January, 2015

NDSCS Statement Regarding BCI Report

January 29, 2015

After reviewing the Office of Attorney General Bureau of Criminal Investigation Report summarizing the SEMCA task force’s involvement with Andrew Sadek, NDSCS supports all recommendations as outlined by the Review Board. The College is especially pleased to learn that the Review Board’s recommendations include NDSCS President John Richman’s special request to assign a BCI agent to the Wahpeton area and to SEMCA. We appreciate the efforts of the Review Board and look forward to the agency implementing all recommendations.

This is the only statement that will be released regarding this report.

Posted January 29, 2015, 4:00 p.m.

Prairie Business: NDSCS credits 100 percent placement to targeted degree offerings

January 28, 2015

By: Grace Lyden, Forum News Service

Job placement statistics heralded by the North Dakota State College of Science are impressive.

Earlier this month, officials from the Wahpeton-based two-year college said 24 of its 31 programs saw 100 percent placement for 2013-14 graduates.

Administrators attribute the perfect placement to targeting degree offerings that meet workforce needs.

But 100 percent placement doesn’t mean every graduate is now working in his or her profession. It could mean every graduate is working in a different profession or is continuing school. And students who aren’t seeking employment or can’t be reached aren’t counted.

For example, the occupational therapy assistant program is one of the programs credited with placing 100 percent of its grads in a job. But of the 22 graduates, just 12 have jobs, according to NDSCS data. Three are continuing their education, four are seeking employment at a later date and three didn’t respond to calls and emails.

The welding technology program also reported 100 percent job placement, though only 24 of its 50 are working. The other 26 planned to continue their education.

Just one student graduated from mechanical systems, and because that student planned to continue school, the program posted 100 percent placement.

The final report is based on responses from 508 of 525 graduates.

Shortly before students graduate, employees of the community college visit classrooms with surveys asking students whether they have jobs already.

If a student doesn’t have something set up at that time, the school starts to reach out through calls and emails around July 1, said associate vice president Jane Vangsness Frisch.

That not only allows NDSCS to survey a student’s employment status, but also to provide assistance to students still seeking work, she said.

According to the report, 350 graduates accepted jobs related to their fields and 128 planned to continue their education. Just 13 reported accepting jobs unrelated to the fields they studied in school, and eight were seeking employment without success.

The report said the average annual salary of a 2014 graduate was $36,240.

NDSCS President John Richman said those numbers are a “credit to the campus in recognizing what the workforce needs in North Dakota are and, more importantly, aligning our curriculum to that workforce need.”

Of the 350 students who accepted jobs in their fields, 243 accepted jobs in North Dakota, the report said.

Richman said another report showed that 87 percent of the school’s graduates fall into the state’s four high-demand industries: health care, maintenance and repair, management and STEM.

“We could produce more students, and we could almost guarantee them the career that they’ve worked that degree towards,” he said.

Vangsness Frisch echoed that sentiment, saying many employers come to the NDSCS career fairs and offer jobs to students who still have a year left.

“We constantly get calls from employers,” she said.

Full article from Prairie Business

Daily News: NDSCS grads are finding work in N.D.

January 22, 2015

By Matthew Liedke

Graduate placement at two-year college shows impressive statistics

A new report from North Dakota State College of Science shows how the school is fulfilling its mission of meeting the work force needs of the state.

According to information from NDSCS, 98 percent of the college’s 2014 graduates have either found employment or are continuing their education.

When the numbers are further broken down, 69 percent of NDSCS grads have found employment in the state and 88 percent of those pressing on for additional education are doing so at a university in North Dakota.

The data also shows that out of 31 programs at NDSCS, 24 of them have recorded 100 percent placements. The annual salary of a 2014 graduate is $36,240.

“Our historic trend over the last decade has been either 98 percent or 99 percent,” said NDSCS President Dr. John Richman. “The reason it remains so high is that it speaks to the workforce issues that the state is faced with today.

“Every company we visit with, no matter what sector they are from, they’re all short people in two areas,” Richman continued. “One is current employees are retiring at a higher rate, and two, is there has been a declining number of high school students.”

One of the ways NDSCS has responded to the issue of meeting the work force needs has been maintaining a curriculum that meets modern day practices.

