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Community Report - Fiscal Year 2017


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LeaHall21.jpgOur students come to BSC knowing they’ll leave better off, with little debt and ready for their beyond. Students wanting a four year degree can get started in nearly any major imaginable at BSC, then transfer on. Those enrolled in one of our in-demand technical programs are able to enter the workforce in mere months ready for a rewarding career. We’ve partnered with business and industry and continue to expand those efforts. We’re directly contributing to the economic health of area business. We also are focused on delivering learning opportunities to Bismarck-Mandan’s growing retiree populations. As an innovative community college, BSC creates access to higher education for all who desire it, and provides the support to help them succeed.

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BSC Continuing Education extends the resources of BSC by providing lifelong learning and training opportunities for professional development and personal enrichment.

  • BSC is the third largest college in the3rdlargest.png North Dakota University System
  • 98% of BSC graduates are employed or continuing their education
  • 366 students received $600,000 in scholarships from the BSC Foundation
  • 426 students live in five residence halls on campus

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.

Top Ranked
BSC earned a number of national rankings over the course of the fiscal year.
  • Bismarck State College was ranked number seven in the top ten public regional colleges in the Midwest in the 2016 U.S. News and World Report Best College Rankings.
  • The Community for Accredited Online Schools, a leading resource for higher education and college accreditation information, recognized BSC as the #1 Top Online Vocational School in the nation for the 2016-17 school year. The Community for Accredited Online schools also recognized four specific BSC programs in the top 20 in the nation.
Gate City Bank Residence Hall opens
In August, the new Gate City Bank Residence Hall opened bringing our on-campus residential capacity to 424. Built through funding from the BSC Foundation, the apartment-style residence hall houses 72 students in 18 units. Each unit has two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a full kitchen with appliances and a washer and dryer.

Power Plant Technology program celebrates 40 years
Students entering Bismarck State College's Power Plant Technology program last fall marked the 40th incoming class for this pioneering program. Power Plant Technology was established at BSC in 1976 with strong support from local power generating facilities. The program can be completed in two years or less and prepares graduates for entry-level positions in the power generation sector of the energy industry.

Nacelle tower dedicated
Last October, Bismarck State College dedicated its new Nacelle Tower located on the west lawn of the National Energy Center of Excellence. A nacelle is the top portion of a commercial wind turbine where the generating components are housed. In commercial applications, the nacelle is typically 300 feet in the air. BSC's Nacelle Tower is 32-feet tall and consists of the shell only.

The tower is used by students in the Energy Services & Renewable Technician program as well as by industry partners for employee training

BSC Surgical tech program achieves 100% pass rate
Students in the Surgical Technology program at Bismarck State College achieved a 100 percent pass rate in the most recent national Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) exam cycle. This is the eighth year in a row Surgical Tech program students have earned a 100 percent pass rate.
Partnerships & Collaborations
BSC and DSU clarify collaboration
A new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Dickinson State University (DSU) and BSC, more clearly outlined the benefits received by students attending DSU classes on the BSC campus. With 17 programs available and 167 DSU students on the BSC campus last fall, the colleges solidified the relationship to ensure that the students' experience is seamless.

Benefits include access to tutoring, counseling and testing services for DSU students. Additionally, DSU students on the BSC campus can join BSC's clubs and organizations and attend BSC athletic events for free.

Partnership offers best-in-class online energy education and training
The Energy Providers Coalition for Education (EPCE) and its founding education partner, National Energy Center for Excellence, announced an enhanced partnership in the fall of 2016. In addition to current, online education and training programs in Electric and Nuclear Power Technology, the partnership now provides four additional state-of-the art, online programs.
  • The Electrical Transmission Systems Technology program focuses on the electrical power system in North America with an emphasis on system operations.
  • The Power Plant Technology program teaches the technical and safety aspects of plant operations and the responsibilities of plant operators.
  • The Energy Services & Renewable Technician program prepares graduates for field service technician careers across the energy industry and also focuses on renewable generation aspects.
  • The Water and Wastewater Technology program is designed for entry-level employment in city, county and industries that operate and maintain water and wastewater treatment facilities.
Hess Corporation donates nearly $200K in equipment
Hess Corporation donated oil- and gas-related equipment valued at $192,491, bringing the total support from Hess to more than $250,000 in the past three years.

