News Releases


Paramedic Technology Program has Record Enrollment

August 11, 2017

Dakota College at Bottineau in collaboration with Community Ambulance of Minot is proud to announce three students have completed their Paramedic training and are testing for their national certifications (National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians aka NREMT).  2017-18 enrollment has more than doubled with eight students enrolled.  The 2017-18 students have completed their first semester of classes and will begin again on August 21.  This is the largest class for DCB Paramedic Technology program since the inception in 2009. The Paramedic Technology program prepares students for a rewarding opportunity in the growing field of emergency medical services. It is for anyone who has a genuine desire to care for people in an out-of-hospital setting.  Students must be able to think critically and work on their own to provide patients the best possible care. Graduates in this program will have career opportunities with fire departments, public and private ambulance services, rescue squads, emergency medical services, and hospitals.

DCB has been providing this program since the fall of 2009.  The Paramedic Technology Program is a four-semester program that runs from the beginning of June through July of the following year - summer semester to summer semester. The program is delivered through a combination of Interactive Video Network (IVN) and on-site methods.  Certified instructors and trained preceptors teach the didactic, hands-on lab and clinical components on-site. This combination of delivery methods provides a quality education that is flexible and accessible. Current approved distance delivery sites include Minot, Mohall, Harvey, Rugby, Watford City, Carrington, and Williston ND. Additional sites may be available depending on demand.

Students must successfully complete the EMT-Basic Certification, hold a current BLS CPR certification and complete all necessary requirements for acceptance prior to being admitted into the DCB Paramedic Technology program. Upon completion of the program, students will be required to complete the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) computer-based testing and practical examination to receive their paramedic certification.

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2016-17: Justine Hanson (Tolley), Amy Schmidt (Mohall) and Jessica Stevens (Minot)

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2017-18: Amber Rose (Minot), Mumtaaz Allen (Minot), Daniel Henke (Minot), Karley Burns (Bowbells). Jennifer Deeter (Minot), Robin Lagunas (Beulah), Ian Nash (Minot) & Wesley Campbell (Minot)

MSU and DCB Sign Articulation Agreements

August 1, 2017

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L to R: Laurie Geller, MiSU VP of Academic Affairs; Dr. Steve Shirley, MiSU and DCB President; Dr. Jerry Migler, DCB Campus Dean; and Larry Brooks, DCB Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs

Dakota College at Bottineau (DCB) and Minot State University (MiSU) recently signed a memorandum of understanding, which formally recognizes their commitment to working together to provide educational opportunities for the students of their institutions.

The purpose of this agreement is to provide a seamless transfer from the DCB campus to Minot State University.  Students will earn an Associate of Arts (A.A.) or Associate of Science (A.S.) degree from DCB and a Bachelor of Science (B.S. Ed. or B.S.) from MiSU.  Available programs include Early Childhood Education, Physical Education, Social Science Education, Elementary Education gradesK-6 and grades 1-6, Corporate Fitness and Athletic Training.  Students are able to complete the MiSU portion of the program in four to six semesters.


TRiO Director Hired

July 24, 2017

nathan-biggerstaff.jpgA new director has been hired to oversee the TRiO at DCB program which started in the Fall of 2015.  This program is the result of a five-year federal Department of Education grant.  Nathan Bigerstaff is a Southern Illinois native, attending Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville where he received both his Bachelor of Arts in English and Master of Arts in Communication. He started his TRiO career at Kaskaskia College as a Learning Specialist where he developed the tutorial and peer mentoring programs.  He then moved to California to work at the University of the Pacific as a Program Coordinator.  There he led academic workshops, supervised the tutorial services, introduced a community service aspect to the program, and co-authored a successful Upward Bound grant.

TRiO at DCB program seeks to provide academic and general support services to low-income, first-generation or disabled college students.  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 also facilitates career awareness and readiness, helping students transfer from two-year to four-year colleges or into their field of work. Today this funding has allowed Dakota College at Bottineau to provide support services to over one-hundred students.

Biggerstaff is very excited to join the TRiO team at DCB and is sure that the program will be successful in helping students reach their academic and career goals.  In his spare time Nathan likes to do woodworking, yard work, and play with his two dogs – Radar and Toby.


DCB Ladyjacks Held Summer Camp

July 24, 2017

Ladyjacks Volleyball held their summer camp last week.  They hosted area volleyball athletes in two groups; high school 9-12 grade and a 5-8 grade group. Coach Scherr is pleased with the turn out.  “We had a great turnout for both age groups and 10 of the 13 Ladyjacks from this upcoming season’s team were on campus to help.”

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5th to 8th grade; Ladyjacks in the dark gray t-shirts.

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5th to 8th grade; Action Shot

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9th to 12th grade; Ladyjacks in the dark gray t-shirts.

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9th to 12th grade; Action Shot

The team will officially move on to campus Wednesday, August 9th.  The Ladyjacks start their season with a home scrimmage just one week after they arrive.  The Ladyjacks will take on the Lake Region Royals, Wednesday, August 16th in the Woodshed at DCB.  


DCB Graduates 23 Practical Nurse Students

July 17, 2017

The Dakota Nursing program at Dakota College at Bottineau pinned twenty-three Practical Nurse graduates on Friday, July 14, 2017.  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 summer’s Dakota College at Bottineau graduates are from the Minot, Rugby and Bottineau campuses.  There were twelve enrolled in the Bottineau class, eight in the Minot class and three in the Rugby 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.

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Note: B – Bottineau Class, R – Rugby Class, M – Minot Class

Front Row: L to R
Tyrel LaRocque (B), Nikola Ves (B)

Second Row: L to R
Emma O’Hara (B), Audrey Hardcastle (B), Lacey Strietzel (B), Alesha Ford (M), Ashleigh Owens (M), Mandie Suchor (R), Paige Brossart (R), Bridget Davis (M), Kimberly Short (M), Kassandra Poitra (B)

Back Row: L to R
LaShonda Azure (B), Marica Allery (B), Lucy Sithole (M), Anna Petz (M), Kayla Camp (M), Ashley Petersen (M), Cailee Sanchez (B), Leann Hofer (R), Nathalie Marama (B), Natasha Marama (B), Torrie Bruce (B)


Dr. Gary Albrightson Recognized by State Board of Higher Ed

June 28, 2017

garyalbrightson190x250.jpgDakota College at Bottineau is proud to announce the State Board of Higher Education (SBHE) recently recognized Dr. Gary Albrightson, DCB Associate Professor, Fine Arts and Communications. The Academic Affairs Council presented the SBHE with four faculty commendatory nominations at the annual SBHE Retreat last week.  Established by the Legislation, the award recognizes higher education full-time faculty members for their use of technology in the delivery of innovative classroom instruction.

The Legislation stipulated that each year there would be one faculty recipient recognized from North Dakota State University, the University of North Dakota, a NDUS regional four-year institution, and a NDUS community college.

Dr. Albrightson is a teacher of general education courses at Dakota College at Bottineau. He believes that technology is a tool for building student literacy, especially reading and writing. The challenge he focused on last semester was to use technology to deliver individual and personal learning for students. To reach that goal, Albrightson focused on using technology to deliver content and audio in real time. Each interface has its benefits and challenges, compelling Albrightson to identify the most effective format in communicating with his students.  

He has used technology throughout his career.  First as a graduate teaching assistant at UND and at all the positions he has worked since graduating UND in 1993. He has also worked part time as an online tutor and uses many of the technology tools the North Dakota University System provides for student learning. Dr. Albrightson identifies with the endless changes in technology, “Since software is constantly changing, I look at the benefits each software may provide to a different solution.”

 The other recipients include:

  • Dr. Marcus Weaver-Hightower, Professor, Education & Human Development, University of North Dakota;
  • Dr. Florin Salajan, Associate Professor, School of Education, North Dakota State University;
  • Dr. Sarah Sletten, Assistant Professor of Biology, Division of Science, Mayville State University.



DCB Student to Study Abroad

June 27, 2017

flemming.jpgAlexis Fleming-Moir, a Dakota College at Bottineau freshman will be traveling to Costa Rica this summer as a participant in the International Studies Abroad program. Dakota College is an affiliate of Minot State University with students enrolled at DCB, but attending school at the MSU campus.

The study abroad program is designed for students that are motivated self-starters with strong academic backgrounds and demonstrate an appreciation for global education. All students that study abroad are required to go through a two-part application process. Students must apply through MSU’s Office of International Programs. This requires two letters of recommendation from college faculty or advisors, maintaining at 2.5 cumulative GPA, and having 24 college credits completed prior to going abroad.  Kaitlyn Anderson, MSU Study Abroad Coordinator indicates that Fleming is deserving of this opportunity.  “She is definitely a remarkable student that I think a lot of other students could be inspired by!”

