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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
    651-423-8576

DCTC Welcomes New Students

DCTC’s 2013 New Student Orientation Team

Destination Graduation: New Student Orientation

With fall comes a new semester—and with a new semester come new students. On Thursday, Aug. 22, Dakota County Technical College welcomed more than 200 young adults, parents, friends and neighbors to Destination Graduation: New Student Orientation. Attendees had the opportunity to ask questions about financial aid, tour the campus, meet alumni, learn about student services and accomplish many other important tasks before beginning the 2013–2014 school year.

Even though they all attended the same event, each new student was motivated in their own, unique way to begin their journey at DCTC. Some shared what they are here to do via #keepingitreal:

Use #keepingitreal to share your “I am here to” story on Twitter or check out DCTC’s Instagram account for more photos: dctcblueknights.

To learn more about Student Life or Destination Graduation: New Student Orientation at DCTC, contact:

 

A Painting a Day

Carl Nelson finishes an artistic marathon for the MVNWR

Carl Nelson Oil Painting

This past June, Carl Nelson, a Visual Communications adjunct instructor at Dakota County Technical College, completed an oil painting a day for a one-artist exhibit hosted by the Visitor Center Gallery at the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge in Bloomington, Minn. An accomplished landscape painter, Nelson captured the panorama, intricacies and natural wonder of the Minnesota River Valley.

“I did an oil painting a day, thirty altogether, for the show,” said Nelson,  “I’m not sure what I was thinking—like Paul Newman in Cool Hand Luke, maybe, when he said he could eat fifty hard-boiled eggs. I just thought it would be fun. Then the weather set in to make things challenging.”

Here’s more about the exhibit from a  U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service press release:

Carl Nelson Oil Painting“Nelson’s sojourn took him through the backwaters, creeks and bluffs that comprise the Minnesota River Valley and, in his words, provided a ‘wealth of inspiration.’ All of the field studies displayed in this show are oils. Carl also works in watercolor and pastel. No stranger to painting ‘Plein Air’ (outdoors), Nelson enjoys recording the essence of the scene for its color and light, often expanding on what he captures in a larger studio painting.

“He was the first artist to show his paintings in the University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum’s Reedy Gallery and currently has a piece in the ‘Art of the Garden’ show at the Minnetonka Art Center. His work can be found in private and corporate collections throughout the Upper Midwest.”

Carl Nelson’s 30 Paintings in 30 Days

Carl Nelson will be available at the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center Gallery from 3 p.m. till 5 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 23, 2013. His paintings can be viewed online at Carl Nelson Art.

For more information about Applied Visual Arts at DCTC, contact:
  • Gwen Partin
    Applied Visual Arts Instructor
    651-423-8369
For more information about Graphic Design Technology at DCTC, contact:
  • Mary Belanger
    Graphic Design Technology Instructor
    651-423-8320
  • DeAnn Engvall
    Multimedia & Web Design and Graphic Design Technology Instructor
    651-423-8457
  • Connie Larson
    Graphic Design Technology Instructor
    651-423-8529
  • Peter Skoro
    Multimedia & Web Design and Graphic Design Technology Instructor
    651-423-8530
  • Carl Nelson
    VCOM Instructor

Service-Learning: A Win-Win-Win Solution

DCTC students teach fifth graders at Red Pine Elementary

Red Pine Elementary School

During spring semester 2013, 20 students at Dakota County Technical College participated in a service-learning project in partnership with Red Pine Elementary School in Eagan, Minn. The students were enrolled in the College Reading course taught by Patrick Chaussee, an adjunct instructor at the college. Also known as ENGL 0114, the College Reading course is designed to develop the effective reading and clear thinking skills that students need to thrive in a collegiate environment. The project paired DCTC students with Red Pine fifth graders.

Patrick Chaussee • DCTC English Instructor

Patrick Chaussee • DCTC English Instructor

Chaussee got the idea for the service-learning project after attending a seminar held by Katie Halcrow, director of service-learning at Inver Hills Community College. He immediately saw service-learning as a way for his students to learn by teaching. He also knew he had little working knowledge on how to set up a service-learning project. Luckily, Halcrow is a virtual encyclopedia on the various aspects of service-learning and community engagement. Her program at Inver has all the bells and whistles, including a checklist for service-learners and a quicklist of potential community partners. Once Chaussee determined the basics of what he wanted to do, Halcrow provided her expertise to guide him through the process.

