Recognition Award Program

People on our campus and in our communities are amazingly committed to the DCTC mission: Education for Employment. Each year the DCTC Recognition Awards Program gives you the opportunity to nominate your choices for an array of awards that honor people who have bettered society and our college through outstanding professional, philanthropic or volunteer accomplishments.

The Awards Committee, a subcommittee of the DCTC Institutional Advancement Steering Committee, assembles your nominations and administers the selection process for each award. The Awards Committee chairperson ensures that no conflicts of interest with subcommittee members occur during the evaluation process.

Award descriptions, eligibility criteria and nomination information are outlined below.

DCTC ADVOCACY AWARD

The DCTC Advocacy Award recognizes an individual or business that has displayed extraordinary support for the college mission through partnerships, community engagement and the promotion of technical education as a pivotal component in the quest for economic prosperity.

Eligibility Criteria: Candidates for the DCTC Advocacy Award must be an individual, organization, business or corporation who has displayed extraordinary support for the college mission; they should have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to DCTC through partnerships, community engagement, and the promotion of technical education for Minnesota's prosperity. Previous recipients of this award are not eligible for consideration.

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SPIRIT OF DCTC AWARD

The Spirit of DCTC Award recognizes an individual who has contributed selflessly to the college mission while showing boundless support for student success in the classroom and beyond.

Eligibility Criteria: Candidates for the Spirit of DCTC Award must be a current or former employee of Dakota County Technical College; he/she should have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to DCTC by promoting the college to the public; contributing to the college mission through time, talent and treasure; and demonstrating a positive attitude in support of student achievement. Previous recipients of this award are not eligible for consideration.

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OUTSTANDING ALUMNI AWARD

The Outstanding Alumni Award recognizes an individual who has shown exceptional leadership, work ethic and dedication as a part of the DCTC community.

Eligibility Criteria: Candidates for the Outstanding Alumni Award must have earned a diploma or degree from Dakota County Technical College more than 10 years ago; he/she should have demonstrated a professional and/or personal achievement (e.g., career, obstacles overcome, etc.); service to others (e.g., community service, service clubs, church, volunteerism, etc.); support to Dakota County Technical College (board representative, advocacy, volunteerism, financial, employment of graduates, etc.). Previous recipients of this award are not eligible for consideration.

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RISING STAR AWARD

The Rising Star Award recognizes a young alumni who is making significant contributions to society through professional or philanthropic work.

Eligibility Criteria: Candidates for the Rising Star Award must have earned a diploma or degree from Dakota County Technical College within the past 10 years; he/she should have demonstrated a professional and/or personal achievement (e.g., career, obstacles overcome, etc.); service to others (e.g., community service, service clubs, church, volunteerism, etc.); support to Dakota County Technical College (board representative, advocacy, volunteerism, financial, etc.).

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OUTSTANDING INSTRUCTOR AWARD

The Outstanding Instructor Award recognizes a DCTC faculty member committed to ongoing excellence in education.

Eligibility Criteria: Criteria for this award is determined by the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board of Trustee and is reflective of the criteria established for the Educator of the Year Award.

Who Can Nominate: Handled internally by student vote.

Nomination Deadline: Nomination form will be available soon.

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Award recipients have been notified and were publicly recognized at DCTC's True Blue Gala on Thursday, April 24, 2014.

For more information, please contact:

Tharan Leopold