“Ten years ago, the curriculum looked different from what it is today and 10 years in the future it will look different, too,” Richman explained. “If we get more people here, they have to be knowledgeable, educated and have the right skill sets. If we have that population, then we can sustain and grow our economic position.”NDSCS has prepared its graduates through partnerships with the business community.

“We have a number of partners that make a huge investment during the front end and during the whole education process,” Richman said. “We have active partnerships where their companies are recruiting the students. Some businesses hire the students before they’ve finished school.”

On the other side of the spectrum, those who have chosen to continue their education after completing courses at NDSCS have benefited from state-wide programs.

“We have the North Dakota Common Core, which has the same core courses between all institutions, along with the GERTA Agreement, which is the General Education Requirement Transfer Agreement,” Richman explained. “If you have your associate degree from NDSCS, those credits you earned will transfer to a four-year school. It makes for a seamless process.”

The biggest factor in NDSCS’ success in placing its students in either jobs or more education, though, is the students themselves and the workers at the school.

“It’s a testimony to the faculty and staff and to the students who work to achieve those degrees as well as the business partners who see the importance of making an investment,” Richman said. “It’s gratifying on a lot of different levels. We are able to put the dominos in a row and we can knock them down.”

Full article from the Wahpeton Daily News

Daily News: America’s College Promise to be unveiled

January 20, 2015

By Matthew Lieke

If all states participate, about 9 million students pay nothing for two years at a community college

President Barack Obama teased a new plan to make community colleges available to all Americans last week, a move which North Dakota State College of Science President Dr. John Richman called an important step in bringing more recognition to two-year schools.

“My first reaction is that it is extremely gratifying to have your country’s president understand the value and the importance that community colleges and technical education plays in America reclaiming its dreams,” Richman said.

The plan from President Obama is labeled America’s College Promise and will be fully unveiled Tuesday, Jan. 20 during his State of the Union Address.

The plan would make two years of community college free for students who maintain certain academic standards, letting students earn the first half of a bachelor’s degree and earn skills needed in the workforce, at no cost.

According to a press release issued by the White House, if all states participate, an estimated 9 million students could benefit.

In a recent speech on the subject, Obama called the proposal an ambitious new plan to bring down the cost of community college tuition in America.

“I want to make it free. Community colleges should be free for those willing to work for it, because in America, a quality education cannot be a privilege reserved for a few. I think it’s a right for everybody who’s willing to work for it,” Obama added.

“America has been falling behind other countries in education, so it’s nice for the president to recognize that community colleges will be influential in reclaiming the number one spot,” Richman said. “It’s a realization that it’s not just the four-year universities, even though they play an important role, but the community colleges and technical colleges play a vital part.”

The release from the White House states that students will have their tuition eliminated if they attend at least half-time, maintain a 2.5 GPA while in college and make steady progress toward completing their program. Furthermore, full-time community college students could save an average of $3,800.

Federal funding will cover 75 percent of the average cost of community colleges and states that choose to participate will be expected to contribute the remaining funds necessary to eliminate the tuition for students who are eligible.

The plan was originally inspired by programs operating in the state of Tennessee and the city of Chicago. Despite the proposal providing a free education, though, Obama stressed the importance of students having to work for it.

“I want to underscore the last clause – everybody who’s working hard for it,” Obama said. “There are no free rides in America. You would have to earn it. Students would have to do their part by keeping their grades up.”

The plan itself is still in the early stages as it has yet to be unveiled to Congress. However, Richman explained that talking about the subject matter is still important.

“I think the proposal, from what I’ve been able to read presents an opportunity to start the discussion,” Richman said. “I don’t know if it will be the end-all, but certainly it’s great to start the discussion of how we get more U.S. citizens into the educational pipeline.

“I think just having the conversation is going to work toward bringing more awareness and more viability,” Richman continued. “It can help create a better understanding for young people, their parents and high school personnel to say ‘my president recognizes the value of a two-year degree. Maybe it’s something we need to think about a little bit more.’”

Full article from the Wahpeton Daily News

NDSCS graduates report 98 percent placement

January 15, 2015

69 percent of NDSCS graduates find employment in North Dakota

North Dakota State College of Science 2014 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 program of study, the vast majority of NDSCS career and technical education graduates are employed in the state of North Dakota.

