Success Stories

Pecos Loughlin

So many times, we hear of greatness and success that was started by walking the very same campus as you.  Well that’s what happened for Pecos Loughlin, a 20-year-old from a small town in Texas, nearly 25 years ago.

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Chris Berndt

What can you do with a Precision Machining Technology degree? Just ask Chris Berndt!! Chris graduated from the program at NDSCS in 2001. He started working for Tecton Products, where he was a tool and die maker, became the tooling manager and then moved into the role of Manufacturing Engineering Manager. While working full time, he pursued his bachelor's degree in Operations Management at MSUM with financial assistance from his employer.

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Theresa Johnson Larson

Theresa Johnson was born and raised in the small town of Sidney, Montana. A childhood experience led her to know exactly what she wanted to be when she grew up. At a young age, she was left in the care of the nursing staff at hospital 50 miles from home for a week. Her parents were unable to stay with her the entire time due to their work schedules. She felt well supported by her “new family” and received a special stuffed elephant from the caring nursing staff that she still has today.

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James Batemon III

My NDSCS journey was unexpected and took until even after the late signing period for me to commit there. I had no prior knowledge regarding the school or state besides the fact that it is extremely cold and above South Dakota. I honestly believe this experience worked out in my favor because I was able to step out of my comfort zone, entering into the mysterious world of college, and gained a completely fresh start away from Milwaukee. The two years I spent at NDSCS were probably two of the most impactful, fun, and amazing years of my life.

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Brooke Tayer

My NDSCS journey began at one of my last High School basketball games. What I thought was just a regular game, turned into a journey that changed my life forever. I got recruited by the Women’s Basketball team staff after that Saturday afternoon, and it didn’t take long until I chose to become a Lady Wildcat player. The two years I was at NDSCS, were two years full of unforgettable memories from games, to bus rides, to practices, to painting business windows for Homecoming, to Christmas break movie parties, and the list goes on!

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Christopher Link

Chris Link, originally from Roseau, MN, holds an Associate of Applied Science degree in Electrical Technology with an emphasis in Electrical Construction from North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpeton, ND. AE2S Construction recently hired Link as a Project Manager and Estimator in the firm's Watford City, ND construction office. He will manage industrial and commercial electrical projects, as well as new construction for clients in western North Dakota and Montana.

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Susan Larson Farbo

Originally from Wahpeton, ND, Susan dreamed of becoming an Architectural Drafter at a very young age. She recalls sketching cities on the paper that wrapped loaves of bread from the bakery. Drawn to the perfect composition of space and order, Susan developed a love and passion for architecture’s endless possibilities. As a high school student, Susan won awards for her impeccable lettering and keen attention to detail. Encouraged by her skills and interests, in the fall of 1975 Susan enrolled in Architectural Drafting at NDSCS. Her journey into drafting and architecture had begun.

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Hope Krumm

Hope Krumm is a 2017 graduate of Land Surveying and Civil Engineering Technology and is currently working at Houston Engineering in Bismarck, ND. Hope was recruited and hired by Houston Engineering as a result of the NDSCS Career Fair. She worked for them the summer between her 1st and 2nd year and was hired on full time after graduation. Hope is from Hague, ND where her family farms. She has 3 sisters and 1 brother, and her mom and brother also both attended NDSCS.

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Jenny Olejar

My journey began with a recruiting letter that created a conversation. This conversation turned into a relationship that became a family of teammates and some of the most memorable years of my life. North Dakota State College of Science opened the doors to my future. Coach Passa brought me to NDSCS to play volleyball and I grew as a player and a person under her leadership. She is an amazing coach that understands the need for hard work and dedication; she put in just as much as her players.

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Cora Loen Klesalek

Cora was born and raised in Van Hook, ND. The northwestern town of Van Hook increased in population when Lake Sakakawea was formed. Her parents were farmers and raised Cora and her brother and sister there.
Cora, like many young adults, was not sure what she wanted to do after graduating from high school. Her friend, Gloria (Traynor) Helms (1995 Alumna of the Year), was attending NDSSS so she decided to go with her. She really enjoyed her time at NDSSS and going to the dances in Breckenridge on the weekends.

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