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Dunwoody College makes the U.S. News Best Colleges list in two categories

Dunwoody is 30th in Best Regional Colleges–Midwest; 4th in Best Regional Colleges for Veterans–Midwest

Dunwoody College of Technology has been named to the U.S. News Best Colleges list in the “Best Regional Colleges: Midwest Rankings” category. The rankings were released earlier this week.

Of the 91 colleges in the category, Dunwoody tied for 30th and ranked highest in the State of Minnesota. According to U.S. News, 16 measures of academic quality are factored into rankings, including retention and graduation rates, promotion of social mobility, and faculty/student ratios.

Dunwoody was also one of only eight institutions from the Regional Colleges Midwest category — and the only one from Minnesota — to make the “Best Colleges for Veterans” list, ranking fourth for veterans in the category.

Veteran and military students currently make up 12 percent of Dunwoody’s student population. Students with a military service background often find that Dunwoody’s project-based, practical education works well with their career goals.

Dunwoody provides a Veteran & Military Students Center on campus and participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program, which makes additional funds available to students using Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits.

Dunwoody likely made gains in this year’s ranking because U.S. News added social mobility factors to its formula. The College has consistently performed well on such measures. A 2018 PayScale.com report ranked Dunwoody “Minnesota’s Best Career College” in terms of earning potential, finding that by mid-career most Dunwoody graduates earn around $73,600 per year. In addition, the Equality of Opportunity Project found that 20 percent of the College’s graduates moved up two or more income quintiles after earning their degrees, ranking Dunwoody second out of 31 Minnesota colleges in this category.

For the U.S. News rankings, regional colleges are defined as colleges that focus on undergraduate education, but award fewer than half of their degrees to liberal arts majors. Most colleges in the category have enrollment of 1,000 – 4,000 students. Dunwoody’s enrollment is around 1,300 students, and it is one of the few colleges in the category that offers a mix of both associate’s and bachelor’s degrees with an emphasis on engineering and other technical fields.

For more information, visit Dunwoody’s U.S. News & World Report listing.


Founded in 1914, Dunwoody College of Technology is a private, not-for-profit college committed to preparing students for great careers in STEM-related fields. Dunwoody’s active, experiential learning model has provided a hands-on, applied education to more than 250,000 men and women, who have gone on to rewarding careers as outstanding technicians, successful entrepreneurs, and industry leaders. Located on the western edge of downtown Minneapolis, Dunwoody offers more than 45 certificate, associate’s degree and bachelor’s degree programs in the areas of Automotive, Business Management, Computer Technology, Construction Sciences & Building Technology, Design & Graphics Technology, Engineering, Radiologic Technology, and Robotics & Manufacturing.

Dunwoody College Media Contacts

Jennifer McNeil: 612.381.3058, jmcneil@dunwoody.edu

William Morris: 612.381.3367, wmorris@dunwoody.edu

Dunwoody to host Community Open House/Ribbon Cutting of new space

Public welcome to tour Dunwoody’s 24,000 square foot renovation

Learning Commons and Welcome Center

The public is invited to tour Dunwoody’s 24,000 square foot renovation on Friday, September 28, from 10 a.m. to noon during a Community Open House.

A ribbon cutting and special program will take place at 10:30 a.m.

The renovation includes the transformation of an under-utilized gymnasium into a two-story space with a state-of-the-art Learning Commons and new Welcome Center. The new space also includes additional classrooms/study areas and an open area for community and student gatherings.

This is the first phase of an ambitious campus facilities plan. The renovation project was made possible by generous donors.

The need for the transformation of the College’s 100-year-old campus is due in part to the growing student population and the new School of Engineering.

Students using the new Learning Commons on the first day of classes for Fall semester 2018.

Dunwoody launched its School of Engineering in 2015, which now includes bachelor’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering, Software Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Industrial Engineering Technology.

The engineering programs join more than 40 other offerings, including 4-year degrees, 2-year degrees, and certificates.

For questions about the Community Open House, contact alumni@dunwoody.edu.

Dunwoody graduates continue to be in high demand

Finding a job after graduation is not a problem for Dunwoody College of Technology graduates. Deciding between multiple offers and options tends to be the norm – not the exception.

