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STEM Day Grant Awarded

February 28, 2019


Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematic (STEM) related career opportunities are among the fastest growing of all occupational sectors. To assist in promoting interest among students in grades 7-10 pursuing careers in STEM fields Dakota College at Bottineau (DCB) has been awarded a grant from North Dakota Career and Technology Education (ND CTE). 

Partnering with North Central Education Consortium (NCEC), DCB is offering a STEM Career Day on the DCB Campus March 11th.  This is an ideal time for adolescents and pre-adolescents to start considering careers.  The hands-on projects will empower students to use practices to excite and interest them in STEM careers. 


Students will learn about coding, robotics, circuits, water treatment, geocaching, hydroponics, anatomy, math, solar power and its utilities, wind energy, aeronautics, nursing, forensics and electronics.  Professionals from different STEM related fields will be present at each station where they will be speaking about their career and then directing hands-on projects. This allows the students to explore and discover content across various areas of STEM in a way that engages their imagination and their creative thinking. 


Over 350 students have registered to attend the event from schools at Rugby, Towner, Granville, MLS (Mohall) Newburg, Westhope, Bottineau, St. John, Dunseith, Ojibwa and TMHS (Belcourt).  “We are excited about providing an opportunity for students to solve simulated real-world problems and explore with tools, systems and technology that can grow into a STEM career.” says Angie Bartholomay, Associate Science Professor at DCB. Each student will attend five sessions from the project stations.  This will familiarize them with different STEM fields. 


Project WET Facilitator Training Held

February 25, 2019


LtoR David Marquardt, DCB Students Colton Soiseth from Alamo ND, Lydia Hunter from Bottineau ND, and Thomas Marrs from Bottineau ND. Dion Schaaf with ND Soil Conservation Service., Ashley Farnsworth teaches at Rolla High School, Lacy Henry teaches at Dunseith Elementary School, Taija Hahka teaches at DCB and, Angie Bartholomay

Members of Dakota College at Bottineau faculty and students attended the Project-Water Education for Teachers (Project WET) facilitator training at the ND Water Commission in Bismarck February 16-17, 2019. The leadership workshop taught strategies for Project WET facilitation. The workshop was designed for K-12 teachers, informal educators, and leaders who work with kids and want to share the importance of water in our lives.

The goal of Project WET is to envision a world in which action-oriented education enables every child to understand and value water, ensuring a sustainable future. Project WET was first developed and implemented in North Dakota in 1984 by Dennis Nelson a DCB alumni. Currently the curriculum is being used in 70 different countries.

Lead Facilitators, Angie Bartholomay, Associate Professor of Physical Science at DCB and David Marquardt, Fargo Public Schools introduced participants to numerous water curriculum guides and activities which are designed to challenge students and introduce new science, social studies, language and math concepts. Upon completion of this workshop, participants were awarded the Project WET facilitator certification.


DCB Hires Foundation Director

February 19, 2019


Dakota College at Bottineau has hired a new Foundation Director.  Leslie Herslip-Stevens officially started her position at DCB on February 5, 2019.  She will coordinate and manage all activities associated with the DCB Foundation, including new initiatives for gifting opportunities. 

Born and raised in Bottineau, Herslip-Stevens is a DCB Alum, graduating from NDSU-Bottineau Branch.  She completed her BS in Public Relations and Speech from NDSU Fargo. She is scheduled to complete her master’s degree in leadership this summer through the University of Jamestown. 

Herslip-Stevens has extensive marketing and fundraising experience.  She recently worked for Food Management Investors, the ND State Fair Foundation and has experience in consulting and grant writing for area non-profits and cooperatives. In addition, she has served on the Habitat for Humanity Northern Lights Chapter committees, Miss Rodeo America National Advisory Committee and Miss Rodeo ND Pageant Committee. 

Living in Mohall, Herslip-Stevens is married to Troy Stevens where they raise and show quarter horses on a state and regional level.  Herslip-Stevens shares that she is looking forward to reconnecting and meeting folks within the community to establish relationships and share Dakota College’s story. 

