Rosemount Campus


Rosemount Campus

Dakota County Technical College traces its beginning to the 1969 Minnesota State Legislature that approved the formation of Dakota County Area Vocational Technical Institute in Intermediate School District 917. In January 1971, under the leadership of its first president (then director) David Schroeder, the College opened its doors to 50 students enrolled in three majors—Architectural Drafting, Auto Mechanic and Secretarial Training.

The College was initially housed in the former Southview Chevrolet Building in South St. Paul. In a recent interview, Schroeder stated that the original collegiate mission was to provide a hands-on learning environment not offered at other colleges. “Learn by Doing” was an early motto. Getting students into the workforce was the core objective. Director Schroeder researched more than 150 occupations, choosing 40 as the basis for the first academic programs at the College.

Purchased in 1970 from the University of Minnesota, the College's original permanent site is a 107.13-acre tract of land located 1.5 miles east of Rosemount, Minn. An additional 64.299 acres adjacent to the permanent site was purchased in 2010 from the University of Minnesota, bringing the total to 171.429 acres.

Construction of the 194,350-square-foot building for the College began on August 26, 1971. While under construction, classes operated in 11 rented facilities. The new two-level main campus building opened in 1973 with 669 students and approximately 30 programs.

As the College continued to grow, the necessity arose to add space to the main campus building. By the 1978–79 academic year, a 250,000-square-foot addition to the main building was completed, which more than doubled the size of the College. At that time the College's enrollment was 1,800 students in 36 different programs. In 1989, following a legislative mandate, the College's name was changed to Dakota County Technical College and Director Schroeder became President Schroeder.

To accommodate growing enrollment in Truck Driver Training, a new 6,000-square-foot building was constructed for the program in 1985. This facility is located on the east side of the main campus building, providing students easy access to college services.

During the 1991 Minnesota Legislative session, a new Higher Education Board was created to jointly govern Minnesota's state universities, community colleges and technical colleges effective July 1, 1995. Thus, on this date, DCTC governance changed from Independent School District 917 to the Board of Trustees of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities.

In September 1999, Ronald E. Thomas, Ph.D., was appointed the College's second president. President Thomas came to DCTC with a commitment to develop a shared vision for the future.

On July 1, 2013, Tim Wynes, J.D. became DCTC's interim president following the retirement of Ronald E. Thomas, Ph.D. Tim Wynes became third full-time president on July 1, 2015.

Intermediate School District 917

The College facilities are shared with administration and programs affiliated with ISD 917, which leases space under the Joint Powers Agreement established in 1995 when the College became part of the MnSCU system. The school district solely occupies 8.5 percent of the main campus building and shares another 1.9 percent with the College, which solely occupies the remainder of the building.

South Saint Paul Site

Located on 1.82 acres in South St. Paul, a 6,134 square-foot building was constructed in 1974 for a meat processing skills center. This site was later used to teach appliance repair and is now used only for non-teaching purposes.

Burnsville and Bloomington Sites

In 1992, DCTC began offering classes at a leased site in Burnsville. Two years later, DCTC began offering classes at the Mall of America in Bloomington. Neither of the aforementioned locations is currently in use. Since spring 2009, DCTC has offered online hybrid general education courses at the Diamondhead Education Center in partnership with Concordia University of St. Paul, ISD 191 and the city of Burnsville.

Chrysler Training Center

Located across from the main campus, this 8,189-square-foot facility and eight acres of land was originally leased in 1987 and purchased from the city of Rosemount in 1988. Remodeled in 2005, the site housed the Public Safety and Law Enforcement Customized Training Programs and was expanded to include the Chrysler Training Center.

Minnesota Vehicle Safety Training and Research Center

In 1991, the College began construction on this facility located on 100 acres of land originally leased from the University of Minnesota and adjacent to the main campus. The completed center was opened for business in fall 1995.

Information Technology Training Center

In 1999, DCTC held the grand opening for the College's IT Training Center in Eagan. Computer software applications, network applications, and computer and network certification classes are taught at this location. This leased facility comprises 9,302 square feet.

