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Building a Better World

Looking to the future As we prepare for the arrival of spring after a ferocious winter, it’s a time of anticipation at the college. Graduation day will be here soon and we’re eager to celebrate the accomplishments of our students as they complete their hard earned academic awards. How exciting it is to see them begin their careers and put their skills to work in new ways. That’s the heart of our mission every day at HTC: Preparing students to succeed and contribute to building a better world. We are inspired by our students – their efforts and their will to succeed in spite of multiple demands in their lives. Our students face the responsibilities of family and jobs, but they make the commitment because they know education is the key to a brighter future.

Plenty to celebrate Many individuals play a part in our students’ success stories – colleagues, instructors, support staff, as well as family members. Also, community and business partners provide internship opportunities, scholarship support and even jobs! It’s working together that makes it all possible. The success stories that you will read about in this edition of the college newsletter provide many examples of our outstanding students attaining their career goals. On behalf of the entire college, we are so proud of them. They have shown us how much they value an education and how hard they have worked to attain it.

Working together To the friends and supporters of the college who make a difference to our students through funding scholarships, providing internships, and contributing equipment that make our facilities second to none, I am grateful for all you do to ensure that our students reach their goals. Look at what we accomplish when we all work together! I am sure you’ll join me in welcoming the start of a new season and anticipating our graduation celebration on May 20th. In the midst of working and planning, it’s important to take time to appreciate the successes of our students and graduates, as well as the college as a whole. As always, I thank you for supporting HTC. Warm regards,

Cecilia Cervantes, Ph.D. President, Hennepin Technical College


Inside This Issue



Medium/Heavy Truck Students $53,900 Graco Foundation Work Paid Internships at the Grant Benefits Machine Tool Metro Transit Bus Garage Technology Students

10 HTC Automotive Technology Graduates Use Their Skills at GE Capital Fleet Services

Hennepin Technical College Foundation Donor List – Thank You To All Donors

11 $20,000 Eaton Donation Funds Scholarships for Fluid Power Technology

13 HTC EMS and Fire Technology Graduate David Henkel is on the Job Making a Difference


12 Culinary Graduate Ian Gray Receives Accolades as a Chef and Restaurateur

14 Longtime College Supporters Jim and Elizabeth Swanson’s Estate Planning Includes HTC

15 Veteran John Petri Transfers His Electronics Training to Automation Robotics Technology

Contact Tina Ward at 763-488-2469 or for more information. Designed and produced by Jenny Hanson, freelance designer and HTC graduate – Written and edited by Sara Reimers, freelance writer and communications consultant –

A Member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system


Working On It When it comes to vehicle maintenance, there’s no substitute for hands-on experience. That’s especially true when the vehicle is a Metro Transit bus that serves riders who depend on reliable transportation. In the medium/heavy truck technology program at Hennepin Technical College, internships that provide hands-on experience play a key role in preparing students for success. “With a shortage of technicians, Metro Transit and other employers are turning to the college to help them rebuild and grow their workforce,” said HTC Instructor Dale Boyenga, who pointed out that the college has a unique approach to training. Since 1998, the college has offered a two-year, 24-month program in which students must complete 94 credits to earn an A.A.S. degree, with 33 of the credits earned through paid internships with employers such as Metro Transit. “Metro Transit’s intern partnership with Hennepin Technical College is relatively new, but it has already yielded benefits,” said Chuck Wurzinger, assistant director of bus maintenance for Metro Transit. “One intern hired last year as a full-time technician is doing very well in his new role, and it is likely that others currently in the program will follow that path as well.” At HTC, students spend the first half of each semester taking courses at the college and the second half of each semester on a paid internship developing the skills just learned in class. 4

The program is overseen by Boyenga, who has been an instructor at HTC since 2000, and fellow instructor Duane Rasmussen, who joined the college in 1998. Both see the program as providing students with knowledge and skills that make a difference. “There are significant benefits to having future technicians learn transit bus maintenance while attending related classes, and we are convinced that these technicians will be more confident than other new employees and also more productive,” concluded Wurzinger. Working together, Hennepin Technical College and Metro Transit are helping prepare the next generation of technicians who will keep the community moving.

Graco Foundation Grant Benefits HTC Machine Tool Technology Thanks to a grant of $53,900 from the Graco Foundation, the Hennepin Technical College machine tool technology program will be adding Mazak equipment that will provide students the opportunity to train on machines that are utilized by a growing number of manufacturing companies. “We appreciate this generous support from the Graco Foundation because we usually do not have the funding to allow us to launch programs that utilize another brand of equipment, such as the Mazak equipment that this grant makes possible,” says HTC Dean Mike McGee, adding that HTC has a long history with Minneapolisbased Graco, Inc. “We’ve done many years of customized training in manufacturing at Graco facilities, and Graco has hired numerous graduates of our machine tool and other manufacturing programs.”

“ By helping the college get the Mazak equipment, it’s a win-win for everyone,” explains Eric Galush, manufacturing cell manager at Graco. “HTC has the biggest machining program in the state. Its location makes it ideal for serving our locations in Anoka, Rogers, and Minneapolis.” He added that there was a need to have Mazak equipment at HTC because Mazak is the largest presence in the five-state area that includes Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, and North and South Dakota.

“We have several complex CNC machines at Graco, and invest a lot on capital equipment,” says Galush. “With 65 percent of the CNC machines at Graco being the Mazak brand, being competent at setting up and running this equipment is of the utmost importance to the company.” He added that the company hired eight machinists from HTC in 2013.

“With the addition of Mazak equipment, our students will be able to train directly on equipment they’ll operate on the job,” says HTC Instructor Bob Lund, who has spent 15 years with the college. “They will be better prepared and require less training when they are hired.” The college’s machine tool technology program offers an A.A.S. degree, diplomas, and certificates. In addition to its most recent grant supporting the purchase of equipment, the Graco Foundation also provides scholarship funds for HTC students.

