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Three first place and several other winners at SkillsUSA

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Members of Dunwoody College’s SkillsUSA team went one-two in two competitions and took first place in the Quiz Bowl at the statewide SkillsUSA competition held April 9-11 at various locations across the Twin Cities. Dunwoody’s first place winners will go on to compete at the national tournament this June in Kansas City.

Here’s the full list of results:

Dunwoody College (Post-secondary Competition)

First Place Winners
Architectural Drafting – Jonathan Hill (Architectural Drafting and Estimating)
Quiz Bowl – Matt Barlau (Architectural Drafting and Estimating), Kyle Bodie (Architectural Drafting and Estimating), Phillip DeLeeuw (Automated Systems and Robotics), Jonathan Hill (Architectural Drafting and Estimating) and Jim Stenstrom (Electrical Construction and Maintenance)
Technical Math – Michael Moreen (Electrical Construction and Maintenance)

Second Place Winners
Architectural Drafting – Matt Barlau (Architectural Drafting and Estimating)
Technical Math – Jim Stenstrom (Electrical Construction and Maintenance)
Residential Wiring – Joseph Quinn (Electrical Construction and Maintenance)

Third Place Winners
Construction Bluepring Reading – Kyle Fitzpatrick (Architectural Drafting and Estimating)
Honorable Mentions
Automotive Service – Ben Anderson (Automotive Service Technology) and Matt Jants (Automotive Service Technology)
Collision Repair – John Woolcook (Automotive Collision Repair and Refinishing)
Residential Wiring – Joe Provo (Electrical Construction and Maintenance)

Dunwoody Academy (High School Competition)

First Place Winner
Architectural Drafting – Kevin Lach

Honorable Mention
Automotive Service – Joe Carlyon

Dunwoody students place second in Residential Construction Management Competition

Residential Construction ManagementDunwoody’s Residential Construction Management Competition team won second place at the annual National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) International Builder’s Show in mid January. The five second year students – John Chapel, Construction Project Supervision; Dustin Curly, Construction Project Supervision; Kyle Fitzpatrick, Architectural Drafting and Estimating; Emily Silvan, Architectural Drafting and Estimating; and Oua Vang, Architectural Drafting and Estimating – were tasked with completing a management proposal for a multi-story, single-family residence for the St Louis, Missouri, area that met the NAHB Green Standard of Silver. The team was provided with partial plans and elevations for the home.

With the help of coaches Dean Soderbeck, Architectural Drafting and Estimating Instructor; Bob Skarsten, Construction Project Supervision Instructor; and Charlie Radloff, Architectural Drafting and Estimating Instructor; the team began working on their solution in September 2009. The team developed a set of working drawings to describe the construction, a pricing schedule to cost the labor and material, and a schedule of construction with a day-by-day description of the time. These materials were assembled in to a project binder and mailed to the judges in early December. With the support of the Builders Association of the Twin Cities (BATC), the team then traveled to the show to present their project to judges.

The NAHB Student Chapters Residential Construction Management Competition is one of the highlights at the annual NAHB International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. The competition gives students the opportunity to apply the skills learned in the classroom to a real construction project by completing a management proposal. The proposals were submitted to a group of construction company executives who act as judges. During the convention, students presented and defended their proposals to the judges in front of an audience.

The skillful use of their understanding of “green” and sustainable construction, along with superb 3d modeling created a presentation that one judge commented as “very professional”. In addition to winning 2nd place, John Chapel was awarded the NAHB Student Chapter “Outstanding Student Award.”

Full Results:

First Place
Utah Valley University (Orem, UT)

Second Place
Dunwoody College of Technology (Minneapolis, MN)

Third Place
Brigham Young University-Idaho (Rexburg, ID)