"I strongly recommend DCTC's Graphic Design Technology program. If you are looking for a school that is serious about not only teaching you what you need to know about design, but also how to find a job within your major, then DCTC is right for you."
My name is Kelsey Degenaar and my choice to go to DCTC was a great decision and played a huge part in getting me my current job. I work for Coca-Cola Refreshments in their Eagan print shop. I have been working there since October 2012 starting as an intern and then moving my way up. I would recommend DCTC's Graphic Design Technology program to anyone serious about getting school completed and learning a lot about design on your way.
After getting my A.A. degree from Inver Hills Community College and attending both the University of Minnesota, Duluth, and University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, I would say that I know a fair amount about different schools and there graphic design programs. When attending the U of M, I was told that after I had been in school already for three years that it was going to take another three years for me to graduate. Once I heard that, I knew I needed to start looking other places to finish up my schooling. I looked online at DCTC because I had heard good things about the college in the past and thought it would be worth a visit to see what credits of mine they would take. It turned out they took all my previous credits and said I could graduate in a year and a half. I signed up that day!
The teachers are my favorite part about the program. They are highly qualified, knowledgeable about design and push their students to better their best. They were some of the best teachers that I have ever had because they not only help you in your schoolwork, but in your job search as well. A lot of people have a misconception about two-year schools thinking that it’s not as good of an education or a university program would be better. Well, at DCTC that is the exact opposite; the teachers are great and I learned more about my major in a year in a half then I ever did at a university.
My education from DCTC has put me in a place where I feel I can walk into an interview and be proud of my portfolio, my ability to communicate and my computer skills. I can tell people with pride that I went to school at DCTC because every day you are there you learn vital skills about not only your major, but also about how to get out in the field and interview, network and find a job. The VCOM teachers prepare their students for the real world of design and help them get out into the workplace. For example, I got my internship at Coke through a VCOM teacher. I also get e-mails from Connie Larson about graphic design jobs in the Twin Cities area on a weekly basis. The Graphic Design Technology teachers make an effort to not only be good teachers, but also great people.
I strongly recommend DCTC's Graphic Design Technology program. If you are looking for a school that is serious about not only teaching you what you need to know about design, but also how to find a job within your major, then DCTC is right for you.