About Graco Graco Inc. ( supplies technology and expertise for the management of fluids and coating in both industrial and commercial applications. It designs, manufactures and markets systems and equipment to move, measure, control, dispense, and spray fluid materials. A recognized leader in its specialties, Minneapolis-based Graco serves customers around the world in the manufacturing, processing, construction, and maintenance industries.


Thank You to All HTC Foundation Donors! Platinum Circle $100,000 - $999,999 Graco Foundation J.R. Jones Fixture Company Kopp Family Foundation Arlan Schonberg Foundation Stella Berco*

Gold Circle $30,000 - $99,999

AVI Systems Caterpillar Paving Products Centerpoint Energy Hartfiel Automation Japs-Olson Company MAC Valves Foundation “In Memory of James A. Neff” MGS Machine Corporation PMMI Precision Metalforming Foundation Rosemount Inc. Rotary Club of Brooklyn Park Foundation Vision Woodworking WCA Foundation - Paige Xcel Energy Foundation Charles and Jo Ann Bartlett Harley and Verna* Bergren Arthur Betterley* Lyndon and Carole Carlson Irving and Mary Nielsen Gerry and Diane Paulson Basil and Mary Jane Wissner

Silver Circle $10,000 - $29,999

Boston Scientific Corporation Boyer Trucks CinCo Machinery Diversified Plastics E.J. Ajax & Sons Eaton Corporation Embarq Gene Haas Foundation GLS Companies, Inc Goebel Fixture Company Grainger, Inc. JEM Technical Marketing Co. Inc. Luther Automotive The McKnight Foundation Minnesota Fall Maintenance Expo Minnesota Masonic Homes North Ridge Motors Management Corp Muncie Power Products Plymouth Lions Prudential Foundation Sundet Foundation Turck Inc. U.S. Bank West Suburban Women’s Club Connie Ardin Sharon Augenstein Judy Berry Dr. Betty Wells Bond* Cecilia Cervantes Don and Sandy Craighead Annie Czarnecki Vernon Dehmer Rosella Fefercorn


Wayne and Meg Gisslen Jenny and Ordell Hanson Bob and Muriel Klosterman Sharon Mohr Ernie Parker David Pfeffer Dave and Kris Sladek Eldon Tessman Eldon and June* Tessman John and Sally Turrittin

Benefactors’ Circle $5,000 - $9,999

Accellent ADC Foundation Braas Company Daily Printing Inc. Environments Inc. Garden Club of Ramsey County, Hydraforce, Inc. IBM Corporation Liberty Diversified Industries Minnesota Street Superintendent Association Morrie’s Automotive Group MPMA Educational Opportunities Foundation North Memorial Foundation Parker Hannifin Corporation Tens Accessories Inc. United Parcel Service Veit Werner Electric Supply Darlinda Alexander David Anderson Mark Anderson Robert Anderson Stephen Anderson Jon and Darlene Chrest Robert and Nancy Erickson Thomas and Cynthia Geiger Karyn Gibson and Chuck Turner Pam and Tim Hagan Everett and Ardelle Harpestad Brian and Nicki Hruby Larry and Debi Hruby Sarah Hruby Lisa Larson Father Andrew Marthaler Gary Mohn Jeanne and Duaine Morphew Marty and Laurann Patterson Eldon and Addie Tessman Bill Vann and Susan Parry Vann Terry Wade and Bonnie Grzeskowiak

Presidents’ Circle $1,500 - $4,999

ABRA Auto Body American Welding Society Artifex Millwork, Inc. Banta Literature Management Group Bemis Company Foundation Bolger Vision Beyond Print Bosch Packaging Tech, Inc Brooklyn Park Babe Ruth Baseball League Cass Screw Machine Products Conoco Phillips Control System Laboratories D & S Machined Products

Damschen Wood Inc. Delkor Systems Diamond Metal Products, Inc. DLR Group First Student Inc. Gannett Offset Gardenaires General Mills Foundation Goodall Manufacturing Grand Casino Mille Lacs Hinckley Hockenbergs Food Service Equipment and Supply Imagine! Print Solutions Impressions Incorporated IWCO Direct J.M. Grimstad, Inc. Landscape Structures, Inc. Laurel BioComposite, LLC. M & I Bank Minnesota Trucking Assoc. Maintenance Co Modern Design Minneapolis Plumbers Apprentice Committee MTS Systems Corporation Muncie Power Products North Hennepin Business & Professional Women North Star Chapter Studebaker Drivers Club Osseo Lions Club Parker Hannifin-Oildyne Division Power Systems Printing Industry of Minnesota The Quarterly Club Rotary Club of Maple Grove Sig Pack Inc. Doboy Division St. Therese Inc. Storganize SunSource TCF Bank Thomas Engineering Tischler Wood Products TopLine Federal Credit Union Transport Distribution Services, Inc. UBM Canon LLC. Verifications Inc. Wells Fargo West Group/Thomson Publishing White Oaks Wealth Advisors Wood Machinery Systems, Inc. Anonymous Al and Elizabeth Abraham Mel and Marilyn Bahr Richard and Carla Bahr Randy and Susan Bayerl Patricia Berktold Joy Bodin Mary Bohn Calvin Brandt Jason Burrows Christopher and Heather Calamita Charles Cantale Sherelyn Chellin Alex and Judith Cirillo Greg Crowley Don Delaney Jim and Patricia Dow Marguerite Dummer Bernice Dumont-Brodeur Ken and Sylvia* Eggert

