Accomplished Alumni

View our accomplished alumni stories here. We have had many successful alumni come through Dakota College over the years, this is a page dedicated to those alumni and their stories.
Lacey Grade

Lacey Grade

Lacey Grade always knew she wanted to be a photographer, but it took a push from her grandmother to set her in the right direction. She got the education she needed for her career through the photography program at Dakota College at Bottineau (DCB), but not before a brief detour.
Mahalia Cruz

Mahalia Cruz

As a child growing up in Lakota, North Dakota, Mahalia Cruz knew she wanted to work in health care. “When I was 11, I wanted to be a pediatrician, but when I found out schooling takes an average of 13 years, I thought nursing would be a better fit,” said Mahalia. She enrolled in the nursing program at Dakota College at Bottineau in 2016, but her career goals soon took another path. “I got interested in the business side of health care, so I switched to the medical administrative assistant program. My ultimate career goal is to be a hospital administrator.”
Megan Goodell

Megan Goodell

Her grandmother’s garden and her mother’s many houseplants were the inspiration for a career in horticulture for Megan Goodell. Following a childhood in Grand Forks and ten years in Colorado Springs, Megan moved to Rugby to live with her aunt and uncle, Helen and Rodney. “I knew I wanted to pursue horticulture after cannabis became legal in Colorado,” said Megan. “That caused a cultural shift with more people becoming interested in plants. They want houseplants and gardens, and with COVID-19 last year the whole industry saw a major boom."
Jessie Lafferty

Jessie Lafferty

After settling in Willow City, Jessie started looking for nursing programs in the area and discovered the programs offered at Dakota College at Bottineau. “I was very blessed to have such a great resource nearby, almost as if it fell into my lap,” Jessie said. “The nursing instructors were very helpful because they encouraged us to learn as much as we could academically, and they also taught us the importance of a good bedside manner.”
Lauren Mach

Lauren Mach

Lauren Mach’s passions are sports and teaching, and her education at Dakota College at Bottineau led her to a career in both fields. The Westhope native chose Dakota College at Bottineau because it allowed her to play basketball and softball and pursue a liberal arts degree, all while staying close to her family. “I took a few dual credit courses through DCB while in high school, and having a feel for what classes would be like also played a role in my decision,” said Lauren.
Shania Brackenbury and Chad Geisinger

Shania Brackenbury and Chad Geisinger

In the age of the Covid-19 pandemic, millions of healthcare workers around the United States are working around the clock and in harm’s way as they come to the aid of their patients. Two Dakota College at Bottineau graduates, Shania Brackenbury and Chad Geisinger, are among these everyday heroes on the Covid-19 front lines.
Vanessa Orlando

Vanessa Orlando

Vanessa Orlando knew she wanted to be a nurse after taking aptitude tests as a teenager. “It was clear that I loved science and was good at it, and that I was compassionate and empathetic,” Vanessa said. “So a career in nursing was an ideal choice for me.”
Seth Serhienko

Seth Serhienko

One thing is certain about Seth Serhienko, he knows numbers and understands them well. So much so, he is currently a member of the Widmer Roel accounting firm in Fargo, which has a great reputation for the work the company does. For Seth, he states that his place at Widmer Roel has a lot to do with Dakota College at Bottineau (DCB) and the education he received there. “I learned a lot of life skills at DCB that continue to help me in my career today,” Seth said.
Lauren Lamb

Lauren Lamb

Bottineau alumnus Lauren Lamb is a successful veterinarian who works as a surgeon in one of the most prestigious animal hospitals in the nation. If one speaks to Lauren about his journey in becoming a veterinarian he will tell you that his start at Dakota College at Bottineau (DCB) is one of the main reasons he is a vet today. “My time at DCB was extremely valuable in getting where I am today,” Lauren said. “I had the opportunity to receive a high quality education, develop time management skills, establish a strong work ethic and become part of the DCB family. “The education I received at DCB was outstanding.”