“I knew Gary Anger, the principal at Red Pine, and gave him a call to share my idea,” Chaussee recalled. “I left a message and he called back right away. He was very excited and said, ‘Let’s figure this out.’ Katie jumped in and was instrumental in getting the project up and running.”

For Red Pine, the collaboration represented an ideal opportunity to inspire fifth graders and increase their desire to learn. At the outset of the project, Principal Anger came to the DCTC campus in Rosemount, Minn., to meet with the DCTC students involved in the project and formulate a game plan. The students spelled out the requirements of their mission:

  • Diagram courtesy of IHCCTeach reading and comprehension
  • Be a good role model
  • Have a good time
  • Answer questions
  • Motivate their students to learn more
Diagram courtesy of IHCC

“We are always looking for ways to impact our students positively,” said Anger, who has been Red Pine’s principal for 10 years. “People don’t know just how diverse our student population is. That diversity was reflected by the DCTC students who came to our school. We would love to continue and expand the project in the future.”

Chaussee, a former K–12 special education teacher, echoed the principal’s enthusiasm. “At first, many of my students were anxious about the project,” he said. “By the end of the project, many had not only bonded with their fifth-grade students, but also with their fellow college students. Class participation increased and most reported that they improved their own learning process through teaching. We want to expand the project to include students in writing classes taught by Brett Kolles, another English instructor at DCTC.”

What is service-learning?

Katie Halcrow • IHCC Director of Service-Learning

Katie Halcrow • IHCC Director of Service-Learning

Service-learning merges academics with community service. Service-learning projects can involve an entire class or just one student, but projects of any size always promote civic engagement while strengthening the learning process. For Katie Halcrow, service-learning is a triple-win solution. She noted that students benefit by practicing and validating the skills they will bring to their future occupations; the college benefits by providing students access to a dynamic, real-world educational experience; the community partner benefits by getting needed work accomplished.

Halcrow, who has an M.F.A. in creative writing from Hamline University, an M.A. in Germanic Languages and literature from Ohio State, and a B.A. in mathematics and German from Wake Forest, gave Chaussee the structure he needed to deliver a powerful service-learning experience, the kind that fosters personal satisfaction as well as a lifelong commitment to community service and civic responsibility.

“For students and faculty, a project typically has three phases,” Halcrow said. “Preflection before the project begins, reflection as the project unfolds and postflection at the project’s conclusion. DCTC academic programs are replete with service-learning possibilities. The people I’ve worked with at DCTC have been fabulous and I look forward to working with more DCTC faculty and staff on future projects. The college is poised to expand service-learning in a meaningful way.”

The Red Pine perspective
Kate Stoe • Red Pine Elementary School Teacher

Kate Stoe • Red Pine Elementary School Teacher

Kate Stoe has been an elementary school teacher for 27 years, 17 of those years teaching fifth grade at Red Pine Elementary. She pointed out that her school, which was built in 1995, has about 1,000 K–5 students.

“I love teaching,” she said. “Technology has changed since I started, but kids are kids. They want to try to do the right thing. At Red Pine, we teach our children to be respectful and responsible. We emphasize character development.”

Fifth graders were selected for the project based on their reading fluency and comprehension skills. “We use data and graphing to chart progress,” Stoe said. “We chose students who were on the bubble and needed extra one-on-one support.”

When the DCTC students showed up at Red Pine, the fifth graders served as greeters and escorts. Everyone was a little nervous in the beginning, but by the end of the first visit relationships had been forged. “My students were really looking forward to the next visit,” Stoe said. “They were very enthusiastic. We are definitely looking at expanding the project to include writing along with reading fluency and comprehension.”

DCTC student perspectives
Branko Tambah • DCTC Civil Engineering Technology Student

Branko Tambah • DCTC Civil Engineering Technology

Branko Tambah, 36, is from Kakata, aka Kak City, a transit town in the rubber plantation district of Liberia, a country of 3.7 million people in West Africa. He is majoring in Civil Engineering Technology at DCTC. He is also a DCTC student ambassador. Before earning permanent resident status in the United States, Tambah worked in general construction and as a logistician assistant at the United Nations in his home country.

“My goal is to earn my A.A.S. degree and find work as a civil engineering technician—hopefully with the U.N.,” he said. According to ISEEK, Minnesota’s job, education and career resource, civil engineering technician ranks as one of the high-demand STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) careers in the state.  “I am grateful to the U.S. government for this opportunity. I am the first person in my family to go to college.”

