NDSCS celebrates completion of expanded diesel technology educational facility

Expansion of Bisek Hall ranks the facility among the largest dedicated to diesel training

A world-class educational facility dedicated to the education of diesel technicians opened its doors today in Wahpeton, N.D. at the North Dakota State College of Science (NDSCS). Current students joined NDSCS leaders, corporate partners of the diesel technology program, North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple and North Dakota lawmakers at today’s celebration of the expansion of Bisek Hall.

“Ultimately, this celebration is about the expanded capacity NDSCS will have to educate and train future diesel technicians for the state of North Dakota and the upper Midwest,” said NDSCS President John Richman. “This high-tech facility will also allow the College to further utilize technology to enhance our students’ hands-on learning experience on the latest state-of-the-art equipment.”

The 65,500 sq. foot expansion doubled the space devoted to training the high-demand technicians who diagnose, service, repair and rebuild diesel equipment. The size of the original building limited enrollment and the amount of high-tech integration possible. By expanding Bisek Hall, the latest technology is now incorporated into the labs and classrooms, and 2013 fall enrollment has increased by 20 percent. The facility now ranks among the largest devoted diesel training facilities in North America.

Speaking to the impact of the Bisek Hall expansion project were North Dakota Governor Jack Dalymple and several of the members of the North Dakota legislature who helped identify the need, then appropriated the funding necessary for the $10.3 million expansion.

The equipment representing NDSCS corporate partners in diesel technology served as a backdrop for the ceremony; partners include John Deere Agriculture, Caterpillar, Butler Machinery Company, North Dakota Case IH dealers, John Deere Construction & Forestry and RDO Equipment Co. Through these partners and their sponsorships and training initiatives, many of NDSCS’s diesel technology students begin their college education with their careers already defined.

The ceremony concluded with self-guided tours of the Bisek addition showcasing the technology and equipment incorporated into classrooms and labs as well as the instructional, hands-on and meeting space in the precast concrete addition.

Department: Diesel Technology

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