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May, 2014

NDSCS-Fargo to hold Open House sessions for prospective Students

May 29, 2014 | Sarah Hoffbeck

The North Dakota State College of Science will be holding Open House sessions at NDSCS-Fargo, located at 1305 19th Avenue North, for students interested in taking classes at the Fargo location.

Open House sessions will be held this Tuesday, June 3 at the following times:

These free come-and-go sessions are open to the public and will focus on NDSCS-Fargo and Online program options, curriculum and class schedules, tuition costs and financial aid, the application process and any questions. Current NDSCS-Fargo faculty and Enrollment Services representatives will also be present to answer questions. No pre-registration is required to attend the open houses.

New courses being offered this fall include: General Business Management, Web Design/Web Developer, Information Systems Administrator and Welding Technology (second year option).

For more information please contact a Fargo Programs Representative at ndscs.fargoprograms@ndscs.edu or 701-231-6935.

NDSCS President appointed National Coalition of Certification Centers Chairman

May 28, 2014 | Sarah Hoffbeck

North Dakota State College of Science President John Richman, Ph.D., has been named Chairman of the Board for the National Coalition of Certification Centers (NC3), a network of education providers and corporations that supports, advances and validates new and emerging technology skills in the transportation, aviation and energy industry sectors. Previously, he has served as both the Vice Chair and Trustee.

The NC3 was established to address the need for strong industry partnerships with educational institutions in order to develop, implement and sustain industry-recognized portable certifications that have strong validation and assessment standards.
NDSCS has worked in conjunction with the NC3 since its establishment in 2009 and serves as one of 32 Leadership Schools.

As a Leadership School, the College works with other NC3 partners to develop instructional material, provide train-the-trainer opportunities and mentor other education members. The 11-member board includes industry and education leaders selected to represent a diverse range of geographic, economic and educational perspectives.

The NC3 office is located at Gateway Technical College in Kenosha, Wis. For more information visit www.nc3.net.

NDSCS awards Early Bird Scholarships to area Students

May 28, 2014 | Sarah Hoffbeck

The North Dakota State College of Science recently awarded academic scholarships to four incoming freshmen from two states.

The scholarships recognize and reward students for academic achievement, test scores and participation in extracurricular and other volunteer activities. The Early Bird Scholarship – awarded for either $1,000 or $500 – is applicable during the 2014-2015 academic year. The honorees include:

NORTH DAKOTA

Bismarck: Kaylee Ripplinger, Early Bird Scholarship Recipient - $1,000
Wahpeton: Matthew Schuster, Early Bird Scholarship Recipient - $1,000

MINNESOTA

Breckenridge: Lanae Ekberg, Early Bird Scholarship Recipient - $500
Champlin: Brennan Witt, Early Bird Scholarship Recipient - $1,000

North Dakota State College of Science receives The College of Tomorrow Award

May 23, 2014 | Sarah Hoffbeck

NDSCS John Deere Tech program obtains a Gold ranking from John Deere Company

North Dakota State College of Science has received The College of Tomorrow award from the John Deere Company. The award, which was presented during the College’s John Deere Tech Advisory meeting, serves as a ranking system for the 16 colleges in the United States that offer a John Deere Tech program. There are 16 John Deere Tech programs in the U.S., five in Canada and two in Australia.

NDSCS received the second highest ranking of Gold. The ranking system consists of four levels: Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze.

“We are very pleased to have received a Gold ranking from John Deere,” said Larry Ascheman, NDSCS John Deere Tech Program Coordinator. “It truly is an honor for the John Deere Tech program to be recognized in this way. We continue to strive to produce some of today’s best graduates – fully equipped to meet the workforce needs of the region and state of North Dakota.”

Among other criteria, rankings are based upon the college’s program image, students, facility and most importantly, training.

The NDSCS John Deere Tech program is designed to develop technically competent, professional ag equipment service technicians. The John Deere Company sponsors the program and NDSCS administers and operates the program.

“The success of the John Deere Tech program continues to grow. It began in 1989 and is the second oldest program in the country,” said Terry Marohl, NDSCS Diesel Technology Department Chair. “It’s such a high demand program that three years ago we were able to double our intake of students from 20 to 40.”

