INSIDE: Business Entrepreneur Program Earns
2 Seven Retirees; 134 Years
Combined Service National Recognition from NACCE
In early January, the DCTC Business Entrepreneur program earned three national
3 Ziegler Cat and Caterpillar awards from the National Association of Community College Entrepreneurship
Make Matching Grants to (NACCE), including the NACCE Faculty Member of the Year Award, the
NACCE/New York Times Student Essay Award, and a Coleman and Hughes
Heavy Construction Equipment
Foundation grant for the college to start a new speaker series and networking
group for entrepreneurs.
3 DCTC and Rollx Vans Earn Bob Voss, head of the Business Entrepreneur program at DCTC, received the award
for NACCE Faculty Member of the Year, along with $1,000 cash and another
MJSP Training Grant
$1,000 in matching funds to support DCTC's entrepreneurial programming.
4 New Greenhouse Completed Voss has been an instructor at the college since the Business Entrepreneur
program was formed in 2002. He is well known at the college for his innovative
teaching style and close ties with students, particularly during the critical start-
4 Visual Communications up periods of their businesses.
Program Receives Award of NACCE FACULTY OF THE YEAR
Appreciation DCTC Business Entrepreneur Instructor "I worked as a full-time entrepreneur up until six years ago when it became my
Bob Voss mission to teach and give new entrepreneurs the opportunity to make
connections," said Voss. "Entrepreneurial endeavors aren't easy to make alone.
5 Former President Clinton That is why DCTC, myself, my colleagues, and all of the students that come into
Recognizes DCTC’s Green the program work together to aid entrepreneurs in becoming successful."
One student who is already seeing results from Voss' teaching formula is DCTC
Business Entrepreneur student Mary Glock, who was the recipient of the New
6 Soccer Teams Earn Ten All- York Time/NACCE Student Essay Contest. Glock submitted an essay on why
Region Nods entrepreneurial education is so vital to community college, drawing from her
own experiences as a non-traditional, mature student who is making the journey
from a single mother to a small business owner.
6 Electrical Construction
Students Aid Families in In 2007, Glock started two businesses - Detailed Promotions, a marketing and
Flood-Ravaged Rushford promotional company, and Traveling Footprints, which offers travel planning services
that benefit charitable causes. During her tearful acceptance speech for the award,
Glock shared that her business became profitable in its first month of operation.
7 Senior Learner Explores New
NACCE/NEW YORK TIMES ESSAY WINNER "Without the support I received from DCTC, I would never have had the
Career Path DCTC Business Entrepreneur Student courage to start my own business," she said.
8 College Showcase, Glock received $1000 cash as part of the award, and the college received
September Fest Planned matching funds for its entrepreneurship programming.
Also receiving an award at the NACCE annual meeting in San Antonio was Associate
Dean Christine Pigsley, who was given three minutes to make a presentation to
obtain funding for a new entrepreneurial project to a panel of board members from
the Coleman and Hughes Foundations. As a result of her presentation, Pigsley was
awarded $3600 that will be used to pilot an innovative project called ‘The Sounding
Board.' This innovative project will consist of monthly sessions that will feature
speakers on various business topics, a facilitated networking session, and an
opportunity for business owners to bring their challenges before the group for
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email@example.com or 651-423-8233. The funding received will allow the program to run for nine months to
DCTC is a member of the Minnesota State Colleges and
determine if it should become a permanent source of support for the college’s
Universities System and an affirmative action, equal entrepreneurial programming. Sessions during the program’s pilot will be held
COLEMAN AND HUGHES FOUNDATION
opportunity employer/educator. in the evenings at DCTC’s Apple Valley site and is open to current students,
alumni and the general public at no cost.
DCTC Associate Dean Christine Pigsley
DCTC CAMPUS NEWS
President’s Message: Faculty Keep DCTC Current
Architectural Technology instructor Beverly
The earth berms located in front of the college Claybrook completed a sabbatical and, as part of
were removed in early November her experience, received course certification at the
Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in
Construction Project Chicago last November.