Tambah reported that his fifth grader, a girl named Bella, was outspoken and fun to be around. “I learned through teaching—and that is very important to me,” he said. “I believe there are many skills you can learn through teaching.”

“We both benefited from the project,” Tambah added. “Bella enjoyed reading out loud and understood the concept of what we were doing by the second visit. By our third visit, she was recognizing sentence patterns and seeing the main idea of what we were reading. She was an amazing student. I told her about college and she said she wants to be a teacher. Bella wants to give back to her community. We became friends.”

Kate Stoe on Branko Tambah: “Branko was the most impressive tutor. He was the one that would stay ten to fifteen minutes past everyone else to write me a detailed note about Bella. I loved that he discussed life dreams and future plans with her.”

The culture of Liberia is reflected in Tambah’s devotion to his family, which includes a mother, father, nine brothers and three sisters back in West Africa. Because of his career and collegiate success, Tambah has gladly taken an elder son’s role in guiding and protecting his family. He is married and resides in Eagan, Minn., with his wife, Josephine, who was a registered nurse in Liberia and is now a certified nursing assistant, or CNA, in Minnesota on track to become an RN once again. The couple has three children, Mary, 6, James, 5, and Everetta, 18 months.

Deangelas Cook • DCTC Networking Administration Student

Deangelas Cook • DCTC Networking Administration

A native of Chicago, Ill., Deangelas Cook, 35, is busy earning an A.A.S. degree in Networking Administration. His goal is simple and direct: Get a job. “Going to college is something different for me,” Cook said. “I’ve never done anything like this before. I’ve worked at a lot of different jobs and sometimes it’s been a challenge. Going to DCTC gives me the best feeling. I enjoy it every day—just being here.”

Cook made a smart move when he chose networking administration as a career field. According to ISEEK, network and computer systems administrators make on average more than $35 an hour, which is well above the statewide average. The career outlook is even more promising, showing an 18.6 percent increase in jobs by 2020, which also beats the average across Minnesota.

Cook instantly liked the idea of participating in the service-learning project. “I learned a lot from the project,” he said. “I had two students, both boys, Antonio and Zach—and they were both really cool.”

One of the boys wrote his own stories, which Cook found quite remarkable for an 11-year-old. “It was a joy to be around kids who want to learn,” Cook said. “Watching them, I remembered what it was like when I was that age, just hanging out. I’m glad I could help inspire them to think about college. Now that I’m in college, I wake up every morning at 5 a.m. just happy to be going to school.”

Kate Stoe on Deangelas Cook: “Deangelas had quite a presence about him. After the first week, many of the kids wanted to work with him. He is so confident and he quickly developed an easy and fun relationship with the kids he worked with.”

Cook is single and resides in Hastings, Minn., with his 6-year-old daughter, Kahnaiya.

For more information about service-learning or how to get a service-learning project off the ground, contact:
  • Katie Halcrow
    Director of Service-Learning
    Inver Hills Community College
    651-450-3241
Red Pine Elementary Cardinal

Red Pine Elementary Cardinal

Eleven Stars for 11 Years

Blue Knights women’s soccer celebrates 11th season

DCTC Blue Knights: Inaugural sports team 2003-2004

2003–2004 Blue Knights: Inaugural sports team at DCTC

Cam Stoltz

Cam Stoltz

The 2013–2014 season of Blue Knights women’s soccer at Dakota County Technical College marks the 11th year of the program. Head Coach Cam Stoltz looked back on his career at DCTC and selected 11 standouts from dozens on dozens of players. The group features six NJCAA All-Americans, four players who went on to play at the NCAA Division II-level, two players who played in the Womens Premier Soccer League, and one who went on to play for the University of Louisville Cardinals, a team ranked nationally in NCAA DI.

The Lady Knights have taken home one NJCAA Region 13 championship, going 15–5 in the program’s first season, but have yet to win it all in NJCAA Region 11. They’ve come close, taking the runner-up spot in 2009 and 2010. The team’s 10-season record is 99–88–10 playing NJCAA Division I soccer.

Cam Stoltz

Cam Stoltz circa 2004

“The Blue Knights women’s soccer program began in 2003 and was the college’s first team sport,” said Head Coach Cam Stoltz. “Exciting and competitive, our level of play offers women the opportunity to begin a college education and/or pursue a specific technical degree while continuing their soccer careers.”

