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Lake Region State College:

Celebrating 75 years

Celebrating twenty years of excellence

T

here was cause for celebra-

tion at LRSC’s Peace Officer

Training graduation August

16, 2007. Each of the 26 cadets

who began the 15-week program

completed it successfully. Each

crossed the stage to receive a cer-

tificate, a conclusion that show-

cased the will and determination

of students in the program.

Graduates of the summer

academy were welcomed to the

law enforcement community by

the highest ranking law enforce-

ment official in North Dakota, At-

torney General Wayne Stenehjem,

who gave the graduation address.

The day also marked the 20

th

anniversary of the Peace Officer

Training Program. A special re-

ception for past graduates, em-

ployees, instructors, and friends

was held August 15, and many

were on hand to celebrate.

LRSC has held 46 consecutive

academies since August 1987. The

program opened with 19 students

in Class 1 under the direction of

Jay Lee. Current program director

Lloyd Halvorson said one of the

students from Class 1 went on to

be his mentor after he completed

the program and became a police

officer. Many other mentorship

relationships such as his likely

exist throughout the state since

“more than 850 men and women

have been trained through this

program”

and many still work in

North Dakota, Halvorson said.

LRSC, in cooperation with

the Fargo Police Department, has

conducted six summer academies

in Fargo.

“It’s been an incredible partner-

ship,”

said Fargo Police Chief

Keith Ternes, who reminded the

graduates that

“the toughest part of

being a police officer is still ahead of

you.”

LRSC also offers its Peace Of-

ficer Training Program in Devils

Lake each fall and spring. ●

— Branches, fall 2007 —

Today, the Peace Officer Train-

ing Program has held 80 academies

and has produced more than 1,500

graduates. The academy is offered in

Devils Lake and Bismarck each fall,

in Minot each spring, and during

summers in Fargo and Grand Forks.

LRSC is the only college in North

Dakota authorized to deliver the

North Dakota POST Board-approved

training. Graduates are eligible to

become licensed as peace officers in

North Dakota.

Getting fit and living healthy—Fitness Trainer Technician

N

ationwide, a focus on healthy

living is being driven by many

factors—”baby boomers” who

want to stay fit so they can enjoy

retirement, public health educa-

tion linking obesity with diabe-

tes and other health problems,

businesses incentivizing physical

fitness and healthy living as a

strategy to reduce absenteeism

and boost productivity.

LRSC’s new, two-year Fitness

Trainer Technician program will

prepare graduates for jobs in the

rapidly growing industry. They

will be able to assess fitness levels,

recommend exercise programs,

instruct on body mechanics and

safe use of equipment, and incor-

porate nutrition education into a

physical fitness plan.

The program is unique in that

it can be completed on campus or

from any location using LRSC’s

excellent online course delivery

strategies. Tammy Riggin serves

as instructor/coordinator and has

provided leadership in program

design. Jenny Steinhaus teaches

the program’s nutrition courses.

“Fitness training is an exciting

field,”

explains Tammy,

“and there

are so many career avenues. You can

be a group trainer, personal trainer,

or work with specific populations.

You can run your own business as an

independent consultant or work for a

fitness center or healthcare facility.

—Branches, spring 2011 —

It’s becoming a

simulated world

Flying airplanes, enjoying amuse-

ment parks, diagnosing patients

… simulators impact our lives

T

hese days, simulators are pop-

ping up everywhere, and it

seems they can do almost every-

thing ... except repair themselves.

“We see the need for technicians

in all areas now that simulators are

used more in entertainment, educa-

tion, and medical settings,”

said Will

McConnell, Sim Tech instructor.

The Simulator Technology

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.

“Lake Region was recommended as

the top. The company I work for likes

to employ as many LRSC grads as

possible,”

he said.

Those who enjoy electron-

ics, robotics, and computers are

finding simulation to be a great

career. They make great salaries

and have opportunities to move

upward in many areas.

Sim techs have a wide range of

opportunities in today’s market-

place. All major airlines—includ-

ing American, Delta, United—use

aircraft simulators for pilot train-

ing and certification. Most military

bases conduct some kind of train-

ing using simulators. Major medi-

cal centers throughout the United

States have medical simulation

devices. And increasingly, amuse-

ment 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 technicians to maintain

their simulators. Graduates of the

LRSC Simulator Technology pro-

gram find great opportunities in a

simulator rich world. ●

— Branches, summer 2016 —