DUNWOODY COLLEGE APPROVED TO OFFER BACHELOR’S COMPLETION PROGRAM IN COMPUTER SYSTEMS ANALYSIS

Minneapolis, Minn., June 6, 2013 — Dunwoody College of Technology has received official approval from the Higher Learning Commission to offer a bachelor’s completion program in Computer Systems Analysis. The degree will focus on the ability to analyze procedures, methods, and uses of computer systems.  It is specifically designed for working professionals who have completed a two-year degree in Information Technology, including fields such as computer networking or programming. The program will launch in August 2013, and courses will take place in the evening.

 

“We wanted to do a four-year IT degree the Dunwoody way,” said Rob Bentz, program manager for Computer Technology. “Which means we focus on applied learning and the skills graduates of our two-year programs—or of similar programs— need to move into more senior positions in the industry.”

 

Coursework includes such topics as IT security, management information systems and computer architecture. Students also have a choice of electives in networking, software or data architecture.

 

Computer Systems Analysis is the fourth Dunwoody bachelor’s completion program to be approved, joining Applied Management, Construction Management and Industrial Engineering Technology. The College also offers a four-year degree in Interior Design.

 

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.

PRESIDENT RICH WAGNER TO LEAD THE AMERICAN TECHNICAL EDUCATION ASSOCIATION

Minneapolis, MN, May 6, 2013 — Dunwoody College of Technology President Rich Wagner assumed his role as president of the American Technical Education Association (ATEA), at its annual meeting held in late March in Chattanooga, Tenn. ATEA is a national professional organization that serves faculty, administrators, educational services vendors, and companies that hire graduates from technical programs.

“It is an honor to lead this great organization during Dunwoody’s centennial year,” President Wagner said. “Like Dunwoody, the ATEA has long been an advocate for the importance of technical education to the U.S. economy. I will use my ATEA presidency to continue to make the case for the value of applied learning to improve lives, businesses and communities.

“I also have a message for my fellow higher education administrators and faculty members: we can no longer afford as a nation to overlook the importance of an applied education or a liberal arts education or a STEM education. Individual students will vary in how much of each area they want or need, but they need a solid foundation in and exposure to all three, especially in K-12. The modern workforce requires that technicians, salespersons and managers all have practical, hands-on skills, critical thinking skills and the ability to communicate well with others.”

Dunwoody College will also host the ATEA annual conference in March of 2014.

Dr. Wagner is the ninth president of Dunwoody and has served in that position since July 2009. A resident of Waconia, he holds a Ph.D. in Educational Policy and Administration from the University of Minnesota.

Prior to being named president, Dr. Wagner was the Provost and Chief Academic Officer of Dunwoody College. He started his academic career teaching in the College’s electrical program. Prior to entering higher education, Dr. Wagner served 10 years in the United States Navy, including four years as an electrician/technical supervisor on a nuclear submarine before becoming a Navy instructor.

ATEA was chartered in Delmar, NY, in 1960. The mission of the American Technical Education Association, which is housed at Dunwoody College, is to serve as the premier provider of professional development for postsecondary technical educators. It holds both a national conference and regional conferences.

About Dunwoody:  Founded in 1914, Dunwoody College of Technology is the only private, non-profit, technical college in the Upper Midwest. Dunwoody changes lives by building opportunities for graduates to have successful careers, to develop into leaders and entrepreneurs, and to engage in “the better performance of life’s duties.” For more, visit dunwoody.edu.

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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.