Transportation Showcase Fall 2022

Area high school students tour DCTC Transportation program areas

Dakota County Technical College held a Transportation Showcase Wednesday, November 16, 2022, on the DCTC campus in Rosemount, Minnesota. Students from area high schools toured the college’s five Transportation program areas. The students engaged with DCTC faculty, staff, and students along with industry leaders to learn more about the advantages of technical education while exploring the numerous career opportunities in the transportation sector.

The Transportation Showcase featured hands-on activities and interactive presentations. Experts in their fields, instructors in the Auto Body Collision Technology, Automotive Technician, GM ASEP, Heavy Construction Equipment Technology, and Heavy Duty Truck Technology programs greeted the students in the college’s state-of-the-art labs. Employers from local dealerships, manufacturers, and businesses introduced the students to the latest industry products.

Jason Wetzel, MBA, transportation, construction, and manufacturing dean at DCTC, thanked faculty, staff, and students who worked as a team to make this Transportation Showcase the most successful to date.

“Numerous compliments were given from all parties participating in the event,” Dean Wetzel said. “Many folks who took part in previous showcases mentioned that this was the smoothest running event they have attended. Specifically, they liked the size of student groups, organization/structure of the stations, and flow of the event. So many of you went above and beyond to create a wonderful environment and well-run day.”

Dean Wetzel thanked the following college areas for making the Transportation Showcase a fun and successful event:
  • Student ambassadors for giving the high school student tours
  • Marketing for doing a great job covering the event
  • Transportation Center of Excellence for bringing two program stations
  • IT for setting up the rooms
  • Facilities for setting up the building
  • DCTC Foundation for helping secure funds from industry to provide the food
  • Academic side of the house for assisting with the behind-the-scenes details that delivered a smooth presentation for all involved
  • Admissions for reporting a record high number of leads for future students

“As usual, our faculty put together terrific program presentations and provided superb value with strong industry attendance at each station,” he said. Each program had tremendous support from industry with a number of donated high-value raffle items, including two $500 DCTC scholarships, that finished the day, adding to a memorable experience for the 275+ high school students who attended the Transportation Showcase.”

Participating schools and programs

  • Eastview High School
  • Roosevelt High School
  • Apple Valley High School
  • Goodwill Easter Seals Automotive Training Program
  • Humboldt High School
  • NE Metro 916 Automotive Technology
  • New Prague High School
  • Burnsville High School

Event sponsors

Ames Construction

Caliber Collision


Dakota Aggregates

Inver Grove Toyota

Industry partner presenters

  • 3M
  • Caliber Collision
  • Minnesota State Transportation Center of Excellence (TCOE)
  • Audi Minneapolis & St Paul
  • Audi of America
  • Bridgestone
  • Burnsville Toyota
  • Feldmann Imports Mercedes-Benz
  • Inver Grove Toyota
  • Luther Westside VW
  • Motorwerks BMW
  • Stellantis (Mopar CAP)
  • Volkswagen of America
  • Walser Automotive Group
  • Mauer Auto Group
  • Merit Chevrolet
  • Miller Chevrolet
  • Valley Auto Group
  • RDO Equipment Co.
  • SunSource
  • Cemstone
  • Ziegler CAT
  • Ames Construction
  • Rihm Family Companies
  • Titan Machinery
  • Apple Autos
  • Dakota Aggregates
  • Ames Construction

DCTC Transportation Programs

Auto Body Collision Technology

Automotive Technician


Heavy Construction Equipment Technology

Heavy Duty Truck Technology

Transportation Showcase gallery

View more event photos by visiting the DCTC Flickr album:

Transportation Showcase Fall 2022

Learn more about the Transportation Showcase Fall 2022 by contacting:

Jason Wetzel, MBA
Dean of Transportation, Construction, and Manufacturing
Dakota County Technical College