Current classroom, lab and shop areas for program in DCTC's Transportation & Emerging Technologies areas require extensive renovation to modernize and improve workspace for students, improve space utilization and eliminate redundancies in specialized equipment. These areas have been largely untouched since they were originally constructed in 1970.
Project at a Glance
Two-phase renovation project impacts 118,000 square feet of classroom, lab and shop space used by the transportation and emerging programs.
Phase II will renovate remaining 63,000 square feet of the project space; Phase I renovated 55,000 square feet of teaching and learning space in 2013.
Renovation will advance DCTC's science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) initiatives.
Project eliminates more than $3.5 million in deferred maintenance.
Impact to the Classrooms and College
63,000 square feet of space will be right-sized, reorganized and modernized for the first time since 1973.
Improvements will significantly reduce the Facilities Condition Index from .29 to .22 and reduce energy consumption by 20-30 percent.
Common instructional spaces will be created among multiple programs, eliminating redundancies in specialized equipment needs and improving space utilization and efficiency.
Impact to the Workforce
Nearly 30 percent of Americans with associate's degrees now make more than those with bachelor's degrees according to Georgetown University's Center on Education and the Workforce; recent research in several states shows that on average, community college alumni right out of school make more than graduates of four-year universities. (cnn.com, February 2013)
STEM occupations are projected to grow by 17 percent from 2008 to 2018, compared to 9.8 percent growth for non-STEM occupations. (U.S. Department of Commerce, July 2011)
The renovation project will strengthen DCTC's relationships with business and industry leaders such as 3M, Ziegler Cat, Hysitron, General Motors, Raytheon, RDO, John Deere and Nanocopoeia by allowing the college to continue and improve its ability to provide high-quality curriculum, training and skilled workers.
Impact to the Community and State
More than 95 percent of graduates from DCTC's transportation and technical programs find employment in their field of study within six months of graduation (Verified December 2013)
Minnesota's trade, transportation and utilities sectors will experience 10.7 percent growth between 2010 and 2020, adding more than 52,000 jobs. (DEED Employment Outlook, June 2013)
The annual median income for transportation and technical occupations is approximately $47,000. (Data retrieved from CAREERwise Education on 6/11/2013)
Job Growth of Programs Impacted by Phase I & Phase II of Project
% Growth in MN*
Median Hourly Wage - MN*
Automotive Service Technician
Heavy Equipment Repair
Auto Body Repair
Emerging Technologies Careers
Biomedical Equipment Technician
Civil Engineering Technician
Electrical Construction Mainte
* Data retrieved from CAREERwise Education on 6/11/2013
Project Tour: Key Areas Impacted by Phase II
Key Areas Impacted
1. Additional Science Lab
New lab space reinforces identity for DCTC's nanoscience program.
Updates will provide a state-of-the-art lab facility to students fulfillinggeneral education science requirements or in STEM programs.
2. Biomedical Equipment Technology Lab
Creates new flexible workstation simulation lab layout.
Space will be shared with health program.
Physical location will allow for improved collaborations with Allied Health programs.
3. Central Commons
New lighting and fixtures to improve visibility and create a more welcoming and useable space.
New upper level walkway.
New furnishings and finishes will create a more functional student environment.
4. Electrical Construction Maintenance Technology
Restructured mezzanine with entrance separated from stairway.
Updated and reconfigured classroom and lab space.
5. Heavy Duty Truck Technology
New overhead engine exhaust system and improved ventilation.
Improved electrical service.
Increased flexibility and shared space with Heavy Construction Equipment Technology.
Relocated vehicle maintenance bay.
6. Heavy Construction Equipment Technology
Expanded overhead engine exhaust system and improved ventilation.
Classrooms and office space related to cored areas.
Increased flexibility and shared space with the shop and lab areas of Heavy Duty Truck Technology.
ADA compliant and improved layout.
Updated finishes and fixtures.
Improved ventilation and lighting.
8. Relocation & Collaboration with ISD 917
ISD 917’s Truck program will be relocated to a space more centralized to the district’s other technical programs.
Reallocation, sharing and efficiencies of the improved space will expand partnerships, collaboration and educational opportunities between DCTC and ISD 917.
Improved ventilation and electrical service.
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