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Dunwoody College of Technology’s Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVACR) programs have been granted another six-year accreditation by HVAC Excellence—a nonprofit organization created in 1994 to improve competency through validation of the technical education process. The program first received accreditation in 2007.

Dunwoody’s program was the first in the states of Minnesota, North Dakota, Iowa, and Wisconsin to be accredited with a nationally known accrediting organization recognized by the HVAC industry and the federal government.

To gain accreditation a college HVAC program must meet standards related to the mission of the program, administrational responsibilities, finances and funds, student services, instructional design and program elements, physical facilities, equipment and tools, cooperative training and instructor qualifications.

During the 2013 reaccreditation process, Dunwoody’s HVAC program Self-Study was cited as one of the top five internationally. The highest award a program can receive is a six-year accreditation, which Dunwoody’s HVAC program has now been awarded twice.

“This accomplishment speaks to Dunwoody’s HVAC instructors and their commitment to excellence in training and dedication to their students,” said HVAC Services Principal Instructor Tom Kleinman. “It also ensures the HVAC industry, our industry partners, and future employers that a quality, well-educated student will be leaving our doors upon graduation. Graduates can be confident that they are properly trained and ready on day one to be a productive technician for their employer.”

Dunwoody’s HVAC program focuses on hands-on learning where students are exposed to experiences in shops and labs that imitate the field in which they’ll be employed.

Kleinman said the HVAC program’s faculty represents more than 166 years of field, trade, educational and instructional experience.

“Our HVAC instructors also maintain ties to the industry that help with employment and the continued success of the program,” he said.

The accreditation process

To gain accreditation, Dunwoody staff prepared a self-study of the HVAC program, providing documentation showing compliance in nine standards set by HVAC Excellence: mission of the program, administrative responsibilities, finances and funds, curriculum, plan of instructions, facilities, equipment and tools, cooperative training and instructor’s qualifications.

The self-study is several hundred pages long and took months to prepare. Executive members of HVAC Excellence reviewed the self-study. After review and critique of the self-study, HVAC Excellence selected a group of industry veterans to review the program. They were charged with the task of conducting an in-depth onsite evaluation of the Dunwoody College of Technology program—where they determined the College met the standards for re-accreditation.  

About Dunwoody:  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 (

About HVAC Excellence: HVAC Excellence is a not-for-profit organization that has been serving the HVACR industry since 1994. It is our goal to improve competency through validation of the technical education process. By setting standards and verifying that they have been met, we inspire the industry to excel. HVAC Excellence knows that all of the challenges that face the industry are achievable by continuous improvement in the way that it prepares technicians.

HVAC Excellence Programs: Identify areas of weakness in education, Assists employers with hiring competent technicians, Allows the public to identify competent technicians, pinpoints current deficiencies in the technical workforce for education program development, and aids manufacturers in warranty cost reduction.

Machine Tool Technology program earns “Best CNC Student Project” at HTEC National Conference

The Machine Tool Technology program brought home the prize for “Best Student CNC Project” at the 2013 Haas Technical Education Centers (HTEC) National Conference held July 15 in Edmonton, Alberta.

The conference was hosted at Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT), a leader in supplying trained machinists and operators to support the booming oil industry. “Filling the Manufacturing Pipeline” was the theme of the conference to discuss both the actual oil pipeline and advocating for how to get skilled workers to fill these jobs.

Prior to the conference the Machine Tool Technology program, led by Senior Machine Tool Technology Instructor Brian Nelsen and Dean of Robotics & Manufacturing E.J. Daigle, worked with Dunwoody Youth Career Awareness Program (YCAP) students to design and build coasters using Solidworks design software and Haas CNC machines.

“The goal of the project was to get YCAP students interested in manufacturing from design to build,” said Daigle. “It worked so well we decided to use this project as an entry for the CNC Student Project competition.”

A total of four awards were given at the conference for outstanding CNC projects. Dunwoody brought 100 sample coasters with next year’s conference dates to give out to attendees.

Daigle said conference attendees shared positive comments about the project and were happy to take home a memento.

The prize for winning was a $2,000 Haas CNC simulator that allows students to debug code before entering the lab to make parts.