Puts Renewal Front Visual Communication instructor Pete Skoro was
recognized for a service learning project that he
and Center and his students completed for the city of Inver
DCTC’s Campus Climate Commitment played
a major role in a recent construction project And Biomedical instructor Steve Benzanson is working
in front of the college. with the Association for Advancement of Medical
One of the hallmarks of Dakota County Technical Instrumentation (AAMI) on an article for the biomedical
On Nov. 12, construction equipment moved College is that we provide students with current equipment industry, and is working towards industry
on to campus to remove the earth berms in and relevant education and training that prepares standards and certifications for technicians.
front of the building. After they were them to enter the workforce.
removed, new parking lots were put in, and These are only a few of the many examples of the
those passing by from County Road 42 While there are a number of factors that help build outstanding work being done by faculty at DCTC, but
suddenly had a better view of the college. this type of classroom experience, perhaps the most they serve as an excellent representation of the
critical is hiring faculty who are connected and expertise that DCTC’s faculty bring to the classroom.
"The earth berms blocked the view of the knowledgeable in their respective fields and can I am proud of our faculty and their ability to connect
college from the road," said Paul DeMuth, DCTC pass their expertise on to their students. with students and provide them with the information
director of operations. "You can now see the they need for success at this institution and beyond.
front of the building when you go by, and there During the last few months, several events have
are twice as many parking spaces out front.” given recognition to some of DCTC’s faculty Thank you for supporting our college, our students,
members for their work. our staff, and our faculty.
While work on the project was completed,
care was taken by DCTC’s Operation staff to Business Entrepreneur instructor Bob Voss was Sincerely,
ensure that the standards set forth by the given the National Association of Community Ronald. E. Thomas, President
Green Campus Commitment were met. Five College Entrepreneurship Faculty of the Year award
trees were planted for each tree removed, for his outstanding work in the classroom.
soil taken from the berm removal was
placed in back of the college for later use,
recycled concrete and asphalt were used,
and holding ponds were put in place that Seven Retirees; 134 Years Combined Service
will be used to water landscaping.
The project will also be an important step for
future planning by the college, city, and county.
"There are a lot of plans underway for
County Road 42 by local government, and
we have plans to remodel our front
entrance. Removing the berms and
expanding these two lots are important
steps to helping us reach our larger goals,"
From left to right: Ed Plaster, Judith Sparrow, Arden McNalley, Christa Mortland, Larry Boser, and Theresa Wagner.
Seven DCTC faculty and staff members were service), Auto Body instructor Larry Boser (16
recognized by alumni, faculty, staff, and friends years of service), Landscape Horticulture
for their years of service at a retirement instructor Ed Plaster (30 years of service), Travel
celebration held in December. and Tourism instructor Judith Sparrow (34 years
of service), and Arden McNally (36 years of
Staff member Theresa Wagner (DCTC Operations, service) all retired in December, ending their
nine years of service), staff member Christa time at DCTC with a combined total of of 134
Mortland (DCTC Operations, nine years of years of service!
Two new, 98-car lots have been added
2 • FEBRUARY 2008 • DCTC DISPATCH
BUSINESS & INDUSTRY
Ziegler Cat and Caterpillar Make Matching Grants to
Heavy Construction Equipment Technology Program
Rollx Vans and DCTC held a signing ceremony in
October for a new MJSP training grant
Rollx Vans Training
More than 130 Rollx Vans employees will
receive training through a Minnesota Job
Skills Partnership (MJSP) grant awarded to
DCTC and the Savage-based company.
The $255,701 grant will support a two-year
training collaboration of MJSP, DCTC, and Rollx
Vans, a leading manufacturer of conversion
vans for individuals who are physically
challenged. Rollx Vans will contribute $1.5
million to fund the project, which will train
From left to right: Mike Opp, Greg Senske, Trudi Greaves, Steve Geiser, Brad Puffer, Dale Rieppel, Dan Ruzicka, Kevin Halverson, Rollx production technicians, administrators,
Barb Vermeer, Eric Magnuson, Mike Long, Richard Buresh, Ron Kinneman, Marty Nelson, Paul Anderson, Sharon LaComb, Chad sales staff, engineers, and supervisors.
