Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. receives award from ATEA

The American Technical Educators Association (ATEA) honored Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. with is Silver Award for Excellence at its March 21, 2012, annual conference. The award recognizes Toyota’s commitment to technical education through its’ Technician Training Education Network (T-TEN). Dunwoody College, which is a T-TEN site, nominated Toyota for the award.

T-TEN supports participating schools with internships, employment, training for T-TEN staff, equipment, and vehicle contributions, financial assistance, information sources and up-to-date curriculum. Dunwoody is one of 46 schools across the nation with T-TEN programs and one of seven to be chosen to produce curriculum. Dunwoody has also received full certification as a CEED (Chassis, Electrical, Engine and Drivetrain) school which provides factory level certification credentials to all of its T-TEN students upon graduation.

A photo of Toyota's T-TEN development team with the ATEA Silver Star of Excellence Award

The Technical Development Division, T-TEN Program, Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A., Torrance, Calif. From left to right: Glory Nakamoto, Scott Sandford, Kevin Booth, Rick Lester Tech Development Manager, George Colletti, Russ Casella, Mona Masai. (Not pictured are: Kieko Shimizu, Andrew Passage and Patty Koerner).

Midwest Robotics League regional championship May 19-20 at MOA

WHAT: Teams pit 15lb robots against each other in head-to-head matches in an arena. The match lasts 3 minutes or until one robot is knocked out or taps out. The competition is double elimination. The audience will have opportunities to interact with the robots throughout the weekend.

The competition will include the reigning NRL National Champion: the robotics team from North St. Paul High School and their robot UC3, which went undefeated in the national competition held May 5-6, 2012, in Indianapolis, IN.

WHO: Teams of at least 3 students (middle school, high school or college) and 1 technical adviser. Local and national teams from across the country will be competing.

WHEN:

1 – 6:30 p.m. Saturday, May 19, (Competition Rounds 1-5)

1 – 3:30 p.m. Sunday, May 20, (Competition Rounds 6-9)

4 – 5 p.m. Sunday May 20, (Championship Rounds 10-11 & awards ceremony)

WHERE: Rotunda in the Mall of America, Bloomington, Minn.

ADMISSION: Free and open to the public.

The Midwest Robotics League is sponsored and managed by Dunwoody College of Technology.

American Technical Education Association national office to be housed at Dunwoody College

Minneapolis, MN, May 2, 2012 — The American Technical Education Association (ATEA) has officially relocated its national office to Dunwoody College of Technology. ATEA is a national professional organization that serves faculty, administrators, educational services vendors, and companies that hire graduates from technical programs.

“It is, indeed, a privilege for the premier post-secondary technical education professional development organization to partner with one of the nation’s premier private technical colleges,” said Dr. Larry Moser, Director of the Secondary Technical Center of South Arkansas Community College and ATEA President.

“The central location of Dunwoody College of Technology in the Minneapolis/St. Paul metropolitan area will give the ATEA greater exposure and access to the many professional educators involved in technical education.  As President of the American Technical Education Association, I know I speak on behalf of our Board of Trustees in affirming that the ATEA/Dunwoody partnership promises to be one of the most strategic decisions made by the ATEA organization.”

Sandra Krebsbach has been hired as the new executive director of ATEA. Dr. Krebsbach holds a Ph.D. in Educational Policy and Administration from the University of Minnesota and has previously served as dean of technical trade and apprenticeship programs at Saint Paul College.

“Dr. Krebsbach brings to post-secondary technical education professional development a strong background of academic involvement in post-secondary technical education and an extensive exposure to the political mechanisms influencing the development of technical education,” Dr. Moser said. “We welcome her contemporary and dynamic approach to enhancing all aspects of technical education professional development and to developing strategies to keep technical careers and technical training in the public discourse.  I and the Board of Trustees anticipate many good things to come from both the partnership with Dunwoody College of Technology as our ATEA office site and the great background and activities of Dr. Krebsbach as our Executive Director.”

“What is unique about ATEA is that our members really know each other,” Dr. Krebsbach said. “Our members develop strong connections and engage in dialogue that helps spread best practices in the field throughout the nation.”

“Dunwoody College has long been active in the ATEA and is pleased to be able to provide a location for the organization,” Dunwoody College President Rich Wagner said. “In fact, as a leading advocate for technical education, the ATEA continues the legacy of Charles Prosser, Dunwoody’s first director and the father of technical education in the United States. We also welcome Dr. Krebsbach and look forward to working with her.” Dr. Wagner is also the vice president and president elect of ATEA.

For the past 34 years, ATEA was housed on the campus of North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpeton, ND. The move to the Twin Cities brings with it the advantages of a major metropolitan area with many corporate headquarters and access to an international airport.

“I’m excited that ATEA will now be located at Dunwoody,” Dr. Krebsbach said. “I think it will be especially helpful for it to be in the Twin Cities because Minnesota is such a powerhouse in healthcare, printing, information technology, precision manufacturing, automated packaging, construction and other industries that employ graduates of technical programs. Many Minnesota based companies have a national workforce, relaying on technical colleges in other states to provide trained employees. ATEA can be a helpful partner in professional development and best practices in those states as well as in Minnesota”

ATEA was chartered in Delmar, NY, in 1960. From the beginning its goal was to “promote technical education for interested and qualified youth and adults … recommend standards for technical education … [and] provide an opportunity for an exchange of ideas among persons in the technical education field.”

