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Dunwoody history pictorial show, Alumni & Friends Reception July 17

Mill City MuseumAlumni & Friends Reception and Pictorial Show at Mill City Museum–Thursday, July 17

Join us from 6 to 8 p.m. for a very special evening of history, friendship and celebration at the Mill City Museum,  704 S. 2nd Street, Minneapolis, for the Alumni & Friends Reception and Dunwoody College Pictorial History Display.

No RSVP is required. Alumni, friends and the public are welcome.

For further information contact alumni@dunwoody.edu, or call 612-381-3064.
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Dunwoody College, celebrating its Centennial in 2014, will hold a pictorial show at Mill City Museum highlighting the College’s history and the impact Dunwoody has had on the local community – from the founders William and Kate Dunwoody, to the present day.  Featuring historic photographs of the past 100 years, the show will run through Oct. 5.

William H. Dunwoody was the primary share holder of Washburn Crosby Company (now General Mills) and his involvement in the greater milling community was instrumental in making Minneapolis the Flour Milling Capital of the World for 50 years – it was Mill City.  Dunwoody is delighted to join with Mill City Museum a hundred years later to celebrate this relationship.

William and Kate Dunwoody were prominent citizens of their time and helped build many significant institutions that survive in today – General Mills, Wells Fargo, Abbott Northwestern Hospital, the Minneapolis Institute of Art, Northwestern National Bank, and of course Dunwoody College of Technology.

Dunwoody College’s influence continues today as a leader in technical education and a producer of alumni who continue to make an impact on the community.  Alums such as M.A. Mortenson (Mortenson Construction), Howard Lund (Lund Boats), and Maurice Wagner (Morrie’s Automotive) are just a few examples of Dunwoody Colleges continued impact on the community.

Dunwoody was featured on “Life to the Max” May 17

Mike Max took a tour of Dunwoody College through its 100 years of history to the present day for his Life to the Max TV Show that highlights stories of perseverance, tenacity and winning attitudes.

If you missed the episode that aired on May 17, you can watch it at http://lifetothemax.tv/index.php/2014-archives/551-show-189-the-dunwoody-difference

 Mike Max takes a tour of Dunwoody College of Technology through its 100 years of history to the present day. A generous gift left by William Hood Dunwoody in his will started the Minneapolis technical college in 1914 and since then its reputation for excellence continues to grow. Mike meets with instructors, current students and wildly successful alumni of Dunwoody to find out what makes the college and its culture breed success.

“Life to the Max” is sponsored by Lifetouch and produced by Lifetouch Media Productions.

For more information about Life to the Max, visit http://www.lifetothemax.tv/.

Dunwoody College of Technology’s Interior Design program receives CIDA accreditation

Dunwoody College of Technology’s Bachelor of Science Interior Design program has been granted a six-year accreditation from the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA)—an independent, non-profit accrediting organization for interior design education programs at colleges and universities in the United States and Canada.

Dunwoody College of Technology joins the University of Minnesota as the only Minnesota colleges with CIDA accreditation.

To gain accreditation a college must have a four-year bachelor degree program that meets 16 standards related to mission, goals, curriculum; critical thinking, professional values and processes; core design and technical knowledge; and program administration.

Interior Design Program Manager Colleen Schmaltz noted Dunwoody’s Interior Design program has been in the process of refining curriculum and archiving student work to demonstrate CIDA standards for four years.

“It’s been a long process, but it’s been worth it because we understand the importance of achieving this accreditation for the success of our students, our program, and our profession” she said.

Schmaltz said adhering to the CIDA guidelines helped ensure the program included all the necessary elements to graduate capable, creative designers.

“Our approach is hands on. We’re a technical college and our students have superior technical knowledge with various design software programs,” she said. “We’re about educating designers who have practical knowledge and strong design expertise. Our graduates know what they’re doing on the first day on the job.”

Dunwoody’s focus in hiring Interior Design faculty is to bring in practicing professionals with a wide variety of specialties who are also educators completing advanced degrees.

“They’re extraordinary practitioners and excellent teachers. It shows up in students’ work big time. The level of expertise is there. The confidence is there,” she said. “I think the rigors of the program are such that people graduating from an accredited program know that the best firms are looking for it. They’re eager for interns and new hires with a solid educational background.

“We have a fabulous program. And we’re turning out fabulous designers who are passionate about their newfound professions.”

 

 

About Dunwoody
Founded in 1914, Dunwoody College of Technology is the only private, not-for-profit technical college in the Upper Midwest. 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. . Located in the heart of the arts district in Minneapolis, and across from the Walker Sculpture Garden, Dunwoody College of Technology is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (ncahlc.org), and the State of Minnesota.

