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DCTC Awarded $300,000 MJSP Grant

College partnering with BTD Manufacturing

DCTC, BTD Manufacturing, MJSP

Dakota County Technical College received a $300,000 grant from the Minnesota Job Skills Partnership (MJSP) to fund training, including robotic welding and fabrication, for 290 BTD Manufacturing employees.

Pat McQuillan, director of the Continuing Education and Customized Training division at Dakota County Technical College, and the Center for Professional and Workforce Development at Inver Hills Community College, reported that MJSP awarded the grant March 3, 2014.

“DCTC and BTD Manufacturing are excited by this training partnership made possible by the MJSP grant,” McQuillan said. “The training will be delivered to BTD employees at the company’s facilities in Detroit Lakes and Lakeville. Congratulations to Larry Lewis, the manufacturing and technology coordinator at DCTC, for his great work on this project.”

From the MJSP Funded Projects and Grant Management Web page:

Since its establishment in 1979, BTD Manufacturing has expanded operations and acquired several additional companies which provide a wide range of contract and custom metal works manufacturing for customers that include 3M, Freightliner, Arctic Cat and Cummins. BTD currently operates six facilities, with five in Minnesota (Detroit Lakes, Otsego, and three in Lakeville) and one in Illinois. Its Minnesota operations account for 717 of the 934 current employees. The addition of the third facility in Lakeville and the investment of robotics welding equipment have resulted in an immediate and significant need for training in robotics welding techniques. While formal welding training is available in Minnesota, there is little to no advanced training, i.e. robotics.

MJSP funding will support a partnership with BTD and Dakota County Technical (DCTC) to meet the training needs of 290 employees (267 current; 23 new) working at the Lakeville and Detroit Lakes plants. Training modules include: Robotic Welding; Fabrication; Tool Making; Mechanical, Electrical and Hydraulic Systems; Computer, Safety (OSHA), Management & Leadership and Continuous Improvement. DCTC will deliver training in Lakeville and Detroit Lakes with MN State Technical & Community College assisting with training in Detroit Lakes. The purchase of mobile robotic welding training equipment (Robotic Education Cell 2.0) will provide hands-on skills development for employees at their work sites.

One DCTC instructor will attend the FANUC Certified Education Robot Training and be certified to offer the training. Training will result in durable skills and a prepared workforce needed to successfully expand BTD’s operations and grow as a Minnesota employer. DCTC will enhance its capacity with the addition of robotic welding training that will provide DCTC students and other Minnesota employers increased resources to develop their skills in this area.

For more information about Continuing Education and Customized Training at Dakota County Technical College, contact:
  • Larry Lewis
    Manufacturing & Technology Coordinator
    651-423-8276

DCTC Awarded $260,096 MJSP Grant

College partnering with Intek Plastics

DCTC, Intek Plastics, MJSP

Dakota County Technical College received a $260,096 grant from the Minnesota Job Skills Partnership (MJSP) to fund training for Intek Plastics employees at the company’s facility in Hastings, Minn.

Pat McQuillan, director of the Continuing Education and Customized Training division at Dakota County Technical College, and the Center for Professional and Workforce Development at Inver Hills Community College, reported that MJSP awarded the grant March 3, 2014.

“This is welcome news for the college and Intek Plastics,” McQuillan said. “The training will give Intek employees the skills they need to move up and take on more responsibility in their company. At DCTC, we will be able to customize our current courses while developing new courses, allowing us to ramp up our capacity to provide key industry skills training to other companies in the manufacturing sectors. Congratulations to Kathy Carlson, the business and management coordinator at DCTC, for her tremendous work on this project.”

From the MJSP Funded Projects and Grant Management Web page:

Intek Plastics, located in Hastings, is a premiere custom plastic extrusion company best known for providing high quality, precisely engineered, customer-specific products. Intek also provides components used by manufacturers in a wide variety of industries with products that include window squeegees, residential windows and doors, retail store displays, commercial refrigerators and hockey arena dasher boards. With 153 current employees, the company expects to hire 12 new workers over the next three years as the housing market bounces back and Intek adds new production lines.

Intek is aggressively working in new markets to generate revenue in areas such as the commercial refrigeration, agricultural production and lighting industries. MJSP funds will support a partnership with Dakota County Technical College (DCTC) to develop and deliver new and customized courses for all employees (153 current; 12 new).

