Minneapolis Community and Technical College

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Minneapolis Community and Technical College
Type Public Community College
Established 1996 (merger)
Chancellor Steven Rosenstone
President Sharon Pierce
Students 13,874 (2013)
Address 1501 Hennepin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55403
, Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
44°58′22″N 93°17′00″W / 44.97280°N 93.28337°W / 44.97280; -93.28337Coordinates: 44°58′22″N 93°17′00″W / 44.97280°N 93.28337°W / 44.97280; -93.28337
Campus Urban, 418,000 sq ft (38,800 m2)
Colors Purple and white
Nickname MCTC
Affiliations MnSCU System
Website www.minneapolis.edu

Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC) is a public two-year college located in the heart of downtown Minneapolis. With one of the most diverse student populations in Minnesota, MCTC enrolls nearly 13,000 credit students annually.[1]

It is a part of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System (MnSCU), which offers two year associate degrees, certificates, and diplomas in fields of study such as aviation, business, cinema, fine arts, healthcare, information technology, justice systems, and liberal arts.[2]


MCTC was formed in February 1996 by the merger of Minneapolis Technical College and Minneapolis Community College following the July 1995 creation of MnSCU.[3] They had shared the same campus adjacent to Loring Park for many years.

Minneapolis Community College was founded as the first campus of the Metropolitan State Junior College in 1965.[4] It changed its name to Metropolitan Community College and in 1979 the metropolitan system was broken up and the Minneapolis campus became Minneapolis Community College.[5]

The school was founded as the Girls Vocational School in 1914 by its first principal, Miss Elizabeth Fish. When a new building at 1101 Third Avenue South was completed in 1932 it was renamed Mary Miller Vocational School, after the teacher credited with opening the first school in Minneapolis in 1852. In the 1960s the name changed to Minneapolis Area Vocational Technical Institute. It entered the eighties as Minneapolis Technical Institute on a new 418,000-square-foot (38,800 m2) campus at 1415 Hennepin Avenue. Its final name change was to Minneapolis Technical College (MTC).[6]

In 2003, MCTC acquired adjacent land that previously belonged to the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association's former Minneapolis headquarters. In Fall 2008, MCTC opened a new Management Education Center and Science building on this property. In 2004, Metropolitan State University (Metro State) and MCTC started sharing programs and the Minneapolis campus of Metropolitan State University moved to the newly expanded MCTC campus from its original location a few blocks away. In 2010, the only Metro State programs still operating on the MCTC campus were theatre arts and business.


Minneapolis Community and Technical College is made up of 11 buildings and a parking ramp.[7] Each building houses many student services.

  • Technical Building – The T Building houses the cafeteria and bookstore on the first floor. On the second floor are financial aid, advising and counseling, business services, the testing center, Public Safety, the mail room / E Store, and a coffee shop. The third floor has a computer Lab and IT services. The Learning Center is located on the fourth floor.[8]
  • Helland Center – The Helland Center is home to the Student Life Center. On the first floor are tables and chairs, a convenience store, and service desk. On the second floor are the Student Life information desk, the Student Senate, and the college newspaper. On the third floor are the Student Health Center and student lockers.
  • Irene H. Whitney Fine Arts Center – The Fine Arts Center at MCTC houses a performance hall, classrooms and offices.[7]
  • Whitney Hall – The Wheelock Whitney Hall's first floor is home to the MCTC Library. The second floor has a lounge area, and the third floor has classrooms.[9]
  • Bowman Hall – The first floor of Bowman Hall has the Human Services Department, the gymnasium, dance room, weight room, and equipment room. The second floor is home to the president's office, the Reading Department, and the Communications Department.[9]
  • Kopp Hall – Kopp hall houses Human Resources and classrooms.[9]
  • Ackerberg Science Center – The Science Center is home to science labs, classrooms and the Science Department offices.[7]
  • Management Education Center and Center of Safety Training – The Management Education Center houses the Continuing Education and Business Departments. The Safety Training Center is home to Custom Training programs.[10]
  • The College Foundation and the Wells Family College Center are other buildings on the MCTC campus.[7]


MCTC offers more than 60 career and occupational programs in aviation, business, education, health, information technology, justice system, manufacturing and construction, media arts, public service and the service industry. The college also has many clubs and societies, including a school newspaper. MCTC has an Aviation Center at Flying Cloud Airport, a Center for Criminal Justice in Saint Paul, and a Health Careers Institute in the Phillips neighborhood of Minneapolis.

MCTC competed with other community colleges in men's and women's basketball as the Mavericks. In 2009, at the end of a 33–2 season, the Minneapolis men's basketball team lost to Richland College 58–57 in the NJCAA Division III National Championship. The school discontinued the basketball programs following the 2009–10 seasons.[11][12]


  1. ^ "About Us – Minneapolis Community & Technical College". www.minneapolis.edu. Retrieved 2016-02-10. 
  2. ^ "Educational Programs – Degrees, Certificates, Diplomas – Minneapolis Community & Technical College". www.minneapolis.edu. Retrieved 30 September 2017. 
  3. ^ "1995–1996 legislative audit includes merger information". Retrieved 30 September 2017. 
  4. ^ Brandt, Steve (16 January 1997), "Board Endorses Plan to Merge Two Twin Cities-Area Colleges", Minneapolis Star Tribune, pp. 3.B 
  5. ^ "Higher Learning Commission". www.ncahlc.org. Retrieved 30 September 2017. 
  6. ^ "Office of Higher Education". www.ohe.state.mn.us. Retrieved 30 September 2017. 
  7. ^ a b c d "Campus Map." – Minneapolis Community & Technical College. N.p., n.d. Web. 18 Nov. 2013.
  8. ^ "MCTC Library." – Campus Guides: T Building. N.p., n.d. Web. 18 Nov. 2013.
  9. ^ a b c "Campus Guide – Whitney Hall, Kopp Hall, and Bowman Hall." Prezi.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 18 Nov. 2013.
  10. ^ "Center of Safety Training." – MCTC. N.p., n.d. Web. 18 Nov. 2013.
  11. ^ "Richland Edges Minneapolis for Men's DIII Title – NJCAA | News | National". NJCAA. 2009-03-14. Retrieved 2010-08-30. 
  12. ^ Shelton, Mike (2010-02-26). "Minneapolis Community and Technical College Shut Down its Intercollegiate Men's and Women's Basketball Programs". Insight News. Retrieved 2011-11-18. 

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