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, Vol. 26, Issue 1, Summer 2016

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Nursing program granted national accreditation

Five-year accreditation for Associate Degree Nurse program


he Accreditation Commission for Edu-

cation in Nursing granted initial nation-

al five-year accreditation to the Associate

Degree Nurse program at LRSC’s Devils

Lake and Mayville locations.

Four North Dakota community col-

leges partner to provide nurse education

using a shared curriculum—Bismarck State

College, Dakota College at Bottineau,

Lake Region State College, and Williston

State College. BSC also received notice of

ACEN accreditation this spring.

“ACEN accreditation indicates the high

quality of LRSC’s Nursing program,”


Julie Traynor, director of the DNP.

National accreditation has been a de-

partment goal for several years, said LRSC

Nursing Coordinator Karen Clementich.

“We are dedicated to ensuring high-quality

nursing education, and ACEN accreditation

shows that we meet the highest standards set

forth for nursing education programs across the


she said.

Graduates of nursing programs must

pass NCLEX before they can become

licensed as nurses. LRSC ADN graduates

consistently pass NCLEX at higher per-

centages than national and state programs.

The DNP consortium was created a

decade ago and has improved access to

nursing education, particularly in rural ar-

eas of North Dakota, and increased faculty


The DNP partners also deliver nurse

education at satellite sites in Mayville,

Grand Forks, Valley City, Rugby, Harvey,

Hazen, Minot, and New Town. The DNP

also has articulation agreements in place

with three universities in North Dakota to

increase educational capacity for baccalau-

reate education.

Additional information on Nursing at

LRSC can be accessed at


It’s becoming a simulated world

Flying airplanes, enjoying amusement parks,

diagnosing patients … simulators impact our lives


hese days, simulators

are popping up every-

where, and it seems they

can do almost everything ...

except repair themselves.

“We see the need for techni-

cians in all areas now that

simulators are used more in

entertainment, education, and

medical settings,”

said Will

McConnell, LRSC Sim

Tech instructor.

The Simulator Technol-

ogy program at LRSC is

one of a kind. Students

come from across the na-

tion to receive training.

Andy Ross came from New

Mexico after an employer

told him LRSC was the

best school to receive the

training he needed.

“Lake Region was rec-

ommended as the top. The

company I work for likes to

employ as many LRSC grads

as possible,”

he said.

Individuals who en-

joy electronics, robotics,

and computers are finding

simulation to be a great

career path. Technicians

make great salaries and

have opportunities to move

upward in many areas of

industrial technology.

Sim techs have a wide

range of opportunities in

today’s marketplace. All

major airlines—including

American, Delta, United—

use aircraft simulators for

pilot training and certifica-

tion. Most military bases

conduct some kind of train-

ing using simulators. Major

medical centers throughout

the United States have

medical simulation de-

vices. And increasingly,

amusement parks—such

as Disney and Universal

Studios—use advanced

simulation technology for

rides and games.

What do all of these

places have in common?

The need for qualified tech-

nicians to maintain their

simulators. Graduates of

the LRSC Simulator Tech-

nology program find great

opportunities in a simulator

rich world.

Find out more at www.


Ag simulators support hands-on learning!


hanks to a generous

grant from Cenex Har-

vest States Foundation, stu-

dents at LRSC are able to

“learn by doing” regardless

of the season or weather

conditions. Using state-of-

the-art simulators, students

can practice operating a

combine harvester, study

crops and weeds as they

grow, judge land, and study

soil erosion.

The CHS grant funds

are being used to build the

Next Gen SAL


in agriculture laboratory)

which is providing students,

our next


of agricul-


with more



during their

time in the

Dakota Pre-

cision Ag




is dedicated

to creating a strong future for

rural America ,”

says Wil-

liam Nelson, president of

CHS Foundation.

“The new

lab will expose students and

producers to agronomic prin-

ciples through STEM-based

agricultural education.”

Program Director

Preston Sundeen, reports

that students come with the

desire to take what they are

learning in a textbook and

apply to a real agriculture

setting. The five compo-

nents of the Next Gen lab

will allow students to apply

what they are learning,

even in the dead of winter.

“We’re very excited be-

cause now we can grow crops

throughout the year. In an-

other new lab we can simulate

types, characteristics, textures

and properties of soil, to show

the effects its composition has

on moisture, fertility, compac-

tion and plant growth.

Grant funds also pro-

vided a combine/harvester

simulator. Students can

step into the “cab” of this

simulator for a very realistic


To learn more call (701)


LRSC Precision Ag Director Preston Sundeen

tests the program’s new combine simulator.

ASL Interpreting

A new pathway to the profession


partnership between LRSC, the North Dakota School

for the Deaf/Resource Center for Deaf and Hard of

Hearing (NDSD/RCDHH), and Minot State University

has created a new Bachelor of Applied Science in Inter-

preting and Sign Language Studies. Students can take the

entire program either on campus or from remote locations

via video or online.

Lisa Ginther, ASL Interpreter instructor, says the

partnership will essentially create a “2-plus-2” pathway to

becoming a professional interpreter. Students can study for

two years at LRSC to earn an associate degree and then

another two years with MSU to earn the bachelor’s degree.

“We recognized the need for more highly trained interpret-


said Lilia Bakken, communications coordinator for

NDSD. According to Lilia, NDSD first approached LRSC

about creating an American Sign Language program fif-

teen years ago. NDSD offered to help by providing oppor-

tunities for field experience and internships. The two-year

program was established in 2001 and is the only program

of its kind in North Dakota.

Development of the new bachelor’s degree program

was at the recommendation of a statewide task force that

evaluated services available for those who are deaf and

hard of hearing. They learned that requirements for those

pursuing certification had changed in 2012 making a bach-

elor’s degree a pre-requirement for the certification test.

Because a bachelor’s degree for interpreting wasn’t offered

in the state, students pursued unrelated degrees but found

it difficult to retain their signing skills during the process.

MSU has a long-standing deaf education and special

education program, making it a great complement to the

two-year ASL program at LRSC.

On-the-job training


uring spring 2016, students in the

Fitness Trainer Technician program

worked on personal training with Devils

Lake Fire Department firefighters.

“Students analyzed where firefighters needed

to build skills and stamina to not only do their

jobs better, but to also improve overall health

and wellness,”

said Tammy Riggin, Assis-

tant FiTT professor.

The firefighters did formal strength

training with weights along with flexibility

and core exercises. Fire Chief Jim Moe

and Assistant Fire Chief Cory Meyer said

the activities were a win-win for both the

fire department and students.

“It was nice to have them there watching us

work out. They made us push and didn’t cut us

any breaks.,”

Meyer said.

At the end of the semester the students

received a glimpse into a firefighter’s


“We offered them a look into what we

do for a living,”

said Fire Chief Moe.


got to use the cutters and cut the roof off a car.

Then we brought them into our burn building so

they could spray some water and feel the heat of

a fire. At the end, they looked like we did after

every session they gave us!”

Moe said


FiTT students with Devils Lake Fire Depart-

ment Chief Jim Moe (2


from right)