NDSCS Named a Promising Place to Work in Student Affairs!

By Sarah Hoffbeck

NDSCS is one of 31 institutions named a Promising Place to Work in Student Affairs (PPWSA) 2014 by the American College Personnel Association (ACPA) and Diverse: Issues in Higher Education magazine.

The “30+ Promising Places to Work in Student Affairs” list was unveiled in the March 27, 2014 edition of Diverse magazine.

This national study, a collaborative project between ACPA and Diverse magazine, was commissioned to examine the administrative structures, commitment to diversity, and workplace or staffing practices of various divisions/departments of student affairs at participating ACPA member institutions.

The people of NDSCS – students, employees, alumni and friends – hold learning, integrity, flexibility and excellence in the highest regard. We strive for everyone to feel valued, supported and like they truly belong at NDSCS.

Let’s keep up the great work!

Discover Culinary Intensive at NDSCS!

By Sarah Hoffbeck

Are you trying to nail down a summer activity for your son or daughter to participate in? Why not sign your student up for the summer youth program Culinary Intensive located on the NDSCS campus in Wahpeton, N.D.

Culinary Intensive is a 4-day culinary camp geared for individuals 16 years and older. Campers will discover their passion for food while experiencing the art of cooking in a professional kitchen, learning food-garnishing techniques and competing against fellow students in an Iron Chef competition.

Sessions run June 15-19, 2014 and June 22-26, 2014. Class-size is limited, so apply today to find out if a career in the culinary arts could be right for your son or daughter.

Applications are due with a non-refundable $50 registration fee by May 10, 2014. Download the application and brochure here.

NDSCS New Student Registration & Orientation

By Sarah Hoffbeck

Will your student be attending NDSCS this fall? After your son or daughter has applied for admission, been accepted and completed all requirements, a postcard will be mailed out inviting them to attend a New Student Registration and Orientation day.

New Student Registration and Orientation days are required informational days designed to help students gain information about academic requirements, course offerings, campus activities, financial aid and much more.

While students’ family members are strongly encouraged to attend, it’s not required. But if you do decide to tag along be sure to check out the Family Orientation session, focusing on how to support your son or daughter during their transition to college-life.

A Snapshot of the Day… 

  • Check-In
  • Welcome Message
  • Lunch in the Flickertail Dining Room
  • Student Registration & COMPASS Testing
  • Family Orientation
  • Resource Fair

For more information or questions, please contact NDSCS Career Services at ndscs.careerservices@ndscs.edu / 701-671-2258 or Enrollment Services at 1-800-342-4325 ext. 3-4325.

Welcome to NDSCS!


STEM Scholarships up to $10,000 Available at NDSCS!

By Sarah Hoffbeck

Is your college-aged son or daughter enrolled in a STEM-related program at NDSCS? Now is the perfect time to remind them to apply for the STEM Scholars Programs, a program offering three types of scholarships up to $10,000 for students pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering or math related fields.

NDSCS Programs Eligible for STEM Scholars

  • Information Systems Administrator
  • Web Developer
  • Land Surveying and Civil Engineering Technology
  • Mechatronics Technology
  • Microelectronics Technology
  • Nanoscience Technology
  • Precision Machining Technology
  • Liberal Arts – Biotechnology
  • Liberal Arts – Chemistry
  • Liberal Arts – Computer Science
  • Liberal Arts – Engineering
  • Liberal Arts – Mathematics

For details about scholarship admission criteria click here.

Applications will be accepted until the start of the Fall 2014 semester. Funds are limited, so the sooner you get your application in, the better! Don’t delay – download the application online at ndscs.edu/stem today!

NDSCS Receives ACT College and Career Readiness Award

By Sarah Hoffbeck

On Wednesday, February 19, NDSCS was named a recipient of a 2014 North Dakota College and Career Readiness Award.

The College was the recipient in the Career Preparedness category of the awards, which were awarded in collaboration between the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction and ACT, Inc. to celebrate North Dakota’s progress toward the goal of college and career readiness for all students.

