NDSCS Boasts Open Enrollment!

By Sarah Hoffbeck

Is your student thinking about applying to take college courses beginning in January 2015? If so, now is the perfect time to start the application process at NDSCS.

Open enrollment, also known as the open admission policy or open door policy, basically means that anyone with a high school diploma or its equivalent is qualified to take classes at NDSCS.

Although NDSCS has an open enrollment policy, applications still need to be processed.

Open enrollment colleges made their first splash in the 1970s when the City University of New York became the first institution of higher education to adopt an open enrollment policy. Something must have clicked, because open enrollment colleges are scattered all over the United States and are becoming more and more popular.

Apply to NDSCS Today!

Applying to NDSCS is easy! Fill out the online Application for Admission with a $35 non-refundable application fee and include the following:

  • High school transcript or GED.
  • Official college transcripts from any other college attended.
  • Proof of immunization for measles, mumps and rubella, meningitis and meningococcal disease for applicants 21 and under.
  • An ACT or SAT score for applicants under age 25.

For more information on the application process at NDSCS contact the Enrollment Services Office at 701-671-2521.

Open Enrollment at NDSCS

NDSCS named STEM Job Approved College!

By Sarah HoffbeckNDSCS named STEM Job Approved College!

NDSCS recently announced that the College was named to the 2015 STEM JobsSM Approved Colleges list by Victory Media.

This inaugural list is the first of its kind to rate universities, colleges, community colleges and trade schools on their responsiveness and relevance to high-demand, high-growth STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) occupations.

The STEM JobsSM Approved Colleges ratings are based on rigorous quantitative assessment that measures colleges on criteria created with the assistance of an independent Academic Advisory Board. Colleges were scored on publicly available data and responses to proprietary survey questions around three key indicators of success: program alignment to job demand, job placement after graduation and diversity in a school’s STEM programs.

To find out more about specific STEM programs and options available at NDSCS visit www.ndscs.edu/stem.

National Distance Learning Week is November 10-14!

By Sarah Hoffbeck

Distance learning: Education that takes place via electronic media linking instructors and students who are not together in a classroom.

Distance learning at NDSCS allows our students to learn from just about anywhere, including from home, work, on the road, etc. And did we mention no commuting?

Because of today’s technological capabilities, distance learning is interactive, engaging and effective. NDSCS Online students often watch streaming videos, sit in  virtual classrooms, collaborate on group projects, listen to podcasts and take part in discussions via email or instant messaging. Today’s educational options truly are endless!

The Distance Education Department at NDSCS offers courses in a variety of formats, including online, blended and accelerated.

Students can complete an entire program online or take one of many general education courses.

Getting started is easy—once your family member has decided to enroll at NDSCS, our staff will guide them through the entire process.

For more information regarding Online/Distance Learning at NDSCS, email ndscs.distance.ed@ndscs or call 701-671-2347.

NDSCS Deemed Military Friendly!

By Sarah Hoffbeck

NDSCS was once again designated a Military Friendly School® by Victory Media this fall. The Military Friendly Schools® list honors the top 20% 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 ensure their success on campus.

Here at NDSCS we make gaining an education while serving possible because we understand that every military service member has different needs. And that’s why we offer a wide variety of online courses and programs to provide an opportunity for current and former members of the military to enhance their education and seek new skills.

Online learning at NDSCS is comprised of all forms of electronically supported learning and teaching—taking learning out of the classroom and into your home, business or wherever you may be. As technology continues to advance, online learning capabilities will also increase making the online experience closer to a more traditional learning experience.

For more information on military service benefits, transfer of entitlement and contact information click here.

NDSCS Special Event Days

By Sarah HoffbeckNDSCS Special Event Days

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

  • Dental Day – October 16, 2014 (1-4 p.m.)
  • Open Campus Day – October 16, 2014
  • Open Campus Day – October 17, 2014
  • Auto Diesel Day – October 24, 2014
  • Electrical Day – October 27, 2014
  • HVAC/R Day – October 27, 2014
  • Imagine It, Design It, Build It Day – October 30, 2014
  • Case IH Day – November 3, 2014
  • Ag Day – November 6, 2014
  • John Deere Tech Day – November 17, 2014
  • Dental Day – January 21, 2015 (1-4 p.m.)
  • Manufacturing Day – February 4, 2015
  • Fargo Programs Day – March 3, 2015
  • Discovery Day – March 27, 2015

NDSCS 2014 Homecoming!

