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Bachelor of Architecture Granted Initial Candidacy by National Architecture Accrediting Board

Dunwoody College of Technology’s Bachelor of Architecture has been granted initial candidacy by the National Architecture Accrediting Board (NAAB). The candidacy comes after a site visit last spring by a visiting team consisting of representatives from national academic and professional organizations.

 Initial candidacy marks the first two-year phase of the program’s professional accreditation.  Future phases include initial accreditation which will be considered after the program graduates its first class of students in 2018.  As a candidate school, Dunwoody Architecture will submit and publicy share its Architecture Program Report, Visiting Team Report, and Annual Statistical Reports.

Dunwoody Architecture offers the only five year bachelor of architecture degree in the state, providing students with a short, clear path to becoming a licensed, practicing architect. In addition, Dunwoody is one of the only schools in the nation that allows students with two-year architectural degrees to transfer into year three of a professional degree program. Its degree employs a hands-on approach to architectural education that starts with two years of focus on employability through proficiency in design and building technologies. The remaining three years provide advanced skills in design and professional leadership.  Applications for Fall 2016 are now open.

Dunwoody College of Technology launches Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering


Dunwoody College of Technology now offering a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering

Dunwoody launches new School of Engineering
to help address Minnesota shortfall of engineers

September 23, 2015, MINNEAPOLIS, MN — Dunwoody College of Technology is now accepting applications for its new Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering program, which will begin classes August 2016. The degree will prepare students to enter the field of engineering as mechanical engineers and work to become licensed professional engineers.

While the degree will cover the same material as a traditional engineering education, the College will not be ignoring its educational heritage: coursework will be project-based so that theoretical-engineering principles are reinforced and experienced through hands-on creation and problem-solving. Teamwork and professionalism will also be emphasized.

Other points of note: 

  • Mechanical Engineering is the first degree offering in what will become a School of Engineering at the College.
  • Dunwoody is exploring which other engineering disciplines will join mechanical as the core majors for the School of Engineering.
  • Currently software, civil and electrical engineering are at the top of the list.
  • Mechanical Engineering students will benefit from the lab spaces already present on campus including HVAC, industrial controls, machining, and welding. Dunwoody recently created an engineering materials, mechanics and metrology lab that houses state-of-the-art technologies from companies like Carl Zeiss, Haas, MTS and Stratasys.
  • The decision to launch a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering was made in consultation with numerous industry leaders and professionals who highlight a need for not only more engineers in the Upper Midwest, but also engineers who combine both theoretical and practical skill sets and experience.
  • Dunwoody has been approved to offer the degree by the Minnesota Office of Higher Education as well as The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association. The commission’s web address and phone number are: and 312-263-0456.


“Dunwoody is always looking for educational offerings that benefit industry and help bridge the skills gap, fit within our educational philosophy and expertise and, above all, provide good career opportunities for students,” President Rich Wagner said. “Our discussions with industry partners and professionals made it clear that Minnesota needed more licensed engineers with hands-on experience. We know how to do that. We have been doing so for more than 100 years. The creation of Dunwoody’s School of Engineering is the latest, significant step in our mission to help address that labor market skills gap both locally and across the country.”

“I’m excited to help launch this program,” said E.J. Daigle, dean of Robotics & Manufacturing. “Out in the workplace, technicians and engineers must be able to collaborate and work together. Dunwoody’s educational model is to replicate workplace conditions as much as possible and foster cross-program cooperation. To add Mechanical Engineering to all the other manufacturing and construction programs we offer makes a lot of sense.”


For more on Mechanical Engineering and the School of Engineering:


William Morris, Director of Marketing & College Relations; 612-381-3367

E.J. Daigle, Dean of Robotics & Manufacturing; 612-381-8172

For Admissions information:;; 612-374-5800

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 education to more than 200,000 men and women, who in turn have gone on to meaningful and rewarding careers and become outstanding technicians, successful entrepreneurs and industry leaders. Located on the western edge of downtown Minneapolis, Dunwoody offers more than 30 certificate, associate’s degree and bachelor’s degree programs in the areas of Applied Management, Automotive, Computer Technology, Construction Sciences & Building Technology, Design & Graphics Technology, Radiologic Technology, Robotics & Manufacturing, and Workforce Training & Continuing Education.


Auto Instructor Lonny Lunn Receives Instructor Recognition Award

Congratulations to Senior Automotive Instructor Lonny Lunn, a 2015 recipient of the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Industry Education Alliance Instructor Recognition Award!

Lonny holding award.

The ASEIEA award is used to recognize instructors who have gone above and beyond in helping their students and advancing their career in technical education.

To achieve this recognition, instructors must meet a number of criteria, including at least five years of teaching experience; documented attendance at instructor training events; a history of placing students in work-based learning assignments; and ASE Master Certification in the area in which they teach.

Lonny talking with student next to car.

“Receiving this award is a great honor,” said Lunn. “Being with the students is the best part of my job. I enjoy nothing more than that learning moment—that moment when I see something click with my students.”