The donated equipment is used by students in BSC’s energy programs, and provides students with the opportunity to learn in the classroom with the same equipment used by the energy industry.

Achievements In and Out of the Classroom
Paulson earns designation
The Nursing Program at is pleased to announce that Annie Paulson, Associate Professor of Nursing/program director, has earned the designation Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) after meeting strict eligibility criteria and successfully completing a rigorous certification examination developed and administered by the National League for Nursing.

Advocacy creates change
Advocacy by the BSC LGBTQ+ Club under the leadership of Meghan McNeil, led BSC to incorporate neutral gender restrooms on campus.

BSC student earns Bakken U scholarship
BSC student Chad Schoch was one of two N.D. University System (NDUS) students awardeda $5,000 Bakken U scholarship last fall.

The scholarship helped Schoch pay for two degrees from BSC – one in Petroleum Production Technology and another in Process Plant Technology.

Supported by the N.D. Petroleum Council, the NDUS Foundation and the colleges within the system, Bakken U scholarships are available to recently displaced oil workers, current oil workers, or spouses of oil workers who wish to expand their knowledge and job marketability in North Dakota. It is in its second year.

Schoch is a native of the New England, N.D., area and employed full time with Whiting, Inc.

Mystician adviser recognized by College Media Association
Karen Bauer, assistant professor of journalism, was recognized as the recipient of the Distinguished Magazine Adviser Award at a 2-year College or University by the College Media Association (CMA). Bauer is the adviser of the BSC student magazine, The Mystician.

BSC theater makes program history at regional competition
Theatre Arts had a historical showing at the Region V competition of the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF).

Alexis Larson (Carrington), Alicia Billock (Mott), Margaret Brink (Bismarck) and Meghan McNeil (Bismarck), along with shared scene partners Robert Day (Mandan) and Tim Bjugstad (Mandan) competed in the Irene Ryan National Audition contest. Larson advanced to the semi-final round, a first in over a decade for BSC theatre.

Frank Vondra (Park River) was the first BSC student to be awarded Best Sound Design in the region at the Tech/Design Expo. He also received Certificates of Merit for his sound designs in BSC’s productions of “Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)” and “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead.”

Carly Willoughby (Bismarck) received a Certificate of Merit for stage management of “Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged).” She also competed in the National Stage Management Fellowship where she was named Regional Runner-Up.

BSC’s four-member Ramrod team was one of four teams that made it to the final round in the Stage Crew Showdown competition. Team members were Shayna Crimmins (McClusky), Hannah Hertz (Carson), Willoughby and Day.

Tanner Hostetter (Huff) was cast in a staged reading of a newly written ten-minute play.

BSC creative team brings home gold and silver in national competitions
BSC landed in the winner’s circle in four categories of the 32nd Annual Educational Advertising Awards, a national contest sponsored by Higher Education Marketing Report. BSC earned Silver Awards in the External Publication category for BSC Magazine and in the Annual Report category for BSC 2016 Community Report. They also earned Silver Awards in the TV Single category for the BSC Doors television campaign and in the Website category for the BSC website , both collaboration projects with Odney Advertising. The entries were submitted by the BSC College Relations team.

BSC students named to the 2017 All-North Dakota Academic Team
Twelve North Dakota community college students were named to the 2017 All-North Dakota Academic Team, which recognizes the academic achievements of community college students. The BSC students were Robyn Duttenhefner, Menoken, and Ashton Wiederholt, Mobridge S.D.

BSC's Huber takes reins of national military council
Lane Huber, BSC’s Chief Distance Learning and Military Affairs Officer, became president of the National Council of College and Military Educators (CCME). CCME promotes the professional development of those serving in the military by connecting the educational programs, strategies and innovation of its members and the Department of Defense(DoD) educational support network.

His responsibilities are national in scope, working with policy makers in the DoD, military education officers, and his counterparts at colleges and universities throughout the U.S.

BSC hosts tech camp for middle and high school students
BSC held a one-day Tech Camp in June for middle and high school students in grades 6 to 10.

Held at the BSC Technical Center, the camp offered students an opportunity to work on technical projects and explore careers in the technology industry. Participants will work hands-on with cybersecurity, Web development, computer programming, computer hardware, geospatial technology and databases.