According to the recently released 2017-2018 job inquiry report, the career outlook for Dunwoody graduates continues to be impressive. In fact, for the 2018 academic year, the overall job inquiry per Dunwoody graduate was 11.1.

The full career services report, including placement rates and average salaries, won’t be available for release until after the first of the year. But this early indication of continued high-demand demonstrates the value of a Dunwoody degree.

“My phone rings off the hook from employers seeking Dunwoody grads,” said Associate Director of Career Services Rob Borchardt. “There is far more demand compared to the number of students.”

Borchardt said he tracked more than 4,900 job leads for this year’s graduating class of 440 students.

And that only includes job leads for paid positions directly related to a Dunwoody major.

“If it isn’t a job that would require someone to hold one of our high-skill, technical degrees, then I don’t count it as a lead,” Borchardt said. “We track job inquires that way to ensure that when a student enrolls in a Dunwoody program, they can be confident that there is high-demand in industry for the skills they are acquiring.”

Borchardt leads the College’s Anthony L. Ferrara Career Services Center on campus. The Center provides free lifelong employment assistance to all students and alumni. This starts with helping students find paid internships and part-time work while they are still in school, and culminates with helping them through the job search process upon graduation (and beyond).

Besides maintaining an online job-board and database, Borchardt is also available to help students develop their resumes and cover letters, create professional online profiles, practice for job interviews, and prepare for the College’s twice-yearly career fairs and networking events.

Find more information about the Career Services Center and the services it offers. You can also contact Borchardt directly at rborchardt@dunwoody.edu.

Dunwoody partners with Stadium View to offer students housing, residential life fall 2018

New programming, construction continues to transform 101-year old campus

Dunwoody College of Technology will begin to offer housing to students this fall thanks to a partnership with Stadium View, the College’s official housing partner.

The off-campus housing agreement is the first of its kind for the College, and follows other exciting Dunwoody changes—including a nearly 24,000 square foot campus renovation, which began last December 2017.

The project includes a $10 million dollar re-construction of the College’s gym. The new space will be transformed into Learning Commons for current students as well as a Welcome Center for prospective students and guests. Construction is expected to be complete in August.

“These changes are bringing an exciting energy to Dunwoody’s campus,” Dean of Students Kelli Sattler said. “New spaces bring new opportunities for students to get engaged and involved beyond the classroom. And as we continue to diversify our student population and admit students from beyond the greater Minneapolis area, it has become increasingly more important to offer a safe and convenient option for housing.”

Located in the Dinkytown neighborhood of Minneapolis, the new student housing community offers two, three, and four bedroom apartments, fully furnished, with a common living, dining, and kitchen area. Each bedroom has an attached, private bathroom as well as a study area.

Residents will benefit from a concierge service, a movie theater with gaming consoles, fitness center and yoga studio, game room, and business center.

Dunwoody students will also have the opportunity to participate in Dunwoody-sponsored activities and residential life programming at the complex. Student Affairs staff will be onsite facilitating this experience as well as providing support to Dunwoody residents.

“This housing option will provide opportunities for students who want more engagement with the campus community a chance to both live and connect with peers,” Sattler said. “And as our academic offerings expand, so will student life. We are very excited for this next step in Dunwoody’s evolution.”

Move-in day for Stadium View apartments will take place on August 18. Housing applications are still being accepted.

To apply, Contact Dunwoody Student Affairs at 612.381.8200 or studentaffairs@dunwoody.edu.

Learn more.

Dunwoody College of Technology to fill need for Facilities Management Professionals

College approved to launch two-year degree in Facilities Operations & Management

The Dunwoody campus main building from the west with the Minneapolis skyline in the background

July 5, 2018, MINNEAPOLIS, MN — Earlier this month, Dunwoody College of Technology received approval to offer an Associate of Applied Science in Facilities Operations & Management from the Minnesota Office of Higher Education and the Higher Learning Commission. The program launches this fall and will prepare graduates to enter the field of facilities management in operations and management roles, such as operations manager, building services supervisor, and assistant property manager.

“We aim to graduate professionals who have both the technical and the soft skills required to succeed in today’s facilities management environments,” Senior Instructor Derek Hillestad said. “Maintenance is still a crucial part of the job, but what most people probably don’t realize is that facilities management professionals are often tasked with asset management, space management, and/or building safety and security.”

Hillestad served for nine years as Director of Operations of TCF Bank Stadium and took the lead in developing the curriculum for the program.

“The field of facilities management has changed quite a lot in just the past decade,” he said. “But there’s a lot more change still to come as a generation of senior professionals retire and more and more building owners realize that asset stewardship through data-based technology investments can improve facility operation effectiveness and efficiency, leading to energy savings and a better experience for those who use the building.”

Classes will take place in the evening so professionals already working in the field can get the training they need to move into operations and management roles.

Other points of note:
  • Because of its importance to modern facilities management, Dunwoody has embedded the concept of sustainability in all of its classes.
  • The entire Dunwoody campus will be used as a learning laboratory. With a blend of old to modern facilities on campus, including a multi-million dollar renovation of a former gymnasium space that opens in September, students will benefit from a holistic approach to managing buildings.
  • Software systems are now crucial to the operation of modern facilities. Students will graduate with the ability to work with a variety of software programs, including computerized maintenance management systems (CMMS), REVIT and SketchUp for computer-aided design, integrated workforce management systems (IWMS), and building monitoring systems.
  • Dunwoody’s program has been designed to be consistent with the International Facilities Management Association’s (IFMA) Facilities Management Accreditation Commission (FMAC) associate degree program standards and will seek program accreditation.

Facilities Operation & Management is part of Dunwoody’s offerings in Construction Sciences & Building Technology and will benefit from existing lab spaces and faculty in HVAC, electrical, architecture, and construction management.

Learn more about Facilities Operations & Management.

About Dunwoody (dunwoody.edu):

Founded in 1914, Dunwoody College of Technology is a private, not-for-profit college committed to preparing students for great careers in STEM-related fields. Dunwoody’s active, experiential learning model has provided a hands-on, applied education to more than 250,000 men and women, who have gone on to rewarding careers as outstanding technicians, successful entrepreneurs, and industry leaders. Located on the western edge of downtown Minneapolis, Dunwoody offers more than 45 certificate, associate’s degree and bachelor’s degree programs in the areas of Automotive, Business Management, Computer Technology, Construction Sciences & Building Technology, Design & Graphics Technology, Engineering, Radiologic Technology, and Robotics & Manufacturing.

Dunwoody College Media Contacts

William Morris: 612-381-3367, wmorris@dunwoody.edu

Jennifer McNeil: 612-381-3058 , jmcneil@dunwoody.edu

Dunwoody Construction Project Nearing Completion

Image of the new welcome desk under construction.

A new welcome desk will greet visitors when they enter the space from the east.

From painting walls to installing cabinets and hanging doors, the 24,000 square foot renovation and expansion of the Dunwoody campus is heading into its final stages of completion.

The project is expected to be completed sometime this August, just in time for the Fall Semester.

The new space will include: a Welcome Center for students and families; a 12,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art Learning Commons on a newly added mezzanine level; community gathering spaces; and additional collaborative learning areas.

General contractor Mortenson Construction broke ground on the project last fall. The expansion and renovation project is the first phase of a campus-wide improvement plan and is being funded entirely through donor support.

Photo of the Learning Commons under construction.

Private study areas and collaboration spaces line one side of the new Learning Commons.

Image of Welcome Center under construction.

A brick wall with fireplace is the new centerpiece in a large gathering area located on the main floor near the west entry.

Image of the Learning Commons under construction.

The new Learning Commons is located on the newly added mezzanine level.

 

Dunwoody celebrates new creative campaign

Campus community celebrates the makers, fixers, doers, builders, and designers of the world.

Dunwoody College of Technology kicked off its new creative campaign the week of March 19, which aims to celebrate the Dunwoody student—who they are and how they learn.

The campaign, which will continue to be rolled out in the coming weeks, will feature new billboard designs, bus wraps, digital streaming and social spots, campus signage, and a new website.

The goal of the campaign is to illustrate Dunwoody’s educational philosophy as well as the valuable and unifying qualities of Dunwoody students and alumni.

