Since 1971, Dakota County Technical College has been training students for employment in the green industry. On April 8, the Green Gala will celebrate the program’s rich history and help prepare it for the future.
The Green Gala is being held as part of fundraising efforts to construct a new greenhouse facility on the DCTC campus. The current greenhouse is technologically out-of-date and is in constant need of costly repairs. A new, state-of-the-art greenhouse will provide students the best educational opportunities to prepare them for current employment standards.
Serving as emcee for the evening will be Bobby Jensen, senior vice president of Outdoor Environments and co-host of KARE 11’s ‘Grow With KARE’. The night will include dinner, dancing, silent and live auctions, a cash bar and the highlight, a roast of the DCTC Landscape and Horticulture instructors by Dale Bachman of Bachman’s Inc, Peter Moe of the Minnesota Arboretum and DCTC alumni.
The faculty members being roasted have been an integral part of the program’s success and have ties to the green industry’s history. Instructor Jeff Kleinboehl has worked as an instructor for the program since 1979 and has served as senior groundskeeper for the college since 1986. Edward Plaster has been employed as an instructor with the college since 1977 and is a published industry author. Matthew Brooks is the most recent hire for the program, serving as instructor at DCTC since 1997.
In addition to their experiences teaching with the college, all three instructors have varying degrees of involvement within the community and professional organizations and have contributed significantly to landscape and horticulture in Minnesota. A fine example of their commitment to excellence in the industry is that one out of every 10 Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association Certified Professionals is a graduate of the DCTC program. These deep roots in the state are much of the reason that the DCTC program is so well respected and successful.
The Green Gala will be held April 8 beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Rosemount Community Center. Tickets are available for $75 each or $500 for a table sponsorships. Community members, alumni and industry professionals are welcome to attend. Silent and live auction donations are welcomed. Tax-deductible contributions can be made to the DCTC Greenhouse Fund.
For more information, contact Janet Lekson in the DCTC Foundation office at 651-423-8249.