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Siblings continue the family tradition of attending Dunwoody College

Nick and Angela FreelandNick Freeland, ’15 Mechanical Drafting & Engineering Systems, and Angela Freeland, ’20 Mechanical Engineering, saw firsthand the value of a Dunwoody education when their father James enrolled at the College following a 20-year career as automotive mechanic.

James Freeland had returned to school and earned his Mechanical Drafting & Engineering Systems Degree in 2013. He now designs parts in the medical field. His decision made an impact on his two oldest children, and it wasn’t long before they both decided to follow in their father’s footsteps.

Nick had spent a year attending the University of Minnesota Duluth and was about to enroll in classes for his second year when he decided that the hands-on, professional atmosphere at Dunwoody that his father described would actually be a better fit.

“I’m more math-based and I learn better with hands-on opportunities. Plus I wanted a career more on the engineering side,” Nick said. “My dad was going here, so I just decided to enroll [at Dunwoody].”

Father and son were at Dunwoody together for only one semester, since James was about to graduate, but having two generations in one family attending at the same time – and in the same program – is still a rarity.

Right away, Nick felt at home in the small-class environment with students who were serious about their education and focused on their career choice. He especially liked working with the Computer-aided Design (CAD) software, which felt more like a game than actual work.

During his first year at Dunwoody, Nick was hired for a paid internship at Johnstech, a manufacturer of high-performance precision test solutions in the semiconductor test market. The internship continued during his second year and then turned into a full-time job after graduating. Today, Nick is a CAD Designer, Level II and designs components for the company.

Angela was still in high school when both her dad and brother were attending Dunwoody. So when she learned about Dunwoody’s Youth Career Awareness Program (YCAP) at a college fair during her junior year, it seemed like a good fit.

The summer program allowed Angela a chance to explore all of the different career paths and programs offered at Dunwoody. She was drawn to the graphic design program.

Like her father and brother, Angela is also mathematically and mechanically-inclined. So after a semester she switched her program and is now a student in the four-year Mechanical Engineering program.

“I like the idea of being able to design and build something, and you can work in almost any field,” Angela said.

Nick wasn’t surprised by either his sister’s decision to attend Dunwoody, or the switch to Mechanical Engineering.

“I always knew she’d be my boss someday,” Nick said with a laugh.

Angela, who is a member of Dunwoody’s Student Government, is already enjoying the project-based learning and hands-on environment with instructors who have all worked professionally in the field.

“I like the project work and the instructors are great,” Angela said, adding that having a mix of older and younger students in the program has also been an advantage.

While it is still three years away, Angela is already thinking about her career after Dunwoody. She is interested in exploring mechanical engineering in the construction industry and would like to become a project manager someday.

The three Freelands aren’t the only relatives in the family to attend Dunwoody. On their mother’s side, the pair have two uncles who have attended the College — Carroll Gackstetter and Michael McMonigal.

“Dunwoody is a really good fit for a lot of people,” Nick said. “As a graduate, you have a lot of opportunities in technical industries.”

Angela agrees, adding that technically-trained workers will always be needed.

Dunwoody IISE Chapter earns Silver Chapter status

Dunwoody’s IISE Student Chapter earns silver recognition award by national organization.

The National Institute of Industrial & Systems Engineers (IISE) recently awarded Dunwoody’s IISE Student Chapter with a Silver University Chapter Recognition Award. Awards range from bronze, silver, to gold.

This award is given to university and college chapters who show improvements, progress, and overall achievements for the year. Dunwoody’s IISE chapter earned Silver this year by adding more chapter events – like the Six Sigma Training held by the Chapter in June– and promoting more overall engagement on campus and on social media.

“We’re excited about this award,” said IISE Student Advisor Janet Nurnberg. “And we have plans to add to our programming in order to earn Gold-status next year.”

Of over 900 university chapters, 10 IISE student groups earned silver, including Dunwoody. Other schools include Auburn University, Dalhousie University, Milwaukee School of Engineering, Oklahoma State University, Rochester Institute of Technology, University of Texas El Paso, University of Windsor, Wichita State University, and Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

Awards are given based on a chapter’s University Chapter Activity Report (UCAR). The report tracks student engagement, activities, and participation in national events, distributing points in several categories. Once points are calculated, chapters can earn a bronze, silver, or gold award.

