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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


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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.


Farm Market Promotion Grant Awarded to Dakota College at Bottineau

September 25, 2018


Gregory Ibach, Under Secretary U.S. Department of Agriculture's Marketing and Regulatory Programs, announced last week that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has invested $102.7 million to increase opportunities for farmers, ranchers and other growers across the country through five grant programs.  The funding supports a variety of locally-led projects intended to expand markets for local food promotion and specialty crops.

The resources announced are administered by USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service and includes $13.35 million directed to 49 projects supporting direct producer-to-consumer marketing projects such as farmers markets, community-supported agriculture programs, roadside stands, and agri-tourism through the Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP).

Dakota College at Bottineau is one of the recipients administered by USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service for community development, training and technical assistance.  The award of $297,325.00 will be to enhance consumer marketing strategies of ND farmers markets and market producers.  Dakota College at Bottineau will increase the capacity of North Dakota Farmers Markets.

The state’s changing demographics and increased interest in local foods present great opportunity for farmers market vendors. However, North Dakota’s rural volunteer- run farmers markets lack the time, resources, and training to effectively meet increased consumer demand. The project will benefit 50 farmers markets and 500 farmers market vendors.

The Grant Project Manager, Keith Knudson shares that he is looking forward to providing opportunities to North Dakota Farmers Market managers and vendors. “Farmers markets provide a unique way of circulating local dollars back into our North Dakota communities. The project will provide technical support helping build a stronger local foods community.” Project objectives include a thorough market needs assessment, market manager training online course, coordinated marketing materials, internship program and local foods marketing workshops. Enhanced marketing activities will create a 15 percent increase in customer numbers, 10 percent increase in vendor numbers and 15 percent increase in sales at North Dakota farmers markets.

The project will improve viability and increase sustainability of farmers markets in North Dakota resulting in increased access to and consumption of locally produced agricultural products.


Dakota College has Record Enrollment

September 19, 2018

Dakota College at Bottineau recorded a record enrollment for
fall 2018.  The official fall enrollment is 996 students.  This compares to 909 students in the fall of 2017, 811 in fall 2016 and 692 during the fall of 2015.  Headcount enrollment includes all students who are taking at least one course from the college.  The previous record headcount enrollments were 909 in the fall of 2017 and 863 in the fall of 2010.

The college’s full-time equivalent enrollment (FTE) is also a record for DCB.  This fall DCB has an FTE enrollment of 590 students.  This compares to 527 FTE in 2017, 490 FTE in 2016 and 459 FTE in 2015.  The college’s previous record FTE enrollment was 539 in the fall of
2010.  Full-time equivalent enrollment is calculated by dividing the total number of credits taken by all students by 15.  Fifteen credits is considered to be a full-time student load by the North Dakota University System.

From a percentage point of view, fall headcount enrollment is up 9.5% compared to last year and FTE enrollment is up 11.9%.  Enrollment numbers are up in almost all categories; on-campus students, students at MSU and VCSU (especially in the nursing programs), online students and dual credit students. The largest programs at the college continue to be Liberal Arts, Nursing and


Student Scholarship Opportunity

September 11, 2018

Every year, the North Dakota Space Grant Program (NDSGP) provides North Dakota’s public, two-year and four-year colleges and universities with scholarship funding to award to undergraduate students. The amount of funding available for scholarships varies by institution and the number of awards is typically determined by the Office of Financial Aid at each institution.

Dakota College at Bottineau (DCB) has $7,000 available for scholarships during the 2018-2019 academic year. Students who are US citizens, enrolled fulltime at DCB, have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and are pursuing a degree in program in Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) are eligible to apply for the scholarship.

To apply for the scholarships available through DCB, students must submit a 1) completed application form, available from the Office of Financial Aid or online at http://ndspacegrant.und.edu , 2) a letter of recommendation from at least one faculty member, and 3) a one-page essay outlining the student’s current and future educational goals and how they are related to this scholarship.

Application materials should be submitted to Angie Bartholomay at angela.bartholomay@dakotacollege.edu before noon on Friday, November 16, 2018.


