“I was extremely nervous going back to school at the age of 38. Some people said it was a waste of time. Others said I wouldn’t make it. I worried the professors wouldn’t be understanding. Boy, was I wrong!
“I chose to attend MPTC for two reasons. First, the nursing program ranks number 2 in the state. Second, I absolutely love their focus on the core value of student success, which is amazing. Everyone from faculty to staff to advisors offers support and resources and genuinely cares about student success.”
As a young student, it might be hard to envision college and what it may look like, but Moraine Park is working hard to make it possible for students to get a jump start on their college education.
Chris Rowe, a May 2018 graduate of Moraine Park Technical College, enrolled in the Introduction to Mass Communication course and was not entirely sure what to expect.
The Introduction to Mass Communication course at Moraine Park explores communication in media and media literacy by providing insight into the important issues that confront students as consumers and purveyors of mass media within the workforce and in society. The mass media revolution, including media technologies, the evolution of media content and platforms, including new media, the impact of media communications on business and society as a whole, media bias, and media law and ethics provide the focus for this course.
“I learned that Mass Communication is more complicated than I thought,” said Rowe. “In an ideal world, mass media companies should strive for excellence, honesty, and the betterment of the people they supply the information to on a daily basis, however, this is not always the case.”
Students who take this course learn that the freedom we enjoy does not prevent the spread of misinformation. Different types of media can contradict or leave information out to affect individuals’ beliefs and opinions.
“While taking part in this class, I really enjoyed considering some of the history and evolution of mass media, such as news, music, and film,” said Rowe. “It also was significant to learn about the impact the media has on our society and how we think and feel collectively, as well as individually. The pervasive role that media plays can be not only detrimental but also at times positive. I highly recommend this class with Dr. Rebecca Leichtfuss so that individuals understand the role and influence that media has on our free society.”
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Moraine Park Technical College held its 26th annual GED/HSED graduation ceremony on June 7. For the 2017-18 school year, 141 students received their General Education Development (GED) and High School Equivalency Diploma (HSED) certificates.
This year, Moraine Park participated in a study abroad opportunity with other technical colleges to send students to Ireland for 2 weeks. Our partner college in Ireland is the Waterford Institute of Technology and we work with them to expand students’ knowledge of business and explore issues from a global perspective. During this study abroad course, students participated in classes with Irish instructors and attend business tours while being immersed in another culture.