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Dunwoody College of Technology is seeking comments from the public about the College in preparation for its periodic evaluation by its regional accrediting agency. The College will host a visit Nov. 13-15, 2013, with a team representing the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association. Dunwoody has been accredited by the Commission since 1998. The team will review the institution’s ongoing ability to meet the Commission’s Criteria for Accreditation.

The public is invited to submit comments regarding the College:

Third Party Comment on Dunwoody College of Technology
The Higher Learning Commission
230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
Chicago, IL 60604-1411

The public may also submit comments on the Commission’s website at

Comments should address substantive matters related to the quality of the institution or its academic programs. Comments must be in writing.

All comments must be received by October 13, 2013.


Dunwoody College of Technology’s Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVACR) programs have been granted another six-year accreditation by HVAC Excellence—a nonprofit organization created in 1994 to improve competency through validation of the technical education process. The program first received accreditation in 2007.

Dunwoody’s program was the first in the states of Minnesota, North Dakota, Iowa, and Wisconsin to be accredited with a nationally known accrediting organization recognized by the HVAC industry and the federal government.

To gain accreditation a college HVAC program must meet standards related to the mission of the program, administrational responsibilities, finances and funds, student services, instructional design and program elements, physical facilities, equipment and tools, cooperative training and instructor qualifications.

During the 2013 reaccreditation process, Dunwoody’s HVAC program Self-Study was cited as one of the top five internationally. The highest award a program can receive is a six-year accreditation, which Dunwoody’s HVAC program has now been awarded twice.

“This accomplishment speaks to Dunwoody’s HVAC instructors and their commitment to excellence in training and dedication to their students,” said HVAC Services Principal Instructor Tom Kleinman. “It also ensures the HVAC industry, our industry partners, and future employers that a quality, well-educated student will be leaving our doors upon graduation. Graduates can be confident that they are properly trained and ready on day one to be a productive technician for their employer.”

Dunwoody’s HVAC program focuses on hands-on learning where students are exposed to experiences in shops and labs that imitate the field in which they’ll be employed.

Kleinman said the HVAC program’s faculty represents more than 166 years of field, trade, educational and instructional experience.

“Our HVAC instructors also maintain ties to the industry that help with employment and the continued success of the program,” he said.

The accreditation process

To gain accreditation, Dunwoody staff prepared a self-study of the HVAC program, providing documentation showing compliance in nine standards set by HVAC Excellence: mission of the program, administrative responsibilities, finances and funds, curriculum, plan of instructions, facilities, equipment and tools, cooperative training and instructor’s qualifications.

The self-study is several hundred pages long and took months to prepare. Executive members of HVAC Excellence reviewed the self-study. After review and critique of the self-study, HVAC Excellence selected a group of industry veterans to review the program. They were charged with the task of conducting an in-depth onsite evaluation of the Dunwoody College of Technology program—where they determined the College met the standards for re-accreditation.  

About Dunwoody:  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 (

About HVAC Excellence: HVAC Excellence is a not-for-profit organization that has been serving the HVACR industry since 1994. It is our goal to improve competency through validation of the technical education process. By setting standards and verifying that they have been met, we inspire the industry to excel. HVAC Excellence knows that all of the challenges that face the industry are achievable by continuous improvement in the way that it prepares technicians.

HVAC Excellence Programs: Identify areas of weakness in education, Assists employers with hiring competent technicians, Allows the public to identify competent technicians, pinpoints current deficiencies in the technical workforce for education program development, and aids manufacturers in warranty cost reduction.

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.

Dunwoody College of Technology’s 2013 Spring Semester Dean’s List

Congratulations to the following students who have been named to Dunwoody College of Technology’s spring semester dean’s list.  The students listed received this honor by upholding a 3.5 grade point average or higher.