Upon approval through MSU, students are able to apply for the specific study abroad program of their interest.  In Fleming’s case, she applied for a summer study abroad program through International Studies Abroad (ISA), one of Minot State University’s affiliated study abroad programs. She will be attending the Universidad Veritas in San Jose for five weeks while completing courses toward her degree. She is enrolled in two courses at the Universidad: Creative Conflict and Spanish Speaking.

During her time there, Fleming will also be working with ISA's Veritas Christian Study Abroad division and serving the local community through mission work. She is very excited about this opportunity, as she has always want to travel.  This provides Fleming an opportunity to pursue her career while fostering her passion in mission work. Fleming shares that she would recommend that anyone thinking about studying abroad should pursue it. Studying abroad is a “great opportunity which can be expensive, but the happiness lies in reaching your goals, meeting people and having a new cultural experience, which is more important than money.”


DCB - VCSU Unique Partnership Hire Coordinator

June 26, 2017

bridgescoordinator.jpgDakota College at Bottineau (DCB) and Valley City State University (VCSU) have a unique partnership program, known as the Bridges Program. Students who do not meet the admissions requirements of VCSU are encouraged to apply to the DCB Bridges Program and, once admitted, become DCB students located on the VCSU campus. After Bridges students completed 24 transferrable credits, they transfer seamlessly to VCSU to complete their bachelor’s degree.

Melissa Remick was recently hired as the new Bridges Program coordinator. Melissa moved to Valley City with her husband, Walter, and two children, Conner and Veronica. The family enjoys spending time together outdoors and Melissa is an avid gardener and soccer mom. Melissa was an adjunct instructor for the last two years at VCSU and is looking forward to fulltime employment with DCB. In addition, Melissa is looking forward to helping students gain the skills and self-confidence they need to complete their education. According to Melissa, “It is encouraging to see students get better, gain confidence and realize they can be successful in college.”

The Bridges Program is designed for students who do not meet VCSU's core entrance requirements. Students who have earned a high school diploma or earned their GED are eligible for the program.

For additional details, Melissa may be contacted at the VCSU campus; 701-845-7490 or


DCB Hosting State Staff Senate

June 22, 2017


Dakota College at Bottineau staff participated in ND State Staff Senate which serves the staff employees of the North Dakota University System (NDUS) colleges and universities. The NDUS Staff Senate identifies interests and issues shared among the staff of the System’s institutions.  DCB hosted the annual State Staff Senate retreat June 20 & 21, 2017. They came together to consider matters, concepts and trends related to staff. 

The ND State Staff Senate talked about issues within the university system, budgeting being one of the most important.  It is felt that with the legislative budget cuts staff morale has been negatively affected.  For the employees that are still on campuses, it is important they enjoy coming back to work every day.  They discussed opportunities for their campuses to promote a positive work place in spite of lack of a salary increase over the next biennium.  Remembering how much of a difference the staff can make on campus is indicative to moving forward. 

There were seven campuses participating on site and three participated via Interactive Video Network (IVN).


DCB Volleyball Announces Summer Camps

June 19, 2017

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DCB Volleyball Coach Allison Scherr is excited to announce camp dates for summer of 2017. The camps will take place July 17-18 at the Woodshed on the DCB Campus in Bottineau.
Girls entering grades 9-12 camp is from 8:30 am – noon each day. Girls entering grades 5-8 camp is held 1:30 to 4:00 pm each day. Each camper will receive individual and team instruction from the DCB Ladyjack volleyball coaching staff and the student athletes.
Campers may register online at this link - DCB Announces Volleyball Camps


Bakken U Scholarship Application Now Open

June 1, 2017

Applications are now open for more than $25,000 in scholarships that have been announced under the North Dakota University System's BakkenU initiative.

Now entering its third year, the NDUS Foundation has awarded $15,000 in BakkenU scholarships while the five BakkenU institutions have made several additional awards.  

Candidates for the scholarship include current or former workers for energy or energy-related companies, as well as their spouses.

Chancellor Mark Hagerott said the initiative had already proven successful in getting people with backgrounds related to the Bakken back to school.

"Our five westernmost schools have taken this initiative and really made it successful," Hagerott said. "In doing so, they have been able to reach additional students who may not have had the opportunity to expand their educations with us."

For the 2017-2018 academic year, the North Dakota Petroleum Council will again partner with the NDUS to offer two $2,500 scholarships. Additionally, Dickinson State University will offer one 4-year scholarship with a total value of more than $9,000. Minot State University will offer three $1,000 scholarships, Bismarck State College Foundation is offering three $1,000 scholarships, and Williston State College will offer five $1,000 scholarships.

For more information, go to Applications are due by June 30, 2017.