Spring enrollment finalized
Enrollment is up for the spring semester at Dakota College at Bottineau, based on data for the 20th day of classes, which is the official census date for all North Dakota University System colleges. The official enrollment this spring is 882 students, which compares to 789 a year ago and equates to an 11.8% increase in the student headcount. This is a record headcount enrollment for the spring semester, surpassing the previous high of 868 students in the spring of 2011.
Space grant recipients announced
The North Dakota Space Grant Consortium, under the direction of the University of North Dakota, made available $7,000 in scholarship funds to students at Dakota College at Bottineau. These funds were awarded to four 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.
DCB director appointed to advisory committee
Gov. Doug Burgum announced the creation of a 15-member Innovative Education Task Force last fall. The Task Force, which is comprised of education, youth development, business and community leaders, is charged with creating a system of identification and support for schools and districts implementing innovative practices. In addition to the Taskforce, Gov. Burgum has created an Advisory Committee of individuals who work directly in the field to provide real-life, hands-on feedback to the Task Force. Dakota College at Bottineau’s Distance Education Director, Kayla O’Toole, has accepted an invitation to be a member of the Advisory Committee.