Jeff Copeland: 2017 Outstanding CTE Instructor

Jeff Copeland
Jeff Copeland

Automotive Technician instructor honored by MACTA

Jeffrey Copeland, an Automotive Technician instructor at Dakota County Technical College, was recently honored by the Minnesota Association of Career and Technical Administrators (MACTA) with the 2017 Outstanding Post-Secondary CTE Instructor Award. The award recognizes full-time classroom/laboratory Career and Technical Education (CTE) instructors based on accomplishments and innovations that exhibit the quality of the candidate as well as contributions to the CTE community, including activities within their institutions, communities, CTE and other organizations.

“I am honored to be recognized by MACTA as an Outstanding Post-Secondary CTE Instructor,” Jeff said. “There are so many CTE instructors throughout the state deserving of this honor who share their knowledge and passion for CTE each and every day.”

Jeff reported that he is a product of the CTE system, having graduated from Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) with an A.A.S. in Automotive Technology in the late 1980s. He went on to have a very successful career as a Chrysler Master Automotive Technician for 15 years prior to his hiring as an instructor at DCTC in 2003.

“I am fortunate to have had excellent mentors when I began teaching,” Jeff said. “I am pleased to say that I have since become a leader and mentor to our program’s new crew of instructors.”

Jeff added that he is very active promoting the Automotive Technician program, DCTC, and all CTE pathways to schools and businesses throughout the state.

“It is essential to our country’s economy and infrastructure that we increase our development of skilled workers to address the huge skills gap we are currently experiencing,” he said.

Jeff received the award at the Fall 2017 MACTA Meeting, Wednesday, November 1, at the Crown Plaza AIRE in Bloomington, Minnesota, during the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) Awards Program. The event honored recipients from the Minnesota Association for Career and Technical Education (MnACTE) and MACTA.

“I do my best to prepare my students to be successful in life as well as industry. Working with my students is the best part of my job as a DCTC instructor.”

Jeff Copeland, DCTC Automotive Technician Instructor

Jeff Copeland

Pat Lair, director of student success at DCTC, nominated Jeff for the award. “Jeff is currently finishing up his bachelor’s degree in automotive technology education at Iowa State University and Metropolitan State University,” Pat said. “In addition to his college education, Jeff has done the work needed to receive Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Master Technician and Chrysler Master Technician certifications. He has a passion for Career and Technical Education and understands the importance of building solid career pathways.”

Pat noted that Jeff has reached out and established strong relationships with high school CTE instructors and business/industry partners.

“Every year, Jeff helps coordinate career and industry fairs on the DCTC campus for current students to identify potential job opportunities and for area high school students to speak with employers about the automotive industry and the need for trained technicians,” Pat said. “He consistently makes sure his Automotive Technician program is teaching to the most current standards and expectations of the industry while adapting his teaching style to the ever-changing diversity of his students.”

To learn more about the Automotive Technician program at DCTC, contact:

Jeffrey Copeland
Automotive Technician Faculty

Scott Anderson
Automotive Technician Faculty

Matt Boudinot
Automotive Technician Faculty

Jeff Copeland

Jeff Copeland