Ryan Hagins, a Liberal Arts program student, and Dave Dalsveen, an instructor in the Information Technology program, received the top honors during the Greater Menomonie Area Chamber of Commerce’s Excellence in Education Banquet. Ryan received the Outstanding Student award and Dave received the Outstanding Educator award from CVTC’s Menomonie Campus.
Ryan, a 2011 graduate of Menomonie High School, is in his first semester of school and is currently completing general education credits with plans to transfer to UW-Stout to pursue engineering. Ryan was nominated by his General Psychology instructor, Franki Larrabee. “Ryan is an excellent student in my class,” commented Franki. “Ryan adds so much to our discussions on a daily basis. I can always count on him to give a well-thought out and pertinent response.”
Dave Dalsveen started his career at CVTC in 2004, and is an instructor in the Information Technology Programmer/Analyst program. Prior to coming to CVTC, Dave worked as a software engineer for such companies as Silicon Logic Engineering, Silicon Graphics, and Cray Research. He also served as a power generation equipment specialist in the U. S. Army. Dave’s education includes an associate degree in data processing from Northwest Technical College in Minneapolis, a bachelor’s degree in zoology from UW-Madison and a master’s in software engineering from the National Technological University.
Other faculty members were quick to respond with accolades for Dave. “Dave is a pioneering spirit in our department. He is always willing to take on investigating new programs and new opportunities for our students to learn programs like XML, Agile, and Mobile Apps.”
In 2009 the Greater Menomonie Area Chamber of Commerce unveiled a new program with a focus on youth leadership and connections between education and business. The Apprentice: Dunn County paired student-led teams with business projects. Students in the program present their work before a panel of business judges, and a Dunn County Donald Trump announces who is “hired” as the winning team.
Dave Dalsveen has been an advocate and winner of this program since the start. In 2010 his students took home the 1st place award for a website they designed for WestCap. In 2011, Dave’s students took the top award again – this time designing a database for Main Street Menomonie.
Congratulations, Ryan and Dave!