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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/.

Computer Technology adds evening program in Web Development

Starting fall 2014 Web Development will be offered as an evening program at Dunwoody College.

The Web Development program provides graduates with the necessary skills and knowledge to design, create and maintain websites that are well-coded, efficient, aesthetically pleasing, useful, data-driven and user-friendly.

According to Principal Instructor Kevin Wendt, many potential students first question is “can I do this at night?” The evening option gives working students more flexibility to start and stay in the program.

Principal Instructor Kevin Wendt answers student Molly Johnson’s Web Development questions during a daytime class.

“This program allows prospective students to get the key skills they need to get a job in the web development industry, while still holding a day job,” he said. “Financial implications are a major stress for today’s students, and being able to hold a job, possibly even a full-time job, while going to school can be a big relief.”

The offering joins the College’s day program in Web Programming & Database development.  The main difference between the two programs is that the evening program has a lower amount of database coursework.

Both programs are continuously changing to align with industry needs.

“New technologies, new approaches, and best practices in our area are always changing, so our curriculum is updating constantly to keep up,” Wendt said.  “When you get done, you shouldn’t be two years behind the curve, you should be as close to the cutting edge as we can get.”

For more information about Dunwoody’s Web Development program, visit http://www.dunwoody.edu/computer/web-development/ or email Wendt at kwendt@dunwoody.edu.

 

Design & Graphics Technology’s new iGen4 Diamond Edition digital press

DUNWOODY COLLEGE OF TECHNOLOGY PARTNERS WITH MOTG – A XEROX COMPANY TO BRING HIGH-END DIGITAL PRINTING TO ITS DESIGN & GRAPHICS TECHNOLOGY STUDENTS 

New Xerox iGen4 Press puts Dunwoody at the cutting edge of graphics arts education

Minneapolis, MN–Dunwoody College of Technology has demonstrated its commitment to serving the needs of the graphics and printing industry in Minnesota by working with MOTG/Xerox to acquire a Xerox iGen4™ Diamond Edition digital press.

“Print remains a crucial component of our industry, especially in the Twin Cities,” said Gerald Timmreck, manager of Design & Graphics Technology. “Dunwoody has served the graphics and printing industry for 100 years. Bringing in the Xerox iGen4 reaffirms the College’s commitment to providing a comprehensive, hands on graphic arts education so that the industry has the skilled workforce it needs to continue to thrive.”

“Our goal when this project started last year was to help create a strategy and curriculum that would put Dunwoody at the leading edge of Graphic Design and Digital Print Education,” said Larry Mustful, Production Solutions Manager – MOTG- a Xerox Company. “That is exactly what MOTG did by integrating the Xerox iGen4 and XMPie® Cross Media Suite to Dunwoody’s curriculum. Today, Dunwoody with the help of MOTG, will be able to teach students in an environment that demonstrates digital print from creation to fulfillment to deliver top talent press operators and designers to the upper mid-west marketplace.”

In addition to using it to train press operators, Design & Graphics Technology will incorporate theXerox iGen4™ Diamond Edition and the capabilities it brings with it into the curriculum for both the graphic design and pre-media technologies programs, thus providing students an applied, relevant, real-world education.

The decision to bring the iGen4 was guided by four major factors:

  1. The capabilities that come with the digital press plus Xerox’s other industry leading technologies. For example, the press also includes a C.P. Bourg BDFx Document Finisher, which is a fully automated in-line signature booklet maker.
  2. The fact that a large number of print companies and shops in the Twin Cities also use an iGen4
  3. The increasing relevance of digital printing to the field as well as rapid improvements in digital printing technology
  4. The opportunity to work with MOTG/Xerox to make sure that the curriculum Dunwoody offers its students reflects the latest advances in the field

The press will also help Dunwoody Print Services better serve its internal clients at the College which will lead to both cost savings and better produced print projects.

