August 29, 2014 | Sarah Hoffbeck
NDSCS ranks 6th in public two-year college graduation rates by the Chronicle of Higher Education
North Dakota State College of Science is ranked No. 6 among two-year public colleges. This national recognition, which was recently released by the Chronicle of Higher Education (CHE) in the report “Large Colleges With the Best 6-Year and 3-Year Graduation Rates, 2012”, ranks colleges according to graduation rates.
“Our goal is to continue to increase the College’s retention and graduation rates – not only to better our students, but to also address the workforce needs in the state of North Dakota,” said NDSCS President Dr. John Richman. “The implementation of our new Student Success Division, which began earlier this summer, will play an instrumental part in accomplishing this goal and we’re excited to see where it takes us.”
The CHE’s annual list includes larger degree-granting U.S. colleges participating in Title IV federal financial-aid programs, with at least 500 students in the degree-seeking cohort. At two-year colleges, graduation rates reflect the percentage of first-time, full-time, degree-seeking students who entered in the fall of 2009 and graduated within three years.
NDSCS achieved a 50.7 percent graduation rate in 2012 and a 47 percent graduation rate in 2013. The College’s graduation rates are official Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) numbers and reflect the percentage of first-time, full-time, degree-seeking students who enter in the fall and graduate within three years.
“We are honored to receive this designation,” said Richman. “It reassures us that the steps the College is taking to ensure student success is working.”
August 29, 2014 | Sarah Hoffbeck
The North Dakota State College of Science has named 13 students to its summer semester 2014 President’s Honor List.
The Honor List recognizes students who have achieved grade point averages of 3.5 or higher while taking at least 12 credit hours. The honorees include:MINNESOTA
Moorhead: Grady Stillwell, Caterpillar Dealer Services
Sabin: Jesse Mcconnell, Caterpillar Dealer Services
Ashley: Drew Dockter, Caterpillar Dealer Services
Baldwin: Jonathon Wohl, Caterpillar Dealer Services
Bismarck: Cody Bouman, Caterpillar Dealer Services; Christopher Kottre, Caterpillar Dealer Services; Dustin Seefeld, Caterpillar Dealer Services
Dickinson: Jayden Maher, Caterpillar Dealer Services
Fargo: Ridge Krisher, Caterpillar Dealer Services; Ricky Lacko, Information and Communications Technology
Langdon: Andrew Welsh, Caterpillar Dealer Services
Wahpeton: Ashlie Challner, Dental Hygiene
Frederick: Dalton Kopecky, Caterpillar Dealer Services
August 23, 2014 | Sarah Hoffbeck
The North Dakota State College of Science (NDSCS) Campus Police Department has today received the final autopsy report regarding the death of Andrew Sadek. Medical Examiner Mark A. Koponen, M.D., has ruled the cause of death to be a gunshot wound to the head. The manner of death has been ruled as undetermined. The toxicology drug screen was negative.
Andrew Sadek, a 20-year-old student at NDSCS, was last seen leaving Nordgaard Hall on the Wahpeton campus around 2 a.m. on Thursday, May 1, 2014. He was reported missing the following day. The NDSCS Campus Police Department, in close cooperation with area law enforcement agencies and fire departments, conducted an extensive ground, air and water search for Sadek in the weeks that followed. On June 27, 2014, Sadek’s body was recovered from the Red River near Breckenridge, Minn.
Because the manner of death has been ruled as undetermined, the Sadek case will continue to be handled as an open investigation, and an ongoing search for the weapon continues. Based upon the facts of this case, Campus Police believe there is no threat to the campus community or the public.
No further information is available at this time.
August 22, 2014 | Sarah Hoffbeck
By Matthew Liedke
A viral Internet challenge taking the world by storm came to Wahpeton Wednesday afternoon as North Dakota State College of Science President Dr. John Richman took the ice bucket challenge to raise awareness for ALS.
The challenge, making its way around the Internet has been done by celebrities and star athletes across the nation to help increase both awareness and donations to research ALS, which stands for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.
When a person is challenged, they either have to donate money to support the ALS cause, or dump ice water over their head.
“I’m honored to accept the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge given to me by my good friend Bryan Albrecht, president of Gateway Technical College at Kenosha, Wisconsin,” said Richman as he addressed a large crowd of students and staff.
Before taking the challenge, Richman nominated the 2014 Wildcat Welcome Student Group, the North Dakota University System Chancellor Larry Skogen and NDSCS Alumnus and Foundation Board Member Terry Goerger.
As of Wednesday, Aug. 20, the ALS Association has received $31.5 million in donations across the country, compared to $1.9 million during the same time period between July 29 to Aug. 20 last year.
