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, Vol. 25, Issue 2, Fall 2015

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Paramedic to Nurse ... the dynamic duo

known. We also are looking

for suggested activities you

would like to see take place

in 2016 to help celebrate

our seventy-five years.

An innovative beginning

Back in the spring

of 1940, Superintendent

of Devils Lake Schools

F.H. Gilliland and the

Devils Lake school board

discussed the law permit-

ting school districts to

operate a “department”

of junior college work in

cities of 10,000 or larger.

Devils Lake wasn’t at that

population threshold, but in

early 1941, the Devils Lake

School Board passed a res-

olution favoring a bill that

would revise law to allow

establishment of colleges in

cities of over 5,000. Senator

G.F. Drew introduced Sen-

ate Bill 83 addressing this,

and it passed.

City voters then went

to the polls and overwhelm-

ingly approved establish-

ment of a college in Devils

Lake. During the summer

of 1941, Gilliland had

classrooms in the Pershing

Building readied, developed

curriculum, wrote and

produced a catalog, and

hired H.L. Woll as dean

and other teachers from the

area who would be needed.

On September 22,

1941, the college opened its

doors with 38 students.

Since that date, a large

number of students have

entered the college’s doors.

Some were students of


Region Junior College



Region Community College


or the

University of North

Dakota-Lake Region


From young high

school graduates starting a

bachelor’s degree or auto

mechanic career, to the

newly single, middle-aged

mother looking to enhance

job opportunities in the

workplace, to the soldier

returning home looking to

start a new career, the num-

bers of lives touched by this

institution is uncountable.

All of those students,

faculty, staff, and volun-

teers are pieces of the Lake

Region story, and we want

to hear about them.

So, we want to hear

from you. Where are our

Lake Region students and

graduates today? What are

they doing now? What is a

favorite memory of attend-

ing Lake Region? Who

was an influential staff or

faculty member? How did

LRSC impact you?

We want to hear from

you, whether you went to

Lake Region State College

yourself or had a child or

relative attend.

Information can be

sent to Erin.Wood@LRSC.

edu. We look forward to

hearing from you and hope

to see you at our Diamond

Jubliee, July 8-10, 2016.


Like a diamond,

continued from page 1)


any students finance some por-

tion of their college education, so

it only makes sense that a college

would help students and the general public

be more aware of the positive impacts of

budgeting. Now, thanks to a grant, LRSC

will be able to address this important topic.

The Paul Hoghaug Library at LRSC

will create better financial and investor

information and educational program-

ming with the launch of Smart investing@

your library


. A $77,250 grant from the

Financial Industry Regulatory Authority

(FINRA) Investor Education Foundation

and the American Library Association was

awarded to LRSC. The college’s library

was one of 21 nationwide chosen through

a competitive process to receive this award

which will help to build the capacity of

LRSC’s library to provide effective, unbi-

ased financial and investor education to

the community. With the funding, the Paul

Hoghaug Library will offer new services

and resources for students and community

members, such as budgeting and financial

literacy programs for students. The grant

also will allow hands-on marketing experi-

ence for students.

It’s an honor to be tapped for this gener-

ous grant from the FINRA Investor Educa-

tion Foundation,

” said Celeste Ertelt, Paul

Hoghaug librarian.

“The funding will make

an array of free, unbiased financial information

programs possible in our community. Smart

investing@your library


gives us the chance to

innovate. We’re excited by the prospect of col-

laborating in new ways with trusted community

partners to deliver information that helps people

build a brighter financial future.

LRSC will lead a personal financial

management and investor education

initiative serving college audiences and

the broader community in northeastern

North Dakota. The audiences comprising

the project include dual-credit, full-time,

part-time, military, and veteran students;

military families residing in the area; and

patrons of public libraries in the region. In

addition to LRSC, project partners include

the LRSC center at Grand Forks Air Force

Base, Nelson/Ramsey County Veterans

Services, the Northeast Education Services

Cooperative, NDSU Extension Service/

Ramsey County, and the Citizens Commu-

nity Credit Union.

Smart investing@your library


is a part-

nership between the Reference and User

Services Association (RUSA), a division of

the American Library Association, and the

FINRA Investor Education Foundation.

The program supports public and com-

munity college libraries across the country

in their efforts to meet financial education

needs at the local level.

Library launches financial education program

Better budgeting is a topic from which all can benefit

Hello, up there!

LRSC Wind Energy students have a new way to rope the

wind and keep turbines running smoothly. The program

added outdoor ropes training to the curriculum so students

are trained on wind turbine inspection inside and out.

Using ropes helps with inspection of blades and identifies

other external issues that may require maintenance.


hroughout North Da-

kota and other states

on the northern plains,

a strong need exists for

both nurses and paramed-

ics. A recent grant from the

Dakota Medical Founda-

tion will allow LRSC to

address that very need.

The grant will support

development of a bridge

curriculum for certified/

licensed paramedics to ob-

tain their Associate Degree

(RN) licenses in the state

of North Dakota. Classes

begin in January 2016. Of-

fering the same opportuni-

ties for registered nurses to

become paramedics may be

explored in the future.

The benefit of a para-

medic obtaining RN licen-

sure is significant for rural

communities, said Karen

Clementich, coordinator of

the LRSC Nursing program

which is part of the Dakota

Nursing Program. “


a paramedic can be stressful

and challenging, but it’s also

rewarding. However, with a

nursing license there are more

opportunities to be promoted

in the field of health care,

she said. “

Because of this,

it is a great idea to consider a

paramedic-to-RN bridge pro-

gram to improve one’s career


Kate Sunaert, manager

of the Paramedic-to-Nurse

program added that these

programs are tailored

specifically for paramedics

and, therefore, offer a fast-

track path to a nursing ca-

reer. “

Registered nurses and li-

censed paramed-

ics often work



rooms and in-



units as they

are knowledge-

able in highly

acute and com-

plex patient care


Sunaert said.

A paramedic with a

nursing degree can work in

emergency rooms, as a

flight nurse, and more.

Alternately, a registered

nurse who becomes a li-

censed paramedic will have

an opportunity to further

expose himself/herself to

acute care and emergency

situations, Sunaert said.

The purpose of this program

is to create more dual-purpose

nurses and paramedics who

can assist with the nursing and

paramedic shortage in rural

North Dakota. Rural com-

munities will benefit greatly as

these dual-trained nurses and

paramedics will have at least

two years of experience prior

to their further education in ei-

ther role,

” explains Sunaert.

Paramedic-to-RN bridge

programs will take around

three semesters for comple-

tion, and the

double licen-

sure will allow

an individual

to work as

either an RN

or paramedic,

or both! Those

interested in

the bridge


should contact

Sunaert at (800) 443-1313,

ext. 21676 or email Kather-

Dakota Medical Foun-

dation leads initiatives to

measurably improve health

and access to healthcare for

people of the region. DMF

and the Impact Foundation

jointly host Giving Hearts

Day and the impactgive-

website that has

processed more than $8

million for charities since

2008. For more informa-

tion, see


Dual roles


needs in

rural areas