MOTG – A Xerox Company is among the Twin Cities’ largest and most respected consultancy firms specializing in workflow assessment and optimization. Our business is uniquely positioned to help companies understand true cost breakdown, asset deployment, usage patterns and volumes along with the development of sustainable working practices and continuous improvement initiatives. MOTG has successfully led Fortune 500 companies as well as small organizations – in every industry from healthcare to education and manufacturing – to achieve better financial results, improve operational efficiency and reduce environmental impact. XEROX®, XEROX and Design® are trademarks of Xerox in the United States and/or other countries. XMPie® is a trademark of XMPie, A Xerox Company.

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, the College is currently celebrating its Centennial year.

Pre-Media Technologies students design mural for Interior Design hallway

Pre-Media Technologies students designed and printed a new mural now on display outside the Interior Design classrooms. 

Before the start of spring 2014 semester Interior Design Program Manager Colleen Schmaltz approached Pre-Media Technologies Instructor Shelly Fitterer about creating a mural to display her students’ interior design work.

Fitterer said Schmaltz’s request came at the perfect time as her nine-week Wide Format Production class was about to start. She said the mural project was a great addition to the curriculum because it gave her students real world experience seeing a job go from concept to finished product.

Schmaltz presented the Interior Design team’s mural idea to the Pre-Media students and provided images of interior design student work.

“The Pre-Media students then each came up with their own designs based on the client’s needs,” Fitterer said. “They presented their designs to Colleen who shared the designs with her team and chose the final design.”

The winning design, created by Ellie Persian features 24 virtual Revit design drawings created by Dunwoody Interior Design students and the phrase “Design Changes Everything.”

The 90-inch tall and 119-inch wide mural was designed using Adobe Photoshop CS6. Students printed the mural on a Cannon ipf8100 wide format printer, cold laminated it and installed it on the wall.

Through the process Fitterer says her students learned about teamwork, file preparation, deadlines, machine operation, measuring, troubleshooting, wall mural layout and working with a client.

Persian said the project was a fun way to learn about new technology and gain experience collaborating with a client.

For more information about the Pre-Media Technologies program, visit http://www.dunwoody.edu/graphics/pre-media-technologies/.

For more information about the Interior Design program, visit http://www.dunwoody.edu/construction/interior-design/ .

RDO Integrated Controls supplies Topcon equipment to Surveying & Civil Engineering Technology Program

Dunwoody’s Surveying & Civil Engineering Technology students are using state-of-the-art Topcon equipment thanks to RDO Integrated Controls.

Dunwoody’s Surveying & Civil Engineering Technology students are using state-of-the-art Topcon equipment thanks to RDO Integrated Controls.

RDO Integrated Controls provided the program with four Topcon HiPer SR GNSS receivers and Telsa data collectors with Magnet software at a low cost rental for the school year.  The HiPer SR is a Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) used to measure and layout precise locations on the ground.

“The previous equipment was older technology–strictly GPS–and was not utilizing all of the satellites that are available,” said Surveying & Civil Engineering Technology Principal Instructor Kelly Ness. “Now the students are using the latest industry standard equipment.”

RDO Integrated Controls provided the Surveying & Civil Engineering program with four Topcon HiPer SR GNSS receivers and Telsa data collectors with Magnet software at a low cost rental for the school year.

The HiPer SR is able to connect to a network of base Virtual Reference Stations (VRS) that the Minnesota Department of Transportation maintains.  The VRS enables students to achieve centimeter level positioning without a local base station.

Ness said industry partnerships and donations are appreciated and ensure that graduates are familiar with the newest industry technology when they enter the surveying and civil engineering workforce.

For more information about the Surveying & Civil Engineering Technology program, go to http://www.dunwoody.edu/construction/surveying-civil-engineering-technology/

Architectural Drafting & Design students win Hole Design trophy at Skyway Open

The golf hole Dunwoody Architectural Drafting & Design students designed and built won the award for 2014 Top Hole Design at the eighth annual U.S. Bank Skyway Open Feb. 21-23.