The 2014 College and Career Readiness Campaign awards program is a means to recognize a student and also three other entities that embody or advance North Dakota’s commitment to preparing students for success.

To view video of the awards presentation, covered by KMOT-TV in Minot, click here.


Biodiesel Education Seminar to be held at NDSCS

By Sarah HoffbeckHoon to present at NDSCS

Are you a current or future diesel or biodiesel mechanic interested in learning how to properly diagnose and recommend appropriate remedies? Then mark your calendar and plan to attend the Biodiesel Education Seminar this Wednesday, February 19 from 11 a.m. – noon in the Harry Stern and Ella Stern Cultural Center at NDSCS.

Renowned educational speaker and fuel expert Hoon Ge will present on the following diesel and biodiesel topics:

  • History of diesel
  • General biodiesel information
  • Emissions
  • OEM biodiesel positions
  • 2007 engines
  • Biodiesel supply and demand
  • BQ 9000 fuel quality
  • Benefits and compatibility of ultra-low sulfur diesel (ULSD) and biodiesel
  • Filter plugging sources
  • Good fuel housekeeping
  • Useful informational resources

Hoon, a chemical engineer with 30 years of experience in the petroleum industry—including refining, additive formulation and alternative fuels—has conducted over 200 educational seminars on topics of diesel, biodiesel, fuel additives, the refinery process and ethanol.

Give Kids a Smile Day at NDSCS

By Sarah HoffbeckGive Kids a Smile Day

The annual Give Kids a Smile Day will return to NDSCS in Wahpeton on February 21 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Mayme Green Allied Health Center.

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

Individuals Ages 3-20 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.

In 2013, with the help of volunteers, local and regional dentists, hygienists, assistants and the NDSCS Allied Dental Education Department staff and students, more than $11,000 worth of donated services was provided to local children.

River Valley Inn Restaurant returns to NDSCS!

By Sarah HoffbeckRiver Valley Inn

The River Valley Inn, a restaurant operated by students in the NDSCS Culinary Arts program, features a variety of menus only available during spring semester.

Mark your calendars and get ready to taste first-hand what the students in the program are cooking up. Every week features a new theme—from a romantic Valentine’s Menu featuring French cuisine to an exotic Asian 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 24, 2014 and is located in the Red River Valley Room on the 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.

2014 Restaurant Dates and Menus


  • 4 & 6: Steakhouse
  • 11 & 13: Valentine Menu (French Bistro)
  • 20: TBD
  • 21: St. Catherine’s Supreme Cuisine
  • 25 & 27: Asian


  • 4 & 6: Southern
  • 11 & 13: Irish Pub
  • 17 & 21: Closed (Spring Break)
  • 25 & 27: Mexican


  • 1 & 3: Fine Dining
  • 11: DREAMS Auction
  • 18 & 21: Closed due to Holiday
  • 24: Buffet

Are you passionate about cooking? Consider signing up for Culinary Intensive, a four-day culinary camp offered at NDSCS in Wahpeton.

Geared for individuals 16 years and older, Culinary Intensive is about discovering your passion for food while experiencing the art of cooking in a professional kitchen.

Sessions run June 15-19, 2014 and June 22-26, 2014. Class-size is limited, so apply today and find out if a career in the culinary arts could be right for you! For more information, click here.

Special Event Days at NDSCS

By Sarah Hoffbeck

Is your soon-to-be college-bound son or daughter still trying to decide what they want to be when they grow up? Whether your student 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.

Get ready for Manufacturing Day: February 5, 2014 (Wahpeton)

  • Discover the Precision Machining Technology, Welding Technology and other manufacturing programs.
  • Tour the Haas Technical Center and see first-hand what types of equipment you’ll be learning on.
  • Visit with program staff about admission information.

Discover the possibilities at Discovery Day: March 28, 2014 (Wahpeton)

  • Participate in a Campus Tour.
  • Visit with specific departments and get the inside scoop on programs that interest you.
  • Experience student life and imagine yourself as a Wildcat.
  • Learn about admission information.

So what are you waiting for? Find out if your son or daughter belongs at NDSCS and sign-up for a Special Event Day today!