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Dunwoody students place second in Residential Construction Management Competition

Residential Construction ManagementDunwoody’s Residential Construction Management Competition team won second place at the annual National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) International Builder’s Show in mid January. The five second year students – John Chapel, Construction Project Supervision; Dustin Curly, Construction Project Supervision; Kyle Fitzpatrick, Architectural Drafting and Estimating; Emily Silvan, Architectural Drafting and Estimating; and Oua Vang, Architectural Drafting and Estimating – were tasked with completing a management proposal for a multi-story, single-family residence for the St Louis, Missouri, area that met the NAHB Green Standard of Silver. The team was provided with partial plans and elevations for the home.

With the help of coaches Dean Soderbeck, Architectural Drafting and Estimating Instructor; Bob Skarsten, Construction Project Supervision Instructor; and Charlie Radloff, Architectural Drafting and Estimating Instructor; the team began working on their solution in September 2009. The team developed a set of working drawings to describe the construction, a pricing schedule to cost the labor and material, and a schedule of construction with a day-by-day description of the time. These materials were assembled in to a project binder and mailed to the judges in early December. With the support of the Builders Association of the Twin Cities (BATC), the team then traveled to the show to present their project to judges.

The NAHB Student Chapters Residential Construction Management Competition is one of the highlights at the annual NAHB International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. The competition gives students the opportunity to apply the skills learned in the classroom to a real construction project by completing a management proposal. The proposals were submitted to a group of construction company executives who act as judges. During the convention, students presented and defended their proposals to the judges in front of an audience.

The skillful use of their understanding of “green” and sustainable construction, along with superb 3d modeling created a presentation that one judge commented as “very professional”. In addition to winning 2nd place, John Chapel was awarded the NAHB Student Chapter “Outstanding Student Award.”

Full Results:

First Place
Utah Valley University (Orem, UT)

Second Place
Dunwoody College of Technology (Minneapolis, MN)

Third Place
Brigham Young University-Idaho (Rexburg, ID)

Cool Stuff at Dunwoody: Machine Tooled Mold for Yo-Yo

New YouTube video: a Machine Tool Technology student shows a mold he machined for a plastic injection molder that creates one half of a yo-yo

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Cool Stuff at Dunwoody returns to the Machine Tool Technology program for a demonstration of student project — a machine tooled mold for use in creating yo-yo parts with a plastic injection molder.

ASRO (packaging and robotics) students compete at PACK EXPO

Dunwoody ASRO (packaging and robotics) students are competing at PACK EXPO this week in Las Vegas. And they’re in excellent company — they’re competing against students from: Cal Poly, Rutgers, Clemson, Purdue, and the University of Florida.

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The Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute (PMMI) is a trade association whose more than 500 general members manufacture packaging and packaging-related converting machinery in the United States and Canada. …

Lights on for Safety

Dunwoody is the Minneapolis location for Lights on For Safety tomorrow — bring a non-perishable food item or cash donation and receive free replacements on exterior lights on your car or truck. Click on the link for details.

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On Saturday, October 3, from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., the Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of Minnesota (AASP-MN), in cooperation with the Minnesota State Patrol, will hold its fifteenth annual Lights …

Hoop it Up – Minneapolis, MN- August 8-9, 2009

Looking for something to do this weekend? Hoop It Up’s Minneapolis tournament is in the Dunwoody parking lot. Drop by and watch some local ballers, well, hoop it up.

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The Hoop it Up Tour is an exciting, energetic, and family oriented basketball tournament designed to allow ANYONE who wants to play or watch basketball to participate!

Trade schools boom with enrollees twice the age of typical student

President Rich Wagner is quoted in this USA Today story on higher numbers of students enrolling in technical/trade schools, including more non-traditional students.

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As economic struggles and unemployment plague much of the nation, vocational schools across the USA are seeing significant spikes in enrollment.