Learn more about Dunwoody’s award-winning student clubs and organizations at dunwoody.edu/students/orgs.

Spring 2017 Graduates Announced

Dunwoody College of Technology is thrilled to recognize the following Spring 2017 graduates.

Click here to see a list of the Fall 2016 graduates. 

Abnet Eli
Adam Birra
Al-Hilwani Alexander
Albers Samuel
Anderson John
Anderson Matthew
Anderson Katelyn
Anderson Tyler
Anderson Thomas
Andresen David
Anton Max
Appel Cole
Autio Austin
Bachman Bryce
Bacon Robert
Bailey Tyler
Barth Benjamin
Becklin Alec
Beckstrand Tyler
Bennett Samuel
Benson Aaron
Berrier Heidi
Blommer Dillion
Bluhm Kazimir
Boehmer Jackson
Bohline Donald
Booth Adam
Boyer Madeline
Brastad Justin
Brier Kevin
Broadston Joseph
Brooks Chad
Brownson Alex
Brudvig Steven
Bruneau Christopher
Bry Robin
Burg Anthony
Burnside Kyle
Burrows Connor
Butler Thomas
Caddy Chad
Campbell Jacob
Cao Christopher
Carlson Matthew
Carlson Jonathan
Carlson Ross
Cerney Michael
Cha Melysia
Chang Ling
Chase Paxton
Chatterton Julian
Christensen Matthew
Christian Brady
Christner Samantha
Clark Benjamin
Clipperton Elijah
Coe Blaine
Curtin John
Dailey Beau
Darden Jazmine
DeCurtins Adam
Deluna Walldo
Denny Ryan
Devitt Paul
Dewitte Tristan
Donohue Robert
Duong Edison
Durdahl Daniel
Eckes Christopher
Eitel Steven
Enger Mason
Enoch Jacob
Entingh Connor
Erickson Jon
Evans Jacob
Factor Noah
Fischer Paige
Fisher Bryce
Flaifel Michael
Forcier Dustin
Ford Benjamin
Freeman Yaya
Froemming Alexander
Fujitake Mark
Fuller Alex
Gainous David
Gatzke Caitlin
Gonzalez Isai
Greene Joshua
Grindahl Robert
Grommersch James
Guion John
Haakana Logan
Haddy Corey
Halvorson Neil
Hammond Robert
Hansen Jonathan
Harris Ryan
Hays Caleb
Hemmah Jacob
Hernandez-Llamas Joseph
Herrick Matthew
Hertel Jessica
Hertz Tristan
Hiepler Michael
High Anina
Hill Joshua
Hill Tiara
Hinnenkamp Tyler
Hlavka Eric
Ho Tan
Hodzic Mirza
Hoffman Daniel
Hollen Jesse
House Heather
Hunerberg Benjamin
Hurd Jessica
Huttner Austin
Iber Conrad
Isetts Blake
Iverson Jeffery
Jarvis Matthew
Jensen Leo
Johnson Brent
Johnson Tyler
Johnson Harry
Johnson Benjamin
Johnson Kyle
Johnson Andrew
Kallon Alpha
Kammerer Frank
Karwath Robert
Kaus Daniel
Kavadas Levi
Kelly Nicholas
Kerner Thomas
Kiltinen Shelby
King Nathan
King Collin
Klassen Austin
Klegstad Jacob
Kollasch Samantha
Kowal Patrick
Kraetsch Casey
Kretsu Michael
Kromschroeder Kasey
Kuenkel Brett
Lambert Nathan
Larson Jacob
Larson Jacob
Leistico Jonathan
Leistikow Samuel
LeMay Benjamin
LeMay Ashley
Leuthner Adam
Lewis Dexter
Lewis-Mauricio Thalia
Linahon Alex
Luangrath Bennieco
Luckett Ernest
Luhm Aaron
Mabusth John
Maciej Alex
Mack Michael
Madison Andrew
Makarych Siarhei
Malenke Jay
Maltzen Michael
Marsh Cole
McDonald Patrick
McGinnity Kyle
Meyer Jacob
Miazga Michael
Mitchell Christian
Mitchell Steven
Montgomery Madison
Morris Laura
Morse Faith
Moynihan John
Nakada Michael
Narloch Benjamin
Nelson Matthew
Nelson Heidi
Nelson Andrew
Nichols Patrick
Nielsen Robert
Njankenji McBonn
Noer Joshua
Nordstrom Jay
Northway Travis
Oberg Cecilia
Olson Travis
Olson Andrew
Omayo Jackson
Orput James
Otten Michael
Ouellette Marc
Pagel Tyler
Patten Linsey
Pederson Adam
Peltonen Cody
Penning Tovah
Penrose Christopher
Perez Ricky
Peter Jonathan
Peterson Matthew
Peterson Henning
Peterson Drew
Phandanouvong Sylvester
Phommasane Anthony
Poitra Jason
Pollei Zach
Prowizor Julian
Quicksell Thomas
Quien Joshua
Ramsingh Nicholas
Rans Jonathan
Reinertson Austin
Ricks Darren
Riley Jerome
Ritt Christopher
Ritzman Jacob
Roberts Cory
Rono Makto
Rosecrans Caleb
Saltness Christian
Sanders Jamauria
Schmalz Quintin
Scholl Martin
Schulz Patrick
Schulzetenberg Will
Schurhammer Nicholas
Scollick Jeremy
Sederberg Ryan
Sheppard Jason
Shore Brandon
Skattum Ross
Sloneker Justin
Smith Luis
Smith Gabriel
Smoter Devyn
Somers Rebekah
Sosa Eric
Springer Siri
Stang Dylan
Starwood Christopher
Stearns Tanner
Steffens Paul
Strand Jacob
Sullivan Jesse
Swanson Ian
Swanson Megan
Szumowski Dustin
Tatsak Cole
Thao Jesse
Thiel Erica
Thiery Anthony
Thompson Kathleen
Thompson Andrew
Thurnau Nicholas
Tomann Alek
Treat Daniel
Tully Mark
Turnbull John
Unger Andrew
Vail Gabriel
VanderVorste Adam
VanDoeren Julian
Vang Thong
VanScoik Sean
Virnala JJ
Vue Tou
Walesch Nicholas
Webster Thomas
Wegner Jacob
Weides Robert
Weinmann Kevin
Weis Kenneth
Welsh Matthew
White Beverly
White Reid
Wieden Darren
Williams Bradley
Willis Connor
Wittebort Arthur
Wolters Samual
Yang Say Vue
Yang David
Zaniewski Zachary
Zawadski Mary

