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 Social Media Marketing to Architectural Technology to Sport Management 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.
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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.
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General Admissions Information
Dakota County Technical College has an open admissions policy. This means:
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.
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.
|Advanced Personal Training||CERT|
|Applied Visual Arts||AAS|
|Applied Visual Arts||DIP|
|Auto Body Collision Technology||AAS|
|Auto Body Collision Technology||DIP|
|Automotive Maintenance and Light Repair||CERT|
|Automotive Service (ASEP)||AAS|
|Biomedical Equipment Technology||AAS|
|Biomedical Equipment Technology||CERT|
|Brakes, Suspensions and Driveline||CERT|
|Business Marketing Specialist||AAS|
|Child Life Assistant||AAS|
|Civil Engineering Technology||AAS|
|Commercial Furniture Repair Technician||CERT|
|Digital Imaging Technician||CERT|
|Digital Marketing Specialist||AAS|
|Early Childhood and Youth Development||AAS|
|Early Childhood and Youth Development||AS|
|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, Electronics and HVAC||CERT|
|Electronic Health Information Management||AAS|
|Electronic Health Information Management||DIP|
|Energy Technical Specialist||AAS|
|Energy Technical Specialist - Nuclear||AAS|
|Engines and Transmissions||CERT|
|Exercise and Sport Science||AS|
|Exercise and Sport Science||AAS|
|Furniture Service Technician||CERT|
|General Real Estate||CERT|
|Geriatric Advanced Nursing Assistant||CERT|
|Geriatric Health and Fitness||CERT|
|Graphic Design Technology||AAS|
|Graphic Design Technology||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 Lodging Operations||CERT|
|Human Resource Development||CERT|
|Industrial and Energy Plant Maintenance||DIP|
|Information Systems Management||AAS|
|Information Systems Management||DIP|
|Interactive Media Design||CERT|
|Legal Administrative Assistant||AAS|
|Legal Administrative Assistant||DIP|
|Manufacturing Maintenance Technician||DIP|
|Marketing Communications Specialist||CERT|
|Marketing Design Specialist||AAS|
|Marketing Design Specialist||DIP|
|Medical Administrative Assistant||DIP|
|Medical Administrative Specialist||AAS|
|Meeting and Event Management||AAS|
|Meeting and Event Management||CERT|
|Multi-Cultural Human Resource Management||DIP|
|Multi-Media and Web Page Design||AAS|
|National CDA Training Program||CERT|
|Patient Care Technician||AAS|
|Photographic Imaging Technology||AAS|
|Photographic Imaging Technology||DIP|
|Project Management Technology Assistant||AAS|
|Project Management Technology Assistant||DIP|
|Railroad Conductor Technology||CERT|
|Real Estate Property Management||AAS|
|Real Estate Property Management||DIP|
|Residential Interior Design||AAS|
|Sales Management Specialist||AAS|
|Small Business Accounting||CERT|
|Small Business Operations||CERT|
|Social Media Specialist||CERT|
|Spa and Resort Management||AAS|
|Spa and Resort Operations||CERT|
|Sustainable Food Systems||CERT|
|Truck Fleet Maintenance||CERT|
|Wood Finishing Technology||DIP|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.