DCB Space Grant Scholarship Recipients Announced

January 19, 2016 

The North Dakota Space Grant Consortium, under the direction of the University of North Dakota, made available $6,500 in scholarship funds to students at Dakota College at Bottineau.  These funds were awarded to students who show promise in the areas of science, technology, engineering or math (STEM).  The goal behind the North Dakota Space Grant Scholarship program is to identify, recruit and retain students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics; to encourage women and underrepresented students to enter these fields of study; and to increase NASA activities and awareness in North Dakota.  To qualify for the Space Grant Scholarship, students must show academic excellence, have a sophomore standing, and have education and career interests relevant to STEM.

This year three students from Dakota College at Bottineau were selected to receive this scholarship:

Mattie Schmitt(Towner, ND) is pursuing an Associate of Science degree.  She plans to double major in Agricultural Systems Management and Agricultural Business at North Dakota State University.  Her future goal is to pursue a career in the agricultural industry.

Amber Tikalsy(Minot, ND) is pursuing an Associate of Science degree in Fish and Wildlife Management.  Combining this degree with her Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice, she hopes to one day work as a game warden.

Frank Flight(Edmonds, WA) is pursuing an Associate of Science degree in Health Professions.  He plans to earn a degree in Physical Therapy and eventually work as an athletic trainer for a sports team or at a rehab facility helping those with serious injuries.

Dakota College at Bottineau Launches TRIO Program

January 19, 2016

Bottineau, ND – In the Fall of 2015, Dakota College at Bottineau was notified by Senator Hoeven’s office that it was the recipient of a five-year federal Department of Education grant in the amount of $1.1 million dollars. This funding is part of the Department of Education’s TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) Program, which 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 will also facilitate career awareness and readiness, helping students transfer from two-year to four-year colleges or into their field of work.

This is the first time Dakota College at Bottineau has received this grant. Dakota College is using the grant funds to enhance their student services by launching a new Student Support Services program on campus, currently referred to as TRIO.  The TRIO offices have been physically consolidated with the Learning Center located in Thatcher Hall.  They will provide personal and professional tutoring, study tables, homework sessions, career support information, resume writing, transfer assistance, test proctoring, and academic advising along with other student success support. 

Four new staff positions have been developed to run the program including a Director, two Coordinators and an Administrative Assistant. DCB is pleased to announce that the four TRIO positions have been filled. We are very fortunate to welcome the following DCB staff in their new roles:  Brandi Rudland as Director, Melissa Fulsebakke as Administrative Assistant, Brock Lemon as Academic Counselor, and Laura Halvorson as Career Counselor.



Federal Student Financial Aid Changes to Come

January 19, 2016

Bottineau, ND - Now that it is January, families everywhere are starting the process of getting their college students ready for fall.  This includes college admissions processes, tax filings, scholarship applications and FASFA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) applications being completed for the college of choice. Often, the FAFSA priority processing date is April 15th, but can vary by institution.  This process for the upcoming 2016-2017 academic year is timed to be completed soon after your 2015 taxes are filed.  The FAFSA application can be found at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov.  When completing the application, use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to simplify and more accurately complete the data by pulling in your tax return electronically.

If you follow the news, you may have already heard that a change is coming for the 2017-2018 academic year.   On September 14, 2015, President Obama announced two major changes to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) process.   The first is that the FAFSA will be available starting in October instead of January of each year.   The second is that “prior-prior year” tax and income data will be collected. This means that the 2017-2018 FAFSA will collect tax year 2015 data. As a result of this change, most students will be able to complete their FAFSAs using information from an already completed tax return earlier each year. They will not have to wait each year to apply until after they file their newest tax return.  This change is being made to assist colleges in providing financial aid information sooner.  Students and families can then have better time to plan and find the resources they need to make the college process as simple and affordable as possible.


Area Farms and Ranches Enter Financial Harvest Season

January 11, 2016

Bottineau, ND - Although the winter months are in many ways the slow time of year for farmers and ranchers it is actually “harvest time” when it comes to their recordkeeping and analyzing their businesses for 2015.  The Farm and Ranch Business Management instructors at Dakota College and at other programs around the state are busy meeting with enrolled producers to fine tune last year’s financial and production records in preparation for closeout and analysis.  Each farm will complete a whole farm analysis to determine their actual profitability for the year as well as individual enterprise analyses to determine the profitability of each crop or livestock enterprise.  Once they have a detailed understanding of what happened last year and observing the trends within their business they can move on to making plans for 2016 and completing cash flow projections.

After several years of sound financial performance on area farms and ranches we have cycled into a period of depressed commodity prices that are putting our businesses under a lot of stress.  This is particularly true of crop farms.  Beef cattle farms and ranches are in better shape but that high profit cycle is rapidly deteriorating as well.  We are fortunate that yields of most crops have continued to be excellent which helps to counter the low crop prices.  Some input costs will be down moderately but overall it will still be difficult to project a profit for most crops in 2016.

The Farm and Ranch Business Management program assists farmers and ranchers in understanding the financial aspects of their business.  Producers use many different tools and consultants to assist them with production and marketing issues—agronomists, crop consultants, marketing specialists, etc.  Enrolling in the farm business management program to educate yourself on the financial aspects of the business can be one more tool in your arsenal to maintain viability and achieve your long-term goals.  Our programs have proven to be of value to a wide variety of producers—from young beginning farmers to older, well-established farmers.  If you are interested in joining this group of progressive farms and ranches or have questions and would like to visit with the instructors feel free to contact Rodney Armstrong at the DCB Bottineau campus (701-228-5481), Al Graner in Rugby at the high school (701-776-5089) or BillieJo Shae in Minot at the Northwest Career and Technical Center (701-420-1802). 


Dakota College at Bottineau is Site for GED Prep Classes

January 7, 2016

Bottineau, ND - The Minot Adult Learning Center is now offering GED prep classes in Bottineau.

These classes start January 12, 2016, end June 12, and cost participants nothing. The classes meet on the campus of Dakota College at Bottineau 6 - 9 pm every Tuesday and Thursday in room 212 Thatcher Hall. Students can attend class either or both nights to attain the knowledge needed to pass the GED. Our GED teacher, Dr. Gary Albrightson, has taught precollege and undergraduate courses during a twenty year teaching career at PhD granting universities and two-year colleges.  

"We are thrilled to provide GED prep classes for the Bottineau community," said Jennifer Kraft, Minot Adult Learning Center Director. "Having a qualified GED instructor in Bottineau will ease the transportation burden for students, making the GED easier than ever to prepare for.”

The GED can be the first step to turning educational dreams into reality. Call today for more information.

Jennifer Kraft
701 857 4488

Gary Albrightson
701 228 5602