The DCB Foundation was originally incorporated in 1983 as the NDSU-Bottineau Foundation, and continues to work exclusively for the benefit of Dakota College at Bottineau. Its purpose is to establish, promote and stimulate voluntary financial support for the benefit of the college, especially in the building of endowments and in addressing the long-term priorities of the college.  A major goal of the Foundation is to provide scholarships and general development funding that significantly benefits students.


DCB Phi Theta Kappa Inducts Fourteen Students

February 13, 2019


Students Inducted
Back row LtoR:  Alex Abrahamson, Francisco Flores, Dillon Marco
Front row LtoR: Victoria Mineke, Abbey Franklin, Ellie Messmer, Rebecca Helmeczi

Dakota College at Bottineau (DCB) inducted fourteen students into the Dakota College at Bottineau Phi Theta Kappa Chapter (PTK); Beta Rho Eta Chapter.  PTK recognizes the academic achievement of two-year college students and provides opportunities to grow as scholars and leaders.  As the oldest and largest honor society, this organization recognizes students who have a 3.5 grade point average (GPA) and above.

PTK recognizes student academic achievement and provides opportunities for individual growth and development through honors, leadership and service programming.

Not pictured: Jessica Buchholz, Tracy Carpenter, Michael Dockens, Andrew Huwe, Morgan Raap, Caitlin Stockert, Caeyla Westmoreland

If you would like a Beta Rho Chapter member or advisor to visit with your group about their impact on DCB and the greater community, contact the DCB office at 701-228-5604. 


DCB TRiO Director to Represent State on ASPIRE Native American Committee

February 13, 2019


Dakota College at Bottineau (DCB) is proud to announce their Director of TRiO, Nathan Biggerstaff, will be representing North Dakota on the ASPIRE Native American Committee.  Nathan was asked by the previous ASPIRE president, Darlene Sampson, to serve on the committee and to help North Dakota achieve the committee goals. 


ASPIRE is a professional organization that serves to represent Region 8 TRiO programs within Colorado, Montana, North and South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming. ASPIRE advocates not only for the TRiO programs in their states, but also for all the students who may be TRiO eligible.  The members of the organization devote their careers to advocating for equal opportunities in education for students who are first-generation, low-income, or may have a disability. 


The purpose of the Native American committee is to bring TRiO awareness to the tribal colleges based in the ASPIRE region.  We want these schools to have the opportunity to write a TRiO grant, which will be submitted in late 2019 or early 2020, so they can provide the services necessary to see their TRiO eligible students succeed.  As a committee, with representation from each of the ASPIRE states, we want to help those schools through the grant writing process by providing workshops and a helpful hand.  We are hoping to provide a grant writing workshop in the near future.


DCB Offers NEW Agriculture Program

February 12, 2019


A partnership between Dakota College at Bottineau, Lake Region State College, and Williston State College, will bring an agricultural degree to the DCB campus.

Agriculture is big business in north central North Dakota and Dakota College at Bottineau is taking steps to support this important industry.

Starting in Fall 2019, Dakota College at Bottineau (DCB) will be offering a new program in Agriculture Management and Technology.  This new program is tailored to meet the needs of the individual and fill a critical workforce need. The program will allow students the opportunity to focus on one (or more) of the following options: Livestock Production, Crop Production, Specialty Crop Production and Agribusiness.

This program will prepare students for rewarding opportunities in the growing field of agriculture by providing them with quality education and training and practical work experience. DCB will partner with Lake Region State College and Williston State College for the delivery of this program.  This collaboration will provide students with a wide range of courses using the latest agriculture technologies.

Courses are offered through several delivery formats that include on-campus and distance education (i.e., online and Interactive Video Network). Each campus will provide courses.  DCB is also looking into the possibility of providing shortened courses which are offered from January through March/April which will allow students to participate in internships in local agribusinesses and on farms during the busy spring season.

