Dakota County Technical College is located in the metropolitan area of Minneapolis/St. Paul, Dakota County, Minnesota. The school was established back in 1969 (though classes officially began in 1970) and it forms part of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System, being one of the five technical colleges in that system. The main campus location is in Rosemount with additional outreach campuses situated nearby in the communities of Apple Valley and Eagan.
There are six academic departments: Business and Information Systems, Design, Business Management, Health and Human Services, Technical Careers, and Transportation Careers; separately, the divisions of General Education as well as Continuing Education & Customized Training round out the academic bodies of the school.
A few of the academic programs have made a name for themselves. For example, the Wood Finishing Technology program is the only one of its kind in the country, overseen by the National Institute of Wood Finishing. Of particular repute is the Nanoscience Technology program which prepares students for careers in the fields of nanoelectronics, nanomaterials, and nanobiotech. The school’s Midwest Regional Center for Nanotechnology Education is run in collaboration with the University of Minnesota.
The Continuing Education & Customized Training offers local and regional businesses the opportunity to give employees and staff the chance to touch up their skills and knowledge in the areas of Business & Management, Public Safety, IT, and Manufacturing in addition to providing other key services.
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The admissions policy is open, and all qualified applicants are admitted up until the student capacity of the institution has been met (i.e., first-come, first-served). In order to be considered an eligible applicant, it is necessary to have either graduated high school or have a GED, pay the non-refundable application fee, submit the application form and take the ACCUPLACER assessment test to determine skills in core academic areas. Additionally, the admissions policy mandates that applicants submit an immunization form; lastly, it should be known that a sufficiently high score on the ACCUPLACER assessment test can replace the requirement of a high school diploma/GED.
As with most colleges in the US, Dakota County Technical College encourages students and new applicants to submit their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form in order to receive financial assistance to cover the cost of studies. In addition to federal loans and grants acquired through FAFSA, students may also choose to participate in the Minnesota State Grant Program or apply for various local or institutional grants and loans.
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The campus does not have any housing for students, although it does feature a greenhouse, truck driving rodeo, and skid pad.
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The school’s teams are collectively known as the Blue Knights (women’s teams are often referred to as Lady Knights), and the colors are blue and white.
Teams include women’s and men’s soccer, men’s baseball and women’s fastpitch softball. Both soccer teams compete in the Iowa Community College Athletic Conference, affiliated to the National Junior College Athletic Association’s (NJCAA) Division I, in Region XI. The baseball team competes in the Minnesota College Athletic Conference of Region XIII of the NJCAA Division III, as does the fastpitch softball team.
Accreditation is granted by the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools; the board of trustees of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System are responsible for governing the institution, including academic affairs.
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