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Join MCTC for a Celebration of Law Enforcement Instructor Debbie Montgomery Oct. 5

Posted on: September 22nd, 2015 by insidemctc No Comments

Debbie Montgomery, MCTCTrailblazer, community leader, politician, senior commander and Minneapolis Community and Technical College Law Enforcement instructor—that’s part of Debbie Montgomery’s story.

Debbie is honored to share her wisdom from her career as the first female, as well as the first African American female, St. Paul City police officer. Montgomery was also the youngest member ever elected to the Board of Directors of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Recently a street segment in St. Paul was named after her.

Please join us for a gathering at which she will share with some of the highlights of her career. Drawing upon her experience, Montgomery also will offer some insights and reflections into the growing rift between police and communities of color.

  • Monday, Oct. 5
  • 1–2 p.m.
  • L.3100

MCTC English Instructor Shannon Gibney Celebrates Novel Release at the Loft Literary Center

Posted on: September 21st, 2015 by insidemctc No Comments

Join the Loft Literary Center’s Story of the Book series featuring MCTC English Instructor Shannon Gibney on Saturday, Nov. 7 at 7 p.m.

From the Loft’s announcement:

Young adult author Shannon Gibney celebrates the release of her novel See No Color as part of the Loft Literary Center‘s reading series called Story of the Book. Gibney will share the story of how her book came to be during a conversation with Lisa Marie Brimmer, and read excerpts from the novel. See No Color explores themes of identity and belonging in the context of transracial adoption.

Shannon Gibney is a writer, educator, and activist in Minneapolis. Her young adult novel See No Color, will be released by Carolrhoda Lab in November 2015. Her writing has appeared in a variety of venues, including The Crisis, Gawker, and Inside Higher Education. Gibney is a professor of English at Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC), where she teaches critical and creative writing, journalism, and African diasporic topics. A former Bush Artist Fellow, she lives with her husband and children in Minneapolis.

Lisa Marie Brimmer is a writer and performance artist. She is a two-time Givens Foundation for African American Literature fellow and has received a Playwrights’ Center Many Voices Fellowship. She is a contributing writer for Gazillion Voices Magazine, a member of Savage Umbrella Theater Company, and board member of Patrick’s Cabaret. Her work has been published in Ishmael Reed’s Konch Magazine and her improvisational music collective, High Society, has been featured on Minnesota Public Radio and KFAI.

There is a suggested admission fee of $5–10 for this event.

Philosophy Students Take to the Air

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

Last spring, MCTC Philosophy students had the opportunity to participate in a roundtable discussion titled What Difference Does Philosophy Make? on KFAI’s Truth to Tell radio show. Students Priscilla Mobosi, Alberto Martell and Kelly Watson were joined by MCTC Faculty Members Ruthanne Crapo and Maran Wolston. Listen to their show here!

From the Truth to Tell website:

In the current debate about where to invest our public higher education dollars, the study of philosophy doesn’t make it very high on the priorities list. This is especially true when it comes to institutions that serve low-income and working-class students—institutions like Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC). It’s all well and good for upper-middle-class students at private liberal arts colleges to spend time searching for the meaning of life in a philosophy class, or exploring their inner poet in a literature seminar. But first-generation college students don’t have time for all that. They need an education that leads to a career. And what does studying philosophy have to do with that?

MCTC Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Committee Kicks off “Veterans Voices Month” Oct. 1

Posted on: September 15th, 2015 by insidemctc No Comments

Beyond the Yellow RibbonYou are invited to the MCTC Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Meet & Greet and Veterans Voices Month kickoff event Thursday, Oct. 1 from 11 a.m.–1 p.m. in H.1002. This is a kick-off event for a series of MCTC’s Beyond the Yellow Ribbon events through Veterans Day in November to recognize and support our veterans, military service members, and their families.

MCTC students, staff and faculty are all invited, and several community partners are expected to be in attendance as well! Light refreshments will be served and there will be a brief program at noon. Thank you in advance for your support!

MPS Summer College Academy Graduates 1st Class of EL Students from MCTC

Posted on: August 31st, 2015 by insidemctc No Comments
MPS English learner students at MCTC.

MCTC Interim President Avelino Mills-Novoa addressed the graduating Summer College Academy class.

On July 30, Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC) celebrated 117 English Learner (EL) students graduating from Summer College Academy classes.

As immigrants and first-generation Americans, EL students often must overcome tremendous adversity to pursue higher education and find jobs. A partnership between MCTC and Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS), the Summer College Academy provides academic guidance and direction at a critical juncture in EL students’ academic journeys.

High school students and recent EL graduates participating in the program receive the opportunity to experience college-level language instruction, earn an English credit, and prepare for higher education. In addition, the program’s classes help teach students to utilize their unique backgrounds and multilingualism as strengths critical to their success.

The goal of the Summer College Academy is to accelerate the graduation rate for EL students while reducing or eliminating the need for remedial classes when an EL student starts college.

Under the direction of MPS Deputy Education Officer Elia Dimayuga-Bruggeman and with the support of MCTC instructors, the 117 EL students received three levels of reading and writing classes on the MCTC campus over the course of eight weeks this summer.

Ms. Dimayuga-Bruggeman expressed excitement about the collaborative nature of the program. “By working together, we can move beyond individual efforts and unleash the power of collaboration that will help ensure Minneapolis English Learners can go to college and be prepared for successful futures,” she said. “The partnership between MPS and MCTC to provide our English Learners college-level courses through the Summer College Academy will advance our students on their journey toward high school graduation and place them in a pathway to college and career readiness.”

The program culminated in a Family Celebration and Career Fair, where families and students were provided with information on how to access college as well as different careers that lead to family-sustaining jobs. Participating schools included Wellstone International High School, Edison High School, Henry High School, South High School, Southwest High School, Washburn High School, Roosevelt High School, and Heritage Academy of Science and Technology.