May 26, 2016
The North Dakota State College of Science has named 383 students to its spring semester 2016 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:
Honolulu: Jerrica Owens, Health Information
Panora: Kallin Gafkjen, Technical Studies
Ada: Alexa Merkens, Business Management; Adam Sip, Agriculture; Megan Vesledahl, Dental Hygiene
Anoka: Marvin Bett, Business Management
Audubon: Jonathan Olson, Construction Management Technology
Barnesville: Avery Biewer, Liberal Arts; Noah Dobmeier, Business Management; Nathan Dokkebakken, Diesel Technology
Battle Lake: Jacob Trosdahl, Building Construction Technology
Beardsley: Laura Homan, Dental Hygiene
Benson: Cyra Carlson, Dental Hygiene; Krista Motzko, Practical Nursing; Morgan Staton, Electrical Technology
Bloomington: Anna Starks, Liberal Arts
Breckenridge: Thomas Anderson, Robotics, Automation and Mechatronics Technology; Matthew Berndt, Liberal Arts; Crystal Bridgers, Dental Hygiene; Lanae Ekberg, Liberal Arts; Amy Jorgenson, Paramedic (EMT) Technology; Kayla Karels, Liberal Arts; Andrea Locklear, Practical Nursing; Paul Meindl, Liberal Arts; Michael Radig, Agriculture; Shari Riveland, Liberal Arts; Thomas Stach, Non-Degree; Bryce Wiertzema, Building Construction Technology
Clearbrook: Riley Thoma, Dental Hygiene
Cottage Grove: Alex Johnson, Welding Technology
Dayton: Joshua Heise, Caterpillar Dealer Service Technician
Detroit Lakes: Mackenzie Chezik, Diesel Technology; Ryan Gustafson, Paramedic (EMT) Technology; Chelsey Tandsater, Dental Hygiene
Dilworth: Imelda Rios, Occupational Therapy Assistant
Donnelly: Katlyn Hilbrand, Business Management; Nacole Hilbrand, Culinary Arts
Dumont: Anna Tritz, Liberal Arts
Erskine: Hailley Engebretsen, Dental Hygiene
Excelsior: Ryan Kain, John Deere Tech
Fergus Falls: Evan Bohn, Diesel Technology; Levi Preston, Practical Nursing; Jesse Rostad, Robotics, Automation and Mechatronics Technology; Nicholas Sorum, Electrical Technology; Jared Wick, Culinary Arts
Foxhome: Silas Torkelson, Agriculture
Frazee: Melissa Byer, Culinary Arts
Freeport: Nathan Maus, John Deere Tech
Gibbon: Emmanuel Randle, Diesel Technology
Golden Valley: Kody Danielson, Welding Technology
Graceville: Lorra Arens, Health Information
Grand Rapids: Mitchel Johnson, Paramedic (EMT) Technology
Granite Falls: Nissa Washburn, Paramedic (EMT) Technology
Ham Lake: Bradley Weitgenant, John Deere Tech
Hancock: Logan Kisgen, Land Surveying and Civil Engineering Technology
Hawley: Weston Anderson, Diesel Technology; Brandon Eckholm, Land Surveying and Civil Engineering Technology; Jolene Kerr, Liberal Arts; Darby Olson, Liberal Arts
Henning: Shannon Calva-Holeton, Liberal Arts
Herman: Terianne Itzen, Dental Hygiene
Howard Lake: Grant Davis, Diesel Technology
Hutchinson: Jaden Katzenmeyer, Construction Management Technology
Isanti: Josiah Palm, Agriculture
Kent: Zarek Reiff, Diesel Technology
Lino Lakes: Alexandra Lee, Liberal Arts
Little Falls: Clint Nouis, Diesel Technology
Lucan: Dominic Ourada, John Deere Tech
Mahnomen: Jacob Refshaw, John Deere Tech
Maple Lake: Landon Caughey, Diesel Technology
McIntosh: Brooke Christianson, Practical Nursing
Minneapolis: Hazae'Lee Sellers, Liberal Arts
Montevideo: Yusuf Carson, Diesel Technology; Baylee Pauling, Business Management
Moorhead: Megan Baker, Paramedic (EMT) Technology; Julian Goracke, Business Management; Dalton Mortenson, Welding Technology; Onesphort Mwamba, Building Construction Technology; Garrett Rix, Paramedic (EMT) Technology; Ryan Schatz, Welding Technology; Carol Scott, Architectural Drafting and Estimating Technology
Ortonville: Brenna Giese, Liberal Arts; Kenneth Schumacher, Diesel Technology
Osakis: Hannah Baker, Dental Hygiene
Ottertail: Isidore Lindberg, Diesel Technology
Park Rapids: Kaylee Hilmanowski, Dental Hygiene
Parkers Prairie: Jesse Oeltjenbruns, Welding Technology
Pelican Rapids: Dawn Haiby, Paramedic (EMT) Technology
Perham: Rebecca Huebsch, Paramedic (EMT) Technology
Pipestone: Rebecca Griebel, Dental Hygiene; Nicole Hollingsworth, Dental Hygiene