The NDSCS 2014 Graduate Placement Report revealed that 98 percent of 2014 graduates are employed or continuing their education with 67 percent in a field related to their program of study. Sixty-nine percent have accepted employment in North Dakota, while 88 percent of those pursuing additional education have chosen to do so at a college or university located in North Dakota.

Out of the 31 programs reporting, 24 recorded 100 percent placement. The annual average salary of a 2014 graduate is $36,240.

“With 69 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 architecture and construction, information technology, manufacturing and transportation,” said Dr. John Richman, NDSCS president. “The College is dedicated to serving the workforce needs of North Dakota business and industry.”

The NDSCS 2014 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 525 registered graduates.
A detailed report can be found at

INFORUM: College administrators give Obama’s free-tuition proposal thumbs up

January 13, 2015

By Patrick Springer

College administrators gave a warm reception to President Barack Obama’s proposal to provide free tuition for community college students who meet an academic performance standard.

The proposal, yet to be outlined in detail, is modeled after a Tennessee tuition program. To take effect, it would require approval from Congress and states, so administrators were cautious about its prospects.

“We don’t have all the details,” said David L. Clark, interim president of Bismarck State College. “Obviously, Congress would need to support it. At the state level, our Legislature would need to support it as well.”

So far in North Dakota, Clark is unaware of any discussion of providing free tuition for qualifying two-year college students.

But the North Dakota Legislature is considering a recommendation to freeze tuition once again for two-year college students.

Enrollment at North Dakota’s two-year public colleges totals more than 10,000 at five campuses around the state.

That enrollment figure is expected to grow with North Dakota’s continuing population growth and workforce demands, said Clark and John Richman, president of North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpeton.

It’s nice to have the president’s recognition of the contributions two-year colleges provide to higher education and society, Richman said.

“I think it’s a great way to start the conversation,” he said. “It’s a long conversation,” he added, though he noted that multiple studies have documented the contributions of two-year colleges.

Tuition at NDSCS runs $4,438 a year.

In Minnesota, Senate DFL members last week proposed free two-year college tuition at about the same time Obama’s initiative surfaced.

“It’s a bit preliminary,” Peter Wielinski, vice president of student development services and marketing at Minnesota State Community and Technical College in Moorhead said of Obama’s proposal.

“Of course we’re very excited about anything that removes barriers to higher education.”

There is growing national concern about rising college tuition and debt levels, Wielinski said.

“To me, it seems a very natural merging of those two concerns,” he said, adding that he is eager to learn more about the proposals by the president and Senate DFL caucus.

The Minnesota two-year college system has almost 200,000 students, including about 9,000 at the Moorhead campus, where tuition and fees are about $5,400 a year.

“We think we offer a very good route,” to continue at a four-year college or for a trade, Wielinski said.

Obama’s proposal reportedly would invest $60 billion over 10 years. More details could come from the president’s State of the Union address later this month.

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NDSCS announces fall President’s Honor List

January 12, 2015

The North Dakota State College of Science has named 381 students to its fall 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:

Whistler: Roderick Flowers, Liberal Arts

Mesa: Austin Sunderland, HVAC/R Technology
Peoria: Andrea Crandall, Occupational Therapy Assistant

