December, 2017

Daily News: Healthy future for NDSCS nursing

December 28, 2017

By Frank Stanko

The nursing program at North Dakota State College of Science is on its way to a healthy future.

Earlier in December, the college announced that beginning in 2019, there will be a new class of associate in applied science registered nursing students each fall.

“The additional (classes) will produce 22 nursing students annually, an action that directly addresses the region’s nursing workforce shortage,” NDSCS stated in a release. “NDSCS will soon begin seeking additional nursing instructors to meet the existing and expanded instructional needs of the department.”

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Daily News: Learning from the land

December 27, 2017

By Frank Stanko

“One way or another, every student that we have will be impacted by this,” said Craig Zimprich, chair of North Dakota State College of Science’s agriculture department.

The pivotal project is the development of a land lab on 92.4 acres straight west of Walmart in Wahpeton. Previously farmed by the late Richard Kosel and his wife Mary, the land’s lease was donated to NDSCS by Linda Patterson. Not only is Patterson the Kosels’ daughter, she’s also an NDSCS alumni.

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NDSCS Registered Nursing program to accept new students annually beginning in fall 2019

December 13, 2017

North Dakota State College of Science (NDSCS) announced today that the College will start a new class of Associate in Applied Science Registered Nursing (AAS RN) students every fall beginning in 2019. The additional class starts will produce 22 nursing students annually, an action that directly addresses the region’s nursing workforce shortage. NDSCS will soon begin seeking additional nursing instructors to meet the existing and expanded instructional needs of the department.

NDSCS began the AAS RN program in August 2017 with a cohort group of 22 students who will graduate in May 2019. NDSCS offers two nursing program options in addition to the AAS RN program: the Associate in Applied Science degree in Practical Nursing with a new class beginning each fall and spring semester, and a Registered Nursing (Associate in Science in Nursing) program for qualified AAS Licensed Practical Nurses to obtain their Registered Nursing degree, with a new class starting every fall semester.

The projected employment in 2024 for registered nurses in the state of North Dakota is 10,442, a 2.2% annual percentage change from 2014, with 403 estimated annual openings.* In the past year, 166 nursing job openings were posted on the NDSCS job website, with 41 of those openings in North Dakota. There are more than 500 Registered Nursing job openings posted on the Job Service North Dakota website.

Registered Nursing graduates from the 2016-17 academic year reported a 100% placement rate, while Practical Nursing graduates had a 97% placement rate.* NDSCS nursing graduates typically achieve a first time-pass rate of 94-100% when taking their National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX).

Additional information about NDSCS nursing programs can be found online at, or by calling 701.671.2981. Individuals interested in joining NDSCS as a nursing instructor should direct inquiries to the Human Resources department on the Wahpeton campus at 701.671.2903.

*Data Sources:
Labor Market Information Center, Job Service North Dakota, Projections Unit
NDSCS 2017 Placement Report (

NDSCS Community mourns loss of student

December 12, 2017

The North Dakota State College of Science is mourning the loss of a first-year student.  Nathan Gossett of Enderlin, N.D., was an 18-year-old student in the Auto Body Repair & Refinishing program on the Wahpeton Campus.  The cause of death is unknown but foul play is not suspected.

“The NDSCS community is deeply saddened by the loss of a member of the Wildcat family,” said John Richman, NDSCS president. “We extend our sincere condolences to the families, classmates, and friends of Nathan Gossett.”

AgNews 890: NDSCS Lands 92-Acre Field for a ‘Land Lab’ Classroom

December 07, 2017

By Mikkel Pates

A 93-acre farmland parcel west of Wahpeton soon will be a new kind “land lab” for the North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpeton.

A free land lease arrangement from a donor runs for three growing seasons, says Craig Zimprich, the school’s agriculture department chairman. The arrangement goes into effect this coming season. This past season the field was in soybeans, and it has been largely in a corn-soybean rotation.

The field is about a mile from the NDSCS campus on the west edge of Wahpeton, so it’s handy for student involvement.

NDSCS is working toward partnerships with agribusinesses to locate some demonstration plots on the land. “We’ll be starting out next spring with this,” Zimprich says, listing soil testing and a data mapping project with the National Corn Growers Association.

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