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What’s New for Spring 2014

As priority registration begins, MCTC looks ahead to the spring semester with excitement. We strive to offer the most useful and applicable courses and programs for our students. Read below for information about new programs, expanded course offerings on weekends and classes no other college in the country is offering.

New Programs

This spring MCTC students can begin work toward their Herbal Studies certificate. This dynamic program is the first of its kind in the U.S. and provides training in herbal medicine to students who are interested in working in the growing field of natural products.*

Similarly, MCTC’s Yoga Teacher Training and Personal Trainer and Group Exercise Instruction certificates have just received approval from MnSCU. This spring, students will earn the first certificates of this sort ever awarded at the College.*

*These programs have MnSCU approval, but are not yet financial aid-eligible.

More Saturday Classes

After a successful pilot this fall, MCTC’s Business Management program will increase its Saturday course offerings and offer Principles of Marketing and Financial Accounting on Saturdays. Currently, every Business class at MCTC is offered in at least two forms: classes are offered days, nights, Saturdays and/or online.

In addition, we’re expanding the use of our newly remodeled health care lab to weekends. On weekends, students can earn a Nursing Assistant certificate or an award qualifying them to work in a hospital sterile processing department. MCTC’s professional Nursing program already uses this redesigned health care lab suite for a student cohort that meets entirely during evenings and weekends.

Continuing Education and Customized Training for the Community—and the World

This year, MCTC’s Division of Continuing Education and Customized Training (CECT) is providing high-quality customized training to multiple state, regional and community partners. MCTC is partnering with the Minnesota Center for Energy and Environment, a downtown Minneapolis employer, as the trainer of choice for professional development courses to meet the needs of a full range of staff positions including engineers, project managers, finance, marketing and IT staff. CECT also has a similar training agreement with Minnesota-based employees of Caribou Coffee. Additionally, MCTC and the Project for Pride in Living (PPL) are partnering on a $100,000 grant to provide customized training for Hennepin County to hire Human Services Representatives with expertise in assisting clients with MNSure—Minnesota’s new health care exchange.

This fall, CECT began offering classes in Afaan Oromo—the language spoken in regions of Ethiopia. Minnesota has a relatively large Oromo-speaking population in comparison to the nation, and MCTC is the first college in the country to offer Oromo courses. Second-level Oromo classes begin in November.

Preparing the Community Workforce: Stadium Construction

MCTC and St. Paul College will be the lead higher education training providers for women and minorities hired to construct the new Vikings stadium in Minneapolis. The Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority awarded a contract to Summit Academy OIC, which will work with MCTC, St. Paul College and other nonprofit partners to ensure a 32 percent minority and six percent women hiring rate for stadium construction.

Centennial Celebration

In 2014, MCTC will celebrate the 100 year anniversary of the establishment of the Minneapolis Girls' Vocational School. After 10 decades and multiple names, the school is now a thriving, downtown academic hub for the growing Minneapolis community. MCTC will honor this anniversary throughout 2014—watch our website, Facebook and Twitter sites for details about centennial events!

Now What?

If you’re a current MCTC student, take advantage of priority registration and register for your spring classes now! Not yet a student? Click here for information on admissions. Interested in learning more? Call us at 612-659-6000, and be sure to visit us on our beautiful urban campus, located next to Loring Park, the Walker Art Center and downtown businesses.
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