San Diego: Jody Liebenow, Business Administration & Management

Geneseo: Brandon Holevoet, John Deere Tech

Panora: Kallin Gafkjen, Technical Studies

Ada: Megan Kolness, Liberal Arts; Adam Sip, Agriculture
Alexandria: Miranda Pederson, Dental Hygiene; Amber Pospisil, Occupational Therapy Assistant
Audubon: Brian Anderson, HVAC/R Technology
Barnesville: Taylor Anderson, Occupational Therapy Assistant; Brian Butenhoff, Building Construction Technology; Sheyenne Dockter, Occupational Therapy Assistant; Austin Fox, Pharmacy Technician; Sethney Martinson, Welding Technology; Caitlin McConnell, Practical Nursing
Beardsley: Austin Fischer, Nanoscience Technology
Belgrade: Rebecca Gruber, Liberal Arts
Bemidji: Brandon Carlson, Land Surveying & Civil Engineering Technology; Matthew Glen, Land Surveying & Civil Engineering Technology
Benson: Alison Szczur, Occupational Therapy Assistant
Blaine: Ejodamen Ejiya, Liberal Arts
Brandon: Joshua Barsness, Land Surveying & Civil Engineering Technology
Breckenridge: Katrina Dahlgren, Dental Hygiene; Jiawei Deng, Precision Machining Technology; Victoria Ellingson, Occupational Therapy Assistant; Tierza Engen, Non-Degree; Nathan Fronning, Electrical Technology; Hannah Haire, Liberal Arts; Sophie Johnson, Liberal Arts; Kayla Karels, Liberal Arts; Jesse Koslowsky, Land Surveying & Civil Engineering Technology; Meghan Metcalf, Land Surveying & Civil Engineering Technology; Jennifer Tolbert, Pharmacy Technician
Brooklyn Center: Souksavanh Phimmaloune, Liberal Arts
Brooten: Brian Goodwin, Liberal Arts
Browns Valley: Aaron Toelle, Agriculture
Buffalo: Breanda Bursheim, Liberal Arts
Campbell: Bethany Christensen, Liberal Arts
Canby: Richelle Kallhoff, Liberal Arts
Crookston: Lucas Butler, Culinary Arts; Derek Haggerty, John Deere Tech
Dalton: Theodore Frigaard, Diesel Technology
Dilworth: Jade Tigue, Dental Hygiene
Dumont: Anna Tritz, Liberal Arts
Elbow Lake: Stephanie Jennen, Business Administration & Management; Adam Kaye, Liberal Arts
Evansville: Erin Knutson, Dental Hygiene
Farwell: Jesse Luetgers, HVAC/R Technology
Fergus Falls: Tracey Danielson, Occupational Therapy Assistant; Nicole Fennell, Occupational Therapy Assistant; Laura Gaustad, Liberal Arts; Hunter Haarstad, Electrical Technology; Rachel Hofmann, Occupational Therapy Assistant; Chase Johansen, Automotive Technology; Nicholas Sorum, Electrical Technology
Freeport: Emily Harren, Occupational Therapy Assistant
Garfield: O'Ryan Bosek, Automotive Technology; Kevin Mason, Paramedic Technology
Graceville: Daniel Arens, Agriculture; Lorra Arens, Health Information; Gena Jenniges, Culinary Arts
Ham Lake: Bradley Weitgenant, John Deere Tech
Hawley: Lane Alm, John Deere Tech; Brandon Eckholm, Liberal Arts
Herman: Terianne Itzen, Dental Hygiene
Heron Lake: Benjamin Peter, John Deere Tech
Howard Lake: Grant Davis, Diesel Technology; Riley Gruenhagen, John Deere Tech
Hutchinson: Jaden Katzenmeyer, Construction Management Technology
Isanti: Josiah Palm, Agriculture
Kent: Nikolas Kukert, Architectural Drafting & Estimating Technology
Lake Lillian: Jacob Peterson, John Deere Tech
Little Falls: Clint Nouis, Diesel Technology
Mahnomen: Eric Houska, Agriculture
Maple Lake: Gerald Marquette, John Deere Tech
Middle River: Kyle Majer, John Deere Tech
Moorhead: Beau Brandt, Diesel Technology; Brooke Fletcher, Paramedic Technology; Carmen Flynn, Liberal Arts; Bryce Jossund, John Deere Tech; Dalton Mortenson, Welding Technology; Zachary Revering, John Deere Tech; Grady Stillwell, Caterpillar Dealer Service Technology; Sapphire Watchorn, Paramedic Technology
Morris: Kaitlin Bruns, Agriculture
New Prague: Daniel Bartusek, Welding Technology
Ortonville: Destiny Eastman, Liberal Arts
Osakis: Hannah Baker, Dental Hygiene
Otsego: Jennifer Olejar, Liberal Arts
Park Rapids: Heather Kniss, Practical Nursing
Parkers Prairie: Nicholas Nori, HVAC/R Technology; Jesse Oeltjenbruns, Welding Technology; Dakotah Revering, John Deere Tech
Pelican Rapids: Robert Seifert, Paramedic Technology
Perham: Isaac Rutten, Precision Machining Technology
Pierz: Brandon Moren, John Deere Tech
Ramsey: Brett Mathson, Diesel Technology
Rochert: Cody Kologi, Agriculture
Rosemount: Nicholas Depuglio, Liberal Arts; Courtney Schmidt, Occupational Therapy Assistant
Rothsay: Nickolis Curtis, John Deere Tech
Ulen: Amber Fuglie, Powersports Technology; Zach Schneidermann, Diesel Technology
Vergas: Trinity Dahl, Welding Technology; Zackary Dahring, Diesel Technology; Abe Johannes, Paramedic Technology
Wheaton: Aurelio Lara-Ruiz, Electrical Technology; Justin Lupkes, Business Administration & Management; Levi Nelson, John Deere Tech
Woodbury: Abubakarr Conteh, Liberal Arts