Henry, Brian Nielson, Gary Hebert, Brian Passer, Jim Ferris, Dean Hippen, Bruce Tjosvold
For the second year running, Ziegler Cat, a Caterpillar developmental field trips, including tours of Ziegler DCTC will partner with James Madison
dealership in Bloomington, Minn., and Caterpillar Inc. Cat's Bloomington location and the Caterpillar University in Harrisonburg, Virginia to certify
of Peoria, Ill., awarded maximum matching grants to flagship plant in Peoria. instructors, who will then deliver the
DCTC. Ziegler Cat donated $25,000 to the Heavy Certified Manager (CM) program to the Rollx
Construction Equipment Technology program. The Senske and a delegation of 17 Ziegler Cat workforce and prepare them for CM exams.
Caterpillar Dealer Excellence Fund, which was employees visited the DCTC campus for the check
established by Caterpillar in 1989, matched the presentation ceremony. The group toured the Other employees will receive customized
amount for a total of $50,000, the most allowed per program's facilities and met with the instructors. training in new technology specific to Rollx;
educational institution. They came away deeply impressed. sales training that will integrate new
technology; technical training on automotive
Greg Senske, Ziegler Cat's vice president of product "The instructors at DCTC are doing all the right things," auto body wiring, painting, and welding;
support, pointed with pride to his company's Senske said. "The program is producing skilled training on a new software system that is
longstanding partnership with DCTC. "We work with mechanics with solid foundations. They are ideally expected to increase productivity by 50%
the college to give student mechanics the best trained to meet our product support requirements, over the course of the two-year project; and
education possible," he said. "When we hire which is the principal mission of the partnership." modules for online delivery of the CM
graduates of the program, we know that we're program and lean training program.
getting truly excellent technicians." Greaves noted that the strong showing of Ziegler
Cat employees at the ceremony spoke to the quality "The training and development of Rollx
The DCTC Foundation coordinates with academic of the program and the depth of the partnership. employees will result in increased growth and
programs to achieve its mission of providing "They traveled here from different Ziegler profitability, higher customer satisfaction,
resource support for students, programs, and the locations, taking time out from their busy and increased staffing," said Minnesota
college. Trudi Greaves, a Foundation assistant schedules to show their support. That meant a lot Department of Employment and Economic
director, worked with Mike Long and Dan Ruzicka, to us at the college." Development Commissioner and MJSP Board
instructors in the Heavy Construction Equipment Chair Dan McElroy. "In addition, the newly
Technology program, and Mike Opp, dean of Sharon LaComb, DCTC vice president of institutional certified instructors at DCTC will build the
transportation and industry, to complete the grant advancement, was also present at the ceremony. school's capacity to deliver this same training
application process. "The matching grants spotlight the exceptional to other businesses."
quality of the Heavy Construction Equipment
"The primary objective of the grant is to increase the Technology program," she said. "On another level,
pool of qualified service technicians," Greaves said. they exemplify how the business world and higher
"The funds strengthen our program by providing for education can work together to provide education
student scholarships, equipment purchases, for employment.
curriculum upgrades, and student recruitment."
"Our partnership with Ziegler Cat and the
Thanks to the grant, Long and Ruzicka will have Caterpillar Foundation is one of the strongest
the resources to maintain a cutting-edge lab of we have," LaComb added. "And it's only
teaching equipment. Their program will be able to getting stronger." Inside Rollx Vans in Savage
attract new students while continuing to offer
DCTC DISPATCH • FEBRUARY 2008 • 3
DCTC CAMPUS NEWS
Visual Communications Receives Award of Appreciation
The city council of Inver Grove Heights recognized
Peter Skoro and his Advanced Photoshop class with
an Award of Appreciation plaque for creating and
installing a mural at the Veterans Memorial
The ribbon cutting for the new, energy-efficient greenhouse Community Center.
New Greenhouse Under the direction of Skoro, a graphic design
technology instructor at the college, the 2007 spring
Complete semester Advanced Photoshop class took on the
project. An instructor with more than a dozen years
A ribbon-cutting ceremony marked the opening of a experience teaching at DCTC, Skoro knew that the mural
new, high-tech greenhouse on the campus of DCTC. would give his students crucial learning opportunities
On another level, the greenhouse's grand opening outside the regular classroom experience.
represented the culmination of a tremendous fund-
"They worked in real-world conditions," Skoro said.
The idea for a new greenhouse originated with
"They learned to meet customer expectations and
Edward Plaster, a landscape horticulture instructor manage printing limitations—all while following
who began teaching at DCTC in 1977. precise instructions."