The North Dakota Ag Consortium (NDAC) currently consists of DCB, LRSC, and WSC. The campuses are hoping the partnership will continue to grow with more partners since agriculture is such a large employer regionally and statewide. 

The consortium is a wonderful example of campuses partnering instead of competing to meet a labor need in the state.

This program is designed for individuals who are looking to advance their career opportunities and obtain practical, hands-on work experience through internships.  Students will have the option to complete a one-year certificate program or a two-year associate degree program.


Looking Forward

December 20, 2018

MINOT, N.D. – “You should next time. There’s always a next time.”

The words struck a chord with Marina Carrillo, a senior in the energy economics and finance program at Minot State University.

Carrillo was talking with North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum and Lieutenant Governor Brent Sanford following Burgum’s 2018 State of the State Address at Ann Nicole Nelson Hall when the conversation turned to Minot’s American Petroleum Institute (API) chapter meeting.

New officers were going to be presented that night, and Burgum wondered why Carrillo hadn’t ran for a position. She didn’t have an answer, but Sanford did. There would be another opportunity, he assured her.

Carrillo applied Sanford’s advice soon after their conversation. When the Williston Basin Section of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) had new officer openings, she threw her name in the running.

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“This is one of the best memories I have,” Carrillo said. “When I was introduced as one of the two new board of (student) directors by Mr. Andrew Eis, he said something I will never forget. ‘All these years she has proven herself. And she has earned a place among us.’”

Carrillo’s journey to the API and SPE — and the energy economics and finance program at Minot State — has been anything but straight forward.

Growing up in San Francisco, Chihuahua, Mexico, Carrillo made her way to the United States nearly two decades ago. After living in Missouri for 10 years, her ex-husband gave her the option of moving to Colorado or North Dakota. She chose North Dakota.

“And it was the best decision I could have made,” Carrillo said, “because I finally found the help I needed to get away from the relationship.”

Carrillo got in touch with the Domestic Violence Crisis Center (DVCC) shortly after moving to Minot in December 2009. By 2011, she had separated from her spouse.

“That was when the flood happened. I was affected by the flood, so my three kids and I were living in the streets for six months. I was just trying to survive,” Carrillo said.

Carrillo eventually secured a FEMA trailer for her family and began working for a Bakken staffing company at Command Center as a quality control manager. The management position gave Carrillo some stability and she began looking towards the future. She enrolled at Dakota College of Bottineau (DCB) on Minot State’s campus and started a customer service career at a local hotel.

Following graduation from DCB, Carrillo assembled her children for a family meeting. She wanted to pursue another degree, this time at Minot State, but had also been offered a good job from a local business. Together, they weighed the pros and cons.

 “My kids said, ‘Go for the big fish,’” Carrillo smiled.

 While previous life choices had been focused on survival, this time Carrillo was able to focus on a subject that interested her — energy economics.

 “I picked my major because I grew up in a monopoly industry, the energy industry,” Carrillo said. “I saw how the market was behaving back then and how it affected the citizens, how it affected the economics of the country because PEMEX (Petróleos Mexicanos) was owned by the government.”

 It was in her program of study, and the relationships formed with like-minded members in the oil industry community, that Carrillo found where she belonged.

 “It was the best decision after the DVCC, enrolling in my major in energy economics and finance. I know that I’m in the right place at the right time,” Carrillo said.

 She began attending API meetings and joined several clubs and organizations on campus. Next came the SPE and, this past summer, an opportunity to internship in Santiago, Chile for an energy consulting firm named B-Green.

 When Carrillo returned to campus for the fall 2018 semester she was on track for a December graduation. Then, a series of personal setbacks occurred.

 “It was either take a step away (from some courses), regroup, and hurt my grades or not take care of myself and my family,” Carrillo said.

 Carrillo chose family, knowing there’s always a next time or, in this case, a next semester. She will continue her coursework in the spring and plans to graduate in 2019.

