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2014 Cinema Excellence Awards Winners

Posted on: November 4th, 2014 by marketingworkstudy No Comments

CinemaAwards2014-200The MCTC Cinema Division has announced the winners of its 2014 Excellence Awards. The Excellence Awards ceremony brings MCTC students, faculty, staff and the local film community together to recognize students for their work and award scholarships.

Click here to see the winning videos.

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MCTC Names Patrick Troup Interim VP of Student Affairs

Posted on: November 4th, 2014 by marketingworkstudy No Comments

patricktroup-200Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC) announces the appointment of Patrick Troup as its interim vice president of student affairs. Troup comes to the college from the University of Minnesota, where he has held the roles of director of retention initiatives in the Office for Equity and Diversity, director of the Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence and associate director of the Multicultural Center for Academic Programs since 2002. Troup will begin his duties at MCTC Nov. 3.

In his new role at MCTC, Troup will oversee the planning, operation and administration of the College’s student affairs division. He will lead efforts to strengthen college readiness among entering students and transform internal support, resources and processes that lead to student retention and graduation. Troup led similar efforts during his time at the U of M, and has published and presented nationally on issues related to support services for students of color, peer-assisted learning and all-male living-learning communities of color.

As the interim vice president of student affairs, Troup will provide vision, leadership and strategic direction for all student affairs functions including recruitment, admissions, orientation, student life, multicultural student services, services for students with disabilities, career and job placement services, and TRIO programs at one of the state’s largest, urban two-year colleges. “I am delighted that Patrick has agreed to join our College to lead efforts in providing the care and support that our students need to achieve their dreams,” said Avelino Mills-Novoa, interim president. “He brings the long-range planning and enrollment management skills that are needed to lead this division of the College.”

“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to join this wonderful institution,” said Troup. “Much of my education and professional life has been dedicated to access, equity and multiculturalism, as well as student development within higher education. Higher education is the primary pathway for individuals to participate fully in our society and empowers individuals who historically have been relegated to the margins. I am looking forward to collaborating with everyone to promote the success and development of MCTC students.”

MCTC Scholarship Recipients and Donors Honored

Posted on: November 4th, 2014 by marketingworkstudy No Comments

ScholarshipBreakfast2014-200The MCTC Foundation held its 11th annual Scholarship Breakfast for students who received Foundation scholarships in the last year and the donors who made those scholarships possible. More than 200 students applied for these scholarships, and this year the Foundation will grant more than $300,000 in scholarships. The MCTC Foundation has distributed more than $2.5 million in the last five years in grants, Power of YOU scholarships and emergency funding.

“I am honored to have been involved with the College for as long as I have,” said MCTC Board President Harry Davis, Jr. “When I attended this school in the 60s—back then, it was known as Metropolitan State Junior College—this was a nontraditional school for nontraditional students.” Davis took classes taught by one of the College’s most foundational contributors: Earl Bowman. “Earl Bowman was the first African-American teacher I’d ever had,” he said.

Five scholarship recipients spoke at the event. “When you’re a father, a grandfather and a college student all at the same time, you may feel like you have many reasons to drop out of school,” said MCTC Liberal Arts student and Nadia and Louis Najarro Smith Scholarship recipient Juan Morales. “Thanks to the trust of Nadia and Louis, I’ll be able to succeed.”

MCTC students learn about scholarship opportunities from their instructors, advisors, the Foundation website and friends. The Scholarship Breakfast allows students to meet some scholarship funders—like Deb Pomroy, instructor of English as a Second or Other Language courses at MCTC since 1991. Deb and her family fund the Srok Scholarship, named for her grandfather who didn’t speak any English when he immigrated to the U.S. “It’s never a mistake to invest in people,” said Deb. Read her story on page 9 of The Groove magazine.

“I really appreciate that you believed in me,” said Nardos Legamo, MCTC Nursing student, former ESOL student and recipient of the Srok Scholarship.

