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New AVP of Workforce Development

Mike Christenson, Head of Community Planning and Economic Development for the City of Minneapolis, Joins Minneapolis Community and Technical College

Christenson to lead Career & Technical Education/Workforce Development

Mike ChristiansenMinneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC) announces the appointment of Mike Christenson as Associate Vice President of Workforce Development. Christenson has led economic development initiatives for the City of Minneapolis since 2003.

In his new role at MCTC, Christenson will oversee the College’s entire portfolio of career and technical programs, a comprehensive continuing education and customized training program and will lead a team of faculty, staff and academic deans at one of the State’s largest urban two-year colleges. Christenson will report to the College president and will be charged with providing strategic vision and leadership for the College’s programs and cultivating relationships with employers, industry groups and students to meet the region’s workforce needs. He begins his duties March 20, 2012.

Christenson currently serves as Executive Director of the City’s Community Planning and Economic Development Department, a position he has held since 2007. He previously was the City’s Director of Economic Policy and Development. He also serves as a member of the MCTC Foundation Board of Directors.

“Mike has been a partner with MCTC in many of our key initiatives over the last decade, including the health careers partnership and Power of YOU,” said MCTC President Phil Davis. “Mike’s vision, relationships with business and community leaders and proven track record are exactly what we need as we strengthen our capacity to meet the workforce needs of the community.”

“I’m thrilled to join the MCTC team,” said Christenson. “MCTC is an admired leader in Minneapolis, and this is a uniquely public-spirited campus.  As the son and spouse of educators, it will be an honor to support faculty and staff as they nurture the workforce of the future.”

Christenson is well-regarded by public and private sector leaders and colleagues. “Mike Christenson is solid gold,” said Charlie Weaver, executive director of the Minnesota Business Partnership. “He gets stuff done. He has a reputation for being ethical, tenacious, smart and goal-oriented. I’m excited that he will continue working on the Minneapolis Promise initiative, which includes MCTC’s Power of You Program.”

During his tenure at the City of Minneapolis, Christenson worked with the Mayor and City Council to close the City’s unemployment gap. He also led economic development efforts in North Minneapolis, and negotiated development agreements at Global Market, Children’s Hospitals, Coloplast, Riverside Plaza and Cowles Center. He has worked closely with Mayor R.T. Rybak in growing the Minneapolis Promise.

About Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC)

MCTC is a member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System. MCTC offers students more than 130 liberal arts, career and technical education academic programs and a comprehensive array of non-credit programs to prepare students for good jobs in high-demand professions, career advancement, or transfer to four-year colleges and universities. Located in the heart of downtown Minneapolis, MCTC enrolls more than 14,000 students annually and is an active partner in initiatives designed to strengthen the social, economic and cultural vitality of the Twin Cities metropolitan area.