DCTC Excels at SkillsUSA Competition

Thirty-seven students place at 2013 MN State Championships

2013 SkillsUSA Minnesota State Championships

A total of 67 students from 25 different academic programs at Dakota County Technical College competed in 30 contests at the 46th Annual Minnesota SkillsUSA Championships Conference held Friday, April 5, Saturday, April 6, and Sunday, April 7, 2013, headquartered at the DoubleTree by Hilton Bloomington and held at various host sites in the Twin Cities metropolitan area. More than 30 DCTC faculty and staff directly contributed to student success at the competitions.

DCTC students placed 34 times, winning 15 gold, 10 silver and nine bronze medals with eight honorable mentions. All told, DCTC students took home 46 medals, including medals for team competitions. Eighteen students from DCTC qualified to compete at the SkillsUSA Championships at the 49th annual National Leadership and Skills Conference June 24–28, 2013, in Kansas City, Mo.

View photos from awards ceremony
View photos from competitions

Gold Medal Winners
  • Clay Carlson—3-D Visualization and Animation (Team)
  •  Mitchell Rolland—3-D Visualization and Animation (Team)
  •  Wen Li—Computer Programming
  •  Kristofer Frelix—Customer Service
  •  Jake Leritz—Diesel Equipment Technology
  •  Russ Gamache—Digital Cinema/Video Product Dev. (Team)
  •  Max Slocum—Digital Cinema/Video Product Dev. (Team)
  •  Jessica Jackson—Early Childhood (Preschool Teaching)
  • Michael Doyle—Engineering Technology (Team)
  • Mason Green—Engineering Technology (Team)
  • Vladimir Kovalchuk—Engineering Technology (Team)
  • Garret Roach—Extemporaneous Speaking
  • Eric Anderson—Industrial Motor Control
  • Eric Musolf—Masonry
  • Brandice Carlson—Medical Math
  • Leah King—Medical Terminology
  • Alex Just—Photography
  • Garret Roach—Prepared Speech
  • Brian Warzeha—Related Technical Math
 Silver Medal Winners
  • Maria Barrick—Early Childhood (Preschool Teaching)
  • Chad Brown—Electrical Construction Wiring (RWI)
  • Vadym Snesrud—Entrepreneurship (Team)
  • Joyce Mallery—Entrepreneurship (Team)
  • Kiara Hollie-Sessions—Entrepreneurship (Team)
  • Samantha Hrbek—Entrepreneurship (Team)
  • Gabriel Hartog—Extemporaneous Speaking
  • Troy Ellefson—Job Skill Demonstration A
  • Steven Odom—Masonry
  • Brandice Carlson—Medical Terminology
  • Jessica Hutton—Pin Design
  • Mason Green—Quiz Bowl (Team)
  • Michael Doyle—Quiz Bowl (Team)
  • Vadym Snesrud—Quiz Bowl (Team)
  • Nanci Al-Kordi—Quiz Bowl (Team)
  • Timothy Fink—Quiz Bowl (Team)
  • Jessica Hutton—T-shirt Design
Bronze Medal Winners
  • Cierra Baumgartner—Advertising Design
  • Adam Oxborough—Automotive Service Technology
  • Meghan Miller—Early Childhood (Preschool Teaching)
  • Leah King—Job Interview
  • Emily Dean—Photography
  • Stacy Peterson—Promotional Bulletin Board (Team)
  • Maria Barrick—Promotional Bulletin Board (Team)
  • David Vo—Related Technical Math
  • Timothy Fink—T-shirt Design
  • Tyler Dulitz—Welding
Honorable Mentions
  • Dalton Leritz—Diesel Equipment Technology
  • Blake Jensen—Electrical Construction Wiring
  • Vadym Snesrud—Job Interview
  • Michael Doyle—Job Interview
  • Miao Li—Pin Design
  • Michael Doyle—Related Technical Math
  • Clay Carlson—T-shirt Design
  • Taran Bridgemohan—Welding
DCTC advisors, support staff, competition hosts and volunteers
  • Brenda Arneson
  • Alicia Atwater
  • Nathan Blommel
  • Dawn Braa
  • Mark Brantner
  • Mike Buck
  • Andy Chernisky
  • Jeff Choban
  • Jeff Copeland
  • Jason Dean
  • Scott Determan
  • Darryl Erickson
  • Tim Felch
  • Roger Gartner
  • Paul Geisler
  • Mark Grant
  • Ron Gruenes
  • Benjamin Jackson
  • Ken Klassen
  • Scott Logan
  • Peter Latner
  • Tim McCluskey
  • Nicole Meulemans
  • Donnie Myers
  • Mike Opp
  • Christine Pigsley
  • Gerry Rainford
  • Pete Skoro
  • Jerry Stiles
  • Darrell Tangen
  • Kathy Tettam
  • Kristin Vanevenhoven
For more information about SkillsUSA at DCTC, contact:
  • Anna Voight
    Assistant Director of Student Life