By Sarah HoffbeckNDSCS Homecoming

New fight, same bite!

Homecoming Week at NDSCS will kick-off next week beginning on Monday, September 29. Students and the community of Wahpeton will enjoy weeklong events including Coronation, a 5k run/walk, pep rally, parade, football game and much more.

The Football team will face off against the M-State Fergus Falls Spartans Saturday, October 4 at 1 p.m. on the Frank Vertin Field. Stop by the Tailgate Party before the game for food and fun from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Homecoming Events

Monday, September 29

  • Downtown Store Front Decoration Contest Begins
  • 9 p.m. – Hypnotist Frederick Winters, Bremer Bank Theatre in the Harry Stern and Ella Stern Cultural Center

Tuesday, September 30

  • 9 p.m. – Comedian Pete Lee, Bremer Bank Theatre in the Harry Stern and Ella Stern Cultural Center 

Wednesday, October 1

  • 8 p.m. – Homecoming Coronation, Bremer Bank Theatre in the Harry Stern and Ella Stern Cultural Center
  • 9:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. – Student Homecoming Dance, The Alley in the Student Center

Thursday, October 2

  • 5-7 p.m. – Classy and Classic Car Show, Downtown Wahpeton (Dakota Avenue)
  • 5-7 p.m. – Wildcat Tracks 5k Run/Walk, Chahinkapa Zoo

Friday, October 3

  • 10:30 a.m. – Hors d’oeuvres provide by Culinary Arts Students, Plains Room in the Student Center
  • 11 a.m. – Catbacker/Letterwinners Club Luncheon, Red River Valley in the Student Center
  • 11 a.m.-12 p.m. – Games on the Oval
  • 12 p.m. – Homecoming Pep Rally, Bremer Bank Theatre in the Harry Stern and Ella Stern Cultural Center
  • 1 p.m. – Desserts by Culinary Arts Students, Plains Room in the Student Center
  • 5-7 p.m. – Alumni  & Friends Open House Social, The Alley in the Student Center
  • 7 p.m. – Alumni & Friends Awards Recognition, The Alley in the Student Center
  • 7 p.m. – Game Night, Forkner Hall Lounge
  • 8:30 p.m. – Alumni & Friends Social, The Alley in the Student Center

Saturday, October 4

  • 10 a.m. – Homecoming Parade, Downtown Wahpeton
  • 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. – Tailgate Party, South Entrance of BAC
  • 1 p.m. – NDSCS Wildcat Football vs. M-State Fergus Falls Spartans, Earl “Skip” Bute Alumni Stadium
  • 5 p.m. – Athletic Hall of Fame Social, Flickertail Dining Room in the Student Center
  • 6:30 p.m. – Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet, Flickertail Dining Room in the Student Center
  • 9 p.m. – Athletic Hall of Fame Social, The Alley in the Student Center

NDSCS Hosts “Red Out” Game on Saturday, Sept. 20

By Sarah Hoffbeck

Are you ready to get your cheer on? The NDSCS Wildcat Football team will be battling major conference rival Rochester Community and Technical College this Saturday, September 20 at 1:30 p.m.

Join us for the “Red Out” game and wear red to support the Wildcats! Current students, faculty and staff receive free admission with NDSCS ID.

Did we mention there’s tailgating? Stop by the south entrance of the Blikre Activities Center (BAC) before the game from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. and get ready for some fun!

PLUS, the first 200 NDSCS students to show up for tailgating will receive a FREE red t-shirt!

We can’t leave out our other fall sports team – mark your calendar and check out the “Paws for a Cause” Volleyball game this Thursday, September 25 at 7 p.m. in the BAC.

Sponsored by the NDSCS Diversity Council, donate a pair of new or gently used children’s shoes for free admission. All shoes will be donated to the Richland-Wilkin Kinship program in support of their mission to improve lives by establishing quality mentoring relationships with youth, between the ages of five and 16, and caring adult volunteers to promote stability, support, friendship and community.

Let’s line the volleyball court with shoes!

Get out those pom-poms and show your Wildcat pride. Let’s go Cats!









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!