Grant Writer hired at DCB

September 18, 2018


Dakota College at Bottineau has recently hired Dr. Indrani Sasmal to lead the college’s grant development and grant writing efforts. She bring strong expertise in the fields of natural resources and wildlife, in addition to her writing and project management skills. Indrani earned a PhD from South Dakota State University in Wildlife Biology. She has worked for South Dakota State University and North Carolina State University as a post-doctoral fellow with research in carnivore genetics and ecology.

Her experience in developing grant and research proposals, managing projects, and managing teams of natural resource researchers make her uniquely qualified for the position. Indrani has also taught graduate and undergraduate classes. She is the mother to two daughters, three and seven and her husband is also an ecologist. In her spare time, she loves to read and travel.


DCB Hires Biology Instructor

September 18, 2018


Taija Hahka was recently hired by Dakota College at Bottineau as a biology instructor. During summer 2018, Hahka completed her master's degree in molecular and cellular biology from Michigan Technological University. Hahka has four publications; one in Physiological Reports, two in Frontiers Physiology and one in ACTA Physiology. She is also working on two primary publications.

Along with teaching biology, Hahka is serving as a math tutor. She is in process of starting the DCB Science Club and will be assisting with the honors anatomy class. In her spare time, she enjoys sports and will be assisting Head Coach Mike Smith with the Ladyjacks volleyball team.

With an offer from the University of Fairbanks, Alaska, Hahka accepted a position as a fully supported research assistant and plans to start working on her PhD in neuroscience and biochemistry following the conclusion of fall 2018.


Boone Hired as DCB Social Science Instructor

September 10, 2018



With the resignation of Steve Sathre, DCB hired Paul Boone, PhD to teach the social Science courses at DCB. Boone grew up on a horse ranch in Northern California near Santa Rosa. He has lived in San Diego, Washington D.C., San Francisco, Oakland, Romania (Cluj), Prague, and Reno. Boone taught in K-12 schools for 16 years in Oakland and Santa Rosa and worked 8 years in special education as an assistant and a computer teacher and 8 years as a long-term substitute teacher in public middle and high schools. After caring for his father for 3 years, Boone decided to go to graduate school where he earned a M.S. in Education in May 2010 and a Ph.D. in History in May 2017 from the University of Nevada, Reno.

At the University of Nevada, Reno, Boone served the Graduate Student Representative for History and co-founded the History Graduate Student Association. As a student leader, he mentored new students, led a dissertation/thesis support group, and organized professional development workshops. Boone chaired the College of Liberal Arts Graduate Student Symposium for four years. The event grew from a one-day symposium for UNR students to a three-day interdisciplinary conference open to the public that included over 100 graduate students in 35 disciplines from 40 universities and featured prominent keynote speakers. He also engaged in oral and public history work as a graduate student on the 4th Street-Prater Way History Project.

Boone’s research and teaching specialties include U.S. cultural/intellectual history focused on the sociocultural constructions of collective identities, 20th Century U.S. history focused on popular culture, public education, and cultural politics in the Cold War era, U.S. history of education focused on the cultural, political, and social processes of professionalization for K-12 teachers, and history pedagogy focused on active and collaborative learning opportunities.

His teaching philosophy is empowering students to take charge of their education, develop a desire to become lifelong learners, and acquire skills to be engaged citizens. As a foundational pedagogical principle, he emphasizes developing critical thinking and historical analysis though active learning opportunities. He states that his role as a teacher is to mentor students in the processes of constructing historical knowledge and to facilitate their critical engagement in the work of historians. As a result, his pedagogy and curriculum revolve around creating opportunities for students to do history. Boone’s ultimate aim is for students to be able to think like historians.

Boone’s scholarship has informed his educational practices by helping craft courses that highlight the interconnectivity between the personal lives of historical actors, structural factors, human agency, and major events. He focuses on the interrelationships among class, gender, politics, race, and sexuality with the constructions of subcultural and professional identities. In his dissertation, he illustrated how the American Federation of Teachers and National Education Association used representations of “hero” teachers and Cold War discourses of Americanism, consumerism, democracy, and world leadership to lay claim to and gain affirmation of teacher professionalism between 1946 and 1965. Given the continued dominance of women in teaching, the persistence of racial segregation in schools, and the consistent focus on Americanization in the K-12 curriculum, the histories of civil rights, ethnicity, gender, public policy, law, race, sexuality, and women are central to his research. He presented papers on how the “feminization” of teaching from 1880 to 1925 affected teachers’ personal and professional identities in the West, how Cold War gender and sexuality norms intersected with popular representations about and personal identities among the Beats, and how the performance and commodification of Indian mascots’ primitive masculinity complicated and continue to complicate the constructions of Native American personhood. This research helps Boone to craft courses that allow students to build cognitive empathy for themselves, and each other.


