New director hopes to increase foundation’s success and the visibility of DCTC
Dakota County Technical College welcomes new Foundation Director Michelle Boe.
Michelle’s first days on the job have been a whirlwind of meeting people and getting up to speed. Her first task will be planning the foundation’s annual fundraising event, this year called the True ‘Brew’ Gala.
Coming at it with fresh ideas, Michelle said she hopes this year’s True Brew Gala will be the best yet. This year’s gala will highlight DCTC’s new Brewing and Beer Steward Technology program and the event will feature locally sourced craft beers.
Long term, Michelle said she hopes to increase the foundation’s success and the overall visibility of DCTC with new donors and community partners. She’ll start that process by getting to know as many people here on campus as she can. While she will do her best to get out on campus, she also encourages people to stop by her office to introduce themselves.
“I’m excited to meet everyone here and it’s important to me to get to know people,” said Michelle.
Since she was young, Michelle wanted to be a lawyer so that she could be an advocate for others. Her dreams came true when she graduated from William Mitchell College of Law in 2013.
She followed a typical career track, first clerking for a judge in Hennepin County District Court and then became an associate attorney at a large Minneapolis firm. While her dreams of being a lawyer had been realized, Michelle said her desire to help people had not.
“I realized I need public service in my work,” said Michelle. Growing up, she watched her father, a local two-year college president, work tirelessly on behalf of students, and she saw first-hand the amazing opportunities created by technical colleges.
So, when the opportunity for the Dakota County Technical College Foundation Director position became available, she decided it would be a good fit.
The DCTC Foundation provides scholarships and helps more than 400 students a year. As director Michelle will lead fundraising efforts for the foundation as well as advocate for students and DCTC by engaging community partners.
“I really believe in DCTC’s mission and I hope to provide opportunities for students,” said Michelle.
Quick facts about Michelle:
Resides in: Edina
Favorite season: Fall
Favorite sport: To watch: football. To play: basketball.
Favorite holiday: Christmas
Favorite snack: String cheese
Favorite performing artists: Adele, Brandon Flowers, James Taylor
Favorite restaurant: Café Lurcat
Favorite food: Cake
Favorite day of the week: Thursday
Favorite TV show: 30 Rock
Favorite movie: The Pelican Brief
Dream occupation: Elected official
Person she would most like to meet: Michelle Obama Avoid: Her law school contracts professor
Most precious possession: Wedding ring
Favorite books: Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg and Bossypants by Tina Fey
Favorite vacation: Honeymoon in Mexico
DCTC Foundation Director