Radiologic Technology graduates honored at Pinning Ceremony

Eight students recently graduated from Dunwoody’s Radiologic Technology program.

Class of Spring 2017 Rad Tech grads with their instructors

Class of Spring 2017 Rad Tech grads and their instructors

Eight of Dunwoody’s Radiologic Technology students officially graduated on Thursday, July 13, at a Pinning Ceremony where they were honored for the successful completion of the program.

After a day of celebration, the program graduates completed the AART National Exam the following day. All eight students passed the exam.

The College’s Rad Tech graduates earn an Associate of Applied Science degree over two years (four semesters and two summer sessions). During this time, students rotate between 10-15 different clinics and hospitals in the Twin Cities area, including North Memorial Hospital. The variety of clinical sites allows students to work with real patients in every healthcare setting and situation–from level-one trauma centers to geriatric hospitals–before graduating. There are two graduating cohorts per year–one in July and one in December.

 Students graduate with honors

During the Pinning Ceremony, Rad Tech faculty and staff also recognized students with various awards. Congratulations to the following graduates:

Dunwoody Clinical Excellence Award: Brittney Tompkins
This award is given to a student who exemplifies the ideal behavior in a clinical environment. This student works well with students, staff technologists, and other clinical instructors in their clinical setting. The student receiving the Clinical Excellence Award personifies the type of student that Dunwoody and the Radiologic Technology Program would want every student to strive to be in their clinical setting.

