Aug 15th, 2012 @ 4:51 pm | Author:
VCSU\'s presence felt at NDCTE Conference
Valley City State University was highly visible at the 42nd annual Professional Development Conference of North Dakota Career and Technical Education, held last week at the Ramkota Hotel in Bismarck.

During the first General Session, the Northern Information Technology Consortium, of which VCSU is a member, received the Director's Award of Excellence. The award is an acknowledgement of superior career and technical education programs in North Dakota. The program was recognized for cooperation to provide IT students the opportunity by offering courses not available on home campus, distance delivery lectures that are supplemented with local labs and software simulations, and the consortium being a direct response to advisory committees to increase enrollment and completion in IT programs.

The NITC is a collaboration among colleges and universities pertaining to the delivery of courses and degree programs in Information Technology. Other members of the NITC include Dakota College at Bottineau (DCB), Lake Region State College, Turtle Mountain Community College, and Williston State College. One product of this collaboration is an articulation agreement between VCSU and DCB that allows students who have completed an Associate in Applied Science degree in Information Technology from DCB to earn a Bachelor's degree with a major in Computer Information Systems (CIS) from VCSU.

In addition, VCSU alum Megan (Nodland) Wald '07 was named NDACTE New Educator of the Year. Ms. Wald is a business education instructor and FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) advisor at Linton High School. Her recognition in the conference program states, 'As a dedicated and skilled business teacher, Megan demonstrates excellent classroom management skills and a good rapport with her students. She has given the business education program new focus. The FBLA chapter is involved in local, state, and national activities with several FBLA students qualifying for national competition in San Antonio. Megan chaired one of the planning committees for the recent MPBEA conference.' While at VCSU, she was also an office assistant for Professor Dave Melgaard, who was VCSU's Career and Technical Education Coordinator and was named the Outstanding Career & Technical Educator at the NDACTE Annual Professional Development Conference in 2010.

Also, VCSU alum Paul Keidel '87 led the LEGO Robotics Symposium, which featured robotics experts from North Dakota and across the country. Paul is the STEM Coordinator for the Bismarck Public Schools, provides professional development for STEM subject areas, and is responsible for integrating STEM initiatives into the curriculum.

VCSU also is offering graduate credit to participants in the Symposium as well as the conference as a whole.

Valley City State University (VCSU) prepares people for life through visionary leadership and exemplary practices in teaching, learning and service. VCSU is nationally acclaimed for attracting and retaining talented individuals who advance quality learning opportunities and economic growth through technology and innovation.