Dakota Electric Donates Funds to DCTC

Dakota Electric board of directors with school district superintendents and DCTC president (left to right): Board Chair Paul Bakken, Director Margaret Schreiner, Farmington School District Superintendent Jason Berg, Director Bill Middlecamp, Cannon Falls School District Superintendent Jeff Sampson, Director John DeYoe, DCTC President Michael Berndt

Unclaimed capital credits money also supports area school district projects

Dakota Electric Association recently donated $47,000 from unclaimed capital credits funds to Dakota County Technical College and three area school districts. DCTC President Michael Berndt greatly appreciated the Dakota Electric donation.

“Dakota Electric has been a long-time and valued partner,” President Berndt said. “We are extremely grateful for their many investments in our students and programs. This particular donation will provide invaluable support to our veteran and active military students and their family members, extending financial assistance in areas not covered by veteran benefits.”

For details, please read the official Dakota Electric Association press release:

FARMINGTON, Minn. (Nov. 4, 2022) — Dakota Electric Association provided the school districts of 192, 252, 659 and Dakota County Technical College with donations from the unclaimed capital credits fund. Dakota Electric awarded a total of $47,000 of unclaimed capital credits money to the schools this year, which will be used to fund specific educational projects and reach district goals.

District 192, Farmington, will use the money to ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­create an informational video to improve communication with the community. District 252, Cannon Falls, will use the money to update the welding stations in the Career and Technical Education Department. District 659, Northfield, will use the money to help update the equipment in the Technology and Engineering Department’s shops and classrooms. Dakota County Technical College will use the money for scholarships and emergency funds for veterans, active military and their families.

Superintendent Jason Berg, District 192, and Superintendent Jeff Sampson, District 252, and Michael Berndt, president of Dakota County Technical College, were at Dakota Electric recently to thank the board for the donations and share how they will use the money. They were all very appreciative of Dakota Electric’s support of education over the years.

Since 2013, Dakota Electric has donated more than $454,000 across all the school districts throughout its service territory — each year providing money to different schools. This is above the annual scholarship donations that students receive in every school district. All funds come from unclaimed capital credits.

A member-owned, not-for-profit utility since 1937, Dakota Electric Association provides electricity to more than 112,000 members throughout Dakota County and portions of Goodhue, Rice and Scott counties. Dakota Electric, your Touchstone Energy Cooperative, serves its member-owners with integrity, accountability, innovation and commitment to community.



Learn more about Dakota County Technical College by contacting:

Room 2-110

Learn more about Military & Veteran Services at DCTC by contacting:

Kathy Bachman
MDVA Higher Education Regional Coordinator
Office: Military and Veterans Service Center (Room 2-302)

Janet Lorenzo
School Certifying Official