September, 2018

Heyerman and Larson crowned 2018 NDSCS Homecoming Royalty

September 26, 2018

North Dakota State College of Science crowned the 2018 Homecoming King and Queen on Wednesday, September 26. Queen Heather Heyerman is from St. Michael, Minn. and is pursuing a Liberal Arts degree. She was sponsored by the NDSCS Ambassadors and Collegiate DECA. King Brent Larson is from Lisbon, N.D. and is pursuing a Practical Nursing degree. He was sponsored by the Practical Nursing Club and Phi Theta Kappa. Heyerman and Larson will preside over NDSCS Homecoming activities for the duration of the week.

The 2018 Homecoming Court also included:
Vanesa Aguilera of Arlington, Minn.; Occupational Therapy Assistant; sponsored by the Wildcat Welcome Team and the OTA Club
Bethany Materi of Bismarck, N.D.; Dental Hygiene, sponsored by the Dental Club and Diesel Club
Carter Kipp of Wahpeton, N.D.; Business Management; sponsored by the Media Squad and Campus Activities Board
Zane Woroniecki of Hebron, N.D.; Electrical Technology; sponsored by the Electrical Club and ISA Club

NDSCS Electrical Technology Department to Celebrate 95 Years

September 26, 2018

The NDSCS Electrical Technology Department will celebrate its 95-year history during the College’s Homecoming week. All-class reunion events will take place Friday and Saturday, September 28 and 29, 2018.

Information and registration for the events is available online at, along with historical information about the NDSCS Electrical Technology program. The reunion events will include:
95-Year Electrical Technology Celebration Open House:
  Friday, September 28 from 3-5 p.m. in Barnard Hall
Electrical Reunion Continental Breakfast with Instructors:
  Saturday, September 29 at 8 a.m. in the Hughes Shelter at Chahinkapa Park
Electrical Reunion Alumni Social:
  Saturday, September 29 from 3-5 p.m. in the Hughes Shelter at Chahinkapa Park

NDSCS Electrical Technology classes began in 1923, and the program continues to be designed to give students the skills necessary for successful employment in the electrical industry. Additional information about the NDSCS Electrical Technology program can be found online at

NDSCS OTA Program to host CarFit event

September 26, 2018

The North Dakota State College of Science Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) program will host a CarFit event on the NDSCS campus in Wahpeton, N.D. on Monday, October 15 from 1-3 p.m. Space for this event is limited, and pre-registration is required. Appointments can be made by emailing or calling 701-671-2981. There is no cost for a CarFit check-up.

CarFit is a national program developed by AAA, AARP and the American Occupational Therapy Association, and is designed to give a quick, yet comprehensive check on how well an older driver and their vehicle work together. At a CarFit event, trained volunteers complete a 12-point checklist with each driver. Among the items checked are: correct position of driver’s seat, driver’s ability to easily reach pedals, and proper adjustment of mirrors.

As part of their coursework, NDSCS OTA students are trained in the CarFit program by a Certified CarFit Technician. This is the second year that the NDSCS OTA program has hosted this event. At this year’s event, second-year OTA students will work with participants to ensure they “fit” their vehicle properly for maximum comfort and safety. A CarFit check takes approximately 20 minutes to complete.

NDSCS Fall Enrollment remains steady

September 18, 2018

Fall enrollment numbers have once again remained steady at the North Dakota State College of Science. Total student enrollment is 2,957, which includes Wahpeton, Fargo, online and early entry students. This is a decrease of less than 1% compared to fall 2017 enrollment, which totaled 2,985.

The number of high school students taking Early Entry classes through NDSCS has increased by more than 16% from 714 in 2017 to 833 in 2018. Early Entry classes allow students to begin earning college credits while still fulfilling their high school requirements.

There are 1,589 full time students, while 1,368 students are enrolled part time. There are 875 students living on the NDSCS Wahpeton campus in residence halls or apartments. The enrollment data shows that the number of students from North Dakota increased 2.3% to 2,097, with 46 of the state’s 53 counties represented.

While NDSCS student retention data is not yet available, the College projects that number to increase, with more than 70% of students remaining with NDSCS to work toward degree completion.

“The projected increase in student retention is evidence that our continued focus and investment in supporting students is translating into fulfilling our mission of educating the workforce of North Dakota and this region,” said NDSCS President John Richman.

NDSCS students earn awards at National SkillsUSA Championships

September 07, 2018

Three students from the North Dakota State College of Science earned medals at the national SkillsUSA Championships this summer.

  • Tanner Klein, a Powersports Technology student from Bismarck, N.D., earned a gold medal in the Power Equipment Technology category. This contest tested student skills in all areas of this technology, including two- and four-cycle engines and the related theories that go along with them, drive trains, hydraulics, wiring schematics and customer service.
  • Chandler Rheault, a Welding Technology student from Fargo, N.D., secured a silver medal in the Welding Sculpture category. Welding Sculpture contestants demonstrate their ability to develop a design and produce a welding sculpture of that design, as well as deliver a presentation regarding all aspects of the design creation.
  • John Heidt, a Precision Machining Technology student from Dickinson, N.D., received a bronze medal in the CNC Turning Specialist category. In this contest, contestants are assessed on their ability to write Computer Numeric Control (CNC) turning and milling programs, interpret prints, and measure/gage parts.

The SkillsUSA Championships took place as part of the SkillsUSA 54th annual National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC), a showcase of career and technical education students. During the week, more than 6,300 career and technical education students competed hands-on in 102 different trade, technical and leadership fields.

NDSCS dedicates William F. Rothwell Center for Science

September 06, 2018

North Dakota State College of Science dedicated its William F. Rothwell Center for Science today. The area used for science education at the College has been named in honor of NDSCS alumnus William F. (Bill) Rothwell, who received his Liberal Arts degree from the College in 1956.

“Today we celebrate Bill Rothwell and thank him for his support of NDSCS,” said NDSCS President John Richman. “We are honored to dedicate the William F. Rothwell Center for Science, which will impact science education for generations of NDSCS students.”

A native of Breckenridge, Minn. and a longtime supporter of the NDSCS Alumni Foundation, Rothwell recently donated $250,000 to the Foundation to create an endowment that will support NDSCS science curriculum. Inspired by his mother, who was an instructor at NDSCS from 1965-1974 and instilled in him a love for education, Rothwell established the William F. Rothwell Endowment in 2015 to support students in Business Administration and Management. His most recent gift creates a second endowment to expand his impact to the science department. The William F. Rothwell Center for Science Endowment will help the College meet the educational needs of its students in the years to come.

“Bill and his wife, Janet, have both been dedicated to education throughout their careers. It has been a pleasure to get to know Bill and to work with him as he supports the community where he grew up,” said NDSCS Alumni Foundation Executive Director Kim Nelson. “His most recent gift demonstrates how donors can make an impact that matches their interests with the educational needs at NDSCS.”

Using a portion of the most recent gift from Rothwell, NDSCS has been able to update its chemistry lab with new computers and software to operate instruments and equipment for hands-on learning. The College is also able to move forward with new curriculum to teach anatomy using new equipment that uses a constructive, hands-on approach. The remainder of the gift will be used to create an endowment that will help the department maintain state-of-the-art equipment for science instruction.

“These upgrades allow our students to work with modern instruments that they will see and work with in their future careers,” said NDSCS Mathematics and Science Department Chair Shannon King. “We are excited to know that we will be able to continue to provide modern equipment for our students’ education as new technology is available in the future.”

More than 200 students will take classes at the NDSCS William F. Rothwell Center for Science each year. Classes using the new science equipment are part of the curriculum for students taking Liberal Arts courses or studying for science or pre-professional health careers, as well as students in the College’s Allied Health and Agriculture programs.

NDSCS recognized with National Rankings

September 04, 2018

North Dakota State College of Science has received national recognition from two publications that have recently ranked the College among the nation’s best.

NDSCS was included at #14 on a list by Forbes that ranks the nation’s Top Two-Year Trade Schools. The list, revealed in an article titled “The Top 25 Two-Year Trade Schools: Colleges That Can Solve The Skills Gap”, evaluated more than 700 schools across the nation, and considered post-graduate success, affordability, completion success and student experience.

The College was also ranked #15 among public institutions in a report by the Chronicle of Higher Education in its 2018 Almanac of Higher Education titled “2-Year Colleges With the Best 3-Year Graduation Rates, 2016”. The report ranked 762 institutions based on their percentage of first-time, full-time, degree- or certificate-seeking students who entered in the fall of 2013 and graduated within three years.

“These recognitions acknowledge the great work of our employees at NDSCS,” said NDSCS President John Richman. “The rankings are an indication of our efforts to support our students’ success, and the steps we are taking to fulfill our mission of educating and training the workforce of North Dakota and the surrounding region.”

Additional Information: The Top 25 Two-Year Trade Schools: Colleges That Can Solve The Skills Gap How The Top Two-Year Trade School Ranking Is Scored 2-Year Colleges With the Best 3-Year Graduation Rates, 2016

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