Stoltz added that athletics and women’s soccer enhance an already great education at DCTC. “The unique experiences of the one hundred and thirty-three women who have worn a Blue Knights jersey are a benefit to the campus community,” he said. “Below are eleven women who exemplify the very best our program has produced. We believe that Blue Knights soccer contributed to what they have accomplished and what they are doing today.”

2010–2011 Blue Knights: NJCAA Region 11 Runners-Up

2010–2011 Blue Knights: NJCAA Region 11 Runners-Up

Eleven stars for 11 years

Hannah Decklever | #4
Hannah Decklever
  • Hannah DeckleverPosition: Fullback
  • Hometown: Lakeville, Minn.
  • High School: Lakeville North
  • Seasons as a Blue Knight: 2009–10; 2010–11
  • Major: Early Childhood and Youth Development
  • Awards/Accomplishments:
    • DCTC’s only two-time NJCAA Academic All-American
    • Team captain (2010)
    • Blue Knight Award (2010)
    • Played on Region 11 runner-up squads in freshman and sophomore seasons
  • Hannah DeckleverAfter DCTC: Began career in early child care, her field of study
  • Coach Cam Stoltz: “Hannah Decklever was a coache’s player. On her hardest, most difficult days, she still performed consistently. She was a core of the best two-year run we have had (2009–10). The best part of Hannah’s ability was that she never stopped getting better from practice one in year one to her second consecutive regional championship. Her academics were superior as are her ethics on and off the field.”
Kasey Dobbs | #9

Kasey Dobbs

  • Kasey DobbsPosition: Fullback/Forward
  • Hometown: Rosemount, Minn.
  • High School: Rosemount
  • Seasons as a Blue Knight: 2005–06; 2006–07
  • Major: General Education/Undecided
  • Awards/Accomplishments:
    • NJCAA All American (2005)
    • NJCAA Athlete of the Week (2005)
    • Team MVP (2005)
    • Golden Boot Award (2005)
    • All-Region 11 (2005)
  • After DCTC:
    • Transferred to Concordia University, Saint Paul
    • Played one season for the Golden Bears (NCAA DII)
    • Graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education Birth–Grade 3
    • Currently working at a daycare center
  • Coach Cam Stoltz: “Kasey Dobbs was a natural player who was able to attack from any part of the field. She scored 33 goals in one season—from the front of the field and the back. Her attitude made her a favorite instantly. Unfortunately, Kasey’s time at DCTC was cut a year short with a knee injury in her second preseason.”
  • Favorite Memory as a Blue Knight: “My favorite memories come from the times we traveled. I enjoyed being on a bus with everyone laughing and getting to know one another.”
  • Why Kasey chose DCTC: “I became a Blue Knight because I wanted to continue playing soccer at a competitive level after high school.”
Kate Fox | #14

Kate Fox

  • Kate FoxPosition: Fullback
  • Hometown: Inver Grove Heights, Minn.
  • High School: Homeschooled/Simley
  • Seasons as a Blue Knight: 2009–10; 2010–11; 2011–12 (redshirt)
  • Major: Graphic Design Technology
  • Awards/Accomplishments:
    • Blue Knight Award (2010)
    • DCTC all-time leader in game appearances  (44)
  • Coach Cam Stoltz: “Kate Fox lives for soccer. Kate was part of the two winningest teams at DCTC. She went from being a high school prospect to earning her degree in visual communications at DCTC. She is now an NCAA Division II player and even played in the WPSL, a pro-am league with more than fifty teams, making it the largest women’s soccer league in the world. Kate has one remaining year in the NCAA and has already done DCTC proud.”
Katia (Galvan) Hernandez | #10

Katia Galvan

  • Katia GalvanPosition: Midfielder
  • Hometown: St. Paul, Minn.
  • High School: Humboldt
  • Seasons as a Blue Knight: 2010–11; 2011–12
  • Major: General Education/Undecided
  • Awards/Accomplishments:
    • MVP  (2010)
    • Golden Boot Award (2011)
    • All-Region 11 both seasons
    • Played on Region 11 runner-up squad in freshman season
  • Katia GalvanAfter DCTC: Began career in early child care; married with a daughter
  • Coach Cam Stoltz: “One of the most dynamic goal scorers I have encountered in women’s soccer. Katia scored the best college goal I have ever seen—a one-look, 40-yard volley that put DCTC up for good in the 2010 Region 11 semifinal 2–1 win over Iowa Central.”
Emily (Grannes) Allen | #4

