Dakota County Technical College (DCTC) is a public, two-year technical school located in Rosemount, Minnesota, just inside the Minneapolis/St. Paul metropolitan area. The school dates back to 1969, when the Minnesota State Legislature approved the formation of Dakota County Area Vocational Technical Institute in Intermediate School District 917. A year later, the school was approved by the Minnesota State Board of Education and opened in January 1971. At the time, 50 students were enrolled to study one of the three majors offered at the time—Architectural Drafting, Auto Mechanic and Secretarial Training. As the school continued to grow classes continued in rented facilities, until a new, state-of-the-art campus spanning 100 acres was fully operating with 669 students studying amongst 30 offered programs. Today, the campus covers over 170 acres with a dedicated staff providing 50 Associate's Degree Programs and 84 Certificate and Diploma Programs. Additional facilities are located in Eagan and Apple Valley, expanding DCTC’s educational influence even further.
The school was built upon the idea of “Learning by Doing,” and preparing students for the working world was the core objective. Forty occupations were chosen as the first academic programs at the college, readying those enrolled for the workforce by with hands on technical training. In fact, one of the fastest growing programs in the early years of the school was the Truck Driver Training program. In 1985 a new 6,000-square-foot building was constructed to house this increasingly popular program.
The school also has freshman and sophomore level courses spanning a wide variety of topics that are part of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum. 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. Tuition for all students averages about $200/credit.
Dakota County Technical College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association. There is also a wide range of accreditations for specific academic programs. Three academic programs—transportation, health and design—require special state and/or national accreditation status. Programs and facilities of Dakota County Technical College meet standards established by the Board of Trustees of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, and the school is staffed with top-notch staff and faculty.
Sector Of Institution:Public, 2-year
Highest Level Of Offering:At least 2, but less than 4 academic years
Adult Age Enrollments:N/A
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