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MN Senate Members Visit MCTC

MN Senate Higher Ed Listening Tour Visits MCTC

MN State Senators visit MCTC on Sept. 19, 2013Members of the Minnesota Senate Higher Education Committee visited MCTC today as part of a month-long “listening tour” of 18 Colleges and Universities throughout the state. The visit was comprised of Sens. Terri Bonoff, chair of the Minnesota Higher Education and Workforce Development Committee, Greg Clausen, vice chair and Scott Dibble, senator for District 61, which encompasses MCTC’s campus. The visits are designed to gather input from students and key stakeholders about ways to improve the state’s higher education systems.

“Each and every young person in Minnesota should have the opportunity to receive some sort of post-secondary degree regardless of their socioeconomic background, and without the crushing debt and joblessness that comes with it today,” said Sen. Bonoff.

MN Senators visit MCTC on Sept. 19, 2013The Senators were given a tour of MCTC’s new classroom spaces, including new nursing and architectural technology labs as well as a remodeled skyway connecting MCTC’s T Building and Helland Center. "I couldn't be more proud of the visible transformation of this campus," said Sen. Dibble, who has visited many times and supported the College's 2012 $13.4 million bonding request to remodel its workforce programs.

The tour was followed by a listening session with approximately 30 students and 15 MCTC employees in attendance. The listening sessions at each Minnesota school are free and open to the public. Attendees have been encouraged to submit topics for discussion at each stop, as well as improvement ideas in an online survey.

“Education is the building block of our state,” said Sen. Clausen during the listening session at MCTC. Click here to view a slideshow of photos from the visit, watch a video of the Senate's tour of MCTC and join the conversation on Twitter by following #myMNdegree.

For more information about the tour, including complete schedule and locations, visit www.mnhighered.wordpress.com