Help us fill this lot! Donate your vehicle to DCTC

Donated cars will be used for hands-on training for auto technology students

Do you have a car or truck that you don’t need? Consider donating that automobile to DCTC! Your donation will be used during classroom instruction by students in our Automotive Technology Program.

Vehicle donations are accepted the second Tuesday of the month from noon – 2 p.m. at our main campus at 1300 – 145th Street East (Dakota County Road 42), Rosemount, MN.  Donors are asked to bring the vehicle to the back (south) of the Automotive TechnicianWe are accepting vehicles that are 2000 or newer.  Donors must provide title and/or lien release if there was ever a loan on the vehicle.  “These donated vehicles allow our students hands-on experience with automotive repair,” notes Auto Technician Program Instructor Jeff Copeland.  “It helps train our students for these high demand jobs. Most of our students have found future employment by the end of their first semester.”

DCTC does not determine the value of the donated car. Instead donors are asked to check the NADA Blue Book, and your accountant, to determine the value and to learn how much you can claim on your income tax.

If your vehicle needs to be towed to our campus, you must accompany the vehicle to the campus.

Automotive technicians find employment at dealerships, independent shops and specialty shops. According to ISEEK, Minnesota’s career, education and job resource, employment for automotive service technicians and mechanics is expected to grow 12.4 percent in Minnesota by the year 2020, which is above the statewide average. ISEE projects that there will be a need for about 3,840 new Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics to meet market demand between 2010-2020. This includes the demand due to replacement (workers leaving the occupation or retiring) as well as growth.

Graduates of the auto tech program are hired as automobile technicians, automobile service advisors, automotive repair technicians, automotive engineers and service managers with an average of $19.31/hour.   Top earners are paid $29.01/hour, based on information from ISEEK: Minneapolis-St. Paul seven-county metro area, 2015.

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