According to the ALS Association website, the challenge was made viral by Beverly, Massachusetts, resident Pete Frates with the help of his family. Frates has lived with ALS since 2012 and has worked with the ALS Association Massachusetts Chapter.
The mission of the ALS includes providing care services to people with services to people with ALS and their families, working in communities and a research program focused on treatment discovery and eventually a cure for the disease.
ALS was originally discovered in 1869 by French neurologist Jean Martin Charcot and received national attention when baseball star Lou Gehrig was diagnosed. To this day, a common term is Lou Gehrig’s Disease.
The association described ALS as a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Motor neurons reach from the brain to the spinal cord and from the spinal cord to the muscles throughout the body. The progressive degeneration of the motor neurons in ALS eventually leads to death.
To help and/or donate to the ALS Association, visit www.alsa.org.
August 21, 2014 | Sarah Hoffbeck
By Matthew Liedke
North Dakota State College of Science is planning to expand its Fargo location and school President Dr. John Richman wanted to make sure city officials knew what that would mean for the Wahpeton location.
During a public hearing at a city council meeting Monday evening, Richman spoke about the NDSCS location in Fargo, what its history is and what school officials have planned for the future.
Richman outlined the college’s plan for expansion in the Fargo area, what the cost would be and how much space it would utilize.
Richman’s reassured the council of NDSCS’s commitment to remaining in Wahpeton. Richman explained that the expansion in Fargo wouldn’t compete with the Wahpeton location and that school administration would remain in Wahpeton.
Richman said the school has implemented plans to help increase enrollment and the Fargo expansion would allow NDSCS to better meet its mission, which is to educate and train the workforce of North Dakota.
Following the public hearing, the council heard reports from city staff including Wahpeton City Attorney Steve Lies, who presented the officials with three resolutions for approval.
The first resolution directs the special assessment commission to levy assessments for six different districts. The districts included:
A motion was made and carried to approve the first resolution.
The second resolution was to put a city-wide measure on the November ballot in the General Election, which if passed, allows the governing body of Wahpeton to grant property tax exemptions upon applications of new or expanding retail sector businesses.
According to Lies, individual cities under 40,000 in population have to put the measure on the ballot. This is because the North Dakota Legislature passed a bill requiring voter approval to authorize property tax exemptions. The council approved the resolution as presented.
The final resolution, which required approval was to amend the Tax Increment Financing, or TIF District Map. The amended version excludes Lindenwood Court from the Tax Increment Financing map. The amendment was made necessary because the district is zoned as a commercial area and the property owner of Lindenwood Court will use it as a residential space, making it no longer compatible with the Tax Increment Financing plan.
In other council news, the Wahpeton Finance Committee submitted two recommendations for council approval.
The first was to authorize Wahpeton City Assessor Carla Broadland to make an offer to purchase property from Richland County. The parcel of land is 1.49 acres and is located just south of the water tower near Walmart. The council approved the recommendation.
The second was to approve a counter offer for extending a lease agreement the city has with Crown Castle Company and AT&T. The first agreement was made in 1996 with a 20 percent increase every five years and will end in 2016. An extension of that agreement was pitched to the city by Crown Castle/AT&T for an additional 20 years and a continued 20 percent increase every five years. The Finance Committee recommended approving a counter offer with a 25 percent increase every five years. A motion was made and carried to approve the offer.
In her report to the council, Wahpeton Finance Director Darcie Huwe made a request for an amendment to Red River Cab Company’s taxi license. so the company can exchange a vehicle on the license, switching from a 2004 Cadillac to a 2008 Dodge Caravan. Additionally, the new amended license includes another driver. The council approved Huwe’s request.
Leach Public Library Director Greta Guck spoke to the council to give updates on the July meeting with the Friends of the Library organization. Guck said funding requests she made to the organization were approved, including $500 for updates to the travel information book section and $500 for new adult fiction books. Additionally, Guck said Friends of the Library will also be funding a new shelving unit in the children’s section.
A reminder was given to the council that City Hall will be closed Monday, Sept. 1 in observance of Labor Day.
August 20, 2014 | Sarah Hoffbeck
North Dakota State College of Science fall semester classes will begin Monday, August 25 at 4 p.m. for all Wahpeton, NDSCS-Fargo and Online students. Opening weekend events in Wahpeton will kick off on Saturday, August 23 when residence halls open for move-in at 10 a.m.