Best Patient Care Award: Brandi Hanisch
This award is given to a student who demonstrates superior care to the patients that they work with during their clinical rotations. The student selected for this award ensures that the patient comes first and that all the needs and concerns that a patient may have are taken care of.

 Academic Achievement Award: Justin Larson
This award is given to one graduating student from each of the academic platforms at Dunwoody. The nominees for the award have a high attendance rate and have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. Other considerations for the award are based on work ethic, extra-curricular participation, the pursuit of excellence, self-awareness, and leadership.

 Best Team Player Award: Shelby Wittibslager
This award s given to a student who exemplifies the meaning of the phrase “team player.” This student takes it upon themselves to seek out work and help out in all areas in the Radiology Department, and also works well with other students, department technologists, and clinical instructors. They are the first person to lend a willing hand when help is needed.

 

Dunwoody students study abroad in Cuba

Eight Dunwoody students have another bullet to add to their résumé (and a lot of photos to add to their portfolios) thanks to a recent study aboard trip to Cuba!

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Architecture students Alex Stanley, Celina Nelson, and Gianna Madison; Surveying & Civil Engineering Technology student Patrick Kowal; Construction Project Management student Kate Anderson; and Construction Management students Freddy Jara, Aaron Davis, and Jake Benson-Devine joined Senior Instructor Alex Wong, Program Manager Heather Gay, and Dean Bridget Reynolds on the nine-day adventure late last month.

During their trip, students had the opportunity to experience the city-life of Havana, the small town charm of Santa Clara, the history behind Trinidad port, and the captivating beauty of Topes De Collantes National Park.

Trip highlights included:
Havana
  • Studying the reconstruction and restoration of Havanna
  • Learning what technical education looks like in another country
  • Experiencing different types of food and music
Santa Clara
  • Learning what construction materials and methods are used for restoration projects in a more rural area
  • Learning how smaller educational institutions train students for jobs
  • Understanding how a construction site is prepared in another country
Trinidad
  • Discovering the national influences and inspirations behind the port’s design
  • Seeing the many different goods being imported and exported
  • Learning the history behind residential design and how pirates and weather played a role
  • Studying the evolution of the port’s economy and society

Topes De Collantes National Park

  • Hiking the Escambray Mountains
  • Swimming in the basin of a waterfall
Trip photos:

The College plans to offer another study abroad trip summer of 2018.

To learn more about the 2017 Study Abroad trip, visit: https://cubacmgt1901.wordpress.com

Dunwoody IISE Student Chapter hosts Six Sigma Training

IMG_3670Earlier this month, Dunwoody College of Technology’s Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineering (IISE) Student Chapter hosted a Six Sigma Training, certifying participants in Six Sigma Green Belt, the first credential in a series of certifications focused on lean processes.

The Six Sigma Green Belt certification is widely recognized throughout the industry, and the credential gives students an edge in their job search, signifying that they are well-versed in lean processes and process improvement.

Dunwoody’s IISE Student Chapter President Dustin Szumowski organized the event with the IISE National Chapter, inviting students from North Dakota State University, University of Minnesota-Duluth, and University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. The training ran for 8 hours on both Friday and Saturday with a two-part exam on Sunday.

“I thought the event went great! Everyone had fun and learned more about process improvement,” Szumowski said. “I think that it is a great way to get ahead of others competing in the job market.”

Dunwoody’s IISE Student Chapter is open to students enrolled in the Industrial Engineering Technology bachelor’s completion degree program. Learn more at dunwoody.edu.

 

Exploring Dunwoody Electrical Degrees

An in-depth look at two of Dunwoody’s fastest-growing programs: Electrical Construction Design & Management and Electrical Construction & Maintenance

Magic.

That’s how Electrical Construction & Maintenance Principal Instructor Polly Friendshuh describes electricity to her students on their first day of lecture.

“When you think about it, you are teaching someone something that is basically invisible to the naked eye,” Friendshuh said. “It is something you cannot see. So how do we make sense out of that?”

IMG_2644If a career in magic—or electricity—seems abstract to you, you’re not alone.