Ronald Furchner Don and Judy Gamboni Drew Goddard Ricky Gonzalez Dale and Louisa Greenwald Ed Hill Carol Horstman Kevin and Dana Hruby Lamia Jano Kathryn Jeffery Jean Kinney Thomas Kluge Janet Knox Jason Kopp Ron and Karen Kraft Muriel Kruggel Garth Landefeld JoAnn Langseth Thomas Larson Ellen Leger John and Cathy Lloyd Donald and Marian Lundberg Petra Marquart Anne Mathiowetz Bob McCarthy Bill* and Sandy McMackins Bev Messick Ron and Terri Moore Myron and Marlene Moser Joe Mulford Pam and Dave Nei Al and Julie Nelson Phyllis and Tom Neuenfeldt KimChau Ngo Adrian and Jean Olson Jon Olson Tom and Meredith Olson Marjorie Ostrom Jim and Diana Otte James and Margaret Parry Greg Pedersen Tom and Dora Phillips Joe* and Delores Pucel Doug Quast Joe and Marilyn Rauch Dave Roberts Annette Roth Diane Rovang Waild Safwat Therese Salber Kathy and Lloyd Sandeen Darrold Schall Bonnie Scheffler Gayla Schmidt Steve Schmidt Leroy Seurer Les and Marilyn Sharpe Dale Sheveland Jim Shuda Barry and Andrea Sorensen Jessie Stumpf James and Elizabeth Swanson Susan Thaemert Amy Thomas Tom Tonkin Roy Trousdell Steven Vinson

Carla Weigel Kevin and Jennifer Weist Mark Welter Jill Woodruff Gerold Roger and Barbara Wothe

Sponsors’ Circle $500 - $1,499

3M Community Affairs ABF Freight Systems, Inc. Al’s Cabinets Alter Metal Recycling Anchor Bank Anderson Millwork Inc. Antique Motorcycle Club - Viking Chapter Burgetts Inc. Cabinet Components Champlin Women of Today Commercial Fixtures Crescent Products Dexis Corporation Eagles 3208 Fund Egan Companies Inc. Federated Garden Clubs of Minnesota Fleet Maintenance Froehling Anderson Plowman and Wasmuth Ltd. Goose Lake Auto Parts Harbinger Industries Hegman Machine Tool Inc. Holdahl Inc. Hopkins Noontime Lions Club Industrial Wood Products, Inc. Jack and Bessie Fiterman Foundation The John Roberts Company Joseph D Strauss Attorney At Law Kielley & Associates, Inc. Lake Harriet Lodge Foundation LaMettry’s Collision Larsen Design Larson Engineering of Minnesota Leder Bros. Metal Co. Lions Club of Howard Lake Local 10 Metro Sheet Metal JATC Maaco Auto Painting Mike and Linda Fiterman Family Foundation Minneapolis Business and Professional Women Minnesota Chinese Cultural Association Minnesota Elks Association NAPA Genuine Parts Company NARI Roundtable NORAC Inc. North Memorial Medical Center Osseo Book Club Osvold Company Park Dental Peter Allen Company Precision Metal Forming Assocciation Prime Mortgage Principle Fixture & Millwork Progressive Components R.C. Smith Corp. Road Machinery and Supplies Company Sprint St. Anthony Park Garden Club Stiles Foundation Sunray Custom Cabinets TCRG Early Ford V8 Club of America Tierney Brothers Twin Cities Professional Photographers Assoc.

Tyco Electronics U.S. Bank Upsher-Smith Laboratories, Inc. Veit Automotive Foundation Wal-Mart West Group Woodshop on the Bluff Woodworking Solutions Inc. Caren Abdelaal Ebenezer Addy Jill Aicher Scott and Sandra Aldridge Joseph Allen Kurt Allen Jim Anderl and Jean Snowden Patricia Andersen Bryan Anderson Debbie and Jim Anderson Doug Anderson Jeffrey Arbogast Pauline Arnst Peg Baber Timothy Bahr Rand Bailey Scott Bayer Michael and Diane Beddor George and Bernadine Beniek Elliot and Emily Benincasa Maynard Benson Gini Beran Maureen Berndt Robert and Sharon Bielecki George Bizek Harold Bobgan Jeffery and Sasha Bobgan Greg Boelke Jerry Boley Craig Bonn Carol Borman Jeanne Bowman Dale Boyenga Peggy Breiwick Timothy Bro Terry and Mary Brodehl Beverly Brogie Lana Buddhu Suzanne Burley Steve Burrington Jay Carlson Kenneth and Wendy Chapman Robert Clay Phil Cohen Mike Colestock Tom Condon Terry and Linda Dahl Sheryl Dauer Linda Davis Rick Diamond Bruce Dreblow Pamela Drinkwine Patricia DuBois John Eggert Todd and Tammy Eide David Eisenreich Paul Ellefson Carrie Engh Craig Erickson Janese Evans Zala Fashant Roger Fisher Jane Floden Sharon Frankovich

Joseph Fredkove Russ Fryer Gregg and Lynn Funfar Brian and Madonna Gammon Carmella Gaynor Tom Girtz Lee* and Lorraine Gresser Gregg and Maureen Gunderson Mary Haberle Bert Haglund Barbara Hall Tiffany Hammond Tim Hanly Judi Harju Marty and Brenda Hedlund Chris Hensiak Paul and Julie Higdem Dave Hoffmann Jerry Hoogers Mary Ann Horton Stephan Huh Jerry Johnson Monir Johnson Rob Juhl Sharon Kallroos Brent Kane William Keefe Irene Kelly Richard Kelly John Keltgen Judge and Reatha King Steven Kirton Steve and Vicki Klaers David Klocek Dale Koehler Marilyn Krasowski Joanna Krause-Johnson Sandra Kretsch Daniel Kriete Deb Kvamme Jared Laabs Karen LaPlant Loren Larson Ken and Marlys Larson Pam Lary Daniel and Toni Lausten Otto and Annette Lausten Richard and Lorna Lauver Roger Lee Robert Levy Scott Lindberg Sandy Lindgren Gretchen Long Brovold Susan Longworth Susan Lorenz Anne Lundberg Criss Magnuson Theresa Malkovich* Bill Martin Noel and Melissa Martinson Bill and Diane Masloski Carol Mayer Stan and Sherri McMackins Jerry Mefford Bob Menne Rosemarie Meyer Melissa Miller Dawn Mills Jean Milostan Don Mittelstadt Marie Moen Kathie Montognese