SKB Honored with 2013 DCTC Advocacy Award

Divisional VP Rick O’Gara accepts award at True Blue Gala

SKB Vice President Rick O'Gara accepts DCTC Advocacy award from DCTC President Ron Thomas

SKB Vice President Rick O’Gara (right) accepts DCTC Advocacy award from DCTC President Ron Thomas

SKB Environmental was honored at the 2nd Annual True Blue Gala with the 2013 DCTC Advocacy Award. SKB has been a leader in the waste disposal and recycling industry for more than 30 years. The DCTC Advocacy Award recognizes an individual or business that has displayed extraordinary support for the college mission through partnerships, community engagement and the promotion of technical education as a pivotal component in the quest for economic prosperity. SKB Divisional Vice President Rick O’Gara was present to receive the award at the True Blue Gala, which was held at Brackett’s Crossing in Lakeville, Minn., on Thursday evening, April 11, 2013.

Under the leadership of O’Gara, SKB’s former owner and president, the company grew from a fledgling new business into the largest privately held waste management firm in Minnesota. In the summer of 2012, O’Gara and his business partner, Mark Ryan, sold SKB to Waste Connections, Inc., a premier national solid waste firm. O’Gara has been instrumental in achieving the company’s remarkable growth and diversification. Under his leadership, SKB Environmental has become the state’s most progressive construction and demolition, and industrial waste management firm.

John Domke, SKB’s longtime vice president, attended the True Blue Gala reception and later gave a pre-recorded acceptance speech. Domke continues to direct SKB operations as a divisional landfill manager. He is in charge of the company’s C & D, industrial and special waste management services. In recognition of his experience, he was asked to help develop a Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) certification course for C & D landfill operators. He also served as an instructor.

John Domke acceptance speech for DCTC Advocacy Award

SKB’s commitment to their employees and surrounding communities is reflected in the company’s flawless environmental record and excellent safety record as well as the strong relationships the company has forged with their neighbors and organizations in Dakota County.

SKB has always placed a priority on environmental protection, a guiding principle showcased in facility designs that far exceed regulatory requirements. That principle is also advanced through the responsible management of precious resources that includes recovering valuable materials from landfill sites. SKB is perhaps most proud of never receiving a single environmental violation at any SKB facility throughout the company’s entire history.

In 2008, SKB received a Meritorious Achievement Award from Governor Tim Pawlenty and the Minnesota Safety Council in recognition of excellence in injury prevention performance and occupational safety. This award resulted from more than 210,000 work-hours without a reportable incident.

SKB has gone above and beyond to be a good corporate citizen and valued asset to the community. In addition to championing many community organizations in Dakota County, SKB has proudly supported DCTC and the important role the college plays in educating and training the state’s future workforce. SKB has funded several annual scholarships for more than a decade, donated in-kind earthwork services for the construction of the campus soccer complex, and provided tools for students working in technical program labs. Over the years, on top of other numerous contributions, SKB has hired DCTC graduates, including the company’s most recently hired technician.

DCTC President Ronald E. Thomas, Ph.D., was more than pleased by SKB’s selection as this year’s winner of the DCTC Advocacy Award. “SKB Environmental’s generous support of the college mission represents collaboration at its best between industry and higher education,” Thomas said.

