March 26, 2014 | Sarah Hoffbeck
By Jessica Holdman
Automotive and heavy equipment dealerships are expanding recruitment efforts in the state, paying high school students’ way through college to help guarantee a workforce.
“It’s crazy right now, the demand for diesel,” said Ann Pollert, technician and career developer for General Equipment & Supplies Inc. The company has offices in four North Dakota cities.
Pollert met with Colin Johnson and Robert Strand, a sophomore and junior from Hazen High School, during the North Dakota Automobile and Implement Dealership Job Fair at the Bismarck Public Schools Career Academy on Tuesday. The two are considering careers in the automotive industry.
“It’s kind of nice when you have a bunch (of companies) who want workers instead of just a few,” Strand said.
Pollert was hired by General Equipment in September to meet with high school students, grades 9-12, because the company realized it needed a person focused on recruitment full time.
The company will pay 70 to 90 percent of student loans upon their graduation, Pollert said. It asks for a three-year commitment from the graduates. While they’re in school, students in the company’s Diesel Tech Program work at one of four locations during the summer and on breaks.
Nine students are enrolled for fall 2014. Pollert said the company hopes to eventually have 18 in the program at a time. Salaries for the program graduates are about $45,000 to $55,000 and they’re coming out of school with little debt and a guaranteed job.
General Equipment employs about 50 diesel technicians in the state. Pollert said demand keeps increasing and the company keeps growing.
Jenna Harpole, career development manager for the North Dakota Implement Dealers Association and Automobile Dealers Association of North Dakota, said there are hundreds of openings at dealerships across the state. The associations have started a push to build the candidate base.
Tuesday was the associations’ first job fair. The associations’ career development segment, which Harpole is part of, was created because of the need for worker recruitment in the industry.
“There’s a large number of applicants needed and they’re simply not there,” she said.
RDO Equipment has about 200 open positions companywide, both in and out of the state. A third of those are diesel technicians.
The company is tapping high school students to enroll in its internship program, Access Your Future. The program offers paid internships between the students’ first and second years of college. For college graduates, the company has apprenticeships to get them into their first service job or a trainee program for those in sales.
Recruiting Specialist Leslie Olson said the program increased from 60 students in 2012 to 84 in 2013. The company has added programs for those interested in parts and sales in addition to its service program.
Both programs come with educational reimbursements between $3,000 for a certification and up to $12,000 for participation in a John Deere Program at a technical school like North Dakota State College of Science. Those in sales get a sign-on bonus.
“The ideal situation is to get someone in high school to work part time while they’re in school,” said Tom Wolbaum of Bismarck Motor Co.
Wolbaum has a high school student who works in the dealership’s quick lube and plans to start automotive classes at Bismarck State College. In addition to paid internships during college, Bismarck Motor Co. will offer him up to $6,000 of tuition reimbursement if he comes to work for them after graduation.
“You have to be aggressive,” said Darrel Bosch of Kupper Chevrolet. “It’s tough to find technicians nowadays.”
