Gov. Jack Dalrymple today joined administrators, faculty and staff at North Dakota State College of Science (NDSCS) in Wahpeton to celebrate the completion of the Bisek Hall expansion project. The expanded Bisek Hall will enable NDSCS to expand and enhance its Diesel Technology program.
"North Dakota State College of Science plays a critical role in preparing students for the growing number of skilled jobs created by North Dakota's strong economy," Dalrymple said. "This investment in Bisek Hall will enhance one of the nation's leading diesel tech programs and help us meet our current and emerging workforce needs."
In 2011, the Legislature appropriated $10.3 million for the Bisek Hall renovation and expansion project. The project included the construction of a 65,500-square-foot addition that will enable the college to expand its high-demand diesel technology program. Other facility enhancements include state-of-the-art classrooms and labs; improved building safety conditions and high-tech automotive monitoring and diagnostic systems.
The college's two-year Diesel Technology program provides students with extensive training and practical experience in diagnosing and servicing all types of engines, drive trains, hydraulic systems and electrical systems found on diesel equipment used in the agriculture, construction, energy and transportation industries. NDSCS partners with major companies to train students on the most advanced equipment and the latest diagnostic procedures. Through industry partnerships, students also gain access to internships and opportunities for job placement.
Those joining Dalrymple to mark the project's completion included NDSCS President John Richman, area legislators, Wahpeton Mayor Jim Sturdevant and representatives of the college's industry partnerships.