How to Stay in Touch with Your College Student

By Sarah HoffbeckTexting your student

Now that your student has been enrolled at NDSCS for a few weeks and finally started to settle in and not be so homesick, the phone calls back home may become less and less frequent…or perhaps even stop altogether.

But don’t worry—it’s not you! Living away from home, or commuting if that’s your family member’s thing, is quite an adjustment. The words ‘time management’ may actually start to mean something as they begin to adjust and commit to a regular routine.

While it’s great to hear their actual voice, lets face it—between running back and forth from the dorm to class to work, and trying to have a social life, a text or post on Facebook from your student is the next best thing.

Chances are you’ve already hopped on the texting train…but in today’s fast-paced society of ever-changing technology, Twitter, Facebook, FaceTime and Skype are also great ways to stay in touch with your family member.

Whether you tweet it, text it or post it, just remember that staying in touch with your student doesn’t have to be limited to a phone call. So grab your laptop, tablet or phone and hop to it! And for those of you who might be a bit technically challenged, all it takes is a little practice. Before you know it, you’ll be texting and tweeting away like a pro.

NDSCS Official Social Media Sites

NDSCS Receives Top Marks for 2012 Graduation Rate!

By Sarah Hoffbeck

Did you know that NDSCS is ranked No. 6 among two-year public colleges?

This national recognition, which was recently released by the Chronicle of Higher Education (CHE) in the report “Large Colleges With the Best 6-Year and 3-Year Graduation Rates, 2012”, ranks colleges according to graduation rates.

NDSCS achieved a 50.7% graduation rate in 2012 and a 47% graduation rate in 2013 (graduation rates are official Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System numbers and reflect the percentage of first-time, full-time, degree-seeking students who enter in the fall and graduate within three years).

“Our goal is to continue to increase the College’s retention and graduation rates – not only to better our students, but to also address the workforce needs in the state of North Dakota,” said NDSCS President Dr. John Richman. “The implementation of our new Student Success Division, which began earlier this summer, will play an instrumental part in accomplishing this goal and we’re excited to see where it takes us.”

NDSCS Graduation Rate

Keep up the great work Wildcats!

NDSCS Answers the ALS Challenge!

By Sarah Hoffbeck

Dr. Richman puts his own spin on the ALS Challenge!

A new phenomenon has been sweeping across social media these past few days called the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Chances are you’ve heard about it or even seen the videos on Facebook, YouTube or Instagram. This social media trend has literally resulted in gallons upon gallons of water and ice being dumped on people to support those with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) or Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

NDSCS President Dr. John Richman boldly answered his challenge this Wednesday. His unique spin? Having a Bobcat drench him head-to-toe in front of students, faculty and staff on the NDSCS Oval!

He was quick to nominate the 2014 NDSCS Wildcat Welcome Team (WWT), NDUS Chancellor Dr. Larry Skogen and Wildcat alumnus and Alumni/Foundation board member Terry Goerger.

Relive the ice-cold moment by watching the clip below or by heading to our NDSCS Facebook page where you can also see the WWT answer their Ice Bucket Challenge. Bbbbbrrrrrr…

Orientation & Welcome Week begin August 23 at NDSCS!

By Sarah Hoffbeck

Just one week from tomorrow both Orientation and Welcome Week will kick-off at NDSCS!

We’re excited to welcome your family member to campus and want to encourage friends and family to be a part of this exciting time as well. That’s why we’ve included numerous events on both Saturday, August 23 and Sunday, August 24 for families to take part in.

Below is a general snapshot of what will be taking place next weekend:

Saturday, August 23 (Wahpeton)

  • Residence Halls open for Move-In: 10 a.m.
  • Various Campus Offices Open: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Free BBQ Lunch, Flickertail Dining Room: 12-5 p.m.
  • Root Beer Floats and Music on The Oval: 2-4 p.m.
  • Double Decker Bus Tours of the Community: 4-6 p.m.
  • Picnic on The Oval: 5:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Outdoor Movie: 9 p.m. – The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Sunday, August 24 (Wahpeton)

  • Free President’s Brunch, Flickertail Dining Room: 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
  • Photo Booth in the Student Center: 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
  • Various Campus Offices Open: 12-5 p.m.
  • New Student Orientation: 2-6 p.m.
  • Street Dance in Lot 14: 9 p.m.-midnight

Monday, August 25 (Wahpeton)

  • Business Expo on The Oval: 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Lunch with Wildcat Welcome Teams: 11:15 a.m. or 11:45 a.m.
  • New Student Academic Department Orientation: 12:30-2 p.m.
  • Double Decker Bus Tours of the Community: 1-3 p.m.
  • Pizza with the Ministerial Association on The Oval: 5-6:30 p.m.
  • Volleyball vs. Mayville State University JV: 7 p.m.
  • Hypnotist in the Cultural Center: 9 p.m.

Monday, August 25 (Fargo)

  • Student Orientation Check-In: 5-6 p.m.
  • Meet faculty and staff, and learn important information.
  • Will last approximately 3 hours.
  • Dinner will be provided.

For more detailed information about NDSCS Orientation and Welcome Week events and activities click here.

NDSCS Orientation & Welcome Week

See you next weekend! Go Wildcats!

Getting Your Student Involved at NDSCS!

By Sarah Hoffbeck

With classes starting at NDSCS in just a few weeks, now is the time to make your student aware and excited about all that NDSCS has to offer.

When it’s time to close the books and take a break, we encourage students to get involved—to do something, be active and have fun! There’s something for everyone at NDSCS, no matter what your family member’s interests or hobbies may be. From cars and choir, to cupcakes and comedians…we’ve got everyone covered.

