Dr. Whitney Harris to Lead MCTC Diversity Initiatives
Dr. Whitney Harris, executive director of diversity and multiculturalism for the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) system, will lead MCTC’s equity, diversity and inclusion initiatives. Dr. Harris has been responsible for managing and coordinating policies, procedures and programs governing affirmative action, diversity, multiculturalism and equal opportunity in the MnSCU system. His responsibilities at MCTC will include managing the Educational Equity Task Force, developing diversity training and guiding changes in college policies, practices and culture that support the College’s goal of achieving educational equity.
College Establishes R.T. Rybak Scholarship
In honor of his long-standing advocacy and support of the College, its initiatives and its students, the Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC) Foundation announced the establishment of the R.T. Rybak Scholarship. The R.T. Rybak Scholarship will provide assistance to MCTC students who have limited income with a focus on supporting those who are community and civic minded.
MCTC Wins Greening Awards
Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC) received two awards from the Minneapolis Downtown Improvement District (DID) for its commitment to urban green spaces. The Greening and Public Realm Awards recognize property owners, businesses and community groups who have created and maintained public green spaces that help to enhance downtown Minneapolis. MCTC received the Best Plaza award for its Fine Arts Plaza, and the MCTC Urban Farm Collective received an award for Best Urban Agriculture.
MCTC’s AME Wins MnSCU Diversity Award
The MCTC chapter of the African American Educational Empowerment Program (AME) received a Diversity Award from Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) for Outstanding Student Organization at the recent annual joint meeting held May 30–31 at Normandale Community College. AME consists of multiple programs that create opportunities for the educational success of students of color at MCTC. Each AME program contributes to the retention, graduation and personal growth of students and empowers them to develop leadership skills through their education, mentoring opportunities and involvement in the college community, society, nation and world.
MCTC to Train “Green” Workers
The Green Homes North Initiative, spearheaded by the City of Minneapolis and Mayor R.T. Rybak, will facilitate the construction of 100 “green” or energy-efficient homes throughout north Minneapolis beginning this summer. In partnership with the project’s architectural developers, Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC) and its department of Continuing Education and Customized Training has developed customizable curriculum for new and incumbent construction crews to fulfill the building needs presented by the program.