Lunn has been with Dunwoody since 2002. He currently manages the Honda Professional Auto Career Training (PACT) program.

Elftmann Student Success Center Receives 1st Place Website Excellence Award

WEA1-2015_NCLCA-LSCHEThe Elftmann Student Success Center (ESSC) received first place in the 2015 NCLCA/LSCHE Website Excellence Awards competition, which was announced earlier this month.

The Website Excellence Award is awarded annually to  a postsecondary learning support center that’s website exhibits accuracy, support and strong student engagement.

Elftmann Student Success Center staff left to right: Teresa Milligan, Ross Brower, Eeris Fritz

Elftmann Student Success Center staff left to right: Teresa Milligan, Ross Brower, Eeris Fritz

The competition–co-sponsored by the Learning Support Centers in Higher Education (LSCHE) and the National College Learning Center Association (NCLCA)– is open to all college and university learning center websites. This is Dunwoody’s second time entering and placing in the competition. The ESSC also received third place in 2012.

The Elftmann Student Success Center’s mission is to provide quality academic support and development to all Dunwoody students. Currently, the center includes support services such as tutoring, Guided Study Recitations, tip sheets, a technical video library, a Math Center, and a Writing Center.

“The changes in learning support within higher education have made it necessary for centers such as ours to get creative about how to support academics, and how to be responsive to changing student needs,” said Teresa Milligan, Senior Instructor and website manager. “Winning this award means we’ve made great strides toward providing that support.”

Students studying in the Elftmann Student Success Center

Elftmann Student Success Center

Websites qualified for the NCLCA/LSCHE Website Excellence Award must meet nearly 30 different set criteria, including an up-to-date announcements section; working alt labels on all graphics; a detailed history of the center; and recent photos of both students and faculty active in the center. All website content must meet the standards of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS).

“In the higher education landscape, this award has really allowed Dunwoody—a non-profit, private, technical college—to act as an exemplar and represent a sector of higher education that is often overlooked. This award has given us a chance to be recognized and promote positive changes,” said Milligan.

Milligan will accept the NCLCA/LSCHE Website Excellence Award on the center’s behalf October 6, at the NCLCA Conference in Milwaukee, WI.

Learn more about the support services the Elftmann Student Success Center provides.

Viking Electric, IDEAL Industries donate tools for Electrical Construction & Maintenance

IDEAL Industries Key Account Area Manager Gary Shantz recently spoke to first- and second-semester Electrical Construction & Maintenance students about new electrical hand tools and technology used by industry professionals. Following his presentation Shantz donated more than $1,500 worth of tools to the College on behalf of IDEAL Industries—including screwdrivers, wire strippers, drill attachments, wire nutdrivers and meters for use in classroom labs.IDEAL donation

IDEAL Industries develops products and practical technology demanded by industries including electrical, wire processing and construction. Viking Electric Supply is an electrical industry wholesaler, distributing products from over 400 manufacturers.

The College’s partnership with Viking Electric goes back to 1988.

Senior Instructor Jeff Chase says he appreciates not only the donation, but also the presentation by Shantz because “it provides students with industry tool knowledge that they can use once they graduate and are working in the electrical industry.”

CaringBridge founder Sona Mehring to keynote Dunwoody College Commencement

Photo of Sona Mehring, founder and CEO of CaringBridgeDunwoody College of Technology is delighted to announce that Sona Mehring, CEO and founder of CaringBridge, the leading website for rallying support during a health crisis, will be the keynote speaker at our Commencement on Thursday, May 14, at the Minneapolis Convention Center.

Throughout her successful career in computer programming, Sona always searched for a way to help others with her skills. Her expertise was such that she owned and operated her own computer consulting firm that came with it’s own rewards. However, in 1997 when close friends experienced a serious medical crisis, Sona was inspired to create a solution around how to communicate with family and loved ones during a critical time and CaringBridge was born.

Sona was the first to recognize that the Internet could be a powerful tool in helping people connect and rally support during difficult times. Seeing her friends struggle with communication, Sona created a website that allowed them to easily share updates with their support community. What started as an act of kindness for her friends soon became Sona’s passion, and eventually her new career.

CaringBridge logoPeople around the world are now able to share news, receive comfort and coordinate care by creating private, personal websites through CaringBridge. Since its creation, CaringBridge websites have been visited nearly 2 billion times. Sona’s business insight told her the success of CaringBridge could be lucrative, but she cared more about its benefit to others than to herself. Choosing mission over profit potential, Sona made the website a nonprofit in 2002. This ensured that CaringBridge remained free from outside financial pressures and focused on helping anyone, anywhere get the social support they need during their health journey.

Sona serves on the National Caregiver Council, a group of leaders in the industry that studies the issues and technology impacting caregivers and their families. Sona is an active member of the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, Women Business Leaders of the U.S. Health Care Industry Foundation, and is on the board of Minne*, a nonprofit dedicated to advancing Minnesota’s technology community. She has also participated as a speaker and panelist at many healthcare and caregiver related events.

