Men’s Soccer Reaches Highest Ranking in Team History

DCTC athletes ranked ninth in NJCAA and NSCAA Division I Poll

DCTC Blue Knights vs. Oakton Community College | Oct. 7, 2012

The Blue Knight’s men’s soccer team is ranked ninth this week on the National Junior College Athletic Association’s Division I Top 25 poll and the National Soccer Coaches Division I Top 20 poll. Last year was the first time the team achieved a top 20 ranking in the poll and now this is the highest ranking the team has reached in DCTC’s Division I men’s soccer athletic history.

Cam Stoltz

Cam Stoltz | Head Soccer Coach

Head Soccer Coach Cam Stoltz explains that this year’s team is a blend of returning and new students. “They respect what DCTC has done and want to better the program and themselves,” he said. The team was 10th after winning against the Riverland Community College Blue Devils on Sept. 4 and defeating the Bismarck State College Mystics on Sept. 15 by a score of 3–0.

“We are undefeated and being ranked in the top ten is like riding a wave. The challenge becomes increasingly difficult, but the experience and lessons are invaluable,” said Stoltz.

Men’s soccer, with an overall record of 7–0–0, has scored 23 goals to only three against them. The team has a challenging schedule this week with three away matches. On Wednesday, Sept. 18, they head to Coon Rapids, Minn., to face the Anoka-Ramsey Community College Golden Rams, who are currently ranked ninth nationally in NJCAA Division III. Then they head to DuPage, Ill., for a tournament on Sept. 21–22.

Stoltz has confidence in his team to compete in a national level schedule. “The students have always worked hard and continue to be proud of the college,” he said. “Our goal is to use the soccer experience to provide lessons that transcend into the classroom and beyond DCTC.”

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Veterans Vote for DCTC

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: