October 25, 2013 | Janess Sveet
The North Dakota State College of Science Performing Arts Department will present two public performances of The Emperor’s New Clothes at 7:30 p.m. on October 29 and 30 in the Bremer Bank Theatre in the Harry Stern and Ella Stern Cultural Center.
The play is an original adaptation by Sharon A. Cole of the story by Hans Christian Andersen. The production is open to the public. Free-will donations and/or food pantry donations will be accepted as admission to the performances.
October 25, 2013 | Janess Sveet
By: Kris Bevill, Prairie Business Magazine
More than 700 people packed into North Dakota State College of Science’s Bisek Hall in Wahpeton, N.D., on Sept. 20 to celebrate a much-needed expansion to the college’s diesel technology training program.
In his welcome remarks, NDSCS President John Richman noted that the $10.3 million expansion has allowed the college to increase enrollment in the diesel tech program, adding that while the upgraded and expanded facility doesn’t alone determine the quality of education provided through the program, it is a “major factor” in its success. “Ultimately, this celebration is about the expanded capacity NDSCS will have to educate and train future diesel technicians for the state of North Dakota and the upper Midwest,” he said. “This high-tech facility will also allow the college to further utilize technology to enhance our students’ hands-on learning experience on the latest state-of-the-art equipment.”
The expanded facility, now encompassing nearly 125,000 square feet, makes the NDSCS diesel tech facility one of the largest in the country and perhaps the world, according to Barb Bang, dean of technologies and services. “We don’t know of any school that’s even close to us,” she says. “We think we may be the biggest in the world.”
There are currently 251 students enrolled in the school’s two-year diesel technology programs, representing seven states throughout the Midwest. Several associate degree options are offered, including a general diesel tech degree as well as specialty programs including a Caterpillar dealer service technology program, a John Deere service tech program and, new this year, a John Deere construction and forestry tech program and a Case IH tech program.
Representatives from John Deere, Caterpillar, Butler Machinery Co., Titan Machinery and RDO Equipment Co. were among the attendees gathered to celebrate the facility’s grand opening. Richman applauded the companies for collaborating to provide classroom training despite the fact that they regularly compete in the marketplace. Private industry, including small companies as well as program sponsors, provides the vast majority of equipment used in the diesel tech programs, according to Bang. Companies also sponsor and recruit students to the programs to feed their growing need for workers. Job placement rates across all of the college’s diesel tech programs is at or near 100 percent and demand continues to be high for skilled diesel technicians in many industries. Average beginning monthly salaries for diesel technicians graduating from the schools’ programs in the 2011-’12 academic year ranged from $2,763 to $3,607.
Bang says student recruitment is a “critical component” of industry partnerships for the diesel tech programs. Sponsorships typically include some type of financial support, often an agreement for the company to purchase the student’s tools and/or an offer for tuition reimbursement upon graduation and full-time employment with the sponsor. “That’s why it works so beautifully,” she says. “Companies are finding students in those smaller towns and they are employees from day 1.”
John Deere is the diesel tech facility’s longest-running partnership program and has been a sponsor for 20 years, Bang says.
Despite the facility expansion and increased enrollment capabilities, the college was still forced to turn away some students from the general diesel tech program this fall. Diesel technicians are currently in huge demand regionwide due in the surging agriculture, energy and heavy construction industries and Bang says interest in the programs has been increasing as a result. “Diesel is one hot topic on our campus,” she says.
In his remarks during the grand opening, Gov. Jack Dalrymple noted the many job openings for diesel technicians throughout North Dakota alone and said programs such as those offered at NDSCS are “more needed now than ever before in our state, adding, “These are not just jobs. These are careers.”
-Kris Bevill, Editor, Prairie Business 701-306-8561, email@example.com
October 24, 2013 | Janess Sveet
North Dakota State College of Science recently honored a number of employees with the annual LIFE and Steeple awards on October 24, 2013. The presentations were made in Wahpeton, N.D., to the Mechatronics Technology program and the Welcome Week team.
The LIFE Award stands for “Bringing LIFE to NDSCS”, and is presented to an individual, employee group or committee who has developed and implemented an action plan to meet the college’s Strategic Planning and/or Academic Quality Improvement Project goals. This year’s LIFE Award was presented to Steve Johnson, Wade King, John Kroshus, Ivan Maas, Shane Suko, and Jeremiah Wood for the Mechatronics Technology program.
The Mechatronics Technology program began in the fall semester of 2012, following two years of planning. The initiative consisted of securing a North Dakota Workforce Enhancement Grant, and remodeling and equipping two new labs – a computer-integrated manufacturing lab and a robotics lab. The highly improved robotics lab served more than 100 students during the 2012-2013 academic year, and provides opportunities to meet needs identified by the NDSCS College Outreach department and TrainND.
The Steeple Award stands for “Climbing to New Heights” and is presented to an individual, employee group or committee for using new and innovative methods to accomplish their role on campus. This year’s Steeple Award was presented to the Welcome Week Team, consisting of Karen Bajumpaa, Jeff Bass, Sherry Bisek, McKayla Bradshaw, Ashlie Challner, Daniel Duppong, Dallas Fossum, Shawn Gilbertson, Paige Gratton, Jessika Henrickson, Kijia Homes, Jessica Hovelson, Darwin Jacobson, Melissa Johnson, Morgan Julius, Kerri Kava, Michelle Lenk, Hattie Marohl, Tami Matejcek, Bryan Midgarden, Elizabeth Phares Oren, Briannah Pierce, Neil Rittenour, Chelsea Sims, Becca Stotz, Allyson Suhr, Jane Vangsness Frisch, Betty Veland, Katie Wieser, Lisa Wixo, and Rebecca Zimmerman.
The Welcome Week Team used research data and knowledge of what other NDUS Campuses provide their students to incorporate changes that would affect the most crucial time for a new student – the first three weeks of the college year. The team consisted of a number of departments and employees who broke down silos and collaborated to better serve students. This team effort resulted in higher student satisfaction and positively impacted new students’ acclimation to NDSCS.
October 17, 2013 | Janess Sveet
The North Dakota State College of Science Concert Band, Concert Choir, Wildcat Stage Band and Wildcat Singers will hold their annual fall concert at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 in the Bremer Bank Theatre in the Harry Stern and Ella Stern Cultural Center.
The Concert Band and Wildcat Stage Band will perform under the direction of Laurie Lekang. The Concert Choir and Wildcat Singers will perform under the direction of Michael Rockne. Pieces performed during the concert will range from classical numbers and marches to modern pop hits.
The concert is free and open to the public. Free-will donations will be accepted. A reception will follow the performance in the lobby of the Harry Stern and Ella Stern Cultural Center.
October 16, 2013 | Janess Sveet
By: Matthew Liedke, Wahpeton Daily News
North Dakota State College of Science was a scene of collaboration Thursday and Friday as personnel from educational institutions met for a conference.
The American Technical Education Association held the regional conference, inviting staff from two-year community and technical colleges in seven states: North Dakota, Minnesota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Nebraska, Montana and Iowa.
Locations for the conference varies year-to-year, with NDSCS hosting every five-to-seven years. Other community and technical colleges in the aforementioned states have an opportunity to host the conference, as well.
Barbara Bang, dean of the technologies and services division at NDSCS, explained that the two-day conference included tours of different industries and businesses, as well as educational sessions held on the campus.
“It includes a little bit of everything,” Bang said. “We had hands-on sessions. Some were very general sessions on teaching and learning and some are more focused on automotive or construction, while others covered using technology in the classroom.”
The conference also included a keynote speaker, whose topic was on teaching today’s students. Dr. Mark Taylor, a national speaker, gave the presentation. Bang described it as “teaching the next generation and how today’s learner is different than students in the past and how faculty has to adapt.”
Networking is the most important part of the conference, according to Bang, who said, “it’s all about sharing ideas and professional development, they can learn a lot from each other.”
October 14, 2013 | Janess Sveet
North Dakota State College of Science announced today that the college was recently named to the 2014 Military Friendly Schools® list by Victory Media. The Military Friendly Schools® list honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus.
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.
Victory Media is a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business that has been serving the military community since 2001. Their data-driven Military Friendly® lists are published in G.I. Jobs, Military Spouse, Vetrepreneur media channels, republished in periodicals like USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Fortune and Bloomberg BW and are frequently cited on national TV by NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and others. Further information about the Military Friendly Schools® list can be found at www.militaryfriendlyschools.com.
October 04, 2013 | Sarah Hoffbeck
By Matthew Liedke
A group of male North Dakota State College of Science students used duct tape to lace up ladies’ shoes to raise awareness as part of the “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” event.
A release from the Three Rivers Crisis Center explained that the 11th annual event has “men running today who volunteered to take a public stand against violence toward women.”
“It speaks volumes about how much the men on campus are willing to be a part of raising awareness,” said Kathy Mauch, campus advocate for Three Rivers Crisis Center.
NDSCS President John Richman attended the event and said, “It’s nice to see young men acknowledge the need to address the violence going on and for them to help bring that awareness.”
Multiple teams participated in the event, including students from residence life, Student Senate and athletic programs.
It isn’t easy to run in high heels.
October 03, 2013 | Sarah Hoffbeck
North Dakota State College of Science crowned the 2013 Homecoming King and Queen on Wednesday, October 2. Queen Hattie Marohl is from Mooreton, N.D., and is pursuing an Early Childhood Education degree. She was sponsored by Performing Arts and Skills USA. King Jon Schiltz is from Hankinson, N.D., and is pursuing a Liberal Arts Pre-Med degree. He was also sponsored by Performing Arts as well as the Media Squad. Marohl and Schiltz will preside over NDSCS Homecoming activities for the duration of the week.
The 2013 Homecoming Court also included:
• Morgan Julius of Hutchinson, Minn., Liberal Arts; sponsored by Campus Ministry and Theater
• Sarah Monk of Fergus Falls, Minn.; Dental Hygiene; sponsored by the Dental Club and HBA Club
• Hayden Kautt of Roseglen, N.D.; Diesel Technology; sponsored by the Diesel Technology Club and Dental Club
• John Meuchel of Watford City, N.D.; Automotive Technology; sponsored by the Powersports Technology Club and Automotive Technology Club
October 01, 2013 | Sarah Hoffbeck
By Matthew Liedke
North Dakota State College of Science’s mission includes providing workforce training for statewide and regional need. A $2.7 million grant will help the institution keep that pledge.
Recently, NDSCS was awarded the huge grant as part of the North Dakota Advanced Manufacturing Skills Training Initiative.
“It’s a federal grant that was created to help increase the number of people in the work force with the skills that business and industry need,” said Dean of Technologies and Services Division Barbara Bang. “It’s to help you be flexible and find ways to provide education that works for the adult population and traditional-age students.”
The grant was available from the Department of Labor and Bang said there are multiple grants that many schools apply for. Most of the grants awarded go to two-year colleges, as their primary goal is to help strengthen the workforce in the United States.
According to a press release issued from the North Dakota Congressional Delegation, both U.S. Sens. John Hoeven, R-N.D., and Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., sent a letter in June to the Department of Labor in support of NDSCS’ grant application.
Bang said the grant is designed to be issued over a four year period, starting in October.
“We’re going to spend this year gearing up and hiring people who will help with the grant and purchasing equipment,” Bang said. “By next year we will be doing a lot of work in creating the curriculum and installing the equipment.”
This grant will be used in multiple ways.
“We will be advancing our manufacturing capabilities, specifically in the areas of welding, robotics, automation and fabrication,” Bang explained. “We will have a mobile unit to take to business and industry across the state, which will allow us to provide training for companies.”
One of the reasons NDSCS applied for the grant was due to the demand the school received from industry. There is so much manufacturing in the southeastern part of the state and officials need a larger skilled workforce.
“This grant will allow the college to be able to respond to business and industry people,” Bang said. “It helps us advance the technology we utilize, helps us be more mobile, provides the staffing that can do this and it’s a huge opportunity to move to the next level in manufacturing.”
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