As always, there are exciting things happening at Northland! This week, I’ll highlight:
- 3-D Printers
- NECA Donation to Construction Electricity Program
- Northland UAS Grads Placed Internationally
- Minnesota Education Fair
- MnSCU Leadership Council Retreat
3-D Printers – I ran into Andrew Dahlen in the hallway in Thief River Falls last week and he was full of excitement about the new technology he had just installed into his electronics lab. Two 3-D printers have been received by Northland through its partnership with 360° Center of Excellence in Manufacturing Technology. Students had already begun producing items by programming the printers to deliver precise amounts of plastic to build up the three-dimensional objects. It is a fascinating process!
Andrew is Northland’s nominee for the MnSCU Board of Trustees Award for Excellence in Teaching for 2015. As the year progresses, he will develop a portfolio that demonstrates his teaching prowess and other activities that make him stand out as an excellent instructor.
NECA Donation to Construction Electricity Program – The Dakotas Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) presented the Northland Community and Technical College Foundation with a check for $25,000 to benefit the Construction Electricity program. Dakotas Chapter NECA has 40 members; it is the collective effort of each of the members that made this donation possible. Ed Christian, Dakotas Chapter NECA Executive Director stated, “We look forward to employing, through the NECA Contractors, our future industry leaders presently enrolled in the Construction Electricity program at Northland. The opportunities for program graduates within the Dakotas and western Minnesota area will allow them numerous choices for a successful future.”
Northland UAS Grads Placed Internationally – We got a great note from Bruce Jinneman, HALE (High Altitude Long Endurance) Enterprise Manager at Northrop Grumman. He was reporting on five recent Northland graduates from the Unmanned Aerial Systems maintenance program. Ryan Sternisha, Eric Anderson, Adam Smith, and Mike Kjensrud will be working at the NG maintenance base in Guam. Josh Konakowitz has accepted an offer to work for NG in Sigonella, Italy.
Mr. Jinneman wrote, “Looks like Guam is being taken over by NCTC graduates! Thanks again for producing such high caliber graduates. It certainly makes my job easier when trying to fill openings.”
Minnesota Education Fair – Northland will host the Minnesota Education Fair on Tuesday, September 30, 2014 from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. at Northland’s Thief River Falls campus gymnasium. The education fair provides students and parents an opportunity to explore a variety of options for continued education, technical training, or military service after high school. Representatives from over 60 educational institutions from Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Wisconsin, and Manitoba will be available to answer questions and provide important information for post-high school planning.
The fair is sponsored by the Minnesota Association for College Admission Counseling (MACAC), which also hosts the National College Fair each fall in Minneapolis, Minn. The fair is open to high school students, transfer students, parents, and those interested in continuing their education.
MnSCU Leadership Council Retreat – I spent two full days in a MnSCU Leadership retreat last Monday and Tuesday. The Leadership Council is comprised of the MnSCU college and university presidents and the Chancellor’s cabinet members. It meets monthly throughout the year. There were many sobering topics of conversation. All of MnSCU’s colleges and universities are concerned about enrollment. Analysis at the state level indicates that enrollment is closely tied to volatility in employment rates. As employment improves in the state, fewer students are choosing to enroll. Additionally, concern over rising student loan indebtedness appears to be driving more students to part-time status while they continue to work.
Although official enrollment statistics for fall term will not be available until the 30th day of the semester, Northland’s proximity to the robust economy of North Dakota and NW Minnesota certainly affects our enrollment. Weekend articles in the media indicate real growth in enrollment at regional elementary schools; but, it will be some years before those students will be ready for higher education.
MnSCU’s biennial request to the Minnesota legislature was also discussed in detail. The MnSCU Board of Trustees will be meeting in the next week and will finalize the request.
I hope you all have a great week!
Upcoming College Events
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
12:00 PM – Anonymous People – DVD and Discussion – TRF Campus Theater
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
· 12:00 pm – Hispanic Heritage Month: Tres Vidas – EGF Campus Commons
Thursday, September 18, 2014
· 10:00 AM – CNA Testing – EGF Campus
Friday, September 19, 2014
· 6:30 pm – Volleyball @ Rainy River CC
Saturday, September 20, 2014
· 12:00 pm – Volleyball @ Hibbing CC
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
· 5:00 PM – CNA Class #66- Hybrid – EGF Campus
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
· 6:30 pm – Volleyball vs. Fond du Lac TCC
My Schedule This Week
Monday, Sept. 15 – TRF – Multi- Events Center Board mtg, Staff Advisory Council, Capital Project mtg
Tuesday, Sept. 16 – TRF – Exec. Comm, TRF Advisory Committee Exec Group
Wednesday, Sept. 17 – EGF, NW MN superintendents’ mtg, Red Lake Falls
Thursday, Sept. 18 – EGF – morning, TRF afternoon – Cabinet mtg, Open House for new TRF Hospital
Friday, Sept. 19 – Vacation