For more information about SKB Environmental and the DCTC Advocacy Award, contact:
  • Tharan Leopold
    Executive Director of DCTC Foundation and Alumni

DCTC Instructor Participates in V-Day

V stands for Victory, Valentine and Vagina

Rosealee Lee and V-Day

V-Day isn’t just a day in February for sweeties to exchange flowers and chocolate. It’s also a global movement to end violence against women and girls.

One out of every three women will experience violence in her life, which leaves over one billion women on this planet to be impacted by violence. This year marks V-Day’s 15th anniversary and the launch of One Billion Rising, their most ambitious campaign to date.

V-Day campaigns are driven by annual benefit performances to increase awareness and raise funds to support local anti-violence organizations. Actors aren’t hired for the performances. Local volunteers and college students produce the well-known Vagina Monologues.

Rosealee Lee, Meeting and Event Management instructor at DCTC, is one of those volunteers. She will be performing at V-Day Bloomington on March 28-30 at 7:30 p.m. at the Ramada Bloomington at the Mall. Rosealee shares her experiences with V-Day campaigns and the fight against domestic violence.

Q: How long have you been involved in V-Day?
Rosealee: I’ve been involved in the domestic violence issue for a few decades. V-Day became a focus for me about six years ago when a program alumnus directed a “The Vagina Monologues” production. Since then, the production and its outreach has grown. Sarah Kopczyk is now our director, who is also a program alumnus. Other DCTC faculty members are a part of my group, which is comprised of several women and a few men who share dedication to this cause. Jessica Bartram, my daughter and part-time instructor at DCTC, is always on the cast. It’s especially meaningful for me to share the stage with her to help women and girls. Christine Pigsley, Small Business and Entrepreneurship instructor, is also dedicated to the cause and always part of the production. DCTC students and alumni participate in the production and can be found on the crew and in the audience every night of the performance.

Q: How are others involved in V-Day?
Rosealee: Eve Ensler’s book and Broadway play have evolved into an international organization that speaks up about violence aimed at women and girls. The least that any woman can do is join the chorus of voices that brings awareness of these atrocities, raises funds to support the cause, and frankly, also celebrates women. Vagina Monologues is a play and a movement that responds in a powerful way to domestic violence.

Q: What can someone expect from a performance?
Rosealee: Prepare to laugh, cry and laugh again. The energy in the ballroom is so full of spirit and shared love of women that regardless of your gender, you will be moved. Whether you have a vagina or not, we all came from one, so this is a very personal performance to witness. Each of the monologues are taken from real interviews with real women. Some originate from a single woman’s story and some are composites of several interviews. It is sensitive, sensual and sometimes shocking . . . but it is always moving.

Q: Tell me about your Vagina Monologue.
Rosealee: This year I am performing “The Flood” which emanates from a single interview with a woman I’ve been able to do a little bit of research on. Her name is Gladys Siegelman. At the time of her interview she was 72 years old. Her story was always very moving to me and I never could hear the monologue performed without being tearful. To honor Gladys this year I promise not to tear up, but instead to honor her experience.

Q: Is there anything else you would like to add about V-Day and the Vagina Monologues?
Rosealee: This is a volunteer initiative. We are particularly thrilled this year that 100 percent of the proceeds go to the cause. Minnesota Women’s Consortium will receive 90 percent of the proceeds and V-Day will receive 10 percent. None of us are professional performers. We’re just like everybody else; overloaded with commitments of life and time-deprived. We have, however, carved out time and energy to shine a light on domestic violence. It’s highly likely that someone you know has been personally impacted by domestic violence. All too often, the experience is hidden behind closed doors. I am always awe-struck that so many individuals of both genders share their domestic violence stories with us. Just last week one of those individuals pointed out why that happens.  She said, “The fact that V-Day and The Vagina Monologues exist, gives us permission to talk about it.” I encourage everyone to join us in talking about it and urge you to join us on March 28, 29 and 30. Visit www.vdaybloomington.weebly.com for complete information and the next time you’re at the Ramada Bloomington at the Mall, be sure to thank you them for their amazing support of this event!

