Mission & Accreditation

Mission & Accreditation

Mission & Accreditation

Mission Statement

The mission of Dakota County Technical College is to provide collegiate-level education for employment that will empower individuals to enhance their opportunities for career advancement and success in a global economy.

Vision Statement

Dakota County Technical College will be recognized as a leader in providing quality technical and general education needed for employment in an ever-changing work environment.


Dakota County Technical College is a public two-year institution of higher education dedicated to the philosophy that there is dignity in all work and value in individual growth and learning. It is the philosophy of the college that all of its students should have access to quality education that prepares them for rewarding careers. The college values its role in contributing to economic development by providing a knowledgeable and skilled workforce. The college views itself as a full partner in the higher education community and recognizes its contribution to lifelong learning.

Our Values

  • Excellence: Focus on quality in programs and services
  • Diversity: Show acceptance, openness and fairness to everyone
  • Innovation: Encourage and reward new ideas, proactive thinking and use of evolving technology
  • Respect: Foster trust, courtesy and open communication
  • Integrity: Promote ethical and honest behavior
  • Accountability: Maintain effective and efficient programs and services
  • Collaboration: Work cooperatively in a supportive environment

DCTC Core Student Outcomes

  • Act responsibly: Students recognize an obligation to themselves and others for their decisions and actions.
  • Communicate clearly: Students apply writing, speaking and listening skills to precisely convey information, ideas and opinions.
  • Learn effectively: Students apply necessary basic skills in reading, writing, math, and computer and information literacy.
  • Work productively and cooperatively: Students apply effective skills, knowledge and professionalism.

Institutional Accreditations

Dakota County Technical College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.

Approvals AND Credentials

Accreditation of Academic Programs

Academic programs that require special state and/or national accreditation status are listed below: