BSC Ranked Nationally in Engineering-Related Graduates

Bismarck State College was ranked fourth among two and four-year institutions granting degrees in engineering tech­nologies and engineering related fields in the June 11th issue of Community College Week, an independent, national publication covering community, tech­nical and junior colleges.

Front Row, L:R: Harriet Blackhoop-SBC Workforce Development Coordinator; Koreen Ressler-SBC Vice President of Academics; Leonico Bald Eagle; Reg MacDonald-Maritime-Instructor; Donise Red Horn; Jodene Flying Horse. Second Row, L:R: Candace Eagle-SBC Director of JPTP; Lucas One Horn; Crystal Agard; Eliza Grant; Michael Ranger; Volney Fast Horse- TERO Assistant. Third Row, L:R: Kevin One Horn; Dennis Grey Bear; Pertina Crow Ghost; Cole Harrison; Kenton Many Horses; April Pretends Eagle; Brandon Claymore. Fourth Row, L:R: Leo Red Horse; Bradford Bearsheart; Henry Jacobson; John Elk; Christopher Ramsey; Michael Wolf Necklace; Peyton White Bull. Back Wall: Roger Leingang

BSC was grouped within the four-year institutions as a result of the col­lege’s single four-year degree, the bachelor’s in applied science degree in energy management. Other engineer­ing-focused programs also contributed to the ranking including engineering tech, pre-engineering and numerous na­tionally recognized energy programs.

Data from the U.S. Department of Education was analyzed and compiled by Community College Week to deter­mine the top degree-producing commu­nity colleges across the nation. Accord­ing to an article in the publication, BSC is part of a trend of community colleg­es offering baccalaureate degrees. The

author notes that this trend is closely tied to workforce needs in the commu­nities served.

According to BSC President Larry C. Skogen, need within the energy in­dustry is exactly why BSC developed the energy management BAS degree.

“We have educated the energy work­force for decades, and as a National En­ergy Center of Excellence, of course energy is a primary focus for us. What our industry partners asked of us was to help their technically skilled em­ployees become leaders in their or­ganizations. Thus, the BAS in energy management was born,” he says.

Skogen says the BAS degree allows BSC to build on what it already has, le­veraging its energy expertise, faculty and proven curriculum to help the in­dustry “grow its own leaders.”

According to Community College Week, BSC’s engineering related de­grees granted increased five percent from the 2009-10 academic year to 2010-11.

For more information about the rankings, see the June 11 archived is­sue of Community College Week at www.ccweek.com.

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