Continuing Education

Manufacturing Showcase coming Oct. 9 to DCTC

Bridging the Skills Gap

In surveys, listening sessions and meetings, manufacturers throughout Minnesota have expressed their concern about the skilled worker shortage and its impact on their global competitiveness. Finding enough skilled workers is your greatest challenge.

MnSCU understands this challenge. You need a qualified and trained workforce. We have been working to develop innovative solutions to address the skilled worker shortage.

Join us on October 9th as we discuss the State of Manufacturing in Minnesota, and share solutions for your workforce challenges.


7:15-7:30 Breakfast and Networking

7:30-8:15 State of Manufacturing in Minnesota with Bob Kill, Enterprise Minnesota

8:15-8:25 South of the River Training Solutions with Pat McQuillan, Center for Professional and Workforce Development

8:25-8:30 Delivering Consistent Training Across Your Entire Footprint with Sue Mueller, Global Corporate College

8:30 Campus Facilities Tour



For more information, contact:
  • Marlo Miller
    Training Coordinator,  Manufacturing and Technology

Soldering training for employment begins Sept. 4

IPC Certification Can Lead to Better Job Opportunities

Our “skills-intensive” hand soldering courses are designed to put emphasis on accelerated skill development. DCTC offers a state of the art soldering laboratory.

The introductory course, starting September 4, is appropriate for those who want to learn soldering skills and those planning to go on to earn IPC certification. The A-610 certification course, starting September 26, prepares participants to inspect electronic assemblies.  The J-STD IPC certification course, starting October 18, prepares students to meet manufacturing industry requirements for high quality soldering interconnections.

Classes are Thursday and Friday evenings 5:30-9:30 and Saturday 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Register online or call Lea Schendel at 651-423-8279.

For more information about the Soldering Program, contact:
  • Marlo Miller
    Training Coordinator,  Manufacturing and Technology

Customized Training E-Newsletters


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For more information regarding our courses, please visit our website at

Amy Evanson
CT Information Systems Coordinator

New Courses Planned for Fall

What’s New in Customized Training and Continuing Education


The summer has brought many new courses and training opportunities offered by DCTC. New Online Professional Series and Importing 101 had their first classes run, just to name a few. Many new courses are on the horizon for fall as well as many corporate and customized training offerings. Check out our website for information regarding all of our new opportunities!

Amy Evanson
CT Information Systems Coordinator


DCTC Basic Motorcycle Maintenance Course

Basic Motorcycle Maintenance Course

This hands-on, 4-hour course is designed for new riders or people who want to learn basic motorcycle maintenance. Learn how to do a pre-ride inspection, preventative maintenance, repairs on the road and winterization. To ride safely, riders should know their bikes as well as the rules of the road.

Course Information

Date: Tuesday, August 27

Time: 6 – 10 p.m.

Location: Dakota County Technical College Public Safety Training Building (located on the north side of County Road 42 across the road from the main campus building)

Cost: $65

Register now, online or call Gretchen Strehle at 651-423-8224.

For more information, contact:

Jim Unger


To learn more about DCTC’s motorcycle course offerings, visit our Motorcycle Safety page.