DCTC and Inver Hills Community College join forces
Dakota County Technical College President Ron Thomas and Inver Hills Community College President Tim Wynes have announced a shared services agreement between the two college’s 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 Patrick McQuillan, DCTC dean of Continuing Education & Customized Training.
“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.
Although there will be organizational alterations, both presidents want to assure business and industry the changes will not delay the ability of either institution to respond to customer needs.
“Our intention with this agreement is to maximize our effectiveness in serving the needs of the business community,” said Thomas. “Our colleges are always striving to be nimble, efficient and effective. President Wynes and I know this agreement will take our work with business and industry to the next level.”