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New Volleyball Head Coach

Former player Bailey Anderson leading Blue Knights

Bailey Anderson

Bailey Anderson, a former player on the women’s volleyball team at Dakota County Technical College, is the program’s new head coach. Anderson was an outside hitter for two seasons, the team’s inaugural year, 2011–2012, and second year, 2012–2013. She is looking forward to the challenge of coaching a team coming off a disappointing 3–13 season.

“We have four players returning from last year’s squad,” Anderson said. “One of my early priorities is building team chemistry. The season ahead is going to be intense, but fun.”

DCTC volleyball competes at the NJCAA Division II level. The Blue Knights went 12–14 under Ben Stroud in the team’s first year. Anderson takes over from Jason Uller, who coached two seasons, turning in the team’s best record at 16–9, but following up with just three wins in 2013–2014.

Anderson lettered in volleyball at Eastview High School in Apple Valley, Minn. She has coached Eastview Junior Olympics volleyball at both the head and assistant levels. She is working on her A.A.S. degree in Exercise & Sport Science at DCTC with plans to eventually attend Augsburg College as a health, physical education and exercise science major. Her goal is to pursue a career as an athletic trainer.

“Volleyball has been my passion since I was seven years old,” Anderson said. “I love how the game emphasizes shifts in momentum. One play can turn everything around.”

Player spotlight

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Jordan Meyer
  • Age: 19
  • Hometown: Delano, Minn.
  • Residence now: Delano, Minn.
  • Favorite things about volleyball: “I love the team energy on the court and the atmosphere during games.”
  • Favorite things about DCTC: “We have a small, open and diverse community on campus. You get to meet people of all ages and backgrounds. DCTC is a comfortable, affordable place to go to school.”
  • Favorite pastime: Cruising in her car with country music cranked

Jordan Meyer, a 5’10 sophomore, played outside hitter for the Blue Knights in 2013–2014. Meyer has excelled at competitive volleyball since the seventh grade. She chose DCTC as a way to gain experience playing volleyball at the collegiate level while taking general education classes that will transfer to a four-year college or university.

“My long-range career goal is to work as an athletic trainer for a major professional sports franchise,” Meyer said. “I would also like to play NCAA volleyball after DCTC.”

Meyer is excited about competing for a new coach and bonding with her fellow players. She wants Blue Knights fans to fill the seats during games. Meyer’s family alone would make a small crowd on game day. She has six sisters and brothers, Mataya, 22, Dominick, 21, Sidney, 17, Alec, 14, Myka, 9, and Mylee, 8.

“Our team will compete with a lot of intensity,” Meyer said, “and we really like when fans come out to support us.”

DCTC volleyball

The 2014–2015 season begins Aug. 22, 2014, at 7 p.m. with an away game at St. Cloud Technical & Community College. The Blue Knights will host Hibbing Community College in their first home game Aug. 30 at noon; at 4 p.m. that same day, they take on the Waldorf College JV. The Knights play their home games at the High Performance Academy in Eagan, Minn. If you would like to play NJCAA DII volleyball for DCTC, you can notify Coach Anderson via a brief online form at Recruit Me.

To learn more about volleyball at DCTC, visit GoBlueKnights.com. For more information about the team, contact:

 

TXT2014

 Teens eXperiencing Technical Education • Begins July 28, 2014

TXT2013

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.

WHERE:
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
    651-423-8439

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

WHEN & WHERE:

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
    651-423-8307

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
    651-423-8462
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: