February 25, 2016
The North Dakota State College of Science Band and Choir Festival will be held on Monday, February 29, 2016 at the Bremer Bank Theatre in the Harry Stern and Ella Stern Cultural Center on the Wahpeton campus at 7:30 p.m.
The festival will feature band and choir ensembles from NDSCS, Wahpeton High School and Breckenridge High School.
Under the direction of guest conductor Dr. Kyle Mack, the combined bands will perform a total of four pieces. Mack has been a member of the North Dakota State University faculty since 1993 and currently teaches applied trombone/euphonium, conducting and music education classes in addition to directing the Jazz Studies program.
The combined choirs are also set to perform four pieces under the direction of guest conductor Matthew Endreson. Endreson currently serves as the Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton High School Choral Director and is in his fourteenth year in music education.
The festival is free and open to the public. Free-will donations will be accepted following the performance in the Harry Stern and Ella Stern Cultural Center lobby.
February 23, 2016
Thirty-two North Dakota State College of Science Collegiate DECA members recently competed at the North Dakota Career Development Conference in Fargo, N.D. NDSCS Chapter members participated in 16 separate events, ending up with a finalist in 11 events.
One-hundred-twenty students representing both two and four-year colleges and universities from across the state competed against one another in a variety of simulations, case studies and prepared events.
The 11 NDSCS finalists include:
In addition, Ian Uhrich was elected to serve as the 2016-2017 State Association President while Dana Anderson was elected to serve as next year’s State Vice President.
NDSCS will now be sending a delegation to the International Career Development Conference to be held in Washington D.C. this April.
Collegiate DECA at NDSCS prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management. Nationwide, Collegiate DECA includes over 15,000 members in 275 colleges and universities.
February 18, 2016
Thanks to a General Motors donation from Gateway Chevrolet in Fargo, N.D., the Automotive Technology department at the North Dakota State College of Science recently received a 2014 Chevrolet Silverado pickup.
The pickup will be used to provide hands-on training to students, including automotive diagnostic and repair work, four-wheel drive, engine/transmission systems, and installation, care and repair of vehicle accessories.
“We are so very grateful to Gateway Chevrolet for the donation of this Chevy pickup to our program,” said Peter Mandt, NDSCS Automotive Technology Associate Professor and Program Coordinator. “This vehicle will allow our students to gain invaluable, hands-on experience as they delve into the science and technology behind this General Motors pickup.”
To learn more about the NDSCS Automotive Technology program, including certificate, diploma, A.A.S. degree and other specialty options, visit www.ndscs.edu/automotive or call 1-800-342-4325 ext. 2521.
February 17, 2016
By Frank Stanko
Dr. Richman announces highest spring semester enrollment on record since 1983 with 2,951 students
According to its latest census, spring semester enrollment at North Dakota State College of Science is 2,951 students. NDSCS reports this as not only a 7 percent increase over the spring of 2015, but the highest spring semester enrollment on record since 1983.
Along with the increase in number of students enrolled at NDSCS on the whole, so are the number of credits they’re taking, said President John Richman. The distinction is important because Richman said there have been increases at the Fargo campus, in NDSCS’ early entry offerings (students receiving college credit while in high school) and in the hybrid students (those who receive their education in multiple ways or from multiple locations, like on campus and online), there have been slight decreases in enrollment both online and at the Wahpeton campus. Nevertheless, Richman expressed excitement about the increased enrollment in Wahpeton.
“It’s a result that proves that the plan we have been working on for several years is working,” he said. “North Dakota, in this region, has been in a decline in the number of high school graduates that is being generated, but at the same time, our enrollment continues to grow.”
Richman said NDSCS has countered the declining high school graduation number by improving its recruitment processes, along with improving marketing the campus and the viable careers that exist in North Dakota.
“The academic programs have become more accessible in different delivery locations and different delivery methods, from a hybrid student to an online student to a Fargo student to an Oakes, North Dakota student. We’ve just diversified the way that we teach,” he said.
Strategic plans that took shape in 2012 and have focused on student success have also contributed to the enrollment growth, Richman added.
“All the pieces have worked very collaboratively together and we’re seeing the results,” he said. “We’ve diversified delivery, we’ve improved the marketing, the recruitment pieces, very strategically.”
New initiatives have been implemented to promote positive enrollment growth at the Wahpeton campus, Richman said. This includes adding some new positions. As well, the job descriptions between department chairs and academic chairs have been adjusted and reprioritized to focus more on career awareness, student recruitment and student advising at the entry level.
Along with that, NDSCS is focusing on business and industry support. When Richman spoke to the Daily News, it was the afternoon of a career fair at the campus’ Blikre Activity Center.
“We need business and industry to work with us sooner in the educational process,” he said. “We need business and industry helping us in the career awareness piece. We need business and industry to help us recruit students, offer internship co-op experiences, sponsor students. All of that at the beginning of the educational process or during the educational process will make a more successful student.”
The new initiatives, Richman said, are about developing greater and more partnerships and improving the career awareness and the recruitment of students.
