North Dakota State College of Science Celebrates $1 Million Donation from Yaggie Family to Renovate Agriculture Center

Yaggie family - Jeri, Donald, Richard, Robert

In a grand gesture that underscores a legacy of commitment and generosity, the Yaggie family has contributed a $1 million donation to the North Dakota State College of Science (NDSCS) Foundation. This significant contribution will fund the renovation of the NDSCS Agriculture Center, which will be renamed the “Yaggie Family Agriculture Center” in honor of the family’s longstanding involvement in agriculture and the community.

Robert (Bob), Donald (Don) and Richard Yaggie, along with Jeri Yaggie (in memory and honor of her late husband, David) have made this generous contribution to NDSCS that will benefit our entire region.

This transformative donation comes as a tribute to the family’s deep roots in agriculture and education, with multiple generations of Yaggies having attended NDSCS. “The Yaggie family's gift is a testament to their belief in the future of agriculture and the importance of education in our community,” said Dr. Rod Flanigan, President of NDSCS.

The renovated Yaggie Family Agriculture Center will not only serve as a tribute to the family’s contributions but will also be a cornerstone for future agricultural education and innovation at NDSCS.

NDSCS Director of Facilities, David Cooper, shares details of the renovations made possible by this gift, “These are exciting times for NDSCS, as the Tech Center remodel is in the Architectural design and engineering phases. This will not only create a visible presence for the NDSCS Precision Agriculture program, it will also help the different programs within Precision Ag to grow, providing the latest in today’s student environment and combining hands-on learning with today’s technology. This remodel includes the renovation of all classrooms, shops, and offices to include the relocation of the John Deere Diesel program to make room for Precision Ag equipment training programs. We are working closely with our technology partners to insure all of the spaces provide the best learning environment possible for our students.”

From Otto Yaggie's homestead beginnings to Leo’s visionary expansion into the Red River Valley and the establishment of the Minn-Dak Beet Growers, the Yaggie family has been pivotal in fostering agricultural innovation. Today, the Yaggie farms continue to thrive with a collaborative spirit across four generations. Donald--along with his sons Kevin, Mike, and Jeff—farm in the Breckenridge area, as well as, Thief River Falls, Minnesota. Also, part of the family legacy are Robert (1960 NDSCS alum) and his son, Bruce, Richard and his son, Allen, David (a 1965 NDSCS Alum) who passed away in 2019 and his son, Mark, who passed in 2017. All farm near Breckenridge.

The Yaggie family's involvement extends beyond their farms. They have been active in various community and agricultural organizations, including: the International Flying Farmers; St. Mary’s School and Church; and CHI Hospital--showcasing their commitment to enriching the community and supporting future generations.

“We are deeply grateful for the Yaggie family’s generosity,” said Kim Nelson, Executive Director of the NDSCS Foundation. “This donation will allow us to advance our agricultural programs and continue to serve as a leader in educating the next generation of agricultural professionals.”

In addition to their support of the Yaggie Family Agriculture Center, the family also supports NDSCS through their involvement on the NDSCS Foundation Board, NDSCS Catbackers, the NDSCS Ag Advisory Committee and promoting NDSCS to the entire surrounding community.

(photo caption: left to right — Jeri, Donald, Richard and Robert Yaggie)

NDSCS Performing Arts Department to Present Holiday Concert

Performing Arts Holiday Concert December 5

NDSCS Performing Arts will present their Holiday Concert on Tuesday, December 5 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.

All performance groups will be participating in this celebration of the season. In addition to some traditional pieces, there will be music from holiday classic movies, including White Christmas, The Polar Express, and Home Alone. The Holiday Concert is free and open to the public. Free-will donations will be accepted and help support the Performing Arts department.

Fargo audiences can enjoy a preview on Monday, December 4 at 10 a.m., when the NDSCS Concert Band and Concert Choir groups will be at West Acres Mall.

The holiday concert on December 5th marks the beginning of a wonderful holiday season at NDSCS.  The Community Choir Cantata follows, with performances on December 9 at 7 p.m. and December 10 at 2 p.m., and the Magical Medora Christmas Tour will be at NDSCS on December 11 at 7:30 p.m. All performances will be held at the Harry Stern and Ella Stern Cultural Center.

Learn more about NDSCS Performing Arts at

Business Management students go on industry tours

Business Management students touring Giant Seeds

Business Law and Human Resource Management students toured Giant Snacks last Wednesday, November 8th. Rober Schuler, Vice President of Marketing, told students about how the company got its start and how it continues to be innovative in creating new snacks and seasonings of those snacks from sunflower seeds to pistachios. Marketing, supply chains, networking, technology/equipment advancements and branding were also addressed.

Human Resource Management students then went separately to ComDel Innovation and toured. Tiana Bohn, Business Management Advisory Board member and former student who is now the Learning Coordinator, conducted the tour. Specific questions regarding product development, prototyping, work flow process, day-to-day operations, recruitment, selection, and branding were addressed.


industry tour at ComDel

NDSCS Volleyball to attend NJCAA National Championship Tournament

2023-2024 NDSCS Volleyball Team

Go Wildcats! NDSCS Volleyball will be participating in the NJCAA National Tournament at the Alliant Energy Powerhouse Arena in Cedar Rapids, Iowa from November 15 – 18, 2023. The team finished off the season with an overall 25-8 record, and is the Region 13 Champion and the Northwest Plains District Champion.


Head Coach, Jane Passa, was named Region 13 Coach of the Year and District Coach of the Year by the NJCAA. About this season, Coach Passa remarked, “I am so proud of our team for setting and reaching such high goals. We are thrilled to be competing in the National Tournament and look forward to making some noise at the BIG DANCE!”


NDSCS Athletics is organizing a send-off for the team on Monday, November 13th at 4:45 p.m. in the Clair T. Blikre Activity Center, Wahpeton, N.D. The entire community is invited to join NDSCS in celebrating the team’s accomplishments and hearing from some of the coaches and players. The team bus will leave shortly after the send-off, at 5:15 p.m.


Tune in to their National Tournament run. A watch party is being planned and more information is to come. Follow NDSCS on Facebook and Instagram for details.

NDSCS OTA students hosted CarFit event for the community

student holding a clipboard standing in front of a parked car

The North Dakota State College of Science Occupational Therapy Assistant Program hosted a CarFit event on the NDSCS Campus in Wahpeton, ND, on Wednesday, November 8th, 2023 from 1-3 p.m.

CarFit is a national program developed by AAA, AARP and the American Occupational Therapy Association, and is designed to give a quick, yet comprehensive check on how well an older driver and their vehicle work together. At a CarFit event, trained volunteers complete a 12-point checklist with each driver. Among the items checked are: correct position of the driver's seat, driver's ability to easily reach pedals, and proper adjustment of mirrors.

As part of their coursework, NDSCS OTA students are trained in the CarFit program by a Certified CarFit Technician. At this year's event, second-year OTA students worked with participants to ensure they "fit" their vehicle properly for maximum comfort and safety. A CarFit check takes approximately 20 minutes to complete and is completely free.

Bailey Adams, NDSCS Business Management graduate, is finding success in small town living.

Bailey Adams, Business Management graduate

Bailey Adams, a 2022 NDSCS Business Management graduate, is thriving in small-town living and is making a significant impact on her community. The journey to her career, through her education at NDSCS, is unique and is marked by her flexibility and willingness to adapt. During her junior year in high school, Bailey was uncertain about her future and considered joining the military as a potential path forward.

During her senior year in high school, with no concrete college plans after graduation, she registered for the North Dakota Air National Guard. Bailey graduated from Richland 44 high school in 2019.

Basic training for the military wasn't scheduled until the following spring, so Bailey took the opportunity to enroll at NDSCS, during opening weekend in the Fall of 2019. The college's flexibility for late enrollment allowed her to participate in general education courses during that fall semester.

As the Spring of 2020 arrived, Bailey was called away for basic training and specific job training with the military, and was there from March to November, 2020. As she awaited her next military assignment, Bailey decided to enroll for the spring 2021 semester, this time choosing to study Business Management.

During her two years at NDSCS, Bailey formed lasting friendships and participated in campus life, attending athletic competitions and student events. Throughout her time in the Business Management program, Bailey found even more opportunity for her future.

Rebecca Undem, a public speaker and founder of Growing Small Towns, visited NDSCS to deliver a presentation to one of Bailey's classes. Growing Small Towns is a non-profit organization in Oakes, ND, dedicated to helping small towns thrive by facilitating partnerships between local non-profits and larger corporations, helps entrepreneurs start and scale their businesses, and hosts gathering space for various sized meetings and events. Inspired by the presentation and cooperative work on a project for the Oakes community, Bailey secured an internship for Fall 2022.

While in her internship, Bailey contributed to Growing Small Towns in various capacities, from managing social media marketing to updating the company's website. Prior to Bailey’s graduation from NDSCS in December 2022, Rebecca offered her a full-time position, and a more significant role within the organization.

Today, Bailey is an essential part of Growing Small Towns, involved in event planning and coordination, building management, invoicing, and much more. Her role allows her to engage in activities that enrich local communities, from planning meetings and company parties to co-working rentals and even an upcoming fashion show. Her favorite events have been the annual bus trips that bring people from the Fargo area to explore the hidden treasures of North Dakota's small towns.

