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14
Apr

Mankato Technical Institute Became Mankato Technical College

Posted on in Remember When?

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On August 1, 1989 officially the name changed for all of the state’s post-secondary vocational schools from Minnesota’s technical institutes to technical colleges.

The college unveiled its new sign at a ceremony recognizing the name change. “The name change is a positive step in student’s eyes,” said Monica Pinske, President of the Mankato Technical College Student Senate. “The name ‘institute’ always had negative overtones.” At the ceremony it was stated the main reason for the name change is to “enhance the competitiveness of our graduates,” said Joe Graba, Director of Vocational Education. “Without this change, our graduates are at a disadvantage when going into the job market with an ‘institution’ diploma instead of a ‘college’ diploma.”

Those in front of the sign are Joe Graba, Director of Vocational Education; Monica Pinske, Student Senate President; Representative Sal Frederick and President John Votca.

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