HLC persistence and completion academy
DCB has been accepted into the Higher Learning Commission’s Persistence and Completion Academy. During this four-year program, DCB will develop and implement a plan to improve student persistence and completion at DCB. The Academy experience is unique in that it will provide guidance from assigned mentors assigned as well as guidance from other colleges in our cohort group. DCB’s participation in the Academy will begin with attendance at the HLC’s Information and Planning Workshop in March. Involvement in the Academy also meets the HLC’s ongoing accreditation requirement that each college or university undertake a major Quality Initiative during the 10-year Open Pathway Cycle.
DCB space grant scholarship recipients announced
The North Dakota Space Grant Consortium, under the direction of the University of North Dakota, made available $6,500 in scholarship funds to students at Dakota College at Bottineau. These funds were awarded to students who show promise in the areas of science, technology, engineering or math (STEM). The goal behind the North Dakota Space Grant Scholarship program is to identify, recruit and retain students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics; to encourage women and underrepresented students to enter these fields of study; and to increase NASA activities and awareness in North Dakota. To qualify for the Space Grant Scholarship, students must show academic excellence, have a sophomore standing, and have education and career interests relevant to STEM. This year three students from Dakota College at Bottineau were selected to receive this scholarship:
Mattie Schmitt (Towner, ND) is pursuing an Associate of Science degree. She plans to double major in Agricultural Systems Management and Agricultural Business at North Dakota State University. Her future goal is to pursue a career in the agricultural industry.
Amber Tikalsy (Minot, ND) is pursuing an Associate of Science degree in Fish and Wildlife Management. Combining this degree with her Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice, she hopes to one-day work as a game warden.
Frank Flight (Edmonds, WA) is pursuing an Associate of Science degree in Health Professions. He plans to earn a degree in Physical Therapy and eventually work as an athletic trainer for a sports team or at a rehab facility helping those with serious injuries.
TRIO up and running at DCB
DCB is pleased to announce that the TRIO program is officially “up and running”. As part of the Department of Education’s TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) Program, DCB now provides academic and general support services to low-income, first-generation or disabled college students who qualify. Currently there are eight-six students that qualify in the spring 2016 semester. The goal is to increase student success throughout the DCB campus, to increase student grade point average and graduation rates, and enhance faculty, staff and student relationships. The program will also facilitate career awareness and readiness, helping students transfer from two-year to four-year colleges or into their field of work.