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The top FIVE reasons high school seniors should apply now for the Real DEAL Scholarship!

Bank of North Dakota’s Real DEAL Scholarship is a $500 scholarship for North Dakota high school seniors to use at a North Dakota college. Forty-eight recipients are selected and they have the opportunity to compete to receive a $3,000 scholarship. 

5.   Three questions! That’s it. Three questions which should take less than 20 minutes to complete.

4.   Eight recipients are selected monthly, October – March. You only need to enter once to be eligible for the drawing every month.
3.   The drawing is geographically distributed between seven regions in ND to provide opportunities for students across the state.

2.    You only need a GPA of 2.5 or above and involvement in three or more extracurricular activities including entrepreneurism, volunteerism, music, sports, school clubs, organizations or other accomplishments to be eligible. 

1.     Free t-shirt! The first 1,000 applicants receive a free t-shirt from Bank of North Dakota.

To apply, visit and click on the Make a Smart Move with the Real DEAL Scholarship button.


North Dakota DECA is EPIC this Year!

Holly Hoffman, CBS Survivor Reality Show participant of Season 21 will be in Fargo for the 2015 North Dakota DECA Fall Leadership Conference in October.  Her message of surviving on the show relates well to what high school DECA members will face in the coming year.  She was flown to an island for 39 days and needed to survive with only the clothes on her back and 19 new friends. 

Just like the Survivor experience, DECA members who were elected as chapter officers this fall will need to work with a variety of personalities, determine who are leaders, creative participants, and those who are team players.  They will need to work as a team to survive the year of fundraising, planning community service projects, promoting financial literacy and entrepreneurship, and working with local businesses.  Participants will be competing in a job interview role play situation on Monday, October 19, in Fargo.  Local business people are needed to serve as judges from 8:30 am to 12:00 noon on Monday, October 19.  If you are interested in helping as a judge contact Kevin Reisenauer at

CollegeSave.JPGCollege SAVE makes changes to help more North Dakotans

College SAVE is the state-sponsored 529 program that allows North Dakotans to save money for college, tax-free. In addition to the federal and state tax benefits, the state of North Dakota provides two programs that add dollars directly to a child’s account!

Children FIRST is a program for all North Dakota newborns. Every child 12 months old and younger is eligible for a $200 matching grant when an account is opened in the child’s name before his or her first birthday. This is an increase of $100 from the previous grant amount.

The Matching Grant program has expanded its income parameters, so four out of five North Dakota families qualify. If filing tax returns as a married couple, those making $120,000 or less adjusted gross income or single filers making $80,000 or less, the child qualifies for a dollar-for-dollar match up to $300 in the first year. The income parameters change slightly in years two and three with married filers earning $80,000 or less and single filers earning $60,000 or less to receive the $300 match.

For more information, visit the College SAVE website at or call Bank of North Dakota at 701.328.5882 or 1.800.472.2166 ext. 328.5882.

Center for Technology and Business plans 2015-2016 crash courses CrashCoursesquare.jpg

Center for Technology and Business (CTB) will again be hosting Crash Courses in local areas. Crash Courses are a free event for parents, students and educators to get ready for college, discover job opportunities and learn how to pay for school. Registration must be done one week prior to the event to guarantee a spot. Scheduled Crash Courses are October 19 - Crosby, October 20 - New Town, November 16 - Flasher, November 17 - New Rockford, November 19 - McClusky, November 23 - West Hope, November 24 - Hazelton, November 30 - Lamoure, and December 7 - Watford City. For more information and to register, visit their website.

NDCollegiateDECAHorizBlue00000002.jpgCollegiate DECA Executive Mentorship Program

The North Dakota Collegiate DECA Executive Mentorship Program will be held in Fargo on October 21 at the Holiday Inn.  Business executives who are interested in sharing their business experience with college students are encouraged to participate.  Only 16 tables are available.  The Business executive will sit at a round table and talk to 5-7 college students for 15 minutes about their business, their road to their current position, internships and job opportunities in their company and tips for college students.  More than 100 students from 7 campuses in North Dakota are expected to attend.  For more information contact Kevin Reisenauer at

IMPACT DAKOTA hosting Manufacturing Day

Are you curious about what happens in a manufacturing facility?  Or what job opportunities are available in the industry?  Manufacturing has changed from what you’ve heard about in the old factories.  Come see what today’s manufacturer looks like and how you could be a part of it. 

Manufacturers across North Dakota are opening their doors to students to enable them to see, touch and experience manufacturing.  Their activities are part of the national Manufacturing Day event – a coordinated effort by manufacturers across the country to show the public what today’s manufacturer is – and what it is not.   Below is a list of the North Dakota Manufacturing Day events:

Public Events:
  • Duratech Industries in Jamestown on October 1 from 8:30am to 12:30pm.
  • Cavendish Farms in Jamestown on October 2 from 9am to Noon.
  • Posi Lock Puller in Cooperstown on October 2 from 8am to 2pm.
  • Spectrum Aeromed in Fargo on October 6 from 2pm to 5pm.
  • Northup Grumman in New Town will hold an open house in November.  The exact date is yet to be determined.
  • Southwest Area Manufacturers Expo is a public event to showcase manufacturers in the southwest portion of North Dakota.  On October 7th they will be demonstrating their products and processes to illustrate what modern manufacturing is and provide job seekers an opportunity to learn more about the types of jobs and benefits typically offered by the companies.  Companies participating are:  Baker Boy, Fisher Industries, Funshine Express, Killdeer Mountain Manufacturing, Medora Corporation, Steffes Corporation, Stone Mill, Inc., and TMI Systems Design Corporation.
  • Northern Valley Career Expo is on November 4th.  It is an event for the high school students in the northeast portion of the state.  While companies from many different industries will participate in the Expo, the manufacturers will be highlighted in the exhibit hall and the career planning sessions.  The participating manufacturers are: Cirrus Aircraft, Custom Aire, Inc., Marvin Windows & Doors, Retrax Holdings, LLC., and Steffes Corporation.
Company Student Tours: 
  • Bobcat Factory in Bismarck will host tours for students from the Mandan and Bismarck High Schools and the Bismarck State College and United Tribes Technical College on October 2nd.
  • Bobcat Acceleration Center in Bismarck will host 2 groups of college students on October 2nd.
  • Bobcat in Gwinner will host students from North Sargent High School on October 2nd and a second group of technology students from Lisbon High School on October 28th.
  • Summers Manufacturing in Devils Lake will host local high school students for tours on October 2nd.
Community Student Tours:
  • The Fargo Moorhead community is hosting high school students from local high schools for tours on October 2nd in the following manufacturers:  Cat Reman, Integrity Windows & Doors, Trail King, John Deere Electronic Solutions, Appareo, and Aldevron.
  • The Wahpeton community is hosting high school students from local high schools for tours on October 14th in the following manufacturers:  Comdel, Bobcat, Masonite, Minn-Dak Farmer’s Cooperative, and North Dakota State College of Science.


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