Category Archives: Dunwoody in the News

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.

RENEW celebrates job training success at Dunwoody

Minneapolis Mayor RT Rybak (pictured above, far right) was just one of several speakers at a July 27 event held at Dunwoody College celebrating the work of RENEW (Renewable Energy Networks Empowering Workers). Funded by a grant from the U.S. Dept. of Labor, RENEW helped more than 580 Twin Cities residents get training for green careers. Dunwoody Custom Training & Continuing Education was one of several organizations that helped provide training.

In addition to the celebration, a job fair was held for RENEW participants. For more details, view the City of Minneapolis news release and today’s story in the Downtown Journal (final item).

Dunwoody mentioned in a Jobs Council meeting with President Obama

The President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness (OCJC) held a meeting with President Obama on June 13 at Cree, Inc., in Durham, North Carolina. At the meeting, Darlene Miller, CFO Permac Industries, presented the High Tech Manufacturing Program that a partnership of Dunwoody College and private companies and the OCJC proposed at an OCJC meeting held in Minneapolis back in May.

A video of the meeting provided by the White House is embedded below. The section featuring Dunwoody starts at the 69:25 mark and the actual Dunwoody mention is at the 72:13 mark.

Dunwoody students compete in the SkillsUSA Nationals Competition

National SkillsUSA Dunwoody students and advisors

Five Dunwoody College of Technology students participated in the 47th SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference and Championship held June 18-24, 2011, in Kansas City, Mo.

According to the SkillsUSA 2011, the championship event is “a multi-million dollar event that occupies space equivalent to more than 16 football fields.” More than 5,600 students competed in the week-long event; the five Dunwoody students who  competed qualified by taking home first place medals in the Minnesota SkillsUSA competition held in March.

Career and technical education students nationwide competed in more than 95 industry, labor and trade categories, ranging from Culinary Arts and Masonry to Sheet Metal and Firefighting. Each contest had about25 to 40 competitors.

All of the College’s competitors placed in the top half with four out of the five taking fourth place in their respective events:

Ben Anderson (‘11) – 4th place in Automotive Service Technology
Wade Avery (’11) – 4th place in Related Technical Math
Brandon Bomar (’12) – 4th place in Architectural Drafting
Jake Krogstad (’11) – 14th place in Collision Repair
Kade Oeltjenbruns (’11) – 4th place in Automotive Refinishing Technology

Electrical Construction and Maintenance Senior Instructor Polly Friendshuh said, “I feel we had a very strong showing with the level of competition and by having four of our student in the top four in the nation.”

Congratulations to our SkillsUSA National Competition and Championship competitors!

Winter Quarter 2011 Dean’s List

Congratulations to the Dunwoody College of Technology students who are on the Winter Quarter Dean’s List. Nearly 390 Dunwoody students achieved a 3.5 grade point average or higher to qualify for inclusion on the Dean’s List.

Joseph Ackerman, HVAC Systems Servicing
Roger Albrecht, Computer Networking Technician
Bakri Ali, Applied Management
Brian Anderson, Electrical Construction & Maintenance Technology
Jessica Anderson, Architectural Drafting & Estimating Technology
Rochelle Anderson, Interior Design
Travis Armstrong, Heating & Cooling HVAC Systems Servicing
Jershon Baker, Machining Technology
Logan Ballone, Welding
Jason Barry, Welding
Lucas Beck, PrePress and Finishing Technologiess Technologies
Kaitlin Becker, Interior Design

For the complete list of students, please view our Dean’s List page on the Dunwoody website. Again, congratulations on this outstanding accomplishment.

Dunwoody robot places 2nd in Midwest Robotics League Competition

Dunwoody College’s robot, Rugburn, placedDSC03729 second out of eleven local robotics teams that competed Saturday, May 15 at the Mall of America in the Midwest Robotics League (MRL) Regional Compeition. Rugburn advances to the nationals which will be held in conjunction with the SkillsUSA Nationals in Kansas City, Missouri on June 21 through 23.

For photos of the event, view the Flickr photoset. Also view the KARE11 video  featuring two Dunwoody students.  

The Midwest Robotics League (MRL), sponsored by Dunwoody College, is one of six educational robotics leagues in the country. The league is for students at the middle school, high school and college levels. The National Tooling and Machining Association oversees the National Robotics League (NRL). Monthly competitions are held each year from November through April with a regional competition in May.