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AICF Faculty Person of the Year for United Tribes
July 7 2014

Dale Pletan
Dale Pletan, Automotive Service Technology Chair/Instructor

Dale Pletan leads the Automotive Service Technology Department at United Tribes. He was named the 2014 American Indian College Fund “Faculty Person of the Year” for the college. His organization and leadership of the department have strengthened the instructional offerings. In particular, he has promoted industry standards and certification, professional values, and connections in the market place. His care and concern for student success is recognized and appreciated by students and admired among the faculty and staff.

Dale came to UTTC in 2010. He says he was “at the point where he wanted to pass along his many years of experience as a mechanic in the automotive industry to future generations,” as he had with his sons.

He enjoys working with young people and considers it a “calling.” Among his proudest moments is when UTTC students take part in the SKILLS USA competition each year. He says he is always proud of their performance.

Dale grew up on a farm north of Flasher, ND, and married the love of his life, Becky. They raised two sons, Casey and Cody and now have two grandsons: Seth and Nathan.

His formal automotive training included instruction at North Dakota State School of Science in Wahpeton in the early 1970s and many specialized training sessions in dealership schools, where he earned the status of 30 year ASE Certified Master Technician.

His places of work include the names of familiar local dealerships: McCarney Ford (renamed Holmes Ford, now Eide Ford); Tierney Chevrolet (now Puklich Chevrolet); and Ivan Gandrud Chevrolet (later Ressler and currently Kupper Chevrolet).

Dale is an active volunteer. He served as den and pack Leader for his boys’ Boy Scout Troop. He is active in the New Salem Saddle club and was president for many years. He thoroughly enjoys helping youth advance their riding skills, some even advancing to the Professional Rodeo Circuit. In his spare time Dale enjoys camping and hunting with friends and family.

Congratulations to Dale on the high honor of AICF/UTTC Faculty Person of the Year.

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