Dakota College at Bottineau has been around almost as long as North Dakota itself. The state constitution, ratified in 1889, provided for a forestry school to help promote the growth of trees on the prairies. We opened our doors in 1906 as the North Dakota School of Forestry.
A lot has changed since then, including our name and mission. But we're still here to cultivate growth. Of course, "growth" doesn't mean exactly the same thing in the 21st century that it did in the 19th. While our natural resource programs remain among the best in the upper Midwest, we also offer degrees in fields such as health care, web design, and information technology along with a strong liberal arts program. And we have one of the most robust distance-learning programs in the state.
North Dakota's landscape has changed a lot since 1889, both physically and culturally. Our graduates helped bring about those changes. And Dakota College at Bottineau has changed, too --- so that we can prepare today's students to build the landscapes of the future.