DCB TRiO Director to Represent State at ASPIRE Institute

August 20, 2018

BiggerstaffNathan190x190.pngDakota College at Bottineau (DCB) is proud to announce their Director of TRiO will represent the State at the ASPIRE Leadership Institute this fall. Nathan Biggerstaff, DCB TRiO Director was nominated by the ND State ASPIRE president, along with one other North Dakota TRiO member to represent the State at this year’s Leadership Institute.

Biggerstaff then completed an application for consideration and was subsequently chosen as one of the representatives. He will be attending a one day-intensive workshop that will allow him to grow professionally to ensure the best services are granted to students to assure that TRiO works beyond just his daily work.

ASPIRE is a professional organization that serves to represent Region 8 TRiO programs, North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, and Utah. ASPIRE helps provide a communication channel to the Council for Opportunity in Education (COE), the TRiO governing body that reports to the Department of Education. Each year ASPIRE holds both a Co-state (North and South Dakota) and Regional conference. This year, ASPIRE is offering a Leadership Institute designed to get selected individuals more engaged in the state, regional, and national levels of TRiO through an opportunity to interact with and learn from seasoned TRIO professionals.


DCB EMS Student Awarded National Scholarship

August 14, 2018

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GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. – The staff at Platinum Educational Group understands the struggles and obstacles that are presented to students obtaining higher education in the healthcare industries. In 2015, Platinum Educational Group launched its inaugural scholarships program geared at EMS students. In 2016, the company expanded its product line to include the Nursing and Allied Health fields. It only seemed fitting to expand its scholarships program to include the hardworking and dedicated students in those fields as well.

The 2018 EMS scholarship was awarded to student Mumtaaz “Taaz” Allen. Mrs. Allen is enrolled in Dakota College’s Paramedic program located in Bottineau, ND. Taaz dutifully supported her husband’s military career while raising their son. When the opportunity to be involved in emergency medical services, she jumped at it.  “I grew up in a medical household.  I’ve always had an interest in and a love for helping heal people.” stated Mrs. Allen. After graduating, Taaz is excited about pursuing her next level of education as a Critical Care/Flight Paramedic.

Platinum’s goal is to provide students entering the EMS, Nursing, and Allied Health fields with assistance in funding their education. Former high school teacher, paramedic, and now Platinum CEO Doug Smith states “With the rising costs of tuition and program fees, it’s an honor to assist others in embarking on the dream of providing needed healthcare services to our communities.”

For full details of Platinum Educational Group’s Scholarships Program contact Director of Marketing, Jeremy M. Johnson, at marketing@platinumed.com.


DCB Hires Academic Specialist

August 8, 2018

sidhunter.jpgDakota College at Bottineau welcomes Sid Hunter, TRiO Academic Specialist to campus. This position is important to the academic success of students.  Assessment data is used to identify areas needing improvement allowing coordination to implement guidance accordingly.

Sid Hunter, originally from Miami, Florida is an Associate of Science Alumnus of Dakota College at Bottineau.  He played football, basketball and baseball before transferring to Oklahoma Panhandle State University (OPSU) where he obtained his bachelor’s in biology with a minor in chemistry.  His experience from Burdick Job Corp brings admission counselor experience working with students to address their higher education goals.  Sid says he appreciates the opportunity to get back, “this place (DCB) gave me the opportunity to play sports and go to school” he says, now he can give back to the school and the community.

In addition, to guiding students academically, Sid will be assistant baseball coach and wide receiver/tight end football coach.  When Sid is not working at DCB he enjoys music, sports and hanging out with his two boys; Daxton (3 ½) and Drayke (8 months). 


