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Minneapolis, Minn., June 21, 2012 — Dunwoody College of Technology has received official approval from the Higher Learning Commission to offer a bachelor’s completion program in Construction Leadership & Management (CLMA). The degree will focus on the principles of leading teams and companies through construction projects while effectively managing construction resources.  The program will accept students who have completed a two-year degree in the area of construction sciences and building technology and is geared toward working professionals.

“The construction industry demands graduates who exemplify the applicable technical knowledge and leadership skills required to manage all phases and types of construction,” said Bridget Reynolds, Director for Construction Sciences & Building Technology. “The CLMA completion degree was designed with these needs in mind utilizing Dunwoody’s 98 year history of applied education in construction.”

The CLMA program was developed under guidance from working professionals in the construction industry, faculty, and Dunwoody alumni.  A Program Advisory Committee (PAC) is being formed to continue guiding the future direction of the program.

“We’re hearing more and more from our industry partners that they want employees with a bachelor’s degree,” President Rich Wagner said. “They need people with technical skills who also have the business and communication skills to manage teams, interface with customers and handle complex projects. Dunwoody has responded to that need by creating a series of bachelor’s completion programs that our two-years programs feed into as well as graduates of MnSCU colleges and other two-year technical programs. And, of course, just like with our associate’s degree, the focus of our bachelor’s completion programs is a hands-on, applied approach to teaching and learning.”

Dunwoody is also choosing to seek programmatic accreditation from the American Council for Construction Education (ACCE), and the ACCE guidelines were used in the development of the program.

For the full program description, see the CLMA program page on the Dunwoody website.

Dunwoody College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association:

Founded in 1914, Dunwoody College of Technology is the only private, not-for-profit technical college in the Upper Midwest. Located on the western edge of downtown Minneapolis, it has provided a hands-on, applied technical education to more than 250,000 men and women, who in turn have gone on to meaningful and rewarding careers.

Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. receives award from ATEA

The American Technical Educators Association (ATEA) honored Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. with is Silver Award for Excellence at its March 21, 2012, annual conference. The award recognizes Toyota’s commitment to technical education through its’ Technician Training Education Network (T-TEN). Dunwoody College, which is a T-TEN site, nominated Toyota for the award.

T-TEN supports participating schools with internships, employment, training for T-TEN staff, equipment, and vehicle contributions, financial assistance, information sources and up-to-date curriculum. Dunwoody is one of 46 schools across the nation with T-TEN programs and one of seven to be chosen to produce curriculum. Dunwoody has also received full certification as a CEED (Chassis, Electrical, Engine and Drivetrain) school which provides factory level certification credentials to all of its T-TEN students upon graduation.

A photo of Toyota's T-TEN development team with the ATEA Silver Star of Excellence Award

The Technical Development Division, T-TEN Program, Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A., Torrance, Calif. From left to right: Glory Nakamoto, Scott Sandford, Kevin Booth, Rick Lester Tech Development Manager, George Colletti, Russ Casella, Mona Masai. (Not pictured are: Kieko Shimizu, Andrew Passage and Patty Koerner).

Midwest Robotics League regional championship May 19-20 at MOA

WHAT: Teams pit 15lb robots against each other in head-to-head matches in an arena. The match lasts 3 minutes or until one robot is knocked out or taps out. The competition is double elimination. The audience will have opportunities to interact with the robots throughout the weekend.

The competition will include the reigning NRL National Champion: the robotics team from North St. Paul High School and their robot UC3, which went undefeated in the national competition held May 5-6, 2012, in Indianapolis, IN.

WHO: Teams of at least 3 students (middle school, high school or college) and 1 technical adviser. Local and national teams from across the country will be competing.


1 – 6:30 p.m. Saturday, May 19, (Competition Rounds 1-5)

1 – 3:30 p.m. Sunday, May 20, (Competition Rounds 6-9)

4 – 5 p.m. Sunday May 20, (Championship Rounds 10-11 & awards ceremony)

WHERE: Rotunda in the Mall of America, Bloomington, Minn.

ADMISSION: Free and open to the public.

The Midwest Robotics League is sponsored and managed by Dunwoody College of Technology.

Senator Franken visit Right Skills Now

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Senator Al Franken (top center) visited Dunwoody earlier this month for a tour of the Right Skills Now program, which prepares graduates to become CNC (Computer Numeric Controlled) Operators. Senator Franken visited with each of the students in the program. He also gave an interview with Fox9 News, where he talked about the importance of manufacturing to Minnesota and the United States and the need for more skilled workers.

Right Skills Now is a pilot program by Dunwoody College of Technology and South Central College and is part of the Right Skills Now initiative. Right Skills Now is a partnership of The Manufacturing Institute, ACT, the National Institute of Metalworking Skills, and the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness.

