History

1903 - NDSCS was provided for in the Constitution of the State of North Dakota and began actual operation under the name State Scientific School, making it one of the oldest public two-year colleges in the United States.

1905 - The Arts and Science Division was the first division to be organized, and the Business Division begins operation shortly after.

1922 - The first trade and technical programs were offered, and since that time, NDSCS became widely accepted as a hub for recruiting employees. NDSCS followed the basic principles of the Babcock Plan and the North Dakota Plan. The original plan of four interacting curriculum divisions was the result of a survey conducted in 1921 by Dean Earl J. Babcock of the School of Mines of the University of North Dakota. NDSCS was named the central trade and technical institution for the state of North Dakota. Under the North Dakota Plan, all trade-technical training in the state for many years was centralized in this institution - a method which proved very satisfactory in a state with sparse population and where agriculture continues to be the primary industry. NDSCS provides practical, hands-on education for thousands of students who, upon graduation, become available to meet business, professional, and industrial needs.

1987 - North Dakota State School of Science changed its name to North Dakota State College of Science, and converted from the quarter system to the semester system in 1992 as part of a North Dakota University System initiative.

1997 - NDSCS establishes the Skills and Technology Training Center as a regional workforce training center located in Fargo. 

2002 - The North Dakota State Board of Higher Education officially recognizes NDSCS as a Centennial College.

2005 - NDSCS expanded its welding technology program to the Fargo site. NDSCS kicked off the Center for Nanoscience Technology in Fargo.

2007 - A $1.5 million renovation began on the Earl "Skip" Bute Alumni Stadium and Frank Vertin Field.

2008 - NDSCS and West Fargo Public Schools joined together to offer the Early College Program - allowing 11th and 12th grade students to take college classes and earn credit toward an associate's degree while in high school.

2009 - Wilbur A. Lunday, an NDSCS alumnus, and his wife Betty, both deceased, donated more than $1 million to the College. NDSCS launched the first Give Kids a Smile day and, along with several area dentists, provided $11,000 in free dental services to 50 qualifying area children. In January, NDSCS announced the journey worker track program that offers college credit for completed federally-approved apprenticeship training. NDSCS launched social media initiatives including Facebook and Twitter.

2010 - In July, a $5.7 million renovation of Horton Hall was completed. The building, originally constructed in 1927 for $65,000, is LEED certified.

2012 - In April, a $10.5 million Bisek Hall diesel building expansion project broke ground, and in May, a $9 million renovation began on Forkner and Riley halls.

2013 - In July, the $9 million renovation of both Forkner and Riley halls was completed, and in September, the $10.5 million Bisek Hall diesel expansion project was finalized. We also said goodbye to two historical buildings on campus - Hektner and Burch Halls. In November, the $6.7 million renovation of Old Main began. The NDSCS Ambassadors was developed, a new student group that serves as a resource for NDSCS and the Wahpeton community.

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