A Day of Thanks

By Sarah Hoffbeck_T6K0638

With Thanksgiving less than one week away, we hope you and your family are able to enjoy the holiday. For some that may mean getting ready to gorge on classic Thanksgiving foods, for others the lure of Black Friday deals means shopping until you drop. Whatever your traditions may be, remember to enjoy them and be thankful!

Perhaps your college student will be coming home for some much needed R&R. Don’t be alarmed if they spend a lot of time sleeping…tests before Thanksgiving, months of homework and classes, all while balancing work and a social life can take quite the toll. In any event, just remember, they aren’t ignoring you, they’re just recharging!

Enjoy the moments that come next week—ALL the moments. From answering 100 questions from that chatty aunt and choking down another overcooked bird, to seeing extended family and catching the football game, these are the moments that turn into memories.

Make your Thanksgiving a memorable one! Safe travels and Happy Thanksgiving from NDSCS!

Saluting our Veterans

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With the celebration of Veterans Day earlier this week, it was a time to reflect and give thanks for those who are serving or who have served in the forces.

Whether you are personally connected to a veteran or not, we hope you were able to take a minute and give thanks for all the freedoms you enjoy because of someone else. In a beautiful world where unimaginable things can and have happened, it’s important to realize how much our veterans and military service members really do for us.

Here at NDSCS, students were able to write a thank you message to veterans and service members in recognition of Veterans Days at both the Wahpeton campus and the NDSCS-Fargo location.

The College was also recently named to the 2016 Military Friendly® Schools list by Victory Media, which recognizes the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools nationwide that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans and spouses as students, and to ensure their success on campus.

Do you have a family member interested in attending college? NDSCS offers a variety of online courses and programs to provide an opportunity for current and former members of the military to enhance their education or seek new skills. To find out more about specific military programs that may provide educational information and financial support visit www.ndscs.edu/military.

Or check out this great article concerning 5 Must Know GI Bill Facts.

So here’s to our veterans—thank you for all you have done and are continuing to do.

NDSCS Scores High with 2015 Placement Stats!

By Sarah Hoffbeck

Did you know that 99 percent of 2015 graduates from NDSCS were employed or continuing their education just months after graduation?

According to information recently compiled by the NDSCS Student Success and Career Services department for the NDSCS 2015 Graduate Placement Report, upon completion of their program of study, the vast majority of NDSCS graduates are employed in the state of North Dakota—66% to be exact.

Plus, out of the 31 programs reporting, 26 recorded 100 percent placement.

NDSCS: By the Numbers

  • 531 students registered with NDSCS Student Success and Career Services
  • 69% of students are employed with a job relating to their major
  • 88% of students continuing their education, are doing so at a North Dakota college or university
  • $38,844 – annual average salary

NDSCS: Where your major means money

  • Dental Hygiene and Diesel Technology were the top-paying degrees reported by 2015 NDSCS graduates
  • Not far behind were Welding Technology, Agriculture and Registered Nursing

Click here to view the detailed report.

A two-year college with results like this is where your student wants to be!


Check out Our NDSCS-Fargo Open House Sessions!

By Sarah Hoffbeck

Is your student interested in taking classes at the Fargo location? If they’re trying to decide if they should return to, or begin college, encourage them to join us for an Open House session at NDSCS-Fargo.

Our free come-and-go sessions are open to the public and will focus on NDSCS-Fargo and Online program options, curriculum and class schedules, tuition costs and financial aid, the application process and any questions. Current NDSCS-Fargo faculty and Enrollment Services representatives will also be on hand to answer questions. No pre-registration is required to attend.

So whether your family member is an adult returning to college or a brand new student, wanting to advance in their current position or thinking about a new career, NDSCS-Fargo offers several practical program options for busy adults.

Newer courses being offered at NDSCS-Fargo include:

The NDSCS-Fargo Open House sessions will be held on the following dates at NDSCS-Fargo located at 1305 19th Ave. N. in Fargo, N.D.

  • Friday, November 6 from noon-5 p.m.
  • Friday, December 4 from noon-5 p.m.

For more information please contact a Fargo Programs Representative at ndscs.fargoprograms@ndscs.edu or 701-231-6935 or visit www.ndscs.edu/openhouse.

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Visit NDSCS During a Special Event Day!

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Is your soon-to-be college-bound student still trying to decide what they want to be when they grow up? Whether your family member has no idea what type of career they want to go into, or are having trouble narrowing the list down, Special Event Days at NDSCS are designed to help them decide which program could be the right fit.

Participate in a campus tour, visit with specific departments to get the inside scoop on programs that interest your student, experience student life and learn about admission information.

Special Event Days typically run from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Click here to register or call 1-800-342-4325 ext. 3-2173.

Upcoming Special Event Days

  • Auto/Diesel Day – October 19, 2015
  • Discovery Day – October 23, 2015
  • Imagine It, Design It, Build It Day – October 29, 2015
  • Case IH Day – November 2, 2015
  • Electrical, HVAC/R, Manufacturing Day – November 9, 2015
  • Ag Day – November 20, 2015
  • John Deere Tech Day – November 23, 2015
  • Fargo Programs Day – March 8, 2016

It’s a Bird…It’s a Plane…It’s a DRONE!

