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Dakota County Technical College

Dakota County Technical College 2017 Commencement
Dakota County Technical College offers programs, services and resources that streamline, support and enhance your academic journey. As a DCTC student, you will enjoy small class sizes, opportunities for one-on-one work with your instructors and a welcoming campus that lets you get to know your fellow students. You will experience hands-on labs, real-world learning and co-curricular activities that prepare you to prosper in your chosen career.

School Highlights

Dakota County Technical College is located at the convergence of two worlds. The main campus in Rosemount, Minn., borders the Minneapolis/St. Paul metropolitan area to the north and the rural heartland of Dakota County to the south. Offering more than 50 programs and majors under six academic departments--from Software Development to Architectural Technology to Nanoscience Technology to Heavy Duty Truck Technology, DCTC is made to order for students who want to build strong skills quickly and get to work.

  • Socialize with current students, faculty, staff and alumni on Facebook and Twitter
  • Experience our student-friendly campus in Rosemount, Minn., by taking a Tuesday Campus Visit any Tuesday from 12:45 to 2:30 p.m.
  • Visit Online Learning to explore numerous classes offered online or in hybrid format, the latter a mix of online and classroom learning
  • Discover Credit for Prior Learning, Short-term Programs, the Individualized Studies A.S. degree and our other flexible learning options
  • Enjoy small class sizes, instructors that care and a campus environment that welcomes students from any age or background
  • Experience hands-on labs, co-curricular actitivies and real-world learning that prepare you to thrive in your chosen career
  • Increase your skills with modern equipment and relevant coursework developed through strong relationships with business and industry
  • Check out a full spectrum of not-for-credit learning opportunities provided by DCTC Continuing Education & Customized Training
  • Engage your community through service-learning projects built into instructional program curricula
  • Make friends and memories through DCTC Student Life and Blue Knights athletics
  • Learn more about DCTC and our campus community by reading DCTC News, the college's official news blog
  • DCTC is finishing up a $15 million Transportation and Emerging Technologies bonding project. The fully remodeled central commons on campus will be complete end of summer 2017.

Student Enrollment and Demographics

  • Total number of students served: 4,171
  • Full-time students: 47%
  • Part-time students: 52%
  • Percent female: 39%
  • Percent male: 56%
  • Percent students of color: 20%

Largest Programs

Business and Management; Design and Technology; Health and Human Services; Industry Careers; Transportation. Visit Academic Departments to learn more:

Unique Programs

Brewing & Beer Steward Tech; Industrial & Energy Plant Maint; Entrepreneurship/Small Business; Health Care Tech; Nanoscience Tech; Civil Engineering Tech; Energy Tech Specialist w/ Nuclear Emphasis; Heavy Construction Equipment Tech; GM Automotive Service Educational Program; Landscape Horticulture; Multicultural Management; Biomedical Equipment Tech; Heavy Duty Truck Tech; Photography; Early Childhood and Youth Development; Veterinary Technician. Visit Academic Departments to learn more.


DCTC has no on-campus housing, but offers a list of housing options at


Public transit options to the Rosemount campus are limited, but you can get to the campus using MetroTransit's Transit Link program. For more details, please visit


• Off Street
DCTC offers an annual permit for on-campus parking at the college's main campus in Rosemount, Minn. The permit is good July through June of each academic year. Visitors and prospective students may use a free visitor's lot just north of the college building's main entrance.


Admission requirements



Admissions Checklist
To view DCTC's complete admissions checklist, click here.

Tuesday Campus Visit
Prospective students and visitors are welcome to visit the DCTC main campus in Rosemount, Minn., any Tuesday at 12:45 p.m. during our weekly campus visit. Admissions staff and faculty are available to answer questions, provide tours and assist you with the admissions process.

For more information, click here.

