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NDSCS Unveils New Precision Agriculture Programs & CHS Foundation Grant

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03-06-2024

North Dakota State College of Science (NDSCS) is proud to announce the expansion of its Agriculture department with the introduction of new AAS degrees in Precision Agronomy and Precision Agriculture Technician.

These programs are crafted to meet the growing demand for skilled professionals in the agricultural industry and to support the CHS Foundation mission of developing a new generation of ag leaders. CHS and the CHS Foundation recently awarded $96,000 to NDSCS to help reach these goals. That grant will help NDSCS purchase and implement a variety of GPS receivers and field displays; purchase and install John Deere AutoTrac and ActiveYield; and purchase and implement a planter row unit test table.

“The CHS partnership is invaluable to the Precision Agriculture Technician program at NDSCS. The high-tech equipment provided by this grant will provide innovative, real-world training. NDSCS students will now be even better prepared to take on the challenges ahead in their ag careers,” shared Craig Zimprich, Program Director at NDSCS Agriculture.

The new Precision Agriculture Technician program is meticulously designed to train students in the latest technological advances in agriculture equipment. It prepares students for careers where they will sell, troubleshoot, and repair precision equipment, a critical need identified by major precision equipment dealers. The program offers extensive hands-on experience, including a paid internship and the opportunity to operate state-of-the-art machinery at the NDSCS Kosel Family Land Lab.

“Training in precision agriculture and experience with precision agriculture equipment are essential skills for today’s graduates,” says Megan Wolle, president, CHS Foundation. “Through this partnership, NDSCS students will be ready to tackle new precision ag challenges and pursue careers in the agriculture industry.”

NDSCS's commitment to diversity and inclusion is integral to its vision, fostering a respectful and supportive environment that celebrates individual differences and promotes cultural appreciation. Chandra Langseth, a program instructor on the CHS Dakota Plains Ag producer board, exemplifies this commitment, enhancing program development and workforce diversity in collaboration with CHS.

“We are fortunate to have Chandra lead our Precision Agriculture program. She is very talented and provides valuable insight coupled with practical knowledge for the students here at NDSCS,” shared Zimprich.

The college's innovative strategies include interdisciplinary teaching, leveraging expertise from NDSCS's diesel and manufacturing faculty to ensure that graduates possess comprehensive technical skills. The program's success is already anticipated, with the North Dakota Legislature allocating approximately $20 million for facility enhancements to advance precision agriculture education at NDSCS.

The program's SMART goals are ambitious and well-defined, focusing on equipping students with practical skills in data management, equipment calibration, and troubleshooting. The long-term impact is clear: NDSCS aims to be a national leader in precision agriculture training, providing students with the knowledge and practical experience needed for immediate career success.

NDSCS's strategic partnerships and collaborations with industry leaders, including CHS Foundation, ensure that the curriculum remains cutting-edge and relevant. The program is set to be sustainable, with funding strategies involving the reinvestment of proceeds from the NDSCS Kosel Family Agriculture Land Lab and ongoing support from industry partners.

The college plans to promote the program through various channels, including opportunities for high school students and active engagement with FFA organizations in North Dakota, Minnesota, and throughout our region.

Learn more at NDSCS.edu/Ag.

NDSCS Business Management students qualified for the 2024 International DECA competition

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02-28-2024

North Dakota State College of Science (NDSCS) is proud to announce that thirty-six NDSCS Collegiate DECA members competed at the 2024 North Dakota Collegiate DECA Conference on February 21st and 22nd.


This annual competition brings together some of North Dakota's best and brightest business students from eight different colleges to compete in various business case study events.


Students were entered into one individual event and were also paired up in a team competition. In both experiences, the students were presented with a real-world business problem and then asked to solve the scenario in front of judges. Area Fargo/Moorhead business professionals served as judges for this event. 


NDSCS Collegiate DECA had 28 members qualify to compete at the 2024 International Career Development Conference in Austin, Texas in April.


Top award winners in individual events include:

  • Emma Hagemeister (1st Place) Sales Management and Leadership Event
  • Wyatt Rittenhouse (2nd Place) Retail Management
  • Natalia Nazario (2nd Place) Entrepreneurship Operations
  • Madison Hagan (3rd Place) Travel and Tourism 
  • Adnan Rahman (3rd Place) Entrepreneurship Operations
  • Triton Kaercher (3rd Place) Financial Accounting
  • Lucas Allen (3rd Place) Hotel and Lodging
  • Moriah Blazek (3rd Place) Human Resource Management


Top Team Event Winners Include:

  • Kylie Geray and Emma Hagemeister (2nd Place) Business-to-Business Marketing
  • Ava Bladow and Corissa Lang (2nd Place) Business Ethics
  • Myah Jelinek, Natalia Nazario (2nd Place) Entertainment Marketing
  • Lauren Oster and Savannah Puetz (2nd Place) Event Planning
  • Moriah Blazek and Taylor Slominski (2nd Place) Marketing Communications
  • Lucas Allen and Mathias Kackman (3rd Place) Marketing Communications


Gregory Anderson, the faculty advisor for NDSCS Collegiate DECA, commented “I was pleasantly surprised at how well our students performed. As is usually the case, almost all NDSCS Collegiate DECA members are first-year students who have never competed before, going against seasoned juniors and seniors from four-year colleges who have experienced both state and national competitions. For our students to do well, they had to display a certain level of confidence, and I think that is what showed. I will be very proud to see a number of qualifiers take the next step at the International Conference in Austin, Texas.”

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NDSCS Hosting Region 13 Basketball Tournament March 2-3

02-26-2024
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NDSCS Achieves Record Enrollment Numbers for Spring Semester

02-09-2024
North Dakota State College of Science (NDSCS) is proud to announce record enrollment numbers for the Spring 2024 semester. According to the official census taken on the 20th instructional day of classes, NDSCS reports a total enrollment of 3,200 students, with an impressive 30,358.50 registered credits. This milestone reaffirms NDSCS's commitment to providing quality education and opportunities for its students.

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