RENEW celebrates job training success at Dunwoody

Minneapolis Mayor RT Rybak (pictured above, far right) was just one of several speakers at a July 27 event held at Dunwoody College celebrating the work of RENEW (Renewable Energy Networks Empowering Workers). Funded by a grant from the U.S. Dept. of Labor, RENEW helped more than 580 Twin Cities residents get training for green careers. Dunwoody Custom Training & Continuing Education was one of several organizations that helped provide training.

In addition to the celebration, a job fair was held for RENEW participants. For more details, view the City of Minneapolis news release and today’s story in the Downtown Journal (final item).

Dunwoody mentioned in a Jobs Council meeting with President Obama

The President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness (OCJC) held a meeting with President Obama on June 13 at Cree, Inc., in Durham, North Carolina. At the meeting, Darlene Miller, CFO Permac Industries, presented the High Tech Manufacturing Program that a partnership of Dunwoody College and private companies and the OCJC proposed at an OCJC meeting held in Minneapolis back in May.

A video of the meeting provided by the White House is embedded below. The section featuring Dunwoody starts at the 69:25 mark and the actual Dunwoody mention is at the 72:13 mark.

Dunwoody students compete in the SkillsUSA Nationals Competition

National SkillsUSA Dunwoody students and advisors

Five Dunwoody College of Technology students participated in the 47th SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference and Championship held June 18-24, 2011, in Kansas City, Mo.

According to the SkillsUSA 2011, the championship event is “a multi-million dollar event that occupies space equivalent to more than 16 football fields.” More than 5,600 students competed in the week-long event; the five Dunwoody students who  competed qualified by taking home first place medals in the Minnesota SkillsUSA competition held in March.

Career and technical education students nationwide competed in more than 95 industry, labor and trade categories, ranging from Culinary Arts and Masonry to Sheet Metal and Firefighting. Each contest had about25 to 40 competitors.

All of the College’s competitors placed in the top half with four out of the five taking fourth place in their respective events:

Ben Anderson (‘11) – 4th place in Automotive Service Technology
Wade Avery (’11) – 4th place in Related Technical Math
Brandon Bomar (’12) – 4th place in Architectural Drafting
Jake Krogstad (’11) – 14th place in Collision Repair
Kade Oeltjenbruns (’11) – 4th place in Automotive Refinishing Technology

Electrical Construction and Maintenance Senior Instructor Polly Friendshuh said, “I feel we had a very strong showing with the level of competition and by having four of our student in the top four in the nation.”

Congratulations to our SkillsUSA National Competition and Championship competitors!

Dunwoody’s 2011 Employee Awards

At this year’s annual Employee Celebration, faculty and staff were recognized for their contributions to Dunwoody’s success.

The Outstanding Team Award was presented to the Semester Guidance Team whose teamwork and steadfast attention to detail, which will aide in a smooth transition from quarters to semesters.

The Outstanding Academic Innovation Award was presented to Mark Carter (Welding Technology), Tim Flugum (Arts & Sciences), Pete Rivard (Graphics & Printing Technology) and Kevin Wendt (Web Programming & Database Development). These awards were nominated by faculty and staff. These awards were given to individuals whose ingenuity added to the Dunwoody culture, programs, curriculum or overall experience.

Instructor of the Year Awards were made based on nominations from students of instructors who showed excellence and commitment in the classroom. James Nyberg (Engineering Drafting & Design), Cindy Martimo (Interior Design) and Bob Brandon (Automotive) received this honor.

Al Jaedike  (Engineering Drafting & Design) received the Distinguished Teacher Award and was presented with a medallion to wear with his academic regalia that was created by the faculty in Machining Technology.
The William and Kate Dunwoody Outstanding Service Award, which is awarded to an employee whose work for the college is consistently outstanding, was awarded to two employees this year: Carla Pogliano and Heather Gay.

Director of Planning & Institutional Effectiveness Carla Pogliano’s nominator Ann Iverson, dean of learning, chief academic affairs officer, expressed gratitude for Carla’s “unprecedented determination” to ensure Dunwoody’s regulatory compliance. Ann said, “Carla maintains a constant ‘can help and will help’ attitude, which is reflected in her unwavering work ethic.”

Heather Gay, construction supervision senior instructor, received the award in recognition of her “high quality, innovating curriculum and engaging instruction,” as nominated by Bridget Reynolds, academic director for architectural drafting & estimating, construction supervision and HVAC. Heather took Historic Green Chapter students to New Orleans for service learning as well as involving students in Rebuilding Together – Twin Cities.

Congratulations to all of the employees who received awards!

Dunwoody Spring Commencement

The Orpheum Theatre marquee

Saturday, June 11, 2011, marked Dunwoody College of Technology’s first Commencement held off campus — in the beautiful and historic Orpheum Theatre in downtown Minneapolis.

More than 1,350 family members and friend attended the Commencement to support their graduates.

Construction Project Supervision graduate Steve Domeier took the podium as the student speaker.

