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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.  


Minneapolis, Minn., June 6, 2013 — Dunwoody College of Technology has received official approval from the Higher Learning Commission to offer a bachelor’s completion program in Computer Systems Analysis. The degree will focus on the ability to analyze procedures, methods, and uses of computer systems.  It is specifically designed for working professionals who have completed a two-year degree in Information Technology, including fields such as computer networking or programming. The program will launch in August 2013, and courses will take place in the evening.


“We wanted to do a four-year IT degree the Dunwoody way,” said Rob Bentz, program manager for Computer Technology. “Which means we focus on applied learning and the skills graduates of our two-year programs—or of similar programs— need to move into more senior positions in the industry.”


Coursework includes such topics as IT security, management information systems and computer architecture. Students also have a choice of electives in networking, software or data architecture.


Computer Systems Analysis is the fourth Dunwoody bachelor’s completion program to be approved, joining Applied Management, Construction Management and Industrial Engineering Technology. The College also offers a four-year degree in Interior Design.


Dunwoody College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association:


Founded in 1914, Dunwoody College of Technology is the only private, not-for-profit technical college in the Upper Midwest. Located on the western edge of downtown Minneapolis, 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.


Minneapolis, MN, May 6, 2013 — Dunwoody College of Technology President Rich Wagner assumed his role as president of the American Technical Education Association (ATEA), at its annual meeting held in late March in Chattanooga, Tenn. ATEA is a national professional organization that serves faculty, administrators, educational services vendors, and companies that hire graduates from technical programs.

“It is an honor to lead this great organization during Dunwoody’s centennial year,” President Wagner said. “Like Dunwoody, the ATEA has long been an advocate for the importance of technical education to the U.S. economy. I will use my ATEA presidency to continue to make the case for the value of applied learning to improve lives, businesses and communities.

“I also have a message for my fellow higher education administrators and faculty members: we can no longer afford as a nation to overlook the importance of an applied education or a liberal arts education or a STEM education. Individual students will vary in how much of each area they want or need, but they need a solid foundation in and exposure to all three, especially in K-12. The modern workforce requires that technicians, salespersons and managers all have practical, hands-on skills, critical thinking skills and the ability to communicate well with others.”

Dunwoody College will also host the ATEA annual conference in March of 2014.

Dr. Wagner is the ninth president of Dunwoody and has served in that position since July 2009. A resident of Waconia, he holds a Ph.D. in Educational Policy and Administration from the University of Minnesota.

Prior to being named president, Dr. Wagner was the Provost and Chief Academic Officer of Dunwoody College. He started his academic career teaching in the College’s electrical program. Prior to entering higher education, Dr. Wagner served 10 years in the United States Navy, including four years as an electrician/technical supervisor on a nuclear submarine before becoming a Navy instructor.

ATEA was chartered in Delmar, NY, in 1960. The mission of the American Technical Education Association, which is housed at Dunwoody College, is to serve as the premier provider of professional development for postsecondary technical educators. It holds both a national conference and regional conferences.

About Dunwoody:  Founded in 1914, Dunwoody College of Technology is the only private, non-profit, technical college in the Upper Midwest. Dunwoody changes lives by building opportunities for graduates to have successful careers, to develop into leaders and entrepreneurs, and to engage in “the better performance of life’s duties.” For more, visit


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


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 of Technology’s 2012 Fall Semester Dean’s List

Congratulations to the following students who have been named to Dunwoody College of Technology’s fall semester dean’s list.  The students listed received this honor by upholding a 3.5 grade point average or higher.