Anaconda: Kyle Moore, Liberal Arts
Circle: Andrew Belus, John Deere Tech
Glendive: Caleb Kadrmas, Electrical Technology
Laurel: Nathan Hoff, Electrical Technology
Medicine Lake: Tristan Ereth, Electrical Technology
Plentywood: Kody Woehl, John Deere Tech
Sidney: Mikayla Minow, Electrical Technology

Abercrombie: Julian Haarstad, Information & Communications Technology; Heather Hansen, Liberal Arts; Shawn Paczkowski, Agriculture; Blane Plecity, Architectural Drafting & Estimating Technology; Mckenzie Roob, Liberal Arts; Jennifer Willprecht, Business Administration & Management
Almont: Samantha Thiel, Business Administration & Management
Anamoose: Michael Wagner, Diesel Technology
Ashley: Drew Dockter, Caterpillar Dealer Service Technology
Baldwin: Jonathon Wohl, Caterpillar Dealer Service Technology
Barney: Vanessa Mauch, Dental Assisting
Berthold: Joshua Chupp, Electrical Technology; Cody Staley, John Deere Tech
Beulah: Daniel Duppong, Construction Management Technology; Logan Eisenbeis, Welding Technology
Binford: Jamie Eggermont, Diesel Technology
Bismarck: Jarin Blumhagen, Information & Communications Technology; Cody Bouman, Caterpillar Dealer Service Technology; Brittany Buller, Architectural Drafting & Estimating Technology; Jonathan Gustin, Automotive Technology; Kelsie Hall, Liberal Arts; Montgomery Huus, Electrical Technology; Mathew Johnston, Diesel Technology; Trevor Lakoduk, Architectural Drafting & Estimating Technology; Colin MacDonald, Automotive Technology; Marshall Marsland, HVAC/R Technology; Tessa Moravec, Culinary Arts; Kaylee Ripplinger, Dental Hygiene; Brett Samson, Diesel Technology; Dylan Schafer, John Deere Tech; Landon Schmidt, Electrical Technology; Dustin Seefeld, Caterpillar Dealer Service Technology
Bowman: Daniel Freitag, Diesel Technology
Cando: Jacob Heisler, Welding Technology
Carrington: Austin March, Diesel Technology
Casselton: Logan Hackmann, Diesel Technology; Kody Herold, Powersports Technology; Jared Meehl, John Deere Tech; John Propsom, Welding Technology
Cavalier: Aaron Hauge, Electrical Technology; Lucas Stegman, Welding Technology
Chaffee: Matthew Baumler, Agriculture
Colfax: Ashlyn Draovitch, Agriculture; Zachary Miller, John Deere Tech
Crosby: Jenna Brady, Agriculture
Devils Lake: Garrett Aasand, Welding Technology; Jacob Lagasse, Precision Machining Technology; Ethan Wang, Precision Machining Technology
Dickinson: Austin Ehret, Diesel Technology; Cody Woehl, Electrical Technology
Drake: Stephen Meyers, Automotive & Diesel Master Technician
Dwight: Heather Awender, Liberal Arts
Elgin: III Friesz, John Deere Tech; Kristi Weikum, Mechatronics Technology
Ellendale: Evan Smith, Precision Machining Technology; Brianna Vance, Architectural Drafting & Estimating Technology
Fairfield: Danielle Basaraba, Automotive Technology
Fairmount: Chase DeVine, Land Surveying & Civil Engineering Technology; Rhianna Kurtz, Liberal Arts; Brady Theede, Agriculture; Paige Vellenga, Business Administration & Management
