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.

Dunwoody offers Entrepreneurship 101 Workshop for alumni

Have you ever kicked around the idea of starting your own business, but don’t know where to start? Dunwoody will be hosting Entrepreneurship 101 on Saturday, February 11, 2012 for Dunwoody students and alumni. Meet, network, listen and ask questions of our panel who all started their own successful business.

The panel is:

  • Ray Crowder, GR Promotions  (1960; Electronics Systems)
  • Larry Raasch, Prime General Contractors (1977; Building Construction)
  • Anthony Carter, Jr. Frameworx Construction Co. (2006; Architectural Drafting & Estimating)
  • Tom Graf, Concrete Arts (1993; Architectural Drafting & Estimating)

The event is 9 am – 12 pm, Saturday, February 11, 2012 at the Dunwoody campus in the McNamara Center. Admission is free, but registration is required.

To register, call 612-548-4963 or email development@dunwoody.edu the following information:

  • Name
  • Graduation year
  • Program
  • Phone number

Please contact development@dunwoody.edu with questions! We look forward to seeing you!

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: http://tchabitat.volunteerhub.com/SignIn.aspx. If you are a first time user to VolunteerHub, please contact Pepe Wonosikou at pwonosikou@dunwoody.edu.

For more information on Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity, check out their website: http://www.tchabitat.org/

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.

Design & Graphics Technology Department improves facility through donations, industry partnerships

MINNEAPOLIS, October 28, 2011 — Dunwoody College of Technology’s has received more than half a million dollars in equipment donations for the Harper Center of Graphics Technologies for the 2011-2012 academic year. The donations came as the result of the department’s connections with industry and will enhance the learning of the students in its three programs.

EskoArtWork donated a computer to plate system, which utilizes lasers to image photopolymer printing plates. This state-of-the-art equipment is equipped with high definition optics to produce the highest quality plates, thus eliminating the use of film and the chemicals used to process it.

An Orbtial X system was donated by Anderson and Vreeland. The Orbital X is a new plate exposure washout and filtration system. The system is environmentally-friendly because it does not use solvents.

Anderson & Vreeland, Inc., a leading supplier of flexo plate processing equipment and materials, donated an Orbital X plate processor and Whirl-A-Way filtration unit. These systems produce high quality and environmentally-friendly water-wash Toyobo Cosmolight® flexo plates.

“Anderson & Vreeland takes great pride in supporting Dunwoody and its educational mission,” said Darin Lyon, vice president and general manager of Anderson & Vreeland. “Our donation complements our efforts to introduce advanced training and technologies to this industry that has been so good to us.”

A Delta Crusader was provided on loan to the department by Delta Industrial. The Crusader is driven through servo motors, and its versatility allows it to perform tasks from simple die-cutting to complex product creation. This state-of-the-art equipment allows the students to increase their knowledge about gear rations, tensions setting, web paths and other important converting aspects.

In addition, through a partnership with Mark Andy Inc., Dunwoody purchased two flexographic presses. Mark Andy will use Dunwoody’s printing lab as a demo site and a location for hosting guest lecturers as well as assist in training and servicing the machines. The two presses are the Mark Andy Performance Series P3 and a 2200. The newly installed P3 is the latest in press technology. It was designed around productivity and lean manufacturing to accommodate quick changeovers and to deliver consistent print quality. The Performance Series design has won two innovation awards this year – the Flexographic Technical Association Technical Innovation Award in May and the FlexoTech 2011 International Innovation Award this month.

GEW, one of leaders in energy-efficient UV curing systems for printing and coating, supplied Dunwoody with a 7 UV curing units for the Mark Andy presses. UV capabilities allow Dunwoody students to broaden their printing comprehension and trouble-shooting skills.

Also new to the department: plate cylinders, RD scores and other tooling for the new press, donated by RotoMetrics; a Caresonic anilox roll ultra sonic cleaner, donated by Eaglewood Technologies; a roll runner and die lift, donated by AzTech Converting; and nine anilox rolls for the new press donated by Harper Corporation.

The anilox rolls are the most recent donation provided by the generosity of the Harper Corporation. The continual financial contributions of Ron and Katherine Harper made the purchase of the Mark Andy presses possible, which are at the heart of the flexographic program. Additionally, Dunwoody students have the opportunity to work with Harper Corporation trainers who provide hands-on expertise and technical instruction. With the experience and equipment provided by Harper, students become industry professionals.

Dunwoody College of Technology is the only private, not-for-profit technical college in the Upper Midwest. It has been a leader in training technicians and designers for the printing and graphics industry for most of its nearly 100-year history. The Design & Graphics Technology Department teaches students in graphic design, pre-media or press and finishing technologies who are industry-ready from the day they graduate. The department features a full-service Print Services Center and has won seven of the last 10 national flexographic competition titles.

Dunwoody offers free robotics seminars for high school students

Calling all Twin Cities high school students interested in robotics:

Dunwoody College is offering free Saturday training sessions to any high school student actively participating in robotics. This can include the Midwest Robotics League, FIRST Robotics at any level or just a general interest in engineering, design, electronics or robotics. Mentors and parents are welcome to attend, but the hands-on portion of all activities are reserved for the students.

Topics include: basic electricity, Solidworks design, shop skills, industrial robotics and an introduction to LabVIEW.

Courses take place from 8 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. and the dates for the seminars are: Oct. 15, 22 and 29; Nov. 5, 12 and 19; Dec. 3, 10 and 17.

For details and to RSVP, email E.J. Daigle, director of Manufacturing & Robotics, at edaigle@dunwoody.edu.