DCTC Voted Minnesota’s Best

Star Tribune Readers’ Choice silver recognition in Education category

Dakota County Technical College has received Silver recognition in three Education subcategories in the Minnesota’s Best Star Tribune Readers’ Choice Award program. The college was voted second in the state in the following areas:

2021: Silver Best College/University

2021: Silver Best Trade/Technical School

2021: Silver Best Adult Learning

More about Minnesota’s Best rankings…

According to CollegeStats, Minnesota is home to more than 140 higher education institutions. DCTC (Silver) was one of three schools recognized in the Minnesota’s Best College/University subcategory, beating out the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, (Bronze) and taking second to Minnesota State University Mankato (Gold).

In the Trade/Technical School subcategory, DCTC (Silver) finished behind Prime Digital Academy (Gold) and ahead of Slam Academy (Bronze). In the Adult Learning subcategory, DCTC (Silver) competed against Cooks of Crocus Hill (Gold) and Academy of Whole Learning (Bronze).

More about Star Tribune Readers’ Choice…¹

When Star Tribune readers nominate you as one of Minnesota’s Best, you’re placed on a ballot with the nominees from each category. Those nominees are then published and promoted by the Star Tribune and voted on by Star Tribune’s vast readership.

Just being nominated gives your business cachet. You can also display the Minnesota’s Best Nominee logo at your locations and in your marketing — signifying that you are one of the best businesses in your category.

And if you win, you get even more recognition. All winners will be published on the Minnesota’s Best website, and in the first edition of Minnesota’s Best Magazine.

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More about DCTC…

Dakota County Technical College endeavors to serve students within nearby communities, as well as those coming from countries around the world. The majority of students work toward degrees and diplomas in a variety of programs to prepare them for employment.

However, the college is also proud of its General Education department, whose courses are part of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC). As members of a student-centered organization, all employees, faculty members and administrators are focused on ways to continuously improve student learning within the college’s mission.

Along the way, DCTC has become a leader in delivering sustainable technologies, service-learning opportunities, and community engagement into the curricula of most programs.

Mission & Accreditation

Dakota County Technical College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. DCTC is home to six NJCAA sports teams, women’s soccer, men’s soccer, basketball, volleyball, baseball and softball.


Learn, discover, and build a better future: DCTC is dedicated to education for employment and life-long growth.


At DCTC, we aspire to create a transformational education for every student founded on belonging, learning, support, clear pathways, and community engagement.

DCTC students on five aspects of their college experience:

Belonging: “I am valued for who I am.”
Learning: “I am engaged in meaningful learning.”
Support: “I have the support I need.”
Clear Pathways: “I know where I am going and how to get there.”
Community Engagement: “I am engaged in community.”


Dakota County Technical College is a public two-year institution of higher education dedicated to the philosophy that there is dignity in all work and value in individual growth and learning. It is the philosophy of the college that all of its students should have access to quality education that prepares them for rewarding careers.

The college values its role in contributing to economic development by providing a knowledgeable and skilled workforce. The college views itself as a full partner in the higher education community and recognizes its contribution to lifelong learning.


Learn more about Dakota County Technical College by contacting:

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¹ SOURCE: Minnesota’s Best