Joshua Adams
Murad Al-yasin
Christopher Ames
Branden Anderson
Charles Anderson
Dane Anderson
Patrick Anderson
Victoria Anderson
Erik Andreska
Matthew Asfeld
Nicolas Ash
Thomas Babcock
Andrew Banse
Brian Barnes
Justin Barnes
Donald Beach
Kristine Benoy
Drew Benson
Stephen Berguetski
Brian Bielke
Eric Blumentritt
Brianna Boettcher
Aaron Boggs
Travis Bonnstetter
John Boyer
Aaron Breid
Christopher Brenna
Arthur Brennhofer
Richard Brodala
Mary Brom
Nathan Broughton
Kevin Brown
Sarah Brown
Joseph Brudzinski
Timothy Bryant
John Bungert
John Buttner
Braden Callenius
Ashley Cannon
Michael Caputo
Justin Carlson
Jacob Catherson
Matthew Cecil
Maxwell Chenoweth
Matthew Chermak
Lucas Chowen
Nicholas Cialek
Jason Clark
Amalia Code
Sabrina Cogswell
Brian Conati
Derek Conavatti
Nicholas Conniff
John Cornelius
Shannon Corpe
Travis Corvin
Michael Corwin
Johnathon Costello
Jessica Curtis
Tien Dang
Anthony Dauk
Andrew Davis
Bradley Davis
Michael Davis
Thomas DeMars
Sarah Doherty
Aaron Duellman
Max DuPont
Arron Eder
Jessica Ek
John Ellavsky
Michael Elliott
David Epich
Nicholas Ernst
Christopher Ersland
Nathaniel Evenson
Michael Felton
Michael Flahave
James Flannigan
Jon Fontaine
John Fox
William Fox
Robert Franklin
James Freeland
Nevin Fritz
Nicholas Frostin
Talon Ganz
Louis Garrett
Amanda German
Matthew Gibart
Brian Giller
Anthony Glocke
Jacob Goeman
Joshua Grubbs
Bradley Guetter
Christopher Hansen
Ryan Harstad
Benjamin Hartzell
Montgomery Have
Terri Heaney
Daniel Hedberg
Justin Hedberg
Jonathan Hegseth
Stephen Henderson
Justin Herman
Andrew Hill
Bryton Hines
Nathan Hirt
Nathan Hole
Cory Howland
Joseph Hubred
Joseph Human
Michael Hummon
Michael Hunter
Ashley Hurner
Theodore Imfeld
Paul Insley
Dustin Irmiter
Randy Iverson
Tanner Jackson
David Jacobs
Ramsey James
Christopher Jenkins
Erik Jensen
Nicholas Jepson
Will Jernigan
Jeffrey Johnson
Matthew Johnson
Molly Johnson
Paul Johnson
Daniel Jones
Steven Kastner
Steve Keimig
Kolburn Kersten
Andrew Kleinart
Sean Knollmaier
Michael Kopet
Greg LaBerge
Kyle LaCoe
Sean LaFontaine
Jordan Lahr
Matthew Lambert
Cody Landt
Michael Larsen
Gabriel Larson
Quinn Larson
Ryan Larson
Jason Latts
Lucas Law
Steven Lee
Amanda Leier
Joseph Leisdon
Peter Lelyukh
Daniel Lemke
Carissa Lepisto Pouliot
Christopher Lester
Ryan Lewis
Brandon Lindberg
Brandyn Lindgren
Remus Lindsey
Benjamin Little
Anthony Locken
Tanner Luhm
Peter Macht
Evan Makinen
Michael Mandler
Joshua Masemer
Nicholas Mason
Douglas McGregor
Nicole McLean
Austin McMan
Laura McQuillan
Keegan Melton
Michael Memorich
Frank Mersch
Andrew Miller
David Millman
John Molitor
Damon Monthei
Maik Mosbach
Tony Mycka
Leon Navarro
Kirk Nelson
Jonathan Newstrom
Luan Nguyen
Nghia Nguyen
Joseph Nielsen
Matthew Nightingale
Natasha Nimbar
Peter Novellino
Ryan O’Connell
Michael O’Connor
Sean O’Leary
Jacob Ogren
Darren Olson
Travis Olson
Tyler Olson
Joseph Packer
Nickolas Paetznick
Nicholas Palmer
Alyx Paschke
Antonio Patterson Johnson
John Pauly
Timothy Paynter
Fernando Pereyra
James Persian
Marielle Persian
Adam Peterson
Levi Peterson
Robert Pierce
Brian Planton
Bernie Prigge Rodriguez
Ian Prohofsky
James Puls
Regina Purtle
John Quandt
Devin Rambow
Amber Rasmusson
Nicholas Reak
Steven Reed
Edward Reeves-Relich
Lee Reiners
David Reinhart
Anthony Riser
Timothy Ritter
Nicole Rodriguez
Kevin Roller
Dale Ross
Ceico Rulford
John Rust
David Rybak
Kirsten Sahl
Pete Sajadi
George Schaaf
Michael Schlueter
Richard Schmidt
Derek Schroeder
Timothy Schuck
Sean Shanahan
Craig Shedivy
Samantha Sievert
Matthew Silvernail
Anddy Singvong
Brady Skaurud
Nicolas Skrogstad
Megan Smalkoski
Jeffrey Smith
Keith Smith
Terry Smoltz
Andrew Solberg
Jerred Speller
Travis Sperl
Stanley Sroga
Kyler Strobel
Justin Strong
Collin Sturdevant
Joshua Suchy
Jeffrey Sullivan
Christy Swift
Andrew Thompson
Christopher Thompson
Ryan Timboe
Samuel Toney
Tyler Tucker
Richard Underwood
Brittney VanHeel
Bastian VanHofwegen
Kyle Vogt
Thomas Walters
Blake Walvatne
William Washatka
Thomas Webster
Robert Weckwerth
Ernest Weidner
Nathan Wendland
Scott Wessel
Thomas Willard
Amanda Williams
Joseph Wise
Rachel Wittnebel
Douglas Wojack
Ryan Wolcott
Benjamin Wolf
Craig Woodward
Joe Yang
Pheng Yang
Sonia Yang
Tou Yang
Paul Young
Benjamin Zahler
Mathias Zoubek