General Admissions Information
Dakota County Technical College has an open admissions policy. This means:

  • You can enroll if you have a high school diploma or a GED; even without a high school diploma or GED, you may be admitted if you demonstrate potential for success in college.
  • You don’t have to take a standardized test to be admitted; your high school grades and class rank are not considered.
  • After you are admitted, you will take a placement test. That test will tell you if you need to take remedial or developmental courses before you can take college-level courses. Remedial and developmental courses will not count toward your degree. Students often need just one developmental course, typically in math or English. If you have taken these subjects every year in high school, you are more likely to do well on the placement test.

You can complete your studies in less time and for less total cost if you come well prepared for college-level work, especially by taking math, English, science and social studies classes every year in high school. Also, some programs of study require more math and science, which means your high school preparation can make a big difference.

Apply early during your senior year in high school. That preparation increases your chances of being admitted to the specific program you want when you enter college. Some programs are more popular than others and fill early.

Apply online

Using the e-application, you may apply to Dakota County Technical College and other schools in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system.


Dakota County Technical College

Real Education. Real Results.

Dakota County Technical College champions real-world applications in the collegiate learning environment. Through a strong focus on the workforce requirements of business and industry, DCTC delivers programs, training and curricula that give our graduates the core content knowledge and workplace competencies they need to succeed in their chosen field. Our labs and equipment are state-of-the-art. Our instructors are not only gifted teachers, but they also bring years of industry experience and know-how to their classrooms and labs. They impart the inside knowledge our students need to find their place and prosper in a highly competitive global job market. Our small class sizes and student-friendly campus allow our instructors to build one-on-one, mentoring relationships with our students.

DCTC provides the training and co-curricular experiences that matter in the real world. As a DCTC graduate, you will be equipped with the technical foundation and deeper learning capability you need to either enter the workaday world or advance your career. DCTC never stops working to make sure your college education gives you a smart return on your investment of time and money. That means the certificate, diploma or degree you earn is a big step toward leading a more satisfying, healthier and prosperous life.