Glenda Moyers Steve Mueller Joe Mullery Ann Nelson Darla Ness Mike Netzinger Jack Opitz Scott Parker Kathy Pederson LouAnn Perry Jeff Peterson Maurice and Grace Peterson Kevin and Sherry Powell Daniel and Mary Pribyl Marie Pucel Mary Raker Dan Ralph Damodar Ramanuj Duane Rasmussen Dawn and Chuck Reimer Sara Reimers Dan and Donna Reyelts Tom* and Linda Richards Chris Roberts Stu Robinson Cherie Rollings Virgil Rose Lorraine Rowe Dolores Sanner Joanne Sarkilahti Barbara Schifsky Anna Schmidt Barbara Schmidt Eldo and Borghild Schmidt Melvin and Sandra Schroeder Larry Selin Al and Joyce Senechal Tracy Seran Paul and Gina Smith Tim Standafer Randy Steinhoff Joe and Carol Stoebner Nathan Stratton Patti Stroinski Jonathan and Colette Stuart Paul Swenson Gloria Taylor Kathy Townsend* Dean and Marlene Tripp Mary Tuominen Jeannine Uehling Gary Uhde Linda Valentine Dave and Elizabeth Vann Randall Vinge Bernard Vrona Ngoc (Ruby) Vuong Jill Waletich Chuck Waletzko Robert Walsh Jr. Tina Ward Annette Weir Denise Weir Elaine Wencl-McManigle Barb Wilkinson Garrett Wosmek David Yantos Robert Yund Michelle Zeig


Supporters’ Circle $100 - $499

A&E Kaplan Foundation Acrylic Design Associates American Express Foundation Association of MN Community & Technical College Counselors Augustana Chapel View Baber Auto Repair Services Inc. Brooklyn Park Women of Today Centennial Lakes Dental Group Cima Labs Clemenson Enterprises Inc. Colonial Acres Healthcare Center Connell Insurance Inc. Covenant Village of Golden Valley Cox Insurance Associates, Inc. Dayton Rogers Mfg. Co. Deco Tool Supply Company Deringer-Ney Inc. DK Woodworks Inc. Estate Crafters Global Fusion, Inc. Innotek Corporation Iten Chevrolet K & N Labs, Inc. K & K Recycling Kitchen Window Kurt Manufacturing Company Lakeview Clinic The Lindberger Family Trust Madsen Fixture & Millwork Mark’s Service Inc. Meier Tool & Engineering Inc. MN Association Plumbing, Heaintg, Cooling Contractors Oil Air Products Panda Garden Buffet PCS Engineering, Inc. Phoenix Speciality Mfg Co. Inc. Picha’s Cabinet Shop PumpTec QMC Plastic Machinery, LLC, Qualified Laboratories, Inc. Red Rooster Reynolds Food Packaging Robbinsdale Diggers Garden Club Romano’s Macaroni Grill St. Gertrude’s Health Center Star Exhibits and Environments Stylmark Taher Inc. Tennant Foundation Thorfinnson Law Offices, P.A. Top Tool Company Trissential, LLC. TSP U-Dan Corporation Vanman Veterans of Foreign Wars Wagner’s Restaurant Services, Inc. Waverly Lions Club Wayne Pike Auction Company Tom Ajax Susan Allen Laury Anderson Michael and Romy Anderson Susan Anderson Pam Anderson-Popp Vicki Ashby Brent Babcock Mary Babcock


Matt Baert Mary Baker Julie Balamut Jon Baxter Peg Beauchaine Kristen Bebeau Jeff and Greta Evans-Becker Diane Benson Rick and Karen Bergman David and Ann Bernard Sheryl Bertrand Jim and Lorraine Besonen Joseph BeVier Tawnda Bickford Kim Bienfang Andrew Bird David and Eleanor Bjorkquist Brian and Marilyn Blanchard Rick Boehm William and Susan Bowman Charles and Donna Boyer Fosten and Beverly Boyle Cristin Braesch Kris Branstetter Byron Braton Chris Bray Jadelle Breitbarth Lorie Bremer* Linda Brooks Brad Brothen Ryan Brovold Laurie Brown Audrey Bruning Susan Bunin Mary Burns Tom Burns Lisa Perisian-Cabrera Melissa Murray James and Frances Calamita Dave and Pam Callister Kent Campbell Mark Carlson Patrick and Arnitta Carlson Jennifer Carson Carlo Castagneri Lynn Charlson* Jean Christensen Marcia Christensen Jason Christian Suzanne Ciebiera Mary Clem Nancy Conley David Cooper Tom Cooper Ron and Irene Corbett Susan Cravens Kristin Dacey Eileen Dahl Phil Darg Yvonne Daub James Davern Jane Davidson Anna Davis Shawn Davis Maria Derby Liz Diedrich John Dillon David Duchene Mary Duerr Sean Dupperron Frank DuRocher Doug Dyrland

Rodney Ebbenga* Jill Eck Nick and Jan Eian Ike Eidenschink Scott and Anmarie Ellingson Millie Engelen Mirlande Erickson Rod Erickson Monica Erling Byron Evans Jeff and Greta Evans-Becker Norma Jean Falink Craig and Jackie Fautsch Mark Felsheim Jeff Fenimore Steve and Sue Ferkingstad Heather Fermoyle Rick Forpahl Ed Freidlund Marlene Fuller Wayne Fuller Dan and Colette Gallagher Kara Galvin James Gannon William and Sharon Garber Gary and Marsha Garner Jenessa Gerling Tom Gillespie Ronald and Sharon Gilsrud Adam Girtz Bridget Godfrey Joyce Goebel Brandon Goetsch Dick Granlund Robert and Susan Greenberg Les Greenwood Cynthia Gribas Fran and Linda Grillo Matthew Gustafson Dara Hagen Adele Halberg Alicia Hall Jeffrey Hall Diane Hallberg Steve and Kris Hallblade Thomas Haller Cecil Halter Adele Hansen Dorothy Hansen Dennis Hanson Jr. Keith Hanstad Pamela Hartly Bob Haueter Christopher and Emily Heagle John Heinrichs Jeff and Karen Hermann Ronda Hess Leander and Monica Heuring Jay and Lisa Higgins Jack and Marcia Hill Tod Hoaby Angel Hoglund Tom Hokr Jeffrey Holland Rollie Houske Paul Howlett Doug and Mary Hudson Brian and Patty Hugh Robert and Cynthia Hurst Joshua Illick Tom Inman Todd and Jill Jackson

