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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.

Darlene Miller share thoughts on 2012 and manufacturing

Darlene Miller, president and CEO of Permac Industries Inc., was recently included in a Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal round up of local executives thoughts on the coming year in business.

Miller serves on President Obama’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness and has been instrumental in the development of the Right Skills Now program. In the interview the MSP Business Journal asked what could be done to “improve the manufacturing condition of the Twin Cities”?

Miller’s response was: “Grow more skilled and trained people, such as those enrolled in our ‘Right Skills Now’ program at Dunwoody and South Central College…”

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Design & Graphics Technology Department improves facility through donations, industry partnerships

MINNEAPOLIS, October 28, 2011 — Dunwoody College of Technology’s has received more than half a million dollars in equipment donations for the Harper Center of Graphics Technologies for the 2011-2012 academic year. The donations came as the result of the department’s connections with industry and will enhance the learning of the students in its three programs.

EskoArtWork donated a computer to plate system, which utilizes lasers to image photopolymer printing plates. This state-of-the-art equipment is equipped with high definition optics to produce the highest quality plates, thus eliminating the use of film and the chemicals used to process it.

An Orbtial X system was donated by Anderson and Vreeland. The Orbital X is a new plate exposure washout and filtration system. The system is environmentally-friendly because it does not use solvents.

Anderson & Vreeland, Inc., a leading supplier of flexo plate processing equipment and materials, donated an Orbital X plate processor and Whirl-A-Way filtration unit. These systems produce high quality and environmentally-friendly water-wash Toyobo Cosmolight® flexo plates.

“Anderson & Vreeland takes great pride in supporting Dunwoody and its educational mission,” said Darin Lyon, vice president and general manager of Anderson & Vreeland. “Our donation complements our efforts to introduce advanced training and technologies to this industry that has been so good to us.”

A Delta Crusader was provided on loan to the department by Delta Industrial. The Crusader is driven through servo motors, and its versatility allows it to perform tasks from simple die-cutting to complex product creation. This state-of-the-art equipment allows the students to increase their knowledge about gear rations, tensions setting, web paths and other important converting aspects.

In addition, through a partnership with Mark Andy Inc., Dunwoody purchased two flexographic presses. Mark Andy will use Dunwoody’s printing lab as a demo site and a location for hosting guest lecturers as well as assist in training and servicing the machines. The two presses are the Mark Andy Performance Series P3 and a 2200. The newly installed P3 is the latest in press technology. It was designed around productivity and lean manufacturing to accommodate quick changeovers and to deliver consistent print quality. The Performance Series design has won two innovation awards this year – the Flexographic Technical Association Technical Innovation Award in May and the FlexoTech 2011 International Innovation Award this month.

GEW, one of leaders in energy-efficient UV curing systems for printing and coating, supplied Dunwoody with a 7 UV curing units for the Mark Andy presses. UV capabilities allow Dunwoody students to broaden their printing comprehension and trouble-shooting skills.

Also new to the department: plate cylinders, RD scores and other tooling for the new press, donated by RotoMetrics; a Caresonic anilox roll ultra sonic cleaner, donated by Eaglewood Technologies; a roll runner and die lift, donated by AzTech Converting; and nine anilox rolls for the new press donated by Harper Corporation.

The anilox rolls are the most recent donation provided by the generosity of the Harper Corporation. The continual financial contributions of Ron and Katherine Harper made the purchase of the Mark Andy presses possible, which are at the heart of the flexographic program. Additionally, Dunwoody students have the opportunity to work with Harper Corporation trainers who provide hands-on expertise and technical instruction. With the experience and equipment provided by Harper, students become industry professionals.

Dunwoody College of Technology is the only private, not-for-profit technical college in the Upper Midwest. It has been a leader in training technicians and designers for the printing and graphics industry for most of its nearly 100-year history. The Design & Graphics Technology Department teaches students in graphic design, pre-media or press and finishing technologies who are industry-ready from the day they graduate. The department features a full-service Print Services Center and has won seven of the last 10 national flexographic competition titles.