Students at NHCC+ standing next to their research poster

NHCC was busy this spring, with many exciting events happening on-campus! Catch up on the Xperience Project, Antigone, NHCC+, our Spring Open House, Business Career Fair, Student Art Show and more in the link below! 

Corbin Hunter Hosts Stages of Equity Hip Hop Workshop at NHCC
On March 19th, NHCC welcomed former backup dancer for Beyonce and Brooklyn Park native, Corbin Hunter (daughter of Tracii Hunter, NHCC’s Interim Director of Advising) back to campus to share her dance moves with the group. Corbin's energy was infectious, her workshop was a blast and attendees enjoyed getting a taste of the "LA Dance Experience." Parts of the workshop were filmed and you may watch the video clips here and here

a video screenshot of Corbin Hunters hip hop dance workshop in the NHCC theater

Creativity Shines at the NHCC Student Art & Design Show 
On March 21, we held the opening reception in the gallery for the NHCC Student Art & Design Show. Snapshots of featured art from the gallery were shared at this link. For 24 years, NHCC students have entered their work into our annual Student Art & Design Show. Guests were invited to stop by the Joseph Gazzuolo Art Gallery at NHCC to view the paintings, illustrations, ceramics, photos, designed posters, and more! Kudos to our incredibly talented and creative NHCC students!

2024 NHCC Student Art Show pieces

The TU Dance Company Visits Campus to Share CUL·TI·VATE Program 
On March 22nd, we hosted TU Dance at NHCC. The 10-member, professional company is acclaimed for its diverse, contemporary and versatile artists, and performing work that draws together modern dance, classical ballet, African-based and urban vernacular movements. This dynamic performance was complete with "Art Eats:" pre-show small bites by locally-owned restaurants and a post-show discussion with the dancers, led by NHCC faculty. 

Tu Dance performers on stage with Irma for Q&A panel

Our Annual Business Career Fair Takes Place at NHCC
On March 27th, we held our annual Business Career Fair in the Grand Hall. Event organizer, Karen Philbin commented on the turn out, "Despite the difficult travel conditions, I am pleased to confirm that 32 of our 36 employers were able to participate in the Business Career Fair. There was a lot of energy in the room and employers reported back that they enjoyed meeting with students and have follow ups planned with them. We are especially grateful for faculty who took the time to bring their classes to the event. Both students and faculty were able to network with organizations for leads on immediate and future job openings, internships, and opportunities for collaboration. A few employers expressed interest in partnering with us for the upcoming Xperience Project Internship Fair (that provides paid summer internship opportunities to students). While we don’t require students to check in for the event, we believe we had somewhere in the region of 120 students in attendance.”

Inside the Grand Hall at the 2024 Business Career Fair

Salsa del Soul Joins Stages of Equity Arts Festival to Perform Caribbean Dance Music 
On April 5th, local music ensemble, Salsa del Soul performed various styles of dance music from Spanish-speaking regions of the Caribbean. Thanks to Salsa del Soul for making us dance with their tropical tunes! We wrapped up our 2024 Stages of Equity Arts Festival in the best way possible!

Dancing on the stage

An Open House Recap
On April 11, NHCC invited students, families and community members alike to campus for our Open House! Reflecting on the event, Madi Chuba, our Director of Admissions & Testing added, 

"We'd like to thank everyone on campus who participated in Open House! This is our largest new student recruitment event each year and we cannot do it without you! This event was successful due to the participation of: faculty, staff, Marketing, Plant Services, Public Safety, IT, University Center partners, Central Services, honors students and countless volunteers.
Over 330 total guests were welcomed onto campus for our Open House this year! More than 150 individual prospective students checked into the event with their family and friends. 
26% of students also applied to NHCC on the spot for summer, or fall semester!
This year's Open House was NHCC’s largest attended recruitment event since 2019 (in terms of both faculty and staff representation) as well as student attendance. Kudos to everyone who showed up to represent NHCC! We hope to continue this increase next year! 
Save the Date- Open House April 10, 2025 😊
Also, a big thank you goes out to Ava Conner, our NHCC Admissions Communication and Events Coordinator! Thanks to her planning, coordinating and leadership, we were able to put on this important college event!”