BSC Carpentry open house showcases student-build home
BSC Carpentry students showcased their home-building skills by inviting the public to tour their 2016-17 BSC Carpentry house and meet the builders in May. Each year, students in the BSC Carpentry program learn all aspects of residential carpentry by building a single-family home.

The 2016-17 house was designed through a collaboration of the 2015-16 Carpentry class and Plain View Design Co. of Bismarck

The house was sold and proceeds from the sale will go toward future projects.

Spanish and nursing students collaborate
BSC’s nursing students and Spanish students worked together to increase cultural competency of nursing students by running simulations in a healthcare setting.The students ran acute care scenarios in Spanish, with the help of a student-translator.
Creative Output
ArtsQuest 2017 once again brought dynamic guest speakers, artists, famous creatives, inspiring musicians and the talents of our students, staff and faculty to the community. This year’s highlights included:
  • "Chicago"
  • Earth as Art - An exhibit
  • Kao Kalia Yang author of “The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir” and “The Song Poet”
  • 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
  • BSC Alumni Creative Paths
  • Jon Offutt - mobile glassblowing studio
  • Shortcuts Shortcuts, a real-time design battle showcasing the creative skills of graphic designers.

Above and beyond ArtsQuest, dozens of concerts, art exhibits, speakers and campus events continued our long tradition of providing entertainment and thought-provoking engagement to our community.
2016-2017 Grants
The BSC Foundation Grant Program makes dollars available to BSC staff, faculty, and student organizations to fund projects. Emphasis is given to innovative teaching and creative learning proposals.

Campus Grants  
  • 47th Annual BSC Graphic Design and Communications Spring Show Student Design Exhibit
  • Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Region V Conference
  • BSC Graphic Design and Communications Student Entrance Fees for Addy Awards
  • Hands On for Program Awareness
  • PBL State Leadership Conference and Convention
  • Regional Science Olympiad
  • ELL/ESL CNA Study Program
  • Bavendick Stateroom Artwork
  • BookTalk at BSC 2017
  • Atomic Learning Subscription
  • BSC Orientation
  • 2017 NJCAA National Golf Championship
  • 2017 American Student Association Conference
  • The Impact of War and Trauma on Veterans
  • 2017 PBL National Leadership Conference
  • Digital Blood Pressure Cuff for CNA Program
  • 2017-18 Visiting Writers Series
  • Phi Theta Kappa National Convention
  • Figments of Imagination
Grants from external funding sources
The BSC Foundation is instrumental in securing funding from other organizations that enhances and expands programs at BSC.

ND Council on the Arts
Blizzard Bluegrass Concert $3,000

ND Department of Commerce - Total $184,028
Energy $130,865
Cybersecurity & Computer Networking $25,375
Welding Program $20,578
Auto Collision Program $7,210

ND Department of Commerce - Total $328,376
Energy $256,800
Agriculture Program $14,076
Welding Program $57,500

ND Department of Public Instruction
Open Educational Resources (OER) $24,500

Nuclear Regulatory Commission
$140,934 for scholarships, recruitment activities for students to receive scholarships, course technology enhancements, and faculty development.

Andeavor (Tesoro) Foundation
$700,000 for BSC National Energy Center of Excellence (NECE) to develop and enhance curriculum for program courses.

Schafer Grant for Clay S. Jenkinson Endowment for the Humanities

Partner Funds
  • Energy Career Day
  • Line materials for Lineworker program
  • Pressure relief valves
  • Full arrest system
  • Transmission arms
  • Steel plate
  • Loadbuster tool
  • Energy equipment
  • Drums
  • VHF base station/repeater
  • Pipe
  • Copper heat treatment machine
  • Weld wire
  • Software support
  • Body belts
  • Grinding disks and wheels
  • Well service equipment
  • Girls in Energy Program
  • BSC ATNR lab supplies
  • 2017 Summer Ag Academy
  • Precision Ag UAV and iPAD
  • Data collect
  • Fit Fair
  • Reactive Power ILT Unlimited Use
  • Roll striping, graphics, moldings
  • Welding electrodes
  • Eclipse electronic measuring
  • System discount
  • Servers, chasis firewalls
  • Aluminum plate
  • Flanges and pipe fittings
  • Vehicles
  • Lineman poles

  • Endowed Grants
  • Music Master Classes
  • IQ Fund
  • 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