Randall: Mark Crosswhite, Robotics, Automation and Mechatronics Technology
Redwood Falls: Chad U'Ren, John Deere Tech
Richfield: Leah Barnes, Liberal Arts
Rochert: Dalton Vonruden, Liberal Arts
Roosevelt: Toneal Pederson, Paramedic (EMT) Technology
Roseau: Jacob Hasson, Paramedic (EMT) Technology; Aaron Otto, Precision Machining Technology
Rothsay: Lane Malingen, Information and Communications Technology
Saint Cloud: Allen Skochenski, Paramedic (EMT) Technology
Sauk Rapids: Mason Rademacher, Liberal Arts
Sebeka: Renee Miller, Paramedic (EMT) Technology
Sherburn: Bradley Burmeister, John Deere Tech
Shevlin: Taylor McCollum, Welding Technology; Kari Skersick, Liberal Arts
Sleepy Eye: Justin Kotten, John Deere Tech
Solway: Julia Anderson, Paramedic (EMT) Technology
Thief River Falls: Christopher Kucera, John Deere Tech
Tintah: Emilyn Oehler, Occupational Therapy Assistant
Twin Valley: Justin Anderson, Building Construction Technology
Tyler: Joshua Christensen, Electrical Technology
Ulen: Amber Fuglie, Powersports Technology
Vergas: Trinity Dahl, Welding Technology
Vining: Shelby Westad, Paramedic (EMT) Technology
Waconia: Gabrielle Nordick, Agriculture
Wadena: Benjamin Lindroos, John Deere Tech; Jennifer Shreves, Paramedic (EMT) Technology
Warren: Daniel Schmidt, Electrical Technology
Wheaton: Benjamin Johnson, Liberal Arts; Cameron Maudal, Agriculture; Levi Nelson, John Deere Tech; Megan Wilt, Dental Assisting
Wolverton: Jack Anderson, Liberal Arts
Billings: George Prchal, Robotics, Automation and Mechatronics Technology
Bozeman: Rylee Cygan, Dental Hygiene
Forsyth: Traycee Snook, Caterpillar Dealer Service Technician
Glasgow: Travis Austin, John Deere Tech; Matthew Phillips, Welding Technology
Glendive: Caleb Kadrmas, Electrical Technology
Medicine Lake: Tristan Ereth, Electrical Technology
Plentywood: Bailey Brummond, Liberal Arts
Monroe: Georges Creve-Coeur, Diesel Technology
Abercrombie: Heather Hansen, Liberal Arts; Blane Plecity, Architectural Drafting and Estimating Technology; Jennifer Willprecht, Business Management;
Arthur: Nathan Longlet, Architectural Drafting and Estimating Technology
Belfield: Ashlee Wolf, Dental Assisting
Berlin: Shana Huber, Practical Nursing
Berthold: Joshua Chupp, Robotics, Automation and Mechatronics Technology
Binford: Trey Overby, Electrical Technology
Bismarck: Samantha Baumgartner, Liberal Arts; Britnee Buller, Architectural Drafting and Estimating Technology; Kaelee Cleveland, Pharmacy Technician; Ethan Fettig, Caterpillar Dealer Service Technician; Jonathan Gustin, Automotive Technology; Jayden Haider, Construction Management Technology; Trevor Lakoduk, Architectural Drafting and Estimating Technology; Tanner Larson, Caterpillar Dealer Service Technician; Fordyce Lenarz, Caterpillar Dealer Service Technician; Colin MacDonald, Automotive Technology; Kenzie Markwardt, Pharmacy Technician; Marshall Marsland, Heating, Ventilating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technology; Tessa Moravec, Culinary Arts; Whitney Schneider, Dental Hygiene
Cando: Jacob Heisler, Welding Technology; Larry MacDonald, Automotive Technology
Carrington: Brooke Thomas, Culinary Arts
Carson: Megan Steinmetz, Pharmacy Technician
Casselton: John Propsom, Welding Technology
Cavalier: Deric Bohn, Diesel Technology; Aaron Hauge, Robotics, Automation and Mechatronics Technology; Trent Karel, Land Surveying and Civil Engineering Technology;
Cogswell: Shane Johnson, Electrical Technology
Colfax: Hayden Blegen, Caterpillar Dealer Service Technician; Ashlyn Draovitch, Agriculture; Zachary Miller, John Deere Tech
Crosby: Jarret Obenchain, Diesel Technology
Crystal: Josh Holm, Diesel Technology
Davenport: Austin Faul, Welding Technology
Dazey: Conner Eberle, Caterpillar Dealer Service Technician; Derek Eberle, Caterpillar Dealer Service Technician
Des Lacs: Chase Johnson, Paramedic (EMT) Technology
Devils Lake: Jacob Burckhard, Building Construction Technology; Jace Johnson, Caterpillar Dealer Service Technician; Jared Nadeau, Caterpillar Dealer Service Technician; Jason Swenseth, Welding Technology
Dickinson: Austin Ehret, Diesel Technology; Jared Hirning, Caterpillar Dealer Service Technician; Dylan Ridl, Caterpillar Dealer Service Technician; Cody Woehl, Electrical Technology
Dwight: Kaitlyn Woytassek, Dental Assisting
Ellendale: Jacob Enge, Building Construction Technology; Shania Merkel, Liberal Arts; Evan Smith, Precision Machining Technology
Englevale: Shelby Schwab, Business Management
Erie: Ean Grieger, John Deere Tech; Michael Truax, Diesel Technology
Fairmount: Rhianna Kurtz, Liberal Arts; Carl Leinen, Practical Nursing; Brady Theede, Agriculture; Courtney Wray, Practical Nursing
Fargo: Ashleigh Abner, Caterpillar Dealer Service Technician; Kyle Anderson, Paramedic (EMT) Technology; Samantha Anderson, Health Information; Paul Bartron, Business Management; Cody Berg, Welding Technology; Sarah Braaten, Paramedic (EMT) Technology; Jacob Briss, Welding Technology; Jacob Brown, Caterpillar Dealer Service Technician; Aaron Bubach, John Deere Tech; Alex Christensen, Diesel Technology; Kaia Christl, Business Management; Anthony DaSilva, Welding Technology; Carmen Flynn, Liberal Arts; Jimi Fogle, Information and Communications Technology; Isaiah Gardell, Welding Technology; Andrea Griffin, Practical Nursing; Keith Hapip, Jr., Paramedic (EMT) Technology; Shanda Hayden, Dental Hygiene; Abe Johannes, Paramedic (EMT) Technology; Marie Kehson, Practical Nursing; Bill Kilmer, Information and Communications Technology; Makenzie Lako, John Deere Tech; Austin Laney, Information and Communications Technology; Alexandra Lemieux, Liberal Arts; Casey Lusk, Welding Technology; Carley Manley, Business Management; Ellison Marvel, Liberal Arts; John Mason, Information and Communications Technology; Adam Nelson, Precision Machining Technology; Jared Nyakoe, Liberal Arts; Emily Petersen, Information and Communications Technology; Ryan Peterson, Diesel Technology; Katie Salo, Practical Nursing; Allex Schafer, Diesel Technology; Timothy Sizemore, Liberal Arts; Benjamin Tiedemann, Paramedic (EMT) Technology; Maxwell Vagle, Liberal Arts; Thomas Van Overbeke, Electrical Technology; Ashtyn Zink, Practical Nursing
Fessenden: Kylie Ravnaas, Dental Assisting
Fingal: MacKensie Pfaff, Dental Assisting
Forman: Aarika Brezicka, Business Management
Gackle: Max Meyer, Diesel Technology
Glenburn: Tyler Erber, John Deere Tech
Golva: Greyson Stedman, John Deere Tech
Grace City: Nathan Blumhagen, Caterpillar Dealer Service Technician
Grafton: Justin Simon, Welding Technology
Grand Forks: Taylor Daede, Dental Hygiene; Tyler Hillestad, John Deere Tech; Lindsey Potratz, Dental Hygiene; Kyle Swatlowski, Electrical Technology
Hague: Hope Krumm, Land Surveying and Civil Engineering Technology
Halliday: Tanner Rohde, Diesel Technology
Hankinson: Joey Boutain, Liberal Arts; Samuel Hendrickson, Electrical Technology
Harvey: Seth Jewell, Electrical Technology; Zachary Schmaltz, Agriculture
Harwood: Seth Fretheim, Diesel Technology
Hazen: Matthew Goodwin, John Deere Tech
Hope: Garrett Erickson, Diesel Technology
Jamestown: Alicia Beckman, Practical Nursing; Logan Kleinsasser, Information and Communications Technology; Alexis Nogosek, Culinary Arts; Mason Steele, Caterpillar Dealer Service Technician; Ileah Sylvester, Health Information; Brandon Thrift, Automotive Technology; William Widmer, Land Surveying and Civil Engineering Technology
Kintyre: Brenna Schmidt, Dental Hygiene; Rikki Schmidt, Dental Hygiene
Langdon: Landin Johnson, Building Construction Technology; Ryne Uhrich, Automotive Technology
Leeds: Aaron Jackson, Caterpillar Dealer Service Technician
Leonard: Jake Lisburg, Diesel Technology
Lidgerwood: Cheyenne Aker, Practical Nursing
Linton: Cassandra Job, Dental Hygiene
Lisbon: Sheila Olson, Business Management
Maddock: Kenadi Lee, Dental Hygiene
Mandan: Hunter Kleinjan, Caterpillar Dealer Service Technician; Hannah Moe, Liberal Arts; Chad Zachmeier, Precision Machining Technology
Marion: Gregory Lahlum, Diesel Technology
Martin: Carson Koble, Electrical Technology
