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DCTC recognized for commitment to military

Dakota County Technical College has been selected by Victory Media as a Military Friendly School. 

The 2014 Military Friendly Schools list honors the top 20 percent of college, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members and veterans as students and ensure their success on campus.

Director of student life and activities Nicole Meulemans said DCTC as well as the other schools in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system aim to provide a supportive environment for active members of the military and veterans. The MNSCU system has been designated a Yellow Ribbon organization.

Each year schools take a survey to be evaluated as a military friendly school. According to a news release from Victory Media the schools selected have world-class programs and policies for student support on campus, academic accreditation, credit policies, flexibility and other services for those who served. More than 10,000 schools nationwide are surveyed.

To qualify for the list, schools were evaluated in five categories: university culture, student support, academic policies, academic quality and financial aid, with university culture and student support carrying the most weight.

The evaluation process also factored in statistics commonly used to track student success and academic quality, including student loan default rates, retention rates, graduation rates, student-faculty ratio and percentage of full-time faculty, according to the organization.

DCTC has at least 130 students who use military benefits. Meulemans said there are likely more who have served. Meulemans said prospective students use the list when deciding on a school. Some of the biggest factors Meulemans said are graduation rates and job placement rates.

The rankings were published in the September issue of Military Times Edge magazine and online at

Emily Zimmer
Emily Zimmer has worked as a staff writer for the Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. She has a degree in journalism from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Outside of work, Emily enjoys running, reading and gardening. You can follow Emily's gardening adventures at the Areavoices blog East of Weedin'
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