Best for Vets Ranks DCTC # 5 Nationally for Public Career & Technical Colleges

Best for Vets Ranks DCTC 11th in Midwest

Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Campus committed to supporting military/veteran students and their families

Military Times Best for Vets has ranked Dakota County Technical College #5 in the nation for Public Career & Technical colleges for 2021. Best for Vets included four ranking categories this year. DCTC ranked #132 Overall nationally, #105 for Public colleges and #23 in the Midwest along with the Career & Technical ranking.

Going deeper into the ranking system exclusively for Career & Technical colleges in the Midwest, DCTC is ranked #2. The college received a score of 86.363.

According to DefenseNews, “More than 300 schools participated in the latest Best for Vets: Colleges survey, which included more than 70 questions seeking details about the school’s costs, programs, policies and services that impact military-connected students. Federal data from the U.S. Departments of Education, Veterans Affairs and Defense were also considered.

DCTC has been consistently ranked nationally by Best for Vets for Career & Technical Colleges:

  • #4 in 2020
  • #6 in 2019
  • #7 in 2018
  • #12 in 2017

This year, the college was ranked with four-year colleges and universities, both public and private.

Anna Voight, associate director of student life at DCTC, previously served as chair of the college’s Beyond the Yellow Ribbon (BTYR) Committee. Anna has been at the forefront of the all-campus effort to make DCTC one of the most military-friendly technical colleges in the U.S.

“The Best for Vets ranking system is the most comprehensive system out there to rate colleges on how well they serve military/veteran students,” she said. “To be ranked in the top ten four consecutive years is a testament to the commitment of our faculty, staff and administrators to support our military community. It is our desire for every student who attends DCTC to feel like they belong on our campus and for them to be successful as students.”

Anna added that the DCTC Military and Veteran Service Center and BTYR Committee focus on improving and expanding services and resources for the college’s veterans, services members and their families.

“Their work has made an enormous impact on providing our military community a warm welcome to campus and providing support they need to be successful at DCTC and beyond,” she said. “It’s an honor to be part of a campus community so focused on serving our students, and specifically, our military-affiliated students.”

More about Military & Veteran Services at DCTC…

Dakota County Technical College is committed to being a veteran-friendly campus. The college was proclaimed a Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Company in 2010. In 2016, DCTC opened a newly remodeled Military and Veteran Service Center.

DCTC is dedicated to meeting the needs of student-veterans and active-duty service members. Some veterans face personal, relationship, education and employment challenges. Veteran’s families also may need support while their loved ones serve overseas and when they return home. DCTC, working with the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs, provides additional training on supporting veterans to counselors, student affairs staff, faculty, and administrators.


Learn more about Military and Veteran Services and the BTYR Committee at DCTC by contacting:

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