 

About CIDA

The Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) is an independent, non-profit accrediting organization for interior design education programs at colleges and universities in the United States and Canada. For more than 35 years, this knowledge-driven organization has been passionately committed to the ongoing enrichment of the interior design profession through identifying, developing and promoting quality standards for the education of entry-level interior designers, and then encouraging, accrediting and supporting educational programs to aspire to those standards.

Through a process of program self-evaluation and peer review, accreditation promotes achievement of high academic standards, while making education more responsive to student and societal needs. The Council engages nearly 200 volunteers, all drawn from interior design practice and education, to carry out its work. More than 150 interior design programs are currently accredited by the Council, serving an estimated 20,000 students.

The Council for Interior Design Accreditation is recognized as a reliable authority on interior design education by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). The CHEA-recognized scope of accreditation is professional level programs in interior design.

Source: CIDA website http://accredit-id.org/about/ 

DUNWOODY COLLEGE OF TECHNOLOGY GRANTED HVAC EXCELLENCE RE-ACCREDITATION

Dunwoody College of Technology’s Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVACR) programs have been granted another six-year accreditation by HVAC Excellence—a nonprofit organization created in 1994 to improve competency through validation of the technical education process. The program first received accreditation in 2007.

Dunwoody’s program was the first in the states of Minnesota, North Dakota, Iowa, and Wisconsin to be accredited with a nationally known accrediting organization recognized by the HVAC industry and the federal government.

To gain accreditation a college HVAC program must meet standards related to the mission of the program, administrational responsibilities, finances and funds, student services, instructional design and program elements, physical facilities, equipment and tools, cooperative training and instructor qualifications.

During the 2013 reaccreditation process, Dunwoody’s HVAC program Self-Study was cited as one of the top five internationally. The highest award a program can receive is a six-year accreditation, which Dunwoody’s HVAC program has now been awarded twice.

“This accomplishment speaks to Dunwoody’s HVAC instructors and their commitment to excellence in training and dedication to their students,” said HVAC Services Principal Instructor Tom Kleinman. “It also ensures the HVAC industry, our industry partners, and future employers that a quality, well-educated student will be leaving our doors upon graduation. Graduates can be confident that they are properly trained and ready on day one to be a productive technician for their employer.”

Dunwoody’s HVAC program focuses on hands-on learning where students are exposed to experiences in shops and labs that imitate the field in which they’ll be employed.

Kleinman said the HVAC program’s faculty represents more than 166 years of field, trade, educational and instructional experience.

“Our HVAC instructors also maintain ties to the industry that help with employment and the continued success of the program,” he said.

The accreditation process

To gain accreditation, Dunwoody staff prepared a self-study of the HVAC program, providing documentation showing compliance in nine standards set by HVAC Excellence: mission of the program, administrative responsibilities, finances and funds, curriculum, plan of instructions, facilities, equipment and tools, cooperative training and instructor’s qualifications.

The self-study is several hundred pages long and took months to prepare. Executive members of HVAC Excellence reviewed the self-study. After review and critique of the self-study, HVAC Excellence selected a group of industry veterans to review the program. They were charged with the task of conducting an in-depth onsite evaluation of the Dunwoody College of Technology program—where they determined the College met the standards for re-accreditation.  

About Dunwoody:  Founded in 1914, Dunwoody College of Technology is the only private, not-for-profit technical college in the Upper Midwest. 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. Located on the western edge of downtown Minneapolis, Dunwoody is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (ncahlc.org).

About HVAC Excellence: HVAC Excellence is a not-for-profit organization that has been serving the HVACR industry since 1994. It is our goal to improve competency through validation of the technical education process. By setting standards and verifying that they have been met, we inspire the industry to excel. HVAC Excellence knows that all of the challenges that face the industry are achievable by continuous improvement in the way that it prepares technicians.

HVAC Excellence Programs: Identify areas of weakness in education, Assists employers with hiring competent technicians, Allows the public to identify competent technicians, pinpoints current deficiencies in the technical workforce for education program development, and aids manufacturers in warranty cost reduction.

Mortenson Construction funds solar panel addition to Dunwoody rooftop

Solar panels on Dunwoody rooftop

The 255 watt, 37.8 V DC panels were recently installed by Electrical Construction & Maintenance Technology Instructor Steve Lee and Electrical Program Manager Chad Kurdi.