"The old hoop house was built in 1979," said Plaster. Skoro and his class worked with Tracy Peterson, The mural, located at the Veterans Memorial Community Center
"The structure was outdated and lacked the technology recreation superintendent, and developed a theme The finished mural has garnered universal praise.
to make it a useful teaching tool. Add in lousy climate called “People and Community.” "The staff, users of the facility, the city council, and the
control, high energy costs, and expensive ongoing Parks and Recreation Commission have been very
maintenance, and we all began to see that a new "The mural took the form of six pieces," Skoro said. appreciative," said Petersen, noting that people
greenhouse would be a great asset to our program." "One section spanned 50 feet while the other frequently comment on how the artwork adds to the
sections were 10 to 20 feet long." warmth and community feel of the center.
The idea didn't take off until fall semester 2005
when students enrolled in the program saw the
pressing need for a new, technologically sound
structure. With an enthusiasm and dedication
Students Organize Lewis House Holiday Donation Drive
that impressed their instructors, they took on the Students in Charlotte Kodner's Office Procedures class and In addition to collecting the items, many of the
project as their very own. Susan Johanson's Medical Office Procedures class students also had the opportunity to volunteer their
conducted the Lewis House Holiday Donation Drive to time and visit the shelter.
"Our students deserve most of the credit," said Matt benefit the Community Action Council's Lewis House.
Brooks, another landscape horticulture instructor. Students Margo Doyle, LaDonna Young, and Melissa
"They proposed a fund-raising campaign and took A Civic Engagement Project, the donation drive collected a Vroman made numerous deliveries to the Hastings
off running with the project. They are the driving huge quantity of clothing, clothing accessories, new toys, shelter and saw firsthand the emotional response to
force behind the new greenhouse." nonperishable food, school supplies, personal supplies, and their work when they saw mothers moved to tears at
household items from seven drop boxes situated at high- the sight of all the gifts arriving.
Dr. Ron Thomas, DCTC president, stepped in and traffic spots on DCTC's Rosemount campus.
pledged a fund of starter money, and from there, a "For all of us, the donation drive was a wonderful
whirlwind of events and fundraisers began to make "Our students began the project by intensively learning experience and a perfect way to help people
the greenhouse a reality. researching a lot of charitable organizations," in need. Thank you to all of those who contributed,"
Kodner said. "The mission of the Lewis House moved said Johanson.
The new greenhouse is now operational, and the hallmark everyone deeply."
with a heartfelt sense of purpose.
"This was truly a group effort," said Matt Brooks, who
spoke for all the program's instructors. "This project is a
testament to the dedicated students we are so fortunate
to have in our program and to the leadership of
President Thomas and his talented staff in the
Foundation. With the new greenhouse as the showpiece
of our program, we are fully prepared to produce
graduates that will be experts in their profession and a
boon to the entire green industry."
Faculty and students in the Office Procedures Class Faculty and students in the Medical Office Procedures Class
4 • DCTC DISPATCH • FEBRUARY 2008
DCTC GREEN NEWS
Clinton Recognizes DCTC’s Green Campus Commitment
Practical Nursing graduate Jean Dresch
DCTC and President Ron Thomas (on stage) received recognition from President Clinton for the DCTC Green Campus Commitment Grad Teaches
DCTC President Ron Thomas took the stage with able to use energy-savings costs to further
President Bill Clinton on Wednesday, Nov. 7, as improve the learning environment we provide, Kindergartners How
Clinton announced several new partnerships to and educate our students on the importance of
improve the energy efficiency of hundreds of green initiatives so that they can be more to Live Green
millions of square feet of public and private real effective in the workforce," said Thomas.
estate throughout the United States. As a member of the Operations Action Team
Under the leadership of President Thomas, DCTC responsible for actualizing items from the master
Thomas, on behalf the college, received special signed on to the ACUPCC last June, committing plan of the DCTC Green Campus Commitment,
recognition for participation in the American College the college to achieving climate neutrality and Practical Nursing graduate Jean Dresch decided
and University Presidents Climate Commitment lowering energy costs. Since having signed on, that she needed to bring her college's message of
(ACUPCC) and the work already completed to the college has created an institutional action climate neutrality and sustainability off campus to
achieve the objectives of the initiative. plan and established three committees to the youngest members of the community.
oversee the project.