Branden Anderson
Charles Anderson
Dane Anderson
Patrick Anderson
Victoria Anderson
Erik Andreska
Nicolas Ash
Grant Aslakson
Jershon Baker
Nicaise Bamezon
Andrew Banse
Justin Barnes
Kyle Barton
Donald Beach
Brittney Bechthold
Kristine Benoy
Stephen Berguetski
Brian Bielke
Amelia Blakeley
Joseph Blessing
Blake Bodine
Aaron Bolser
Anthony Bonacci
Zachary Boyd
John Boyer
Aaron Breid
Christopher Brenna
Arthur Brennhofer
Richard Brodala
Nathan Broughton
Demarcus Brown
Kevin Brown
Sarah Brown
Joseph Brudzinski
Jeremiah Buchholz
Robert Bullis
John Bungert
Jacob Bursott
John Buttner
Ashley Cannon
Jacob Catherson
Matthew Cecil
Boon Chang
Maxwell Chenoweth
Lucas Chowen
Kyle Christinson
Nicholas Cialek
Jason Clark
Alan Cole
Misty Comby
Daniel Cooper
John Cornelius
Shannon Corpe
Jessica Cosgrove
Johnathon Costello
Jessica Curtis
Tien Dang
Andrew Davis
Daniel Dean
Thomas DeMars
Max DuPont
Arron Eder
Benjamin Ellingson
Michael Elliott
David Epich
Erin Erickson
Nicholas Ernst
Christopher Ersland
Nathaniel Evenson
Michael Felton
Michael Flahave
James Flannigan
William Fonder
Jon Fontaine
William Forbord
John Fox
Robert Franklin
James Freeland
Nevin Fritz
Nicholas Frostin
Talon Ganz
Matthew Gibart
Brian Giller
Anthony Glocke
Christopher Grummons
Bradley Guetter
Matthew Gustavson
Nicholas Guzman
Ibrahim Haji
Christopher Hansen
Logan Hapy
Ryan Harstad
Mara Hausmann
Montgomery Have
Terri Heaney
John Hebrink
James Hedstrom
Jonathan Hegseth
Kyle Heitschmidt
Stephen Henderson
Benjamin Hendrikse
Brian Henrich
Heriberto Herrera
Andrew Hill
Bryton Hines
Nathan Hirt
Brandon Hoeft
Nathan Hole
Dustin Homsey
Justin Hop
Ashley Hurner
Jacob Huseby
Paul Insley
Dustin Irmiter
Robert Jacobson
Christopher Jenkins
Nicholas Jepson
Will Jernigan
Dillon Johnson
Jeffrey Johnson
Lucas Johnson
Molly Johnson
Evan Kangas
Heidi Kastern
Steven Kastner
Ethan Kelly
Kolburn Kersten
Ryan Kessler
Andrew Kleinart
Sean Knollmaier
Joseph Kooiman
Michael Kopet
Samuel Kragh
Ryan Ksiazek
Esther Kwakye
Kyle LaCoe
Sean LaFontaine
Michael Lamm
Michael Larsen
Meghan Larson
Quinn Larson
Jason Latts
Scott Leighton
Joseph Leisdon
Peter Lelyukh
Carissa Lepisto Pouliot
Christopher Lester
Ari Levie
Ryan Lewis
Andrew Lindberg
Brandon Lindberg
June Linnertz
Benjamin Little
Anthony Locken
Peng Lor
Tanner Luhm
Christopher Ly
Peter Macht
Evan Makinen
Michael Mandler
Zachary Martell
Douglas McGregor
Jonathan McKelvey
Laura McQuillan
Keegan Melton
Michael Memorich
Frank Mersch
Lewis Miller
David Millman
John Molitor
Damon Monthei
Maik Mosbach
Leon Navarro
John Nelsen
Matthew Nelson
Robert Neou
Jonathan Newstrom
Luan Nguyen
Thinh Nguyen
Matthew Nightingale
Peter Novellino
Austin Nurse
Michael O’Connor
Sean O’Leary
Darren Olson
Timothy Olson
Travis Olson
Tyler Olson
Jerry Opp
Peter Ott
Joseph Packer
Amanda Parshley
Alyx Paschke
John Pauly
Timothy Paynter
Samuel Pederson
Fernando Pereyra
James Persian
Marielle Persian
Anthony Petersen
Ryan Peterson
Jory Phillips
Luke Phillips
Brian Planton
Adam Prokes
James Puls
John Quandt
Devin Rambow
Amber Rasmusson
Steven Reed
Edward Reeves-Relich
Lee Reiners
Anthony Riser
Timothy Robertson
Nicole Rodriguez
Roberto Rodriguez
Riley Rogotzke
Jorell Rohan
Kevin Roller
Michael Rolsing
Dale Ross
James Rowell
James Rowland
Jessica Ruscheinsky
John Rust
David Rybak
Pete Sajadi
George Schaaf
Luke Schmidt
Richard Schmidt
Dennis Schnellman
Timothy Schuck
Claire Schuebel
Angelica Sedano
Benjamin Shiek
Mark Shindler
Matthew Silvernail
Ross Skattum
Nicolas Skrogstad
Nicole Slaminski
Megan Smalkoski
Jeffrey Smith
Keith Smith
Terry Smoltz
Matthew Snyder
Peter Sobolik
Joseph Sohns
Andrew Solberg
Jerred Speller
Brianna Steele
Kyler Strobel
Justin Strong
Collin Sturdevant
Joshua Suchy
Eric Sundberg
Anthony Swanberg
Anne Swedberg
Andrew Thompson
Christopher Thompson
Ryan Timboe
Thang Tran
Tyler Tucker
Richard Underwood
Kou Vang
Bastian VanHofwegen
Kyle Vogt
Susan Vorderbruggen
Matthew Walter
Thomas Walters
Blake Walvatne
Kristin Warren
William Washatka
Anthony Watson
Thomas Webster
Robert Weckwerth
Nathan Wendland
Scott Wessel
Derek Whitcomb
Thomas Willard
Amanda Williams
Anya Williams
Joseph Wise
Rachael Wittnebel
Douglas Wojack
Benjamin Wolf
Joe Yang
Pheng Yang
Tou Yang
Dustin Zachman
Mathias Zoubek


Mortenson Construction funds solar panel addition to Dunwoody rooftop

Solar panels on Dunwoody rooftop

The 255 watt, 37.8 V DC panels were recently installed by Electrical Construction & Maintenance Technology Instructor Steve Lee and Electrical Program Manager Chad Kurdi.

Thanks to a generous donation from Mortenson Construction, the roof of Dunwoody College of Technology now houses 10 solar panels.

The 255 watt, 37.8 V DC panels were recently installed by Electrical Construction & Maintenance Technology Instructor Steve Lee and Electrical Program Manager Chad Kurdi.

The solar panels will generate 2.5 kilowatt at 338 V DC, which Kurdi says is enough to power a 2000-square-foot house without large consuming electrical equipment (range, air conditioning, dryer and water heater).

Kurdi says it’s important to incorporate green energy technology into the College’s Electrical program.

“The country and state are moving more towards green energy power,” he said. “The Solar PV system is the first step in acquiring more renewable energy sources like wind to train our electrical students on this technology.”

In addition to training Dunwoody’s electrical students and offsetting some of the electrical lab’s power consumption, Kurdi says the addition of the solar panels showcases the College’s commitment to renewable energy and earth stewardship.



Kurdi posted a video of the solar panel installation on his YouTube channel.  


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:


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.


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 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


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.