Congrats Class of 2015 NDSCS Graduates!

By Sarah Hoffbeck

Last week’s NDSCS Commencement Ceremony took place on the Wahpeton campus in the Clair T. Blikre Activities Center. Just over 700 students from the Wahpeton campus, NDSCS-Fargo location and online graduated from 19 states and three international countries!

Students received A.A., A.S. or A.A.S. degrees, Certificates and Diplomas in 34 areas of discipline.

We wish our graduates continued success as they prepare for the next step in their futures.

Once a Wildcat, Always a Wildcat!

NDSCS Agawasie Day 2015!

Bring Your Posse to Agawasie!

NDSCS students, faculty and staff celebrated Agawasie Day on Thursday, May 7 on the Wahpeton campus.

Events began at the Clair T. Blikre Activities Center at noon and included free food, competitions (car show, volleyball, tug-o-war and the Burnout), inflatables, numerous attractions and an evening street dance.

In 1914, the College published its first yearbook called the Agawasie. While the origin of the name is obscure, an earlier issue of the annual explained it as an Indian word for “Ascience.” The arrival of the annual became a day for celebration, hence the start of the annual Agawasie Day Picnic.

While publishing an annual yearbook was discontinued in 2004, the day for celebration still lives on as Agawasie Day and is celebrated every year right before the start of finals.

For more information about Agawasie Day, click here.

And don’t forget to check out yesterday’s photos by clicking here.


Register for NDSCS Summer Classes!

By Sarah Hoffbecksummer

Is your student ready to get ahead this summer? Then remind your family member to sign up for summer classes at NDSCS! They’ll be able to choose from online, NDSCS-Fargo or Wahpeton campus courses.

Why Summer Session?

  • Choose from more than 100 general education courses
  • Shorter terms (4 or 8 week classes)
  • Smaller class sizes
  • Reduced fall course load

Summer classes begin Tuesday, June 2 and go through Friday, July 24. Click here to check out which classes are being offered and register now through CampusConnection.

Your student belongs at NDSCS this summer!

Please contact Enrollment Services at 1-800-342-4325 ext. 3-2173 with any questions.

NDSCS Hosts Red Flag Week

By Sarah Hoffbeck

This week marked NDSCS’s first Red Flag Campaign.

A public awareness campaign designed to address dating violence and promote the prevention of dating violence on college campuses, the Red Flag Campaign encourages students to “say something” when they see warning signs, or “red flags.”

Campus wide events included:

  • “What Would You Do?”
  • “Talk it out Tuesday”
  • Take Back the Night March
  • Free Cinema 6 Movie Night
  • “Bystander Bites”
NDSCS students and community members participate in the Take Back the Night March & Rally.

NDSCS students and community members participate in the Take Back the Night March & Rally.

In addition, numerous NDSCS students took the It’s On Us pledge – a personal commitment to help keep women and men safe from sexual assault.

Check out this video of NDSCS students speaking out and sharing tips.

Let’s Get Cooking!

By Sarah HoffbeckDSC_0023

Find out what the world of culinary arts is all about!

Does your student enjoy cooking, baking and making their own creations? Perhaps they’ve talked about becoming a chef or owning their own restaurant. Now’s the chance to sign your family member up for a session of Culinary Intensive, a four-day culinary camp at NDSCS in Wahpeton.

Culinary Intensive is geared for individuals 16 years and older. Students discover their passion for food and experience the art of cooking in a professional kitchen, practice food-garnishing techniques and compete against fellow campers in an Iron Chef competition.

Sessions run June 14-18, 2015 and June 21-25, 2015. Class-size is limited, so apply today and find out if a career in the culinary arts could be right for your student.

A $50 non-refundable fee is due with the application and a $100 fee due at the beginning of camp.

Cash in Your Credits for an Associate Degree!

By Sarah Hoffbeck rtransfer

NDSCS and NDUS partner for student success

A new partnership between NDSCS and NDSU has resulted in the Reverse Transfer Agreement.

The first of its kind in the state of North Dakota, this agreement will allow a seamless transfer option to encourage degree completion.

“The bottom line is that we know there are students who leave NDSCS without achieving a degree, for a number of reasons,” said Philip Parnell, associate vice president of Academic and Student Affairs. “They do it with the best of intentions, because they figure they will finish their degree at NDSU. In most instances that happens, but in some cases it doesn’t.”

“What we tried to work out was a system where a student can go to NDSCS, earn a certain number of credits and be introduced to a program,” Parnell continued. “The goal is to give these students a degree that we know they will need for employment.”

Under the agreement, students who transfer from NDSCS to NDSU before completing a degree will have an opportunity to apply credits from both institutions toward an associate degree. The students will qualify when they have earned at least 36 credits from NDSCS and at least 15 credits from NDSU.

“This innovative partnership will provide students in a variety of situations a flexible option to obtain an associate degree,” said NDSCS President John Richman. “We are pleased to collaborate with NDSU to offer another path for student success.”

For more information or to see if your family member qualifies, please contact:

NDSCS Contact: Philip Parnell | 701-671-2669 |
NDSU Contact: Rhonda Kitch | 701-231-7987 |


NDSCS DREAMS Auction Raises Funding for Scholarships

By Sarah Hoffbeck

Join us for the twentieth Annual NDSCS DREAMS Auction on Friday, April 10, 2015 beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Hosted by the NDSCS Alumni Foundation, this annual event raises funding for NDSCS scholarships and departments.

This year’s festive fundraising event will feature a live and silent auction featuring:

  • Over 50 Live Auction items worth $50,000
  • Numerous Silent Auction items worth $18,000

Check out the DREAMS Auction flip book online to scope out the live auction items today and get your competitive juices flowing!

Tickets for the DREAMS Auction are $75 per person and may be purchased through this Wednesday, April 8 at the NDSCS Alumni Office in the Harry Stern and Ella Stern Cultural Center on the Wahpeton campus. Tickets will NOT be available at the door.

Get ready for a fun night of fantastic food, exciting entertainment, sensational socializing and a chance to give back to the NDSCS community. As a special treat, Billy D and the Crystals will be performing beginning at 10 p.m. for those in attendance to mark the Auction’s twenty-year anniversary.


See you at DREAMS!

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 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 and return it to the Residential Life Office by Friday, March 6.