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Community Report - Fiscal Year 2016


Our financial health

Our students' financial health
BSC's nationally ranked programs, accomplished faculty, state-of-the-art facilities and rigorous curriculum ensure that our students are ready for success in a changing world – ready for their beyond. And we make sure they can afford the journey there. At about $3,600 per year for in-state tuition, and with more than $625,000 in scholarships offered annually by the BSC Foundation, a BSC education won’t translate to a lifetime of debt.

3rdlargest.pngBismarck State College continues to be the third largest college in the North Dakota University System with 4,078 students enrolled in Fall 2015 – a 2 percent increase over Fall 2014. Part-time enrollment rose 5 percent – a reflection of both the strong North Dakota job market and a 27 percent increase in early entry/dual credit students.

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Graduation & Retention
First Destination

According to our 2014-2015 First Destination Report, 98 percent of Bismarck State College career and technical program graduates are employed or continuing their education.


BubbleTransp.pngEvery year, our students and employees accomplish amazing things. Many of those achievements are cited here, but not all. The daily triumphs in the classroom and breakthrough moments on the job are too numerous to include, but they are the very things that make BSC a great place to work and learn.

New collaborations
  • In July, BSC signed an energy articulation agreement with Southeast Community College (SCC) in Lincoln, Neb., allowing students who complete SCC’s Energy Generation Operations program to transfer and complete a Bachelor in Applied Science (BAS) in Energy Management at BSC.
  • BSC and the Bismarck Public School District coordinated a STEM outreach day for girls in November. More than 50 8th grade girls participated in hands-on activities and visited with women in STEM fields.
  • In May, BSC and North Dakota State College of Science (NDSCS) announced a joint Pharmacy Technician degree in Bismarck to begin in Fall 2016. The collaboration addresses a shortage of pharmacy technicians in western North Dakota. Students enroll through NDSCS but attend classes in Bismarck.
  • BSC’s academic deans traveled to Dickinson to determine education and training needs for manufacturing companies including Baker Boy, TMI Systems, Fisher Industries, and Steffes.
Employees present, publish and prosper
  • AnnMarie Kajencki, professor of English, presented a paper at a conference at Kazimierz Pulaski University of Technology and Humanities in Radom, Poland.
  • Two academic journals have published research articles by Theresa Felderman, associate professor of psychology.
  • An essay by Jane Schreck, professor of English, was published in the November 2015 issue of the "Journal of Sustainability Education." Schreck also had her analysis of Wendell Berry’s short story, “Pray without Ceasing,” published by "In Factis Pax: Journal of Peace Education and Social Justice."
  • In August, former math instructor and coach Paul Swanson was named Professor Emeritus.
  • Vickie Volk, associate professor of computer support specialist, is the 2016 recipient of the $25,000 Jack Fellowship from the BSC Foundation. Volk is working toward a doctoral degree in teaching and learning from the University of North Dakota.
  • Lane Huber, BSC’s chief distance learning and military affairs officer, was chosen president-elect by members of the national organization Council of College and Military Educators (CCME).
  • Kari Knudson was named vice president of College Advancement and executive director of the BSC Foundation. Knudson joined BSC in 2007 as vice president, National Energy Center of Excellence (NECE).
  • Mark Holkup, associate professor of farm management education, received the 2015 Outstanding Adult Instructor Award from the North Dakota Association of Agricultural Educators (NDAAE).
  • Karen Arlien served as a Question Leader at the national College Board's 2016 Advanced Placement® Computer Science Reading in Kansas City, Mo.
  • Jay Meier, associate dean of Student Affairs, served as vice president for the North Dakota Association of Career Service Professionals (NDACSP).
  • Scott Lingen, director of Financial Aid, was elected president of the North Dakota Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NDASFAA).
  • Karen Erickson, director of Admissions & Enrollment Services, served the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NDCAC)as the president for the Dakotas.
  • Tom Leno, director of Academic Records & Registrar, served as treasurer for the North Dakota Association of Registrars and Admissions Personnel.
  • Dean of Student Affairs Dr. Donna Fishbeck, Dean of Humanities, Arts and Sciences Dan Leingang, and Chief Institutional Effectiveness Officer Dr. Stacie Iken presented "Student Orientation Within the Context of the Hero's Journey Model" at the at the national 2016 Higher Learning Commission Annual Conference.
  • BSC hired Adam Doolittle for a new position, English as a Second Language (ESL) coordinator. Doolittle works with refugees and adult learners in need of navigational assistance and academic support.
  • A number of faculty and staff attended the Open Source Institute at Valley City State University in October.
Programs thrive
  • The BSC Engineering Technology program received ABET Accreditation.
  • The North Dakota Association of Career and Technical Education (NDACTE) named Associate Professor Vickie Volk the NDACTE Post-Secondary Teacher of the Year. BSC also earned Director's Awards for Excellence in Business Education and Information Technology Education.
  • BSC acquired a new welding system and a mobile computer lab with a $646,000 workforce training grant from the North Dakota Department of Career and Technical Education (NDCTE) matched with local industry contributions. The Apex 2100 orbital welding system made by Lincoln Electric is the only one in North Dakota.
  • Hess Corporation presented BSC with a $30,000 donation to be used to purchase training equipment for the Mechanical Maintenance Technology and Instrumentation & Control Technology programs.
  • BSC’s Computer Support Specialist program is now Cybersecurity & Computer Networks. The revamped program prepares students for future jobs in cybersecurity.
  • BSC’S Computer & Office Technology Department hosted a tech camp for 50 middle and high school students in June.
  • The Water and Wastewater Technology program curriculum was approved for Training Units (TUs) and experience towards the entry-level exam required for water and wastewater operators for the state of Colorado.
  • BSC’s Energy Services & Renewable Technician program is now a registered North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) entry level exam provider. NABCEP is the most respected, well-established, and widely recognized certification organization for North American solar professionals.
A big year for Health Sciences
  • In January, BSC’s Paramedic program received continuing accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). The commission commended BSC for its commitment to continuous quality improvement in education.
  • Annie Paulson, associate professor of nursing, received the 2016 North Dakota Center for Nursing Legendary Nurse Award in the Faculty Achievement category.
  • Nursing students in the associate degree Registered Nurse program earned a 100 percent pass rate.
  • Students in the Surgical Technology program achieved a 100 percent pass rate for the seventh straight year in the most recent exam for licensure.
  • The Student Nurse Organization held a Scrub Camp for children ages 7 to 12. Activities included Barbie triage.
  • The 2016 Medical Laboratory Technician program graduates achieved a 100 percent first time pass rate on the national board certification exam. The program has experienced a 100 percent pass rate in 18 of the last 19 years, as well as 29 of the 36 years our students have been writing the national exam.
Student and departmental awards
  • In November, BSC Mass Communications students received several awards from the College Media Association/Associated Collegiate Press. BSC’s Mystic Media placed first as Two-Year TV Station of the Year, Mystic Media took second place as Two-Year Radio Station of the Year. The Mystician and a MystiCast broadcast also won a David L. Adams Apple Award. MystiCast won Best TV Newscast and The Mystician won Best Newspaper, two-year school.
  • BSC student Katie Winbauer was selected by the North Dakota Newspaper Association (NDNA) to participate in a Washington, D.C., news fellowship program in March. The two-day fellowship focused on reporting about the war on terrorism.
  • Five students from the Instrumentation & Control Technology program at BSC took first place in a regional competition through the International Society of Automation (ISA).
  • In December, BSC was selected as a top school for best practices in military and veteran education by the Military Advanced Education and Transition Journal of Higher Education.
  • BSC Continuing Education Enrichment catalog was honored for excellence in the Best Brochure category by the Learning Resources Network (LERN).
  • Theatre Arts earned a Merit Award at the Region V competition of the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (ACTF).
  • BSC student Samantha Johnson was recognized as a member of the Phi Theta Kappa All-ND Academic Team during a ceremony at Lake Region State College in April.
Events that moved us

