In February 2013, the Minnesota Department of Education approved Innovative Quality Schools’ affidavit to Technical Academies of Minnesota allowing them to open four charter schools in Minnesota over the next five years. The Technical Academies of Minnesota are authorized by Innovative Quality Schools. To learn more about IQS, go to www.iqsmn.org. DREAM Technical Academy is the first of the four charter schools that opened in the fall of 2014 under Technical Academies of Minnesota School District 4217-07.
DREAM Technical Academy is located on the MinnWest Technology Campus at 1705 16th Street NE in Willmar. Willmar was selected as the first site to locate one of the charter schools based on the strong, progressive and innovative business, community, and educational opportunities. The steady growth in population, technology and professional jobs, makes Willmar an ideal location for the school. In November of 2013, the first of many community meetings were held in Willmar to educate people, engage people, and garner support for the start-up operations for the opening of the new charter school.
Several people from Willmar and the surrounding communities volunteered to be on the start-up committee to assure the “dream became reality.” Prior to opening, DREAM Technical Academy received generous financial support and equipment donations from area businesses and individuals for which the staff and students will always be grateful.