Continuing Education

Railroad Conductor Program Featured on Kare 11

Demand for conductors rising nationwide

Following story courtesy of KARE 11

“Rosemount college answers demand for train conductors”

Railroad Conductor Training class

ROSEMOUNT, Minn. — As the railroads take a more prominent role in the nation’s economy, the demand for conductors is on the rise.

And Dakota County Technical College in Rosemount is uniquely positioned to answer the call with its conductor training course, providing hands-on experience for people in pursuit of those jobs.

“Just like with driving a car there’s a driving manual. Operating trains there’s an operating manual,” instructor Don Spano told KARE.

“Everything that is done with regards to trains is done under the guidelines of safety procedures and protocol,”

The railroad veteran has been teaching the course since 2005, but classes fill up fast because railroads have a lot of vacancies to fill. And, while the rail lines do their own training, graduates of the DCTC course are on the fast track to employment.

“The railroads see an individual who has demonstrated a willingness to learn, meet the standards for hiring and pay for their own education,” Spano explained. (Read more…)

Railroad Conductor Training class

For more information, contact:
  • Larry Lewis
    Training Coordinator,  Railroad Conductor Program
    651-423-8276

Earn Your Green Belt!

Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Training starts December 8

Our program offers a full range of training through lecture, hands-on-exercises, simulations, and case studies. The 5-day course is best for those who wish to develop their ability to actively participate in process improvement efforts using Lean Six Sigma Tools. On completion of this course, you will be awarded certification as a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt and be eligible for four Continuing Education Units.

  • Fee: $3,000
  • Dates: Monday-Friday, Dec. 8 – Dec. 12, 2014
  • Times: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Location: Burnsville Workforce Center
  • Click here to register
For more information, contact:
  • Kathy Carlson
    Training Coordinator,  Business and Leadership
    651-423-8549

Three big trends that could shape the future of high-tech manufacturing

Working with 2-year colleges seen as essential to the new advanced manufacturing economy

Check out this excellent article in The Atlantic, “Made in America, Again.”

From the article: The list of ingredients that GE’s David Joyce sees as favorable to advanced manufacturing begins with a different kind of proximity: he wants each factory to be near both a research university and, ideally, a community college that can prepare people for high-skill, high-wage work.

Read more here.

Learn about the Manufacturing Showcase, coming to DCTC October 9.

For more information, contact:
  • Marlo Miller
    Training Coordinator,  Manufacturing and Technology
    651-423-8612

DCTC, MnSCU Group Awarded $15 Million Grant

3,000+ students and numerous manufacturers will benefit

The Minnesota Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (MNAMP) has been selected to receive a $15 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor for advanced manufacturing education throughout Minnesota.

MNAMP is a state-wide Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) consortium that includes Dakota County Technical College. The consortium, which includes 12 MnSCU colleges and a Center of Excellence, is led by South Central College who applied for the grant on behalf of MNAMP and will be administering the grant’s
execution.

The MNAMP consortium was created to help close the “skills gap” in the state by implementing a structure for advanced manufacturing education that emphasizes a standardized core curriculum, along with employer-driven apprenticeships and cooperative education opportunities. The grant project focuses on the fields of mechatronics, machining and welding. Participants will be able to earn stackable, portable industry-recognized credentials (certificates, diplomas, degrees), while simultaneously working in the industry. They will also be able to enter academic programs at multiple points based on assessment results that match individual skills.

The grant targets unemployed, underemployed and dislocated workers; incumbent workers; and other adult learners and underrepresented groups. Traditional students are also eligible. The program is expected to benefit more than 3,000 students and hundreds of manufacturing companies throughout Minnesota. Many Minnesota manufacturers, industry and workforce organizations have stepped up to partner with these colleges.

Read more here.

Learn about the Manufacturing Showcase, coming to DCTC October 9.

For more information, contact:
  • Marlo Miller
    Training Coordinator,  Manufacturing and Technology
    651-423-8612

Siemens promotes apprenticeships to train skilled workers

Apprenticeships are proven to work. Why don’t we use them?

Siemens has sponsored an outstanding article on The Atlantic, outlining the benefits of apprenticeship programs.

According to the article: Around the world, especially in Europe, apprenticeships are a mainstream, practical alternative to the four-year college track that still dominates the traditional American career path—even when that path has proven not to work for everyone.

Read more at this link.

Learn about the Manufacturing Showcase, coming to DCTC October 9.

For more information, contact:
  • Marlo Miller
    Training Coordinator,  Manufacturing and Technology
    651-423-8612