This unique and innovative program combines state-of-the-art, on-campus training with supervised occupational experiences at sponsoring John Deere dealerships. Students receive technical training on John Deere equipment and related products through a combination of classroom instruction and hands- on laboratory experiences. Classroom and laboratory instruction at NDSCS covers the basics of each subject plus the latest developments in John Deere’s agricultural equipment. Work experience at the dealership reinforces on-campus training and exposes the student to real life failures and repairs as they occur on the equipment.

The John Deere Tech program is taught in the John Deere Tech Center and Bisek Hall located in Wahpeton, N.D. Graduates of the program earn an Associate in Applied Science degree (A.A.S.).

Prospective students can learn more about the John Deere Tech program by visiting www.ndscs.edu/johndeere or calling Enrollment Services in Wahpeton at 1-800-342-4325.

Daily News: Old Main renovations have begun

May 23, 2014 | Sarah Hoffbeck

By Matthew Liedke

Old Main, the iconic building at North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpeton, is surrounded by a fence and closed off to the public as construction crews work to restore the facility.

Dallas Fossum, executive director of facilities management at NDSCS, labeled the renovation as a full remodel. The restoration is part of a larger project, funded by the North Dakota State Legislature, which provided more than $8 million in the last biennium for this purpose.

Besides remodeling Old Main, the project also included the demolition of Hektner and Burch Hall on campus as well as moving the IT services to the student center. The funding was requested as the school’s capital project.

Fossum said construction crews are in the demolition phase this week in preparation for the reconstruction.

“They’re starting on the fourth floor and making their way down. The insulators have also been here this week,” Fossum said.

The facility was originally built in 1891 and contained classrooms, dorms, faculty offices and a dining hall. However, as the years passed, Fossum said the building wasn’t fully utilized as before. The fourth floor was not used for many years.

“There have been smaller renovations in past years. The last one took place in the 1980s, but nothing close to this,” Fossum said. “We are reopeninghe fourth floor and during the remodel we are restoring as much of it as we can to its original look and feel.”

Included in the renovations are window replacements and maple wood floors that will be sanded down and refinished.

“This building is the icon of the campus. To revitalize it and bring it back will be great just from a historical view,” Fossum said.

Restoring the building to its original look has brought some challenges, though, which have made certain aspects more difficult than others.

“Installing the technology isn’t too bad. When you’re rebuilding walls and those kinds of things, you can bring the technology up to code,” Fossum said. “The difficult part is that these buildings weren’t built for the best insulation. We have a lot of work to insulate it. Also, putting in the mechanical equipment into the building. It wasn’t built to handle the air exchange system, so to fit the mechanical equipment, that’s where it’s tough.”

The hard work is likely to pay off in the end in Fossum’s opinion, though, as the restored Old Main will become a central hub for students.

“It will allow for more student space. It’s going to be a really student-driven building. The tutoring center will be there, academic services center, too. There will be some faculty offices, but it will be a predominantly student space,” Fossum said. “It’s really going to add a lot of value to the students. It’s centrally located on campus and very easily accessible.”

The renovations are expected to be complete and the building should be ready for move-in during the summer of 2015. Fossum said the building can then be used for classes in the 2015 fall semester.

Full article from the Wahpeton Daily News

NDSCS Students excel at North Dakota SkillsUSA Contest

May 21, 2014 | Sarah Hoffbeck

NDSCS students take first place in 17 state categories

Students from the North Dakota State College of Science won a number of awards at the 41st Annual North Dakota SkillsUSA State Leadership and Skills Conference, which was hosted by NDSCS on the Wahpeton campus this spring.

NDSCS competed against Bismarck State College, United Tribes Technical College and Williston State College to take gold in 17 different categories with 35 students placing in the top three. By achieving gold medals at the state level, 17 NDSCS students earned an invitation and qualified to compete in their respective national categories at the 50th Annual National Leadership and Skills Conference in Kansas City, Mo., scheduled for June 23-27.