Richman, who said he tries engaging students as often as he can, saw three of them leaving the career fair as he was walking in.
“And my question to each one of the three was, ‘Did you get a job?’ And they said, ‘I already had a job ... I already had a job ... I already had a job.’”
That proves to Richman, he said, that NDSCS’ business partnership is working.
“I don’t know what programs they’re in,” he continued. “I don’t know what jobs they were, but that, to me, is proof that business is listening. They need to get into the process of identifying and educating students in the front end of the educational process, not the back end.”
February 10, 2016
Spring enrollment reaches 33-year high
Spring semester enrollment at the North Dakota State College of Science is 2,951 according to the official census, which is taken on the 20th instructional day of classes each semester. This is the highest spring semester enrollment on record since 1983 and a 7 percent increase over spring 2015.
During the past five years, NDSCS spring enrollment has steadily grown. The number of credits students are enrolled in is also up from 2015 to 30,673 which is the highest since spring 2012. Thanks to persistent recruiting, focused student success initiatives and marketing efforts, the College continues to see remarkable growth at both the Wahpeton campus and NDSCS-Fargo location as well.
“The demand for our graduates remains very high which is supported by our 99 percent placement rating,” said NDSCS President John Richman. “Our faculty and staff work diligently to help our students succeed through focused retention and student success efforts while our industry partners contribute to a win-win educational experience.”
There are 1,508 full time students and 1,443 part time students, with just more than 45 percent of students residing on-campus at NDSCS in Wahpeton.
Additionally, 71.7 percent of NDSCS students are from North Dakota from 49 counties, while 21.4 percent of students are from Minnesota, 2.5 percent are from South Dakota and 1.1 percent are from Montana.
February 08, 2016
By Frank Stanko
The North Dakota State College of Science’s Allied Dental Education Clinic will be the local host of the American Dental Association’s Give Kids a Smile Day, Friday, Feb. 12.
From 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Feb. 12, free dental care for children and youth age 3-18 will be provided at the campus’ Mayme Green Allied Health Center, just off Fourth Street in Wahpeton.
“I’m most looking forward to working with other community members, the dental students and the rest of the dental staff,” said Chanel Malone, the Give Kids a Smile program coordinator for NDSCS. “We have lots of volunteers.”
Dental students will perform cleanings, radiographs, sealants, fluoride applications and oral health education and will be able to perform basic restorative procedures, simple extractions and patient exams.
“Approximately $13,000 worth of donated services was provided to local children in 2015 with the help of volunteers, local and regional dentists, hygienists, assistants and the NDSCS Allied Dental Education Department staff and students,” states a press release for Give Kids a Smile.
Joining the Allied Dental department are Dr. Brent Holman and Dr. Carl Trout, pediatric dentists from Fargo. Malone said both doctors have “provided many children with dental care in past dental mission work.”
“We are fortunate to receive support and/or contributions from the North Dakota Dental Foundation, the American Dental Association and both local and regional dental community volunteers,” she added.
Malone wants the public to remember that volunteers and staff involved in Give Kids a Smile are giving up their time freely to provide dental care for those whose families might not otherwise be able to afford it.
Appointments are required for Give Kids a Smile Day, and a parent or legal guardian must accompany patients under age 18.
To schedule an appointment, please contact the NDSCS Allied Dental Education Clinic at 1-800-342-4325, ext. 3-2333 or 701-671-2333.
Give Kids a Smile, launched nationally in 2003 by the American Dental Association, has provided free oral health services to millions of children, the Association’s website said. It is traditionally celebrated on the first Friday in February.
February 01, 2016
Ages 3-18 welcome to register for free dental services on February 12, 2016
The NDSCS Allied Dental Education Clinic will be participating in the annual American Dental Association’s Give Kids a Smile® Day on February 12 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Mayme Green Allied Health Center at NDSCS in Wahpeton, N.D.
All patients must have appointments in advance. A parent or legal guardian must accompany patients younger than 18 years. To schedule an appointment, please contact the NDSCS Allied Dental Education Clinic at 1-800-342-4325 ext. 3-2333 or 701-671-2333.
This nationwide event designates a day of free dental care for children who may have difficulty accessing dental care or families with limited financial resources. The clinic will be providing dental care to individuals ranging in age from three to 18.
Services provided may include basic restorative procedures, simple extractions and patient exams. NDSCS Allied Dental students will perform cleanings, radiographs, sealants, fluoride applications and oral health education. Approximately $13,000 worth of donated services was provided to local children in 2015 with the help of volunteers, local and regional dentists, hygienists, assistants and the NDSCS Allied Dental Education Department staff and students.
“This year, we are excited to work with Dr. Brent Holman and Dr. Carl Trout – pediatric dentists from Fargo, N.D. who have provided many children with dental care in past dental mission work,” said NDSCS Give Kids a Smile Program Coordinator Chanel Malone. “We are fortunate to receive support and/or contributions from the North Dakota Dental Foundation, the American Dental Association, and local and regional dental community volunteers.”
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