“Most of the students who come to talk to us about the Electrical Construction & Maintenance program don’t have an understanding of what the program really is,” said Electrical Construction & Maintenance Principal Instructor Steve Lee. “They have a picture in their head of wiring a house or doing some kind of small or large commercial project—and that’s it.

“But there’s more than that. It’s troubleshooting, servicing, installation, and repair in any facet that you can think of where there is electricity. It’s more than just the plug-ins and the lights you see in your house.”

Some of those facets include electrical systems like renewable energy, solar power, elevators, batteries, fire alarms, and security.

But finding an interest in electricity is only just the beginning. The next step is determining what career path to take. 

Exploring Dunwoody Electrical Construction Design & Management and Electrical Construction & Maintenance

Dunwoody College offers associate’s degrees in Electrical Construction Design & Management and Electrical Construction & Maintenance.

Dunwoody Electrical Design & Management students presenting final design projects to industry partners

Dunwoody Electrical Design & Management student presenting final design projects to industry partners

Generally speaking, students who pursue a degree in Electrical Construction Design & Management work indoors, using computer software programs like AutoCAD and Revit to design construction documents. They work directly with architects and building owners to determine what kinds of electrical systems are logical and possible in a new or existing structure.

Common job titles for program graduates include Electrical Designers, Electrical Estimators, and Electrical Project Managers. On average, these workers make about $54,300 annually and are typically employed at electrical contracting companies or engineering firms.

Students who graduate from Dunwoody’s Electrical Construction & Maintenance take the proposals put forth by electrical designers and help make it happen. It’s their job to ensure the submitted blueprints are up to code and that the proposed designs will actually work in the given space.

Dunwoody Electrical Construction & Maintenance student practices residential wiring inside Dunwoody's onsite house

Dunwoody Electrical Construction & Maintenance student practices residential wiring inside Dunwoody’s onsite house

Using their main tools of screwdrivers, benders, and wire cutters, these workers spend their days installing and maintaining electrical systems in a wide array of buildings, from residential to commercial to industrial and manufacturing.

Graduates from this program go on to become Apprentice or Maintenance Electricians, which make, on average, $58,810 annually.*

But, no matter the path, both electrical designers and electricians work hand-in-hand.

“We’re really two sides of the same blueprint,” said Electrical Design & Management Senior Instructor Nick Bohl. “It’s just a matter of figuring out whether you want to be the person creating and designing the blue prints or if you want to be the person who brings it to life.”

Choosing the right career path

But, sometimes that decision isn’t always obvious—especially for students right out of high school. That’s why Dunwoody’s electrical department is purposefully set-up so students in both the Electrical Construction Design & Management and Electrical Construction & Maintenance programs take the exact same classes their first year.

Dunwoody Electrical Construction & Maintenance student trains on actual equipment during lab time

This provides a chance for students who are interested in electrical systems—but don’t yet know what path they’d like to take—an opportunity to experience both professions.

“Usually when you go to college, you have to pick a major. And for someone right out of high school or someone relatively young, that’s hard because you’re looking at your future and thinking ‘what do I do?’” Friendshuh said.

“So the opportunity to experience both paths helps tremendously. It’s a huge selling point of the programs for a lot of people, because students can come in, see both careers, and know they won’t be stuck.”

The course schedule also provides students with another major benefit: the ability to complete both programs—and earn both associate’s degrees—in just three years.

“It’s unbelievable what opens up for you when you have got both the hands-on skills and the computer/design skills,” Lee said.

Dunwoody Construction Management student verifying blueprints

Dunwoody Construction Management student verifying blueprints

Another career path available to both program graduates is in project management. Dunwoody’s Construction Management bachelor’s completion degree allows students to transfer their two-year electrical degree directly into a four-year bachelors degree in Construction Management.

Two additional years of schooling allows graduates to quickly move up in their given industries, taking on leadership roles such as Project Manager, Construction Manager, Estimator, or Construction Business Owner.

As managers, graduates can expect to oversee the work of both the designers and the electricians. They develop building schedules and estimates, monitor build progress, and track construction costs to make sure the project gets done on time and within budget.