March 21, 2014 | Sarah Hoffbeck
The North Dakota State College of Science awarded degrees, diplomas and certificates to 94 graduates from the Wahpeton and Fargo locations at the conclusion of the 2013 fall semester. The graduates include:
Alexandria: Alicen Johnson, A.A.S., Practical Nursing
Bemidji: Kayci Allen, A.A.S., Paramedic (EMT) Technology
Braham: Jeffrey Hale, Certificate, Paramedic (EMT) Technology
Breckenridge: Amy Bellin, A.A.S., Practical Nursing; Morgan Hanneman, A.A., Liberal Arts; Alysia Metcalf, A.A., Liberal Arts; Maria Perez, A.A., Liberal Arts; Carrie Rehm, A.A., Liberal Arts (Social Work); Ashley Rutkowski, Certificate, Health Information: Medical Coding
Clearbrook-Gonvick: Jake McKnight, A.A.S., Diesel Technology
Coleraine: Kimberly Hake, A.A.S., Paramedic (EMT) Technology
Duluth: Jesse Goutermont, Certificate, Paramedic (EMT) Technology
Elbow Lake: Jonathan Pikop, A.A.S., Agriculture: Crop Production Sales & Technology
Fergus Falls: Denise Andersen, Certificate, Health Information: Medical Coding; Jody Brendmoen, Certificate, Health Information: Medical Coding; Beth Kraft, A.A., Liberal Arts
Foley: Corin Ascheman, A.A.S., Practical Nursing
Forest Lake: Garrett Neuman, A.A.S., Automotive Technology
Hancock: Courtney Solvie, A.A.S., Business Management: Marketing Management
Hopkins: Jasmine Ellis, A.A., Liberal Arts
Little Canada: Joshua Ferrence, Certificate, Paramedic (EMT) Technology
Moorhead: Autumn Nelson, A.A.S., Paramedic (EMT) Technology; Brooke Roeder, A.A.S., Practical Nursing; Amanda Solberg, A.S., Liberal Arts
Morris: Katelyn Harren, A.A.S., Paramedic (EMT) Technology
Ortonville: Kirstin Scoblic, A.A., Liberal Arts
Pelican Rapids: Heidi Adams, A.A.S., Dental Assisting
Red Lake Falls: Brian Rystad, A.A.S., Paramedic (EMT) Technology
Renville: Tyler Bakker, A.A.S., John Deere Tech
Richmond: Clairissa Alvord, A.A.S., Practical Nursing; Amanda Willenbring, A.A.S., Paramedic (EMT) Technology
Stewartville: Thomas Venzke, A.A.S., Paramedic (EMT) Technology
Willmar: Trenton Adkins, A.A.S., Automotive Technology
Abercrombie: Zeena Palm, A.A., Liberal Arts (Criminal Justice); Tessa Tschakert, Certificate, Health Information: Medical Coding
Argusville: Zachary Bjerke, A.A., Liberal Arts (Criminal Justice)
Beach: Lane Dykins, A.A.S., Electrical Technology: Industrial
Bismarck: Kelsey Bodvig, A.A.S., Paramedic (EMT) Technology; Kylin Schnabel, A.A.S., Information and Communications Technology: Information Systems Administrator; Kylin Schnabel, Certificate, Information and Communications Technology: Web Design; Samuel Wagner, A.A.S., Paramedic (EMT) Technology
Blanchard: Zachary Sherritt, A.A.S., Business Management: Marketing Management
Cooperstown: Joseph LeVay, Diploma, Diesel Technology
Dickinson: Dustin Hibl, A.A.S., Automotive Technology; Alan Martin, Diploma, Automotive Technology
Fargo: Melissa Collins, A.A.S., Practical Nursing; Jeffrey Crist, Certificate, Business Management: Finance; Issmailla Dissou, A.A.S., Microelectronics Technology; Jon Esperum, A.A.S., Practical Nursing; Ryan Gemar, A.A.S., Building Construction Technology; Anika Grejtak, A.A.S., Practical Nursing; Brady Johnson, A.A.S., Building Construction Technology; Tanner Lee, A.A., Liberal Arts; Tiffeny Longmire, A.A.S., Practical Nursing; Jillae Rindy, A.A.S., Business Management: Marketing Management; Christian Roise, Certificate, Business Management: Finance; Kristi Ronning, A.A.S., Business Management: Marketing Management; Alisher Sadriev, A.A.S., Microelectronics Technology; Korre Spidahl, A.A.S., Microelectronics Technology; Jennifer Zietz, A.A.S., Practical Nursing
Fessenden: Michael Kiefat, A.A.S., Auto Body Repair & Refinishing Technology
Galesburg: Valerie Erickson, A.A.S., Pharmacy Technician
Grand Forks: Timothy Armstrong, A.A.S., Business Management: Marketing Management
Gwinner: Amanda Orn, A.A.S., Practical Nursing
Jamestown: Ashley Sorge, A.A.S., Practical Nursing; Landon Swangler, A.A.S., Diesel Technology
Kindred: Ashley Storbakken, A.A.S., Practical Nursing
LaMoure: Joey Paul, Certificate, Paramedic (EMT) Technology
Lisbon: Robin Jones, A.A.S., Practical Nursing; Danielle Wiltse, A.A.S., Practical Nursing
Minot: Lucas Hager, A.A.S., Electrical Technology: Construction
New Rockford: Michael Buck, A.A.S., Powersports Technology
Oakes: Andrea Amundson, A.A.S., Paramedic (EMT) Technology
Parshall: Carissa. Severance, A.A.S., Agriculture: Animal Science
Richardton: Lindsay Frederick, A.A.S., Pharmacy Technician
Sykeston: Alexander Van Ness, A.A.S., Automotive Technology
Tower City: Darin Carlsrud, A.A., Liberal Arts
Wahpeton: Abby Dockter, A.A., Liberal Arts (Social Work); James Eklund, Certificate, Plumbing; Jezelle Johnson, A.A., Liberal Arts; Thomas Leinen, A.A.S., Building Construction Technology; Zakiery Malpert, A.A.S., Electrical Technology: Construction; Marcus Wood, A.A., Liberal Arts
West Fargo: Ty Hanten, A.A.S., Business Management: Marketing Management; Jayme Hoye, A.A.S., Practical Nursing
Williston: Katie Slemin, A.S., Liberal Arts
Wishek: Ryan Gall, A.A.S., Mechatronics Technology
Wyndmere: Haley Klosterman, A.A.S., Agriculture: Crop Production Sales & Technology
Mustang: Luticha Wallace, A.A.S., Practical Nursing
Claremont: Kristin Hagen, A.S., Liberal Arts
Hecla: Leslie Sanders, A.A.S., Practical Nursing
Grantsburg: James Nelson, A.A.S., Diesel Technology
Milwaukee: Shavon Scott, A.A., Liberal Arts
Ukraine, Kiev: Ivan Klymenko, A.A.S., Diesel Technology
March 20, 2014 | Sarah Hoffbeck
The North Dakota State College of Science annual American Dental Association’s Give Kids a Smile Day provided free dental care worth nearly $12,200 to 45 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 32 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 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.”
Community volunteers included:
- Dentists: Dr. Beth Hoge and Dr. Mark Sheils of Fargo, N.D., Dr. Paula Sabbe of Wahpeton, N.D. and Dr. Susan Swanson of Alexandria, Minn.
- Hygienists: Judy McDougall and Judy Peterson of Wahpeton, N.D. and Barb Nelson of Breckenridge, Minn.
Donations were received from the NDSCS Dental Department, the North Dakota Dental Foundation, 3M Dental and the American Dental Association (Henry Schein, Colgate). The total service value for the day was estimated at $12,130.
The American Dental Association launched the Give Kids a Smile program nationally in 2003 as a way for dentists across the country to join with others in their community to provide dental services to underserved children. The program initially began as a one-day event in February, but has since grown to local and national events year-round. Dentists and other team members volunteer their time and services to provide screenings, treatments and education to children throughout the United States. Each year approximately 450,000 children benefit from more than 1,500 events.
March 17, 2014 | Sarah Hoffbeck
The North Dakota State College of Science Architectural Drafting & Estimating and Construction Management Technology students participated in the fifth annual NDSCS Design Charrette the week of March 10 - 14, 2014.
Students were split into teams and tasked with creating an entire set of construction documents for a four-bedroom duplex to be leased to individuals with mental and physical challenges. Nine teams of five members had numerous meetings with this year’s clients—the Eastern Dakota Housing Alliance and the Red River Human Services Foundation—to gather the necessary information and design requirements.
The weeklong charrette concluded the morning of Friday, March 14 when all teams presented their designs in the Bremer Bank Theatre in the Harry Stern and Ella Stern Cultural Center. Instructors, key community members, and Eastern Dakota Housing Alliance and Red River Human Services Foundation representatives were all in attendance to view the presentations and ask questions. All presentations included the viewing of floor and foundation plans, key features, estimates, schedules and renderings.
This is the first time NDSCS has teamed up with the Eastern Dakota Housing Alliance and the Red River Human Services Foundation. Ideas from all student designs will be taken into consideration for the ultimate collaboration for the development and construction of a home on the corner of 2nd Street and 4th Avenue South in Wahpeton, ND.
March 12, 2014 | Sarah Hoffbeck
By Carrie McDermott
Fourth through sixth-grade students at Breckenridge Elementary School had the opportunity to participate in “Funtastic Fridays” during the month of February.
The program, which partners with area businesses, higher education schools and organizations, allows students a chance to get out of the classroom and participate in different hands-on workshops.
Dee Nelson, coordinator of Funtastic Fridays, explained the program gives students a change in their routine and environment.
“It gives them something to look forward to,” she said.
The unique classes are held from 1-2:30 p.m. on four consecutive Fridays. Students learn about a wide range of topics ranging from wood burning, and investigating the scientific properties of the common chicken egg, to trips to OSPTI, Chahinkapa Zoo to learn about bison and a visit to Greenquist Academy to learn discipline and respect from Master Eric Greenquist.
One of this year’s outings took students to the new diesel technology facility in Bisek Hall on the North Dakota State College of Science campus. There, they divided into three groups and went through various stations. At one, they had to move the bucket on an excavator to drop a basketball into a garbage can, Nelson said. At a second station, students sat in a loader and moved the buckets up and down. Students sat in a tractor at the third station and had a chance to start up different engines.
ComDel Innovation hosted another workshop for the students. Fourth grade teacher Arly Ohm said students recognized the benefits of all the endless job opportunities at a company like ComDel.
After their visit, the class discussed how the training they could receive at NDSCS may help better prepare them for a position at ComDel.
“It was fun to see all the different departments and how they took pride in their work,” Ohm said.
The students noticed how workers at each station were eager to show them what to do. The ComDel visit proved that if people are organized and work together as a team, anything is possible, regardless of the size of the community, Nelson said.
Nelson said the surveys that classes fill out after their sessions noted that every single student wanted to do it again.
Anjelina Hodges, 9, wrote about her experience at ComDel. She learned that at the right speed and temperature, holes can be drilled or burned into metal.
“I saw a machine that with the right pressure and strength, it can snap,” she wrote. “This one machine cleanses and shined some parts.”
Jazzlyn Hasbargen, 8, said the class watched the workers make and break things, including cutting metal, bending metal and melting metal. “My favorite thing was when we watched them make key chains and we each got one,” she wrote.
Teachers also had good things to say about the workshops, Nelson noted.
“It’s neat for kids to understand that there are really good jobs here,” she said. “Our college does a good job of helping with those things. The kids get to have some physical activity, and learn discipline and respect while visiting the companies.” The Funtastic Fridays program has been held at Breckenridge Elementary School since about 1997.
March 12, 2014 | Sarah Hoffbeck
By Matthew Liedke
North Dakota State College of Science will be the scene for entertainment three days this week.
The Performing Arts Department at NDSCS will present, “The Curious Savage” March 11-13 with each production starting at 7 p.m. at the Bremer Bank Theatre in the Harry Stern and Ella Stern Cultural Center.
The play is about a wealthy family who puts their mother in an asylum because she is giving away all of her money. As the plot continues, it seems more likely the family should be in the asylum instead of the mother.
NDSCS Theater Director Dean Foley said the comedy was chosen because he has past experience in handling the production.
“I’ve acted in it and directed it before,” Foley said. “Since this is the last time I’m doing a show here at the college, I wanted to pick a show I knew was enjoyable for everybody.”
As for the genre, Foley explained that he’s a comedy guy. “There is enough drama in life, we don’t need any more,” Foley said. “This will be good family-friendly entertainment for everybody.”
Foley said the production was made possible thanks to a team effort.
“It’s been nothing but stellar working with them. We’ve also received help, for example an instructor on campus, Barney Frank, and students from the diesel technology department helped with the set,” Foley said.
He gave credit where it is due.
“These guys here, they’re volunteering. All the students out there, they are involved in so many different things and yet they still take the time out of their day to help put on a play,” Foley continued. “The ones who deserve the credit are the actors and the ones behind the scenes.”
During each performance, donations are being accepted for the Richland Wilkin Food Pantry and good will offerings will also be accepted.
“We are accepting donations. The more food we can get, I know that helps them. If we can help them out, that’s what I’d like to do,” Foley said.
The NDSCS campus is located at 800 Sixth Street N in Wahpeton.
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