Mekinock: Ryan Iverson, Precision Machining Technology
Menoken: Collin Lawler, Caterpillar Dealer Service Technician
Milnor: Angela Bixby, Practical Nursing
Minot: Mason Bahl, Welding Technology; Justin Bergeron, Electrical Technology; Joshua Kauffman, John Deere Tech; Jesse Kurz, Welding Technology; Dustin Lakefield, John Deere Tech; Austin Ortmann, Automotive Technology; Zdenek Skalicky, Electrical Technology
Minto: Logan Misialek, Caterpillar Dealer Service Technician
Napoleon: Lucas Wald, Auto Body Repair and Refinishing Technology
New Town: Rebecca Froshaug, Agriculture
Oakes: Austin Kelly, Agriculture
Pembina: David O'Hara, Electrical Technology
Perth: Taylor Boe, Diesel Technology; Bryce Swenson, Caterpillar Dealer Service Technician
Ray: Colton Moe, John Deere Tech; Evan Wheeler, Electrical Technology
Reeder: Damon Mellmer, Liberal Arts
Reynolds: Shelby Butler, Dental Hygiene
Rogers: Annmarie Narloch, Dental Hygiene
Sentinel Butte: Stephen Szudera, Precision Machining Technology
South Heart: Cade Shypkoski, Architectural Drafting and Estimating Technology
Stanton: KaDee Berger, Dental Hygiene
Stirum: Clayton Totenhagen, Agriculture
Strasburg: Logan Kramer, Electrical Technology; Trent Mattern, Powersports Technology
Streeter: Nathan Dahl, Architectural Drafting and Estimating Technology
Tioga: Kyle Iwen, Electrical Technology
Valley City: Brady Nguyen, Heating, Ventilating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technology
Velva: Alex Erickson, Electrical Technology; Luke Hollenbeck, Business Management
Verona: Melinda Maley, Business Management
Wahpeton: McKayla Beith, Liberal Arts; Matthew Berger, Architectural Drafting and Estimating Technology; Elizabeth Brown, Liberal Arts; Brianna Close, Liberal Arts; Jason Dokken, Liberal Arts; Chantel Granum, Culinary Arts; Jacob Grueneich, Land Surveying and Civil Engineering Technology; Kelsie Hall, Liberal Arts; Samantha Hasbargen, Liberal Arts; Taylor Heinz, Liberal Arts; Ellie Hermunslie, Dental Hygiene; Karlie Hoggarth, Liberal Arts; Leigha Johanson, Liberal Arts; Justin Johnson, Diesel Technology; Joseph Keaveny, Business Management; Zachary Langendorfer, John Deere Tech; Tara Loomer, Dental Hygiene; Michael Lyons, Robotics, Automation and Mechatronics Technology; Jessica Mastel, Liberal Arts; Alexandra Meuchel, Culinary Arts; Alexis Moderow, Information and Communications Technology; Peggy Roemmich, Liberal Arts; Christopher Samuels, Information and Communications Technology; Anna Schillinger, Liberal Arts; Nathan Schmit, Liberal Arts; Keisha Schock, Dental Hygiene; Ali Schoneman, Business Management; Emily Sjoquist, Practical Nursing; Mikkol Smith, Liberal Arts; Trevor Steiner, Land Surveying and Civil Engineering Technology; Shelby Tschakert, Practical Nursing; Cynthia Uhren, Business Management; Chase Zenker, Liberal Arts
Walcott: Jarrett Hudson, Agriculture
Washburn: Beverly Sanders, Architectural Drafting and Estimating Technology; Karisa Thomas, Dental Hygiene
West Fargo: Nikki Borchardt, Liberal Arts; Nathan Cookman, Caterpillar Dealer Service Technician; Joshua Deschene, Liberal Arts; Michael Gores, Caterpillar Dealer Service Technician; ShiAnn Heil, Liberal Arts; Brady Heisler, Building Construction Technology; Domah Hunder, Welding Technology; Nathan Mugavero, Construction Management Technology; James Seefeldt, Paramedic (EMT) Technology; Chelci Shirrell, Pharmacy Technician; Carissa Sjolie, Dental Hygiene; Varney Vah, Information and Communications Technology
White Earth: Cheyenne Liedle, Dental Hygiene
Williston: Ryan Hellen, Electrical Technology; Tyler Kolden, Electrical Technology
Wilton: Cort Johnson, Caterpillar Dealer Service Technician; Wyatt Silliman, Electrical Technology
Wyndmere: Joshua Henderson, Building Construction Technology; Lisa Vosberg, Dental Hygiene; Kyle Wittenburg, Building Construction Technology
York: McKenzie Silliman, Dental Hygiene
Zeeland: Eric Ebel, Diesel Technology
Athol: Autumn Jungwirth, Liberal Arts
Avon: Lanae VanGerpen, Dental Hygiene
Lake Andes: Payton Johanneson, Diesel Technology
Long Lake: Matthew Hoffman, John Deere Tech
Mobridge: Miranda Eisemann, Dental Hygiene
Rosholt: Paul Zach, Electrical Technology
Roslyn: Bretni Sichmeller, Dental Hygiene
Selby: McKenzie Frank, Dental Hygiene
Sioux Falls: Samuel Hollinger, Welding Technology
Sisseton: Stacey Bochat, Practical Nursing; Jairica Christjohn, Liberal Arts
Sturgis: Shelby Weisz, Dental Hygiene
Watertown: Tyler West, Land Surveying and Civil Engineering Technology
Waubay: Bryan Warns-Bartelt, Caterpillar Dealer Service Technician; Lydia Wieger, Occupational Therapy Assistant
Wilmot: Macey Ebben, Pharmacy Technician
Milwaukee: James Batemon III, Liberal Arts
May 19, 2016
The semifinalists for the national ACT College and Career Readiness Campaign include an impressive array of students who challenge themselves, high schools and community colleges that defy expectations and businesses committed to educational and career advancement for their employees and communities.
“As our campaign continues to grow in its fourth consecutive year, we are honored to share these stories and celebrate in the remarkable success of these students, schools and employers,” said Scott Montgomery, ACT vice president of policy, advocacy and government relations. “In their states and across the country, these semifinalists are beacons of possibility for future improvements in college and career readiness.”
A national selection committee comprised of seven education and workforce leaders chose four semifinalists in each of four categories: Student Readiness (high school senior), College and Career Transition (high school), Career Preparedness (community college) and Workplace Success (employer). Each of these categories represents a critical juncture in the college and career readiness continuum.
“By setting clear goals and tracking measurable progress towards achieving them, all of this year’s exemplars are having a tangible and meaningful impact on the education and economic advancement of their states,” said Jeremy Anderson, chair of the campaign’s national selection committee and president of Education Commission of the States.
The 2016 semifinalists in the Career Preparedness category are listed below:
Central Louisiana Technical Community College (Louisiana)
Elgin Community College (Illinois)
Lake Area Technical Institute (South Dakota)
North Dakota State College of Science (North Dakota)
North Dakota State College of Science is distinctive for its approach and success in serving both current and future students through adapting to its community’s changing demographics and workforce demands. Through longstanding partnerships with local K–12 schools to help students seamlessly transition to college, students from 31 area high schools are enrolled in its dual enrollment courses, allowing them to earn college credits while enrolled in high school.
One in five NDSCS students come from a low-income household, and 70 percent qualify for Pell Grants. Though students’ financial constraints frequently impede their postsecondary plans, NDSCS has greatly exceeded expectations, with first-year student retention and three-year graduation rates above the national average for community colleges. Almost all of the college’s 2015 career and technical education graduates are employed and/or continuing their education and, on average, these students have increased their annual salaries by 7 percent since 2014.
The college pays particular attention to helping students navigate the non-academic barriers that can impede their progress to graduation, and it employs a full-time advocate to help students navigate resources and assistance for housing and other public services.
The four National Exemplars will be announced and celebrated at the 2016 ACT National Gala on College and Career Readiness in Washington, D.C., in late June, where all semifinalists and state exemplars will be recognized. Each of the 41 student state exemplars will be awarded an academic scholarship from ACT, regardless of semifinalist status.