About V-Day

V-DAY is an organized response against violence toward women.

V-DAY is a vision: We see a world where women live safely and freely.

V-DAY is a demand: Rape, incest, battery, genital mutilation and sexual slavery must end now.

V-DAY is a spirit: We believe women should spend their lives creating and thriving rather than surviving or recovering from terrible atrocities.

V-DAY is a catalyst: By raising money and consciousness, it will unify and strengthen existing anti-violence efforts. Triggering far-reaching awareness, it will lay the groundwork for new education, protective and legislative endeavors throughout the world.

V-DAY is a process: We will work as long as it takes. We will not stop until the violence stops.

V-DAY is a day. We proclaim Valentine’s Day as V-Day, to celebrate women and end the violence.

V-DAY is a fierce, wild, unstoppable movement and community.

V-Day Bloomington

Annual Egg Hunt Returns to DCTC

easter basket

Date: Saturday, March 23

Time: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Where: Ames Soccer Complex at Dakota County Technical College (Map/Directions)

(Turn south onto Akron Avenue from Co Rd 42; the soccer complex will be on your left)

Cost: Free; Non-perishable food donations will be accepted for the 360 Communities Rosemount Family Resource Center

A bunny will be hopping into Rosemount with lots of eggs and candy for children to hunt for at this traditional Egg Hunt for kids ages 10 and under. Children will be divided into age groups (1-3, 4-6, and 7-10) for hunting. Each age group will have lots of eggs and candy to hunt for and they will also have a chance to find the “golden” egg, which they can turn in for a special prize. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Bring a basket or bag to hold your treats. Please arrive early; the event begins at 10 a.m. sharp.

A bunny will be visiting, so bring your cameras!

Inclement weather: In case of inclement weather, the Egg Hunt will be held the following Saturday, March 30. Call the PRERECORDED INFORMATION LINE at 651-322-6020 and select #6 for event cancellations and event make up information. For more information, please call Rosemount Parks and Recreation at 651-322-6000.

Sponsored by the Rosemount Lions Club in cooperation with the Rosemount Parks & Recreations Department.

Information courtesy of the City of Rosemount

Visit the City of Rosemount for more information on the event.

Blue Knights Women’s Softball Off to Strong Start

Players rally for back-to-back wins

Softball team photo

The DCTC Blue Knights women’s fastpitch softball team kicked off the 2013 season with two comeback wins against the Tritons of Iowa Central Community College at the Irish Sports Dome in Rosemount, Minn., on March 8.

“I can’t tell you how proud I was to watch our softball team win their opening games against Iowa Central, the number four ranked team in the Iowa Community College Athletic Conference Division II,” said Cam Stoltz, DCTC’s athletic director.

Amanda Orrell | Freshman | #3 | Pioneer Valley, Santa Maria, CA

Amanda Orrell

In the first game, the Tritons had a four-run lead going into the bottom of the fifth inning. DCTC pulled to within two runs and then DCTC first baseman, Amanda Orrell, hit a grand slam to put the Knights up 7–5. Stoltz said Orrell’s homer was the highlight of the game. Iowa Central crept back, but DCTC scored twice in the sixth inning to seal the 9–6 win.

During the second game of the doubleheader, Iowa Central scored five runs in the first inning to take a commanding lead. The Blue Knights rallied again, scoring seven runs in the seventh inning to go up 12–9. The final score of the game was 12–10.

“Both games were hard fought wins against an excellent opponent,” said Head Fastpitch Softball Coach Tom Cross. “We came from behind twice and that shows resilience. We will continue to improve throughout the season.”

The DCTC Blue Knights women’s fastpitch softball team heads to Clement, Fla., on March 16 for a five-day tournament. Their next home games are on March 29 at the Irish Sports Dome against the Williston State College Tetons at 4 p.m. and the Dawson Community College Buccaneers at 6 p.m.

For more information about Blue Knights fastpitch softball, contact:
  • Tom Cross
    Head Fastpitch Softball Coach