"As a leader in technical education, concerns "I just put two and two together," Dresch said. "I
regarding environmental issues and energy Already, several construction projects and realized that children are the fastest learners and
efficiency are prevalent in business and industry. educational initiatives that meet the guidelines of would make the perfect audience for a hands-on
By participating in the ACUPCC and developing the Green Campus Commitment are underway. demonstration on recycling and going green."
the DCTC Green Campus Commitment, we will be
Equipped with gift packages from the Office of the
President, Dresch set off for Kennedy Elementary
School in Mankato. Dresch reported that the
Green Campus Commitment Formally Kicks Off children really took to the concept of recycling.
They turned the mundane chore into a game,
sorting an array of paper, aluminum, and plastic
waste materials with gusto and flawless accuracy.
"Kindergartners are only 5 or 6 years old," she
said, "but that didn't stop them from seeing the
importance of protecting the environment. If
anything, their age made them more open to the
WCCO Chief Meteorologist Paul Douglas and University The event also included keynote addresses from both ideas of conservation and preservation."
of Minnesota Dean of Biological Sciences Robert Elde Douglas and Elde, who provided evidence showing
were amongst a number of business and educational the need for initiatives like DCTC’s and encouraged Kay Ekenstedt, the teacher of the class Dresch
leaders in attendance at DCTC’s Green Campus others to join the college in their commitment. visited, wrote to President Thomas after her visit,
Commitment kickoff held on Nov. 14. expressing her excitement and gratitude regarding
“I commend DCTC for the work they are doing,” Dresch's presentation. "Jean left our classroom
“The event was our way of bringing not only our said Douglas. “They are setting an example that with some very nice, earth-friendly gifts from your
campus together, but also rallying the surrounding others can follow.” college," she wrote. "I was so impressed with
community in support of our Green Campus everything she did.
Commitment,” said DCTC President Ron Thomas.
"Thank you so much for being concerned about
During the kickoff event, the committees overseeing the protecting the planet and for spreading the word
Green Campus Commitment initiatives convened, and to others. Having Jean here really helped my
area business leaders were given the opportunity to see students understand that each of us is responsible
first hand some of the initiatives DCTC has already put for taking care of our beautiful world."
in place, including an improved recycling program, the
use of recycled materials in construction projects, and
the completion of the new, energy-efficient greenhouse. Learn more at www.dctc.edu/go/green!
WCCO Chief Meteorologist Paul Douglas addresses the crowd at the
Green Campus Commitment kickoff event in November
DCTC DISPATCH • FEBRUARY 2008 • 5
STUDENTS, FACULTY, & ALUMNI
Students Help Fund the DCTC Foundation
creative methods to achieve their fundraising
goals. Given the chance, our students will amaze
you on a daily basis."
Back row: Andrey Resnikov, Carl Schollmier, Adam
Stuessel, Billy Cook, Steven Sloheid. Front row: Wendy
Bell, Mike Buck (instructor), Rachel Lusk, Kent Sharon LaComb, vice president of institutional
Gainsforth, Adam Herrmann, Matt Toombs.
advancement, worked with Smith to set up the
project. She appreciated the way Smith's
Electrical Construction students engaged their assignment with
wholehearted determination. "They really
Students Rewire A silent auction was one of many events put on by Interpersonal
Communications students to raise money for the DCTC Foundation worked hard to make the project a success," she
said. "They brought home the Foundation's
Homes in Flood- Over the course of three weeks, students in four message while raising a considerable amount of
sections of Interpersonal Communications at money to support our mission."
Ravaged Rushford DCTC took part in a project that raised more than
$3,000 for the DCTC Foundation.
More than 20 DCTC second-year electrical
construction students used the skills they Seth Smith, the instructor for the four classes,
learned at DCTC to help out two families in came up with the basic concept for the project,
flood-ravaged Rushford, Minn. but the students set all their own goals. As a
result, Smith noted that his students linked 75 new
The students teamed up with their instructors, scholarship applicants directly to the project.