 

—————————————————-Architectural Drafting & Design students design golf hole for Skyway Open

The golf hole Dunwoody’s Architectural Drafting & Design students designed and built will be featured at the eighth annual U.S. Bank Skyway Open Feb. 21-23.

This 18-hole scramble mini-golf tournament features professionally designed golf holes by leading Minneapolis-based architects and contractors set up throughout the downtown skyway system. Golfers can visit http://www.skywayopen.org/registration.php for registration and ticket information.

This year’s theme is “Minneapolis Neighborhoods — Putt the City.” Teams were challenged to create a golf hole that captures the personalities of the city’s communities.

Dunwoody’s team–Patrick Anderson, Nick Conniff, John Dwyer, Randy Iverson, Adam Krause, John Nelson, John Tilbury and Kyle Vogt–named their golf hole “The Spirit Lake Trail.”

This is the first year Dunwoody has participated in the charity event. Dunwoody’s team–Patrick Anderson, Nick Conniff, John Dwyer, Randy Iverson, Adam Krause, John Nelson, John Tilbury and Kyle Vogt–named their golf hole “The Spirit Lake Trail.”

“This structural metaphor claims Hennepin Avenue as the original neighborhood, the Minneapolis section of a Native American path through the Midwest known as the Spirit Lake Trail,” explained Senior Instructor John Dwyer. “The structure is composed to invert our common perceptions of the city. The top layers represent the less perceivable topography and geology. The lower layers represent the more easily perceivable streets and neighborhood delineations.”

The Skyway Open is hosted by the Downtown Network and benefits the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Twin Cities. For more information about the event, visit http://www.skywayopen.org/.

 

 

Surveying & Civil Engineering Technology now offered during the day

Starting in August 2014 Surveying & Civil Engineering Technology will be offered as a daytime program at Dunwoody College.

The program has been offered at Dunwoody since the early 1920s, but starting in 2001 classes only became available in the evenings.

Dunwoody’s Surveying & Civil Engineering Technology Principal Instructor Kelly Ness (pictured center) works with students using Topcon HiPer SR GNSS receivers

Surveying & Civil Engineering Technology Principal Instructor Kelly Ness says the switch to days will result in larger class sizes. He says evening programs tend to attract smaller classes generally made up of non-typical students who are changing careers.

“We would like to have full classes of graduates,” Ness said. “We feel the switch to daytime classes is necessary to attract the number of students that the industry will need in the years to come.”

The switch to daytime classes isn’t the only change for the program.

“We are in the process of introducing an updated curriculum to keep up with an industry that is constantly in flux,” Ness said. “There is new equipment on the doorstep–imaging, laser scanning and unmanned vehicles–that will revolutionize the industry. We need to be ready to integrate these technologies into the curriculum when they become adopted by the industry.”

Ness says many of Minnesota’s licensed surveyors have graduated from Dunwoody. He’s confident the recent changes to Dunwoody’s program will ensure employers continue to have plenty of quality civil engineering technicians available for hire after graduation.

For more information about Surveying & Civil Engineering Technology, go to http://www.dunwoody.edu/construction/surveying-civil-engineering-technology/

DCT team performs well at Autonomous Snow Plow Competition

The College’s Robotic Snow Plow Team put on a great show last weekend at the St. Paul Winter Carnival.

This was Dunwoody’s fourth consecutive year competing against top engineering universities in the Institute of Navigation’s Autonomous Snow Plow Competition.

Team Members: Kevin Brown (ELTT), Will Jernigan (ELTT), Jerry Opp (ASRO), and Matt Silvernail (ELTT)

Faculty Advisors: E.J. Daigle (MANU) and John McShannock (ASRO/ELTT)

Final Standings: (and prize money)
1st ($7000): Miami University (Ohio)
2nd ($5000): University of Michigan (Yeti)
3rd ($2500): University of Michigan (Geili)
4th ($1000): University of Michigan (Zenith)
5th ($700): Dunwoody College of Technology
6th ($500): Case Western University
7th ($0): Iowa State University
8th ($0): North Dakota State University