Program Title Award
Accountant AAS
Accountant DIP
Accounting AS
Accounting Clerk DIP
Administrative Assistant DIP
Advanced Personal Training CERT
Applied Visual Arts AAS
Applied Visual Arts DIP
Architectural Drafting CERT
Architectural Technology AAS
Architectural Technology DIP
Auto Body Collision Technology AAS
Auto Body Collision Technology DIP
Automotive Maintenance and Light Repair DIP
Automotive Maintenance and Light Repair CERT
Automotive Service (ASEP) AAS
Automotive Technician AAS
Automotive Technician DIP
Automotive Vehicle Maintenance CERT
Biomedical Equipment Technology AAS
Biomedical Equipment Technology CERT
Body Technician CERT
Brakes, Suspensions and Driveline CERT
Brewing & Beer Steward Technology CERT
Broadband Systems Technology DIP
Business Administration AS
Business Management AAS
Business Marketing Specialist AAS
Child Life Assistant AAS
Civil Engineering Technology AAS
Commercial Design CERT
Community Coaching CERT
Construction Management AS
Dental Assistant AAS
Dental Assistant DIP
Desktop Programming CERT
Digital Animation CERT
Digital Imaging Technician CERT
Digital Marketing Specialist AAS
Digital Publishing AAS
Digital Publishing DIP
Driveability CERT
Early Childhood and Youth Development AS
Early Childhood and Youth Development AAS
Early Childhood and Youth Development DIP
Early Childhood and Youth Development CERT
Electrical Construction and Maintenance Technology AAS
Electrical Construction and Maintenance Technology DIP
Electrical Lineworker AAS
Electrical Lineworker DIP
Electrical, Electronics and HVAC CERT
Electronics and HVAC DIP
Energy Technical Specialist AAS
Energy Technical Specialist - Nuclear AAS
Engine Performance DIP
Engines and Transmissions CERT
Estimator CERT
Executive Administrative Specialist AAS
Exercise and Sport Science AS
Exercise and Sport Science AAS
General Real Estate CERT
Geriatric Health and Fitness CERT
Graphic Design Technology AAS
Graphic Design Technology DIP
Group Fitness CERT
Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration DIP
Heavy Construction Equipment Maintenance CERT
Heavy Construction Equipment Mechanic DIP
Heavy Construction Equipment Technology AAS
Heavy Duty Truck Technology AAS
Heavy Duty Truck Technology DIP
Hospitality Lodging Business CERT
Hospitality Lodging Management AAS
Hospitality and Event Management AAS
Human Resource Management CERT
Individualized Studies AS
Industrial and Energy Plant Maintenance DIP
Information Systems Management AAS
Information Systems Management DIP
Interactive Media Design CERT
Interior Design AAS
Interior Design DIP
Landscape Design AAS
Landscape Horticulture AAS
Landscape Horticulture DIP
Landscape Horticulture DIP
Legal Administrative Assistant AAS
Legal Administrative Assistant DIP
Legal Receptionist CERT
Lodging Operations CERT
Manufacturing Maintenance Technician DIP
Marketing AS
Marketing Communications Specialist CERT
Marketing Design Specialist AAS
Marketing Design Specialist DIP
Medical Administrative Specialist AAS
Medical Administrative Specialist DIP
Medical Assistant AAS
Medical Assistant DIP
Medical Coding Specialist AAS
Medical Coding Specialist DIP
Medical Receptionist CERT
Medical Transcriptionist DIP
Meeting and Event Management CERT
Mobile Programming CERT
Multi-Cultural Human Resource Management DIP
Multi-Cultural Leadership DIP
Multi-Cultural Supervision CERT
Nanoscience Technology AAS
National CDA Training Program CERT
Networking Administration AAS
Networking Administration DIP
Nuclear Energy CERT
Nursing Assistant CERT
PC Technician CERT
Paint Preparation CERT
Patient Care Technician AAS
Patient Care Technician DIP
Personal Training CERT
Photographer Assistant CERT
Photographic Imaging Technology AAS
Photography AS
Photography DIP
Powertrain DIP
Practical Nursing AAS
Practical Nursing DIP
Professional Gardener CERT
Project Management Technology Assistant AAS
Project Management Technology Assistant DIP
Property Management CERT
Quality Improvement CERT
Railroad Conductor Technology CERT
Real Estate Property Management AAS
Real Estate Property Management DIP
Receptionist CERT
Residential Interior Design AAS
Sales Management Specialist AAS
Sales Specialist CERT
Small Business Accounting CERT
Small Business Entrepreneur CERT
Small Business Operations CERT
Software Development AAS
Software Development DIP
Spa and Resort Management AAS
Spa and Resort Operations CERT
Sport Management DIP
Supervisory Leadership CERT
Surveying and CAD Drafting CERT
Sustainable Food Systems CERT
Technical Management AAS
Truck Fleet Maintenance CERT
Veterinary Technician AAS
Web Design AAS
Web Design CERT
Web Programming CERT
Welding Technology DIP

The following degrees are available from Dakota County Technical College

  • Associate of Applied Science
  • Associate of Science
  • Certificate
  • Diploma

Tuition & finance

Tuition and Fees $5,711.00
FAFSA Code:010402

Pay for College


How to apply for financial aid
Filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, is your key to receiving financial aid to help pay for your college education. Many students don’t realize they could qualify for grant money and federally guaranteed loans. Filling out the FAFSA form is a surefire way to find out if you qualify.

If you are a high school student, complete the FAFSA after Jan. 1 of your senior year. Find the FAFSA form online at Federal Student Aid--FAFSA on the Web or pick up the form at your high school guidance counselor’s office. For help with completing the form, go to your high school counselor or the Financial Aid Office at DCTC.

The FAFSA determines your eligibility for one or more of the following types of financial aid:

Scholarships are a great source of aid because you don't have to pay them back. Many scholarships are available for students with special interests and backgrounds. Talk to your high school guidance counselor about what kind of scholarships you can get. For more information or to apply for scholarships, click here.