Thanks to a generous donation from Mortenson Construction, the roof of Dunwoody College of Technology now houses 10 solar panels.

The 255 watt, 37.8 V DC panels were recently installed by Electrical Construction & Maintenance Technology Instructor Steve Lee and Electrical Program Manager Chad Kurdi.

The solar panels will generate 2.5 kilowatt at 338 V DC, which Kurdi says is enough to power a 2000-square-foot house without large consuming electrical equipment (range, air conditioning, dryer and water heater).

Kurdi says it’s important to incorporate green energy technology into the College’s Electrical program.

“The country and state are moving more towards green energy power,” he said. “The Solar PV system is the first step in acquiring more renewable energy sources like wind to train our electrical students on this technology.”

In addition to training Dunwoody’s electrical students and offsetting some of the electrical lab’s power consumption, Kurdi says the addition of the solar panels showcases the College’s commitment to renewable energy and earth stewardship.

 

 

Kurdi posted a video of the solar panel installation on his YouTube channel.  

Dunwoody students earn gold at 2013 SkillsUSA Minnesota Contest

Dunwoody students performed well again this year in the SkillsUSA Minnesota Contest held last weekend at various locations in the Twin Cities, including the Dunwoody campus.

The Collision students, advised by Bruce Graffunder and Bob Brandon, made a complete sweep of the awards, taking first through fourth place in the contest. Kevin Wendt advised two teams for the Web Design contest, and they placed first and second.

Overall, 16 Dunwoody students competed in seven contests, including Collision, Automotive Refinishing, HVAC, Computer Programming, Computer Maintenance, Web Design, and Internetworking.  The students medaled in five of the contests with three in first place, two in second place, three in third place, and two in fourth place.  The full results are:

 

Collision Repair– Advisors: Bruce Graffunder and Bob Brandon

1st: Erik Campion

2nd: Trevor Multhaup

3rd: Huey Lewis

4th: Andy LaRue

 

Internetworking – Advisors: Rob Bentz and Dave Mansheffer

1st: Donald Geer

 

Computer Web Design –Advisor: Kevin Wendt

1st Place Team:  Joe Packer and Brett Lidfors

2nd Place Team:  Martin Sheeks and Brady Skaurad

 

Automotive Refinishing – Advisors: Bruce Graffunder and Bob Brandon

3rd: Erik Campion

4th: Huey Lewis

 

Computer Maintenance – Advisor: Dave Mansheffer

3rd: Lee Reiners

 

The first place winners are eligible to compete at the national SkillsUSA competition in Kansas City, Mo., June 24–28.

Kevin Wendt and Bruce Graffunder will be attending the national competition as advisors for the contests.  Four Dunwoody faculty members are going to the national competition to judge: Lonny Lunn and Dave Duval for the Automotive competition, Heather Gay for the Teamworks competition, and Polly Friendshuh for the Electrical Construction Wiring competition.

For more information about SkillsUSA Minnesota, visit www.mnskillsusa.org.

 

SkillsUSA Minnesota is part of a national organization that serves over a quarter million student members annually, organized into more than 14,700 chapters and 54 state and territorial associations (including Puerto Rico, Guam and the Virgin Islands). The Minnesota Association has offered leadership opportunities to over 200,000 student members since 1967, with a current annual membership of over 3,000. There are chapters in 29 technical colleges and 50 high schools or cooperative centers, with potential to serve many more. SkillsUSA is governed by a Board of Directors, elected from teachers that advise local chapters, and representing both the high school and college divisions and industry representatives. All programs are offered as integral to the curriculum.

 

 

Dunwoody College is named to Military Friendly Schools list

Dunwoody College of Technology was named to the Military Friendly Schools list by Victory Media, a company who focuses on military personnel transitioning into civilian life.

The 2013 Military Friendly Schools list honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans, and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus.

“Inclusion on the 2013 list of Military Friendly Schools shows Dunwoody’s commitment to providing a supportive environment for military students,” said Sean Collins, director for G.I. Jobs and vice president at Victory Media. “As interest in education grows we’re thrilled to provide the military community with transparent, world-class resources to assist in their search for schools.”

Dunwoody currently has 122 Veteran and military students enrolled, is a Yellow Ribbon Campus and received the Employer of Veterans Award from the American Legion in July 2012.

The Military Friendly Schools’ website, www.militaryfriendlyschools.com, features the list, interactive tools and search functionality to help military students find the best school to suit their unique needs and preferences. The 1,739 colleges, universities and trade schools on this year’s list exhibit leading practices in the recruitment and retention of students with military experience.

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.