NDSCS Scores High with 2014 Placement Stats

By Sarah Hoffbeck

Did you know that 98 percent of 2014 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 2014 Graduate Placement Report, upon completion of their program of study, the vast majority of NDSCS graduates are employed in the state of North Dakota—69% to be exact.

Plus, out of the 31 programs reporting, 24 recorded 100 percent placement.

NDSCS: By the numbers

  • 688 degrees were granted
  • 525 students registered with NDSCS Student Success and Career Services
  • 67% of students are employed with a job relating to their major
  • 24% of students are continuing their education
  • $36,240 – annual average salary

NDSCS: Where your major means money

  • Land Surveying & Civil Engineering Technology and Welding Technology were the top-paying degrees reported by 2014 NDSCS graduates
  • Not far behind were Dental Hygiene and Diesel Technology
  • Electrical Technology and Caterpillar Dealer Service Technician degrees also reported high-paying careers

Click here to view the detailed report.

NDSCS Placement Stats

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

Scholarship Opportunities through NDSCS

By Sarah HoffbeckNDSCS Scholarships

We all know that the typical college-aged student is strapped for cash. Between paying for books, necessary midnight brain food (aka, pizza) and everything in between, coming up with the funds necessary for paying for college can prove challenging at times.

So why not encourage your family member to apply for a scholarship? Unlike loans, scholarships never have to be paid back (what a relief, huh?). Scholarship recipients are typically selected in the spring (February through May) for the upcoming academic year—meaning that right now is the time to start applying.

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, 2015. 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 3.6 GPA = $1,000
  • An ACT score in-between 22-25 with a GPA in the 3.2-3.6 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 scholarships.com or collegenet.com.

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

Facing the Fantastic FAFSA

By Sarah Hoffbeck

With the month of January already in full swing and tax season just around the corner, besides sticking to your resolutions if you have a college-aged student now is also the time to get ready to complete the FAFSA.

Never heard of the FAFSA? FAFSA stands for Free Application for Federal Student Aid and is basically a form you fill out to see if your student qualifies for federal college loans and/or grants.

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.

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.
  • Can I get an early estimate of my aid? Yes. 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 ndscs.fin.aid@ndscs.edu or by phone at 701-671-2208.

Register for Classes at NDSCS!

By Sarah HoffbeckRegister for Classes at NDSCS!

Spring semester begins at NDSCS on Monday, January 12. 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. But don’t worry, it’s not too late!

Registering Online

Click here to view additional details.

Registering in Person

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

  • Academic Counseling: 701-671-3000 | Haverty Hall 120
  • Enrollment Services: 701-671-2521 | Haverty Hall 101

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.