Susan Garcia is currently pursuing a degree in Executive Assistant A.A.S. Susan wanted to represent DCTC on the Student Senate because she truly believes in the power of the student voice. If you meet her in the hall she will most likely talk to you about how to get involved in Student Senate and Student Life activities.
In addition to being a member of the Student Senate, Susan is a member of Business Professionals of America. After graduation, Susan plans to pursue an executive assistant position within a large international company.
...Thing about DCTC: "There are two things about DCTC that stand out to me. First, I enjoy being able meet and learn about the diverse students we have on campus. Second, the amazing amount of true and genuine care our advisors invest in our success as students."
...Movie: "Sixteen Candles" or anything by John Hughes.
...Book: "The Kite Runner" Afghan-American author Khaled Hosseini’s first novel.
...Musician or band: "No favorite band or musician, but I enjoy listening to 89.3 The Current or MPR."
...Why other Students should join the Student Senate: "It will impact your life in ways you never knew it could. If you have ever wanted to be a part of the decisions being made in your school this is the place to do it."
Israel M. Gray is from Monrovia, Liberia, and is currently pursuing a degree in Information Management Systems and plans to graduate in May 2018.
Israel wanted to represent DCTC as the Student Senate Vice President to support the college mission through student senate, welcome prospective and current students on campus, and build relationships with the faculty and staff at the college. In addition to being the Student Senate Vice President and a Student Ambassador, Israel is also a member of Phi Theta Kappa and the Multicultural Student Leadership Association.
After graduation, Israel plans to obtain a Bachelors and pursue a J.D. In his free time, Israel enjoys reading, video games, movies, music, and playing basketball. Israel encourages other students to get involved in student life activities because "they are a medium of promoting student success. They are also opportunities to build future relationships and an avenue to give back to the college."
...Thing about DCTC: The faculty and staff. They are very supportive and want to see you succeed beyond your educational goals.
...Class you have taken at DCTC: Business Law and most classes he's taken at the college
...Movie:The Pelican Brief. Israel also keeps up with the following shows: The Good Wife, The Blacklist, How to Get Away with Murder, The Walking Dead, and House of Cards
...Book: Most John Grisham novels, Supreme Ambition, Big Law, and The Partnership
...Musician or band: Beyoncé
Tips for students on…
...How to be a successful student: Dedication to your responsibilities, commitment to your studies and asking questions when in doubt.
...Making friends: Be kind, be simple, be open, just be you. There’s no need doing something else to fit in. Wear a smile.
David Hannan is from Hastings, MN, and is currently pursuing a AAS degree in Network Administration. David wanted to represent DCTC on the Student Senate because he wanted to bring his leadership skills to the team and be a part of a group that helps students at DCTC be successful. In addition to being a member of the Student Senate, David is a member of the Veterans Club and also the Lions Club.
After graduation, David plans to continue his education and attain his Bachelor’s Degree in Network Administration.
...Thing about DCTC: "The great people and students that work and study at DCTC."
...Movie: "Pumping Iron"
...Book: "Anything that is in the realm of Science Fiction"
...Musician or band: "Metallica"
...Why other Students should join the Student Senate: "They should join because it will help them understand why certain events are going on at the school. They will attain an understanding of what it takes to run a college. "
Abigail (Abby) Anderson is from Farmington, MN, and is currently pursuing a degree in Executive Assistant A.A.S. Abby wanted to represent DCTC on the Student Senate to get more experience working as a secretary. After graduation, Abby plans to to become an executive assistant for a large business in California.
...Thing about DCTC: "My favorite part about DCTC is my experience with the teachers and my classmates. They are all so friendly, and great at answering questions about things I need help with."
...Movie: "My favorite movie is 1408 with John Cusack"
...Book: "My favorite book is Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie"
...Musician or band: "My favorite band is Journey"
Why other Students should join the Student Senate: "Other students should join student senate because It's a great experience, and the members of the student senate are great people."
Margaret Steeves is from Minneapolis, MN and Raleigh, NC and is currently pursuing a degree in the Individualized Studies/Patient Care Technician program in hopes of getting into the nursing program.
Margaret represents DCTC on the Student Senate because she wants to see students succeed and have their voices heard when decisions are made. With the affordable education students receive at Dakota County Technical College, Margaret would like to see student retention increase, along with graduation, job placement and success for all involved.
In addition to being a member of the Student Senate, Margaret is a member of DCTC Writers Club, currently as club president, Business Professionals of America, Lions Club, American Marketing Association, Multicultural Student Leadership Association, and a Team Leader for the DCTC Fitness Challenge, and has participated in the highway cleanup.
After graduation, Margaret plans to continue her education and work in the medical field and/or in the field of justice as she did for over 15 years in North Carolina.
...Thing about DCTC: "My favorite thing about DCTC has been making friends with students and staff, studying with them, and cheering for them to reach their goals, as they have cheered for me to reach mine."
...Movie: "Against The Odds – A great true life story of success and Message in A Bottle - A great love story by Nicholas Sparks that was filmed in the Carolinas"
...Book: "I am currently reading The Color of Water."
...Musician or band: "Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis"
...Why other Students should join the Student Senate: "Students should join the Student Senate to help improve their leadership skills through opportunities on and off campus while making friendships and connections. Also, they can be a voice in making decisions and ensuring the outcome best serves the students, faculty and community goals. It is a great opportunity to help improve life and connect with others with common interests."
The Student Senate is the official voice of students on campus. The Student Senate is involved in many decisions made on campus, including tuition increases, graduation planning and college activities. The Student Senate can also initiate projects for campus improvement. All students are encouraged to participate in the Student Senate.
Chaired by the vice president, the Activities Committee plans and coordinates campus activities and events sponsored by the Student Senate. Events include blood drives, Card Your Valentine, winter and spring parties, Grad Blast, and more!
Student Life Committee
Chaired by the president of the Student Senate and the director of Student Life, the Student Life Committee studies and makes recommendations to the Student Senate on issues related to funding, including tuition increases and club funding requests.
Chaired by the campus liaison, the Outreach Committee works to promote Student Life to the DCTC community, and on Student Life retention efforts. It is the goal of the Outreach Committee to create a stronger community among DCTC students, faculty, and staff.
Student Senate Mission
Represent all DCTC students.
Serve as student body voice with state legislature and other governing bodies.
Work with college administration and faculty to promote high quality education.
Advance cooperation between students and the community.
Increase scholastic interest and achievement.
Organize, maintain and energize activities within the student community.
Encourage students to participate in other organizations related to their fields of study.
Inspire and support student understanding and participation in citizenship activities.