Mike Janovsky Blake Johnson and Cynthia Eicher Elmore and June Johnson Emmett Johnson Marvin Johnson Molli Johnson Oliver Johnson* Sandra Johnson Shirley Johnson Mary Johnston Duane Jones William Joos Jim and Lois Jordan Michael Kadesky Julie Kaiser Charles and Cindy Kangas Stuart and Masako Kaplan Dale and Laura Karels Lori Katz John and Muriel Keil Adam Kellerman Barbara Kelly Randy Keranen Craig Kiffmeyer Diana Kilpatrick Joy Klemp and Thomas Berg Lynn Kleve Robert Klobucar Heidi Kloskin Ronald Knapp Mike Knox Jo-Ellen Knutson Jon Koehler Jean Kreutter Kevin and Michele Krolczyk Jerry Kuss Mark Kuzma Lori Laabs Scott Landes Mark and Sharla Landon-Beithon Byron LaRocque Don Larson Helen and Bernie Larson* Todd Laumann Ruth Lauver Sara Laviolette Carol LaVoi Khiem Quan Le Matthew Leaf Carol LeDuc-Hauser Alison Leintz Pam and Robert Lesch Shelly Liljequist Dorothy Lindberg Steven Litchy Sue Lopac Perry Logan Tim and Esther Logelin June Long Richard Lucas Charles Luman Ray and Teresa Luterbach Bob Lynum Ron Lyrek Jim Macho Nathan Madsen Joe Mai Jean Maierhofer Helen Major Ramanjan Makram Kevin Malecha Joseph Malinski*

Sue Selland Else and Mike Sevig Jay Siedschlaw Theresa Simpson Paul Sinkler Deb Skaja Kent Slavik Carla Smith Shirley and Charles Snyder Scott Solheim Yasmin Sparrow Dale Specken Jane Sprangers Bolan Louis and Amy Starita Donna Statzell Hilda Stewart Terry Stirewalt Daniel and Karen Stout Dan Strand Gene Strohmayer* Michael and Rachna Sullivan Don Supalla Dara Syrkin Lloyd and Mary Tessman Jeff Theisen DeDe Theroux Brandi Thompson Jeff Thorstad Andrew Thul Robert and Kris Torgrimson Hans and Nancy Trechsel Mala Ugargol Elizabeth Umphrey Jan Ungerman Steve Uppman Christine van Lierop James and Demetra Vann Jean Vealetzek Todd Wadsworth James Wafler and Lillian Pohlkamp Steve Wagner Cathy Howard Waldhauser Amy Ward Bill Warner Brian Warner Thomas and Jill Webster Lori Weih Dan Weishaar Ellen Werr Sybil Wersell Lori White Gordon and Mary Wilcox

Todd Williams Katherine Wilson John and Clarine Wingard Ronald and Kathie Wolff James Wolnik Kathy Wolter Don Wood Keisha Woods Frank Wymore Ann Wynia Elizabeth Wynne Mo Yang Sandy Yetzer John Zajicek Greg and Jennifer Zeck Qinge Zheng Thomas Saint Tran Hans and Nancy Trechsel Mala Ugargol Elizabeth Umphrey Jan Ungerman Steve Uppman Christine van Lierop James and Demetra Vann Jean Vealetzek Bernard Vrona James Wafler and Lillian Pohlkamp Cathy Howard Waldhauser Amy Ward Bill Warner Brian Warner Thomas and Jill Webster Lori Weih Ellen Werr Sybil Wersell Lori White Gordon and Mary Wilcox Todd Williams Katherine Wilson John and Clarine Wingard Ronald and Kathie Wolff James Wolnik Kathy Wolter Don Wood Keisha Woods Ann Wynia Elizabeth Wynne Mo Yang Sandy Yetzer John Zajicek Greg and Jennifer Zeck Qinge Zheng

In Memory of Carol Lovisolo Ms Dorothy Hansen

In Memory of James A. Neff MAC Valves

In Memory of Shane Smith Ms. Monir Johnson

In Memory of Juella Opitz Dr. Lisa Larson

In Memory of Muriel Turrittin Mr. Terry Wade and Ms Bonnie Grzeskowiak

In Memory of Regine Hungerford Mr. and Mrs. Adrian Olson

In Memory of Bill McMackins Mr. Mike Colestock Ms Diana Kilpatrick Mr. Dale Koehler Mr. Scott Lindberg Ms Anne Mathiowetz Ms. Sandy McMackins Ms. Cherie Rollings Mr. Chris Schultz Ms Tracy Seran Ms Gloria Taylor Ms Kimberly Urahn

In Memory of Bob Leger The Lindberger Family Trust

In Honor of Samira Mindeel Walid A Safwat

Michael Malloy Gordon Manning Kelly Marchwick Susan Markes Charity and David Marketon Joe Martinez Doug Mason Anna Mau Larry McAtee John McCaffrey Steve McClintick Jennifer McCurdy Leona McFarlane Heather McGannon Linda McGee Mike McGee Mary McMahon Myla Meier Robert Mestas Michael Metz Randy Meyer Gene and Carolyn Miller Sarah Miller George and Linda Million Getu Mirkena Robert Mokua Alice Mortenson Colleen Moynihan Len and Kay Mrachek Erin Mrkonich Laura Nackerud Bob Nehring Gary Nelson Jeffrey and Jane Nelson Sue Neuhart Troy Newkirk Hai Nguyen Dennis and Melinda Niccum Kerry Norling Kelly O’Donahue Phyllis O’Malley Stephen and Alison Oakes Kristen Olsen Gen Olson Jeff Owens Richard Oxley Daniel Pakonen Linda Paquette Steven and Danyelle Parry David and Jennifer Parry Steve and Judy Pasell Lyn Pasno

