For some, college is about sampling a broad range of academic materials, but for others, school is more of an opportunity to learn a tangible set of skills to get started in the workplace. At Minneapolis Community and Technical College, the focus is more on specific job preparation in a number of different fields, including a very popular program for learning the ropes of air traffic control. The school’s career and occupational programs focus on providing the latest skills and understanding of technical innovations in specific fields, preparing students for an immediate switch to working once school is completed.
As one of the most popular programs at Minneapolis Community and Technical College, the Air Traffic Control Program prepares students to work in the aviation industry by introducing them both to the rules and procedures of the occupation as well as an understanding of aviation terms and weather patterns. Students will receive a great deal of training operating the actual equipment used by the National Airspace System, and will be ready and eligible for work with the FAA. The one year program is approve by the FAA and is organized to provide the specific up-to-date skills needed to start work as an air traffic controller.
This is one of the main benefits of all of the areas of study at Minneapolis Community and Technical College: the up-to-the-minute real world skills you need in a given field with knowledge that will get you acclimated for the workplace before you’re even there. The offered health careers from the school are extensive, with programs in Addiction Counseling, Nursing, and Polysomnographic Technology, among other fields.
Other popular courses of study at Minneapolis Community and Technical College include Architectural and Machine Tool Technology, Construction Electricity, Computer Forensics, Law Enforcement, Business Management, Welding and Metal Fabrication, and the Culinary Arts. There is also a large Media Arts department offering degrees in Cinema Production, Photography and Digital Imaging, Sound Arts, Media Production, and Electronic Publishing and Web Design. All departments have state-of-the-art equipment that makes learning that much easier.
Most Popular Fields of Study
Students interested in attending MCTC should fill out the application, which is available on the official school website, and also include their high school transcript or GED information, depending on which is applicable. Once accepted, students must take placement tests to figure out what level they are in their specific program, and make signing up for classes more efficient.
A number of different programs are available, including full-time and part-time studies, night classes and online classes, and various different levels of scholastic achievement. Depending on whether or not you’re interested in earning a degree, certificate, or diploma, your placement tests will vary.
There are several options for students who need financial assistance to complete their course of study at MCTC, and most students do receive some form of need-based financial aid. The school participates in federal work study, meaning that while attending classes, students can get part-time jobs on campus that take care of part of the cost of school. The school’s financial aid office will also provide assistance with the completion of important forms, including the FAFSA.
There are some specific stipulations for receiving financial aid at Minneapolis Community and Technical College. You must be registered for Selective Service, have a fully completed FAFSA form, have a GED or high school diploma, and have a valid Social Security Number.
With a diverse student body that includes first-time college students as well as nontraditional students and lifelong learners, there is a nice mix of backgrounds on campus. One of the most popular pastimes is participation in various clubs and societies on campus, especially those relating to one’s course of study. One of the most popular extracurricular activities on campus is participation in the school newspaper.
Off-campus, there are a number of MCTC facilities around the city of Saint Paul, including the popular Aviation Center at Flying Cloud Airport, where those studying air traffic control can experience a real work environment.
Student Enrollment Demographics
Since Minneapolis Community and Technical College focuses most of its efforts on providing reasonably priced classes, technical skills, and occasional extracurricular activities for students, the athletic options are more along the lines of club sports and informal games than a formal athletics department. The school’s mascot is the Mavericks and the college basketball team competes in men’s and women’s basketball in the NJCAA Division III league.
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