Dakota County Technical College
|Motto||"Real Education. Real Results."|
|Type||Public, two-year technical college|
|President||Interim President Tim Wynes, J.D. - a new president is expected to be appointed in early 2014|
|80 full-time instructors; 100 adjunct|
|Students||3,000 full-time and part-time credit students per semester; 6,000 customized training students per year|
|Location||Rosemount, Minnesota, United States
|Campus||Rosemount, Minn. campus: Rural;
108 acres (44 ha) owned;
105 acres (42 ha) leased
|Colors||Blue & Black|
Located in Dakota County inside the Minneapolis/St. Paul metropolitan area, Dakota County Technical College (DCTC) is a public, two-year technical college with a main campus in Rosemount, Minnesota, plus additional sites in Eagan and Apple Valley. DCTC belongs to the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System and is one of five stand-alone technical colleges in the state.
History and governance
Approved by the 1969 Minnesota State Legislature, Dakota County Technical College started in 1970 with 50 students in three programs. The college's permanent site was a research farm formerly owned and operated by the University of Minnesota. The 185,000-square-foot (17,200 m2) main building opened in 1973, offering 30 academic programs to nearly 700 students.
At the state level, the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System Board of Trustees serves as the college's governing authority. In 2011, a team of consultant/evaluators from the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (NCA-CIHE) recommended that DCTC receive 10-year re-accreditation without conditions. This is the highest recommendation the college can receive.
The college has had two presidents in its history. David L. Schroeder served from 1970-1999. Ronald E. Thomas, Ph. D., was DCTC's president from 1999-2013. DCTC is currently being led by an interim president, Tim Wynes, J.D., who is also the current president at Inver Hills Community College. The appointment of a new president is expected sometime in early 2014.
The DCTC main campus is located on the outskirts of Rosemount, Minn., a city of 14,660 about 14 miles (23 km) south of St. Paul, the capital of Minnesota. The Rosemount campus houses the majority of the college's instructional programs, which are separated into seven academic departments (see below). The college is going forward with a 22-acre (8.9 ha) prairie grass and wildflower restoration project on the Rosemount campus that is designed and maintained by faculty and students in the Landscape Horticulture program.
DCTC also delivers 10 programs of study in the Business and Management department at the Partners in Higher Education building in Apple Valley Minn., as well as Programming & Development, Microsoft Office, Microsoft Networking, Cisco Networking, Database, IT Foundations, and Web/Graphic Design courses at the IT Training Center in Eagan, Minn.
DCTC has credit transfer agreements with the following institutions:
- Argosy University
- Augsburg College
- Bemidji State University
- Capella University
- Cardinal Stritch University
- Concordia University-Saint Paul
- St. Mary's University of Minnesota
- Southwest Minnesota State University
- Metropolitan State University
- University of Phoenix
- Upper Iowa University
- St. Catherine University
- Northland Community and Technical College
- Winona State University
- United States Sports Academy
- St. Cloud State University
- Minnesota State University, Mankato
- Minnesota State University Moorhead
- University of Minnesota Crookston
- University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
- University of St. Thomas
- University of Wisconsin-River Falls
- University of Wisconsin-Stout
The college has 57 instructional programs under six academic departments:
- Business and Information Systems
- Business and Management
- Health and Human Services
- Technical Careers
- Transportation Careers
The college's General Education department offers General Education, Minnesota Transfer Curriculum and Developmental Education courses. Awards offered by DCTC include certificates, diplomas, A.S. degrees and A.A.S. degrees.
- This program prepares students for careers in the nanobiotech, nanomaterials and nanoelectronics industries. Offered through a partnership with the University of Minnesota, the program gives graduates the skills and knowledge to land jobs in companies and corporations applying nanotechnology to product development, testing, research and development, and manufacturing design.
- The National Science Foundation awarded Dakota County Technical College a $3 million grant to develop the Midwest Regional Center for Nanotechnology Education, or Nano-Link. Situated on DCTC's Rosemount campus, Nano-Link will work to create a skilled workforce of nanotechnologists to enhance economic growth in nanoscale science and technology. The center builds on the success of DCTC's pioneering Nanoscience Technology program, which was established in partnership with the University of Minnesota to prepare graduates for employment in the abundant array of industries where nanoscience applications are rapidly emerging.
- DCTC Nanoscience Technology students, working to promote nano and their program, founded a Web site called Nanostudents.com
- Featuring a quarter-mile track on campus, the Railroad Conductor Technology program offers a 15-week certificate that includes an eight-week off-campus internship with a railroad. Industry partners include:
- Instructor Bob Voss received the National Association of Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE) Faculty Member of the Year award in 2008. Associate Dean Christine Pigsley was awarded a $3,600 grant from the Coleman Foundation and Business Entrepreneur student Mary Glock won the New York Times/NACCE Student Essay Contest that same year. The program is housed at the Institute for Business, Innovation & Entrepreneurship, which serves as a resource for business education, small-business support, continuing education and customized training for the southern Twin Cities metropolitan area.