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NDSCS to offer new Unmanned Aircraft Systems Course

NDSCS will kick off its brand new course Introduction to Unmanned Aircraft Systems on October 20, 2015.

  • Course: TECH 192 Introduction to Unmanned Aircraft Systems
  • Class Number: 23761 | 2 Credits
  • 2nd 8-weeks Class (begins Tuesday, October 20, 2015)
  • Tuesdays/Thursdays, 4-5:50 p.m. in Horton Hall 115
  • Prerequisite: none

Course Description
TECH 192 Introduction to Unmanned Aircraft Systems will focus on an introduction to the fundamentals of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), including history and their developing role in the modern aviation industry. Topics include structural elements, avionics, flight control and guidance systems, navigation, remote sensing and human factors. The course will also cover UAS integration into commercial applications as well as FAA regulations and sanctions. An emphasis will be placed on future employment in the field with a focus on commercial airspace.

Course Content

  • UAS History
  • Role in Modern Aviation: Commercial and Military Airspace
  • Purpose-Driven Sensors and Missions in Commercial Applications
  • Components and Supporting Equipment
  • Aviation Regulatory System: FAA Regulations and Sanctions
  • Certificate of Authorization (COA)
  • UAS Operations: Avionics, Guidance and Navigation
  • Collection of Geospatial Data
  • Automation and Autonomy
  • Safety


For more information, visit www.ndscs.edu/UAS or contact Rick Hendrickson at 701-231-6923 or rick.hendrickson@ndscs.edu.

Reboot The Bute: Stadium Grand Opening!

By Sarah Hoffbeck

In just one week NDSCS will be celebrating the additions/renovations to the Earl “Skip” Bute Alumni Stadium during the Stadium Grand Opening. Please mark your calendars and plan to join us for this fun event on Friday, October 2 at 1:30 p.m.

Event Details

  • An outdoor news conference will begin at 1:30 p.m. at the Stadium facility followed by a ribbon cutting.
  • Following the news conference, self guided tours of the new complex will take place until 3 p.m.
  • Numerous NDSCS students will be in attendance, including NDSCS Football players and members of the Wildcat Pep Band, who are set to perform preceding the event.
  • Look for NDSCS mascot Wildcat Willie to make an exciting appearance!

The Earl “Skip” Bute Alumni Stadium was named in recognition of over 50,000 alumni as well as Earl “Skip” Bute, the College’s first football coach, basketball coach and director of athletics.

The $1.5 million Stadium renovation began in 2007. Improvements include a new retail outlet for the Bookstore, new locker rooms, renovated public restrooms, a renovated concession area, new cement and an updated water and sewer system.


Visit the Student Success Center at NDSCS!

By Sarah Hoffbeck

We all know that going to college and getting an education can be challenging at times. That’s why we’ve created countless resources to support our students as they work to achieve their academic goals. Now in one convenient location, the Student Success Center is your family member’s one-stop location for assistance or concerns. We want your student to succeed and we’ll support them all the way!

Located in the newly renovated Old Main, the Student Success Center is open Sunday-Thursday 7:45 a.m.-10 p.m. and Friday 7:45 a.m.-5 p.m.

Student Success Center faculty and staff are prepared to help students with the following:

  • Academic Help & Questions
  • Tutoring
  • Class Schedule Changes
  • Academic Program Changes
  • Career Planning & Job Search Assistance
  • Test Center
  • Accessibility Services
  • Quiet & Group Study Spaces
  • Student Concerns & Complaints
  • Veterans (VA) Benefit Assistance
  • And more!

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Celebrating the New Old Main!

By Sarah Hoffbeck

Join NDSCS faculty and staff in celebrating the New Old Main on Thursday, September 10, 2015 at 10 a.m.

Event Details

  • A news conference will begin at 10 a.m. outside of Old Main on The Oval followed by a ribbon cutting.
  • Following the news conference, self guided tours and an Old Main video tribute will take place inside Old Main until 3 p.m.
  • Special refreshments prepared by the NDSCS Culinary Arts students will also be provided after the news conference inside Old Main.
  • Numerous NDSCS students will be in attendance, including Wildcat Stage Band members who are set to perform preceding the event.
  • Look for NDSCS mascot Wildcat Willie to make an exciting appearance!

Old Main History

  • In 1891, construction began on the building now known as Old Main to house the Red River Valley University. The building opened in 1902; classes started at the North Dakota Academy of Science in September of 1903.
  • After first renting space from the Red River Valley University, in 1908 an agreement was reached for the purchase of Old Main and 10 acres of land.
  • For many years, Old Main served as the sole building for the College, housing classrooms, offices, a library, dormitory and even cafeteria. The second floor functioned as a gymnasium and later an auditorium.
  • Old Main continues to stand as an iconic fixture on the NDSCS campus more than a century after its humble beginning. And perched atop the building, the infamous Old Main S’s will continue to cast their warm glow and light up the evening skyline for many years to come.