Thursday, May 14, 2015
The PTCC Foundation Board was cooking up a plan to honor Dr. Musgrove even as he was grilling up grub for the annual PTCC Ribfest. The Board, in appreciate of Dr. Musgrove's leadership, renamed the Bridging the Dream Scholarship to the Dr. Robert Musgrove Bridging the Dream Scholarship.
Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Pine Technical and Community College, Pine City and the Pine City Area Early Childhood Coalition received honors for their dedication to early childhood literacy through the Dragon Wagon project, which delivers books and learning materials throughout our rural community.
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Education Investments Pay Off
Pine Technical and Community College strives to provide superior education and social services that enhance the communities we serve.
For some PTCC students, this may include utilizing the Disability Services Office. Human Services Eligibility Worker (HSEW) student Sandra Blake is one of those students. Blake came to PTCC in August 2013 and started working with the Disability Services Office right from the start. The Disability Services Office has “helped me to know that here is someone to talk to when I really need someone to talk about what I’m dealing with, like homework and tests, and how to direct me to places where I can receive the proper accommodations,” explained Blake.
Blake’s hard work paid off, and she made it on the fall 2014 dean’s list for her first time. “I’ve never achieved anything like this before,” she exclaimed when she found out about her success. As she reflects back on her time here at PTCC, Blake has rightfully become quite proud of herself. “My greatest accomplishment here at Pine Technical and Community College has been being able to move forward in my life and do something in my life that I never thought I could do, or would do. And here I am doing it and almost ready to graduate,” she said.
I relate this story because it illustrates one of the many powerful ways that Pine Technical and Community College provides opportunities for all Minnesotans to create a better future for themselves, for their families and for their communities. This particular example was possible because of the outstanding work of our dedicated faculty and staff, but also because we had the resources to make it happen. We made an investment, and it paid off.
The legislative session has just six weeks until completion. Legislators are considering many important investments, among them funding for Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, which of course includes PTCC. Maybe you’ve heard about our funding request and maybe you’ve been wondering what it’s for and why it’s so important. If that’s the case, here’s what you need to know.
Our colleges and universities have two primary sources of funding: tuition from students and appropriations from the state of Minnesota. Thanks to the legislature and Governor Dayton, we have frozen tuition for the last two years, making college a lot more affordable for students in East Central Minnesota. With the exception of a funding increase last session, over the past fifteen years, state support for higher education has been on a steep decline. Since 1999, Minnesota has cut funding by 53 percent. We used to lead the nation when it came to supporting our state colleges and universities, but now we lag far behind. Once we were 21 percent above the national average, and now we’re 20 percent below. It has become increasingly difficult to offer opportunities like [the story described in the introduction].
Our ability to offer these opportunities has never been more important. Within five years, fully 74 percent of the jobs in Minnesota will require some postsecondary credentials. At a time when the demographics of the state are such that 70 percent of our growth will come from underserved populations, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities is the only resource able to respond: our colleges and universities serve more first-generation students, more students of color and American Indian students, more low-income students and more veterans than all of Minnesota’s other higher education options – combined.
Counties in our region have traditionally had the lowest rates of college degree attainment in the state. In an effort to change that, Pine Technical and Community College has redefined our mission to be a more fully comprehensive college. We provide opportunities for our young people to start their four-year degree close to home through the Associate of Arts degree, making college education more affordable and providing new opportunities.
So as you hear about all the many investments being considered this legislative session, I hope you will keep higher education in mind. Making access to college possible for all Minnesotans, meeting the future workforce needs of Minnesota, and protecting our ability to deliver programs to make that happen – these are all things worthy of our investment.
Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Pine Technical and Community College is pleased to announce Sara Jensen is one of 20 MnSCU students to receive the Mark M. Welter World Citizen Award.
Thanks to Dr. Welter’s generous donation to our colleges and universities, the following twenty students have been selected to receive $500 Mark M. Welter World Citizen Awards for the spring 2014-2015 academic year. Awards can be applied to recipients’ accounts for tuition, fees and/or books.
