DCTC to get new library, major facility upgrades

A new state-of-the-art library, media center, science lab and telecommunications facilities are coming soon to Dakota County Technical College’s main campus in Rosemount, thanks to successful passage of a bonding bill this spring in the Minnesota State Legislature.

DCTC students will benefit greatly from the $7.38 million allocated to the college, which is arguably the most significant event to happen on campus since DCTC opened in the early 1970s.

“We are thrilled for our students that this project was funded,” said DCTC President Ron Thomas. “In order to deliver the best-possible education, we need facilities that meet the needs of our students. This project was long overdue.”

Thomas said he anticipates construction will begin this summer, with the entire project complete and ready for students arriving in August 2006. Classes will continue uninterrupted during the construction phase, but there will be some room changes to accommodate the new floor plan.

“There will be some noise during construction, but that will be music to our ears here at the college,” Thomas added. “We know this will be an outstanding addition to DCTC that will benefit everyone.”