New student orientation, an annual event held to introduce students to campus, begins at 2 p.m. on Sunday, August 24. New students will be assigned to groups led by second-year Wildcat Welcome Team leaders, who will facilitate and accompany new students to various activities planned to acclimate them to student and academic life at NDSCS. Weekend activities are designed for both students and their families and include a BBQ lunch, root beer floats and music on The Oval, a picnic, double decker community bus tours, an outdoor movie on The Oval (The Amazing Spider-Man 2), brunch with the President, a photo booth and a street dance.
On Monday, August 25 students will get a chance to visit with area businesses during the business expo held on The Oval from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
NDSCS-Fargo will hold new student orientation on Monday, August 25 beginning at 5 p.m. For more information about orientation, go to www.ndscs.edu/welcomeweek.
Students who aren’t registered for classes can still do so by stopping by the Enrollment Services Office, calling 701-671-2521 or visiting www.ndscs.edu/apply.
August 06, 2014 | Sarah Hoffbeck
The SkillsUSA Championships, held in Kansas City, Mo., took place June 24-26, 2014 as part of the SkillsUSA 50th annual National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC), a showcase of career and technical education students. During the week, more than 6,000 outstanding career and technical education students – all state contest winners – competed hands-on in 99 different trade, technical and leadership fields.
During the national competition, students worked against the clock and each other, proving their expertise in occupations like electronics, computer-aided drafting, precision machining, medical assisting, culinary arts and welding. All contests are run with the help of industry, trade associations and labor organizations with test competencies set by industry. In addition, leadership contestants demonstrated their skills, which included extemporaneous speaking and conducting meetings by parliamentary procedure.
Top student winners received gold, silver and bronze medallions. Many also received prizes such as tools of their trade and/or scholarships to further their careers and education. The SkillsUSA Championships are for high school and college-level students who are members of SkillsUSA.
With 57 competitors in 41 individual events and three team events, team North Dakota scored very well.
Of the 41 events, North Dakota students scored within the top 10 in 26 of these events and in six of these events two NDSCS students placed within the top five, including:
High scorers in each of the contests received Skill Point Certificates. The Skill Point Certificate was awarded in 86 occupational and leadership areas to students who achieved a high score defined by industry. The SkillsUSA Championships have been a premier event since 1967.
SkillsUSA is a national partnership of students, teachers and industry, working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. SkillsUSA chapters help students who are preparing for careers in technical, skilled and service occupations excel. SkillsUSA has more than 300,000 students and instructors as members.
For more information, visit www.SkillsUSA.org.
August 04, 2014 | Sarah Hoffbeck
By Kia Farhang
With a booming economy and low unemployment, the Fargo area doesn’t lack much.
But it could use more workers with associate degrees and certificates, particularly in the health, finance and IT fields, according to a state university system report.
Echoing a national and statewide issue, some in the business community say rapid growth has led to a shortage of qualified job candidates for positions that don’t require a four-year degree.
“Basically, the demand is outstripping the capabilities of our education partners,” said Jim Gartin, president of the Greater Fargo Moorhead Economic Development Corp.
To combat the gap, Gartin and others stress the importance of higher education working with business and tailoring programs to best prepare students for the workforce.
Both in Fargo and statewide, most career fields have a steady supply of candidates with bachelor’s degrees ready to jump in, according to a master plan prepared for the North Dakota University System.
It’s only at the sub-baccalaureate level – jobs requiring associate degrees or certificates – that supply doesn’t always meet demand.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, the Bakken region is in desperate need of maintenance and repair workers, for example.
Fargo lacks loan officers, personal bankers, computer support specialists and pharmacy technicians, among other jobs, the report said.
Some schools in the Fargo-Moorhead area are already working with businesses to fill the gaps.
The Minnesota State Community and Technical College in Moorhead is tailoring some degree and certificate programs to better prepare students. Minnesota State University Moorhead officials host “sector breakfasts” with business leaders to find out what the school can do better.
“That’s the kind of collaboration and communication between education and business that can have a really powerful end result,” Gartin said.
Some in the area, particularly in the health field, say their outreach and cooperation with educational institutions has allowed them to keep their pool of candidates well-stocked.
F-M Ambulance workers, for example, teach the emergency medical technician and paramedic programs at North Dakota State College of Science.
But there’s no full two-year educational institution on this side of the Fargo-Moorhead area. NDSCS’ current facility here is a satellite center.
The school wants to change that with a full Fargo campus, which it says could reach an enrollment of 1,500 students and meet the growing workforce needs in eastern North Dakota.
If approved by the state Board of Higher Education, the $65 million project would be built in stages.
At the statewide level, the board has already proposed a tuition freeze at two-year schools. Lower tuition could help students get an education and prepare them for further schooling or the workforce, said board chairwoman Kirsten Diederich.
“It’s kind of like the gateway,” she said. “Get them in there, get them started and let them choose their path.”
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