  • Emily GrannesPosition: Midfielder
  • Hometown: Apple Valley, Minn.
  • High School: Apple Valley
  • Seasons as a Blue Knight: 2004–05
  • Major: General Education/Undecided
  • Awards/Accomplishments:
    • All-Region 11
    • Rookie of the Year (2004)
  • After DCTC:
    • Transferred to Concordia University, Saint Paul
    • Earned bachelor and master’s degrees
    • Played for Golden Bears (NCAA DII)
    • Married
  • Coach Cam Stoltz: “Emily Grannes transferred from MSU Mankato to play her second season with us and helped DCTC get to the district tournament in Michigan where we fell to Schoolcraft College. Emily would run like a deer, but with better endurance. She has heart and passion for the game and made our team better.”
  • Emily GrannesFavorite Memory as a Blue Knight: “As the program was in its infancy in 2004, the team was enlisted to recruit ‘athletic looking’ women. My first activity on the campus was walking up to complete strangers and convincing them it was a blast to play soccer. Lets just say we filled the roster that year and did quite well (making all the way to the NJCAA regional tournament).”
  • Why Emily chose DCTC: “DCTC was a great opportunity to get myself grounded in school while being able to peruse my dream of collegiate level soccer. The leadership and support by the coaching staff gave me the confidence and know-how to continue on to DII soccer at Concordia University, Saint Paul, as a starting defender. The coaches proved to me they were committed to my success, not only in school and on the field, but also in my future.”
Sheena (Lien) Henry | #3

Sheena Lien

  • Sheena LienPosition: Midfielder
  • Hometown: Apple Valley, Minn.
  • High School: Apple Valley
  • Seasons as a Blue Knight: 2003–04; 2004–05
  • Major: Business
  • Awards/Accomplishments:
    • First female athlete inducted into Blue Knights Hall of Fame (2011)
    • First NJCAA All-American for Blue Knights (2003)
    • All-time leader in assists at DCTC
    • MVP (2003 & 2004)
    • Played on Region 13 championship team (2003)
  • After DCTC:
    • Transferred to UW River Falls
    • Executive Assistant and Communications Coordinator at ProAct, Inc.
    • Married Greg Henry in 2012; lives in New Market, Minn.
  • Sheena LienCoach Cam Stoltz: “Sheena Lien could play soccer in any college division. Each and every time she came onto the field, she was the best for either team. She was a special player at time when DCTC needed to build its program. She is our first Hall of Fame member at DCTC.”
  • Favorite Memory as a Blue Knight: “The first year of DCTC’s soccer program we played against Moraine Valley from Illinois in the playoffs. Making it that far the first year was definitely memorable. I have been a soccer player now for more than 20 years and the best of my memories came from DCTC.”
  • Why Sheena chose DCTC: “I played for DCTC because I knew the opportunity to train with Cam, knowing him from attending his soccer camps, would benefit my abilities and provide opportunities to learn more about the game while developing my skills on the field.”
 Katie (Lucca) Bernard | #7 (Freshman) #8 (Sophomore)

Katie Lucca

  • Katie LuccaPosition: Forward
  • Hometown: Prior Lake, Minn.
  • High School: Lakeville South
  • Seasons as a Blue Knight: 2008–09; 2009–10
  • Major: Graphic Design Technology
  • Awards/Accomplishments:
    • DCTC’s First NJCAA Academic All-American (2009)
    • Blue Knight Award (2008)
    • Golden Boot (2009)
  • Katie LuccaAfter DCTC:
    • Worked for Target Corporation
    • Moved to Warroad, Minn., to work for Polaris
    • Married with one child
  • Coach Cam Stoltz: “Katie Lucca came to DCTC from a very successful Lakeville South state championship team. She was able to carry our team in scoring her freshman year and was part of a fantastic 2009 regional runner-up. Katie was also DCTC’s first Academic All-American, proving once again that athletes can excel in the classroom as well.”
Heather Neurer | #4 (Freshman) #19 (Sophomore)

