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The Groove: MCTC’s Alumni Magazine (Spring 2014)

Posted on: June 9th, 2014 by insidemctc No Comments

Groove magazine, spring 2014groove [grüv]:

(v.) to appreciate and enjoy; (-y) (n.) up-to-date

The MCTC magazine for alumni and friends is hot off the press! Read this spring’s edition for great stories about:

The Groove is released twice a year to MCTC alumni, friends, donors and the greater Twin Cities community. Read the spring 2014 Groove edition here!

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Chancellor Rosenstone to Visit MCTC June 4

Posted on: June 3rd, 2014 by insidemctc No Comments

Chancellor Steven Rosenstone will visit MCTC to discuss the presidential transition with students, faculty, staff and community leaders. The chancellor would like to hear from you about the qualities critical to the success of the interim president and the continued success of MCTC.

Presidential Transition Open Forums with Chancellor Rosenstone
Wednesday, June 4
Minneapolis Community and Technical College
Helland Center Multi-purpose Room (H.1002)

3–3:30 p.m.     Students
3:30–4 p.m.     Staff
4–4:30 p.m.     Faculty
4:30–5 p.m.     External Community

If you are unable to attend this session, the Chancellor welcomes comments to be sent to him at chancellor@so.mnscu.edu.

Read the full letter from Chancellor Rosenstone.

MCTC President Phil Davis Appointed Associate Vice Chancellor

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

MCTC President Phil DavisMnSCU Chancellor Steven Rosenstone announced last week that MCTC President Phil Davis has been appointed to his cabinet as associate vice chancellor and will serve as the next managing director of the Campus Service Cooperative.

In a letter to the College sent on May 27, 2014, President Davis said, “I am excited about this new chapter in my professional life; I feel good about what we have accomplished for our students and the City of Minneapolis during my tenure as president of MCTC and I am eager to continue the partnership work that I love to do. Fortunately, my new role will allow me to continue working with all of you and with my colleagues from around the state. I will be leaving the presidency in September, 2014.”

As part of the transition, an interim president will be named. Chancellor Rosenstone has released a memo calling for nominations of internal MnSCU candidates and will visit the campus to consult with students, faculty, staff and community leaders on the qualities critical to the interim president. The session will be held on Wednesday, June 4, from 3–5 pm on the MCTC campus. For those who are unable to attend, the Chancellor says, “I want to hear from all voices. Knowing that summer means that many students and faculty members may not be on campus and available to meet with me on June 4, if you are unable to join me in person, I welcome you to contact me at chancellor@so.mnscu.edu.”

Read the full letter from Chancellor Rosenstone.

College Welcomes New Vice President Appointments

Posted on: May 29th, 2014 by insidemctc No Comments

Following a spring search committee’s efforts, Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC) has announced two new members of its leadership team.

Avelino Mills-Novoa, vice president of student affairsDr. Avelino Mills-Novoa will join MCTC as vice president of student affairs. Dr. Mills-Novoa will lead efforts to promote the success of the College’s students and employees and improve graduation rates. Working in collaboration with Dr. Whitney Harris and the College’s Human Resources department, Avelino will also promote educational equity and lead efforts to close the gap in educational attainment.

Dr. Mills-Novoa comes to the College experienced in working with students, faculty and staff to promote student success. Dr. Mills-Novoa came to Minnesota as a refugee from Cuba and became the first member of his family to attend college. He started his education at the University of Minnesota’s General College and went on to earn a master’s degree and doctorate in Educational Psychology with an emphasis in counseling from the University of Minnesota’s College of Education and Human Development. He has served as assistant dean and director of student services for the U of M’s General College and, on an interim basis, as Associate Vice President in Multicultural and Academic Affairs. He also served as the interim dean of undergraduate studies at St. Cloud State University, and is currently a professor emeritus of Community Psychology. “Dr. Mills-Novoa’s personal and professional background make him a wonderful role model and inspiration for our students,” said MCTC President Phil Davis.