15 Dunwoody students place at SkillsUSA Minnesota

The SkillsUSA state competition was held last weekend at locations around the Twin Cities, including on the Dunwoody campus. A total of 30 Dunwoody students competed in 11 program areas, and 15 students placed 1st – 4th in their respective competitions. Here is the full list of winners (the faculty advisors for the student who compete are listed next to the completion category):

Architectural Drafting – Bridget Reynolds
Austin Klassen – 1st
Brandon Bomar – 2nd

Automotive Refinishing – Bob Brandon and Bruce Graffunder
Alan Mattson – 3rd

Collision Repair – Bob Brandon and Bruce Graffunder
Don Lundequam – 3rd
Alan Mattson – 4th

Computer Maintenance Technology – David Mansheffer
Donald Geer Jr. – 1st

Computer Programming – Kevin Wendt
Brian Skorseth – 2nd
Michael Pendino – 3rd

Electrical Construction Wiring – Polly Friendshuh
Ashley Chapman – 2nd

Job Skills Demonstration – Bruce Graffunder
Serenity Sullivan – 4th

Telecommunications Cabling – Phil Yeager
Luis Molina – 1st
Andrew Loge – 2nd
Nick Erdmann – 3rd

Web Design – Kevin Wendt
Team 2: 1st
Brett Lidfors
Joe Packer

The following students will be going on to represent Dunwoody and the State of Minnesota in the national competition in Kansas City, MO, this June: Brett Lidfors, Joe Packer, Luis Molina, Donald Geer Jr. and Austin Klassen.

Congratulations students!

Dunwoody students to compete in Minnesota SkillsUSA Championships Conference

The 45th Annual Minnesota SkillsUSA Championships Conference will be held Friday, March 23 – Sunday, March 25. Dunwoody has 36 students participating in a number of contests, ranging from web design to collision and auto refinishing. Last year, five Dunwoody students went on to compete in the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference and Championship.

Dunwoody will be hosting a variety of these contests. Time and location are listed below; please come out and support our students! The awards ceremony will be held at 10 am, Sunday, March 25 at the Doubletree Hotel in Bloomington.

March 23 competitions (all held at the Doubletree Hotel in Bloomington)
Blue Print Reading at 3 pm
Job Skill Demo at 3:30 pm
Web Design from 4 – 6 pm

March 24 competitions
Architectural Drafting (held at Dunwoody; morning start)
Collision and Auto Refinishing (held at South Central College in Mankato; morning start)
Computer Maintenance (held at Dakota County Technical College; morning start)
Computer Programming (held at Dunwoody; morning start)
Electrical Construction Wiring (held at J.H. Larson; morning start)
Internetworking (held at Dunwoody; morning start)
Sheet Metal (held at St. Paul College; morning start)
Telecommunications Wiring (held at Dunwoody; morning start)

For more information about SkillsUSA Minnesota, go to:

Autonomous Snow Plow Team to Compete at the 2012 Winter Carnival

The Snow Devils 2, Dunwoody’s Autonomous Snow Plow Team, will be competing in this weekend’s Institute of Navigation’s Autonomous Snow Plow Competition at the 2012 St. Paul Winter Carnival.

Last year, Dunwoody’s team took third place out of six teams, and was their first year competing. The competition was The University of Minnesota, two teams from the University of Michigan, the University of Ohio and Ohio – Miami.

The Snow Devils, Dunwoody's 2011 Autonomous Snow Plow Competitor.

The team designed a new plow utilizing a $20 web cam to search for snow. This data is then analyzed using Visual Basic code, which drives large electric motors via a DC motor controller. The team consists of Joel Berglund (ASRO), Corey Halverson (ASRO), Reed Herme (ASRO), Ryan Bender (MDES), Tim Seidl (WMET), Joe Tebbe (ASRO), Josh Nelson (ASRO) and Ward Freeman (MDES).

An example of the robot operation can be seen here

Come out and support the team at the Winter Carnival from 9 am to 1 pm on Saturday, January 28 or from 10 am to 2 pm on Sunday, January 29 at Rice Park, 109 4th St. West, Downtown Saint Paul. This event is free and open to the public.

More information and rules for the Autonomous Snow Plow Competition can be found at and

Pictures and information on last year’s competition can be found here

Photo courtesy of the Autonomous SnowPlow Competition Facebook page.

Dunwoody offers Entrepreneurship 101 Workshop for alumni

Have you ever kicked around the idea of starting your own business, but don’t know where to start? Dunwoody will be hosting Entrepreneurship 101 on Saturday, February 11, 2012 for Dunwoody students and alumni. Meet, network, listen and ask questions of our panel who all started their own successful business.

The panel is:

  • Ray Crowder, GR Promotions  (1960; Electronics Systems)
  • Larry Raasch, Prime General Contractors (1977; Building Construction)
  • Anthony Carter, Jr. Frameworx Construction Co. (2006; Architectural Drafting & Estimating)
  • Tom Graf, Concrete Arts (1993; Architectural Drafting & Estimating)

The event is 9 am – 12 pm, Saturday, February 11, 2012 at the Dunwoody campus in the McNamara Center. Admission is free, but registration is required.

To register, call 612-548-4963 or email the following information:

  • Name
  • Graduation year
  • Program
  • Phone number

Please contact with questions! We look forward to seeing you!