You may be eligible to receive federal and state grants of $300 to more than $7,000 per year. You don't have to pay back federal and state grants, either.

Student Employment
Work-study programs give you the opportunity to work on campus or with approved off-campus employers to earn money to pay for college. Work-study jobs are often very flexible, allowing you to work around your classes and personal schedules. More information about work-study opportunities at DCTC can be found by clicking here.

Student loans
You also may be eligible for student loans. You must pay back student loans. But they usually have a lower interest rate than other kinds of loans.

Other ways to save

Reduced out-of-state tuition
Students from other states don’t always have to pay higher tuition if they want to attend a school in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system. If you live in Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota or Manitoba, Canada, you’re eligible for tuition rates similar to those paid by Minnesota residents. Twenty-six of the MnSCU institutions allow students from other states to pay lower in-state rates. Be sure to ask a MnSCU institution admissions person about tuition charges specific to that institution.

Tax credits
Some college students benefit from two federal tax credit programs, the American Opportunity Tax Credit and the Lifetime Learning Credit. These federal tax credit programs may apply to you or your family, depending on your financial circumstances.

Veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces are more than welcome at DCTC. Our college offers on-campus services to active-duty military personnel and veterans. Learn more by clicking here.

If you’ve served in the U.S. Armed Forces, you might be eligible for help with paying for college. Stop by the Veterans Resource Center on the DCTC main campus in Rosemount, Minn., for information, support and assistance. Also, check with the DCTC Financial Aid Office about benefits from the Minnesota GI Bill. Or visit MN LinkVet Online Support.

Campus Life

Student Life


Student Life at DCTC enhances your higher education experience and helps prepare you for life beyond college. You can build your resume, expand your professional network and make a difference on campus and in your community. Funded through the Student Senate and activity fees, Student Life features more than 20 student clubs and organizations as well as six NJCAA sports teams: men's basketball, men and women's soccer, fastpitch softball, volleyball and baseball

All students enrolled at DCTC are eligible to participate in DCTC sponsored clubs, organizations and activities with the exceptions of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society, or PTK, and Blue Knights athletics.

To learn more about Student Life at DCTC, visit the Student Life blog.

  • Blackboard
  • Campus Security
  • Career Services
  • Center for Student Success
  • Counseling
  • DCTC Bookstore
  • DCTC Foundation
  • DCTC Library
  • Disability Services
  • Enrollment Advising
  • Fresh Stop Cafe
  • Health Services
  • Instructional Technology Center
  • International Students
  • Learning Center and Writing Center
  • Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid
  • Student Employment
  • TRIO Student Support Services
  • Transfer Students
  • Veterans Resource Center
  • Wellness Center
  • Visual Communications Club
Arts and literature
  • Writers Club
Career and professional
  • American Marketing Assoc
  • Business Professionals of America
  • Early Chlidhood & Youth Dev Club
  • Hospitality Alumni Network
  • Meeting Professionals Intl
  • Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Assoc
  • Photons (Photography Club)
  • Skills USA
Community and human services
  • Lions Club
  • Student Ambassador
Ethnicity, language and culture
  • Multicultural Student Leadership Assoc
Gender and sexuality
  • Gay Straight Alliance
Honorary societies
  • Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society
Military and veterans
  • Veterans Club
Nature and environment
  • Coral Reef Ecology Club
Religious and spiritual
  • Christians on Campus
Science and technology
  • Innovative Engineers Club
  • US Green Building Council
Special interest
  • Automobile Club
  • Chess Club
  • Design Connection
Student government
  • Student Senate
Theater, dance, music
  • Music Club
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Fast Pitch Softball
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball
Dakota County Technical College
Dakota County Technical College
1300 145th Street East
Rosemount, MN 55068
Toll-Free: (877) 937-3282
Local: (651) 423-8000
TTY: (800) 627-3529