In addition to Anderson, this year’s National Selection Committee included Kris Amundson, National Association of State Boards of Education; Kwame Boadi, Democratic Governors Association; Adam Lowe, National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships; Chris Minnich, Council of Chief State School Officers; Angel Royal, American Association of Community Colleges; and Ranjit Sidhu, National Council for Community and Education Partnerships.
Learn more about the ACT College and Career Readiness Campaign at www.act.org/readinesscampaign.
May 12, 2016
By Frank Stanko
Featuring four bedrooms, two bathrooms and two kitchens, Red River Cottage was dedicated with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday, May 11. The cottage is located at 207 Fourth Ave. S. in Wahpeton, and will be used as a group home for Red River Human Services Foundation.
Constructed by North Dakota State College of Science students on land provided by the city of Wahpeton, the cottage is owned by the Eastern Dakota Housing Alliance. It will be managed by Red River Human Services, who will provide resident housing at the cottage.
“Each of these partners have a mission statement to serve the public and provide affordable housing to their clients,” Mayor Meryl Hansey said. “To our knowledge, this kind of development project has not been duplicated anywhere in the United States to the depth and breadth that this model employed. I am pleased to see that education was so evident throughout the entire process and I’m very pleased to be part of a development that creates communities.”
Grace Backman, executive director of the Housing Alliance, thanked the city of Wahpeton for having confidence in and encouragement for Red River Cottage. She offered equal praise for the patience and understanding displayed by the Red River Human Services staff.
“I learned a whole new vocabulary and a new perspective in working with Pam (Erlandson, community services director) and Don (Leinen, quality assurance director) and Tom (Newberger, CEO) and others on their staff,” she said.
Backman concluded by singling out the skills of the NDSCS students who constructed the house, meeting whatever challenges were given to them.
“I don’t have any role in their grades, but I would like to say, ‘Well done!’” she exclaimed.
It was an honor and a privilege for NDSCS to collaborate with such entities as the city, Red River Human Services and EDHA, said Technology and Services Division Dean Barb Bang.
“We had the architectural drafting students and the construction management students who really worked through the planning of this. And then we had our building construction technology students build the darn thing and that was a huge effort, and an on-going effort. And (the cottage) is a beauty. Then our plumbing students actually did the plumbing, both when it was on campus and when it came over here,” she said.
The Red River Cottage site will soon include landscaping and sidewalks. Wahpeton’s Economic Development Director Jane Priebe said she hopes residents will continue to watch as the home becomes part of the community.
Red River Human Services is a private non-profit organization that provides services to people with developmental disabilities. For more information, visit www.rrhsf.org. The Eastern Dakota Housing Alliance is a Fargo-based non-profit housing developer. For more information, visit www.edha.org.
Full article from the Wahpeton Daily News.
May 12, 2016
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 Committee Meeting, serves as a ranking system for the 16 colleges in the United States that offer a John Deere Tech program.
NDSCS received the highest ranking of Platinum for the second consecutive year. In 2014, the College received the second highest ranking of Gold. The ranking system consists of four levels: Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze.
“To achieve the Platinum level College of Tomorrow Award it takes a commitment to excellence from everyone involved,” said Joe Plymale, John Deere Manager of College Partnerships. “The entire NDSCS John Deere Tech department and administration have continually shown a commitment to the success of the program and the graduates.”
Among other criteria, rankings are based upon a college’s program image and professionalism, students, instructor development, facility, safety and most importantly, student learning.
“It truly is an honor for the John Deere Tech program to be recognized in this way,” said Larry Ascheman, NDSCS John Deere Tech Program Coordinator. “We are very pleased to have received a Platinum ranking from John Deere, and 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.”
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,” said Dr. John Richman, NDSCS President. “This growth is due to our dedicated and focused faculty and staff, students, and business and industry partners making it one of the most well-known and high demand programs in the country. We are honored to receive such a rare designation."
This unique and innovative program combines state-of-the-art, on-campus learning experiences 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 by contacting the John Deere Tech department (701-671-2213), Diesel Technology department (701-671-2330) or Enrollment Services in Wahpeton (1-800-342-4325).
May 11, 2016
By Frank Stanko
An open house and ribbon-cutting will be held by the city of Wahpeton and North Dakota State College of Science beginning at 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 11.
The celebration honors the Red River Cottage housing project, located at 207 Fourth Ave. S. in Wahpeton. NDSCS’ building construction technology students constructed the building for the Eastern Dakota Housing Alliance.
“The city provided the vacant double lot for the project,” said Wahpeton’s Economic Development Director Jane Priebe. “The property sat vacant for quite some time and EDHA was looking to help with a neighborhood project.”
