Minneapolis Community and Technical
College (MCTC) is a community and technical college located in Minneapolis,
Minnesota. The college is located near Loring Park and serves over 12,000 students annually.
is a part of the Minnesota State
Colleges and Universities System
MCTC was formed in February 1996 by the merger of Minneapolis
Technical College and Minneapolis Community College following the
July 1995 creation of MnSCU. 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. 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.
Minneapolis Technical College
was founded as the
Minneapolis Technical Institute, later the Minneapolis Area
Vocational Technical Institute.
In 2003, MCTC acquired adjacent land that previously belonged to
the Billy Graham
's former Minneapolis headquarters. In
Fall 2008, MCTC opened a new Management Education Center and
Science building on this property.
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.
The Technical Building on the
MCTC/Metro State campus as seen from Loring Park
MCTC offers programs in the following fields: aviation, apparel
technologies, criminal law, health, western clinical herbalism,
business, law enforcement, manufacturing and applied technology,
graphic design visual communications, cinema, human services and
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 elsewhere in
MCTC competes 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.