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DCTC Awarded 2014 Military Friendly Schools ® Designation

Victory Media, the premier media entity for military personnel transitioning into civilian life, has named Dakota County Technical College to the coveted Military Friendly Schools® list. The 2014 Military Friendly Schools® list honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans, and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus.

“Inclusion on the 2014 list of Military Friendly Schools® shows DCTC’s commitment to providing a supportive environment for military students,” said Sean Collins, Vice President at Victory Media and a nine-year Navy veteran.   “The need for education is growing and our mission is to provide the military community with transparent, world-class resources to assist in their search for schools.”  Complete survey methodology is available at militaryfriendlyschools.com/Article/methodology-press-kit.

The Military Friendly Schools® media and website, found at www.militaryfriendlyschools.com, feature the list, interactive tools and search functionality to help military students find the best school to suit their unique needs and preferences.  The 1,868 colleges, universities and trade schools on this year’s list exhibit leading practices in the recruitment and retention of students with military experience.  These schools have world-class programs and policies for student support on campus, academic accreditation, credit policies, flexibility and other services to those who served.

Now in its fifth year, the 2014 list of Military Friendly Schools ® was compiled through extensive research and a data-driven survey of more than 10,000 schools nationwide approved for VA tuition funding. The survey results that comprise the 2014 list were independently tested by Ernst & Young LLP based upon the weightings and methodology established by Victory Media. Each year schools taking the survey are held to a higher standard than the previous year via improved methodology, criteria and weightings developed with the assistance of an Academic Advisory Board (AAB) consisting of educators from schools across the country.  A full list of board members can be found at http://militaryfriendlyschools.com/board.

A full story and detailed list of 2014 Military Friendly Schools® will be highlighted in the annual Guide to Military Friendly Schools ®, distributed in print and digital format to hundreds of thousands of active and former military personnel in early October.

ABOUT Victory Media Inc
Victory Media is a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business that has been serving the military community since 2001. Our data-driven Military Friendly® lists are published in G.I. Jobs, Military Spouse, Vetrepreneur media channels, republished in periodicals like USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Bloomberg BW and are frequently cited on national TV by NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and others.

For more information about the Veterans Resource Center at DCTC, as well as, other veterans services offered at the college, contact:
  • Katherine Bachman
    South Metro Region Higher Education Veterans Program

Xcel Energy Grant Helps DCTC Students Succeed

Front row: Steve Addy, Electrical Lineworker Instructor; Jake Sedlacek, Manager of Community Relations & Economic Development; Tharan Leopold, Executive Director of Foundation; Thomas Erickson, Electrical Lineworker Instructor; Mike Opp, Dean of Transportation & Industry

DCTC Foundation received grant to fund Electrical Lineworker scholarships

On Sept. 6, 2013, the Dakota County Technical College Foundation received a $10,000 grant from Xcel Energy to fund scholarships in the college’s Electrical Lineworker program. Xcel Energy invests in local communities with grants, charitable contributions and volunteer time.

“Xcel Energy is pleased to support DCTC’s Electrical Lineworker program,” said Jake Sedlacek, manager of community relations and  economic development. “It’s a quality program that produces quality lineworkers. They not only know what they’re doing, but they do it very well.”

Through Xcel Energy’s focus area grants, the company supports nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations that improve science, technology, engineering, economics and math education; improve and enhance the natural environment; help individuals achieve economic self-sufficiency; and that provides access to arts and culture.

“Xcel Energy is committed to improving the health of our communities,” said Sedlacek. “This grant will support the education of DCTC’s Electrical Lineworker students and better educated students will ensure safer delivery of our power.”

About Xcel Energy
Xcel Energy is a major U.S. electricity and natural gas company operating in eight Western and Midwestern states. The company is committed to providing cost-effective, clean, responsible energy delivered with the highest standards for safety, reliability and responsiveness. Xcel Energy supports communities in four important focus areas: math and science education, environmental stewardship, job training, placement, and creation, and access to arts and culture. In 2012, Xcel Energy invested $8 million in support of communities across its service territory.

About the DCTC Foundation
Established in 1983 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, the DCTC Foundation is governed by a board of directors with up to 18 members. Since its inception, the Foundation has generated more than $3.2 million in financial assistance for students while building a general endowment fund and establishing private endowment funds.