Tenants of the Red River Cottage will be residents from Red River Human Services, a private non-profit organization that provides services to people with developmental disabilities.
“When we learned that Red River Human Services was looking to create a smaller model for their residents, the college construction piece just seemed to be the right place to start,” Priebe said.
In March 2013, architectural drafting and construction management first- and second-year students from NDSCS came together on an assignment for the school’s design charrette, department chair Randy Stach said. A charrette is an intensive planning session involving collaboration from designers, citizens and others on a vision for development.
“The design was finalized and construction began in January 2014 in the building construction technology lab building,” Stach said. “The site was staked out by the land surveying and civil engineering technology students. The first-year building construction technology students constructed the foundation on-site as their first project to ever use insulated concrete forms.”
In October 2015, the house was moved to its new location. It will be completed and ready for occupancy later this month.
“Students were given the opportunity to learn more about creating living spaces by incorporating universal designs that would help people with disabilities live as independently as possible,” Priebe said.
And there were many students involved in and who benefitting from the unique, real world hands-on project, Barb Bang, NDSCS’ technology and services division dean, said.
“We are so excited to help bring this opportunity for community living to people we support,” said Pam Erlandson, community services director for Red River Human Services. “To have collaborated with so many others to help people’s dreams come true is very rewarding.”
Tours will follow the ceremony and light refreshments will be served. In case of inclement weather, guests are asked to gather at Red River Human Services’ meeting room, located at 207 Fifth St. S. in Wahpeton.
“This was a great partnership with EDHA, the city and college and Red River Human Services,” mayor Meryl Hansey said. “It was truly a win for everyone.”
The Eastern Dakota Housing Alliance is a Fargo-based non-profit housing developer, created in 1998 to foster the development and preservation of affordable housing in eastern North Dakota.
For more information, please visit www.edha.org.
Full article from the Wahpeton Daily News.
May 10, 2016
Otter Tail Power Company has donated $5,000 to NDSCS in support of the Skills Careers Success Camp for 9th and 10th graders. The donation will be used for student scholarships to ensure that all interested students have an opportunity to participate in the camp.
The Skills Careers Success Camp will be held for two and one half days in the summer of 2017 and will provide students with the opportunity to experience a variety of career and technical programs offered by NDSCS. Participating programs include: Agriculture; Auto Body Repair and Refinishing Technology; Automotive Technology; Powersports Technology; Building Construction Technology; Land Surveying and Civil Engineering Technology; Diesel Technology; Electrical Technology; Robotics, Automation and Mechatronics Technology; Health Careers; Plumbing; Heating, Ventilating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technology; Welding Technology; and Precision Machining Technology.
For the past eight years, NDSCS has hosted a week-long workshop where counselors, instructors, principals and superintendents from the southeast region of North Dakota visit campus and experience a variety of career and technical education programs. This program has greatly increased the awareness for career and technical careers among regional secondary school professionals. Participating schools have requested that NDSCS host a summer camp for their students to experience activities similar to what the instructors, counselors and administrators have experienced as they feel that is the best way for their students to understand the various careers.
Otter Tail Power Company Vice President of Customer Service Mark Helland (center) presented a check to NDSCS President Dr. John Richman and Vice President of Academic Affairs Harvey Link.
May 09, 2016
By Frank Stanko
Dr. John Richman, president of the North Dakota State College of Science, Wahpeton, wanted to make sure Vernon Hektner’s name once again held prominence on campus.
Hektner, a 1941 NDSCS graduate who later served nearly 40 years as an instructor and dean, was honored with the naming of Hektner Hall in 1986. Due to campus renovations, the building was demolished in 2014.
“Today we honor Vernon Hektner and celebrate a dedication that will ensure his legacy lives on for future generations of NDSCS students,” said Richman at the Thursday, May 5 dedication of the Hektner Student Center.
Approximately 17 members of Hektner’s extended family were present for the dedication and ribbon-cutting. Dr. Joel Hektner, chairman of the human development and family science department of the North Dakota State University in Fargo, spoke on behalf of the family.
“Growing up, our family thought of NDSCS, and in particular, this building, as more than just a place for students,” Hektner said. “It was a community resource.”
The Hektner Student Center houses, among other services, NDSCS’ bookstore, campus police, mail center, student life offices, information technology services and the Flickertail Dining Room.
“I played my first air hockey and ping pong games in the game room, and I learned how to bowl in the bowling alley,” said Hektner, reminiscing about times he and his family had spent on campus. It was easy, growing up mere houses away.
