Teens eXperiencing Technical Education • Begins July 28, 2014


Dakota County Technical College is hosting the 4th annual Teens eXperiencing Technical Education workshop event July 28 through Aug. 1, 2014, on the college’s main campus in Rosemount, Minn.

TXT2014 gives teenaged girls the chance to experience fun, hands-on, get-dirty workshops that highlight technical education and career opportunities in technical fields,” said Linda Foster, DCTC instructional technology director as well as the creator and organizer of TXT. “About two hundred girls will explore programs in the Business & Management, Design & Technology, Health & Human Services, Industry Careers and Transportation departments at the college.”

TXT2013WHAT: TXT2014
Teens eXperiencing Technical Education

WHEN: Monday, July 28 – Friday, Aug. 1, 2014
9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Dakota County Technical College
1300 145th Street East
Rosemount, MN 55068

WHO: Girls grades 5–7 as of fall 2014
(Maximum number of participants: 200)

COST: $50
(Scholarships available)

TXT2013 gallery

For more photos, visit TXT2013 on Facebook.

For more information about TXT2014, contact:
  • Linda Foster
    Instructional Technology Director

C4 Learn and Lead Lab

Goodwill/Easter Seals Minnesota, IHCC and DCTC present Goodwill Industries International, Inc., and AACC  Community College/Career Collaboration event

C4 Learn and Lead Lab

Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota, Inver Hills Community College and Dakota County Technical College are presenting a C4 Learn and Lead Lab July 16 and 17, 2014, at the Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota main office in St. Paul, Minn., and the IHCC main campus in Inver Grove Heights, Minn. C4 stands for Community College/Career Collaboration and represents an initiative launched by the American Association of Community Colleges, Goodwill Industries International, Inc., the Aspen Institute, Jobs for the Future, and three pilot local community college/Goodwill partnerships.

WHAT: C4 Learn and Lead Lab


Speakers at the C4 Learn and Lead Lab include:

  • Michael Wirth-Davis, D.P.A.
    • Goodwill/Easter Seals Minnesota President and CEO
  • Mary Moorhouse
    • AACC C4 Program Manager
  • Ann T. Deiman-Thornton
    • IHCC Dean of Humanities & Fine Arts
  • Chad Sheets
    • DCTC Interim Dean of Transportation and Industry
  • Mary Rothchild
    • MnSCU Senior System Director
About the C4 initiative

The Community College/Career Collaboration (C4) is an initiative launched in 2009 by the American Association of Community Colleges, Goodwill Industries International, Inc., the Aspen Institute, Jobs for the Future, and three pilot local community college/Goodwill partnerships with successful, replicable models of collaboration. The project’s purpose is to increase college and career success for low-income adults through documenting, promoting and replicating these models throughout the Goodwill and community college networks.

The C4 initiative equips community colleges and Goodwills to build on existing relationships, extract effective practice, and replicate model components to increase the number of individuals accessing and completing labor market-relevant credentialing programs offered by community colleges. — Courtesy of the AACC website

For details about activities at the C4 Learn and Lead Lab, consult the FULL AGENDA.

For more information about the C4 Learn and Lead Lab at DCTC, contact:
  • Gayle Larson
    Dean of Technology, Business and General Education

Minnesota United Practices at Ames Soccer Complex

NASL soccer visits DCTC

Minnesota United

Players from Minnesota United FC practiced at the Ames Soccer Complex on the main campus of Dakota County Technical College in Rosemount, Minn., July 9, 2014. Ames is the home field of Blue Knights men and women’s soccer.

As the NSC Minnesota Stars, United won the 2011 Soccer Bowl in the North American Soccer League‘s inaugural year, defeating the Fort Lauderdale Strikers in the NASL Championship Series. The team was rebranded Minnesota United FC in 2013 and are nicknamed the Loons.

Loon links

Pro soccer at Ames

For more information about NJCAA athletics and men’s soccer at DCTC, visit GoBlueKnights.com, or contact:
  • Cam Stoltz
    Athletic Coordinator
    Men’s Soccer Head Coach
For more information about Blue Knights women’s soccer at DCTC, contact:

Former Blue Knight Drafted by Orioles

Pitcher Lucas Long signs with MLB team

Lucas Long

Lucas Long, a former pitcher for the Blue Knights baseball team at Dakota County Technical College, was selected in the 24th round of the Major League Baseball draft by the Baltimore Orioles. Long was a junior at the University of San Diego and pitched one season for the Toreros, posting a 4–3 record with a 2.41 ERA in 20 appearances and eight starts. He pitched 71 innings, striking out 62 batters. He was one of seven Toreros selected in the MLB draft.

Luca Long

lucas-long4As a sophomore at DCTC during the 2012–2013 season, Long, a 6-0 right-hander from Minneapolis, Minn., made the NJCAA All-Region Region 13 team. The Blue Knights finished the season one game away from going to the NJCAA DII World Series. Long joined the Knights after a freshman campaign at the University of Arizona the year the Wildcats won the 2012 College World Series. He played high school ball at the Academy of Holy Angels in Richfield, Minn.

