Dave Dalsveen, CVTC CIS Programmer/Analyst instructor and three students, Ryan Jackson, Andrew Lulloff, and Todd Lehne, designed a usable database for Main Street Menomonie. The CVTC student group competed against a group of students from UW-Stout who created a quality control system for Shape Products of Menomonie.
"Thank you for connecting us to the Apprentice program and for giving our students this wonderful opportunity," commented Dave about how the Greater Menomonie Area Chamber of Commerce got CVTC involved in the program. "It is truly a privilege to watch these students grow in our program and then produce such great results based on what they have learned."
A panel of judges, including teachers from each school and a representative from each business, participated in the showcase event as student groups presented their work and the winner was announced.
The Apprentice: Dunn County was created to assist area companies by connecting them with talented, student-led teams working to provide solutions to real-world challenges. The initiative enables businesses to submit a project challenge and then be matched with students from area high schools and colleges who can assist.
The first year of this event was 2010, and CVTC also won first prize.