For more information about the DCTC Electrical Lineworker program, contact:
For more information about the DCTC Foundation, contact:
  • Tharan Leopold
    Executive Director of Foundation & Alumni

DCTC Takes It to the Races

Five students win $500 scholarships

On Thursday, Aug. 29, Dakota County Technical College hosted “Scholarship in a Haystack” at Canterbury Park in Shakopee, Minn. Despite the scorching 90 degree temp and heavy Minnesota humidity, 20 students jumped into the scratchy, dry haystack. Five golden horseshoes were hidden in the haystack, each worth a $500 scholarship, courtesy of Canterbury Park—and all five were found.

The event was open to all DCTC students and their families. It was a fun and free celebration to kick off the start of fall semester.

Scholarship winners:
Rachel Terpening | Supervisory Management
Dawn Burtman | Early Childhood & Youth Development
Chase Bartels | Individualized Studies
Gretchen Haugan | Practical Nursing
Melissa Braun | Supervisory Management

Scholarship in a Haystack Photo Gallery


For more information about the Student Celebration at Canterbury Park, contact:
  • Renee Johnson
    Director of Marketing & Public Relations

Minnesota Kickoff Classic

Blue Knights women’s soccer team vs. Lackawanna College | Minnesota Soccer Kickoff 2010

DCTC’s ultimate soccer event

It’s Friday, Aug. 30, and the Minnesota Kickoff Classic has officially begun. Eighteen collegiate soccer teams are participating in this year’s annual, three-day soccer tournament. The Blue Knights of Dakota County Technical College are hosting the event at Ames Soccer Complex on DCTC’s campus in Rosemount, Minn.

Ten women’s teams and eight men’s teams travelled from miles away, as far as Illinois. The Eagan Convention & Visitors Bureau partnered with DCTC to host the players, fans and coaches. Torgerson Eagan campus hotels, including the Holiday Inn Express & Suites, Hilton Garden Inn and Staybridge Suites, are the preferred lodging vendor for the Minnesota Kickoff Classic and also provide transportation services.

Four Fun Facts about the Minnesota Kickoff Classic:

1. The tournament began in 2010 with 16 collegiate teams- 12 women’s and four men’s teams

2. It has always been held at Ames Soccer Complex, the multi-field, soccer-specific athletic facility on DCTC’s Rosemount, Minn. campus

3. 2011 marked the greatest number of participating teams: 21

4. Teams have travelled from as far away as Pennsylvania (Lackawanna College Falcons) and Texas (Navarro College Bulldogs)

For the most up-to-day roster and game schedule: 2013 Minnesota Kickoff Classic


To learn more about the Minnesota Kickoff Classic at DCTC, contact:

DCTC Fun and Free Student Celebration

Student Celebration at Canterbury Park

Date: Thursday, Aug. 29
Time: 7 – 9 p.m.
Location: Canterbury Park (Silks – Track Level)

DCTC students and their families are invited to a FUN and FREE night out at Canterbury Park to kick off the start of fall semester. Admission into the park is free. Upon arrival to the park, check in at Silks, where you and your guests will receive a coupon for a free hot dog and soda.

The highlight of the evening will be watching Scholarship in a Haystack at approximately 8:30 p.m., when 20 preregistered DCTC students will enter a giant haystack in search of a golden horseshoe and only five will come out winners. Each horseshoe, worth a $500 scholarship to DCTC, is courtesy of Canterbury Park.

Top Nine Reasons to Join Us:

9. You get to watch horse racing – for FREE.

8. You get FREE hotdogs, chips and soda in DCTC’s reserved section.

7. You have something fun to do on a Thursday night.

6. You get FREE admission – print your FREE ticket.

5. You get to high-five new friends like DCTC students and alumni.

4. It’s at a convenient location – Canterbury Park in Shakopee, Minn.

3. You get to jump in a haystack like this guy…

2. …for a chance to win a $500 scholarship like this guy.

1. Did we mention it’s completely FREE!?

See you at the races!


For more information about the Student Celebration at Canterbury Park, contact:
  • Renee Johnson
    Director of Marketing & Public Relations