DEPARTMENT NEWS | Recognitions

It’s in Our Blood

Cathy Hildebrandt and Deborah Flanders

Landscape Horticulture students, Deborah Flanders and Cathy Hildebrandt, are recipients of 2011 Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association Foundation scholarships. Recognizing top-tier students studying horticultural or landscape at Minnesota colleges and universities, MNLA scholarships enhance the career paths of upcoming leaders in green-industry fields.

Flanders and Hildebrandt praise the Landscape Horticulture program as a “get-your-hands-dirty” experience led by smart, practical instructors who are focused on infusing real-world knowledge and skills in their students.

Flanders, a resident of Webster, Minn., came to the program as an all-purpose administrative assistant at Bachman’s. This spring she will earn her A.A.S. degree with an emphasis on design. She has a passion for sustainability and green practices. A high spot of her academic career came when she and her classmates trekked to PLANET Student Career Days in Atlanta, Ga., where she placed 15 out of 85 nationally in a meticulously difficult green plant identification competition.

Hildebrandt grew up on an 80-acre gentleman’s farm near St. Bonifacius, Minn. A dislocated worker, she clicked with the program during a Tuesday Campus Visit and enrolled the same day. She’s also getting her degree this spring, but is pulling out all the stops by specializing in three interest areas: design and sales, landscape construction, and greenhouse production. She can’t wait to get out in the industry. “We love it,” she said. “It’s in our blood.”

For more information about Landscape Horticulture at DCTC, contact:

2010–2011 All-Minnesota Academic Team

(left to right) VCOM Instructor DeAnn Engvall, Automotive Technician Instructor Jeff Copeland, DCTC President Ronald E. Thomas, Awbre Henry, MnSCU Board Trustee Michael Vekich, Joyce Ludwig, VCOM Instructor Connie Larson, MnSCU Chancellor James McCormick

The Phi Theta Kappa All-Minnesota Academic Team Celebration was held at the Royal Cliff in Eagan, Minn., Friday, March 25, 2011. Forty-five students from 20 two-year colleges in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system were honored for their selection to the 2010–2011 All-Minnesota Academic Team, which recognizes scholars for their hard work and dedication in pursuit of personal and academic goals while contributing to the success of friends, family and the community.

Two students from Dakota County Technical College, Joyce Ludwig and Awbre Henry, were selected for the team and honored at the event.

Awbre Henry

Awbre Henry | Majoring in Automotive Technician

For Awbre Henry, home is the island nation of Jamaica, located 90 miles south of Cuba in the Caribbean Sea. Awbre believes in the passage Philippians 4:13 from the Bible: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me!” This belief motivates him to accomplish as much as possible. He belongs to the Campus Lions Club and Auto Club, and also serves as president of the college’s Phi Theta Kappa chapter. He is diligent with his studies, earning a 3.88 GPA and a place on the President’s List. Awbre plans to use the skills and knowledge he acquires in the Automotive Technician program to start his own automotive repair shop, one oriented to the needs of customers and community.

Joyce Ludwig

Joyce Ludwig | Majoring in Graphic Design Technology, Multimedia and Web Design, and Electronic Publishing

With a strong entrepreneurial spirit leading her to start her own graphic and multimedia design business, Joyce Ludwig is making good use of the valuable resources available to her as a DCTC student. She is president of the Multicultural Student Leadership Association, vice president of Phi Theta Kappa, a member of the Student Senate, and a volunteer with a variety of charitable drives, including Feed My Starving Children and Armful of Love. As a critical contributor to a service-learning project completed by her graphic design class, she helped create artwork for public buildings belonging to the city of Rosemount. Regarding her work at DCTC, Joyce noted, “It gives me a true sense of accomplishment, allowing me to walk with my head held high in pride.”

For more information about the Phi Theta Kappa Beta Theta Tau Chapter at DCTC, please contact:
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For more info on VCOM programs at DCTC, please contact any of the following VCOM instructors: