June, 2013

NDSCS announces new IT Forensics option

June 21, 2013

North Dakota State College of Science will soon begin offering an Information Technology (IT) Forensics option in the Information and Communications Technology department.           

Kicking off this fall, the IT Forensics certificate option will provide an immediate basis for professionals employed in the high-tech industry to improve their ability to counter threats to information systems, thereby increasing their value to organizations that employ them and ensuring computer systems under their care are protected. This certificate, when paired with one of the Information and Communications Technology two-year degrees (such as an A.A.S. in Information Systems Administrator), will show versatility and provide advanced skills in IT Forensics.           

This academic option will provide students with a broad overview of the field and introduce them to recent advances and current research problems; emphasize ethical, economic, social and legal impacts of IT forensics technologies; supply a foundation for the development of IT forensics; and provide students with the ability to counter threats to information systems.           

All applicants must be high school graduates or equivalent. A satisfactory criminal background check will also be required prior to admission. Classes will be offered online and in Wahpeton. Upon successful completion of the required courses, students will be awarded a certificate in Information and Communications Technology with an emphasis in IT Forensics.

Gladen joins NDSCS as Vice President for Administrative Affairs

June 20, 2013

​North Dakota State College of Science is pleased to announce that Dennis Gladen of Wahpeton, N.D., has been named Vice President for Administrative Affairs. Gladen will have primary responsibility as the chief fiscal officer of the College and oversee the activities of the Administrative Affairs Division in the areas of physical plant services, business and finance, auxiliary services and college resource development. 

Gladen has held management positions at Imation Corporation for the past 17 years including most recently, Magnetic Products RD&E and Manufacturing Director and previously, Plant Manager at the Wahpeton Imation facility. Prior to his employment at Imation, Gladen worked for 3M Corporation as the Production and Engineering Manager.  

Gladen holds a master’s degree in business administration from the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minn., and received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minn., in chemical engineering.  

“Dennis will bring great experience and insight to NDSCS from his years of leadership experience in the international business world,” said Dr. John Richman, NDSCS president. “We look forward to his contributions to the College in the coming months and years ahead.”

NDSCS schedules Commencement Ceremony

June 20, 2013

North Dakota State College of Science will be holding commencement ceremonies on Friday, May 10 at 3 p.m. in the Ed Werre Arena located in the Clair T. Blikre Activities Center in Wahpeton, N.D. Six hundred and ninety-three students from the Wahpeton campus, NDSCS-Fargo location and online are scheduled to graduate.           

Students from 21 states and two international countries, Russia and Sri Lanka, will be graduating with Associate in Arts (A.A.), Associate in Science (A.S.) and Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degrees, as well as Certificates and Diplomas in 33 areas of discipline. One hundred and seventy-six of these graduates will be recognized with a Scholastic Achievement Award for earning a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or above.

Max Reinke, mathematics and science associate professor, will serve as the Grand Marshal, Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs Harvey Link will preside as the Master of Ceremonies and NDSCS President John Richman will give the Remarks and Recognitions as well as the Presentation of Degrees, Diplomas and Certificates. Student Austin Johnson will lead the Invocation with remarks by Nikolas Kukert, Student Senate President, and the Benediction will be given by student Sarah Monk. The Wildcat Singers and Stage Band are also set to perform.

John Deere Tech students excel at National PAS Competition

June 20, 2013

NDSCS John Deere Tech students competed at the National Postsecondary Agricultural Student (PAS) conference for Agricultural Machinery Service Technicians in Louisville, Ky., in mid-March.

Four NDSCS teams comprised of two students each participated, winning second, third, fifth and eighth places, respectively.

Twenty-one teams from across the country competed, spanning from Walla Walla, Wash. to Cobleskill, N.Y. and North Dakota to Texas. In order to compete, each team must have previously placed in their state’s PAS competition in order to advance to the national competition. North Dakota sent four total teams – all from NDSCS.The National PAS Student Organization is an organization associated with agriculture/agribusiness and natural resources offerings in approved postsecondary institutions offering baccalaureate degrees, associate degrees, diplomas and/or certificates. PAS is one of the 11 career and technical student organizations that has been approved by the U.S. Department of Education as an integral part of career and technical education.

The Agricultural Machinery Technician competition is part of the Career Program Areas that allow participants to test their knowledge and problem solving skills in a competitive environment, evaluated by agriculture industry professionals. The Agricultural Machinery Service Technician Career Program Area is designed to:

The purpose of the Agricultural Machinery Technician program area is to allow participants to demonstrate their knowledge and problem solving skills necessary to work in the Agricultural Machinery and Service Technician field and to reinforce core skills and hands-on application of exercised that would be beneficial in a student’s education or employment.To lean more about the John Deere Tech program at NDSCS, go to

“Give Kids a Smile” event provides $11,500 in free dental care at NDSCS

June 20, 2013

​The North Dakota State College of Science annual American Dental Association’s Give Kids a Smile Day provided free dental care worth nearly $11,500 to 43 area children at the NDSCS Allied Dental Education Clinic.

Seven community dental professionals and six NDSCS Allied Dental department faculty and staff teamed up with 42 NDSCS Allied Dental Education students to provide free dental services to area children in February. Services included dental exams, radiographs, cleanings, fluoride treatments, sealants and fillings.            

“This is always an exciting and productive day for our dental clinic. This annual event is a great educational experience for our students and we are so thankful for the help and support of area volunteers,” said NDSCS Give Kids a Smile Program Coordinator Lucinda Hanekom. “Their time and skills were critical to the success of this event and we were very fortunate to have had their support and assistance.”           

Volunteers included:

Donations were received from the NDSCS Dental Department, the North Dakota Dental Foundation, Henry Schein and the American Dental Association. The total service value for the day was estimated at $11,425.

NDSCS-Fargo STEM Outreach Coordinator selected as Solar System Ambassador

June 20, 2013

​North Dakota State College of Science announced today that Carrie Leopold, NDSCS-Fargo STEM outreach coordinator, has been selected as a Solar System Ambassador in NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory public outreach program for 2013.           

Leopold was one of five women chosen from North Dakota to participate in this competitive volunteer program. Solar System Ambassadors are volunteers who organize community events about space science and NASA missions. Volunteers throughout the country are selected based on their backgrounds  and on their plans for public outreach activities.           

Leopold graduated from Moorhead State University – Minnesota with a bachelor’s degree in biology and holds a master’s degree in education from the University of Mary. She is currently pursuing her doctoral degree in education research at the University of North Dakota. Besides working as the STEM Outreach Coordinator at NDSCS-Fargo, Leopold is also a part of NASA’s professional development network, which provides resources and training to area teachers.            

For further information about the Solar System Ambassadors program, visit

NDSCS RN program ranks No. 1 in nation

June 20, 2013

​The North Dakota State College of Science Registered Nursing (RN) program has received a No. 1 ranking out of 1,805 other registered nursing programs in the United States. This ranking, which was recently reported by Mountain Measurements, Inc., is determined by the yearly National Council of Licensing Exam (NCLEX-RN) results.

Twenty-three NDSCS nursing graduates took the NCLEX-RN exam last spring, making 2012 the third consecutive year in which the NDSCS ASN-RN program has achieved a 100 percent, first attempt pass rate.

“A special thank you goes out to our students, faculty, staff and especially our clinical affiliations –they are a critical part of the educational process and without their commitment and partnership, this continuous achievement would not be possible,” said Ruth Gladen, ASN-RN program coordinator and associate professor.

This marks the eighth year that NDSCS will offer a registered nursing program. Students in the program graduate with an Associate in Science in Nursing (A.S.N.) degree and are eligible for the National Council Licensure Exam for registered nurses (NCLEX-RN).           

“I chose NDSCS to complete my RN degree because I knew they had a very high quality program and students were consistently achieving 100 percent NCLEX-RN pass rates,” said Amanda Sadowsky, former NDSCS 2012 ASN-RN graduate. “This program was one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences of my life and prepared me to enter the workplace as a confident RN.”          

For further information on the NDSCS nursing programs visit or email

Spring Enrollment continues to increase at NDSCS in Wahpeton and Fargo

June 20, 2013

​North Dakota State College of Science today announced a 1 percent spring enrollment increase from 2012, and a 20 percent increase over the past five years. NDSCS has 2,842 registered students for spring semester through Monday, February 4, the twentieth instructional day of the semester. Enrollment is up by 31 students, compared to spring 2012 when 2,811 students were enrolled.        

In the past five years, NDSCS has seen spring enrollment increase by 20 percent, from 2,272 students in 2009 to 2,842 in 2013.           

“The high demand for our graduates continues to increase, and when combined with the earning potential, more students are turning to NDSCS and a two-year degree to launch their careers,” said John Richman, NDSCS president.          

According to the just-released NDSCS 2012 Graduate Placement Report, 99 percent of 2012 NDSCS graduates are employed or continuing their education with 64 percent in a field related to their training or education. Sixty-eight percent have accepted employment in North Dakota, while 90 percent of those pursuing additional education have chosen to do so at a university located in North Dakota. The report also noted 6.1 job openings per graduate.      

Out of the 29 programs reporting, 26 recorded 100 percent placement. The highest paid graduate on record receives approximately $74,000 annually; the annual average salary of a 2012 graduate is $45,492.

For full details of the NDSCS 2012 Graduate Placement Report, go to             

The spring 2013 student body includes 55 percent full-time students and 45 percent part-time students.

North Dakota students continue to dominate enrollment patterns and comprise 71 percent of the student body. For spring semester, there are 49 of North Dakota’s 53 counties represented in the student body. Five foreign countries including Canada are also represented in the student body. There are 1,713 freshman students and 1,129 sophomore students.

There are 212 students who are exclusively taking classes at NDSCS-Fargo and 280 students who are taking classes at NDSCS-Fargo and the Wahpeton campus.   

NDSCS students finish No. 1 in National Residential Construction Management competition

June 20, 2013

Five students from North Dakota State College of Science competed in the Residential Construction Management Competition hosted by the National Association of Home Builders where they finished in first place out of 15 teams.  

The team consisted of one Construction Management Technology student – Bailey Tennant of Glendive, Mont., and four Architectural Drafting and Estimating Technology students – Lakshantha Ruwanpathirana of Fargo, N.D., Alex Palmer of Glendive, Mont., Tanner Johnson of Dickinson, N.D., and Brady Snell of Fargo, N.D. Shannon Mehrer, program coordinator of construction management technology, served as the team’s advisor.

Students completed a management project/proposal and submitted it to a group of construction company executives for judging. At the convention, students were able to defend their proposals to the judges in front of an audience.           

The competition was established by the National Association of Home Builders to offer students a real life residential construction experience. The competition does this by giving students the opportunity to demonstrate their problem solving skills by preparing a solution through documents, which include the development of working drawings, a labor and materials estimate and a construction schedule.        

“Taking first place in this competition shows that NDSCS has an incredibly strong technical program, not only in Construction Management, but also in Architectural Drafting and Estimating as well,” said Mehrer.

This marks the fifth time that NDSCS students have competed in the Residential Construction Management Competition. NDSCS was the only two-year college from North Dakota in the competition. Other two-year colleges competing included: Brigham Young University (Idaho), Cincinnati State (Ohio), College of Southern Idaho (Idaho), Dunwoody College of Technology (Minn.), Hinds Community College (Hawaii), Jefferson State Community College (Ala.), Linn State Technical College (Mo.), Montgomery College (Md.), Northcentral Technical College (Wis.), Pennsylvania College of Technology (Pa.), San Joaquin Valley College (Calif.), Tarrant County College Southeast (Texas) and Utah Valley University (Utah). 

To find out more about the construction-related programs offered at NDSCS, visit

NDSCS graduates report 99 percent placement

June 20, 2013

​North Dakota State College of Science 2012 graduates are benefitting from the strong North Dakota economy. According to information recently compiled by the NDSCS Student Success and Career Services department, upon completion of their designated programs at the College, the vast majority of NDSCS career and technical education graduates are becoming employed and staying within the state of North Dakota.         

The NDSCS 2012 Graduate Placement Report revealed that 99 percent of 2012 graduates are employed or continuing their education with 64 percent in a field related to their training or education. Sixty-eight percent have accepted employment in North Dakota, while 90 percent of those pursuing additional education have chosen to do so at a university located in North Dakota. The report also noted 6.1 job openings per NDSCS graduate.           

Out of the 29 programs reporting, 26 recorded 100 percent placement. The highest paid graduate on record receives approximately $74,000 annually; the annual average salary of a 2012 graduate is $45,492.    

“With 68 percent of NDSCS graduates finding excellent career opportunities right here in North Dakota, the College continues to offer programs for those high-demand careers, such as construction, transportation, manufacturing and computer information systems,” said Dr. John Richman, NDSCS president. “The College is dedicated to serving the workforce needs of North Dakota business and industry employers.”        

The NDSCS 2012 Graduate Placement Report is compiled each year by the NDSCS Student Success and Career Services department. Statistics for this year’s report were based on information gathered from 512 registered graduates.

A detailed report can be found at

NDSCS and Case IH Regional Dealers announce educational partnership

June 20, 2013

​North Dakota State College of Science and North Dakota Case IH regional dealers today announced an educational partnership offering a two-year diesel technology program focusing on Case IH agricultural equipment and technology. 

Through this innovative partnership, incoming students will be sponsored by participating Case IH dealerships. Sponsorships will be customized by each dealer and could include tuition assistance, internships, branded dealer uniforms and/or reimbursement for technician toolkits. Students may seek out dealer sponsors directly or request assistance securing a dealer sponsor from the College.

“We have a critical need for highly-trained dealer technicians,” said David Meyer, Titan Machinery chairman and chief executive officer. Meyer serves as chairman for the North Dakota Implement Dealers Association and the North Dakota representative on the Case IH Dealer Advisory Board. “As we continue to provide best in class solutions for our customers and suppliers, we must invest in recruiting and educating future technicians throughout our system. Partnering with NDSCS allows North Dakota Case IH dealers to ensure the ongoing quality of the technician pipeline in our state.”

Program graduates will earn an Associate in Applied Science degree in Diesel Technology - Case IH. Curriculum will include a focused study in powertrains, electrical/electronics, and Case IH-related hydraulic and farming systems. Class size will be limited to 20 students annually. 

The Diesel Technology - Case IH program will be taught at the College’s diesel technology facility in Wahpeton, N.D., beginning August 2013. Classes will be taught in Bisek Hall, currently undergoing a $10.3 million expansion that when completed in June 2013, will position NDSCS as one of the largest diesel technician educational facilities in North America featuring 110,000 sq. ft. of diesel-specific educational space.

“We are pleased to add Case IH to our reputable list of partners and value their contributions to this program,” said Dr. John Richman, NDSCS president. “The North Dakota legislature provided a significant contribution toward building a world-class diesel educational facility here and, with this additional space, the time is right to add this highly-technical Diesel Technology - Case IH program.” 

Prospective students can learn more about the Diesel Technology - Case IH program by visiting or calling Enrollment Services in Wahpeton at 800-342-4325.

Case IH is a global leader in agricultural equipment. With headquarters in the United States, Case IH has a network of more than 4,900 dealers and distributors that operates in over 160 countries. Case IH is a brand of CNH (NYSE: CNH), a majority-owned subsidiary of Fiat Group (FIA: MI).

Participating Case IH Dealership Partners: Erickson Implement, Inc.

     Carrington, N.D.

Frontier Equipment, LLC

     Williston, N.D.

Hansons Auto & Implement Inc.

     Cavalier, N.D.; Grafton, N.D.

High Plains Equipment

     Devils Lake, N.D.

Lelm Implement Inc.

     Fessenden, N.D.; Harvey, N.D.

Northern Equipment, Inc.

     Rugby, N.D.

Northern Plains Equipment Co.

     Mandan, N.D.; New Salem, N.D.

Stanley Equipment Inc.

     Stanley, N.D.

Titan Machinery Inc.

     Arthur, N.D; Casselton, N.D.; Fargo, N.D.; Grand Forks, N.D.; Jamestown, N.D.; Kintyre, N.D.; Kulm, N.D.; Lamoure, N.D.; Lidgerwood, N.D.; Lisbon, N.D.; Mayville, N.D.; Wahpeton, N.D.; Wishek, N.D.

Uglem-Ness Company

     Northwood, N.D.

West Plains, Inc.

     Beach, N.D.; Bowman, N.D.; Dickinson, N.D.; Hettinger, N.D.

NDSCS and RDO Integrated Controls announce partnership

June 20, 2013

​North Dakota State College of Science and RDO Integrated Controls, RDO Equipment Co.’s positioning division, announced a new partnership agreement today that will provide land surveying and civil engineering technology students the opportunity to learn on state-of-the-art industry equipment valued at $225,000.           

RDO Integrated Controls will provide the College with the latest field equipment to be used for the academic year free of cost. RDO Integrated Controls will also provide free faculty training, support and setup. The equipment will be returned each May and replaced each August by RDO Integrated Controls with updated equipment to be used for the next academic year.
“This partnership has been created as a recognition of the importance of industry partnering with institutions of higher education to assist in preparing the next generation to succeed in the workforce,” stated Adam Gilbertson, General Manager of RDO Integrated Controls Northern Region. “We have worked with NDSCS for many years in our John Deere business and we are excited to begin this new partnership with the land surveying and civil engineering programs at the college.”
“NDSCS is privileged to announce this innovative partnership with RDO Integrated Controls,” said Dr. John Richman, NDSCS president. “As an industry leader, RDO Equipment Co. understands the value of educating the state’s future workforce with the latest equipment.”

Current equipment on loan includes the following:

“This exciting new arrangement with RDO Integrated Controls will give our students important hands-on experience with the latest land surveying and civil engineering technology out there today,” said Jeff Jelinek, Associate Professor of Land Surveying and Civil Engineering Technology. “Some students don’t see this caliber of equipment until after they become employed. NDSCS students will be one step ahead of the game—getting to experience and work with this type of equipment on a daily basis will really give them an advantage in their field.”The Land Surveying and Civil Engineering Technology program at NDSCS is designed to prepare students for work as engineering and surveying technicians in construction-related industries, allowing graduates to work in a broad range of jobs such as surveying, drafting and material testing. Upon graduation, students can be employed with state, county and city engineering offices as well as private agencies such as consulting engineers, land surveyors and construction contractors. In 2011, there were more than eight jobs reported for each Land Surveying and Civil Engineering Technology graduate. For more information visit

President Richman outlines outlook for NDSCS in State of the College Address

June 20, 2013

​NDSCS President John Richman, Ph.D., summarized the most recent successes of the College during today’s State of the College Address held in the Harry Stern and Ella Stern Cultural Center in Wahpeton, N.D.

His vision for the future includes: Better serving the unmet needs of adult and non-traditional students in North Dakota’s largest population center, Fargo; working closely with the North Dakota State University and other North Dakota University System bachelor degree-granting institutions in student transfers to ensure the educational goals of students are met; and developing an Adult Concierge position which will be the point of contact at NDSCS and will work one-on-one with adult learners from the time contact begins all the way through graduation.  

To learn more about Dr. Richman’s vision for the College, read his State of the College Address at

NDSCS Dental Hygiene students excel at National exams

June 20, 2013

​North Dakota State College of Science dental hygiene students have demonstrated excellence in their field by earning perfect pass rates on this year’s National Board Exams and Central Region Dental Testing Exams. The entire NDSCS dental hygiene class of 2012, which consisted of 19 graduates, passed the national exams on their first attempt.        