Fargo: Maria Alankar, Liberal Arts; Carleton Battle, Welding Technology; Ashley Blatchford, Business Administration & Management; Trevor Bresin, Microelectronics Technology; Brandon Dockter, Automotive Technology; Ryan Domier, John Deere Tech; Seth Dougherty, Electrical Technology; Jimi Fogle, Information & Communications Technology; Emily Gault, Liberal Arts; Tanisha Holeton, Liberal Arts; Justin Hrichena, Diesel Technology; Ridge Krisher, Caterpillar Dealer Service Technology; Nicholas Leckner, Welding Technology; Jenna Lee, Paramedic Technology; Colin Marum, Land Surveying & Civil Engineering Technology; Dion Mcguire, Information & Communications Technology; Davis Nyariki, Liberal Arts; Spencer Nygaard, Liberal Arts; Megan Olson, Practical Nursing; Breanna Ordahl, Business Administration & Management; Christine Ouellette, Health Information; Stacey Rustand, Culinary Arts; Ritika Sahni, Paramedic Technology; Marissa Schons, Dental Hygiene; Albert Schultz, Information & Communications Technology; Kandace Siebert, Practical Nursing; Skylar Tangedal, Liberal Arts; Genevieve Thompson, Paramedic Technology; Daniel Trehey, Liberal Arts; George Vanburen, Welding Technology
Finley: Megan Watada, Liberal Arts
Forman: Aarika Brezicka, Business Administration & Management; Tansey Hosford, Practical Nursing
Fredonia: Evan Dittus, Diesel Technology
Garrison: Conner Moe, Welding Technology
Grafton: Megan Oihus, Dental Hygiene
Grand Forks: Jenna Azure, Dental Hygiene; Mackenzie Oen, John Deere Tech; Ashley Weiland, Dental Hygiene
Grandin: Curtis Weible, Paramedic Technology
Gwinner: Christina Ferderer, Practical Nursing; Chelci Shirrell, Liberal Arts; Jessica Warner, Practical Nursing
Hankinson: Joey Boutain, Information & Communications Technology
Hazen: Matthew Goodwin, John Deere Tech
Hebron: Andrew Maershbecker, John Deere Tech
Hope: Garrett Erickson, Diesel Technology
Horace: Courtney Cullen, Business Administration & Management
Hunter: Adam Teegarden, Architectural Drafting & Estimating Technology
Jamestown: Alicia Beckman, Practical Nursing; Mitchell Gahner, Architectural Drafting & Estimating Technology; Andreas Kinzler, John Deere Tech; Dakota Kleinsasser, HVAC/R Technology; Logan Kleinsasser, Information & Communications Technology; Shane Klose, Health Information; Ileah Sylvester, Health Information; Brandon Thrift, Automotive Technology
Kathryn: Donovan Zacharias, Diesel Technology
Kindred: Lukas Paulson, Welding Technology
Kintyre: Brenna Schmidt, Dental Hygiene
Kulm: Kirsten Berntson, Culinary Arts
Langdon: Andrew Welsh, Caterpillar Dealer Service Technology
Lawton: James Nienhuis, Diesel Technology
Leeds: Kevin Slaubaugh, John Deere Tech
Lidgerwood: Ryan Heley, Microelectronics Technology; Taylor Oster, Business Administration & Management
Linton: Kayln Schneider, Dental Hygiene
Lisbon: Tyce Boisjolie, John Deere Tech; Sarah Carlson, Dental Hygiene; Megan Prante, Business Administration & Management
Mandan: Jessie Moe, Powersports Technology; Chad Zachmeier, Precision Machining Technology; Brent Ziniel, Diesel Technology
Max: Jason Dokken, Welding Technology
McLeod: Austin Sagvold, Electrical Technology
Mekinock: Ryan Iverson, Precision Machining Technology
Minot: Ethan Hanson, John Deere Tech; Andrew Keller, John Deere Tech; Joshua Kessel, Welding Technology; Candice Kissel, Liberal Arts; Matthew Niess, Precision Machining Technology; Austin Ortmann, Automotive Technology
Mooreton: Kody Klosterman, Agriculture; Hattie Marohl, Liberal Arts
Mott: Cameron Walsh, Welding Technology
Napoleon: Lucas Wald, Auto Body Repair & Refinishing Technology
Neche: Adam Thacker, John Deere Tech
Newburg: Ethan Miller, Liberal Arts
Nortonville: Tyler Berg, Agriculture
Orrin: Stuart Schneider, Powersports Technology
Palermo: Jake Smith, Diesel Technology