2014-2015 Mark M Welter World Citizen Awards Recipients
1) Makdela Belai – Minneapolis Community and Technical College
2) Beatrice Magoka – Riverland Community College
3) Saami Ahmed – Minnesota State University-Mankato
4) Michele Nelson – Southeast Minnesota Technical College
5) Le T. My Pham – Inver Hills Community College
6) Abigail Bak – Northland Community and Technical College
7) Haley Bloomquist – Mesabi Range College
8) Pheng Xiong – North Hennepin Community College
9) Daniel Bennett – St. Cloud State University
10) Amber Page – Minnesota State Community & Technical College-Moorhead
11) Lawonda Henderson – Saint Paul College
12) Cecilia Pompeo – Normandale Community College
13) Erick Taft – Metropolitan State University
14) Corey Culver – Century College
15) Sara Jensen – Pine Technical and Community College
16) Belinda Kotulski – Dakota County Technical College
17) Natasha Dusek – Vermilion Community College
18) Scott Cowan – Minnesota West Community and Technical College
19) Talia Fluth – Anoka-Ramsey Community College
20) Christine Perno – Rochester Community and Technical College
The Beta Kappa Rho Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society at Pine Technical & Community College recently inducted new members. Establish in 1918, Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society recognizes and encourages the academic achievement of two-year college students. Those inducted in the March 30 ceremony include, front row, from left, Nicole Miller, Jeneane Klemann, Jena Coyour, Bethany Floding, Michael Filler, Mitchell Beckwith and Kasson Larson. PTK officers and advisor in the back row are Carrie Moffet, Robyn Miche and Tony Mueller. New inductees Charity Felde, Shelly Ketchmark and Vanessa Koski are not pictured.
Wednesday, December 24, 2014
Funds provided for Bridging the Dream ScholarshipsPine Technical & Community College Foundation’s Bridging the Dream scholarship program will be able to help a few more students achieve their educational and career goals, thanks to a grant from the Onan Family Foundation. The Onan Family Foundation recently award an $8,000 grant to provide "Bridging the Dream Scholarships" to qualified students attending PTCC. The Onan Family Foundation has indicated to the college that they intend for the grant to be ongoing.
The Onan Family Foundation is based in Minneapolis and supports nonprofit and community organizations through grants. Its founder, David W. Onan, was a man who never shied from hard work and felt the need to give back to the community that had always supported him and his business endeavors. His grandson David W. Onan II, now a trustee of the organization, said the Onan Family Foundation had often supported colleges in the past, mostly liberal arts schools. The trustees of the Foundation sought an opportunity to support technical education.
“The family started as tradesmen, and we want to support the trades of any kind – all the things that put people to work. We need people with hands-on skills,” said Onan. “What [PTCC] does is an ideal fit.”
Onan explained that by supporting the trades, the Onan Family Foundation can also help foster entrepreneurism and the regional economy. His daughter, Karen Onan Amundson, was excited for the opportunity to support a college she felt she had an affiliation to.
“The trustees are giving to the organizations that we feel strongly for. We’re feeling a connection to those that we’re giving to. With what Pine Tech does, it supports the community,” Amundson said. “And I think a lot of the folks that go there have a thought to start their own business. That’s something my great-grandfather would have been proud to support.”
“We are indebted to David Onan and the Onan Family Foundation for their great generosity. This partnership will ultimately benefit a great number of students, enabling them to attend college and gain the benefits that technology education can provide,” said PTCC President Robert Musgrove. “In some cases, a scholarship can mean the difference between going to college or putting those dreams on hold. Our graduates go on to be some of the very finest entrepreneurs, healthcare professionals, business leaders and tradesmen that our community relies on. And we’re proud to help them achieve their goals with the generous gift from the Onan Family Foundation.”
Each year, scholarship recipients share a similar story: Bridging the Dream Scholarships have made a difference in their lives.
“I would not have been financially prepared to go back to college if it wasn’t for the Bridging the Dream Scholarship,” said Nicholas Seeger, a 2013 scholarship recipient.
“Receiving this scholarship played a key role in helping to achieve my educational dreams,” affirmed 2012 scholarship recipient, Jamie Anderson.
“We are a small foundation, and we do things in small ways,” said Onan.
The Onan family tradition of helping the community dates back to the 1930s, when David W. Onan became the president of Optimist International and began volunteer work building a boys’ camp. Helping to improve the lives of children was always close to D. W. Onan’s heart, and became the impetus for the Onan Family Foundation. Today, the Onan Family Foundation has provided more than $10 million in grant funds to various nonprofit, arts and education organizations throughout the region.
For more information on the Onan Family Foundation, go to http://www.onanfamily.org/. To learn more about the Pine Technical & Community College Foundation, or to contribute to scholarship funds, go to http://www.pine.edu/partners/ptcc-foundation/.
Tuesday, December 2, 2014
2014 Phi Theta Kappa members inducted
Congratulations to the members of Phi Theta Kappa, who were inducted at a December 1 ceremony. From left are: Chapter President Robyn Miche, Betty Dockham, Ciara Hill, Karissa Hill, Sara Jensen, Jenna Michel, Nick Seeger and Chapter Advisor Tony Mueller.
Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society recognizes and encourages scholarship among two-year college students. PTK is the largest honor society in American higher education, with more than 200,000 students each year. To learn more about the PTCC chapter, visit our website.