MCTC Named a “Beyond the Yellow Ribbon” Company
Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC) celebrated its designation as a Beyond the Yellow Ribbon (BTYR) company at a proclamation ceremony on Wednesday, Jan. 14.
"All of us here at MCTC are proud to be recognized as a Beyond the Yellow Ribbon company,” said Miki Huntington, MCTC Political Science instructor and chair of the BYTR committee at the College. “As a college, we have made the commitment to support veterans, servicemembers and military families within our organization.”
BTYR is a statewide initiative to recognize communities that demonstrate commitment to U.S. military service members and their families. This designation is the culmination of efforts within an action plan carried out by the MCTC BTYR steering committee that consisted of staff, faculty and students.
The College recently hosted a ceremony dedicating a tree in its outdoor plaza to past, present and future veterans in the community. Additionally, MCTC was honored to host a nationally touring photography exhibit titled Always Lost: A Meditation on War for a month prior to the designation.
“MCTC has worked diligently over the last year to become a Yellow Ribbon Company,” said Tara Martinez, MCTC Student Life director and BTYR committee co-chair. “I am proud our institution is dedicated to serving our service members, veterans and their families as they pursue higher education. This designation will communicate to the greater community our commitment to veterans that has lasted for most of our 100-year history.”
The proclamation ceremony was also attended by dignitaries Col. Troy Soukup, brigade commander of the 84th Troop Command of the U.S. Army National Guard; Annette Kuyper, director of Military Outreach for the Minnesota Department of Military Affairs; Dr. David O’Fallon, president of the Minnesota Humanities Center and Gina Sobania, director of Military, Veteran & Adult Learner Services for MnSCU.
“This is truly making a difference across our state, and has now become a national model for how communities can work together for a common cause,” said Huntington. “We thank everyone for their hard work and dedication.”