Ray: Ty Nelson, Electrical Technology; Evan Wheeler, Electrical Technology
Rugby: Nathaniel Bohl, Electrical Technology
Sawyer: Daniel Becker, Mechatronics Technology
Steele: Christopher Binder, John Deere Tech
Strasburg: Mason Kramer, Electrical Technology
Thompson: Matthew Barwin, John Deere Tech
Valley City: Trevor Anderson, Agriculture; Danica Diegel, Practical Nursing; Aereauna Houle, Liberal Arts
Velva: Alex Erickson, Electrical Technology; Robert Finneseth, Liberal Arts; Luke Hollenbeck, John Deere Tech
Wahpeton: Eyitoluwasefunmi Adenekan, Liberal Arts; Fidan Aliyeva, Liberal Arts; Gary Althoff, Welding Technology; Ryan Ames, Liberal Arts; Daniel Anderson, Liberal Arts; Elisha Bajumpaa, Liberal Arts; McKayla Beith, Liberal Arts; Matthew Berger, Architectural Drafting & Estimating Technology; Olivia Billock, Liberal Arts; Morgan Braun, Pharmacy Technician; Darren Calderon, Electrical Technology; Ashlie Challner, Dental Hygiene; Jack Christensen, Liberal Arts; Michael Dassenko, Powersports Technology; Jay Dickey, Information & Communications Technology; Joel Green, Caterpillar Dealer Service Technology; Samantha Hasbargen, Liberal Arts; Taylor Heinz, Liberal Arts; Ellie Hermunslie, Dental Hygiene; Saskia Hindersmann, Culinary Arts; Sara Holcomb, Business Administration & Management; Alex Hovde, Welding Technology; Darcy Jilek, Liberal Arts; Robert Kelsen, Powersports Technology; Derek King, Diesel Technology; Connor Koppang, Construction Management Technology; Zachary Langendorfer, John Deere Tech; Brock Lingen, Liberal Arts; David Lohstreter, Precision Machining Technology; Tara Loomer, Dental Hygiene; Grant Manock, Agriculture; Jessica Mastel, Liberal Arts; Brendon Mattson, Business Administration & Management; Kameron McNary, Liberal Arts; Alexis Moderow, Information & Communications Technology; Jacob Nash, Liberal Arts; Brady Nguyen, HVAC/R Technology; Hunter Onchuck, Liberal Arts; Nathanael Pratt, Liberal Arts; Justice Rabbithead, Liberal Arts; Matthew Reasoner, Culinary Arts; Shelby Regimbal, Architectural Drafting & Estimating Technology; Courtney Rossow, Agriculture; Lamesha Schmidt, Occupational Therapy Assistant; Matthew Schuster, Liberal Arts; April Shone, Occupational Therapy Assistant; Trevor Steiner, Land Surveying & Civil Engineering Technology; Elizabeth Thomas, Practical Nursing; Shannon Thompson, Liberal Arts; Jordan Twete, Diesel Technology; Thomas VanOverbeke, Electrical Technology; Milos Vranes, Liberal Arts; Samuel Weisz, Liberal Arts; Bryce Wetzel, Plumbing;
Walcott: Brooke Haverland, Occupational Therapy Assistant; Cori Lyons, Occupational Therapy Assistant
Washburn: Beverly Sanders, Architectural Drafting & Estimating Technology;
Watford City: Darnell Wollan, Health Information
West Fargo: Taylor Breidenbach, Occupational Therapy Assistant; Davis Dube, John Deere Tech; Reuben Jacobs, HVAC/R Technology; Lucas Keller, John Deere Tech; Joshua Klein, Business Administration & Management; Samuel Mieke, Welding Technology; Nathan Mugavero, Building Construction Technology; Andrea Sluke, Occupational Therapy Assistant
Williston: Joshua Bloxham, Diesel Technology; Ryan Hellen, Electrical Technology; Tyler Kolden, Electrical Technology; Kameron Lynch, Diesel Technology
Willow City: Everett Lervik, Agriculture; Joel Niewoehner, Electrical Technology
Wishek: Dillon Braaten, Welding Technology
Wyndmere: Harrison Blazek, Liberal Arts
Zap: Michael Bitz, Automotive Technology

