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Race to Save the Planet: A Unique Learning Community

Posted on: March 16th, 2015 by insidemctc No Comments
Race to Save the Planet!

MCTC Biology Instructor Cathy Geist brings her classroom to real life in Loring Park.

Collaboration is key to solving some of the world’s most challenging issues. Race to Save the Planet is a unique learning option offered by MCTC that gives students an opportunity to collaborate and deeply engage with their instructors—and each other—while learning about issues involving our environment and planet.

This interdisciplinary block of courses offered this fall is set up as an intentional learning community in which students meet three days a week for a block of time each day and earn eight credits across two disciplines: Biology and Political Science.

The lectures, assignments and activities are integrated by the instructors to give students a holistic look at the environment from a broad range of perspectives. The coursework includes public work projects where students apply what they learn in class to actions in their own community.

“I’ve never had a class where people were so willing to open up to each other,” said Kristin Lessard, a former student who took the classes. “Before enrolling in the course, I never had any serious environmental focus, but now I’m going to major in environmental science. It’s the best class I’ve ever had!”

Students will earn credits in Race to Save the Planet that satisfy four Goal Areas of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (Goal Areas 3,5,9,10), providing a pathway to graduation/transfer.

Students Host Climate Empowerment Workshop

Posted on: March 13th, 2015 by insidemctc No Comments
Recycling

The “Bottle Buyology” exhibit, on tour at MCTC in 2012, visualizes the amount of waste that could be recycled in the state of Minnesota.

MCTC students of ecofeminism, environmental ethics and environmental literature will present a climate empowerment workshop to members of the community and members of the Future First Women’s Conference on March 28 from 9–noon in K.3360. You are invited to join these students in working for a sustainable future!

Please RSVP to AManning@futurefirst.us.

MCTC Students Participate in, Volunteer for AWS Welding Competition

Posted on: March 11th, 2015 by insidemctc No Comments
Welding at MCTC

MCTC Welding Instructor Todd Bridigum works with a student.

MCTC was host to the “Behind the Mask” welding competition sponsored by the American Welding Society on Feb. 26. During the event, around 100 welding students from across Minnesota and Wisconsin competed in categories including gas metal arc welding, shielded metal arc welding, gas tungsten arc welding and oxy-acetylene cutting.

In addition to participating in the competition, MCTC welding students managed traffic flow, set up booths with prints and materials, supervised the contestants and timed each competition.

MCTC Welding Instructor Todd Bridigum reports that the event was a big success. “This was the third time MCTC has hosted Behind the Mask,” he said. “A lot of work goes into an event like this.”

The American Welding Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of welding.  The Northwest section of the AWS uses part of the money earned during this event to pay for scholarships for students in various welding programs across the state, including MCTC.

Descubriendo Oportunidades en MCTC

Posted on: March 9th, 2015 by insidemctc No Comments

Sheila, MCTC student“MCTC is like a family to me, and it provides an opportunity for change and growth.” —Sheila, vice president of MCTC’s Xicanos Latinos Unidos student club (pictured, right)

Parents, future students and working adults are invited to discover the MCTC campus and community on Saturday, March 21 from 8:15 a.m.–3 p.m!

Register now

On this day, you can:

  • Meet with faculty, staff, students and alumni
  • Learn how to get started and finance your education
  • Tour our beautiful downtown campus
  • Learn about careers and transfer options
  • Apply to the college for FREE—we’re waiving the $20 application fee!
  • Be entered in a drawing to win a $500 scholarship from the MCTC Foundation

We hope you can bring a friend and join us for this great event! Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP by March 19. Click here to register now!

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Apparel Technologies Program Partners with Target

Posted on: March 6th, 2015 by insidemctc No Comments

Apparel Technologies studentTechnical designers from locally based retailer Target saw firsthand how product designs come to life during a workshop with Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC) Apparel Technologies students.

The Apparel Technologies department invited Target technical designers into the College’s state-of-the-art sewing lab to observe students simulating a garment factory’s “progressive bundling system.” According to MCTC Apparel Technologies instructor Vicki Johnson, the two-day workshop allowed employees to all aspects of apparel manufacturing from the first sample patter to a completed production run.

“It was a great learning opportunity for everyone to see how involved the manufacturing process can be during production,” Johnson said.

Throughout the workshop, students and Target employees were assigned roles of sewing, pressing and finishing pairs of shorts. Target industry experts judged teams based on the quality and quantity of the finished product and the results of a quality assurance inspection.

Apparel Technologies student Kelsey Nelsen called the workshop an invaluable experience.

“It was incredibly informative for us,” she said. “It was a great opportunity to gain insight into the mass production of apparel and the roles in the field of technical design.”

Amanda Jenson graduated from the Apparel Technologies program in 2012 and was one of the Target employees in attendance at the workshop.

“It gave me a better understanding of all the steps it takes to produce a garment at the factory level,” she said.

The success of this workshop and the commitment of MCTC’s faculty indicate future partnership opportunities between Target and the MCTC program. “Our program has a great reputation in the apparel industry and has the largest industrial sewing lab in the 5 state area,” said Johnson. “This workshop marks the beginning of a collaboration that will benefit our students and our program in the future.”