- Connected to professional organizations such as the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), International Furnishings and Design Association (IFDA), International Interior Design Association (IIDA), National Executive Women in Hospitality (NEWH) and the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA), the Interior Design program is taught by instructors with recognized industry experience.
- Landscape Horticulture is the only program of its kind in Minnesota nationally accredited by the Professional Landcare Network (PLANET). The program also works with the Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association (MNLA), allowing students more opportunities to become MNLA Certified Professionals. The program recently constructed a modern, glass-paned greenhouse with solar heating and computerized controls.
Partnering with more than 100 area businesses and industries, DCTC offers customized continuing education in a number of areas. In a typical year, more than 6,000 students are enrolled in the college's Customized Training programs. Some noteworthy training projects include:
- Business and Management
- Northwest Airlines: $263,945 grant for supervisory management training
- Amerilab Technologies: $309,411 grant for multicultural supervisory training
- IT/Computer Technology
- Prometric Training Center: DCTC's IT Training Center delivers Microsoft exams for technology vendors such as Oracle Corporation, Sun Microsystems and CompTIA
- Foldcraft: $300,000 grant for operational excellence training in manufacturing along with other instruction
- Urologix: $189,000 grant for two-pronged competency training that included pilot and train-the-trainer programs
- Public Safety
- Trained and endorsed 1,200 motorcycle riders in 2007
- Trained 600 police officers in emergency vehicle operations, basic and advanced pursuit, and P.I.T. in 2007
- Trained 200 firefighters and emergency medical technicians in emergency response driving proficiency skills in 2007
- 151 out of 153 (98.6 percent) students passed Truck Driver Training program and earned Class A Commercial Driver's License (CDL)
- Multimillion-dollar facility includes observation deck, three TDT exercise yards and an enclosed, three-mile (5 km) decision driving track
In 2008, DCTC received a $3 million grant from the National Science Foundation to develop the Midwest Regional Center for Nanotechnology Education, or Nano-Link, on the DCTC campus. Deb Newberry, the director of the college's Nanoscience Technology program, was appointed to head Nano-Link, which provides resources and support to colleges delivering nanotechnology education and research throughout a five-state region. Six two-year colleges in North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois and Michigan partnered to develop this center.
Sports programs at DCTC include:
- Head coach: Mark Obarski
- Both soccer teams compete as independents at the NJCAA Div. I level in Region 13
- All home games are played on the DCTC main campus in Rosemount, Minn., at the Ames Soccer Complex, which was constructed through a partnership between the college and the city of Rosemount with an in-kind donation from Ames Construction
- Head coach: Tom Cross
- Fastpitch softball competes as an independent at the NJCAA Div. III level in Region 13
- Head coach: TBD
- Inaugural season: Fall 2011
- Men's basketball will compete as an independent at the NJCAA Div. II level in Region 13
- Head coach: Jen Bowman
- Inaugural season: Fall 2011
- Women's volleyball will compete as an independent at the NJCAA Div. II level in Region 13
Geofrey Kalanzi: Blue Knights Soccer Star The National Junior College Athletic Association selected Geofrey Kalanzi, a former student and Blue Knights soccer standout at Dakota County Technical College, as the winner of the 2008–2009 NJCAA Lea Plarski Award. Bestowed annually by the NJCAA, the Lea Plarski Award honors the student-athlete who epitomizes sportsmanship, leadership, community service and academic excellence in conjunction with superior athletic ability and accomplishments.
DCTC has a range of student organizations and clubs under the college's Student Life umbrella. Headed by a six-member executive board, the Student Senate manages a budget that funds social activities, scholarships and charitable projects. The Multicultural Student Leadership Organization, DCTC Campus Lions Club, Phi Theta Kappa and SkillsUSA are all active on campus. In 2009, John Butenhoff, a student in the Nanoscience Technology program was named to the All-USA First Team as part of USA TODAY’s All-USA Community College Academic Team. Butenhoff served as vice president of the Phi Theta Kappa Beta Theta Tau chapter on campus.
- HLC evaluator-consultant team gives highest recommendation possible
- DCTC College Transfer Guide
- Business Entrepreneur Program Earns Three National Awards
- Experience Cubed
- Landscape Horticulture Accreditation
- Landscape Horticulture Professional Affiliations
- Ultramodern Greenhouse Goes Green on Campus
- 2007-2008 Customized Training Summary
- Dakota County Technical College Earns $3M Grant for Nano-Link