Apple Valley Site

Since 2003, in partnership with Saint Mary's University of Minnesota and Inver Hills Community College, DCTC instructional programs and customized training courses have been offered in Apple Valley at the leased 21,000-square-foot Partners in Higher Education building.

Capital Development

DCTC received $7.38 million through a 2005 capital bonding project directed at the Rosemount campus to complete a state-of-the-art renovation of the DCTC Library and library atrium, Center for Student Success, Instructional Technology Center, Information Technology classrooms, and Visual Communications office, lab and classroom space as well as some general classrooms.



Minnesota State Legislature approved the formation of Dakota County Area Vocational Technical Institute in Intermediate School District 917


DCTC was officially founded


David L. Schroeder hired as institute's director


Architectural Drafting, Auto Mechanics and Secretarial Training programs begin in South St. Paul


Construction begins on 185,390-square-foot main college building in Rosemount, Minn.


More than 400 students enrolled in 17 programs spread across 11 rental facilities


Rosemount campus opens for classes


DCTC begins working with VICA, now SkillsUSA


Meat Processing Skills Center completed in South St. Paul


Thirty-six programs offered, including Fashion Merchandising and Supermarket Management


250,000-square-foot addition on Rosemount building, eliminated need for most off-site rental space


Rainbow Room offers international and gourmet cuisine on Rosemount campus


Students operate on-campus fashion merchandising store, hardware and garden center


6,000-square-foot building completed to accommodate growing Truck Driver Training program


Name change to Dakota County Technical College


Construction begins on Decision Driving Course


DCTC joins Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system


Initial accreditation status awarded by NCA-CIHE


Ronald E. Thomas succeeds David L. Schroeder as DCTC president


IT Training Center opens in Eagan, Minn.


Logo change introduces college community to Future Guy


DCTC launches intercollegiate athletics with men's wrestling (later discontinued)


Online classes begin with General Psychology and Writing and Research Skills


DCTC receives HLC-NCA 10-year re-accreditation


TRIO Student Support Services arrives at DCTC


Wellness Center and Student Life Center open


Annual Wood Finishing Technology National Conference established


Prior Learning Assessment begins


New Programs: Marketing, Business Entrepreneur, Database Administration, Web Developer, Exercise and Sport Science, Medical Coding Specialist, Electrical Construction and Maintenance


DCTC begins offering classes at Apple Valley site


Women's soccer inaugural season


Men's baseball inaugural season


TRIO Upward Bound arrives at DCTC


New Programs: Concrete Masonry, Meeting and Event Management, Nanoscience Technology


DCTC Business and Entrepreneurship Institute founded


Men's soccer inaugural season


Carl Eastvold estate contributes $519,000 to DCTC Foundation


DCTC brings railroad track to campus for conductor training


Women's fast pitch softball inaugural season


New Programs: Biomedical Equipment Technology, Railroad Conductor Technology


Library and atrium rebuilt thanks to $7.38 million state bonding bill


New Program: Multicultural Management


DCTC receives HLC accreditation to offer associate degrees online


National Institute of Wood Finishing opens on Rosemount campus


DCTC was one of first Minnesota colleges to sign American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment


Veterans Resource Center opens on Rosemount campus


DCTC receives Higher Learning Commission accreditation to offer associate degrees online


Geofrey Kalanzi wins NJCAA Lea Plarski Award


NSG $3 million grant establishes Nano-Link on DCTC campus


Ames Soccer Complex opens on Rosemount Campus


John Butenhoff named to All-Minnesota Academic Team and makes USA TODAY's All-USA Two-Year College Academic First Team


New Programs: Audio Visual Installation Technology, Child Life Assistant, Civil Engineering Technology, Chrysler Academy (Customized Training)


Remodeled front entrance opens


First two-year college in Minnesota to establish a Campus Lions Club


New Programs: Individualized Studies, Energy Technology Specialist, Nuclear Energy Certificate


Women's volleyball inaugural season


Men's basketball inaugural season


Ames Baseball Field opens on Rosemount Campus


DCTC is granted $7.23 million for the Transportation & Emerging Technologies project as part of the 2012 bonding bill


President Thomas retires


Tim Wynes, J.D. becomes DCTC's interim president on July 1st


Tim Wynes, J.D. becomes DCTC's thrid president on July 1st