technologies graduates are placed in jobs. College prepares students for the latest jobs in biotechnology, chemistry and biology. Unique programs in computer forensics, apparel technologies, restaurant management, world languages, business, liberal arts and sciences, law enforcement and human services help meet the education and workforce challenges facing the country.