Dakota College at Bottineau
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Caregiver Services - Adult A.A.S.
Paraeducation - K-12 A.A.S.
Contact Brandi Rudland for more information
Paraprofessional Educator Program
Dakota College at Bottineau (DCB) continues to have the only program in North Dakota that prepares students for employment as para-educators. In 2010, the U.S. Department of Education awarded the college a grant to improve the knowledge and skills of the paraprofessionals serving children with disabilities. The “Advancing Paraprofessional Leadership in Education” (APPLE) grant is now in its fourth and final year of funding.
With funds from the APPLE grant, DCB developed an associate degree program aligned with the state and national standards. Courses within the program provide competency-based learning based on these standards. Evaluation of student learning outcomes ensures that graduates of the program are highly qualified to serve children with disabilities in K-12 schools.
Paraprofessional educators play an important role in elementary and secondary schools and in the lives of children with disabilities. In K-12 schools, paraprofessionals work directly with children and youth in both classroom and resource room settings. To better prepare program graduates to work effectively with students, the Paraprofessional Educator program added a practicum experience to the curriculum. This practicum experience provides hands-on experience working with students in schools. Adding a practicum to the curriculum has strengthened the program by connecting relevant work experiences to program learning objectives.
The APPLE grant enabled DCB to promote the program through advertising and networking. APPLE grant workers have established relationships with special education units, public schools, Department of Public Instruction, and many other professional groups in and out of the state. The staff promotes awareness of the program with marketing materials and builds strong working relationships with educators by attending professional conferences and meetings.
If you have questions about the Paraprofessional Educator Program at DCB, call Brandi Rudland, Education Program Manager, 701-228-5604 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
DCB’s Nahinurk Named to Statewide Committee
Jan Nahinurk, Director of the Learning Center at Dakota College at Bottineau (DCB), has been appointed to serve as a member of the statewide Early Childhood Education Advisory Committee. Ms. Nahinurk was appointed by the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction.
The Advisory Committee will help guide the Department’s efforts to design and implement various program initiatives based on the findings and recommendations from an early childhood care and education study. As a committee member, Jan will be provided information on study recommendations for policy consideration and/or initiatives to implement to the Department.
Dakota College’s Para-Professional Educator and Caregiver programs are under the direction of the college’s Learning Center. As such, Ms. Nahinurk has a working knowledge of the child care topic and is in a position to lend practical applications to the committee’s work.
Dakota College at Bottineau
(DCB) Paraeducation Program
Dakota College at Bottineau (DCB) is in the second year of a U.S. Department of Education grant to improve the knowledge and skills of paraprofessionals serving children with special needs in kindergarten through 12th grade. The “Advancing Paraprofessional Leadership in Education” (APPLE) grant is allowing DCB to align its curriculum with state and national standards, improve the quality of instruction, and better equip graduates for work as paraeducators.
High school administrators recognize pressing need for highly qualified paraprofessionals in North Dakota. “The education of paraprofessionals is essential in making improvements in the education of students with special needs. Many Special Education teachers have 40 or more students on their caseload and depend on paraprofessionals to follow through with the direct accommodations set forth.” (North Dakota Survey Respondent, 2011). Although paraprofessionals play critical roles in the lives of children with disabilities, there has been no assurance that they are adequately prepared to work with children with disabilities.
The mission of the paraeducation program at DCB’s goal is to ensure that students with special needs are served by highly qualified paraprofessionals trained in industry standards for exceptional children. DCB offers the only associate degree program in North Dakota that prepares students for employment as paraeducators in K-12 classroom settings. The program features a revised curriculum with emphasis on special education, family involvement and cultural competence.
Students at DCB receive extensive practicum opportunities. Through fieldwork placements, DCB will provide aspiring paraeducators with experiences for honing their skills in classrooms and resource rooms before beginning employment.
DCB is excited to spread the word about the improved paraeducation program. The college hopes that through standards aligned coursework, effective instruction and fieldwork opportunities, North Dakota’s students with special needs will be better served by well-trained, highly qualified paraeducators.
For more information on the Paraeducation: K-12 program, contact Madison Junker, Program Advisor, or Melissa Fulsebakke, Program Administrative Assistant, by calling toll free 1-888-918-5623.
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DCB Land Management Program
On August 26, 2013, Dakota College at Bottineau (DCB) began its new Land Management program. Through strategic planning, DCB identified “land management” as a high-demand occupation in the ND petroleum industry for which no degree is available within the state. The curriculum was aligned with national standards and developed to prepare graduates for entry-level positions in natural resources, business, and technology professions.
The land management occupation encompasses many high-wage jobs including Title Landman, Right-of-Way Agent, Lease Analyst, Mineral/Lease Buyer, etc. Land management personnel are primarily employed by companies that service the oil and gas industry; however, they also perform land-related research for other industries such as agriculture, energy, and government. Experienced land management professionals may become independent consultants and serve clients on a contractual basis. Wages for land management professionals range from $58,000 to $75,000, annually.
According to Angela Bartholomay, Program Advisor, land management professionals typically research courthouse records to determine land and mineral ownership, accurately prepare reports/records, and negotiate and complete agreements with landowners, industry competitors, and third party participants. They may conduct surface inspections of land before companies begin drilling, digging, or construction. Land management professionals have a general understanding of basic legal principles regarding titles and contracts, and they are proficient with computers and other electronic media.
By the end of their program of study, graduates of the DCB Land Management program will be prepared to take the American Association of Professional Landmen (AAPL exam to become registered landmen (RL), a certification required by some companies. A practical work experience in an industry setting prepares students for the AAPL exam and provides hands-on experience in performing land management responsibilities under the supervision of a mentor.
According to Jan Nahinurk, Distance Education Director, two program options will be available by fall 2014. Currently, a one-year certificate program is offered online. By fall 2014, a two-year associate in applied science (AAS) degree will be implemented. Although, both options will be delivered online, the AAS will also be available on campus. The certificate program is appropriate for individuals who have previous college-level coursework or experience in the industry. The AAS is the best choice for individuals with no previous college experience.
For updates on the proposed Land Management program, contact Jan Nahinurk, DCB Distance Education Director, by e-mail: email@example.com.