Kerrie Patterson Gail Pearson Carol Peltier David and Mary Pennington Peter and Vicki Perri Dawn Peterson Ruth Peterson Nettie Phenow Craig Plekkenpol Joe Ploumen Kathleen Poate Anna Poteryakhin Timothy Price John and Barbara Prins Robert and Kathleen Pritchard Peggy and Ben Januschka Jan Pyzik James and Ruth Quaal Juan Rangel Linda Ray Mike and Karen Read Laurissa Rector Dennis and Deanna Regan Michael and Mary Regner Justin Reiffenberger Christine Reineke Lorri Reinke Roger Reinking Michael Roberts Nancy Roepke Richard and Norman Roessler Cheryl Rompa Lisa Roney Bernard and Deborah Rosselli Michael Roufs David and Sandra Runck Elden and Leanne Russell Graciela Sabatino Marlin and Gwendolyn Sackett Terry and Andi Sadowski Thomas Saint Tran David and Wendy Sallman Kurt and Kristi Sanderson James and Jean Scheu Donald and Clarice Schieck Kenneth Schindler Fred Schirmer Melissa Schmidt Kendra Schulte Chris Schultz Steven and Nancy Schwartz Donovan Schwihtenberg

Honorary and Memorial Gifts Made in 2013 In Memory of Jerry Anderson Mr. Robert Anderson Mr. Stephen Anderson In Memory of Matthew (Otis) Chrest Mr. and Mrs. Jon Chrest In Memory of Gordy Goebel Mr. and Mrs. Adrian Olson In Memory of Frances Hruby Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Hruby Mr. and Mrs. Larry Hruby Ms. Sara Hruby

In Memory of Mr. Chuck Otte Hockenbergs Food Service Equipment and Supply In Memory of Joe Pucel Ms Marie Pucel In Memory of Diane Shuda Ms. Gini Beran Ms. Kristin Dacey Ms Susan Lorenz Ms. Tina Ward

In Memory of Wilson Parry Vann Ms Tawnda Bickford Ms Cristin Braesch Mr. Jason Burrows Ms. Monica Erling Ms. Susan Parry Vann *Deceased

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Keys to Success

HTC automotive technology graduates find they don’t have to be mechanics or technicians to put automotive knowledge to work At GE Capital Fleet Services in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, graduates of the Hennepin Technical College automotive technology program have found many ways to put their skills to good use. Their experience provides a lesson in understanding that there is more to automotive careers than being a mechanic or technician. Whether their tenure is measured in a couple of years or a couple of decades, HTC graduates have found that the preparation they received has translated into career opportunities that took them beyond those roles. “It’s a different way to use your skills,” says Steve Eggert, technical services leader at GE Capital Fleet Services, who graduated from HTC in 1982. He began his career at GE Capital Fleet Services shortly after graduation. In thirty years with the company, he has worked his way up through various positions to his current post. “ I get to use my knowledge and background, without the hands-on work of being under a car all day long,” he explains. GE Capital Fleet Services provides fleet management and maintenance solutions that help companies streamline their transportation needs. Their employees manage repair decisions and maintenance for fleet vehicles, as well as help improve fleet productivity.

“ Our graduates find great opportunities at GE Capital Fleet Services,” says HTC Instructor Andy Thul, who is also an HTC graduate. “Having industry professionals from companies like GE Capital Fleet Services on our advisory committee helps keep the program aligned with the needs of employers, so our students have the skills employers want.” Currently, GE Capital Fleet Services’ Eggert serves on the programs advisory committee. 10

Making a connection “The teachers at HTC were really mentors,” says Mark Flugstad, customer service manager, who has 19 years of service with GE Capital Fleet Services. He notes that the one-on-one aspect of the training helped prepare him for success on the job. An early interest in cars pointed him in the direction of automotive classes in high school, so he continued on that path at HTC. Working in an auto parts store that also provided service, Flugstad gained experience in harnessing his automotive knowledge before joining GE Capital Fleet Services. David Germann, a 24-year veteran at GE Capital Fleet Services, also got an early start on his automotive career. “In junior high school, I started working on small engines, and I moved on from there,” he says. As a senior at Edina High School, Germann found that he could take advantage of classes at HTC’s Eden Prairie campus, earning high school and college credit at the same time. “The instructors really related to the students, and they had such a depth of knowledge that it motivated students to learn more and be able to play at that level,” recalls Germann. “I have to admit that I’m biased, but I think HTC provides the best automotive training.” He adds that because the program was cross-functional, students had opportunities to learn about welding and other aspects of automotive care. “I don’t have to turn the wrench to use my skills,” says Germann in describing how he applies his knowledge as a resolution associate in maintenance.

Building a career Ryan Snell has been a technical adviser at GE Capital Fleet Services for 18 months, managing repair decisions for fleet vehicles and recommending whether work should be performed.

As a Wayzata High School student, he attended classes at HTC and then completed a class before beginning his career in the automotive industry. He got his start at Midas, and then moved on to work at dealerships.

“Hennepin Technical College gave me a good base and that gave me the confidence to start my career,” says Snell, adding that he then specialized and continued training to become certified in specific brands. He worked at Honda and Nissan dealerships prior to joining GE Capital Fleet Services. Nicole McMillan, who graduated from HTC’s automotive program in 2007, gained experience during six years at a Twin Cities dealership prior to joining GE Capital Fleet Services in May 2013. Raised on her grandparents’ farm in Waconia, McMillan’s introduction to working on motorized equipment came at an early age. “I followed my grandpa around and watched whatever he was working on,” she recalls with a laugh. “Now he calls me for help.”

