Teacher candidates do practicum at Minnewaukan
Twelve VCSU teacher candidates participating in Education 352: Culturally Diverse Practicum spent March 6–8 working with students in the Minnewaukan Public Schools (MPS). The practicums are coordinated by VCSU education professors Gary Thompson and Kim Knodle, and the Minnewaukan field experience relies on the support of MPS principal Ron Carlson and his administrative team and instructors, who embrace the work of the VCSU students each semester. The practicums are designed to better prepare pre-service teachers to meet all students’ needs and develop a greater understanding of how to work with students from various backgrounds and socioeconomic levels. VCSU education students participating in the Minnewaukan practicum included Michael Bloch, Courtney Carlson, Billie Jo Czeck, Kelsey Gaukler, Hannah Gress, Avery Johnson, Mitchell Martinez, Tucker Meidinger, Patrick O’Brien, Kiana Pekarski, Jennifer Riemann and Rydel Samuelson.
VCSU hosts Regional Science Olympiad
More than 500 students on 19 high school teams and 14 middle school teams competed at the Regional Science Olympiad at VCSU on Thursday, March 30. Events were held in Rhoades Science Center, Graichen Gym and the gym at the Valley City Rec Center, with the awards ceremony taking place in Vangstad Auditorium. The Valley City event was one of five regional competitions throughout the state. Winning teams from each of the regionals advance to the state competition April 22 at North Dakota State University. Teather Sundstrom, Ph.D., VCSU assistant professor of chemistry, serves as coordinator for the Valley City Regional Science Olympiad.
Business Department offers credit through High School of Business program
The Department of Business at Valley City State University has finalized an articulation agreement with MBA Research and Curriculum to offer college credit options to students who complete the “High School of Business” program. According to VCSU business instructor Amber Aberle, who worked on the articulation agreement, students who have completed MBA Research’s high school business program may earn up to nine college credits from VCSU when they enroll. Credit may be earned for VCSU courses in macroeconomics, business ethics, and business communication.