Outside of the Grand Hall at Open House

A Baker's Dozen Internships Filled By NHCC Candidates 
After months of preparation, on April 16, 2024, 16 Metro Area employers and 24 NHCC students convened in the CBT Grand Hall for the ninth annual Xperience Project Interview Fair. Between 9am and 5pm, participants met, interviewed and determined whether they'd like to spend a summer internship together.

Organized by the Workforce Innovation & Experiential Learning (WIEL) Center, 
Career Pathways Advisor Gina Schmidt is pleased to report the matchmaking outcome 

  • Nine employers selected 12 students to fill 13 internship roles 
  • Students will apply their Associate degrees in the areas of Graphic Design (4), Marketing (3), Computer Science (2), Bookkeeping (2), Business Administration (1) & Event Coordination (1) 
  • Industries represented by employers include small business, community and neighborhood development centers (3); association management (2); web and design consultancies (2); package design and printing (2) 

The tuition-based internships run 50-150 hours or longer, and students earn course credits for the experience. Faculty advisors are available to students and employers throughout the summer.

We'll wait to see if any internships convert into full-time positions — several have in the past!

a photo of a student being interviewed in the Grand Hall

NHCC Presents: Antigone
From April 17th to April 20th, the NHCC Department of Theatre held their Spring Production of Antigone. A short video clip highlighting this production can be found here and photos from the final dress rehearsal can be found here

photo from Antigone dress rehearsal in the theatre

Getting Together for an End of the Year Celebration 
On April 22nd, the Campus Inclusive Culture Group and the Fun Team hosted a one-of-a-kind event complete with: Games, Prizes, Food, Babe the Blue Ox, Cotton Candy AND MORE! The local band, Unattractive Giant Monster (featuring NHCC's own Brandon Hepola) served as the special courtyard musical guests for the event. 

Lisa and Kelly in the Campus Center smiling
Brandon H's band outside of the Campus Center

What a fun day!

Staff and faculty sitting together in the Campus Center
Faculty and staff sitting together

We loved seeing everyone connect in the Campus Center!

staff and faculty sitting and chatting together
NHCC staff, Marquis smiles in the Campus Center

Wish we could have cotton candy in the Campus Center everyday! 

Julio makes cotton candy

Thanks for coming out to enjoy the day with us! 

faculty, staff and administrators smiling at a picnic table together outside

Our 3rd Annual NHCC+ Event Showcases Scholarly Work
On April 24th and 25th, we hosted our 3rd Annual NHCC+ event in the CBT Grand Hall! This event gives students an opportunity to highlight their innovation in scholarship and performance. With scheduled presentations, special guest speakers, student-shared research on display, alumni visits and live musical performances...there was something for everyone! View event photos, here

a photo of students presenting their research posters at the NHCC+ event in the Grand Hall

Highlighting our Recent Vocal Ensemble Concert
On April 26th, the community was invited to join NHCC's Vocal Ensemble for “Celestial: Exploring the Spaces Above,” a concert questioning what hangs and wings above us all. Featuring heavenly and soaring music by Andre Thomas, The Beatles, Beethoven, Tracy Wong, ELO, Ruth Thomas Gray, and more! This concert is brought to you by the North Hennepin Community College Choral and Vocal Departments, Gary Ruschman, Director of Choirs|Voice Performance and piano faculty, Drs. Heather MacLaughlin and Kevin Hobbs.

a photo of the NHCC choir singing on stage

North Hennepin Community College Hosts Author Conversations
On April 30th, NHCC was honored to host NY Times bestselling author Cathy Park Hong as she discusses her book Minor Feelings: An Asian-American Reckoning with local authors Su Hwang and Sun Yung Shin for an Author Conversations event in the Grand Hall. Event organizer Kelly Lundquist added, "The event was fantastic. We got tons of positive feedback. The conversation was fabulous. The room was packed. And the recording already has over 100 views!"

Cathy Park Hong author event
a group photo from the Cathy Park Hong author conversation event

We look forward to more exciting events popping up on-campus in the fall!

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