Amherst: Brianna Wade, Agriculture
Athol: Autumn Jungwirth, Dental Hygiene
Britton: Andrew Weber, Auto Body Repair & Refinishing Technology
Brookings: Brian Lankow, Liberal Arts
Buffalo: John Helms, Automotive & Diesel Master Technician
Frederick: Dalton Kopecky, Caterpillar Dealer Service Technology
Lake City: Lexy Tank, Architectural Drafting & Estimating Technology
Long Lake: Matthew Hoffman, John Deere Tech
Meadow: Logan Hendrickson, Agriculture
Rosholt: Jamie Peterson, Liberal Arts; Theresa Zach, Liberal Arts
Roslyn: Bretni Sichmeller, Dental Hygiene
Sisseton: Jairica Christjohn, Liberal Arts; Garrett Tasa, Mechatronics Technology
Tea: Kirsten Pierson, Architectural Drafting & Estimating Technology
Watertown: Karlee Seim, Business Administration & Management
Webster: Christopher Gravley, Architectural Drafting & Estimating Technology
Wilmot: Macey Ebben, Pharmacy Technician; Marissa Ebben, Agriculture

Somerset: Summer Edwards, Associate Degree Nurse

Basye: Jarad Kriz, Architectural Drafting & Estimating Technology

Madison: Julian Walters, Liberal Arts

Daily News: TrainND seminar for sales veterans and rookies

January 08, 2015

By Matthew Liedke

A TrainND seminar will be held at North Dakota State College of Science at the end of January to improve the sales skills of both rookies and veterans alike.

The program, called Selling Essentials, will take place from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. on Jan. 29 and will help industry employees understand presenting solutions, overcoming objections and closing the sale.

Joe Schreiner, the manager of TrainND and teacher of the upcoming course, said that the seminar is open to salespeople who are just starting their career and can work as a refresher course for employees who have been working for a few years.

“We will give a quick look how to present a product or service to a customer and we will also discuss how to listen and what questions to ask the customer,” said Schreiner. “Additionally, we will handle objections, in situations where a customer is unhappy with something. We will review how to handle that.”

According to TrainND, successfully completing the course will increase an attendees’ ability to:

  • Effectively present solutions
  • Describe the features and benefits of a product or service
  • Identify typical customer objectives
  • Deal with and overcome objections
  • Describe the steps for closing
  • Demonstrate how to close the sale

“People still do a lot of selling at a job, regardless of what position they are in,” Schreiner said. “This is a good learning experience to understand the selling process.”

The seminar is a joint effort with the Wahpeton Breckenridge Chamber of Commerce and registration is being handled by the Chamber office. The cost for the seminar is $29 and materials will be included.

Those interested in attending the seminar can contact the chamber office by calling 701-642-8744. The seminar will be held at the NDSCS Tech Center on the Wahpeton campus in room 87.

Full article from the Wahpeton Daily News

Daily News: Students tour area facilities

January 08, 2015

By Matthew Liedke

The Wahpeton City Council was briefed Monday on the North Dakota Manufacturing Day held in October and learned it was a successful venture for students, locally and statewide.

The information was given by Economic Development Director Jane Priebe in her report at Monday’s City Council meeting. According to Priebe, North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple proclaimed Oct. 3, 2014 as Manufacturing Day for high school students and events were soon held across the state.

A manufacturing day event eventually made its way to Wahpeton, Oct. 22, 2014, which resulted in 203 Wahpeton High School students touring manufacturing facilities of Bobcat, WCCO Belting, ComDel Innovations and Heartland Precision.

Students were also provided a tour of on-campus facilities at North Dakota State College of Science.

Priebe said after the tour was over, a survey taken, showing 59 percent of students said they would consider a career in manufacturing, which was a 2 percent bump from 57 percent prior to the tour.

Also in her report was an unveiling of the new Visitors Guide to both Wahpeton and Breckenridge, Minnesota. Priebe explained that Wahpeton officials worked together with those across the border, saying the guides will be distributed in both North Dakota and Minnesota

In other news, the City Council moved forward on renewing a pair of franchise fees for both electric and natural gas utilities by approving two resolutions.

One resolution was for an agreement with Otter Tail Power for electric and the other was an agreement with Great Plains Natural Gas. Both renewals will extend the franchise fees through Feb. 1, 2017. The franchise fees will also stay at 3 percent. Motions were made to pass each resolution individually.

An announcement was made during the meeting that Wahpeton City Hall will be closed on Jan. 19 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Full article from the Wahpeton Daily News

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