Dunwoody College of Technology selects Pentair for its 2012 Partnership Award

Minneapolis, Minn., Sept. 28, 2012 – Dunwoody College presented Pentair with a Partnership Award at its Evening of Recognition held Thursday, Sept. 27, on campus.

The Dunwoody Partnership Award is given annually to an organization or company that makes a significant contribution to Dunwoody’s mission to provide a career-focused, applied education leading to immediate jobs and successful careers in business and industry.

Pentair, a global, diversified industrial company offering water, fluid, thermal management and equipment protection solutions, supports a variety of nonprofits, including Dunwoody, through The Pentair Foundation.

“We are always looking for ways to support traditional learners and students in nontraditional programs,” said Pentair spokesperson Betsy Day.  “Dunwoody is a great example of experiential learning with an emphasis on hands-on learning and a history of getting students into the workforce.”

Pentair has given approximately $285,000 to Dunwoody over the past 20 years to support general operating costs.

“Pentair has been a supporter of the College for several decades now,” said Dunwoody President Rich Wagner. “We appreciate that support, and especially are grateful for the interest Pentair Foundation staff show in our mission and our students. It’s always a delight to have them on campus.”


Pentair Ltd. ( delivers industry-leading products, services and solutions for its customers’ diverse needs in water and other fluids, thermal management and equipment protection.   With pro forma 2011 revenues of more than $7 billion, Pentair employs more than 30,000 people worldwide.

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 ( 

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, 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.


Minneapolis, Minn., June 21, 2012 — Dunwoody College of Technology has received official approval from the Higher Learning Commission to offer a bachelor’s completion program in Construction Leadership & Management (CLMA). The degree will focus on the principles of leading teams and companies through construction projects while effectively managing construction resources.  The program will accept students who have completed a two-year degree in the area of construction sciences and building technology and is geared toward working professionals.

“The construction industry demands graduates who exemplify the applicable technical knowledge and leadership skills required to manage all phases and types of construction,” said Bridget Reynolds, Director for Construction Sciences & Building Technology. “The CLMA completion degree was designed with these needs in mind utilizing Dunwoody’s 98 year history of applied education in construction.”

The CLMA program was developed under guidance from working professionals in the construction industry, faculty, and Dunwoody alumni.  A Program Advisory Committee (PAC) is being formed to continue guiding the future direction of the program.

“We’re hearing more and more from our industry partners that they want employees with a bachelor’s degree,” President Rich Wagner said. “They need people with technical skills who also have the business and communication skills to manage teams, interface with customers and handle complex projects. Dunwoody has responded to that need by creating a series of bachelor’s completion programs that our two-years programs feed into as well as graduates of MnSCU colleges and other two-year technical programs. And, of course, just like with our associate’s degree, the focus of our bachelor’s completion programs is a hands-on, applied approach to teaching and learning.”

Dunwoody is also choosing to seek programmatic accreditation from the American Council for Construction Education (ACCE), and the ACCE guidelines were used in the development of the program.

For the full program description, see the CLMA program page on the Dunwoody website.

Dunwoody College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association:

Founded in 1914, Dunwoody College of Technology is the only private, not-for-profit technical college in the Upper Midwest. Located on the western edge of downtown Minneapolis, 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.