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!
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 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 College’s robot, Rugburn, placed second out of eleven local robotics teams that competed Saturday, May 15 at the Mall of America in the Midwest Robotics League (MRL) Regional Competition. 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.
The Jan. 28 edition of the Litchfield Independent Review ran a story about Dunwoody Custom Training training four Litchfield area manufacturers to be able to do their own repairs of their equipment, especially PLC units (Programmable Logic Controller). The course was put together in collaboration with the Litchfield Chamber of Commerce.
Barb Obershaw, the Dunwoody Custom Training account executive who help put together the class, explained: “This is not our typical approach. Typically, you go in and work with one company. We decided that because they were all Chamber members, this would help spread the cost of the training over four businesses and make it much more cost effective for them. We’re proud of this model, and this is a model we intend to use in other communities, as well.”
The companies anticipate that the PLC training will save them quite a bit of money since previously they had to pay for technicians to fly in from out-of-state to do many of their repairs.
The Litchfield Independent Review article is not available online. It was featured on Page 1A of the Thursday, Jan. 28, 2010 edition and continued in to the Business section on page 7A. More on custom training offerings is available on the Dunwoody Custom Training website.
Gail Rosenblum’s Star Tribune column today featured Kofi Law, who graduated from Dunwoody’s Automotive program. The column focused on his journey from citizen of Togo to Minnesota resident (and Dunwoody student) to American citizen and U.S. serviceman. It also featured comments from Student Services Advisor Molly Malone.
Law, 28, had dreamed of becoming a U.S. citizen since he was a boy. He moved to Minneapolis in January 2003 from Togo (where the average daily temperature is 80 degrees), taught himself English, graduated from Dunwoody College of Technology and gathered the required paperwork to become a new American.
A few days after a joyful citizenship celebration at Bethel University in Arden Hills in August, Law headed to Fort McCoy in Wisconsin for premobilization training.
Later she reports on a conversation she had with Molly:
Molly Malone Docken, student services adviser at Dunwoody, calls him “the nicest guy in the whole world,” and a model student to boot. “He would come early and stay late,” she said. “Whenever he had questions, he would ask. When he got nervous, he’d seek tutoring. Deadlines looming? He never missed one. Then he would follow up. We would love to clone him.”
For more, click here to read the full column on the Star Tribune website.