Williston State College campus successes

December 5, 2017

College Instructor Receives Rockwell Automation Certificates   

WSC’s Petroleum Technology Instructor, Alberto Bellina, is now Rockwell Automation certified in two fields: Programming and Maintenance.

Bellina received the Rockwell ControlLogix Programmer and Maintainer certificates on October 16, 2017 after completing a series of courses between January and June in Boston, MA; Ventura, CA; San Jose, CA; Houston TX; Manchester, NH; and Tampa, FL.

Each of the automation certificates requires a series of four courses. Each course builds upon the last and once all four courses are complete, there is a comprehensive 90-minute online exam. Examination and courses for the Programming and/or the Maintenance path must be completed within one year of commencement.


Two WSC Students Awarded API Scholarships

WSC’s Petroleum Production Technology student, Jennifer Householder, and WSC’s Welding Technology student, Trevor Smith, both received a $1,000 scholarship from the Williston Basin Chapter of API on October 2.

Householder completed a six-week paid technician internship with Schlumberger the summer of 2017 and will graduate this spring with an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree.

“While at WSC, Jennifer has always performed at the top of her class, and has been able to work at up to three-part time jobs, while still finding the time for her studies, and graduating in three semesters versus the normal four or more,” stated Mack McGillivray, WSC Petroleum Technology Instructor.

A lifelong Williston resident, Smith will graduate this spring with an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree and hopes to find a job welding in the oil field.


Honoring our Veterans at WSC

WSC’s Interpersonal Communication class is interviewing local veterans and documenting their oral histories on a website the remainder of the semester. The students will host a Veterans Symposium December 4 at which veterans will receive a free chili dinner at 5:00 p.m. The class will conclude with a presentation of the oral histories at 6 p.m. The presentations are open to the public.

“We had such success last year with interviewing local veterans and documenting their stories, we decided to continue the project this year,” explained Kim Weismann, Arts and Human Sciences Department Chair.

In addition to their Veterans Symposium, Weismann’s Interpersonal Communication class will be partnering with Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), WSC’s honor society, to create a veteran’s flag honoring local veterans.

“We have close to forty students in our Interpersonal Communication class,” stated Weismann. “We will cut out fifty stars and place veterans names on them and cut out hands to represent the stripes of the flag.”