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DONALDSON FOUNDATION DONATES $25,000 TO DUNWOODY COLLEGE OF TECHNOLOGY’S YCAP PROGRAM

Donaldson Company, Inc.’s generous $25,000 grant to Dunwoody College of Technology’s Youth Career Awareness Program (YCAP) will aid the College in redesigning the program to increase the number of diverse students earning an associate’s degree at Dunwoody in pursuit of a technical career.

The YCAP program makes technical education both appealing and affordable for a diverse population–including students of color, first-generation college students, immigrants, and young women. Beginning in high school and continuing at Dunwoody, YCAP offers mentorship, supplemental academic support, and financial assistance that lead to a path of fulfilling and well-paid careers.

“The face of the Twin Cities is changing—we are quickly becoming a much more diverse community. Yet many of our students of color and young women still do not consider a technical career when planning for their future,” said Vice President of Enrollment Management Collette Garrity. “To maintain our region’s robust economy, it is important that all of our young people have the opportunity to pursue an education at a great college that will lead to a great career with a great salary. The Donaldson Foundation grant will make it possible for us to create a YCAP 2.0 that will better speak to the needs and dreams of Twin Cities youth.”

The redesign will respond to both the demographic changes and changing employment needs of the region. YCAP 2.0 will have new leadership and other programmatic changes resulting in a stronger, more effective and collaborative program.

“The Donaldson Foundation is excited to support the Dunwoody YCAP program, because we believe in its value and sustainability. It supports education within and around underrepresented communities in which our employees work and live. This aligns well with the mission of our Foundation and we are grateful for the opportunity to help,” said Donaldson Foundation Director Mike Dwyer.

For more information about Dunwoody’s YCAP program, visit http://www.dunwoody.edu/ycap/

For more information about the Donaldson Foundation, visit https://www.donaldson.com/en/about/community/foundation.html

 

Machine Tool Technology program earns “Best CNC Student Project” at HTEC National Conference

The Machine Tool Technology program brought home the prize for “Best Student CNC Project” at the 2013 Haas Technical Education Centers (HTEC) National Conference held July 15 in Edmonton, Alberta.

The conference was hosted at Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT), a leader in supplying trained machinists and operators to support the booming oil industry. “Filling the Manufacturing Pipeline” was the theme of the conference to discuss both the actual oil pipeline and advocating for how to get skilled workers to fill these jobs.

Prior to the conference the Machine Tool Technology program, led by Senior Machine Tool Technology Instructor Brian Nelsen and Dean of Robotics & Manufacturing E.J. Daigle, worked with Dunwoody Youth Career Awareness Program (YCAP) students to design and build coasters using Solidworks design software and Haas CNC machines.

“The goal of the project was to get YCAP students interested in manufacturing from design to build,” said Daigle. “It worked so well we decided to use this project as an entry for the CNC Student Project competition.”

A total of four awards were given at the conference for outstanding CNC projects. Dunwoody brought 100 sample coasters with next year’s conference dates to give out to attendees.

Daigle said conference attendees shared positive comments about the project and were happy to take home a memento.

The prize for winning was a $2,000 Haas CNC simulator that allows students to debug code before entering the lab to make parts.

“With the increased enrollment in the Machine Tool program this will allow even more students access to a CNC control panel outside of their normal lab hours,” Daigle said.

The 2014 HTEC National Conference will be hosted at Dunwoody.

Prior to the conference the Machine Tool Technology program, led by Senior Machine Tool Technology Instructor Brian Nelsen and Dean of Robotics & Manufacturing E.J. Daigle, worked with Dunwoody Youth Career Awareness Program (YCAP) students to design and build coasters using Solidworks design software and Haas CNC machines.

The prize for winning was a $2,000 Haas CNC simulator that allows students to debug code before entering the lab to make parts.

YCAP celebrates 20 years

Photos from the event

Dunwoody College’s Youth Career Awareness Program (YCAP) held its twentieth graduation ceremony Friday, Aug. 15. The ceremony honored 165 high school students from Minneapolis, St. Paul and other parts of the metro area who completed the six-week YCAP summer session.

The ceremony featured a keynote speech by Benito Matias, former YCAP Manager and executive director of Dunwoody Academy , a Minneapolis charter high school with an emphasis on technical education. Matias is an inaugural graduate of the YCAP program.

The four-year YCAP program focuses on under-represented students, particularly students of color, who have completed ninth grade and have the potential and or desire to succeed in a technical career. In addition to introducing students to the technical programs available at Dunwoody, YCAP helps students improve their math, English and study skills and requires them to complete several community service projects. This year’s group worked with such organizations as People Serving People, the Salvation Army and the Phyllis Wheatley Community Center.

But it’s not all work. Students visit local businesses, including this year a trip to Best Buy to hear Erving “Magic” Johnson speak . There was also a celebratory visit to Valleyfair and a new experience for some of the students – a camping trip to Boy Scouts of America Camp Sterns in South Haven, MN.

More than 1,100 youth have participated in YCAP over the past two decades. Students must be in good standing with their schools and maintain a minimum 2.5 grade point average. Students who complete the summer program receive a $600 stipend, and those who complete the four-year YCAP program receive a scholarship to attend Dunwoody College upon graduation from high school and successful application to the College.