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Marc Jensen: Connecting Creatively

Posted on: July 16th, 2015 by insidemctc No Comments

Marc Jensen, MCTC“I grew up on a farm close to nature. Instead of going to Disneyworld, we went camping and fossil hunting,” said Marc Jensen, the newest member of the MCTC Foundation Board of Directors. “But when my dad brought home an Apple IIe from the school he worked at, that was the spark that got me going down the technology path. That was my Pandora’s Box.”

Marc uses that spark in his current work at space150, where he connects clients to forward-thinking technology. Prior to joining space150, Marc used his ability to connect people to difficult concepts by using video games. “I taught videogame history, culture and creation at MCAD for 10 years,” he said. “Math is difficult for many people, but math can also be visual. The way I found to get visual or artistic types of folks interested in math is through video games.”

When Marc was approached by the MCTC Foundation to become a member of its board of directors, the Foundation was searching for someone who could connect new MCTC graduates with employers in the community.

“Things in the tech world move really fast, and it’s hard for a curriculum to hit a moving target,” he said. “As the world moves forward, the tools that used to work are no longer the best, or there are newer and better ways to do things. You’re at a disadvantage if you don’t know those things.”

In his role at space150, Marc has connected with companies like 3M, Buffalo Wild Wings, Electronic Arts and Nike. His career has included console and PC game development, as well as 3D animation and special effects, motion capture, animation and facial animation systems. For Marc, change is the norm. “My career has been about making creative uses of technology.”

MCTC was the perfect place to utilize Marc’s connection of creativity and outlet. “The diverse experience the college offers is amazing,” he said. “Having different points of view makes your business more successful. When everyone’s better, society is better. The more creatively we think, the less likely we are to be replaced by a machine.”

Rain Gardens Stand the Test of Weather

Posted on: July 9th, 2015 by insidemctc No Comments
This MCTC rain garden sits between campus and the Loring Park dog run. After rainfall, the garden fills with rain, allowing it to saturate the ground as opposed to running off into city sewers.

This MCTC rain garden sits between campus and the Loring Park dog run. After rainfall, the garden fills with rain, allowing it to saturate the ground as opposed to running off into city sewers.

When it rains, it pours.

After Monday morning’s record-setting downfall and several inches of ensuing rain, MCTC’s recently-remodeled outdoor plaza demonstrated the effectiveness of sustainability and stormwater runoff planning. This photo shows the southern rain garden—separating campus from Loring Park—filled with rain waiting to be absorbed into the saturated ground.

Rain gardens prevent stormwater runoff from eroding landscaping, flooding city streets and overwhelming sewers. The outdoor MCTC plaza has received accolades for its green design, and is a tremendous improvement over its earlier, concrete-heavy design.

Learn more about stormwater management at MCTC.

MCTC Graphic Design Instructor Receives Recognition for Work in Downtown Minneapolis

Posted on: July 7th, 2015 by insidemctc No Comments
Photo by Stephanie Glaros, published on minneapolisdid.com.

Photo by Stephanie Glaros, published on minneapolisdid.com.

MCTC Graphic Design Instructor and alum Stephanie Glaros is collaborating with the Minneapolis Downtown Improvement District (DID) and the city’s Community Planning and Economic Development (CPED) department for her unique approach to community photography and engagement. Stephanie is one of many artists collaborating with the Minneapolis Long Range Planning division to help ensure the city’s compelling downtown experience, and will be conducting outreach to downtown community members using engagement processes beyond the technological realm.

“I am proud that Stephanie not only graduated with an A.S. in Graphic Design from MCTC, but also went on to be an important faculty member of the Graphic Design program,” said Bill Hendricks, MCTC Graphic Design instructor.

From the DID website: “The goal is for Glaros to use still photography, audio and video to paint pictures of what people think and feel when they are in the downtown area. The hope from Glaros’ perspective is she’ll be able to give the average person a voice and a way to be heard.” Read the story here.

MCTC Receives $350,000 in Equipment Donations

Posted on: July 6th, 2015 by marketingworkstudy No Comments

Leveraged-equipment-storyMinneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC) received nearly $350,000 in instructional equipment donations in the 2014–15 school year, and Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) will allocate an additional $350,000 through its Leveraged Equipment Donation Matching Program.

The program, launched in 2014, seeks to improve collegiate relations with local business partners. MnSCU has a history of forming industry partnerships to help benefit its students, staff and faculty.

“We are so grateful to MCTC’s partners. These donations reflect industry confidence in our faculty and students,” said Vice President of Academic Affairs Gail O’Kane. “We will continue to deliver with these partnerships.”

The following Twin Cities businesses made donations to MCTC programs during the 2014–2015 academic year:

• Air Mechanical (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration)
• Axure (Web & Interactive Media)
• Belimo(Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration)
• BIIOPAC (Biology)
• Bitzer US Inc. GA (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration)
• Dakota Supply Group (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration)
• Delta Airlines (Air Traffic Control)
• Ericksen Ellison and Associates, Inc (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration)
• Graco Inc. (CNC Machine Tool Technology)
• Harris (Business Management)
• Kurt Manufacturing (CNC Machine Tool Technology)
• Larry Yost (Apparel Technology)
• Mortenson Construction (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration)
• Nonin Medical Inc. (Polysomnographic Technology)
• NuAire Inc (Biotechnology)
• Owens Co. (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration)
• Pace Analytical (Chemistry)
• Quality Refrigeration (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration)
• South St Paul Steel Supply Co. (Welding)
• St. Cloud Hospital (Electroneurodiagnostic Technology)
• Tierney Bros (Graphic Design)
• Tom Connors (Photography & Digital Imaging)
• United Way (Physical Education)

Summer Classes Assist ELL Students in MPS

Posted on: June 25th, 2015 by insidemctc No Comments

Elia Bruggeman and Avelino Mills-NovoaA partnership between Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC) and Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) is giving 115 high school students a leg up on their academic careers.

The new college summer academy, funded by MPS, offers three levels of reading and writing classes on the MCTC campus to students from MPS high schools who speak English as a second or other language. “This academy accelerates the graduation rates for ELL students,” said Elia Bruggeman, deputy education officer for MPS. “They’re incredibly intelligent students who are simply behind in classes because they’re in need of access to English education.”

Taught by MCTC instructors, the courses offer current and recently graduated high school students structure and curriculum over the summer months to ensure they begin the subsequent academic year with extra English instruction.

“The program accelerates not only high school students, but students going into college as well,” said Kristy Snyder, MCTC dean of Academic Foundations. “After the program, students arrive ready to access college English classes. It’s transforming how we think of ELL instruction.”

Washburn High School student Nathaly Carchi stepped out of her class with MCTC ESOL Instructor Jeff Hoover to speak to Univision about her experience in the program. “I have one year left of high school,” she said. “This summer I’m going to school and interning with Mortenson Construction through the STEP-UP program.”
“College isn’t just for students who start out at a higher level; it really is for everyone,” said Snyder. “With programs like these students visualize themselves at college. It helps them launch their future.”

Photo: MPS Deputy Education Officer Elia Bruggeman and MCTC Interim President Avelino Mills-Novoa speak about the summer academy with Univision.