Give Kids a Smile Day Returns to NDSCS

By Sarah HoffbeckGKAS

The annual Give Kids a Smile Day will return to NDSCS in Wahpeton on Friday, February 12 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Mayme Green Allied Health Center.

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This nationwide event designates a day of free dental care for children who may have difficulty accessing dental care or families with limited financial resources.

Individuals Ages 3-18 are Welcome to Register for FREE Dental Services 

  • All patients must have appointments in advance.
  • A parent or legal guardian must accompany patients younger than 18 years.
  • To schedule an appointment, please contact the NDSCS Allied Dental Education Clinic at 1-800-342-4325 ext. 3-2333 or 701-671-2333.

More than $13,000 worth of donated services was provided to local children in 2015 with the help of volunteers, local and regional dentists, hygienists, assistants and the NDSCS Allied Dental Education Department staff and students.

NDSCS River Valley Inn Restaurant

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The River Valley Inn, a restaurant operated by students in the NDSCS Culinary Arts program, has once again returned to campus!

Featuring a variety of menus only available during spring semester, mark your calendars and get ready to taste first-hand what these soon-to-be chefs are cooking up. Every week features a new theme—from a romantic Valentine’s Menu to the exciting new SoCal Menu, each week promises to ignite your taste buds.

The River Valley Inn is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5-7 p.m. through April 21, 2016 and is located in the Red River Valley Room on the NDSCS Wahpeton campus.

Reservations are required, so please call 701-671-2405 for reservations beginning Tuesday at 1 p.m. the week prior to the requested restaurant date.

2016 Restaurant Dates and Menus


  • 26 & 28: Steakhouse


  • 2 & 4: Irish Pub
  • 9 & 11: Valentine’s Menu
  • 18: Closed
  • 23 & 25: Italian Pizzeria


  • 1 & 3: SoCal (Southern California)
  • 8: TBD
  • 15 & 17: Closed (Spring Break)
  • 31: Buffet


  • 8: DREAMS Auction
  • 14: Buffet
  • 19 & 21: Fine Dining

NDSCS Scholarship Opportunities

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Has your college-bound student recently applied to NDSCS? Perhaps you have a family member returning to campus next year. With things finally settling down in the New Year, now is the time to make sure that all of those applications and piles of paperwork you’ve been putting off finally get completed and turned in. And just in case you’ve spaced it, the 2015-16 NDSCS Scholarship Application is due Monday, February 1, 2016.

NDSCS Opportunities

Scholarships at NDSCS are sponsored by contributions from friends, alumni and the business community. To apply for a scholarship, your student must complete a Scholarship Application by February 1, 2016. Applications received after February will still be accepted, but only considered if current funds are still available.

So how much could your family member potentially receive in a scholarship from NDSCS? Your student will automatically qualify for a general NDSCS academic scholarship if the following criteria are met:

  • An ACT score of 25 combined with a 6 GPA = $1,000
  • An ACT score in-between 22-25 with a GPA in the 2-3.6 range = $500

To fill out a Scholarship Application online, simply click here to complete the form. The Scholarship Application can also be found in the Enrollment Services Office located in Haverty Hall in Wahpeton.

Other Opportunities

NDSCS encourages students to apply for outside scholarships as well. Currently, Enrollment Services has information on almost 100 external scholarship opportunities. To find out more about these scholarship opportunities, click here.

Your student may also have luck creating a profile on a popular scholarship search website such as or

In any event, be sure to get the 2015-16 NDSCS Scholarship Application turned in no later than Monday, February 1. If you have any questions, or for more information, contact Enrollment Services at 701-671-2521.

It’s FAFSA Time!

By Sarah Hoffbeck

Well, it’s that time again! While it’s hard to believe, we’re once again entering tax season,
trying to keep our New Year’s resolutions and downright freezing in the bitter tundra that is the Midwest. But that’s January for you. And if you have a college-aged student, it’s also time to start filling out the sometimes frightening FAFSA.

What’s this FAFSA business all about you ask? FAFSA stands for Free Application for Federal Student Aid and is basically a form you fill out to see if your family member qualifies for federal college loans and/or grants.

Really, in layman’s terms, FAFSA = free $$$$ for those that qualify.

The office of Federal Student Aid provides grants, loans and work-study funds for college and offers more than $150 billion each year to help over 13 million students pay for higher education. Processing over 22 million FAFSA submissions a year, the office of Federal Student Aid, which is a part of the U.S. Department of Education, is the largest provider of student financial aid in the United States.

Wowza. In other words, the FAFSA is truly legit and most definitely NOT a scam.

Commonly Asked Questions

  • Why should I fill out the FAFSA? Why not? Everyone should fill out the FAFSA. If you don’t, you could be throwing away a lot of financial aid!
  • When do I fill out the FAFSA? January 1 is traditionally the first day you can file a FAFSA, so the sooner you can get to it, the better.
  • What is the code for NDSCS on the FAFSA? The code you should enter for NDSCS is 002996.
  • Can I get an early estimate of my aid? If you’re not quite ready to file, use the FAFSA4caster to estimate your federal student aid.
  • How do I fill out the FAFSA? The FAFSA can be found online where you can securely complete the filing process.
  • What happens after I fill out the FAFSA? Once you submit your application, the FAFSA is then processed. After processing, you will receive an Expected Family Contribution, which NDSCS uses to figure out how much aid you can get.

Complete Your FAFSA Today!

While it’s true that filling out the FAFSA may be a bit time-consuming, it could be time well spent. Check out this video to learn how to complete your FAFSA today:

If you or your student has any questions regarding financial aid at NDSCS, please feel free to contact the Financial Aid office by email at or by phone at 701-671-2208.

NDSCS Choir Students Spread Holiday Cheer by Improv Caroling!

By Sarah Hoffbeck

Did you know that NDSCS has a Performing Arts department? Whether your student is interested in band, choir or theater, we’ve got it all!

After last night’s festive Christmas Concert featuring the Concert Band and Concert Choir, the NDSCS choir students decided to share their musical talents and made a few stops today in Fargo.

Under the direction of Bryan Poyzer, the NDSCS choir students generated excitement at the Scheels store in south Fargo this morning when they broke into song right in the middle of the busy shopping center. WDAY News was on hand to capture the chorus and their “flash mob” singing. Tune into WDAY channel 6 at 6 p.m. or 10 p.m. tonight, Friday, December 11, to view the story!

Next up was a stop at the West Acres Shopping Center. Check out the below video to see the choir in action:

Register for NDSCS Classes!

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Spring semester begins at NDSCS on Monday, January 11, 2016. Whether you have a student that’s returning to college or one that’s just beginning, make sure to remind them to register for classes. Between cramming for finals, making holiday plans and just trying to get caught up, registering for classes can sometimes be forgotten.

Registering Online 

Click here to view additional details.

Registering in Person

If your family member isn’t comfortable registering for classes online, have them make an appointment to see their advisor or stop by the Enrollment Services office in Haverty Hall. For questions about registering for NDSCS-Fargo, please contact your advisor or call Enrollment Services.

  • Academic Counseling: 701-671-3000 | Old Main
  • Enrollment Services: 701-671-2521 | Haverty Hall 101

A Day of Thanks

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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

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!