As a technical service advisor at GE Capital Fleet Services, McMillan says, “I talk to different people every day and work on different situations.” For her, that variety makes the work a good fit. “GE Capital Fleet Services provides opportunities to move up and they encourage you to challenge yourself and learn about other functions in the organization,” says McMillan. Continuing her education, McMillan is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in operations management through Minnesota State University – Moorhead. HTC’s articulation agreement with MSU—Moorhead provided the opportunity to transfer her A.A.S. degree. McMillan hopes to graduate in summer 2014 and continue using her skills at GE Capital Fleet Services. She is encouraged by the many long-time employees who have built successful careers at the company. Summing up what they have found at GE Capital Fleet Services, these graduates of HTC’s automotive technology program agree that when it comes to careers, there are many opportunities to put automotive skills to work. As they say, “There is so much out there beyond turning wrenches.”

Eaton recently donated $20,000 to Hennepin Technical College to fund scholarships for full-time students in the college’s Fluid Power Associate of Applied Science degree program. “More technically educated staff are essential to helping companies manage fluid power more safely, reliably and productively,” said Craig Pundsack, test lab manager, Hydraulics Business, Eaton. “As a global power management leader, Eaton is dedicated to advancing the fluid power industry, and funding scholarships at colleges, like Hennepin Tech, that bolster the workforce and provide students with the necessary skills for success.”

Eaton Donation to Hennepin Technical College Bolsters Future Fluid Power Workforce

Fluid power is used to help companies that operate in vast sectors, including agriculture, energy, construction, material handling, forestry, processing and manufacturing. Eaton has supported HTC in the past, taking part in alumni events and job fairs to support students.

“We appreciate Eaton’s commitment in providing scholarship funds for students who want to study fluid power,” said Mike McGee, dean of manufacturing at HTC. “Our training program prepares individuals to join the workforce as highly skilled technicians and Eaton’s generous support will help students achieve their educational goals.” The Hydraulics Group’s global headquarters is located in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. 11

A Taste of Success

Since opening his restaurant, The Gray House, in 2012, HTC graduate Ian Gray has received accolades as a chef and restaurateur. The Gray House, located at 610 West Lake Street in Minneapolis, made the Minneapolis St. Paul Magazine 2013 list of Best Restaurants, and Chef Gray was named Upstart/Rising Star of the Year. Maybe part of that success has come his way because for Chef Gray, learning didn’t end when he graduated from the culinary arts program at HTC in 2005. What started at the college has continued in each stage of his career. But it wasn’t the career he planned for at first. After graduating from St. Louis Park High School, Gray had planned on becoming a history teacher and he attended college in Nebraska. As he considered the future, he realized that wasn’t what he wanted after all. His brother, Andy, helped him research options for culinary training in the Twin Cities, and they found that HTC offered an affordable choice with a reputation for excellent training. “At HTC you learn about all different aspects of the industry – from cooking to working the dining room,” emphasizes Gray, adding that he enjoyed the sense of camaraderie with fellow students. He stays in contact with a number of classmates. 12

After graduation from HTC, Gray worked at the Golden Valley Country Club for two years, where, he says, “The chefs took me under their wings, and I learned about all different kinds of food and a diversity of styles.” Next he joined Café Bar Lurcat, working his way up to sous chef. Gray then spent two years at Trattoria Tosca. “The handson experience was great, and I learned a lot from the owner on the business side,” Gray adds. At that point, he decided to explore the idea of opening his own place. “I wanted to work for myself,” says Gray. “I wanted to make the decisions and I was ready to pay the consequences. I also wanted to pay workers a decent wage.” As Gray acknowledges, from paying invoices to handling insurance, there is much more to operating a restaurant than preparing food. However, that’s still the most interesting part. When it comes to ideas for The Gray House menu, the chef says, “I think back to my childhood and what my grandma made.” The hallmark of The Gray House is its frequently changing menu, which emphasizes the freshest seasonal ingredients. “I want to make it approachable,” says Gray. “Nothing is off limits.” What’s his favorite food? “I’m a big fan of Indian food, and also Thai food,” says Gray. “Really, I like lots of fresh vegetables and lots of heat.” For people interested in beginning a career in the culinary industry, Gray advises that chefs take people more seriously if they have some training. He sees HTC as a great place to get started. “ It’s affordable and the instructors are great,” explains Gray, “and I think you use the same books as they do at more expensive private culinary schools.” For Chef Ian Gray, what began in the culinary arts program at HTC has led to a place as a Twin Cities restaurateur.

Making a Difference “It’s everything I thought it would be,” says HTC graduate David Henkel in describing his career as an emergency medical technician and firefighter. “It’s a good fit.” Since graduating from Hennepin Technical College in May 2013, Henkel has been applying his knowledge as an EMT and firefighter for the city of Brooklyn Center, and also working as an EMT for North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale.

For Henkel, his first “save” came during a shift as an EMT. “It was a drug overdose, and the woman wasn’t breathing,” says Henkel in describing the situation. His training kicked in and the woman survived.

“HTC has the best fire science and emergency medicine programs in the area, especially fire suppression,” says Henkel in explaining why he chose the college for career training. “I really liked the instructors, and the balance of hands-on training and classroom time was just right.” Henkel was a cadet with the Brooklyn Center Fire Department and was hired full-time after graduation.

“EMT Instructor Joe Martinez is great, and he has really been a mentor,” says Henkel, adding that Martinez checks in with him to see how Henkel is doing as he begins his career. That kind of connection with students is what makes instructors at HTC a real resource for graduates. Of course, with EMT training at HTC, being prepared to save lives is what the program is all about for students and instructors. For emergency responders, facing stressful situations is part of the job, and their first “save” is a milestone.

“Joe taught in such a way that you really know what to do,” emphasizes Henkel. “When you’re in that stressful situation, you find you either know it or it’s just something you vaguely remember. My training really made a difference.” Henkel was homeschooled until he was in tenth grade, then he began attending HTC through the Post-Secondary Enrollment Option (PSEO) program, earning high school and college credit at the same time. When it comes to helping people, firefighters and emergency medical technicians are at the top of the list. For David Henkel, training at HTC is making a difference to him and the people he’s helping every day. For him, that’s leading to a career that’s everything he thought it would be. 13

Longtime HTC supporter Jim Swanson at the groundbreaking ceremony in 1972 (right).