The mission of the American Technical Education Association is to serve as the premier provider of professional development for postsecondary technical educators. It holds both a national conference and regional conferences.   It also gives out yearly awards to educators, students and other individuals who support the organization’s goals and publishes a refereed journal twice a year, which is edited by Dr. Sandra C. Coyner of the University of Akron.

The next national conference will be held March 20-22, 2013, in Chattanooga, Tenn., and will be held in the Twin Cities in 2014, the year that Dunwoody celebrates its Centennial.

As a national organization, ATEA draws its leadership and membership from across the country. Current members of the executive committee in addition to Dr. Moser and Dr. Wagner include: Jane Hildenbrand, chair and professor of early childhood education, Ivy Tech Community College; Dr. James King, vice chancellor, Tennessee Technology Centers; Bob Wallace, director of finance, Tennessee Technology Centers; and Dr. Paul Young, president, North Wyoming Community College.

In addition, the ATEA board includes members from institutions located in the Northeast, South, Midwest and West.

About Dunwoody: Founded in 1914, Dunwoody College of Technology is the only private, not-for-profit, technical college in the Upper Midwest. For more, visit dunwoody.edu.

Senator Franken visit Right Skills Now

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Senator Al Franken (top center) visited Dunwoody earlier this month for a tour of the Right Skills Now program, which prepares graduates to become CNC (Computer Numeric Controlled) Operators. Senator Franken visited with each of the students in the program. He also gave an interview with Fox9 News, where he talked about the importance of manufacturing to Minnesota and the United States and the need for more skilled workers.

Right Skills Now is a pilot program by Dunwoody College of Technology and South Central College and is part of the Right Skills Now initiative. Right Skills Now is a partnership of The Manufacturing Institute, ACT, the National Institute of Metalworking Skills, and the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness.

15 Dunwoody students place at SkillsUSA Minnesota

The SkillsUSA state competition was held last weekend at locations around the Twin Cities, including on the Dunwoody campus. A total of 30 Dunwoody students competed in 11 program areas, and 15 students placed 1st – 4th in their respective competitions. Here is the full list of winners (the faculty advisors for the student who compete are listed next to the completion category):

Architectural Drafting – Bridget Reynolds
Austin Klassen – 1st
Brandon Bomar – 2nd

Automotive Refinishing – Bob Brandon and Bruce Graffunder
Alan Mattson – 3rd

Collision Repair – Bob Brandon and Bruce Graffunder
Don Lundequam – 3rd
Alan Mattson – 4th

Computer Maintenance Technology – David Mansheffer
Donald Geer Jr. – 1st

Computer Programming – Kevin Wendt
Brian Skorseth – 2nd
Michael Pendino – 3rd

Electrical Construction Wiring – Polly Friendshuh
Ashley Chapman – 2nd

Job Skills Demonstration – Bruce Graffunder
Serenity Sullivan – 4th

Telecommunications Cabling – Phil Yeager
Luis Molina – 1st
Andrew Loge – 2nd
Nick Erdmann – 3rd

Web Design – Kevin Wendt
Team 2: 1st
Brett Lidfors
Joe Packer

The following students will be going on to represent Dunwoody and the State of Minnesota in the national competition in Kansas City, MO, this June: Brett Lidfors, Joe Packer, Luis Molina, Donald Geer Jr. and Austin Klassen.

Congratulations 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: http://www.mnskillsusa.org/

Darlene Miller share thoughts on 2012 and manufacturing

Darlene Miller, president and CEO of Permac Industries Inc., was recently included in a Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal round up of local executives thoughts on the coming year in business.

Miller serves on President Obama’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness and has been instrumental in the development of the Right Skills Now program. In the interview the MSP Business Journal asked what could be done to “improve the manufacturing condition of the Twin Cities”?

Miller’s response was: “Grow more skilled and trained people, such as those enrolled in our ‘Right Skills Now’ program at Dunwoody and South Central College…”

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Autonomous Snow Plow Team to Compete at the 2012 Winter Carnival

The Snow Devils 2, Dunwoody’s Autonomous Snow Plow Team, will be competing in this weekend’s Institute of Navigation’s Autonomous Snow Plow Competition at the 2012 St. Paul Winter Carnival.

Last year, Dunwoody’s team took third place out of six teams, and was their first year competing. The competition was The University of Minnesota, two teams from the University of Michigan, the University of Ohio and Ohio – Miami.

The Snow Devils, Dunwoody's 2011 Autonomous Snow Plow Competitor.

The team designed a new plow utilizing a $20 web cam to search for snow. This data is then analyzed using Visual Basic code, which drives large electric motors via a DC motor controller. The team consists of Joel Berglund (ASRO), Corey Halverson (ASRO), Reed Herme (ASRO), Ryan Bender (MDES), Tim Seidl (WMET), Joe Tebbe (ASRO), Josh Nelson (ASRO) and Ward Freeman (MDES).

An example of the robot operation can be seen here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KSCpJ2cJ4T4.

Come out and support the team at the Winter Carnival from 9 am to 1 pm on Saturday, January 28 or from 10 am to 2 pm on Sunday, January 29 at Rice Park, 109 4th St. West, Downtown Saint Paul. This event is free and open to the public.

More information and rules for the Autonomous Snow Plow Competition can be found at www.autosnowplow.com and www.winter-carnival.com.

Pictures and information on last year’s competition can be found here http://www.dunwoody.edu/blog.

Photo courtesy of the Autonomous SnowPlow Competition Facebook page.