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MN Gov. Mark Dayton Visits MCTC

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton Visits MCTC’s Remodeled Nursing Facilities, Celebrates Partnership with Augsburg

Governor Dayton visits MCTCMCTC officials showed off the College's new nursing and allied healthcare facilities to an audience of city and state officials on Oct. 3 which included Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton, MnSCU Chancellor Steven Rosenstone, Hennepin County Commissioner Peter McLaughlin and representatives from Augsburg College. The event also celebrated the recent announcement of launch of MCTC's Associate of Science and Bachelor of Science in Nursing (AS/BSN) three-year degree program with Augsburg College. College officials thanked Gov. Dayton for the $13.4 million they received from the State’s 2012 bonding bill to remodel several of its workforce program areas, including facilities for Nursing and Allied Health programs.“This partnership is the kind of innovation the nation is seeking from higher education,” said MCTC President Phil Davis.

MCTC Nursing student Lourdmy Jean spoke to the audience about her decision to pursue nursing at MCTC. “My parents are from Haiti, and I grew up in Florida. I could have chosen numerous schools for nursing, but I chose to come here. Now I’m in the first cohort of students pursuing this three-year BSN. I’m honored.”

“Last year Minnesota had the fifth-fastest growing economy, thanks in part to its low-cost care opportunities of extraordinary quality,” said Governor Mark Dayton. “These newly-upgraded facilities will provide future nurses and other healthcare professionals access to state-of-the-art training that will prepare them for success in their careers, and help them develop the skills they need to provide high-quality care for the patients they will serve.”

“Our community and technical colleges will play a crucial role in the future of healthcare in Minnesota,” said MnSCU Chancellor Steven Rosenstone. “Investments in healthcare training institutions are critical to providing students the learning environments and equipment necessary to prepare them for careers that will keep Minnesota prosperous.”

Along with the new facilities, MCTC and Augsburg College penned an agreement that allows students to complete a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program in as little as three years. The degree track is the first fast-track BSN professional program in Minnesota that is a collaboration between a two-year public and a four-year private college.

After earning their AS at MCTC, students will transfer to Augsburg and complete the final year of the program at Augsburg College where they will earn their BSN. Students can choose between a Monday through Friday day track, or an evening and weekend track.

Numerous MCTC graduates are employed in Minneapolis-based hospitals and healthcare facilities. “Children’s Hospitals and MCTC are longtime partners, and we deeply value their commitment to building a talented and diverse base of future nurses,” said Alan L. Goldbloom, MD, CEO of Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota. “MCTC is our only associate degree partner for student clinicals, and we are very pleased that this partnership is providing students from many diverse backgrounds with the opportunity to one day do exceptional work for the patients and families we serve at Children’s.”

“This is like a housewarming,” said MCTC Nursing student Lourdmy Jean of the celebration. “Welcome to our new house.”

Photo: From left to right, MnSCU Chancellor Steven Rosenstone, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton, MCTC Nursing student Lourdmy Jean, MCTC President Phil Davis and Hennepin County Commissioner Peter McLaughlin.