“Being in college was not always easy for me,” Domeier said. “I was able to overcome many of the obstacles with the support of the Dunwoody staff, fellow students and family.”

Domeier encouraged his fellow grads to contribute their talents in the workplace and community.

A 1956 Graphic Arts graduate, Howard Siewert, served as the keynote speaker. Howard is the founder of Ideal Printers.

Siewert’s words provided humor and perspective. The key messages of his speech included the importance of maintaining a positive attitude, taking advantage of opportunities and developing friendships -. He ended with this note:

“Believe me, and I say this with a bit of prejudice, if I’m out applying for a job, I would much rather have Dunwoody College of Technology on my resume …Congratulations to all of you for sticking with your chosen career plan and receiving your degree today. I am sure 50 years from now you will feel as I do, it was a good thing to have done. ”

Graduates receiving attendance awards, Latin honors, and honor society members were recognized by President Rich Wagner. After all 287 graduates in attendance received their degrees and recessed from the theatre, a gauntlet of faculty and staff applauded and congratulated them as they exited on to Hennepin Avenue.

Afterward, grads could be seen in their regalia throughout downtown Minneapolis celebrating with family and friends.

Dunwoody Spring Fling Carnival 2011

Dunwoody’s end of the year celebration was held Thursday, May 26. The Spring Fling Carnival, which is sponsored by Dunwoody’s Student Government Association, featured Wii games, poker, 3-on-3 basketball, spin art, carnival fare, volleyball, palm reading and much more.

The opportunity to soak faculty and staff in the dunk tank was a spectator and participant favorite. President Rich Wagner and Instructor Tim Flugum were a few of the “dunkees” who fell victim to some great throws by students, faculty and staff.

Watch a short video of the day’s “funtivities” here.

Dunwoody team wins the Phoenix Challenge

The Dunwoody team on stage accepting the trophy for their win

For the second year in a row, Dunwoody’s team took first place in the Phoenix Challenge, an annual product design and printing competition sponsored by the Flexographic Technical Association. Teams from Dunwoody’s Design & Graphics Technology Department have now won three out of the four Phoenix Challenge competitions. Previously, it was called the Harper Challenge. Dunwoody teams won four out of five of those competitions, meaning that in the past decade, the College is 7 for 10 in national titles in flexographic competitions.

The Phoenix Challenge Trophy

The students who represented Dunwoody at the Challenge are: Matt Christianson, Mitch Hanson, Mary Johnson and DJ Rickerd. Instructors Shawn Oetjen and Tom Herold, as well as the rest of the faculty in the program, provided guidance and feedback.

The Phoenix Challenge was held April 30 as part of the Foundation of the Flexographic Technical Association (FFTA) Annual Forum and Info*Flex event. Dunwoody competed against teams from colleges and universities across North American, including Cal Poly, Clemson, Western Michigan and Ryerson.

This year’s challenge was to create a promotional product for a golf fund-raising event. Dunwoody’s team created the Whole-In-One, which combines all the promotional elements that were part of the challenge, including a golf ball package, raffle ticket, score card and water bottle.

Dunwoody’s Phoenix Challenge team would like to thank the following donors for helping with materials and other support:

Anderson & Vreeland

DIP Co.

Du Pont

Esko Artwork

Fasson /Avery Dennison

Flexon

Flint Group

Graymills

Harper

Rotometrics

Sani – Blast / Eaglewood technologies

DUNWOODY COLLEGE OF TECHNOLOGY CHANGES TO SEMESTER SCHEDULE

Contact:

William Morris, Manager of Marketing & Communications

(612) 381-3367; wmorris@dunwoody.edu

Dunwoody College of Technology changes to semester schedule

Minneapolis, May 4, 2011 — Dunwoody College of Technology will move from a quarter to a semester academic schedule starting August 2012. Moving to semesters will help the College to more effectively serve students in terms of registration, financial aid awards, scholarship awards, grading and other services. Students who graduate on or before August 2012 will not be affected. Students who are affected will be provided with a transitional academic plan and will graduate on time.

“Since its founding in 1914, Dunwoody has been a leader in technical education,” President Rich Wagner said. “Our goal is to provide the best technical education possible to our students. Transitioning to semesters will allow us to continue to meet the expectations of our students. As we approach our 100th anniversary, we want to reinvent the College while maintaining our focus on what has made us great — hands-on, applied education. Today, Dunwoody offers a variety of four-year and two-year programs that provide students with the tools needed for success in today and tomorrow’s workforce. Despite the economic events of the last few years, the U.S. needs more workers, managers and business owners who deeply understand the value of applied knowledge and how to leverage it to build strong, competitive businesses. As Dunwoody continues to progress into a comprehensive technical college, the transition to semesters is timely.”

The College’s academic departments have already begun reviewing and revising learning outcomes and course curriculum and descriptions. Financial Aid, Student Records, Admissions and other departments are also working to make sure that all campus processes and systems are ready to make the transition.

For nearly 100 years, Dunwoody College of Technology — a private, not-for-profit technical college — has provided an applied, hands-on, technical education to more than 300,000 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.

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