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NDSCS Performing Arts Department to present Fall Concert October 25

The NDSCS Performing Arts Department will present its first concert of the season on Tuesday, October 25, 2022 at 7:30 p.m. in the Bremer Bank Theatre in the Harry Stern and Ella Stern Cultural Center on the NDSCS campus in Wahpeton.


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NDSCS is accepting applications for its Practical Nursing program in Fargo

North Dakota State College of Science is accepting applications for students interested in enrolling in the Practical Nursing program at NDSCS-Fargo. The deadline for submitting an application and all selection criteria is October 15, 2022.


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NDSCS earns 2022-2023 Military Friendly® School designation

North Dakota State College of Science (NDSCS) announced today that it has earned the 2022-2023 Military Friendly School designation.


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NDSCS fall enrollment increases by 5 percent

Enrollment at North Dakota State College of Science has risen to 2,942 for the fall semester of 2022. This is an increase of 140 students or 5% when compared to last year’s headcount of 2,802. 


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NDSCS Building Construction Technology students and faculty to construct new band shelter for Wahpeton Park District

The Building Construction Technology students and faculty will begin construction this week on a new band shelter for the Wahpeton Park District.


NDSCS Receives Grant from the National Science Foundation

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The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded approximately $1.4 million in grant funding to the North Dakota State College of Science, which will impact students interested in STEM careers. The grant is poised to help address retention, graduation, and engagement of students by providing financial, academic, and professional success support which is personalized to each scholarship student.

NDSCS President Rod Flanigan praised the scholarship for the positive impact it will have on students. “NDSCS continues a dedicated focus on student success, ensuring students have the tools necessary to excel in the workforce. Thank you to those at NDSCS who had the vision and passion to dedicate toward this grant. Your continued dedication on student-centric initiatives like this NSF grant make NDSCS a special place for students to learn and grow. What an amazing opportunity to support students and amplify STEM careers in North Dakota and our region. NDSCS is honored to carry out the mission of this grant.“

The Science of Success STEM Scholarship Program will provide scholarships up to $10,000 per year to a minimum of 70 students who are pursuing associates degrees in 11 career and technical programs, and five Liberal Arts Transfer Programs.

“The uniqueness of the scholarship program is our emphasis on supporting CTE students and forming learning cohorts comprised of CTE and Liberal Arts students based on the theme of developing STEM awareness,” said Dr. William Shay, Professor of Chemistry and Physics at NDSCS, and manager of the grant. This grant aims to bolster the statewide and regional in-demand workforce by graduating students who not only possess the technical skills required by industry and universities but will also possess the career-ready skills critical for professional success and understand the importance of their profession to the STEM community.

This is not the first grant from the NSF to NDSCS. The previous S-STEM award provided scholarships from $1,000 to $10,000 per academic year to 88 students during the funding period: 82 students enrolled in Career and Technical Programs, and 6 students enrolled in Liberal Arts Transfer Programs. According to Shay, “Success was documented by retention rates, graduation rates, and academic achievement. The retention rate for first-year scholarship students was 82% with a three-year graduation rate of 67%.”

The project is funded by NSF’s Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics program, which seeks to increase the number of academically talented students with demonstrated financial need who earn degrees in STEM fields.

Scholarship-eligible academic programs include:

  • Career and Technical Programs: Architectural Modeling & Design Technology, Electrical Technology, Electrical Master Technician, Industrial Electrical, Information & Communication Technology, Web Developer, Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration, Land Surveying and Estimating Technology, Precision Machining Technology, Robotics, Automation and Mechatronics Technology, Welding Technology
  • Liberal Arts Transfer Programs: Biotechnology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Engineering, Mathematics

NDSCS to Begin 120th Academic Year August 22, 2022

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North Dakota State College of Science fall semester classes will begin Monday, August 22 at 4 p.m. for all students in Wahpeton, Fargo and online. Students who are not yet enrolled for Fall semester can still do so by contacting the Admission office at 701-671-2521.

Opening weekend events in Wahpeton will kick off on Saturday, August 20 when residence halls open for student move-in at 10 a.m. Welcome Week, an annual series of events designed to help students connect to the College community and establish positive and healthy habits, will take place from August 20-27 and will include outdoor evening activities for new and returning students.

These events will include:
• Saturday, August 20, 9 - 11 p.m. – Outdoor Movie on The Oval
• Sunday, August 21, 4 – 7 p.m. – Community Block Party (community is invited, learn more at
                                  9 p.m. – 12 a.m. – Street Dance in Lot 2 north of Old Main with music provided by a D.J.
• Monday, August 22, 7 - 10 p.m. – Glow Games on The Oval with music provided by a D.J.
• Wednesday, August 24, 8 – 10 p.m. – Karaoke and Open Mic Night on The Oval
• Thursday, August 25, 9 p.m. – 12 a.m. – Street Dance in Lot 2 north of Old Main with music provided by a D.J.
• Friday, August 26, 7 – 10 p.m. – Laser Tag on The Oval with music provided by a D.J.