Bruce Hansberger and Mike Buck, and the local
electrical workers union to rewire two, single-
"They designed incentives that encouraged
family homes that were destroyed after the
floods in August.
previously uninformed students to apply," he
said. "Each class came up with different and Students raised more than $3,000 for the DCTC Foundation
"Our students demonstrated that they have the
skills necessary to be successful in this field," Buck
said. "They really took pride in their work, and I got
the feeling the union workers were impressed with
our students' abilities."
Soccer Teams Earn Ten All-Region Nods
The two houses supplied students the opportunity
to work on a wide variety of rewiring projects.
Student Jeff Lentsch was part of a team that
rewired the basement.
"It was a very valuable experience," Lentsch
said. "I had some experience in the trade
before I came here, but the instruction I got
at school really came in handy."
After two days of work, the teams were able to
turn both houses back over to the From left to right: Alex Johnson, Cashibala Domingos, Geoffrey From left to right: Kenna Kriedmacher, Colette Montgomery,
homeowners, who were thankful for the work Kalanzi, Andrew Bittar, TJ Haag, Soni Phommachanh, Arnes Amanda Perrier, Ashley Jones, Erica Andreason, and Kate
the team completed. Habibovic, Mohammed Tageldin, and Scott Latzke Vanwatermulen
Members of the Blue Knight men's and women's and Kate Vanwatermulen (Eagan) received All-
"Our students showed that they are high- soccer teams were recognized for their efforts during Region Second Team recognition, and Kenna
caliber professionals," Hansberger said. "They
the 2007 season at the DCTC Fall Sports Banquet. Kriedemacher (Eagan) and Amanda Perrier
did a great job."
(Minneapolis) were named to the All-Region
The night began with recognizing the nine Honorable Mention team.
first-year players and one sophomore that
were selected for the National Junior College From the men's team, sophomore TJ Haag
Athletic Association All-Region teams. (Burnsville) was recognized to the All-Region First
Team, and freshman Soni Phommachanh was
Representing the DCTC women's soccer team on the given All-Region Second Team recognition.
All-Region First Team were freshmen Erica Andreason
(Savage) and Ashley Jones (Minneapolis). Freshmen Arnes Habibovic (Rochester) and
Moe Tageldin (Rochester) were named to the
Electrical Construction student Billy Cook
Freshmen women Colette Montgomery (Edina) All-Region Honorable Mention team.
6 • FEBRUARY 2008 • DCTC DISPATCH
STUDENTS, FACULTY, & ALUMNI
Senior Learner Explores New Career Path
At age 62, Bob Schutte of Apple Valley is not the
youngest student on campus at DCTC. Nonetheless, his
Ed Plaster wins MNLA Special Service Award; two
excitement about nanotechnology represents an students take home $1,000 MNLA scholarships
energizing and decisively youthful approach to
"I come from a family of teachers that goes back
four generations," said Schutte, who taught as an
adjunct professor at Cardinal Stritch University. Horticulture Program
"My background is in behavioral psychology, and
I've always liked working with data. Nanoscience During an annual Awards Luncheon hosted
offers a whole new world of data that is by by the Minnesota Nursery & Landscape
nature extremely precise." Association at the Minnesota Green Expo on
Jan. 10, 2008, Ed Plaster, a former
Recently reelected to the ISD #196 school board landscape horticulture instructor, received
as an incumbent with 15 years of experience, the MNLA Special Service Award, and two
Schutte holds a master's degree in behavioral DCTC Nanoscience Technology student Bob Schutte DCTC landscape horticulture students,
analysis from Southern Illinois University- Elizabeth Spedaliere and Zach Carlton,
Carbondale and a bachelor's degree in psychology demonstrates a profound knowledge of her received $1,000 MNLA scholarships.
from the University of Illinois Urbana- subject matter. I knew that her classes and labs
Champaign. He attributes his initial interest in would take me way beyond anything I could The DCTC Landscape Horticulture program was
nanoscience to his daughter, Erika, a graduate of learn from a text book." also awarded an MNLA Foundation Grant for an
the Materials Science program at the irrigation system in the program's newly
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Deb Newberry considers Schutte a gem of a pupil. completed, state-of-the-art greenhouse, and
"Although Bob is our oldest student so far," she 14 new MNLA Certified Professionals from the
"Erika has a job in the computer chip industry said, "we've had a number of students in their DCTC program were recognized.