Johnson Named to ND Department of Public Instruction Committee

July 23, 2018


The North Dakota Department of Public Instruction (NDDPI) has named Scott Johnson, Mathematics Professor at Dakota College at Bottineau to serve as a committee member on the North Dakota ACT Standards Setting 2017-18 review panel.  NDDPI was fortunate to receive a large number of interested and well qualified applicants.  Selections were based on past experiences in standards writing/setting, knowledge of ND Math and English Language Arts/Literacy (ELA) standards, grades taught, previous related experience, number of applicants in content areas, as well as school/district demographics.   

Larry Brooks, Dean for Academic and Student Affairs shares; “I am confident Scott will be a fine addition to the committee and will do an excellent job representing higher education interests.”


Donations Awarded from Rummage Proceeds

July 10, 2018


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Dakota College at Bottineau held their fifteenth annual rummage and bake sale on Saturday, April 7, 2018.  DCB employees hold this event each year to support local community charities and service groups. DCB has reached $21,725.37 in giving since establishing this event in 2003. 

The 2018 proceeds of $909.50 were distributed to three community groups.  Recipients included Just for the Love of It at Metigoshe Lutheran Church, the Turtle Mountain Cancer Support Group, and Friends of DCB (tribute fund).

The purpose of Friends of DCB is to provide a positive campus atmosphere that acknowledges significant life events of faculty and staff and to provide sincere support as needed.  DCB employees fund this endeavor.

Just for the Love of It is sponsored by the Metigoshe Lutheran Church.  The purpose of this group is to help people in need.  It may set a needy family up in an apartment, pay for gas required for travel to medical treatments, or even pay utility bills.  Bottineau County Social Services referrals often result in action by Just for the Love of It.  The request is received by Pastor Cole Bentley and a plea goes out to congregation members, who do what they can to provide the help needed.

The Turtle Mountain Cancer Support Group is another group dedicated to helping people in need; specifically those effected by cancer.  They may pay for gas for medical treatment, purchase a wig, or provide whatever support is needed.  This support group fund raises throughout the year.

Funds from previous sales were earmarked for upkeep of the DCB Little Free Libraries.  The Little Free Library project was started with proceeds from DCB’s 2016 rummage sale.  The libraries are located by the playgrounds at Tommy Turtle Park and Forestry Park.  The premise of the Little Free Libraries is to “take a book, leave a book.”  Users are also welcome to return books after reading them to continue growing the library.  Books may be donated by putting them in a Little Free Library or taking them to the Dakota College at Bottineau bookstore (Monday through Friday 8:00-3:30).  We are especially in need of books for children.  Stewards for the libraries are DCB employees Darrell Waters, Janeen Pollman, and Denise Schroeter.   


High Tunnel Workshops

June 12, 2018

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The Entrepreneurial Center for Horticulture (ECH) at Dakota College at Bottineau, in conjunction with the North Dakota Natural Resources Conservation Service will be holding six High Tunnel Workshops in locations around the state. 

These workshops will assist those wishing to begin or expand production of vegetables, fruits, and specialty crops in high tunnels with construction and production techniques.  Two types of training sessions will be held.  The beginning workshop will cover purchasing, locating, construction, basic production and scheduling as well as the conservation practices with which NRCS can provide assistance.  The advanced workshops will cover soil management, water quality and quantity, irrigation, varietal selection and special production considerations.  Mainly geared for those that grow and sell produce, the training will also have value for those growing fruits and other specialty crops in high tunnels.  The workshops are free and open to the public.

Holly Mawby, ECH Director, and Keith Knudson, Dakota College at Bottineau Specialty Crop Production Faculty, will be presenting.  Each workshop will include a tour of a local producer high tunnel location and plenty of time for questions. 

The first three workshops are the beginning level sessions, the first of which will be held in Mandan on June 27th from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM at the Farm Credit Services offices.  Following beginning level workshops will be held from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM in Watford City on July 11th and Bottineau on July 18th.  The Advanced level workshops will be held between July 23rd and August 10th in Bottineau, Minot, and a location to be determined. Please call for exact locations and dates for the advanced workshops.   Refreshments will be provided but each participant will be responsible for their own lunch.  Participants must RSVP their attendance to ensure enough resource materials for everyone.

For more information or to RSVP for one of these free workshops, contact Holly Mawby at 701-681-0252 or email hollyrose.mawby@dakotacollege.edu