“With the increased enrollment in the Machine Tool program this will allow even more students access to a CNC control panel outside of their normal lab hours,” Daigle said.

The 2014 HTEC National Conference will be hosted at Dunwoody.

Prior to the conference the Machine Tool Technology program, led by Senior Machine Tool Technology Instructor Brian Nelsen and Dean of Robotics & Manufacturing E.J. Daigle, worked with Dunwoody Youth Career Awareness Program (YCAP) students to design and build coasters using Solidworks design software and Haas CNC machines.

The prize for winning was a $2,000 Haas CNC simulator that allows students to debug code before entering the lab to make parts.

Dunwoody College of Technology’s 2013 Spring Semester Dean’s List

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

Branden Anderson
Charles Anderson
Dane Anderson
Patrick Anderson
Victoria Anderson
Erik Andreska
Nicolas Ash
Grant Aslakson
Jershon Baker
Nicaise Bamezon
Andrew Banse
Justin Barnes
Kyle Barton
Donald Beach
Brittney Bechthold
Kristine Benoy
Stephen Berguetski
Brian Bielke
Amelia Blakeley
Joseph Blessing
Blake Bodine
Aaron Bolser
Anthony Bonacci
Zachary Boyd
John Boyer
Aaron Breid
Christopher Brenna
Arthur Brennhofer
Richard Brodala
Nathan Broughton
Demarcus Brown
Kevin Brown
Sarah Brown
Joseph Brudzinski
Jeremiah Buchholz
Robert Bullis
John Bungert
Jacob Bursott
John Buttner
Ashley Cannon
Jacob Catherson
Matthew Cecil
Boon Chang
Maxwell Chenoweth
Lucas Chowen
Kyle Christinson
Nicholas Cialek
Jason Clark
Alan Cole
Misty Comby
Daniel Cooper
John Cornelius
Shannon Corpe
Jessica Cosgrove
Johnathon Costello
Jessica Curtis
Tien Dang
Andrew Davis
Daniel Dean
Thomas DeMars
Max DuPont
Arron Eder
Benjamin Ellingson
Michael Elliott
David Epich
Erin Erickson
Nicholas Ernst
Christopher Ersland
Nathaniel Evenson
Michael Felton
Michael Flahave
James Flannigan
William Fonder
Jon Fontaine
William Forbord
John Fox
Robert Franklin
James Freeland
Nevin Fritz
Nicholas Frostin
Talon Ganz
Matthew Gibart
Brian Giller
Anthony Glocke
Christopher Grummons
Bradley Guetter
Matthew Gustavson
Nicholas Guzman
Ibrahim Haji
Christopher Hansen
Logan Hapy
Ryan Harstad
Mara Hausmann
Montgomery Have
Terri Heaney
John Hebrink
James Hedstrom
Jonathan Hegseth
Kyle Heitschmidt
Stephen Henderson
Benjamin Hendrikse
Brian Henrich
Heriberto Herrera
Andrew Hill
Bryton Hines
Nathan Hirt
Brandon Hoeft
Nathan Hole
Dustin Homsey
Justin Hop
Ashley Hurner
Jacob Huseby
Paul Insley
Dustin Irmiter
Robert Jacobson
Christopher Jenkins
Nicholas Jepson
Will Jernigan
Dillon Johnson
Jeffrey Johnson
Lucas Johnson
Molly Johnson
Evan Kangas
Heidi Kastern
Steven Kastner
Ethan Kelly
Kolburn Kersten
Ryan Kessler
Andrew Kleinart
Sean Knollmaier
Joseph Kooiman
Michael Kopet
Samuel Kragh
Ryan Ksiazek
Esther Kwakye
Kyle LaCoe
Sean LaFontaine
Michael Lamm
Michael Larsen
Meghan Larson
Quinn Larson
Jason Latts
Scott Leighton
Joseph Leisdon
Peter Lelyukh
Carissa Lepisto Pouliot
Christopher Lester
Ari Levie
Ryan Lewis
Andrew Lindberg
Brandon Lindberg
June Linnertz
Benjamin Little
Anthony Locken
Peng Lor
Tanner Luhm
Christopher Ly
Peter Macht
Evan Makinen
Michael Mandler
Zachary Martell
Douglas McGregor
Jonathan McKelvey
Laura McQuillan
Keegan Melton
Michael Memorich
Frank Mersch
Lewis Miller
David Millman
John Molitor
Damon Monthei
Maik Mosbach
Leon Navarro
John Nelsen
Matthew Nelson
Robert Neou
Jonathan Newstrom
Luan Nguyen
Thinh Nguyen
Matthew Nightingale
Peter Novellino
Austin Nurse
Michael O’Connor
Sean O’Leary
Darren Olson
Timothy Olson
Travis Olson
Tyler Olson
Jerry Opp
Peter Ott
Joseph Packer
Amanda Parshley
Alyx Paschke
John Pauly
Timothy Paynter
Samuel Pederson
Fernando Pereyra
James Persian
Marielle Persian
Anthony Petersen
Ryan Peterson
Jory Phillips
Luke Phillips
Brian Planton
Adam Prokes
James Puls
John Quandt
Devin Rambow
Amber Rasmusson
Steven Reed
Edward Reeves-Relich
Lee Reiners
Anthony Riser
Timothy Robertson
Nicole Rodriguez
Roberto Rodriguez
Riley Rogotzke
Jorell Rohan
Kevin Roller
Michael Rolsing
Dale Ross
James Rowell
James Rowland
Jessica Ruscheinsky
John Rust
David Rybak
Pete Sajadi
George Schaaf
Luke Schmidt
Richard Schmidt
Dennis Schnellman
Timothy Schuck
Claire Schuebel
Angelica Sedano
Benjamin Shiek
Mark Shindler
Matthew Silvernail
Ross Skattum
Nicolas Skrogstad
Nicole Slaminski
Megan Smalkoski
Jeffrey Smith
Keith Smith
Terry Smoltz
Matthew Snyder
Peter Sobolik
Joseph Sohns
Andrew Solberg
Jerred Speller
Brianna Steele
Kyler Strobel
Justin Strong
Collin Sturdevant
Joshua Suchy
Eric Sundberg
Anthony Swanberg
Anne Swedberg
Andrew Thompson
Christopher Thompson
Ryan Timboe
Thang Tran
Tyler Tucker
Richard Underwood
Kou Vang
Bastian VanHofwegen
Kyle Vogt
Susan Vorderbruggen
Matthew Walter
Thomas Walters
Blake Walvatne
Kristin Warren
William Washatka
Anthony Watson
Thomas Webster
Robert Weckwerth
Nathan Wendland
Scott Wessel
Derek Whitcomb
Thomas Willard
Amanda Williams
Anya Williams
Joseph Wise
Rachael Wittnebel
Douglas Wojack
Benjamin Wolf
Joe Yang
Pheng Yang
Tou Yang
Dustin Zachman
Mathias Zoubek


