DCTC Hospitality Reunion and Semester Kick-off School Lunchbox Potluck

Alumni, students, and champions of the DCTC hospitality programs, please join us! Want to know more about being a student? This is a great place to find out!fall semester kick off 2016 invitation

August 15, 5:30-8:30 p.m. at Rosealee’s condo
3600 Wooddale Ave So, St Louis Park MN

RSVP via text to 952-454-1138 w name, /# of people and what you’re bringing. If you’d like to see it in your lunchbox, bring it to share. Rosealee is providing walking pizza, walking taco, and juice box, soda.


Visit us on FaceBook and LinkedIn to keep the conversation going!  Get complete DCTC Hospitality Program info here: Meeting and Event ManagementHospitality Lodging ManagementSpa and Resort Management


Celebrating Commitment to Hospitality and a Powerful Network of Professionals

DCTC hospitality graduates span the globe in hospitality careers.  On Saturday, May 21, many graduates, students, and their guests will be found at the annual Spring BBQ.

For more date notice_001than a decade, DCTC hospitality graduates have brought a level of professionalism to meetings, events, conventions, trade shows, and venues such as hotels, resorts, and tourism destinations.  Many serve in hospitality supply organizations that provide design, props, lighting, catering, tours, and a myriad of other products and services to enhance the guest experience.  As hospitality alumni have honed their talents in employer corporations or started their own corporation, many employ other graduates and students.  Together they form a powerful network.

For complete info and RSVP, visit DCTC Hospitality – Celebrating 10 Years and More

Here’s a glimpse of our January, 2016 celebration . . .

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Contact Rosealee Lee to visit or ask questions on LinkedIn, by phone 952-454-1138, or via email at rosealee.lee@dctc.edu.




DCTC Hospitality Student & Alumni Reunions

circa 2007? Life has happened to the alumni pictured here. Many reside throughout the U.S. and other countries. (Hello to Fah in Thailand!)

Many of you have asked for a chance to get together and network with other DCTC Hospitality program students and graduates.  I’ve also had many inquiries about cruise meetings – how they work, what the experience is like, etc.  So . . .

We’re celebrating the first decade of our programs twice:

January 7 in the Minneapolis/St Paul Metro area, AND

June 24-27 in Miami, Nassau, Bahamas, and Great Stirrup Cay.

Here’s the scoop . . .

Giggles and Catch-Up Potluck

January 7, 2016, Thursday, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.potluck

At Rosealee’s condo party room, 3600 Wooddale Ave So, St Louis Park, MN

Bring a snack or dessert to share, and your beverage of choice.  Guests are welcome.

RSVP to rosealee.lee@gmail.com with subject “Reunion” – please be sure to indicate # of individuals attending.  (I’d love to get an approximate count of how many will be attending to ensure I make enough of the famous meatballs.)  There is NO CHARGE for this event.

Inaugural DCTC Hospitality Alumni Cruise

Thank you, Sharyn Bennett, owner of Calico Jack’s Travel and program alumni, for organizing this opportunity. Registration will open soon.  Visit the DCTC page at calicojackstravel.com for more information.  Contact Sharyn by phone (651-247-4185) or email (info@calicojackstravel.com).

Board the fabulous Norwegian Sky on June 24, 2016 in Miami, FL for a three-night cruise.


We’ll visit Nassau for an exclusive shore excursion, the Bahamas and your own private island, Great Stirrup Cay.

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We’ll enjoy

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  • Training Sessions – discover the ease of planning a cruise event for your clients ☺
  • Networking
  • Ship Tour ☺
  • Meet the Ship’s Officers ☺

☺ Exclusive for DCTC students and alumni

Norwegian Sky departs Miami, Florida           Return to Miami on June 27, 2016.

Cabins are available from $419 to $669, double-occupancy.  What’s included in the price?

  • Round trip cruise from Port of Miami to Nassau, Bahamas
  • Meals in the complimentary dining venues
  • All beverages (INCLUDING alcoholic beverages)
  • Onboard Entertainment
  • Use of the beautiful pools and hot tubs
  • Norwegian’s Youth Program facilities and activities if you’re bringing children
  • Gratuities
  • Taxes and port charges
  • Travel Insurance

* Calico Jack’s Travel representatives are available to assist you with additional arrangements including airfare, pre-cruise or post-cruise hotels and more.

Can we bring non-DCTC alumni family and friends?  Sure, the more the merrier!


At DCTC, the Hospitality Classroom is Everywhere!

Students in Dakota County Technical College’s hospitality programs get to share inspiration from a variety of hospitality professionals.  Insider tips and insights provide great learning for meeting-event, hospitality lodging, and spa-resort management students almost every Saturday as the online course students visit real companies and hear from real professionals.  But wait . . . are they online courses or are they classroom courses?  The answer is YES – they are both.  Local students (including some who drive as far away as from Duluth MN or Madison WI or sometimes fly in from other Midwest locations, can opt to participate in Saturday morning classroom visits.

This spring we have visited venues, suppliers, and planners. Here’s our list to date . . .


At Midway Party Rental, Rhonda DuCharme and Theresa Sullivan shared event and production rental insights.


At Apres Party & Tent Rental, Sheree's design skills shined

At Apres Party & Tent Rental, Sheree’s theatrical and design background are integral to client satisfaction

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Cara Tuenge is Event Coordinator at Care Providers

Heather Proskey is Director of Marketing, Events & Business Partnerships at Care Providers

Heather Proskey is Director of Marketing, Events & Business Partnerships at Care Providers

This Minneapolis Hope Lodge serves as a haven of hope and caring for adult cancer patients and their caregivers.

This Minneapolis Hope Lodge serves as a haven of hope and caring for adult cancer patients and their caregivers.

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Dusty Perryman, Human Resource Director of the Hyatt Regency Mpls and Liz West, Meeting Concierge, shared info for job seekers and meeting professionals.

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From career planning to operations detailing, students gleaned great info at the Hyatt.

Give Your Gifts: A Call to DCTC Hospitality Club Students and Alumni to Share the Spirit of Hospitality

holding_open_box_of_light_6904 For more than a decade DCTC hospitality students have been delivering memories to guests and ROI to employers and clients. You have spread your talents throughout the United States and many other countries and I am thrilled to receive continuing testimonies of your successes in a myriad of hospitality professions.

Our gift is in giving the spirit of hospitality! That’s why hospitality professionals are well known for sharing their time and talents throughout the community.

If you are looking for a place to give a gift of your talents, consider volunteering at the Art of Possibilities event at Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute – Golden Valley Campus. To view the roles and shifts available, please follow this Art of Possibilities link. Click here to learn more about the Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute.

If you would like to share information about an organization for us to gift our talents in your geographic area, please send information to me at rosealee.lee@dctc.edu. Watch for future Give Your Gifts notices!