DCTC Ranked Military Times Best #7 Nationwide

Colleges 2018 for Career & Technical Colleges

Military Times Best: Colleges 2018, formerly known as Best for Vets, has ranked Dakota County Technical College #7 nationally for Career & Technical Colleges. According to the Sightline Media publication, the “rankings factor in the results of Military Times’ annual survey, the most comprehensive school-by-school assessment of veteran and military student services and rates of academic achievement.”

Kathy Bachman, MDVA higher education regional coordinator, works on the DCTC campus at the recently remodeled and relocated Military and Veterans Service Center. Kathy appreciates all the planning and work the college workforce puts into making veterans and military students feel at home in the DCTC community.

“Anne Johnson is a tremendous advocate for veteran’s initiatives, programs and services at DCTC,” Kathy said. “Her vision and dedication to veterans were instrumental in implementing early registration for veterans, and the relocation of the Military and Veterans Service Center.”

Kathy also acknowledged Anna Voight, the college’s Beyond the Yellow Ribbon committee chair and associate director of student life.

“I appreciate Anna’s ability to keep the committee focused on goals and initiatives impacting the success of military students,” she said. “Her organization and follow-through helped ensure goals came to fruition that were related to Military Times Best.”

To learn more about the rankings, read:

Military Times Announces the Military Times Best: Colleges 2018

Eighth annual rankings factor in veteran and military students’ success rates
Military and Veterans Service Center Open House

Military and Veterans Service Center Open House

Veteran and military student support network at DCTC

Administrator perspective

Anne Johnson, associate vice president of student affairs at DCTC, reported that the college is committed to supporting students who have served or are serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. That support  extends to military family members.

“I am thrilled about DCTC’s ranking in the Military Times publication,” Anne said. “DCTC has made extraordinary strides over the past several years to provide exceptional service and programming for veterans, military students and their families.”

“The recently awarded 5-year, $3.2 million dollar U.S. Department of Education Title III grant has initiatives around the acknowledgement of veterans and military members military occupational specialty (MOS) and equivalency to college credits.”

Anne Johnson, MBA, Associate Vice President of Student Affairs

Anne added that the college expanded the Military and Veterans Service Center approximately two years ago to provide more space to study as well as room for private meetings with VA representatives, college advisors, social workers and other support people. The center is also a place where veterans can go to support one another in a comfortable, welcoming environment.

“DCTC believes in the importance of supporting veterans and wants them to take classes here, so much so that specific initiatives are identified in the Strategic Enrollment Management plan that was developed during academic year 2016–2017,” Anne said. “Additionally, the recently awarded 5-year, $3.2 million dollar U.S. Department of Education Title III grant—Adult Learners: Service, Success, & Growth—has initiatives around the acknowledgement of veterans and military members military occupational specialty (MOS) and equivalency to college credits.”

Anne pointed out that DCTC offers programs throughout the year not only to support veterans and military students, but to also help college faculty and staff understand the military culture.

“This programming is done through the superior work of the Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Committee members’ initiatives linked to college plans,” she said. “DCTC is indeed proud to serve veterans, military members and their families.”

DCTC veterans event and activities gallery

Staff perspective

Kerry Lurken, enrollment advisor and financial aid specialist at the college, is an expert at helping veterans and military students adapt to their studies and campus life.

“We at DCTC are committed to supporting military veterans, spouses and dependent children with their higher education needs, including help with GI Bill benefits,” Kerry said. “The goal of our commitment is to promote academic success leading to graduation and excellent career opportunities.

Student perspective

David Hannan retired from the Minnesota Army National Guard in March 2017 after 24 years of service. David is earning his A.A.S. degree in Networking Administration. He welcomes the support provided by the college’s staff, faculty and administration.

“As a veteran with three deployments, I have unique needs,” he said. “DCTC and the Military and Veterans Service Center help me be successful by working with me to make sure my needs are met.”

Click image below to watch David Hannan’s Twin Cities Live interview:

Twin Cities Live

2016–2017 veterans initiative and event highlights

Toys 4 Military Kids 2017

Toys 4 Military Kids 2017

2017–2018 veterans initiative and event highlights, including work underway

  • Implementing Early Registration for Veterans fall 2017
    • Initiative makes sure veterans get the classes they need to complete their degrees.
    • Spearheaded by Anne Johnson and Kerry Lurken.
  • Honoring veterans at commencement ceremony with military honor cords
  • Creating Veterans Challenge Coins to present to veterans after they receive their degrees or diplomas
  • Strengthening relationships with Rosemount and other BTYR networks
  • Hosting Military Appreciation week
  • Collecting holiday gifts for Toys 4 Military Kids drive
To learn more about the Military and Veterans Service Center at DCTC, contact:

Kathy Bachman
MDVA Higher Education Regional Coordinator
Military and Veterans Service Center: Room 2-303

U.S. Army

U.S. Army

Above photo attribution:

U.S. Army

Gold winner

Army Spc. Elizabeth Wasil wins gold in the 1500-meter wheelchair race during the 2013 Warrior Games in Colorado Springs, Colo., May 14, 2013. More than 200 wounded, ill, and injured service members and veterans will compete in the games, which run through May 16. The military service with the most medals will win the Chairman’s Cup.

DOD photo by EJ Hersom

Top gallery photo attributions

U.S. Navy

U.S. Navy

Sailors say a prayer for the first child born aboard Comfort in more than seven years.

Sailors aboard the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) say a prayer for Sara Victoria Llull Rodriguiz, the first child born aboard Comfort in more than seven years. Comfort is underway operating in the vicinity of San Juan, Puerto Rico, to provide medical services with additional visits being planned around the island. The U.S. Health and Human Services and Puerto Rico Department of Health representatives are prioritizing patients at each stop prior to Comfort’s arrival. The Department of Defense is supporting the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the lead federal agency, in helping those affected by Hurricane Maria to minimize suffering and is one component of the overall whole-of-government response effort. October 17, 2017.

—U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Ernest R. Scott/Released

U.S. Coast Guard

U.S. Coast Guard

Blast Off

A boatcrew from Coast Guard Station Port Canaveral, Fla., enforces a safety and security zone during a rocket launch off the coast of Cape Canaveral, Fla., June 24, 2016. The Coast Guard helps provide safety and security services for launches out of the Kennedy Space Center.

—U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Anthony L. Soto

U.S. Army

U.S. Army

Inspecting My Shot

Sgt. Juan Jackson, an internment specialist from Lakewood, Washington, with the 493rd Military Police Company, inspects his shot group on the M16 zero range during the 2014 Army Reserve Best Warrior Competition at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey, June 25.

U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Michel Sauret

U.S. Marines

U.S. Marines

Follow Me

Lance Cpl. Joseph Nunez from Burbank, Calif., and Viky, an improvised explosive device detection dog, both attached to Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, search a compound for hidden threats during Operation Grizzly in Helmand province, Afghanistan, July 18, 2013. Grizzly was a counter-insurgency operation to deter enemy activity, establish a presence and gather human intelligence.

U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Alejandro Pena/Released

U.S. Air Force

U.S. Air Force


An Airman assigned to the 20th Fighter Wing is embraced by his daughter after returning to Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., April 13, 2016. Approximately 300 Airmen deployed for six months to the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility.

U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Jensen Stidham