Vernon Hektner returned in 1947 as an instructor in the social science department. He continued to teach while serving as dean of what became known as the arts, science and pre-professional division from 1956-82. Hektner remained as a full-time teacher until his retirement in 1984. He died prior to his 89th birthday in 2010.
“He was passionate about this place and it’s mission. So much so that he had his headstone designed with an engraving of the steeple of Old Main with the ’S’ on. So clearly he was proud to be associated with NDSCS,” Joel Hektner said.
Prior to attending the dedication, Mrs. Leona Hektner, 90, toured the center, observing the plaque commemorating the former Hektner Hall and a portrait of Vernon Hektner.
“Once asked about his legacy, Vernon Hektner said he wanted to be remembered as a good teacher,” said Richman before sharing quotes from Hektner’s students published in the book “NDSCS: 100 Years of Excellence.”
As a teacher, Hektner delivered lectures that got one student involved and engaged to the point of forgetting to take notes. Despite the disadvantage and barely passing, the student declared it a one of the most memorable courses they’d ever taken.
“I’d never studied so hard, or wrote so fast. I developed a hard pencil lump on my middle finger taking notes. I ended up majoring in history. Couldn’t let all those notes go to waste,” Richman read from another student’s reminisces.
Other students found Hektner “a teacher through and through” and having a remarkable ability to make history feel like an old friend’s stories and anecdotes.
“His insight into (the lives of Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln) became more real than any textbook or ordinary teacher could convey,” Richman read.
Among the notables in attendance at the dedication were Wahpeton Mayor Meryl Hansey; North Dakota state Rep. Cindy Schreiber-Beck; state Sen. Tim Flakoll; former state Rep. Clark Williams; former Richland County Commissioner Perry Miller and Terry Goerger, imminent president of the NDSCS Alumni/Foundation.
The Hektner Student Center is located immediately at the righthand side of NDSCS’ oval entrance at the intersection of Sixth Street and Eighth Avenue North in Wahpeton.
May 04, 2016
NDSCS Wahpeton students to enjoy street dance
North Dakota State College of Science students, faculty and staff will celebrate Agawasie Day on Thursday, May 5 on both the Wahpeton campus and at the NDSCS-Fargo location.
Events begin in Wahpeton at 10 a.m. with the Hektner Student Center Dedication. Following the dedication, students, faculty and staff will enjoy self-guided tours of the Hektner Student Center followed by free food on The Oval at 11:30 a.m. Competitions (car show, volleyball, lip sync battle, tug-o-war and the Burnout), inflatables and numerous attractions will take place throughout the afternoon and an outdoor, evening street dance is set to begin at 9 p.m.
Agawasie Day events at NDSCS-Fargo will take place from noon-3 p.m. Students, faculty and staff will enjoy numerous activities (life-size Jenga, Wii, checkers, etc.) as well as free food, plus students will have a chance to win prizes.
In 1914, the College published its first yearbook called the Agawasie. While the origin of the name is obscure, an earlier issue of the annual explained it as an Indian word for “Ascience.” The arrival of the annual became a day for celebration, hence the start of the annual Agawasie Day Picnic. While publishing an annual yearbook was discontinued in 2004, the day for celebration still lives on as Agawasie Day and is celebrated every year right before the start of finals.
For more information about Agawasie Day, including a complete listing of events and details, go to www.ndscs.edu/agawasie.
May 03, 2016
The North Dakota State College of Science Auto Body Repair and Refinishing Technology program recently received reaccreditation by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF).
To achieve this coveted recognition, the College’s Auto Body Repair & Refinishing Technology program underwent rigorous evaluation by NATEF. Nationally accepted standards of excellence in areas such as instruction, facilities and equipment were used.
“This is great news for automotive-minded young people and their parents,” said Donald Seyfer, former NATEF Chair. “Because this program increases cooperation between local education and industry leaders, it gives added assurance that NDSCS graduates will be employable entry-level technicians. As a result of the quality education provided by NDSCS, the motoring public will benefit since better repair technicians will join the work force.”
Upon completion of the evaluation, the College became reaccredited by NATEF, a non-profit, independent organization that evaluates and accredits entry-level technician training programs against standards developed by the automotive industry.
“During the past few months, we have worked closely with NATEF to make certain that our program would meet strict industry standards and we are pleased to once again join the ranks of the NATEF accredited training programs,” said James Erdahl, NDSCS Automotive Repair & Refinishing Technology Program Chair and Associate Professor. “NDSCS students are guaranteed to receive a quality education while shop owners can be confident of obtaining quality job applicants.”
To learn more about the NDSCS Automotive Repair & Refinishing Technology program, including certificate and A.A.S. degree options, visit www.ndscs.edu/autobody or call 1-800-342-4325 ext. 2521.
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