A $10,000 scholarship? Yes please!

By Sarah Hoffbeckndscs_2816

Is your college-aged son or daughter enrolled, or thinking about enrolling, in a STEM-related program at NDSCS? Now is the perfect time to remind them to apply for the STEM Scholars Program, 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

  • Architectural Drafting and Estimating Technology
  • Electrical Technology
  • Electrical Construction
  • Electrical Master Technician
  • Industrial Electrical
  • Information Systems Administrator
  • Web Developer
  • Land Surveying and Civil Engineering Technology
  • Mechatronics Technology
  • Microelectronics Technology
  • Nanoscience Technology
  • Precision Machining Technology
  • Welding Technology
  • Liberal Arts – Biotechnology
  • Liberal Arts – Chemistry
  • Liberal Arts – Computer Science
  • Liberal Arts – Engineering
  • Liberal Arts – Mathematics

Scholarship Requirements

  • Be a U.S. citizen, national, refugee alien or permanent resident alien
  • Be enrolled full time in one of the following NDSCS programs
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Hold a high school or college GPA of 3.0 or better and a score of 22-24 or higher on the ACT

For additional details on the above scholarship requirements click here.

Applications will be accepted until the start of the Fall 2015 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 Partners with YWCA

By Sarah HoffbeckNEW Program

NDSCS and YWCA launch Non-traditional Education of Women Program

The Cass Clay YWCA and NDSCS formed an exciting new partnership this winter. The result? The creation of the Non-traditional Education of Women (NEW) Program.

The NEW Program was designed to help women in the YWCA shelter and housing program by offering them an opportunity to complete a non-traditional program and earn a degree without any college debt at the NDSCS-Fargo location.

A grant from the FM Area Foundation’s Women’s Fund will fully support the program for the first year. The grant money will go toward tuition, as well as providing transportation and childcare, which are barriers that often keep women from furthering their education or finding employment.

“The partnership with the YWCA on the NEW program is a natural fit for the College as we continue to focus on educating and training individuals to meet the area’s workforce needs,” said NDSCS Dean of Extended Learning Trish Schrom.

Click here to learn more about the program and watch a video clip!

Stay & Save at NDSCS!

By Sarah Hoffbeck

Has your student been living on campus at NDSCS this year? Why not save some money by having them live on campus again next year? Now is the perfect time to take advantage of the Stay & Save program and beat any price increases planned for the 2015-2016 academic year.

While both housing and dining plan rates are scheduled to increase at NDSCS next year, the Stay & Save program allows students to reserve this year’s room and dining plan rates for next year.

The final day to sign-up for Stay & Save is Friday, March 6, 2015 at the Residential Life Office. Rooms will be assigned on a first come/first serve basis. To compare residence hall rates click here.

Choose from rooms in the following residence halls:

  • Nordgaard Hall
  • Robertson Hall
  • Schulz Hall
  • Walton Hall

Forkner Hall, Riley Hall and the on-campus apartment complexes do not qualify for the Stay & Save rate, but students may still reserve rooms in these buildings during this time.

Choose from the following dining plan options:

  • 300 (19 meals/week)
  • 225 (15 meals/week)
  • 160 (10 meals/week)

Don’t delay – apply today and save money! Fill out the Stay & Save Form at www.ndscs.edu/stay and return it to the Residential Life Office by Friday, March 6.

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Give Kids a Smile Day Returns to NDSCS!

By Sarah Hoffbeck

The annual Give Kids a Smile Day will return to NDSCS in Wahpeton on Friday, February 20 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Mayme Green Allied Health Center.

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 $12,000 worth of donated services was provided to local children in 2014 with the help of volunteers, local and regional dentists, hygienists, assistants and the NDSCS Allied Dental Education Department staff and students.

Give Kids a Smile Day at NDSCS

Help Your Student Succeed at NDSCS!

By Sarah HoffbeckNDSCS

We all know that going to college and getting an education can be hard sometimes. That’s why we’ve created countless academic resources at NDSCS to support our students as they work to achieve their academic goals. We want your student to succeed—we’ll even help them out along the way!

Be sure to let your family member know about the following FREE student resources:

First Year Experience (FYE)

  • Science of Success one-credit course taken during the first semester.
  • Get help adjusting to college life in a laid back and fun atmosphere.
  • Learn about time and money management, conflict resolution and study skills.

Academic Services Center (ASC)

  • Join a study group or connect with a peer tutor.
  • Brush up on reading, writing and math skills.

Accessibility Services

  • Top-notch accommodations and support for students with disabilities.
  • Helps connect students with resources they need for success.

Academic Counseling & Advising

  • Guidance choosing a major and/or career path.
  • Help with planning a class schedule and registration.
  • Stay on top of course requirements (prerequisites, assessment exams and deadlines).

Career Services

  • Assistance with creating employer connections.
  • Attend the NDSCS Career Fair, right on campus!
  • Help with job search skills (mock interviews, resume writing, etc.).
  • Exclusive access to an online job-posting site.

Mildred Johnson Library

  • Full-service library both on-campus and online.
  • Videos, books, eBooks and interactive media.
  • Apple TV and iPad stations.

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