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Our Voices: Katie Nadeau, Executive Assistant

Posted on: May 14th, 2015 by marketingworkstudy No Comments

Katie-Nadeau-200Underscoring the Importance of Executive Assistance

“There are a lot of stereotypes about this profession,” said Katie Nadeau, executive assistant to the CEO of the Minnesota Business Partnership (MBP). “But what it comes down to is that companies are looking for people who can actually deliver administrative support—and good administrators are leaders in their companies.”

Once slated as secretaries, executive assistants are charged with ever-increasing duties requiring data, privacy, detail and quick action. “To support a CEO requires not just office skills but also communication leadership and longer days than your boss,” said Katie. “Not many people understand how significant the role is, but executive assistants (EAs) have to know more than how to type; they need to understand and advance the priorities of their company.”

When Katie assumed her role with the MBP 11 years ago, she saw an opportunity to connect with fellow executive assistants. “I came from working in a small construction company and later with the Minnesota House of Representatives,” she said. “What I quickly found in my current position is that our members’ executive assistants are a tremendous resource not only to me, but to their company and the broader business community as well. I reached out to the other assistants and built a fantastic network of connections.”

That network eventually led her to MCTC.

On any given day, 850 of approximately 12,000 total administrative assistant jobs in Downtown Minneapolis are open, according to MCTC Associate Vice President of Strategic Partnerships Mike Christenson. When Katie met Mike, she learned about the College’s Business Office Technology (BTEC) program which trains students for administrative assistant careers throughout the Twin Cities. “One of my first experiences with MCTC was connecting with the students,” said Katie. “After that, I recruited EAs to work with faculty to align the curriculum with skills that we knew were the biggest priorities in the executive assistant community.” The group, which included EAs from Target, Accenture, Tennant, PwC and MOM Brands, worked with BTEC instructors to design curriculum highlighting resume writing, interviewing skills, data security, paying attention to detail and other keys to success. She also helped the College build its connections with local companies to grow BTEC students’ internship opportunities.

“The BTEC program at MCTC has worked hard to reinvent itself. I’m grateful to the school for addressing the needs of Minnesota’s businesses by offering what has to be one of the best business support programs in the state,” said Katie, who also sits on the BTEC advisory committee that she and the College established over the last year. “It speaks to the dedication of the instructors and of the local executive assistant community that is committed to seeing this project succeed.”

“This partnership shows MCTC students how important these jobs are in our community.”

Published May 2015

MCTC Foundation Receives $1 Million Gift

Posted on: May 14th, 2015 by marketingworkstudy No Comments
Carolyn and Sanders Ackerberg

Carolyn and Sanders Ackerberg

The MCTC Foundation has received a generous, $1 million gift from Carolyn Ackerberg in memory of her late husband Sanders (Sandy) Ackerberg, who served and led the MCTC Foundation and helped lay the groundwork for what MCTC is today.

Among the largest gifts the Foundation has received, this donation by the Ackerbergs will be used to fund scholarships and provide resources for students in need. In gratitude, the College will name its Science Center for the Ackerbergs.

“This gift will provide resources, inspiration and momentum for our College and our students,” said Avelino Mills-Novoa, interim president of MCTC. “We are grateful to Carolyn and Sandy for their belief in our students.”

Sandy’s legacy of service and achievement began during his time as a B-24 pilot in the 7th Army Air Corps during World War II serving in the southwest Pacific. After his return home, Sandy enrolled at the University of Minnesota, receiving a degree in architecture in 1949, and began his long and career as an architect, real estate developer and leader of the MCTC Foundation.

“His most enduring personal quality remains his genuine interest in, and concern for, all people he met,” said Carolyn. “He had a unique ability to connect with students, and enjoyed speaking and learning from the students he met at MCTC.”

Sandy passed away in 2009, and Carolyn has kept Sandy’s passion for MCTC students alive. A man of many talents, he served as president of the Foundation alongside historical community leaders Wheelock Whitney, Lou Nanne, Becky Malkerson and David Nasby.

“Sandy was a true gentleman, with a genuine interest and concern for the students of MCTC,” said Carolyn. “I know in my heart this is what he would like to do.”

“We express deep gratitude to the Ackerbergs,” said Reede Webster, executive director of the MCTC Foundation. “Their support will mean scholarships and supports for students who otherwise would not have the opportunity to pursue a college degree.

An MCTC Design Portfolio Show 2015 – Best of Show Peer-to-Peer Award Winners

Posted on: May 12th, 2015 by insidemctc 1 Comment
Evolve students

From left to right, 2015 “Evolve” portfolio best of show winners Guedda Hassan Mohamed (GRPH), Jaisa Blegen (GRPH/WEB) and Marlene Reyes (WEB).

MCTC Design “Evolve” 2015

We are a dynamic team of emerging creatives; Evolve is the conscious progression of our ideas.”