Gail O'Kane, vice president of academic affairsDr. Gail O’Kane will serve as vice president of academic affairs. Dr. O’Kane is returning to the College leadership team after serving for the last year as interim president of Rochester Community and Technical College (RCTC). She will lead the development, administration and evaluation of the College’s academic programs, including accreditation and assessment processes. Working with the faculty, Dr. O’Kane will be responsible for ensuring the College’s curriculum fulfills the needs of students and is structured in ways that provide clear pathways to completion. She will lead the development of MCTC’s academic master plan and guide the College’s response to the academic program review.

Prior to her interim presidency at RCTC, Dr. O’Kane served as associate vice president of strategy, planning and accountability. Before joining MCTC, she served as system director for education-industry partnerships for the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) system. She graduated magna cum laude from Boston College with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and earned a doctorate in neuroscience from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. “Dr. O’Kane comes with the experience of running the daily operation of a large, comprehensive college like MCTC and has keen insights into the practices that lead to success for students elsewhere in the country,” said Davis.

“The College has the unique opportunity to benefit from the complementary talents of these two exceptional leaders,” said Davis. “We are honored to have them with us.”

International Student Leaves Career of 15 Years to Continue Her Education

Posted on: May 29th, 2014 by insidemctc No Comments

Shirleng, international studentWhen Shirleng Tan finished high school, college was not an option for her.

“My family’s financial situation wouldn’t allow me to go to school, so I went to work,” she said. And work she did. Shirleng spent 10 years at the same firm in Malaysia—a Japanese firm—and later took a job with a Swedish company.

“I learned that English is an international language,” said Shirleng, who explained she may use three languages in the same sentence when having a conversation in Malaysia. “English is a career path. I quit my job and came to the U.S. for this reason. Many people questioned my decision, but English is important, and the educational system in the U.S. is very good. If I ever go back to Malaysia, I’ll have an advantage over other candidates.”

When Shirleng arrived in Minnesota on a hot July day in 2012, her sister—a resident of Minneapolis—picked her up at the airport and drove her around the city’s lakes to keep the jet lag at bay. “When I first told my sister I wanted to go to school, she immediately suggested MCTC,” said Shirleng. “She took the time to bring me to MCTC for a visit, and the first person I met was one of the advisors. He helped me fill out my application.”

At MCTC, Shirleng took advantage of student resources in order to get the most out of her education. “Part of why I stayed at my first job for 10 years was because I was afraid of the interview process.” She sought out the MCTC Career Services office, and later competed against other students for a Career Ready Scholarship. “It was a great experience,” said Shirleng. “Career Services really helps students understand what they need to do in order to be part of the workforce of the future. After the scholarship competition ended, I had the courage to apply for work-study positions.” Shirleng’s hard work paid off: She received two calls about work-study positions within 10 minutes. “I took a position in the Business Services office because they were the first to call me back. I was so happy. I hadn’t been without a job since high school.”

Shirleng works diligently at her studies—especially English. “In order to receive my visa to come to Minnesota, I had to take an English proficiency exam,” she said. “I studied for a long time, traveling an hour after a full day at work in order to study with a tutor for four hours. I would get home at midnight, and then do it again the next day.” Since coming to MCTC, Shirleng has taken advantage of opportunities at the College: English as a Second or Other Language classes and tutors in the Learning Center offer assistance to international students. “My English still not perfect, but I’ve improved a lot—especially in my writing,” she said. “At the start, I went to the Learning Center every day. Now I’m only there two or three days a week.”

“Education is important in all industries. Even with my 15 years’ experience, I don’t have a degree, so my options are limited.” It took courage for Shirleng to leave her career and move to another country for schooling. “I went from financial freedom to the financial life of a student,” she said. “People in my culture think I’m too old to go to school, and many of my family and friends objected to my decision. When I look back now, I know I made the right decision.” Shirleng plans to finish her associate degree and transfer to the University of Minnesota or Metropolitan State University.

“MCTC is very good to international students. I pay the same tuition as Minnesota residents, and if my grades are good enough, I have access to scholarships. It’s just one more opportunity for me.”