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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.”

Charlotte Ariss: Marketing Real Life

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

Charlotte Ariss, MCTC alumIn 1982, Charlotte Ariss enrolled at the University of Minnesota, and promptly started on a track she didn’t expect to take so quickly: real life.

“I became a single parent,” said Charlotte. “I had to drop out of my classes, retool and figure out what I was going to do.”

After her daughter was born, Charlotte applied for every scholarship and grant she could find, and started school at the college then known as Minneapolis Community College (MCC).

“What I liked about MCC is that there was so much diversity,” said Charlotte. “In one of my marketing classes, I sat next to someone in his 50s, and another single parent, and someone who spoke Arabic, and someone who was a janitor.”

Starting her studies in the Psychology department, Charlotte dabbled in classes like the psychology of colors and packaging. “I had no idea how packaging could be used to elicit consumer reactions, or that there was a science behind packaging,” she said. “All of a sudden a light bulb turned on. From there, I started to study the science behind marketing.”

Charlotte had nearly completed her degree when she was faced with a momentous decision: Take one final class for the last two credits she needed for a degree, or take a job offer that had just been made. “I was offered my dream job,” said Charlotte. “My favorite marketing teacher warned me not to leave, because I’d never come back.”

That advice haunted Charlotte for a long time. “I wish I had taken my instructor’s advice about finishing, but I couldn’t do it at the time,” she said. “I needed a job.” As a single parent, Charlotte dove head-first into her new job with Carmichael Lynch ad agency. “It’s possible I could have finished with a night class, but I felt like I had to focus.” And focus is what she did.

From the ad agency, Charlotte moved to other marketing adventures. She worked for advertising agencies Campbell Mithun, the Lacek Group and Rapp Collins, spent 14 years with Target, and most recently has moved on to location scouting.

“If you told me just a year ago that I’d be doing this, I would have laughed my head off,” said Charlotte, who recently finished filming a commercial for Timberland in downtown Minneapolis. “I’ve been working with Best Buy, Target, Medica, 3M, Polaris, Cenex, Ashland Midland and others. It’s intimidating at times, but I can pull this off thanks to the experience I’ve had.”

On a fall day 31 years after her first semester at MCC, Charlotte walked into the school now known as MCTC to drop her second daughter off for her first day of Post-Secondary Enrollment (PSEO). Hoping to thank her old marketing teacher, she found herself in the MCTC Marketing and Communications service department with a few stories to tell.

“I loved being here, and felt incredibly connected. Even though I left school with only a couple credits left, in a way I never really left.”

Click here to see one of Charlotte’s recent commercials aired nationally.

Third Annual Malcolm X Justice and Peace Lecture Series

Posted on: March 4th, 2015 by insidemctc 1 Comment

On Thursday, April 9, MCTC will host its 3rd annual Malcolm X Justice and Peace Lecture Series. The mission of the lecture series is to promote the intellectual traditions of African-American, African and Islamic authors and activists as they relate to contemporary issues of justice and peace. Over 500 students, staff and faculty participated last year, and we hope for even more this year!

This year’s keynote speaker this year is Prof. Sohail Daulatzai. Events will be offered throughout the day (please see the agenda below) to allow for attendees to meet Prof. Daulatzai.

Most of the events are open to the public. The preliminary agenda is listed below; a more comprehensive agenda will be published closer to the day of the event.

The event’s planning committee and sponsoring clubs and organizations include the MCTC Muslim Student Association, Philosophy Club, Xicanos Latinos Unidos, Phi Theta Kappa, Student African American Sisterhood, Student African American Brotherhood, African Student Continental Club, Office of Diversity, Student Life, Philosophy department and Global Studies department.

Agenda:

  • Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. on violence, 10–11 a.m.
    • Location: H.1002
    • Introduction: Dr. Matthew Palombo (faculty, Philosophy and Global Studies)
    • Keynote: Dr. Charles Watson (faculty, Philosophy and Global Studies, see bio below)
    • Respondents: Dr. Nadia Mohamed (faculty, Global Studies, see bio below) and Modou Jaw (MCTC student)
    • Q/A from audience
  • Student Leadership Luncheon: A Conversation with Sohail Daulatzai, noon–1:30 p.m.
  • Black Star, Crescent Moon: A Book Discussion with Sohail Daulatzai, 2– 3 p.m.
    • Location: H.1002
  • Film screening: Battle of Algiers (1966), 3:30–5:30 p.m.
    • Location: H.1002
  • Evening Public Lecture
    • T Plaza
    • Arrival and food, 6– 6:30 p.m.
    • Welcome: Dr. Matthew Palombo, 6:30–6:35 p.m.
    • Music/spoken word, 6:35–6:45 p.m.
    • Keynote: Sohail Daulatzai, 6:45–7:30 p.m.
    • Audience Q&A, 7:30–8 p.m.

