Students attending Dakota County Technical College’s electrical line worker program will have new tools to work with later this year. Dakota Electric Association recently donated $8,000 from unclaimed capital credits to DCTC for its educational program that trains future line workers.

Dakota Electric board members Paul Bakken, Jack DeYoe, Janet Lekson and Margaret Schreiner and President and CEO Greg Miller delivered the check to DCTC personnel. DCTC instructors Steve Addy and Thomas Erickson were happy to receive the money, which will be used to purchase tools, such as a hydraulic tamp, a crimping tool and impact wrenches.


 DCTC Donation
Dakota Electric board members deliver check to DCTC. (L-R): Thomas Erickson, instructor; Greg Miller, Dakota Electric CEO, Board members Janet Lekson, Paul Bakken, Margaret Schreiner and John (Jack) DeYoe; Tharan Leopold, DCTC; Steve Addy, instructor.

“This donation allows us to provide new tools that will help our students be better prepared when they seek a job with a utility,” Addy said. “Dakota Electric has been very supportive of our program, and we appreciate the donation to help us educate future line workers.”

DCTC typically has between 45 and 60 students in the program. Students can earn an electrical lineworker diploma in one year or take more credits and earn an AAS degree in two years.

“We are happy to be able to provide financial support locally to worthwhile educational programs,” Board Chair Jim Sheldon said. “The projected unclaimed capital credit amounts in future years mean we may have more money available to support educational programs throughout our service area.”

Dakota Electric has donated unclaimed capital credits to help support local education through scholarships since 1990.