The NDSCS students receiving gold, silver or bronze medals include:

NORTH DAKOTA

Bismarck: Landon Schmidt, Electrical Construction Wiring – 1st Place
Buffalo Springs: Dylan Titus, CNC Turning – 1st Place
Devils Lake: Jacob Lagasse, Welding Fab – 1st Place; Ethan Wang, Welding Fab – 1st Place
Dickinson: Michael Petersen, Diesel Equipment Technology – 3rd Place
Fargo: Austin Olin, Power Equipment Technology – 3rd Place; Dan Meckle, Welding Sculpture – 1st Place
Grand Forks: Shelby Regimbal, Architectural Drafting – 1st Place; Zachary Winkler, Automotive Service Technology – 1st Place; Katlyn Haney, Culinary Arts – 1st Place
Minot: Matthew Niess, Precision Machining Technology – 1st Place
Sentinel Butte: Bobby Szudera, Welding – 1st Place
Wahpeton: Matt Anderson, Automotive Refinish Technology – 1st Place; Saskia Hindersmann, Culinary Arts – 2nd Place; David Lohstreter, CNC Milling – 1st Place; Tom Monroe, Power Equipment Technology – 2nd Place; Kris Rinnels, Power Equipment Technology – 1st Place; Presly Ulen, Welding – 2nd Place
West Fargo: Tanner Schiffner, Automotive Service Technology – 3rd Place
Wilton: John Berndt, Diesel Equipment Technology – 2nd Place
Wishek: Dillon Braaten, Welding – 3rd Place
Zap: Brooke Renner, Diesel Equipment Technology – 1st Place

MINNESOTA

Moorhead: Scott Dandurand, Welding Sculpture – 3rd Place
Owatonna: Brandon Hager, Plumbing – 2nd Place; Nathan Hager, Welding Sculpture – 2nd Place
Park Rapids: Fred Stinar, Architectural Drafting – 3rd Place
Rothsay: Andrea Froslie, Culinary Arts – 3rd Place
Savage: Matt Omodt, Collision Repair Technology – 1st Place
Viking: Jonathan Hestekind, Automotive Service Technology – 2nd Place

MONTANTA

Glendive: Tyler Sadorf, Welding Fab – 1st Place

SOUTH DAKOTA

Britton: Andy Weber, Collision Repair Technology – 2nd Place
Huron: Robert Friedrichsen, Precision Machining Technology – 2nd Place
Leola: Lucas Geffre, Automotive Refinish Technology – 2nd Place
Webster: Chris Gravley, Architectural Drafting – 2nd Place

TENNESSEE

Lenoir City: Galen Staunton, Plumbing – 1st Place

Forum editorial: Culinary institute great idea

May 16, 2014 | Janess Sveet

A comprehensive culinary institute for downtown Fargo should be pursued with all the vigor and vision community leaders can muster. It’s the right time for such a project. Resources to get it done need only be coordinated in order to accomplish the task. It’s not a new idea, but this time the concept can become substance.

That’s the aim of former Fargo Theatre executive director Margie Bailly, who earlier this week convened 40 potential stakeholders at, appropriately, one of downtown Fargo’s finest restaurants. Enthusiasm was the appetizer but so was a pragmatic main course of just how to get it done and who might be involved.

That’s where Fargo-Moorhead’s strengths come into play. Culinary and hospitality arts of one sort or another are taught at three area schools of higher learning. Leaders of two of those schools, President Dean Bresciani of North Dakota State University and President John Richman of North Dakota State College of Science, are on board with developing a program that would coordinate and harmonize studies to create a curriculum appropriate to a culinary institute. In other words, much of the expertise is already on the campuses – and certainly in the best F-M restaurant kitchens – to form a unique multifaceted partnership that likely would include specialized hotel management.

The meeting this week was a good beginning. More needs be done, not the least of which is funding an institute. Before funds can be secured, the nature of a partnership and the level of interest must be assessed. A steering committee will be formed to advance the initiative.

But whatever shape the institute takes, it should be rooted in downtown Fargo, with its concentration of food places, arts venues, and a need for more hotel rooms. Go for it.

See more at: http://www.inforum.com/event/article/id/434897/publisher_ID/1/

NDSCS promotes Vangsness Frisch to lead New Student Success Area

May 15, 2014 | Sarah Hoffbeck

North Dakota State College of Science recently promoted Jane Vangsness Frisch to Associate Vice President for the newly created Student Success, Career Services and Institutional Effectiveness division. This new division, a restructure of Institutional Effectiveness, Student Success/Career Services, the Academic Service Center and Academic Counseling into a central division, will provide students with academic advising, academic and career counseling, tutoring and assistance with the intent to bolster student success inside and outside the classroom.

