Dakota College at Bottineau closes the fall 2020 enrollment with an increase. The North Dakota University System calculates official fall enrollment for all 11 colleges and universities on the 20th instructional day of the semester. That day was yesterday, September 21, 2020. As expected, due to COVID-19, Dakota College is experiencing some changes in the enrollment pattern for the 2020-2021 academic year.
When Dakota College at Bottineau admissions counselors asked high school students’ what program they would be interested in over seven years ago, photography was at the top of the list. Using that information, Dakota College moved forward with a photography program with approval from the ND State Board of Higher Education. This unique career and technical program combine classroom instruction with hands-on experience to train students for a rewarding career. Dakota College’s program was developed by Clint Saunders who also teaches courses in the photography program. This program has grown from an original on-campus program to a full online program, and a hybrid program combining on-campus and online instruction.
Today, Tuesday August 25 marks the first full day of classes at Dakota College at Bottineau under what is now referred to as the “new normal”. Students participated in a welcome weekend that looked different than past years.
The Dakota Nursing program at Dakota College at Bottineau will pin forty-one Practical Nurse graduates July 16 and 17, 2020. Dakota College at Bottineau’s practicum is a member of the Dakota Nursing Program, a consortium of four community college nursing departments which work together to offer a common curriculum for a Practical Nursing Certificate and an Associate in Applied Science in Nursing.
Dakota College at Bottineau’s PTK chapter of Beta Rho Eta conducted a community centered campaign geared towards promoting community spirit and financial support for local businesses. Over the course of a four-week period, members of PTK decorated fifty lawns within the Bottineau and Metigoshe area. They placed a series of axe cut outs and forestry themed décor on peoples’ lawns. In order to move the décor from the yard, residents were ‘axed’ to pay forward a financial gift to a community member of their choice. The homeowner selected the next house to be axed. For every dollar donated, PTK converted it into Bottineau Bucks and to facilitate a pay it forward to the next home. Gifts ranged anywhere from $10 to $100 per lawn with over $1,250.00 generated in Bottineau Bucks which may now be used in Bottineau to boost the re-opening within the community.
Dakota College at Bottineau is one of 12 recipients of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) investment of $4.8 million to support workforce training by community colleges. These awards are made possible through the Agricultural and Food Research Initiative’s (AFRI) Agricultural Workforce Training program priority area. This is the first time that the NIFA has specifically targeted community colleges to increase training opportunities for the food and agricultural workforce sector.
The purpose of the Dakota College at Bottineau Dakota Nursing Program is to prepare students for nursing careers as LPNs or RNs who practice safely and effectively in health care systems to meet the needs of clients. Dakota College was recently featured in the Best Nursing Schools In North Dakota page at https://www.rntobsnprogram.com/nursing-schools-in-north-dakota/. This site is a resource for students who are looking to further their education.
A small group of eight educators gathered for the first in a teacher professional development series held at Dakota College at Bottineau last week. This was a joint effort between the ND Natural Resource Trust, ND Water Commission and Dakota College instructors.
Agriculture is big business in north central North Dakota and Dakota College at Bottineau is taking steps to support this important industry. The cannabis industry is expected to have a total economic output of $40 billion and support 414,000 jobs across the country by 2021 according to a joint report by Arcview Market Research and BDS Analytics. Dakota College received award notification from Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring.
Recent supply chain interruptions are providing an opportunity for local producers to connect with North Dakota grocery stores to ensure residents in the state have a consistent supply of healthy foods throughout the summer. In light of the Covid-19 Pandemic, there have been concerns expressed over whether grocers will be able to receive all the fresh produce they need for their customers.