near Simi Valley out in California," Schutte said. 40's and 50's. Like Bob, they're looking for
"She would call me on the phone and explain something new and exciting." "As a program, we have the highest
how her work frequently took her to the nano participation of all colleges—two- and four-
level. She told me how one of her nanotech Newberry also enjoys watching relationships build year—in the Certified Professional
projects saved her company thousands of dollars. between students from different generations. program," Plaster said. "I once calculated
Our ongoing conversations gradually made me "Younger students bring enthusiasm and a keen that one out of every 10 CPs in the state
recognize the intriguing possibilities of a career awareness of technology to class. More seasoned passed through our doors."
in nanoscience." students bring maturity, experience, and a strong
work ethic.” Tim Powers, MNLA president, introduced
Schutte visited DCTC after his wife, Kay, told him Plaster to an audience of 300 green-
about the college's Nanoscience Technology "Because companies look for employees with industry VIPs during the luncheon. Powers
program. He met with Deb Newberry, the nuclear excellent communication and team skills, our related that Plaster started working at DCTC
physicist who designed the program and now classes revolve around group projects and in 1977, teaching courses on greenhouse
serves as its instructor. presentations. Our students develop lasting operations, nursery operations, plant
bonds and friendships. They really support each identification, and plant and soil science.
"Deb really sold me on nanoscience," said other."
Schutte. "She is so full of enthusiasm and "Ed is long-time member of the MNLA
Schutte keeps a busy schedule working as a Certification Committee," Powers said. "He's
customer service agent at Mesaba Airlines, a served on the Accreditation Committee for
supervisor at Starbucks Coffee, and a board the Professional Landcare Network and the
member overseeing one of the largest school Commissioner's Advisory Committee on
districts in Minnesota. At present, he is a part- Science and Natural Areas for the DNR. But
time student, but fully intends to earn his A.A.S. Ed's greatest legacy to Minnesota's green
degree in nanoscience technology. industry is the students he helped to train,
graduates who are among the most sought-
"I have no plans to retire," he said, "because after by nursery, garden center, greenhouse
retirement looks boring. My plan is to work full- and landscape companies. Hundreds of
time as a nanoscience technician. When I look at students learned good horticultural skills
nanoscience, I see no limits, which is why I'm from Ed, and their knowledge was so good
Schutte (left) works with Nanoscience Technology instructor not going to put limits on myself." that many, many of them passed the MNLA
Deb Newberry, who considers Shutte a ‘gem of a pupil’
Certification exam as a capstone to their
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College Showcase Set for March 26,
September Fest Coming September 13-14
Mark your calendars to attend DCTC’s spring and fall September Fest is scheduled for September 13 -14,
events - the College Showcase and September Fest! 2008. This free outdoor event will feature open air
shopping, entertainment, family fun activities,
The College Showcase, scheduled for March 26, demonstrations from both artists and college
2008 from 5:30–8 p.m., features interactive programs, a classic car and motorcycle show and
program displays, food, and networking more! Corporate sponsorship opportunities are
Advisory Board Members opportunities. Whether you are a business available for both events each year. Proceeds fund
professional, potential student, alumni, need-based student scholarships for DCTC students,
Chair Robert Morando, Ryt-way Industries
community leader, or friend of the college, this is 90% of whom rely on financial aid to attend.
Ruthie Batulis, Northern Dakota Chamber of Commerce a perfect opportunity to learn more about the
LaDonna Boyd, Dakota Electric Association college, our programs, and our community To learn more about either of these events,
partners. As a county-wide chamber of commerce please visit our Web site www.dctc.edu and
John Currie, Independent School District 196
after-hours event attendance is expected to look under Foundation.
Bill Droste, City of Rosemount surpass 2,000 for the third year running.
Mary Hamann-Roland, City of Apple Valley
Paul Hicks, City of Hastings
Elizabeth Kautz, City of Burnsville
Tom Meaden, Cub Foods
Brad Meeks, Farmington School District
David Olson, City of Lakeville
Jerry Pitra, Teamsters Local 120
Maria Skora, Lloyd's Barbeque
Rita Wing, Anchor Bank
The DCTC College Showcase on March 26 will feature September Fest will provide visitors with an opportunity to
program displays and nearly 20 restaurants browse unique vendors and learn more about the college
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