Campaign concepts highlight Dunwoody’s differentiators, which include:

  • An active, experiential learning model that is “A Little Less Talk, and A Lot More Action.”
  • A collaborative and practical environment that allows students to “Explore, Design, Create, Refine. Repeat.”
  • Curriculum and projects that prove “Teamwork Isn’t Taught By A Book.”
  • An educational institution for those who are
    determined and “Born to Do.”
  • Because, Dunwoody believes “Your Degree Should Work ForYou.”

The College is encouraging prospective students, current students, employees, alumni, donors, and friends to participate in the campaign by sharing photos of projects, job sites, or personal and professional accomplishments using the hashtags #MakeYourFuture, #BornToDo, and #DunwoodyDetermined.

DUNWOODY COLLEGE OF TECHNOLOGY ANNOUNCES $500,000 INVESTMENT FROM OTTO BREMER TRUST

Gift adds to $10 million in capital investments to transform the Dunwoody campus, including the creation of Otto Bremer Trust Hall 

Minneapolis (January 30, 2018) – Dunwoody College of Technology announced today a $500,000 grant by the Otto Bremer Trust, the latest capital gift from the region’s business and philanthropic communities to support Dunwoody’s effort to meet the challenge of bridging the skills gap in Minnesota and the Upper Midwest.

With a growing student population in its School of Engineering and other STEM-related majors as well as the need to better serve an increasingly diverse student body, Dunwoody has embarked on the first phase of an ambitious campus facilities plan. The Otto Bremer Trust investment, combined with other generous donations, will support the transformation of a currently under-utilized gymnasium into a two-story space with a state-of-the-art Learning Commons on the upper floor and a new Welcome Center for students and families on the lower level as well as an open area for community and student gatherings.

In order to recognize the gift, Dunwoody will name a student gathering, collaboration, and study space at the entrance to the Learning Commons as Otto Bremer Trust Hall.

An architectural rendering showing a student study/meeting area just outside the entrance to a learning commons

An architectural rendering showing the location of Otto Bremer Trust hall

“The Otto Bremer Trust’s gift will have a direct impact on our students,” President Rich Wagner said. “We are grateful for the philanthropic support of partners like the Otto Bremer Trust.”

A private, not-for-profit college, Dunwoody relies on charitable contributions to help fund core elements of its academic program, including scholarships, equipment, and new construction like the gymnasium remodel.

“We’ve admired the work that Dunwoody is doing to provide a strong educational curriculum for a wide variety of technical skills,” said Daniel C. Reardon, co-CEO and Trustee, Otto Bremer Trust. “The College understands the changing dynamics of tomorrow’s workforce and is responding with programming to meet those needs.”

As the only private, not-for-profit technical college in the Upper Midwest, Dunwoody is uniquely positioned to expand its more than a century-long track record of supplying the region with graduates who have the technical skills, work ethic, and passion and curiosity for their chosen field to help the region’s employers not only fill their current open positions, but also develop future generations of leaders and entrepreneurs.

About Otto Bremer Trust

Based in St. Paul, Minn., the Otto Bremer Trust is a private charitable trust established in 1944 by founder Otto Bremer, a successful banker and community business leader. OBT owns 92 percent of Bremer Bank and manages a diversified investment portfolio. This mission of OBT is to invest in people, places and opportunities in the Upper Midwest. Since its inception, OBT has invested more than $600 million in organizations throughout Minnesota, North Dakota and western Wisconsin.

About Dunwoody College of Technology

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 education to more than 200,000 men and women, who in turn have gone on to meaningful and rewarding careers and become outstanding technicians, successful entrepreneurs and industry leaders. Located on the western edge of downtown Minneapolis, Dunwoody offers more than 30 certificate, associate’s degree and bachelor’s degree programs in the areas of Applied Management, Automotive, Computer Technology, Construction Sciences & Building Technology, Design & Graphics Technology, Engineering, Radiologic Technology, Robotics & Manufacturing, and Workforce Training & Continuing Education.

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Contact:

William Morris
Dunwoody College of Technology
612.381.3367 | wmorris@dunwoody.edu