“This is my favorite, and most inspiring, event of the year,” said Reede Webster, executive director of the MCTC Foundation. “These scholarships were part of MnSCU’s comprehensive Access to Excellence Scholarship Campaign, which has raised over $17 million so far for student scholarships and is 74 percent ahead of its first year goal of $10 million.”

“The theme I’m seeing in this year’s Scholarship Breakfast is generosity,” said MCTC Interim President Avelino Mills-Novoa. “As we approach Thanksgiving and take this opportunity to be grateful, we also want to thank the donors who generously made these scholarships available.”

Morales used Minnesota winters to describe how helpful a scholarship can be: “If there’s a big snowstorm and you have to clear your driveway before you can get somewhere, sometimes all you have is a tiny little shovel, and it’s really difficult to get anywhere,” he said. “But if someone comes by with a big truck and plows your driveway for you, it’s so much easier to keep moving forward with your life.”

The MCTC Foundation will accept scholarship applications for the spring 2015 semester until Nov. 26. Click here to explore scholarship options.

Photo, from left to right: MCTC Board President Harry Davis, Jr., Kopp Presidential Scholar Nathan Place, Kopp Presidential Scholar Frances Emberly, Srok Memorial Scholar Nardos Legamo, Najarro Smith Dream Act Scholar Juan Morales, Power of YOU Scholar Antonio Hunt and Interim MCTC President Avelino Mills-Novoa.

MCTC Electrical Construction Students Awarded “Tools for Tomorrow” Scholarship

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

MCTC Construction Electricity Students receiving scholarships.MCTC Electrical Construction students Kevin Swanlund and Mark Zerr were recipients of this year’s Tools for Tomorrow scholarships given by Grainger.

“We’re proud of being students in this program,” said Swanlund. “We’re both nontraditional students, and this program gave us the opportunity to move ahead with our career when we needed it.”

To promote the innovation and importance of careers in the industrial skilled trades, Grainger, in conjunction with the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), launched the Grainger Tools for Tomorrow scholarship program in 2006 to help students in the industrial skilled trades realize their educational and career goals. This year, Grainger will award a Grainger Tools for Tomorrow scholarship to 250 students at community colleges in the U.S., half of which are awarded to military veteran students. Upon graduation, each student receives a customized Westward® toolkit from Grainger to jump start their career.

“We have a huge need for skilled workers in the trades, and that’s why Grainger coordinates these scholarships,” said Terri Joski-Lang, market manager for Grainger.

“It’s not easy being a young person with a family trying to go back to school,” Zerr said. “It’s a tough thing to balance, and Grainger cares enough to help us.”

The two students were given their scholarships at a ceremony on Oct. 30 in the MCTC Science Building. They are among only nine Tools for Tomorrow Scholarship recipients in the state of Minnesota.

MCTC Student Receives World Citizen Award and Scholarship

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

MCTC student Modou Jaw, World Citizen Award and scholarship recipientMCTC Mathematics student Modou Jaw is one of only 20 Mark M. Welter World Citizen Award recipients within the Minnesota State College and Universities system.

Nominated by philosophy instructor Matthew Palombo, Student Life Director Tara Martinez and Vice President of Academic Affairs Gail O’Kane, the award recognizes students who have the qualities and characteristics of a world citizen.

“He embodies what it means to be a global citizen,” Palombo said. “He possesses the knowledge and skills needed to put complex things together.”

22-year-old Jaw grew up in Gambia and moved to Minnesota in 2009 to pursue an education. One of his goals is to bring people of different cultures and races together and unite them.

“As we see the world, there’s so much violence going on and there’s so much misunderstanding,” he said.

Jaw recently spoke at the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) Global Learning Conference in Minneapolis on global issues such as the Islamic State and Ebola. He plans to graduate from MCTC in the spring of 2015 and transfer to the University of St. Thomas or the University of Minnesota.