Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC) is proud to announce that Senator Amy Klobuchar will speak at the 2011 Commencement Ceremony for MCTC graduates on May 14 at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Senator Klobuchar plans to speak about the challenge of revitalizing America’s innovative edge to compete and succeed in the global economy, and the essential role that community and technical colleges have in meeting this challenge. The ceremony begins at 11 a.m. and the Senator is expected to address graduates shortly thereafter.
Last year, President Obama announced that he wanted community colleges to help produce 8 million more graduates by 2020. MCTC is graduating approximately 400 students this year toward that goal.
MCTC students get an excellent education without taking on a lot of debt and gain skills needed in today’s workplaces. The College serves students who were the first in their family to attend college, those changing careers or looking for learn new skills to advance in their careers and students interested in earning a four-year degree.
The College partners with business and community leaders and non-profit organizations to develop innovative programs that prepare students for today’s and tomorrow’s jobs. MCTC is a strong partner with the City of Minneapolis and the Mayor’s Office on workforce development and job training initiatives designed to get people back to work. The College’s strong allied health programs in nursing, electroneurodiagnostic technology, polysomnographic technology and other emerging healthcare fields are helping the state of Minnesota remain a healthcare leader.
MCTC also works with industry leaders to produce top graduates in the trades, career programs and liberal arts fields. Ninety-nine percent of machine tool technologies graduates are placed in jobs. College prepares students for the latest jobs in biotechnology, chemistry and biology. Unique programs in computer forensics, apparel technologies, restaurant management, world languages, business, liberal arts and sciences, law enforcement and human services help meet the education and workforce challenges facing the country.