Students of this year’s MCTC graphic and web design portfolio class have singled a few peers for their exceptional design work in their culminating “Evolve” design show.

Guedda Hassan Mohamed (GRPH), Marlene Reyes (WEB), Jaisa Blegen (GRPH/WEB) were awarded this years Best of Show Peer-to-Peer Portfolio Contest by their classmates.

Five students from each award area were also given Honorable Mention awards: Casey Jacobson (GRPH/WEB), Renee Schendel (GRPH), Ian Sorlie (GRPH/WEB), Christopher Kelly (GRPH), and Jake Luck (WEB). EVOLVE student were all the winners.

Portfolio students themselves choose award recipients via written vote/peer review vote. The first place winners each are given full CC 2014 Adobe Creative Suite software package. This award is funded by Graphic and Web Design alum Manuel Castellanos Raboso and Graphic and Web Design instructor Jake Jacobson.

In the voting process, each portfolio student was given the opportunity to award three votes to their peers covering several evaluative areas:

  • Overall creative presentation of the portfolio
  • Overall creativity, focus, and uniqueness portfolio
  • Overall continuity in presentation of portfolio
  • Overall leadership and team/class participation of “EVOLVE 2015”
  • Overall design principles presented in the portfolio
  • Overall body of creative work
  • Overall representation of the ideals of the creative design industry and their “EVOLVE” 2015 stated mission

Evolve Students are all winners.

2015 MCTC Graduation Ceremony

Posted on: May 8th, 2015 by insidemctc No Comments
MCTC grads

Etonam “Fanny” Okaikue-Woodi and Louis Fobb, 2013 MCTC graduates.

Please join Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC) in recognizing the outstanding achievements of our graduating students on Thursday, May 21 at 7 p.m. at the Minneapolis Convention Center Auditorium.

The spring 2015 graduation ceremony will honor graduates from the summer of 2014, fall of 2014, spring of 2015 and summer of 2015, and will feature WCCO Reporter Reg Chapman as emcee for the event, MnSCU Trustee Louise Sundin and special guest Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison as the graduation speaker. A student from the graduating class will deliver a commencement address as well.

The graduation ceremony and related events are sponsored by MCTC Student Life.

Arrival time and tickets

The auditorium doors will open at 6 p.m. Space is limited and you will need a ticket to attend this event. Each graduate will pick up a limited number of tickets and are responsible for ensuring you have a ticket to attend the Ceremony. If we have any additional tickets after graduates pick up their tickets, we will distribute them outside of the Auditorium on a first-come, first-distributed basis.

Parking

The cost of parking at most ramps near the convention center is approximately $10. You could also park in the MCTC parking ramp for $5 (or $2.50 with a prepaid parking card) and walk; the convention center is less than a half mile from the MCTC campus.

Accommodations for people with disabilities

If you will require accommodation to make it possible to attend the Graduation Ceremony (such as wheelchair access, special seating, or a sign language interpreter), or if you need the program in an alternative format please contact the Disability Services Office at 612-659-6730.

Graduation photos

Family and guests are welcome to take photos with graduates in the lobby before or after commencement. You may also take some photos or video from your seat inside the auditorium.

GradImages® will photograph graduates receiving their diploma covers during the ceremony. Proofs will be mailed to graduates within the two weeks following the Ceremony, at which time the graduate can purchase prints.

Cell phones and electronics

In order for all guests to enjoy Commencement without distraction, we ask that you turn off the ringers and sounds on your cell phones and other electronics during the Graduation Ceremony. We appreciate your thoughtfulness in this matter.

Current students

You can find information about preparing for graduation on the MCTC Intranet:

Students Compete in SkillsUSA Championship

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

SkillsUSANine MCTC students demonstrated their technical skills in the statewide SkillsUSA Championship last month. Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVACR) student Joey Gomes placed third in the HVACR contest, continuing the College’s tradition of placing a student within the top three spots in this category each year since 1995.

“I was pretty confident going in,” he said. “It was challenging but I was unnerved.”

Nearly 17,000 schools compete in SkillsUSA championships on local, state and national levels. Each championship is made up of separate contests where students showcase their career, technology and technical skills and are judged by professionals from their respective industries. More than 1,100 business, industry and labor sponsors contribute to SkillsUSA in the form of judges and financial aid to contest winners.

Students who place first in each state-level contest earn the opportunity to compete in the national championship. MCTC HVACR Instructor Greg Skudlarek has been actively involved with SkillsUSA since he was a technical student, and has continued his participation as SkillsUSA advisor during his 26 years of teaching.

“Students benefit from these championships because if they do well, they’re recognized by the industry and opportunities open up,” he said.

Photo: HVACR contest students Jeff Stee, Joey Gomes, Molly Morgan and John Brown