BSC presented its fourth major public symposium Nov. 3-5 with a retrospective of the 1960s. Nearly 200 people attended "The ‘60s: Turmoil and Transformation" which covered the period between the assassination of President John Kennedy and the fall of Saigon. Speakers included Pulitzer Prize-winner Lawrence Wright on growing up in the 1960s, author Rick Perlstein on the Nixon presidency, journalist Andrew Chaikin on the space race, and documentary producer Lynn Novick and military historian Geoffrey Wawro on the Vietnam War.

The Embracing Diversity committee brought John Dau to campus in October to speak of his experiences as a lost boy from war-torn South Sudan.

ArtsQuest 2016, an annual ambitious, wide-ranging celebration of the arts, brought guest speakers, artists, famous creatives, inspiring musicians and the talents of our students, staff and faculty to the community. This year’s highlights included:

  • “Legally Blonde: The Musical”
  • Collage concert
  • Choral concert
  • BSC Wind Ensemble concert
  • Juried Student Art Exhibition
  • Student Music recitals
  • Chamber Ensembles concert
  • BSC Jazz Ensemble concert
  • Graphic Design Spring Show
  • ArtsQuest Campus Arts Crawl
  • Festival of Short Plays
  • Community Raku
  • Bronze sculptor Steve Lillegard
  • Jim Bonney, guitarist, composer and sound designer.
  • Michael Uslan, renowned executive producer of the Batman movies, “Catwoman” and “The Lego Movie,” and noted comic book historian and author.