Bailey attributes much of her success to her education at NDSCS, specifically highlighting the Quickbooks Accounting and Career Seminar courses that equipped her with important skills for both her personal and professional life. Her journey from uncertainty to making a meaningful impact in her small town serves as an inspiring example of the potential that can be unlocked through determination and higher education.

Karl Griffor Appointed Vice President of Operations for NDSCS-Fargo and Upcoming NDSCS Career Innovation Center

Karl Griffor headshot

The North Dakota State College of Science (NDSCS) proudly announces the appointment of Karl Griffor as the new Vice President of Operations for the NDSCS-Fargo location, as well as for the highly anticipated NDSCS Career Innovation Center (CIC), slated to open its doors in 2025.

Griffor, an esteemed military veteran who retired from the Army in 2005, boasts an extensive career transition, moving from defense contracting into education. After obtaining an Arizona K-12 CTE teaching certificate in Industrial and Emerging Technology, Griffor enriched minds as a public school teacher and later, as a Cybersecurity educator at Cochise College. He eventually climbed the ranks to become the Dean of Workforce Development there. Today, he prepares to lead NDSCS's operations in Fargo, encompassing both the current establishment and the forthcoming CIC.

When asked about his enthusiasm for his new role in Fargo, Griffor expressed, “The possibilities for growth are limitless. Fargo, and indeed North Dakota, is experiencing a new era of expansion. NDSCS is perfectly poised to be a guiding light in nurturing and bolstering that growth.”

The NDSCS Career Innovation Center, located at 4230 64th Avenue South, represents the future of education and workforce training in Fargo. The 87,000 square-foot CIC will offer an assortment of academic programs and training modules ranging from Construction and IT to Agriculture and General Education.

President Rod Flanigan, Ph.D. remarks, “Mr. Griffor has demonstrated strong leadership skills through years of experience both in the military and in higher education. Karl’s affable personality and the ability to develop strong relationships with people of all ages and of all levels of responsibility make him the perfect fit for the position. He will help us build a stronger presence in the Fargo market by building relationships with area high schools, local business and industry professionals, and with elected officials. We are very excited to have Mr. Griffor on staff and look forward to many years of strong enrollment growth in the Fargo area.”

Griffor envisions NDSCS playing an even more integral role in Fargo's educational landscape. "While our operations in Fargo already make significant contributions, we’re gearing up to enhance our service offerings. With the CIC on the horizon, we anticipate a surge in dual-credit options for high school students, offering them improved avenues for education and employment."

In addition to comprehensive academic programs, NDSCS-Fargo provides a holistic educational environment that champions attainability, affordability, convenience, credibility, and relevance. Offering academic options in diverse fields like Business Management, EMS, ICT, and Welding Technology, NDSCS-Fargo prepares students to confront the challenges of the modern job market. For those considering a future with NDSCS, both the current Fargo location and the forthcoming CIC represent unparalleled opportunities for academic and professional growth.

To learn more about NDSCS's Career Innovation Center and Karl Griffor’s strategic vision for the institution, visit NDSCS's Career Innovation Center website or NDSCS-Fargo.

NDSCS Performing Arts Department to Present Fall Concert October 24

Performing Arts Fall Concert Oct 24

The North Dakota State College of Science (NDSCS) Performing Arts Department is excited to announce its inaugural concert of the season, set to captivate audiences on Tuesday, October 24, 2023, at 7:30 p.m. The event will take place in the Bremer Bank Theatre, located within the Harry Stern and Ella Stern Cultural Center on the NDSCS campus in Wahpeton.


The concert will showcase the extraordinary talents of the NDSCS Concert Choir, Jazz Band, and Wildcat Singers. Bryan Poyzer, the program coordinator and choral director, promises a wonderful evening, stating, "Our programs always feature a wide range of musical styles. This concert will fluxuate between traditional and modern pieces as well as include two surprise announcements regarding upcoming performances.”


Adding to the excitement, Dr. Adam Hollingsworth will take the helm as the director of the Jazz Band, continuing their tradition of exploring a wide variety of musical genres. The Jazz Band's performance will feature swing, rock, country, and jazz standards.


The NDSCS Performing Arts Department welcomes members of the community to join them for this event. The concert is open to the public and free of charge. Attendees will have the opportunity to make free-will donations to support the department's ongoing mission to nurture and showcase emerging talent in the world of performing arts.


For more information about the NDSCS Performing Arts Department and to stay updated on their upcoming events, please visit


Don't miss a night of music as the NDSCS Performing Arts Department takes the stage on October 24th.