The average annual salary for employees in these positions is around $90,470.*

Dunwoody graduates in high demand

Graduates from all three programs are in high demand. In fact, Electrical Construction Design & Management, Electrical Construction & Maintenance, and Construction Management each placed 100% of their students last year.**

And, in many cases, those students were hired while they were still in school.

Dunwoody Electrical students touring the new U.S. Bank Stadium

Dunwoody Electrical students touring the new U.S. Bank Stadium

“These students are hirable,” Friendshuh said. “Most electrical students are working by their first year—in their field. If you want a job and you want options, this career path is it.”

Bohl agreed: “Our students hit the ground [running]. They come out of the program knowing not only the job but they have the experience, too,” Bohl said.

And employers know it.

Recent graduates are working at companies like Egan Companies, Hunt Electric Corporation, Black & Veatch, Cal-Tex Electric, Laketown Electric, Kimley-Horn & Associates, Ryan Companies, Mortenson Construction, and with various local unions.

The bottom line? Dunwoody electrical programs provide students access to multiple career paths and the skills and knowledge to tackle any one of them. Whether it’s construction, maintenance, design, low voltage, high voltage, estimating, sales, or project management—Dunwoody’s programs help students find their niche and then succeed in their chosen field.

Learn more

If either electrical program, or construction management, sounds interesting to you, attend our next open house on, Tuesday, June 13. Stop by anytime from 3 – 7 p.m. and meet with faculty, tour lab spaces, and talk curriculum. It’s not too late to enroll for fall semester.

Discover additional highlights of Dunwoody’s Electrical Construction Design & Management and Electrical Construction & Maintenance programs.


*Based on May 2015 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates for the state of Minnesota published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, www.bls.gov. 

**Data reflects placement for AY2015-16 graduates indicating employment in their field of study within 6 months following graduation. Full data calculations are available for review during College open hours Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. CT at Career Services or contact careerservices@dunwoody.edu.

Dunwoody makes debut in BWBR Prize competition, student Celina Nelson wins prize

Dunwoody Architecture students enter their semester final projects at 2017 BWBR competition.

Six Dunwoody Architecture students participated in the 2017 BWBR Prize for the first time last month, each leaving the competition with real-world experience, improved final projects, and some extra cash.

Celina Nelson took home one of the competition’s first-place prizes and a $1,500 check, while the remaining Dunwoody contestants received $250 for participating.

Dunwoody Architecture Student Celina Nelson

Dunwoody Architecture Student Celina Nelson

“I feel a new sense of confidence that I haven’t had before,” said Nelson.

Dunwoody eligible to compete in BWBR Prize for the first time

St. Paul architecture firm BWBR hosts the competition each year as a way for architecture and interior design students entering their final year of schooling to meet, network, and prepare for their careers.

Nelson's final, sketched site plan

Nelson’s final sketched site plan

With Dunwoody Architecture’s first cohort set to graduate next year, this was the very first year Dunwoody has been eligible to compete in the annual event.

“I was nervous [to compete], because this would be the first time that our final presentation would be for a prize, and not a grade,” Nelson said. “The stakes were definitely high.”

Each participating college was judged separately at the event, with students typically competing with projects or finals they had already created for school. Students presented their projects to a panel of BWBR employees who then critiqued them on their designs, presentation, and public speaking skills.

Students present to BWBR employees
Exterior rendering of the front side of the house

Exterior rendering of the front side of the house

Dunwoody student submissions consisted of their final projects for an Architecture Studio class. This was one of the first classes where students had the freedom to create their own client as well as independently design a building from start to finish.

Nelson—whose project was a single-family residential home—said the entire process provided her with a new way of thinking and working.

“It was nice to create the parameters of the client first and then design for the client,” Nelson said. “Instead of just being willy nilly like, ‘I want a fireplace here’, ‘I want a door here.’

Interior rendering of the kitchen/dining area

Interior rendering of the kitchen/dining area

“Because when you have a real client, you have to have empathy and have to understand where they’re coming from and design for them, not for yourself. That was a really important lesson that I took away from this: learning how to say ‘their house’, ‘they wanted this’, instead of ‘I wanted this.’”

The first round of Architecture graduates are set to graduate in May of 2018.

Learn more about Dunwoody Architecture.