NDSCS students earn awards at SkillsUSA Championship

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North Dakota State College of Science (NDSCS) students recently earned top honors at the national SkillsUSA Championships held during the National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC) in Atlanta, Georgia in June. Three NDSCS students received medals for their achievements.

Brady Kroll, an NDSCS plumbing student from Barnesville, Minn., won a silver medal in the Plumbing category. Kroll was tested on his ability to ‘rough-in’ hot and cold-water lines with copper tubing and ‘rough-in’ sanitary drainage, waste and vent lines with cast iron and PVC plastic for a water closet, a lavatory, a washer box and a floor drain.

Zachary Lahlam of Marion, ND also won a silver medal, this time in the Power Equipment category. In Power Equipment, Lahlam’s skills were tested in all areas of technology, from understanding related theories, interpreting both electrical and hydraulic schematics to customer service skills.

Additionally, Cale Mouser of Tenstrike, Minn. earned a bronze award in the Diesel Technology category and Shayne Hoffman of New Hradec, N.D., an Architectural Drafting & Estimating Technology student, won fourth place in the Architectural Drafting category.

“Our SkillsUSA participants exemplify all of our talented students at NDSCS and the outstanding faculty that foster their learning and skills. We are incredibly proud of these students’ accomplishments,” said Dr. Lisa Karch, Vice President for Instructional Affairs.

The SkillsUSA Championships event is one of the largest hands-on workforce events in the world and are known for career competition events showcasing the best career and technical education students in the nation. This year’s competition was the first time since 2019 all competitions were held in-person. More than 5,200 contestants competed in 108 separate events, with nearly 1,100 judges and contest organizers make the national event possible.

Funds available to create or expand registered apprenticeship programs

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Funds are now available through Train ND, a division of North Dakota State College of Science (NDSCS), to assist North Dakota businesses with costs associated with creating a new or expanded registered apprenticeship programs. Employers are encouraged to visit to learn more about funding and other support. Funds are available for developing a new apprenticeship model or expanding an existing apprenticeship program to a new industry sector or occupation, population, or meeting needs in a different region or location; these funds were obtained through the Apprenticeship Expansion Grant.

In recent years, governors and state legislatures have recognized apprenticeships as an effective strategy for meeting the needs of businesses, keeping up with a rapidly changing economy, building a skilled workforce, and accelerating growth that leads to economic opportunity for workers and families.

NDSCS Apprenticeship ND Manager, Brian Fuder said, “Expanding apprenticeships will help individuals gain the skills necessary to fill vacancies and help employers find skilled workers more readily. At NDSCS we are here to help and we encourage businesses and industry partners that are considering implementing apprenticeships to reach out for assistance.”

HEART Camp hosted at NDSCS

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NDSCS hosted the first-ever HEART (Healthcare, Education, Adventure, Research and Tours) Camp July 10-12 in collaboration with Sanford Health and M State. The camp was open to high school juniors, seniors and recent graduates interested in health careers and wanting to further explore career options that require a two-year degree.

This innovative camp provided participants a ‘behind the scenes’ look into many health career fields. Participants were able to explore health-focused academic programs through hands-on activities and then were able to experience the careers in an actual clinic, lab, and hospital setting with current healthcare professionals. “We are so fortunate to have Sanford as a partner. We are able to provide incoming students the opportunity to experience what they’ll be learning in our allied health areas, but because of Sanford’s partnership they actually get to engage with current professionals in real-world healthcare settings,” said NDSCS Vice President for Student Affairs and Strategy, Dr. Jane Vangsness Frisch.

Students were able to tour, learn and experience hands-on activities in various career paths including Nursing, Occupational Therapy Assisting, Pharmacy Tech, Emergency Medical Services, Cath Lab: CVT/I/Surgical Tech/Radiological Tech, Medical Laboratory/Phlebotomy, Dental Assisting/Hygiene, and Health Information.

The following students participated in Heart Camp 2022:

  • Brooke Davis, Wyndmere Public School – Grade 12
  • Nevaeh (Ashe) Rosenbury, Central Cass, Grade 11
  • Alexandria Lade, Central Cass, Grade 11
  • Madison Cameron, Battle Lake Public School, Grade 11
  • Josie Johnson, Breckenridge High School, Grade 12
  • Hadley DeTienne, Stanley High School, Grade 12
  • Maddison McCarthy, Powers Lake High School, Grade 12