In 2012, Governor Mark Dayton and the Minnesota State Legislature approved capital funding for Phase I of the Transportation & Emerging Technologies Renovation Project on Dakota County Technical College's main campus in Rosemount, Minn. The DCTC community wishes to thank legislators, public officials, area residents and the people of Minnesota for supporting this project, which is a vital step in helping reach the goals set forward in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Strategic Framework. Those goals place Minnesota citizens, communities and businesses at the top of MnSCU’s list of priorities.
The following commitments define the Strategic Framework for the system’s 24 two-year colleges and seven state universities:
Ensure access to an extraordinary education for all Minnesotans.
Be the partner of choice to meet Minnesota’s workforce and community needs.
Deliver to students, employers, communities and taxpayers the highest value and most affordable option.
DCTC is request $7.59 million to complete Phase II of the project. Renovation projects of this magnitude are planned in phases to reduce the disruptive impact on classroom and lab space operations.
Phase I Renovation Timeline
February to early April 2013: TKDA oversees project's bidding process
End of March to early April 2013: Bidding award period
Renovation project eliminates more than $3.5 million in deferred maintenance.
Current classroom, lab and shop areas for programs in DCTC's Transportation and Technical Careers departments require extensive renovation to increase space utilization efficiencies and eliminate redundancies in specialized equipment while modernizing and improving workspaces for students.
Impact on classrooms and college
118,000 square feet of space will be right-sized, reorganized and modernized for the first time since 1973
Improvements will slash the college's Facilities Condition Index from .29 to .22 while reducing energy consumption by 20–30 percent
Common instructional spaces will be created for use by multiple programs, eliminating redundancies in specialized equipment needs while improving space utilization efficiency
Impact on workforce
85 percent of all new jobs created in the decade after the recession formally ended will require postsecondary education (The Most Competitive Workforce in the World, Governor's Workforce Development Council, January 2013)
The average growth rate of all jobs by 2020 is just 14 percent while high-growth jobs requiring an associate’s degree will grow by an average of 35 percent. (Forbes, December 2012)
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)
In terms of emerging technologies, clean-energy investments create about 16.7 jobs for every $1 million in spending; spending on fossil fuels, by contrast, generates 5.3 jobs per $1 million in spending. (Center for American Progress, June 2009)
DCTC has a long history of partnering with state and national leaders in business and industry to provide skilled workers and relevant curriculum.