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

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!

NDSCS Answers the ALS Challenge!

By Sarah Hoffbeck

Dr. Richman puts his own spin on the ALS Challenge!

A new phenomenon has been sweeping across social media these past few days called the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Chances are you’ve heard about it or even seen the videos on Facebook, YouTube or Instagram. This social media trend has literally resulted in gallons upon gallons of water and ice being dumped on people to support those with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) or Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

NDSCS President Dr. John Richman boldly answered his challenge this Wednesday. His unique spin? Having a Bobcat drench him head-to-toe in front of students, faculty and staff on the NDSCS Oval!

He was quick to nominate the 2014 NDSCS Wildcat Welcome Team (WWT), NDUS Chancellor Dr. Larry Skogen and Wildcat alumnus and Alumni/Foundation board member Terry Goerger.

Relive the ice-cold moment by watching the clip below or by heading to our NDSCS Facebook page where you can also see the WWT answer their Ice Bucket Challenge. Bbbbbrrrrrr…

Orientation & Welcome Week begin August 23 at NDSCS!

By Sarah Hoffbeck

Just one week from tomorrow both Orientation and Welcome Week will kick-off at NDSCS!

We’re excited to welcome your family member to campus and want to encourage friends and family to be a part of this exciting time as well. That’s why we’ve included numerous events on both Saturday, August 23 and Sunday, August 24 for families to take part in.

Below is a general snapshot of what will be taking place next weekend:

Saturday, August 23 (Wahpeton)

  • Residence Halls open for Move-In: 10 a.m.
  • Various Campus Offices Open: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Free BBQ Lunch, Flickertail Dining Room: 12-5 p.m.
  • Root Beer Floats and Music on The Oval: 2-4 p.m.
  • Double Decker Bus Tours of the Community: 4-6 p.m.
  • Picnic on The Oval: 5:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Outdoor Movie: 9 p.m. – The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Sunday, August 24 (Wahpeton)

  • Free President’s Brunch, Flickertail Dining Room: 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
  • Photo Booth in the Student Center: 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
  • Various Campus Offices Open: 12-5 p.m.
  • New Student Orientation: 2-6 p.m.
  • Street Dance in Lot 14: 9 p.m.-midnight

Monday, August 25 (Wahpeton)

  • Business Expo on The Oval: 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Lunch with Wildcat Welcome Teams: 11:15 a.m. or 11:45 a.m.
  • New Student Academic Department Orientation: 12:30-2 p.m.
  • Double Decker Bus Tours of the Community: 1-3 p.m.
  • Pizza with the Ministerial Association on The Oval: 5-6:30 p.m.
  • Volleyball vs. Mayville State University JV: 7 p.m.
  • Hypnotist in the Cultural Center: 9 p.m.

Monday, August 25 (Fargo)

  • Student Orientation Check-In: 5-6 p.m.
  • Meet faculty and staff, and learn important information.
  • Will last approximately 3 hours.
  • Dinner will be provided.

For more detailed information about NDSCS Orientation and Welcome Week events and activities click here.

NDSCS Orientation & Welcome Week

See you next weekend! Go Wildcats!

Getting Your Student Involved at NDSCS!

By Sarah Hoffbeck

With classes starting at NDSCS in just a few weeks, now is the time to make your student aware and excited about all that NDSCS has to offer.

When it’s time to close the books and take a break, we encourage students to get involved—to do something, be active and have fun! There’s something for everyone at NDSCS, no matter what your family member’s interests or hobbies may be. From cars and choir, to cupcakes and comedians…we’ve got everyone covered.

Getting Involved

Having Fun

  • The Alley: A TV lounge by day and the spot for hanging out, dances and a variety of other exciting events at night.
  • Game Room: A fun place to challenge friends to free video games, darts and putting the 9 pool tables to good use. Don’t forget to catch the game on the 90” flat screen TV!

The NDSCS Guide to Living on Campus

By Sarah Hoffbeck

What to Bring for Your Dorm Room

Save the date! New student move-in on the NDSCS Wahpeton campus will take place on Saturday, August 23. Check-in begins at 10 a.m. in the residence hall that your family member will be living in.

To help you and your student get a jump-start on the organization and packing process, we’ve created the following list of necessities no college student should leave home without.

  1. Linens: Stock up on a mattress pad and sheets, blankets, comforters or quilts. Don’t forget the pillows!
  2. Towels: Bring several sets of towels in an assortment of sizes. Chances are your family member probably won’t be doing laundry too often.
  3. Toiletries: Shampoo, conditioner, soap, shaving cream… Don’t forget a toothbrush/toothpaste!
  4. Laundry Essentials: All residence halls are equipped with laundry machines for when your student doesn’t actually bring their laundry home for you to do. Imagine that… Just be sure that they’re well stocked with HE detergent and/or PODS.
  5. Fan: Bring a small fan. Not only will it help with airflow, it will also come in handy for blocking out noise.
  6. Microwave: When time is short and appetites are high, this little machine can work wonders. A microwave with 800 watts or less is acceptable in all dorm rooms and a serious necessity.
  7. Computer: All residence halls have wireless Internet access for students who bring computers. Or laptops. Or tablets. Or whatever other gadget your family member is into these days.
  8. Refrigerator: A great appliance to keep water and pop cool. Plus, a way to keep leftovers fresh for when you visit and treat them to a meal that doesn’t consist of Ramen noodles. Bring one that’s no larger than 4 cubic feet.
  9. Pictures/Picture Frame: While this item isn’t on the official list, what better way for your student to remember you and their home by then with a family photo? It will almost be like you’re right there with them.

Well, there you have it. The top 9 items to bring to college. NDSCS classes start Monday, August 25, so you still have time. On your marks, get set, shop!

NDSCS New-Student Move-In

NDSCS Classes Start August 25!

By Sarah Hoffbeck

Can you believe it? In exactly one month classes will once again be kicking off at NDSCS!

While summer is regrettably coming to an end, there’s still plenty of time for your college-aged family member to enroll for the Fall 2014 semester.

Click here to check out our complete listing of academic options. We’ve got something for everyone! And don’t forget to view our career videos on the NDSCSWildcats YouTube channel.

Worried about getting your student’s application in in time? Don’t be! We make the application process seamless – so sit back, relax and let us take care of your family member. We’ll be pulling for their success – all they have to do is go after it.

Apply Today!