“The dental hygiene program’s continued success can be attributed to the dedicated, hard-working students and committed faculty and support staff,” said Dr. John Richman, NDSCS president. “The program’s state-of-the-art dental clinic and off-campus affiliation sites have also played a vital role in the students’ success.”

The dental hygiene program is designed to prepare students as professionals in the discipline of dental hygiene. The program consists of classroom, laboratory and clinical experiences over five continuous semesters. Upon completion of the dental hygiene program, students will receive an Associate in Applied Science in Dental Hygiene degree. 

Enrollment levels off at NDSCS in Fall 2012

June 20, 2013

Enrollment for fall semester at the North Dakota State College of Science has leveled off at 3,066 students, representing a slight dip of 2 percent after last fall’s 28-year-high figures. Total enrollment at the College includes a diverse population of Wahpeton, Fargo and online students.  

“Three significant factors are contributing to a leveling off of enrollment this fall, the largest of which is the impact of fewer high school graduates in North Dakota and surrounding states,” said Dr. John Richman, NDSCS president. “This decrease in high school graduates will impact recruiting efforts at NDSCS and colleges around the region, as has been predicted.” 

Richman cites the second factor affecting enrollment as the popularity of specific programs. “At NDSCS, several of our most popular programs have seen overwhelming applications where prospective students are vying for limited seats. Unfortunately we have capped enrollment in these programs and cannot accommodate all of the students who are interested in these high-demand programs at this time.”

The final factor affecting enrollment is the booming North Dakota economy, according to Richman: “Many high school graduates in the state are opting for high-paying jobs in the oil patch over education. This is a tide that we believe will eventually turn, but the short-term effect of a robust state economy is trickling down to educational institutions right now.”  

NDSCS enrollment has been climbing since 2008 and celebrated a 28-year high enrollment of 3,127 students just last fall.      

On-campus housing at the Wahpeton campus has also experienced an insignificant drop as students living in residence halls decreased by less than 1 percent to 972 this fall. “We would expect a small drop in the housing demand that would coincide with that of the on-campus enrollment,” commented Melissa Johnson, executive director of residence life.

The 2012 student body includes 1,807 full-time students and 1,259 part-time students. There are 323 students taking at least one class at NDSCS-Fargo. The number of women enrolled at NDSCS is at 1,385, more than 45 percent of the total enrollment.         

The enrollment data shows NDSCS continues to do an exemplary job of serving students from North Dakota. NDSCS has registered students from 50 of the state’s 53 counties. The total number of students from North Dakota, 2,118, comprises more than 69 percent of the student body.

Representation from neighboring states include: Minnesota, 24 percent; South Dakota, 3 percent; and Montana, 1 percent. NDSCS has students enrolled from 34 states other than North Dakota, one Canadian province and three foreign countries.

Offsetting the decrease in high school graduates is the increasing number of adult learners who are returning to college for personal and professional fulfillment, as well as those who are seeking to change careers. “The key to catering to adult students is to offer flexible programming and scheduling,” said Barbara Spaeth-Baum, executive director, College Relations and Marketing. “NDSCS is focusing on expanding the program options for our adult student population.” 

NDSCS Awarded Military Friendly School Title

June 20, 2013

North Dakota State College of Science announced today that the college was recently named as a Military Friendly School for 2013 by G.I. Jobs magazine.

The 2013 Military Friendly Schools list honors the top 15 percent of all colleges, universities and trade schools nationwide that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members and veterans as students. 

NDSCS offers a variety of online courses and programs to provide an educational opportunity to those who are placebound or timebound and cannot attend traditional classes. These courses and programs also provide an opportunity for current and former members of the military to enhance their education or seek new skills. NDSCS also has a membership with the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) Consortium and the SOC Degree Network System.

To find out more about specific military programs that may provide educational information and financial support visit



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