Vangsness Frisch, originally from Okabena, Minn., graduated from North Dakota State University (NDSU) with a bachelor’s degree in both mass communication with an emphasis in public relations and health education. She also earned a master’s degree in mass communication and is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in education with an emphasis in institutional analysis, both from NDSU.

An NDSCS employee since early 2013, Vangsness Frisch previously served as the Director of Student Success and Career Services. Prior to her time at the College, Vangsness Frisch worked for the North Dakota University. 

Vangsness Frisch and her husband, Tom, reside in Dumont, Minn.

INFORUM: NDSCS to offer two culinary camps in June

May 15, 2014 | Sarah Hoffbeck

North Dakota State College of Science will offer two four-day culinary camps next month to give those interested in the culinary arts the skills needed for success.

The camps, which are open for individuals 16 and older, will be June 15-19 and June 22-26.

Registration is being taken, with a $50 non-refundable fee due with the application and a $100 fee due at the beginning of camp.

To register or find out more, visit www.ndscs.edu/academics/youth-programs/culinary-camp/.

Full article from inforum.com

INFORUM: Stakeholders meet to discuss possible culinary institute in downtown Fargo

May 14, 2014 | Sarah Hoffbeck

By Ryan Johnson

Start with a world-class higher education system. Sprinkle in bountiful local food and restaurants. Add a dash of a thriving downtown.

Mix these ingredients together, and Margie Bailly said it could make for a “successful recipe” for a new culinary institute in downtown Fargo.

Bailly and about 40 others gathered Monday at Mezzaluna to set the vision for such an institute, an item on the wish lists of many civic leaders here for years.

But there are still loose ends to finalize before new programs or facilities would materialize.

Bailly, the former Fargo Theatre executive director, said conversations about a culinary institute have been ongoing since at least 2010, both because of the bountiful locally grown and produced food, and the possible recruitment and retention of young people the program could spur.

“I just gathered together people in hospitality and tourism and from the academic perspective, trying to ascertain is there a way we can develop a curriculum that somehow connects what we’re already doing and the research that we’re doing,” she said.

The situation is now at a “tipping point,” Bailly said, especially since she met with North Dakota State University President Dean Bresciani and North Dakota State College of Science President John Richman last fall to discuss partnering together.

The conversation has “ramped up” after Monday’s meeting, and she said the next step is to create a steering committee that can put together the key pieces, including funding, staffing and location.

NDSCS offers a two-year associate degree in culinary arts on its Wahpeton campus, Richman said. The program prepares students for a variety of jobs in the food service industry and focuses on training skills more than managerial topics.

NDSU offers a bachelor’s degree in hospitality management, Bresciani said, though it doesn’t have the kind of technical education found at NDSCS. By partnering together, he said the sum could be greater than the separate parts – and the institutions could pool the curriculum already in place to make it possible.

“It’s bringing the expertise of the two colleges together,” he said.

Minnesota State Community and Technical College also offers a culinary arts program on its Moorhead campus. Attempts to reach college officials for comment were unsuccessful.

Possibilities

The exact nature of a possible partnership between NDSU and NDSCS is yet to be determined, and Richman said it will depend on the local appetite.

“If the interest and demand is there, then the actions will get more detailed and more involved about how do we fund it, what’s the budget, what’s the operation, how do we utilize the expertise at NDSU and NDSCS in collaboration with the driving forces behind this,” he said. “There are a lot of discussions that have to happen.”

Richman said a new venture also could open up the possibility of offering short courses to nondegree-seeking students – a pastry class, for example, for interested local residents.

The two schools also might be able to offer new certifications in addition to the degrees already available, he said.

It would make sense to locate this project in downtown Fargo, which boasts a “huge demand and interest in food and arts,” and also faces a shortage of trained workers to fill positions, Bresciani said.

He said the new institute could also be a way to fill another downtown need – more hotel space – adding there’s the potential to blend a culinary institute with a boutique hotel and restaurant where the two industries could combine.

Faculty and academic leaders from the two schools have met to discuss the possibilities, Bresciani said, and the idea has the potential to “take off pretty quickly” once the next steps are finalized.

“In that sense, we’re about to start a race that we’ve already got a running start on,” he said.

Bailly is spearheading early talks about a culinary institute but said she’ll step back to let the stakeholders, including Kilbourne Group, local chefs and vendors, finalize plans if it moves forward.

Full article from inforum.com

Link receives Association for Career and Technical Education Region V Hall of Fame Award

May 14, 2014 | Sarah Hoffbeck

North Dakota State College of Science Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs Harvey Link has been awarded the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) Region V Hall of Fame Award. The award is presented to ACTE members who have made a significant impact in the field of career and technical education at the national, regional and state levels.

A newly created award, Link is among the initial recipients of the ACTE Hall of Fame Award. Nominees are evaluated on the following criteria:

As a former National President of ACTE and also as a past Region V Vice President, Link’s continuous leadership has served the College well, especially during the process of developing several academic program partnerships with business and industry, such as John Deere, Caterpillar and others. He continues to make a positive impact on CTE in both the region and state of North Dakota.

“Harvey is a very valuable administrator at NDSCS and has shown great innovation in curriculum design,” said NDSCS President Dr. John Richman. “His knowledge and expertise have allowed him to form many collaborative relationships not only on the state level, but on the national level as well.”

North Dakota State College of Science Commencement Ceremony Friday, May 16

May 13, 2014 | Sarah Hoffbeck

North Dakota State College of Science will be holding commencement ceremonies on Friday, May 16 at 3 p.m. in the Ed Werre Arena located in the Clair T. Blikre Activities Center in Wahpeton, N.D. Seven hundred and ten students from the Wahpeton campus, NDSCS-Fargo location and online are scheduled to graduate.

Students from 17 states and three international countries, Ghana, Liberia and Ukraine, 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 ninety 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. Emeritus recipients Dr. Gloria Dohman and Margaret Wall will also speak. Student Austin Johnson will lead the Invocation with remarks by Ashlie Challner, Student Senate Interim President. The Wildcat Singers and Stage Band are also set to perform.

NDSCS Names Associate Vice President Emerita and Dean Emerita

May 12, 2014 | Sarah Hoffbeck

Dr. Gloria Dohman and Margaret Wall to be honored at Commencement Ceremony on May 16

The North Dakota State College of Science has named Dr. Gloria Dohman Associate Vice President Emerita and Margaret Wall Dean Emerita. Both Dohman and Wall will be honored on Friday, May 16 in Wahpeton during the College’s commencement ceremony.

The Emerita honor recognizes vice presidents, deans, directors, faculty and other professionals for providing exceptional and outstanding service to NDSCS. Factors in considering a candidate for emeritus status may include, but are not limited to: length of service to the institution (normally 10 years, but may be less in exceptional cases); significant contribution to the department, college, university system and/or state; and distinguished service to the faculty member’s academic discipline.

Dohman has 40 years of experience in education – 37 of which have been in higher education. During her years of service at NDSCS, Dohman coordinated and participated in the development and revisions of the Employee Quality Standards, the Plan to Assess Student Learning, Strategic Planning and the performance appraisal process. She also served as the first Chairperson on the following committees: Assessment Committee, General Education Committee, Entry Level Assessment Committee, AQIP Team, Quality Council of Wahpeton Breckenridge, Reward and Recognition Committee and Retention Committee.

Dohman was instrumental in the development and creation of the Office of Institutional Research at NDSCS. She also made numerous presentations at state, regional and national conferences highlighting NDSCS processes and accomplishments in the areas of student learning, institutional research, entry-level placement of students, retention planning and strategic planning.

Three goals that Dohman works toward in her professional career include making a difference in student’s lives, providing students with the best possible learning environment and making NDSCS an institution others strive to benchmark against. She credits her accomplishments as a result of the hard work of all of her coworkers.

Dohman and her husband, Terry, have two children, Robb and Kristin, and four grandchildren.

Wall began her career with NDSCS in 1974 as an instructor in the Secretarial Department (later renamed the Administration Department). In the spring of 1992, she developed the curriculum for the Office Administration Internship program, which soon became a model for other campus internship programs to follow.

In 1994, Wall was hired for the newly created position of Cooperative Education Coordinator. In this position, she worked with employers, faculty and students to place students within different types of businesses throughout the United States. During her tenure as Cooperative Education Coordinator, Wall continued to coordinate the Office Administration Internship program and the Computer Information Systems Internship program. In 2002, Wall stepped into the role of Distance Education Director, coordinating the development of several online courses and programs, which soon experienced significant increase. In July 2008, Wall was appointed Dean of Extended Learning, a new division for the campus consisting of the Library, Instructional Technology and the Distance Education Department.

Wall has also received a number of prestigious awards including the NDSCS Foundation Office Commitment to Excellence Award (2004), the Life Award for being a part of the team to implement the Pathway Program (2008) and the Career and Technical Education Administrator of the Year Award (2013).

After 38 years of service at NDSCS, Wall retired in 2013. She and her husband, John, have two children, Autumn and Jed, and four grandchildren.

Daily News: NDSCS announces partnership with Komatsu

May 08, 2014 | Sarah Hoffbeck

By Matthew Liedke

North Dakota State College of Science announced a new partnership in Fargo Wednesday morning in the shadow of machinery that will be available for students to work on in the fall semester of 2014.

Partnering with General Equipment and Supplies, Inc. and Road Machinery and Supplies Co., NDSCS announced the addition of a Komatsu program to the school’s Diesel Technology department. Through the new curriculum, students will receive technical training on Komatsu construction equipment and related products.

“These are special moments when we can get worldwide corporations and two-year colleges working together to meet the workforce needs of North Dakota,” said NDSCS President Dr. John Richman.

“This partnership that we are announcing today will give Komatsu and our distributors the highly skilled technicians that are needed in today’s marketplace,” said Komatsu Director of Service Marketing and Distributor of Development Mike Hayes. “This will give students classroom instruction with hands-on laboratory learning on Komatsu machines and components.”

The program will take five semesters, which are divided into nine terms. Students will complete the first through third, fifth, seventh and ninth terms on campus and the fourth, sixth and eighth terms at a sponsoring Komatsu dealership.

Representatives from both General Equipment and Road Machinery were also present during the announcement.

“Road Machinery and Supplies is in its 88th year of business and 40th year of representing Komatsu products,” said Vice President of Product Support of Road Machinery and Supplies Mike Mencel. “What’s helped our company succeed is the quality of the people and we know that the future is with attracting younger people into this field and we think the NDSCS program is a great fit for our company.”

President of General Equipment and Supplies Donald Shilling said, “It’s an exciting day for us. We’ve been working with NDSCS for some time to make this dream a reality and it’s finally here.”

Barbara Bang, dean of technologies and services division at NDSCS, explained that the Komatsu program had been in development for years and the partnership will be a major benefit to the college.

“It’s impossible for us to provide the quality education without these kinds of partnerships … It’s essential and we are thrilled to have them here,” Bang said. “We find that the partnerships are the reasons people want to join the programs.”

“The Komatsu program is a great opportunity for individuals who want to get a start in this career. We see it as a valuable resource,” said Terry Marohl, diesel technology department chair at NDSCS.

Marohl said NDSCS set up the Komatsu program enrollment to accept 20 freshmen students. With the two-year program, there will be 20 first-year and 20 second-year students for 40 students at a time.

The enrollment at this point for NDSCS’ diesel program is 274 students.

Full article from the Wahpeton Daily News

Photo courtesy of the Wahpeton Daily News

Prairie Business: Komatsu partners with NDSCS for diesel tech program

May 08, 2014 | Sarah Hoffbeck

Representatives from North Dakota State College of Science, Komatsu America Corp., General Equipment & Supplies Inc. and Road Machinery & Supplies Co. announced today an educational partnership resulting in the addition of a Diesel Technology - Komatsu program to the NDSCS Diesel Technology department.

Through this innovative partnership, students will receive state-of-the-art technical training on Komatsu construction equipment and related products. A combination of classroom instruction, hands-on laboratory instruction and cooperative educational work experience at participating Komatsu dealerships, like General Equipment & Supplies Inc. and Road Machinery & Supplies Co., will provide students with extensive experience servicing Komatsu equipment.

“We are pleased to add Komatsu as a partner and value their contributions to this program,” said John Richman, NDSCS president. “With the recent completion of our $10.3 million diesel educational facility expansion, the time is right to add this highly technical Diesel Technology - Komatsu program.”

