BSC Energy Center holds open house for potential students
It’s no secret that North Dakota’s energy industry is in full swing and offers quality and plentiful jobs. Energy careers have always been popular and continue to grow because they typically offer a good wage and a working environment that appeals to many – a job where you can work with your hands, have broad technical knowledge, and use problem-solving skills.
The National Energy Center of Excellence (NECE) at Bismarck State College grooms its class of energy students in a wide variety of programs in one to two years, depending on the type of certification the students want. They’re ready for work at facilities throughout the world upon completion of their degree. Placement rates are high (97%) as are the average wages ($20-40 per hour).
So it’s no surprise that the NECE’s 8th annual Open House, held on April 24, saw a big crowd of potential students and their families. On hand to give facility tours were NECE faculty, administrators, and energy company representatives. Bismarck State College staff from Admissions and Financial Aid offices set up shop to share information on their services. Reporters, photographers, video cameras and radio stations arrived to document the event.
Francis Miller, Associate Professor and Lab Facilitator at NECE, was one of many faculty giving personal tours to each attendee and their families. Miller spends a lot of his time with the NECE’s simulators and lab equipment, making sure it’s all in working order. And if not, Miller usually knows how to fix it by using the expertise he acquired from the 30-plus years spent working in the energy industry. It was with a lot of care and a little pride that he escorted the potential students through the hallways of the state-of-the-art facility filled with lab after lab containing unique equipment.
During the tour, students could visit with BSC’s Josh Broby, Financial Aid Programs Coordinator, and Kari Bitz, Admissions Counselor. Bitz offered bags filled with a course catalog, a campus map and fact sheets to her constant stream of visitors full of questions about campus activities, programs, and housing. She said many of the potential energy students she works with are transfer or older-than-average students that are looking for a job that’s more hands-on with good pay.
For more information on NECE programs and enrollment, visit their New Students page to learn how to choose a program, become a student, and register for classes. You can also visit their Programs page to read up on and see videos that showcase each program offered.