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 www.mnskillsusa.org.

 

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

 

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 development@dunwoody.edu

 

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.

 

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.”

ABOUT PENTAIR LTD.

Pentair Ltd. (www.pentair.com) 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 (ncahlc.org). 

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, www.militaryfriendlyschools.com, 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.

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.

Dunnwoody’s TTEN students celebrate their success

TTEN group at track

Dunwoody students, alumni and staff members spent the afternoon of June 14 racing go-carts.

In February the Dunwoody College of Technology TTEN (Toyota Technical Education Network) program was recognized as No. 2 among 54 TTEN schools nationwide.

Such an accomplishment is worth celebrating, and Toyota made it easy by providing funds for 32 Dunwoody students, alumni and staff members to spend the afternoon of June 14 racing go-carts at Stockholm Motorsports Park in Cokato as well as lunching on catered food from Famous Dave’s for lunch.

In addition to the fun day, the Auto program was awarded a scan tool, which students use to analyze the interface of vehicles, said Auto instructor Lee Frisvold.

Frisvold said go-cart racing was the perfect way for the students and staff to celebrate.

“There was a lot of good, close racing,” Frisvold said.

Race winners

Kyle Meyers, 2012 Honda PACT graduate, out-raced 31 of his former classmates and instructors to earn the first place honor.

Kyle Meyers, 2012 Honda PACT (Professional Automotive Career Training) graduate, out-raced his former classmates and instructors to earn the first place honor.

Frisvold said he hopes the day at Stockholm is one his students never forget.

“It was a really fun day. Those are the times people remember,” he said.

This isn’t the first year the Dunwoody program ranked high among the TTEN schools. In 2006 the program earned the School of the Year title and in 2010 the program earned the second place title and a scan tool.

If the TTEN students continue to excel as they have in the past, Frisvold says there is no reason Dunwoody won’t continue to rank as one of the top TTEN schools in the nation.

“Hopefully we will be the School of the Year again someday,” Frisvold said. “It’s always our (instructor’s) goal to do the best we can and make the students the best they can possibly be.”

The Dunwoody Toyota TTEN program prepares graduates to be technicians servicing Toyota/Lexus/Scion vehicles at authorized dealerships. Students train specifically on current model Toyota/Lexus vehicles, information systems, scan tools and training materials. Students also complete an internship under the guidance of a master technician at a sponsoring Toyota/Lexus dealership.

All TTEN instructors are certified as Master Technicians by the ASE (National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence). The National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF), the branch of ASE which certifies and accredits automotive education programs has certified Dunwoody in all areas of service and repair. Dunwoody has received recognition from Toyota for being one of the best TTEN automotive schools in the nation and is a CEED School, the highest level for a TTEN school.

For more information about the TTEN program, go to www.T-TEN.com or email Frisvold at lfrisvold@dunwoody.edu

DUNWOODY COLLEGE APPROVED TO OFFER BACHELOR’S COMPLETION PROGRAM IN CONSTRUCTION LEADERSHIP & MANAGEMENT

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 contruction 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: http://www.ncahlc.org/

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.