Dr. DaulatzaiDr. Sohail Daulatzai is Film and Media Studies Professor of African-American Studies at the University of California, Irving.  He was born in Peshawar, Pakistan, at the Af-Pak border. Because of his parents’ involvement against British colonialism and the politics of the Afghan-Pakistan border, they decided to move to the United States. Sohail grew up in Los Angeles, in the Pico Union district, which has since become a heavily Latino area after the U.S. involvement in Central America. He went to high school in San Gabriel Valley and graduated from UCLA, majoring in Psychology. As an undergrad, he took a broad range of classes that led him to pursue a PhD at USC in Critical Studies. Professor Daulatzai has published extensively in the fields of African-American and Islamic Studies (in print and film), including topics such as hip-hop, U.S. Imperialism and Black/Muslim encounters and Malcolm X. He is the author of Black Star, Crescent Moon: The Muslim International and Black Freedom Beyond America (2012) and co-editor of Born To Use Mics: Reading Nas’s Illmatic (with Michael Eric Dyson) (2009).

Dr. Charles H. Watson is an instructor of Philosophy and Global Studies at MCTC. Dr. Watson has a Ph.D. in Philosophy and Humanities from Stanford University. He is the author of The Existential Imperative: On the Material Production of Authenticity and his research interests include 19th century Philosophy and Black Social Thought. Dr. Watson teaches courses at MCTC including African-American Philosophy, Ethics, Introduction to Philosophy as well as the Global Studies course Race and Culture.

Dr. Nadia Mohamed is an instructor of Global Studies and Arab Studies at MCTC. She is Egyptian by birth, Arab by ethnicity, American by residency and Muslim by choice. She holds bachelor’s degrees in business and Islamic Law, a master’s degree in Shariah Law and a Ph.D in Education. Dr. Mohamed has founded two Islamic schools, taught at the Islamic University of Minnesota and served in leadership positions in a variety of educational contexts. She is the faculty advisor for the Muslim Student Association. Professor Mohamed has published in both English and Arabic on various topics including Shariah Law, Secularism and Dialogue. She teaches courses at MCTC including World Religions, Arab History and Cultures and Strategies for College Success.

See details about the first and second lecture series.

Hilary Klein to Discuss Her Book “Compañeras: A Zapatista Woman’s Story”

Posted on: February 24th, 2015 by insidemctc No Comments

YuDIdwZ2In recognition of coursework and topics relevant to many of MCTC’s departments, including Global Studies, Hispanic/Chicano Studies, Indigenous Studies, Women’s Studies and others, MCTC would like to welcome Hilary Klein to campus on Monday, March 30 at 3 p.m. in T.1400 to discuss her book Compañeras: Zapatista Women’s Stories.

Compañeras is the untold story of women’s involvement in the Zapatista movement, the indigenous rebellion that has inspired grassroots activists around the world for over two decades. Gathered here are the stories of grandmothers, mothers, and daughters who became guerrilla insurgents and political leaders, educators and healers—who worked collectively to construct a new society of dignity and justice. Compañeras shows us how, after centuries of oppression, a few voices of dissent became a force of thousands, how a woman once confined to her kitchen rose to conduct peace negotiations with the Mexican government, and how hundreds of women overcame engrained hardships to strengthen their communities from within.

About Hilary Klein
HILARY KLEIN spent six years in Chiapas, Mexico, working with women’s projects in Zapatista communities. After she compiled a book of Zapatista women’s testimony to be circulated in their own villages, women in the Zapatista leadership suggested that Klein compile a similar book for an outside audience. Klein has been engaged in social justice and community organizing for twenty years. She currently works at Make the Road New York, a membership organization that builds the power of immigrant and working-class communities. She is originally from Washington, DC, and received her BA in Political Science from UC Berkeley. Follow Hilary on Twitter.

This event is sponsored by MCTC Global Studies, World Languages and Women’s Studies.