Sona is the author of Hope Conquers All: Inspiring Stories of Love and Healing from CaringBridge.

Sona has received numerous honors for her leadership and vision, including:

  • 2015: Star Tribune’s Annual “Ten to Watch” List
  • 2014: The Breast Cancer Education Association Award for Outstanding Support and Outreach to the Breast Cancer Community
  • 2014: 1 of 35 Women Leaders in Minnesota Healthcare by The Women’s Health Leadership TRUST
  • 2013: 41st on Minnesota Monthly’s List of 75 Most Influential People of the Twin Cities
  • 2011: One of Fast Company’s “Most Influential Women in Technology”
  • 2010: The Health Care Heroes Award from Twin Cities Business Magazine
  • 2009: 25 Women Industry Leaders in the Twin Cities by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal
  • Good Neighbor Award – CBS affiliate WCCO-TV
  • Alumni Excellence Award – University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
  • Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition for outstanding service to the community

Zech Bradach and Ollie Reller place in Behind the Mask welding competition

Zech Bradach earned second place in Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) and third place in Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW). Reller earned third place in the GMAW division.

L-R: Ollie Reller earned third place in the Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) division. Zech Bradach earned second place in GMAW and third place in Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW).

Twelve Welding Technology students participated in the Behind the Mask Welding Competition sponsored by the American Welding Society (AWS) on Feb. 26. Around 100 students from Minnesota and Wisconsin colleges competed in the event held at Minneapolis Community and Technical College.

Students competed in several categories utilizing such welding processes as Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW), Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW), Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW), and Oxy-acetylene Cutting (OFC). During the timed events students were presented with a blueprint and the metal components required to complete a weldment in 20 minutes. The weldments were then inspected by AWS Certified Welding Inspectors who scrutinized the dimensions, weld size and weld quality.

Each division placed the top three individuals to receive prizes. First place won an auto darkening welding helmet (worth $500) and $100 cash, second place winners earned $50 cash, and third place winners took home $25 cash.

Dunwoody student participants were: Zech Bradach, Ben Browne, Jacob Dommer, Lucas Hoglund, Curtis Mattson-Laurent, Max Mertans, Brendan Pliego, Ollie Reller, Austin Reuter, Kristen Schafer and Nikki Umpleby, Wyatt Werner.

Bradach earned second place in GMAW and third place in SMAW. Reller earned third place in the GMAW division.

Dunwoody Instructor Michael Reeser said he’s proud of his students’ performance in the competition.

“This is an excellent opportunity to reinforce the advanced skills that we teach on a daily basis and allows students to apply those skills in a timed event. It motivates students to produce quality work as it is scored by industry-certified welding inspectors,” he said.

To learn more about Dunwoody’s Welding Technology program, visit





Students start Institute of Industrial Engineers chapter

Three industry professionals involved with IIE attended the Dunwoody chapter’s kickoff meeting on Feb. 10. They are pictured with the student members and Faculty Advisor Janet Nurnberg.

Three industry professionals involved with IIE attended the Dunwoody chapter’s kickoff meeting on Feb. 10, they are pictured with the student members and Faculty Advisor Janet Nurnberg.

Students in the Industrial Engineering Technology (IENG) bachelor completion program have started a student chapter of the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE) at Dunwoody College of Technology.

IIE is a professional society dedicated to the support of the industrial engineering profession by providing leadership for the application, education, training, research and development of industrial engineering.

Dunwoody’s IENG program provides a 2+2 bachelor degree completion option with the skills and theoretical knowledge needed to advance graduates into engineering and management positions in their respective industries.

Three industry professionals involved with IIE attended the Dunwoody chapter’s kickoff meeting on Feb. 10 to discuss how involvement in industry organizations can enhance students’ learning experience: Nate Andrican – Industrial Engineer, Boston Scientific, IIE Twin Cities Student Liaison; Dan Thury – Industrial Engineer, Andersen Corporation, IIE Regional Vice-President; and Jeromy Knapp – Quality Engineer, Stratasys, IIE Twin Cities President-Elect, IENG PAC Member.

Faculty Advisor Janet Nurnberg says the College’s IIE student chapter helps prepare IENG students for careers after graduation by providing members with networking opportunities, tours of local facilities that hire IENG students and professional development.

The chapter of around 15 members is student-led: President Micah Thorson, Vice-President Dylan Olson, Treasurer Richard Brodala, and Secretary Matt Backus. The chapter will host meetings at least twice a semester. Because of students’ daytime work hours, meetings will be held in the evenings.

Thorson says the IENG students are excited for the opportunity to start an IIE student chapter on campus, and are looking forward to the seeing real-world examples of theories they’re learning about in the classroom during IIE business tours and events.

For more information about IENG or the IIE student chapter at Dunwoody, contact Nurnberg at 612-381-3351 or