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MCTC Receives STEM Grants

MINNEAPOLIS, August 13 -- Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC) has been selected to receive two grants to support students of color pursuing bachelor degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).

First, the National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded MCTC, along with the University of Minnesota and other partner schools, renewal of the North Star STEM grant. This grant will provide MCTC $75,000 over the next five years. The supported activities include mentoring, career activities and research opportunities.

“As an institution that serves a student body consisting of 53 percent individuals of color, it is an honor for MCTC to receive this grant as we continue to help our students reach their educational goals,” said Chuck Paulson, academic dean at MCTC.

In addition, the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU) awarded MCTC and the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, the Minority Male STEM Initiative (MMSI) grant to support engagement of minority males in STEM disciplines. The partnership will share  $100,000 over the next two years. Four other partnerships were also selected to receive the grant.

“We have some very good students at MCTC,” said Paulson. “Partnering with the University of Minnesota to match them up with bachelors programs in STEM areas is a win-win.”

Students enrolled in STEM-related programs at MCTC have the opportunity to make the most of their learning experience by training in the College’s Science Center, which features 10 new labs with state-of-the-art technology, equipment and laboratory instruments.

The MMSI grants support four-year APLU and American Association of State College and Universities (AASCU) member institutions that have partnered with two-year colleges to improve access and success for underrepresented minority males in STEM disciplines. The MMSI grant program is funded by a major grant from The Kresge Foundation.

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About the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities

Founded in 1887, the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) is a research and advocacy organization of public research universities, land-grant institutions and state university systems. As the nation’s oldest higher education association, APLU is dedicated to excellence in learning, discovery and engagement. Member campuses enroll more than 3.6 million undergraduate and 1.1 million graduate students, employ more than 670,000 faculty and administrators, and conduct nearly two-thirds of all university-based research, totaling more than $34 billion annually. For more information, visit www.aplu.org.