The Diesel Technology - Komatsu program will be taught in Bisek Hall located in Wahpeton beginning August 2014. Graduates of the program will earn an Associate in Applied Science degree (A.A.S.) designed to develop technically competent, professional service technicians.

“NDSCS has been pivotal in making this partnership happen,” said Don Shilling, president of General Equipment & Supplies. “The need for highly educated diesel technicians continues to grow. In fact, we could easily hire a dozen technicians right now throughout our locations in North Dakota, Minnesota and South Dakota.”

Through scholarship assistance, program costs associated with tuition, fees and supplies may be reimbursed up to 90 percent depending on a student’s grade point average.

“We are excited to have our first batch of students starting at General Equipment & Supplies Inc. to officially launch this program,” said Shilling. “We anticipate even more interest as our recruiters visit high schools throughout the region to share about this high-tech program.”

Prospective students can learn more about the Diesel Technology - Komatsu program by visiting www.ndscs.edu/komatsu or calling Enrollment Services in Wahpeton at 1-800-342-4325.

Full article from Prairie Business

Corporate partnership adds Diesel Technology - Komatsu program at NDSCS

May 07, 2014 | Sarah Hoffbeck

Partnership aligns needs of dealerships for qualified Komatsu technicians with opportunities for NDSCS students.

Representatives from North Dakota State College of Science (NDSCS), Komatsu America Corp., General Equipment & Supplies, Inc. and Road Machinery & Supplies Co. announced today an educational partnership resulting in the addition of a Diesel Technology - Komatsu program to the NDSCS Diesel Technology department.

Through this innovative partnership, students will receive state-of-the-art technical training on Komatsu construction equipment and related products. A combination of classroom instruction, hands-on laboratory instruction and cooperative educational work experience at participating Komatsu dealerships, like General Equipment & Supplies, Inc. and Road Machinery & Supplies Co., will provide students with extensive experience servicing Komatsu equipment.

“We are pleased to add Komatsu as a partner and value their contributions to this program,” said Dr. John Richman, NDSCS President. “With the recent completion of our $10.3 million diesel educational facility expansion, the time is right to add this highly technical Diesel Technology - Komatsu program.”

The Diesel Technology - Komatsu program will be taught in Bisek Hall located in Wahpeton, N.D., beginning August 2014. Graduates of the program will earn an Associate in Applied Science degree (A.A.S.) designed to develop technically competent, professional service technicians.

“NDSCS has been pivotal in making this partnership happen,” said Don Shilling, President of General Equipment & Supplies. “The need for highly educated diesel technicians continues to grow. In fact, we could easily hire a dozen technicians right now throughout our locations in North Dakota, Minnesota and South Dakota.”

Through scholarship assistance, program costs associated with tuition, fees and supplies may be reimbursed up to 90 percent depending on a student’s Grade Point Average (GPA).

“We are excited to have our first batch of students starting at General Equipment & Supplies, Inc. to officially launch this program,” said Shilling. “We anticipate even more interest as our recruiters visit high schools throughout the region to share about this high-tech program.”

Prospective students can learn more about the Diesel Technology - Komatsu program by visiting www.ndscs.edu/komatsu or calling Enrollment Services in Wahpeton at 1-800-342-4325.

Searchers continue investigation into NDSCS student’s disappearance (5/6/14)

May 06, 2014 | Sarah Hoffbeck

Richland County authorities were joined by other area agencies to search the Wild Rice River west of Wahpeton today in an effort to locate any sign of missing North Dakota State College of Science (NDSCS) student, Andrew Sadek. The search resulted in no new leads. NDSCS Campus Police Sergeant Steve Helgeson said authorities will meet with the Richland County Sheriff’s Department on Wednesday, May 7 to determine next steps in the search. 

Meanwhile, Campus Police are emphasizing the public’s help in checking infrequently visited outbuildings or other outlying areas on private property for items that could be connected with Sadek. In addition, they are interested in learning if anyone offered a ride to a person matching Sadek’s description. Anyone who knows where Sadek is or has information regarding his whereabouts is urged to call Campus Police at 701-671-2233. 
Sadek, 20, left Nordgaard Hall on the Wahpeton campus around 2 a.m. on Thursday morning, May 1, 2014. There has been no reported contact with him since that time. Sadek, a Caucasian male, is 6 feet tall, 175 lbs. with curly brown hair and brown eyes. He was wearing blue jeans, orange and blue Nike tennis shoes, and a hooded black and red sweatshirt with the words “Tampa Bay Buccaneers Football” on the front. He was carrying a black and silver backpack with a Valley City State University logo.

