Take a walk on any given day this fall, and you will see beauty. Exit your classrooms upon their finish. A sigh of relief washes over you. Follow the pathway from MCTC’S large modern buildings, into the brisk, welcoming air of Loring Park. Walking to the park, perhaps towards the widely known fountain, you will see your classmates.
Be part of the community- join up with student life! Minneapolis Community and Technical College has a vibrant student life that emerges to be more and more vibrant every day. Whatever your interests may be, or whatever kind of social support you are looking for, you will probably be able to find an organization on campus that suits your needs.
A fellow classmate turns to you and discloses that he or she has HIV. What would you do? How would you react?
The MCTC Sustainability Fair is an annual event hosted by two MCTC student groups: Three-Legged Frog, and Sisters for Social Justice. “It’s all about raising awareness and encouraging conversations among like-minded people,” said Jessica Braun, a 25-year-old MCTC math major and president of Three-Legged Frog.
Mary Ann Prado has seen about 300 students experiencing homelessness and hunger since she started working as the Director of Resource and Referral Services at MCTC in May 2008. It’s her job to connect with students who are experiencing hunger and homelessness to find services so that they can find or stay in housing and stay fed and clothed.
On April 9, MCTC hosted a spring job fair on the second floor of the T Building with the objective of uniting students with employers. Job fairs are prevalent this time of year; companies at the fair described it as “peak season” for the job market. It is also a great time for students to find work due to its proximity to graduation and the end of the school year.
This past month, MCTC president Phil Davis delivered an address on the state’s staggering budget deficit, and the effects that deficit will have at MCTC. The announced reductions were devastating. “The significant loss in state funds will produce a fundamental shift in the range of programs and services,” Davis said.
One Monday afternoon I found myself in the cramped quarters of a conference room where Realizing Abilities Through Education’s (RATE) cabinet members continued pushing for more clarity, organizing resources both material and human, temporal and spatial. All this was anticipating the Technology Fair, in planning stages since Fall 2007.
The office of Mary Pruitt, located in the counseling center on the second floor of the T building, gives you an immediate sense that an old-school activist occupies the place.
Three students have proposed a new club to the Student Senate that has grown out of the Western Clinical Herbalism program. The Herbal Enrichment for Restoring Balance, or H.E.R.B. Club, hopes to teach students how to grow organic gardens, ways of sustainable living, and alternative medical practices.