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 “I have my own bad story, but it’s in the past. I managed to get out of there. I managed to learn. This is nothing,” Carrillo said about her current obstacles. “Whenever you want something, you will find a way to get it.”


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Bottineau Student Nurse Organization Gives Back

December 19, 2018

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Bottineau SNO presenting check to Turtle Mountain Cancer group 

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Bottineau SNO presenting check to Bottineau County Social Services

Student nursing organization (SNO) is an organization made up of future nurses that helps facilitate the growth of caring, compassionate, and giving nurses. Dakota College at Bottineau’s SNO has given back to their local community this fall, and continues to do so. This semester we donated school supplies to pack for backpacks and gave to those that were in need. SNO hosted a blood drive at DCB hoping for 14 donations and ended up with 25. During the blood drive, a bake sale was held with goodies that SNO members made. The baked goods were free, but donations were encouraged as all proceeds went to the Turtle Mountain Cancer Society. Bottineau has an annual lighting of the Christmas tree, and our organization helped raise money for kids that lost everything in the California fires. Lastly, we held a raffle that raised money. All proceeds were split; half going to the organization to give back to the community, and half to the students for travel expenses as each nursing student has to travel a considerable amount to learn and apply the nursing skills learned in school. Overall, this semester was very rewarding to be able to help others and helps a person realize how good it feels to be able to give back to the community in which they live in.


Minot Student Nurse Organization Gives Back

December 19, 2018

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Class of 2018 - DCB-Minot PN & AD Students

"Life's most persistent and urgent question is, what are you doing for others?" -Martin Luther King Jr.

The Dakota College at Bottineau Student Nurse Organization (SNO) of Minot has taken this message to heart. With a love for their city and its people, the student nurses have given their time and funds this school year.  SNO has donated over $2000 to local institutions both from fundraisers and from SNO's own funds.

$500 went to the Dakota Boys' & Girls' Ranch's new playground project, which was matched by the St. Joseph Foundation. Another $500 went toward a specialty chair for the Ranch's elementary school classroom.

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Natalie Stevens AD student, Cody McMangial, Coordinator and Al Evon, Director – both Trinity Health Foundation and Elyssa Handlen AD student

SNO also donated $250 to the Trinity Health Foundation's turkey drive for the KHRT Horn of Plenty. The students have been helping pack and deliver boxes of food and gifts for Minot families in need.

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Check presentation to PATH (Foster Service) Independent Living Program: Elyssa “Handlen AD student, Annie-Path Representative, Elli Nicolis PN student

SNO partnered with the Starving Rooster in Minot to host a fundraiser for PATH North Dakota, a nonprofit child and family services agency. Between SNO funds and the generosity of the people of Minot, household supplies and $1,120 were donated.

The student nurses collected 40 sleeper onesies for Trinity Health's NICU and donated $250 to the family who suffered the loss of their baby girl this winter.

The DCB student nurses of Minot do not plan to stop here. In 2019, they plan to purchase a brick for the tiger exhibit at the Roosevelt Park Zoo as a lasting memorial of this year's class. They will be hosting a fundraiser for the Dakota Hope Clinic and holding ice cream float sales at nursing homes and assisted living facilities around the community. These student nurses are grateful for the opportunity to study and learn in Minot and are eager to give back.

The DCB Student Nurse Organization at the Trinity Health 5th Ave. Minot site have taken time out of their study and family time to give back to the community. Dakota College at Bottineau (DCB) Practical Nursing students and Associate Degree Nursing students have truly demonstrated the core components of the nursing profession by being compassionate and caring to others.  The Dakota College at Bottineau nursing faculty are extremely proud of our student’s kindness and generosity they have shown by volunteering in community events and fundraising activities per Dawn Romfo MSN RN- Nursing program director.


Successful Collaboration Between MSU and DCB

November 27, 2018


Dr. Conn and Linda Conn instructing the class

Dakota College at Bottineau (DCB) and Minot State University (MSU) collaborate to provide student instruction.  Classes are held on the MSU campus with instructors hired by DCB.  This is a unique collaboration providing students a certificate or associate degree from DCB with a seamless transfer to MSU to receive a four-year degree. 

