Celebration of Generosity

Rosemount BTYR Chair Tom Neumann

September event recognized support from Rosemount BTYR

Dakota County Technical College (DCTC) hosted Celebration of Generosity, a special-recognition event dedicated to honoring support from Rosemount Beyond the Yellow Ribbon (BTYR), an organization that “provides a variety of support services for active-duty and veteran military service members in Rosemount and our surrounding community.” The Rosemount BTYR mission is “to serve those who have so honorably served us.”

Celebration of Generosity took place Thursday afternoon, September 28, 2023, in the main commons area on the college’s campus in Rosemount, Minnesota. Michael Berndt, DCTC and Inver Hills Community College president, Foundation Board and staff, college administrators, faculty, staff, veteran students, and Rosemount BTYR members attended the event.

Attendees celebrated Rosemount BTYR for generously contributing a Mac Tools chest for the Heavy Construction Equipment Technology program. This invaluable donation will provide veterans in the program with the tools they require while awaiting their GI Bill funding.

Mac Tools chest gallery

More about the event…

(left) Taylor Kristoffe-Jones, BTYR corporate outreach coordinator, Minnesota Department of Military Affairs, attended Celebration of Generosity

President Berndt, Rosemount BTYR Chair Tom Neumann, and Vice President of Academic Affairs Mike Mendez spoke at the event.

“The cities of Dakota County—Rosemount, Eagan, Farmington, Burnsville. Lakeville, Hastings, West St Paul. South St Paul, and Mendota Heights—have created an active and successful assistance programs for our active duty, reserve, and veteran citizens when they hit a bump in the road,” said Tom Neumann, a U.S. Navy veteran. “The assistance provided can be something as a  simple as a gas or food card. Each unit has a highlight reel on their most detailed experience.”

Smoked brisket, prepared by Torry Jeranek, also a U.S. Navy veteran, Veterans Club advisor, and HVAC & Refrigeration Technology faculty, was served. Side dishes, including buns, coleslaw, potato salad, and beverages, were provided by Cub Foods.

Celebration of Generosity gallery

View more event photos by visiting the DCTC Flickr album:

Celebration of Generosity

Learn more about Celebration of Generosity at DCTC by contacting:

Kathy Bachman
MDVA Higher Education Regional Coordinator
Military and Veterans Service Center (Room 2-302)
Dakota County Technical College

Kimberly Shaff
Executive Director of Foundations & Community Relations
Dakota County Technical College
Inver Hills Community College

More about Heavy Construction Equipment Technology

HCET coursework prepares you to succeed as a well-trained, mechanically minded, hardworking technician with heavy equipment dealers and contractors.

Your training will involve classroom theory, live shop demonstrations, and hands-on repair of heavy equipment currently used in industry. Making repairs on actual equipment is vital to your skill development.

Heavy equipment dealers and earth-moving contractors will be your top employers. Jobs are also available with mining and logging companies. Most technicians work in indoor shops, but experienced field service technicians travel to job sites to perform repairs.


Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanics

Repair and maintain very large vehicles, such as cranes, bulldozers, graders, or conveyors.

This career pays above the statewide median of $24.25/hour


Median: $33.23/hour
High: $38.24/hour

Seven-county Twin Cities metro

Median: $34.16/hour
High: $40.17/hour


In Minnesota, there are 1,630 workers employed in this small career, which is currently seeing very high demand and very high growth compared to other careers. Growth rate is 12.6 percent in the Minnesota, which is well above the statewide average.

There will be a need for about 3,789 new Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanics to meet market demand between 2020–2030 This includes the demand due to replacement (workers leaving the occupation or retiring) as well as growth.

— Minnesota State CAREERwise Education (October 4, 2023)