Sadek is a native of Rogers, N.D., and is the son of John and Tammy Sadek.

NDSCS missing student search concludes for the day

May 05, 2014 | Sarah Hoffbeck

The search for missing North Dakota State College of Science (NDSCS) student Andrew Sadek has concluded today with no new leads. The search had been expanded to outlying areas in Richland County today after yesterday’s thorough search of public areas in Wahpeton, Breckenridge and the surrounding areas turned up no evidence of Sadek.

The NDSCS campus police department is working in close cooperation with several area law enforcement agencies and fire departments to follow up on tips that are received.

Campus police are emphasizing the public’s help in checking infrequently visited outbuildings or other outlying areas that are on private property for items that could be connected with Sadek. In addition, campus police are interested in learning if anyone offered a ride to a person matching Sadek’s description. Anyone who knows where Sadek is or has information regarding his whereabouts is asked to call NDSCS campus police at 701-671-2233. 

Sadek, 20, left Nordgaard Hall on the Wahpeton campus around 2 a.m. on Thursday morning, May 1. There has been no reported contact with him since that time. Sadek, a Caucasian male, is 6 feet tall, 175 lbs. with curly brown hair and brown eyes. He was wearing blue jeans, orange and blue Nike tennis shoes, and a hooded black and red sweatshirt with the words “Tampa Bay Buccaneers Football” on the front. He was carrying a black and silver backpack with a Valley City State University logo.

Sadek is a native of Rogers, N.D. and is the son of John and Tammy Sadek.

Search Continues for Missing NDSCS Student

May 04, 2014 | Janess Sveet

The search for a missing North Dakota State College of Science student continued through Sunday, with more than 50 area law enforcement and fire department members participating in the search. Andrew Sadek, 20, left Nordgaard Hall on the Wahpeton campus around 2 a.m. on Thursday morning, May 1.  There has been no reported contact with Sadek since that time.

The NDSCS campus police department is the lead agency in the search for Sadek, and is working in close cooperation with area law enforcement agencies and fire departments in Wahpeton, Dwight and Breckenridge. The agencies have completed a thorough search of public properties in Wahpeton, Breckenridge and the surrounding areas. The search has been conducted by ground, water and air. No evidence of Sadek has been found. Search efforts have concluded for the day and authorities will be convening to determine next steps in the efforts to locate Sadek.

The campus police department is requesting the public’s help in checking infrequently visited outbuildings or other outlying areas that are on private property for items that could be connected with Sadek. In addition, campus police are interested in learning if anyone offered a ride to a person matching Sadek’s description. Anyone who knows where Sadek is or has information regarding his whereabouts is asked to call NDSCS campus police at 701-671-2233. 

Sadek, a Caucasian male, is 6 feet tall, 175 lbs. with curly brown hair and brown eyes. He was wearing blue jeans, orange and blue Nike tennis shoes, and a hooded black and red sweatshirt with the word “football” in white lettering on the front. He was carrying a black and silver or light blue backpack.

Sadek is a native of Rogers, N.D.

NDSCS Continues Search for Missing Student

May 03, 2014 | Janess Sveet

North Dakota State College of Science Campus Police are continuing to ask for the public’s help in finding a missing NDSCS Wahpeton student.

Andrew Sadek, 20, was last seen leaving Nordgaard Hall on the Wahpeton campus around 2 a.m. on Thursday morning, May 1st. He was carrying a black and silver backpack. 

Sadek, a Caucasian male, is 6 feet tall, 175 lbs. with curly brown hair and brown eyes. He was wearing blue jeans, orange and black Nike tennis shoes, and a hooded black and red sweatshirt with the word “football” in white lettering on the front.

The public is being asked to check property and outbuildings for his backpack or any items that could be connected with Sadek. In addition, campus police are interested in learning if anyone offered a ride to a person matching Sadek’s description. 

Anyone who knows where Sadek is or has information regarding his whereabouts is asked to call NDSCS campus police at 701-671-2233.

 

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