Training will take place at Intek, with the exception of Computer Basics training which will be offered on-line. Courses include: Extrusion Operations 1, 2 & 3; Plastics Troubleshooting; Engineering for Tool & Die; OSHA Industrial Safety; Electrical Troubleshooting; Managing for Sustainability; Hot Work/Shop/LOTO Safety; and Culture Change. Training will provide much-needed skills and result in a prepared workforce needed to successfully expand the operations of Intek. Trainees will gain durable skills and have the opportunity to advance to higher level positions. The customization of existing courses and development of new courses will increase DCTC’s capacity to deliver industry-demanded skills training for other manufacturing sectors.

For more information about Continuing Education and Customized Training at Dakota County Technical College, contact:

Tim Wynes Guest Speaker on MPR News

Student Ethan Merseth preps a vehicle for painting at Dakota County Technical College in Rosemount, Minn. Thursday, March 8, 2012 | Photo courtesy of MPR News/Jeffrey Thompson

Student Ethan Merseth preps a vehicle for painting at Dakota County Technical College in Rosemount, Minn. Thursday, March 8, 2012 | Photo courtesy of MPR News/Jeffrey Thompson

IHCC president and DCTC interim president on The Daily Circuit

Tim Wynes, J.D., president of Inver Hills Community College and interim president of Dakota County Technical College, was a guest speaker on the MPR News show The Daily Circuit, Feb. 17, 2014.

Can free community college improve state economies?

Tennessee Republican Gov. Bill Haslam announced a proposal this month to make community college in the state free.

Haslam said he plans to use excess money from the state’s lottery to create a $300 million endowment.

“Net cost to the state, zero. Net impact on our future? Priceless,” he said.

The announcement came as other states are looking at measures to drive students toward community college as a way to guarantee residents get some level of education beyond a high school degree, or provide a cheaper alternative to the first two years of a post-secondary education.

On The Daily Circuit, we discuss the benefits of community college. Does making them more accessible keep students from moving to four-year programs? We look at the state of community colleges in America and ask how they fit into our education system.

LISTEN to the Story

Guests Speakers

  • Richard Kahlenberg: Senior fellow at The Century Foundation and the author of ‘Bridging the Higher Education Divide: Strengthening Community Colleges and Restoring the American Dream’
  • Sophie Quinton: Staff correspondent for National Journal
  • Tim Wynes: President of IHCC and Interim President of DCTC
For more information, contact:
  • Erin Edlund
    Director of Institutional Advancement, DCTC
    Director of Marketing, IHCC
    651-423-8233

Nominate a DCTC Supporter

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The deadline has been extended to nominate a DCTC supporter for Dakota County Technical College’s 2014 recognition awards. DCTC established the Recognition Award Program to recognize excellence in the work of higher education in support of DCTC’s mission of “education for employment.”

This year’s award recipients will be recognized at DCTC’s annual True Blue Gala on Thursday, April 24, 2014, at Brackett’s Crossing in Lakeville, Minn.

Faculty, staff, students, alumni and other stakeholders may nominate individuals who meet the criteria for the following awards:

  • DCTC Advocacy Award – The DCTC Advocacy Award recognizes and 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.
  • Spirit of DCTC Award – The Spirit of DCTC Award recognizes an individual who has contributed selflessly to the college mission while showing boundless support for student success in the classroom and beyond.
  • Outstanding Alumni Award – The Outstanding Alumni Award recognizes an individual who has shown exceptional leadership, work ethic and dedication as a part of the DCTC community.
  • Rising Star Award – The Rising Star Award recognizes a young alum (having received their degree or diploma within the last 10 years) who is making significant contributions to society through professional or philanthropic work.

Criteria for the awards and nomination forms can be found at www.dctc.edu/nominate.

DEADLINE HAS BEEN EXTENDED! Nominations must be received by Friday, March 14, 2014.

Once nominated, the selection process will be administered by the Awards Committee, a subcommittee of DCTC’s Institutional Advancement Steering Committee. The chairperson of the subcommittee will eliminate any conflicts of interest with members of the subcommittee during the evaluation process.

Thank you in advance for your nominations.

For more information about the DCTC Foundation and the DCTC Recognition Award Program, contact:
  • Tharan Leopold
    Executive Director of Foundation and Alumni
    651-423-8293

Card Your Valentine

Happy Valentine’s Day from Student Senate!

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Make your Valentine a Card

Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014

11 a.m–1 p.m.

Central Commons in front of the Student Life Center

  • Make a card for your valentine at the card decorating station
  • Enjoy some valentine candy
  • Event open to all DCTC staff, faculty and students

Two tickets for an all-day pass to Nickelodeon Universe will be raffled off! Raffle tickets will be sold for $2 to support the Student Senate’s Special Olympics polar plunge.

Sponsored by the DCTC Student Senate