HGTV and DIY television host Nicole Curtis to speak at Dunwoody luncheon

Nicole Curtis

Nicole Curtis

Nicole Curtis, Television Host, Rehab Addict-HGTV/DIY Network, will be the guest speaker at the Kate L. Dunwoody Women’s Luncheon on Thursday, Oct. 25, at Dunwoody College of Technology, 818 Dunwoody Blvd., Minneapolis.

The luncheon is in recognition of the vision and generosity of Kate L. Dunwoody.

Curtis will talk about using her strengths and passion to achieve success in a non-traditional career.

There will be a meet and greet with Curtis following the program, until 1 p.m.

The luncheon runs from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m.

The cost is $12 at the door; there is no charge for Dunwoody students to attend.

RSVP by October 19, to Kat Christopherson at 612-381-3064 or


About Nicole Curtis 

A self-taught home rehabber and designer, Nicole is also a mom, a master of salvage picking, and a spirited advocate for saving old houses. Resourceful, creative and always in motion, Nicole is hands-on with all of her projects and wouldn’t have it any other way. She’s a whirlwind of ideas, energy and vision, skilled with every tool in her belt (plus a few secrets she’s got tucked up her sleeve).

Nicole harnesses her experience with interior design, contracting and real estate in her award-winning, hit TV Show Rehab Addict proudly featured on HGTV & DIY Network. She also consults and tackles projects for clients ranging from revamping a single room to redoing an entire home.