DCB’s English instructor, Linda Conn, on MSU campus teaches ASC 87 which is a College Writing Prep class.  She collaborated with Dr. Dan R. Conn, MSU Assistant Professor of Teacher Education, Master of Education Program Director to present a three-day series on improving writing skills. 

Students were introduced to polishing their writing skills.  As Dr. Conn relayed a story about food, he co-taught the writing process and helped them begin drafting their paper about food.  In day two of the class, the students were offered instruction on revisions and editing.  They discussed the use of appropriate voice, organization, sentence fluency and word choices.  Students edited their draft as Dr. Conn taught the traits.  The third and final day of class was the student’s favorite.  They noted how fun it was to not only share their writings, but also share the foods that matched their essay. 


Health Profession Scholarship Recipients Announced

November 21, 2018


The Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota (BCBSND) Caring Foundation has awarded scholarships to twenty-six health profession students attending North Dakota colleges, universities or technical colleges.

The health profession scholarship program helps fulfill the Caring Foundation’s goal of improving the health and well-being of North Dakotans by investing in the education of tomorrow’s health care professionals.

The Caring Foundation is pleased to have increased its overall scholarship recipients in 2018 from sixteen to twenty-six and broadened the eligibility from nursing-only to include other health care professions, including mental and behavioral health.

Dakota College at Bottineau (DCB) is happy to announce Norah Gable among the recipients.  Norah is from St. John, ND and a 2018-19 AD nursing student at DCB.  Congratulations to Norah and these outstanding students who have each received a $2,500 health profession scholarship for the 2018-19 school year.


Dakota College Library Offers Free Patron Access to Ancestry Library Edition

October 22, 2018


Ancestry® Library Edition, distributed exclusively by ProQuest and powered by Ancestry.com, delivers billions of records in census data, vital records, directories, photos, and more.

Ancestry Library Edition brings the world’s most popular consumer online genealogy resource to Dakota College Library. Patrons have access to an unprecedented online collection of individuals from North America, the United Kingdom, Europe, Australia, and more.

Answers await everyone—whether professional or hobbyist, expert or novice, genealogist or historian—inside the more than 7,000 available databases. Patrons can unlock the stories of family members from years gone by with sources like censuses, vital records, immigration records, family histories, military records, court and legal documents, directories, photos, yearbooks, maps, and more.

Ancestry Library Edition differs from the Home Edition in that patrons use the common database but are restricted from creating a profile and storing information on the site; however, documents can be printed, or emailed to the patron so information can be saved and stored. Ancestry databases are consistently updated with new content.

Popular and recently added collections include:

U.S. collections deliver hundreds of millions of names from sources such as federal and U.S. censuses; birth, death, and marriage records including the Social Security Death Index; and U.S. border crossing and trans-ocean ship records.

Canadian collections provide nearly 60 million records from the Census of Canada, and key vital records, such as the Drouin Collection (1621-1967), which includes nearly 30 million baptism, marriage, and burial records from Quebec.

U.K. collections offer censuses for England, Wales, Isle of Man, Channel Islands, and Scotland, with nearly 200 million records: Births and Baptisms (1834-1906), Marriage Licenses (1521-1869), Deaths and Burials (1834-1934), and Poor Law Records (1840-1938) in London, and more.

Other international collections continue to grow with more than 46 million records from German censuses, vital records, emigration indexes, ship lists, phone directories, and more; Chinese surnames in the large and growing Jiapu Collection of Chinese lineage books; Jewish family history records from Eastern Europe and Russia; and more.

Military collections deliver over 150 million records containing information often not found elsewhere and includes records from the colonial to the Vietnam era.

Multimedia collections deliver millions of files ranging from family and gravestone photos to postcards and newsreels.

All this, plus an intuitive search interface, detailed search indexes, and helpful Learning Center tools, makes Ancestry Library Edition an indispensable resource for DCB library patrons interested in pursuing genealogical research.

