MCTC and U of M Announce Biotech Partnership
The Minneapolis Star Tribune recently published an article announcing the biotechnology partnership between Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC) and the University of Minnesota. In addition to the transferability of the Biotechnology program in its entirety, the partnership ensures graduates of MCTC’s Biotechnology program with grade point averages of 3.5 or higher will be enrolled at the College of Biological Sciences at the University of Minnesota, one of the University's most prestigious schools.
"Minnesota has earned its place in the medical device industry by nurturing scientists,” said Medical Alley Association (formerly known as LifeScience Alley) President and CEO Dale Wahlstrom. “This partnership moves students between two strong academic programs to graduate studies or careers in Minnesota's famed bioscience sector.”
The first cohort within the new biotechnology partnership includes seven MCTC students. MCTC's Biotechnology faculty leader Rekha Ganaganur noted all seven of the students have undergraduate research or internship experiences and some have obtained jobs in the bioscience industry. She applauded the vision of Robert Elde, the dean of the University of Minnesota’s College of Biological Sciences. "Dean Elde knows Minnesotans want colleges to collaborate to enhance the biotechnology workforce of the future.” Ganaganur is grateful for the LifeScience Alley membership for serving on the MCTC advisory group which made the partnership possible.
Elde and Ganaganur pledged their programs to support students who start their academic careers at community colleges. MCTC program participants can consider themselves University students as they grow their academic careers. "The partnership is a positive example of a collaborative effort that will help ensure a pathway for students to the top scientific careers in our state," said MCTC President Phil Davis. “I am extremely impressed with the caliber of students enrolled in our programs, and MCTC welcomes this as a way to encourage academic success.”
The students themselves are thrilled with the partnership. "The matriculation agreement is amazing," said Katy Shufelt, a biotechnology student at MCTC. After completing classes at MCTC and transferring to the University of Minnesota, "I will be able to walk into the second semester of my junior year of college, or even into my senior year of college, because of what we've been able to do here." Read the story in the Star Tribune here.