Above and beyond ArtsQuest, BSC offered 15 concerts, six art exhibits, five Conversations at BSC, four plays and another dozen events offering new ways of thinking, historical insight and/or pure entertainment as part of the college’s focus on bringing humanities to the community.

On Sept. 22, BSC hosted an open house and ribbon cutting to celebrate the completion of the Student Union remodel, and the completion of LEA Hall, as well as Ritchie and Gate City Bank Residence Halls.

Bringing Humanities to Life

A $500,000 National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) grant matched with $1 million from the BSC Foundation has launched the Bringing Humanities to Life initiative at BSC. A six-year project, the grant has launched a faculty fellowship program, humanities programming and a long-term planning process.


To date, BSC, along with Williston State College, Sitting Bull College, Nueta Hidatsa Sahnish College and Turtle Mountain Community College, have trained more than 2,000 students in a wide array of energy-related careers through a two-part grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to support job-driven technical programs related to energy, transportation and construction. The group, Training for Regional Energy in North Dakota (TREND) Consortium, received its first grant of $14.6 million from the Department of Labor grant in 2012; an additional $9.9 million was awarded in 2014. Learn more at

TREND Enrollment

  • Bismarck State College -- 1,302
  • Nueta Hidatsa Sahnish College -- 98
  • Sitting Bull College -- 240
  • Turtle Mountain Community College -- 209
  • Williston State College -- 588
Grants from the BSC Foundation

Thanks to the generosity of industry partners, endowments, donors and friends of the college, the BSC Foundation provides not only $625,000 in student scholarships each year, but also grants to support a variety of faculty, campus and student activities.

Partner Grants
  • Travel for interview of Gloria Steinem
  • Athletic scholarship
  • Lineworker equipment
  • Equipment for Instrumentation & Control Program
  • Shipping for simulator
  • Hard Panel simulator
  • 1996 Chevrolet Cavalier
  • Hematology equipment
  • 1999 Oldsmobile Sedan Intrigue
  • 1997 Chrysler Concorde
  • Agriculture data software
  • Power plant and operation books
  • Energy equipment
  • Weld Test coupons
  • Teaching Water Management Technology course
  • Printing costs of the special Mystician Edition
  • Rope, straps, carabiners, etc.
  • Valves and fittings
  • Gate actuators and impeller
  • Grinding wheels, discs and rods
  • Bolts, hooks, brackets, etc.
  • Diamond Max Professional Grinder
  • Gearboxes, blower and scrap metal
  • Gate valve
  • Transformer
  • Valves and pump
  • Pipe
  • Wafer disks and ear plugs
  • Pumps and motors
  • Metal lathe and boiler tubing
  • Climbing equipment
  • Bushings and transformers
  • Schedule 80 pipe
  • Transformer, overhead pole mount transformer and line building materials
  • BSC Engineering Club donation
  • Dr. Samuelson presentation
  • Summer Ag Academy
Endowed Grants
  • Music Master classes
  • IQ Fund
  • The Schafer grant for the Clay S. Jenkinson Endowment for the Humanities
  • The Sheila Schafer Drama Endowment
  • Holt National Chemistry Week Grant
  • Project Care Emergency Fund
Campus Grants
  • USA Skills Automotive Collision Technology Competition
  • BookTalk at BSC 2016
  • Spring Show Exhibit
  • National PAS National Conference
  • National PAS State Conference
  • The New Christy Minstrels
  • 2016 Student Advocacy Committee
  • Microscope slides
  • PBL 2016 State Leadership Conference
  • American Advertising Federation Addy Awards
  • Model United Nations
  • Revive a Past Mystiques Tradition
  • Composer in Residency: Jim Bonney
  • Atmospheric data gathering via high altitude balloon
  • Phi Theta Kappa National Convention
  • Science Olympiad at BSC
  • Energy education opportunities
  • New operating room bed for Surgical Technology lab
  • Legally Blonde: The Musical production support
  • TechCamp 2016
  • Guatemala service experience
  • Photo scanner for BSC Archives
  • 2016-17 Visiting Writers Series
  • BSC Grad Fest and Transfer Day
  • Capitol Shakespeare
  • Yamaha alto saxophone
  • 2016 Phi Beta Lambda National Leadership Conference and Competition
  • Math Boot Camp
  • National Chemistry Week Activities
  • Figments of Imagination
  • BSC Theatre Make-Up Refresher
  • Montana Dakota Utilities for Nacelle Tower
  • NextEra Energy for Nacelle Tower
Grant Match
  • Agronomy Incentive Partners
  • Software, training and Phantom 4 UAV

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