Customized Training on a Roll

Continuing education and training fueled by grants and partnerships in 2007–2008.

Dakota County Technical College recently released the 2007–2008 Customized Training Summary listing the accomplishments of the department’s five divisions.

Customized Training, also known as Continuing Education & Customized Training, works to meet the individualized needs of area businesses, companies and organizations. Dr. Ron Thomas, DCTC president, noted that Customized Training is designed to support employers and employees facing turbulent economic times.

“Now more than ever, business and industry require workforces that are equipped to balance the books, face international competition, keep pace with technological advancements and take on challenges that arise in the marketplace,” said Thomas.

Gary Hebert, dean of Business, Technology & Customized Training, reported that his department needs to stay on top of economic changes and trends to be relevant and effective.

“We are continuing to increase our offerings to meet the demands of business and industry in the south metro,” Hebert said. “Our Public Safety division is expanding courses in pursuit and defensive driving even as our Transportation division continues to build on its Truck Driver Training program.”

Customized Training Grants

Division Accomplishments

Business and Management
  • Occupational Spanish delivered to local police departments, school districts and Realtors.
  • International management certification through Institute of Certified Professional Managers
  • New Multicultural Supervision program
IT/Computer Technology
  • Hybrid Microsoft classes resume .NET training
  • Centra live e-learning tool for classes
  • Infrastructure overhaul, Jan. 2008
Public Safety
  • Motorcycle Training program trains and endorses 1,200 riders
  • Law Enforcement program trains 600 peace officers and 200 firefighters and EMTs in various emergency vehicle driving skills
  • Defensive driving course used by 250 students of all ages
  • 151 out of 153 students (98.6 percent) pass Truck Driver Training program and earn Class A Commercial Driver’s License
  • Professional Truck Driver Institute accepts TDT program for national certification consideration
  • Multimillion dollar TDT facility allows students to receive up to 1,500 miles hands-on-the-wheel experience on all types of roadways