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DCTC teams up with Inver Hills Community College

Dakota County Technical College president Ron Thomas and Inver Hills Community College president Tim Wynes have announced a shared services agreement between the two colleges' continuing education and customized training divisions, effective June 15.

Through the agreement, DCTC and IHCC will work together to provide services to enhance economic development and offer education and training services throughout the region. Staff and programs will be maintained on each campus under the management of DCTC Dean of Continuing Education & Customized Training Patrick McQuillan.

"Business and industry has plenty on its plate after the recent economic downturn and the growing skills gap being seen with workers," said McQuillan. "By DCTC and IHCC working together, we can respond more quickly and effectively to the business community - and that benefits our entire region."

In addition to serving as a response to the business community, the shared services agreement aligns with the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Strategic Framework adopted last fall. The framework specifically calls for members of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system to 'be the partner of choice to meet Minnesota's workforce and community needs.' Thomas and Wynes concur that the two colleges will be better equipped to serve customers through the agreement.

"IHCC and DCTC have incredible strengths when it comes to working with business and industry," said Wynes. "Our strengths are also the differences between our institutions, though, and Dr. Thomas and I feel we can more effectively enhance economic development in this region by working together."