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State Officials Make Bonding Visit to Dakota County Technical College

Posted on April 11, 2014 at 8:43 AM
Tags: Twin Cities, workforce, job training, education

Gov. Mark Dayton’s higher education bonding bill is the focus of a statewide tour underway, with visits this week at Minnesota State Colleges and Universities campuses in Rosemount and Moorhead.

DEED Commissioner Katie Clark Sieben and Larry Pogemiller, commissioner of the Office of Higher Education, highlighted the governor’s recommendation for $7.6 million to complete the Transportation and Emerging Technologies project at Dakota County Technical College (DCTC). The renovation will create common instructional spaces and multiuse classrooms for the heavy truck program, heavy construction equipment program and new emerging technology programs.

bondingdakotavisit.jpgThe project’s completion will support the instructional space that students need to prepare for good-paying jobs in their field. Minnesota is projected to add 52,000 new jobs in the trade, transportation, and utilities sector over the next decade. Nearly all of the graduates from DCTC’s transportation and technical programs find jobs in their field within six months of graduation. Commissioner Sieben said the state’s highly-educated and productive workforce is its strongest asset and providing learning environments for continued growth must continue. 

Pictured: Mike Opp, interim vice president of Academic & Student Affairs, DCTC and DEED Commissioner Sieben




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