Dakota College at Bottineau broke ground this spring for a new campus dining facility and is excited to announce it is open as of February 23, 2022. The new dining center replaces an aging facility that was constructed in the 1960s. Dakota College’s new dining center serves as the hub for food services for the entire campus community, serving students living in the college’s three residence halls. Approximately 4,000 square feet, the new dining center is attached to the existing Knudson Student Center. This includes the seating, area, serving and kitchen area, coolers, storage, mechanical and offices.
Dakota College at Bottineau’s honor society Phi Theta Kappa Chapter of Beta Rho Eta conducted a school supply drive to support a need identified by the Bottineau Parent Teacher Organization (PTO). Bottineau PTO shared that often towards the middle of the school year, teachers need frequently used items in the classroom. These shortages include; crayons, expo markers, scissors and Clorox cleaning wipes.
February is Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month. CTE programs are available in higher education allowing graduates to get into the workforce in two years or less. Dakota College offers Agriculture Management and Technology designed for individuals who want to focus on one or more growing fields: livestock production, crop production, specialty crop production and agribusiness.
Dakota College at Bottineau students, faculty and staff celebrated Smokey’s Week, a storied tradition that dates back to 1961. Games, events, competitions, parades, banquets were held, just to name a few. The week was kicked off with the recognition of a Smokey’s King and Queen. Princes Chloe Burt was crowned Smokey’s Queen and Prince Nic Vercaigne was crowned Smokey’s King by Smokey Bear himself.
Dakota College at Bottineau reached a record spring semester enrollment for a third consecutive year. Dakota College’s headcount enrollment is 1,112 students, which was an increase of 82 students, or 8%, from last spring. Full-time equivalent enrollment was also up by 8%. Spring semester enrollment has grown by over 200 students over the past two years. While full-time student enrollment increased from last spring, the college saw significant growth in part-time enrollment, especially students taking dual-credit courses and online courses.
Since 1982 Dakota College at Bottineau Alumni Association has hosted an Awards Recognition banquet which honors athletes, students, supportive community members and alumni. The DCB Alumni accepts nominations for Golden Service Award, Friend of the College, and Young Alumnus annually. The Alumni Association award recipients will be acknowledged at the Awards Recognition Banquet, Thursday, February 10th at 6:00 pm in the Alumni Center at Thatcher Hall.