Getting Involved

Having Fun

  • The Alley: A TV lounge by day and the spot for hanging out, dances and a variety of other exciting events at night.
  • Game Room: A fun place to challenge friends to free video games, darts and putting the 9 pool tables to good use. Don’t forget to catch the game on the 90” flat screen TV!

The NDSCS Guide to Living on Campus

By Sarah Hoffbeck

What to Bring for Your Dorm Room

Save the date! New student move-in on the NDSCS Wahpeton campus will take place on Saturday, August 23. Check-in begins at 10 a.m. in the residence hall that your family member will be living in.

To help you and your student get a jump-start on the organization and packing process, we’ve created the following list of necessities no college student should leave home without.

  1. Linens: Stock up on a mattress pad and sheets, blankets, comforters or quilts. Don’t forget the pillows!
  2. Towels: Bring several sets of towels in an assortment of sizes. Chances are your family member probably won’t be doing laundry too often.
  3. Toiletries: Shampoo, conditioner, soap, shaving cream… Don’t forget a toothbrush/toothpaste!
  4. Laundry Essentials: All residence halls are equipped with laundry machines for when your student doesn’t actually bring their laundry home for you to do. Imagine that… Just be sure that they’re well stocked with HE detergent and/or PODS.
  5. Fan: Bring a small fan. Not only will it help with airflow, it will also come in handy for blocking out noise.
  6. Microwave: When time is short and appetites are high, this little machine can work wonders. A microwave with 800 watts or less is acceptable in all dorm rooms and a serious necessity.
  7. Computer: All residence halls have wireless Internet access for students who bring computers. Or laptops. Or tablets. Or whatever other gadget your family member is into these days.
  8. Refrigerator: A great appliance to keep water and pop cool. Plus, a way to keep leftovers fresh for when you visit and treat them to a meal that doesn’t consist of Ramen noodles. Bring one that’s no larger than 4 cubic feet.
  9. Pictures/Picture Frame: While this item isn’t on the official list, what better way for your student to remember you and their home by then with a family photo? It will almost be like you’re right there with them.

Well, there you have it. The top 9 items to bring to college. NDSCS classes start Monday, August 25, so you still have time. On your marks, get set, shop!

NDSCS New-Student Move-In

NDSCS Classes Start August 25!

By Sarah Hoffbeck

Can you believe it? In exactly one month classes will once again be kicking off at NDSCS!

While summer is regrettably coming to an end, there’s still plenty of time for your college-aged family member to enroll for the Fall 2014 semester.

Click here to check out our complete listing of academic options. We’ve got something for everyone! And don’t forget to view our career videos on the NDSCSWildcats YouTube channel.

Worried about getting your student’s application in in time? Don’t be! We make the application process seamless – so sit back, relax and let us take care of your family member. We’ll be pulling for their success – all they have to do is go after it.

Apply Today!


NDSCS Diesel Technology: Your One-Stop Shop!

By Sarah Hoffbeck

Does your student find the mechanics of an engine fascinating, not frustrating, and find cars, trucks, farming equipment and tractors, bobcats, heavy equipment machinery and the like fascinating? Then they may just belong in the Diesel Technology program at NDSCS!

Students enrolled in the NDSCS Diesel Technology program get hands-on training on construction, agricultural and transportation equipment from industry leaders. Extensive training and practical experiences in servicing all types of engines, drive trains, and hydraulic and electric systems truly prepare students for a career in the high-tech and ever-growing diesel field.

To learn more about the Diesel Technology program visit and check out the following career short:

NDSCS Mechatronics Technology Produces Super Technicians!

By Sarah Hoffbeck

Did you know that NDSCS now offers a Mechatronics Technology program?

Mechatronics is the combination of several existing fields (electronics, networking, computers, mechanics and fluid power) used in manufacturing and production facilities worldwide.

Designed to provide students with the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to succeed in the fast-paced and emerging field of Mechatronics, the NDSCS Mechatronics Technology program trains students to be super technicians – preparing them to troubleshoot, repair, install and program a wide variety of automated manufacturing systems.

Students enrolled in the Mechatronics Technology program are also eligible for the NDSCS Stem Scholars Program – providing scholarships of up to $10,000!

If your family member is ready to become a part of the hype in a high-tech career field, they belong at NDSCS!

To learn more about the Mechatronics Technology program visit and check out the following NDSCS career short:

Take the Tour at NDSCS!

By Sarah HoffbeckTake the Tour at NDSCS!

Is your student ready to experience the full collegiate experience close to home on a two-year campus that’s unlike any other in the upper Midwest?

Not only does NDSCS provide an affordable way to earn an education, we cater to our student’s needs and wants, offering almost everything you would find at a 4-year college. This is what sets NDSCS apart from the typical two-year college. Plus, we truly care about our students’ success—both in and out of the classroom.

Discover the Possibilities at NDSCS

  • Participate in a Campus Tour and check out our Residence Halls, Student Center, Academic Buildings and more!
  • Set-up a time to chat with specific departments and get the inside scoop on programs that interest your family member.
  • Visit with program staff about admission information.
  • Learn about partnerships and programs offered through industry partners.

So what are you waiting for? Check out our website today, request more information or schedule a visit to tour our Wahpeton campus or NDSCS-Fargo location. Questions? Contact the Enrollment Services office at 800-342-4325.

If your student is ready to get in, get out and make their success the Wildcat way, they belong at NDSCS!