MCTC Students Participate and Win in SkillsUSA Leadership and Skills Conference

MCTC students and faculty.

From left to right: MCTC instructor Greg Skudlarek and students Reed Sweeney, Tom Pederson, Andy Gurskis and John Singel.

Minneapolis Community and Technical College students competed in the SkillsUSA Minnesota Leadership and Skills Conference last month, and several of them won awards for their hard work and creative projects. SkillsUSA is a national nonprofit organization serving teachers and high school and college students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations as well as health occupations. Top SkillsUSA state performers include the following MCTC students:

  • Andy Gurskis, 2nd place, HVACR
  • Reed Sweeney, 4th place and honorable mention, HVACR
  • Max Foutch, 3rd place, Industrial Motor Controls
  • Tom Hermes, 4th place and honorable mention, Industrial Motor Controls
MCTC students and faculty

From left to right: Tom Hiltner, Tom Hermans, Max Foutch, Mark Eckstein and Dean Weikle.

In July, 2012, MCTC HVACR student Chad Rubey placed fifth out of 28 college competitors in the national SkillUSA Championship. At the annual national-level SkillsUSA Championships, over 5,600 students compete in 94 occupational and leadership skill areas.

SkillsUSA programs include local, state and national competitions in which students demonstrate occupational and leadership skills.

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MCTC Business Club Takes Home National Awards

DECA national award winnersDECA, a student-led business club at Minneapolis Community and Technical College open to all majors, took second and third place at the International Career Development Conference (ICDC) in Anaheim, California this April in the Business Law and Management Institute events. In February, they had to compete at the state level to qualify for ICDC.

MCTC congratulates the College’s 2013 DECA ICDC competitors: Zachary Barthel, Ayi Doumassy, Matthew Hatle, Errol Ilbuga, Randy Jacoway, Immanuel Jones, Ian Munson and Khadija Najibi.

MCTC’s DECA club competes in business competitions around the country, builds campus life and volunteers in the local community. They welcome new members from all majors. Contact the club’s advisor Jason L. Cussler with questions at jason.cussler@minneapolis.edu.

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MCTC Partners for Third Year with Boston Scientific to Launch Math and Science Initiatives for Minneapolis High School Students

BostonSciMinneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC) announced the third sequential year of its partnership with Boston Scientific Corporation today as part of a multiple partner initiative that encourages Minneapolis high school students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The Summer Jump Start to College initiative is designed to increase the number of low-income students and students of color who are prepared for college-level math and science courses upon graduating from a Minneapolis public high school or Robbinsdale Cooper High School.

Boston Scientific’s funding provides a clear pathway for students who are interested in math, science, engineering and technology but have fallen off the college math track in middle school or high school. The initiative links Minneapolis Public Schools, Robbinsdale Cooper High School and two successful programs at MCTC: the Summer Jump Start to College and the Power of YOU program.

“The generous support of Boston Scientific helps us to address the real or perceived barriers of expectation, preparation, investment and access,” said Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak. “I am very pleased that Boston Scientific is stepping forward for a second year to work with MCTC to close the gap that exists in preparing students for careers in science and technology.”

The pathway for high school students includes:

  • Summer math, English and reading readiness courses at MCTC that count towards high school graduation and as pre-college developmental (remedial) courses
  • A Boston Scientific STEM Scholars Program as part of MCTC’s Power of YOU program for students pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering and math
  • Free bus transportation, textbooks and tuition

“Science and math education are critical focus areas for our outreach efforts,” said Kevin Ballinger, president of Interventional Cardiology at Boston Scientific, based in Maple Grove, Minn. “We are excited to continue this work with MCTC, and look forward to seeing aspiring engineers and scientists on our corporate campus this summer.”

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