Robert Weckwerth receives Student Leadership Award from Alumni Board of Managers

Dunwoody Alumni Association President Chris Swingley with 2012 Student Leadership Award winner Robert “Bobby” Weckwerth.

To say Robert “Bobby” Weckwerth, 50, of Ham Lake, is a leader is an understatement.

In addition to receiving various honors during his 25 years in the military—retiring a Master Sergeant, being a volunteer fireman for more than 17 years and working as a commercial carpenter for the past 24 years, on July 25 Weckwerth received the Student Leadership Award from Dunwoody College of Technology’s Alumni Board of Managers.

“The Student Leadership Award was developed in 2004 by the Alumni Board of Managers to honor the most outstanding students that this school has to offer,” said Alumni Association President Chris Swingley.  “To date, 21 students have received this award. Typically the faculty and staff present the Board Leadership Committee with the nominations each year. The students must have a GPA of 3.5 or better, show exemplary leadership skills and have outstanding Dunwoody school spirit.”

Weckwerth has all of those qualities, Swingley said at the Board of Managers quarterly meeting where he presented the award to Weckwerth.

Weckwerth said he pursued an education at Dunwoody because of its location, small class sizes, rich history and great reputation. He received a degree in Construction Supervision & Project Management last June.

“I’ve heard people call Dunwoody the Harvard of technical colleges,” he said. “That says something about its reputation. They’re the front. They’re leading edge in everything they do and I think they work really hard to do that.”

Weckwerth said there was a bit of a learning curve going into college. After not setting foot in a classroom for more than 20 years he needed to relearn how to type, take notes and study.

“I was scared at first,” he said. “It’d been so long. I graduated from high school in 1980 and here it was 2010 and I was going back to college.”

Instructor James Strapko encouraged him to get involved in extracurricular activities at Dunwoody, which he did.

In addition to meeting people and networking, Weckwerth thought getting involved on campus would look positive to potential employers.

“There are a lot of companies out there that want to see people that aren’t going to do just the bare minimum,” he said. “You show up to an interview and you have all these extracurriculars on your resume, and another person shows up and they have just whatever they accomplished in the classroom, it tells you something.”

Weckwerth got involved in a variety of clubs on campus. He was named President of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society (PTK) and of the student chapter of the Association of General Contractors (AGC), he was also a member of Historic Green, Nation Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and Construction Specifications Institute (CSI).

Once he got involved in clubs on campus, he recruited his classmates to join, too.

In addition to participating in various activities and fundraisers, Weckwerth led PTK  from a three-star rated chapter to a five-star rating from the national organization. Officer positions in PTK increased from three to 11 by the end of the 2011-12 academic year, and Weckwerth hopes the number of participants will continue to grow.

While being involved in extracurriculars consumed a lot of Weckwerth’s time, he said it was worth it for the teamwork and companionship as well as the good feeling of helping others.

“I like to help people. And I hope it helps develop people who help people, too,” he said. Though he learned a lot about leadership in the military, Weckwerth said, “I didn’t want to be a dictator, because in my mind we were all developing leadership skills. I tried share what I’ve learned throughout the years. I was really fond of my classmates and I wanted to see them succeed.”

Weckwerth said over the course of two years he became close with his fellow club members and classmates.

“It’s almost like a small family,” he said. “I was kind of like the dad of the class.”

Leadership Award 

While Weckwerth was honored to receive the sole Student Leadership Award this year, he said there are a lot of great student leaders at Dunwoody.

“I’m really honored to have received it. It’s a big deal. They only give it once a year, and most of the time it’s only a few students out of the whole school,” he said.  “Tristan Zieman and Jesse Lovejoy were also great leaders– in my opinion. I would have liked to have seen them win the award, too.”

Continuing education

Now that Weckwerth has his associate’s degree, he says he’s ready to pursue a bachelor’s degree.

“You should never stop learning,” he said of his decision to continue his education.

Weckwerth applied for the new Construction Supervision Leadership Bachelor’s completion program offered at Dunwoody.

He said he plans to participate in clubs on campus again, but he’ll leave the officer positions and leadership roles to other students.

