September, 2017

Daily News: NDSCS still confident this fall

September 27, 2017

By Frank Stanko

The numbers are in. North Dakota State College of Science has a total enrollment of 2,985 students this fall. That includes enrollment on the Wahpeton and Fargo campuses, as well as online and early entry students.

NDSCS describes this year’s figure as a slight drop — less than 1 percent — from the fall of 2016, when 3,003 total students were enrolled. The fall of 2017 also marks the first time in seven years NDSCS’ enrollment fell under 3,000 students. Nevertheless, president Dr. John Richman expressed confidence in the overall strength of his institution.

“I have said this often: I am not interested in being first and I am not interested in being the biggest,” Richman said. “I am only interested in, am driven by and passionate about NDSCS being the best that we do. Being the best, for us, doesn’t mean being measured by our enrollment.”

Richman pointed to NDSCS’ mission of educating and training the workforce.

“To do that, yes, we certainly have to have students. The more students we have, the more graduates we’ll have. That’s if we are educating our students in the right way,” he said.

According to NDSCS, the number of high school students taking early entry classes has increased from 684 in 2016 to 714 in 2017. That’s a growth of more than 4 percent.

“We still see a lot of potential for growth there,” Richman said. “Not only do I believe it’s possible, I believe it’s got to happen. We have to change the ways we deliver education. One of those ways is to expand our offerings to the appropriate students that are still in high school.”

While North Dakota’s number of high school graduates has been declining since the 1980s, Richman noted, it is forecast to increase in the spring of 2018.

“I would commend our staff and our faculty, because for 25 years, the potential pool of North Dakota students has been trending down,” he continued. “We actually hit a high in enrollment (3,168 students) for the past 30 years four years ago. Because of our efforts to recruit, market and diversify our delivery methods academically, we’ve been able to counter that downward trend and attract more students.”

NDSCS and Wahpeton Public Schools both receive state funding, but their requirements are different and separate. Wahpeton Public Schools, for example, earns its funding based on the number of enrolled students.

“That is not our case,” Richman said. “Ours is a (courses) credit-based funding formula. A half-percent enrollment drop does not affect our budget negatively. In our enrollment management, we are comfortable where we are today.”

Starting Monday, Oct. 2, NDSCS will celebrate homecoming. The college’s football game, pitting the Wildcats against the Dakota College at Bottineau Lumberjacks, is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7. The game will take place at Earl “Skip” Bute Alumni Stadium, at 919 14th Ave. N. in Wahpeton.

The Daily News will continue to provide homecoming coverage, whether in our pages or at

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NDSCS hires Susie Carlson

September 20, 2017

The North Dakota State College of Science Division for Workforce Affairs has hired Susie Carlson as a Sales Manager at its NDSCS-Fargo location, which is located at 1305 19th Avenue North. She can be reached at 701-231-6912. Information about the NDSCS Division for Workforce Affairs is available online at

Carlson will serve as the liaison between NDSCS and business and industry. She will be an access point for workforce related services and programs that include TrainND training services, workforce partner/member services and workforce development. She will also be responsible for identifying prospective clients, conducting needs assessments, delivering workforce proposals and delivering regional training. Carlson is certified as a CTT+ Technical Trainer, Microsoft Master Instructor and Expert Level Microsoft Office User Specialist.

Carlson was previously employed with NDSCS as a Training Account Executive from 2002-2012. She graduated from North Dakota State University with a Bachelor of Science in Public Relations / Mass Communications and a minor in Business Administration.

NDSCS Fall Enrollment remains steady at just below 3,000

September 19, 2017

Fall enrollment numbers are now official for the North Dakota State College of Science. Total student enrollment is 2,985, which includes Wahpeton, Fargo, online and early entry students. This is a slight drop compared to fall 2016 enrollment, which totaled 3,003.

Fall enrollment data shows 442 students taking at least one class at the NDSCS-Fargo location, which is a nearly 3% increase over 2016. There are 483 students taking classes at multiple NDSCS locations, or through a combination of in-person and online instruction. The number of high school students taking Early Entry classes through NDSCS has increased by more than 4% from 684 in 2016 to 714.

The student body is comprised of 1,942 freshmen and 1,043 sophomores. There are 1,707 full time students, while 1,278 are enrolled part time. There are 963 students living on the NDSCS Wahpeton campus in residence halls or apartments.

There are 2,050 students from North Dakota, with 47 of the state’s 53 counties represented.

NDSCS accepting applications for Practical Nursing program in Fargo

September 08, 2017

North Dakota State College of Science is accepting applications for students interested in enrolling in the Practical Nursing program at NDSCS-Fargo. The deadline for submitting an application and all selection criteria is November 1, 2017.

The Practical Nursing Program at NDSCS-Fargo features early evening classes four days per week, with laboratory and clinical instruction during daytime hours. New students to the program will begin classes in January 2018.

Additional information about program dates and admission criteria can be found online at

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