April, 2015

NDSCS Child Care Center to Close May 15, 2015

April 30, 2015

The NDSCS Tiny Tykes Child Care Center, located on the Wahpeton campus, will be closing its doors on Friday, May 15, 2015. Families were notified earlier this spring in an effort to provide them with ample time to find alternative child care options.

For families that may be seeking child care in the future, please see the community child care options below:

  • Child Care Aware of North Dakota:
  • Richland County Social Services — Will provide list of licensed providers in Richland County
  • Wilkin County Social Services — Will provide list of licensed provides in Wilkin County
  • Wahpeton Daily News — Classifieds

NDSCS Stage Band and Wildcat Singers conclude tour with Spring Concert

April 24, 2015

Concert tops-off week of traveling performances around the region

The North Dakota State College of Science Stage Band and Wildcat Singers will be performing their last home concert of the year on Monday, April 27, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. The concert will be held at the Bremer Bank Theatre in the Harry Stern and Ella Stern Cultural Center on the NDSCS campus in Wahpeton.

The concert is free and open to the public. Free-will donations will be accepted at a reception following the performance in the lobby of the Harry Stern and Ella Stern Cultural Center.

NDSCS Faculty and Staff receive annual College Awards

April 17, 2015

Eight North Dakota State College of Science faculty and staff members have been chosen and named recipients of the College’s Excellence in Teaching Award and Excellence in Service Award for the 2014-2015 academic year.

The Excellence in Teaching Award recognizes instructors who, among other outstanding characteristics, demonstrate competence and sincere interest in their subjects, present material in a suitable, well-integrated fashion and encourage participation from students. Selection criteria include student evaluations, feedback and deliberations by the selection committee.

This year’s recipients were chosen by a selection committee comprised of faculty members, students, academic deans and staff members from a group of 36 nominee finalists. The honorees are:

  • Dana Anderson: English and Humanities Instructor
  • Jane Krump: Social and Behavioral Sciences Professor/Chair
  • Shane Suko: Electrical Technology and Mechatronics Technology Associate Professor
  • Mitch Van Vleet: Welding Technology Instructor

The Excellence in Service Award, formerly known as the Meritorious Service Award, recognizes employees who consistently go above and beyond every day and exemplify the College’s values of learning, integrity, flexibility and excellence. Nominations are open to those serving in the professional, clerical, trades and service positions that are not on probationary status with recipients chosen by Human Resources and the Rewards and Recognition Committee. The honorees are:

  • Shannon Herman: Enrollment Services Administrative Assistant
  • Dawn Jirek: Facilities Management Administrative Assistant
  • Melissa Johnson: Student & Residential Life Executive Director
  • Rebecca Truesdell: College Relations & Marketing Publications Specialist

NDSCS-Fargo to hold Open House session for prospective Students

April 17, 2015

The North Dakota State College of Science will be holding an Open House session on Friday, April 24 from noon – 5 p.m. at NDSCS-Fargo, located at 1305 19th Avenue North, for students interested in taking classes at the Fargo location.

This free come-and-go session is 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 house.

A sample of courses being offered includes: 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 or 701-231-6935 or visit

John Deere Tech students excel at National PAS Competition

April 16, 2015

North Dakota State College of Science John Deere Tech students recently placed, with one team taking first, at the National Postsecondary Agricultural Student (PAS) conference for Agricultural Machinery Service Technicians in Boise, Idaho.

Three NDSCS teams comprised of two students each participated, winning first, sixth and eighth places, respectively with Andrew Maershbecker earning the competition’s highest individual rank.

  • 1st Place: Robert Friesz and Andrew Maershbecker. Friesz is from Elgin, N.D., and is sponsored by Dakota Farm Equipment of Elgin, N.D. Maershbecker is from Hebron, N.D., and is sponsored by Dakota Farm Equipment of Dickinson, N.D.
  • 6th Place: Bryce Jossund and Lane Alm. Jossund is from Moorhead, Minn., and is sponsored by RDO Equipment of Moorhead, Minn. Alm is from Hawley, Minn., and is sponsored by RDO Equipment of Hawley, Minn.
  • 8th Place: Kevin Slaubaugh and Kyle Majer. Slaubaugh is from Leeds, N.D., and is sponsored by Leading Edge Equipment of Devils Lake, N.D. Majer is from Middle River, Minn., and is sponsored by Evergreen Implement of Thief River Falls, Minn.

Nineteen teams from five states across the country competed, including colleges from Iowa, Minnesota, New York, North Dakota and Wisconsin.

The National PAS Student Organization is an organization associated with agriculture/agribusiness and natural resources offerings in approved postsecondary institutions offering baccalaureate degrees, associate degrees, diplomas and/or certificates. PAS is one of 11 career and technical student organizations approved by the U.S. Department of Education as an integral part of career and technical education.

The Agricultural Machinery Technician competition is part of the Career Program Areas with the purpose to allow students to test their knowledge and problem-solving skills in a competitive environment to meet industry needs utilizing a variety of assessment techniques.

The Agricultural Machinery Service Technician Career Program Area is designed to:

  • Encourage the development of Agricultural Service Technicians’ opportunities;
  • Provide incentives to develop and improve curriculum and instructional techniques;
  • Evaluate participant and program efficiency;
  • Recognize individual accomplishments and educational curriculum in Agricultural Service Technician programs;
  • Encourage cooperation between education and industry;
  • Strengthen the PAS organization by encouraging active participation.

To learn more about the John Deere Tech program at NDSCS, go to

Daily News: Partnership helps students attain degrees

April 10, 2015

New collaboration offers a smooth path to transfer credits for degree completion

Students who transfer from North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpeton and Fargo to North Dakota State University will have an opportunity to earn an associate degree from the Wahpeton institution through a new program brought forth thanks to a partnership between the two schools.

“The bottom line is that we know there are students who leave NDSCS without achieving a degree, for a number of reasons,” said Philip Parnell, associate vice president of Academic and Student Affairs. “They do it with the best of intentions, because they figure they will finish their degree at NDSU. In most instances that happens, but in some cases it doesn’t.

“What we tried to work out was a system where a student can go to NDSCS, earn a certain number of credits and be introduced to a program,” Parnell continued. “The goal is to give these students a degree that we know they will need for employment.”

Under the agreement, students who transfer from NDSCS to NDSU before completing a degree will have an opportunity to apply credits from both institutions toward an associate degree. The students will qualify when they have earned at least 36 credits from NDSCS and at least 15 credits from NDSU.
The agreement establishes a policy and process for NDSU students to transfer their NDSU coursework to NDSCS for the purpose of obtaining an associate degree. Parnell said the work on the agreement started during the 2014 fall semester and was finalized in late February with the implementation of the program to take place in fall of this year.

“The relationship and working with NDSU is phenomenal,” Parnell said. “We partner on so many things and everyone is easy to work with. But what I like most is that we both come from the same point of view with putting the students first.”

During the announcement of the partnership on April 7, NDSU President Bresciani said, “North Dakota wins when we educate more citizens.”

“NDSU is proud to partner with NDSCS to better serve our students,” Bresciani continued. “This collaboration offers a smooth path to transfer for degree completion.”

The reverse transfer agreement is the first of its kind in the state of North Dakota, according to the press release.

Full article from the Wahpeton Daily News

INFORUM: NDSU, NDSCS create program to support transfer students

April 08, 2015

By Grace Lyden

North Dakota State University and North Dakota State College of Science announced a new program Tuesday that will make it easier for transfer students to earn associate degrees.

Under the reverse transfer agreement signed by NDSU President Dean Bresciani and NDSCS President John Richman, students who have taken courses at both schools will be eligible for an associate degree once they've earned 36 credits from NDSCS and 15 credits from NDSU.

Richman said this will be particularly helpful for students who transfer to NDSU from Wahpeton-based NDSCS but are unable to complete the four-year degree.

"Life situations happen," he said at the news conference on the NDSCS Fargo campus. "And where are they? Deeper in debt and with no degree."

Officials don't know how many students this will affect, but they plan to identify and contact eligible students in the fall.

Bresciani said the agreement will also help students who transfer in the other direction.

"We certainly have a lot of students who get to NDSU, 'I'm going to be a chemical engineer,' and after about their sophomore year decide, 'maybe welding's what I want to do,' " he said. "We don't want those students to walk out without a college education, without some sort of degree to show for it, and so if they go and finish up with welding, fantastic. They've got a university experience and an exceptional vocational experience."

The program is the first of its kind in North Dakota, and interim Chancellor Larry Skogen said it could serve as a template for other institutions in the university system.

"This is sort of a Neil Armstrong step in the right direction," he said.

Bresciani said he approached Richman about starting the program about two years ago, when he heard of colleges around the country implementing similar partnerships. To Bresciani, the program seemed particularly appropriate for North Dakota.

"The employers' demand for people with a college education, at least a two-year degree, is only going up, and if we don't do this, we're contributing to our businesses's lack of success," he said.

Although transfer students will continue to count against graduation rates in federal measures, the system will be tracking students in this program and reflecting the improvement internally, Bresciani said.

Full article from

NDSCS and NDSU partner for student success

April 07, 2015

New agreement offers seamless transfers to encourage degree completion

North Dakota State College of Science and North Dakota State University announced a new partnership that will give students an additional opportunity to use credits they have earned to complete a degree.

NDSCS and NDSU entered into a Reverse Transfer Agreement today. It is the first of its kind in the state of North Dakota and will give students access to a seamless system by which they can receive an associate degree.

“This innovative partnership will provide students in a variety of situations a flexible option to obtain an associate degree,” said NDSCS President John Richman. “We are pleased to collaborate with NDSU to offer another path for student success.”

Under the agreement, students who transfer from NDSCS to NDSU before completing a degree will have an opportunity to apply credits from both institutions toward an associate degree. The students will qualify when they have earned at least 36 credits from NDSCS and at least 15 credits from NDSU.

The agreement establishes a policy and process for NDSU students to transfer their NDSU coursework to NDSCS for the purpose of obtaining an associate degree.

“NDSU is proud to partner with NDSCS to better serve our students. This collaboration offers a smooth path to transfer for degree completion,” said NDSU President Dean L. Bresciani. “North Dakota wins when we educate more citizens.”