“Lucas reported to Florida for an Orioles mini-camp and assignment to a minor league team,” said Trent Seaman, DCTC head baseball coach. “He received a signing bonus and funds for school. We wish him the best of luck in his pro career.”

For more information about Blue Knights baseball at DCTC, contact:

DCTC Partnering on Minnesota FastTRAC Grant

Goodwill-Easter Seals/Transportation Career Pathways to provide training and internships for under-skilled adults in Dakota and Scott counties

Goodwill-Easter Seals/Transportation Career Pathways

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) has awarded $1.45 million to 18 adult career pathways projects in the state under the Minnesota FastTRAC initiative to help train and place 707 workers statewide.

As part of the Minnesota FastTRAC initiative, Dakota County Technical College is partnering on an $83,043 Goodwill-Easter Seals/Transportation Career Pathways grant. Thanks to the grant, 24 under-skilled adults in Dakota and Scott counties will build foundational skills while completing basic electrical and brakes coursework and an internship. Five college credits will go toward earning an Automotive Maintenance and Light Repair 18-credit certificate.

Anne S. Johnson, M.B.A., interim associate vice president of strategic initiatives at Dakota County Technical College and Inver Hills Community College, noted that the FastTRAC grant will enhance academic programming and support for underserved populations in two counties served by the Dakota-Scott Workforce Investment Board.

“The partnership with Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota, Cedar Valley Learning Center, and the various automotive industry partners will help strengthen the local economy by putting citizens to work,” Johnson said. “Goodwill-Easter Seals is the fiscal agent on the grant and is also providing a career navigator. The grant will allow for credential stacking and upward mobility in the industry. The partnership is exciting and includes known best practices in helping the underserved obtain academic and employment success.”

Minnesota-FastTRAC1DCTC Interim Dean of Transportation and Industry Chad Sheets added that the Automotive Maintenance and Light Repair certificate is a high-demand credential. “We are hearing from industry all the time that MLR is a hard area to fill,” Sheets said. “The college is addressing that ongoing demand while helping individuals get the education they need to be work-ready.”

Eric Lind, Adult Basic Education (ABE) manager at the Cedar Valley Learning Center in Apple Valley, Minn., reported that Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan ABE is excited to be a partner on the grant.

“The role of ABE is to provide co-instruction with DCTC in three courses—Intro to Automotive Maintenance Bridge, Basic Electrical, and Brakes,” Lind said. “In the Intro to Automotive Maintenance Bridge course, a licensed ABE teacher will help students develop their academic and college readiness skills as the students are introduced to automotive maintenance concepts and equipment. In the Basic Electrical and Brakes courses, the ABE teacher will provide students additional support and instruction in the academic skills needed to succeed in these courses.”

Goodwill-Easter Seals/Transportation Career Pathways partners

Workforce development partners

  • Dakota-Scott Workforce Investment Board
  • Labor Standards and Apprenticeship Division of the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry

Community-based organization partner

  • Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota

Education partners

  • Rosemount/Eagan/Apple Valley Adult Basic Education
  • SouthWest Metro Adult Basic Education
  • Dakota County Technical College

Employer partners

  • Mauer Chevrolet
  • Cox Motors
  • Osceola Auto Sales & Service
  • Eppen’s Auto Service
  • Luther Automotive Group
  • Apple Valley Car Clinic
  • Inver Grove Toyota
  • Merit Chevrolet
About Minnesota FastTRAC

Minnesota FastTRAC’s approach integrates basic skills and career training in high-demand fields, meeting business needs and ensuring that students find jobs with a pathway to future employment. The collaborative effort seeks to make Minnesota more competitive by helping low-skill and low-income adults succeed in the workplace.

Minnesota FastTRAC is a partnership including the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, Minnesota Department of Education – Adult Basic Education, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, and the Minnesota Department of Human Services. Minnesota FastTRAC partners form a professional learning community, building the capacity of educators and workforce development providers across the state to align service and deliver effective programming for high barrier populations. — Courtesy of the DEED website

Becky Brink Ray, director of employment training and education at Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota, pointed out the importance of career navigation in the training process. “The Goodwill-Easter Seals career navigator will be involved with students throughout Bridge, Integrated Class and continued AMLR Certificate coursework as well as the employer internship, ensuring that students are connected to critical resources on campus and addressing non‐academic needs,” Ray said. “Career navigation services are designed to support students on an individual basis, and the level of contact between each student varies, particularly as people become increasingly successful balancing academic and personal life and as their comfort increases with established campus services.”

For more information about the Goodwill-Easter Seals/Transportation Career Pathways grant, contact:
  • Chad Sheets
    Interim Dean of Transportation and Industry
    Dakota County Technical College