DCB Library recently hosted the Forest Carlson’s ND History Class from Bottineau High School to assist them in their ancestry class project.


Farm Business Management Instructor Hired for Minot Area

October 10, 2018


Dakota College at Bottineau has hired a Farm Business Management instructor for the Minot area. Lynsey Aberle, a 2010 NDSU Graduate with a degree in Ag Economics and Animal Science officially started work in this position on October 1, 2018. Farm Business Management courses are available through Dakota College at Bottineau in the Minot, Rugby and Bottineau areas. Instructors meet with enrolled farmer and ranchers to assist in completing a whole farm analysis to determine their actual profitability as well as individual enterprise analysis to determine the profitability of crops or livestock enterprise.

Lynsey worked as the Farm Business Management Instructor for Dakota College back in 2012 for two years and then moved to Dickinson to work as the Dickinson Farm Business Management instructor for two years through Bismarck State College. She moved back to the area to get married and worked at a local credit union until becoming a stay at home mom the past year. Lynsey was raised on a ranch just south of Granville. She and her husband, Eric farm just south east of Surrey. They have an 18-month-old girl, Jayde who loves everything about animals and farming. Lynsey shares that she is truly excited to be back. “I loved being a Farm Business Management Instructor.” In her spare time, Lynsey enjoys working outside as much as possible around the farm, in her garden and yard, and spending time with family and taking pictures.

DCB Allied Health Programs Recognized

October 1, 2018

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Affordable Colleges Online.org (ACO) is a leader in higher education information, resources and rankings and has recognized Dakota College at Bottineau (DCB)for offering one of the best online learning environments for health students in the county.

"In our seventh annual survey of online learning programs across the nation, we wanted to honor the colleges and universities that are providing innovative ways for students to complete a degree," said Dan Schuessler, CEO and Founder of AffordableCollegesOnline.org. "These schools are going above and beyond the industry standard to help make online education programs more accessible and affordable."

Only accredited, public, not-for-profit institutions with at least one online program are eligible for these rankings. The primary data points used to identify the best online colleges and programs for 2018 include the following:

  • Acceptance rates
  • Cost of tuition
  • Number of full time students
  • Graduation rates

DCB is rated within the top 25 Best Online Medical Assisting Programs and Best Online Health Administration Programs.  Though licensure requirements vary by state, those pursuing a degree in medical assisting can take advantage of the flexibility of an online degree. The healthcare administration industry continues to grow, so do the degree programs offered online by both colleges and universities. 

Dakota College at Bottineau offers the Medical Assistant degree as one of the three programs within the Allied Health programs: Medical Administrative Assistant, Medical Coding and Medical Assistant.  Allied Health is a term used to describe the broad range of health professionals who are not doctors, dentists, or nurses.  All three programs are offered completely online.  Students can help build the healthcare system of tomorrow while building a successful career at a pace that fits their lifestyle.


Students attend NDSFA Convention

September 25, 2018

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Dakota College at Bottineau (DCB) students and instructors escaped their daily routine at the North Dakota State Floral Association annual convention this month. With their line-up of talented designers, students and instructors refreshed their inspiration.

Floral Design students, Janie Vandal and Audrey Gilbrath appreciated the beneficial learning experience with hands-on classes and presentations.  There were three fabulous designers this year and hands-on classes offered for bridal bouquets and little-known best practices to escape from the norm.

Audrey shared that it was nice to see someone who has succeeded in the industry she wants to go into and how they managed to turn their passion into a career.  “It was an honoring experience to be in the presence of such highly successful individuals.”

Audrey and Janie participated in the centerpiece competition. Their winning arrangement consisted of locally grown gladiolas, snap dragons, hydrangeas, zinnias and assorted daisies. Janie shared that the worldly renowned designers and presenters gave her motivation to want to try new arrangements.  The tips and presentations provided great career advice in life as well ascommunication styles.