The agreement aligns with the State Board of Higher Education’s mission and vision for the system. “Its five-year strategic plan, the NDUS Edge, launched in January and serves as the roadmap to implementation of the Board’s vision,” said Larry C. Skogen, interim chancellor of the North Dakota University System. “Today’s agreement supports all of the plan’s goals, especially helping students succeed by increasing graduation rates and using the strengths of the system in a focused way to provide a clear path to a degree.”

TrainND Southeast and Onsharp partner to provide Social Media Classes

April 06, 2015

Classes to be held at NDSCS-Fargo

TrainND Southeast, powered by the North Dakota State College of Science, along with Onsharp announced today a new social media training partnership.

Last fall, both organizations independently identified a need for hands-on social media training for individuals and businesses. Beginning this month, members of Onsharp’s digital marketing team will offer three new social media classes to be held at the NDSCS-Fargo location.

Intro to Social Media Strategy: April 30, 2015 (1-5 p.m.)

  • This class will help individuals and businesses connect the dots between business and marketing goals and their social media presences. This strategic approach to managing social media channels makes content development, community management, and measuring ROI and social media impact easier.

Intro to Twitter: May 12, 2015 (1-5 p.m.)

  • This class will give new users and account managers the tools needed to understand how to set up a Twitter account, find tweetable content and connect with others via Twitter. Attendees will learn to use this channel for personal, professional and/or organizational use.

Intermediate Twitter + Intro to Hashtags: May 14, 2015 (1-5 p.m.)

  • During this class individuals will learn to understand next level features – including Twitter Analytics and Twitter lists, setting channel goals, researching hashtags and defining a strategic approach to using this channel.

“Becoming knowledgeable about social media is no longer a personal desire, but is highly sought after in the business world along with the need to stay up-to-date and relevant in the ever-changing world of social media,” said Taya Spelhaug, TrainND Southeast training account executive. “Our partnership with Onsharp provides relevant, high-quality and cost-effective training to meet this need.”

“With many social media training opportunities attendees walk away with a list of concepts they could apply, but rarely do because they don’t know where to start,” said Kirsten Jensen, Onsharp director of digital marketing. “These classes are structured so participants get things done during class and leave with the tools and confidence to apply what they’ve learned.”

TrainND Southeast and Onsharp are pleased to collaborate through this new partnership to better help individuals learn how to have an effective presence through the use of social media channels. To view class objectives or register for an upcoming class, visit

About TrainND Southeast
TrainND Southeast, powered by North Dakota State College of Science, provides customized training for corporations and organizations as well as open-enrollment training for individuals. As a member of the statewide workforce training system, TrainND Southeast can link individuals and businesses to state and region-wide networks of professionals and resources for the exact training they need to become more competitive. For more information about TrainND Southeast, please visit

About Onsharp
Onsharp is an interactive agency that architects, builds and supports web-based solutions. We're passionate about technology, but not just because we think it's cool. We are experts at helping businesses understand how new technologies and trends can help them meet customer demand while improving productivity. Onsharp strives to create success in the lives of all people, businesses and communities they serve. For more information about Onsharp, please visit or call toll-free at 1.866.ONSHARP.

Daily News: Barbie triage

April 06, 2015

By Matthew Liedke

NDSCS nursing students take care of unorthodox victims for class

North Dakota State College of Science nursing students trained with a different sort of patient Wednesday, as class instructors set up simulated trauma scenarios with Barbie dolls as the victims.

Scenarios included an explosion, an airplane crash, a car accident and a tornado with the dolls being made to depict victims who would appear in these types of events.

According to Associate Professor Ruth Gladen, the training allowed the students to work in groups and assess the victims according to their injuries. Additionally, Student learned how to determine and prioritize the care each will receive.

Rachel Moszer, an instructor who was overseeing the class, explained that the idea came from a conference she attended where it was used to build critical thinking and leadership skills.

Wednesday’s exercise put to the test many of the skills that the students, who are in their final semester, have learned throughout the course.

Full article from the Wahpeton Daily News

NDSCS Registered Nursing program receives No. 1 ranking in nation

April 01, 2015

The North Dakota State College of Science Registered Nursing (RN) program has received a No. 1 ranking out of 1,904 registered nursing programs in the United States for the spring 2014 graduating class. This ranking, which was reported by Mountain Measurements, Inc., is determined by the yearly National Council of Licensing Exam (NCLEX-RN) results.

Since the program’s first graduating class (spring 2006), a total of five graduating classes from the NDSCS RN program have achieved a 100 percent, first attempt pass rate.

“A special thank you goes out to our students, faculty, staff and especially our clinical affiliations –they are a critical part of the educational process and without their commitment and partnership, this continuous achievement would not be possible,” said Ruth Gladen, RN program coordinator and associate professor.

This marks the tenth year that NDSCS will offer a registered nursing program. Students in the program graduate with an Associate in Science in Nursing (A.S.N.) degree and are eligible for the National Council Licensure Exam for registered nurses (NCLEX-RN).

For further information on the NDSCS nursing programs visit or email

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