Dunwoody students to compete in Minnesota SkillsUSA Championships Conference

The 45th Annual Minnesota SkillsUSA Championships Conference will be held Friday, March 23 – Sunday, March 25. Dunwoody has 36 students participating in a number of contests, ranging from web design to collision and auto refinishing. Last year, five Dunwoody students went on to compete in the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference and Championship.

Dunwoody will be hosting a variety of these contests. Time and location are listed below; please come out and support our students! The awards ceremony will be held at 10 am, Sunday, March 25 at the Doubletree Hotel in Bloomington.

March 23 competitions (all held at the Doubletree Hotel in Bloomington)
Blue Print Reading at 3 pm
Job Skill Demo at 3:30 pm
Web Design from 4 – 6 pm

March 24 competitions
Architectural Drafting (held at Dunwoody; morning start)
Collision and Auto Refinishing (held at South Central College in Mankato; morning start)
Computer Maintenance (held at Dakota County Technical College; morning start)
Computer Programming (held at Dunwoody; morning start)
Electrical Construction Wiring (held at J.H. Larson; morning start)
Internetworking (held at Dunwoody; morning start)
Sheet Metal (held at St. Paul College; morning start)
Telecommunications Wiring (held at Dunwoody; morning start)

For more information about SkillsUSA Minnesota, go to:

Dunwoody teams up with Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity

The Moore Multi-Cultural Center invites students, faculty and staff to spend the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day holiday rebuilding the community, one home at a time.

On Monday, January 16, Dunwoody is hosting a build with Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity (TCHFH), which makes housing stable and affordable for families in need. Dunwoody’s last TCHFH volunteer outing was April 8, 2011. Faculty, staff and students flexed their muscles building a shed door, tearing down a garage frame and flooring the basement of a Brooklyn Park home for a deserving family.

The Dunwoody volunteers at the Build on April 8, 2011.

“Habitat for Humanity is such an appealing way to help people because it’s about contributing to a family so they may have a home of their own,” said Sarah Huber, library assistant at Dunwoody who volunteered her time at the last build. “It’s such a worthy cause.”

According to the TCHFH website, more than 860 families have purchased homes since 1985 through the homeownership program. Volunteers make TCHFH houses into homes.

“[Dunwoody] partners with TCHFH several times a year to support their effort,” said Pepe Wonosikou, student services advisor. “Most projects depend on the worksite and may consist of installing windows and doors, siding, shingles, measuring, cutting, nailing and hauling construction supplies.”

Not only is volunteering an outstanding way to give back, but it also serves as a tool to make connections.

“We believe these kinds of projects help our student’s network and make important connections with the community as well as developing experience and relationships in their field of study,” said Pepe.

To accomplish as much work as possible for the site on January 16, Dunwoody is hoping for a group of eight to 12 people.

Are you a Dunwoody student, faculty or staff member who would like to volunteer? Sign up via VolunteerHub here: If you are a first time user to VolunteerHub, please contact Pepe Wonosikou at

For more information on Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity, check out their website:

The 2011 Kate Dunwoody Luncheon celebrates the women of Dunwoody

2011 Kate Dunwoody Scholar Corrie Turner with Cindy Wagener Robin

The 2011 Kate Dunwoody Luncheon on Thursday, October 27 attracted 157 guests, female students, faculty and staff to celebrate the women of Dunwoody.  When Kate Dunwoody died in 1915, she added $1.5 million to the $3 million her husband left in his estate for the establishment of a technical school we now know as Dunwoody College of Technology.

Cindy Wagener Robin, director of operations at Morrie’s Automotive Group, was the keynote speaker with the message that all women should discover and employ their strengths. Ms. Robin used examples of successful women within Morrie’s to illustrate the benefit to the employee and to the company when one applies their strengths.

2011 Kate Dunwoody Scholar Corrie Turner spoke. An Architectural Drafting and Estimating student, Corrie shared her personal story about her Dunwoody experience.

“It means a lot to be the Kate Dunwoody scholar,” said Corrie. “It feels good to be role models for new women enrolled at Dunwoody and know they can stand out in a male dominated college.”

Board of Trustee member Talla Skogomo was the emcee and marveled at the growth of this event from decades ago when less than two dozen gathered to celebrate the legacy of Kate Dunwoody.