Heather Neurer

  • Heather NeurerPosition: Forward
  • Hometown: Oakdale, Minn.
  • High School: Tartan
  • Seasons as a Blue Knight: 2008–09; 2009–10
  • Major: Interior Design
  • Awards/Accomplishments:
    • NJCAA Academic All-American (2010)
    • MVP (2008)
    • Played on Region 11 runner-up squad (2009)
  • Heather NeurerAfter DCTC:
    • Transferred to the University of Minnesota via a DCTC and U of M articulation agreement
    • Featured in Real Magazine
  • Coach Cam Stoltz: “Heather Neuer was a spark player who snuck in on attack and quietly retreated to defend the middle. An NJCAA Academic All-American who majored in interior design at DCTC, Heather is a perfect example of a great player coming to DCTC for an excellent education.”
Rebecca Noonan | #9

Rebecca Noonan

  • Becca NoonanPosition: Forward
  • Hometown: Crystal, Minn.
  • High School: Robbinsdale Cooper
  • Seasons as a Blue Knight: 2003–04; 2004–05
  • Major: Exercise Sport Science
  • Awards/Accomplishments:
    • All-Region 13
    • Golden Boot Award (2003 & 2004)
    • Played on Region 13 championship team (2003)
  • Coach Cam Stoltz: “‘Right-Footed Rebecca’ may never have used her left foot (just a joke) in her DCTC career, but she was oftentimes the fastest player on the field. Becca was a prolific goal scorer, ranking in the nation in goals both her seasons with DCTC. Becca would often pair up with Sheena Lien to help carry the Blue Knights in our infancy.”
Amanda Olsen | #12

Amanda Olsen

  • Amanda OlsenPosition: Forward
  • Hometown: Cottage Grove, Minn.
  • High School: Park
  • Seasons as a Blue Knight: 2009–10; 2010–11
  • Major: Exercise Sport Science
  • Awards/Accomplishments:
    • All-American (2009)
    • All-Region 11 (2009 & 2010)
    • NSCAA All-Region (2009)
    • DCTC all-time leader in points with 138
    • DCTC all-time leader in goals with 56
    • Golden Boot Award (2009 & 2010)
  • Amanda OlsenAfter DCTC:
    • Transferred to Concordia University, Saint Paul
    • Played two seasons for the Golden Bears (NCAA DII)
    • Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology
    • Career plan is to complete an internship in the fall 2013 in physical therapy; go on to grad school to become a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant
    • Daktronics Second Team All-Region
    • Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Newcomer of the Year
    • NSIC First Team
  • Coach Cam Stoltz: “Amanda Olsen has been an impact player whenever and wherever she has played. Amanda is the best example of how a great player can get started in college and excel as a student and athlete. She used her 58-goal career at DCTC to transfer into the best NCAA II conference in the nation, where she was named Newcomer of the Year in 2011. As a Blue Knight, Amanda won the Golden Boot in the two most successful back-to-back years we had. There is not a doubt that without her, we would not have reached two consecutive championships.”
Kassie Young | #1 (Freshman) #11 (Sophomore)

Kassie Young

  • Kassie YoungPosition: Goalkeeper
  • Hometown: Lakeville, Minn.
  • High School: Lakeville South
  • Seasons as a Blue Knight: 2008–09; 2009–10
  • Major: Exercise Sport Science
  • Awards/Accomplishments:
    • DCTC all-time best goals against average; 1.14 per game over her freshman and sophomore seasons
    • All-Region 11
    • Ranked in NJCAA Top 20 Goalkeepers
  • Kassie YoungAfter DCTC:
    • Transferred to University of Louisville
    • Played for Big East Champion Cardinals and NCAA DI tournament
    • Played in Womens Premier Soccer League (WPSL) (2011)
    • Bachelor’s degree in health and human performance, and sport administration
    • Currently evaluating options for grad school; potentially physical therapy
    • Working full-time as a leasing consultant in the meantime
  • Coach Cam Stoltz: “Kassie Young used her DCTC experience to figure out her future. After being highly recruited out of Lakeville South as a keeper, she chose to play for the Blue Knights and holds the all-time best goals against average for our program. In spring of 2011, Kassie was recruited by the University of Louisville as an NCAA Division I transfer. She helped the Cardinals in an NCAA sweet 16 run that included knocking off highly ranked and defending national champion Notre Dame. Kassie has parlayed her college soccer success into a management career in professional sports.”
  • Favorite Memory as a Blue Knight: “Going to Arizona with the DCTC teams. Ditto to what Sheena said.”
For more information about Blue Knights soccer, contact:
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Amanda Olsen (right)

Amanda Olsen (right)