A Lifetime of Dedication Talk to Jim Swanson for five minutes and you can tell he cares about helping people. Talk a little longer and you’ll hear about his deep-seated belief in the importance of helping people have an opportunity for education. For this longtime educator and Minnesota legislator, who retired from Hennepin Technical College in 1993, education is still a top interest. Jim and his wife, Elizabeth, have established the Jim and Elizabeth Swanson Family Fund through the Minnesota Community Foundation, which will benefit Hennepin Technical College. “We can’t give enough money to put up a building, but we can provide support,” Swanson says in describing how the couple decided on an estate gift. Each year, funds will be distributed to Hennepin Technical College, as well as four other organizations the Swansons have been affiliated with over the years: Augsburg College, Dunwoody Institute, Minnehaha Academy, and the Bethlehem Covenant Church in Minneapolis. Swanson’s history with HTC goes back to its earliest days, before the college was established in 1972. Always active in the community, Swanson was elected to the Richfield School Board in 1965, at a time when suburban school superintendents recognized there was a need for hands-on technical training to be more available in the Twin Cities. Drawing on the resources of 18 school districts, the plan for technical training began to take shape. With Swanson’s experience as an instructor at Dunwoody Institute, he joined the new venture, District 287, and one of his responsibilities was recruiting instructors for the new technical school. “Many people in the trades were highly skilled in their field, but had no teaching certification,” Swanson explains. “It became vital to help develop their skills as educators so they could share their knowledge.” 14

That lesson on the importance of instructor training stayed with him, which is why the Swansons have designated their funds be utilized for staff development at HTC. “It’s tough to get money for staff training and it’s always the first thing to get cut,” says Swanson, “so we wanted to provide long-term support that will benefit the staff and their students.” Swanson served on the Richfield School Board for three years and then was elected to the Minnesota House, serving 16 years. He’s proud that while he served in the Minnesota Legislature he carried the bill that created Metropolitan State University. “The idea was to create ‘a college without walls’ that allowed working professionals to earn credit for their knowledge,” says Swanson, noting that a number of HTC’s earliest instructors were able to benefit from Metropolitan State. He counts that as a highlight of his legislative career. “We’ve been fortunate,” says Swanson. “We’ve had the opportunity to work hard and be able to save.” The Swansons lived in Richfield for 40 years and now reside in Minneapolis, with winter months spent in Naples, Florida. They celebrated 57 years of marriage in 2013.

“Jim and Elizabeth Swanson are making a real difference with their estate gift to the college,” says Annette Roth, executive director of institutional advancement at HTC. “Their generosity will have a long-lasting impact and we are very grateful for their financial support.” Through effective estate planning, Jim and Elizabeth Swanson are capping a lifetime of work and interest in education by providing a fund to carry on that legacy.

The Right Combination As an avionics technician in the U.S. Marine Corps, John Petri worked on Harrier jump jets, which take off vertically, like a helicopter. He believes that the discipline, knowledge, and work ethic he developed in the military are an important part of his success in the automation robotics program at Hennepin Technical College and in the workforce. “It’s another skill set I brought to my job,” says Petri, who enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps after graduating from high school in White Bear Lake, Minnesota. He was deployed to southwest Asia twice in his five years as a Marine, serving with a Marine Expeditionary Unit. After leaving the military, Petri explored career training opportunities and believed that HTC’s automation robotics program would fit with his strong background in electronics. He was right.

“I had a job lined up before graduation,” says Petri, adding that it was through an HTC connection that he landed a position with MGS Machine Corporation in Maple Grove, in December 2012. The job as an assembly technician was exactly what he was hoping for to start his career. MGS Machine Corporation builds custom automated machinery to meet customers’ specifications. Petri says his HTC training prepared him for success on the job. In addition to earning his A.A.S. degree, Petri completed requirements to become FANUC certified. A longtime leader in Automation Robotics Engineering Technology (ARET) training. HTC was the first technical college in Minnesota to be certified as an official training and education site for FANUC Robotics Material Handling Program Software.

“The program provided great hands-on experience, and I liked the fact that if you’re good at something, then you could work ahead of the regular pace,” says Petri, who graduated from HTC with a 4.0 grade point average. Petri was very involved in college activities, including serving as president of the Veterans’ Student Organization. He was selected to participate in a Beyond The Yellow Ribbon ceremony attended by Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton honoring HTC and other organizations for support of veterans and their families. HTC has Veterans Resource Centers at its campuses in Brooklyn Park and Eden Prairie. Now Petri is continuing his education to earn a bachelor’s degree in manufacturing management through the 2+2 program, HTC’s articulation agreement with the University of Minnesota – Crookston. Petri attends one residency course per semester at HTC, and the rest of his classes are completed online. He hopes to complete his degree in May 2015. Petri and his family live in Maple Grove, just minutes from his work at MGS Machine Corporation. 15

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+ More than 260 students received scholarships totaling $220,772.

The number of scholarship applications submitted over the past five years has doubled. This year more than 1000 students submitted scholarship applications. + Rotary STRIVE students received matching scholarships totaling $8,890. + 62 students received emergency loans totaling $21,978. Loan requests increased 20% in the past year. + $10,000 assisted students with transportation costs and subsidized the purchase of Go-To-College bus cards. Bus passes sell out quickly and more would sell if available. + $6739 in grants was awarded to faculty and staff for innovative programs that enhance learning and student success. + Celebrating 40 Years, the annual dinner and auction, brought in over $122,000 in revenue. At least 70% of net proceeds will be designated for general scholarships. + The annual employee campaign raised over $46,000 with 67% participation. + In-kind donations to the college and foundation totaled over $660,000. + Total giving exceeded $3.8 million since the Foundation was established in 1999. With in-kind gifts the amount is over $5 million.

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