DCB Recognizes the First LEAP Graduates
Dakota College at Bottineau (DCB) is proud to announce the first LEAP (Leading to Education and Advanced Preparation) program graduates. Designed for high schools, LEAP allows high school students to earn a Certificate of College Studies alongside their high school diploma. This spring DCB graduates seven students from this program; one from Midkota High School and six from Mohall High School. Each graduate will be acknowledged as a high school and college graduate at their high school commencement exercise.
Lauren Ashley Topp, Midkota High School will be walking across the stage at DCB as one of the first high school students to receive their Certificate in College Studies while attending high school. DCB is the only college in North Dakota that offers this program. The commencement exercise will be held on the Dakota College at Bottineau Campus Friday, May 11th at 3:00 pm in the gym located in Thatcher Hall.
Students earn 24 general education college credits while in high school, by taking two dual credit offerings from DCB during each semester of their junior and senior year. This program launched in the Fall 2017 semester and offers great benefits for students including time and cost savings, flexible deliver either online or via Interactive Video Network (IVN) and transferability. General education courses transfer to any campus in the North Dakota University System (NDUS). This allows students to take quality courses from DCB at an affordable rate and then either continue their education at DCB or transfer their courses/credits to any campus in the NDUS.
LEAP Graduates: *Honors, **High Honors
Midkota High School
• Lauren Ashley Topp* Grace City, ND
Mohall High School
• Mikaylee Bahl* Sherwood, ND
• Stephen Isaac Ellingson** Sherwood, ND
• Levi James Feland** Antler, ND
• Chase Lloyd Gates* Mohall, ND
• Trevor J. Savelkoul** Mohall, ND
• Cole Robert Southam* Sherwood, ND
Dakota College at Bottineau Graduates 28 AAS Nurse Students
The Dakota Nursing program at Dakota College at Bottineau will pin twenty-eight Associate in Applied Science Nurse graduates on Friday, May 11, 2018. Dakota College at Bottineau’s practicum is a member of the Dakota Nursing Program, a consortium of four community college nursing departments which work together to offer a common curriculum for a Practical Nursing Certificate and for an Associate in Applied Science in Nursing.
The program works to meet North Dakota’s growing need for nurses by providing these degree programs on the campuses of four two-year colleges and numerous satellite sites across the state. This spring’s Dakota College at Bottineau graduates are from the Minot, Valley City and Bottineau campuses. There were nine enrolled in the Bottineau class, 12 in the Minot class and seven in the Valley City class. The program collaborates with medical centers across the state at which students gain practical experience. The nursing program has proven successful, as graduates consistently score higher than the national average on exit exams.
The photo attached is a picture of the 2018 Associate of Applied Science Nurse graduating class. Students will be taking their National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) exam to become licensed to begin their career as a Registered Nurse.